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No long essays. No recommendation letters. Just lots of scholarships that are easy to apply to. And practically anyone can win. Oh, and this list is up to date too. 😉

These are the easiest-to-win college scholarships out there right now. Most take only a couple minutes to enter, with super simple applications and minimal writing. Awards that require 500+ word essays, letters of recommendation, intense projects, etc. were not included. We’re talking easy scholarships, people! Many of the scholarships are open to anyone, and most winners are chosen totally at random too.

Now, before you dive into this list, remember: your scholarship search shouldn’t end here! There are so many scholarships out there. Also, just because a scholarship isn’t advertised as “easy” doesn’t mean applying for it is hard. It can take a lot of time to find all the awards that fit you, fill out applications, and more. But it’s so worth it in the end. Think about it: you might spend five hours working on a scholarship essay that’s worth “only” $500—but if you win, that’s like getting paid $100 an hour! (You’re not gonna earn that at the Gap. Just saying.)

Related: Scholarship Search Best Practices

So enjoy this ultimate (and up-to-date!) list of easy college scholarships—and apply to as many as you can. Yes, they get a lot of entries because they’re so easy to apply to, but you have nothing to lose by trying. After all, somebody has to win these awards. Why not you?

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
May 1
How to win: 
Of course we need to include our scholarship. All you have to do is register with CollegeXpress to be entered—and the prize is $10,000. Ten. Thousand. Dollars. For filling out a form. We know we’re biased, but it doesn’t get much better than that! The scholarship is open to incoming college freshmen, grad students, and transfer students at participating institutions. If you’re already registered for CollegeXpress, you’re already entered! (And if you’re not, what are you waiting for?!) Learn more here.

10 Words or Less Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 1   
How to win: 
Basically, you just need to explain—in 10 words or less—why you should get this scholarship. They even let you post it as a comment on their Facebook page, for cryin’ out loud. You’re also required to “like” their Facebook page. In addition, you need to be between the ages of 14–25 and attending college in the fall. Learn more here.

AFSA (American Fire Sprinkler Association) Scholarship

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
April 7, 2017
How to win: 
To win this scholarship, you need to read about automatic fire sprinkler systems and take a 10-question quiz about the material. Pretty easy, right? This award is only open to high school seniors on their way to an accredited two- or four-year school in the fall. Ten scholarships are available each year—which means you have 10 chances to win! Learn more here.

Americanism Essay Contest

Amount: Up to $5,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 1
How to win: Every year the Fleet Reserve Association awards a scholarship based on a single patriotic theme. They do require an essay, but it’s only 350 words. This year’s theme is “What Memorial Day Means to Me.” In addition to the $5,000 grand prize, there are awards for first, second, and third place ($2,500, $1,500, and $1,000, respectively). This scholarship is also open to students in grades 7–12. Learn more here.

Beliz Law Firm Video Essay Scholarship Contest

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 31
How to win: Everyone knows creating a video “essay” is more fun (and easier) than a written one. And if you can create a thoughtful video, no longer than three minutes, about the impact of texting and driving, you could win this scholarship. You also need to be a current college student or a high school senior already accepted to a college or trade school. Learn more here.

C.I.P. (College is Power) Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
May 31, 2017
How to win: 
Whether you’re a full- or part-time student, whether you’re going to school online or in person, you could snag this scholarship. You need to be at least 17 years old and a US citizen, and you need to be attending school within the next 12 months. The only application requirements include a short form and a 150-word mini essay. Learn more here.

Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: 
Register with Cappex to win. You just need to be “currently enrolled in high school or college or plan to enroll in the next 12 months.” Boom. Done. Learn more here. 

CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
Quarterly
Deadline:
Varies
How to win: 
All high school student-athletes (freshmen to seniors) and junior college students can enter. Winners must attend a four-year college and complete a short, free CaptainU profile. You can also boost your chances by doing stuff like saving colleges. One winner is chosen each quarter. Learn more here.

Chegg $1,000 Monthly Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: Every month Chegg posts their scholarship question. One recent example: “What would you say is the most important thing to consider when choosing a college, and why?” Then students can respond in 600 characters or less—not words, characters—for a chance to win. They say it takes two minutes to apply. One thousand dollars. For two minutes. Now that’s math we like to do. Learn more here.

Christian College EDGE Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
May 31
How to win: 
Just create an account with this Christian college search site. You’ll then have a chance to get information from Christian colleges and universities. It’ll enter you in their scholarship drawing and help you get recruited by those schools! This is different from their $2,500 Christian College Scholarship drawing; see below. Learn more here.

