You may recall that last year, my friend Abby wrote a wonderful post about how she was helping her daughter locate thousands of dollars in college scholarship money. (If you didn’t read her post – make sure to go back and do so right now!) As of today’s post, her daughter has received a grand total of $14,833 in free scholarship money! Abby recently reached out to me because she has learned more in her journey to help her daughter and wanted to share it with you. With that – here’s Abby.
Many think applying for scholarships is a daunting task. But what if I told you that I found a website that has scholarships you can apply for in as little as 5 minutes? Let me introduce you to the website DoSomething.org. When I first discovered this site I thought this has got to be too good to be true, does anyone actually ever win these? Well, I can tell you that my daughter has since won $10,000 of scholarship money from this site! So yes, it is possible!
How DoSomething.org Works
The website DoSomething.org encourages teens to become a positive influence in their community by joining campaigns to make a difference. There are pages of campaigns to join on every topic from pollution to gun control to registering to vote. Your teen can feel empowered by getting to join the campaign that interests them along with their peers to make a difference in their community. While there are many, many pages of campaigns to join, there are only a handful that actually give out scholarships.
The way to find those is to scroll to the very button of the page where it says “scholarships” and click on it.
There are usually five scholarships a month to apply for that have a scholarship connected to them. The way these scholarships work is that companies (for instance, 3M or Coca-Cola) sponsor the campaign and reward one member with the scholarship in the amount they have chosen. Please note that there are MANY campaigns my daughter has participated in that she did not win a scholarship for. Part of applying for scholarships is you do need to be ready to see another person was chosen. This does not mean it is time to give up! The best part of this website is while you are entering for this scholarship you are also doing something great as well. Plus campaigns are so easy and fun to enter. Once my daughter got started on these campaigns, she practically entered every single one. That did not go unnoticed! The latest scholarship win for her was a surprise email from Nickelodeon for their Halo award. Nickelodeon decided they wanted to award the top three members of DoSomething that have participated in the most campaigns. Those three members were each awarded $3,333 in scholarship money! Nickelodeon even featured my daughter in a commercial here. (She’s the one in the blue glasses)
How to Get Started with DoSomething.org
Has this got your attention yet? I hope so! Here are a few things you need to know to get started with your first DoSomething campaign.
- First, you will need to create an account (don’t worry; it’s free!) This will help keep track of your information and all the campaigns you have entered.
- You need to be between the ages of 13 and 25 years old.
- There is no GPA requirement, no essays, no recommendations, and no applications to worry about.
- Locate a campaign to join and complete (this usually takes 5 minutes or less).
- Upload the photo, and that’s it – you’re entered!
I trust you’ll find that the campaigns are fun and very easy to apply for. To give you a few examples, let me share a little more about the campaigns my daughter won scholarships from DoSomething.org. One required her to hold up a sign describing her best ability, another was to create a poster of a successful woman in the STEM field, and the last one was for putting post it notes with positive words of affirmation in public bathroom at her high school. As you can see, these are fun and positive to apply for and don’t require your child has a top GPA or is some phenomenal athlete.
If you win a scholarship, DoSomething will hang onto the money until you have been accepted into college. At that time, you email them all the information and they will forward the money to your student account. This is true even if you are a Junior or Sophomore in high school. They’ll just hang onto it until it’s time!
Current Scholarship Opportunities at DoSomething.org
As you can tell I am a big fan of this website. I love the idea of teaching teenagers that they can make a difference in their community and companies jumping in to reward these students by helping to pay for their education. It really is a win-win situation! For the month of May 2018 it looks like there are three scholarship campaigns to sign up for. (Please note that if you’re finding this post after May 2018, you’ll need to visit the site for current scholarship opportunities.)
#1: Help your friends Lose Their V-Card…by registering to vote for the first time!
($2,000 scholarship with a deadline of May 31)
#2: Run a voter registration booth at your school
($1,000 scholarship, they are awarding three with a deadline of May 31)
#3: Show our Muslim American Neighbors you stand with them this Ramadan
($3,000 scholarship with a deadline of May 31)
Although my daughter did not win this Ramadan scholarship, she did participate in it last year and Nickelodeon currently is airing a commercial and she has a little cameo in it (she is the one with the blue glasses). It was a lovely campaign that encourages students to make cards that say “Happy Ramadan” and you then send the cards to an address at the DoSomething headquarters. These cards are then specifically mailed to mosques that have been targeted in the past for hate crimes.
I hope this helped to get you motivated to invite the teen in your life to check this website out and not only get involved in a campaign that interests them but to also qualify to receive a scholarship. For more information, head to the DoSomething information page. If you still have questions, please feel free to comment below and I will do my best to answer them. To all of the students out there that choose to take part in these campaigns, thank you for making a positive difference! Good luck I hope you are just as successful as my student in securing free money for college!
In case you missed it, do read Abby’s post from last year: