100+ Awesome Scholarships That Will Help You Pay for College

100+ Awesome Scholarships That Will Help You Pay for College

If applying to college is a nerve-wracking experience, then I’m not sure how to explain the fear and dread involved in paying for it once you get in.

But wait, it gets worse: student loans, anyone?

Before you know it, your excitement about getting into college can be totally trumped by anxiety about costs.

Luckily, there are thousands of scholarships for college students that can help you pay for school. Whether you’re in high school, college or even graduate school, you’re likely eligible for a fair amount of money.

You don’t need to get straight-A’s, be in dire financial straits or participate in a ton of extracurricular activities every day to earn a scholarship. In some cases, a special skill or interest area — like having creative ways of earning or saving money — can help you win money to use for tuition, housing or textbooks.

Here’s a list of 100 awesome scholarships to get you started on your search. Application rules and deadlines can change, so be sure to read all of the eligibility requirements on the funding organization’s website before applying.

Happy scholarship hunting!

Scholarships With Multiple Deadlines

These organizations offer awards several times a year — during spring and fall semesters, quarterly or even monthly. Even if you’ve missed the earliest deadline this year, take a look to see if there’s another one coming up!

  1. AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students with at least a 2.5 GPA can apply for this $500 scholarship that chooses one winner per quarter.

  1. AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund

This fund awards a scholarship of $2,500 each quarter to students enrolled at an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) member institution. Awards can be used toward bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in nursing.

The selection committee gives special consideration to students enrolled in a graduate program to become a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program.

  1. CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

Wells Fargo sponsors this award, which is open to high school students ages 14 and up, and all undergraduates. A total of 12 applicants — six high school students and six college students — are selected throughout the year via random drawing to win $5,000 each.

  1. Courage to Grow

This monthly scholarship award of $500 is available to high school juniors and seniors, and college students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. You’ll have to submit a short essay.

Entries are due on the last day of each month.

  1. United States Senate Youth Program

Two high school juniors and seniors from each state, Washington, D.C. and the Department of Defense Education Activity are chosen each year for this program, which includes a $10,000 scholarship. The 104 selected students will travel to Washington, D.C. as delegates for Washington Week. Applicants must be participants in student government. A principal or teacher nomination is required.

Deadlines range from July to November, depending on your state.

  1. College JumpStart Scholarship

Open to anyone in grades 10 to 12 or currently enrolled in college, along with nontraditional students, the College JumpStart Scholarship offers various award amounts to students who are committed to their educations and their communities. Submit a brief personal statement about your goals and achievements to apply.

You have two deadline options: April 15 or Oct. 17.

  1. “No Essay” College Scholarship

Yes, there’s a scholarship you can win without writing an essay! Niche.com offers this monthly drawing, which is open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone planning to enroll in college or graduate school within 12 months.

Enter once each month to win $2,000.

  1. $1,000 Local Survey Sweepstakes

Tell Niche.com about your neighborhood and be entered into a monthly drawing for $1,000. Submit a new entry each month for a better chance of winning.

  1. CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship

High school and junior college students who play sports and plan to attend a four-year college can apply for this $2,000 award. You’ll need to promote CaptainU on your Facebook page to have the best chance at one of the quarterly prizes.

  1. Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships

The Ronald McDonald House Charities offers a handful of scholarships open to high school seniors. To be eligible, you just have to live in an area where there is a participating RMHC chapter.

The deadline for current applications is Jan. 17, 2017. The application period for the 2017-18 award year will open in October 2017; deadlines vary by scholarship.

  1. The Festivus Scholarship

Students returning to school after a gap in their education can earn $250 by winning four rounds of quizzes on common knowledge facts. Enter by registering at the Common Knowledge Scholarship Fund and entering the fall quiz (typically begins in early September) or spring quiz (typically starts in early January).

  1. DoSomething.org Campaign Scholarships

Volunteer your time for any DoSomething.org campaigns (examples include hosting a canned food drive or sharing ways to combat bullying), and you could win up to $22,000. Submit photos of your campaign work to enter.

The only requirement is that you’re between 13 and 25 years old; if you’re not in college when you win, the organization will hold onto your prize until you head to college.

  1. CoffeeForLess.com “Hit the Books” Scholarship

If you’re a college student between ages 18 to 25, you can enter to win $500 by writing a 500-word essay on why your education is important to you. You’ll score bonus points if you can work your love of coffee into your essay.

