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The Ultimate List of Easy Scholarships to Apply for Now

No long essays. No recommendation letters. Just lots of scholarships that are easy to apply to and practically anyone can win. Updated for 2024!

These are the easiest-to-win college scholarships out there right now. Most take only a couple minutes to enter, with super simple applications and minimal writing. Awards that require 500+ word essays, letters of recommendation, intense projects, etc. are not included. We’re talking easy scholarshipspeople! Many of the scholarships are open to anyoneand most winners are chosen totally at random.

Now, before you dive into this list, remember: your scholarship search shouldn’t end here! There are so many scholarships out there. Also, just because a scholarship isn’t advertised as “easy” doesn’t mean applying for it is hard. It can take a lot of time to find all the awards that fit you and fill out those applications, but it’s so worth it in the end. So enjoy this ultimate (and up-to-date!) list of easy college scholarships—and apply to as many as you can. Yes, they get a lot of entries because they’re so easy to apply to, but you have nothing to lose by trying. After all, somebody has to win these awards. Why not you?

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
May 1
How to win: 
Of course we need to include our $10,000 Scholarship Contest. All you have to do is register for free on CollegeXpress to be entered—and the prize is $10,000. Ten. Thousand. Dollars. For filling out a form. We know we’re biased, but it doesn’t get much better than that! This scholarship is open to incoming college freshmen, graduate students, and transfer students at participating institutions each year. If you’ve registered with CollegeXpress, you’re already entered! (And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!)

10 Words or Less Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
April 15
How to win:
For the 10 Words or Less Scholarship, you just need to explain why you should get this award in 10 words or fewer. They even let you post it as a comment on their Facebook page, for cryin’ out loud. You’re also required to “like” their Facebook page. In addition, you need to be between the ages of 14–25 and attending college in the fall.

1st Financial Bank Financial Goals Scholarship

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of each month
How to win:
This is a monthly scholarship opportunity sponsored by 1st Financial Bank and is open to US residents who are 18 or older and planning to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college degree program. This is a random drawing, but it does require you to submit a short essay of 500 words or fewer on pursuing your educational and financial goals. 

Americanism Essay Contest

Amount: Up to $1,500
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
 December 1
How to win: Every year, the Fleet Reserve Association awards the Americanism Essay Contest scholarship based on a single patriotic theme. They do require an essay, but it’s only 350 words. Last year’s theme was “What Freedom of Speech Means to Me.” In addition to the $1,500 grand prize, there are awards for first, second, and third place ($1,000, $750, and $500, respectively). This scholarship is open to students in grades 7–12.

Ascent Shining Stars Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
First day of the month
How to win: 
Like many of the scholarships you’ll find on this list, most of the process to enter the Ascent scholarship sweepstakes involves filling out a form and following them on social media. Just complete the short form with your contact information, school, and a few other questions to create an account on their partner website, Kaleidoscope, and log in to finalize your entry. You also have to follow Ascent on one social media platform and tag them in a comment with the hashtag #AscentSponsored, plus be at least 18 years old to enter.

Barbizon’s $100,000 College Tuition Scholarship

Amount: $100,000
Awarded: Once every four years
Deadline: December 31, 2024
How to win: As an effort to assist students outside of the classroom, Barbizon Modeling and Acting awards the College Tuition Scholarship to one lucky winner to make their college dreams a reality. Applicants have a full two years to get entries every time the new scholarship cycle opens. The most recent cycle opened in January of 2023 and will be closing in December of 2024, with winners announced sometime the following year. All students have to do to enter is complete the application, and the winner will be chosen by random drawing. 

“Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

Amount: $25,000+
Awarded: Annually
Deadline: March 1
How to win: The “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship offers $25,000 to bold students. Bold, by their definition, means earnest, determined, and moving. To win, you simply have to build your platform on the website to showcase your goals and achievements. The bolder your profile, the higher the chance you have to win. Although you can only enter once, the earlier in the year you do so, the better your chance to win. 

CampusReel Student-Led Virtual Tours

Amount: $2,000
Awarded: Annually
Deadline: December 31
How to win: CampusReel is all about encouraging students to get to know schools through campus tours, even if they can't make it to campus in person. Applicants just have to make a free account on CampusReel's website and watch one student-led virtual tour to enter. This opportunity is a win-win! Enter a great scholarship opportunity and learn more about potential colleges to apply to. 

College Is Power Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
May 31
How to win: 
Whether you’re a full- or part-time student, whether you’re going to school online or in person, you could snag the College Is Power Scholarship (CIP). You need to be at least 17 years old and a US citizen, and you need to be attending school within the next 12 months. The only application requirements include a short form and a 150-word statement about your primary goal for going to school.

