Bold.org Scholarships Blog

43 No-Essay Scholarships - A Comprehensive List

There are currently 45 million people in the U.S. alone who hold some form of student loan debt, with the collective amount reaching $1.56 trillion in the past year. Many borrowers struggle or fail to make their student loan payments, with 11.1% of student loan payments being more than 90 days delinquent. As the student loan crisis continues to escalate, scholarships are more important than ever.

As student debt soars in the United States, reaching record heights in 2020, scholarships are more important than ever when it comes to funding your education.

As a student, it can be hard to find the time to apply for scholarships while balancing your studies, personal life, and work, but no-essay scholarships offer a suitable solution to help you manage college expenses. The following list includes 43 no-essay scholarships high school, undergraduate, and graduate students can quickly apply to with just a few clicks to help reduce the need for student loans.

To help you find the perfect scholarship opportunities, we’ve created a list of no-essay scholarships available on Bold.org.
Jump ahead to the scholarship list!

Why no-essay scholarships?

There is a wide variety of no-essay scholarships available to students across all levels of education. Some no-essay scholarships require creative application materials, such as a video submission or a piece of art. However, applying for many no-essay scholarships is as easy as making a few clicks.

While you should also consider applying to scholarships with essay requirements in order to increase your chances of winning, no-essay scholarships are easy scholarships that busy students can take advantage of. Since no-essay scholarships are easy scholarships to apply to and not as time-consuming as essay scholarships, you can apply to many no-essay scholarships, making it more likely that you will win some free money towards pending or building college expenses.

Two female students taking notes at a table

To help you begin your scholarship search and fight student debt, we’ve assembled this list of 43 no-essay scholarships available on Bold.org to help you afford your college education. To find even more scholarships to apply for, create your free profile on Bold.org today!