One winner is chosen each spring (apply by Jan. 31) and fall (apply by Sept. 30).

  1. Cappex Easy Money Scholarship

Every month, Cappex chooses a winner for its $1,000 scholarship. Any high school or college student may apply. This really is easy money — all you have to do is complete the application on the website, and you’ll be entered to win.

The next deadline is Jan. 31.

  1. Golden Key International Honour Society Scholarships

Golden Key International Honour Society is based on three principles: academics, leadership and service. It offers more than half a million dollars in scholarships each year to its undergraduate and graduate members.

Deadlines vary by scholarship.  

  1. Odenza Marketing Scholarship

If you have at least a 2.5 GPA, submit two short essays on given topics to be considered for a $500 scholarship. This scholarship is open to American and Canadian students ages 16 to 25.

The deadline is March 30 for the spring scholarship contest; there’s another round in the fall.

  1. College Jumpstart Scholarship

This annual, merit-only scholarship is open to high school, college and nontraditional students. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded each spring and fall. A short personal statement is required.

Apply by April 15 for the spring competition.

  1. MigVapor Essay Contest

Applicants must write an essay about “a viable solution to help smokers make a positive change in their lives” and include topics such as e-cigarettes and vaporizers. This award is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students over age 18.

There are three awards; you could win up to $1,900. The application cycle reopens each semester.

The deadline for fall 2017 is May 31.

  1. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship Program

Latino students with financial need may apply for one of four Congressional Hispanic scholar-intern programs. If selected for this summer internship program, you’ll receive hourly pay and a scholarship of up to $5,000. Deadlines vary.

  1. Nitro College Scholarship

To win $5,000, fill out the scholarship survey, and answer three short questions. As an added bonus, you can refer a friend for a $1,000 scholarship. If your friend includes your name on their application and wins, you get a $1,000 scholarship, as well. They have three deadlines this year: June 30, September 30, and December 31.

  1. StudySoup’s Future Innovator Scholarship

Available each semester for outstanding students, StudySoup wants applicants to exhibit their core values: be a knight, make an impact and succeed together. This $2,000 scholarship is open to both high school and college students.

Deadlines: May 1 and November 1

  1. Best Reviews Design Scholarship

This scholarship accepts any candidate who are either currently studying in high school or college or can prove they are enrolled to start at a future date. To win this $2,000 scholarship, write up to 500 words on how product design can impact the world in a positive way. There are two cycles each year for this one.

Two Deadlines: June 1 and December 1

Scholarships With Single Deadlines

Don’t miss these scholarship deadlines — they only come once a year.

  1. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award

Minority high school students may apply for awards of up to $28,000 over four years to attend college. Scholarships also come with mentoring, leadership development and internship opportunities. The foundation awards about 60 scholarships per year.

Deadline: Feb. 15

  1. GEICO Achievement Award Program

College sophomores and juniors with GPAs of at least 3.0 are invited to apply for a $2,500 award from GEICO. A resume, unofficial transcript, letter of recommendation and short essay are required. Applicants must be majoring in business, computer science, mathematics or a related program.

Deadline: Feb. 15

  1. LGS Innovations Scholarship Program

This $5,000 award is available to current juniors and seniors in college as well as grad students in STEM programs. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Deadline: Feb 15

  1. AWS Foundation National Scholarship Program

The American Welding Society offers more than 30 scholarships to students in the U.S. and Canada who plan to pursue careers in welding. Awards tend to be for $2,500 or more, and many are open to students in attending a four-year college.

Students can create a single profile online through AWS to be matched with scholarship options.

Deadline: Feb. 15

  1. Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

By completing a single application, women in engineering, engineering technology or computer science in the U.S. or Mexico can apply for a host of scholarships from SWE. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

Awards range from about $1,000 to $20,000.

Deadline: Feb. 15 for sophomores and higher; May 1 for incoming freshmen

  1. The Dr. Arnita Y. Boswell Scholarship Award

African-American students with a 2.75 GPA or higher, who also participate in school and community activities, may apply for up to $1,000. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, letters from activity organizers, an official transcript, an essay on a provided topic and a photo.

Deadline: Feb. 27

  1.  Wear Action Scholarship

Do you use technology to help you stay fit? Write an essay about it to win this $500 scholarship.

