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First-Class Scholarships for College Students

First-Class Scholarships for College Students

Make the scholarship search a component of your college education.

Elizabeth Hoyt

June 22, 2015

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’s a list of scholarships for college students:

Book Nerds Word Contest

Award: 7/13/15
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Students Ages 13 and Older

Sponsored by Amplify Education, the Book Nerd Words Contest is open to all students above the age of 13 in the U.S. and Canada.

To be considered, you must submit a video of no more than 30 seconds in length where you craft a brief story about the definition of one of five book related words on the sponsor’s website.

Learn more information about the Book Nerds Word Contest.

The $1000 Scholarship

Deadline: 7/14/15
Available to: High School Senior through College Senior
Award Amount: $1,000

The $1,000 Scholarship is available to students enrolled, or due to be enrolled, in full time university education for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship fund.

Get more information on the The $1000 Scholarship.

The SweatBlock “Social Confidence” Scholarship

Deadline: 7/15/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000

The SweatBlock “Social Confidence” Scholarship available to any students of any degree seeking category.

You must be a US citizen, submit an essay between 500 and 1,000 words long and must fully answer one of the following questions to be eligible for this award.

Essay Topics to Choose From:

1. How might excessive perspiration influence one’s perception of self? Or, how might viewing someone else’s excessive perspiration influence your perception of them?

2. Explore the connection between social anxiety and excessive perspiration.

3. When is sweat “good / acceptable / attractive” and when is sweat is sweat “bad / unacceptable / unattractive”?

Learn more information about the The SweatBlock “Social Confidence” Scholarship.

Monsters and Mysteries Contest

Deadline: 7/30/15
Available To: Ages 14+
Award Amount: $1,000

The Monsters and Mysteries Contest is open to all students above the age of 13 in the U.S. and Canada.

To be considered, you must submit a video of no more than one minute in length where you choose one book from the provided list and provide either a trailer, a scene or a dramatic reading.

Get more information on the Monsters and Mysteries Contest.

Standing the Test of Time Contest

Deadline: 7/30/15
Available To: Ages 14+
Award Amount: $1,000

The Standing the Test of Time Contest is open to all students above the age of 13 in the U.S. and Canada.

To be considered, you must submit a video of no more than one minute in length where you choose one book from the provided list and provide either a trailer, a scene or a dramatic reading.

Get more information on the Standing the Test of Time Contest.

Bachus & Schanker, LLC Scholarship

Deadline: 7/30/15
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

The Bachus & Schanker, LLC Scholarship is available to high school seniors accepted to a college or university and students enrolled at an accredited college or university.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit a minimum 800 word essay on the following topic: Give your opinion on the importance and efficacy of the 7th Amendment and how it affects your life.

Get more information on the Bachus & Schanker, LLC Scholarship.

SciFi Forever Contest

Deadline: 7/30/15
Available To: Ages 14 Years and Over
Award Amount: $1,000

The SciFi Forever Contest is open to all students above the age of 13 in the U.S. and Canada.

To be considered, you must submit a video of no more than one minute in length where you choose one book from the provided list and provide either a trailer, a scene or a dramatic reading.

Get more information on the SciFi Forever Contest.

Imagine Cup Games Competition

Deadline: 7/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $50,000

The Imagine Cup Games Competition is available to students with an interest in video game design.

To enter the contest you, or your team, must submit a desktop or tablet game using Windows, or a mobile game using Windows Phone, or a browser game using Windows Azure.

Games can support multiple languages as long as English is represented and be no bigger than 500MB to be eligible entries.

Get more information on the Imagine Cup Games Competition.

”From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/15
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

The “From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students who hold at least a 2.5 GPA.

To be considered, you must submit an essay of at least 1500 words that addresses the following three topics: Which tracks of the book “From Failure to Promise – 360 degrees” presented or reiterated the most important life lessons for you and why, which factor was the most vital to the author’s evolution in going from “flunk-out” to "professor and how does the “Seven Spheres of Influence and Integration Model” affect your worldview as related to civic responsibility.

Get more information on the ”From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,500

The Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest is open to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in an American college or university.

You must write an essay between 1,500 and 5,000 words on the topic, “If Lincoln had lived…” to be eligible for this award.

Complete details and topic prompt are on the sponsor’s web site.

Learn more about the Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest.

Brilliance Scholarship

Deadline: 8/01/15
Available to: High School Junior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Brilliance Scholarship is available to creative students that demonstrate an interest of designing beautiful, unique jewelry.

You must create an original diamond ring design and submit one to two paragraphs (up to 200 words) about the design and its inspiration to qualify for this award.

Designs will be judged on overall look, creativity, and the design’s inspiration.

Learn more information about the Brilliance Scholarship.

Storage.com Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 8/01/15
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The Storage.com Scholarship Contest is open to current undergraduate students and soon-to-be freshmen students.

You must submit an essay of between 250 and 500 words that describes what experiences, lessons, and opportunities you hope to pack into your years in school.

A short video of no more than 15 seconds may be submitted via Instagram or YouTube detailing what you are looking forward to most in college.

Learn more information about the Storage.com Scholarship Contest.

Everything is Awesome Scholarship

Deadline: 8/07/15
Available to: Ages 13-25
Award Amount: $1,000

Sometimes when all the bad stuff gets in the way it can be hard to remember the good things— like the fact that (mostly) everything is awesome.

No, seriously. You’re awesome. The pen that allows you to write is awesome. The fact that we get to exchange ideas with people all over the world is awesome.

Things may happen to bring us down but there is a positive side to every situation and poets are especially great at finding that silver lining.

What is it about yourself, a friend, or life in general that you find awesome? Share your thoughts with us in a poem and bring some positivity into someone’s life (and also be entered to win $1,000 for your college education).

