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What are some scholarships that require little to no essay or other type of submissions to apply?

I’m a high school sophomore, I wanted to apply to some scholarships maybe in my junior year. However, I’m not great with writing essays, what are some legit scholarships that don’t required essays or just some writings with questions that are easy to answer?

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Vicky !

This is a great time for you to explore scholarships because soon enough, you'd be applying for them. I'd like to share some advice for you so that you can have beneficial results in receiving scholarships.

You will be applying for them based on when they are offered for the year that you enter college. Each one is based on when you enroll or while you are already a college student. However, you must read each scholarships' application instructions to know exactly when to apply and which semester or college year they are for.

I'd first like to advise that you should maybe take an extra writing class next year as a junior in high school. Perhaps obtain a tutor, also. It is absolutely important that you develop your writing skills, especially if you plan to go to college. How you express yourself on paper, online and verbally will make all the difference. There will be a very heavy writing demand in college, as well, so it may pay off to gain confidence and feel at ease with writing now. Another reason for this is that you deserve very much to apply for any and all scholarships that you qualify for. The more you apply to, the better your chances are for obtaining a substantial amount that could help you with your college expenses. Don't limit the possibilities by only applying for no-essay scholarships. You deserve more.

When it comes time to apply, and you're still not sure about writing, ask a friend or relative to help you. You can take a writing course on line this summer, too. The Write At Home website offers courses as well as material on "50 Tips to Improve Your Writing". I have left the link for you below. I have left a link below for you to a list of writing courses online. The link has a Five Minute Creative Writing Challenges class which sounds fun and will give you an opportunity to use your skills and be creative. It may not be a bad idea to also get an English textbook and read it until you understand the concepts of spelling, structure, usage, etc. At your own pace, you may enjoy sharpening your writing skills. When you are writing, have these helpful supports near you to refer to such as a dictionary or a thesaurus. That will help you to write your scholarship essays. You can do it !

In case you change your mind and will apply for essay as well as the non-essay scholarships, I have left links for you below for them. You also need to do a search online for scholarships in your state, county, city or town. Staff and faculty at your high school can tell you about scholarships to apply for and so can your local Chamber of Commerce or Town Hall. There are also scholarships at the college that you attend for students that are already enrolled. There's a lot out there and I'd like to know that you have covered a lot of ground with applying to achieve the best results with no barriers.

I hope this helps for a start and I wish you all the best !

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Thank you comment icon Thank you for the information! I will try practicing some writing exercises! Vicky
Thank you comment icon You are very welcome, Vicky ! Michelle M.
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Aisha’s Answer

Hello Vicky,

Absolutely, there are scholarships out there that don't demand lengthy essays. Here are some options you might find appealing:

1. **Merit-Based Scholarships:** These scholarships are often awarded on the basis of academic accomplishments, involvement in extracurricular activities, or leadership positions. They usually don't require essays but may have specific requirements like a certain GPA or standardized test scores.

2. **Automatic Scholarships:** Some higher education institutions provide automatic scholarships to new students based on their academic record or test results. These scholarships are given without the need for extra applications or essays.

3. **Local Scholarships:** Consult with your high school guidance counselor or community groups for local scholarships that may have less complicated application procedures. These scholarships often have specific eligibility requirements and may need minimal paperwork or short answer questions.

4. **Creative Contests:** Search for scholarships that include creative contests such as art, photography, or video competitions. While these may require some effort, they usually don't involve traditional essay writing and might be more fun for students with different abilities.

5. **Specialized Scholarships:** Investigate scholarships related to your passions, hobbies, or future career ambitions. Some scholarships are given to students pursuing specific areas of study or involved in certain activities like sports, music, or STEM competitions.

6. **No-Essay Scholarships:** There are numerous scholarship programs that don't require essays or extensive application materials. These scholarships may involve simple online forms or short answer questions. However, exercise caution and verify the authenticity of these scholarships before applying, as some might be fraudulent or have strict eligibility requirements.

7. **Financial Aid Programs:** Besides scholarships, consider applying for financial aid programs like grants, work-study opportunities, or need-based aid provided by colleges, state governments, or federal agencies. These programs may have simpler application procedures and can help reduce the cost of higher education.

Don't forget to thoroughly review the eligibility requirements and application deadlines for each scholarship you're interested in. Although essays are a common requirement for many scholarships, there are still numerous opportunities available for students who prefer other types of application materials. Best of luck with your scholarship hunt!
Thank you comment icon Thank you for providing me different types of scholarships that don’t need essay, I will check each one of them out! Vicky
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Kimberly’s Answer

There are real scholarships out there for extra tall people, people who are left handed, etc...
These types of scholarships and thousands of others can be search on and top of the list there today is a Sallie Mae Scholarship with no essay required.
Thank you comment icon Oh! Thank you, I will check them out! Vicky
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Richard’s Answer

Good Morning Vicky,

Please read Michelle's post twice, she has excellent advice!