Any high school or college student with a 3.0 GPA is eligible. To apply, you must write at least 700 words on how fitness gadgets can impact your life for the better.

Deadline: Feb. 28

  1. Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship

Open to both veterans and their spouses, this Wells Fargo scholarship provides up to $7,000 per year for up to four years.

Deadline: Feb 28

  1. Frame My Future Scholarship Contest

High school seniors or current college students can submit a piece of art, such as a photograph, collage, poem, painting or other creative piece, along with a 500-word essay about your professional goals.

A panel of judges will select 24 finalists. Students who submit the top five entries, determined by public vote, will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Deadline: March 1

  1. American Legion Auxiliary National Presidents’ Scholarships

High school seniors who demonstrate leadership, patriotism, service, financial need and academic achievement, may apply. Fifteen scholarships are awarded annually: five for $3,500, five for $3,000 and five for $2,500.

Deadline: March 1

  1. American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

The American Legion Auxiliary offers five scholarships of $2,000 each year to students returning to school after an interruption or adults who are starting higher education later in life.

Deadline: March 1

  1. Life Lessons Scholarship Program

Applicants must submit an essay or short video about how losing a parent during childhood impacted their lives. Eighteen scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded.

Deadline: March 1

  1. Headphone Selection Scholarship Program

Open to any high school or college student, this $500 essay scholarship requires you to write up to 1,000 words on “The Effect of Sound on Productivity.” The scholarship seeks essays demonstrating well-crafted research and analysis.  

Deadline: March 1

  1. Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Entering first-year law students can apply for this award from the American Bar Association. Full-time and part-time students are eligible; 20 winners receive $15,000 over their three years of law school.

Deadline: March 2

  1. Bodie McDowell Scholarship

Junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students studying outdoor communications or journalism may apply. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, and there are three or more awards given each year.

Deadline: March 2

  1. State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program

This award is open to graduating high school seniors with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.2 who plan to enroll in college in the fall. Fifty recipients will each receive $2,500.

Deadline: March 2

  1. Simon Youth Community Scholarship

Exceptional and involved students may apply for a $1,500 scholarship to be used at junior colleges, four-year colleges and trade schools. Every Simon mall in the U.S. provides an award, but only the first 3,000 applications received each year are judged. Applicants must live within 50 miles of a Simon mall.

Deadline: March 5

  1. Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

Write an essay about religious freedom to win prizes of $500 to $2,000, awarded by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by March 10.

  1. U.S. Institute of Peace High School Essay Contest

The USIP essay contest is open to any high school student. It requires you to write a “memo” of 1,000 to 1,250 words outlining your plan in a scenario in which you’re a U.S. diplomat working to promote peace abroad in a designated country. You could win up to $2,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Deadline: March 15

  1. AFSA National High School Essay Contest

The American Foreign Service Association sponsors this $2,500 scholarship for students interested in foreign policy. The winner also receives a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet the secretary of state and an all-expenses paid educational trip from Semester at Sea.

Deadline: March 15

  1. Together We Care Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program

MinuteClinic (owned by CVS) and Johnson & Johnson offer 20 nurse practitioner scholarships for $2,500 each and 20 doctor of nursing practice scholarships for $2,500 each. Students enrolled in a nurse practitioner or doctor of nursing practice program with a GPA of at least 3.2 may apply.

Deadline: March 16

  1. Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Open to graduating high school seniors as well as any undergraduate or graduate student, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund awards $500 to $5,000 to Hispanic students in need. College students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, while high school seniors must have a 3.0.

All majors and graduate fields are accepted.  

Deadline: March 30

  1. Sleeklens Academic Scholarship Program

Photography company Sleeklens awards three students with a $2,000 scholarship that’s

open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students, as well as high school seniors who have been accepted to college. Applicants must write 2,000 to 2,600 words about using social media to get a job after college.

Deadline: March 30

  1. Howtostartablog.com Scholarship Program

Open to any high school senior, this scholarship requires you to get a bit creative.

Following the website’s guides, create your own blog about something you’re passionate about. Then, on your new blog, post a video and talk about how you see the blogging world impacting the future of the digital age and working in America. The award is $2,500.

Deadlines: Applications are accepted year-round; winners will be chosen March 31.

  1. Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest

There aren’t any eligibility requirements for this one, because this award is more of a contest than a scholarship. For a chance to win up to $500, you must submit a video on the given topic.

The general theme is nuclear disarmament, but the specific topic will be announced on Feb. 1

Deadline: April 1

  1. The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

Students showing financial need, academic achievement and public service who are entering or transferring to a four-year college may apply. Submit a copy of your college acceptance letter, two recommendations, an essay, transcript, standardized test scores, copy of your FAFSA and a resume to be considered to win $2,000 per year for up to four years.

Deadline: April 1

  1. Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

This $10,000 scholarship goes to a student active in the social and economic justice movements. Submit a personal statement, two recommendations, a transcript, evidence of financial need and a photo.

Deadline: April 1

  1. Tourism Cares Academic Scholarship Program

High school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students planning to study travel, tourism or hospitality can apply for one of 30 annual scholarships. Awards range from $1,000 to $4,000. U.S. and Canadian students may apply.

Deadline: April 1

  1. AICPA Accountemps Student Scholarship Award

Each year, four winners are selected to win $10,000. You must be a current undergraduate or graduate-level accounting student with a GPA of at least 3.0 to apply.

Deadline: April 1

  1. High School Senior Essay Contest

This scholarship is open to high school seniors who will enroll in college fall 2017. Ten winners will be randomly selected to receive $2,000.

Deadline: April 7

  1. AFSA Scholarship Program

The American Fire and Sprinkler Association awards 10 scholarships for $2,000 to high school seniors. To apply, read an essay about fire sprinklers and complete a 10-question, open-book, multiple-choice test. Each correct test answer gives you one entry into the scholarship drawing.

Deadline: April 7

  1. Create Real Impact

Your creative entry about distracted driving could win you a $500 or $1,500 prize. Along with the grand prizewinner of $1,500, the committee also chooses one Spanish language winner and one American Sign Language winner.

Deadline: April 10.

  1. CommonBond $10,000 Scholarship

Student lending service CommonBond aims to make college affordable, and they’re doing just that with this $10,000 scholarship. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen attending a Title IV school. All you need is a valid email address to apply.

Deadline: April 15

  1. Gene Carte Student Paper Competition

Criminology students may submit one relevant academic paper each year to be considered for this scholarship. The first-prize winner receives $500; second-place winner receives $300; and third-place winner receives $200.

Deadline: April 15

  1. NDS Junior Merit Scholarship

Undergraduates in their junior year who plan to work in the dairy industry may apply for this award, which has a first prize of $1,500 and three runner-up awards of $1,000 each. Leadership, activities, and academic performance are evaluated.

Deadline: The cycle opens March 1; deadline is April 15.

  1. NDS Sophomore Merit Scholarship

The National Dairy Shrine also offers a scholarship for college sophomores pursuing a career in the dairy industry. First prize gets $1,500, and three runners-up get $1,000 each. Leadership, activities and academic performance are evaluated.

Deadline: April 15

  1. Appraisal Institute Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship

Students who are already enrolled part time or full time toward an associate or bachelor’s degree focusing on real estate may apply for this $1,000 award. You must demonstrate academic achievement. Submit a short personal statement, two recommendations, your transcript and your resume.

Deadline: April 15

  1. Job Application Database Scholarship

Job Application Database, a website that provides employment and career information for over 1,500 companies, offers a $1,000 scholarship.

To apply, answer 10 questions with up to 100 words each. This scholarship is open to any student enrolled in an educational institution by March 31.

Deadline: April 25

  1. Signet Essay Contest
    Signet Classics awards five scholarships of $1,000 to high school juniors and seniors. Applicants must write an essay about the year’s chosen literary classic from a list of provided topics; teachers then submit the essays to Signet.

Deadline: Entries are usually due mid-April.  

  1. Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Respond to one of three essay prompts on Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.” The contest is open to all students, from high school seniors to grad students. There are 84 winners, with prizes ranging from $50 to $20,000.

Deadline: April 28

  1. ASHA Youth Scholarships

Exceptional high school students who are involved with American saddlebred horses, may apply. Academic success, financial need, community service and recommendations are considered. Awards amounts vary; a second award of $2,500 is available from the American Saddlebred Association of Alabama.

Deadline: April 30

  1. MoolahSPOT Scholarship

MoolahSPOT’s $1,000 scholarship is open to students from around the world, but your 400-word essay and application must be submitted in English. New and current college students and graduate students can apply.

