Scholarship for Students with Self Employment Experience by Choose What

A semi-annual $1,000 scholarship (for Spring and Fall Semesters) aiming to financially assist American undergraduate or graduate students who were previously self-employed.

Full Description

ChooseWhat is an organization aiming to help entrepreneurs to start a business. They do this through an online startup guide including step-by-step how to’s, comparisons and reviews of business technology and products, STARTicles and their community forum.

The scholarship they offer targets American undergraduate or graduate students, enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or trade schools, who were previously self-employed.

In ChooseWhat’s opinion, self-employment teaches people independence and accountability and will have important pay-offs long after such type of work or business is concluded.

Applicants should write a 750 to 1500 words essay describing how their experience of self-employment impacted their view on education and their future. The winner will be selected by Leo Welder, the founder of ChooseWhat, according to the relevance of the examples and the quality of the writing.

The amount of the scholarship is $1,000 and is awarded twice per year.

The deadline for the fall application is November 1, 2023 and that for the spring application April 1, 2024. The winners will be notified on November 15, respectively April 15.

Who's eligible?

Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at an accredited American college, university or trade school.

Additionally they should have self-employment experience (from mowing lawns, tutoring and babysitting to starting any kind of business).

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a 750 to 1,500 word essay as a Microsoft Word attachment by email to (subject line “ChooseWhat Scholarship Application”). Additionally, they should include in the email their name and surname, name of the school where they are conducting their studies, their anticipated major, the expected graduation date and details about their past self-employment experience (types, dates).

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