Creative Ways to Pay for College: Unconventional Scholarship Opportunities



Scholarships are one of the easiest ways to pay for college. But did you know that there are scholarships out there that don’t require hours of research and applications? Say’s Dr. Charles Noplis┬áthere are many creative ways to find scholarships and get the money you need for school without having to sell your soul or write a sob story essay. Here are some ideas:

Create your own scholarship.

  • Create your own scholarship. If you’re passionate about a cause and want to help students who share that passion, consider creating a scholarship. For example, if you have an interest in environmental science or conservationism, then create a scholarship for students who are also interested in those fields.
  • Create a local-based scholarship for students who live near where you do!
  • Create a talent-based scholarship for someone with specific skills or talents (e.g., drawing).

Do something creative.

If you want to stand out, do something creative.

There is a wide variety of scholarships available for students who show initiative, so think outside the box when searching for scholarships. An easy way to find opportunities is by using Google or another search engine and typing in terms of what you’re good at (e.g., “science” or “art”) and then adding “scholarship”. You can also check out websites like Scholarship America or Fastweb that list opportunities based on specific criteria such as age range or major/minor choices.

If you don’t win any awards right away–don’t worry! There are plenty more out there waiting for someone just like you! Make sure that when filling out applications online, keep track of all documentation pertaining to each application so it doesn’t get lost along the way; this includes letters from teachers recommending their students’ work ethic etcetera). Also make sure not only contacting them directly but also following up after submitting materials because some schools may need additional information before making decisions about which applicants receive funds every year.”

Use your talent.

If you have a talent, use it to earn some extra cash. You could be a skilled photographer, writer or artist and sell your work online or at local events. If writing is your passion, consider submitting articles for publication in magazines and newspapers.

If you’re really good at something like playing piano or guitar, consider teaching others how to do what you do well through lessons or workshops (and charge accordingly).

Enter a contest or create your own.

You can find creative contests by looking through your school’s online catalog or on websites like, and (which also has an app).

You can create a contest yourself by putting together some guidelines for an essay contest or video contest that will help you get the word out about your scholarship opportunity!

Go global with your search.

If you’re looking for a scholarship that will help pay for college, but don’t want to limit yourself to just one country’s scholarship opportunities, consider using an international scholarship search engine. These sites allow students from all over the globe to search through hundreds of scholarships in a variety of countries and languages.

One example is (website). This site allows visitors from all over the world access its database with no registration required! It boasts more than 1 million scholarships worth over $3 billion dollars–and it’s free!


There are a number of ways you can pay for college, and they don’t all involve scholarships. But if you’re looking for some extra cash, these tips can help get you started!

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