Painting Scholarships

Oil Painters of America Shirl Smithson Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Established in 1991, the Oil Painters of America is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of representational art. Oil Painters of America (OPA) offers a $500 scholarship appropriately named after its founding member, Shirl Smithson, to a currently enrolled part or full-time student enrolled in art school or an art related program.

  • Please submit:
    • cover letter
    • one page resume
    • 2 CD's containing six representational images of your work in oils
    • letter from instructor acknowledging that you are currently enrolled as an art student
    For more information, please visit the Oil Painters of America website.

    ESA Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1, 2018

    ESA is committed to helping future generations achieve their goals for higher education. Annually, the ESA Foundation awards a number of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate college students with diverse backgrounds and interests. All students are encouraged to apply for these college scholarships. Deserving applicants are judged on the criteria of character, leadership, service, financial need, and scholastic ability.

  • The ESA Foundation awards numerous scholarships annually. Here are the ones that are just art specific but there are many general scholarships offered also:
    • Fashion Design: Charline E. McCue Memorial Endowment, GPA minimum = 3.00
    • Architecture or Interior Design: Dorothy Dyer Vanek Endowment, GPA minimum = 3.00
    • Art Education or Studio Art: Ellsworth Family Endowment, GPA minimum 3.00

    For more information on these scholarships and many more, please visit the Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Foundation website.

    Stanfield and D’Orlando Art Scholarships - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: February 15, 2018

    The Stanfield Scholarships Program is funded by a trust created by Mrs. Marion Barr Stanfield for Unitarian Universalists studying the fields of art and law. Mrs. Stanfield stated that the Stanfield Scholarship committee should take into consideration, "Not only the intellectual attainments and potentialities of the beneficiaries but that they consider whether in character and constructive spiritual philosophy the beneficiaries are most likely to use their legal training and their training in art for the betterment of humankind."

    The Marion Barr Stanfield and the Pauly D'Orlando Memorial Art Scholarships are for either graduate or undergraduate Unitarian Universalist students preparing for a career in fine arts. The terms of the trust limit eligibility to those in the study of painting, drawing, photography, and/or sculpture.

    For more information, please visit the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations website.

    Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund - Outside Scholarship

    The Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund offers grants 4 times each year to students who are enrolled full time in accredited and degree granting fine arts programs such as painting, sculpture, or photography. We cannot give grants to students in the performing arts, or other studies.

      Eligibility Requirements:
    • There are no restrictions on race, religion, gender, national origin, or age.
    • Citizenship: Scholarship recipients are required to be citizens of the United States of America.
    • Full time status: Students must send proof of full time enrollment in an art program (not performing arts) of an accredited, degree granting college or university in the United States of America.
    • Degree: Students may be at the bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree level.
    • Students are required to submit portfolios.
    • Minimum 2.5 grade point average.
      Grant Deadlines:
    • Fall: September grants, submit June 1-July 31
    • Winter: December grants, submit September 1-October 31
    • Spring: March grants, submit December 1-January 31
    • Summer: June grants, submit March 1-April 30

    You must be enrolled full-time when funding is received, or the funds will be returned to the Albert K. Murray Foundation.

    For application materials, or to ask questions contact Dr. Marion Gilliland, Ph. 740-796-4797, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST. The office is closed on weekends and holidays.

    **We have had past winners of this scholarship!

    General Scholarships

    Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 18, 2017

    SUBMIT YOUR GOAL FOR A CHANCE TO COMPETE TO WIN UP TO $100,000 IN TUITION.

    If you're a student between the ages of 18-24, you may enter your goal for a chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition

    • Tell us how you'll change the world in 350 characters or less.
    • Rally your friends to vote.
    • Once you reach 50 votes, submit a video to inspire more fans.
    • $100,000 in tuition - Dr Pepper selects finalists to compete during throw-offs at college football conference championship games.
    For more information, please visit the Dr Pepper website.

    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Outside scholarship

    Deadline: October 24, 2017

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a selective four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 45 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

    Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree.

  • MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
    • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2017, or a recent graduate (since spring 2013).
    • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2018.
    • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
    • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need.
    • Have not previously attended a four-year institution.

    For more information, please visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.

    Horatio Alger Michigan Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 25, 2017

    As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives.

    The Horatio Alger Michigan Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of Michigan who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.

    There is also a National Scholarship Program that is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.

  • Eligibility:
    • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
    • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
    • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
    • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
    • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
    • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
    • Be a United States citizen

    For more information, please visit the Horatio Alger website.

    KCAD has had a past winner of this scholarship!

    Coca-Cola Scholars Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31, 2017

    The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. .

  • APPLICANTS MUST BE:
    • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools);
    • U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees;
    • Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application;
    • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;

    For more information, please visit the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation website.

    Pinot’s Palette Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31, 2017

    Pinot’s Palette is one of the nation’s largest paint and sip franchises. Each of our locations provides a relaxed, fun environment, and expert guidance on painting techniques from local artists. This year, Pinot’s Palette announces the launch of our new scholarship program. We welcome all USA students looking to achieve a degree in the arts to apply for our scholarship.

    We will award the chosen applicant with $1,000 to be used towards their tuition expenses and any other verified educational costs.

  • Eligibility
  • To be eligible for this scholarship award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the U.S.
    • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or U.S. Permanent Residents
    • Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application
    • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Selection Process
  • The winner of the Pinot’s Palette Scholarship for Artistic Excellence will complete our five-section application. We recommend gathering the following information to make the application process easier:

    • A transcript – For your current GPA
    • A school profile – You will need to know the number of community service hours required for graduation
    • Contact Info – The name, email address and phone number of your guidance counselor and principal
    • A list of school and non-school related clubs and organizations you took part in
    • A list of honors and awards you received
    • A list of volunteer organizations with which you served and the number of hours served in each
    For more information, please visit the Pinot's Palette website.

    Good360 Sustainability Scholarship -  Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31, 2017

    Living a sustainable lifestyle requires dedication and passion. Anyone who makes sustainability a priority has their own particular reasons for doing so—some live sustainably to help protect the environment and limit our reliance on precious natural resources, and others do so to help build a better future for generations to come.

    We want to hear how sustainability has touched your life. If you’re a high school senior applying to college, or you’re currently a college student, and you have an interest in sustainability and the environment, then we’d love to hear your thoughts on what sustainability means to you. Thus, we’re sponsoring a college scholarship with an award of $1,000 to go towards tuition.

    In order to be considered for the Good360 sustainability scholarship, we want to hear from you: What do you do to live sustainably? Post a photo on Instagram with your 200-300-word essay explaining what sustainability means to you and complete the form on the website. We’ll choose one winner to receive our environmental scholarship, which is open to all majors.

  • Selection Criteria:
    • 3.3 Minimum GPA To Apply
    • Must Be A High School Senior Applying To College Or Currently Attending College
    • Must Have An Interest In Environmentalism Or Sustainability
    • Photo On Instagram or Twitter: Caption Must Include #Good360
    For more information, please visit the Good360 website.

    National Eagle Scout Association - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: October 31, 2017

    The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is an alumni association for Eagle Scouts of all ages. NESA is young men searching for dynamic and challenging leadership roles. NESA is older Eagle Scouts who desire using their efforts and influence toward forming the kind of young men America needs for leadership. The objective of NESA is to serve—to serve Eagle Scouts and through them, the entire movement of Scouting.

    NESA offers two basic types of scholarships: academic scholarships and merit scholarships.

  • NESA Academic Scholarship requirements
    • NESA academic scholarships are based on school and Scouting participation, academic performance, and financial need.
    • Academic scholarship applicants must apply during their senior year in high school unless the Eagle Scout board of review is held after October 31, 2017. In those cases, the applicant must apply between August 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018 even if he is already attending college. Eagle Scouts may apply for an academic scholarship one time only and must apply during the time frame defined above.
    • All academic scholarship applicants must have a minimum 1800 SAT (or 1290 if taken after March 2016), or 28 ACT score to apply. A "super score" may be used to meet this requirement.
    • All applicants must be members of the National Eagle Scout Association to receive a scholarship.
  • NESA Merit Scholarship requirements
    • Eagle Scouts may apply for the NESA merit scholarships beginning in their senior year of high school and may continue applying every year up till the junior year in college. Applicants may win a merit scholarship one time only. Merit scholarships are awarded based on school and Scouting participation and community service.
    • All applicants must be members of the National Eagle Scout Association to receive a scholarship.
    For more information, please visit the NESA website.

    Outerbox Scholarship for Digital Marketing Excellence - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31, 2017

    OuterBox is a leader in the eCommerce website design, development and search engine optimization industry. As a leader we work with clients small and large across the US and globally. This year, OuterBox announces the launch of our new scholarship program. Rewarding innovation and creativity, we welcome all USA students to apply for our scholarship.

  • Eligibility:
    • Applicants must be enrolled as a student at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States only.
    • Must have completed at least one full year at this school
    • Be legal residents of the United States.
    • Provide a 500-word statement on why they want to work in web design, eCommerce or the SEO industry and how they plan to excel in the future.
    For more information, please visit the Outerbox website.

    VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31, 2017

    Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.

    The essay theme for 2017-2018 is: “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”

    The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 by the Oct 31 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.

  • HOW TO ENTER:
    • 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.
  • JUDGING CRITERIA:
    • 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.
    For more information, please visit the VFW website.

    Anne Ford Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 6, 2017

    The National Center for Learning Disabilities' (NCLD) mission is to ensure success for all individuals with learning disabilities in school, at work, and in life.

