Navigate Summer Scholarships

Summer is what you’ve waited for all year long - a much needed break from academic life (if you're lucky). But it’s also important to remember to apply for scholarships to help pay for the school year ahead.

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 12, 2016

Navigate Summer Scholarships

As the summertime hits, you’re likely thinking of all the things you want to do with your time off: relaxing, sleeping in, hanging out with friends and soaking up sun.

Summer is what you’ve waited for all year long – a much needed break from academic life (if you’re lucky). But it’s also important to remember to apply for scholarships to help pay for the school year ahead.

Luckily, we’ve compiled some scholarship topics that can help you look for scholarships throughout your break but will still keep you in “summer mode.” It’s okay to be a little lazy but you want to focus on using your time wisely, perhaps, to help pay your tuition.

Ice Cream

The National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) annually sponsors the Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award for full-time or part-time employees of active members. Established in 1995, this scholarship honors Bryce Thomson, a man whose 55-plus years of commitment to the ice cream industry is unparalleled. This year, ten scholarships will be awarded in the following amounts: One $3,500; Two $2,500; One $2,000; One $1,500; and Five $1,000, totaling $17,000.

The website notes that the odds of winning a scholarship are EXCELLENT. Last year one in five applicants won a scholarship award.

Applicants must be nominated by a member (in good standing) of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, so if you work at an ice cream shop and your boss/manager is a member, ask to be nominated for this scholarship. Applications must be received in the NICRA office on or before Friday, August 26, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.

Find more information on this scholarship at or get the details on Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award on Fastweb now.

State Fairs

Love the smell of fried food mixing with the sounds of farm animals and carnival rides on a ninety degree day? If you look forward to the state fair all year long, you’ll be even happier to know that these fairs could earn you some money toward tuition.

Maryland State Fair Scholarship

The Maryland State Fair offers two scholarships for students, the Maryland State Fair Scholarship and the Marlin Hoff Scholarship.

Nine winners are chosen for Maryland State Fair Scholarship, each receiving $2,000 in scholarship funding.

The Marlin Hoff Scholarship is offered to Maryland youth who have carried a dairy project and are enrolled in a four-year college. This fairly new scholarship offered by the Maryland State Fair is worth $2,000 in scholarship funding.

For more information on these scholarship opportunities, visit The Maryland State Fair website.

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Scholarship

The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair/George Simoneaux Scholarship is available to full-time junior and senior students enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University. Qualifying students must be residents of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Saint Helena or West Baton Rouge Parish and have a minimum 3.0 GPA, have participated in County Agent 4-H or FFA programs, and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Get more details on the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair/George Simoneaux Scholarship.


Believe it or not, some kids today are still into marbles. Even more unbelievable? Shooting marbles could win you money! celebrating the 92nd anniversary of the National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, NJ on June 20th – 23rd, 2016. According to the National Marbles Tournament website, “mibsters”(marble shooters) will compete for national honors, college scholarships and numerous prizes and awards. Participants play more than a 1,200 games over the four-day tournament.

For more information visit the National Marbles Tournament website.

Summer Reading

“Hit the Books” Scholarship

You’re probably going to read over the summer anyway, so why not qualify for some scholarship funding while you do so? Once such related award is the “Hit The Books” Scholarship.

All you need to do is write a short essay on the importance of your education and how winning some scholarship funding will help you achieve those goals. Plus, you get bonus points if you creatively incorporate your love and devotion to coffee.

Get more details on this “Hit The Books” Scholarship opportunity.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

If you’re going to read over the summer, you may want to dive into Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged so you can enter this $20k essay contest.

Learn more about the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.

Scholarships that Give Back

A lot of students utilize their summers to give back to their communities, qualifying them for tons of scholarship awards! These scholarships are often easy and require little-to-no-effort but really can make a difference.

$5,000 Easy Scholarship: Promote Literacy with Your Phone

Increase literacy rates by playing a fun, interactive game on your phone! Sign up to play a texting game, where you’ll use your reading skills to crack the code of a mysterious locked box. By playing and sharing the game with friends, you can gain entry to win a $5,000 scholarship. Yep, that easy (and fun)!

Learn more about the $5,000 Easy Scholarship: Promote Literacy with Your Phone.

Youth Forward Scholarship

Provided by the National Driving and Traffic School, the Youth Forward Scholarship is open to current high school and college students. It’s pretty straightforward: submit an essay of no more than 500 words on your commitment to volunteerism – that’s it!

Learn more about the Youth Forward Scholarship.

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