Christian College Scholarship Drawing

Amount: $2,500
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
May 31
How to win: 
You need to complete the registration form for The Christian College Connector. Then winners are chosen at random, but they must be planning to enroll as a full-time freshman at a “Christ-centered Christian college or Bible college” within 16 months of winning. Learn more here.

CollegeWeekLive.com Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: 
VR college fair site CollegeWeekLive gives away $1,000 each month to one lucky user chosen at random. You need to be registered with the site and visit five college pages (whichever schools you like) over the course of the month to be entered. Learn more here.

CollegeXpress $500 Refer-A-Friend Contest

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: 
For every person who creates a CollegeXpress account using your unique referral link, you get one entry in this monthly scholarship drawing. Winners are then chosen at random. There’s no limit to how many entries you can get—or how many times you can enter. (We’ve had people win more than once!) Learn more here.

Common Knowledge Scholarships

Amount: Up to $2,500
Awarded:
Varies
Deadline:
Varies
How to win: Take a quiz. Get a scholarship. Umm, nerdy trivia and money for college? Where do we sign up?!?! The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation offers a lot of quizzes on topics from academic subjects to movies. They’re open to any student in high school or college (even parents!) and can be applied to any postsecondary institution. Learn more here.

Countdown to College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
May 1, 2017
How to win: When you sign up to get Potential Magazine’s free weekly “Countdown to College" newsletter e-mail, you’ll not only get helpful college admission tips and a free e-book—you’ll also get an entry in their annual $1,000 scholarship drawing! It’s open to all high school students, and the winner is chosen at random. Learn more here.

Courage to Grow Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: 
This monthly award goes out to high school juniors, seniors, and college students with a minimum 2.5 GPA. And the only thing you need to do to win is submit a short 250-word essay about why you deserve the money. (Unfortunately, “Help me, I’m poor” doesn’t meet the word count.) Learn more here.

Course Hero Monthly Scholarship

Amount: $5,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: Every month Course Hero gives away some serious scholarship dollars. To become eligible you need to be registered on their site and submit a short “creative” answer (150 words or less) to that month’s question. You can also win $$$ for doing other easy things on their site, like giving course advice or sharing on social media. Learn more here.

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
March 2
How to win: You’re already snapping and Instagramming beautiful shots. Put your skills to work by creating a winning greeting card image! It could snag you $10,000, which is almost as good as getting a bajillion likes. To apply to this scholarship, you also need to be a US citizen and at least 14 years old. Learn more here.

Discover Scholarship Award

Amount: $2,500
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
June 8, 2017
How to win: Sign up to receive handy college money tips from Discover (you know, the credit card people) and you’re entered! Plus, you can earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway on social media. Ten winners will be chosen at random on select dates. You also need to be a high school or college student at least 16 years old, and you have to go to an eligible college or university (although parents of eligible students can also enter on their behalf). Learn more here.

DoSomething.org Easy Scholarships

Amount: Up to $22,000
Awarded:
Varies
Deadline:
Varies
How to win: Okay, this isn’t a particular scholarship. That’s because DoSomething.org offers a lot of easy scholarships. And they move pretty quickly, with many lasting only a month. But, man, they are fun, creative, and fast. You typically sign up, complete a simple task, and upload a picture proving you did it. Then the winners are chosen at random. No essay, GPA, etc. The best part? These scholarships help you do some good in the world! (At the moment of this writing, it’s for flagging Craigslist posts for ivory, which helps elephants.) So check in on the easy scholarships page at DoSomething.org to see what’s new. Learn more here.  

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Amount: Up to $100,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
Typically in October
How to win: To enter Dr. Pepper’s easy and generous scholarship contest, you need to do a few things. First, describe how you’ll change the world in 350 characters or less. Next, get your friends to vote for your entry. If you get 50 or more votes, you’ll need to create an inspiring video. Then comes the crazy part: if you’re a finalist, you’ll compete during a Big Ten, SEC, PAC-12, or ACC football championship game. Yup, it doesn’t get much bigger than that—but neither does the prize: up to $100,000 in tuition money. Talk about the big show. Learn more here. 

Go Ennounce Yourself Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: 
This monthly award has no GPA or essay requirements. It’s open to all high school and college students, with the exception of college seniors (womp womp). To enter you just need to join Ennounce and share your academic and extracurricular accomplishments (that’s what the site is all about!). And even though you register just once, you can become eligible each month by posting an update to your account. Not too shabby. Learn more here.

