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Now Accepting Applications for the 2013 Shop Smart Scholarship!

Last year, we offered our first ever Shop Smart Scholarship to five deserving students who demonstrated extraordinary frugality, thriftiness and entrepreneurial spirit in their quest to make their college education affordable.

Scholarship for Thrifty College Students

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We were very impressed with the entries we received, and narrowing the field down to just five worthy recipients was no easy task. The experience also was extremely rewarding, and we're excited to offer the Shop Smart Scholarship again this year!

Once again, we'll be awarding $10,000 in scholarships to students who are going to extraordinary lengths to make their college experience affordable.  Each of our five finalists will receive a $2,000 scholarship to help with education and living expenses for the 2013-2014 school year.

The application deadline is Sunday June 16, 2013. You can find complete details, including the scholarship application, eligibility requirements and information about previous scholarship winners, at the 2013 Shop Smart Scholarship page.

Go to the Shop Smart Scholarship Application

P.S. College students on a limited budget should also check out Stores with Student Discounts to save money at the places you shop every day.

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About the Author: Rebecca Lehmann

Rebecca writes and manages blog and site content for Brad's Deals. She loves finding online deals on shoes, knitting supplies, and anything that lets her spoil her nieces rotten.

15 Responses to “Now Accepting Applications for the 2013 Shop Smart Scholarship!”

  1. josie says:

    How about adding a email link to your website. I know alot of folks who are not on a social media,but can be emailed. Thank you

  2. Kathy says:


    My daughter would love to submit an application for your scholarship, but she won’t turn 18 until two days after she starts her freshman year! Does this exclude her from the scholarship?

  3. Kathy says:

    I haven’t heard from anyone regarding my question above. Is there somewhere else that I should be asking? I can’t find any contact information for Brad or Rebecca.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Sorry your comment slipped past us. Unfortunately due to legal issues an applicant must be 18 by the scholarship deadline of June 16, 2013. Applicants do not have to be freshmen though, so if we do another scholarship next spring she can apply for it then. Please check back with us next spring to see if we’ll be offering another scholarship.

  4. Abeko says:

    Why are you biased against people who attend a school with a high tuition. I attend a school with a high tuition and the very reason I chose to attend this school is because of my frugality. Out of all of the schools that I wanted to attend this school offered me the most money in scholarships, making their offer a BARGAIN.

    • Hi Abeko,

      Near the bottom of the scholarship application is a box with the question ““How will you cover the your additional costs?” You should use this box to discuss how this school ended up costing less than lower ticket priced schools because of the scholarship money they awarded you. You could also include this information with the rest of your answer for “Explain how your college experience is or will be enabled by remarkable frugality, ingenuity, effort or thrift.”

  5. V'qu says:

    I turned 16 a month after I graduated from high school with my high school diploma and associates degree. The school I attended allowed me to take my high school core classes through the local college for college credit. It was an monetary decision to do so, this allowed me to get satisfy all of my CORE Liberal Arts requires for NOTHING. So now I will get my 4 year college degree and only have to finance the bill for two years of tuition. Am I eligible to apply for your scholarship?

    • Hi V’qu,

      From reading your description of your situation it looks like you are eligible to apply for the scholarship, but that is only if you are going to be 18 years old by the deadline of June 16, 2013. Unfortunately due to legal issues we can’t award scholarships to anyone under 18 years old.

  6. Ada says:

    Where on the application do you list the sources of funding for my tuition. Am I suppose to list my scholarships an grants on this page.

    • Hi Ada,

      Right before the end of the application is a box with the question “How will you cover the your additional costs?” You can enter any information on how you are funding your tuition in this section, including your scholarships and grants.

  7. Amber says:

    Do u have any suggestions on finding the best online accredited college? I have done alot of research, & not alot of luck w/out having to fill out a ton of personal info. & phone calls from different colleges. Ty for any advice in advance :-)

  8. Amber says:

    I was wondering when will the scholorship be avalible for next year?

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