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How do I find free money to help pay for college?

The short answer is to get money; you have to ask for it. Columbia College students have applied for and won scholarship money from non-military outside sources to the tune of over $200,000 this year alone.

You can be considered for a scholarship for any of the following reasons (and more):

  • Academic performance
  • Athletic achievement
  • Financial need (The FAFSA will be needed)
  • Religious affiliation
  • Minority status
  • Major of study
  • Heritage
  • Community affiliations
  • A unique set of criteria that's important to the organization providing funds

There's a lot of advice out there on the best way to apply for scholarships and it comes down to using common sense and following directions carefully. We have linked what we believe are the best scholarship sites, search engines, and helpful tips to assist you in searching for and winning scholarships.

The Financial Aid Facts site is an unbiased, summarized, comprehensive review of the who, what, when, where, and how of obtaining scholarships.

The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education.

This Quick Reference Guide from Fast Web is one of the most known scholarship finder services. It provides practical advice for students on how to win a scholarship, as well as common mistakes to avoid, and a list of key scholarship resources.

Sallie Mae offers free access to an award database that contains more than 3 million scholarships worth over $16 billion. Individuals can browse scholarships or utilize Sallie Mae's scholarship search. Please note: you must register to be able to use the scholarship search.

Once you've located possible scholarship opportunities, it's time to apply. All scholarship applications will require you to tell something about yourself. Some ask for greater detail than others, but the important thing to remember is to spend your time wisely. Apply for those scholarships that afford you the best opportunity to win.

Outside Scholarships

The scholarship listing is intended as a reference to help students find external scholarships. Columbia College cannot guarantee availability of the external scholarships listed. Students should contact the scholarship awarding agency or links provided for additional information regarding eligibility requirements, application procedures, and terms and conditions.

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American Bullion Scholarship 1/1 Five $500 College scholarships are awarded annually and five $250 high school scholarships are awarded annually to current college and high school students. Applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university within the United States. Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States or hold a valid U.S. student via. Applicants must also submit a 500-2000 word essay. Essay topic: Why is gold a good investment for future generations?
Talbots 1/3 The Talbots Scholarship Foundation will award $180,000 in college scholarships for women, including up to seventeen (17) $10,000 scholarships and one (1) $30,000 scholarship to an extraordinary finalist demonstrating courage, conviction and an insatiable entrepreneurial spirit.
Sansone & Lauber Annual Scholarship 1/5 We are offering three scholarships (1st Place-$500, 2nd Place-$300, 3rd Place-$200) to college-bound Missouri high school students or currently enrolled college students who write compelling essays about persuading teens to resist the dangerous temptation to text and drive. The essay contest is open to high school seniors who are preparing to attend college. Five finalists will be selected by the law firm's team of judges by Feb. 1, and their essays will be posted on the Sansone & Lauber website. The five finalists will the garner votes through social media for their essays. Essay Topic: Please write a 500-word essay detailing the best method to persuade teens to stop using their phones while driving. Come up with the best message or strategy to deal with this problem and present it in a well-written argument.
Concussion Awareness Scholarship 1/7 Twelve $1000 cash scholarships are awarded. Any graduate or undergraduate student (future or current) that has been accepted or attends a community college, technical/trade college, or university may apply. This "Concussion Awareness Scholarship" is available to all students not just athletes. The cash scholarship may be used for any documented related expenses incurred during 2015 while pursuing your education or for any documented expenses you will incur for the 2015 college year.
The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association 1/14 The NSNA Foundation awards over $345,000 annually in the general scholarship and promise of nursing programs. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. The scholarships are based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in nursing student organizations and community activities related to health care. Additional criteria may be required by some sponsors. Scholarships are awarded in the spring for use in summer school and the following academic year.
Dolman Law Group College Scholarship 1/15 Applicants for this $1100 scholarship must meet the following criteria: (1) Must be currently attending or planning to attend a college or university during the 2015-2016 academic year (2) Must be in good academic standing with your current educational institution (3) For applicants under 18, you must have permission from a parent or legal guardian and (4) Must apply to the contest via email and provide your name, address, and the name of the institution you are attending or plan to attend. Applicants must present a 2-3 minute video essay discussing the following issue: Texting has become one of the most popular forms of communication among young people today. The University of Michigan reports that one-quarter of all teens respond to a text message at least once every time they drive. Texting and driving is an extremely dangerous practice that caused thousands of preventable accidents and injuries each year. While many states have enacted legislation limiting texting and driving, it is still a prevalent practice among many drivers. What legal and social initiatives could lawmakers implement in order to curb texting and driving?
The Coit Scholarship: How do you secure your security deposit? 1/15 $1500 scholarship available to students enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university in the USA or in Canada, international students attending a US or Canadian college are also welcome to apply, and applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants must submit a short video essay. Essay Topic: 1.Write a short essay (250 words or fewer) telling us your tips and tricks for getting your security deposit back. Spill your secrets for getting your apartment or dorm room back to immaculate condition after you move out of it! How do you tackle holes, stains, marks, and scratches? What's possible to do yourself, and when do you call in a professional? All approaches and tips are welcome.
