Everybody could use more money for college, especially when it comes as a scholarship—the kind of aid you never need to repay.
Scholarships come in all shapes, sizes, and amounts. Groups ranging from charitable foundations to corporations to trade associations and more offer money for college.
Although you tend to hear about unusual scholarships like the Duck Tape Stuck at Prom scholarship contest on the news, those represent a tiny minority of the scholarship money available each year.
Finding the right scholarship can take some work on your part, but it’s worth the effort. Whether you excel at creativity, write with flair, love industrial design, or hope to become your family’s first graduate, there’s probably a scholarship somewhere for you.
To get you started, here’s a list of 10 great scholarships to consider.
Craft an American Revolution History Essay
Interested in history—specifically the American Revolution? Then you might do well with the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest from the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).
To enter this competition, you submit an original essay (800–1,200 words) about an event, ideal, person, or philosophy relating to the American Revolution. Writing about the Declaration of Independence or the framing of the United States Constitution works just as well. Contact your state’s SAR essay coordinator for complete details.
Share Why You’re an Exceptional Female Student
True&Co., a female-founded clothing company, sponsors the annual The Future Is Female scholarship program. They’re looking for inspiring female students who want to follow their passion and become the world-changing trailblazers of the future.
This scholarship is open to women with a 3.0 GPA or higher who are applying to or are already in college. Apply online by Nov. 1, 2017. Good luck!
Explain Your Vision for Getting a Business Education
If you see yourself heading for a career in business, take a look at the Tutor the People Pre-MBA Scholarship. This scholarship gives you $1,000 toward either an undergraduate or graduate education.
To enter, write a short essay (a mere 300–500 words) about how a Master of Business Administration degree will help you achieve your academic and professional goals. The next deadline is Dec. 15, 2017.
Call All the Ducks
Duck calling takes skill, precision, and practice—especially if you plan to compete for one of the four scholarships awarded in the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest, held in association with the World’s Champion Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Ark.
Over the last 43 years, young duck callers received more than $73,000 in scholarships through this contest. There’s no fee to enter, but you need to pre-register through the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce. Start practicing now!
Help a Friend Reduce Stress
School gets stressful. And when you stack family and personal stress on top of that, sometimes you can barely think. That’s why DoSomething.org and partnered with CVS Health to create the Show Stress Who’s Boss scholarship promotion.
This one works more like a contest, but by entering you and your friends get lots of tips on reducing your stress, which puts you ahead of the game already. Enter online by Sept. 30, 2017.
Write Your Thoughts about the Second Amendment
What does the Second Amendment mean to you? Well, it could mean a scholarship of up $1,000 if your 1,000 word essay stands out in the National Rifle Association’s Civil Rights Defense Fund writing contest.
This program is open to both high school and middle school students, with entries split between two age groups. The entry deadline is Dec. 31, 2017.
Speak about Your Optimism
Presenting in front of a group can feel challenging, but if you love public speaking then the Optimist International Oratorical Contest offers you a shot at a scholarship worth more than $15,000.
To enter, prepare and practice a 4–5 minute speech on the topic “Where are My Roots of Optimism?” (Watch your time, because they deduct points if you go over or under!) Contact your local Optimist club or email the national programs department at firstname.lastname@example.org for deadline details.
Demonstrate Your Musical Talents
If music makes your heart sing (yes, we went there), then take a look at the seven scholarship programs sponsored by the BMI Foundation.
Whether you compose music in the country, jazz, classical, or Latin genres, aspire to be rock singer/songwriter or a composer working in video games, film, or television, there’s a scholarship program here for you. They also offer one for aspiring broadcast radio students. Deadlines vary depending on the program.
Show Your Love of Information Systems
Information systems run everything from your bank account to your college test scores and more. If you plan to pursue a degree in information engineering, information management, or a similar field of study, look at the Future Leaders of IT scholarship offered by the Connect Worldwide Scholarship Fund.
Apply by writing an essay of at least 1,000 words on why you want a career in this field and what you hope to accomplish. Application deadline is Dec. 1, 2017.
Stand Tall (Well, Taller than Average)
How tall are you? (Yes, we’re serious.) If you’re at least 5’ 10” (for women) or 6’ 2” (for men), then you met the first qualification for the Tall Clubs International Foundation’s annual scholarship program.
Start by finding the closest TCI club that operates a scholarship program and asking them about eligibility. Request your application by Feb. 1, 2018, and submit it by March 1.
These give you a start, but if you want to find even more money for college, check out our free scholarship e-book. Download it today!