Essay Scholarships 2017

Hey high schoolers! Looking for scholarships that will go towards college? Start here with our list of 51 easy scholarships to apply for without essays.

Your acceptance letter came in the mail today and GOOD NEWS!

You're A-C-C-E-P-T-E-D!

Now we get to apply for scholarships! Whooop!

Whooooo!? ...... Anyone?

If you found applying to college to be a long and laborious task, then imagine writing 1,000 - 2,000 word essays for each and every scholarship you apply for. Maybe some of you already have. Hey, more power to you!

For the rest of us, however, there's still hope. There are hoards of scholarships out there that require little more than registration and a brief task. That's right. Companies are giving away free money for little in return. We scoured the interweb far and wide and are back to provide you with a list of some ridiculously easy scholarships to apply for in 2017.

And here's the best part:

No essays (over 250 words) and no letters of recommendations

What are you waiting for?

Easy Scholarships To Apply For 2017: NO ESSAY REQUIRED (under 250 words)

[updated May 4, 2017]

The minimum eligibility for the following scholarships is that the recipient must be in high school and planning on attending college.

1. Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a Cappex profile and tell them what you like to do on your free time

2. Go Ennounce Yourself Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up and share your academic and extracurricular accomplishments

3. Sallie Mae $1,000 Plan For College Sweepstakes

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

4. CollegeWeekLive.com Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Visit 5 college pages over the course of the month

5. You Deserve It! Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

6. Courage To Grow Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

7. School Survey Sweepstakes

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Review your school here to be entered

8. Fastweb Invite-A-Friend Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up for Fastweb
  • Invite a friend to join Fastweb, and if they register, you both are entered

9. The $1,000 SuperCollege Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

10. "No Essay" College Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

  • Register here and submit required personal information
  • Can apply every month!

11. Course Hero Monthly Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Register on their site
  • Submit a short "creative" answer (150 words or less) to the question of the month

12. Local Survey Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Review your neighborhood or town here

13. CollegeXpress $500 Refer-A-Friend Contest

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a CollegeXpress account and get your referral link
  • For every friend you refer that registers, you get one entry
  • You can enter every monthly drawing (and win more than one scholarship)

14. $5,000 Social Network Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Must register and add a photo to your profile
  • Apply for the scholarship online
  • Share the scholarship post on social media platform of your choice; the post with the most votes wins the scholarship

15. EDvestinU®National Monthly Scholarship Giveaway

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

16. Innovation In Education Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: 20th of Every onth

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a project and have someone evaluate and write a letter of recommendation
  • Describe this project through either essay, blog post, app, etc.
  • Submit a photo

17. Opinion Outpost $10,000 Quarterly Drawing

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: Every Quarter

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a profile and fill out at least one survey. Each survey is an entry for the scholarship

18. VIP Voice $5,000 Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Every Quarter (March 14, June 14, September 14, December 14)

What You Need To Do:

  • Register on their site and take at least 2 surveys
  • The more surveys you complete, the higher your chance of winning

19. CaptainU $2,000 Student-Athlete Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Quarterly

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit basic information about your sport and GPA
  • "Like" their Facebook page and complete social promotion tasks

20. Common Knowledge Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: Varies

What You Need To Do:

  • Register and take quizes on topics that range from academic to movies

21. Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Amount: $2,500 ; $20,000 ; $100,000

Deadline: Varies (Rolling Basis)

What You Need To Do:

  • Write a "story" about yourself in 350 characters or less. The story with the most votes wins prizes

22. DoSomething.org Easy Scholarships

Amount: Up to $18,000

Deadline: Varies

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up for a campaign, complete a task (some take 10 minutes), and post a picture showing you did it

23. Digital Responsibility E-Waste Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a tweet-length message about E-waste

24. $5,000 Scholarship - Make A Recycling Bin To Reduce Waste

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: April 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up for dosomething.org
  • Create a fun recycling bin for a bathroom that encourages people to recycle their beauty and personal care products

25. Tetherbox Creative Video Challenge Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a 1-4 minute "commercial"

26. CollegeXpress Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: May 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

27. Countdown To College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up to receive Potential Magazine's free weekly "Countdown To College" newsletter email

28. SunTrust Scholarship Sweepstakes

Amount: $500

Deadline: May 12, 2017 (Winner Selected Every 2 Weeks Until Deadline)

What You Need To Do:

  • Must be a resident of: AL, AK, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, DC
  • Apply here

29. Live Mas Scholarship

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: May 12, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Send in a short film (under 2 minutes) that tells the story of your life's passion

30. Copyright Awareness Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: May 21, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit Application
  • Include a maximum 3 minute video about your views on the importance of intellectual property and copyright law

31. C.I.P. Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit application online with 150 words about your primary goal of going to school

32. Scholarship Detective Launch Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Register and submit 140 words about how you'll use the money

33. Christian College Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: May 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an online survey to be entered to win
  • Plan on attending a 2 or 4-year Christian university

34. Scholarships 4 Moms

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 15, 2017

  • Register for site
  • Must be a mom or soon-to-be mother

35. Digital Privacy Scholarship

Amount: $1000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Complete application with tweet-length message about digital privacy

36. Because College Is Expensive

Amount: $500

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

37. Scholarship Zone $10,000 Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

38. College Steps Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Enroll in the College Steps Program

39. Nitro College Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Complete the Scholarship Survey Questions.
  • Answer all three (3) short-answer questions.
  • Participate in our social media activity.

