Easy Scholarships to Apply for During Summer 2018

Quenosha Payton

College is expensive, and it’s now the norm for college graduates to be dealing with the burden of student loans. It can be easy to forget that, when they sign the dotted line, first-year students are committing themselves to debt with every student loan they apply for. And that’s nothing to take lightly; in fact, the average amount of debt for the Class of 2017 graduates was over $39,400. What’s even more frightening is the total amount of debt that Americans owe in student debt alone, a whopping $1.48 trillion. (Source: Student Loan Hero) Instead of borrowing money, why not try looking for ways to be awarded money that you don’t need to pay back? The Colleges of Distinction team knows that a college degree can rack up to an amount in the five- or six-figure range, so we’ve put together a list of easy scholarships that you can apply for this summer. Remember, it’s never too early to get free money to help with your tuition costs!

Of course, don’t stop here—these are just a few of the countless scholarships out there. There’s no reason not to apply for any that you qualify for, so keep searching around! As long as applications are open, the possibilities of lessening your future debt with reward money are endless. And if you’re still in need of help on how to find and win scholarships we’ve got you covered.  

Summer 2018 Scholarships

Here is a list of some scholarships you can apply for this summer.

The USRA Scholarship Awards

The USRA Scholarship Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education, and aeronautics-related sciences. USRA presents up to four scholarship awards to undergraduate students each fall all valued at $4,000 each.

Deadline: Applications for Fall 2018 Scholarship Awards has now passed. Check back in Spring 2019 for the application information and deadline.

Amount: $4,000

Awarded to: Full-time undergraduate students

Requirements: Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering. Applicants must be within two (2) years of earning a B.S. or a B.A. in a field of science and engineering, including life science and science education by the time the award is received. Meet some of their past scholarship winners.

Apply Now

Update: USRA Announces Winners of the 2018 Scholarship Awards


The Vegetarian Resource Group

The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. Each year they will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities.

Deadline: February 20, 2019

Amount: One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given.

Awarded to: High school student

Requirements: Must submit writings by the deadline. Early submission recommended.

Apply Now


The 2019 HIE Help Center Scholarship

As part of the HIE Help Center’s commitment to increasing awareness and understanding of preventable injuries like hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), they are pleased to announce the HIE Help Center Scholarship. A scholarship for financial assistance in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded each year to an undergraduate or graduate student who is helping people impacted by injuries like HIE.

Deadline: July 31, 2019

Amount: $1,000

Awarded to:

  • Medical, nursing or rehabilitative medicine and therapy students
  • Students studying special education teaching, policy or law
  • Students aspiring to become caregivers or social workers
  • Students studying adaptive recreation specialists
  • Any other academic pursuit, goal, or experience that relates to neonatal injuries and/or disability


  • Be a U.S citizen or permanent resident
  • Not be a past, present or future client of Reiter & Walsh, P.C.
  • Be currently enrolled in college or a graduate program
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.75

Apply Now


Learn Between The Lines Scholarship Slam

Power Poetry is the world’s first and largest mobile poetry community for youth. It is a one-of-a-kind place where you can be heard. Power Poetry isn’t just about poetry: it’s about finding your voice and using it change the world! To spread awareness about the importance of poetry they are awarding one individual a $1,000 scholarship.

Deadline: July 11, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Awarded to: A current or former high school student who will attend or is attending college within the U.S. or its territories. Check out previous scholarship slam winners for inspiration.

Requirements: Must be 25 or younger to be considered.

Apply Now



Student Success Story

Meet Christopher Gray, a former student who with hard work and determination won $1.3 million in scholarships to fund his education. His story has become an inspiration to many since debuting his app, Scholly, to the world on hit show Shark Tank in 2015. Now with the success of his app, he’s helping millions of users find more than $100 million dollars in scholarships to pay for their higher education.

Learn tools and tricks Christopher used to apply for as many scholarships as possible and more about Scholly, here.


Scholarships continued…


Best Foot Forward 2018 Scholarship

The Grant Law Office wants to extend their help to the next generation of future architects, engineers, doctors, lawyers, educators, and more! They’re offering a $1,000 national scholarship to one deserving high school or college student.

Deadline: August 15, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Awarded to: One deserving high school or college student.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA

Update: 2018 Winner Announced


Lendza’s “Better Than A Loan” 2018 Scholarship

Lendza is a California-based online marketplace focused on helping small businesses obtain working capital via their network of lenders. If you want a little help with your college expenses, be sure to take advantage of Lendza’s scholarship opportunity. Lendza will award a $500 scholarship to the student who writes their favorite essay.

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Amount: $500

Awarded to: One college student who displays a noticeable spark of entrepreneurial spirit. Last year’s winner!


  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a U.S. resident.
  • Be enrolled in an institution of higher learning.

Apply Now


Pretty Photoshop Actions Scholarship Program

Pretty Photoshop Actions is proud to serve the growing community of novice and professional photographers who are looking to create beautiful, unique images in their own signature style using Adobe Photoshop. Pretty Photoshop Actions recognizes the importance of higher education and the role it plays in our personal and professional fulfillment. That’s why they are so excited to continue their Pretty Photoshop Actions $500 bi-annual scholarship (awarded twice per year).  This ongoing scholarship provides college and university students an opportunity to earn money to further their education and achieve their goals!

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Amount: $500 bi-annual scholarship (awarded twice per year)

Awarded to:  A high school or college student. See the previous winner.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Presently be a senior in high school
  • Transitioning from high school to a college or university.
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university in the United States or Canada.

Apply Now

Update: 2018 Winner Announced


2018 General Marketing Education Scholarship – Marketing Education

Sachs Marketing Group is a search engine optimization (SEO) and social media company based in Southern California who use innovative strategies to go beyond the scope of “regular” SEO. Sachs Marketing Group is also dedicated to helping to support general marketing education and is offering an annual $1,000 scholarship.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Awarded to: Any student currently enrolled in any accredited college is eligible to enter.

Eligibility Requirements: Any student currently enrolled in any accredited college is eligible to enter.

Apply Now


The Blades of Green Scholarship Fund

Blades of Green has created a merit-based scholarship fund for individuals seeking undergraduate or graduate level education in environmental studies or related fields. Mark and Brad Leahy have created a $1,000 scholarship for the 2019 academic year. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic excellence, the pursuit of further study in environmental education at an accredited college or university, and passion for further study.

Deadline: March 15th, 2019

Amount: $1,000

Awarded to: Individuals seeking undergraduate or graduate level education in environmental studies or related fields

Apply Now


Scholarship Search Tools:


Scholly helps scholarships find you.

If you want scholarships then you want Scholly. There is free money for college out there, and Scholly has helped students just like you win over $100 million in scholarship awards. It’s super simple, easy and accurate. Sign up for an account today.


Scholarships to apply for next year:


Apple: https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/

Coca-Cola: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/#programs

PepsiCo Foundation: https://www.scholarsapply.org/pepsico/

Duck Tape: http://stuckatprom.com/

Courageous Persuades: http://courageouspersuaders.com/

The Gallery Collection: https://www.gallerycollection.com/greeting-cards-scholarship.htm

Need more help, explore our Financial Aid & Scholarships section!

Have a question?

Write your comment below and a Colleges of Distinction team member will respond shortly.

Advice Article Question

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.