10 Scholarships to Apply for before the End of 2016

Make sure you apply for these scholarships now so you have a chance to celebrate a scholarship win in the New Year!

Elizabeth Hoyt

November 28, 2016

10 Scholarships to Apply for before the End of 2016

The year may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean your scholarship search has to! We recommend that you squeeze in as many of these minute scholarship applications as possible during your time off from school and in between holiday celebrations. Doing so will give you the chance to have a win to celebrate in the New Year!

Start with the recommended awards below, all of which have substantial award amounts of $5k or more:

1. Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship

Deadline: 12/11/16
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: 100% of Tuition

The Science Ambassador Scholarship is open to women who are seeking an undergraduate degree in a STEM field. You must submit a video of yourself explaining a topic in science that you are passionate about in order to be considered for this award. Ideal candidates will be ambassadors for their field that are passionate about their discoveries and who will share their excitement with others.

Learn more about the Science Ambassador Scholarship.

2. Burger King Scholars Program

Deadline: 12/15/16
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: Up to $50,000

The Burger King Scholars Program is open to graduating high school seniors in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. To be eligible, you must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and plan to enroll in a two – or four – year college, university, or vocational school.

Learn more about the Burger King Scholars Program.

3. ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship

Deadline: 12/15/16
Available to: High School Juniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: $10,000

ScholarshipPoints will award a $10,000 scholarship to one lucky member this quarter. All you have to do to become eligible is become a ScholarshipPoints member and log in. It’s simple, fun, and completely free!

Learn more about the ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship.


4. Rant to Win $5000 AdmitSee Scholarship

Deadline: 12/15/16
Available to: High School Juniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $5,000

Simply answer the question “What’s the most frustrating thing about applying to college?” Limit answers to 100 words. New winner selected every semester; wins $5,000 cash to help cover books, computers, food, and education-related expenses. AdmitSee is the site created by students for students to bring transparency to college admissions. View thousands of successful college application essay examples and get advice from accepted students. But first… tell us what’s most frustrating about the college application process!

Learn more about the Rant to Win $5000 AdmitSee Scholarship.


5. $20,000 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship

Deadline: 12/16/16
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 20 Awards of $20,000

For the sixth consecutive year, Foot Locker will be awarding incoming college freshman with $20,000 in scholarship funding to pursue a 4-year college degree – not because they scored the most touchdowns or goals, but because sports have helped them grow into strong leaders at school and in their communities.

As a newly added bonus, one of our 20 winners will be selected for the Ken C. Hicks scholarship for demonstrating superior educational achievement, outstanding leadership, and a true love of the game. This winner will receive an additional $5000 award (for a total of $25,000). This year’s 20 winners will join the program’s four previous classes of Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, which will result in 120 total scholarship recipients since the program’s inception in 2011. Applicants are evaluated based on whether they are Foot Locker Scholar Athlete material. The ideal candidates would be proactive, highly motivated, inspiring, charismatic, honest, trustworthy, genuine, strong and courageous.

Additionally, promising applicants embody good sportsmanship, strong moral character, are passionate/committed to empowering his or her community, are confident and enthusiastic leaders, come from diverse backgrounds and display academic excellence.

Get more information on the $20,000 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship.

6. Course Hero $5,000 End of Semester Scholarship

Deadline: 12/17/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

Course Hero will post one question online each month and allow registered, eligible entrants up to 150 words to submit a response. Each month, Course Hero will select one winner with the best response from among all Contest entrants. This month’s Contest winner will receive a $5,000 Scholarship, depending on such winner’s eligibility category.

Learn more about the Course Hero $5,000 End of Semester Scholarship.

7. $5,000 VIP Voice Scholarship

Deadline: 12/31/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Studehnts, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

Think you can’t afford to pay for that college or university you’ve always wanted to go to? Let us help. Join VIP Voice today and enter for a chance to win our $5k Scholarship. You pick the school, we’ll help you pay. As the winner, you’ll be able to put this cash towards to the school of your choice. Enter your points today for a chance to win! Prize will be awarded in the form of a check.

Learn more about the $5,000 VIP Voice Scholarship.

8. Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Deadline: 1/04/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: 25 Awards from $100 to $20,000

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be eligible, you must submit a 700 – to 1000 – word essay that describes an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. GED students under the age of 20 may also apply.

Learn more about the Profile in Courage Essay Contest.

9. GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: 1/05/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshman
Award Amount: $40,000

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. You must demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, home, workplace, and within the community to be considered for this award. You must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a U.S. citizen.

Learn more about the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program.

10. 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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