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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

July 28, 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:

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.

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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.

DeVry College Completer Scholarship

Deadline: 10/26/15
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.

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.

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.

Giva Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award

Deadline:12/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 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 1,000-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?”

Get more information on the Giva Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award.

College Scholarship Essay Competition

Deadline: 12/01/15
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?”

Get more information on the College Scholarship Essay Competition.

Student Caregiver Scholarship

Deadline:12/31/15
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Student Caregiver Scholarship is available to students attending an accredited college or university.

You must have been caring for an older relative while attending school. Students who are matriculating in Fall 2015 who have been involved in care-giving during high school and intend to continue to do so while attending college are eligible to apply for this award.

Submit your story though a 1500-word essay or 2-minute video detailing your experience being a caregiver.

Get more information on the Student Caregiver 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.

Better America Scholarship Program

Deadline:12/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Better America Scholarship Program is available to students currently enrolled at an accredited university or college.

You must submit an essay in 200 words or less describing how you intend to change America in order to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Better America Scholarship Program.

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.

F. Armstrong Scholarship – Cornell College

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman
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 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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