Spring 2020 Semester

Couponing in College

$1,000 Scholarship Contest
Share your best tip for saving money during college for a chance to win $1,000!

Couponing in College $1,000 Scholarship Contest

College is expensive, and many college students don't know about the power of coupons to save money and extend their budget while in school.

Dealspotr's bi-annual Couponing in College Scholarship is our opportunity to spread the word about the power of couponing to college students around the nation. To apply for this scholarship, simply submit an answer of 100 words or less via the form below, based on the following prompt:

Note: The submission period for Spring 2020 has ended. Please check back for our announcement of the winner and our upcoming Fall 2020 scholarship.

What's the single most creative way you've saved money in college?

You can discuss digital coupons, physical coupons, promo codes, store & savings apps, checkout strategies, loyalty programs, basically any technique that can net shoppers more goods at lower cost. Remember — the more unique, the better!

We summarize the best tips in a major bi-annual blog post that we promote to students around the nation. This post offers great savings advice to help college students do more with less while in school, and is read by thousands of students. You can see an example from last year's scholarship here: https://dealspotr.com/article/college-couponing-101.

Our editors comb through all the submissions, and we'll select the one submission that provides the most helpful, unique, and well-written advice to win the $1,000 scholarship.

  • Your submission should provide the best, most unique strategy you’ve personally used to save money in college. As mentioned above, you can discuss digital coupons, physical coupons, promo codes, store & savings apps, checkout strategies, loyalty programs, basically any technique that can net shoppers more goods at lower cost. Remember — the more unique, the better!
  • Your tip must be 100 words or less.
  • You must submit your tip using the form at the bottom of this page.
  • Submissions will be judged based on novelty and usefulness of the tools described as well as writing style, grammar, and depth of information provided.
  • Please do not include local or campus-specific resources; your tips should be applicable and useful to students in any location.
  • Submit your tip through the form on this page by April 17th, 2020.

Prize details

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one winner. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, April 17, 2020. The prize will be announced on May 1, 2020 and the winner will be notified by email. The winner will be notified va email and will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The $1,000 prize will be remitted via PayPal within one week of the prize being claimed. You must have a valid PayPal account to receive your prize.

Scholarship Application

The submission period for Spring 2020 has ended. Please check back for our announcement of the winner and our upcoming Fall 2020 scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a United States resident.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college program.
  • You must provide a valid .edu email address with your application.

Scholarship Winner's Circle

Spring 2020

Couponing in College Short Answer Contest

Scholarship: $1,000

Winner: Paola Mellado

School: Louisiana State University

Major: Nursing

Graduation year: 2024

Winning Tip: "The way I saved money in college was by starting a clothing drive in my sorority house. I realized that I had spent a lot of my money on clothes and accessories to use for college events. I created two spreadsheets, one where girls can go on google docs and add any clothes they did not want or use anymore that other girls in the house might want and use for other events. The other was for girls to include clothing or accessories that they needed and wanted to borrow for the day. Although you may think, well you can just go around and ask people, this was more useful than people thought because as girls would go on and put their items they needed, they also saw the needs of other girls and let them borrow whatever they needed if they had it. These methods saved us a lot of money throughout the semester that most of us ended up using towards college funds!"

Winning this scholarship is an amazing opportunity for me to save money throughout college by helping me pay for my books and classes. I think Dealspotr’s idea on sharing other people’s ideas on how to save for college is very helpful to many other students looking to save for college!

Fall 2018

Couponing in College Short Answer Contest

Scholarship: $1,000

Winner: Allison Tallman

School: University of Tulsa

Major: Speech Pathology

Graduation year: 2020

Winning Tip: "The way I saved money in college was by starting a textbook drive in my sorority house. At the end of the semester, girls would donate textbooks that they had not sold back or any others from previous semesters. ISBN's were entered into a Google Document and shared with everyone in the house. People were able to check these books out at no cost. We eventually got a large stock of textbooks and some girls did not have to buy them! This helped me and around 200 other women save a little money on this extremely overpriced college essential."

Saving money in college is so important and can be done in so many creative ways. I love Dealspotr's idea of sharing ways that real college students save money! I will use the prize money to pay off student loans and continue my journey to becoming a speech pathologist!

Spring 2018

Couponing in College Short Answer Contest

Scholarship: $1,000

Winner: Alan Kwong

School: Pennsylvania State University

Winning Tip: Shoutout brands on Twitter for coupons and free sample

"This scholarship money will help to pay off some of my tuition for college. Thanks Dealspotr for helping me to pursue my interests in Electrical Engineering at Penn State!"

Fall 2017

Couponing in College Essay Contest

Scholarship: $2,000

Winner: Jaqueline Rojas Robles

School: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Winning Essay: Saving Money in College through the Power of Couponing

"Thank you Dealspotr for this amazing opportunity! Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and allow me to pay my tuition for this semester. As a result, I will be able to register for classes next semester and be a step closer to obtaining my degree in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago."

Spring 2017

Couponing in College Essay Contest

Scholarship: $2,000

Winner: Gabriel Rios

School: University of Central Florida

Winning Essay: Couponing in College + Money Saving Pro Tips

"Thank you to DealSpotr for this wonderful opportunity! The scholarship will be very useful for the texts and classes required by my major program. I'll be putting the funds to good use, considering my textbooks next semester are totaling about $650!"

Fall 2016

Money-Saving Resources for College Students Essay Contest

Scholarship: $1,000

Winner: Grant Kleiman

School: Southwest Minnesota State University

Winning Essay: Appy Hour: Money-Saving Tools for Smart College Students

"The scholarship will be very useful in covering the cost of books and other expenses. One of my books next semester costs $215.00! I'm currently studying Professional Writing at Southwest Minnesota State University and plan to pursue a career in writing and counseling."

Spring 2016

Couponing in College Essay Contest

Scholarship: $2,500

Winner: Kayleigh Warburton

School: University of Central Florida

Fall 2015

Dealspotr Scholarship Giveaway

Scholarship: $1,000

Winner: Kaitlyn Vogt

School: Grand Valley State University