Get more information on the Everything is Awesome Scholarship.

CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

Deadline: 8/13/15
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes is open to high school and college students.

To enter, you must enroll in the Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS educational resource program.

Get more information on the CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes.

Tutor the People Essay Scholarship

Deadline: 8/15/15
Available to: High School Juniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Tutor the People Essay Scholarship is open to current high school seniors and undergraduate students attending an institution in the United States.

You must be at least 16 years of age, be in good academic standing, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit a 500 to 1,000 word personal response to the prompt on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Tutor the People Essay Scholarship.

Checks SuperStore Scholarship

Deadline: 8/15/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Checks SuperStore Scholarship is available to students enrolled at an accredited college or university.

You must submit a 500-1000 word essay to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Checks SuperStore Scholarship.

DeVry College Completer Scholarship

Deadline: 8/28/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Junior
Award Amount: $18,000

There are many reasons to complete your degree. Whatever your reason, DeVry University can help. We work with returning students and students transferring colleges every day, helping them finish their degrees quickly and affordably.

Whether you are currently enrolled in school or have been out for a while, DeVry will work with you to apply qualifying credits – up to 80 credit hours — toward your degree program. By maximizing these transfer credits, you can complete your degree sooner, saving you time and money.

DeVry also offers the College Completer Scholarship*, a merit-based award designed specifically for those looking to finish a bachelor’s or associate degree. You could receive up to $18,000 to help you earn your bachelor’s or associate degree. A degree from DeVry University can prepare you for a lifetime of career success.

In fact, in 2013, 90% of DeVry University grads actively seeking employment had careers in their field within 6 months of graduation or were already employed when they graduated.**

Whatever your reasons for completing your degree, DeVry University can help make it faster and more affordable. Learn more at devry.edu.

Get more information on the College Completer Scholarship.

CreditRepair.com Scholarship

Deadline: 8/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $3,000

The CreditRepair.com Scholarship is available to students enrolled an accredited university or college.

You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and submit a minimum 800-word essay to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the CreditRepair.com Scholarship.

Student Transportation Video Contest

Deadline: 8/31/15
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

Provided by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the Student Transportation Video Contest is open to all students.

To enter, you must submit a two- to four-minute video that examines any aspect of transportation in the United States.

Learn more information about the Student Transportation Video Contest.

My Biggest Success Scholarship

Deadline: 8/31/15
Available To: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The My Biggest Success Scholarship is available to high school seniors and students enrolled at an accredited college or university.

You must submit a 500-word essay to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the My Biggest Success Scholarship.

Clubs of America Scholarship Award

Deadline: 8/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Clubs of America Scholarship Award is available to currently enrolled students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

You must submit an essay of at least 600 words about your career aspirations and how your current course load will help you achieve success.

YouTube video submissions are also accepted and should be no longer than five minutes.

Get more information on the Clubs of America Scholarship Award.

Commerce Bank Scholarship Sweepstakes

Deadline: 8/31/15
Available to: 18 Years and Older
Award Amount: $2,500

The Commerce Bank Scholarship Sweepstakes is open to students enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution.

You must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for this award. Winners will be selected at random.

Get more information on the Commerce Bank Scholarship Sweepstakes.

U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship

Deadline: 9/17/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $5,000

The U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship is available to high school seniors and college undergraduate students.

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Deadline: 9/30/15
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

Sponsored by Digital Responsibility, the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students.

You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident and complete a short statement on why you pledge not to text and drive in order to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.

JW Surety Bonds Scholarship

Deadline: 9/30/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The JW Surety Bonds Scholarship is open to current college students.

You must submit an informational article of between 500 and 1,000 words on one of the sponsor approved topics in order to qualify for this award.

Videos of between one and five minutes and slideshows of between 10 and 30 slides are also acceptable.

Get more information on the JW Surety Bonds Scholarship.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Deadline: 10/23/15
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $20,000

Provided by the Ayn Rand Institute, the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students.

You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1,600 words on a topic related to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

The three topic choices are listed on the sponsor’s website and essays will be judged on style and content.

Learn more about the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.

Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship

Deadline: 12/01/15
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship is available to students currently attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university.

You must create a form of social awareness that inspires other students to focus on Looking Twice for Motorcycle Safety to qualify for this award.

This can be a video, artwork, essay or anything that would engage other students to focus on safe driving.

Student must have a valid driver’s license.

Get more information on the Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship.

Custom Jewelry Scholarship

Deadline: 12/15/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Custom Jewelry Scholarship is available to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited college, university or trade school.

You must submit a minimum 1,000-word essay on the following topic: “Why buy custom jewelry?”

Get more information on the Custom Jewelry Scholarship.

ImproveNet DIY Repair Scholarship

Deadline: 12/15/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

Provided by CraftJack, Inc., the ImproveNet DIY Repair Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an accredited college or university.

You must submit a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the ImproveNet DIY Repair Scholarship.

Respshop.com Scholarship

Deadline: 1/31/16
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Respshop.com Scholarship is available to undergraduates, graduate students, and high school students who plan to attend college within the following seven months.

You must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and submit a 500-700 word essay about snoring, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, or CPAP therapy.

You may steer your essay in any direction you like, but you should relate sleep disorders or CPAP therapy to your personal life or to your community.

Get more information on the Respshop.com Scholarship.

Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship

Deadline: 2/26/16
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

The Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest is open to currently enrolled high school and college students in the United States.

To enter, you must design a holiday, get well, or birthday greeting card and submit your work to be judged.

Your photo, art, or graphics submitted must be your own original work and you must be at least 14 years of age to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship.

CKSF Scholarship Competition

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Student, 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.

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