Easy Scholarships November 3, 2015

Ian Welham gives you Easy Scholarships


I recently met a student who said he needed a scholarship to be able to go to college. He asked if I could help him.

I started listing a few scholarships I knew. To each one, he shook his head. After three or four no’s I asked what the problem was.

“I don’t want to write an essay,” he declared.

His answer caught me off guard. To expect an organization or individual to give you money — thousands of dollars — and not be willing to put a few words down on paper seems a bit, I don’t know… unreasonable, perhaps?

Evidently, my thinking is a bit antediluvian. Live and learn.

So… I kept my editorial comments to myself and dutifully went looking for easy scholarships that don’t require essays. Here are a few I came across:

1.) U.S. Bank Scholarship – Each year, U.S. Bank gives away thirty-six $1,000 scholarships. Here are the requirements:

  • United States citizen
  • High school student or college undergrad

That’s it. If you can meet those requirements, there are no other qualifications required. Applications are drawn at random. Application details get released in early March at: https://www.usbank.com/community/financial-education/scholarship.html

2.) $1,000 Weekly Scholarship – Book publisher Chegg gives away a weekly scholarship – actually several scholarships. Also available to all high school and college undergraduates. All that’s required is filling out a short form about yourself and answering an unusual question in 280 characters or less (each week it’s a different question). You can apply every week. Start at: https://www.chegg.com/auth?action=signup&redirect=%2Fscholarships

3.) What’s in a Name? – If your last name is Zolp, congratulations. You qualify for full tuition for 4 years at Loyola University in Chicago. If it’s Gatling, you can get up to $18,000 at NC State. You can go to Texas A&M for free if your last name is Scarpinato. If your surname is Baxendale, Hudson, Thayer, Downer or Bright, Harvard has money for you.

Speaking of scholarships, last week I wrote about a new service we’re offering that one enthusiastic parent critiqued as, “Better than a $100,000 scholarship.”

I did an audio recording explaining all about it and posted in on the website. If you missed it, you can still have a listen here:

Stay warm,
Ian “The Professor” Welham
Certified College Funding Advisor
(973) 467-0101

This post was written by admin on November 3, 2015
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