College sure isn’t cheap these days. Most students come out of their college careers, and before they even have the chance to begin working, they’ve already got several thousand dollars in student loans to pay back. It’s nearly impossible to go to school full time and work enough to pay for tuition and housing, and even if you have a federal assistance grant it’s not nearly enough.

So how are students supposed to pay for school? Scholarships are the best way to go. Scholarships provide an incredible amount of funding for students each year, and some of the best ones are offered by large companies all over the country. Here are a few examples of scholarships students could snag:

  1. Piggy bank

    Where will your college fund come from?
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    Moody’s Mega Math Challenge (CEO: Raymond McDaniel)—the M3 Challenge is a competition based in applied mathematics. The total winnings each year add up to over $115,000 toward continuing education.

  2. Dr. Pepper’s Tuition Giveaway (CEO: Larry Young)—In this giveaway, Dr. Pepper is doling out over $1,000,000 to various students all over the country based on a 60-second video that tells how they’re going to make a difference.
  3. Duck Brand’s Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest (CEO: John Kahl)—Students can create and/or accessorize their prom outfits using Duck Brand duct tape and then wear those outfits to prom for a chance to win up to $5,000 in scholarship money.
  4. AT&T’s Labs Research Internships (CEO: Randall Stephenson)—AT&T offers summer internships and labs fellowships to graduate students interested in gaining research experience with real problems, data, and world-class researchers. Students are responsible for paying for housing, but the company covers all travel costs within the U.S.

These are just a few among many options available to students. They each require varying amounts of effort and commitments, but in the end, students who are willing to put in the time can walk away from college debt-free.

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