First-Class Scholarships for College Students

Make the scholarship search a component of your college education.

Elizabeth Hoyt

April 01, 2016

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:

LGMD Awareness Scholarships

Deadline: 5/25/16
Available to: Ages 17-30
Award Amount: 4 Awards of $3,000

Provided by the Jain Foundation, the LGMD Awareness Scholarships reward students for teaching others about Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies, often referred to as LGMDs.

There are two scholarship categories, merit-based and social media based.

A total of four $3000 scholarships will be awarded in 2016. The scholarship money can be used for tuition, books, and equipment required for education courses.

Students may apply for both scholarship categories but students will be awarded at most one scholarship.

Get more information on the LGMD Awareness Scholarships.

Online Games Scholarship

Deadline: 5/31/16
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The Online Games Scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors and currently enrolled university students. You must submit an essay of at least 500 words on the topic “Can a video game elicit an emotional response? What makes a game affect you on an emotional level?”

Get more information on the Online Games Scholarship.

ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship

Deadline: 6/15/16
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

ScholarshipPoints will award a $10,000 scholarship to one lucky member during October.

All you have to do to become eligible is become a ScholarshipPoints member and log in. It’s simple, fun, and completely free!

All you have to do to qualify is become a ScholarshipPoints member and log in.

Get more information on the ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship.

CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: 160 Awards of $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.

Because College is Expensive Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The $500 “Because College is Expensive” Scholarship is open to all students (seniors in high school, current undergrads and grad students) and those planning on enrolling within 12 months. The winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced on the Scholarship Winners page. One entry per person is all that is necessary.

Get more information on the Because College is Expensive Scholarship.

Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest is available to high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a college or university. You must create a public service advertisement video (PSA) which raises awareness of the severity of the consequences of drunk driving among your peers to qualify for this award. The video must be uploaded to YouTube and be no longer than three minutes long.

Get more information on the Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest.

DeVry University Scholarship & Grant for Bachelor’s Degrees

Deadline: 7/04/16
Available to: College Freshman through College Junior
Award Amount: $25,000

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.

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 DeVry University Scholarship & Grant for Bachelor’s Degrees.

“From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/16
Available to: High School Seniors 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.

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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