WIN $2,500

We’re giving away 2 scholarships of $2,500 to help pay for housing, books or tuition.
Applications for Fall 2019 Opening Soon!

WIN $2,500

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


Applications for Fall 2019 Opening Soon!

What makes a home a home?

Submit a 500-600 word essay answering the question “what makes a home a home?”

Think deeply about what makes a home a home. Is it the presence of loved ones? A close-knit neighborhood community? The memories you’ve made in a city or small town?

Got that image in your head? Great.

Now write about it in 500 words for a chance to win $2,500.

Use the money you win to help pay for a study abroad trip, or pay the rent on your current place. Just make sure you’re spending it on an education-related expense. Use common sense, but in case you’re wondering, here are some examples of educational and non-educational expenses:



A laptop for school work A gaming computer
A study abroad trip A trip to visit your boyfriend back home
Rent for an apartment near campus Buying a foosball table for said apartment

Read the official rules for more information.


  1. 500 words is a whole lot shorter than the length of most scholarship essays.
  2. Being able to rent a sweet apartment is cooler than sharing a shoebox-sized dorm room.
  3. College is expensive these days.
  4. Use that iPhone for something besides selfies for once.
  5. Applying for a scholarship is a great excuse to get out of going shopping with your mom.
  6. If you win, you don’t have to use it on tuition. You could pay for a school trip, or put it towards your rent or security deposit.
  7. You can put “scholarship recipient” on your LinkedIn profile
  8. Winning feels good.
  9. You’re in college, which means you’re broke.
  10. What else are you going to do?


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 2 weeks to work on their videos.
Step 4: We open up voting to the public! The top 10 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

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 31 – 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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