    The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall. The ideal Anne Ford Scholar is a student who:

    • Articulates his or her challenges and clearly demonstrates the importance of self-advocacy
    • Is committed to completing a four-year college degree and has begun to set realistic career goals
    • Participates in school and community activities
    • Has demonstrated academic achievements consistent with college and career goals
    • Plans to contribute to society in ways that increase opportunities for individuals with learning and attention issues
    • Excels as a role model and spokesperson for others who struggle with learning and attention issues
    • Demonstrates financial need
    Eligibility:
    • Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a four-year bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2018
    • Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability and/or ADHD (e.g., psycho-educational report, neuropsychological evaluation, IEP or 504 plan) and has utilized services, supports, and/or accommodations.
    • Be a United States citizen
    For more information, please visit the National Center for Learning Disabilities website.

    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 14, 2017

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.

    Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

  • This highly competitive scholarship includes:
    • Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school
    • Ability to pursue any area of study
    • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid
    • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience

    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, a desire to help others, and leadership. A rigorous application review includes analysis of grades, standardized test scores, participation in available advanced courses, student essays, letters of recommendation, and family finances. Each year 30-40 students will be selected into the program.

  • At a minimum, applicants must:
    • Plan to graduate from a US high school in spring 2018
    • Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2018
    • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
    • SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above
    • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant
    For more information, please visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.

    NRA Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 15, 2017

    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.

    Hagan Scholarship Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 15, 2017

    The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide, need based merit scholarship for rural students who will require financial assistance to attend college. These students will graduate from a public high school located in a county in the United States having fewer than 50,000 residents. Three hundred fifty scholarships can be awarded each year. Hagan Scholars currently attend one hundred ninety four colleges and universities.

    The Purpose of the Hagan Scholarship is to provide each recipient with the opportunity to obtain a four-year college education and graduate college debt free. Each Hagan Scholarship will help pay the unmet financial need of the recipient, up to $5,000 each semester.

  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • Must have attended an eligible public high school.
    • Must be a student in the 2018 high school graduating class.
    • Must have achieved a high school CGPA of 3.50 or higher.
    • Must score 23 or higher on the ACT (Composite Score), or 1200 or higher on the SAT (Total Score.)
    • Must enroll in an eligible four year college the first semester following high school graduation.
    • Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each academic year of college.
    • Must complete the FAFSA.
    • FAFSA EFC must be less than $6,500.
    • Must apply for eligible Federal and State grants.
    • Must not have been convicted of a felony.
    For more information, please visit the Hagan Scholarship Foundation website.

    Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 15, 2017

    Since 1972, the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards program (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) has disbursed more than $30 million to tens of thousands of women who have overcome poverty, domestic and sexual violence, divorce, the death of a spouse, or other life challenges. They are women— just like you—who had the courage and determination to turn their lives around.

  • Step 1: Determine if you are eligible
  • Eligible applicants are women who:
    • Provide the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
    • Have financial need.
    • Are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
    • Are motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
    • Reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela)
    • Have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
    • Do not have a graduate degree.
    • Are not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
  • Step 2: Complete the application.
  • Step 3: Obtain References
  • You will need two different people (NOT related to you) to fill out the reference form.
  • Step 4: Submit your application.
  • For more information, please visit the Soroptimist website.

    StartStanding Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 15, 2017

  • For the Spring 2018 semester
  • At Start Standing, we value education. We also recognize the steep cost of college tuition and the expenses that come along with it like housing, books and supplies. In an effort to make things a little easier, we are proud to offer a biannual $1,000 scholarship to students who are currently attending or planning on attending college.

  • Eligibility Criteria
    • 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
    • Aged sixteen (16) years or older
    • Carry a status of “good standing” (i.e. currently enrolled)
    • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)

    In order to apply, applicants must submit a typed essay that answers the following questions. The total essay length should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words.

  • Essay Topic
    • What are the lifelong health dangers of being sedentary throughout the day?
    • How can college students add healthy movement throughout the day?
    • What can office workers do to increase their activity levels throughout the day?
    For more information, please visit the Start Standing website.

    North American International Auto Show High School Poster Contest - Outside Competition

    Deadline: November 21, 2017

    The 30th annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Poster Contest is open to Michigan students in grades 10 through 12. High school students are invited to submit 18” x 24” posters and have a chance to become involved in our world premier auto show in Detroit, while gaining experience in creative competition.

    The poster entries are judged by an independent panel of recognized members of the local art community. All winning entries will be posted on the official NAIAS website, naias.com; will be on display during the public show at Cobo Center, Detroit, January 20-28, 2018; and will also be included in the official NAIAS program.

    • The contest is open to Michigan students currently enrolled in grades 10 through 12. The contest is not open to Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) members nor their families, employees of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), or family members of the judges. No shared work is allowed.
    • Two posters per student.
    • Posters must have an automotive, NAIAS, or Detroit theme. Please note that any posters containing brand-specific vehicles will be ineligible. All subject matter must be in good taste. Posters must contain all of the following copy:
        - "2018 North American International Auto Show" or "2018 NAIAS"
        - "Detroit"
        - "Cobo Center"
        A credit line with the student's name will be allowed

    For more information, please visit the North American International Auto Show High School Poster Contest website.

    Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: November 27, 2017

    Elks are community. No matter where you go in the country, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With more than 850,000 members and 2,000 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities.

    The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition.

  • Eligibility:
    • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
    • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
    • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
    • Male and female students compete separately.
    • Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

    The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.

    For more information, please visit the Elks website.

    Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 28, 2017

    In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has committed $1 million over the next four years to Scholarship America to implement a special scholarship program to help people with disabilities obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in the career path of their choice.

  • Eligibility:
    • Have an identified disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major life activity).
    • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
    • Be a high school senior or undergraduate student who plans to enroll in full- or half-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the U.S. for the entire 2018-2019 academic year.
    • Awards are for undergraduate study only.
    • Only the first 700 applications submitted will be considered for scholarship evaluation.
    For more information, please visit the Wells Fargo Scholarship America webpage.

    Direct Engery Live Brighter Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 30, 2017

    Here at Direct Energy, we believe in helping our customers live a brighter life through their energy choices. We deliver the tools and technology necessary to help them buy less of what we sell. We also actively support and recognize people and organizations making a positive impact in their world. It's in this spirit that we announce the second annual Direct Energy Live Brighter Scholarship!

    Three lucky students will win one of the three available scholarships, up to $5,000, and all you need to do to apply is either create a video or write a 500-word essay telling us how you live brighter as a student while being a vibrant part of your community.

  • Here's How It Works
  • Write an Essay
    • Write a 500-word essay responding to the following question: Direct Energy offers the tools and technology to use energy wisely and efficiently. We help our customers take advantage of their energy choice to live a brighter life with accessible energy plans, innovative product offerings, engaging customer service, and high-end home services. How do you live your life brighter within your community?
  • or Create a Video
  • Create a 60- to 120-second video
    • Your video should begin with a 10-second full-screen "title screen" with the following information:
    • Producer's name (AKA your name)
    • The name of the college or university you attend or plan to attend
    • The city and state of that college or university
    • The title of video
    • The total running time of your video (not including the 10-second title screen)
    • Your video should address the following question: Direct Energy offers the tools and technology to use energy wisely and efficiently. We help our customers take advantage of their energy choice to live a brighter life with accessible energy plans, innovative product offerings, engaging customer service, and high-end home services. How do you live your life brighter within your community?
    • Submit a link to your YouTube video (please do not send us the video file)
  • Requirements
    • Must be a registered college student for the 2017-2018 school year
    • Must be 18 years of age or older
    • Must be a resident of any of the states where Direct Energy offers energy services: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and D.C.
    • Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
    • Must submit copy of transcripts (official or unofficial) in one of our accepted formats: .doc, .pdf, .txt, .jpg, .png. File types of any other formats will not be accepted.
    • Must submit complete entry (including transcript, video link or essay, and accept official rules)
    For more information, please visit the Direct Energy website.

    Griswold Home Care - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 30, 2017

    Griswold Home Care is a mission-driven home care services company headquartered just outside of Philadelphia that celebrates, educates, and advocates the choice to remain independent at home. Griswold Home Care was founded by Jean Griswold, wife of a Presbyterian Minister, in 1982 after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and seeing the need for quality care in her community. Jean’s mission of affordable care for all continues to spread today.

    In honor of Jean’s vision, Griswold Home Care offers a $1,000 bi-annual scholarship to a qualified student pursing a bachelor’s, associate’s, or graduate degree at an accredited college or university.

      Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
    For more information, please visit the Griswold Home Care website.

    StyleMann - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 30, 2017

    StyleMann Young Professionals awards scholarship to the most vivid, versatile, and talented writers in our upcoming Contest. There are an incredible amount of talented students out there and we want to hear from them! The aim of the StyleMann Young Professionals Scholarship is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their writing talents and win an award for them.

  • HOW TO PARTICIPATE
  • There are no strict requirements for participants.
    • Participants must be students of any educational institution in any location.
    • Academic level and major do not matter.
    • Each student must write an essay about “How Fashion Industry Changed E-commerce And Its Impact On Us”
    For more information, please visit the Stylemann.com website

    Sixt Rent A Car Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 30, 2017

    Sixt rent a car has established a scholarship program to assist high school students who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award.

  • Applicants to the Sixt Scholars Program must -
    • Be graduating high school seniors within the United States.
    • Plan to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited two year or four year college or university for the entire 2018-2019 academic year.
    • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

    Only the first 500 submitted applications will be accepted.

    For more information, please visit the Scholarship America website.

