Summer Break Scholarships: When and How to Apply
By Kathryn Knight Randolph
May 12, 2015
It’s important not to slow down on your scholarship search this summer!
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:
The Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award
Deadline: August 28, 2015
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amounts: $3,500 (1), $2,500 (2), $2,000 (1), $1,500 (1) & $1,000 (5)
The Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award is available to high school seniors and college freshman, sophomores and juniors.
You must be employed by an active NICRA 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.
Deadline: August 18, 2015
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $4,000
The Solutionreach Scholarship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students.
You must be enrolled for at least nine credits, 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: Describe the advantages patient engagement technology offers in regard to bridging the communication gap between patient and provider, and how its implementation can impact long-term health outcomes.
Learn more about the Solutionreach Scholarship.
$5,000 Promoting Healthy Relationships Scholarship
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Available to: Students 25 years or younger
Award Amount: $5,000
Did you know 1 in 3 young people will be in an unsafe or unhealthy relationship in their lifetime? Wanna Do Something to educate your friends on the signs of unsafe and unhealthy relationships and empower them to take action?
Sign up at www.dosomething.org/1in3ofus to receive a free 1 in 3 of Us Kit featuring three Spot the Signs guides and three 1 in 3 of Us metallic tattoo bracelets.
When you receive the kit, you’ll talk through the Spot the Signs guide with two of your friends to arm them with skills to detect signs of unhealthy relationships.
Then, you’ll each put on a 1 in 3 of Us metallic tattoo and pose together for a picture on Instagram where you’ll share with your social networks. Use this Instagram caption for a $5,000 scholarship entry: "Statistically, one of us will be in an abusive relationship.
Learn to spot the warning signs: text RESPECT to 38383. Together we will change this stat. #1in3ofUs". Then take a screenshot of the Instagram post and upload to the www.dosomething.org/1in3ofus site to gain a scholarship entry.
No essay or minimum GPA is required for entry.
Learn more about the $5,000 Promoting Healthy Relationships Scholarship.
“From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest
Award Amount: $10,000 for first place, $500 (3) Honorable Mentions
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Available To: High school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students
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 1,500 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.
Deadline: August 1, 2015
Available to: High School Juniors, undergraduate students and graduate students
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: August 1, 2015
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.
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Deadline: October 23, 2015
Available to: High School Seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students
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 information about the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.
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