It’s the middle of the August and the scholarship pickings continue to be slimmer than normal. The pace will pick up in the fall, though, and by November, you’ll need to plot out your application strategy in an Excel chart. In other words, enjoy the quieter season and the opportunity it provides to focus on some of the other pressing money matters for college, like picking a meal plan or snagging a deal on your textbooks. Of course, I do still have two great scholarship opportunities for you today! And winning just one of these could cover a major chunk of your costs, so be sure to check them out.
1. True Patriot Scholarship: $25,000
You might remember reading about this scholarship back on July 4, when I did a spotlight on Independence Day-inspired opportunities. This is a big prize. Very big. $25,000. To win it, you’ll need to write a seriously killer essay in response to the question: “What does true patriotism mean to you?” High school students across America are eligible to apply. Write no more than 1,500 words and be sure that you’re vision syncs up with those of the judges. The True Patriot Network is a progressive organization, so staunch right-wingers probably won’t be in the running. To learn more, check out the mission statement on the True Patriot Network’s website. See website for deadline.
2. “Speak New Words” Music Video Contest: $5,000 (4/20/12 – Award No Longer Offered)
Here’s a great way to showcase your talent and creativity, while possibly earning as much as $5,000 for college. Grab your camcorder and record a music video that addresses the 13 character traits you believe will bring true cultural change for our country. Applicants must be at least 13 years of age and produce a video no less than one minute (and no more than four minutes) long. Lyrics must be original, and music can be original or karaoke. Keep your messages positive (and free of “controversial words”.)
If you’re looking for a scholarship in a particular niche, please let me know. I’ll add it to my search index. And, as always, please let us know if you land one of the scholarships posted here. At the Financial Aid Finder, we love to celebrate your victories!