The Ultimate List of Easy Scholarships

No long essays. No recommendation letters. Just lots of scholarships that are easy to apply to. And practically anyone can win. Oh, and this list is updated for 2018. 

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. were not included. We’re talking easy scholarships, people! Many of the scholarships are open to anyone, and 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. Think about it: you might spend five hours working on a scholarship essay that’s worth “only” $500—but if you win, that’s like getting paid $100 an hour! (You’re not gonna earn that at the Gap. Just saying.)

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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 scholarship. All you have to do is register for free with 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. If you’ve registered with CollegeXpress, you’re already entered! (And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!) Learn more here.

10 Words or Less Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
Varies   
How to win:
Basically, you just need to explain—in 10 words or fewer—why you should get this scholarship. 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. Learn more here.

AFSA (American Fire Sprinkler Association) Scholarship

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
 April 1
How to win: 
To win this scholarship, you need to read about automatic fire sprinkler systems and take a 10-question quiz about the material. Pretty easy, right? This award is only open to high school seniors on their way to an accredited two- or four-year school in the fall. Ten scholarships are available each year—which means you have 10 chances to win! Learn more here.

Americanism Essay Contest

Amount: Up to $5,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 1
How to win: Every year the Fleet Reserve Association awards a scholarship based on a single patriotic theme. They do require an essay, but it’s only 350 words. Last year’s theme was “What Patriotism Means to Me.” In addition to the $5,000 grand prize, there are awards for first, second, and third place ($2,500, $1,500, and $1,000, respectively). This scholarship is also open to students in grades 7–12. Learn more here.

Beliz Law Firm Video Essay Scholarship Contest

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 3
How to win: Everyone knows creating a video “essay” is more fun (and easier) than a written one. And if you can create a thoughtful video, no longer than three minutes, about bicycle safety tips, you could win this scholarship. You also need to be a current college student or high school senior already accepted to a college or trade school. Learn more here.

C.I.P. (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 this scholarship. 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 mini essay. Learn more here.

Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: 
Register with Cappex to win. You just need to be “currently enrolled in high school or college or plan to enroll in the next 12 months.” Boom. Done. Learn more here. 

Chegg $1,000 Monthly Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: Chegg posts their scholarship question every month. One recent example: “If you had $10 to spend on a meal, what’s your favorite food you’d get?” Then students can respond in 600 characters or fewer—not words, characters—for a chance to win. They say it takes two minutes to apply. One thousand dollars. For two minutes. Now that’s math we like to do. Learn more here.

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. You’ll then have a chance to get information from Christian colleges and universities. It’ll enter you in their scholarship drawing and help you get recruited by those schools! This is different from their $2,500 Christian College Scholarship drawing; see below. Learn more here.

Christian College Scholarship Drawing

Amount: $2,500
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
May 31
How to win: 
You need to complete the registration form for The Christian College Connector. Then winners are chosen at random, but they must be planning to enroll as a full-time freshman at a “Christ-centered Christian college or Bible college” within 16 months of winning. Learn more here.

CollegeWeekLive.com Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: 
VR college fair site CollegeWeekLive gives away $1,000 each month to one lucky user chosen at random. You need to be registered with the site and visit five college pages (whichever schools you like) over the course of the month to be entered. Learn more here.

CollegeXpress $500 Refer-A-Friend Contest

Amount: $500
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 this monthly scholarship drawing. 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!) Learn more here.

Common Knowledge Scholarships

Amount: Up to $2,500
Awarded:
Varies
Deadline:
Varies
How to win: Take a quiz. Get a scholarship. Umm, nerdy trivia and money for college? Where do we sign up?!?! The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation offers a lot of quizzes on topics from academic subjects to movies. They’re open to any student in high school or college (even parents!) and can be applied to any postsecondary institution. Learn more here.

Countdown to College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
May 4, 2018
How to win: When you sign up to get Potential magazine’s free weekly “Countdown to College" newsletter email, you’ll not only get helpful college admission tips and a free e-book—you’ll also get an entry in their annual $1,000 scholarship drawing! It’s open to all high school students, and the winner is chosen at random. Learn more here.

Courage to Grow Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: 
This monthly award goes out 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 submit a short 250-word essay about why you deserve the money. (Unfortunately, “Help me, I’m poor” doesn’t meet the word count.) Learn more here.

Course Hero Monthly Scholarship

Amount: $5,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: Course Hero gives away some serious scholarship dollars every month. To become eligible, you need to be registered on their site and submit a short “creative” answer (150 words or fewer) to that month’s question. You can also win $$$ for doing other easy things on their site, like giving course advice or sharing on social media. Learn more here.

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! It could snag you $10,000, which is almost as good as getting a bajillion likes. To apply to this scholarship, you also need to be a US citizen and at least 14 years old. Learn more here.

Discover Scholarship Award

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
January 31, 2019
How to win: Sign up to receive handy college money tips from Discover (you know, the credit card people) and you’re entered! Plus, you can earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway on social media. Ten winners will be chosen at random on select dates. 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). Learn more here.

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! (At the moment of this writing, it’s for boosting a stranger’s confidence with sticky notes.) So check the easy scholarships page at DoSomething.org to see what’s new. Learn more here.  

Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Amount: Up to $100,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
Typically in October
How to win: To enter Dr Pepper’s easy and generous 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. Learn more here

HeadSetPlus.com College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 31
How to win: 
You know you want to be a YouTube star; get your start by recording 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 this 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. Learn more here.

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 basically got this 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. Learn more here.

