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Easy No-Essay Scholarships You Need to Know About

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Assistant Editor, Carnegie Dartlet

Many scholarships feature long-winded essay questions, and it’s often hard to know where to start. And maybe you just aren’t an essay writer. That doesn’t mean you should lose out on great opportunities for college scholarships.

With a little digging around online, you can find great no-essay scholarships that are not only easy to apply for but often fun to do too. These quick and easy contests will have bigger applicant pools and may be harder to win, but somebody has to—and you can’t win if you don’t apply!

Check out the ones below to start and continue to do your own research to find even more no-essay scholarships that could be hiding in all corners of the internet. Before applying to anything, make sure you read the full rules and policies for each scholarship using the links provided!

Related: The Ultimate List of Easy Scholarships

Register for a website

All of these scholarships just require you to register for a website, and most of them are popular college search sites, so you can get some extra college research done while you’re there.

CollegeXpress $10,00 Scholarship Contest & Monthly Refer-A-Friend Scholarship

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you already have a CollegeXpress account. Did you know that means you’re automatically entered to win our annual $10,000 scholarship? If you’re not registered, sign up now! It only takes a few minutes and it’s totally free. Once you’re done registering, be sure to tell some friends to do the same. We’ll give you a unique code to share, and for every person who uses your code to create a CollegeXpress account, you’ll gain an entry to win our $500 Refer-a-Friend monthly drawing! If you don’t win this month, there’s always another chance next month. (And you can win this one multiple times!)

Amount: $10,000; $500
Awarded:
 Annually; monthly
Deadline:
 May 1; last day of the month
Check out the $10,000 scholarship and the Refer-A-Friend scholarship!

Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship

Monthly $1,000 scholarships? Sign us up! No, literally, just sign up and you’re entered for Cappex’s monthly giveaway. In a few short minutes, you’ll be on to your next scholarship.

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
Check it out!

You Deserve It! Scholarship

With Scholarship Owl, creating an account helps you apply to a lot of scholarships all with a single form. So create an account for the You Deserve It! scholarship and you won’t need to do a bunch of extra work to apply for more! 

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
Check it out!

NextStepU Win Free College Tuition Giveaway

Register. Register. Register. Just make sure you check the eligibility period and select the opt-in option that says “Win Free Tuition” for the sweepstakes.

Amount: $2,500
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
 February 28, 2020
Check it out!

No Essay College Scholarship™

This one has “no essay” right in the name! Admittedly, this one requires a smidge more work than just registering. But logging in monthly for a chance to win every month is a small task for the cash.

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
Check it out!

CollegeWeekLive.com Scholarship

This is another one that requires a bit more work than just registering for the site. After registering, visit five college pages of your choosing over the course of the month. If you do that, you’ll be entered in their monthly drawing, and you can enter each month!

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
Check it out!

Christian College EDGE Scholarship & Christian College Scholarship Drawing

If you’re interested in Christian colleges and universities, do a quick registration on this website for a chance to win $1,000 and learn about great colleges that share your faith. If you end up deciding on a Christian college, for a chance to win even more money, fill out their “Christian College Connector” registration to be entered in their $2,500 giveaway.

Amount: $1,000; $2,500
Awarded:
 Annually (both)
Deadline:
 May 31 (both)
Check out the EDGE Scholarship and the Christian College Scholarship Drawing!

Ascent No Essay Weekly Scholarship

Register on Ascent’s website to make an account, follow them on any one of their social media platforms, tag them in a comment with #AscentSponsered, and you’re done. This is a breeze because you’re probably already scrolling through social media anyway.

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Varies
Check it out!

Sallie Mae® $1,000 Plan for College Sweepstakes

You’re already throwing out registrations left and right. What’s one more? This one could even lead you to more scholarships because to be entered you have to register for the Sallie Mae scholarship search tool.

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
Check it out!

Countdown to College Scholarship

This one isn’t a registration exactly. Instead, you’re signing up for a free weekly e-newsletter all about college—and you get a free e-book too. Once you sign up, you’ll also be entered in their random scholarship drawing. Scholarships and other helpful free college resources? It’s a win-win!

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
 May 4, 2020
Check it out!

Use your words (but very few)

We said no essays; we never said no words. But have no fear, because these scholarships require few words and quick answers to easy questions.