Asbestos Scholarships 1/20 Asbestos is a toxic mineral that causes mesothelioma, an often terminal cancer affecting more than 3,000 Americans annually. The topic you choose should bring light to the issues surrounding mesothelioma and help raise awareness about the disease, research, promising clinical trials, survivors and caregivers. The essay must be between 750 & 1500 words. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either an undergraduate or a graduate student enrolled in a U.S. institution. Applicants must also sumbit to letters of recommendation. There will be a 1st & a 2nd place winner who will each recieve a scholarship.
Goldwater Scholarship 1/23 Up to $7500 annually for one two years awarded to sophomores and juniors who plan to attend graduate school for study in the fields of mathematics and the natural sciences as preparation for careers in these fields; outstanding potential for successful careers; demonstrated high achievement in these fields; some research experience; and well defined plans to enter a career in these fields. Application must be submitted in an extensive written form and must be accompanied by an essay, transcripts and three letters of recommendation. The institution may nominate four current sophomores and juniors.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship 2/3 Up to $30,000 awarded for the final undergraduate year and several years of graduate education. Applicants must be in the top 25 percent of class and have a GPA of at least 3.5. Students must submit an application detailing career plans, academic qualifications, record of community and extracurricular activities, and an analysis of a public policy issue. Letters of recommendation are also required. For further information, contact the Truman campus advisor.
Lexington Law Scholarship Award 2/7 Each semester, one recipient will receive a $5000 scholarship to the institution of their choice. Any current, full-time student of an accredited US university or college with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 is welcome to apply. There is no age requirement. Applicants must write an essay of no fewer than 800 words about how they effectively fixed or established their good credit.
HyVee Scholarship 2/10 To be eligible to apply for a Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship, you may be pursuing any course of study but it must lead to a four-year college degree. Hy-Vee scholarships include $1,000 awarded to high school seniors and college students - for a total of $80,000 awarded in scholarship monies. The scholarship award is payable in a lump sum to be applied to normal college expenses including tuition, room and board, book purchases and rentals.
Jimmy Rane Foundation 2/15 The Jimmy Rane Foundation is dedicated to providing college scholarships to deserving students and strengthening our communities through education projects and grants.
Ronald Reagan Scholarship Program 2/17 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.
CreditRepair.com Scholarship 2/28 Three scholarships will be awarded each semester (fall and spring) totaling 5000. The awards are as follows: Credit Vision Award-$3000, Credit Education Award-$1500, and the Credit Education Award-$500. Any current, full-time, student of an accredited US university or college with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 is welcome to apply. There is no age requirement. Applicants must write an essay of no fewer than 800 words. Essay topic: What is your credit score, and why is it important for your future success?
Finney Law Office Future Leaders of St. Louis Scholarship 2/28 $1000 scholarship available to any high school or college student in the St. Louis, Missouri, area is eligible to apply for this scholarship. The student must be enrolled in a two-year or four-year institution for the upcoming semester.If you are interested in the legal field or a related field; such as government, politics, criminal justice, or finance; and are a high school or college student, apply today for the $1,000 Finney Law Office Future Leaders of St. Louis Scholarship.
James Madison Fellowship 3/1 The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.
Morris K. Udall Scholarship 3/1 $5000 scholarship (80 scholarships awarded) or $350 scholarship awarded to honorable mentions (50 honorable mentions awarded) for one year. Applicants must be full-time sophomores or juniors at the time of selection, be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy OR Native American health care, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and be a US citizen, US national or permanent US resident.
Paymaster Scholarships 3/1 The Structured Settlement Career Planning Scholarship is a $1000 scholarship awarded to applicants who are 18 years or older, are enrolled in at least 6 units at a two year college, trade school, or four year college, and who have a minimum of 3.3 GPA. Applicants are required to write 650-900 words for the prompt, "What Can College Students Do to Improve Their Job Prospects?"
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship 3/1 Up to $25,000 awarded to applicants, who if pursuing university studies, must have completed at least two years of college when the scholarship begins, and must be citizen of a country in which there is a Rotary Club. Lineal descendants (children or grandchildren) of Rotarians and their spouses are ineligible.
Stewart J. Guss College Student Scholarship 3/1 This is a $1000 scholarship for students who are either aspiring to attend college or currently enrolled in college and who also would enter the essay contest. The essay topic is "What law would you change and why?" Essay along with the applicant's full name, date of birth, home address, e-mail address, contact phone number, and the name of institution that you plan to attend to scholarship@attorneyguss.com
Phillips University Legacy Foundation Scholarship 3/15 The Phillips University Legacy Scholars program is an educational outreach program of the Phillips University Legacy Foundation. The program provides scholarships and opportunities to educate and develop leaders who embody Christian values in their lives, service, and work. Program grants annual awards of up to $5,000 to full-time undergraduate students pursuing a liberal arts education at any of the 17 colleges or universities affiliated with the Christian Church (Columbia College is affiliated). Also provides a four-day all-expense paid Leadership Development Conference for scholarship recipients.
COWL Scholarship 3/31 $2500 scholarship (for tuition, books, and fees) for women (age 25 or older) of all income levels who show evidence of furthering their education in order to make a contribution to their government, children, families, and community. Other requirements include: Woman must be an Illinois resident and plan to attend an accredited on-campus school in Illinois for at least six semester hours (no online schools). Application materials required are application form, two reference letters, personal background and goals essay (one to two page essay on the importance of this scholarship to you), official transcripts from the last two academic years attended, list of all institutions of higher education you've attended, and signed waiver form with notary public signature and seal.
