Three Sentence Essay Winners Chapel

With the drop in temperature, almost every one experiences a drop in energy.  The temptation to burrow under blankets and waste away precious time on Facebook or YouTube is strong.  But let’s face it, you need an education, and we need scholarships to pay for it.  There are scores of scholarships out there for every one if you know where to look.  There are even scholarships that require only three sentences, or even no essay all together!  So go ahead, throw off those blankets, sign off of Facebook, and find the scholarship perfect for you.

1. FRA Americanism Essay Contest: $10,000

FRA, the Fleet Reserve Association, gives away up to $10,000 in U.S bonds every year.  High School kids, grades 7 – 12, are eligible for this competition.  Students can submit an essay and cover letter through any local FRA branch (contact your school counselor or local FRA essay Chairman).   The essay is 350 words on “What Patriotism Means to Me.”

Deadline: See website

2. Zinch “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship: $1,000

Don’t have the patience to write a whole essay?  This is essentially the Twitter version of college scholarships. Go to, and check out this weekly scholarship for a chance to win $1,000 for any of your school needs.  Whether you are currently enrolled in college, or will be next year, you can answer their weekly question (example: “What legacy would you personally like to leave to the next generation”) in just three sentences.

3. College Prowler “No Essay” College Scholarship: $2,000

In case those three sentences were too taxing, college prowler has got you covered, with a monthly “no essay” scholarship. Any one currently or soon to be enrolled college student can enter a simple form online for a chance to win $2,000 for tuition, housing, books, meal plan, computers, or any other education related expenses.  It’s ridiculously easy, simply go to, tell them who you are and how to reach you.

Deadline: See website

If you would like to learn more about college scholarships, please visit FinancialAidFinder’s section on scholarship information. Let us show you how to navigate the scholarship application process, write killer scholarship essays, take advantage of scholarship search engines, and win weird and unusual scholarships.

Good luck with your scholarship applications this week!

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It’s no secret that college is expensive, but what if you could earn a scholarship simply by writing three sentences? Too good to be true?  Think again!  With Zinch’s weekly scholarship, you can.

The cost of going to college is on the rise. With tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses and transportation, it seems impossible for so many students to be able to pay for their higher education.  And that’s because it is, without a little help.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, from the school year 2006-07 to 2011-12, the percentage of undergraduate students at public 4 year institutions receiving financial aid rose from 75 to 83 percent, and at four-year private for-profit institutions, this number rose from 55 to 91 percent.  The fact is that we just can’t pay for college anymore.

(See TP’s Why You Need to Worry About Financial Aid.)

So, what can college and high school students do in order to meet this cost?  There are a number of ways to ease the burden of paying for college, and among them is the opportunity to win scholarships.  Scholarships are an effective way to jumpstart or cover most of your financial aid needs, and they are not limited to merit based.  Certain scholarships, like the Weekly “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship run by Zinch (a service of Chegg) give out $1,000 every single week to the applicant who answers their essay prompt in the most unique, creative, and well thought out way.  The catch is that the essay is limited to three sentences.

Zinch is an organization that was founded by an ambitious student from Utah with a penchant for computers and graphic design, and a dream to get into Princeton without having stellar test scores.  What he did in order to achieve this goal was to put together a portfolio that highlighted his photography, design work, and writing.  He basically put himself out there proclaiming “This is who I am. Take me or leave me.”

A couple of years later, he dropped out of Princeton (yes, he was accepted) to create Zinch.  His goal in this endeavor was to level the playing field for students all over the world who wanted to become visible to their dream schools and highlight the more personal aspect of their character rather than their standardized test scores and GPA.  All a student has to do is sign up, create their Zinch profile (similar to a college app) and click the “I’m interested” button to notify colleges of their interest.  Colleges affiliated with Zinch can browse student profiles and form a connection with users–pretty darn cool!

The totally unique Weekly “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship only asks that you fill out your first and last name, email address, high school name, graduation year, agree to the terms and conditions, and answer their prompt (posted every Monday) in three sentences or less.  Sean Castillo, Social Communications Manager at Chegg says “We look for unique, creative submissions – ones that jump off the page and immediately grab our attention.  Your submission should also be well-written, clever, and to the point.”

Here is a link to past winners and prompts, ranging from “What would you do if you came face to face with intergalactic visitors?” to “What three things in your room represent you?” to “If you could go back 5 years in time and give yourself advice, what would you tell yourself?”

The internal scholarship committee at Chegg reviews applications, of which there are approximately seven thousand per week, and winners are selected using a scoring system based on writing ability, ability to address the prompt, and creativity of the submission.

Sean Castillo also notes that “…reading the same type of submission over and over again can be pretty mundane. We want to know how you are different from every other student out there and what you bring to the table that says you’re deserving of this scholarship. Humor and creativity both go a long way as well depending on the essay topic.”

For example, a particularly creative and humorous submission that won in 2012 was in response to the question asking applicants to “create a video game based on the adventures of student life and explain the game’s mechanics.”  Winner Stephen Preston wrote: “In Undergrad Mayhem you survive college one step at a time. Score points by surviving caf food, asking professors for term paper extensions, and evading ballsy squirrels on the quad. If a player graduates Summa Kum Laude, he unlocks a code to the sequel, Doctorate Disorder.”  Very clever!

What these judges aren’t looking for is the flawless student, with a 4.0 GPA and perfect SAT or ACT scores (holy acronyms, Batman!).  They want you to think about the prompt, be creative, and put yourself out there.

A perk of this scholarship is that you can apply every single week if you’d like to, and it’s possible to win twice.

If you find yourself in a crunch for money (which, chances are, you will at some point) and feel confident in your writing abilities or razor sharp sense of humor, this is the perfect opportunity for you to woo the judges and rake in $1,000.  Even if this doesn’t sound like something you’d want to do, Zinch is a revolutionary tool for you to showcase your talents and passions to colleges and universities.  Sign up, create a profile, and show the college process who’s boss. (You, obviously.)

To apply, click here.

Not convinced? See TP’s “6 Scholarships High School Students Should Check Out” ASAP.

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