Build Your College List Scholarship

Open to the Class of 2023 from December 2021 - June 2022

Build Your College List

About the Scholarship

It’s never too early to begin looking for the college that's best for you. There are thousands of colleges in the United States. BigFuture can help you find the one for you.

Students in the class of 2023 who build a college list with six or more colleges on BigFuture will earn entries in monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships. The earlier you build your college list to earn drawing entries, the more chances you’ll have at winning.

As soon as you build your list, you’ll be automatically entered into monthly drawings:

  • $40,000 Scholarships: BigFuture will award two $40,000 scholarships every month until February 2023. By building your list now, you’ll also automatically earn one entry for every $40,000 drawing. Complete more steps on BigFuture to get more chances at $40,000.
  • $500 Scholarships: BigFuture will award $500 scholarships to students who build college lists by the end of June 2022. We'll select 400 winners every month for $500 in January, February, and March. We'll select 100 winners per month in April, May, and June.

How to Qualify for Drawings

  1. Log in to your College Board account.
  2. Search for colleges on BigFuture.
  3. Add 6 or more schools to your list.

Tips for Building Your List

  • What's a college list?
    Your college list is the start of your journey to college. Consider adding schools that match your interests for the future. Consider adding schools close to home and schools that are in different cities or states.
  • How can I build a strong list?
    On BigFuture, you can filter schools by location, major, type, and campus life. You can also search for schools based on affordability. Save schools that match your interests, goals, and what’s important to you.

Increase Your Chances

As soon as you build your list, you’ll be entered into every monthly drawing for $500 and $40,000.

  • More $500 scholarships for building a list are awarded in January, February, and March. When you build your list early, you have a better chance at more scholarships.
  • You’ll get 1 entry in the monthly drawings for $40,000 scholarships. Complete additional steps on BigFuture to earn more entries.
  • Whenever students whose families earn less than $60,000 a year build a college list, they’ll earn an extra entry in monthly drawings and have double the chances at a scholarship. Half of all awards are reserved for students who meet the income criteria.

Dates and Deadlines

Scholarships for $500 are awarded every month from January through June 2022. Scholarships for $40,000 are awarded every month until February 2023. Drawings occur on the first day of every month.


How will I know when I've earned an entry?

After you build your college list, you’ll be automatically entered in monthly drawings unless you opt out of participation. You’ll see an update on your dashboard on BigFuture when you earn entries for $500 and $40,000. You’ll also get an email to confirm your drawing entries.

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What if I already built college list on BigFuture before the scholarship drawings began?

If you already built a college list and were signed into the same College Board account, you’ll automatically earn drawing entries unless you opt out of participation. No further action is required. This step will be marked as complete on your dashboard on BigFuture.  

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