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Applying for scholarship essay 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!

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, 2020

FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest

This scholarship is open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Additional questions regarding eligibility may be emailed to [email protected] Click to learn more and apply today!

Total: $20000

Awards: 9

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Get Schooled $1,000 No Essay Scholarship

The Get Schooled $1,000 No Essay Scholarship is available for students between 17 and 24 years of age who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited postsecondary university during the upcoming fall semester.

Total: $1000

Awards: 5

Deadline: December 31, 2020

‘Make It With Wool’ Contest

This award is available to high school and undergraduate students 24 years of age or younger who have an interest in sewing, knitting or fashion design. The applicant must live in or attend school in a state that has an American Sheep Industry Association.

Total: $1500

Awards: 4

Deadline: December 31, 2020 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: $1000

Awards: 2

Deadline: December 31, 2020

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: $1500

Awards: 1

Deadline: December 31, 2020

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: $2833

Awards: 3

Deadline: December 31, 2020

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. Students, practicing attorneys, policymakers, regulators, public health representatives, and anyone with an interest in alcohol law and policies should apply.

Total: $2834

Awards: 3

Deadline: January 08, 2021

Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards

The Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards is available to U.S. high school seniors, nationwide. Applications open in November. Since 1993, this program has awarded more than $2.7 million to public high school students for original poetry, memoir/personal essay, fiction/drama, and spoken-word compositions.

Total: $50000

Awards: 5

Deadline: March 02, 2021

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

U.S. residents aged 14 or older who will be attending school in the fall are eligible to participate. Applicants must design a greeting card.

Total: $10000

Awards: 1

Deadline: March 09, 2021

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