Jack Isgur Foundation 3/31 $1,000 per semester to students studying at colleges and universities who indicate a interest in teaching courses in the humanities, such as literature, fine arts, music, art, poetry, and dancing school districts located in the State of Missouri, preferably rural school districts. It is available to the junior and senior levels of undergraduate college students , as well as graduate students.
Masonic Merit 3/31 A $1000/year scholarship available to students in any degree program. Criteria for all Masonic Scholarships: 1) Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). 2) Position in class (with some thought to size of school). 3) ACT, SAT-or equivalent-test score. 4) Involvement in extra-curricular activities. 5) Financial Need. 6) Current Recipients, providing proper re-application, to be continued before new applicants are selected. 7) Graduate of a Missouri Public High School. 8) Conditioned on enrollment as a full time student (12 hours credit per semester or term) at an accredited college or university in the United States. 9) Selection is made without regard to race, creed, sex or country of origin.
Ruth Lutes Bachmann Scholarship 3/31 A $1,000/year scholarship for students seeking a degree in the education or healthcare fields. Criteria for all Masonic Scholarships: 1) Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). 2) Position in class (with some thought to size of school). 3) ACT, SAT-or equivalent-test score. 4) Involvement in extra-curricular activities. 5) Financial Need. 6) Current Recipients, providing proper re-application, to be continued before new applicants are selected. 7) Graduate of a Missouri Public High School. 8) Conditioned on enrollment as a full time student (12 hours credit per semester or term) at an accredited college or university in the United States. 9) Selection is made without regard to race, creed, sex or country of origin.
Samuel Smith Steward Masonic Scholarship 3/31 An $8000/year scholarship available to students in any degree program Criteria for all Masonic Scholarships: 1) Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). 2) Position in class (with some thought to size of school). 3) ACT, SAT-or equivalent-test score. 4) Involvement in extra-curricular activities. 5) Financial Need. 6) Current Recipients, providing proper re-application, to be continued before new applicants are selected. 7) Graduate of a Missouri Public High School. 8) Conditioned on enrollment as a full time student (12 hours credit per semester or term) at an accredited college or university in the United States. 9) Selection is made without regard to race, creed, sex or country of origin.
US Bank 3/31 The USBank Scholarship Program is available to high school seniors and college undergraduates. There are 40 $1,000 scholarships. Winners will be selected at random.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 4/1 2 ($1,000) scholarships will be awarded to ethnic minority students attending a university or college within the Mid-Missouri area with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Applicants must submit the enclosed application, copy of their certified school transcript, a 500 word essay and a bio. Essay Topic: Why it is important to set and achieve goals.
Women's Network: Carrie D. Francke Memorial Scholarship 4/15 Each year, Women's Network provides a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Carrie D. Francke who served on the Women's Network Steering Commitee. To be eligible, applicants must: be a Boone County resident, be a female student, be 21 years of age or older, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, have at least a sophomore standing. Primary consideration for the scholarship is based on financial need.
Long Island Attorney Ronald D. Weiss Scholarship 4/17 $2500 scholarship available to incoming and existing college students. To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, applicants must fit the following criteria: (1) be currently enrolled in a college or university or planning to enroll as a freshman for the 2015-2016 academic year, (2) be in good academic standing with your current educational institution, and (3) if you are under 18, you need the permission of your parent or guardian to apply. Essay Topic (500-1000 words): In response to perceived abuse of the bankruptcy system, Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection of 2005, tightening the regulations on who may file for bankruptcy as well as limiting the types of debts that may be discharged in bankruptcy. Among the debts no longer dischargeable in bankruptcy are private student loans, which have much fewer repayment options than federal student loans. With student loan debt at record highs, many prominent lawmakers have called on Congress to restore bankruptcy protections to private student loan borrowers. If the decision were up to you, would you repeal the 2005 bankruptcy reforms as related to private student loans? Why or why not?
Consumer Affairs 4/25 $1000 scholarship will be provided bi-annually in December and April to the winner of an essay contest to assist with the costs of studying abroad. Essay Topic: Discuss, in 1,000 words or less, your motivations for studying abroad in the UK, your expectations of culture shock and how you anticipate the experience changing your life perspectives. The essay cannot be plagiarized, applicants must be able to provide proof of enrollment at an accredited two- or four- year college or university, and applicants must be non-UK citizens currently studying outside of the UK.
Paymaster Scholarships 4/25 College Networking Scholarship is a $500 scholarship. Applicants must be 18 years or older, are enrolled in at least 6 units at a two year college, trade school, or four year college, and who have a minimum of 3.2 GPA. Applicants are required to write 450-700 words for the prompt, "How to Network While Maintaining a Challenging Course Load."
PennyStocks 4/30 $1,000 scholarship for students who are interested in a career in finance, penny stocks, investing, or trading can submit an essay for a chance to win the scholarship. Essay topic: Discuss, in 1,000 words or less, whether you think increased activism is necessary, and if so, what changes you would make.