HeadSetPlus.com College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 31
How to win: 
You know you want to be a YouTube star; get your start by recording a short video talking about who you are, what you’ve achieved, why college is important, and what motivates you. Yeah, that seems like a lot, but since you need to fit it into a video that’s no longer than five minutes, you’ll fly through “applying” for this scholarship! You need to be at least 16 years old and a high school senior or current college or grad student with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Learn more here.

New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship

Amount: Varies
Awarded:
Varies
Deadline:
Varies
How to win: If you graduated from a New Mexico high school, you’re continuing your education in New Mexico, and you earned at least a 2.5 GPA your first semester in college, you’ve basically got this scholarship in the bag. There isn’t even an application! You just need to contact your college or university and ask them about it. It’s that easy. Really. Learn more here.

NextStepU Win Free College Tuition Giveaway

Amount: $2,500
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 31
How to win: No essay required! Just register with NextStepU.com—during the eligibility period. It typically runs from July 1 to December 31. You also need to opt in to the “Win Free Tuition” sweepstakes. Learn more here.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Amount: $50
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
Typically in March
How to win: 
Fifty dollars may not seem like much against your college tuition payments, but every little bit helps, and this is a pretty fun and fast scholarship. High school students in any grade can submit up to three haikus. A panel of judges then picks several winners each year. Learn more here.

No Essay College Scholarship™

Amount: $2,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: 
Just create a free profile with Niche. And if you already have one, all you need to do is log in each month for a chance to win! One winner is chosen at random every month. The contest is open to all high school and college students (though there are other eligibility requirements). The money can be applied toward any education-related expenses. Learn more here.

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Twice a year
Deadline:
Typically in September and March
How to win: Okay, this might not seem like the simplest scholarship in the world, because you technically have to write two essays. But they both call for a maximum of 500 words. So you could write 250 for each prompt—of course, you’d need to really knock them out of the park. The first essay is about where you would go to further your career, and the second is about why you deserve to win the scholarship. You also need to be between the ages of 16–25 and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Oh, and you need to like their Facebook page too, but that’s easy enough. Learn more here.

Sallie Mae® $5,000 Plan for CollegeSM Sweepstakes

Amount: $5,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: When you register to use Sallie Mae’s scholarship search tool during the month of November, aka National Scholarship Month, you’ll be entered to win their scholarship sweepstakes. And since you should be searching for scholarships anyway, might as well get a shot at $5,000 while you’re at it, amirite? Learn more here.

ScholarshipPoints Scholarship Giveaways

Amount: $10,000 and $1,000
Awarded:
Quarterly and monthly
Deadline:
Varies
How to win: The “points” in ScholarshipPoints come from completing activities like taking surveys, reading e-mails, and playing games. Then you can use those points to enter scholarship drawings and improve your chances of winning. Pretty sweet deal, right? Well, in addition to all that pointy goodness, they randomly choose a registered user for a $1,000 scholarship each month and a $10,000 each quarter. Yes, please! Learn more here.

ScholarshipPoints Seasonal Scholarships

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Varies
Deadline:
Varies
How to win: Again, you can cash in your ScholarshipPoints, er, points to win these themed awards; Turkey Dinero Scholarship, Frosty the Doughman Scholarship, and Gingerbread Housing Scholarship are some of their festive fall and winter awards! Every point is a chance to win; winners are chosen at random. Learn more here.

Scholarships 4 Moms

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
 June 15, 2017 
How to win: 
Are you or are you about to become a mother? You could win $10,000 for “educational purposes,” and all you need to do is register with this site. It’s quick, easy, and free, which is good, because goodness knows you have your hands full—you’re a mom! You also need to be 18 years or older and a US citizen. Learn more here.

Scholarships.com “Tell A Friend” Scholarship Sweepstakes

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: So, you join Scholarships.com. Easy enough, right? Then you can get your personalized referral link (we do something similar here on CollegeXpress too!). When your friends use your link to create a profile, you get an entry in their monthly $1,000 scholarship sweepstakes drawing—and one of your friends could win $500 too! If you weren’t BFFs before, you definitely are now. Learn more here.

School Survey Sweepstakes

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: Niche gathers reviews for all kinds of schools, from K-12 institutions to colleges and universities. They reward students, parents, and recent alumni for leaving those reviews by offering a $1,000 scholarship sweepstakes. All you have to do is leave a (legit!) review to be entered. And you know you have lots of feelings about your school anyway, so… Learn more here.

