TGIF, scholarship seekers! It’s nearly June, but summer vacation doesn’t mean you can take a break from applying for scholarships. In fact, there are tons of great scholarship opportunities with summer deadlines. And every Friday, I’ll be bringing you three of them. This week, I have up to $31,000 in scholarships for credit challenged students, collegiate inventors and anyone who has a moment they wish they could “do over”.
If you want to find more scholarships with upcoming deadlines, try using a free scholarship search engine. Check out our article to learn which are the best free scholarship searches — and which to skip. To learn more about how to win college scholarships, check out our articles on the scholarship application process, scholarship essays, and the truth about unclaimed scholarships.
1. Credit Challenged College Scholarship: Up to $5,000
Have you been denied a student loan because of your poor credit history and tightening loan regulations? SPENDonLIFE has created a scholarship program to help you! The program, intended to raise awareness about the credit crisis and the possible pitfalls of using credit to pay for college, will reward up to 10 scholarships totaling $500 – $5000 each. Applicants must write an essay of no more than 500 words answering the question, “How has the slowed economy personal affected you, either financially or emotionally?” Eligible candidates must submit a copy of their loan rejection letter. In addition, they must be legal U.S. residents between the ages of 17 and 25, enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a two- or four-year college or university. Download the official application from the SPENDonLIFE website, and then submit it, along with your application documentation and essay, by email to [email protected]. See website for deadline.
(If you are a student with poor credit, you might also want to check out this article on Getting Student Loans When You Have Poor Credit.)
2. Collegiate Inventors Competition: Up to $25,000
Are you a collegiate inventor? The Collegiate Inventors Competition is looking for original ideas and work products created by a student or team of students together with his or her university advisor. Applicants must submit a written entry describing the invention, literature/patent research, and a letter from your academic advisor. Up to twelve finalists (individuals or teams) will be awarded $2,000 plus an all-expense paid trip in the fall to present their work to a panel of expert judges. The grand prize winner will win $25,000; an additional two teams — one undergraduate and one graduate — will receive $15,000. See website for deadline.
3. Do-Over Scholarship: $1,000
ScholarshipExperts.com is offering this fun $1,000 scholarship to the five winning essayists who answer the question, “What one event or moment from your school years would you ‘do over’ and why?” in 250 words or less. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are at least 13 years old and enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education by a specified deadline. Essays will be judged on writing ability, creativity, originality, and overall excellence. See website for deadline.
Good luck with your applications.