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Scholarship Announcements: Non-Traditional Student Scholarship, General Scholarship, National Security Scholarship

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Happy Friday, Scholarship Seekers! I hope you had a productive week following that long 4th of July weekend. The weather is hot, hot, hot, and so are the scholarship offerings this week! As you know, each Friday at FinancialAidFinder, I list three scholarship opportunities with upcoming deadlines. This week, I have a $1,000 scholarship for non-traditional students, a full tuition scholarship for students of national security, and a $500 scholarship from OP Loft Bed.

If you want to search for more scholarships that you might be eligible for, your best bet is to use a free scholarship search engine. But first, check out our article on scholarship searches so you don’t get scammed! Our section on college scholarships is also a great source of information on navigating the scholarship application process, writing scholarship essays, and learning the truth about unclaimed scholarships.

1. Scholarships.com Resolve to Evolve Essay Scholarship: $1,000

Are you a non-traditional student, going back to school after a few years off — or perhaps starting your degree for the first time after earning a lifetime of on-the-job experience? Scholarships.com’s Resolve to Evolve Essay Scholarship is perfect for you! Applicants must write a 1,000-word essay answering one of the following two questions:

Do general education requirements add to or detract from the ability to attain a useful and meaningful college degree? How can colleges both prepare students for careers in their intended fields and produce well-rounded graduates?


After an election filled with calls for change, what changes are most important for America to undergo, and what steps must be taken to make these changes?

You must also write a shorter, information essay addressing the question:

What do you feel has been or will be your biggest obstacle in attending college, and how do you think your degree will help you achieve your goals?

Applicants must submit at least one letter of reference as well. Eligible candidates must be registered users of Scholarship.com, and be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree or a full- or part-time graduate degree, or be a non-traditional/returning student who plans to enroll full- or part-time at an accredited college, university or vocational school. A total of five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The application deadline is July 31.

2. Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship: Full Tuition

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc sponsors the Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship to support the education and careers of scholars in the areas of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security. At least one scholarship will be awarded each year, which is intended to cover the full cost of tuition and fees only. Room and board may not be paid for with this scholarship. Applicants must submit a 600 to 800 word essay fully explaining your thoughts, feelings, ideas or experiences pertaining to Counterintelligence, National Security, Alliance Building, and/or National Defense. The panel of judges will pay special attention to ground-breaking innovative ideas and/or solutions. The application deadline is July 31.

3. OP Loftbed Scholarship Award: $500

The manufacturer of the #1 loftbed for college students, OP is sponsoring a $500 scholarship contest for full or part-time students at accredited American colleges and universities. Applicants must answer a series of brief and fun essay questions:

If you could send a postcard back to yourself 3 years ago, what would you say? Only write what you would write on the post card, without any other explanation for your answer. (Answer must be less than 80 words.)

Create a vanity license plate for your own car. (8 characters or less consisting of letters, numbers, symbols, or spaces). Tell us why would you like to have this license plate. (Answer must be less than 100 words.)

If you were a fashion doll or action figure, what would be in the accessories package and why? (Answer must be between 80 and 120 words.)

If you were going to get a tattoo of any company or product logo, what would it be? (Answer must be less than 80 words.)

Unlike many other scholarships, the OP scholarship committee will be judging you only on the creativity of your answers — not your GPA, writing skill, involvement in community or service organizations. Have fun with this one! And good luck with all your applications!

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