Scholarship Essay Contests Winners

What’s great about contests and sweepstakes? They’re essentially scholarships that take very little time or effort and everyone has the opportunity to win.

This scholarship category levels playing field for all students who enter because everyone adheres to the same entry criteria.

Many even offer multiple entries if you choose to take advantage of them (which you should).

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships for writers are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.

Check out some of our favorite contest and sweepstakes style scholarships, which choose winners at random, or have special offers for students:

Doodle 4 Google Contest

Deadline: 3/02/18
Available to: Maximum Age 18 years
Award Amount: 5 Awards from $5,000 to $30,000

The Doodle 4 Google Contest is open to students in grades K through 12. To enter, you must create a Google doodle that tells the world “What I see for the future.”

Get more information on the Doodle 4 Google Contest .

ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship

Deadline: 3/15/2018
Available to: High School Juniors through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

ScholarshipPoints will award a $10,000 scholarship to one lucky member this quarter. All you have to do to become eligible is become a ScholarshipPoints member and log in. It’s simple, fun, and completely free!

Learn more about the ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship.

AFSA High School Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The AFSA High School Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be considered, in a 1,000 – to 1250 – word essay, you must identify two cases – one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful – where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict – affected country.

Learn more about the AFSA High School Essay Contest .

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/18
Available to: Ages 13-21 Years
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $250

The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is open to all students aged 14 – 21. You must submit an essay of no more than 750 words based on the prompts listed on the sponsor’s website. This year’s prompts will ask you to consider a time in your life when you pursued a path that was “narrow and crooked,” but felt like it was the right path for you. In what ways are/were you able to, as Thoreau advises, walk that path with “love and reverence?” How has navigating that path shaped you into the person you are becoming?

Learn more about the Live Deliberately Essay Contest .

$2,500 Easy Scholarship: Make a Sign and Fame a Friend!

Deadline: 3/15/18
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $2,500

You can win an easy $2,500 scholarship by making a sign to encourage your friends to follow their dreams. Even better, your friend will ALSO be entered to win a $2,500 scholarship. Simply make a sign, upload a photo of your friend with the sign, and you’ll both automatically enter to EACH win $2,500 scholarships. Win-win!

Learn more about the $2,500 Easy Scholarship: Make a Sign and Fame a Friend!.

Jumpstart Your Career In One Year, Debt-Free

Deadline: 3/16/18
Available to: High School Seniors – Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

MissionU is a one-year, debt-free alternative to a traditional degree. No loans, no debt, $0 upfront tuition. There are no upfront costs for MissionU; we only get paid when you do. Once you’re earning at least $50,000, you’ll pay back 15% of your income for the first three years. Start making lifelong personal and professional connections while you’re still in school. Our program in Data Analytics and Business Intelligence is designed to for you to succeed, by teaching you the technical and business skills required in a modern workforce. In addition to graduating with technical and business skills, you’ll complete an internship, so you have experience to show after graduation. You are more than a test score, and that’s why we’ve designed our admissions process to screen for future potential rather than grades and test scores. Apply by November 5th, 2017 to be admitted in January.

Learn more about the Jumpstart Your Career In One Year, Debt-Free.

Live Más Scholarship

Deadline: 3/18/18
Available to: Ages 16-24
Award Amount: 100 Awards from $5,000 to $25,000

The Live Más Scholarship is available to innovators, creators, and dreamers between the ages of 16 and 24. To be considered, you must create and submit a video of up to two minutes in length that tells the story of your life’s passion.

Learn more about the Live Más Scholarship.

$10,000 Operation Prevention Video Challenge

Deadline: 3/20/18
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: 4 Awards of $10,000

Prescription opioid misuse and heroin use have reached epidemic levels. But you can change that. Teens can win up to $10,000 by filming a 30-60 second PSA that sends a message to your peers about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse.

Learn more about the $10,000 Operation Prevention Video Challenge.

Project Yellow Light Radio Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $2,000

The Project Yellow Light Radio Scholarship is available to high school juniors and seniors and full – time undergraduate students. To be considered, you must record a radio recording of exactly 20 seconds that discourages distracted driving, specifically texting while driving.

Learn more about the Project Yellow Light Radio Scholarship .

Project Yellow Light Video Contest Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 6 Awards from $1,000 – $5,000

The Project Yellow Light Video Contest Scholarship is available to high school juniors and seniors and full-time undergraduate students. To be considered, you must create a 25 or 55 second video that discourages distracted driving, specifically texting while driving.

Learn more about the Project Yellow Light Video Contest Scholarship .

Stop Texting and Driving Video Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 4/02/2018
Available to: High School Juniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $1,000

The Stop Texting and Driving Video Scholarship Contest is available to high school juniors, seniors and full-time college students. You must submit a 30 to 60 second video on YouTube that will convince others not to text and drive in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Stop Texting and Driving Video Scholarship Contest .

Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education

Deadline: 4/10/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Awards from $5,000 – $15,000

The Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education provides interest-free loans to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and financial need. You must be a U.S. citizen, have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,500 or less, and attend school in the state in which you reside (some exceptions apply). You must also have an outstanding combination of standardized test scores and grades. Law students are not eligible to apply.

Learn more about the Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education.

NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 4/20/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: Awards from $750-$2,000

The NPG 2018 Essay Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on one environmental issue from the sponsor’s chosen list and explain how it is made worse by population growth and describe what measures you would recommend our nation’s leaders take to ensure we protect our fragile environment for generations to come. You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest.

E-Waste Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The E-waste Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must submit a short statement that completes the sentence “The most important reason to care about e-waste is…” and be U.S. citizen or legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the E-Waste Scholarship.

Paradigm Challenge

Deadline: 5/01/2018
Available to: Maximum Age 18 Years
Award Amount: 100 Awards from $500 – $100,000

The Paradigm Challenge is open to students up to the age of 18. You may work in a team or alone in creating an original and creative way to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and / or around the world. Entries may come in the form of posters, videos, inventions, messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help save lives. Additionally, you must submit a brief statement of your idea (140 characters or less) in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Paradigm Challenge.

Because College is Expensive Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/2018
Available to: High School Juniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The $500 “Because College is Expensive” Scholarship is open to students in their junior or senior year in high school, current undergrads and grad students, as well as those planning on enrolling within 12 months. The winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced on the Scholarship Winners page. One entry per person is all that is necessary.

Learn more about the Because College is Expensive Scholarship.

Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 6/30/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest is available to high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a college or university. You must create a public service advertisement video (PSA) which portrays the correct way of interacting with a police officer during a traffic stop, or any other encounter, to qualify for this award. The video must be uploaded to YouTube and be no longer than three minutes long.

Learn more about the Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest.

Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/01/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest is open to U.S. citizens attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1000 words on one of the five topics related to immigration listed on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Deadline: 9/30/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident and complete a short statement on why you pledge not to text and drive in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.

Prom Pics Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Juniors through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $250

The Prom Pics Contest is open to high school students. To be eligible, you must submit a high resolution photo from your prom event. Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories: promposal, pre-prom, prom dance, and post-prom.

Get more information on the Prom Pics Contest.

Optimist International Oratorical Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available To: Maximum Age 18 Years
Award Amount: $2,500

The Optimist International Oratorical Contest is open to students under the age of 19.

To be considered for this award, you must prepare a 4 to 5 minute speech on the topic, “How My Passions Impact the World” to be presented at your local Optimist Club’s contest.

Get more information on the Optimist International Oratorical Contest.

Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes

Deadline: Last day of every month; refreshes monthly
Available to: All Fastweb members (minimum age 13 years)
Award Amount: $500

The Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes is open to registered Fastweb members who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and who are at least thirteen (13) years of age.

You must log into your Fastweb account to obtain your personal referral link.

For each person who registers for Fastweb via your personal referral link during the Promotion Period, you and your referral will entered as a pair into the monthly drawing.

Get more information on the Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes.

CKSF Scholarship Competition

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The CKSF Scholarships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in the U.S. You must register to participate in scholarship quizzes that test your knowledge of topics ranging from general “common knowledge” to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies. You will be scored based on a combination of time and accuracy. Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win.

Learn more about the CKSF Scholarship Competition.

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Unigo offers Our Scholarships to help students of all ages pay for college. Since 2007, we've awarded nearly $500,000 in scholarships to students ages 13 and up throughout the United States. With our creative short essay questions and a different scholarship every month, applying for scholarships has never been more fun, and winning scholarships has never been easier!

Have you ever wondered how people win weird scholarships like the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship? How do people come up with a creative answer to a question like, “If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be, and why?” Well, this is your chance to find out!

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