10 Scholarships with the Best Bang for Your Buck
May 25, 2012
Many scholarship applications can be lengthy and require hours of work. While a certain level of effort may legitimately be expected for prestigious financial awards, some opportunities require almost no work at all. Learn about ten scholarships with the potential to provide a great return on your time investment.
U.S. Bank annually offers scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to 40 students. Applicants need to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a four-year university or college that participates in the U.S. Bank Student Loan Program - which includes virtually all accredited institutions. The online application can be completed in a matter of minutes.
Complete an online survey soliciting information about colleges in your area and you could win one of 11 scholarships from Student Insights. High school seniors of all achievement and financial backgrounds are eligible for awards that range in amount from $500 to $4,000. Scholarships are awarded to students selected randomly.
AnyCollege.com, a college search site, also offers scholarships to randomly selected students. One winner is chosen each quarter to receive an award of $1,500. Applicants need to complete a form asking for personal information and college interests. It's important to note that this information may be shared with higher ed organizations.
This program annually provides $1,000 financial awards to high school and college students who sign up for education resources offered by Wells Fargo. The free subscription service features financial management advice geared toward students in their college years. Scholarships are awarded on a random basis throughout the school year.
SunTrust, a financial institution, offers scholarships of $1,000 to high school seniors and current college students who will be enrolled in a college in the fall. Fifteen winners are chosen over the course of the school year. Award winners are not based on GPA or financial need, but are chosen randomly. Individuals may be eligible after completing a short online application.
This scholarship opportunity can set you up for one year of free tuition - up to $20,000 - and it won't require you a lot of work. Applicants must create an online profile at Zinch.com, a scholarship service website. Annual winners of the award are chosen by users evaluating candidate profiles. The contest is available to high school students graduating in the next four years with a GPA of at least 2.0.
Don't want to write an essay to be eligible for a scholarship? No problem. College Prowler, a college search site, provides monthly financial awards of $2,000 to individuals attending college in the next year. The application, requesting information about you and your education background, will take about a minute. By comparison, reading the terms and conditions - which you should do before enrolling - will take longer.
This opportunity is sponsored by Cappex, a company that specializes in providing individuals with college search services online. Any person who plans to enroll in a college or university in the next year is eligible to receive an award of $1,000. Candidates must complete a form requesting personal information, which may be shared with high ed institutions.
Want to be eligible for monthly scholarship drawings awarding up to $10,000 for college? Check out this financial award program from ScholarshipPoints.com, a scholarship sweepstakes company. All legal residents of U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada attending college within a year can gain eligibility by opening a free member account. Be sure to read over the terms of service before enrolling.
FreeCollegeScholarships.net is another website that provides information on higher ed providers to members. As incentive for signing up for the free service, the site offers an annual scholarship of $10,000 to one person. Becoming a member involves completing a short form requesting personal information. You'll want to be sure to read the terms of service before enrolling.