The Exclusive No-Essay Scholarship List

  1. "Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $25,805
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 30th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship will be awarded to the student who has the most bold profile. To apply, create your free profile on Bold.org. There is a rolling monthly application deadline, but you can increase your chances by applying early!
  1. Hustle Tech & Business News No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2021
  • Description: By applying for this scholarship, you will be subscribed to The Hustle, a free newsletter about tech and business news. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who uses The Hustle the most, so you can increase your chances by reading the newsletter every day and sharing it with friends.
  1. 1000 Bold Points No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Eligibility: Any student who has earned 1000+ Bold Points
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 20th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship will be awarded to the student with the boldest profile. To apply, create a Bold.org profile and complete tasks to earn 1000 or more Bold Points. Students who apply earlier will have a better chance of winning.
  1. Forget Your Student Debt. No-Essay Grant.
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Eligibility: Anyone with student debt
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 1st, 2021
  • Description: Due to the burden that student debt places on many Americans, this scholarship is available to anyone with student debt, even if you’re out of school! This grant has rolling monthly application deadlines, and applying early will increase your chances of winning.
  1. Bold.org No-Essay Top Friend Scholarship
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility: Any student who was invited to Bold.org by friends
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 18th, 2021
  • Description: Students who were invited by friends to join Bold.org may apply, and the student with the Boldest profile will win. Applying in earlier application windows will give you better chances of winning.
  1. Bold.org No-Essay Community Scholarship
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility: Any student who has invited a friend to join Bold.org
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 19th, 2021
  • Description: Visit the Invite Friends page and invite your friends to join Bold.org in order to be eligible. Each friend that you invite who creates a Bold.org profile will increase your chances of winning, and applying early will also increase your chances.
  1. 500 Bold Points No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility: Any student who has earned 500+ Bold Points
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 30th, 2021
  • Description: Students who have earned 500 or more Bold Points may apply for this scholarship, and you can win by creating the boldest profile. This scholarship has rolling monthly application deadlines, and applying earlier will increase your chances.
  1. 400 Bold Points No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Eligibility: Any student who has earned 400+ Bold Points
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 17th, 2021
  • Description: You can apply to this scholarship by earning 400 or more Bold Points and by creating the most bold profile on Bold.org. You can increase your chances of winning this scholarship by applying early.
  1. 300 Bold Points No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Eligibility: Any student who has earned 300+ Bold Points
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 13th, 2021
  • Description: Any student who has earned at least 300 Bold Points may apply. To win, create the boldest profile and apply during an early application window to increase your chances.
  1. 200 Bold Points No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Eligibility: Any student who has earned 200+ Bold Points
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 10th, 2021
  • Description: You can apply for this scholarship if you’ve earned 200 or more Bold Points. Create the boldest profile on Bold.org to win this scholarship. Additionally, this scholarship has rolling monthly application deadlines, so apply early to have better chances of winning.
  1. MedSchoolCoach Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Eligibility: Any pre-med undergraduate students who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors
  • Next Deadline: July 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 1st, 2021
  • Description: Pre-med students, or college students pursuing a natural science major such as biology or chemistry, who are planning to apply for med school in 2021 may apply for this scholarship. If you win, you can use the money for medical school, MCAT fees, or MedSchoolCoach tutoring or advising.
  1. College Xpress No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All high school students
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship is open to high school students preparing for college. By applying you will also receive resources and tips for standardized testing and college. Apply early to increase your chances of winning!
  1. Cappex No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school student or college students who are transfers
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2021
  • Description: Applying to this no-essay scholarship will also match you with colleges and majors that would be a good fit for you. Applying in an earlier application window will increase your chances of winning.
  1. Luv Michael Impact Scholarship for Autism Acceptance Advocacy
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: August 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: September 2nd, 2021
  • Description: To help support autistic students, this scholarship will be awarded to students who volunteer and advocate for autism acceptance. To make your application stand out, join the Luv Michael Volunteer Program and earn 10,000 or more impact points.
  1. WayUp Dream Job No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All undergraduate or graduate students
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2021
  • Description: By applying for this scholarship, college students will gain access to jobs and internships available on the WayUp platform to get a head start in their personal and professional life after graduation. The student who uses WayUp the most will win this scholarship, and applying earlier will also increase your chances of winning.
  1. LeverEdge Better Rates No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any undergraduate or graduate school students
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2021
  • Description: By applying to this no-essay scholarship, college students will get access to LeverEdge, a service that helps students find the best loan rates. Applying during earlier application windows will give you better chances of winning.
  1. Survey Junkie Brand Influencer No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student who has earned 500 points on Survey Junkie
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2021
  • Description: To apply for this no-essay scholarship, join Survey Junkie and earn at least 500 points by taking surveys on products you’re interested in. Apply early for a greater chance of winning.
  1. No-Essay Lambda School Unlock Your Potential Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student pursuing software engineering
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: April 1st, 2022
  • Description: This scholarship aims to support future software engineers and is provided by Lambda School. There is a rolling monthly application deadline, and applying early will increase your chances of winning.
  1. Penny Hoarder Smart Money No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2021
  • Description: By applying to this scholarship, you’ll be subscribed to the free Penny Hoarder Daily Newsletter, which provides daily financial tips. The student who reads The Penny Hoarder the most and shares it with friends will win, and applying earlier will also increase your odds of winning.
  1. National Healthcare Heroes Grant for Nurses
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All undergraduate or graduate students pursuing nursing
  • Next Deadline: May 15th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 16th, 2021
  • Description: To fight the shortage of nurses, especially in light of the pandemic, this no-essay scholarship aims to support college students in nursing by reducing the stress of tuition and student loans.
  1. Newsette No-Essay Leadership Scholarship for Women
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any female student
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2021
  • Description: By applying to this scholarship, you’ll be subscribed to The Newsette, a free daily newsletter that delivers beauty, business, and career news to your inbox. You can increase your chances of winning by applying early and reading The Newsette every day.
Male student with a backpack walking in a library
  1. Next College Student Athlete No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school student-athlete
