Why not pay for college while also tackling hunger? Collect as many jars of the gooey stuff as you can and you could win the scholarship prize and help feed the hungry, as your jars will be donated to local food banks. The winner of the scholarship prize will be picked at random. Every 10 jars of peanut butter collected counts as one entry, so collect as many as you can to increase your chances and help as many people as you can.
Region: US & Canada
Prize: $7,500
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Are you a graduate burdened by heaps of student debt? Great news! Student and alumni, alike, are able to apply. With $40,000 in prize money, this is the single biggest scholarship award not attached to an educational institution. Simply fill in your personal information and state what you would do with the prize money. Winners of the competition will be chosen at random.
Region: Global, except residents of New York state
Prize: $40,000
Deadline: March 31, 2014

Every great invention started with an idea, which turned into a drawing, which turned into something revolutionary. Catalyze your ideas into reality by submitting a drawing of the Google logo that corresponds to the sentence “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place...” If you are selected as the lucky winner, your artwork will be displayed on the Google homepage and win a personal scholarship and grant for your school. Open to K-12 U.S. students with artistic flair.
Region: U.S.
Prize: $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school
Deadline: March 20, 2014

Do you fancy yourself to be an anthropologist, pilgrim or culinarian? If you have a passion for travelling, discovering and all things food, this is the competition for you. Three lucky winners will embark on an exciting journey to Italy as they document their travels and partake in the culinary delights and learn the food history of three different Italian regions. Send in a special recipe and accompanying photo and your next stop could be Italy! Buon viaggio!
Region: Global
Prize: a 7-day custom trip to a region of Italy, including round-trip airfare and travel insurance
Deadline: March 14, 2014 $2,000

The name says it all. No essay is needed to win this scholarship. In fact, you only need to fill out a form with your contact information and you could be selected at random to win the $2,000 scholarship prize. Does paying for college get any easier that that? And if you can’t make the March 31st deadline, fret not, the competition runs once every month!
Region: American and international students studying in the U.S.
Prize: $2,000 scholarship
Next deadline: March 31, 2014

Show off your ingenuity and budding fashion design skills by creating a prom dress using duct tape. You can enter the contest alone in the “Single” category or enter yourself and your date in the “Couple” category. Check out the competition and see some of the previous year’s winning submissions--truly impressive!
Region: U.S. (excluding residents of certain states)
Prize: $10,000 scholarship for each member of the winning couple and $5,000 for their school; $5,000 for the each member of the couple coming in second place and $3,000 for their school
Deadline: July 8, 2014

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, and passionate about helping young people think innovatively about healthy and animal-free eating, this is the competition for you. Simply create a video relating to what you want others to know about vegetarianism or veganism and you could win one of the three cash awards.
Prize: one $500 award and two $250 awards
Deadline: July 15, 2014