School Band and Orchestra Magazine Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
Typically in December
How to win: Do you play in your high school band or orchestra? Can you write 250 words about a music-related essay prompt? (You totally can.) Then you should apply for this scholarship from School Band and Orchestra Magazine. Sure, learning how to play the clarinet wasn’t easy—but applying for this scholarship is. Learn more here.

Student-View Scholarship

Amount: Up to $4,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
Typically in April
How to win: No essay. No GPA or test scores. No application, even. All you need to do is complete a 15–25 minute online survey about colleges in your area. Then winners are chosen at random. Yes, that’s winners, plural. In addition to the $4,000 top prize, two $1,000 and 10 $500 scholarships are handed out. In terms of scholarships awarded at random, those are pretty good odds! Learn more here.

SunTrust Scholarship Sweepstakes

Amount: $500
Awarded:
Biweekly
Deadline:
May 12, 2017
How to win: SunTrust Bank is giving away $500 for college to two lucky winners every two weeks! (That’s so often!) Thirty winners will be chosen in all—at random. There is no GPA, essay, or financial need requirement. However! You need to be a resident of one of these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, or the District of Columbia (DC). You also need to be a high school senior or college undergrad. Learn more here.

Tall Clubs International Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
March 1, 2018 
How to win: If you’re exceptionally tall—at least 5'10" for women and 6'2" for men—you could win this scholarship. It’s open to high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall. Get in touch with the nearest chapter of Tall Clubs International for an application. Learn more here.

The $1,000 SuperCollege Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: Okay, here’s how to enter this scholarship: Fill out their online application. (Should take two minutes tops.) Hit “Submit.” End of instructions. Yup, it’s that easy. Winners are chosen at random. It’s open to high school seniors, college students, grad students, and adult learners. Learn more here.

UNIGO $10K Scholarship

Amount: $10,000
Awarded:
Annually
Deadline:
December 31
How to win: 
Students need to submit an online written response to this prompt: "Surprise! You just got elected president. What’s your first tweet?" (140 characters or less, including spaces). You also need to be a legal resident of the US, at least 13 years old when you apply, and enrolled (no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution. Learn more here.

VIP Voice $5,000 Scholarship

Amount: $5,000
Awarded:
Quarterly
Deadline:
Varies
How to win: VIP Voice is another survey-taking website. To be eligible for their scholarship sweepstakes, you need to register with the site and take at least two surveys. The more surveys you take, the better your chances of winning. Learn more here.

You Deserve It! Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Monthly
Deadline:
Last day of the month
How to win: 
This is yet another scholarship where you only have to register on a website to enter. Plus, it’s kind of a meta award. It’s from Scholarship Owl, and creating an account with them also helps you apply to lots of other scholarships with a single form. So you don’t need to complete a bunch of separate scholarship applications! Learn more here.

Zumper Apartments Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Awarded:
Twice a year
Deadline:
 Fall deadline typically in November; spring deadline is typically in April
How to win: 
Are you doing good in your school and/or community—volunteering, sticking up for important causes, making a difference? If you are and you also happen to know the best places for students to live in your area, you should apply to this scholarship. You will need to submit a “short piece of writing” talking about your impact on your community, as well as an “intro to housing near your school.” This award is open to high school and college students. Learn more here.

Heads up! These easy scholarships are closed or no longer offered

  • AnyCollege.com Scholarship
  • Collect Sports Gear for Kids in Underserved Communities
  • College Prowler Essay Competition 
  • CollegeMapper’s $1,000 No Essay Scholarships
  • Conestoga Bank “Future of Banking” Scholarship
  • Datatech Labs Data Recovery Scholarship YouTube Challenge
  • Design-A-Sign Scholarship Contest
  • Dry Defender Protect Your Bed Scholarship
  • Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship for Parapsychology
  • Everything Is Awesome Scholarship Slam
  • Fantasy Sports Daily Scholarships 
  • Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes
  • Girls Going Places Scholarship
  • Niche $1,000 Summer Scholarship
  • Niche Summer Scholarship
  • OP Loftbed Scholarship
  • PicMonkey College Scholarship
  • School Grants Blog No Essay Scholarship
  • Stay Safe on the Internet Scholarship
  • Study.com Tuition Won't Stop Me Scholarship
  • Sussle Fun, No Essay Scholarship
  • Teens for Jeans No Essay Scholarship
  • The Haiku Ninja Facebook Scholarship
  • The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship
  • TV Providers.com Scholarship

And that’s it for now! We’ll keep adding to this list as we discover more easy scholarships. (If you have any that we missed, let us know in the comments so we can make this the best and most up-to-date list of easy scholarships anywhere!) Reminder: always double-check the scholarship rules and regulations before starting an application. Some of these awards move pretty fast, particularly the monthly scholarships. And things like eligibility requirements might change!