NextStepU Win Free College Tuition Giveaway

Amount: $2,500
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
June 30, 2018
How to win: No essay required! Just register with NextStepU.com during the eligibility period. This year it runs from January 1 to June 30. You also need to opt in to the “Win Free Tuition” sweepstakes. Learn more here.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Amount: $50
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
Typically in March
How to win: 
Fifty dollars may not seem like much against your college tuition payments, but every little bit helps, and this is a pretty fun and fast scholarship. High school students in any grade can submit up to three haikus. A panel of judges then picks several winners each year. Learn more here.

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. 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. Learn more here.

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Twice a year
Deadline:
March 30; September 30
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 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 scholarship. You also need to be between the ages of 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! Learn more here.

Sallie Mae® $1,000 Plan for CollegeSM Sweepstakes

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: When you register to use Sallie Mae’s scholarship search tool, you’ll be entered to win their monthly scholarship sweepstakes. And since you should be searching for scholarships anyway, might as well get a shot at $1,000 while you’re at it, amirite? Learn more here.

ScholarshipPoints Scholarship Giveaways

Amount: $10,000 and $1,000
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 $1,000 scholarship each month and a $10,000 each quarter. Yes, please! Learn more here.

ScholarshipPoints Seasonal Scholarships

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Varies
Deadline:
Varies
How to win: Again, you can cash in your ScholarshipPoints, er, points to win these themed awards; Turkey Dinero Scholarship, Frosty the Doughman Scholarship, and Gingerbread Housing Scholarship are some of their past festive fall and winter awards! Every point is a chance to win; winners are chosen at random. Learn more here.

Scholarships 4 Moms

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
 June 15, 2018 
How to win: 
Are you or are you about to become a mother? You could win $10,000 for “educational purposes,” and all you need to do is register with this site. It’s quick, easy, and free, which is good, because goodness knows you have your hands full—you’re a mom! You also need to be 18 years or older and a US citizen. Learn more here.

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 scholarship 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, so… Learn more here.

School Band and Orchestra Magazine Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 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 this scholarship from School Band and Orchestra magazine. Sure, learning how to play the clarinet wasn’t easy—but applying for this scholarship is. Learn more here.

ServiceScape Scholarship 2018

Amount: $1,000
Awarded: Annually
Deadline: November 30, 2018
How to win: This scholarship contest is open to students who are attending or who will attend an accredited college, university, or trade school in 2018. Applicants should fill out the application form and submit a super-short essay (no more than 300 words!) on the following topic: “How does writing impact today's world?” New listing! Learn more here.

Student-View Scholarship

Amount: Up to $4,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
April 22
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. Yes, that’s winners, plural. In addition to the $4,000 top prize, two $1,000 and 10 $500 scholarships are handed out. In terms of scholarships awarded at random, those are pretty good odds! Learn more here.

SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Biweekly
Deadline:
May 14, 2018
How to win: SunTrust Bank is giving away $500 for college to two lucky winners every two weeks! (That’s so often!) Thirty winners will be chosen in all—at random. There is no GPA, essay, or financial need requirement. However! You need to be a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, or the District of Columbia (DC). You also need to be a high school senior or college undergrad. Learn more here.

Tall Clubs International Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
March 1
How to win: If you’re exceptionally tall—at least 5'10" for women and 6'2" for men—you could win this scholarship. It’s open to high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall. Get in touch with the nearest chapter of Tall Clubs International for an application. Learn more here.

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 this scholarship: Fill out their online application. Hit “Submit.” End of instructions. Yup, it’s that easy. Winners are chosen at random. It’s open to high school seniors, college students, grad students, and adult learners. Learn more here.

UNIGO $10K Scholarship

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 31
How to win:
Students need to submit an online written response to this prompt: "Imagine a historical figure is brought back to life. Who is it? What's their favorite mobile app?" (in 250 words or fewer). You also need to be a legal resident of the US, at least 13 years old when you apply, and enrolled (no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution. Learn more here.

VIP Voice $1,000 Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Quarterly
Deadline:
Varies
How to win: VIP Voice is another survey-taking website. To be eligible for their scholarship sweepstakes, you need to register with the site and take at least two surveys. The more surveys you take, the better your chances of winning. Learn more here.

You Deserve It! Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win:
This is yet another scholarship where you only have to register on a website to enter. Plus, it’s kind of a meta award. It’s from ScholarshipOwl, and creating an account with them also helps you apply to lots of other scholarships with a single form, so you don’t need to complete a bunch of separate scholarship applications! Learn more here.

Heads up! These easy scholarships are closed or no longer offered

  • AnyCollege.com Scholarship
  • Collect Sports Gear for Kids in Underserved Communities
  • College Prowler Essay Competition 
  • CollegeMapper’s $1,000 No Essay Scholarships
  • Conestoga Bank “Future of Banking” Scholarship
  • Datatech Labs Data Recovery Scholarship YouTube Challenge
  • Design-A-Sign Scholarship Contest
  • Dry Defender Protect Your Bed Scholarship
  • Everything Is Awesome Scholarship Slam
  • Fantasy Sports Daily Scholarships 
  • Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes
  • Girls Going Places Scholarship
  • Go Ennounce Yourself Scholarship
  • Niche $1,000 Summer Scholarship
  • Niche Summer Scholarship
  • OP Loftbed Scholarship
  • PicMonkey College Scholarship
  • School Grants Blog No Essay Scholarship
  • Scholarships.com “Tell a Friend” Scholarship Sweepstakes
  • Stay Safe on the Internet Scholarship
  • Study.com Tuition Won't Stop Me Scholarship
  • Sussle Fun, No Essay Scholarship
  • Teens for Jeans No Essay Scholarship
  • The Haiku Ninja Facebook Scholarship
  • The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship
  • TV Providers.com Scholarship
  • Zumper Apartments Scholarship

And that’s it for 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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