Christian College EDGE Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
May 31
How to win: 
Just create an account with this Christian college search site to be entered into the Christian College EDGE Scholarship. You’ll then have a chance to get information from Christian colleges and universities. It’ll enter you in their drawing and help you get recruited by those schools! This is different from their $5,000 Christian College Scholarship Drawing; see below.

Christian College Scholarship Drawing

Amount: $5,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
May 31
How to win: 
You need to complete the registration form for the Christian College Connector to be entered into their Christian College Scholarship Drawing. Then winners are chosen at random, but they must be planning to enroll as full-time, first-year college students at a “Christ-centered Christian college or Bible college” within 16 months of winning.

CollegeXpress $250 Refer-a-Friend Contest

Amount: $250
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
How to win: 
For every person who creates a free CollegeXpress account using your unique referral link, you get one entry in our monthly $250 Refer-a-Friend Contest. Winners are then chosen at random. There’s no limit to how many entries you can get—or how many times you can enter. (We’ve had people win more than once!) Just make sure your referrals complete their free registration so you can earn entries; only sharing or clicking the link doesn't count.

CollegeXpress Easy One-Question Scholarships

Amount: Varies
Awarded: Monthly
Deadline: Last day of the month
How to win: New and current registered users on CollegeXpress just have to answer one question to enter this monthly scholarship contest. That's it! The question changes month to month; for example, in previous months, we’ve asked, "What is a good book you'd recommend to a friend for the summer?" and "What is your favorite subject in school?" Check out our Easy Scholarship Winners 2024 blog to see winners from each month this year and the current month's opportunity. 

CollegeXpress Scholarship for Students of Color

Amount: $1,500 (plus $500 donated to a charity of your choice)
Awarded: Quarterly
Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31
How to win: If you're a POC student who's planning to enroll in college in the fall, you're eligible for the CollegeXpress Scholarship for Students of Color. To apply, just create a free CX account (or log back in) and submit your answer to this question in one sentence: What is your dream career to pursue after high school? The winner will be chosen randomly, and finalists will be contacted via email.

Courage to Grow Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
How to win: 
The monthly Courage to Grow Scholarship is awarded to high school juniors, seniors, and college students with a minimum 2.5 GPA. And the only thing you need to do to win is to submit a short 250-word statement about why you deserve the money.

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
March 1
How to win: You’re already Snapchatting and Instagramming beautiful shots. Put your skills to work by creating a winning greeting card image for the Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest! It could snag you $10,000, which is almost as good as getting a bajillion likes. To apply for this scholarship, you also need to be a US citizen and at least 14 years old.

Discover® Student Loans Scholarship Award

Amount: $5,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of each month
How to win: Sign up to receive handy college money tips from Discover (you know, the credit card people) and you’re entered to win the monthly Discover® Student Loans Scholarship Award! Plus, you can earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway on social media. One winner will be chosen at random each month, but participants may only enter once per year for the overall one-year sweepstakes period. You also need to be a high school or college student at least 16 years old, and you have to go to an eligible college or university (although parents of eligible students can also enter on their behalf).

Doodle for Google

Amount: Up to $55,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
March 14
How to win: Who knew your doodles could earn you tons of scholarship money and money for your school, plus get you featured on Google for a day? The Doodle for Google contest is open to all US students from kindergarten to seniors in high school. This year’s theme is “I show kindness by…” You have to include the Google logo, but you can make your doodle using any medium (hand drawn, painted, using software, etc.). The grand prize is a $55,000 scholarship, and the organization will award your school or a charity $50,000 in resources. There are also four national prizes of $5,000—still a lot of money for college!   

DoSomething.org Easy Scholarships

Amount: Up to $22,000
Awarded:
 Varies
Deadline:
 Varies
How to win: Okay, this isn’t a particular scholarship. That’s because DoSomething.org offers a lot of easy scholarships. And they move pretty quickly, with many lasting only a month. But, man, they are fun, creative, and fast. You typically sign up, complete a simple task, and upload a picture proving you did it. Then the winners are chosen at random. No essay, GPA, etc. The best part? These scholarships help you do some good in the world! So check the easy scholarships page at DoSomething.org to see what’s new.

Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Amount: Up to $100,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
January 15
How to win: To enter Dr Pepper’s Tuition Giveaway scholarship contest, you need to do a few things. First, describe how you’ll change the world in 350 characters or fewer. Next, get your friends to vote for your entry. If you get 50 or more votes, you’ll need to create an inspiring video. Then comes the crazy part: If you’re a finalist, you’ll compete during a Big Ten, SEC, PAC-12, or ACC football championship game. Yup, it doesn’t get much bigger than that—but neither does the prize: up to $100,000 in tuition money. Talk about the big show. 

