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ChooseWhat Self-Employment Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply biannually by November 1 & April 1

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Summary would like to reward students that choose to take the unconventional path of self-employment and encourage more to follow in their footsteps.

This is a biannual scholarship. Bookmark this page and check back each year!

If you’re a student who’s self employed then this scholarship could really help you!


  • Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree program at any accredited American College, University or Trade School with self employment experience may apply. For purposes of this scholarship, self employment experience simply means that you or a business you started were paid directly for your work. Check out their examples of self employment on the scholarship website.

How to Apply:

  • Write a 750 to 1,500 word essay describing how your experience working for yourself as either a contractor or small business owner has impacted your view of education and your future.
  • Submit your essay as a Microsoft Word attachment to Use the subject line “ChooseWhat Scholarship Application.” Do not put the essay directly in the email – only attached essays will be accepted. In the email, include the following information:
    • Your full name
    • Name of school
    • Anticipated Major
    • Expected Graduation Date
    • Type and dates of self employment (eg: Lawn maintenance, May 2012- September 2012)

Amount: $1,000


  • Fall applications are accepted from April 2nd through November 1st. The winner will be announced November 15th.
  • Spring applications are accepted from November 2nd through April 1st. The winner will be announced April 15th.

Good Luck to all those self-starters!

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