    American Quarter Horse Association - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: December 1, 2017

    The Foundation provides financial assistance to members of the American Quarter Horse Association or the American Quarter Horse Youth Association through general, racing, career path and state or regional scholarships.

    Eligibility of applicants is based on the individual criteria and requirements provided for each scholarship. There is a Michigan scholarship and a Journalism/Communications scholarship. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, financial need and American Quarter Horse involvement, as well as the applicant's outstanding leadership and communication skills.

    For more information, please visit the AQHA website.

    Bowl.com - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: December 1, 2017

    Are you a bowler? One of the great benefits of USBC Youth membership is the chance to earn college scholarships so you can pursue your dreams. Did you know more than $6 million in scholarship money is offered each season by bowling associations and councils, certified tournaments and proprietors throughout the United States?

    Both high school and current college students may apply for scholarships. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $6,000 per year.

    For more information, please visit the Bowl.com website.

    A. E. Robert Friedman PDCA Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2017

    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.

    An A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship is open to any high school senior or college age student seeking to further their education. Applicants must be sponsored by an active PDCA member in good standing.

  • To be eligible for a scholarship award, candidates:
    • Must be sponsored 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 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.

    For more information, please visit the PDCA website.

    Insurance Providers Look Twice Save A Life Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2017

    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.

  • How to Enter
    • 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.
  • Qualifications
    • 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.
    For more information, please visit the Insurance Providers website.

    FEATHR Wallpaper Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2017

    FEATHR is a design collective that works with artists from around the world and across the creative spectrum, bringing their artistic talent into interior design. Together with a roster of over 70 artists - which includes graffiti artists, tattooists and photographers - FEATHR creates original wallpaper, fabrics and more. FEATHR was started with the belief that art improves and changes lives - and that art should be accessible to all. The team at FEATHR are delighted to offer this scholarship to the applicant that best describes how a piece of art has influenced their development - be it personal, educational or creative.

    Commencing in 2017, wallpaper and fabric house FEATHR will be awarding a yearly $1000 scholarship to a current or prospective arts, humanities or design student at an accredited United States university or college. The scholarship will be awarded based upon an essay submission, answering the following question:

    “How and why has a piece of art influenced your personal, educational and/or creative development.” Tell us about what the piece of art was, where you encountered and what its impact has been, in the short and long term. Essays must be 700-1000 words long.

  • Eligibility:
    • A legal U.S. Resident
    • Either a current undergraduate college/university student or a current high school student that will enroll in a college/university in 2017
    • Studying an arts, humanities or design-based subject. For the purposes of this scholarship, we define art as being the visual arts, including for example: ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture.
    • In good academic standing with your current educational institution
    • You must provide proof of enrollment and subject with your email submission. This can take the form of a digital scan of your acceptance letter, a letter from admissions or digital copy email/letter from your tutor or course leader confirming your presence on the course.
    For more information, please visit the FEATHR website.

    Lights, Camera, Save Contest - Outside Award

    Deadline: December 1, 2017

    Lights, Camera, Save! is a teen video contest that encourages teens to educate themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely. Students enter the contest by submitting videos to local participating banks. These banks then choose a local winning video and submit it for judging at the national level.

    SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Entrants must be legal residents of the United States or the District of Columbia, live in the United States or the District of Columbia, and be 13-18 years of age as of October 1, 2017; videos must be in English, no more than 90 seconds in length, and the entrant’s original work.

    PRIZES:
    • Grand Prize Winner ($5,000 toward savings goal);
    • 2nd Place Winner ($2,500 toward savings goal);
    • 3rd Place Winner ($1,000 toward savings goal).

    Please contact a participating bank in your area for a contestant entry form. (Website has names and phone numbers). The banks that are participating within the State of Michigan are Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Grand Rapids; County National Bank, Jackson; West Shore Bank, Manistee; New Buffalo Savings Bank, New Buffalo; and Old National Bank, Statewide. If your bank does not participate, you can contact Jeni Pastier (email address on website).

    For more information, please visit the American Bankers Association website.

    Stephen J Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 5, 2017

    The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships recognize and reward students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. The scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice.

  • Applicant Requirements:
    • All applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution (kindergarten through graduate school) in the United States. All applicants must be ages 5-25 and meet the age requirement by October 5, 2017.
    • All applicants must have demonstrated on-going commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months. Added consideration is given to students working to fight childhood hunger.
    • All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States who reside in the contiguous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii only.
    • Volunteer services must be helping non-family members.
    For more information, please visit the Sodexo Foundation website.

    Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Single Mother Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 5, 2017

    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).

  • The Application Process
  • 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.

  • Criteria
    • 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
    For more information, please visit the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers website.

    Big Fish Games - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 10, 2017

    The scholarship is a way for Big Fish to help one promising student on his or her journey through higher education. The $2500 scholarship will be awarded to one qualifying student with the most thought provoking and well-reasoned essay as judged by a panel of Big Fish staff members.

  • Rules:
    • Grab your phone or video camera and tell us your positive video game story. You can record yourself or you can build an animated video presentation. You can tell a fictional story or a real life one. How you tell your story is up to you as long as it is in video format.
    • Entrants must be either a college-bound high school senior or a student currently enrolled in an accredited university for the 2017-2018 school year.
    • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
    • Limited to one entry per student.
    • Entries will be judged on message, creativity, originality and the ability to follow submission guidelines.
    • Entries that have been plagiarized will be disqualified.
    For more information, please visit the Big Fish Games website.

    Association on American Indian Affairs - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2017

  • For Spring 2018
  • AAIA has a long history of providing scholarships to college students, awarding our first scholarship in 1948. Over the years our scholarship program has grown to the current nine scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students from federally recognized and non-recognized tribes.

    • Applicants must be Native American from continental US tribes or Alaska Native.
    • All applicants must be enrolled in their tribe, but it does not need to be federally recognized.
    • There is not a minimum blood quantum requirement for eligibility.
    • Applicants must be enrolled as full time students for both fall and spring semester.
    • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

    Applications are accepted from graduating high school seniors, current college freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students.

    For more information, please visit the AAIA website.

    UncommonGoods Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2017

    Here at UncommonGoods, we know it isn't always easy when you're just starting out in a creative field of study. So, we're offering a scholarship to help hardworking student-artists out, because hey—you might be gracing our assortment with your work someday!

  • How does it work?
  • We'll choose one winner each for the fall and spring semesters to receive $1,000 from us to pay for school. Fall application period starts April 1st, with a final deadline of July 15th. Spring application period starts September 1st, with a final deadline of December 15th. Winners will receive their funds on August 15th or January 15th. Winners will hear from scholarship@uncommongoods.com.

  • Who can apply?
  • We're looking for undergraduate art or design majors at accredited universities. Applications from past winners will not be considered again. Everyone else: Please keep trying!

    The UncommonGoods Scholarship Program is open to students who are at least 16 years of age in the United States and on-track to apply for or are currently enrolled in an accredited post-high school/postsecondary educational program (including accredited two and four-year college, universities).

  • The following materials should be submitted:
    • Completed application
    • A short paragraph addressing the prompt given in the guidelines
    • Uploaded photos of design or art work
    For more information, please visit the Uncommon Goods website.

    American Association of University Women - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2017

    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

    Career Development Grants provide assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or re-entering the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing credentials in nontraditional fields.

  • Eligibility:
    • are U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
    • hold an earned (not honorary) bachelor’s degree;
    • received their bachelor’s degree on or before June 30, 2013;
    • do not hold an earned (not honorary) graduate or professional degree;
    • plan to enroll or are enrolled in courses/activities that are required for professional employment or advancement; and plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following: Bachelor’s or associate’s degree that is different from the field of study of the previously earned bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Certification program, Technical school, or Professional degree (e.g. M.D., J.D.)
    For more information, please visit the AAUW website.

    AXA Achievement Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2017

    The AXA Achievement Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school.

  • An AXA Achiever must demonstrate:
    • Ambition and drive
    • Determination to set and reach goals
    • Respect for self, family and community
    • Ability to succeed in college
  • Applicants must be:
    • United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.
    • Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2018-2019 academic year.
    • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities.

    Apply Early - Only 10,000 applications will be accepted.

    For more information, please visit the AXA Foundation website.

    Foreclosure.com - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2017

    Foreclosure.com has issued $63,000 in scholarship money to 35 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 in particular, which can be used to help foster a robust United States housing market.

  • Eligibility:
    • 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 in a U.S. accredited, post-secondary institution of higher learning (college, university, or trade school).
  • Write a 800-2000 word essay on the following subject:
  • Is the "American Dream" of one day owning a home alive and well among Millennials?

    Millennials having experienced the "Great Recession," which was the traumatic housing crisis that triggered the financial crisis a decade ago. As a result, data suggests that Millennials (those born between 1981 to 1997) have been slow to adopt homeownership. Discuss the pros and cons of homeownership for Millennials, as well as which factors could increase or decrease homeownership among the generation. Will their collective hesitation and apprehension hurt them in the long run or are Millennials simply in the process of re-defining the "American Dream?"

    For more information, please visit the Foreclosure.com website.

    CarCovers.com - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2017

    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.

  • Write a minimum of 1000 words essay on the topic:
  • “How to Make Your Car Last Forever”
  • Eligibility:
  • Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 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, 2017

    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 2018-2019 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.

    The Christophers’ Video Contest for College Students - Outside Competition

    Deadline: December 18, 2017

    College students are invited to create a film or video (5 minutes or less in length) that best communicates the message and mission of The Christophers and its belief that one person can make a difference. Entries can express this theme in any genre or shooting style, but must be submitted as DVDs that are able to uploaded onto the site or send a link to your video.

  • The Rules:
    • Entrants must be enrolled in and attending undergraduate or graduate college classes, full or part time, between September 1, 2017 and December 18, 2017.
    • Entries must interpret some variation of the theme, “One Person Can Make a Difference.”
    • Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form. All forms must be signed. This form may be photocopied.
    • Entries must be 5 minutes or less in length.
    • Entrants who do not obtain and cannot provide written documentation of all necessary rights and permissions for music, images, video clips and any and all other non-original aspects of their entry will be disqualified.
    • Entries must be submitted as DVDs that we are able to upload onto our site or send us a link to your video to the email s.holinski@christophers.org with the Subject Heading 30th annual Video Contest.
    • Each DVD or email (with link) must be labeled with the entrant’s name, email address, home address and telephone number, as well as the title and length of the entry.
    • For more information, please visit The Christophers website.

        KCAD has had a winner of this contest!

    Hooked To Books Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 20, 2017

    At Hooked To Books, we acknowledge the importance of education and highly value knowledge. In an effort to promote reading and education among young people, we are pleased to announce the Hooked To Books Annual Scholarship for college students, with the total worth of $2000.

    In order to apply, you must submit an essay, written in English and is 500 – 2000 words in length, answering the following question:

  • How did a book change your life?
  • Application Guidelines
    • The applicant should, on the scholarship result date, be enrolled in a two year or four year college program. This scholarship is open to applicants from any country in the world.
    • The applicant must write an email with the subject line of “HTB 2017 Scholarship Application” and send it to scholarships@hookedtobooks.com. They will state in the email their name, contact address, phone number, the school name and state where they are attending college.
    • The essay must be sent as an attachment in Word form (.doc or .docx extension) in the aforementioned email. The file should be named “HTB_Lastname“. Example: HTB_Reagan.docx
    • Only one (1) submission per applicant is allowed. The applicants of the 2016 program can participate with a new essay.
    • Submissions that do not follow this guideline will be automatically rejected without notification.
    • Application is free of charge
    • By submitting their essay, the applicant gives permission to publish the essay on hookedtobooks.com
    For more information, please visit the Hooked To Books website.

    Global English Editing - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2017

    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.

  • Eligibility
    • 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.
    For more information, please visit the Global English Editing website.

    AFSCME Family Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2017

    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 $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.
    For more information, please visit the AFSCME website.

    NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2017

    The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12.

    The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You" All essays should be about 1,000 words, neat, and legible (double spaced, typed preferred). Essays will be judged on originality, scholarship (including works cited) and presentation (including grammar and spelling).

    Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.

    The contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high or high school during the 2017-2018 academic year, or homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level, who have not previously received a prize in their category. A previous winner in the junior category, who is now eligible for the senior category, may submit an entry.

    For more information, please visit the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund website.

    Picture Keeper Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2017

    Here at Picture Keeper we value hard work and entrepreneurship. As a startup company focused on protecting memories, we know that it takes dedication and determination to turn your idea into reality. We know that chasing your dreams can be hard. That's why we're giving away scholarships towards two students who are chasing their dreams twice a year.

  • The first place winner will receive a $1,500 award, the second place winner will receive a $1,000 award and the third place winner will receive a Picture Keeper Connect!.
  • WHAT TO SUBMIT
    • Photo: Submit a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #PictureKeeper so we can find your photo on social media. Your Instagram or Twitter account must be public to qualify for the scholarship.
    • Essay: Submit a written essay (200-300 words) on the following topic: what are you doing to follow your dreams and how does this picture portray it.
    • Transcript: 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • HOW TO APPLY
  • Send the URL of your social media post, along with your essay and transcript to scholarships@picturekeeper.com

  • ELIGIBILITY
    • Must be a legal US resident
    • Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited University
    For more information, please visit the Picture Keeper website.

    Unigo $10K Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2017

    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.

    Submit an online written response to the question: "Surprise! You just got elected president. What’s your first tweet?" (140 characters or less, including spaces)

  • Eligibility:
    • 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 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education
    For more information, please visit the Unigo website.

    Patio Furniture Covers - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 1, 2018

    Patiofurniturecovers.com is a passionate proponent of continued education. We support our military and Armed Forces Veterans wholeheartedly. We’re excited to help students continue their education and meet their personal goals.

  • You are eligible for our scholarships if you are:
    • an Armed Forces Veteran planning to enroll in college classes in your next semester
    • a U.S. citizen
  • You must write a 500-750 word essay as part of your application. You can choose from the following subjects:
    • Your appreciation for another veteran or Armed Forces member
    • The skills you learned in the military that can transfer to your college career
    • Your biggest challenge in the military and how you overcame it
    • A moment where you experienced failure and the lessons you learned from it
    • Your opinion on the greatest commander of all time

    You can write your essay in any style. You can choose to be informative, humorous, inspirational or educational. Keep in mind that winners will be chosen primarily on creativity and content. However, make sure you use correct grammar and punctuation. Citing sources is acceptable, but your quote should not exceed two sentences. Your ideas and experiences should be the focal point of your essay.

    For more information, please visit the Patiofurniturecovers.com website.

    Anchell International Documentary Photography Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 1, 2018

    Steve Anchell and Donna Conrad are pleased to announce the second Anchell International Documentary Photography Scholarship. The scholarship is meant to encourage personal involvement in social issues, and promote socially conscious documentary photography. It is open to all fully-matriculated undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of degree major, gender, ethnic background, or country of residence.

    The subject matter is entirely the choice of the student. However, it should clearly document a person, group of people, place, event, or happening of social relevance. Submitted images should be arranged and presented so they clearly tell the story of what is being documented.

    The project does not have to be about people. Environmental issues, including land use or misuse, urban or rural issues, global or local events, will all be considered. The key is to indicate through your photographs that you are involved and are able to communicate your feelings about the subject you are documenting.

  • Application Materials
    • Completed on-line application
    • Photocopy proof of college/university enrollment
    • 12 to 20 scanned photos, film or digital, saved in .jpeg format
    • 350-words or more about your documentary photo project, including who, what, where, when, and why.
  • Student Eligibility Requirements
    • Must be currently enrolled full-time and attending an accredited college or university, or vocational/trade school from any state, province, or country. Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply.
    • Eligible applicants must be in good academic standing at their respective institution. A photocopy of a current student ID card must be included with the submission.
    • Note: the applicant does not have to be a photography major.
    For more information, please visit the Anchell Photo Workshops website.

    The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Outside Competition

    Deadline: January 3, 2018

    The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7 through 12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in various categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.

    Students upload their works electronically to The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. After uploading your work, print your submission forms, have a parent/guardian and an educator sign them, and then mail them to your Local Program. Kendall College of Art and Design is the regional location for West Michigan.

    Students must be enrolled in grades 7-12 of a public, private, parochial, home-school program in the U.S., Canada, or in an American school abroad. Students that are entering art and/or writing as an Individual entry must pay a $5.00 entry fee. There are unlimited individual entries allowed per teacher. Students entering art and/or writing Portfolios (open to seniors only) must pay a $20 fee. There is no limit on the number of Portfolios per teacher.

    Art Categories
    • Architecture and Industrial Design
    • Ceramics & Glass
    • Comic Art
    • Design
    • Digital Art
    • Drawing and Illustration
    • Editorial Cartoon
    • Fashion
    • Film & Animation
    • Jewelry
    • Mixed Media
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture
    • Video Games
    • Art Portfolio - for graduating seniors only
  • Writing Categories
    • Critical Essay
    • Dramatic Script
    • Flash Fiction
    • Humor
    • Journalism
    • Novel Writing
    • Personal Essay/Memoir
    • Poetry
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy
    • Short Story
    • Writing Portfolio - for graduating seniors only
    For more information, please visit the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers website.

    GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 4, 2018

    Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

    Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.

  • To be eligible for this award, applicants must:
    • demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
    • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
    • be citizens of the United States of America;
    • be high school seniors attending high school in the United States; and
    • plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.
    For more information, please visit the Ronald Reagan Foundation website.

    John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 4, 2018

    The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born.

    • A first-place prize of $10,000
    • A second-place prize of $1,000
    • Five finalists receive $500 each

    The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program, and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas.

    For more information, please visit the John F Kennedy Library website.

    American Legion Department of Michigan - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 8, 2018

    The Michigan American Legion has a few different scholarships available for students.

  • $500 William D. & Jewell Brewer Scholarship
  • Available to residents of Michigan who are a son, daughter or grandchild of a veteran planning to attend any recognized college or university.

  • Selection Based On:
    • Student's Academic Standing (2.5 GPA minimum)
    • Financial Need
    • Military Service Record
    • Student Academic Goals and Intentions
  • $800 - $18,000 Oratorical Contest
  • A contestant must register with their American Legion, Department of Michigan by November 18, 2017. Most Posts have information available and a student should contact a local American Legion Post and ask for sponsorship.

    The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program “A Constitutional Speech Contest” is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States among high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship.

    • Must be a Michigan resident
    • Must be a United States citizen
    • Must be enrolled in high school grades 9, 10, 11, or 12
    • Must be younger than 20 years old
    • Must do 2 speeches; One must be on some aspect of the Constitution with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government (but not the preamble) and the second will be an Assigned Topic on one of the articles and sections or amendments of the Constitution of the United States; see Contest Information Sheet for more information
    • Must be spoken in the English language
    • Speech length; see Contest Information Sheet
    • Songs in a speech are not permitted
    • Quotations may be used and indicated as such but quotes 10 words or more in length will need the author’s name and cited orally
  • $10,000 National American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year
  • The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will receive an $10,000 scholarship. Three second-place scholarship awards will be given in the amount of $2,500 each. The scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive their scholarships immediately upon graduation from a state accredited high school (public, parochial, military, private, or home school) and must utilize the total award within four (4) years of their graduation date, excluding active military duty.

    • Must be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary unit or Sons of The American Legion squadron.
    • OR
    • Be a registered, active member of a chartered Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew, and the son or grandson of a Legionnaire or Auxiliary member.
    • AND
    • Received the Eagle Scout Award.
    • Be an active member of his religious institution and must have received the appropriate Boy Scout religious emblem.
    • Have demonstrated practical citizenship in church, school, Scouting, and community.
    • Have reached his 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.
    • Reside in the department (state) to which he applies
  • $500 Guy M. Wilson Scholarship
  • Available to residents of Michigan who are a son, daughter or grandchild of a veteran planning to attend any recognized college or university.

  • Selection Based On:
    • Student's Academic Standing (2.5 GPA minimum)
    • Financial Need
    • Military Service Record
    • Student Academic Goals and Intentions
    For more information, please visit the Michigan Legion website.

    Ron Brown Scholar Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 9, 2018

    The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.

    Recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. Since the Program’s inception in 1996, more than 300 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars.

  • Eligibility:
    • Must be Black/African American.
    • Demonstrate academic achievement.
    • Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential.
    • Must participate in community service activities.
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
    • Be a current high school senior at the time of your application.
    For more information, please visit the Ron Brown Scholars website.

    Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 11, 2018

    Our vision is to see that all APIAs have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or financial means. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of APIA students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a stronger America.

    Minimum Eligibility Criteria
    • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
    • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
    • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university. Please read the scholarships by supporter details below for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship.
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
    • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA
    • Submit one letter of recommendation
    • Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status
    • Are the first in their families to attend college
    For more information, please visit the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund website.

    Baer Reintegration Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 12, 2018

    Until recently, the idea that people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder could move their lives forward or even reintegrate into their communities was thought by many to be unrealistic and unobtainable. But with the advent of newer medications, lives have been transformed. However, medication is only the first step. The support of people and programs in the community is essential. Opening the door to educational opportunities is one way to help people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder transition from a world of chaos and withdrawal to one of accomplishment.

    Reintegration is an achievable goal and dreams are possible for those who have been touched by mental illness. The Center for Reintegration together with the Sidney R. Baer Jr. Foundation will continue to offer the Baer Reintegration Scholarship for those active in their recovery.

    The Baer Reintegration Scholarship program is designed to offer financial assistance to eligible students to attain a certificate or degree, such as a Bachelor's or Graduate degree.

  • Eligibility
    • Be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
    • Be currently receiving medical treatment for the disease, including medications and psychiatric followup, or have treating physician’s documentation of past history noted on Recommendation Form
    • Be actively involved in rehabilitative or reintegration efforts, such as clubhouse membership, part or full-time employment, volunteer efforts or school enrollment
    • Be a U.S. citizen and plan to attend a school in the United States
    • Be age 18 years or older by April 1, 2018
    For more information, please visit the Baer Reintegration website.

    National Military Family Association - Outside Scholarship for Military spouses

    Deadline: January 15, 2018

    The mission of this scholarship program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security. The National Military Family Association created its scholarship program to provide financial assistance to military spouses who are working toward their education goals. Through the inspiration of Joanne Holbrook Patton, who recognized a scholarship serves both as a reward and an incentive, our Association launched the program to enhance military spouse career potential.

  • Eligibility:
    • are a military spouse with a valid military ID
    • are married to an active duty, reserve, guard, retired, medically retired, wounded or fallen service member (must be a service-related wound, illness, injury or death that took place after September 11, 2001)
    • are a dual service military spouse
    • are a divorced spouse, but ONLY if you receive 20/20/20 benefits or 20/20/15 benefits
    • are married when we ask for verification paperwork, usually a month after the applications close
    For more information, please visit the National Military Family Association website.

    Mensa Education & Reseach Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: January 15, 2018

    The Mensa Foundation recognizes, encourages and communicates excellence in intelligence globally through education, research and recognition programs. Each year the Mensa Foundation gives away an average of $130,000 through a scholarship program run by 450 volunteers from coast to coast; presents national and international awards in recognition of research, education and practical achievement regarding giftedness, intelligence and creativity; and publishes the Mensa Research Journal. The Mensa Foundation also sponsors award-winning educational activities including the podcast series Conversations with Mensa and projects for gifted youth such as the Mensa For Kids Web site.

    The Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need. U.S. applicants need not be Mensa members.

  • There are two requirements for applicants:
    • The applicant must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning during the academic year following the application date.
    • The applicant must submit an application and essay explaining his or her career, academic and/or vocational goals along with information that shows how the applicant intends to achieve the stated goal.

    For more information, please visit the Mensa Foundation website.

    We have had a winner of this scholarship!

    The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 26, 2018

    The MOPH Scholarship Program is a competitive scholarship program that awards approximately eighty (80) scholarships to Purple Heart recipients and their spouses, children, and grandchildren each year.

    To be eligible to apply for a MOPH Scholarship, each applicant needs to be a member of one of the following categories:

    • a Purple Heart recipient who is also a member of MOPH, or
    • his/her spouse, or
    • his/her direct lineal descendent (child, step-child, adopted child, grandchild or step-grandchild), or
    • the spouse, widow/widower, or direct lineal descendent of a service member killed-in-action or who died of wounds. If the Purple Heart recipient is listed as killed-in-action or died of wounds, supporting documentation must accompany the application.
  • In order to receive an MOPH Scholarship, applicants must meet the following three requirements:
    • be a current senior of a high school or GED program, or currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and have not received a Bachelor's Degree yet, and
    • accepted by or enrolled as a FULL-TIME undergraduate student at an accredited U.S. college, university, or trade school at the time the scholarship is awarded, and
    • be able to demonstrate the capacity for advanced academic achievement or technical proficiency as demonstrated by maintaining at least a 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) based on an un-weighted 4.0 grading system.

    Graduate students and students going back to school to receive additional undergraduate degrees after successfully completing at least one prior undergraduate degree program are not eligible to apply.

    For more information, please visit the Military Order of the Purple Heart website.

    **We have had a winner of this scholarship in the past!

    Union Plus Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31, 2018

    The Union Plus Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, is open to students attending or planning to attend a four-year college or university, a community college or a technical college or trade school.

    Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

  • Eligibility
    • Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations) are eligible. Grandchildren are not eligible unless a legal dependent (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2018.
    • Members of participating unions from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada are eligible to apply.
    • The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college, university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Awards must be used for the 2018 - 2019 school year.
    • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.
    For more information, please visit the Union Plus website.

    My Personal Credit Union - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31, 2018

    My Personal Credit Union's Board of Directors will award four $1,500 MPCU Scholarships in 2018! As you know, the increasing costs of higher education can be quite daunting, and a MPCU Scholarship (and MPCU membership) can help!

  • Eligibility
    • You must be a member (primary account owner) in good standing for at least 1 year prior to the deadline.
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.00.
    • A copy of your school transcripts must be submitted.
    • Please submit an essay (300 word maximum) on what the credit union means to you.
    • Graduate students, employees, officials of My Personal Credit Union and their immediate families are not eligible.
    For more information, please visit the My Personal Credit Union website.

    National Jewish Committee on Scouting - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31, 2018

    The National Jewish Committee on Scouting will award scholarships to Eagle Scouts who best meet the qualifications outlined below:

  • Eligible applicants must:
    • Be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team, or Venturing crew.
    • Have received the Eagle Scout Award.
    • Be an active member of a synagogue and must have received the Ner Tamid or Etz Chaim religious emblem.
    • Have demonstrated practical citizenship in his synagogue, school, Scouting unit, and community.
    • Be enrolled in an accredited high school and in his final year at the time of selection. Exception - Scouts whose Eagle Scout boards of review are held the same year of their high school graduation may apply in that calendar year. They may receive a scholarship one time only.
    For more information, please visit the National Jewish Committee on Scouting website.

    ESA Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1, 2018

    ESA is committed to helping future generations achieve their goals for higher education. Annually, the ESA Foundation awards a number of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate college students with diverse backgrounds and interests. All students are encouraged to apply for these college scholarships. Deserving applicants are judged on the criteria of character, leadership, service, financial need, and scholastic ability.

  • The ESA Foundation awards numerous scholarships annually. Here are the ones that are just art specific but there are many general scholarships offered also:
    • Fashion Design: Charline E. McCue Memorial Endowment, GPA minimum = 3.00
    • Architecture or Interior Design: Dorothy Dyer Vanek Endowment, GPA minimum = 3.00
    • Art Education or Studio Art: Ellsworth Family Endowment, GPA minimum 3.00

    For more information on these scholarships and many more, please visit the Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Foundation website.

    IAFF W. H. “Howie” McClennan Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1, 2018

    The W. H. "Howie" McClennan scholarship provides financial assistance for sons, daughters or legally adopted children of fire fighters killed in the line of duty planning to attend a university, accredited college or other institution of higher learning.

    Selection Criteria:
    Awards are based on financial need, aptitude promise and demonstrated academic achievement.

