Okay, so you've started to look for the big bucks in college scholarship money. Good for you! But don't overlook the small change -- or even the loose change hidden behind the cushions of the sofa. It all adds up!

Yes, the tedium of the search. The burden of the essays. The agony of defeat. Oh, ye of little faith...

Sure, it's summer. Who wants to apply for countless scholarships? [You do!] Who needs to spend hours on end mining the scholarship search engines? [Again, that would be you!] Who needs money to pay for college? [Hellllllooooooo? Mr. Money Bags?]

All right. You'll search. You'll register. You'll scour the web, roam the community, check every nook and cranny for free money for college.

Then again, it is summer. Why not have some fun?

Those college scholarship sweepstakes and contests, where all you have to do is provide your name and email address. Take a look at ScholarshipPoints.com for the easy schmeezy. Wait. You can text, can't you? Enter to win $10,000 from DoSomething.org.

There's Zinch's Weekly "Three Sentence Essay" Scholarship and College Prowler's $2,000 "No Essay" Scholarship (enter monthly). And let's not forget Publisher's Clearing House $5000 a Week Forever. [So what if your chances of winning are 1 in 200 billion. You gotta be in it to win it, right? :-)]

Not every college scholarship has to be about money, though. After all, students do not live by tuition, room and board alone, do they? No sir. Sometimes they need underwear, flip flops or a Frisbee. In that case, check out these fun scholarship opportunities from Target at http://apps.facebook.com/targetscholarships. A year's supply of ramen noodles? Go for it!

Consider yourself artful? Try your hand at the Create-A-Greeting Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest. Banking on some newly minted greenbacks? Check out U.S. Bank's $1000 Scholarship Contest. Come September 14, you can enter the SunTrust Scholarship Contest.

Love peanut butter sandwiches? Jif is giving away $25,000 in their Most Creative Sandwich Contest. Hmmm. I don't know about you, but The College Whisperer is getting mighty hungry...

As you can glean, there are scholarship opportunities galore. The chance to take home some money for college abounds, provided that you know where to look. Then again, knowing, and actually looking -- let alone APPLYING -- are not necessarily the same.

In less than 5 minutes we found the scholarships highlighted in this post. Imagine how many scholarship opportunities -- from the unusual to the sublime -- you could find (and APPLY for) with just a bit of gumption and a little help from your guidance counselor, scholarship search engines and that fella with the college know-how, your college coach.

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