Granting Your College Wishes

Katlyn Lee, News Editor

Whether you know it or not, college is expensive—very expensive. It’s already difficult to afford basic tuition, dorms, and textbooks fees, but then there are the daily living expenses, which will, with no doubt, include a gourmet Starbucks drink every morning and maybe even a few more during finals week. Fortunately, there is a glimmer of hope with the various scholarship opportunities. These off-beat subsidies are bound to help pay off your college fund in no time.

Read an article, and answer a few questions; the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) Scholarship is a piece of cake. Begin by reading the “Fire Sprinkler Essay,” which can be found on the association’s website, and take a 10-question multiple-choice test about the essay. With every correct answer, you will receive one entry into a drawing for a $2,000 scholarship; the better you do on the test, the better the chances are of winning. All high school seniors who are legal residents or citizens can apply, and entries will be accepted until April 2. (

Perfect for all “Jeopardy” fans, the Common Knowledge Scholarship allows students of any academic level, as well as parents, to compete in various scholarship quizzes based on common knowledge, specific academic subjects, and other trivia. Participants who have the highest scores at the end of the competition are then awarded scholarships that range from $250 to $2,500. To participate, you can register at anytime on the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation website. (

Ever feel like you’re above everyone else, literally? The Tall Clubs International Scholarship may be the one for you. To apply, you must be under 21 and entering your first year of college in the fall—so this goes to all high school seniors to put it simply. And, as the name suggests, applicants must meet the TCI height requirements, which are 5’10” for women and 6’2” for men. To apply, you can print out an application on the organization’s website or email and submit it by Feb. 15. (

Calling all aspiring directors and movie producers, the Online Video Contests can help turn your video skills into cash. This site features a number of video contests that students can participate in, and each contest has a unique topic that a participant must incorporate. There are also several opportunities in which major companies such as Pepsi and Burger King hold video contests for promotional videos. The awards vary for each contest but can go up to $17,000. To participate in the Online Video Contests, you can sign up for a free account on the organization’s website.

If none of these scholarships seem to fit your interests, has a variety of subjects that can catch your eye. What’s your favorite superpower? Why is the number five important? How can you survive a zombie apocalypse? These are just a few of the many questions that you can answer in a short essay response to win a scholarship, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Each topic has a different deadline throughout the year, and the only requirement is that you be must 13 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S.

And there you have it: with these few scholarships you can now afford a Mocha Cappuccino or a latte everyday for the next four years of college. Despite the many misconceptions, scholarships, such as these, are easily accessible and extremely feasible for many students, so apply now.