Equal Opportunity No-Essay Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded: Annually
Deadline: March 31
How to win:  As a small way to help create a more equal playing field for disadvantaged students, the Equal Opportunity scholarship supports two motivated high school, undergraduate, or graduate students who want to improve their lives and the lives of the people around them. Just complete an application and you're entered. Students from any field of study who have a 2.0 GPA or higher are eligible to apply.

Forget Your Student Debt No-Essay Grant

Amount: $500 to multiple winners
Awarded: Annually to all winners in December
Deadline: The first day of each month (rolling deadlines until December 1)
How to win: Bold.org offers anyone with student loan payments the Forget Your Student Debt No-Essay Grant to cancel some of their college debt. The only requirement is to be a student carrying student debt. That’s it! Much like the other scholarships offered by Bold.org, the sooner you apply in the year, the better chance you have to win.

HeadSetPlus.com College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
December 31
How to win:
All you have to do is record a short video talking about who you are, what you’ve achieved, why college is important, and what motivates you. Yeah, that seems like a lot, but since you need to fit it into a video that’s no longer than five minutes, you’ll fly through “applying” for the HeadSetPlus.com College Scholarship! You need to be at least 16 years old and a high school senior or current college or grad student with a minimum 3.0 GPA to enter.

keep going forward No-Essay Scholarships

Amount: $1,500
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
April 28, August 31, October 30
How to win:
The organization keepgoingforward.org sets out to increase opportunities and foster connection by fundraising for disadvantaged youth, advocating for sustainable travel, and amplifying other philanthropic organizations. Students can apply for all three scholarships throughout the year, as there are no set requirements for grade level or academic field. In fact, one of the scholarships doesn't even require applicants to be current students, as long as they are applying for the money with the intent to move forward with something new in life.

Let Grow: Think for Yourself Scholarship

Amount: Up to $5,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
April 30
How to win: Okay, the Let Grow: Think for Yourself Scholarship does require an essay, but they give you nine options, it only has to be between 500-800 words, and it encourages you to speak your mind. What’s easier than sharing your opinion? For instance, one of your options is, “Please write a thank-you note to a jerk you listened to… and learned something from (although perhaps you didn’t think so at the time.” There are a lot of fun places to go with that. And even if you don’t win the big $5,000, three people are chosen for $1,000 runner-up scholarships.

Make Me Laugh Scholarship

Amount: $1,500
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
August 31
How to win: What if you could win money just by making someone laugh? Well, you can with the Make Me Laugh Scholarship! Unigo sponsors a $1,500 scholarship where all you have to do is describe a story (in 250 words or fewer) about a funny or embarrassing incident in your life to make them laugh. We all have plenty of stories that come to mind… As long as you’re at least 14 years old, get going on this one! 

New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship

Amount: Varies 
Awarded:
 Varies
Deadline:
 Varies
How to win: If you graduated from a New Mexico high school, you’re continuing your education in New Mexico, and you earned at least a 2.5 GPA your first semester in college, you’ve got New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship in the bag. There isn’t even an application! You just need to contact your college or university and ask them about it. It’s that easy. Really!

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Amount: $100
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
March 27
How to win: 
$100 may not seem like much against your college tuition payments, but every little bit helps, and the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition is a pretty fun and fast scholarship. High school students in any grade can submit up to three haikus. A panel of judges will then select six winning poems each year.

Nitro Monthly Scholarship

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
How to win: 
Nitro is another college search website that gives away annual scholarships every month. Just complete a short entry form about which college you’ll be attending and when you anticipate graduating. This application even allows parents to enter for their children. As long as you're at least 17 years old, you should apply! 

No Essay CollegeVine Scholarship

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
March 31
How to win: 
All high school students have to do to enter for a chance to win this award is create a free CollegeVine account and complete their profile. That's all you have to do! After that, the winner of the scholarship will be chosen based on a lottery system and you'll notified via email if you are the lucky recipient.

No Essay College Scholarship™

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
How to win: 
Just create a free profile with Niche to enter their No Essay College Scholarship™. And if you already have one, all you need to do is log in each month for a chance to win! One winner is chosen at random every month. The contest is open to all high school and college students (though there are other eligibility requirements). The money can be applied toward any education-related expenses.  

