Collaborative Design Scholarships
The American Institute of Polish Culture - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: June 26, 2016
The Harriet Irsay Scholarship Fund awards grants to American students, preferably of Polish heritage, who wish to continue their education after high school. With an eye toward the future and the distribution of information regarding Polish culture, history and people, the grants are given to students from a variety of majors and academic disciplines.
- Completed application;
- Original school transcripts, sent directly from the school;
- Detailed resume or CV;
- An essay “Why should I receive the scholarship” (200-400 words);
- An original article written by the applicant (up to 700 words) on any subject about Poland;
- Three original recommendation letters from teachers or others who are familiar with the academic background and the applicant’s plans for the future. These letters must be originals on letterhead stationery, signed and mailed by faculty directly to the Institute. No copies, faxes or unsigned letters will be accepted.
- $10.00 check or money order as a non-refundable processing fee.
Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Whether you're planning for college or already there, sign up for the CollegeSTEPS Program today and get tools, tips, and a chance to win $5,000.
Sweepstakes is open to full or part-time students, 14 years of age or older as of 8/14/2015, who are in an accredited secondary or post-secondary educational institution or program (including, but not limited to, high school, college, university or trade school or are home schooled in an accredited program) and are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.For more information, please visit the Wells Fargo website.
Delete Cyberbullying - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: June 30, 2016
In an effort to get students committed to the cause of deleting cyberbullying, we are offering the Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award for high school, college and graduate student -- a $1,000 scholarship to help cover educational expenses.
- Option 1: "Why is it important to work to delete cyberbullying?"
- Option 2: "How has cyberbullying personally affected you?"
To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident attending or planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university for undergraduate or graduate studies.
Selection is based on the written essay and focused on creativity, content and a commitment to the cause of deleting cyberbullying. The awards are one-time only and not renewable.For more information, please visit the Delete Cyberbullying website.
ShirtSpace.com Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: June 30, 2016
At ShirtSpace, we believe in the crucial importance of education, creativity, and imagination. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to create the official ShirtSpace college scholarship program! We are calling all young artists to express themselves through unique, do-it-yourself T-shirt designs. With the ShirtSpace scholarship, we aim to reward innovative new designers with incredible college career opportunities.
The rules are simple. To qualify, all participants must be college-bound high school seniors or currently enrolled in college. You must also be a legal resident of the United States. We strongly encourage applicants to follow ShirtSpace on Facebook and Instagram. Each applicant must design a tee on their own — no exceptions! Our favorite T-shirt designs will be exciting, unique, and will deliver an inspiring message. Whoever shows us the most impressive and original design will be the ShirtSpace scholarship winner!
Once you’re satisfied with your DIY T-shirt, post a picture of yourself or a friend in the tee on Instagram along with a 200-300 word essay explaining your design. Show off your designs with pride: hashtag #ShirtSpaceDesign and tag us @ShirtSpace! We need to be able to see your post, so please make your Instagram account public!For more information, please visit the ShirtSpace.com website.
The Drive to Learn Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 1, 2016
Shift Insurance has aimed to change the way you think about insurance and now we aim to change the way you think about learning. Pursuing post-secondary education can provide us with important experiences that extend our knowledge and contribute to personal growth. However, there are also life experiences that occur outside the classroom that can offer bits of wisdom in our lives. Consider driving, for instance. The majority of the country’s population spends a good chunk of time behind the wheel and/or as passengers on a regular basis but how often do any of us seize the opportunity to reflect on these experiences?
Take a moment to think about your most memorable experiences—both good and bad—as a driver and/or a passenger. Whether or not you noticed it at the time, they probably helped you learn something about yourself, others, or life in general. Share your experiences with us! If you are currently a full-time student at a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school, Shift Insurance wants to hear from you. Simply tell us about an important learning experience you had while on the road —either as a driver or a passenger—and you could receive $1000!
Applicants must be enrolled full time (at least 12 undergraduate units or 6-9 graduate units) at a single educational institution located in the continental United States. U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
- Some of the best life-lessons are the ones we learn from our mistakes. Share a lesson you learned when facing the consequences of bad decision-making as a driver or a passenger. Describe the situation and explain how it led to a valuable learning experience.
- Learning how to drive is a different experience for everyone because some may find it easy to accomplish while others struggle with the challenge. Describe your experience. What did it take for you to become a confident driver? What valuable lesson(s) did you learn--about yourself, others, or life in general--during or after the process?
- You may have noticed that people tend to change over time. For example, you're probably not the same person you were as a freshman in high school. Think about the driver you were when you first obtained your driver's license. Maybe you were a young and reckless driver or perhaps a timid and careful driver. Now think about the driver you are today. Describe how you have changed as a driver. Does this transformation reflect changes in other aspects of your life (i.e. driving more carefully after a near-death experience, driving aggressively after losing your job, etc.)? If so, explain. Would you consider this transformation to your benefit or do you see it as a potential problem? Why?
- Although the vast majority of the country's population drives on a regular basis, there are still many people who do not. Are you one of them? What's keeping you from getting behind the wheel? Maybe the city you live in is not commuter-friendly, maybe you cannot afford to buy a car, or perhaps you simply choose not to drive. Describe your situation. Is this an obstacle for you? Why or why not? How has not driving influenced you and your life?
Theater-Masks.com Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 1, 2016
Jonathan Becker is a mask maker, teaching artist and a theatrical performer. He started down that path in 1986 and began sculpting masks while a student in Paris, France. He returned to the United States in 1990 and founded Theater-Masks.com. Since then he has spent years in continuous study, training actors with masks and teaching mask making techniques. Now he is in a position to offer an opportunity to art students that wish to further their education.
If you want to work in theater or if you have dreams of becoming a mask maker (or something similar), you’ll probably need some education. And, it turns out, that is not cheap!
The Theater Masks Scholarship is a $500 scholarship awarded bi-annually, twice each year to individuals who are enrolled (or planning to enroll) to study in an art or drama related field. In short, if you are interested in a career in the arts, attending school, and live in the United States or Canada, you can apply!
- Amount: $500 bi-annually
- Number of Scholarships: 2 per year
- Entry Deadlines: January 1st and July 1st
- Winner Announced: January 15th and July 15th
- Applicants will write an essay about why they appreciate fine arts and what motivated them to study fine arts. Essay will be a minimum of 600 words. Use careful grammar and punctuation.
- Email your essay in Microsoft Word document or plain text format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Be sure to attach your photo. Include your name, contact telephone number, email address and mailing address. We also require the name of the college or university and their mailing address, that you are presently attending or that you’ll be attending after high school.
AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 1, 2016
The AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary College Scholarship has been established to recognize and reward need, academic achievement and potential of students; to stimulate recruitment of well qualified candidates for careers in our society today and to reflect the interest and involvement of a National Service Organization and its members.
The applicant must be a current member, son/daughter, step-son/step-daughter, grandchild or step-grandchild of a current member of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and be in at least his/her second year of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university.
