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Scholarship NameAward
$2,000
Deadline
Jul 31
Offered by
College Prowler
Description
Students can use the money to help cover tuition, housing, meal plans, books, computers, or any education-related expenses.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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$1,000
Deadline
Jul 31
Offered by
Scholarship Points
Description
ScholarshipPoints.com will give away over $100,000 in free college scholarships this year including a $1,000 scholarship every month! Apply now!
How to apply
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$10,000
Deadline
Sep 30
Offered by
Unigo
Description
Apply to win one of four $10,000 college scholarship with just 5 Simple Words that illustrate what life will be like 10 years after college graduation. Just answer a few short and simple questions to complete the application for a chance to win $10,000 toward your college education.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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All about Education Scholarship$3,000
Deadline
April 30
Renewable
No
Offered by
Scholarship Experts
3020 Hartley Road, Suite 220
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be students 13 years or older, including high school undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. Students must also be U.S. citizens, be legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than fall 2018) in a post-secondary institution. An essay is required on the topic provided.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship$54,000
Deadline
October 15
Renewable
No
Offered by
Choate, Hall and Stewart
Two International Place
Boston, MA 02110
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants should submit applications, curriculum vitae and poetry samples. Recipients should not accept another scholarship during the scholarship year, must travel outside North America and should have three poems by the end of scholarship year.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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$1,000 - $1,000
Deadline
Sep 30
Offered by
Niche Parent Survey
Description
Love it or hate it, tell us about your child's school! A few survey responses will earn you an entry into our monthly $1,000 Parent Survey Scholarship that can be used to finance your child's education.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Anthem Essay Contest$30-$2,000
Deadline
March 20
Renewable
No
Offered by
Ayn Rand Institute Anthem Essay Contest
Department W
P.O. Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be high school freshmen or sophomores who submit a 600-1200 word essay that will be judged on both style and content, with an emphasis on writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Anthem.
How to apply
Application request information is available online.
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Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program$2,000
Deadline
February 3
Renewable
No
Offered by
South Carolina State Department of Education
1429 Senate Street
Room 701-A
Columbia, SC 29201
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be high school seniors in South Carolina public schools, have attended South Carolina public schools for the past two consecutive years and be U.S. citizens. There are four categories: creative writing, drama, music and visual arts. For the creative writing category, a sonnet, lyric or narrative poem no longer than one page must be submitted. For the drama category, an original, short, one-act play with a performing time of 20 to 45 minutes must be submitted. For the music category, an original composition of three to five minutes must be submitted. For the visual arts category, an original visual composition must be submitted. Compositions are judged on creativity, originality and quality of expression and content.
How to apply
Applications are available online. An application form, composition and process folio are required.
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Atlas Shrugged Essay ContestUp to $10,000
Deadline
September 17
Renewable
No
Offered by
Ayn Rand Institute Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Department W
P.O. Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be college students and high school students entering college in the fall who submit an 800-1,600 word essay which will be judged on both style and content with an emphasis on writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.
How to apply
Application request information is available online.
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Do-Over Scholarship$1,500
Deadline
June 30
Renewable
No
Offered by
Scholarship Experts
3020 Hartley Road, Suite 220
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be students 13 years or older, including high school undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. Students must also be U.S. citizens, be legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than fall 2018) in a post-secondary institution. An essay is required on the topic provided.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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$1,000
Deadline
Jul 31
Offered by
Cappex
Description
This is an easy scholarship offered every month. There is no GPA requirement and no essay to write! All you have to do is create a Cappex profile. Click ‘apply’ and you may have just made $1,000!
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Edna Meudt Memorial Award and the Florence Kahn Memorial Award$500
Deadline
February 14
Renewable
No
Offered by
National Federation of State Poetry Societies
NFSPS College/University-Level Competition
N. Colwell Snell
P.O. Box 520698
Salt Lake City, UT 84152
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants can be college students at any level.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Education Matters Scholarship$5,000
Deadline
November 30
Renewable
No
Offered by
Scholarship Experts
3020 Hartley Road, Suite 220
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be students 13 years or older, including high school undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. Students must also be U.S. citizens, be legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than fall 2018) in a post-secondary institution. An essay is required on the topic provided.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Fountainhead Essay Contest$50-$10,000
Deadline
April 26
Renewable
No
Offered by
Ayn Rand Institute Fountainhead Essay Contest
Department W
P.O. Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be high school juniors or seniors who submit a 800-1,600 word essay which will be judged on both style and content with an emphasis on writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic and psychological meaning of The Fountainhead.
How to apply
Application request information is available online.
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Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship$500-$1,000
Deadline
April 1
Renewable
No
Offered by
California Chicano News Media Association
USC Annenberg School of Journalism
727 W. 27th Street, Room 201
Los Angeles, CA 90007-3212
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be Latino and either attending California schools or be California residents attending out-of-state schools. Students must show an interest in journalism (broadcast, print, photo or online) and demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.
How to apply
Applications are available online, by email, by mail or by phone.
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$500
Deadline
Jun 1
Offered by
HSJunior
Description
Open to all high school juniors in the class of 2016.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Julianne Malveaux ScholarshipVaries
Deadline
March 1
Renewable
No
Offered by
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc.
1806 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009-3298
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be enrolled as sophomores or juniors at an accredited college or university and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students may major in related fields such as public policy or creative writing.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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M. Josephine O'Neil Arts Award$6,000
Deadline
February 1
Renewable
No
Offered by
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Lambda State Organization
c/o Linda McDonnell
3201 Newell Drive
Granite City, IL 62040-5160
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be Illinois residents and be sophomores at an accredited community college or current or upcoming juniors at an accredited four-year college or university. Students must demonstrate outstanding accomplishment in music, visual arts, dance, theater or the literary arts.
