Southwestern Rugs Depot Scholarship

December 22nd, 2016 by Bryanna

Southwestern Rugs Depot Scholarship
Deadline: January 2nd

How would you like to start off the new year with an extra $500? If that sounds great then start writing an essay and enter this contest! Southwestern Rugs Depot is hosting a scholarship that gives you the chance to win a $500 scholarship.

To enter, you must simply write a 300 word essay answering the question:

“Why Décor Matters”

Your essay should address “a time decor mattered in your life, why it matters in your life / society / history / philosophy / physics / anything.” All essays must be submitted before January 2nd, one winner will be granted the award on January 31st. The winning essay will be based upon the quality of writing within the essay and originality. The submitted essay must not be previously published, and by entering this contest you’re authorizing Southwestern Rugs Depot the rights to publish your work.

To be eligible for this scholarship you can be from any country around the world, however, you must be a full or part time student inside the United States during the 2016-2017 school year. View more information on this scholarship and if you’re eligible to apply before the January 2nd deadline.

Southwestern Rugs Depot is located in the Southwestern region of the US where they handcraft all their rugs. Their rugs are certified CRI Green Label Plus and since 1999 they’ve sent zero waste to landfills. “Shine” Photo Essay Contest

December 8th, 2016 by Bryanna “Shine” Photo Essay Contest
Deadline: January 16th

If you’re a US citizen planning to study abroad in the Winter or Spring 2017 semester, make sure you apply for this scholarship! Eligible students have the chance to one of six $500 scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded based on the following:

Two $500.00 scholarships: photos selected by Direct Textbook.
Two $500.00 scholarships: photos with the most votes.
Two $500.00 scholarships: photos selected at random from all qualifying entries.

To enter you must submit a photo that captures the “Shine” theme along with information about yourself. Entrants also have the option to submit a brief description of their photo in 25 words or less. This contest is open for entries until January 16th. Once the contest is closed all entries will be reviewed- each winner will be notified through email on or before January 30th.

To be eligible for this contest you must meet the following:

  • You are a high school graduate.
  • You are currently enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university for Winter or Spring term 2017 (includes graduate and doctoral students).
  • You are a legal resident of the United States.
  • You are not currently incarcerated.
  • Your most recent GPA is 2.0 or above.

View more information on the “Shine” Photo Essay Contest to see if you’re eligible to enter today.

The 2016 Travel Video Contest Winners Announced

November 24th, 2016 by Bryanna

The 2016 Travel Video Contest winners have been announced! If you’ve been following this contest, then you might already that this has been their biggest year yet- with 159 video entries from around the globe. Two weeks ago the International Student Team announced the top 15 finalists, including the $1,000 Viewers’ Choice winner. On November 18th, just in time for international education week, they announced the final winners of the 2016 contest. If you missed their announcement, check out who won:

The $4,000 Grand Prize Winner: Mariana Osorio with “This Magic World

Second Place Winner: Siti Fatimah with “Dream, Believe, and Make it Happen
Third Place Winner: Michael de Beer with “The Urban Archi

Congratulations to each of the winners of the 2016 Travel Video Contest!

If you have a proposed study abroad trip or if you’re an international student and have a trip that you would like to take, don’t miss out on the chance to win $4,000 to help make your dream happen. The Travel Video Contest is an annual contest that opens in October. Make sure you set a reminder for next year so you can enter to win!

The 2016 Travel Video Contest Finalists Announced

November 10th, 2016 by Bryanna

Each year hosts a Travel Video Contest where students from around the world have the chance to win $4,000. To enter this contest when it first opened in September, students submitted a short video sharing a proposed study abroad trip, or, students who are already studying abroad shared a proposed trip they would like to take. To give you an update on this contest, it’s now in its final stages as the finalists have been announced along with the Viewers’ Choice winner!

This was their biggest year yet with 159 inspiring entries. Of these 159 entries, the staff had the difficult task of narrowing down the list to only a few top finalists. Fourteen finalists were selected to progress into the next round, these videos along with the Viewers’ Choice winner means 15 videos are still in the running for the $4,000 grand prize or one of the other runner-up prizes.

The Viewers’ Choice award went to Carlos Roberto González Meyer for his video A Couple of MBA´s. Watch this video and see why it won the votes of numerous visitors on

Check out all 15 of the finalist videos to see what inspiring stories from students around the world made it into the last round of the Travel Video Contest.

Valeo Innovation Challenge

October 6th, 2016 by Bryanna Davis

Valeo Innovation Challenge
Deadline: January 31st

The Valeo Innovation Challenge will open for entries in 7 days! This competition allows individuals to team up with classmates or friends to enter the challenge for a shot at the €100,000 grand prize! To enter this contest students must make the car of 2030 and share how it will be more intelligent, intuitive, green and fun than the cars of today. “The aim of the contest is to reward an innovative automobile-related project (technological innovation or idea for new ways of using the car) that is the product of the imagination of students worldwide.” Students can enter this contest in one of two categories:

1. Technological Innovation
2. Ideas for new ways of using cars

Two individuals will receive a €100,000 grand prize, there will be one winner in each of the above named categories. There is not a restriction on the home country, host country or degree in pursuit to enter this contest. However, students must have completed their high school education and can only enter once. All entries must be in English.

Although students are not able to enter the contest until next week, interested individuals can pre-register today. Get more details on the Valeo Innovation Challenge and how to pre-register.