- The applicant must submit a resume of not more than 500 words nor less than 200 words about himself/herself. It should include past accomplishments, career and educational goals, and objectives for the future.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation (excluding family members) must be signed and dated by writers
- Authorized copy of his/her most current transcript with accumulative grade average and an explanation of the grading system must be received in a sealed envelope
- Copy of Ladies Auxiliary member’s current membership card
- Completed copy of the Application Form
- Signed copy of the Privacy Act Form
For more information, please visit the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary website.
Spokeo Connections Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 1, 2016
Write the best essay and you could win $1,000 towards college!
- Applicant must be either a recently graduated high school senior who will enroll as a freshman at a four year or two year college or university in the Fall of 2016 OR an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled on a full-time basis at an accredited four-year or two-year college or university.
- Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Essay must be no fewer than 300 words and no greater than 500 words
"Millennials" are often charged with having low attention spans and spending too much time texting or using social media. Do you believe that smartphones and social media have made you a more distracted person? Do you believe they have helped or hurt you as a student and individual?
Upload your essay and transcript!For more information, please visit the Spokeo Connections website.
Grand Rapids Trans Foundation - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 8, 2016
This $2,500 scholarship is to help transgender students with education-related expenses while pursuing a degree or certificate from an accredited college, university, or technical / vocational program with a satellite campus or permanent presence in Kent County, MI.
- This award is open to people of any age who identify as transgender (including agender, bigender, genderqueer, transsexual, and/or any other non-cis gender identity) and who demonstrate financial need.
- Award criteria are based on personal essay, financial need, and academic goals.
- Applicants must provide a) the completed application form, b) one essay, and c) most recent high school or college transcript including cumulative GPA (unofficial transcript is fine).
- Applicants must also submit the financial release form to their first-choice academic institution.
Please submit a typewritten essay of a few paragraphs (approximately 500 words or less) answering the following questions:
- Describe your gender identity. How has your gender identity affected your life, positively and/or negatively?
- Tell us about your academic goal(s). What are some of the benefits of pursuing this goal?
- Please also describe any unusual personal, family, or financial circumstances or unusual family responsibilities you believe warrant consideration.
Korean American Scholarship Foundation - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 8, 2016
KASF scholarships (which range from $500 to $5,000) are offered to the qualified Korea American students (including foreign students from Korea). All applicants must be enrolled in a full time program in the U.S during the scholarship application year.
- Students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). If extra funds are available, other students (non-Korean) may qualify for some scholarships.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Undergraduate, graduate, and high school students enrolled full time in one of the designated Midwestern region states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) during the scholarship application year may apply.
- Can demonstrate need for financial assistance.
Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 13, 2016
Do you have fun travel stories to share? We bet you do! Our 10th annual simple-to-apply for teen travel blogging scholarship grants cash prizes for great writing.
Family Travel Forum (FTF), the trusted vacation planning resource, and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), a non-profit organization that promotes responsible journalism, are offering scholarships to encourage teens to share travel experiences in words and images.
Have you taken an unexpectedly wonderful -- or terrible but funny -- trip with your family? Or have you journeyed somewhere with a school group or sports team and have some advice on how to make the most of your experience or destination? Have you gone somewhere -- near or far -- that opened up new ways of looking at the world?
Family Travel Forum invites you to submit travel blogs that are serious, funny or contemplative, as long as they are informative. The top winners will receive cash awards. Twenty finalists will win honorable mention awards and travel gifts.
- All applicants must sign up for the MyFamilyTravels.com community prior to submitting an essay.
- All applicants must complete a profile on MyFamilyTravels.com and include a photograph of themselves
- Applicants must be ages 13-18 and attending grades 8-12.
- Applicants must be attending junior high or high school in the United States or Canada, or an American international school abroad, or be enrolled in a U.S. homeschool program.
- Travel blogs must be no more than 600 words in length, and the trip must have been taken in the last five years.
- Entries must include text and be illustrated by at least one photo, digital artwork or video. (In addition to the personal photograph on your profile).
- Travel essays must include practical details so that others can follow in your footsteps. Details should include names of attractions, museums, themeparks, resorts, restaurants, the local beach, etc. with URLs as appropriate.
- Travel blogs must be submitted online using the FTF Teen Travel Scholarship Essay Submission Form. Please create a strong, descriptive blog title, and use the editing tools provided to make paragraph breaks or add punctuation, and to upload your photos and or video.
- Your Travel blog must be your original creation and must not have been previously published.
- Multiple submissions are not allowed.
- If you are notified that you are a Finalist, you will be contacted by September 9, 2016 and asked to send a copy of your transcript from your school, as well as a permission letter from your parents if you are under 18. More information about the Parent Permission Letter is available on the FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship FAQ page.
Association of Aviation Ordnancemen Educational Foundation - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 15, 2016
The origin of the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen Educational Foundation can be traced back to one of the original objectives contained in the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen Charter which is to “Provide and promote recognition and remembrance of those Aviation Ordnancemen who have sacrificed their lives for their country, by supporting the memorial scholarship fund established by the National Association.”
The scholarship has continued to grow both in value and number or recipients each year. During the Association’s National convention in 2005, the general membership voted to establish the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen Educational Foundation. The Foundation is a separate entity from the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen and is charged with the administration of the CDR Robert L. Crow Memorial Scholarship Fund.
- REGULAR MEMBER or ASSOCIATE MEMBER, in good standing, of the ASSOCIATION of AVIATION ORDNANCEMEN.
- Dependents or immediate family (brother/sister/grandchildren) of a REGULAR MEMBER or ASSOCIATE MEMBER, in good standing, of the ASSOCIATION of AVIATION ORDNANCEMEN.
- Dependents of a deceased Aviation Ordnancemen of the U. S. Navy or Marine Corps. DD Form-214 or appropriate supporting documentation, that the deceased was an Aviation Ordnancemen, is required.
Freedom from Religion Foundation - Outside Scholarships
Deadline: July 15, 2016
The nonprofit Freedom From Religion Foundation works to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism, and to promote the constitutional principle of separation between church and state. The Foundation is the nation's largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics and skeptics) with over 18,000 members.
Lending Tree - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 15, 2016
Specifically for high school seniors, the LendingTree scholarship is provided to students who make higher education a top priority in their lives. The scholarship is designed to help those students who believe that getting a college education is worth the money, time, and effort. LendingTree is the nation’s leading online lender exchange, providing a marketplace that connects consumers with multiple lenders. The company provides access to a broad range of financial comparison shopping services.
- 3.5 GPA Minimum
- U.S. Citizen
- High School Senior
The following must be submitted in order to be considered for the scholarship:
- A completed application
- Video Submission: Please film a video of yourself answering the following prompt: What is your plan for paying for college? You will not be judged on the quality of the video (so feel free to use your phone!) but on the answer that you provide to the prompt. The video must be no longer than 30 seconds. Any videos that go over 30 seconds will result in a disqualified application.
Bay Harbor Foundation - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 19, 2016
The Bay Harbor Foundation pursues its mission of improving the quality of life experience in Northern Lower Michigan and meeting the immediate needs of our community through our scholarship program, which was established in 2008 to provide assistance to those who are active in the Bay Harbor community.
- Each recipient shall be a person who is employed by a Bay Harbor entity within the Bay Harbor Community or shall be the son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of a person who is so employed as stated in the Program Goals.