Deadline: April 30

  1. Freedom of Speech PSA Contest

Current undergraduate, graduate and vocational school students can enter to win up to $2,500. Apply by submitting a 30-second audio or video public service announcement about freedom of speech.

Deadline: Applications are accepted April 1-30.

  1. Digital Responsibility E-Waste Scholarship

Write a tweet-length statement about electronic waste recycling to enter this $1,000 contest. The top 10 finalists will be asked to write a 500- to 1000-word essay.

Deadline: April 30

  1. Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Interested in being an actuary? African-American, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander students with a GPA of at least 3.0 may apply. Awards range from $1,000 for an incoming freshman to $4,000 for an incoming college senior who has already passed actuarial exams.

Deadline: May 1

  1. American Floral Endowment

AFE provides over 20 scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in floriculture and horticulture. Award amounts vary by scholarship.

Deadline: May 1

  1. Paradigm Challenge

For the chance to win up to $100,000, the Paradigm Challenge encourages youth to use STEM skills and collaboration to come up with an original idea. Anyone ages 4 to 18 can enter this competition.

There are 91 prizes awarded ranging from $200 to $100,000.

Deadline: May 1

  1. StudySoup’s Women in Technology Scholarship

StudySoup’s scholarship is open to women in high school or college looking to pursue a career in computer science or computer programming. A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to one female student who shows a passion for computer science and is pursuing opportunities for a future career in the industry.

Deadline: May 5, 2017

  1. Intel Science Talent Search

High school seniors submit their science research projects to compete for major cash scholarships — the top prize is $250,000.

The next application cycle opens in May 2017.

  1. Optimist International Oratorical Contest

Would you engage with an audience from the podium? Winning speakers at the local level can earn scholarships of $2,500, $1,500 or $1,000 at the district level.

Deadline: Local club competition dates vary, but districts must submit their winner lists to Optimist International by May 15.

  1. PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship

The Public Relations Student Society of America gives two awards of $1,500 to minority communications students. Applicants must be full-time students with at least junior status and a 3.0 GPA. PRSSA membership is not required, but applicants must submit a transcript, letter of recommendation and two-page essay on diversity in the public relations industry.

Deadline: May 26

  1. Leavitt Machinery Scholarship

Leavitt Machinery’s $500 essay scholarship is open to any currently enrolled students and those expecting to attend college in the fall of 2017.

You must have a 3.0 GPA and respond to an essay prompt about how safety procedures prevented an injury in a situation either you or someone you know was involved in.

Deadline: May 31

  1. Chely Wright “Like Me” Scholarship

This scholarship is open for high school seniors who can show they’ve advocated for LGBT issues through community service with an LGBT organization, attending events, etc.

In 2016, the Chely Wright Scholarship awarded $6,500 to 13 students.

Deadline: May 31

  1. American Hort Scholarships

HRI provides seven scholarship funds for agriculture students. You could be awarded up to $4,000, depending on which scholarships you’re eligible for.

Deadline: The application cycle opens in March 2017; deadline is May 31.

  1. Muggets Scholarship

Students who are already enrolled in vocational, undergraduate and graduate programs in horticulture and have at least a 2.25 GPA may apply for this $1,500 scholarship. Two recommendations are required.

Deadline: May 31

  1. Scholarship Detective Launch Scholarship

Free registration for ScholarshipDetective.com and a 140-character or less statement are all you need to enter this drawing for one of two $1,000 scholarships.

Deadline: May 31

  1. C.I.P. Scholarship

College is Power awards $1,000 to entering or continuing students in full- or part-time programs. Funds can be used for tuition, books, room and board, and other related expenses.

Deadline: May 31

  1. Arctic Chiropractic Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is open to any student attending college by October 2017 with a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must write up to 1,000 words on prompts about back problems.

Deadline: June 2

  1. Global Lift Equipment Scholarship

Open to any student with a 2.5 GPA, this scholarship is seriously unique: You apply by writing a 2,000-word essay from the viewpoint of an inanimate object that you choose from the website. The website says to think about the assignment like the Disney movie “Cars,” except it’s a short story about the company’s used equipment. Win $500 for your creative story.

Deadline: June 2

  1. American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Awards

The American-Scandinavian Foundation offers a $2,500 award and a $2,000 award for outstanding translations of Scandinavian works by authors born before 1800.

