Average college tuition and fees for the 2014 academic year ranged from $9,139 for public colleges to $31,231 for private schools, The College Board reported. Once you add books, rent, outside activities, and perhaps the occasional non ramen meal, the costs get even more exorbitant. The average debt for students graduating in 2014 is $33,000. That’s no chump change.
Luckily, thousands of college scholarships can help you pay for school, and Lisa Rowan over at The Penny Hoarder has put together a list of 100 great ones!
Here’s a list of 100 awesome scholarships to get you started on your search. Application rules and deadlines can change, so be sure to read all of the eligibility requirements on the funding organization’s website before applying. Happy scholarship hunting! Scholarships With Multiple Deadlines Some of these organizations offer awards several times a year — during spring and fall semesters, quarterly or even monthly. Even if you’ve missed the earliest deadline this year, take a look to see whether there’s another one coming up! 1. AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship Full-time undergraduate and graduate students with at least a 2.5 GPA can apply for this $1,000 scholarship that chooses one winner per quarter. 2. AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund This fund awards quarterly scholarships of $2,500 to students enrolled at an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) member institution. Awards can be used toward bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in nursing. The selection committee gives special consideration to students in a graduate program to become a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program. 3. CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes Wells Fargo sponsors this award, which is open to high school seniors and all undergraduate levels. Applicants are selected throughout the year via random drawing to win 40 awards of $1,000 each. 4. Courage to Grow This monthly scholarship award of $500 is available to juniors or seniors in high school as well as college students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. You’ll have to submit a short essay. Entries are due on the last day of each month. 5. United States Senate Youth Program High school juniors and seniors who are involved in student government can apply to win up to $5,000. A principal or teacher nomination is required, and this scholarship includes a trip to Washington, D.C. for the Washington Week program. Deadlines range from July to November, depending on your state. 6. Chegg $1,000 Monthly Scholarship Answer a brief essay question to apply for this monthly drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. 7. “No Essay” College Scholarship Yes, there’s a scholarship you can win without writing an essay! Niche.com offers this monthly drawing, which is open to all students planning to enroll in college within 12 months. Enter once each month to win $2,000. 8. $1,000 Local Survey Sweepstakes Tell Niche.com about your neighborhood and be entered into a monthly drawing for $1,000. Submit a new entry each month for a better chance of winning. 9. CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship High school and junior college students who play sports and plan to attend a four-year college can apply for this $2,000 award. You’ll need to be active on social media to have a better chance at one of the quarterly prizes. 10. Jacob Frydman Scholarship Fund Scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 are awarded six times throughout the year. Apply with a 700-word essay on how you plan to invest in your future.