- The applicant must be 17 years old or older.
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- The applicant must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, including community and junior colleges, located within the United States.
- The applicant must be a “Full Time Student” carrying at least 12 credit hours per semester, or equivalent in quarter hours, and in good standing.
- The applicant must be a person who has demonstrated good moral character and who has not been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude.
- The applicant must demonstrate a need for assistance in paying tuition of the college or university he or she is attending after taking into account the other financial assistance available to such person.
- The applicant must demonstrate commitment to the community in a written essay.
- Two letters of recommendation are suggested, but not required, to accompany the application, for example one from a resident and one from the applicant’s employer, supporting the nomination of the applicant for a scholar award.
**We have had a past winner of this scholarship!
American Association of State Troopers Scholarship Foundation - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 31, 2016
The American Association of State Troopers Foundation, Inc. accepts scholarship applications from the dependents of trooper members. Dependents are defined as: child by natural birth, child legally adopted, or child raised as a member's own child for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years immediately preceding submission of a scholarship application.
For a student to be eligible, their AAST member parent must have been a member in good standing for two years prior to the July 31 application deadline for the year the student is applying. Students can be eligible to apply each year for a total of three scholarships.
- An original, official transcript indicating a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) at an accredited school.
- High school students must submit a final four-year high school transcript. If your transcript does not indicate your grades for all four years of high school, it will not be considered.
- College students must submit a current official college transcript indicating all grades earned through the current year which you are applying.
- A letter of acceptance from an accredited college, state university or community college for the upcoming academic year.
- A typed essay of 500 WORDS entitled "How My Education Will Advance My Career Plans"
- A small photo attached to the bottom of the application where indicated.
Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: July 31, 2016
For many students the biggest obstacle to a higher education is money. The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship Program aims to help remove this obstacle by providing deserving students of all ages with scholarships that can be used to pay for college or graduate school. The first scholarship was awarded in 2001 and since then the scholarship program has been awarding money to help students pay for school.
The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program which means financial need is not considered. The selection of the winner is made by an independent panel of judges and is based primarily on the quality of the submitted personal statement. Past academic performance (e.g. grades and standardized test scores) are not considered. The goal is to create a level field where students have complete control over their applications and are not given an advantage or disadvantage based on financial or academic circumstances.
- 9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate student including adult students.
- Legal resident of the U.S.
- Currently in school or planning to start school within the next 12 months.
Factor Support Network - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: August 1, 2016
At Matrix Health Group our Mission is to provide individualized, focused services to people with bleeding disorders nationwide. Our Vision is to enhance the lives of those we are privileged to serve by providing the best pharmacy and support services possible. Our Mission and Vision are met by the value we place in five Guiding Principles. One of these principles is Enrichment. We understand that in order to perform at our best, we must always seek to learn and grow, while using our knowledge to assist and empower others.
In acknowledgement of our Guiding Principle of Enrichment, Matrix Health Group companies offers nine (9) $1000 educational scholarship opportunities to students diagnosed with hemophilia, von Willebrand Disease or other bleeding disorders, and in the case of three of the scholarships, immediate family members may also apply.
- Must be a United States resident
- Must have applied and been accepted to an accredited college, university or technical school in the United States on a full-time basis (12 credit hours or more)
- Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale during entire senior year of high school or current year of college or graduate school
- Must submit copy of transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores
- Must submit two letters of recommendation (copies acceptable); one from a teacher, instructor, professor or school administrator and one from an employer, church leader, volunteer coordinator, or other professional person
- Outline of work experience
- Outline of school activities, class offices, band, athletics, clubs, school publications, civic organizations, volunteer work, etc. Outline may be substituted with a resume
- Signed Certification and Release
- Employees and family members affiliated with Matrix Health Group are not eligible to apply
Awards are based on criteria including, but not limited to academic merit, reference letters and essay. A Scholarship Committee will review the applications and decide to whom the scholarships will be awarded. Applicants are not required to be past, current or future customers of Matrix Health Group or its companies.
For more information, please visit the Factor Support website.Click on "What We Offer" and drop down to "Scholarship Program".
Creative Outlook Magazine - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: August 1, 2016
This is your chance to have YOUR art on the cover of Creative Outlook Magazine – a nationally circulated art publication. Submit your artwork and share, tweet, blog, post, scream it from the mountain tops … and do whatever it takes to get the most votes.
The primary purpose of the Creative Outlook Art Contest is to showcase student artwork and offer scholarships. The contest is open to current college level students as well as current high school students interested in attending a top quality art program. The contest provides a venue for high school students to be discovered by colleges looking to recruit them and college students to feature their work in an environment with other students at accredited schools.
The winning entries will be featured in Creative Outlook Magazine to publish in October 2016. One entry will be chosen for the cover of that issue.
- Open to current college level students, as well as current high school students.
- Only original artwork created by the submitting artist.
- All visual and creative art mediums and styles accepted (painting, drawings, fashion, photography, digital, sculpture, culinary arts, etc).
- Images must be submitted to the online contest as .jpg, .gif, or .png at a resolution not to exceed 72 dpi.
- If student artwork is selected as a top 10 finalist, student must be prepared to submit image in high resolution format (300 DPI, at least 8” wide) in order to meet minimum print resolution standards for inclusion in the magazine. Failure to provide high resolution images will disqualify your artwork.
- All artwork will remain on the website for the duration of the contest. The earlier you submit your artwork, the longer it will appear on the site.
- Limit 5 images per applicant.
- There is no entry fee.
One of our student has won the COVER in the past along with the scholarship!For more information, please visit the Creative Outlook Magazine website.
Slovene National Benefit Society - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: August 1, 2016
Since the SNPJ Scholarship Program began in 1960, SNPJ has awarded over $1.8 million in scholarship funds to more than 5,000 members. Qualified Slovene National Benefit Society members are eligible for tuition assistance for their educational goals, provided they are enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited college, university or trade school.
To be eligible for an SNPJ Scholarship, the student must meet the following requirements:
- Be an SNPF member for at least 2 years
- Have a $5000 minimum permanent life insurance policy in place ($2000 if purchased prior to Jan 1996)
- Enroll at least part time at an accredited college, university, or trade school
- Maintain at least 2.5 GPA (out of 4.0)
- Participate in one SNPJ approved activity annually
- Attend 1 Young Adult Conference
Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: August 1, 2016
In 2016, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. Education Support Awards are disbursed in two separate installments over the academic year (one each semester), and may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program.
- must be a woman, at least 17 years of age
- must be a mother, with minor children
- must be pursuing a vocational degree/certificate; or an associate's degree; or a first bachelor's degree; or a professional/master's/doctoral degree.
- must be enrolled in a not-for-profit, accredited institution or program during the 2016-2017 academic year.
- must be low-income (annual family income less than $20,000 for a family of 2; less than $24,000 for a family of 3; less than $28,000 for a family of 4)
Job-Applications.com Working Parent Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: August 13, 2016
Are you a working parent currently in college or other accredited post-secondary educational institution? Job-Applications.com is proud to announce our new initiative, a college scholarship awarded twice a year designed to help working parents currently enrolled in higher education. We’re here to assist you get the education you need to get the job you’ve always wanted.
