Essay Contests for College Scholarships

The process of searching, applying and following up on scholarships can be extremely time-consuming. If you're thinking that you just can’t write one more essay explaining why you’re a deserving, hardworking student, there's good news for you. You can take a break and still earn cash for college through easy scholarship contests.

Whether the amount is $50 or $50, 000, easy scholarships can provide money that is well worth the time and effort needed to apply – which is usually very little. Check out these simple ways to support your education.

One of the easiest ways to receive a scholarship is through a sweepstakes. Simply enter some basic information about yourself, maybe answer a short question and you’re entered into a drawing to win scholarship money.

Sallie Mae, a financial services company specializing in education, offers monthly sweepstakes for $1, 000 in scholarship money. All you have to do is create an account with Sallie Mae’s online toolbox, which offers access to a variety of college planning tools, as well as a chance to win the money.

Any student, parent, guidance counselor or financial aid officer in the U.S. is welcome and eligible to enter. The winner is randomly selected on the first day of each month and is contacted by phone or email within two weeks following the drawing.

Another scholarship sweepstakes that only requires some basic information for entry is the Countdown to College scholarship sponsored by Potential Magazine. The magazine is designed to help parents find tools and resources to help college-bound children achieve and fulfill their potential.

Upon signing up for Potential’s free weekly e-newsletter, students will be entered to win a $1, 000 scholarship. The e-newsletter provides information on ACT and SAT prep tips, college readiness, other scholarship opportunities and more.

To register, just enter some basic information about yourself and your education. A winner is drawn every month and awarded the $2, 000 prize. Taking just a few short minutes out of your day to register for these scholarship drawings could turn into a large payoff in the form of scholarship money.

Another easy monthly opportunity is the Courage to Grow scholarship. Juniors or seniors in high school and college students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to enter this contest.

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Q&A

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Essay contests for college scholarships?

What are some reliable and helpful college scholarships based on essay contests? I am a senior in high school and looking for a way to make college affordable. If it correlates to the essay, I have an ACT of 28 and a GPA of about 3.7~3.8

go to they have tons of scholarships, the only down fall is that they will e-mail the crap out of you about scholarships

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Personal essay contests for college scholarships?--2,000 plus words?

I wrote a personal essay that's about 2,200 words. I'm a high school senior entering college this fall. I'm probably not majoring in English or journalism.

Take a look on fastweb.com, it is a database of scholarships where you might be able to find one. Keep in mind, however, most scholarships have very specific essay questions, so your essay that you already wrote may not work for any of them. You also have to think about the fact that all of the other applicants are probably writing scholarship-specific essays that will fit better with the prompts given.
Are you against writing another essay? I know it's a pain in the butt, but it would definitely be worth it if you were to win a scholarship. Look at it this way: if you write an essay …