No Essay Scholarship Scam

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Peterson’s

Peterson’s is a one-stop scholarship resource — not that we recommend this strategy —  with a number of great (and free!) resources. The site boasts $10 billion in scholarship awards and has an impressive collection of articles, test prep resources and more.

But it’s not just a stockpile of scholarships. It also has the tools and tips you need to start your search — and its search filters make navigation simple. Filling out a very short survey allows you to adjust the filters as you go, which gives you more control than sites that require extensive profiles to get started.

Unigo

Like Peterson’s, Unigo has plenty to offer beyond just scholarships, including jobs, internships, college profiles and rankings, articles and a textbook store. When it comes to scholarships, the site offers both profile-based matching as well as easy-to-browse categories.

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Perhaps best of all is its user-friendly interface, which is somewhat reminiscent of a photo-sharing site. It makes finding scholarships simple. What’s more, the site values security and privacy of personal information – so, in other words, no spam!

Fastweb

Fastweb, a subsidiary of Monster, hosts more than 1.5 million scholarships that amount to more than $3.4 billion dollars. And it’s all so well organized! The search platform’s filters make it hard not to find exactly what you’re looking for.

One minor drawback: You have to fill out a profile to get started. But the profile helps match you with scholarships most likely to suit your needs, and the sign-up process is relatively painless.

Cappex

Cappex has a large scholarship database and they’re not afraid to brag a bit: “We’ve Got More Than $11 Billion in Scholarships.” Registering can be annoying, but you’ll be glad you took the time to get personalized results.

Cappex sets itself apart with its “What Are My Chances” tool, which attempts to calculate the odds that you’ll get into a certain college before you apply.

Chegg

Over the years, Chegg has expanded from its humble beginnings as an online textbook store to become a well-rounded education resource. It acquired scholarship match service Zinch in 2011 and now hosts scholarships totaling over $1 billion.

Its interface is simple and the mandatory sign-up process is well worth the time. What’s more, it has a “top scholarship picks this week” category, which highlights opportunities you may have otherwise missed. And on top of the scholarships, Chegg offers homework help, tutoring, test prep, internships and (of course) textbooks.

The College Board

As with all of the best resources, The College Board offers much more than an extensive list of scholarships. It also has test prep, articles and college search tools, among others. And its “scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs” totals nearly $6 billion. Added bonus: While you’re perusing the site you can prepare for the SAT!

Niche

Formerly known as College Prowler, Niche is one of the easiest sites to navigate. It’s neatly organized into categories that make it simple to start finding and applying for scholarships.

You can browse by categories – including, but not limited to, sports, interest area, career and major — but it can be tricky to filter outside of these preset groupings. Still, with no required sign-up and a user-friendly design, Niche is a simple and powerful resource.

Scholarships.com

Scholarships.com’s tagline says it all: “With more than 2.7 million scholarship and grant opportunities worth more than $19 billion, just about everyone is bound to find something.”

It’s one of the largest databases and is updated daily. You can browse by category, but if you really want to navigate the extensive list of opportunities, you’ll need to make a profile. It’s one flaw: The site has ample information about alternate forms of financial aid, but it lacks some of resources other sites offer.

CollegeNET.com

Despite its somewhat unusual interface, Collegenet has an impressive number of scholarships. You can search by keyword or create a personalized profile to get filtered results. From there, you can create, manage and save lists that you can return to later.

Scholarships are listed by their award amounts, with the highest payout listed first. While the site’s search results are often extensive, it could benefit from some more filtering or organizational tools..

Scholarship Monkey

Scholarship Monkey offers three search options: personalized search, search by keyword and lists of scholarships. Results from any of these searches can then be further filtered by college, but unfortunately not by any other criteria.

Despite its huge index of scholarships, the site is not as easily navigable compared to some others, making it more difficult to take full advantage of its opportunities. Another reason it ranks lower on the list: spam. I’ve received numerous emails from the site, even after unsubscribing.

Nonetheless, it’s a great tool with a huge database of scholarships – even if it is trickier to use than others on the list.

Sean Speers is a member of the USA TODAY College contributor network.

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1. $2,000 No Essay Scholarship

Niche (formerly College Prowler) gives away a $2,000 scholarship every month. Simply register for a free account and you are entered to win this easy scholarship.

2. $1,000 Cappex Monthly Scholarship

Don’t let a low GPA scare you away from applying for scholarships. Some scholarship providers, like Cappex, don’t even consider it when choosing a winner. Just register for a free account, and you’ll be entered to win the $1,000 monthly prize.

3. $5,000 Course Hero Scholarship

If you've taken a college class, cash in your experience with this easy $5,000 scholarship. To apply, just review a college class. It only takes a few minutes and the more steps you complete, the more you can win.

4. $5,000 VIP Voice Scholarship

How does a $5,000 scholarship sound? If you're 13 or older, complete two surveys and redeem your points for a scholarship or other awards. The more surveys you do, the better your chances to win.

5. Go Ennounce Yourself Scholarship

Applying for this scholarship is so easy, and you can do it every month to increase your chances of winning! Just create a free profile and post at least once a month about your educational achievements to be eligible for this super simple monthly scholarship.

6. Unigo $10K Scholarship

If you are 13 or older, apply to win our $10,000 scholarship. Yes, it requires a 250 word or less essay, but for $10,000, who’s complaining? 

7. Unigo Monthly Scholarships

Think you know how to survive a zombie apocalypse? Do you enjoy eating ice cream? Can you tell a great joke? If you answered yes to any of these questions, check out our monthly scholarships! Awards range in value from $1,500 to $5,000, and all are fun and easy to enter! A new winner is selected every month.

Keep in mind that many students are looking for these simple scholarships, so the competition may be a little higher than normal, but that doesn’t mean you should blow them off. Just be sure to spend some time on local scholarship programs and those that may be a little more restrictive, as your chances of winning will increase. One thing is for certain, you can’t win if you don’t apply.

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