Congratulations to our Fall 2020 Scholarship Winners!

We’re giving away 2 scholarships of $2,500 to
help pay for housing, books or tuition.


Check back in January to apply for the Fall 2021 Scholarship!

Congratulations to the 2 Winners of the Fall 2020 Apartment Guide Student Scholarships!

We asked college students to answer the question “What do you love about where you live?” in 500 words.

Your votes helped us narrow down the finalists to 2 winners. It was a tough decision but we’re proud to present the scholarship winners for Fall 2020:

Molly Berkoski

College: Moody Bible Institute
Hometown: Dillingham, Alaska

Read My Essay

Camila Santos

College: University of Texas
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Read My Essay


Imani Camara
College: Brown University
Hometown: Harlem, NY
Emma Goss
College: Evergreen State College
Hometown: Seattle
Ansley Salmon
College: Auburn University
Hometown: Daphne, Al


How does the judging process work?

How does the judging process work?
This is where things get interesting….
Step 1: You send us your finest 500-600 word essay.
Step 2: We put together a team of our smartest colleagues and determine 10 finalists.
Step 3: The 10 finalists will be asked to submit a 1-3 minute video to accompany their essays. Finalists will have 5 weeks to work on their videos.
Step 4: We open up voting to the public! The submissions will be shared on our website so the public can vote on the best essay/video combo. Rally your friends and family to get it together and vote for you once a day. You might even want to set your elderly relatives up with an email account so they can pitch in as well.
Step 5: Two lucky (and talented!) winners will be selected based on a combination of the judging criteria below and public voting results.

What are you judging my application on?
To determine the top 10 finalists, the essays will be judged based on the following criteria:

33% Relevance to the theme
33% Clarity of story or idea
33% Creativity

To determine the 2 final winners, we’ll be looking at these three things:

50% Number of votes
30% Relevance to the content of your essay
20% Creativity

But here’s a word to the wise: show us that you put some real thought into your application. We want to see that you’re thoughtful, creative, unique and putting some serious effort into your essay.

  • February 19 – April 12 – Applications open
  • April 13 – April 18 – Apartment Guide judging
  • April 19 – Finalists notified
  • May 24 – Finalist videos due
  • June 1 – July 1 – Public voting at
  • July 10 – Winners announced
To be eligible to enter this scholarship contest, applicants:


  • Must be at least 17 years old
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or otherwise legally residing in 1 of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • Must be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the Spring 2019 semester
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate education
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Contest is void where prohibited
  • No purchase necessary
  • All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 12, 2019.
  • Subject to official contest rules here
What degrees qualify as undergraduate?
Undergraduate degrees eligible for this scholarship include:

  • Bachelor Degrees
  • Associate Degrees

Students may be enrolled in a 2-year college, community college, 4-year college or university but may not be pursuing a graduate degree.

How many credit hours do I need to prove full-time enrollment?
To qualify as a full-time student, applicants must be pursuing at least 12 credit hours during the Spring 2019 semester.

How often can we vote?
Individuals can vote for applications every day but only once a day.

I’m an adult going back to school. Can I apply?
Students of any age are welcome to apply if they will be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program for the Spring 2019 semester.

If I win, are there limitations about how I can spend the scholarship award?
The scholarship award money may be spent on housing costs associated with attending college. This could be for a dorm room or residence near the school.

The award money may also be spent on fees that are directly related to pursuing your undergraduate education. This would include the following:

  • Tuition
  • Textbooks
  • Fees/requirements related to specific coursework like lab fees or required supplies such as paints or calculators
  • Enrollment in a study abroad program
All applicants must read the Official Rules before applying.
Be sure to check out all of the other amazingly helpful tips for college students at our Student Resource Guide.

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