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: October 1st, 2021
  • Description: By applying for this scholarship, you’ll be registered for Next College Student Athlete, a service to help match student-athletes with college coaches. Applying during an early application window will increase your chances of winning.
  1. Nitro Pay For College No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: September 30th, 2021
  • Description: Applying for this scholarship will register you for Nitro, a financial aid platform with tips and resources for navigating student loans. Applying early will give you a better chance of winning.
  1. Drop Automatic Rewards No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: October 1st, 2021
  • Description: To apply for this scholarship, download the Drop mobile app, a service for saving money on your purchases. The student who saves the most money using the Drop app will win!
  1. 100 Bold Points No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student who has earned 100+ Bold Points
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 6th, 2021
  • Description: Any student who has earned at least 100 Bold Points may apply for this scholarship, and the student with the boldest profile will win. This scholarship also has a rolling monthly application deadline, and applying earlier will increase your chances of winning.
  1. Conscious Consumer Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: November 23rd, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship aims to support students who are striving to be more conscious of their finances, and applicants who apply early and display financial consciousness will have better chances of winning.
  1. WayUp $1,000 Aspiring Accountant Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All undergraduate or graduate students pursuing accounting
  • Next Deadline: June 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 27th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship aims to support college students in accounting by connecting them with job and internship opportunities on WayUp. Students who demonstrate a strong background in accounting on their Bold.org profiles will have better chances of winning.
  1. WayUp $1,000 Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: June 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 27th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is passionate about diversity and inclusion. You will have a better chance of winning if you show community engagement on your Bold.org profile.
  1. Christian Colleges No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All high school students interested in Christian Colleges
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: March 1st, 2022
  • Description: By applying for this scholarship, you’ll receive tips and resources from Christian Connector. This scholarship has rolling monthly application deadlines, and applying earlier will increase your chances of winning.
  1. Take Flight With Embry-Riddle Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student interesting in aviation or aerospace fields
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: March 1st, 2022
  • Description: This no-essay scholarship aims to support students pursuing careers in aviation, astrophysics, engineering, aeronautics, or related fields. Applying early will give you a better chance of winning.
  1. Daily Upside Business News Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any graduate school students pursuing Business Administration/Management
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: March 1st, 2022
  • Description: By applying for this scholarship, you’ll be subscribed to The Daily Upside Newsletter, which will provide you with financial tips and news. The student who gets the most out of the newsletter will win, so you can increase your chances by reading The Daily Upside every day and applying early.
  1. Community Oral Health No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any undergraduates seeking a Certificate or a graduate program degree in Community Oral Health
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: April 1st, 2022
  • Description: his no-essay scholarship seeks to support students interested in increasing access to oral health by using a community-based approach. Apply during an early application window for better chances of winning.
  1. Asian American / Pacific Islander Scholarship
  • Amount: $750
  • Eligibility: Any AAPI high school seniors or undergraduate students
  • Next Deadline: August 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 31st, 2021
  • Description: Despite the amount of AAPI students increasing significantly in recent years, AAPI individuals are still underserved. To support diversity and inclusion, this scholarship will help AAPI students fund their education.
  1. Hispanic Empowerment No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $750
  • Eligibility: Any Hispanic high school seniors or undergraduates
  • Next Deadline: August 2nd, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 31st, 2021
  • Description: Since Hispanic students often face significant financial disadvantages compared to other students, this scholarship will help Hispanic high school seniors or undergraduate students finance their education.
  1. WiseGeek Nurse Appreciation No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any student pursuing nursing
  • Next Deadline: May 14th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 15th, 2021
  • Description: To fight the growing shortage of nurses in the US, this no-essay scholarship will support nursing students and incentivize other students to pursue nursing careers.
  1. WiseGeek LGBTQ+ Awareness Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any LGBTQ+ student
  • Next Deadline: July 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 31st, 2021
  • Description: Due to the many obstacles that LGBTQ+ individuals face throughout life, this scholarship aims to support LGBTQ+ youth as they pursue their dreams.
  1. WiseGeek Recent Immigrants Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any student who immigrated to the US after January 1, 2010
  • Next Deadline: September 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: September 31st, 2021
  • Description: To help break down the barriers that many immigrants face while pursuing their goals, this scholarship will be awarded to a recent immigrant who has big goals for their future life in the United States.
  1. WiseGeek Disability Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any disabled student
  • Next Deadline: August 2nd, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 23rd, 2021
  • Description: Due to the underrepresentation and discrimination that people with disabilities face, this no-essay scholarship will be awarded to a student with a disability and big dreams.
  1. WiseGeek Entrepreneurship Matters Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any student pursuing entrepreneurship
  • Next Deadline: May 1st , 2021
  • Winners Announced: May 21st, 2021
  • Description: To make entrepreneurship more accessible to students, this scholarship will support a future entrepreneur who hopes to create a business that benefits the world. You will have a better chance of winning if you have experience overcoming challenges.
  1. Coding for Minorities Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any minority student pursuing coding or computer science
  • Next Deadline: July 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 31st, 2021
  • Description: To help provide minority students with equal opportunity in coding and computer science, this scholarship will provide students with the financial resources necessary to pursue coding. You’ll have a greater chance of winning if you demonstrate your coding ambitions on your Bold.org profile.
  1. JusticeTheTutor Scholarship (No Essay)
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any student pursuing a STEM-related field
  • Next Deadline: July 11th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 2nd, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship aims to support students who hope to benefit the world through their careers in science or technology. You’ll have a better chance of winning if you show leadership and community engagement on your Bold.org profile.
  1. First-Generation College Students Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any first-generation high school senior or undergraduate student
  • Next Deadline: August 2nd, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 31st, 2021
  • Description: Since first-generation students often face significant barriers and pressure while pursuing their degrees, this no-essay scholarship is meant to support college students throughout their educational story.
  1. “#EqualOpportunity” No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: May 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: May 31st, 2021
  • Description: To help provide every student with equal opportunity as compared to more privileged peers, this scholarship will be awarded to a motivated student who hopes to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is there anything I can do to increase my chances of winning no-essay scholarships?