Requirements: 600 to 1000 word essay: Clearly outline three keys to successfully balancing parenthood, working, and excelling in school
- Is a full or part-time student who is in an accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institution (including, but not limited to, college, university or trade school, or similarly accredited program) with a current cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at that institution; and
- Has worked an average of at least twelve (12) hours for each of the previous four (4) weeks at the time of applying; and
- Is a residential parent of at least one minor child; and
- Is a legal resident of the United States of America; and
- Is currently enrolled and furthering his or her education at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution or program; and
- Is eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of applying; and
- Completes and submits the official Application form within the relevant periods for the periodic scholarships to be awarded.
FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: August 15, 2016
At FlipKey, we value the importance of travel and cultural immersion as a way to learn about the world firsthand. To encourage this, we are awarding one student a $1,000 scholarship to put towards studying abroad. From tuition costs to plane tickets and spontaneous excursions in between, the scholarship money can be used to cover any of the expenses associated with studying and traveling abroad.
Eligible students should submit a 1,000 word essay to email@example.com describing why travel is important to him or her. Essays will be judged based on the following criteria: content, style and creativity. One essay per entrant only. Please include your name, college or university at which you are enrolled full time, mailing and email address, and documentation of current or upcoming enrollment in a study abroad program.
Full-time students over the age of 18 enrolled in a current or upcoming study abroad program are eligible.
For more information, please visit the FlipKey by tripadvisor website.
Sonoma County Satellite - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: August 31, 2016
A recurring biannual scholarship of five hundred ($500.00) will be given to financially assist two students each year with the cost of their education. The scholarship is based on the winner of a written essay. The entry is free.
Scholarship is available to all current and prospective students enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university with 9 units or more.
The scholarship prize will be in the form of a check made payable to the scholarship prize recipients college of attendance.
- How has the internet helped you with your education?
- How has the internet changed the way we communicate?
- How do you think the internet will change over the next 15 years?
Just Porter Backpack Creator’s Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Just Porter makes backpacks to empower students to do their best work, and we have created our college scholarships program to help promote education for students while providing financial aid for college. Whether you are an incoming undergraduate or graduate student, we urge you to apply.
The Just Porter College Scholarships asks students with a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. to write a 500 word personal essay that demonstrates the power of creativity in his or her life and share it with us.For more information, please visit the Just Porter Backpack website.
VFW Post 5855 Veteran’s Scholarship Fund - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: September 15, 2016
VFW Post 5855 provides scholarships to veterans seeking to advance their education. These scholarships are unrestricted and may be used for any education expense.
- Applicant must be a combat veteran and have been awarded a campaign medal or expeditionary medal
- Must be a current member of a veterans service organization (VSO)
- Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. If no post-secondary GPA has been established then high school GPA will be used. Otherwise GPA will be from the post-secondary institution
- Must be attending a university, college or trade school in the state of Michigan
Submit an essay of no more than 600 words outlining why you joined the military, how it affected your life, what you plan to do after graduation and how this scholarship will affect your ability to achieve those plans.For more information, please visit the VFW Post 5855 website.
CoffeeForLess.com - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: September 30, 2016
CoffeeForLess.com is the subsidiary of Coffee Serv Inc., founded by Jack and Lynn Kirshner. CoffeeForLess.com is an online coffee retailer that carries a wide variety of coffee products and Keurig K-cups. With 25 years as a business leader in Philadelphia, we at CoffeeForLess.com know that tough times do not just hit the banks. They hit us all, but we must never lose sight of our biggest investment in the future: the next generation of scholars and entrepreneurs. We at CoffeeForLess.com are introducing the semi-annual “Hit The Books Scholarship” as our way of helping the future leaders of the business world meet their educational goals.
Eligible students will be aged 18-25 and enrolled in an accredited college or university.* Candidates will have the opportunity to compete once in January and again in September for the scholarship, but will only be eligible to win the scholarship once. The “Hit The Books Scholarship” will award one student up to $500 dollars to be used for educational books and materials.
In order to be considered for the scholarship, candidates should submit an essay of no more than 500 words on the subjects of the importance of education in their lives and how the scholarship money will assist the students’ goals. Bonus points will be awarded to those students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic.For more information, please visit the CoffeeForLess.com website.
Shout It Out Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Have something on your mind? Let it out, or better yet SHOUT it out. Give your thoughts a voice and earn free college money at the same time.
Our Shout It Out Scholarship committee wants to know what you have to say. Whether it’s a message for the world or just a quick “hi mom,” this is your opportunity to speak up and win money for college. We’re listening!
Let your keyboard be your megaphone, and shout out your message. This unique scholarship gives you the platform to speak up – and cash in. The “loudest” applicant will receive the $1,500 Shout It Out Scholarship reward.
- Must be a legal resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
- Must be 13 years of age or older at time of application.
- Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education
AES Engineering Solutions - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: October 6, 2016
AES Engineering is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.
Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by the essays that are submitted.
Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.
When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?For more information, please visit the AES Engineering Solutions website.
American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Earth Science Week Photography Contest - Outside Competition
Deadline: October 14, 2016
AGI is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2016.
The photography theme for this year is: "Our Heritage in Earth Systems"
The photography contest is open to interested persons of any age. You must be a resident of the United States or an international member of an AGI International Affiliate Society to enter.
Our geoscience heritage, or “geoheritage,” is the collection of natural wonders, landforms, and resources that have formed over eons to take their present shape. Geoscientists study the Earth systems — the geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (living things). With a camera, you can show evidence of the ways Earth systems have interacted over time to form the geoheritage around your home, neighborhood, school, workplace, or local public spaces. In a photo, illustrate geoheritage in your community.
The photography contest is limited to one submission per entrant. A valid submission will contain the following information:
- One photograph focusing on the topic "Earth Systems Interacting". Each photograph must be original, authentic, unpublished, taken or created by the entrant, the sole property and work of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest.
- Your personal information and a brief one- to two-sentence caption in English explaining your entry (exact location featured in entry photo, natural feature displayed in photo, when photo was taken). This information should be sent in an email along with your photograph.
- A completed and signed entry form.
For more information, please visit the Earth Science Week website.
YoungArts National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: October 14, 2016
Are you a visual, literary, design or performing artist between the ages of 15-18? Win cash awards of up to $10,000, an alternative to scholarships to spend as you wish.
- You have to be 15-18 years old or a high school student in grades 10-12, on December 1, 2016.
- You have to be a US citizen or have permanent resident status.
- Prepare you submission materials based on the category you are entering.
- Complete the application form online.
- Pay the $35 non-refundable fee or get it waived.
Applications are accepted in the areas of Cinematic Arts, Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, and Writing.
For more information, please visit the YoungArts website.
Interior Deluxe Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Education is important, and having a college degree can make a huge difference to your future. Financing a college education, however, can be difficult.
Interior-Deluxe.com, known for his vast collection of luxury lighting and modern light fixtures, believes in giving our youth a chance, that's why we're offering need-based college scholarship of $1,500. Applying for the scholarship is easy. All you have to do is answer four questions that are open-ended yet thought-provoking.
