What’s great about contests and sweepstakes? They’re essentially scholarships that take very little time or effort and everyone has the opportunity to win.
This scholarship category levels playing field for all students who enter because everyone adheres to the same entry criteria.
Many even offer multiple entries if you choose to take advantage of them (which you should).
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.
Check out some of our favorite contest and sweepstakes style scholarships, which choose winners at random, or have special offers for students:
$3,000 Scholarship: Encourage Friends to Fight Propaganda & Defend Science
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $5,000
97% of scientists agree that climate change is real and humans are a major cause of it. Despite this scientific consensus, a group is sending to science teachers a textbook that denies humans’ effect on climate change. You could win an easy $3,000 scholarship just by sharing a pledge on social media that encourages your friends to talk to their teachers about this propaganda-filled book. You’ll defend science, fight propaganda, and enter to win a $3,000 scholarship — no essay required!
Learn more about the $3,000 Scholarship: Encourage Friends to Fight Propaganda & Defend Science .
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.
Opinion Outpost $10,000 Quarterly Prize Drawing
Available to: Ages 15+
Award Amount: $10,000
Opinion Outpost has a $40,000 year-long cash give away! Every quarter a winner will receive $10,000! Each time you take a survey you receive an entry into that quarterly prize draw. The more you participate, the more likely you are to win! In addition to the quarterly prize draw, earning cash and rewards for taking surveys is one of the biggest perks of joining Opinion Outpost. You can redeem your points for Amazon.com Gift Card* Claim Codes, iTunes* Gift Cards, or if you believe cash is king, for money using our PayPal redemption method. It’s safe, secure, and a popular option for many Opinion Outpost members!
Get more information on the Opinion Outpost $10,000 Quarterly Prize Drawing.
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $25 Every Two Weeks
Want to raise the minimum wage? Should the government pay for college? Comment on the new Bill of Rights Institute debate platform Constitution Connection and be entered in for a chance to win $25!
Get more information on the Constitution Connection.
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.
Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes
Deadline: Last day of every month; refreshes monthly
Available to: All Fastweb members (minimum age 13 years)
Award Amount: $500
The Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes is open to registered Fastweb members who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and who are at least thirteen (13) years of age.
You must log into your Fastweb account to obtain your personal referral link.
For each person who registers for Fastweb via your personal referral link during the Promotion Period, you and your referral will entered as a pair into the monthly drawing.
Get more information on the Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes.
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 about the CKSF Scholarship Competition.
Need Money to Pay for College?
Every semester, Fastweb helps thousands of students pay for school by matching them to scholarships, grants, and internships, for which they actually qualify. You’ll find high value scholarships like VIP Voice’s $5,000 Scholarship, and easy to enter scholarships like Niche $2,000 No Essay Scholarship, and internships with companies like Apple, Google, Dreamworks, and even NASA!