Happy weekend, dear readers! We’re in the throws of financial aid season these days, with fin aid apps due at most colleges, and the FAFSA deadline rapidly approaching (if not passing). The best way to maximize your financial aid award is by continuing to actively apply for scholarships.
Today, I’m going to make your search for scholarships a little bit easier by posting three great opportunities with upcoming deadlines. Some of these gigs are due within the next few days, so you don’t have time to waste!
1.“Frame My Future” Scholarship Contest: $1,000
This is a fun $1K scholarship for all you creative success-seekers out there. Unlike most scholarships, which require essays and personal statements, this opportunity from Churchill Classics requires you to use one 8.5” x 11” piece of paper to “create a vision of what you want to achieve in your personal and professional life after college.” The sky is the limit for this one — paint, draw, make a collage, take a picture, write a poem or an essay (boring!). Anything that shows how you want to “frame” your future. Applicants must be legal U.S. residents and undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in college full-time for the academic year. Once Churchill Classics selects the top 24 finalists, it will post their entries online. The public then has an opportunity to vote for their favorite entry — the top five vote-getters will all win $1,000 scholarships! See website for deadline. (Most application deadlines are midnight, so be sure you don’t mistakenly think you have all day to email your “frame”.)
2. The Joe Foss I Pledge Allegiance Scholarship: $5,000
You could win a $5,000 scholarship if you write the winning essay on the theme, “I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag…” Essays must be no fewer than 1,500 words. Entries will be judged based on knowledge of the origin of the Pledge of Allegiance, development of theme, clarity of ideas, and mechanics such as punctuation, spelling and grammar. See website for deadline.
3. The Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program: $1,000 – $5,000
If you are a young person (ages 13-18) dedicated to community activism and making your home a better place, the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship may be a great way for your to win some serious scholarship money. In its tenth year of the scholarship, Kohl’s will award ten national winners with a $5,000 scholarship plus a slew (194 to be exact!) of $1,000 scholarships to regional winners. An additional 2,100 kids will earn $50 Kohl’s Gift Cards. To be eligible, you must be a junior or senior high school student, age 13-18, who has been nominated by a teacher or other adult. Your nomination form must describe how your efforts exceed that which is normally expected of a child your age, along with a description of how your volunteerism has made a positive impact on others over the last 12 months. Candidates are then judged for their creativity, initiative, generosity, leadership and the reach of their project. See website for deadline.
If you would like to learn more about college scholarships, please visit the Financial Aid Finder’s section on scholarship information. Let us show you how to navigate the scholarship application process, write killer scholarship essays, take advantage of scholarship search engines, and win weird & unusual scholarships.
Good luck with your scholarship applications this week!