Mini Essay Scholarships For 2016/2017

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.

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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

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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

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Scholarships for Middle School Students 

Make Me Laugh Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. The applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Student Transportation Video Contest

Sponsor: American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Amount: $500

Deadline: Opening in Spring 2017

Description: Contest is open to students in elementary school through graduate school. Contestant must submit a video on transportation infrastructure.

We the Future Contest

Sponsor: Constituting America

Amount: Varied based on class standing

Deadline: September 17, 2017

Description: Contest is open to K-12 students, college students, law school students, graduate schools students, adults 25 years of age and older, and seniors 65 years of age and older. Each age group has different requirements, so applicants should visit the website for details.

Shout It Out Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: September 30, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. The applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Writer’s Square Essay Contest

Sponsor: Hakka Foundation

Amount: Up to $1,000

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to all enrolled students from 1st grade to college. Applicant must write an essay on how they can make the world a better place.

Save the Frogs! Art Contest

Sponsor: Save the Frogs!

Amount: $100

Deadline: TBA 2017

Description: Contest is open to anyone, regardless of age, with a talent for art. Applicant must submit a cool frog piece of art.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Sponsor: From the Top

Amount: Up to $10,000

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 and 18 who have not yet entered college during the 2016-2017 academic year.

 

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. The applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Patriot’s Pen Competition

Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

Amount: Up to $30,000

Deadline: TBD 2017

Description: Competition is open to students in grades 9-12. Applicant must submit an essay on the following theme: “My Responsibility to America.”

Education Matters Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. The applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Americanism Essay Contest

Sponsor: Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)

Amount: TBD 2017

Deadline: December 1, 2016

Description: Contest is open to students in grades seven through 12 (or equivalent). Applicant must be sponsored by a branch of the Fleet Reserve Association or a unit of the Ladies Auxiliary. Applicant must submit an essay on the theme, “What Memorial Day Means to Me.”

Angela Award

Sponsor: National Science Teachers Association

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 15, 2016

Description: Award is open to female students in grades 5-8 who are residents of the United States, US Territories, or Canada. Applicant must have a strong passion for STEM.

Rubincam Youth Award

Sponsor: National Genealogical Society

Amount: Up to  $500

Deadline: December 15, 2016

Description: Award is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Applicants must submit a genealogical project.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program

Sponsor: Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Amount: Up to $500

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Description: Scholarships are open to students between the ages of 13 and 21 who are candidates for a degree/diploma at a primary (middle school), secondary (high school), or accredited post-secondary educational institution from any country around the world. Applicant must conduct their own environmental stewardship project in 2016.

 

Poetry Card Contest

Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts

Amount: Up to $300

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

Top Ten List Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. The applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Unigo Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Description: Applicant must be at least 13 years of age or older, a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Sponsor: From the Top

Amount: Up to $10,000

Deadline: January 9, 2017

Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 and 18 who have not yet entered college during the 2016-2017 academic year.

TeenLife Summer Promotion

Sponsor: TeenLife

Amount: $500

Deadline: January 25, 2017

Description: Promotion is open to students between the age of 13 and 19 years of age. The student must browse the TeenLife’s “Guide to Overnight Summer Programs” and fill out the interest form to get more information.

Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest

Sponsor: Association for Women in Mathematics

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Description: Contest is open to students in grades 6 through 12 and undergraduate students. The student must submit an essay based on an interview with women currently working in a mathematical career.

I Have a Dream Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Description: Applicant must be 13 years of age or older, be a resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must submit a short essay (250 words or less) about a dream.

First Catholic Slavak Ladies Association High School Scholarship

Sponsor: First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (FCSLA)

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 23, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to members in good standing with the Association for at least three years prior to the date of application. Applicant must also have a policy with the organization in his or her own name. Scholarships are open to students in grades 1-12, as well as college and graduate students.

Sweet & Simple Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Description: Applicant must be 13 years of age or older, be a resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must submit a short written response about a gift they received.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Sponsor: From the Top

Amount: Up to $10,000

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 and 18 who have not yet entered college during the 2016-2017 academic year.

NSF Peer Tutoring Scholarship Competition

Sponsor: National Scholar Foundation, Inc.

Amount: Up to $1,000

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to non-paid student tutors in a middle and high school. Applicant must submit a 500-word essay on a given topic to peer tutoring.

2017 GRHS Youth Essay Contest

Sponsor: Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS)

Amount: Up to $1,000

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Description: Contest is open to students attending public, private, parochial, or home schools, and to students attending accredited universities. Students must submit an essay on a topic related to German-Russian history, heritage or culture. The student does not need to be ethnic German-Russian to enter the contest.

Superpower Scholarships

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. In a short written response, the student must explain which superhero or villain they would want to changes places with for a day and why.

Fifth Month Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. The applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Do-Over Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. The applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Flavor of the Month Scholarship

Sponsor: Unigo

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. The applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

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