Our scholarship is open to students of all majors in all countries who are 16 years of age or older. All are encouraged to apply for our scholarship - including high school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners.For more information, please visit the Interior Deluxe website.
A. E. Robert Friedman PDCA Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: November 1, 2016
For 30 years the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America have been able to award scholarships to deserving students because of the A. E. Robert Friedman-PDCA Scholarship Fund. The A.E. Robert Friedman-PDCA Scholarship Fund was formed in 1978 to honor Bob Friedman on the occasion of his fortieth anniversary as legal counsel for the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. He served in that capacity until 1981.
- Must be nominated by an active PDCA member in good standing.
- Must be a high school senior or college age student.
- Must be no more than 26 years of age.
- Must pledge to use any scholarship award granted toward vocational, college or post-college studies.
- Are not required to be a member of the PDCA, related to a PDCA member or an employee of a PDCA member, or to have any other connection with the PDCA.
The nomination must set forth the name, address, age and telephone number of the candidate, the level of schooling to which the award will be applied (i.e., college, graduate school), and the name of the school or institution, if known, where he or she has been accepted or enrolled. The communication must also contain a statement of the general qualifications of the applicant. The nominating party should emphasize any facts that he or she feels might enlighten and inform the Trustees relative to the individual nominated.
The Trustees will make annual awards based upon character, financial need, and upon full or part-time attendance in an accredited junior college, college, university or post-graduate institution. The Trustees reserve the right to investigate and verify any information or data submitted by the candidate.
PDCA members will be limited to nominating two (2) students per year.For more information, please visit the PDCA website.
VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
The essay theme for 2016-2017 is: “MY RESPONSIBILITY TO AMERICA”
The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 by the Nov. 1 deadline, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application for which has not been denied) and intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over, previous Voice of Democracy first place state winners, GED or Adult Education Students are ineligible.
- Complete the Voice of Democracy entry form.
- Record your original 3-5 minute (+ or – 5 seconds max.) essay on an audio CD or a flash drive. One student per CD or flash drive. No music, singing, poetry or sound effects are allowed.
- Individual students may submit their entry directly to the Post. This VFW Post should be within your local area and within your U.S. state of residence.
- Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest
- Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.
- Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.
NRA Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: November 15, 2016
Named for the late Columbus, Ohio, police officer, shooting champion, and NRA Director, this program offers college scholarships of up to $2,500 per semester (up to $5,000 per year for a maximum of four years) to dependent children of any public law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty who was an NRA member at the time of death, and to dependent children of any current or retired law enforcement officers who are living and have current NRA membership.For more information, please visit the NRA website.
Insurance Providers Look Twice Save A Life Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2016
InsuranceProviders.com is proud to introduce a new scholarship promoting motorcycle safety among students.
The Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to any student who is currently attending or planning to attend college or some form of higher education.
- Create a form of social awareness that inspires other students to focus on Looking Twice for Motorcycle Safety. This can be a video, artwork, essay or anything that would engage other students to focus on safe driving.
- Once you have completed Step 1, please proceed to filling out the application.
- Submit a link to your video, artwork, essay or creative element of your choice in the final step of the application form.
- Current college student or anyone planning on attending college (or another form of higher education) in the upcoming school year.
- Student must have a valid driver’s license.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Single Mother Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 5, 2016
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believes in the empowerment of single mothers through education. Education has the power to open doors for single mothers and even their children. Having a degree or certification can enable a woman to expand her lifetime earning potential, increase her gross income, and provide her with better job opportunities.
In turn, this allows a single mother to financially support her children, purchase groceries, afford a mortgage and provide a stable household for the family. Even though it can be difficult to care for a child while pursuing an education, the rewards of an education far outweigh the challenges. We want to expand opportunities for single mothers who are going back to school by offering two $1,000 scholarships (one awarded to a single mother in an undergraduate program or community college and one to a single mother enrolled in an accredited law school).
Write a 500+ word essay on the advantages of going back to school while caring for your children as a mother. How do you believe motherhood has helped prepare you for the challenges that you will face as a student? Examples may include the ability to succeed in time management skills, ability to listen carefully to others and ability to effectively manage multiple priorities. Craft your essay and explain your answer.
- Enrollment in an accredited high school, college or university in the U.S.
- Must be a mother who is attending school
- Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a minimum of 3.0
Offers.com Savvy Saver Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 13, 2016
Offers.com knows how important it is for college students to keep a close eye on their spending. It's tough to eat Ramen all week so you have enough money to go out on Saturday night. We want to know how students learned to be smart with their money. The student with the best essay on the topic will receive a $2,500 scholarship. No purchase is necessary to win.
To enter: Tweet @Offers telling us why saving is important to you using the #WhyISave. Then submit an application with a short essay (400-600 words) explaining your tweet. Be sure to include your tweet (or a link to it) along with your essay.
If you do not have a Twitter account, please include what would be your tweet (a short phrase or sentence of 140-characters or less) at the top of your essay.
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- At least 18 years old
- Attending college at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States
- One entry per applicant
CarCovers.com - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 15, 2016
Some people treat their cars like their children. They carefully wash and wax them, make certain not to park too close to other vehicles to avoid scratches and dents and tuck them into their garage at night. Many protect their vehicles with car covers, garage or not. These car owners do everything they can to make their vehicles last forever. While most cars in the US are on the road for an average of 11.4 years, there are ways of extending your car’s life, so that it still runs great many more years after your purchase.
Some people obsessively keep their cars clean, while others take their cars to the shop every time they hear a strange noise or think something has gone wrong. Those with expensive cars may even get a cheaper car for their daily driving and only drive their luxury vehicle on special occasions. We’re looking for your thoughts on the best ways to make a car last forever.
Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 at any accredited American college, university or trade school.For more information, please visit the CarCovers.com website.
Jay Kennedy Cartooning Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 15, 2016
The annual Jay Kennedy Scholarship, in memory of the late King Features editor, was funded by an initial $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Patrick McDonnell and many other prominent cartoonists. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist. The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention attended by many of the world's leading cartoonists.
Applicants must be students at a 4-year college in the United States, Canada or Mexico who will be a Junior or Senior during the 2016-2017 academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.
Along with a completed entry form, applicants are required to send 8 samples of their own cartooning artwork (copies only); noting if and where the work has been published, either in print or on the web. DO NOT send original artwork.For more information, please visit the National Cartoonists Society Foundation website.
Foreclosure.com - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 16, 2016
Foreclosure.com has issued $54,000 in scholarship money to 30 college students nationwide since the program was introduced in 2009. Each year, the company challenges future leaders of America to provide creative solutions/ideas to many of the nation's most critical issues, real estate/housing in particular, which can be used to help foster a robust United States housing market.
- Open only to those legal residents of the fifty United States, the U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico who are thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
- Currently enrolled college students (graduate students, law students and/or high school seniors are NOT eligible) are invited to apply by submitting an essay. Freshman entering Fall 2016 are eligible once they have received a student ID number.
