Even if it is a little late in the game and many scholarship deadlines are long past, there are still a few generous organizations interested in giving money away to college-bound students this fall.
It may require persistence to find opportunities and some patience to sort out the requirements.
And be aware that late-deadline competitions can sometimes be little more than lotteries requiring applicants to sign-up for websites and mailing lists managed by sponsoring organizations.
Nevertheless, we all agree extra cash comes in handy and once you practice preparing these kinds of applications, the work involved to enter is usually fairly trivial. In fact, you may find that you can dust-off a few of those college essays and re-purpose them for scholarship competitions.
So for those of you recently-graduated seniors who haven’t totally checked out for the summer, here are over 20 ‘last minute’ scholarship opportunities:
- Abbott and Fenner offer $1,000 scholarships based on
responses to an essay question that may sound very familiar if you’ve just
completed the college application process. The contest is open to
all high school juniors and seniors as well as students currently
registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. Deadline:
June 10, 2016.
- Four AmericanMuscle
Automotive Scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing
automotive-themed majors. Deadline:
June 15, 2016
- The American Fire Sprinkler Association
(AFSA) is offering a second “second chance” to win
$1,000. High school seniors must be willing to read an essay about
fire sprinklers and take a quiz on what they’ve read. For each
question answered correctly, applicants will receive one entry into a
drawing for one of five scholarships. And if you miss a question,
you can try again! Deadline: August 26, 2016.
- AT&T Savings is
offering the Internet and Education Scholarship. Simply create an original
infographic showing how apps are helping students learn in unique ways
outside of traditional classroom settings.
Deadline: June 14, 2016
- Students who are
enrolled or accepted for an undergraduate or graduate degree in a life
science-related field are invited to apply by writing an essay on the
topic, “The Future Application of Stem Cell Technologies in Neuroscience
Research,” to compete in the Axol Science Scholarship. Deadline:
July 1, 2016.
- The Big Sun Organization
helps young athletes by offering one or more scholarships to deserving
students based on a short essay answering a 3-part question. All
athletes are eligible to apply regardless of sport. Deadline:
June 17, 2016.
- The Bruce
Lee Foundation Scholarship is open to students who 16 or
older and planning to enroll at a 2- or 4-year college or trade/vocational
school in the US. Applications are available online. Deadline:
June 10, 2016.
Jump Start is a scholarship offered to high school, college or
non-traditional students. The application requires an online
application and a 250-word essay. Financial need is not considered. Deadline:
October 17, 2016.
- High school,
undergrad and graduate students may enter the Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Contest by
writing a 500-word essay. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
- The Digital Privacy Scholarship is open to
high school, college, and graduate students who complete a short form and
finish the following statement in 140 characters or less: “I’m
taking responsibility for my digital profile by….” Deadline:
June 30, 2016.
- The Discountrue Scholarship
is open to incoming and current college students. Applicants must submit
an essay on a topic related to taking care of the planet. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
- The Educational
Research Center of America (ERCA) Community Contribution
Scholarship competition is open to high school students who recognized a
need or problem in their community, determined a way to address this need
or solve this problem, and worked to put an action plan in place.
For the 2016-17 academic school year, ERCA will be awarding $25,000 to 18
students throughout the country. The top prize will receive a $5,000
scholarship, two runners up will receive a $2,500 scholarship and 15
students will be awarded with a $1,000 scholarship for higher education
expenses. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
- The Society of Broadcast Engineers is
offering several Ennes
Scholarships to high school and college students aspiring to a career
in the technical aspects of broadcasting.
Deadline: July 1, 2016
- The Gen and
Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is targeted to high school, undergrad,
and graduate students and is based on a 250-word personal statement.
Applicants are encouraged to reuse an essay that was written in class, for
college admission, or for another scholarship completion. Deadline:
July 31, 2016.
- High school
seniors with a 3.5 GPA or higher are invited to apply for the LendingTree Scholarship by submitting an
application together with a 200-word essay responding to a specific
prompt. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
- The IP Video Contest, sponsored by the
Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation, is open to students
between the ages of 13 and 18, enrolled in an accredited secondary,
college level or trade school. The competition requires contestants to
creat a video answering one of several questions related to the patent
system. Deadline: July 1,
- The National
Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Scholarship
is open to students who are homeless or who have been homeless during
their school years, and who have demonstrated average or higher than
average achievement. Deadline: June 17, 2016.
- The National
Foundation for Women Legislators together with the National
Rifle Association will award six high school juniors or seniors $3000
college scholarships and all-expense-paid trips to NFWL’s 2015 Annual
Conference in Orlando, Florida. Deadline: July 8, 2016.
- The Navigate
Your Future Scholarship sponsored by the National Air Transportation
Association is open to graduating seniors planning careers in general
aviation. Deadline: June 24, 2016.
- The New
York Ramblers Scholarship for Student Athletes is designed to support
student athletes who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or
intersex. Applicants are required to complete and submit an application
including brief essays and two letters of recommendation. Deadline: Noon on Tuesday, July
- For the Shower Songs
competition sponsored by DoSomething.org, applicants must make a
five-minute playlist to remind friends to take shorter showers. Deadline: June 30, 2015.
- The Solar Action Alliance is offering a $1000 scholarship based on a 500-1000 word essay addressing the “future of solar.” Applicants must be or planning to be a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher education. Deadline: July 1, 2016.