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Overview

Girls in high school have plenty of opportunities for finding scholarships and grants for college. Businesses and large corporations now seek to support women entering fields such as engineering, math, and computer technology. Other programs give girls the chance to hone their writing skills, make videos, or submit art and poetry in order to compete for scholarships. Some colleges offer scholarships that are only geared toward young women who have gained admission to that particular college.

To find these scholarships, young women in high school should start the application process early. A young woman in high school may want to begin looking at scholarships during the freshman or sophomore year of high school.

Many scholarships are listed on scholarship search engines, while other scholarships will require more focused research on the websites of particular colleges. Some scholarships, such as the Scholastic Art Portfolio scholarship, require an immense amount of time and energy. The earlier you know about this type of scholarship, the earlier you can start preparing the necessary work for it.

Making a list with all of the potential scholarships one is interested in is a good start. On this list, an applicant should place the deadline next to each scholarship. This will motivate an applicant to keep materials organized early on and submit the application as soon as possible. Knowing the deadlines also helps a high school student to balance her time between schoolwork and applying for scholarships.

I. Corporate Scholarships

A few corporations are renowned for the support they offer young women. Obtaining a scholarship from one of the following corporations can mean that a young woman graduates tuition-free from college. While corporate scholarships are rather competitive to obtain, they do provide substantial financial assistance to those who ultimately receive such scholarships. Below is a list of the top corporate scholarships for women in high school.

The Kellogg Company

The Kellogg Company offers incredible financial opportunities for minorities and women in high school. Every year, this corporation provides over $200,000 in support for minorities and women to attend college. Kellogg Scholarships are available through particular colleges, so young women will have to check out the website to find out more about the application process.

General Electric

General Electric scholarships typically provide up to $5,000 per winning applicant. The money supports women entering fields such as engineering or business. To apply, one will have to submit three letters of reference, a transcript, and a personal statement describing one’s career goals.

Best Buy Scholarship

The Best Buy Scholarship program offers $1,000 to over 1,200 winning applicants. The winners are selected on the basis of grades, volunteer participation, and extracurricular activity involvement.

Dell Scholarship

To apply for a Dell Scholarship, young women must be in their last year of high school. The minimum GPA requirement is only a 2.4, but that does not mean this scholarship isn’t competitive. The scholarship puts forth its criteria in selecting winners based on such phrases as “individual determination to succeed” and “ability to communicate hardships you face and ability to overcome them.”

Winning this scholarship is much more than just winning a paycheck. In addition to winning $20,000, students become part of a Dell Scholar community. These scholars also receive the latest technology equipment from Dell so that they can succeed in college. They receive textbook credits, PCs, laptops, printers, ink, and other supplies.

Apple Scholarship

Apple offers scholarships to high school seniors as well. Apple provides $2,000, as well as a MacBook Pro and iPod Nano. To apply, visit www.apple.com for more information.

II. Community College Scholarships

Community college scholarships are often easier to obtain than corporate scholarships or competitive merit-based scholarships. A community college scholarship can provide hope to a young woman who may find herself in difficult circumstances in high school.

Community college scholarships exist for young women who may be pregnant, have a low income, or face other hardships in life. This is not to say one must be facing these tragic circumstances to qualify for a community college scholarship. Some of these scholarships do benefit young women who are at the top of their class in high school. Attending a community college for a couple years on a scholarship and then transferring to a larger university is an attractive option for young women who are supporting their own education.

Dual-Enrollment Programs

Dual enrollment is typically the most popular way to earn college credits while in high school. The reason this program is so beneficial for young women is because it helps them save money in college.

A young woman in high school can earn 20 to 40 college credits during high school that ultimately transfer to a University. When these credits successfully transfer, she will be able to graduate a year or two early from college. With the average cost of tuition being around $20,000 a year, this means a young woman could potentially save $40,000 in tuition fees by graduating early.

To learn more about a dual-enrollment program, speak with the guidance counselor at your high school. You should have information about the ability to obtain credits from a local community college. Some high schools provide the dual-enrollment program free of charge to young women in high school. Inquire about any scholarships that are available for the dual-enrollment program.

The way that the dual-enrollment program works is a student can take up to two extra college courses in a regular semester. The typical high school student will take these courses in the evening after her high school classes. Some high schools will allow these courses to be taken in lieu of high school courses. This can save a student time in her high school schedule.