You've likely heard the famous quote before, "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." The United States housing market can be unpredictable, volatile and cyclical. We've seen recent "ups" like the early 2000s and major "downs" like the Savings & Loan Crisis of the late 1980s and the devastating Foreclosure Crisis several years ago. Knowing what we now know, what measure(s) would you suggest (or what protections would you put in place) to prevent another housing disaster that would preserve homeownership and ultimately the national economy? Consider all levels of the market, including consumer (home buyers / sellers / owners), lenders (banks) and government (policies / bills / programs) as you map out an original, forward-thinking plan to avoid (at the very least minimize) mistakes from the past. Or, conversely, is another housing disaster simply inevitable? Provide factual evidence (references are strongly encouraged) to support your original plan / argument.For more information, please visit the Foreclosure.com website.
Verizon Infographic Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 16, 2016
Create an Infographic and you could win $1000 toward your tuition.
What is an Infographic?
Infographics are graphic visual representations of data, or knowledge, such as a bar chart representing how many hotdogs were consumed at a baseball game. While Infographics have been around for some time, the popularity of the Internet and social media has made them a popular tool for sharing ideas and information virally.
- Create your own original infographic.
- Graphically represent an important issue that is unique to modern college students.
- Base your infographic on factually sound information.
- Be creative and engaging. The more creative you are, the more likely you will stand out.
- Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.
- Employees of VerizonSpecials.com, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.
- Applicant must be a current student and have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and must have taken either the ACT or SAT test.
- Applicant must also be a high school or home school senior graduating or earning a GED between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 and will be attending an accredited college or university by Spring semester 2016.
- Current freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students: Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale, and be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 20, 2016
Young people deserve to experience the world beyond their college campuses, but not everyone can afford to travel, especially if you’re on a student budget. The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. At Tortuga Backpacks, our mission is to help people take amazing trips, including students studying abroad. When customers purchase luggage from us for their trips, they are “paying it forward” by funding scholarships for students like you.
The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. Funds will be sent directly to the winner's study abroad program or university. In cases where this is not possible, alternative arrangements will be made.
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or currently studying in the US on a student visa
- Be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at a four-year, degree-granting college or university in the U.S.
- Have applied to or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by your college or university
This is scholarship is for study abroad trips that take place during the Spring (January) 2017 semester.
For more information, please visit the Tortuga Backpacks website.
Global English Editing - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Global English Editing awards one $1000 scholarship each year to a student in the United States who intends to make a positive contribution to the country’s future.
Today’s college students have the ability to seamlessly navigate the 21st century better than any previous generation. The world is shrinking, with globalization, speed of light communication and unprecedented access to knowledge via the Internet tearing down barriers to individual and community advancement. With a pocket-sized smartphone that would have been considered a supercomputer 40 years ago, a young person can turn the world on its head and take selfies all at the same time.
- Currently enrolled at an accredited university in the United States.
- A citizen of the United States, or have a valid green card.
- International students studying in the United States are eligible, but they will have to demonstrate their intention to stay in the country after graduation and see through their change-making agenda.
- Students must outline in 200 words or less how they intend to change America.
AFSCME Family Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2016
AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million active and retired members. AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen. We are nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more. With members in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.
Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors that will be renewed for $2,000 each year for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study. The scholarship may be used for any field of study.
To be eligible, you must:
- Be a graduating high school senior.
- Be a daughter, son or financially dependent grandchild of an active or retired, full dues-paying AFSCME member.
- At the time the scholarship is awarded, be enrolled in a full-time degree program either at an accredited four-year institution or at a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution.
- Have taken the SAT or the ACT.
Caring.com Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Are you caring for an adult relative while enrolled in a U.S. college or university? When you're living with your aging loved one, managing their finances because they no longer can, taking them to doctor's appointments -- we know that caregiving can be both difficult and rewarding. As America’s leading senior care resource for family caregivers, we know that juggling the responsibilities of caregiving and student life is a unique challenge.
Caring.com is offering three $1,500 scholarships to university students attending an accredited U.S. college or university who care for aging relatives.
- Who are you caring for and how are you involved as their caregiver?
- How has your role as a caregiver influenced the decision for your major/career path?
- How would this scholarship be helpful to you in your current student-caregiving role?
- For students attending a U.S. university or college in the Fall term 2016 (starting in August), who have been caring for an older relative while attending school. Includes current high school students who are matriculating in Fall 2106 and have been involved in caregiving during high school and intend to continue while attending college.
- Must be an U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
- Must attend full-time
- Students must follow all application instructions and agree to the Scholarship Agreement.
Unigo $10K Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2016
College is one of the most amazing experiences of your life. It's a leap into possibility, into the unknown. It will shape the course of your future.
Is college worth it? You invest your time, money, and energy into getting a college degree. The return could be your education, experiences, relationships, a career, a sense of purpose, or something else entirely. Weighing the expected investment and return, is college worth it for you? In 250 words or less, tell us why.
- Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
- Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
- Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education
Ayn Rand Novels Essay Contest - Outside Cash Award
Deadline: April 28, 2017
Ayn Rand’s novels contain many elements that appeal to young readers. They are inspiring and exciting stories with heroic characters fighting for their ideals. The novels portray events of profound, timeless significance, challenging readers to decide not just what will happen to particular characters, but what their own lives and the world should be like.
The current contest is open to 12th graders, college undergraduates, and graduate students, with the top prize being $20,000!
- Francisco d’Anconia says that the “words ‘to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.” What does he mean? What are today’s prevalent moral attitudes toward money? Do you agree with Francisco’s view? Explain why or why not.
- Atlas Shrugged is both a celebration of business and a defense of it against widespread attacks. Judging both from the novel and from Rand’s essay “What Is Capitalism?” and her talk “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business,” why does she think business should be defended and championed? What does she think is a proper defense of business, and why?
- Ragnar Danneskjöld says he loves that which has rarely been loved, namely, human ability. What do you think this means? How does it relate to the idea: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”? Do you agree or disagree with Ragnar’s attitude? Explain.
- No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law.
- Entrant must be a 12th Grader, College Undergraduate or Graduate Student.
- Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, double-spaced.
- One entry per student.
- Essay must be submitted online or postmarked by April 28, 2017, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.
- Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third-party rights or intellectual property of any person, company or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Ayn Rand Institute for any claim, demand, judgment or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
- Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail by July 26, 2017.
- Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.
For more information, please visit the Ayn Rand Novels website and click on the Atlas Shrugged link.
Walmart Foundation Associate Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship
The Walmart Foundation offers scholarship programs that benefit qualified Walmart associates.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.
- Must be employed part-time or full-time with any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months prior to the appropriate application due date.
- Must have graduated high school/home school or obtained a GED before applying or be a graduating high school senior who intends to enroll in a college or university upon graduation.
- If applying as a graduating high school senior, must wait to apply until you are within 6 months of starting your college courses.
- Must have financial need and be able to demonstrate the need with required documents. (Note: Students with other funds that pay entirely for tuition, books, fees, and on-campus room and board are ineligible.)
Segal AmericaCorps Education Award - Outside Award
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by participants who complete a term of national service in an approved AmeriCorps program--AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or AmeriCorps State and National.
Through AmeriCorps, upon successful completion of service individuals can earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, which can be used to pay for college or repay eligible student loans.
The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs), as well as to repay qualified student loans. The dollar amount of a full-time award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education's Pell Grant, thus it can vary from year to year. Currently, AmeriCorps members may earn up to the value of two full-time education awards and have seven years from the date they earned each award to use it.For more information, please visit the AmeriCorps website.
