“My GPA isn’t good enough.”
“I don’t have time.”
These excuses work, except for scholarships that don’t require a good GPA or much time.
Scholarship applications can be intimidating. It’s easy to think you’re not eligible or that there’s a better candidate out there, so why waste your the time and effort? Aside from the fact that there are many scholarships plenty of students qualify for and that a pretty good student is bound to land something, there’s another side to the scholarship story.
Below are four easy scholarships almost any student qualifies for.
1. U.S. Bank Scholarship
Are you a United States citizen and a high school senior or college undergraduate student? Then you can win $1,000. Nope, no other qualifications. Just be what you already are.
Each year, U.S. Bank gives away 40 $1,000 scholarships for simply being an American citizen who will be or is attending college. All you have to do is fill out some basic information about yourself and then the applications will be drawn at random.
It takes hardly any time at all, and consider this: If it takes you an hour to fill out the application and you win, you’ve just made $1,000 for an hour’s worth of work. Not bad pay for a college kid.
It truly doesn’t get easier than that.
2. “No essay” Scholarship
Most scholarships come but once a year (and some once in a lifetime). The beauty of the $2,000 “No essay” Scholarship is that it comes once a month and you can apply every single month.
And the application is as easy as can be. In fact, you could have filled it out probably 20 times since starting to read this article. You can only apply once a month, but if you’re a current or incoming college student and know basic information about yourself (name, address, etc.), then you can win $2,000. Winners are drawn at random.
The scholarship, offered through College Prowler, has a deadline at the end of every month.
3. $1,000 Weekly Scholarship
Even better than once-a-month is once-a-week. Granted, the Zinch.com weekly scholarship is not as simple as merely filling out basic information about yourself, it’s almost that simple.
All U.S. high schoolers and college students are eligible for this $1,000 scholarship. All it requires is filling out a short form about yourself and answering an unusual question in 280 characters or less (similar to the Twitter-standard of characters). The question changes weekly. This week’s question, for example, is: “Greek historian Plutarch once wrote, The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. Explain what that quote means to you.”
You can apply every week, once a week. Have fun with it.
4. Scholarship Zone scholarship
It seems nearly every website wants you to register. It’s not enough to simply use a site’s service from time to time, apparently. But not many sites offer as great a possible reward as Scholarship Zone does.
By simply registering for the website (which requires answering less than 15 basic questions about yourself), you’re automatically entered for the next scholarship drawing of $10,000. You’re really not obligated to do anything after that, though you now get to take advantage of the website’s resources. But hey, are you at least 18 and in college? Then why not take two minutes to apply?
It can take a huge load off your tuition bill.
Don’t let student loan debt unnecessarily pile up. The excuse of not being qualified for scholarships can work for certain scholarships but not for these ones.
Laziness, in this case, can cost you thousands of dollars. Take a few minutes out of your day and rake in that dough.
Jon Fortenbury is an Austin-based freelance writer. He’s been published all over the place, ranging from Las Vegas Review Journal to AOL.com. His interests include education and improv comedy. Check out his life-changing blog.
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The Lone Star State of Texas is the 2nd largest and the 2nd most populous in these United States. There are nearly 27 million people living in Texas. The leading industries in the state are agriculture and mining, energy, technology and banking and insurance. Everything is bigger down here, even higher education.
There are nearly 270 colleges, universities and trade schools in Texas. These include nationally-ranked state schools such as the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. Other large research universities include Texas Tech University and the University of Houston. However, smaller schools do exist. Colleges such as Austin College (in Sherman, TX) and Southwestern University (in Georgetown, TX) offer a different type of educational experience with smaller class sized and more contact time with faculty.
Potential degree candidates looking for college scholarships in Texas should find many options. Both public and private funding opportunities are available. The state administers funds based on ethnicity, gender, financial need and academic achievement. Private funds are available in fields such as engineering, nursing, education, information science, accounting, aeronautics, architecture and many more.
Follow the links below to learn more about the full range of college scholarship opportunities in the sate of Texas.