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded:
 Twice a year
Deadline:
March and November
How to win: Okay, this might not seem like the simplest scholarship in the world because you technically have to write two essays. But they both only call for a maximum of 500 words. So you could write 250 for each prompt—of course, you’d need to really knock them out of the park. The first essay is about where you would go to further your career, and the second is about why you deserve to win the Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship. You also need to be between 16–25 and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Oh, and you need to like their Facebook page too, but that’s easy enough. This scholarship is awarded twice a year in the spring and fall.

Sallie Mae $2,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
How to win: Sallie Mae offers a monthly $2,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes that both students and parents can enter each month. This contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or any US Territory who are age 17 or older at the time of entry. To learn more about the rules and policies for this award, you can view their eligibility page here

ScholarshipPoints Scholarship Giveaways

Amount: $10,000 and $2,500
Awarded:
 Quarterly and monthly
Deadline:
 Varies
How to win: The “points” in ScholarshipPoints come from completing activities like taking surveys, reading emails, and playing games. Then you can use those points to enter scholarship drawings and improve your chances of winning. Pretty sweet deal, right? Well, in addition to all that pointy goodness, they randomly choose a registered user for a $2,500 scholarship each month and $10,000 each quarter. Yes, please!

Scholarships 4 Moms

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
 Five times a year
Deadline:
Varies (multiple drawings throughout the year)
How to win: 
Are you or are you about to become a mother? You could win $10,000 for educational purposes with Scholarships 4 Moms, and all you need to do is register on their site. It’s quick, easy, and free—which is good because goodness knows you have your hands full if you’re a mom! You also need to be 18 years or older and a US citizen.

School Survey Sweepstakes

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
How to win: Niche gathers reviews for all kinds of schools, from K-12 institutions to colleges and universities. They reward students, parents, and recent alumni for leaving those reviews by offering a $1,000 School Survey Sweepstakes. All you have to do is leave a (legit!) review to be entered. And you know you have lots of feelings about your school anyway.

School Band and Orchestra Magazine Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually to 10 winners
Deadline:
March 31
How to win: Do you play in your high school band or orchestra? Can you write 250 words about a music-related essay prompt? (You totally can.) Then you should apply for the School Band and Orchestra Magazine Scholarship. Sure, learning how to play the clarinet wasn’t easy—but applying for this scholarship is.

ServiceScape Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded: Annually
Deadline: November 30
How to win: The ServiceScape Scholarship contest is open to students who are attending or who will attend an accredited college, university, or trade school. Applicants should fill out the application form and submit a super-short statement (no more than 300 words) on the following topic: "How does writing impact today's world?"

Student-View Scholarship

Amount: Up to $10,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
April 23
How to win: No essay. No GPA or test scores. No application, even. All you need to do is complete a 15–25-minute online survey about colleges in your area. Then winners are chosen at random for the Student-View Scholarship. Yes, that’s "winners"—plural. In addition to the $10,000 top prize, two $1,000, and five $500 scholarships are handed out. In terms of scholarships awarded at random, those are pretty good odds!

Tallo Scholarships

Amount: Varies
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Varies
How to win: Tallo is a website that aims to help students network with colleges and employers. To enter the Tallo Scholarship Contests, simply create a profile on their website, go to "Opportunities" and search for "Tallo" under "Organization Name." Several opportunities will be listed, including easy monthly scholarships and their $1,000 Invite-a-Friend Scholarship. Just follow the instructions and answer the questions to be entered!

The $1,000 SuperCollege Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
How to win: Okay, here’s how to enter the $1,000 SuperCollege Scholarship: Fill out their online application. Hit “Submit.” End of instructions. Yup—it’s that easy. It’s open to high school seniors, college students, grad students, and adult learners, and winners are chosen at random.

UNIGO $10K Scholarship

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
December 31
How to win:
For the Unigo 10K Scholarship, you just need to submit an online written response (in 250 words or fewer) to this prompt: Would you rather be smart, funny, or rich? Why? You also need to be a legal resident of the US, at least 14 years old when you apply, and enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution. 

You Deserve It! Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
How to win: 
The You Deserve It! Scholarship only requires you to register on a website to enter. Plus, it’s kind of a meta award. It’s from Scholarship Owl, and creating an account with them also helps you apply to a lot of other scholarships with a single form, so you don’t need to complete a bunch of separate scholarship applications!

Related: Easy No–Essay Scholarships You Need to Know About Right Now

We’ll keep adding to this list as we discover more easy scholarships. (If you have any that we missed, let us know on Twitter @CollegeXpress so we can make this the best and most up-to-date list of easy scholarships anywhere!) Reminder: Always double-check the scholarship rules and regulations before starting an application. Some of these awards move pretty fast, particularly the monthly scholarships and things like eligibility requirements or deadlines might change.

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