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We know college is a big investment. (Hence, the Siena Guarantee, and of course, the FAFSA.) But those aside, there are ways to get additional funding that can actually be pretty fun and thought-provoking. Enter: scholarships—the thing adult you will thank you for applying for now.

Take a look at ten low-lift and unique scholarships you can apply for now that’ll help you out down the line.

  1. No Essay Required
    Deadline: May 31, 2020
    Award: $2,000
    Details: Open to all high school and college students. We know you’ve spent a lot of time writing. This scholarship can be used toward tuition, housing, books, and more—and you don’t need to write a single word to apply.
  2. Fifth Month Scholarship
    Deadline: May 31, 2020
    Award: $1,500
    Details: Open to high school and college students enrolled (or who will be enrolled) in a post-secondary institution by fall of 2026. To be considered, share your thoughts about the number five in 250 words or less (quirky responses encouraged).
  3. End Cyberbullying
    Deadline: June 30, 2020
    Award: $1,000
    Details: Open to high school, college, and graduate students. Answer two prompts about why it’s important to stop cyberbullying or share your own personal experience.
  4. Put Your Walking Dead Fandom to Good Use
    Deadline: October 31, 2020
    Award: $2,000
    Details: Open to high school and college students enrolled (or who will be enrolled) in a post-secondary institution by fall of 2026. Put on your post-apocalyptic thinking cap and let the scholarship committee know what your plan is to avoid a zombie takeover, where you’d hide, and the top five things you’d utilize to stay alive.
  5. Get Out the Vote
    Deadline: June 1, 2020
    Award: $1,500
    Details: Sign up to get a personalized voter registration page and share it with as many of your friends as possible. Each time you share your page, you’ll be entered for a chance to win. Pros: you’re performing your civic duty and might get money for being a good citizen. Cons: there are none!
  6. Practice Your Standup Routine
    Deadline: August 31, 2020
    Award: $1,500
    Details: Open to high school and college students enrolled (or who will be enrolled) in a post-secondary institution by fall of 2026. Put your funny bone to work and make this scholarship committee LOL with a good joke or funny story. Bonus: you’d really be making the day of people who read serious scholarship essays all day long.
  7. Grab Your Megaphone
    Deadline: September 30, 2020
    Award: $1,500
    Details: Open to high school and college students enrolled (or who will be enrolled) in a post-secondary institution by fall of 2026. Have a thought you want to share with the world? Step away from your Twitter account and let this scholarship committee know what’s on your mind. The “loudest” applicant will grab the $1,500 reward.
  8. Describe Yourself as an Ice Cream Flavor
    Deadline: July 31, 2020
    Award: $1,500
    Details: Open to high school and college students enrolled (or who will be enrolled) in a post-secondary institution by December of 2026. Describe which ice cream flavor you relate with and why in 250 words or less. 10/10 a very delicious prompt.
  9. Get Real About Distracted Driving
    Deadline: December 31, 2020
    Award: $1,500
    Details: Open to students planning on or currently attending an accredited continuing education program. Design an ad that will educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving. Your ad should be creative, informative, and maybe even a little funny.
  10. Game Your Other Application Efforts
    Deadline: March 31, 2020
    Award: $500
    Details: Open to anyone who has already aggressively applied (or who will aggressively apply) to tons of other scholarship opportunities. Debt.com wants to reward those of you who can prove you’ve been doing work on the scholarship application front. Come with receipts—forward your confirmation emails, compile everything into a PDF, or paste them into one long email.

We’ve got more ideas where this came from. Connect with our financial aid wizards whenever you’d like to!