2. What outrages you? (Wake Forest, 2009)

UVa is another college that offers several interesting optional essays each year. Colleges claim they truly are optional and you won't be penalized for not doing them.

I can remember decades ago in high school when I first began dancing in front of an audience...

() -- As high school seniors across the country are hard at work polishing their college applications, let's take a look at some of the stranger questions those wacky admissions officers have asked.


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You MUST choose one side or the other when you write an argument paper!

How can I tell if my topic is debatable? You cannot argue a statement of fact, you must base your paper on a strong position. Ask yourself…


By addressing the opposition you achieve the following goals:

"The $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is an easy scholarship with no essay required! The scholarship can be used to cover tuition, housing, books, or any education-related expenses. The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced in Niche's e-newsletter and on the Scholarship Winners page. You can apply once each month, with a new winner selected every month."

Your selection will be updated to:

NICHE is the new name and will fund a number of scholarships, as well as provide a search service for scholarships. NICHE has continued the $2,000 NO ESSAY contest.

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Eligibility Requirements: Chegg offers a $1,000 MONTHLY Contest. This is open to students in the U.S. who are least 16 years old and enrolled in high school or accredited college in the U.S.

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Chegg has now become MORE than just a company that rents textbooks. It appears that Chegg has acquired Zinch and now provides all kinds of college-related information, including scholarships. It appears that some of the scholarships funded by Zinch are available within Chegg, still.

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We have modified this listing a number of times because Sallie Mae has made a number of changes to their website and information over the years.

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Eligibility Requirements: Available for high schools students planning to enroll in college and to students already in college and expecting to be there in fall. This is good for accredited colleges and trade schools. By all that we can tell, no scholarship essay is required. It sounds like the winner is picked from a drawing.

Money: Multiple scholarships worth $1,000 will be awarded.

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