Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners!

We’re giving away 2 scholarships of $2,500 to help pay for housing, books or tuition.
Vote for your favorite video & essay
to help choose the 2 winners!

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Scholarship Winners!

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


Check back soon to apply for the Fall 2019 Scholarship!

Congratulations to the 2 Winners of the Spring 2019 Apartment Guide Student Scholarships!

We asked college students to answer the question “What Makes a Home a Home?” in 500 words.

The responses blew us away. Every single applicant shared with us something about themselves
and their lives. They made us laugh, cry and think deeply about home in the process.

Your votes in December helped us narrow down the 9 finalists to 2 winners. It was a tough decision but we’re proud to present the scholarship winners for Spring 2019:

Jessica Reck

College: The University of Central Florida
Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Read My Essay

Danielle Sprunger

College: American Military University
Hometown: Fort Bragg, NC

Read My Essay


Ricardo Balderrama-Caraveo
College: Colorado State University
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Grace Papish
College: Chapman University
Hometown: Calabasas, CA

Morgan Cobb
College: Fairfield University
Hometown: Laytonsville, MD

Marcus Wilson
College: West Chester University
Hometown: Reading, PA

Miranda Fling
College: Colorado State University
Hometown: Broomfield, CO

Emma (Qianyi) Yang
College: George Washington University
Hometown: Xi’an, China

Heather Goss
College: McNeese State University
Hometown: Lacassine, LA



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 the finalists.
Step 3: The finalists will be asked to submit a 1-3 minute video to accompany their essays. Finalists will have 2 weeks to work on their videos.
Step 4: We open up voting to the public! The top 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 finalists, the essays will be judged based on the following criteria:


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

We don’t have examples from last year’s winners to show you. If you’re applying, you have inadvertently become a guinea pig in this, our very first scholarship contest. We’re sure you’ll impress us with your applications.

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.

  • September 1 – October 31 – Applications open
  • November 1 – November 15 – Apartment Guide judging
  • November 19 – Announcement of 10 finalists at
  • December 1 – December 30 – Public voting
  • January 9 – 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 October 31, 2018.
  • 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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