First-Class Scholarships for College Students

Make the scholarship search a component of your college education.

Elizabeth Hoyt

February 06, 2017

First-Class Scholarships for College Students

Between juggling your heavy course load, a part-time job and the distant remains of a social life, searching for scholarships is the last thing you feel like doing – especially because you may assume that, since you’re a college student you won’t win a scholarship anyway.

False. College students win scholarships all the time.

Seriously, those tuition bills aren’t going to pay themselves and, with the cost of college these days, you need scholarships more than ever.

The good news is, we’ve done the heavy lifting (searching) for you. Now, all you need to do is apply!

Here are scholarships that college students qualify for:

Directing Change Student Film Contest

Deadline: 3/01/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: 3 Awards between $250-$500

The Directing Change Student Film Contest is open to students between the ages of 14 and 25. You must submit a film of no more than 60 seconds related to mental health and/or suicide prevention in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Directing Change Student Film Contest.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/17
Available to: Ages 14-21
Award Amount: $250

The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is open to all students aged 14 – 21. You must submit an essay of no more than 750 words based on the prompts listed on the sponsor’s website. This year’s prompts will ask you to consider the different meanings of trees, cultivation and soil as Thoreau uses them in the defined passages.

Learn more about the Live Deliberately Essay Contest.

World Water Issue Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,500

The World Water Issue Scholarship is open to entering and current college students. You must submit an essay on the topic of the water scarcity crisis and a possible solution in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the World Water Issue Scholarship.

Asia SiVon Cottom Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/17
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Awards from $500 to $2,000

The Asia SiVon Cottom Scholarship is available to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. You must be pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math to be eligible for this award. You must also submit a minimum 300 – word essay on the effects and aftermath of September 11th on today’s society, what you plan to achieve through college that can possibly impact the community and / or the world, and why you should receive a Memorial Scholarship.

Learn more about the Asia SiVon Cottom Scholarship.

Odenza Vacations College Scholarship

Deadline: 6/01/17
Available to: Ages 17-24
Award Amount: $500

The Odenza Vacations College Scholarship is available to students who are residents of either the U.S. or Canada. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be between the ages of 17 and 24 and submit an essay to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Odenza Vacations College Scholarship.

F. Armstrong Scholarship – Cornell College

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: $16,000

The F. Armstrong Scholarship is open to entering freshmen at Cornell College who contribute to campus diversity.

Get more information on the F. Armstrong Scholarship – Cornell College.

CKSF Scholarship Competition

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The CKSF Scholarships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in the U.S.

You must register to participate in scholarship quizzes that test your knowledge of topics ranging from general “common knowledge” to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies.

You will be scored based on a combination of time and accuracy.

Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win.

Learn more information about the CKSF Scholarship Competition.

Optimist International Oratorical Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available To: Maximum Age 18 Years
Award Amount: $2,500

The Optimist International Oratorical Contest is open to students under the age of 19.

To be considered for this award, you must prepare a 4 to 5 minute speech on the topic, “How My Passions Impact the World” to be presented at your local Optimist Club’s contest.

Get more information on the Optimist International Oratorical Contest.

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