The Fruit Company 4/30 As a third generation family owned business, The Fruit Company is committed to helping the next generation of entrepreneurs, visionaries and leaders. The Roy Webster Memorial Scholarship Fund is a $1,000 award is for a graduate of an Oregon or Washington high school. The Gift Basket Entrepreneur Award is a $4,000 scholarship which will be given to a U.S. high school graduate who is a new major in business or agriculture and has the drive and vision to make their mark on the business world.
Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship 5/1 $1000 check will be made out to the winner's school or choice and credited to your academic costs. To be eligible must be a current or former athlete at the high school or college level and must be a current student or high school senior entering college. Applicants must submit a 400-500 word essay describing how the lessons you have learned through sports have positively impacted you as you pursue your college education.
Missouri Council of the Blind 5/1 Organized in 1956, Missouri Council of the Blind (MCB) is the state of Missouri's largest consumer based assistance organization. With the help of 700 plus members, MCB works for causes that affect people who are visually impaired and strives to improve their quality of life.
Orchid Care Scholarship 5/1 $500 scholarship available to a qualified undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a program in Botany, Horticulture, Environmental Science, Conservation, or related field with a focus on orchids. Essay required as part of the application. Essay Topic: Please tell us, in two pages or less, about the specific research or project you are working on to advance the study of orchids. How will the funds be used if awarded?
MassMutual Scholars 5/3 A national scholarship program for high achieving college students of Aftrican American, Asian/Pacific Islander, or Hispanic decent interested in pursuing careers in the insurance and financial services industry.
Coach Up 5/5 $2000 plus a $500 CoachUp Gift Certificate awarded to winners after they provide proof of enrollment. Applicants must submit an application, a reference, a 500 word essay, and a 1 minute video
Dickson Law Group Scholarship 5/15 $1000 scholarship available to current college students or those planning on attending a college or university in the fall of 2015. The winner of the scholarship contest will be chosen by Dickson Law attorneys based on participation in a video essay contest. In addition to writing an essay, participants are required to meet the following eligibility requirements as well: (1) must be currently enrolled at an accredited American college or planning to matriculate in the fall of 2015, (2) must be in good academic standing if currently enrolled in college or high school, and (3) if an applicant is under 18, the permission of a parent or guardian must be given. Video Essay Topic: Partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies are among the most popular business formations used by small businesses today. If you were going to start a business of your own, which one would you choose, and why?
MCO Scholarship 5/15 $500 awarded to a student who is attending college or university no later than December of 2014 on a full-time basis and must currently be a senior in high school or a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college/university. Essay Topic: The year is 2014. You have been asked to buy a toy for an 8 year old child in the local elementary school. Your only guidelines are the following: 1) The toy must not require power to operate (i.e.. no batteries or plugins are necessary to use the toy)...and 2) the toy must help the child develop a skill that is beneficial in an educational environment.
B. Davis Scholarship 5/26 $1000 scholarship for high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution. Students can submit an essay for a chance to win the scholarship. Essay topic: In 1,000 words or less, pick a controversial problem on high school or college/university campuses and suggest as solution.
GreenPal 5/30 $2000 open to any graduating high school senior, college freshman or sophomore who owns and operates his/her own small business, or has put together as business play to start a business while in college. The $2000 will be awarded equally over 4 semesters. Funds will be awarded to the student's institution, upon evidence of registration in classes. There is the following criteria for this scholarship: 1) Applicant must be graduating High School's Senior Class in 2014 or currently enrolled in a college of business with a 3.0 or higher GPA 2) Applicant must demonstrate high ambition and desire to be an entrepreneur or business owner. 3) Applicant must have a declared major in the college of Business. 4) Funds must be used for full-time enrollment at accredited two or four-year colleges, Universities, vocational or technical schools in the United States. Students must submit an application (contains 300-600 word essay) and statement of accuracy. Essay Topic: Why do you want to be a business owner? What is your idea, and how will get it started?
Maple Leaf Dentistry Scholarship 5/30 $500 awarded to a student attending school at the undergraduate level in the fall of 2014 and can be enrolled in any year of their undergraduate program. High school seniors who will graduate in 2014 are considered eligible. If you are attending a trades and/or technical school, the program must be at least 2 years in length. To be eligible the student must have contributed at least 100 hours of volunteer work over the last 2 calendar years. Questions: 1) Why did you choose this organization to volunteer at and what impact did your effort within the organization make? 2) What insights or skills did you gain from volunteering within this organization and, based on your experience, what advice would you give others that would help them gain the most from their own volunteering activities?
LM Scholarship Program 5/31 $500 awarded to a student who is currently enrolled or expected to enroll in a degree program (at least 2 years in length) by September. The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, must be a U.S. resident or a Canadian resident (also attend school in the U.S. or Canada), and submit an answer to the essay topic. Essay Topic: Write an Essay about a situation you have been involved in or someone you know has been involved in where better safety procedures would have prevented an injury. Explain in detail what safety procedures you believe should have been in place to prevent the injury and how they would have prevented the injury.
Odenza Vacations College Scholarship 6/1 $500 awarded to a student who is between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1, 2014, has a GPA of 2.5 or greater, be a residents of the United States or Canada, and submit an answer to the essay question. Essay Topic (1000 words or less): Why do you want to go to College/University?