Then please read this too (note - My daughter had the same thoughts about writing essays for university scholarships)

It is important to remember that an Essay is a body of work that can be expanded. And that any topic (within reason) that you write about is a good topic, your essay is about you, you and your life experiences are special; do not sell yourself short. Your life and experiences are relevant and important, so are your thoughts and opinions.

Being able to expand an essay is the most important part here; and that is why this is going to be so easy for you once you get going. The main principle here is that if you send 10 essays to ten schools, they are not all going to compare them with each other. So the right strategy is to create a few Essays, perhaps three to start, and then to use those as a framework when you apply.

For example, one school might ask for a 1,000 word essay, and the next might ask for 3,000. The right strategy here (in my opinion as I have been to more than one University and have earned a lot of scholarship money by writing Essays) is to use the same core body of work for both, but to expand upon it by adding 2,000 words for the second essay - so just like that, you have one Essay but have now completed two applications!

Follow Michelle's tips, and use a simple framework:

Introduction - "This is a story about my first part-time job and how what I learned will make me a better student."
Body - 'My first-time job was babysitting my little sibling, or mowing the neighbor's lawns, or working in a diner" (all good examples)
Conclusion - "What I learned in this job was the importance of being responsible, on-time, and dedicated"

Make three of these, and make them brief, they are the bones of your essay. Then use these to expand and you will be off to the races.

Expanding on the above framework is just what you think it is, do not make it complicated. if your first job was babysitting, did you learn any lessons? Did you like babysitting? Or if it was working in a diner, did you have any fun stories or pick up any skills? Your essay is filling in the details, to a framework like the one above.

Just like Michelle says, a course or two would be a fantastic way to practice.

Good luck out there, get started on the framework, and you will see that it is easy to write multiple essays by expanding on the same story. Note - this is what professional performers do too. Comedians are a great example, they tell the same jokes over and over, not one time. Each time, they add a little bit to it that maybe they did not remember to include the first time. So a comedian performing 50 times is not creating all new stuff all 50 times (neither are singers, or politicians, or any other public speakers) they are taking the same material and performing it 50 times with simple enhancements.

Once you get the hang of it, you will be sending those Essays out like hotcakes!

Good Luck! And Have Fun - you are telling your own stories here, people will enjoy reading them!
Thank you comment icon Thank you for providing me the outline for the essay! I will take note of it when I start writing scholarship essays! Vicky
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James Constantine’s Answer

Dear Vicky,

There's a multitude of scholarships out there that don't necessitate lengthy essay submissions, perfect for high school students like you who may not be fond of writing essays. Here's a list of some genuine scholarships with minimal or no essay requirements:

1. Cappex Easy Money Scholarship: Cappex offers this scholarship to high school students without needing an essay. To enter the monthly drawing for a chance to win $1,000, all you need to do is create a Cappex profile.

2. Niche No Essay Scholarship: This scholarship by Niche awards $2,000 monthly and doesn't require an essay or a long application process. Simply create an account on the Niche website and you're eligible for the scholarship drawing.

3. ScholarshipPoints Scholarship: ScholarshipPoints provides various scholarships without essay requirements. By completing activities on their website, students can earn points which can be used to enter scholarship drawings ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

4. Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway: Dr. Pepper's scholarship program provides students with up to $100,000 in tuition money. Instead of an essay, applicants need to submit a video explaining why they deserve the scholarship, which may be more appealing to some students.

5. Courage to Grow Scholarship: Open to high school juniors and seniors, this scholarship requires a short essay of 250 words or less explaining why you should receive the scholarship. Despite involving writing, the essay length is quite manageable.

6. Tallo’s Monthly Scholarship: Tallo provides a monthly $1,000 scholarship that requires students to create a Tallo profile and complete their portfolio. Though it involves some writing, it's more about showcasing your accomplishments and skills than writing long essays.

7. Unigo 10K Scholarship: Unigo offers a $10,000 scholarship where you only need to answer a short question in 250 words or less. This format allows you to express yourself briefly without the stress of writing a full-length essay.

Always remember to confirm the authenticity of any scholarship you apply for and make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements before submitting your application.

Top 3 Reliable Sources Used:

- Cappex
- Niche
- ScholarshipPoints

May God bless you!
James Constantine Frangos.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the information! I will check them out! Vicky