International Student Voice Magazine Microscholarship

September 22nd, 2016 by Bryanna Davis

International Student Voice Magazine Microscholarship
Deadline: October 21st

If you could us an extra $100 then make sure you apply to win an award through the International Student Voice Magazine Microscholarship. This scholarship is open to international students in the US on a valid F1 or J1 visa- students can be pursuing an ESL program, an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree.

To apply for this scholarship you must submit a short essay that answers the International Student Voice Magazine question. Your essay must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and include a photo of yourself. All entries can be submitted directly through the International Student Voice Magazine site.

Past questions have included topics like:

  • “What were your perceptions about the United States before you arrived and have they changed since studying in the country?”
  • “The U.S. Presidential Election is this November. What has been your observations so far about the election process and the presidential nominees?”
  • “What has been your observations about dating/relationships in the U.S.? Is dating different in the U.S. compared to your home country?”
  • “What has been your most frustrating experience studying in the United States? Why was it frustrating and how was it resolved?”

The October microscholarship question will be posted on October 10th. If interested, get more details on this microscholarship and how to apply here.

International Student Voice Magazine was founded in 2011 and is written by international students for international students. This magazine “aims to make the experience of international students positive, useful and rich while they pursue their dream education at our campuses.”

Enter the 2016 Travel Video Contest!

September 8th, 2016 by Bryanna Davis

The 2016 Travel Video Contest!
Deadline: October 14th

Each year hosts their Travel Video Contest- and it’s back again for its 11th year! This contest is open to students who are currently studying outside of their home country and those with a proposed study abroad journey. If you’re currently studying outside your home country, your video can describe any trip you would like to take. If you are not currently studying outside of your home country, your entry must describe your proposed study abroad.

One grand prize winner will receive $4,000 and their very own blog on for the year. There will also be a Viewer’s Choice winner along with a second and third place runner up- all of which will receive some great prizes!

Each year receives hundreds of great videos from current and potential international students around the world. If you would like a shot at winning $4,000 check out the links below then start filming! Also- don’t forget to submit your video by October 14th as late entries will not be accepted.

If you want to enter the 2016 Travel Video Contest you can view more details here.

The FormsBirds $500 Scholarship Contest

August 25th, 2016 by Bryanna Davis

The FormsBirds $500 Scholarship Contest
Deadline: August 31st

Could you use an extra $500 to use toward your education? If so, make sure you apply for The FormsBirds $500 Scholarship Contest. To enter this scholarship contest you must submit a 500-1000 word essay (in word or PDF format) answering the following:

Would you often use forms in daily life? What convenience forms have brought to you?

In addition to your essay you must also submit a cover page that includes your full name, email address, mailing address, country, city, phone number, college name, college website, major in college, year of graduation as well as at least two recommendation letters from your teacher, department head or headmaster.

There is not a limitation on nationality in order to enter this contest, however, to be eligible you must be enrolled as a full time student at an accredited university of college and have an overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

The FormBirds $500 scholarship contest was created because FormBirds feel that “Education may be one of the most important inventions throughout the long history, according to which human beings can develop and go further in future. Consequently, FormsBirds would like to host this scholarship contest and help as far as possible outstanding students to complete their college education and lead a better life. Winner of the contest will receive a one-time $500 scholarship.”

All entries must be submitted by August 31st at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be announced on September 7th. You can learn more about the FormBirds $500 Scholarship contest here.

IVHQ Travel Blogger Scholarship

August 4th, 2016 by Bryanna Davis

IVHQ Travel Blogger Scholarship
Deadline: August 28th

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is now hosting a travel blogger scholarship. If you like to travel and write then this is a scholarship you won’t want to miss. The IVHQ Travel Blogger Scholarship winner will receive a sponsored two week IVHQ volunteer program, a $1500 travel voucher and an Advanced Travel Writing certification from Matador U Travel Media School. The winner will be required to share their volunteer experience during their journey through the IVHQ blog.

To enter the IVHQ Travel Blogger Scholarship you must first sign up, then write a blog post. Within 24 hours of signing up on the IVHQ website you will receive an email with further guidelines, judging criteria and how to upload your blog. The theme of your blog post must be one of the following:

  • How volunteering abroad changed my life…
  • That time I traveled abroad and lived like a local…
  • What I wish I knew before departing…
  • How I traveled abroad and made an impact…
  • Why volunteering abroad was the best move for my career…
  • Must dos in my favorite country…
  • Why I’m inspired to travel…

IVHQ was established in 2007 and has become one of the world’s leading volunteer travel companies. They currently work in over 30 countries around the world and place volunteers daily.

You can find more information on the IVHQ Travel Blogger Scholarship and how to enter here.

Manualbirds Video Scholarship Program

July 15th, 2016 by Bryanna Davis

video on iphone 500640916Manualbirds Video Scholarship Program
Deadline: February 27

If you love making videos then make sure you check out the Manualbirds Video Scholarship Program! This scholarship was created by Manualbirds, a company dedicated to user handbooks, guides and manuals, to help students in need of financial aid to ensure that those in need of funds are not held back from obtaining an education. Instead of an essay this scholarship requires you to submit a video to apply.

This video needs to be submitted to YouTube and should address the following: “How I Fixed a Machine or Product.” Your video should be in English, between 3-5 minutes and must be your original work. Judges will score your video based upon the following:

• Video originality and creativity
• High resolution
• YouTube views and links
• Video usefulness, instructiveness and informativeness

There is not a nationality requirement to enter, however, you must be a full time student at an accredited college or university (or high school student with an acceptance letter from the college or university of your choice) and have a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The deadline to enter is Feb 27th and the winner be chosen on March 10th. One lucky winner will receive a $500 check for their studies. You can find more information on the Manualbirds Video Scholarship Program here.