Jake Jones Memorial Scholarship for the Learning Disabled
This scholarship was established in 1995 by the family of Jake Jones and the community of Claude for learning disabled graduating seniors in the Texas Panhandle. Eligibility • Graduating seniors from the 26 northernmost counties of the Texas Panhandle who have a documented learning disability • Exhibit integrity, ambition, good moral character and a strong desire to achieve a higher level of education • Demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles caused by the learning disability • Demonstrate a high standard of values, such as loyalty to friends, family, and faith • Major in field of choice at a Texas college/university of choice Application • AAF General Scholarship Application • Applications must be accompanied by a detailed letter from your special education teacher/coordinator, counselor, or doctor that clearly identifies your documented learning disability and how your integrity, ambition, and good character have enabled you to overcome the obstacles associates with your documented learning disability. You will also have to submit a personal letter or essay that tells the scholarship selection committee the struggles you have faced with having a learning disability, how you have worked to overcome obstacles caused by the learning disability, and how family, friends, and faith have aided you in the process. You must also address your commitment to achieve a higher level of education Award Selection • AAF Scholarship Screening Committee and local community members Scholarship Amount • $500 • One time award
Marsh Minority Scholarship
Established by Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 in 1997 to benefit Hispanic and African American students enrolled at West Texas A&M University majoring in the field of Education, Nursing, Allied Health, Sociology, or General Studies Eligibility • Restricted to African American and Hispanic students • Junior or Senior college students or masters level students • Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA while in college • Major in field of Education, Nursing, Alllied Health, Sociology, or General Studies at West Texas A&M University Application • AAF General Scholarship Application Award Selection • AAF Scholarship Selection Committee Scholarship Amount • $1,000 • Renewable award
The B. J. Dean Scholarship Fund
The B. J. Dean Scholarship Fund is for women preparing for full-time Christian ministry, but not limited to those seeking ordination or serving any particular denomination. Applicants must be residents of the State of Tennessee or the State of Texas. Applicants may also be students who are preparing to attend Yale Divinity School.
Nolan Moore Memorial Education Foundation Scholarship
The Foundation’s main purpose is to support industry education, as well as offering scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in printing technology/management. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $180,000 in scholarships to students in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Scholarship amounts range from $500 (freshman) to $2,500 (seniors) per year and are based on the student's academic and non-academic accomplishments. Eligible students must attend an accredited printing management or technology program and have permanent residence in one of the four states (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri) served by PIA MidAmerica. Students must be pursuing a management or technology degree. Those who are interested in design, photography, or web-based careers will not be considered for the scholarship. The application deadline is March 1st of every year for the school year beginning in the fall.
Clampitt Paper/Henry Phillips Memorial Scholarship
Must be a Texas resident currently enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year print technology or management program. Annual award of up to $1,000 to one student from each of the following areas: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.
AOTF Texas Scholarship
Two scholarships to be awarded annually: one at the post baccalaureate degree level and one at the associate degree level to Texas residents attending any curriculum in the state of Texas and members of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association. Scholarship amount TBD. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS MUST: Meet all eligibility requirements; For Post-baccalaureate scholarships, this must be the first degree in Occupational Therapy; Have a sustained record of outstanding scholastic achievement; Supply application data including: (1) Two references and (2) Program Director's statement; Applicants for post-baccalaureate scholarships must be enrolled at the professional level (Master's or OTD) in an accredited or developing Occupational Therapy educational program and have completed 1 full year of Occupational Therapy coursework. Please check the website for any changes in deadline application.
John W. Puckett Memorial Accounting Scholarship
The firm of Gerhardt and Puckett, as well as family and friends, established the John W. Puckett Memorial Accounting Scholarship in October 1987, after the unexpected death of Puckett. Eligibility • University junior or senior Accounting student at West Texas A&M University • Demonstrate financial need and academic excellence • Maintain a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA while in college Application • AAF General Scholarship Application Award Selection • Amarillo Area Foundation Scholarship Screening Committee Scholarship Amount • $500 • One year award, may re-apply
Makios Technology Fund
If you are currently enrolled in University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College, or New Mexico State University, please contact the scholarship office on campus for more information on scholarships provided by the El Paso Community Foundation. Graduating high school seniors may apply at their school. Will award tuition and educational related expenses to El Paso County students pursuing careers in Information Technology. Please check the website for deadline of application.
