38 Scholarships Expiring in January

Well winter is finally upon us. You’re likely on winter break right now, which means you probably don’t even want to leave the house. That’s okay, because you don’t need to leave your house to take advantage of these great scholarship opportunities! So wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket, grab a cup of cocoa and your laptop, and apply for a few of these scholarships with January deadlines!


1. FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest Scholarships

Deadline: January 1      Award: $500 – $10,000
Must write an essay on a topic related to free speech

2. John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Deadline: January 5      Award: $500 – $10,000
Must write an essay on a topic related to political courage

3. Young Patriots Essay Contest

Deadline: January 5      Award: $2,000 – $5,000
Must write an essay on a topic related to economics and public policy

4. GE – Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 8      Award: $10,000
Must demonstrate the leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship

5. Ron Brown Scholar Program

Deadline: January 9      Award: $10,000
Must be African Americans

6. APIASF Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 9      Award: $2,500 – $15,000
Must be of Asian/Pacific Islander descent

7. TravelNursing.org Nursing Education Scholarship

Deadline: January 10      Award: $1,000
Must be pursuing a medicine-related program of study

8. Kelly Lynn Lutz Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 10      Award: $1,500
Must have lost the life of at least one parent to cancer before the age of 22

9. Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Deadline: January 14      Award: $10,000
Must be of African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic descent

10. Sacks for CF Scholarship

Deadline: January 14      Award: $3,000 – $10,000
Must have cystic fibrosis

11. BMW/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $1,500
Must be majoring in engineering or a related science area

12. National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 15      Award: $1,000 – $3,000
Must have multiple sclerosis or have a parent with multiple sclerosis

13. Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $10,000
Must be women pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related field

14. Generation Google Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $10,000
Must be minority students and/or women and/or disabled persons pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related field

15. Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $500 – $5,000
Must be pursuing a career that will serve the United States in the local, state, or federal government

16. National Sojourners Essay Contest

Deadline: January 15      Award: $500 – $2,000
Must submit an essay in response to a given prompt related to the Star-Spangled Banner

17. Dell Scholars Program

Deadline: January 15      Award: $20,000
Must have participated in a college readiness program

18. GuildScholar College Scholarships

Deadline: January 15      Award: $15,000
Must be legally blind

19. Express Metrix IT Asset Management Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $5,000
Must be pursuing a career in IT management

20. El Cafe Del Futuro Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: January 15      Award: $5,000
Must be of Latino descent

21. Providian Medical Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $500
Must submit an original essay on a topic related to medical equipment technology

22. Truman D. Picard Scholarship

Deadline: January 16      Award: $2,000 – $2,500
Must be Native Americans or Native Alaskans enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or corporation

23. Woody Brittain – Education is the Equalizer Scholarship

Deadline: January 16      Award: $7,500
Must be African Americans pursuing an education in health, science, or technology

24. Mas Family Scholarships

Deadline: January 17      Award: $8,000
Must be of Cuban descent

25. Google Lime Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 18      Award: $5,000 – $10,000
Must have a disability and be pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field

26. C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition

Deadline: January 20      Award: $250 – $5,000
Must create a short video documentary on a topic related to the given theme

27. Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship

Deadline: January 20      Award: $2,000 – $5,000
Must reside within the boundaries of a participating RMHC Chapter

28. Point Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 20      Award: $10,000
Must be involved in the LGBTQ community

29. Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 25      Award: $2,000
Must be pursuing an education in vocal music (performance, education/pedagogy, or therapy)

30. Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 26      Award: $5,000
Must be majoring in engineering, engineering technology, computer science/MIS, pre-law, political science, or telecommunications/information technology

31. Google SVA Scholarship

Deadline: January 27      Award: $10,000
Must be student veterans or students on Active Duty who are studying computer science, computer engineering, or a related field

32. Microsoft Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 30      Award: varies
Must be undergraduate students pursuing studies in computer science, computer engineering, or a related discipline

33. Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

Deadline: January 30      Award: $500 – $1,500
Must write a short essay about technology addiction

34. Cancer for College Scholarship

Deadline: January 31      Award: $500 – $4,000
Must be cancer patients or cancer survivors

35. DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

Deadline: January 31      Award: $200 – $5,000
Must write an essay on one of four given science-related topics

36. PanHellenic Scholarship Awards

Deadline: January 31      Award: $2,500
Must be of Hellenic/Greek descent

37. Minorities in Hospitality Scholars Program

Deadline: January 31      Award: $2,000
Must be minorities majoring in the hospitality field

38. Lint Center for National Security Studies Scholarships

Deadline: January 31      Award: $500 – $1,500
Must be pursuing a career related to national security

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Original Post Date: December 23rd, 2014

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How to Start a Student Organization

Activities such as organizations, clubs, and volunteer work are important when it comes to college, scholarship, and job applications. Colleges, scholarship providers, and prospective employers are always looking for leadership skills among their applicants. To make yourself stand out, think about something you’re passionate about. If there isn’t already a student organization surrounding that cause or activity, consider starting your own organization!


