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The New Year is inching closer and if you’re a high school senior or current college student, the scholarship search for the next academic year may be fully underway. You may find yourself lacking motivation at a certain point, but there are people out there with some wise words to keep you going.
1. To help you realize that scholarships are going to help you live out your college dreams.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”– Mark Twain
2. For when you have trouble finishing or even starting your scholarship application.
“Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.”– Albert Einstein
3. When you think that you’re not going to stand out amongst the competition.
“You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
4. When you feel like you’re not in control of your college path.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You Will Go
5. When you’re about to give up because you think winning a scholarship is impossible.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn
6. If you’re feeling uncertain about your scholarship winning prospects.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
7. To help you realize what it take to win a scholarship.
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Some of us are just really, really good at writing code. Others have read Ender’s Game twice, beat Skyrim in under four hours, and seen every episode of Star Trek, ever. Whether you are building your own droid or downloading the latest Java software, make sure you make time to apply to a few of these scholarships that showcase your geeky side….just in case the TARDIS never shows up.
Offered by the Klingon Language Institute, this scholarship is for creative and innovative students who are pursuing a degree in language study. Klingon fluency is not needed (but it probably wouldn’t hurt).
This scholarship is for women and male and female minorities who are pursuing a career in the computer and video game arts.
Have an idea for a research project in an area of science, math, engineering, and/or medicine? Carry out your research project and submit a full scientific report about it, and you’ll have the amazing opportunity to win up to $100,000 and attend the Intel Science Talent Institute in Washington, DC.
Sorry dudes, this one is for the ladies who are majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field.
Send in that concept art in that you have for the hottest new video game around and land a paid internship at Sony Online Entertainment. You know you’ve got a drawing stashed somewhere in that sketchbook….
Happen to be a member of the International Star Trek Fan Association? If so, then don’t miss an opportunity to get some free money for loving what you love!
Planning to enter the gaming industry after you graduate from college? Then this is the perfect scholarship for you! You can be majoring in anything, as long as you demonstrate the potential to positively impact the gaming industry.
This scholarship is aimed at supporting underrepresented groups in the computer science field: women and male and female minorities. You must be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related field, and demonstrate a passion for computer science and technology.
Have a passion for numbers? Win up to $4,000 bucks by creating an original movie about or inspired by mathematics.
Wanna be a part of the biggest science fair in the country? Submit your outstanding science fair project for this competition and win up to $50,000, plus a National Geographic expedition!
Here’s another one just for the ladies who are pursuing technical degrees. To apply, you must submit a software product you developed outside of school or paid work.
This one’s for those of you who are enrolled in an animation-related degree program, including but not limited to graphics, cartooning and illustration, digital art, computer graphics, game design, visual effects, and web design.
Got an idea that’s out of this world? NASA’s asking students to compete individually or in teams and design and submit their ideas for orbital space settlements.
Applicants must be majoring in engineering, math, physical science, or science fiction as literature. To apply, you just need to write an essay related to famous sci-fi author Robert Heinlein or the importance of space exploration to the future of the human race.
Got a cool idea for an invention? Submit your idea to this competition for a chance to win up to $15,000!
Interested in computer science and the software industry? This scholarship, offered by one of the biggest software companies in the world, might be your ticket into the industry! Scholarship winners have the opportunity to apply for an internship at Microsoft, which would be quite an impressive addition to your resume!
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Are you thankful for Cappex? Well we sure are thankful for you! To show you how much we appreciate you, we’ve put together this huge list of scholarship opportunities with deadlines in December. So be sure to take a few breaks in between all the turkey eating and shopping to apply for a few of these scholarships. Good luck!
Deadline: December 1 Award: $3,000
Applicants must be planning to participate in full-time study abroad for at least one semester.
Deadline: December 1 Award: $10,000
Applicants must be classical musicians, vocalists, and composers.
Deadline: December 1 Award: $1,000 – $2,500
Applicants must submit an essay on the topic, “The Bill of Rights and Me.”