Without the personal touch of an essay, winning no-essay scholarships can feel impossible. However, there are many ways to increase your chances of winning the different no-essay scholarships in our list above.

One great way to increase your odds of winning is to apply for reduced eligibility scholarships. For example, on Bold.org you can find scholarships only open to women, racial minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, first-generation students, disabled students, or other minority groups. Since these scholarships are available to a smaller pool of students than scholarships without eligibility requirements, you’ll have a better chance of winning.

Another way to increase your chance of winning is to apply early to scholarships with rolling monthly application deadlines. Many of the no essay scholarships listed above, including the $25,000 "Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship, have rolling deadlines, and applying in earlier application windows will increase your chances of winning, so don’t wait!

Additionally, other scholarships are awarded every month, so you can re-apply each month to be more likely to win.

Are there GPA requirements for no-essay scholarships?

While every scholarship has specific eligibility requirements, most no-essay scholarships do not have GPA requirements.

For example, all of the above scholarships are open to students regardless of GPA, and you can find even more scholarships without GPA requirements on Bold.org.

Can only college students apply for scholarships?

Some scholarships are only available to undergraduate or graduate students, but many are also open to high school students. Some scholarships on Bold.org, such as the College Xpress No-Essay Scholarship, are exclusively open to high school students.

High school is a great time to get ahead on finding scholarships for your college education, but don’t worry if you’re just starting your search in college - there are plenty of scholarships to apply to!

Why has student loan debt increased?

The student loan crisis has spiked in recent years, increasing by 107% since 2008. A factor that has contributed to this increase is the rising tuition rates that wages have not kept up with. The average cost of a Bachelor’s degree has increased by 25% since the 2008 recession. In decades prior, it was feasible for students to pay their tuition simply by working, reducing the need for loans. Today, around 70% of full-time college students work, yet 69% of first-year college students in 2019 took out student loans, showing that working doesn't provide enough income for most students to pay for college out of pocket.

On average, people with loans owe nearly $33,000 each, and most owe between $20,000 to $40,000. However, many borrowers owe significantly more than this, with over 3 million people owing more than $100,000, including 800,000 borrowers who owe over $200,000.

Students talking in the cafeteria

Is student loan debt equally distributed?

Average student loans across demographics reflect both racial and gender-based gaps. The average white borrower owes roughly $30,000 as compared to Black borrowers who owe around $34,000 on average. White borrowers also repay loans at more than twice the rate than that of Black borrowers. This difference in the amount of loan debt perpetuates the racial wealth gap, making it easier for white students to repay loans and begin saving post-graduation.

In addition to the racial gap in student loans, there is a prominent gender gap that disadvantages women. While there are currently more women enrolled in colleges than men, making up around 56% of college students, women hold a disproportionate amount of student debt. As a group, women hold about two-thirds of the national student loans, which equals nearly $929 billion. Since women also tend to make less money than men after graduation, this unequal amount of debt is even harder to pay off.

Due to the discrepancies in student debt distribution, there are many scholarships available exclusively for students from disadvantaged groups. The list above includes scholarships for racial minorities, first-generation students, women, and other underserved groups, and you can find even more scholarships on Bold.org.

Don’t hesitate to send any further questions you may have to contact@bold.org!