Essay Scholarships

It may be difficult for you to associate essay scholarships as easy scholarships, but if you are someone that loves to write and writing comes pretty easily to you, then essay scholarships may be the way to go. Another bonus to essay scholarships is that many people do not apply for these because they do not want to take the time to write the essay, so this type of scholarship may actually have fewer candidates and be easier to get. Here we will show you some of the best essay scholarships out there.

 The AFSA National High School Essay Contest

This contest has occurred every year for the last 14 years. The purpose of this scholarship is to foster an interest in the Foreign Service in people who had no prior introduction to it. For this scholarship, you are required to write a short essay about diplomatic or other affairs in foreign countries. Winners not only receive a $2,500 scholarship, but they also get an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., and an all expenses paid Semester at Sea, once they are enrolled in college.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

If you want a very straightforward essay contest and one of your favorite authors is Ayn Rand, then you should look into these very lucrative essay scholarships from the Ayn Rand Foundation that award $10,000 as the top prize. These essays work in the same way as a book report. There are three questions to choose from, and you are required to answer one in your essay. Essays must be no fewer than 800 words and no more than 1600 words. The great thing about this scholarship is it is open not only to high school seniors but also to college undergraduate and graduate students.

Three Sentence Essay Scholarships

If the long essay just is not your style, then check out these three-sentence essay scholarships from Zinch. They award $1,000 per week in scholarships if you can answer creatively to a prompt they give on their website. Go to to find out more and get the essay prompt of the week. Make sure your essay is no more than 250 words, and you are in business.

Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Project

These essay scholarships have been around for almost 20 years and have awarded over $1,000,000 in prize money. Simply write an essay of no more than 1200 words about a series of prompts about the Holocaust and you may be eligible for awards from $200 to $5000. A great thing about these essay scholarships is that they give out multiple awards each year. There are ten first-place winners, ten second-place winners and so on.

National Peace Essay Contest

The United States Institute for Peace receives about 1,100 applications each year for their essay scholarships. That may sound like a big number, but it is really not when you consider that tens of thousands of people apply for some of the no essay scholarships. With this scholarship, you can win the national contest and you can also win for your state. You have a chance to win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Visit the website at for the current essay prompt and to find out more information.

FIRE’s Freedom in Academia Essay Contest

This contest gets bigger and better every year and is now offering prizes from $10,000 to $500. This organization strives to maintain student rights on campus. All you need to do is watch some videos about free speech and also answer an essay question regarding free speech in about 800-1000 words. This scholarship is only open to currently graduating high school seniors. Go to for more information and to watch the videos.

Applying for essay scholarships may seem like a lot of work for little reward. Why should you apply for a scholarship that is only $1,000? Every little bit helps, and that kind of money will add up. We work with a lot of college students and college hopefuls who get discouraged by the application process for scholarships, and many of them say they would rather just apply for financial aid. Think about that long and hard because you pay interest on student loan money and you will end up paying much more for that money then you ever took out. If you are interested in free money for college that will leave you debt free when you graduate, then scholarships are the way to go.

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  1. I ended up with a really nice aceimadc scholarship and a small swimming one. It helped. May God provide for our every need, including college funds . ~Luke

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