So essays aren’t your thing. Believe it or not, that’s okay in the scholarship world. There are still amazing scholarships out there that allow entries of all kinds – like videos, artwork, photography and more.
To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships for writers are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.
You won’t find any essay limitations here! Check out this list of scholarships with all different types of entry methods, from videos and photographs to trivia and games.
$5,000 Easy Scholarship: Make a Bookmark Celebrating Diverse Figures in History!
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $5,000
School textbooks often leave out the contributions of black Americans and other figures from underrepresented groups. You can do something about! Just use our easy guide to print a bookmark (or make your own) celebrating a forgotten figure in history. Put the bookmark in one of your school textbooks, and you could win $5,000! Yep, that easy. Unlimited bookmarks can be made, but at least 1 bookmark must be made in order to qualify. No minimum GPA or essays required. Must be 13 to 25 years old to apply. This scholarship is only open to those residing in the U.S. and Canada or those who hold citizenship in the U.S. or Canada.
Learn more about the $5,000 Easy Scholarship: Make a Bookmark Celebrating Diverse Figures in History!.
One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 4 Awards from $75 – $1,000
The One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest is open to students who are at least eight years of age. You must submit a video between three and eight minutes that shares and highlights solutions to the issues discussed in the chosen sustainability topic(s) chosen from the list on the sponsor’s website.
The film entry’s theme must be solution-based. The film should talk about an environmental/sustainability problem and then discuss what could be a potential solution to this problem. Videos may be submitted by either an individual or a group and animated videos of no more than 45 seconds will also be considered.
Learn more about the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest.
Scholars Helping Collars
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000
The Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is open to current high school seniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words with two to three photos of your volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed your lives or shaped your perceptions on the importance of animal welfare in order to be considered for this award.
Learn more about the Scholars Helping Collars.
Twenty-Eight Annual Poster Contest for High School Students
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: 3 Awards from $250 – $1,000
The Twenty-Eight Annual Poster Contest for High School Students is open to students from grades 9 through 12. This contest involves students creating a poster with the theme and caption, “You can make a difference,” illustrating the idea that one person can change the world for the better. Each poster must be the work of only one student and the poster concept, design and any photos or artwork used must be the original work of the student entering the competition. Posters must be 16 × 20 inches in size, including border or mat if used. If charcoal or pastel is used, the poster must be either laminated or covered with clear plastic. On the back of the poster, the following must be included: the student’s name, street address, town, state and zip code, home phone number, school, school address, grade and e-mail address (if available). Posters will be judged on overall impact, effectiveness in conveying the theme, originality and artistic merit. The judges’ decisions are final. All entries become the property of the Christophers and no posters will be returned.
Learn more about the Twenty-Eight Annual Poster Contest for High School Students.
Stop Texting and Driving Video Scholarship Contest
Available to: High School Juniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $1,000
The Stop Texting and Driving Video Scholarship Contest is available to high school juniors, seniors and full-time college students. You must submit a 30 to 60 second video on YouTube that will convince others not to text and drive in order to be considered for this award.
Learn more about the Stop Texting and Driving Video Scholarship Contest.
Prom Pics Contest
Available to: High School Juniors through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $250
The Prom Pics Contest is open to high school students. To be eligible, you must submit a high resolution photo from your prom event. Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories: promposal, pre-prom, prom dance, and post-prom.
Get more information on the Prom Pics Contest.
CKSF Scholarship Competition
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500
The CKSF Scholarships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in the U.S.
You must register to participate in scholarship quizzes that test your knowledge of topics ranging from general “common knowledge” to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies.
You will be scored based on a combination of time and accuracy.
Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win.
Learn more information about the CKSF Scholarship Competition.
Optimist International Oratorical Contest
Available To: Maximum Age 18 Years
Award Amount: $2,500
The Optimist International Oratorical Contest is open to students under the age of 19.
To be considered for this award, you must prepare a 4 to 5 minute speech on the topic, “How My Passions Impact the World” to be presented at your local Optimist Club’s contest.
Get more information on the Optimist International Oratorical Contest.
American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest
Ages: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
The National High School Oratorical Contest is open to junior high and high school students who are under the age of 20 and citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States.
You must prepare an oration on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government.
A complete list of topics are available on the Legion’s Web site. Each individual state winner certified into and participating in the first round of the national contest receives an additional $1,500 scholarship.
Get more information on the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest.
Invite a Friend to Fastweb
Deadline: Last day of each month; Refreshes monthly
Available to: All Fastweb Members
You and a friend could win $500! Simply invite a friend to join Fastweb. Once your friend completes the registration, you’re both entered to win $500.
Learn how you can Invite a Friend to Fastweb and qualify you and a friend for $500.
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