Got a Spine Scholarship 6/2 $500 awarded to a student who is attending a college or university (in the U.S or Canada) no later than October 2014 on a full-time basis, has a GPA of 2.5 or greater during the last academic year, be a U.S. or Canadian resident, and answer the essay questions. Essay Topic 1(less than 1000 words): What are three common ways people develop back problems? What are three ways that you can ensure that you do not experience back problems? What are three methods chiropractors use when treating back pain? Essay Topic 2(less than 250 words): Why do you feel that you deserve the Scholarship?
Curiel & Runion Scholarship 6/5 $1000 awarded to two applicants who are enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S., are a mother who is going back to school, and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. This scholarship can be used for any school related expenses, such as tuition or books. Applicants must submit a 500+ word essay. Essay Topic: Write about the advantages of going back to school after experiencing motherhood. What tools have you learned as a mother that have prepared you for the challenges you will face as a student? Defend and explain your answer. 5 finalists for this scholarship will be chosen and their submissions will be posted to Curiel and Runion's website. The two finalists's essays with the most social support (tweets, likes, shares, etc) will receive the scholarships.
Abbot and Fenner Scholarship 6/14 $1000 awarded to high school juniors and seniors, as well as students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. Applicants must submit at 500-1000 word essay. Essay topic: Every generation faces new challenges and new problems. What do you think is the biggest difference between your generation and older generations? How do you think these differences will affect the future of our country and/or your career choice?
Global Lift Scholarship 6/15 $500 awarded to a student who is currently attending or planning to attend a post-secondary institution no later than the Fall of 2014, must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, be a U.S. or Canadian resident, and complete a short story. Story Requirements: Less than 2000 words in length, 2 characters in the story, main character is a piece of equipment from their inventory, and use realistic details about the machine.
BigSun Scholarship 6/20 $10,000 scholarship awarded to a student athlete that is either a high school senior or who is attending a post-secondary school; sport played doesn't matter. Students must submit a short essay answering the following questions: "How has your participation in sports affected who you are and how you relate to others? Include the effects on your personal relationships with peers and others."
AlgaeCal 6/30 $1000 scholarship of students enrolled at a college/university. To be eligible, applicants must be 1) currently attending a post secondary institute in the United States or Canada and 2) carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA. Applicants must download and complete an AlgaeCal Health Scholarships Application Form and write an essay up to 750 words, describing "If you could, what, if any, changes to programs, policies, and education etc. would you implement for the general health/well being of the average modern person?" Applications are sent to: scholarships@algaecal.com
Lift Parts Express Scholarship 6/30 $500 awarded to a current senior in high school or a freshman or sophomore in college/university enrolled or expected to be enrolled by the Fall of 2014. Applicants must be between the ages of 16-21, have a 3.0 GPA, must be a U.S. or Canadian resident, and submit an essay. Essay Topic (no word limit): Write an essay that outlines how much you expect to spend to finish your schooling, how you intend to pay for your schooling, and what you expect your job to be once you are finished your schooling.
Internet Security Scholarship 7/1 $1,000 scholarship awarded to the applicant who is currently attending school as a senior with at least a 2.5 GPA on the 4.0 scale; applicant must have also taken either the ACT or SAT. This one-time scholarship can be used to cover tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board for the 2014-2015 academic year. The applicant is write a 400-600 word essay about where they see Internet security being in the next 5 years. They are to post their essay on their blog or website and include a link to DigiCert.com at the end of the essay. The deadline is July 1, 2014. The winner will be announced July 15th after a panel of judges review all entries and judge on thoughtfulness, creativity, and insight. The institution this scholarship is going to must be accredited; applicant attending military academies are ineligible.
Paymaster Scholarships 7/15 Roosevelt Lovett Memorial Scholarship is a $750 scholarship available African-American descendents who are pursuing higher education. Applicants must be 18 years or older, enrolled in at least 6 units at a communicty college, trade school, public or private university or graduate school, maintain a minimum 2.3 GPS, and complete an application. This writing prompt is "Six Ways College Students can Optimize Their Linkin Profiles to Improve Job Prospects," and essays should be 550-800 words.
Fine & Associates Professional Corporation Scholarship 7/31 $1000 scholarship awarded to students pursuing higher education in the U.S. and Canada for Fall 2014 with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Student must be a Canadian or U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Four components must be submitted for your entry: (A) Application form, (B) Small writing project, (C) Copy of transcript, (D) Proof of Canadian or U.S. Residence. Small Writing Project Topic: On a website, blog, or online forum, write a 800-1000 word post that expresses your ideas about as to how to improve Family/Divorce law and/or legal process in dealing with Family/Divorce proceedings.
Goedeker's College Scholarship 7/31 There is a grand prize of $500 and then two $100 scholarships will be awarded to honorable mention entries for books. Applicants must have proof that they have a 3.0 GPA or higher and are enrolled in accredited college for the spring or fall 2014 semester. Applicants must submit an essay (minimum of 300 words) about why you are attending college and why your field of study is important to you.
