College Scholarship Contests

Not all college scholarships programs require you to choose a major, career or even a school. The Internet is filled to the brim with alternative ways to get free money for college in the form of contests, lotteries and drawings. These programs range from simple forms to fill-in, to more involved essay contests detailing your thoughts on current events, your favorite book, or simply why you deserve free money for college.

The most popular kinds of scholarship contests are essay contests. Essay contests can come from a variety of sources, from websites to major corporations, and some can award up to $10,000 in scholarship money for college.


In most cases, essay contests are really helpful to students interested in journalism and English, since they have the most experience putting pen to paper and expressing themselves in words. Scholarships like the Ayn Rand Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged Essay Contests particularly appeal to the readers and writers in undergraduate and graduate school.

But essay contests are not limited to English majors, and most are open to students across the disciplines, and focus not only on the format and grammar of essays, but of the content. Your ideas about social issues and policy are just as important as vocabulary for many essay contest scholarships, so it is worth it to apply!

The Student Loan Network Scholarship Drawing is one of the easiest scholarship drawings to enter, with the biggest pay-off. All you have to do to enter the drawing for $10,000 is fill out a simple online form. Similarly, Student-View.com offers $1,000 in contest scholarship money for simply filling out an online form, picking an applicant at random to win the scholarship. This will free up your time to study for the SATs, write college essays, and maybe even enjoy yourself!

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