We understand that paying for college is not easy. There are many scholarships available to students for some extra financial aid. Your best resource is to meet with your College/Career Information Coordinator. These professionals will help guide you in your search for scholarships and answer any questions you may have. I have included a list of scholarship links and applications below for your convenience.
**REMEMBER - When searching, it is very important to read all scholarship requirements carefully to determine if you are eligible. You do not want to put time and effort into completing an application for a scholarship that you are not eligible to win.
Also, keep in mind that some scholarship applications may require a letter of recommendation from a teacher or responsible adult. Pay attention to deadlines and give these people at least a week to complete this part of the application for you.
WEEKLY (RECURRING; SEE SITES FOR EXACT DEADLINE DATES)
- Zinch Weekly Scholarship - one $1,000 award per week; write a short essay (a few sentences)
- Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation - $500-$5,000; take a quiz, show what you know, win scholarships. It's that easy!
- Courage to Grow Scholarship - $500; Junior or Senior; min 2.5 GPA; 250 words or less why you should win $.
- Quick Entry Course Hero Scholarship - $1,000; Senior; must be at least 16 years old to enter; create an account and submit a response of up to 1000 words on the monthly topic.
- $2,000 No Essay Scholarship - $2,000; 9-12 grade; U.S. Cit. or legal res.; register for site; random winner drawn monthly; you can enter once each month for a chance to win.
- 03 - BigRentz Engineering Scholarship - 1-$5,000 award; senior; min 3.0 GPA; plan to pursue an engineering degree with a discipline related to design, construction, and operation of machinery or structures; submit an essay of 750-1500 word about the future of engineering; complete a student questionnaire.
- 03 - BigRentz Film Studies Scholarship - 1-$5,000 award; senior; min 3.0 GPA; plan to pursue BA or BFA degree relating to film studies, film production, cinematography, or a similar field; submit an essay of 750-1500 word about exceptional cinematography; complete a student questionnaire.
- 15 - The Levin Firm Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; for recently graduated seniors entering school in the fall; submit a 500+ word essay about juvenile detention centers and bootcamps; see link for specific prompt.
- 15 - The Prosper Shaked Scholarship for Future Medical Professionals - 1-$1,500 award; min 3.0 GPA; for recently graduated seniors entering school in the fall; pursuing a degree in the pre-medical field (see link for list of majors/programs); submit a 650 word essay about your future goals in the medical field.
- 04 - ARTBA Student Transportation Video Contest - 1-1st Place prize award per age group receives a cash prize and his/her entry shown during ARTBA’s National Convention; must be currently enrolled in school; submit a 2- to 4-minute video in one of two categories: general transportation impacts, trends, funding; and transportation safety; see link for guidelines.
- 18 - The Gates Scholarship - top 300 students receive funding for the full cost of attendance (after other financial aid); senior; African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American; min 3.3 GPA; US citizen, national, or permanent resident; Pell-eligible; plan to enroll full-time in a four-year degree program; demonstrated leadership ability; exceptional personal success skills.
- 30 - Don't Text and Drive Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; 9-12 grade; U.S. Citizen; complete an application including a 140-character message about texting while driving; top 10 selected as finalists; finalists asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.
- 30 - Odenza Marketing Scholarship - 1-$500 award; 9-12 grade; U.S. or Canadian Citizen; min 2.5 GPA; submit two short essay; see application for prompts.
- 30 - Because College is Expensive Scholarship - 1-$500 award; 11 & 12 grade; legal U.S. residents or International students with valid visas; register by filling out an application; winner selected by random drawing, then contacted directly and announced on hosting web page page.
Scholarship Search Sites
- www.fastweb.com - Great site! Profile-based database
- www.tuitionfundingsources.com - Lots of info! Profile-based database
NEW!!! Open Education Database is a great, extensive resource featuring information about MD schools, scholarships, loans, and more! Check it out: oedb.org/maryland/.
The College Scholarship Guide has many great tips and information about the scholarship application process. Check it out: www.thesimpledollar.com/college-scholarship-guide/.