Annual Upgraded Points Student Scholarship

2016 Winner: Our winner is Maria V. D., who is attending San Diego State University! Congratulations!

2017 Scholarship: NOW OPEN!

Deadline: December 1st, 2017 (see details below)

Hard work, business savvy, and a passion for traveling the world has earned us a successful business and a means of flying in style. We know first-hand how difficult it can be to pay for the education you need for the life you want.

That’s why we’ve decided it’s time to give back to our dedicated readers who are pursuing higher education.

If you’re interested in earning a scholarship worth $1,000, keep reading to find out how you can win this prize!

How To Apply For This Scholarship

Entering your name into the running for this exciting offer is simple: you just need to write a 1,000-word essay about yourself. We want to know who you are and what plans you have for your education.

Tell us your story, and give us an idea of where you see yourself in 10 years once you’ve finished your education.

Most of all, show us what makes you unique and uniquely qualified for this scholarship.

Have fun with it, and be sure to tell us how you’ve been using our point-earning tactics to travel!

Please include a section in your essay detailing what you’ll use the money for.

Scholarship Eligibility

To qualify, you’ll need to be a current student. When you’ve finished your essay, please email it to along with the following information:

  • Name
  • School you’re attending
  • Your major
  • Expected graduation date
  • Phone number
  • Email address

This scholarship is open to candidates from the U.S. only. Keep in mind that because we receive so many applications, we won’t be able to contact you or reply to your submission unless you are the winner of the scholarship.

Please refrain from emailing us asking if we received your application.

Thank you!

Privacy Statement

By providing us with the information required for the scholarship, you consent to letting us use the information you provided solely for the purpose of offering a scholarship, should you be chosen to receive it.

Your information will not be used for any other purpose than to award the scholarship and report to the proper tax authorities.


For those looking to understand and build your credit score as you finish college and start your careers, we suggest looking over our detailed credit building guide.

If your credit score is already healthy (700+) and you wish to travel, then we recommend you start collecting Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

Many of you will understandably (and sensibly!) want to keep your expenses to a minimum, which makes the credit cards with no annual fee an even more attractive offer, including the Chase Freedom Unlimited℠.

One of the best low-annual-fee credit cards to start off with is the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, but take a look at our other travel reward credit cards too.

For those of you who have that entrepreneurial spirit, take a look at our business credit cards.

All these cards will help you not only to improve your financial position (when used correctly), but they’ll help you earn points to begin traveling. Once you have enough points, you can research trips using Google Flights or other booking tools (like Costco Travel) to find options for exploring the world!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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