First-Class Scholarships for College Students

Make the scholarship search a component of your college education.

Elizabeth Hoyt

August 08, 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:

AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 8/26/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest is open to students pursuing a college degree or trade school education. You must read the “Fire Sprinkler Essay” then take a ten – question multiple choice test to be eligible for this award.

For each question answered incorrectly, you will be given one more chance at the end of the exam to answer those questions correctly. A total of five entries into the drawing is possible if you answer all ten questions correctly.

Get more information on the AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest.

DeVry University Scholarship & Grant for Bachelor’s Degrees

Deadline: 8/29/16
Available to: College Freshman through College Junior
Award Amount: $25,000

Earning a college degree takes a lot of determination and effort. At DeVry University, we’re committed to recognizing your achievements and rewarding your hard work – from day one to graduation day. Introducing the DeVry University Scholarship and Grant, created on the belief that every DeVry student deserves help getting started and motivation to keep going strong. With this tiered award program, as your DeVry GPA grows, so does your scholarship. All new degree-seeking undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.0 or above are eligible. The higher the cumulative grade point average (CGPA), the larger the award amount may be. Per semester, a student with full time enrollment could earn $1,000 with a 2.0 GPA and up to $2,500 with a 3.25 GPA or higher. Not every university does this, but we aren’t every university. Be recognized for your performance and rewarded for your persistence with the DeVry University Scholarship and Grant.

Get more information on the DeVry University Scholarship & Grant for Bachelor’s Degrees.

Staples for Students Sweepstakes

Deadline: 9/10/16
Available to: Ages 13+
Award Amount: $50,000

The Staples for Students Sweepstakes is open to students who are at least 13 years of age and who are residents of the U.S. In order to be considered for this award, you must visit a participating Staples location and make a purchase of at least $25 to receive a unique code which will serve as your entry into the sweepstakes. If you do not wish to make a purchase in order to generate an entry, you may also enter the sweepstakes by visiting the sponsor’s website and obtaining a unique entry code there.

Learn more about the Staples for Students Sweepstakes.

ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship

Deadline: 9/15/16
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.

$5,000 Scholarship: Collect Period Products for People in Homeless Shelters

Deadline: 9/30/16
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $5,000

You could win a $5,000 scholarship by collecting and donating pads and tampons for people experiencing homelessness. Mail what you collect to a local shelter (we’ll give you the address!). That’ll help make sure that everyone has what they need (during that time of the month!), and automatically enter you to win a $5,000 scholarship!

Learn more about the $5,000 Scholarship: Collect Period Products for People in Homeless Shelters.

U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship Sweepstakes

Deadline: 9/30/16
Available to: Incoming College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 6 Awards from $5,000 to $20,000

The U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship Sweepstakes 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. Winners will be selected at random.

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

Giva Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award

Deadline: 12/01/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

Giva’s Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is available to undergraduate and graduate students. To be eligible, you must submit a 600 – to 1000 – word essay answering the following questions: “How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?”

Learn more about the Giva Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award.

Youth Forward Scholarship

Deadline: 12/01/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $1,500

The Youth Forward Scholarship is open to current high school and college students. You must submit an essay of no more than 500 words on your commitment to volunteerism in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Youth Forward Scholarship.

College Scholarship Essay Competition

Deadline: 12/01/16
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The College Scholarship Essay Competition is available to prospective or current students attending an accredited college or university. You must submit a 500 word essay on the following topic: “What steps could lawmakers take to strengthen current laws that are aimed at reducing distracted driving and what additional legal measures could be passed to make our roads safer?”

Learn more about the College Scholarship Essay Competition.

Keynote Scholarship

Deadline: 12/02/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

The Keynote Scholarship is available to high school senior, undergraduate, and graduate students with definite plans to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Keynote 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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