    How to Apply:
  • All applicants, both new and renewal applicants, must submit all application materials. Applications materials include:
    • A completed Scholarship Application Form.
    • An official copy of a school transcript and grade report from the school currently attending or most recently attended. The official school transcript should list all grade points earned and academic course work completed to date.
    • A brief statement (about 200 words) prepared by the applicant that indicates their reasons for wanting to continue their education.
    • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator, counselor, clergy, work supervisor or military supervisor (active, reserve or National Guard) who can address the qualifications and academic aptitude of the scholarship applicant. The required letters of recommendation may not be from immediate family members, close family friends, blood relatives, or relationships by marriage.
    For more information, please visit the IAFF website.

    Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 2, 2018

    Elks are community. No matter where you go in the country, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With more than 850,000 members and 2,000 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities. Join us in service to your community!

    Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks members. The Foundation will offer a total of 300 awards.

  • Eligibility:
    • Any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2015, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2015, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2018. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.
    • The applicant must be a high school senior.
    • The applicant must apply online only.
    • If the applicant's parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent's Elks Lodge.
    • Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test by December 31, 2017.
    • Students may apply for more than one ENF scholarship; however, they may win only one. In cases where the student qualifies for more than one, we will award the scholarship with the greater value.
    • Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities. (Note: Applicants from Guam, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Philippines may apply Legacy Awards toward schools, colleges or universities in their respective homes.)
    For more information, please visit the Elks website.

    General Federation of Women’s Clubs - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 2, 2018

    Success for Survivors Scholarship

    As part of the GFWC Signature Program: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention, the GFWC Success For Survivors Scholarship was created in 2011 to lend a helping hand to those impacted by intimate partner violence who are pursuing higher education. The scholarship aims to provide survivors with a means to achieve both financial and personal independence. Since its inception in 2011, GFWC has awarded over $60,000 in scholarship funds.

    We award $2,500 scholarships to help survivors of intimate partner abuse obtain a post-secondary education that will offer them the chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.

  • Eligibility:
    • Survived intimate partner abuse. The term intimate partner abuse describes physical, sexual, and/or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.
    • Citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
    • Enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited public or private post-secondary or vocational institution.
    • Recommended by a licensed or accredited domestic violence agency and/or counselor or social worker, willing to provide information on behalf of the applicant.

    For more information, please visit the GFWC website.

  • We have had a recipient of this scholarship.
  • Courageous Persuaders Video Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 9, 2018

    Create. Inform. Empower. A high school scholarship competition unlike any other. Enter your 30-second TV commercial about the dangers of underage drinking or texting while driving. Middle school classrooms gauge the commercials persuasiveness and ultimately determine winners.

    Each year, more than 10,000 young people, ages 16 to 25, die as a result of alcohol use. It is a tragic problem.

    As early as grade school, kids feel pressure to drink. Sometimes, the courage to say "no" can come from an older kid. In Courageous Persuaders®, high school students create television commercials targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of alcohol use or texting while driving.

  • YOUR CHALLENGE
  • Create a TV commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking or texting while driving, students can enter separate videos in both categories. Win scholarship money and trophies, have fun, and gain valuable experience. The grand prize-winning commercial will be broadcast on TV and the team that created it will work with Pluto Post and the DADA Education Foundation to upgrade their spot for air.

    These competitions are open to all high school students in grades 9-12 - not only those taking video production. Winners will be selected based on ideas.

    Nearly $30,000 in scholarships will be awarded to high school students.

    For more information, please visit the Courageous Persuaders website.

    Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 15, 2018

    The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program, awarded annually, provides financial assistance for post-high school education to dependents of roadway workers killed or permanently disabled in roadway work zones. The Foundation will help ensure that their dependents academic dreams will continue.

  • ELIGIBILITY
  • Eligible applicants must be dependents of roadway workers killed or permanently disabled in work zone related construction or maintenance activities, including mobile operations and the installation of roadway safety features. Spouses of fallen workers and parents with custody or legal guardianship of surviving children are also eligible.

  • All applicants will be judged by the following four criteria:
    • An official copy of the applicant’s transcript and grade report from the school currently being attended or most recently attended. The transcript should list all grade points earned and all academic coursework completed to date
    • A written essay that explains the applicants reasons for wanting to continue his or her education.
    • The applicant’s demonstrated need for financial assistance for continuing education. The need for financial assistance will be based on a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
    • Two letters of recommendation in support of the candidate’s application and the views expressed therein

    An additional award of $1000 may be granted and this award is based solely on the applicant’s volunteer experiences and commitment to volunteerism.

    For more information, please visit the ATSSA website.

    Simon Youth Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 15, 2018

    Our scholarships support hundreds of college-bound students each year, because Simon Youth Foundation’s work with students doesn’t stop when they graduate from high school. To-date, we have awarded more than $16 million in scholarships to more than 4,500 students in 42 states. And we’re just getting started.

  • To be eligible, applicants must:
    • Be a high school senior attending school and living near a Simon® mall property or in the surrounding communities Simon Mall locations
    • Be a legal U.S. resident
    • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school in Fall 2018
    • Demonstrate academic promise and financial need
    • Applicants will be evaluated based on academic promise, financial need, essay response, work experience and community/extracurricular involvement
    For more information, please visit the Simon Youth Foundation website.

    The Christophers’ Annual Poster Contest for High School Students - Outside Competition

    Deadline: February 19, 2018

    A nonprofit organization founded in 1945, The Christophers uses the media to spread two basic ideas: There’s nobody like you, and you can make a difference. This message, based on the concept of service to God and all humanity, is addressed to people of all faiths and of no particular faith. The Christopher motto is: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

    Students in Grades 9 through 12 are invited to interpret our theme “One Person Can Make A Difference” in an original poster.

  • PRIZES:
  • 1st Prize – $1,000
  • 2nd Prize – $500
  • 3rd Prize – $250
  • Plus up to five Honorable Mention prizes of $100 each
  • Posters must include the statement “You can make a difference” and illustrate the idea that one person can change the world for the better.

    For more information, please visit The Christophers website.

    Vegetarian Resource Group - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 20, 2018

    The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. We have been helping health professionals, food services, businesses, educators, students, vegans, and vegetarians since 1982.

    Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs.

    One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in spring 2018. Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.

    For more information, please visit the Vegetarian Resource Group website.

    Gordon A Rich Memorial Fund - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 20, 2018

    The Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation (“GAR”) was created to honor the memory of Gordon Rich. Gordon was an individual of extraordinary talent, energy and persistence with a passion for life. He was extremely bright, hard working, a superb athlete, an accomplished pianist, a master chef and wine connoisseur, an advisor to corporations and their leaders and a loving father and husband. His effusive personality combined with a genuine interest in the well being of others yielded him a plethora of friends from all walks of life.

  • Requirements:
    • Applicants must be dependent children of full-time employees in the financial services industry (commercial banks, investment banks, securities brokerage firms, insurance companies, fund and asset management companies, credit card and finance companies and similar businesses as determined by the Foundation). Employees must be presently employed with five years of experience OR no longer employed in this field but had ten years of experience which ended no longer than five years prior to the GAR Scholarship application closing date (which is located on the top of the application).
    • Students must be graduating high school seniors who are enrolling as full time first year students in pursuit of a four-year bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States.
    • Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and rank in the top 20% of their class.
    • Students must demonstrate financial need.
    • Students must be a US citizen or legal resident.
  • Applications will require:
    • Applicant Data
    • Parent/Guardian Information
    • Applicant Appraisal to be completed by a high school counselor or a teacher from your junior or senior year
    • An essay response (500 words or less) Drawing on your own interests, accomplishments and experiences, tell how you’ve embodied the passion, spirit and ideals exemplified in the life of Gordon Rich. (Information about Mr. Rich is available on the Gordon A. Rich website)
    • An official transcript of grades from each school attended
    • Cumulative GPA
    • Standardized test scores (SAT I or ACT)
    For more information, please visit the Gordon Rich Memorial Foundation website.

    World of 7 Billion - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 22, 2018

    We now live in a world of over 7 billion people and demographers expect us to reach 9 billion by mid-century. Human population growth exacerbates many of the innumerable challenges facing our global society. Taking on these complex challenges and finding solutions will require understanding, cooperation and creativity.

    Create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges.

    • Advancing Women and Girls -access to education, gender equality, women in government, women’s health, child marriage
    • Feeding 10 Billion -hunger, food waste, resource and energy use, deforestation, pollution
    • Preventing Pollution -impacts on air, water, and land, climate change, human and wildlife health, ecosystem destruction

    All videos must include how population growth impacts the issue and at least one idea for a sustainable solution.

  • Who can enter?
  • All students, grades 6-12 worldwide are eligible to participate and win.

    For more information, please visit the World of 7 Billion website.

    Michigan Education Association - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 22, 2018

    The Michigan Education Association is an organization dedicated to the principles of public education, advancement of quality education, and security of the rights of education employees.

    The amount and number of scholarships offered each year shall be determined by the trustees of the MEA Scholarship Fund. Such scholarships may be offered on a renewal basis limited to four times in a five-year period.

  • Eligibility
    • Dependent of MEA member or MEA-Retired member in good standing.
    • Graduate of a Michigan public high school or private high school that has an MEA bargaining unit.
    • Will attend or is currently an undergraduate student of a Michigan public community/junior college, four-year degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a degree, certification or license.
    • Note: Children of MEA officers, fund trustees, and MEA staff are not eligible. (A child of an MEA, MESSA or MEA-FS staff person is eligible if the other parent is an MEA member.)
    • The scholarship will not be awarded for the purpose of working on a post-baccalaureate degree.

    Priority is given on the basis of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, school and community service, and students from lower income households.