DePaul’s Programs

DePaul University is one of the leading universities to build a partnership with local community colleges. DePaul is one school that supports the giving of community college scholarships to young, gifted women who may then transfer and complete their degrees at DePaul.

Learning More About Dual Enrollment Programs

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development has put together a comprehensive website for young women in high school who are gifted. This website contains other links to websites explaining the dual-enrollment process and applicable scholarships. This website is quite organized, as young women can research dual-enrollment programs on a national, state, or organizational basis. The site also posts links for information on early admission to major Universities in the area.

Summer School Scholarships

Another form of dual enrollment is the summer school program. Summer school programs allow high school students to get a taste of college life during their high school years. Through these programs, students take up to two college courses over the course of eight weeks during the summer. Students can attend all different types of summer schools.

Harvard Summer School Program

Young women can even apply for the Harvard Summer School Program, if they so choose. The Harvard Summer School Program is one of eight programs offered at Ivy League colleges throughout the United States. This program features courses such as Political Philosophy and Introduction to Western Art History. Classes are usually taught by Harvard faculty, although some faculty come from other colleges around the world such as Oxford University.

If a young woman in high school has her heart set on attending a summer school program, she may apply for financial aid directly from that program. It is a little-known secret that summer school programs are very generous in their financial aid offers. Colleges like Harvard want to see the best and brightest young women attend their programs, so they will try to work with your financial situation.

Joyce Ivy Foundation

In addition to financial aid from summer school programs at schools like Brown or Yale, young women can also obtain financial assistance through the Joyce Ivy Foundation. The Joyce Ivy Foundation provides summer school scholarships to Ivy League colleges to young women in the Midwest.

Every year, the Joyce Ivy Foundation expands the number of scholarships it offers to young women. They provide full and partial scholarships to cover the cost of tuition expenses, living expenses, and travel expenses for the summer. In addition, young women join a network of scholars who will serve as a support system in the future. The program also provides mentors for these young women as they embark on a summer of educational freedom.

Applicants considering this program should apply early, as they will also have to apply separately to a summer school program. The list of programs that have been approved by the Joyce Ivy Foundation can be found at its website. They include schools such as Brown, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

III. Merit-Based Scholarships

National Merit Program

The National Merit Program awards over 10,500 scholarships every year. It is one of the oldest scholarship programs in the United States, begun in 1955.

To participate in the National Merit Program, applicants must be a United States citizen, be a full-time high school student, and obtain a qualifying score on the PSAT test. The PSAT stands for “Preliminary SAT.” If a student scores in a certain percentile, he or she will be invited to apply for a spot as a National Merit scholar.

To become a finalist, one will then have to submit other information. A committee will consider an applicant’s high school endorsement, self-reflection essay, transcript, involvement in extracurricular activities, and most recent score on the SAT exam.

Out of over 15,000 Finalists, only about 8,000 will ultimately receive scholarships in this program. It is a highly competitive program for very accomplished and gifted students. Winning one of these scholarships is typically a very positive accomplishment to list on one’s applications for colleges. Highly selective colleges in the Ivy League system will typically look for this sort of accomplishment in the application of high school students.

Girl Scout National Competition

The Girl Scouts organization provides tremendous support for young women in high school. It administers a few different scholarship programs every year. Some programs, like the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, focus more on the community service aspect of an applicant’s application. This program awards scholarships to high school students who have demonstrated exceptional public service to their local and state communities.

The GSCNC Gold Award Scholarships are given to young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award. Only 17 of these scholarships are given every year. To qualify for one of these scholarships, young women will interview with local businesswomen, submit high school transcripts, and submit a personal reflection essay. Semifinalists who are not selected for this scholarship will still receive a bond worth $200.

Be sure to check out the Girl Scout website for other scholarships available to particular communities. The site also lists other more specific scholarships, such as the Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship was created to commemorate the life of Corinne Schillings. At only 26 years old, Corinne lost her life in a water taxi accident. The scholarship is given to Girl Scouts who are pursuing a major or minor in a foreign language.

IV. Adoption Scholarships

Some young women in high school find themselves in uneasy predicaments. To deal with issues like pregnancy, different supportive scholarship organizations have developed over the years. The following organizations issue scholarships to young mothers or young women who choose to go through the adoption process. These organizations usually provide much more than a simple sum of money to these young women. They can also provide a supportive network of individuals who will help the young mother care for her children, while she seeks to accomplish her educational goals.