Open call Creativity Scholarship 7/31 This $1500 scholarship is offered twice a year. July 31 is the fall award, while the October 31 is the spring award. For undergraduate and graduate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher that are majoring full-time in a Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, Animation, or Gaming program college or university, prefer students seeking a Graphic Design degree, however, we will consider other art degrees. E-mail to Dawn Chellel at http://mailto:scholarships@graphicdesigndegreehub.com
Roosevelt Lovett Memoral Scholarship 7/31 $500 scholarship for applicants enrolled in at least 6 units at a California community college or university, including CSUs, Ucs, and private universities. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.3 if they are already enrolled in college, and must complete the application. Proof of enrollment is required, along proof of being at least 18 years old, and a transcript from students who have completed college classes prior to submitting an application to this scholarship. Friends/family of principles of Paul Johnson Paymaster Services and Paymaster.co are ineligible; submissions deemed to plagiarize another source will not be considered. The applicant must submit a 400-700 word essay for the prompt "How to Budget Money in College." The deadline in July 31st. The winner will be published on Paymaster.co
JobApplicationsOnline.com Working Your Way Through College Scholarship 8/9 $1000 scholarship awarded to full or part-time students enrolled in an accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at that institution. Student must have worked an average of at least 12 hours for each of the previous 4 weeks at the time of applying. Student must be 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. 500-800 word essay is required. Essay Topic: Discuss the complexities of paying your way through college, explain how you are able to manage it, and describe what the process has taught you about personal and financial responsibility.
Educational Scholarship Mosaic Clinic Hair Transplant Center 8/30 To be eligible for this $250 scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the United States and be a legal resident. Applicants will need to mail in a resume as well as a 500 word essay as to how they, or a family member, have been affected by hair loss. the thinning hair story can include details about the restoration journey, if applicable. Applicants cannot be an employee, or related to an employee, of the Mosaic Clinic.
Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship 8/31 $500 scholarship for students enrolled in any field of study who will be attending a college or university in the U.S. or Canada no later than January 2015 on a full-time or part-time basis, have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0, and submit answers to the essay questions. Essay Topic: In under 1,000 words, write an essay that outlines at least 3 ways Physical Therapy can make a difference in an individual's ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle.
Calum Ross Mortgage Annual Scholarship 8/31 $1500 Annual scholarship to Canadian and U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and enrolled in a Canadian or U.S. university or college for Fall 2014. Four components must be submitted for your entry: (A) Application form, (B) Small writing project, (C) Copy of transcript, (D) Proof of Canadian or U.S. Residence. Small Writing Project Topic: On a website, blog, or online forum, write a 800-1000 word post that expresses your ideas about the importance of financial literacy when it comes to getting a first mortgage. You can include into about your local mortgage rates, local housing market, etc.
Wholesale Halloween Costumes $500 Scholarship 8/31 $500 scholarship offered to part time and full time college students to help cover the expenses of tuition and books. Applicant must be enrolled at an accredited two or four year college within the United States, must be a legal resident of the US or hold a valid student visa, and will need to enter the Short Story Twitter Contest. Applicants will need to tell a story on Twitter in exactly 100 characters about any topic/theme/genre and include the hashtag #ScholarshipWHC
Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund 9/1 Two $500 scholarships are offered for students whom suffer a mobility disability. The entry must be 16 years or older, must be currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the US, maintain an average GPA of at least 2.5. The student must submit an essay or poem for the theme of creating a presentation of why disability awareness is important. The completed application should be emailed as an attachment as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file; the essay or poem should be emailed in the same format. A typed copy of the submission, first and last name, email address and phone number printed at the top or back of each page is needed, as well as a statement or (unofficial) transcript of the student's grade point average. If photography is being used as the entry, the student needs to submit a portfolio of photos related to the subject, and no less than 5, with a brief description of each photo.
Charles Moo Scholarship 9/7 This is a $500 scholarship. Applicants must write 450-700 words for the prompt, "Provide three ideas on how new businesses can use social media to increase revenue." This scholarship is open to students of Asian descent who are pursuing higher education in America. Applicants must also provide proof of enrollment, be 18 years of age or older, and provide a transcript to confirm winner's grades.
Fulbright Grant 10/1 The value of this award is round-trip international travel, maintenance for tenure of the grant, a research allowance and tuition waivers if applicable. All grants include basic health and accident insurance. To be eligible for this grant, students must be an U.S. citizen, have a bachelor's degree or equivalent, sufficent profiency in language of host country where they are going to carry out proposed study or research.
Legal Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship 10/1 $1000 scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a career in the legal field who submits the best 200-300 word essay of how legal professionals can make a positive difference in the community. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be a high school or college student pursuing a legal related undergraduate degree or certificate at an accredited college or university. Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited college or university.
Paymaster Scholarships 10/1 Single Mothers Scholarship is a $750 scholarship awarded to a single mother. Applicants must be single mothers, 18 years or older, are enrolled in at least 6 units at a two year college, trade school, or four year college, and who have a minimum of 2.3 college GPA or a 2.5 high school GPA is college classes have not been completed. Applicants must write 450-700 words for the prompt, "How Can Single Mothers Use Roth IRAs to Enhance Their Financial Position?"
Rhodes Scholarship 10/1 The value of this award is travel and all expenses for two years of study at Oxford University awarded to 32 scholars from the U.S. annually. To be eligible, students must be between 18 and 24 years of age; a U.S. citizen; and graduated before October 1 in the year study is to begin at Oxford. Applicants must first receive the endorsement of Columbia College, then participate in the state selection process. Two students from the state will be selected to advance to the regional selection process. Eight states are represented, and the four students chosen at this level become Rhodes Scholars.
