DALLAS — With tuition costs skyrocketing and the economy's slow recovery, students should take advantage of scholarships, including this special opportunity from the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA).

This online scholarship is unlike many traditional scholarship essay contests. That's because instead of writing an essay, applicants will read one. To apply, students go online and read a short essay about sprinklers and fire safety. After finishing, they complete a ten-question quiz on what they just read. Each correct answer gives the student a chance at winning one of ten $2,000 scholarships (maximum 10 chances per entrant).

Year after year, students die in campus-related fires. Through this scholarship contest, AFSA hopes to create greater awareness — and therefore, a safer future — by educating students who otherwise may not recognize the importance of fire safety.

Since 1996, AFSA has provided nearly a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships to help fulfill the educational dreams of students from across the nation. To be eligible, an applicant must be a high school senior, during the 2012-2013 academic year, who will attend a college, university or trade school in the United States in fall 2013. Winning is based on the number of questions answered correctly and the total number of valid entries in the contest. Winners are randomly selected to receive a scholarship payable one-time directly to their respective institution of higher learning.

Deadline to enter is April 3, 2013. For details or to apply, visit www.afsascholarship.org.

And be sure to check back for AFSA's Second Chance Scholarship, which is open to anyone who has graduated high school or equivalency and wants to pursue a college, university or trade school education. Enter for the chance to win one of these five $1,000 scholarships, starting in mid-April 2013 at www.afsascholarship.org.

AFSA Scholarships are open to U.S. citizens and legal residents and are not based on financial need. Information collected is used only for purposes of administering the scholarship contest and will never be sold or rented to others.