Birth Mother Scholarship Program

This organization has a board committee that allocates scholarships to young mothers who choose adoption. Every year, the number of scholarships given differs. The amounts awarded also depend on how many young women apply and the tuition of their respective colleges. The scholarships given by this organization are renewable for eight semesters. One must maintain a 2.5 GPA to qualify for the scholarship every year.

Teen Parent Connection

This program offers scholarships exclusively for young mothers who wish to attend vocational school or college. There is one caveat with this program, and it is that young women must live in DuPage County, Illinois. A young woman may apply for this scholarship when she is still pregnant. If this is the case, then the organization awards the scholarship upon the birth of the child.

APS Education Foundation

This scholarship program also offers financial assistance to young mothers. However, it differs from other scholarship programs, because it does not disqualify women who are not pregnant from applying. The scholarship will be provided after the child has been born. The parent must be enrolled in classes in order to receive the scholarship.

V. College Scholarships

Young women can be strategic about the way they apply to colleges in high school. By applying to a college with an all-female student body, a young woman may bolster her chances of receiving a full scholarship.

In addition, entering non-traditional fields for women will typically result in a young woman being gifted with a scholarship from a particular college. Fields such as technology, math, and science are striving to increase the number of women who work within them. As a result, many alumni develop strong scholarship programs at colleges geared toward young women in high school.

Applying for a particular engineering program or science program may ensure that a young woman receives a full scholarship to college. For the young woman who is seeking to achieve a full ride to college, applying to specific programs at colleges is the key. This will offer the best chance of success for a young woman.

Wellesley College

Because Wellesley College is an all-female student body, the support for this college is tremendous in regards to scholarships for young women in high school. This school provides scholarships to women and men who have been accepted into Wellesley. It provides merit-based and need-based scholarships. These scholarships can range in amount from $5,000 to $9,000. The trustees of this organization are responsible for choosing the winning applicants.

Financial Aid Offices

Visit the particular financial aid offices of schools like Smith College or Wellesley College to learn more about how they can help you attend college at a decreased cost. Typically, when you apply for admission to an all-female school, you will automatically be considered for financial assistance.

If you have been denied financial assistance, however, do not let that stop you. Meeting with financial aid representatives in person can actually go a long way in changing your current financial aid package. Do not let an initial offer dissuade you from attending a particular school. Every school will work with you to find a way that you can ultimately attend.

VII. Being Organized for Scholarship Success

To ensure that you have the best chances of success in applying for scholarships in high school, you should be as organized as possible. The more organized you are, the more scholarships you will apply to. Many young women never even attempt applying to corporate scholarships because they think the competition is too stiff and that they have no chance. The truth is that thousands of these scholarships are not even given out since too few students apply for them.

1. Make a List of Scholarships

First, make a list of all of the scholarships that interest you. Do not pay attention to how big your list becomes, the requirements, or the deadlines for the particular scholarships. Simply allow yourself to create this list. You can use the scholarships listed in this resource for your list, as well as the scholarships listed through search engines provided in this material.

2. Narrow Down the List

After you make your list, now is the time when you can narrow it down. Look at your schedule and decide how much time you can allocate to applying for scholarships. Honestly, this is one of the most important things you can ever do in your lifetime. You will never again be able to save $20,000 to $40,000 on tuition with free money.

Because of this, you should put aside at least 10 hours a week for working on scholarships. That may sound like a lot of time, but it can be divided up over the week. You can decide to do a few hours throughout the week and then use a chunk of time on a Saturday or Sunday for scholarship applications. You can simply decide to work two hours a day on scholarships. Whatever way works best for your schedule, do that.

Even if applying for scholarships means you take fewer hours at your part-time job, you should still devote the time to scholarship applications. The money you can earn from scholarships will outweigh the small earnings you could have made from a part-time job.

3. Gather “Easy Information”

Now that the list of scholarships is completed, start to gather all of the “easy” information for scholarships with upcoming deadlines. “Easy information” are things like high school transcripts, proof of citizenship, and signatures from your professors. You can easily gather these things by sending a simple email to your high school guidance counselor or making copies at the library.

Once you have this information, your next step will be to organize it into a file system. If you can, use a filing cabinet with a folder marked for each scholarship application. You can also use a travel portfolio if that is less expensive for you. Just make sure that each scholarship has its own designated spot somewhere. This will allow you to refer back to each file instantly in the event that a scholarship committee requests an additional copy of information. Materials can also be easily lost in the mail, so always make copies of everything you send out to a scholarship in an application.

