6 Scholarships Everyone Can Apply For

By Arkansas Next staff on Monday, October 15, 2018

Easy money? Big money? Go for both!

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Some scholarships require an application, an essay, letters of recommendation and a phenomenal test score while others just ask you to fill out a few boxes. Sometimes, only one or two receive the scholarship, but others award everyone who qualifies. You don’t always know what you’re up against when you’re applying, but it never hurts to throw your name into consideration — even if it’s a long shot.

1. YOUniversal Scholarship Application

The YOUniversal Scholarship application determines your eligibility for all of the state government-sponsored scholarships.

Deadline: Applications open on Oct. 1, and the deadline varies.
Requirements: You must complete the YOUniversal application, and some scholarships might require you to upload the FAFSA and other documents. (See more at Find YOUR Perfect Scholarship Match.)
What You Get: Scholarships vary depending on your eligibility.


2. Ann Burns Smith Scholarship Endowment

The Arkansas Community Foundation offers this scholarship and many others. This one is a statewide scholarship for every Arkansan, but the foundation also breaks down their scholarships into regions. You might find a scholarship or two specific to your high school or county.

Deadline: April 1
Requirements: You must have a high school diploma or GED and be planning to attend a vocational school, college or university.
What You Get: $500


3. RaiseMe

RaiseMe doesn’t offer just one scholarship but many. You can make a RaiseMe account for free, and then you add accomplishments to your profile like making team captain, acing a class or winning a club election. For each achievement you earn tiny scholarships that add up over time.

Deadline: Start as a freshman and continue from there.
Requirements: A RaiseMe account.
What You Get: However much you add over the years.


4. Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

All this scholarship requires is a short statement about why you won’t text and drive. The 10 finalists are then asked to write a short essay on the subject, and the scholarship is awarded to the essay deemed the best.

Deadline: Sept. 30
Requirements: You must be a U.S. citizen and submit an application with a 140-character statement about why you won’t text and drive.
What You Get: $1,000


5. Niche “No Essay” College Scholarship

It doesn’t get any simpler than this. Every month, this scholarship awards $2,000 by random drawing, and all you have to do is submit a short application. You can try more than once.

Deadline: End of every month.
Requirements: Submit a short application, and the scholarship is awarded by random drawing.
What You Get: $2,000


6. Shofur National Video Scholarship

Time to whip out your cell phone cameras because you don’t need pens and paper for this application. If you’re more the visual type, you can make a short video about yourself for the chance at this scholarship.

Deadline: Nov. 30
Requirements: You must create a short video that tells your story and submit the application with a transcript.
What You Get: The scholarship covers full tuition for four years.


3 More Easy Ones

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

No competition!

Deadline: June 15
Why It’s Easy: If you meet the qualifications, you get this scholarship. The funding covers all eligible high school seniors. To qualify, you must earn at least a 19 on the ACT and complete your FAFSA.
What You Get: $14,000 distributed over four years


Arkansas Workforce Challenge Scholarship

Perfect if you’re in the right field!

Deadline: Apply 30 days before enlisting in your program.
Why It’s Easy: This is a brand new scholarship, and you complete the YOUniversal Scholarship application to apply. You must be an Arkansas high school graduate, and you must be enrolled in training programs for eligible high demand fields.
What You Get: Cost of program up to $800


Niche “No Essay” College Scholarship

Easy to apply!

Deadline: End of every month.
Why It’s Easy: All you have to do is submit a short application, and the scholarship is awarded by random drawing. There are no GPA or ACT requirements.
What You Get: $2,000