Michigan Education & Training Voucher Program - Outside scholarship
- Were you in foster care after your 14th birthday because of abuse/neglect, or a juvenile justice youth who was placed in a DHS supervised foster care placement, or an undocumented refugee minor supervised by DHS?
- Were you adopted from foster care after your 16th birthday?
- Do you have a high school diploma or GED?
- Are you attending at least half time at an accredited college or vocational program?
- Are you under the age of 21?
- Are you a Michigan resident?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, you may be eligible for funding to help with your educational expenses! The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) can pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses, including purchase of a personal computer, student loans, and dependent care expenses
Eligible Amounts: Full Time students will be eligible for up to $5,000 per fiscal year (part time students may qualify at a pro-rated amount).
For more information, please visit the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan website.
DoSomething.org - Outside Scholarships
We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations for young people and social change in the world.
Many different scholarships are offered to students 25 years old or younger and live in the US or Canada.
For more information, please visit the DoSomething.org website.
We have had a past winner!
HotelsCheap.com - Outside Scholarship
In addition to being a Cheap Lodging provider, HotelsCheap is offering college scholarships for students aspiring to achieve a college education. Having attended college ourselves, we appreciate the difficulty students face in financing their education, and we recognize the benefits a college degree can provide. That’s why our need-based scholarship rewards students who are looking to better themselves, who have goals and dreams, and who are committed to achieving a college degree. US students who are 16 years of age or older are encouraged to apply for our scholarships. High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are all encouraged to apply.
HotelsCheap.org is awarding a need-based scholarship of $1,500 to college students. We at Hotelscheap understand that financing your education can be difficult; as a result we would like to lend a hand.
To apply for the scholarship, he or she must answer four personal, open-ended, and thought-provoking questions. The students whose responses are the most persuasive, compelling, and well-written, as judged by our Headquarters management team will be considered finalists.
- What extra-curricular activities are you involved in? Describe how these activities contribute to your college education and how they make you a better person. (Response should be 300–500 words long.) Question 2
- What are your goals in life? Describe steps you will take to achieve your goals and ambitions. (Response should be 300–500 words long.) Question 3
- As an online travel company who specializes in selling discount hotels, we appreciate well written articles about travel and tourism. Write a 700 word travel-guide style article listing the Top 5 Things To Do in your favorite vacation destination. Question 4
- Do you have a special family circumstance affecting your need for financial assistance?
Fall scholarship deadline = October 15
Spring Scholarship deadline = April 15
Chegg.com - Outside Scholarships
What is Chegg? That is the question.
Chegg puts students first. As the leading student-first connected learning platform, the company makes higher education more affordable, more accessible, and more successful for students. Over $1 billion in awards waiting for you to apply. Personalized matches available for all students in high school, college, grad school & beyond…To complete your on-line profile, please visit the Chegg.com website.
**We have had students win scholarships from Chegg in the past!
Fastweb.com - Outside Scholarships
Fastweb is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. We have scholarships for every type of student from the high school freshmen to the returning adult.
We've been around for over 15 years and have earned a reputation as a leading scholarship search provider. We not only find scholarships but offer our members information on financial aid, jobs and internships, student life and more.To create an on-line profile, please visit the Fastweb.com website.
Scholarshipexperts.com - Outside Scholarships
We believe in simplifying the scholarship search process and in helping students find scholarships to pay for college and grad school.
We provide a time-saving, customized list of free scholarships that match your hobbies, interests and academic background.
Get unlimited access to our scholarship database of 2.4 million scholarships worth over $14 billion.To create an on-line profile, please visit the scholarshipexperts.com website.
1800wheelchair Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
Established in 2006, the 1800wheelchair scholarship now awards two $500 scholarships each year.
- Enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the U.S.
- Enrolled at the undergraduate level or your final year of high school
- Age sixteen (16) years or older
- Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)
- There are no requirements in terms of physical disability or ability. All applications are welcome
Minted Design - Outside Scholarship
We uncover design genius through ongoing design competitions. At Minted, all that matters is good design. Designers submit, and the Minted community votes to tell us what to sell.
Minted connects the world's best artists with consumers who appreciate great design. Welcome to our community, where your career will be supported and your creative vision brought to life in physical products.
- express yourself
- critique and vote
- your vision, brought to life
Our challenges are the place to let your creativity shine—you're free to push boundaries and create work that's uniquely you. Submit artwork and use Minted as a testing ground for new ideas.
Minted is an open, creative experience. You can request and receive valuable peer critiques. Anyone can comment and vote on the submissions, as well as watch events unfold.
Winning designs are sold on Minted. Minted makes and ships all products. Artists receive a portion of every sale, and winners earn a Store where they can launch and sell designs using the Minted fulfillment platform.
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation - Outside Scholarships
The first Common Knowledge Scholarship was created in January 2000 for high school students in Norway, Michigan. Unlike traditional scholarship programs, the competition was designed to reward students who had well-rounded, practical knowledge, not just the strongest academic performers. The success of this first competition led to the creation of the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) in 2001.
CKSF has since developed a wide variety of scholarships in which high school, college, graduate students, and even parents can participate. With new, exciting scholarship quizzes being announced each month, more and more students, parents, and scholarship coordinators began to recognize CKSF as a unique, fun, and legitimate scholarship provider.
CKSF scholarship competitions consist of one or more quizzes with topics ranging from general "common knowledge" to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies. Scores are based on a combination of time and accuracy. Students with the highest scores at the end of the competition win. There are no essays or long applications to complete and a single CKSF registration is good from high school all the way through college and graduate school.
- All U.S. high school, college, and graduate students are eligible (parents can compete, too)
- Scholarship competitions consist of one or more quizzes with topics ranging from general "common knowledge" to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies
- Current and upcoming scholarship quizzes will appear in your account once you register
- Scores are based on a combination of time and accuracy
- Results are always accessible from our homepage
- Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win
- Award amounts range from $250 to $2,500
- CKSF scholarship awards may be used at any post-secondary school in the U.S.
Varsity Tutors - Outside Scholarship Competition
Varsity Tutors offers a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest to students who write the best essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage will be able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes will be reviewed by Varsity Tutors and one winner will be chosen who will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
- Open to individuals who are at least 16 years of age on or before their entry into the Promotion
- Must be a legal resident of one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia
- The deadline is the 15th of each month.
Geneseo Migrant Center - Outside Scholarships
The Geneseo Migrant Center provides a variety of services and opportunities for migrant farmworkers and their families on a regional, statewide, and national basis to encourage and assist them in achieving their full potential.
There are multiple scholarships available. One of them is an art related scholarship.
Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn, creative arts scholarships have been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines:
- Visual-painting, sculpture, photography, etc.
- Performing-dance, theatre, music, etc.
- Media-film, video, animation, computer graphics, etc.
- Literary-poetry, short stories, etc.
- Crafts-traditional folk arts, furniture, weaving, pottery, etc.
- Minimum 16 years of age
- Applicant need not be enrolled in school
- Because there is no essay required, the Letter of Recommendation is very important and should address the quality of both the applicant and the intended project.