AES Engineers 10/6 $500 intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. It is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary education facility. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by the essays submitted. Essay Topic: In 500-1000 words answer the following question, "When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What people, things and accomplishments do you need?" Essays are submitted to: scholarships@aesengineers.com
Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Scholarship 10/15 40 scholarships awarded in the United States and 50 worldwide (rest of the world) for travel and all expense for the period of study at the Universtiy of Cambridge. To be eligible for this scholarship students must have high GPA and GRE scores and be admitted to the University of Cambridge. Applicants apply simultaneously for admission as a graduate student and for the scholarship, using one application packet.
Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program 10/15 Five winners will be selected, and the top prize will be awarded $5000 and second through fifth place will receive $1000. Currently enrolled college students (graduate students, law students and/or high school seniors are NOT eligible) are invited to apply by submitting an essay. Freshman entering Fall 2014 are eligible once they have received a student ID number.The text requirements are a minimum of 800 words and a maximum of 2000 words. Essay Topic: The foreclosure crisis that swept the nation several years ago claimed countless well-to-do homeowners, who were forced out of their houses when the economy hit rock-bottom. Those victims, along with the economy, are now beginning to slowly recover. And with collective home prices — and interest rates — still at very attractive levels, these "foreclosure victims" have transitioned into potential "boomerang buyers." How can these buyers with checkered pasts best take advantage of the current desirable real estate market conditions? There are a several actions these "boomerang buyers" can take to get back into home ownership. Please describe in your own words how the "rent-to-own" option, among others, might best benefit these folks until they are ready to go "all in" on another mortgage.
Paymaster Scholarships 10/15 LGBTQ scholarship is a $750 scholarship awarded to a student who identifies as LGBTQ. Applicants must be 18 years or older, are enrolled in at least 6 units at a two year college, trade school, or four year college, and who have a minimum of 2.3 college GPA or a 2.5 high school GPA is college classes have not been completed. Applicants must write 450-650 words for the prompt, "Five Ways LGBTQ Students Can Use LinkedIn to Enhance Their Financial Position."
IRA Success Contribution Limits Scholarship 10/28 $500 scholarship awarded to students enrolled in any US college or University as of October 28, 2014. Students must also submit a scholarship essay. Essay Topic: How would you use your IRA account to maximize savings for retirement? Student must write a minimum of 1000 words, explaining how the IRA Contribution limit can be utilized advantagesously, in a clear, well thought out plan for creating long-term success for a wealth filled retirement.  
Media Jobs What is your Dream Job Scholarship? 10/28 $500 scholarship awarded to students enrolled in any US college or University as of 10/28/14 who submit the best essay (minimum 1000 words) about their dream media job and why their dream company should hire them.
CARiD Scholarship Program 10/31 A $1000 scholarship that requires a photo submission. The photo can be edited. The photo is required to relate to an aspect of the automotive industry. The contest is both in the fall and spring. Any US student who is enrolled in a post-secondary institute or will be in the coming semester, who is between 16-20, who is not a CARiD employee, and who is not related to a CARiD employee. The JPEG must be sent in an e-mail which should also contain applicants name, phone number, e-mail address, the school that you're attending, and birthday.
SunTrust Scholarship Sweepstakes 10/31 This $500 scholarship competition will draw two winners from a sweepstakes every week from October 31, 2014, to May 15, 2015. Entrant's must permanently reside in either AL, AR, GA,FL, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA,WV, or the District of Columbia.
HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship 11/1 $1000 scholarship awarded to students who are on the path to a business or marketing career that will involve online marketing. Students must have completed at least one year of post-secondary education and have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Ninja Essay Writing Contest 11/1 Three prizes are awarded to the top essary writers (Winner-$500, Second Place-$300, Third Place-$150). Essays should be written about one of the following topics: 1) "Essay writing as one of the greatest trends and issues in contemporary education." 2) "The unbearable lightness of being: Is the accessibility of modern education a problem? Should everyone gain a degree?" 3) "The significance of education in my life."4) "How a book changed my life." 5."Is college education inevitable for career readiness?" 6) "Are contemporary educational tools diminishing the role of teachers?" 7) "Teamwork in schools: is it inspiring or discriminating?" Essay entries should be 800-1000 words long and will be evaluated by the top writers from NinjaEssays.com
Paul and Daisy Soros Scholarship 11/1 Up to $90,000 for two years of graduate study awarded to eligible students who have a bachelor's degree or are in their final year of undergraduate study, are “New Americans” (resident aliens, naturalized citizens or child of two parents who are naturalized citizens), and are younger than 30 as of November 1.
Havahart Wireless Scholarship Award 11/7 This $500 scholarship will be awarded to the winner of an essay contest. Scholarship applicants must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in the United States, and must be a legal resident of the United States, or hold a valid student visa. Incoming freshmen in Spring 2015 are eligible to enter. Possible Essay Topic (500 words or less): (1) How has your pet improved or changed your life? (2) Describe a time when an animal supported or helped you through a tough situation. (3) If you are studying animal science or pre-vet program, why did you choose that course of study?
