Hello dear scholarship seekers! Sunday was the official start of summer, but if your weather has been anything like mine, it’s been hot-hot-hot for a while. Looking to take a break from all the heat and humidity? Nothing better than an ice cold glass of… scholarship applications! That’s right, guys, school may be out, but that doesn’t mean your homework is done. If you have been slacking on your scholarship applications, you are the one who will lose out — on free money for school.
If this is your first time visiting the Financial Aid Finder, welcome! Every Friday I try to make your hunt for scholarships a little bit easier by posting about great scholarship opportunities with upcoming deadlines. This week I have a $2,000 essay scholarship on free thought concerning religion and a $1,500 essay scholarship on national security.
1. Michael Hakeem Memorial Award: $2,000
The Michael Hakeem Memorial Award offers awards of up to $2,000 for the best written essays about free thought concerning religions. The essay competition has a decidedly ‘agnostic’ bent — the committee is explicitly not looking for essays about religious fervor. Essays should be between four and five pages, typed and double spaced, and include a paragraph with the applicants’ autobiographical information such as address, phone number, college, major and other interests. Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. First place winners will receive $2,000; second place will receive $1,000 and third place will receive $500. An undetermined number of applicants may also receive honorable mention ($200). The application deadline is July 1. Winners will be notified by September 1st — just in time for your first semester tuition bill.
2. Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship: $1,500
Scholars in the areas of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security can apply for the Lint Center’s Jim & Anna Hyonjoo scholarship to help with the cost of tuition and fees. The Lint Center is dedicated to publishing papers related to the National Security goals, and is seeking scholarship essays that will help young scholars achieve publication in this arena. Applicants must submit a 600-800-word essay fully explaining one of the goals or concepts of The Lint Center , namely Counterintelligence, National Security, Alliance Building, and/or National Defense. Essays will be judged on “scholarly rigor, creativity and innovation.” In addition to winning a $1,500 scholarship, the winning essayist will also benefit from having a mentor from the Counterintelligence or National Security profession sponsored by The Lint Center. The application deadline is July 31.
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Good luck with your scholarship applications this week!