- A portfolio or samples of work are required, i.e. photos, tapes, video, etc.
- A history of movement to obtain work in agriculture is REQUIRED.
ScholarshipPoints.com - Outside Scholarships
ScholarshipPoints is a point based reward program for students (we call them scholarship points) that awards over $100,000 in scholarships to high school and college students each year. It’s free, it’s fun and can help you pay tuition, what more do you need to know?
Earn scholarship points for completing activities like: quizzes, reading blogs, playing games, surfing the web, taking opinion surveys and more. Stuff you're already doing online!
For more information, please visit the ScholarshipPoints website.
We have had a past winner of one of these scholarships!
1st Marine Divison Association - Outside Scholarship
OBJECTIVE: To assist dependents of deceased or 100% permanently disabled veterans of service with the 1st Marine Division in furthering their education towards a bachelor's degree.
POLICY: Grants of up to $1,750 per academic year are awarded to full time, undergraduate students who are attending an accredited college, university, or higher technical trade school, up to a maximum of four years. Neither graduate study requests nor applications at the high school or prep school level are accepted. Payments are made directly to the educational institution.
ELIGIBILITY: Limited to dependents of honorably discharged veterans, now deceased from any cause or totally and permanently disabled, who served in a unit that was part of, attached to, or operating in support of, the 1st Marine Division. Beneficiaries who marry before completion of the course, or who fail to complete an academic year for reasons other than scholastic, must reapply before benefits may be resumed.
INSTRUCTIONS: In order to verify the 1st Marine Division related period of service of the deceased or 100% and permanently disabled veteran sponsor, please complete the Standard Form 180 (or get more info first) and mail directly to the National Personnel Records Center, GSA (Military Personnel Records), 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132. When a veteran sponsor's DD214 is locally available and indicates 1st Marine Division service, return a copy with this instruction sheet. That will expedite processing of this application.
- An official copy of the death certificate of the applicant's sponsor under the seal of an Office of Vital Statistics or:
- An Affidavit from the Veteran's Administration attesting to the 100% and permanent disability of the applicant's sponsor. Failure to state both 100% and permanent will result on rejection of the application.
- An official copy of the applicant's birth certificate under the seal of an Office of Vital Statistics.
- The name, address and telephone number of the applicant's parent, guardian, or whoever stands in loco parentis.
- The name of the college, university or higher technical trade school which the applicant attends or plans to attend and the anticipated graduation date.
- The name of the high school in which the applicant is currently enrolled.
- A statement indicating that the applicant will either live on campus or daily commute to school from a specified home address.
- Recent photograph of the applicant.
- The applicant's Social Security Number and telephone number.
- A letter from the prospective scholar describing goals and aspirations.
Upon receipt of the foregoing by this office, the applicant will be further advised.For more information, please visit the 1st Marines Division website. Please scroll to the bottom.
Children of Veterans Tuition Grant - Outside Award
The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) is designed to provide undergraduate tuition assistance to children of certain deceased or disabled veterans. Students may receive tuition assistance for up to four academic years for a total of up to $11,200. Awards are for an academic year with the amount determined by the student’s enrollment status. Full-time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,800 per academic year.
- Must be older than 16 and less than 26 years of age.
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee.
- Must have been Michigan residents for the 12 months prior to application.
- Must be the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran. Stepchildren of the veteran are not eligible.
- The veteran must have been a legal resident of Michigan immediately before entering military service and must not have later resided outside of Michigan for more than two years; or the veteran must have established legal residency in Michigan after entering military service.
- Must enroll at least half time at an approved Michigan community college, public university or independent, degree-granting college or university.
- Not have been convicted of a felony involving an assault, physical injury or death.
- For renewal, maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25.
- Must not be in default on Federal/State student loan.
- Have been killed in action or died from another cause while serving in a war or war condition in which the United States of America was or is participating; or,
- Have died or become totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; or,
- Have been totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury prior to death and has now died; or,
- Be listed as MIA (missing in action) in a foreign country as determined by the U.S. government. For more information, please visit the State of Michigan website.
Unigo - Outside Scholarships
Do you always find yourself doodling on your notes? Do you find it easier to express your thoughts through paintings or drawings instead of words? If so, there could be money for college waiting for you!
For those interested in a degree in art, there are several scholarship opportunities to help pay for college. Art majors encompass a wide range of different mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, design and even performing arts such as theatre, dance, and music. Whatever you have a passion for, start your search for college money with this directory of scholarships for art majors.
Sign up for a free account and get instant access to scholarships that are tailored to you.For more information, please visit the Unigo website.
LA Tutors Scholarship - Outside Scholarship
At LA Tutors, we believe that it’s more than just the grades that make a great well-rounded student. Each one of you is creative in his or her own way: some of you blog; others curate documentary photography on Instagram that helps us understand the world better; and still others find imaginative ways to solve problems in their public and private lives. Creativity is the air each one of us breathes, but sometimes we get so concerned with grades that we forget that imagination is our natural problem solver.
One way to showcase your creativity is to innovate either by solving a problem, by designing something that helps others solve problems, or by enhancing our relationship with whatever matters to us. Innovation brings together in unique ways our technical skills and our hopes for a better world.
It also provides opportunities for gaining real-working experience in a chosen field, and gives students the chance to connect with adults outside their circle who might be able to help students get into their top choice college or get an internship. In the end, innovation makes people look at the bigger picture, which is the best preparation for college and for life.
We at LA Tutors are passionate about sparking the creative genius in students and would love to commend those outstanding students who have a made a difference in the lives of others in some innovative or technological fashion. In order to achieve this, we have established a scholarship for students who meet certain criteria.
- Must currently be enrolled as a high school or college/university student within the United States or Canada.
- Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent).
- Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.
- Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.)
- Must submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.
- The essay, idea, or creation must be the applicant’s original work.
- All submissions must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. The submission window closes starting the 21st and will reopen on the 1st at 8:00 a.m.
Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program - Outside Award
Wells Fargo is strongly invested in supporting our nation's veterans, including a commitment to assist them in completing postsecondary education programs to help them return to, and succeed in, a competitive job market. The Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program provides emergency financial grants to veterans already enrolled in postsecondary education who might otherwise be forced to drop out of college because of unforeseen financial emergencies. These grants will help veterans meet their household expenses and ensure they are able to stay in school without creating undue financial hardship for themselves or their families.
- Be honorably-discharged veterans or spouses of disabled veterans who have served in the United States military, including the Reserves and National Guard, and have received a Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs or another document of service.
- Be students who are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate (first Master’s degree) study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school.
- Be Pell-eligible and have applied for Title IV and completed FAFSA to ensure full discovery of actual unmet need.
- Use any military education benefits for which they are eligible.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.
Emergency grants are available to eligible veterans who are enrolled in postsecondary education and experience unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out from school. Grants are available for a one-time distribution with a suggested maximum of up to $750, but not to exceed $1,000 each based on the cost of the emergency need.
- Medical/Dental expenses
- Personal automobile repair expenses
- Public transportation/Bus pass
There is no application deadline, but grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.For more information, please visit the Wells Fargo Scholarship America website.