If writing essays is something you do well, there are many scholarship programs that offer funding for well-written essays. Here are a few:
• The Ayn Rand Institute offers scholarships annually for the best essays written on the philosophic themes in one of the following novels: Anthem, Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged.
• The Holocaust Remembrance Project has a yearly essay contest.
• The Veterans of Foreign Wars a yearly essay contest.