Artistic Excellence in Print Design & Marketing Scholarship 11/30 $1000 scholastic award granted annually to the most qualified and desrving U.S. undergraduate or graduative meeting the following criteria. Applicants must be a current undergraduate or graduate majoring in Graphic Arts & Design or a related field, be currently enrolled with an accredited U.S. university, college, or institution of higher learning, and have a recorded minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applilcants will be judged based on the completion and submission of a personal marketing package promoting themselves. The package must contain a business car, brochure, poster, and flyer showcasing applicant's design skills and abilities.
Maximize Your Health Care Benefits HAS for America's Scholarship Program 11/30 One $500 scholarship to either a high school student or a student enrolled in at least a 2 year post-secondary school. Discuss the topic of price transparency in medical care. Must include a 500 word minimum essay and a photo of the applicant. Emailed essays should be saved as a Word doc in the following format: LastName.FirstName.Scholarship. Participants cannot be related to any employee or independent contractor of HSA for America or its affiliates. Email to http://mailto:scholarship@HSAforAmerica.com
Look Twice... Save a Life Scholarship 12/1 A $1000 scholarship awarded to any student planning to attend college or who is already enrolled in a form higher education. Applicants must have a valid driver's license. Applicants must 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 encourage other students to focus on safe driving. Afterwards, complete the online application & contract. E-mail scholarship@insuranceproviders.com with questions.
National Founder's Graduate Business Student Scholarship 12/12 $500 scholarship awarded to a U.S. graduate business student with a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship. The award will be paid directly to the student, and can be used for any expenses related to education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, or commuting expenses. Applicants must submit a cover letter summarizing their interest and experience in entrepreneurship. Applicants are also encouraged to submit, along with their letter, any documents demonstrating their interest in entrepreneurship.
GoEuro Scholarship 12/15 An essay between 1500-2000 words or a video duration of 1-10 minutes. Entries in other formats will also be considered but must be sent via e-mail to scholarship@goeuro.com. A PDF copy of student enrollment documentation for the 2014/2015 school year is needed. Also, only certian European universities are on the list; verify that the your desired school is on the list.
Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award 12/29 A pre-selected committee will award two $10,000 scholarships and four $5000 scholarships to winning candidates. To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university for the Spring 2015 semester, and have declared a major of Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related life science field. Graduate students must have received a cumulative undergraduate GPA of > 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Graduate students should be maintaining a GPA of > 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during Graduate School. Sophomores and Juniors must have a cumulative college GPA of > 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Freshman must have a cumulative high school GPA of > 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must complete an application and submit unofficial transcripts.
Bridgat Graduate Scholarship 12/30 $6500 awarded to graduate students who are pursuing an advanced degree (either Masters or Doctoral) in any subject at an accredited institution in the United States and hold a valid ID card. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to apply and must be citizens of an Asian country.
Bridgat Undergraduate Scholarship 12/30 $4500 awarded to an undergraduate student who is now studying in the U.S. at an accredited four-year college or university and holds a valid student ID card, regardless of nationality. Applicants must have cumulative GPA of 2.70 on a 4.0 scale.
ACLS Medical Training Scholarship Program 12/31 One top award winner who will receive a $1,000 unrestricted scholarship & the essay will be posted on ACLSMedicalTraining.com along with the 2nd & 3rd. These two runners-up will receive one complimentary pass to the ACLS Medical Training certification program of their choice (BLS, ACLS, or PALS) valued at $275. The essay must be between 500 and 1000 words on 1 the following topics: If you have assisted someone in a life support situation, describe your role in the process, the emotions or feelings that you experienced, and how the situation was resolved or If you have not assisted someone in a life support situation, describe how you have prepared (mentally and/or physically) to respond when the event arises. Consider and describe what it might be like to provide basic or advanced life support in an emergency. Any high school senior or college student is eligible to apply. Preference to those currently enrolled in a nationally accredited Nursing school, Medical school, Pharmacy school, Dental school, Respiratory therapy program, Paramedic program, or Emergency medical technician program. Students must not be an employee or immediately related to any employee of ACLS Medical Training. One entry per person.
Auto Accident Survivor Scholarship 12/31 This $500 annual scholarship is available to U.S. citizens that have a 2.0 GPA and who have sustained & recovered from an automobile accident. Applicants must write a 250-500 word essay describing the experience.
In-Home Care Innovation Scholarship 12/31 A $1500 scholarship awarded to 3 people that requires a small biography & a 750 word essay about one of three listed topics about health.
Military College Scholarship 12/31 LowVARates.com awards a semiannual $1,250 college scholarship to a deserving military student. The money will come in two increments during the fall and winter semesters of each year. Military students currently enrolled in college may also enter the contest and there is no age requirement for the college scholarship applicants. Children with a mother or father serving in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to apply for the college scholarship. Applicants must submit a 200 word essay and the online application.
Small Pet Select Veterinary Medicine Scholarship: Animal Treatment Laws Context 12/31 $1000 scholarship awarded to the winner of an essay contest. Essay Topic: Write an essay (minimum 1000 words) about the changes you would like to see in animals treatment laws. This scholarship is offered to full and part-time college students.
Small Pet Select Veterinary Medicine Scholarship: History of Animal Medical Science Essay Contest 12/31 $1000 scholarship awarded to the winner of an essay contest. Essay Topic: Write an essay (minimum 1000 words) about an important figure or event in the history of animal medical science. Describe what you've learned from this person or event, and how this person or event inspires or motivates you. Scholarship is available to full and part-time college students.

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