Deadline: December 1 Award: $100 – $1,000
Applicants must submit an essay on the topic, “The Second Amendment to the Constitution: Why is it important to our nation?”
Deadline: December 1 Award: $250 – $500
Applicants must submit an autobiography and create an artistic or documentary video related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Deadline: December 2 Award: $1,000 – $2,500
Applicants must be enrolled at a community college.
Deadline: December 2 Award: $10,000
Applicants must be pursuing studies in science or engineering.
Deadline: December 2 Award: $10,000
Applicants must be women majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field.
Deadline: December 2 Award: $10,000
Applicants must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related field, and belong to an underrepresented group in computer science (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, women, or students with disabilities).
Deadline: December 2 Award: $5,000 – $10,000
Applicants must have a disability and be pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field.
Deadline: December 2 Award: $100 – $350
Applicants must design and create a poster for the Love Your Body Campaign.
Deadline: December 2 Award: $500 – $5,000
Applicants must write an essay on a topic related to ethics.
Deadline: December 5 Award: $5,000
Applicants must demonstrate ongoing commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States.
Deadline: December 5 Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Applicants must submit an essay on a topic related to the 21st amendment.
Deadline: December 6 Award: $1,000 – $12,500
Applicants must demonstrate scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Deadline: December 10 Award: $200 – $1,000
Applicants must write and submit a letter addressed to the author of a book of their choice.
Deadline: December 13 Award: $2,500 – $100,000
Applicants must submit an original video explaining why they deserve the award.
Deadline: December 13 Award: $250 – $1,000
Applicants must submit a short film addressing the topic, “Video games in the cross hairs.”
Deadline: December 13 Award: $1,000
Applicants must submit an original poem about what they would like to see changed in their classroom or school.
Deadline: December 15 Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage.
Deadline: December 15 Award: $2,000 – $5,000
Applicants must submit an essay on a topic related to the government and economic prosperity.
Deadline: December 15 Award: $10,000 – $20,000
Applicants must be demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community, or work activities.
Deadline: December 15 Award: $1,500
Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic related to printing or the printing industry.
24. SMART Scholarship
Deadline: December 16 Award: $25,000 – $41,000
Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) discipline.
Deadline: December 16, 2013 Award: $100 – $2,000
Applicants must submit an original film or video that communicates the message and mission of the Christophers’ belief that one person can make a difference
Deadline: December 18 Award: $1,000 – $10,000
Applicants must own and operate their own small business.
Deadline: December 20 Award: $50 – $3,000
Applicants must submit a research-based essay on a given topic.
Deadline: December 20 Award: $25,000
Applicants must have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage.
Deadline: December 30 Award: $2,500
Applicants must be military students and children of military members serving in a branch of the US Armed Forces.
Deadline: December 30 Award: Varies
Applicants must submit a film that raises awareness about current issues affecting women and girls and/or proposes solutions to current challenges faced by women.
Deadline: December 31 Award: $2,500
Applicants must have a learning disability.
Deadline: December 31 Award: $500
Applicants must have sustained injuries from a car or truck accident.
Deadline: December 31 Award: Varies
Applicants must be pursuing a career in cosmetology and/or barbering.
Deadline: December 31 Award: $500 – $2,000
Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic related to civil rights in the Middle East.
Deadline: December 31 Award: $1,000
Applicants must fill out a survey about health and fitness goals.
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After working hard at winning a scholarship, you want to do your best to keep it. Some scholarships are renewable, which means that each year, upon review of certain criteria, the organization may award you another scholarship for the upcoming academic year. So, even though you think all the hard work ends after you win the scholarship, there in fact are certain guidelines you must abide by to maintain or renew your scholarship.
In order to avoid losing your scholarship, it’s important to read the rules and guidelines outlined by the organization administering the scholarship. Common requirements to continue receiving a renewable scholarship include:
Full-Time School Status
Organizations sometimes require students to maintain full-time enrollment status. Check to make sure what the organization’s definition of full-time is; sometimes they have their own specifications, and sometimes they default to your school’s definition.