    Scholarship determination will be made strictly on the merit of the applicant’s performance against the above criteria. The selection and award of scholarships is a nondiscriminatory process.

    For more information, please visit the Michigan Education Association website.

    Frankenmuth Community Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: February 28, 2018

    The Frankenmuth Community Foundation offers a variety of Scholarship Funds. They administer a scholarship program that helps local Frankenmuth High School students pursue higher education each year.

    Interested high school students should see their counselors at Frankenmuth High School for more information and an application.

    ***If your parent or grandparent is an active or retired employee of the Michigan State Police living in the State of Michigan, and if you are a member of the current graduating class or a graduate of a high school, you may apply for the Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Scholarship.

    For more information, please visit the Frankenmuth Community Foundation website.

    Apartment List Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2018

    Apartment List is one of the fastest growing apartment rental marketplaces in the United States. Finding your next home should be a delightful process, and we’re building the technology tools for a better tomorrow. Our award-winning platform draws nearly 3 million monthly visits, and we have the highest rated iPhone app in the category. We have over 60 employees and are based in San Francisco, CA.

    As a company filled with many college grads, we know that college is an important life endeavor, but one that can be expensive. We couldn’t have graduated without a little help along the way, and we want to give back to the future leaders of America. Therefore, we are offering a $500 scholarship to outstanding students who exemplify one or more of Apartment List’s core values:

    • Bold While Pragmatic
    • Endlessly Helpful
    • Making an Impact
    • Driven by Data
    • Succeeding Together
    • Forever Learning

    You may have mentored a fellow student, organized a fundraiser for charity, or gone on a humanitarian trip abroad. Whatever your achievements, we want to hear from you!

  • Eligibility
  • Any legal U.S. resident at least eighteen (18) years old who meets one of the following criteria:
    • Currently attending high school and will be attending an accredited university or college in the next academic year
    • Currently attending an accredited university or college (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible)

    To apply, please submit an application that includes answers to the following questions:

    • What have you done that exemplifies one (or more) of Apartment List’s core values?
    • What is most important to you when choosing a place to call “home”?
    For more information, please visit the Apartment List website.

    Danish Sisterhood of America - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2018

    The Danish Sisterhood of America is very proud of its Scholarship and Grant Program. Our Scholarship and Grant Program is made possible through generous endowments and memorial funds and are being supplemented by donations from individual members, lodges, and districts of the Danish Sisterhood. No membership dues are used to support these scholarships and grants.

    Betty Hansen National Scholarship
  • Up to six available at $2500 each.
  • The applicant must:
    • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Be a full time student enrolled in or entering an accredited four-year college or university as a graduate or undergraduate student
    For more information, please visit the Danish Sisterhood of America website.

    Gerber Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: March 1, 2018

    The Gerber Foundation offers competitive scholarships for students in West Michigan graduating from high schools in Newaygo, Oceana or Muskegon counties.

  • Only students graduating from one of the following high schools in Michigan are eligible to apply.
    • Newaygo County - Fremont, Hesperia, Grant, Newaygo, White Cloud, Home-schooled (GPA 2.00 - 3.70 only)
    • Muskegon - Holton, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Ravenna (GPA 2.00 - 3.70 only)
    • Oceana - Hart, Pentwater, Shelby, Walkerville (GPA 2.00 - 3.70 only)

    Complete the application, submit one letter of recommendation, and provide a statement about yourself, including a brief summary of your interests, job experiences, extracurricular activities, community service, and why you are interested in the field you have chosen. Indicate how you have prepared yourself for this profession through the activities in which you have participated and what your dream job might look like. Do not use any proper names in this statement.

    For more information, please visit the Gerber Foundation website.

    One of our students has received a scholarship from here!

    Annual Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2018

    Would you like your artwork featured by the leading publisher of premium quality cards in the United States? Here's your chance! We formally invite you to enter our 11th Annual Create-A-Greeting Card $10,000 contest. Design a greeting card for the opportunity to win yourself a $10,000 scholarship and $1,000 for your school. Plus, your winning entry will be made into a bona fide greeting card by The Gallery Collection.

    • This contest is open to all high school, college and university students enrolled during the time period of the contest in an academic program designed to conclude with the awarding of a diploma or a degree.
    • This contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, as well as American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. International students who have a student visa to attend school in the United States are considered legal residents and eligible.
    • One application allowed per person. If it is determined that a person has entered with more than one identity, all of that person’s entries will be disqualified.
    • Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.

    Every month our judges will put 100 entries for voting on our site. The top 10 entries with the most votes from each session will automatically move on to the Finalist Round. Our judging team will have 1 "Save" available to them each month, which will allow them to pick a design outside the top 10 in voting, to move onto the Finalist Round.

    For the Finalist Voting Round the top 10 entries from each monthly voting session along with any "saved" entries will be put up for voting. The top 5 entries with the most votes along with 5 entries that the judging team selects will be the official Top 10 Finalists. The judging team will select the winner from these 10 Finalists.

    For more information, please visit The Gallery Collection website.

    KCAD has had a Top 10 Finalist!

    American Legion Auxiliary Children of Warriors Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2018

    It is important to acknowledge the sacrifices of our servicemembers who preserve our freedom, but that is not enough. The sacrifices of the children of those who served should also be honored. Providing funds to assist these children so they can pursue higher education is a concrete way of showing how much we, as a nation, care.

    The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship program to support the children of our warriors. These scholarships are awarded to 15 students annually who excel in academics and volunteer in their communities.

    Requirements:
    • Candidates for this award shall be daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, or great-grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion. See application for these dates.
    • Applicants must be in their senior year of high school.
    • Must submit an original essay consisting of no more than 1,000 words. The title of the article/essay will be "What I will do to make my college or university a better place for students and staff."
    • The following four letters of recommendation are required: One letter from either the principal or guidance counselor of the school from which the applicant will graduate, to include size of class and student's position in the class and the cumulative grade point average, one letter from a clergyman/clergywoman of the applicant's choice, and two letters from adult citizens, other than relatives, attesting to the applicant's character in regard to conduct, citizenship and leadership.
    • Applicant must complete 50 hours of volunteer service within the community, verified in writing by the recipient organization(s).
    For more information, please visit the American Legion Auxiliary website.

    Islamic Society of North America - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 15, 2018

    The Islamic Society of North America is pleased to announce scholarships for Muslim American students pursuing a college education in the United States:

    Dr. Abdulmunim A. Shakir Scholarship: Given his strong belief in the value education, Dr. Shakir arranged for a scholarship fund to be established to support freshmen students in their first year of higher education. 20 students will be awarded $1000 each in any field of study. Awards based on academic achievement, leadership experience and volunteer service. The objective is to help students achieve and succeed by receiving aid financially.

  • ELIGIBILITY:
    • Applicant must have a 3.0 or higher GPA.
    • Applicant must be a high school senior.
    • Applicant must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
    • Applicant must be attending a US accredited institution.
    For more information, please visit the ISNA website.

    Daughters of the Cincinnati - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 15, 2018

    The Daughters of the Cincinnati gives college scholarships to the daughters of career commissioned officers of the United States armed services. Founded in 1894 by descendants of George Washington’s officers, our organization has given scholarships to officers’ daughters for over a hundred years.

    Applicant must be a senior in high school who is the daughter of a career officer commissioned in the army, navy, air force, coast guard, or marine corps (active, retired, or deceased while on active duty).

    Selection is based on both merit and financial need. The application process includes an essay, a secondary school report, a letter of recommendation from the applicant's community, and a Student Aid Report (SAR).

    For more information, please visit the Daughters of the Cincinnati website.

    Deanna Lynn Potts Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 30, 2018

    Deanna Lynn Potts was born with Cystinosis and lived to be 27 years old. Before she died, she discussed her wishes to start a scholarship fund for children with Cystinosis. We know how devastating a chronic illness can have on a family emotionally, physically, socially, and financially. Children with Cystinosis are living longer, thanks to medical science and therefore, embarking on careers. These careers require education. Education is expensive, yet something we do not want to deprive our children of in our world today. Due to the financially draining medical costs, it might prove difficult to send a child to college.

  • APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
    • Each candidate must be a current high school senior, who has Cystinosis and have a financial need.
    • Documentation/verification of Cystinosis (e.g. letter from physician.)
    • An official copy of high school transcript.
    • Two letters of recommendation from current teachers/faculty members and/or counselors regarding applicant's scholastic aptitude and personal qualifications.
    • An essay of 500 words. We want to know a person who has played a vital role in student's life. How? Why? The essay should be typewritten and double spaced
    • A copy of the previous year's income tax return.
    For more information, please visit the Cystinosis Foundation

    Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: March 31, 2018

  • Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards
  • Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth.

  • Eligibility:
    • Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States.
    • Maximum student age of 18 at time of local entry.
    • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
    • Applicant does not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate, but the student must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary.

      Art must be on paper or canvas. Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink, or oil may be used. Digital art and photography are not accepted. The art should be no smaller than 8" x 10" but no larger than 18" x 24", not including the mat. Do not frame!

      Each entry will be judged on the originality of concept, presentation, and patriotism expressed; the content of how it relates to patriotism and clarity of ideas; the design technique; total impact of work; and uniqueness.

    • Awards
    • $10,000 first place
    • $5,000 second place
    • $2,500 third place
    • $1,500 fourth place
    • $500 fifth - eighth place
    For more information and entry form, please visit the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW website.

    **We have had a past winner of this scholarship!

    eCampusTours.com - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 31, 2018

    Register to win a $1000 scholarship from eCampusTours. It's as easy as 1-2-3...

