Scholarships for College Students

There are a plethora of scholarships for college students available all over the internet. Some are mundane and require massive amounts of writing and personal critiquing while others are fun and upbeat, allowing students to be creative and step out of your general comfort zone. The following are a mixture of the two groups, some very serious, and others that zone in on the creative side of life. They can be used for a wide range of college expenses, ranging from tuition to housing to even a new college wardrobe. Check out a few of these easy scholarships for college students.

If a student is interested in pursuing a career in a medicine related field, the Tylenol scholarship may be the thing for them. Not only will it relieve you’ve financial woes; it will also relieve your headache. A student must be an undergraduate currently enrolled in a two or four year college, with at least one year remaining and the intent to go into the medical field. Tylenol offers several 10,000, 5,000, and 1,000 dollar scholarships. The scholarship applicant must fill out a general application, and write an entrance essay, with a differing topic from year to year. An applicant is only able to apply once. The scholarship can be found at

One of the more creative scholarships that can be considered is the Jimmy Beans scholarship. The scholarship program offers six, 3,000 dollar scholarships for students that are able to crochet and knit. All a student has to do is fill out a simple application, knit something cool, take a picture, and send it in. One of the scholarships is awarded to an international student. It’s a creative and easy way to pay for any part of your college education. Any more information about the Jimmy beans, “Beans for Brains” scholarship can be found at their website.

The scholarship is available to any college student that is currently enrolled in a four year university or college and has twelve credit hours already completed. The student must also hold a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5. The scholarship requires the student to write a 1,500 word essay on the subject selected, including a works cited page. More information can be found at

The Gen and Kelly Tanabe scholarship is incredibly easy to apply for. It is a merit based scholarship for high school and college age students. It is an award of 1,000 dollars. The only things that need to be done for application are typing in a personal information, and then the student must type up 250 words as to why they deserve the scholarship, what your career goals are, or any topic of your choice. It is as simple as that. The scholarship is funded by the two writers, Gen and Kelly Tanabe, and more information can be found here.

The Swackhammer Disarmament Video Contest is another creative way to earn a scholarship. In order to apply, a student must make any sort of creative video that depicts what the world would look like had all of the funds allocated for nuclear weapons, during the nuclear age, instead been used to promote a better world. The video must be at least 3 minutes long. It is an interesting topic to cover, and 3, 1,000 dollar scholarships will be rewarded for the best videos. More information can be found at their website here.

There are so many scholarships out there that go undiscovered and often times, they are the easiest to obtain. Why look at college as build up debt waiting to happen, instead of a way to earn money for getting an education? The scholarships aforementioned are only a short application from being complete. Hopefully they will help relieve a little of the college expenditures for the coming years.

Australian Development Scholarships

Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are awarded by Australian Government for potential prospective leaders from developing countries. These easy scholarships are administered by AusAID and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)Australia. ADS was formed to strengthen ties and partnership with participating countries which provide opportunities for competent future leaders from developing countries to undertake Graduate and Postgraduate studies (long term award) and short courses or professional development (short term award) at Australia’s world class universities and education institutions.

The eligible recipient countries and their country-specific criteria can be seen at their website here. To apply for this scholarship, you need to select your country of residency or citizenship from the above link for detailed and specific information on eligibility and requirements, dates of application, priority areas and other relevant information such as how to obtain the application form. Applicants who are successfully granted this scholarship must sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia to comply with the conditions of the scholarship. The applicants’ home country governments may also have their own conditions to the scholarship.

However, the most important condition pertaining to the award is that the award recipients are strictly required to return home upon the completion of their studies in order to apply their knowledge to economic and social development of their home countries. Otherwise, they will incur a debt to the Commonwealth of Australia for the total value of the scholarship. ADS are granted for the minimum period required for the scholars to complete their studies as specified by the participating Australian higher education Institutions (, including any introductory academic training before the program starts.

This scholarship includes the following benefits:

  • Return air travel- a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route;
  • Pre-course English (PCE) fees – when considered necessary PCE is available for students in their home country to improve their English before departing to Australia;
  • Establishment allowance- a once only payment of AUD5,000 for accommodation expenses, study materials, text books;
  • Full tuition fees;
  • Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) which is paid fortnightly to cover basic living expenses of which total amount is AUD25,000 a year;
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP)—a compulsory 4-6 week training prior to the start of the program which provides the awards recipients with information on life and study in Australia;
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the award duration (only for students not families)- to cover the student’s basic medical costs (except for previous conditions);
  • Supplementary Academic Support (Tutorial Assistance)- available when necessary to ensure the scholars’ academic success;
  • Fieldwork (for research students only)- one return economy class airfare via the most direct route to their home country or within Australia is available for eligible research students.

To be successfully granted this scholarship, during the interview test and in the application form, you need to have clear idea and concept on what improvement you are going to make in your home country upon the completion of your study. In other words, you should describe and clarify how you are going to apply the knowledge you have gained to the development in your home country. Last but not least, please fill out the application clearly and neatly (word-processed is better).