10 Words or Less Scholarship

You can swing 10 words. All you have to do is tell them why you think you deserve the scholarship in 10 words or fewer. It’s as easy as posting a Facebook comment (which is exactly how you enter). Leave a comment, give them a like on their Facebook page, and you’re in!

Amount: $500
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
 April 30, 2020
Check it out!

School Survey Sweepstakes

Another one that requires a bit of writing, but it’s certainly no essay. You can be entered into Niche’s monthly $1,000 giveaway just by leaving them a review about your high school.

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
Check it out!

HeadSetPlus.com College Scholarship

This scholarship is great because instead of writing an essay, you just get to talk about yourself. Record a short five-minute video talking about yourself, your achievements, why college is important to you, and what motivates you. As long as you’re authentic, you could be a shoo-in for this one.

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
 December 31 
Check it out!

Use your creativity

Are you better with visuals than you are with words? Well, these scholarships are looking for that creative energy!

Doodle for Google

This is Google we’re talking about, so you know they’ve got big bucks. Not only is this an opportunity to win $30,000 for school, but the winning doodle will be featured on Google for a day! And even if you don’t win the big money, you still have a chance at one of the $5,000 runner-up scholarships.

Amount: Up to $30,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
 March 13, 2020
Check it out!  

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

If doodling for Google didn’t expend all your creative juices, you can also create a greeting card. Take photographs for it. Design it with artwork. The creative medium is up to you, and the general public votes on the winner in the early rounds, so rally your friends and family to help with this one.

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
 March 2, 2020
Check it out!

DoSomething.org Easy Scholarships

DoSomething doesn’t have just one easy scholarship, they have a ton. Most of them are creative and require you to make some sort of impact on others, whether big or small. Get your task, complete it, and send in a picture for proof for a chance to be their randomly chosen winner! Then rinse and repeat for their other tasks with coordinating scholarships.

Amount: Up to $22,000
Awarded:
 Varies
Deadline:
 Varies
Check it out! 

Answer some questions

Sometimes websites just want people to fill out their surveys, and they’ll give you money for school just to do it. Or maybe the organization wants you to learn about something that they do. Either way, these scholarships just require answering a few questions for entry.

The $1,000 SuperCollege Scholarship

What’s easier than answering questions about yourself? Fill out an application and tell SuperCollege what you’re going to school for and other academic-related questions, hit submit, and you’re done.

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Monthly
Deadline:
 Last day of the month
Check it out!

AFSA (American Fire Sprinkler Association) Scholarship

Reading about automatic fire sprinklers may not be the most interesting way to spend your time, but all you have to do is answer an eight-question quiz after to be entered. That’s worth the time. And 10 scholarships are available—which means you have 10 chances to win!

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
 April 1, 2020
Check it out!

VIP Voice $1,000 Scholarship

If you complete at least two of their surveys, you’ll be entered to win this scholarship that’s awarded four times a year. The more surveys you complete, the better your chances to win.

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
 Quarterly
Deadline:
 Varies
Check it out!

2020 Student-View Scholarship

This one skips the application process and gets right to the questions. Fill out their survey to get entered in their random drawing. The big winner gets $4,000, and if that’s not you, you could still be one of two $1,000 winners or one of 10 $500 winners.

Amount: Up to $4,000
Awarded:
 Annually
Deadline:
 April 22, 2020
Check it out!

ScholarshipPoints Scholarship Giveaways

As you complete surveys, play games, and read emails from ScholarshipPoints, you’ll gain points. Use the points to enter their scholarship drawings; the more you have, the better your chances of winning. In addition to the points, you could potentially win their monthly and quarterly random winner giveaways just for being a registered user.

Amount: $10,000; $1,000
Awarded:
 Quarterly; monthly
Deadline:
 Varies
Check it out!

While this may be a long list of easy no-essay scholarships, there could be even more on the internet that we didn’t find, so keep doing your research (and let us know if we missed any on Twitter @CollegeXpress).

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About Kelli Dolan

Kelli Dolan

Kelli Dolan started out at Carnegie Dartlet in the CollegeXpress data division before becoming Assistant Editor on the Production team. Now her day-to-day includes editing magazine publications, CollegeXpress articles, and other important documents for Carnegie Dartlet. When she’s not editing other people’s work, she's writing her own blogs and articles for CollegeXpress.

Outside of work, Kelli still works, both writing for freelance and for fun. But when she’s not working, you can find her reading, playing video games, or making frequent trips back home to Portland, Maine, to visit family and friends.

 

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