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Scholarships for the College-Bound Soul

Don't Stop BelievingCan we all agree that college is not cheap? Scholarships can definitely help with the financial burden. Searching for scholarships can get overwhelming, but do not let the search discourage you from finding them. They can be found in many places such as local businesses, religious or community organizations, ethnicity-based organizations, or organizations in your related field interest.

They can also be found with a simple Google search. Websites such as Fastweb.com, ScholarshipExperts.com, Scholarships.com and College Board’s scholarship search engine are great places to search for scholarships. These websites are dedicated to helping you find the perfect scholarship for you. It is important to note that scholarship scams are also on the Internet. Make sure that the scholarship is legitimate before you apply! Some signs of scholarship scams include application fees and guaranteed winnings.

Here are a few scholarships we found while browsing the Web. Check them out and see if any of them might interest you.

*Note: The list goes from highest to lowest in dollar amount offered.

1. Gates Millennium Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 14, 2015

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving out 1,000 full ride scholarships to minorities. Some eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.3, U.S. citizenship and an ethnicity of African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American.

For more information about specific requirements and eligibility, please visit the GMS website.

2. Greeting Cards Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 18, 2015

The Gallery Collection is asking you to help them make the front of a greeting card. With your own photo, art and graphics, submit your creation and you could potentially win $10,000 and $1,000 for your school.

Who qualifies? All high school, college and university students, and armed forces (U.S. or international students). You must be at least 14 years old.

For more information, click here.

3. Vegetarian and Vegan diet/lifestyle Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 20, 2015

The Vegetarian Resource Group is giving out three scholarships for high school graduating seniors who are promoting vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. VRG is will give out one $10,000 scholarship and two $5,000 scholarships.

Who qualifies? High school students graduating in spring 2015.

For more information on the scholarship, click here.

4. Marine Corps Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is giving out awards ranging from $1,500 to $10,000.

Who qualifies? You must be a child of active U.S. Marine or U.S. Navy officer, U.S. Marine or U.S. Navy reservist, or U.S. Marine or U.S. Navy officer who was received honorable discharge. You must also have at least a GPA of 2.0.

For more information, click here.

5. TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 16, 2015

Create a PSA video that showcases the importance of safe teen driving and you could win up to $10,000.

Who qualifies? Participants must be 13 years of age or older and enrolled in high school. Participants must also be U.S. citizens.

For more information in regards to the contest and eligibility, click here.

6. Kohl’s Cares Scholarship

Application Deadline: Tentatively March 15, 2015

Kohl’s is giving out scholarships to students based on their outstanding community service during the last 12 months. The money may be used for a 2-year, 4-year college or trade school. The scholarship ranges from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to $9,000 cash.

Who qualifies? Students within the ages of 13 and 18 and have not graduated from high school.

For more information on the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship, click here.

7. AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 15, 2015

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is hoping to raise awareness among teenagers and with this scholarship they are hoping to get teens to engage in the conversation.

Winner of the scholarship will be awarded $5,000; $2,500 to the first runner up and $1,000 to the second runner up. Seven $500 scholarships will also be given for Honorable Mention.

Who qualifies? High school seniors (U.S.) entering a four-year accredited college or university.

Click here, for more information about the scholarship.

8. Spence Reese Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego award four $4,000 scholarships each year, one each in the field study of engineering, law, medicine, or political science. The scholarship targets male high school seniors who plan on majoring in the four eligible fields of study. You do not have to be a San Diego resident or a BGC member to apply.

Who qualifies? High school male seniors who show academic achievement and financial need.

For more information, click here and here.

9. Abercrombie & Fitch Anti-Bullying Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015

A&F is giving out $2,500 scholarships to students who have done well in academics and persevered while experiencing bullying or to students who have led anti-bullying efforts.

Who qualifies? High school seniors (U.S. or international students) with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

For more information in regards to application requirements, click here.

10. Superpower Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

This one is definitely for comic book fans. Write a short essay about which superhero or villain you would want to change places with for a day and why, and you could potentially win $2,500.

Who qualifies? You must be 13 years of age or older and be a U.S. citizen.

For more information about the scholarship, click here.

11. American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015

American Fire Sprinkler Association is awarding 10 students $2,000 each. To have a chance at winning, read an essay about fire sprinklers and take a ten question multiple-choice test. One question right = one entry into the drawing. The award may be used for a vocational school or a four-year college.

Who qualifies? High school seniors legally residing in the U.S.

For more information in regards to requirements, click here.

12. Sara Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 4, 2015

The Sara Scholarship is awarded to high school female seniors who show active involvement in the sport of golf. If selected, you could receive $2,000 with the eligibility for renewal up to four years.

Who qualifies? Female high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.1 and demonstrate financial need. You must have the intention of graduating from high school at the end of the year and plan on enrolling into an accredited college or university in the United States.

For more information on the application requirements, click here.

13. Ice Cream Flavor of the Month Scholarship

Application Deadline: July 31, 2015

This one is for all the ice cream lovers. Write a short essay about which ice cream flavor you would be and why, and you could potentially win $1,500.

Who qualifies? You must be 13 years of age or older and be a U.S. citizen.

For more information on the Ice Cream Flavor of the Month Scholarship, click here.

14. Wells Fargo’s CollegeSTEPS

Sweepstakes Deadline: August 13, 2015

Wells Fargo will award $1,000 prizes to 20 high school students and another 20 to college undergraduates. The awards are not based on a student’s academic performance or financial needs. By signing up for the sweepstakes, the winners will be drawn by random.

Who qualifies? You must be at least 13 years of age and attending an accredited high school, home-school program, college, university or trade school part-time or full-time. You must also be a legal U.S. resident.

For more information, click here.

15. Courage to Grow Scholarship

Application Deadline: Last day of every month

Every month, Courage to Grow Scholarship awards one student $500 to help with the financial burden. In 250 words or less, explain why you deserve this scholarship and it might be yours.

Who qualifies? Junior or senior high school students or college students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better. Participant must also be a U.S. citizen.

For more information, visit their website here.

 

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