Education Connection
Online College Scholarship Essay Contest

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Apply Now for a Chance to WIN the Education Connection $1000 Online College Scholarship

Complete the Form

In order to apply we need to know a little about you. Click "Apply Now" to get started.

Write the Essay

Submit an essay with 250 words or less in response to our prompt questions.

Submit Your Entry

Online applications will be reviewed and the winner will be notified on or about June 30, 2018

How the Education Connection Online College Scholarship Essay Contest Works

Entering to win our free scholarship for college is fast and easy. All you have to do is complete a short form to tell us a little about yourself and answer one essay question in 250 words or less. What is the essay question you ask?

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the free scholarship for college, you must be:

  • A legal U.S. resident of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia ;
  • 18 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Enrolled or enrolling in an online college, and/or an online for-credit degree program at an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning
  • See the Official Scholarship Rules for a complete set of eligibility requirements

Selection Process

Our experienced internal panel will serve as a scholarship review committee to assess applications for completeness, timeliness, eligibility criteria, and following the rules. Next, applications will be reviewed for originality and creativity. The remaining applications shall be considered in a semi-final holistic, blind-review process. Contenders will then be identified by the committee and the top-scoring applications shall move into the Semi-Finalist pool. Once Semi-Finalists are contacted and respond with appropriate verification documentation (i.e., any necessary proof of grades, residency/citizenship, etc.), the Finalist(s) will be verified, contacted, and publicized.

Submission Deadline

In order to qualify for the free scholarship for college, you must complete the application and submit your essay response no later than March 31, 2018. The winner notification will occur on or about June 30, 2018.

Education Connection Online College Scholarship

Show Me the Money

We designed this free scholarship for college contest with you and your hectic student years in mind. So, it doesn’t matter if you're a part- or full-time student, as long as you’re enrolled in an online program you're qualified to apply for this scholarship. All you need to do is follow the directions, write 250 words, and invest a little creativity!

The winner of the free scholarship for college will receive a $1,000 tuition voucher with their school’s name on it. That means it can be used for anything your school’s bursar office will allow, possibly only tuition but it may also be OK to apply it toward books and other necessities. Check with your school bursar office for the potential uses.

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Financing your online college education might seem like a bit of a challenge. But don’t give up quite yet! The Education Connection Online College Scholarship could help, if you apply and qualify.

FAQ's About the Education Connection $1000 Online College Scholarship

Who is eligible to apply for the Free Scholarship for College?

The Education Connection Online College Scholarship essay contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia. Contestants must be eighteen (18) years of age (or older) at the time of application and must be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than by the fall of 2018) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (a college, university or a trade school).

Any current employees, officers, directors, and/or agents of the Sponsor and its related companies and members of their immediate families (defined as spouses, parents, siblings and children) and persons living at the same address are not eligible to enter or to win. Void where prohibited.

How do I Enter?

All applications are received through our online application form; we cannot accept any emailed or paper applications. All essays must be written and successfully submitted online before the posted application deadline of March 31, 2017. You will know your application was successfully submitted when you see an on-screen message confirming it, and you will also be sent a confirmation email. Check your spam to be sure you receive your confirmation and then add us to your address book. Double check that you meet all eligibility requirements before submitting your essay and application.

How do I accept my scholarship?

The check is made payable directly to the institution. For Education Dynamics-sponsored scholarships, online student scholarship winners are usually contacted about 90 days after the deadline date -- we contact winners by phone/text or email. Winners are also published online about 90 days after the deadline.

Winners are issued a scholarship voucher that is good until the posted expiration date. Once the scholarship winner is enrolled in college, he/she can submit the scholarship voucher to eLearners for payment. The winner must also submit proof of enrollment (like a tuition bill, course schedule, or enrollment verification letter from the registrar). A check is then issued as payable to the college on behalf of the student.

Can I apply more than once?

No, sorry. There is a limit of one (1) application per person. Your application must include your name and all methods of contact information (such as phone(s), email, address), your background details, academic details, and a brief previously unpublished written response to the scholarship topic as stated.

What is the judging criteria?

We’re looking for eligible applicants who follow directions and submit applications on-time. Creativity is a plus, as well as answering the question completely in a way that is meaningful and engaging to readers. After March 31, 2018, our qualified panel of judges will choose one (1) potential winner based on his or her writing ability (25%), creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%). The sponsor will nominate at least one (1) of the submitted applications as the potential prize-winning application. If there a tie, we’ve got that covered too: The potential winner will be the one with the higher score for qualities of overall excellence.

Each application is automatically screened for: completeness, timeliness, eligibility criteria, following the rules. Next, applications are reviewed for originality and creativity. The remaining applications are considered in a holistic, blind-review process by our experienced internal panel of individuals serving on our scholarship committee. Contenders are identified by the committee, and the top-scoring applications move into the Semi-Finalist pool. Once Semi-Finalists are contacted and respond with appropriate verification documentation (i.e., proof of grades, residency/citizenship, etc.), the Finalist(s) are verified, notified and publicized.

How may the scholarships be used?

Scholarships are to be used by students for post-secondary, education-related expenses (such as, but not limited to, things like tuition, fees, books, supplies, on-campus room & board, and so on).

Am I eligible to apply as a Part-time Student?

Sure, as long as you’re enrolled in an eligible degree program.