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Top Ten List Scholarship Do’s & Don’ts

Have you ever thought that you should get a scholarship just for being the awesome person you are? Do you dream of winning free money just because, well, you deserve it? If so, you’re not alone! If you answered yes to either of those questions, then we know of a great scholarship opportunity for you, it’s called the Top Ten List Scholarship. You simply have to give us 10 reasons why you deserve our scholarship. It sounds easy, but we’ve got some important “do’s and don’ts” you’ll need to pay attention to if you want to be our winner.

First, let’s talk rules:

To be an eligible applicant, you must be:

  1. 13 years of age or older
  2. A legal resident of the United States
  3. Planning to enroll in an accredited college or university

To apply for this award, simply tell us – in 250 words or less – the top ten reasons why you deserve to win a $1,500 scholarship. It may sound simple, but we have some tips that could make or break your essay.

First, notice that the word “List” is in the title of the scholarship.  We want a list of reasons, but you don’t necessarily have to submit your reasons in a list format.  For example, you could create a poem with your ten reasons, or even tell a short story. If you do use a list, be sure it’s unique. One thing we often see on lists is “I deserve this scholarship because I’m awesome!” We believe you…you probably are an amazing individual, but that’s not specific enough for us. We are more interested in WHY you’re awesome. Give us the details! Maybe you’re awesome because you can juggle five tennis balls while eating dinner with your feet. Now THAT is awesome!

Here’s another tip: your reasons can be funny, serious, creative, or heartfelt.  Just have some fun with your response. If you want to see some great examples, check out the winning responses from previous years.  We know you think you deserve this scholarship, but now it’s time to convince us.  Good luck!

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Tamara is the Social Media Coordinator and a regular writer for, and She enjoys helping students prepare for college. As a mother of four, Tamara has first-hand experience with many areas of education, including special needs (autism), the International Baccalaureate program and post-secondary education. She enjoys speaking at schools and mentoring others online. In her free time, Tamara enjoys volunteering and supporting her favorite football team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
2 Responses to “Top Ten List Scholarship Do’s & Don’ts”
  1. harriet says:

    I have three internationally adopted children who were orphaned 10 years ago. The two girls are in high school grades 10 and 11. I have two biological children of my own and cannot put all the three children through college. Where do I look for scholarships and grants for these children.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Unfortunately, most scholarships specifically for adopted students do not include private adoptions or those from outside the United States. Be sure to complete the FAFSA for each child when she is in the last semester of her senior year of high school (opens January 1) and have each of them register for a free account at This way, they will each receive a customized list of scholarships, grants and other awards that match their unique talents and gifts. Depending on their nationality, there may also be scholarships available through specific organizations that seek to help students (Japanese, Chinese, etc.).


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