There are tons of great opportunities out there to offset the cost of college. Here’s a great place to start:
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest – Deadline: January 06, 2015 – $10,000 – The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites United States high school students to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. elected official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient.
NASA Space Settlement Contest – Deadline: May 01, 2014 – $5,000 – This annual contest, co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS), challenges students to create an orbital settlement. The single highest scoring team or individual attending will receive the NSS Bruce M. Clark, Jr. Memorial Space Settlement Award for $5,000. If a team wins, the sum will be evenly divided amongst them.
Campus Safety Scholarship Award Program – Deadline: March 31, 2015 – $2,000 – Participation in the CSHEMA Award and Scholarship Program will bring you recognition by your peers, your local press, and your campus community as well as a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of pride for your department. This program encourages creative problem solving by rewarding new approaches to difficult challenges. Criteria by which entries are evaluated include the following: identification of a problem, method of implementation, cost effectiveness, and applicability to other institutions.
FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship – DeadlineL June 28, 2014 – $1,000 – The rules of the annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship are simple: Submit a blog about your community – where you live, or a place you identify with – and why tourists should visit there. What is the first thing you would show them? What are some interesting cultural, historical or fun attractions people should see? Who should they meet? What should visitors do, try, taste or listen to when there? Use words plus images and/or video to share your community with travelers. Your travel blog can be funny, serious or contemplative, as long as it’s informative.
Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship Foundation – DeadlineL February 15, 2015 – $1,000 – The Foundation’s vision is to encourage members of the racing community to further their education. Scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded to several candidates each year based on applications received and can only be earned once per student. Funds may be used for any type of education from university to vocational training, or for special needs education. Scholarships are awarded to individuals throughout the United States. The Foundation’s goal is to create a fund which is perpetual and self-supporting.
DAR Scholarships – Deadline: February 15, 2015 – $5,000 – The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education.
Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards – Deadline: February 02, 2015 – $36,000 – The award celebrates Jewish teens who have demonstrated impressive leadership and are actively engaged in projects which embody the values of tikkun olam (repair of the world). The award is open to Jewish teens who are residents of the US and are ages 13-19 at the time of nomination. Teens’ projects can help either the Jewish community or the general community, so long as they have not been compensated for their services. Teens may be nominated by any community member who knows the value of their project, except family members, or may also nominate themselves.
FIRE’s Freedom in Academia Essay Contest – Deadline: January 01, 2015 – $10,000 – FIRE’s mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience – the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE’s core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.
EngineerGirl! Engineering Essay Contest – Deadline: March 01, 2015 – $500 – The EngineerGirl website is part of an NAE project to bring national attention to the opportunity that engineering represents to all people at any age, but particularly to women and girls.
Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest – Deadline: November 01, 2014 – $30,000 – Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships.