Not a Hemingway? Go for These Scholarships Without Essays

Mike Brown Updated on August 27, 2020

If you're drowning in scholarship essays, let us toss you a life raft: Here are five scholarships that don’t require you to pen any long prose.

Some of these do require you to submit some information about yourself and, in some instances, answer some questions or complete a few easy tasks. The key to success with these — and all scholarship applications — is to follow the instructions and submit your application before the deadlines.

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1. Nitro College Scholarship - $2,000

Next Deadline: End of the month, offered every month

The $2,000 Nitro College Scholarship is an opportunity for anyone enrolled in an accredited college or university for the upcoming school year. We know that college is a big step forward in achieving your goals and we want to help you get there using all the tools Nitro has to offer.

All you have to do is complete the online scholarship survey and participate in our social activity. Double your chances to win by having your parents or guardians apply, too!

2. Disrupt Racism Scholarship - $1,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020 

This is one of several scholarships offered by DoSomething.org. The Disrupt Racism scholarship doesn't require an essay, but it does require you to have some conversations. To apply, follow the step-by-step guide to learn how to engage friends and family in dialogues about how to be anti-racist and how to participate in advocacy. If you're Black, you can also learn some self-care techniques. 

Bonus: Winners will also be invited to select a Black-led organization to receive a $1,000 donation. 

This scholarship is open to applicants under the age of 26. There's no minimum GPA needed and no essay required.

Tip: DoSomething typically offers at least five "easy" scholarships at any given time. Because DoSomething is youth-led organization for change, some scholarships may involve participation in a survey or activities to promote recycling, smoking cessation, or helping people in your community. Check out their other offerings here

3. The $2,000 No-Essay College Scholarship

Deadline: End of every month

This $2,000 award is given out every month. To apply, just submit an application with some basic identifying information, your GPA, and SAT/ACT scores. Winners are determined by random selection, and you can submit a new application every month. 

This scholarship is open to high schoolers, adults heading back to school, current college students, and anyone else looking to attend college or graduate school within the next 12 months.  Click here to apply for the scholarship

4. The $1,000 Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship

Deadline: End of the month, every month

The $1,000 Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship has no essay and no GPA requirements. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in high school or college or plan to enroll in college within the next 12 months. Simply complete an online Cappex profile and answer a short survey. You can apply for the scholarship every month.

5. Ready, Set, Vote — $1,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

This is another offering from DoSomething.org. For the Ready, Set, Vote! scholarship, you simply follow the prompts to create a personalized web page that helps people register to vote. The entire setup takes less than five minutes.

Super cool perk: Every time you share the page, you'll be automatically entered for an additional entry.

Remember, scholarship money doesn't have to be paid back, so it's worth your time to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Good luck!

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Mike Brown

Mike is responsible for the editorial and marketing direction of Nitro. He has a history of helping people through his educational background—first as a teacher at the Pennsylvania State University and then through 15 years of development and marketing of education programs. Read more by Mike Brown

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