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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!

NSSAR George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

This award is available to U.S. citizens who are high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students must submit a 800- to 1,200-word essay addressing the questions for this year's essay contest.

Total: $5000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  December 31

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

This contest is available for students currently enrolled in elementary, junior high or high school during the 2014-2015 school year. To apply, applicants must submit a short essay response to the question listed at the website.

Total: $475 Awards:  8
Deadline:  December 31

Comedy Defensive Driving Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who are planning on or currently attending an accredited college/university or continuing education program. Students must create an advertisement against distracted driving to enter.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  December 31

Young Patriots Essay Contest

U.S. middle school and high school students are eligible for this award. Students must submit an essay of no more than 1,200 words on the topic provided.

Total: $5000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  January 03

Countdown to College Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. students who are in grades 9-12. Students must sign up for Potential Magazine's weekly email newsletter to be considered.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 05

Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Scholarship Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to U.S. citizens who are 18 years of age or older. Students must be high school seniors or current first-year students enrolled at a college or university.

Total: $1500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  January 31

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Student Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to U.S. public, private, parochial, or homeschool students in grades 5-12. Students must write an essay on the current year's topic to enter; essays must be accompanied by student and teacher registration forms.

Total: $300 Awards:  12
Deadline:  January 31

Young & Free Michigan Scholarship Competition - High School Seniors

This scholarship competition is open to high school seniors who attend high school in Michigan or are Michigan First Credit Union members attending high school anywhere in the U.S. Students must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher, and submit a video or essay.

Total: $10000 Awards:  37
Deadline:  February 01

Young & Free Michigan Scholarship Competition - College Students

This scholarship competition is open to current undergraduate and graduate students who are or become members of Michigan First Credit Union and are 17 to 25 years of age. Students must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher and submit a video.

Total: $10000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  February 01

The Purpose Challenge

The Purpose Challenge program is available for U.S. high school seniors who complete an online toolkit and submit an essay on the topic of purpose and meaning in life. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older, and students under 18 must have their parent's permission.

Total: $25000 Awards:  6
Deadline:  February 01

BBB Northwest Students of Integrity Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. high school seniors in Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington State. To apply, applicants must submit an original video that educates consumers about common business and financial scams.

Total: $10000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 13

Christophers Poster Contest

This award is offered to U.S. and international students who are in grades nine through twelve. To apply, the student must create a poster that includes the statement 'You can make a difference' and illustrate the idea that one person can change the world for the better.

Total: $1000 Awards:  8
Deadline:  February 19