Taxes Are Due… And So Are Some Scholarships Applications
With the IRS filing deadline looming, you may not even realize that the week of April 15th is also a popular deadline for many scholarships. Hopefully you’ll be getting some money back from the government’s stimulus package (unless, of course, your parents still claim you as a dependent) – but even still, applying for scholarships is a better long-term strategy to pay for your educational future. You don’t have much time for these three scholarships with deadlines later this week, so check them out now!
1. Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship
The United Negro College Fund has teamed up with the Sallie Mae Fund to offer scholarships to African American students from low-income families. Scholarships range for $500 – $5000. Applicants must be attending a two- or four-year college, university or vocational school anywhere in the United States. Only Pell Grant-eligible students who have American citizenship or are permanent residents of the United States may apply. The application deadline is tomorrow, April 15th. Online applications are available.
2. The Annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship
If you’re a fan of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, you’re in luck! This year’s annual Signet essay contest is awarding five high school juniors or seniors with a $1,000 scholarship (plus a Signet Classics library for their high school) for writing a winning essay on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. For information call (212) 366-2372. Entries must be postmarked by tomorrow, April 15th and submitted by your English teacher (who can only submit one junior and one senior essay.) If you’ve struggling with major writer’s block, don’t forget about The 8 Steps to a Better Scholarship Essay.
3. The National Candy Technologists Scholarship
Sugar addicts look no further! Your college financing woes are over (or at least reduced by $5,000) if you can win the American Association of Candy Technologist’s annual scholarship for confectionery technologists. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a junior or senior, and be majoring in food science, chemistry, biology or related field. The Financial Aid Finder wrote about the candy scholarship in our article on the 10 Most Unusual Scholarships – and we still maintain that five grand is one sweet prize! The submission deadline is mid-April.
One more Tax Week update: If you’re applying for financial aid through your school, April 15th is the closing date to file your FAFSA in Alaska and Delaware. (The federal deadline is June 30th, but many states and private colleges set their own closing dates – so be sure to check with your school’s financial aid office.)
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