Not a Hemingway? Go for These Scholarships Without Essays

Carol Katarsky Updated on June 16, 2021

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.

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 no-essay application. It takes less than 3 minutes. Double your chances to win by having your parents or guardians apply, too!

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2. You Deserve It Scholarship — $2,222

Deadline: End of the month, offered monthly

Sign up for a free account at ScholarshipOwl and you'll be entered for a chance to earn this scholarship.

 Each month, the company gives someone a $2,222 scholarship for use in the upcoming school year. (Get it? 2222? For next year? Anyway...)

To be eligible, you have to be at least 16, a legal resident of the U.S., and enrolled in either an eligible high school or college/university. The form is simple: Just your name and contact info. But read the fine print—there's a check box that allows them to share your info with certain partners, but you don't have to click it to be eligible. 

Bonus: ScholarshipOwl helps students find and apply for other scholarships, so once you have an account to apply for their scholarship, it's worth looking around to see if you think they can help you find other opportunities. But you absolutely aren't required to use their services to be eligible for the You Deserve It scholarship.

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

Deadline: End of every month, offered monthly

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, offered 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. CollegeXpress $10,000 Scholarship

Deadline: Rolling entry, offered annually

Do you have a first name? An email address? If so, and you use them to register for a free account at CollegeXpress, you could win a $10,000 scholarship.

Ok, ok, there are a few more requirements in the fine print. You also have to be at least 13 years old and enrolled in one of the site's 900+ participating colleges and universities for the upcoming school year.

Once you have an account, you can use the site's resources to research participating colleges and other scholarship opportunities. Or you can skip that and wait to see if you get a call about a big check. 

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! If you want to find even more scholarship opportunities, check out our state-by-state guide.

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Carol Katarsky

Carol Katarsky is a contributing writer for Nitro. She is an award-winning journalist with extensive experience writing about both finance and education. Her corporate and non-profit clients include AIG, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Project Management Institute. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and one cat more than she should. Read more by Carol Katarsky

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