Summer Break Scholarships: When and How to Apply

It’s important not to slow down on your scholarship search this summer!

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

May 10, 2016

Summer Break Scholarships: When and How to Apply

They call it summer break for a reason! Even if you’re working full-time at a camp, fast food joint or business, there is one big time drain missing from your life: homework. Not to mention, there are no after-school clubs, athletics or programs to attend.

That’s a pretty big relief after the busy year you’ve had, right?

Well, while you’re kicking your feet up after work or summer school, it’s important not to slow down on your scholarship search. Fortunately for you, we’ve found summer scholarships that are as equally laid back as your summer break.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind as you apply:

• Log on to Fastweb regularly throughout your summer to see your new scholarships.

• Organize your scholarships by deadline (luckily, we do that for you) and apply to those with the earliest deadlines first.

• Devote one night each week to applying for scholarships. These summer break scholarships don’t take a lot of time, so you just need to devote one hour a week.

• Give it your all! Just like any other scholarship application, proofread and give each application your best.

So take pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – and get started on applying for the following summer break scholarships:

$5,000 Easy Scholarship: Make Birthday Cards for Kids in Homeless Shelters

Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $5,000

You could win an easy $5,000 scholarship just by making birthday cards for children experiencing homelessness. It’s so easy to send a handmade card to make a child smile on their birthday (we’ll show you how!). You’ll help a child celebrate their special day and automatically enter to win a $5,000 scholarship! Win-win!

Learn more about the $5,000 Easy Scholarship: Make Birthday Cards for Kids in Homeless Shelters.

$2,000 Easy Scholarship: Fight Climate Change with Your Phone

Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $2,000

Help the environment by playing a fun, interactive game on your phone! Sign up to play a texting game about climate change. By completing and sharing the PLANET ZOMBIE! game, you gain entry to win a $2,000 scholarship! Yep, that easy (and fun)!

Learn more about the $2,000 Easy Scholarship: Fight Climate Change with Your Phone.

$3,000 Easy Scholarship: Make a Playlist to Take Shorter Showers

Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $3,000

You could win an easy $3,000 scholarship just by making a five-minute playlist to remind friends to take shorter showers! Send your playlist to someone you know so they can keep their shower under 5 minutes. That’ll save up to 1,500 gallons of water and automatically enter to win a $3,000 scholarship. Win-win!

Learn more about the $3,000 Easy Scholarship: Make a Playlist to Take Shorter Showers.

“From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/16
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 4 Awards between $500-$1,000

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.

Learn more about the “From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest.

$5,000 Easy Scholarship: Promote Literacy with Your Phone

Deadline: 7/31/16
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $5,000

Increase literacy rates by playing a fun, interactive game on your phone! Sign up to play a texting game, where you’ll use your reading skills to crack the code of a mysterious locked box. By playing and sharing the game with friends, you can gain entry to win a $5,000 scholarship. Yep, that easy (and fun)!

Learn more about the $5,000 Easy Scholarship: Promote Literacy with Your Phone.

Youth Forward Scholarship

Deadline: 8/01/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 3 Awards of up to $1,500

Provided by the National Driving and Traffic School, 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.

Solutionreach Scholarship

Deadline: 8/07/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $4,000

The Solutionreach Scholarship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit an essay of between 800 and 1200 words on the following topic in order to be considered for this award: Discuss the advantages to providers and patients of an innovative patient relationship management strategy as supported by the cloud-based platform offered by Solutionreach and how they improve provider/patient relationships

Learn more about the Solutionreach Scholarship.

Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award

Deadline: 8/26/16
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: 10 Awards from $1,000-$3,500

Provided by the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, the Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award is available to high school seniors and college freshman, sophomores and juniors. You must be employed by an active National Ice Cream Retailers Association member in good standing and demonstrate academic excellence and financial need in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award.

“Hit The Books” Scholarship

Deadline: 9/30/16
Available to: Ages 18-25
Award Amount: $500

The “Hit The Books” Scholarship is available to students between the ages of 18 and 25.

To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500-word essay on the importance of education in your life and how the scholarship money will assist you in achieving your goals.

Bonus points will be awarded to students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic.

Learn more about the “Hit The Books” Scholarship.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Deadline: 4/28/17
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $20,000

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 1600 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.

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