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Close the Financial Gap No Essay Scholarship

Offered by Going Merry

Reviewed by Brian GeigerLast updated Jul 7, 2023
1 award worth


Grade level

College Freshman

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

July 2024

Scholarship Overview

There are a lot of ways to pay for college, and we want to help you figure it out!

As a part of this scholarship, we’re offering you both monetary awards and financial coaching sessions with a Going Merry financial aid specialist.

10 semifinalists will receive a FREE one-on-one coaching session from a Going Merry Financial Aid Specialist, and 1 winner will receive a FREE coaching session AND a $500 scholarship!

Depending on where you are in the “paying for college” process, the coaching session can focus on any of these 6 key elements of college finances:

  1. The FAFSA®: Learn how to apply for financial aid and get as much free money as possible.
  2. State grants: Get state-specific financial aid. State governments often provide money for college separately from the FAFSA®, especially for students intending to study in-state.
  3. Scholarships: Get tips on how to leverage Going Merry to find scholarships, and spend time on the scholarships you’re more likely to win!
  4. Financial aid award letter analysis: We’ll explain what your award letters mean, and show you how to make the best financial decision when choosing which college to attend.
  5. Appealing for more aid: Think of your financial aid package as an initial offer – there’s always room to appeal for more aid! We provide letter templates and appeal reasons to help you get more financial aid when possible.
  6. Student loans: Learn how they fit into the picture, and how to prioritize low-interest, flexible repayment options with the intent of keeping student loan debt to a minimum.

Start your application now!

Eligibility information

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
- Be an incoming college freshman (college class of 2027 / HS class of 2023)
- Be a resident of any of the United States except Nevada
- Be pursuing a full- or half-time Bachelor’s degree

Grade Level

College Freshman


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.

No essay


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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Going Merry at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Close the Financial Gap No Essay Scholarship is not renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.
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