First National Bank Scholarship Fund
Granting scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Children of El Paso County/Ft. Bliss soldiers Killed in Action. Graduating high school seniors may apply at their school. The selection process is often handled through the scholarship offices at the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College, and New Mexico State University. Please check the website for deadline of application.
E. Eugene Waide, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the family of Dr. Waide in his memory. Eligibility: • Graduating senior from Ochiltree, Hansford, Lipscomb, Hutchinson, Roberts or Hemphill counties • Pursue a career as LVN, BSN (junior or senior), MSN, or medical school • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA while in college • Major in field of Nursing or medical related field at college/university of choice Application • AAF General Scholarship Application Award Selection • Local Scholarship Screening Committee Scholarship Amount • $1,000 • One time award
Abilene Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Scholarship
Upper level/ Business Administration students/Nontraditional This scholarship rotates annually among the three local universities and is awarded to an upper level college student (junior or senior) majoring in business administration. 2014 Scholarship will be awarded to an ACU student, 2015 HSU and 2016 MCM.
Bob Alvis Memorial Scholarship
This fund was established in 1999 by the Wagstaff, Alvis, Stubbeman, Seamster and Longacre legal firm to honor the memory of Bob Alvis, one of their founding partners. An annual scholarship award will be made to an area student attending Hardin-Simmons University and a member of the Cowboy Band.
Horace M. Condley Scholarship Fund
Upper level/Junior-Senior/ Business/Accounting student This scholarship was established by partners of Condley and Company, L.L.P. to honor the memory of founding partner, Horace Condley. Mr. Condley believed strongly in the value of education. This scholarship is to provide financial help for upperclassman (junior or senior) accounting students at McMurry University
Todd Moore Memorial Scholarship
High School Senior. Designated for high school graduates who have played high school varsity golf during junior or senior year. Student must be a graduate from a Taylor County high school, Baird, Clyde, Eula, Robert Lee or Hamlin High Schools. Recipient may choose to attend any U.S. college/university. Two reference letters must be provided; one from your coach (or assistant coach) and the other may come from your pastor, youth counselor, high school counselor, teacher (past/current) , applicant’s employer, or a family friend (no relatives). Award $2,500/yr. for two years
Perry Bentley Memorial Scholarship
McMurry University Juried Art Show winner Friends of Perry Bentley, a former Abilene artist, established this fund after his early death in 1986. The fund provides a significant four-year scholarship for the area high school senior who is selected as the winner of the annual juried art show at McMurry University. Contact McMurry School of Arts and Letters at 325-793-4888 for additional information and application. Selection is made each spring.
Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)
Program Purpose To provide grant assistance to students with financial need. Eligibility Requirements Are Texas residents, non-residents or foreign students Show financial need Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement FYI: Each institution may set its own priorities in making awards to undergraduate or graduate students; to full- or part-time students. Check with your institution to find out these requirements. Eligible Institutions Public colleges or universities in Texas make TPEG awards from their own resources. Only in-state (Texas) colleges or universities may participate in the program. Only public colleges or universities participate in the program (no private, non-profit or career colleges or universities). Award Amount No individual award may be more than the student’s financial need. Each institution might set its own maximum award amounts. Application Process Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid office at the college or university the student applied to will notify the student if he/she is eligible. Additional Information Your eligibility for this program is determined by the financial aid office at your college. Funds may not be immediately available to you at the beginning of the semester. Contact your college financial aid office for additional information on eligibility or availability of funds.
Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG)
Program Purpose To provide grant aid to financially needy students to enable them to attend private, non-profit colleges or universities in Texas. Eligibility Requirements Are Texas residents or are non-resident National Merit Finalists; Show financial need; Are enrolled in an eligible institution in Texas in a degree plan leading to a first associate's, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree; If awarded their first TEG prior to 9/1/2005, meet the academic progress requirements of their institution; If awarded their first TEG on or after 9/1/2005, earn and maintain an overall college GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 24 credit hours per year (18 credit hours per year if a graduate student); Enroll on at least a 1/2 time basis if awarded first-ever TEG prior to 09/01/2005 OR a 3/4 basis if awarded first-ever TEG on or after 09/01/2005 Are not receiving athletic scholarships; Are required to pay more tuition than they would pay to attend a public institution; and Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement. Eligible Institutions Only private, non-profit Texas colleges or universities may participate in the program. Award Amount Awards may not exceed the student's financial need or the amount of tuition the student is paying in excess of what he or she would pay at a public institution. Application Process Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid office at the college or university will notify you if you are eligible. Additional Information Your eligibility for this program is determined by the financial aid office at your college. Funds may not be immediately available to you at the beginning of the semester. Contact your college financial aid office for additional information on eligibility of availability of funds.