Creating your own student organization is beneficial for you because it provides you with a way of meeting fellow students with interests similar to yours who you can work with toward a common goal. It’s also great for your school because it will allow students to become more involved on campus and they’ll be able to provide a more diverse set of extracurricular offerings to prospective students. Creating or even just participating in an organization is a great way build your resume while doing something you enjoy and are passionate about — what a sweet deal! If you’re interested in moving forward with your idea, here are the steps needed to start a student organization.

Step 1. Strategic Planning

First and foremost you will need to develop a mission and focus of your organization. There are many questions you should ask, and answer, before and during your planning to create a new organization. What are you passionate about? Why do you want to create an organization? What do you wish to achieve by creating this organization? Are there other students that share the same passion and goals? Is the organization appropriate for your college and fit into your college’s mission? Does it address any issues that the campus may be facing? Why does your organization need to be recognized by the school and how will it benefit the school? Is there an existing organization on campus that is similar to your organization’s mission and goals? The answers to these questions will be most helpful when you have to draft a proposal and constitution of the organization for your college’s approval. Familiarize yourself with the answers to all those questions, because college, administrators, advisors, and students will want to learn more about your organization before committing to it.

Step 2. Founding Members

In order to successfully start your organization, you will need support. Speak to people you believe will be interested or who can help you spread the word. Additionally, your school may require more than one member in order to establish the organization/club in the first place. Having additional founding members will also help ease your stress and tension because they can help you with the workload and preparation.

Step 3. Advising

Once you have an idea and people to support your plan and goals, you will need to speak to an advisor at your school to discuss next steps. Since different schools have different requirements, it is important to discuss with the advisors first before to see what else you’ll need to make your dream come true. Your advisor can answer most of your questions and concerns about getting your organization recognized and approved at the college.

Step 4. Paperwork

There will be quite a bit of paperwork, so be prepared to write, present, talk, and sign a whole lot. At this point, you need to sit down and draft the official documents for the organization. As the founder of the organization, you will most likely have to draft a constitution. This document should be detailed and include statements regarding the name of the organization and its meaning, what it stands for, the goal and purpose of the organization, the benefits of having the organization on campus and why the acknowledgement by the college is important, the activities the organization will participate in and any causes that the organization might be involved in, current and future plans for the organization, and how the organization can benefit the community in a bigger picture. Additional documents may be required depending on your organization.

Step 5. Congratulations!

After all your hard work, your organization is finally acknowledged by the college and is officially open to student involvement! Now it is time to establish the organization in the community of students. Utilize your marketing and public communication skills to recruit more members and encourage involvement in both the organization and the community. You can pass out flyers, hold information sessions, host activities and events to raise awareness of your organization, and participate in student-centered events and activities on and off campus to gain a better sense of community and recruit. It may be stressful and frustrating at first, but it will be well worth it when students begin to show interest and join. Remember to have fun with it. Good luck!

Still trying to figure out what you’re most passionate about? Cappex can help! Explore your interests by visiting our Colleges and Majors search tool.

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Original Post Date: December 17th, 2014

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The Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 Session: All you need to know about financial aid and more!

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Worried about how you’re going to pay for college? Cappex is here to help!


Cappex is hosting an online Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 Session, and it’s FREE for all interested high school students. The session will be lead by one of our financial aid experts, a former college and career counselor. She’ll give you the scoop on all things financial aid, including:

  • How to pay for college
  • Types of financial aid
  • How to apply for financial aid
  • Everything you need to know about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Tips for winning scholarships
  • And more!


  • WHEN: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6pm CST
  • WHERE: Online via your desktop or mobile device
  • COST: Free!
  • WHO: All interested high school students
  • HOW: Sign up by clicking this link. After you do, you’ll receive instructions for how to log into the event.

Register for free by clicking here!

Original Post Date: December 9th, 2014

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