April 21, 2008 by Mara Strom
Summer is just around the corner. Which means, it’s time to start your search for the perfect summer job or internship — you know, the one with enough earning potential to cover your contribution to tuition, room and board for next year. Summer jobs are undoubtedly a cash cow for many working students, but if you’re looking for a less labor-intensive way to earn some extra money for college, then check out our scholarship update. Today’s update includes two great opportunities with deadlines coming up this week. You don’t have much time left, and one of these requires a serious essay, so check them out quickly!
1. The Student-View Scholarship
This is more like Publisher’s Clearing House than a traditional scholarship, but hey, $1,000 is a pretty sweet pot to take for just a little luck of the draw. Regardless of your GPA, athletic prowess, extracurricular activities or even financial need, you can be entered into the student-view.com‘s random drawing to win one of their $1,000 scholarships. The catch? You’ve got to fill out the site’s survey about local colleges. (But it should only take you 15-20 minutes, so do it! Stat!) The deadline is April 22.
2. The Fountainhead Essay Contest
We wrote about this Ayn Rand-inspired competition in our 10 Most Unusual Scholarships article, so maybe you’ve already got your essay signed, sealed and delivered. If not, here’s the run-down for you: The Ayn Rand Institute’s Fountainhead Essay Contest awards hundreds of scholarship prizes each year to winning amateur essayists who can eloquently share their thoughts on the philosophy of the novel The Fountainhead. The competition is open to high school juniors and seniors and requires an 800 – 1,600-word essay (typed, double-spaced) on one of three questions. Check out the website for this year’s topics. The judging process is intense: Four different panels of expert judges are looking for both style and content; but the reward is well worth the investment: The grand prize winner gets a $10,000 check. There are also 5 second-place prizes ($2,000 each), 10 third-place prizes ($1,000 each), 45 finalists ($100 each) and 175 semi-finalists ($50). Essays must be postmarked no later than April 25, so get to your computer now.
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