Side Hustle: 27 Scholarships to Jumpstart Your Fall Semester


Make sure you start your fall semester right with these scholarships!

Last Minute Opportunities:

The ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship- August 31

Write a short 300-400 word essay about how government surveillance on internet activity would affect us. Open for high school, undergrad, and grad students. One reward for $5,000.

Kabbage Entrepreneurs Scholarship- August 31

Write an essay of 750 words or fewer summarizing your business plan for your existing business or one you’d like to start. Open to undergrad and grad students. One reward for $1,000.

Make Me Laugh Scholarship– August 31

Describe an incident in your life that’s funny or embarrassing in 250 words or less. One reward for $1,500.

Marketing Certified Students Leading Social Media Scholarship– August 31

Email a short essay (<500 words) explaining how you think social media would, from a future employment prospective, benefit your career. Must also complete a social media exam. Must be between 16 and 25 years old.

Noplag Scholarship– August 31

Write an essay (>700 words) on any topic relating to education. Open to any students over 16 years old. One reward for $3,500. One reward for $500.

Soliant’s Sunrise Scholarship- August 31

Write a 400-word essay answering the question “How has a mentor had a positive influence on you and in what ways has that affected your life?” Open only to students enrolled in or going into an undergraduate program. One reward for $1,000.

DoSomething.Org Scholarships:

All In, We Win– August 31

Upload a screenshot of you tweeting at your governors encouraging them to sign the We Are Still In pledge to commit to upholding the standards of the Paris Agreement. One reward for $1,000.

Anti-Bullying– August 31

Sign up for the campaign and share your bullying. Earn an additional entry for every tip you share. One reward for $1,000.

Mirror Messages– August 31

Sign up for the campaigns and share notes to encourage others. Earn additional entries for every note you make. One reward for $1,000.

Steps for Soldiers– August 31

Walk, run, or bike to help military service members connect to home. One reward for $5,000.

Thumb Wars– August 31

Share Thumb Socks with a friend to remind them not to text and drive. One reward for $5,000.

September Scholarships:

Apartment List Scholarship- September 1

Write an essay answering the following questions:

  • What have you done that exemplifies one (or more) of Apartment List’s core values? (listed on the website)
  • What is most important to you when choosing a place to call “home”?

Open to high school, undergrad, and grad students. One reward for $500.

Connext Go Fund Yourself Scholarship- September 1

Write an essay of 250 words or less that addresses the following question: “What’s the most unique way you found to pay for school before applying for student loans?” Open to all students 16 years old or older. One reward for $5,000.

Jungle Scholar Scholarship September 1

Open to aspiring entrepreneurs studying Business, Computer Science, or any related major. Must submit a brief overview of why you need funding, a written elevator speech, and an optional video.

MyWebHostingReviews Scholarship– September 8

Participants need to write an essay of 1500 words or more on the topic “Precautions One Needs to take Before Choosing Web Hosting Company.” Open to students who are enrolled or have been accepted to a college or university in the USA, UK, or Canada. There are three rewards: one (1) for $500, one (1) for $300, and one (1) for $200.

Cameron Impact Scholarship– September 15

Four-year, full-tuition merit based scholarship for high school seniors (Class of 2018) planning on going to college/university. Awarded to approximately 10-15 students annually. Visit the website for more details.

Out-of-the-Box Thinking Scholarship- September 15

For animal lovers: write a 400-word essay about a product you’d invent for pets and how you’d market it. Undergrad and grad students eligible. Three (3) total scholarships: One (1) for $1,500, one (1) for $1,000, and one (1) for $500.

Vitality Medical’s Student Disability Scholarship- September 15

Open to high school, undergrad, and grad students with a known disability. Must submit a visual poem on the theme of “how using disability aids has added vitality to your life.” One reward for $500.

Gear Up Your Future Annual Scholarship- September 19

Write an essay between 500-3,000 words about your opinion about the future technology in education. Open to high school, undergrad, and grad students. Two (2) total awards: $2,000 for the winner, and $1,000 for the runner-up.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship– September 30

Open to currently enrolled students majoring in STEM fields from a underrepresented group in their field of study. Create or update your profile which serves as your scholarship application. One reward for $500.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship- September 30

Fill out an application and write a 140-character statement on texting and driving. If selected as a finalist you must then write a 500-1,000 word essay. Open to high school, undergrad, and grad students. One reward for $1,000. Scholarship- September 30

Complete a review on your college/university to help other students. Open to alumni to have graduated from a school in the U.S. with a master’s or doctorate degree and students who are currently enrolled and working towards a master’s-level degree. One reward for $2,500.

Money Metals Exchange Scholarship Program– September 30

Must write a 1,000-word essay answering any of their selected prompts on money/the economy and submit a resume and transcript. Open to high school seniors, undergrad, and grad students. Students in any major may apply. 5 scholarship awards available: Undergraduate Student 1st Place ($2,000), Undergraduate Student Runner-Up ($1,000), Graduate Student 1st Place ($2,000), Graduate Runner-Up ($1,000), and People’s Choice ($500).

Shout it Out Scholarship- September 30

Answer the question “If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?” in 250 words or less. One award for $1,500.

Top Reveal Scholarship- September 30

Write a 700-word essay on any of their prompts relating to technology. Open to high school, undergrad, and grad students. One reward for $500.

Welding Stars Scholarship September 30

Do research and write a 1,000 word essay on any of  their selected prompts. Must be enrolled in a college/university. One reward for $1,000.

ZipRecruiter Scholarship– September 30

Write a 250-500 word essay on any of their selected prompts. Open to high school, undergrad, and grad students. One reward for $3,000.

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