Organizations often require students to maintain a certain GPA each semester, which means you might have to submit a transcript to prove your GPA. Of course this also means that you’ll need to work hard to be sure you keep your grades up.
Some organizations require their scholarship recipients to perform a certain amount of community service. Some even have specific service requirements, such as volunteering for certain events that are held by the organization or mentoring local students. Check with the organization to see if they have any guidelines as to how they’d like you to document and report your service hours, and be sure to budget your service time accordingly throughout the semester or year rather than leaving it all until the last minute.
Many scholarships are awarded to students who are planning to pursue a degree in a specific major or field of study, but what happens if you want to change your major during your college career? If you decide that you’d like to change your major, reach out to the organization to see if your switching majors will affect whether or not you can continue to receive the scholarship. If you’re unsure about changing your major, the answer to that question might be a deciding factor for you.
Of course, not all scholarships are the same, so it’s your job to read the specifics of your scholarship carefully and ask the organization if you have any questions. If your scholarship is automatically renewable, ask when the decision for renewal will be made and how. Some scholarships may not be automatically renewable, but rather invite past recipients to reapply each year. In fact, past recipients are often given priority when awarding these scholarships. Knowing these details sooner than later will give you time to reapply if necessary.
Nobody ever likes to lose something they worked hard for, so do your research to avoid any potential losses. If you do happen to lose you scholarship, ask the organization about their reinstatement policies in order to try to win the scholarship back again.
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Being able to afford college is a challenge for everyone, but for undocumented students it’s even harder. Undocumented students are ineligible for any state or federal financial aid, which means they cannot file a FAFSA. Without the help of Federal financial aid, undocumented students are left with limited options to fund their higher education. There are scholarships out there for undocumented students, but they’re just a little trickier to find. Here are tips on how to find scholarships for undocumented students.
Find Out How Much Money You’ll Need
Finding out just how much you’ll need to pay for your higher education is difficult to estimate. Some states permit undocumented students to pay the lower in-state tuition that residents pay for their state’s public institutions. On the other hand, other institutions may treat undocumented students like foreign students and charge them out-of-state tuition regardless if they reside in the state. This varies from state to state; check out this helpful map to see just what each state offers.
Look Over Residency and Eligibility Requirements Carefully
Regardless of whether you’re paying in- or out-state tuition, college will be costly without the help of scholarships. Unfortunately, undocumented students usually aren’t eligible to apply for any scholarships that require U.S. citizenship or a Social Security number. When searching for scholarships, carefully review the eligibility requirements and check if any residency or citizenship requirements are listed.
Don’t see any residency or citizenship requirements? Some students might assume just because the eligibility requirements don’t explicitly state it, that it’s OK for them to go ahead to apply. Don’t make any assumptions. If they don’t list citizenship requirements or don’t specifically indicate that undocumented or non-US citizens can apply, then you should contact the organization administering the scholarship to clarify. If you meet all the requirements listed with the exception of the residency or citizenship requirements, then you should still contact the scholarship provider to see if they will make an exception for you. It never hurts to ask!
Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About Yourself
For scholarships that are specifically for undocumented students, use your personal story to your advantage. In your personal statement, be sure to discuss your undocumented status, but don’t make it the centerpiece of your story. Undocumented students are often judged solely based on their undocumented status, so that’s why it’s important to highlight all of the accomplishments you’ve made despite the setbacks that being undocumented might bring.
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Cappex can help you find scholarships as well. When you create your free profile on Cappex, make sure to choose the “Non-US Citizen” option in the Citizenship drop box on the Basics portion of your profile. To be sure that your scholarship matches include scholarships for non-US citizens and undocumented students, visit the Expand Scholarship Search page by clicking the “Get More Matches Now” button at the bottom of the list of your Scholarship Matches. In the section with the heading, “Do any of these other qualifications apply to you or a family member,” check the boxes next to “Undocumented Student” and “Non-US Citizen/International Student.” That way Cappex can match you with scholarships that are more likely to be the right match for you. Remember, the more detailed and accurate information you put into your Cappex profile, the better scholarship matches you’ll receive.
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Now that Fall is in full swing, more and more scholarships are opening up each day! So don’t forget to keep up with your scholarship applications. Here are 17 great scholarships you should apply for now before they expire in November–good luck!
Deadline: November 1 Award: $500 – $1,500
Applicants must create an original work showcasing an idea for a solution to the problem of reckless and distracted driving.
Deadline: November 1 Award: $1,000 – $30,000
Applicants must submit an essay and a recording on the topic, “Why I’m Optimistic About our Nation’s Future.”
Deadline: November 1 Award: varies
Applicants must be preparing for full-time Christian ministry.
Deadline: November 1 Award: $50 – $100
Applicants must write an essay on a given topic related to diversity in America.
Deadline: November 1 Award: $500 – $1,000
Applicants must have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry.
Deadline: November 5 Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Applicants must have made a difference through volunteering over the past year.
Deadline: November 5 Award: $30,000
Applicants must be high-achieving high school seniors seeking attendance to the nation’s best colleges and universities.
Deadline: November 13 Award: $7,500 – $100,000
Applicants must present a full scientific report about research of their choosing in the areas of science, math, engineering, and/or medicine.
Deadline: November 15 Award: $2,500
Applicants must be student photographers.
Deadline: November 15 Award: $1,000
Applicants must be pursuing a career in the cosmetology profession.
Deadline: November 15 Award: $1,000
Applicants must have a documented disability.
Deadline: November 17 Award: $5,000
Applicants must be women pursuing a technical degree, such as computer science, mathematics, information technology, etc.
Deadline: November 18 Award: $2,500
Applicants must submit an essay or video that examines the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom.
Deadline: November 22 Award: $500 – $1,000
Applicants must identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or a straight ally, and be pursuing a career in law enforcement.
Deadline: November 30 Award: $2,500
Applicants must be women from culturally diverse racial or ethnic background who are pursuing a degree in health care.
Deadline: November 30 Award: $5,000
Applicants must develop high-value, high-quality software to be made available to the public.
Deadline: November 30 Award: $500
Applicants must portray a historical character in a digital video.
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There’s a rumor that you can’t make money through writing. English poet Robert Graves even said, “There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.” Sorry Graves, but there’s no truth to your words in this case! We’ve uncovered five scholarships for you blossoming writers and literature lovers out there, so see if you can turn your pen into gold by applying to one of the following.
Intended to promote the study and writing of poetry, this fellowship from the Poetry Foundation is open to all US poets between 21 and 31 years of age. Winners will be featured in an issue of Poetry with some of the best-known names in American poetry. Pretty cool, no?
Award: $250 – $1,000
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a college student must be in want of free money. Are you a fan of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? This contest requires applicants to write an essay that addresses a given topic to Austen’s most famous novel.
Ever want to tell your favorite author how much their work meant to you? Here’s your chance (and you may win some cash too!). Applicants must write a letter to an author and state how their novel, nonfiction, or poetry helped them learn more about themselves.
Have a talent for the unique form of poetry that is the haiku? To participate in this competition, applicants must submit up to three original, unpublished haiku poems. Winning poems will be published in the Frogpond, the Journal of the Haiku Society of America.
Award: $50 – $10,000
Have you ever read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead? The Ayn Rand Institute sponsors an essay contest that requires applicants to write an essay on a given topic related to the book. Additional contests are available for multiple grade levels and other books–check out the institute’s website for more information.
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Aah fall. It’s the season of crunching leaves, boots, brisk days, and everything pumpkin-flavored. Guess what it’s also the season of? Scholarships! Yes, fall kicks off the time of year when most scholarships open and begin accepting applications. To get you started, we’ve put together a list of 10 great scholarships that expire next month. Good luck!
Award: $2,000 Deadline: October 1
Must be majoring in product design, interaction design, engineering, or computer science.
Award: $3,000 – $8,000 Deadline: October 1
Must be studying abroad.
Award: $1,000 Deadline: October 1
Must be majoring in culinary arts, pastry/baking, restaurant management, dietetics, nutrition, food science, or a related area.
Award: $1,000 Deadline: October 4
Must submit an original poem.
Award: $500 Deadline: October 12
Must submit an essay on the use of multimedia and data visualization in the classroom.
Award: $5,000 Deadline: October 15
Must be majoring in engineering.
Award: $300 – $800 Deadline: October 21
Must submit a video portraying what they would do to make a stand against bullying.
Award: $20,000 Deadline: October 25
Must have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives.
Award: varies Deadline: October 28
Must be Latino students who demonstrate financial need.
Award: $10,000 – $20,000 Deadline: October 31
Must be current high school or homeschooled seniors.
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This scholarship application has been staring at you for weeks, and you’ve finally set down to complete it. After writing that last sentence of the essay, you place your cursor over the “Submit” button.
Before you submit all of your hard work, make sure it represents you in a positive way. You don’t want to accidentally send a mistake-riddled paper that sends your application directly to the trash. Follow these tips to make sure that your application is a winner:
Look for blanks. We know you just spent hours filling in all the boxes, but make sure you double check to make sure you didn’t miss anything. Filled in the GPA box, the graduation date box? Good. Just make sure you didn’t forget to dot your i’s and cross your t’s.
Proofread, proofread, proofread. Make sure you look over your work and check for any missing commas or grammar issues. If you’re nervous that you are missing something, ask a friend or family member to take a look for you before submitting.
Double-check the directions and eligibility. Read the guidelines to make sure that you do indeed qualify for the scholarship. After checking to see that you are indeed the perfect candidate, reread the directions. You want to give yourself the best possible chance at earning free money, so make sure that you are doing everything they ask of you and doing it correctly.
Make doubly sure you have the required materials. Tax form? Check. Transcript? Check. ACT score report? Oops. This goes along with reading the directions. See to it that everything is included and that nothing has slipped through the cracks. This ensures a complete and perfect application that shows off your best self.
Everything spot-free and gleaming with perfection? Submit that thing, you rock star you!
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Are you really tall? Or maybe you have a burning passion for paintball? Well we’ve gathered 16 of the most unusual scholarships we could find, from Star Trek to sheep research to candy technology.
Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship from the Vegetarian Resource Group
For vegetarian students
Kor Memorial Scholarship from the Klingon Language Institute
For students studying a foreign language
STARFLEET Scholarships from STARFLEET International
For students who are members of STARFLEET International, the International Star Trek Fan Association
Charlie Fleming Education Fund Scholarship from the National Taxidermists Association
For students studying taxidermy, and for members of NTA
Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships from Tall Clubs International
For tall students
National Wild Turkey Federation’s Academic Scholarship from the National Wild Turkey Federation
For student members of NWTF
American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship from the Society for Enology and Viticulture
For students in a curriculum related to the wine and grape industry
Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship from the American Sheep Industry Association
For students involved in sheep and/or wool research
National Potato Council Scholarship from the National Potato Council
For students pursuing studies that will enhance the potato industry
Bob Gurnsey Scholarship Awards from the Paintball Scholarship Fund
For students who play paintball
John Kitt Memorial Scholarship from the American Association of Candy Technologists
For students interested in confectionery technology
Footwear Design Scholarships from Two Ten Footwear Foundation
For students pursuing a career in footwear design
NDPRB Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board
For students enrolled in a curriculum that emphasizes dairy
NPFDA Scholarship Award from the National Poultry and Food Distributors Association
For students studying a major related to poultry
Harness Tracks of America Scholarship Fund from Harness Tracks of America
For students whose families or who themselves are active in the harness racing industry
Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest
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Students must create original artwork for the front of a greeting card
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