How to apply
Applications are available online. An application form, transcript, evidence of accomplishment in the arts (such as reviews, awards, etc.) and an artwork sample are required.
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Mae Maxey Memorial Scholarship$1,000-$5,000
Deadline
Varies
Renewable
No
Offered by
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
P.O. Box 10444
Fairfax, VA 22031-8044
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have unmet financial need that is verified by the college or university financial aid office. Students are encouraged to complete the UNCF General Scholarship application to be matched with scholarships for which they meet the criteria.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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National High School Poetry Contest/Easterday Poetry AwardUp to $2,500
Deadline
March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31
Renewable
No
Offered by
Live Poets Society
P.O. Box 8841
Turnersville, NJ 08012
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be U.S. high school students. Submitted poems must be 20 lines or less, in English, unpublished and not simultaneously submitted to any other competition. Applicants may only submit one poem during any 90-day span and must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with each mailed entry, or applicants may submit their poems online. Submissions are accepted year-round.
How to apply
There is no application form.
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$500
Deadline
Jun 1
Offered by
HSSenior
Description
Open to all high school seniors in the class of 2015.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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National Ten Minute Play Contest$1,000
Deadline
November 1
Renewable
No
Offered by
Actors Theatre of Louisville
National Ten Minute Play Contest
316 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-4218
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Each playwright may only submit one script no more than 10 pages in length that has not been previously submitted. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
How to apply
No application is necessary.
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Northwest Perspectives Essay ContestUp to $750
Deadline
January 15
Renewable
No
Offered by
Oregon Quarterly Magazine
204 Alder Building
5528 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Entrants must be current undergraduate or graduate students, or they must be nonfiction writers who 1) have never won first place in the contest; 2) have not had any featured articles published in the Oregon Quarterly in the past calendar year; 3) are not employees of the Oregon Quarterly or University of Oregon Advancement and 4) are not family members of Oregon Quarterly or University of Oregon Advancement employees. Entrants must submit an essay on a topic that pertains to the Northwest region. Selection is based on the overall strength of the essay.
How to apply
Entry instructions are available online. A cover letter and essay are required.
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Playwright Discovery AwardUp to $750
Deadline
June 1
Renewable
No
Offered by
VSA Arts
818 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be students in grades 6-12. Applicants are to create an original one-act script of less than 40 pages that documents the experience of living with a disability. Applicants themselves need not be disabled, but the script must address the issue. Selected scripts will be performed for middle school, high school and adult audiences. First and second place winners will have their plays performed at the JFK Performing Arts Center.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Prize in Ethics Essay Contest$2,500-$5,000
Deadline
December 2
Renewable
No
Offered by
Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
555 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be registered full-time juniors and seniors at accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. Students must write an essay dealing with ethics and have a faculty sponsor review their essay and sign the entry form.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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$500
Deadline
Jun 1
Offered by
HSFreshmen
Description
Open to all high school freshmen in the class of 2018.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Scholastic Art & Writing AwardsUp to $10,000
Deadline
December 15
Renewable
No
Offered by
Scholastic
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be in grades 7 through 12 in U.S. or Canadian schools and must submit writing pieces or portfolios in one of the following categories: dramatic script, general writing portfolio, humor, journalism, nonfiction portfolio, novel, personal essay/memoir, poetry, science fiction/fantasy, short story and short short story.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Shout It Out Scholarship$1,500
Deadline
September 30
Renewable
No
Offered by
Scholarship Experts
3020 Hartley Road, Suite 220
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be students 13 years or older, including high school undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. Students must also be U.S. citizens, be legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than fall 2018) in a post-secondary institution. An essay is required on the topic provided.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Signet Classic Student Scholarship Essay Contest $1,000
Deadline
April 15
Renewable
No
Offered by
Penguin Group (USA)
Academic Marketing Department
Signet Classic Student Scholarship
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be high school juniors or seniors or equivalent home schooled students and write an essay on one of five selected topics based on a piece of literature. Each English teacher may only submit one junior and one senior essay. Selection is based on style, content, grammar and originality.
How to apply
English teachers submit entries. Essays from home-schooled students may be submitted by a parent or guardian.
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Superpower Scholarship$2,500
Deadline
March 31
Renewable
No
Offered by
Scholarship Experts
3020 Hartley Road, Suite 220
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be students 13 years or older, including high school undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. Students must also be U.S. citizens, be legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than fall 2018) in a post-secondary institution. An essay is required on the topic provided.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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$500
Deadline
Jun 1
Offered by
HSSophomore
Description
Open to all high school students in the class of 2017.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Top Ten List Scholarship$1,500
Deadline
December 31
Renewable
No
Offered by
Scholarship Experts
3020 Hartley Road, Suite 220
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be students 13 years or older, including high school undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. Students must also be U.S. citizens, be legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than fall 2018) in a post-secondary institution. An essay is required on the topic provided.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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YoungArts ProgramUp to $10,000
Deadline
October 18
Renewable
No
Offered by
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
444 Brickell Avenue
P-14
Miami, FL 33131
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Applicants must be either high school seniors or 17 or 18 years old by December 1 of the year of application. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The disciplines included are cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing. Those applying in the discipline of jazz music may be registered aliens. There is a nonrefundable fee.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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Youth Free Expression Network Film ContestUp to $1,000
Deadline
December 13
Renewable
No
Offered by
National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)
275 Seventh Avenue
15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Eligibility
Unknown may apply. Students must be 19 years or younger. Films must be four minutes or less in a variety of genres including documentary, music video and experimental. Top three winners receive cash stipends.
How to apply
Applications are available online.
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