  • Step 1 - Read the Scholarship Giveaway rules.
  • Step 2 - Create an eCampusTours account. If you already have a User ID and Password, you can go on to Step 3. You may retrieve your password if you have forgotten it.
  • Step 3 - Register for the scholarship.
  • This sweepstakes is open to students who are U.S. citizens, a U.S. national, a permanent resident of the U.S., or a person residing in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose with intent to become a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and are enrolled or who intend to enroll in an institution of higher education.

    For more information, please visit the eCampusTours.com website.

    Sawinery DIY Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: April 17, 2018

    We are looking for creative DIY students. Woodworking is kind of DIY (Do It Yourself) hobby for many people and like any other DIY, you have to learn by yourself and get creative. Those are the students we are looking for, the creative ones. So if you are a creative student, and can tell us about any DIY experience you had in any topic (not only woodworking) – this is a great scholarship opportunity for you. It could be anything, but it must be creative and something that anyone can do.

  • AVAILABLE TO:
    • Students studying in colleges or university.
    • Students from all around the globe are welcomed.
  • HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
    • STEP 1: WRITE AN ARTICLE
    • Write a unique article about any DIY project you have done. Articles between 1,000-2,500 words will be best. Use only doc and docx files.

    • STEP 2: USE RELATED IMAGES
    • Use REAL images related to your project. Use only PNG or JPG formats, GIF’s are not allowed.

    • STEP 3: INCLUDE YOUR DETAILS
    • Add your personal details in the start of the doc file. Must have information: Name, Phone Number and Address, College Name, What do you study

  • WHAT POINTS YOU HAVE TO HIGHLIGHT IN THE ARTICLE
    • Project Name
    • How long did it take for the project
    • Equipment required for the project
    • Step by step instructions, with images if possible
    • What experience you had in the subject before the project
    • Uses of the project
    For more information, please visit the Sawinery website.

    1800wheelchair Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: May 1, 2018

    Established in 2006, the 1800wheelchair scholarship now awards two $500 scholarships each year.

  • Participants must meet the following criteria:
    • 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
  • Scholarship Topic
  • Please submit a 'visual poem', in a style of your choosing, on the theme of overcoming a personal challenge. Limit your 'visual poem' to an 8.5in x 11in piece of paper. You can choose to represent words, images, or both. It can abstract or representational. Please include a personal statement that gives us an idea of who you are and how your poem relates to a challenge you've faced. The poem and essay (combined) should be between 500 and 1,000 words, but feel free to write a little more or less.

    For more information, please visit the 1800wheelchair.com website.

    Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: May 20, 2018

    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, our mission is to help you live on your terms, 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.

  • ELIGIBILITY
    • 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
    • Spring 2018 Study Abroad deadline is December 20, 2017
    • Fall 2018 Study Abroad deadline is May 20, 2018

    For more information, please visit the Tortuga Backpacks website.

    1st Art Gallery.com Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: May 31, 2018

    1st-Art-Gallery.com is proud to announce a $1000 annual scholarship for new, current, and returning college students! This scholarship is designed to help a student become successful in a career focused on one aspect of art or design. Applicants will be able to submit their entry along with a design, drawing, film, artwork, short story, poem or literally any type of art they are most proud of. The winner will be selected by the end of June and the winner will receive $1000 towards higher education.

  • Eligibility
    • High school students graduating this calendar year and have been accepted into a college, university, trade school, or design school.
    • Students currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, or design school.
  • Guidelines
  • We want to see your creative side! Show us one piece of art that makes you proud. This can be any type of art submission including (but not limited to) a painting, photograph, statue, song, animation, video, film, illustration, story, poem or any other type of art.

    For more information, please visit the 1st Art Gallery website.

    Walmart Foundation Associate Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    The Walmart Foundation offers scholarship programs that benefit qualified Walmart associates and their high school senior dependents.

  • Eligibility:
    • 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.)
  • Deadline dates vary.
  • For more information, please visit the Walmart website.

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - Study Abroad Outside Scholarships

    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

  • Eligibility:
    • Be a citizen of the United States;
    • Be an undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States
    • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship;
    • Be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and four weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country and eligible for credit from the student's home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
    • Be proposing to study in a country not currently under a Travel Warning issued by the United States Department of State.
  • Deadlines: (Subject to change)
    • Fall or entire academic year (Programs beginning in July through October) Application opens in January, deadline in March
    • Spring (Programs beginning in December through April) Application opens in August, deadline in October
    • Summer (Programs beginning in May through August) Application opens the prior August for early Summer, deadline in October
    • Summer (Programs beginning in May through August) Application opens in January for late Summer, deadline in March

    For more information, please visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website.

    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.

    DoSomething.org - Outside Scholarships

    Are you between the ages of 13 and 25? Want to do good AND enter to win a college scholarship? Then you’re in the right spot.

  • Apply for a DoSomething.org college scholarship in 3 easy steps:
    • Sign up for a campaign.
    • Complete the campaign (some take 5 minutes or less!).
    • Upload a photo to show you completed the campaign.

    That’s right: no essays, no GPA requirements, no recommendations, no applications.

    For more information, please visit the DoSomething.org website.

    We have had a past winner!

    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

    If you’re the type of person who likes to weigh all available options, then look no further! Our full list of scholarships, awards and grants will give you fun, unusual, academic, need-based, student-specific, career, and even more types of scholarships. Browse through our full list and find new scholarships to add to your college fund. Or use our Scholarship Match to instantly find ones that are perfect for you. Millions of scholarships, a million times easier.

    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 scholarships.

    To create an on-line profile, please visit the scholarshipexperts.com website.

    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.

  • How It Works
    • express yourself
    • 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.

    • critique and vote
    • 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.

    • your vision, brought to life
    • 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.

    For more information, please visit the Minted website.

    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.
    For more information, please visit the CKSF website.

    Varsity Tutors - Outside Scholarship Competition

    Varsity Tutors offers a monthly 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 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.
    For more information, please visit the Varsity Tutors website.

    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.

  • Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship for Migrant Workers
  • 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.
  • Application Criteria:
    • 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.
    For more information, please visit the Geneseo Migrant Center website.

    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?

  • 1. Earn Points
  • 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!

  • 2. Enter Drawings
  • Your earned scholarship points are chances to win. Each point you earn equals one entry into a monthly $1,000 or quarterly $10,000 scholarship drawing. The more points you earn, the more chances to win!
  • 3. Win Scholarships
  • All winners are randomly selected from the total points entered and announced on ScholarshipPoints.com a couple times each month. Your chances of winning increase with each activity you complete. The more activities you do, the more points you earn, and the more chances you will have to win a scholarship!
  • 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 the instruction sheet. That will expedite processing of this application.

  • In addition, the following information must be provided:
    • 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.

    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.

  • Eligibility:
    • 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.
  • The Veteran must:
    • 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.
    For more information, please visit the LA Tutors website.

    University Tutor Monthly Scholarship Contest - Outside Scholarship

    UniversityTutor.com will conduct a scholarship essay contest by posting a monthly essay prompt. A participant may submit only one essay per Contest. Essay submissions that are incomplete, submitted late, pertain to topics other than the applicable topic for the Contest, or otherwise do not comply with these Rules and Regulations will not be accepted and evaluated as part of the Contest.

  • Eligibility
  • This Contest is open to anyone that is 16 years of age or older or the applicable age of legal consent under the applicable laws of such person’s country or territory, provided that any participants under the age of 18 return a signed copy of their parent or legal guardian’s consent, before participating in the applicable Contest and in the manner specified by UniversityTutor.com on the Website.

    Additionally, no participant is required to purchase any services from UniversityTutor.com to participate in or win any award from participating in the Contest.

    Each essay must be at least 300 words and in response to a monthly essay prompt made available on the Website. All essay submissions must be submitted through the Website by 11:59 P.M. CST by the last day of the Contest Period. Only those essay submissions submitted through the Website will accepted and judged under the Contest. No mailed-in essays will be accepted or considered under this Contest.

    For more information, please visit the University Tutor website.

    CARiD Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    CARiD is giving away $1,000 to offset your educational expenses for college! Just getting the essentials can add up quickly and CARiD wants to help - books, food, backpacks, some sweet spinners for your commuter vehicle, or whatever else you need to get ready for school! Most importantly - CARiD believes in higher education and wants to help you achieve your goals!

  • How do I apply?
  • Create a photo inspired by any aspect of the automotive industry and email it to scholarship@CARiD.com. Here are some ideas to get you started: Your first car, custom modifications you've made, something that makes your vehicle unique, or the coolest vehicle you've ever seen - we're looking forward to your creativity!

    • Photos can be cropped, spliced, or edited however you see fit
    • Photos must be relevant to the automotive industry
    • All submitted photos must be original work of the submitter
    • Only one photo may be entered per student, per semester. Duplicate entries will be disqualified
    • All scholarships are non-renewable
  • Who can apply?
  • Any current US student who:
    • Is enrolled in post-secondary education in the upcoming semester
    • Is between the ages of 16 and 20
    • Is not a CARiD employee
    • Is not related to an employee of CARiD or its partners
  • When can I apply?
  • Two scholarships will be awarded each year:

    • Spring entries must be received before midnight on April 30
    • Fall entries must be received before midnight on October 31
  • Who will win?
  • We're looking for the most creative, inspiring, and thought provoking photos! So get to work and show us what you've got! The winning photo will be published here, on my.CARiD.com, and our other social media pages. We'll pick our favorite photo, and send a check for $1,000 to the winner!

    For more information, please visit the CARiD website.
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