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Win a Scholarship Without Writing an Essay 

Lots of students want to win scholarships for college, but few really want to write an essay. Let’s face it – writing essays isn’t everyone’s strong point. 

There are plenty of opportunities to win a scholarship and earn money for college without writing an essay, though. Some of these scholarships require that you use your talents, but other awards are based on nothing but luck.

Making a Video

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Full time African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in visual arts
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: April 30, 2022

The Paradigm Challenge Meet a Hero Contest

  • Eligibility: Students around the world who use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems and make a difference
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: May 1, 2022

FMAA Scholarship Program

  • Eligibility: High school seniors and college students planning to enroll or already enrolled in a college or vocational school
  • Amount: $2,000 
  • Deadline: May 30, 2022

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships

  • Eligibility: The scholarship is open to seniors in high school through graduate students.
  • Amount: $10,000 
  • Deadline: December 2, 2022

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

  • Five (5) Digital SLR Cameras will be awarded to five (5) high school students. (High school applicants should only submit still photographs. The video awards are for college and graduate students only.)
  • Five (5) $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to five (5) college or technical school students, payable to their school. Four awards will be for video work while one will be for still photography.
  • One (1) $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one (1) graduate student, payable to their school, for video work.

Applications will start July 2022

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Practice and perfect your script thoroughly before you even think about shooting. Practice giving your speech to friends and family member so you have a natural repertoire worked up before you even get in front of the camera
  • Memorize your script well enough that you are not relying too heavily on reading when you shoot your video
  • Try to make sure you have good lighting when shooting your video. Even though the scholarship may not be entirely decided based on shooting quality, it can help keep the judges interested and show that you put effort into it
  • Make sure to read the rules thoroughly. They often will state if they prefer a webcam-shot video or one shot by a friend or family member. They often also include length requirements, and potentially a format requirement for submission
  • Put effort into your editing. If the rules allow for it, make a nice title card and show that you’ve created a polished product

Designing a video game

 Microsoft Imagine Cup

  • Eligibility:  Be over 16 years of age and a student at a university, community college, vocational or trade school, or a high school,

Here are some tips to keep in mind.

• Remember the obvious things the game must be. That is, fun, fast-loading and winnable. 

• Don’t start on the computer. It can be limiting according to the software’s preset gaming worlds or backgrounds. Instead, start with a sketchbook to draw and transcribe your ideas. When you try to transfer the idea from paper to the computer screen, you’ll likely have to go beyond the presets, and that’s a good thing.

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