40. $1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

41. Parry and Pfau Left-Handed Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: July 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a 1-2 minute funny video about why it's better to be left-handed than right-handed

42. CollegeSteps Sweepstakes

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

43. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: August 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

44. US Bank Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 (five available)

Deadline: September, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit an easy application
  • Complete 5 easy online learning modules on financial literacy

45. Unigo Education Matters Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a short answer (250 words or less) about what you would say if someone told you education didn't matter

46. 10 Words Or Less Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

47. Beliz Law Firm Video Essay Scholarship Contest

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a video (under 3 minutes) about the impact of texting and driving

48. HeadSetPlus.com College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Upload a short video on Youtube about who you are, what you want to study, and why you deserve the scholarship

49. NextStepU Win Free College Tuition Giveaway

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Register on NextStepU.com during eligibility period of July 1 - December 31

50. Community College Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

51. Unigo $10,000 Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit an application here
  • Write a tweet-style message (140 characters or less) displaying your first "Tweet" after being elected president

52. 10th Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a greeting card that, if chosen, will be sold in an upcoming line

Words Of Caution: Scholarship Scams

Every year, thousands of students are victims to scholarship scams. Here are some phrases scholarship scams will use:

  • "Guaranteed or your money back"
  • "You've been selected!"
  • "It will only cost.."
  • "We have exclusive access"
  • "We'll do all the work for you"
  • "Act now"

Warning Signs of Scholarship Scams:

  • Any request for your financial information or payments
  • Offers for low-interest student loans for fee

Looking for more admissions advice? Feel free to browse our Admissions Advice blog!

Are you intending on applying for one of these scholarships? Let us know about the process by commenting below!

Ready to win an easy $500?

SIGN UP HERE NOW!

Or, check out more information about Quesbook's scholarships for high school students.

If you’re a skilled writer, a few hundred (or even a thousand) words is no biggie.

Students that can easily express themselves through writing flock toward scholarships with interesting essays and the scholarships on this list are just that.

All of the below scholarships require an essay entry – some as short as only 250 words – with interesting essay topics that range from safe driving and technology to America heroes and animal activism.

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships for writers are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.

If you enjoy expressing your opinions through writing, the scholarships on this list await your entries.

Scholars Helping Collars

Deadline: 2/15/18
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is open to current high school seniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words with two to three photos of your volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed your lives or shaped your perceptions on the importance of animal welfare in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Scholars Helping Collars.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/18
Available to: Ages 13-21 Years
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $250

The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is open to all students aged 14 – 21. You must submit an essay of no more than 750 words based on the prompts listed on the sponsor’s website. This year’s prompts will ask you to consider a time in your life when you pursued a path that was “narrow and crooked,” but felt like it was the right path for you. In what ways are/were you able to, as Thoreau advises, walk that path with “love and reverence?” How has navigating that path shaped you into the person you are becoming?

Learn more about the Live Deliberately Essay Contest .

AFSA High School Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The AFSA High School Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be considered, in a 1,000 – to 1250 – word essay, you must identify two cases – one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful – where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict – affected country.

Learn more about the AFSA High School Essay Contest .

Brighter Future Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Brighter Future Scholarship is available to undergraduate, graduate or law students enrolled at an accredited college or university. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit 500 word letter of intent that identifies a problem and explains how you intend to use your education as a way to begin solving that problem, thus creating a brighter future.

Learn more about the Brighter Future Scholarship.

NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 4/20/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: Awards from $750-$2,000

The NPG 2018 Essay Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on one environmental issue from the sponsor’s chosen list and explain how it is made worse by population growth and describe what measures you would recommend our nation’s leaders take to ensure we protect our fragile environment for generations to come. You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest.

E-Waste Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The E-waste Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must submit a short statement that completes the sentence “The most important reason to care about e-waste is…” and be U.S. citizen or legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the E-Waste Scholarship.

Feldco Scholarship

Deadline: 6/15/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Feldco Scholarship is available to current and prospective college students. To be considered, you must submit a 700 – to 1000 – word essay on the following topic: “How has your family contributed to who you are today?”

Learn more about the Feldco Scholarship.

Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/01/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest is open to U.S. citizens attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1000 words on one of the five topics related to immigration listed on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest.

Love Your Career Scholarship

Deadline: 9/10/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Love Your Career Scholarship is available to students attending an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of at least 1,000 words describing at least three steps that you plan to take in the next year to start a path towards having a career that you love in order to qualify for this award. Topics may include: What are your passions that could be turned into a career? What are some ideas you have for a business based on things that you love and are skilled at? You must also interview a professional in your chosen field that has at least three years of experience.

Learn more about the Love Your Career Scholarship.

MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,000

Sponsored by the Marine Corps Gazette, the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest is open to all Marines on active duty and to members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

The contest honors the essay that proposes and argues for a new and better way of “doing business” in the Marine Corps.

Learn more information about the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest.

Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship is open to undergraduate students at Tufts University.

You must possess the same creative qualities in the writing of prose and poetry to qualify for this award.

Preference is given to students whose writing reflects an interest in ancestry and genealogy.

Get more information on the Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship.

Need Money to Pay for College?

Every semester, Fastweb helps thousands of students pay for school by matching them to scholarships, grants, and internships, for which they actually qualify. You'll find high value scholarships like VIP Voice's $5,000 Scholarship, and easy to enter scholarships like Niche $2,000 No Essay Scholarship, and internships with companies like Apple, Google, Dreamworks, and even NASA!

Join today to get matched to scholarships or internships for you!


0 thoughts on “Essay Scholarships 2017

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *