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Close the Financial Gap No Essay Scholarship

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Offered by Going Merry

Reviewed by Brian GeigerLast updated Feb 1, 2024
1 award worth


Grade level

College Freshman

Expired deadline:

July 14, 2023

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


U.S. 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

Is this scholarship open to international students?

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

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.

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