Deadline: June 15

  1. Lift Parts Express Scholarship

The $500 scholarship is open to students ages of 16 to 21 with a 3.0 GPA. You’re required to write an essay about how you plan to pay for college and the job you expect to have once you graduate.

Deadline: June 30

  1. Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Women who study business or are enrolled in a business-related program may apply for this scholarship through their local Zonta club, which awards 12 international scholarships of $7,000 and 32 district/region scholarships of $1,000. There’s no age limit to apply.

Deadlines: Varies by local clubs; club-level finalists must be presented to regional representatives by July 1.

  1. Resume Companion Annual Scholarship Giveaway

Enter to win this $1,000 scholarship by creating a resume for a fictional character. There is no GPA requirement for this award.

Deadline: July 14

  1. Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is a merit-based award open to incoming and current college or graduate students. Applicants must submit a 250-word essay.

Deadline: July 31

  1. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship

Coca-Cola has multiple scholarship programs, but its main scholarship offers 150 awards of $20,000 for graduating high school seniors. Applicants will be judged for their capacity to lead and serve.

The application cycle opens in August 2017.  

  1. Race Entry Scholarship

Race Entry wants to hear your reason for running in a race. The award is open to any college student. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship.

Deadline: Aug. 15

  1. Clubs of America Scholarship

Any college student with a 3.0 GPA may apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Write an essay of at least 600 words about your career aspirations.

Deadline: Aug. 31

  1. CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

This is more of a program commitment than it is simply a scholarship. This opportunity is offered through the CIA and is open to any high school senior planning to attend a four-year college, or a current college student.

If selected, you’ll receive a salary of up to $18,000 per year, as well as full benefits. In exchange, you’ll work at the CIA in Washington, D.C. every summer.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted beginning April 1; deadline is Sept. 23.

  1. Voice of Democracy

This scholarship judges applicants by short essay told via audio in three to five minutes. The national first-place winner receives $30,000 to use at any U.S. college or vocational school; scholarships of $1,000 to $16,000 are also awarded.

Deadline: Apply through your local VFW post by Nov. 1.

  1. Unigo Education Matters Scholarship

Current or incoming college students can write a short response to win $5,000. You must write your response about what you would say to someone who thinks education doesn’t matter or that college is a waste of time.

Deadline: Nov. 30

  1. Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship

Burger King offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 for high school seniors or full-time college students who graduated high school within the last three years. The Burger King Scholarship requires a 2.5 GPA, while the McLamore requires a 3.3 GPA.

Deadline: The application cycle opens Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 15.

  1. HomeSecurityList Smart Home Scholarship

HomeSecurityList is looking for a student interested in the “smart home revolution,” which includes home automation, the internet of things and home security. This scholarship is open to accepted high school seniors or current college and trade school students. Submit a 1,000- to 2,000-word essay on a relevant topic involving the “smart home revolution” for a chance to win this $1,000 scholarship.

Deadline: Dec 10, 2017

  1. Agora Pulse Social Media Management Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is for “emerging social media geniuses,” and is open to both high school and college students who have an interest in social media management. To apply, write a brief essay that talks about the best use of social media management you’ve seen.

Deadline: Dec 15, 2017

  1. Publicity.ai Seo and Content Marketing Scholarship

Open to high school and college students, this $1,000 scholarship requires a passion for marketing. Write a short essay about the best use of content marketing you’ve seen — they’re looking for the “next generation of marketing leaders.”

Deadline: Dec 15, 2017

  1. Community College Scholarship

Niche.com offers $500 to current and anticipated community college students.

Deadline: Dec. 31

  1. $500 Culinary Scholarship

High school students interested in culinary school, along with current culinary students, can enter to win this $500 award from Niche.com.

Deadline: Dec. 31

  1. $500 Nursing Scholarship

Future and current nursing students can apply for this $500 scholarship from Niche.com.

Deadline: Dec. 31

  1. Unigo $10K Scholarship

Surprise! You’ve just been elected president. What’s your first tweet? Answer the question, and you could win a $10,000 scholarship. You must enroll in college no later than fall 2023.

Deadline: Dec. 31

Your Turn: Will you apply for scholarships this year?

Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder. 

Editorial intern Jacquelyn Pica contributed research to this post.