Scholarship Contests

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Applying for scholarship contests is a great way to increase your odds of adding free money to your college savings account. These awards are typically quick and easy to apply for and many give you the opportunity to apply each month. If you’re tired of filling out long scholarship applications, writing another essay, or perhaps don’t have the standardized test scores to make a scholarship committee swoon, be sure to add these scholarship contests to your application list. For an even more personalized list of awards, sign up for a free profile today!

GM Genius

The GM Genius Scholarship Contest is available for U.S. high school students who are between the ages of 13 and 19. To be considered, applicants must participate in a weekly fantasy football league that includes short educational videos and quizzes about leadership and critical thinking.

Total: $5000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  October 04

Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest

U.S. students enrolled in grades six through eight are eligible for this award. Students must submit a typewritten essay between 300 and 400 words in length on the current year's topic.

Total: $5000 Awards:  54
Deadline:  October 31

PAVE 2017 International Student Design Competition

The PAVE International Design Competition is open to undergraduate students around the world who submit a design proposal based on the current year's project guidelines.

Total: $7500 Awards:  4
Deadline:  October 31

Maryknoll Student Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to U.S. students in grades 6-12. Students must submit an essay on the current year's topic; essays must be written in English.

Total: $1000 Awards:  6
Deadline:  November 10

"Show Us Your Best Milk Moustache" Scholarship Contest

Arizona residents or students attending Arizona schools are eligible for this award. Students must be 18 years of age or have parental consent. To enter, students must submit a milk moustache photo with a visible dairy product and description.

Total: $12000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  November 21

Scholarship for Outdoor Lovers

This scholarship is available for graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students who submit an original essay on a memorable experience they had in nature.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  November 24

Smithsonian.com Photo Contest

This photography contest is open to all photographers who are 18 years of age or older. Photographs are accepted in the following categories: The Natural World; Travel; People; The American Experience; Altered Images; Mobile Photos; Sustainable Travel.

Total: $2500 Awards:  8
Deadline:  November 30

Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of the entry deadline date. Essays of all formats are accepted as long as they are on the current year's topic.

Total: $2500 Awards:  3
Deadline:  December 01

TicketCity Annual College Scholarship Program

This scholarship essay contest is open to U.S. college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are enrolled full time in an accredited four-year university in the United States. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Total: $3000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 01

Slipstream Poetry Contest

This award is for students who have an interest in writing poetry. The applicant may be a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 01

ChameleonJohn.com USA University Student Scholarship

This scholarship is open to current and entering college/university students who will attend an institution in the United States. Students must submit short answers to three essay questions to apply.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 15

Ride & Seek Contest

This contest is open to high school and college students under the age of 25 who complete a current contest at DoSomething.org. Additional details about the program can be accessed upon creating a free account at the provider's website.

Total: $5000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 15