4. Ask for Letters of Recommendation

Gathering the “easy information” is the best way to get started on a scholarship. This way you will feel as though you already have accomplished a part of the application, so you will not be dissuaded from giving up on the application.

The second step is to obtain any recommendation letters you will need from teachers, principals, employers, family, or spiritual leaders. Carefully read the requirements of your scholarship. Some scholarship applications will prefer letters that are only from your teachers, as opposed to employers or family. Never send a family recommendation if a scholarship clearly specifies that it requires recommendation letters from a teacher.

Some young women fret about asking particular teachers for letters of recommendation. The truth is that most teachers are more than willing to provide letters of recommendation, even if you may have received a mediocre grade in the class. A teacher simply wants to know that you tried your best in a particular class.

Of course, smart students will choose to obtain letters of recommendation from teachers who may know of their achievements and support such achievements. For example, perhaps you are the leading point guard on your high school’s basketball team. Maybe your English teacher is also the coach of your basketball team. If you have succeeded in both the class and on the basketball team, then asking this teacher for a letter of recommendation is a very wise idea.

You should always try to ask for letters of recommendation from your teachers in person, as opposed to email or over the phone. This will allow your teacher to associate your name with your scholarship application. At some high schools, a teacher may teach hundreds of students in a given day. Separate yourself from the crowd by having the courage to ask for a letter of recommendation in person. Teachers have written hundreds of letters of recommendation for students before, so they are not at all surprised when students ask for scholarship recommendation letters. In fact, some teachers are flattered by it.

Be sure to follow up with your teachers and let them know about the status of your scholarship, whether you won or lost. Also, be sure to ask for letters of recommendation at least a month ahead of the due date. This gives your teacher the necessary time to write a thoughtful letter in support of your application.

5. Write the Essays

The essays are typically the most difficult part of the scholarship application. For this part, you should plan on setting aside about three hours to complete an essay that is about 1,000 words. Try to write the essay from your heart. Scholarship committees want to hear about how much you desire this scholarship, the obstacles you have overcome in your life, and how this scholarship will help you achieve your dreams.

Scholarship essays can actually be great fun, because they force you to sit down and consider all of your career goals. You have the chance to really think about your education and how it will help you accomplish your life goals.

After you have written an essay draft, be sure to “let it breathe” over the next few days. Take a break from writing the essay. Come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes. After you have let it sit for a while, read through it again and correct any grammatical or phrasing errors in it.

You may also want to have your parents read it and spot any errors they see. You can even ask an English teacher in your high school to proofread it. He or she will be more than happy to help you. Catching simple errors, such as grammar or spelling errors, is absolutely essential as you apply for scholarships. Some committees will throw out an essay simply due to one or two spelling errors. Avoid this disqualification by being as prepared as possible.

VII. Stay on Track

Set a goal for yourself every week for how many scholarships you want to complete. Perhaps in the beginning stages, you set a goal of applying to one scholarship a week. This takes off the pressure to complete every single one on your list. As you become more efficient in applying for scholarships, then you may want to increase this number to two or three scholarships a week.

Also, set a monthly goal for yourself so that you remember to set a weekly goal for scholarship applications. This may sound like being a bit over-obsessive; however, you may forget to even set a weekly goal for scholarship applications in the beginning weeks. So many high school students are busy with school, work, and sports, so avoid getting too caught up in all of this by remembering to set one goal for yourself that relates to scholarships every week.

VIII. Follow Up on Scholarships

After you have submitted your scholarship applications, you should be notified within a few weeks of whether you won. Look on the website for scholarships to find out when the notification letters are sent out. Some scholarship organizations may not notify you right away.

If you have not heard from a scholarship organization, then be proactive and follow up on it. Try to contact a director of the organization by using the phone number listed on its website or application. Otherwise, you can also try emailing the director of a scholarship organization.

The reason you should always follow up is because it may not always mean you lost. Just because you have not heard from a scholarship committee does not mean they disqualified you. Instead, it may mean that the directors simply forgot to choose this year’s winner. You will be more likely to win the scholarship if you have been the one to remind the committee. Some scholarships are run by parents or business people who forget that they have applications sitting in a mail box waiting for approval. Not every scholarship is run by a large group of people, so just be sure to remember this as you apply.

Also, as a last bit of advice, do not let the scholarship process get you down. Just because you do not win every scholarship you apply to does not mean you should stop submitting applications. Simply apply to as many as you can. You never know if the one scholarship you win is a full ride to your dream college. Envision success for yourself during the process, and you will win a scholarship that benefits your education.

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