Top 10 Percent Scholarship
The 80th Texas Legislature created the Top 10 Percent Scholarship to encourage students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class to attend a Texas public institution of higher education. Typically, if funding is available, qualifying students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) by a specific deadline**, have financial need, and enroll fulltime in a Texas public college or university in the fall semester may be eligible to receive an award. Students who submit their FAFSA after this deadline will not be awarded in the next academic year due to limited funding. Initial Eligibility Requirements (contingent upon available funding): Be a Texas resident Be registered with Selective Service or be exempt from registration Demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the college or university financial aid office) Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to generate the CPS results in a non-rejected status by March 15 or submit the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) to the financial aid office by March 15* ** if ineligible to complete a FAFSA. Complete Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School curriculum Rank in the top 10 percent of the high school graduating class (as of his/her 7th semester or 6th if the college uses that semester for admissions) Graduate from an accredited high school in Texas Enroll fulltime in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year College or University in fall through the census date of the semester. Renewal Eligibility Requirements (contingent upon available funding): Complete 30 semester credit hours (SCH) in the previous year Maintain cumulative 3.25 GPA Complete at least 75% of hours attempted
Program Purpose The Texas Legislature established the TEXAS (Towards EXcellence, Access and Success) Grant to make sure that well-prepared high school graduates with financial need could go to college. Who can apply? Students who... For an initial award: Are Texas residents Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance Show financial need Have an EFC less than or equal to $4000 Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement AND Be a graduate of an accredited high school in Texas not earlier than the 1998-99 school year Complete the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in high school Enroll in a non-profit public college or university in Texas within 16 months of graduation from a public or accredited private high school in Texas and Have accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded for credit by examination (AP, IB or CLEP). OR Have earned an associate degree from a public technical, state or community college in Texas and Enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving their associate's degree. Students entering the program from high school who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for five years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or six years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first. Students entering the program based on acquisition of an associate's degree who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 90 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for three years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or four years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first. The academic requirements for continuing in the program are: At the end of the first year, a student entering the program must be meeting the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. At the end of the second year in the program or later years, all students must complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in the prior academic year, have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 24 semester credit hours per year. Where may awards be used? A TEXAS Grant may be used to attend any public institution of higher education in Texas. How much can be awarded? The maximum award amount (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student's tuition and required fees.
Fifth Year Accounting Student Scholarship Program
Program Purpose To promote the professional and educational needs of the state; increase the number of highly trained and educated professional accountants available to serve the residents of this state; improve the state's business environment and encourage economic development and financial stability; and identify, recognize and support outstanding scholars who plan to pursue careers in accounting. Eligibility Requirements are classified as residents of Texas; Are enrolled at participating public or private, non-profit colleges and universities in Texas (including specified community colleges); Are enrolled at least half-time; Will have completed at least 120 hours of college course work (including at least 15 semester credit hours of accounting) at the beginning of the term in which the award is being made; Are making satisfactory academic progress; Have not already taken the CPA exam, but plan to take the CPA examination in the State of Texas and have submitted an Application of Intent to take the CPA Examination to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for the purpose of being granted a certificate of "Certified Public Accountant;" Register for the Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement, and Demonstrate financial need. Eligible Institutions The award may be used at participating public and private, non-profit colleges and universities in Texas, including specified community colleges. Award Amount Individuals may receive a scholarship for up to $5,000. Application Process Obtain a scholarship application from the Dean or Department of Accounting or College Financial Aid Office. Applications are processed through the financial aid office of your institution, although a representative of the School of Accounting or Dean of the Academic Department for Accounting must approve the selection of recipients.