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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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Monica Matthews had no money for her son to go to college. So, she figured out a common-sense way to win scholarships. Four years later, her son graduated debt-free. Here, the founder of how2winscholarships.com shares some valuable tips.

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True or false: You need to be an athlete or a brainiac to get a scholarship to college.

Did you answer “true?”

You know that annoying buzzer sound that happens when people answer incorrectly on TV game shows? Imagine us making that sound at you right now, because you are W-R-O-N-G. (Sorry.)

But hey, that’s good news in this case. Why? Because it means that there are tons of scholarships out there for all kinds of people who have all kinds of interesting interests or characteristics.

Don’t believe us? Why are you so skeptical all the time? Allow us to submit the following weird and unusual scholarships for your consideration. (Note that most of these scholarships are offered annually. If the due date for this year has already past, create a calendar reminder to check back in a few months.)

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It's probably not a newsflash that  women are still largely outnumbered by their male counterparts in science and engineering.

What might be news: More colleges and employers are making it a priority to get women into STEM fieldsand they're making financial investments to back that up. That means there are ever-growing options for female students who are hunting for scholarships. Here's how to find that sweet "free money" to help fund your STEM education. 

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The lights dimmed. Darkness. The room settled. Silence. Then, the distant whirring of ... something. What was it? Suddenly, brightness and sound and images launched me into a magical world. At age 6, my first movie experience made an indelible impression. Now, twelve years later, I embrace the formal steps toward becoming a unique storyteller. A visual artist. A filmmaker.

And that's just one example of how to start a scholarship essay. Now let's talk about how you can start yours. 

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Congrats! You've been accepted to college. Now you just need to figure out how to pay for it. 

But before you start digging through your car for any loose change you can find, you might want to take some time to check out all of the resources available to help you pay for college in the state of Florida.

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