By tamaraWhen you think back to all the gifts you have received, which ones stand out? Are they over the top or ridiculously expensive? Maybe it was the wrapping or where you received the gift that still burns vividly in your mind? For me, it’s the sweet and simple gifts that leave a lasting impression. Even as a child, I always seemed to gravitate toward items that were handmade or held some sentimental value. For example, on my tenth birthday my grandmother carefully wrapped her music box in pink tissue and placed it in a plain brown box. When I received the box, it didn’t look like much, and I wondered if she might be playing a trick on me. I ripped it open, and to my surprise, found that she had given me the one thing I always rushed to find whenever I paid her a visit. It wasn’t new or something I could play with, but it was more valuable than any toy I could’ve received. To this day (and I won’t tell you how many years it’s been!), whenever I open the box and the music begins to play, I can smell my grandmother’s perfume and see her beautiful smile. Why am I sharing this story with you? Hopefully, it gets your creative juices flowing and helps you win some free money for college. How you ask? Say hello to the $1,500 Sweet & Simple Scholarship. It’s a pretty sweet deal from ScholarshipExperts.com that’s really simple to enter. Just write an essay (250 words or less) that describes a gift you received and why it meant so much to you. That’s it. No long application form and, best of all, no GPA requirements. You really have no excuse not to enter, unless you fail to meet the eligibility guidelines, which are also pretty simple:You must be a legal U.S. residentYou must be 13 years of age or olderYou must plan to enroll in college no later than 2021 And, don’t forget to submit your essay online before 11:59 p.m. (EST) on February 28, 2015. If you want to increase your chances of winning, take a peek at last year’s winning essay — it’s sure to make you smile.