No Essay Scholarships & Grants List

Below is a list of college scholarships that do not require an essay to obtain, with a few words on what criteria are used to determine scholarship recipients. We have split them into nationwide scholarships and state-specific scholarships. If you know of another no-essay scholarship that belongs on this list, please email adam@proudmoney.com.

National No Essay Scholarships/Sweepstakes

Note that the “scholarships” below are really just sweepstakes that have almost no criteria for entering, and very often require you to register with a website where your personal information may be used for marketing purposes.



  • NextStepU.com Scholarships – Offers multiple no-essay scholarships/sweepstakes for those who register with the site.
  • Niche.com $2000 No Essay Scholarship – Essentially a sweepstakes that allows students (or really almost anyone) to enter and win the “scholarship.”
  • Nitro College Scholarship – No-essay scholarship/sweepstakes offers prizes of approximately $2000 to random winners who’ve fill out a form at the site.
  • Sallie Mae Monthly $1000 Scholarship Sweepstakes – Each month one person who has registered with the Sallie Mae college planning site will win $1000.
  • ScholarshipOwl $1000 Scholarship – When you register with this site you are entered into their $1000 scholarship sweepstakes that requires no essay or further effort. Be careful when you enter or you will be put on their list to be texted and called by them and their marketing partners.
  • ScholarshipPoints / Edvisors – Completely random scholarship program is really a sweepstakes open to anyone. At last check they were offering $10,000 and $1,000 scholarships via random drawing. By entering the drawing, you are allowing Edvisors and its partners to contact you about offers/promotions.
  • Student View Scholarships – This higher education market research firm gives out (at random) a number of scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4000. Students must fill out online survey but no essay is required to enter.
  • SunTrust Scholarship Sweepstakes – Offers $500 scholarships on a random basis.
  • US Bank Student Union Scholarships – No essay scholarships/sweepstakes for up to $20,000. Earn additional entries by completing certain financial tutorials.
  • 1Dental.com Scholarship – Offers a $500 scholarship to one person chosen at random from students that fill out their survey about expected health benefits in their future careers.


Other National No Essay Scholarships

No Essay Scholarships By State

  • California – Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program – Provides need-based educational grants (from $100 up to $12,000) to dependents and spouses of peace officers (such as police and highway patrol) and firefighters who’ve been killed or completely disabled while in the line of duty. See their website for complete eligibility requirements.
  • Illinois – AAUW Lombard Area Branch Scholarship – Reside in one of these (Chicago area) Illinois cities: Lombard, Villa Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton, Addison, Glendale Heights or Glen Ellyn. Also, must be continuing higher education after a significant interruption in your studies.
  • Missouri – A+ Scholarship Program – Provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating public community college or vocational/technical school or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools.
  • Missouri – Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship – Need-based scholarship for students who are employed while attending school part-time. Must be Missouri resident attending a Missouri school and working at least 20 hours a week while going to school at least half-time (but not full-time).
  • Oklahoma – Kids’ Chance of Oklahoma Scholarships – Applicants must have a parent who has been seriously or fatally injured in a workplace accident in the state of Oklahoma, and student must reside in Oklahoma. No essay required as part of application, but other GPA and age criteria required.
  • Virginia – Virginia Commonwealth Award – Need-based scholarships for those attending Virginia public colleges and universities. Administered by each individual school based on FAFSA and general eligibility.
  • Virginia – Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program – Need-based scholarships for Virginia high school graduates (and home-schooled students) enrolled at a Virginia public 4-year or 2-year college or university.