10 Scholarships to Apply for This Fall

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The fall is prime time for high school seniors to start applying for scholarships to help pay for college. If you haven’t already started your scholarship search, now’s the time! Below are 10 unique scholarships available to high school seniors that have upcoming application deadlines based on leadership experience, artistic abilities, volunteer service, athletic performance, and more. Even if you don’t have an amazing GPA, there’s no need to be discouraged – there are plenty of scholarships you may be eligible for!

Also, if you haven’t already done so, check out PUC’s scholarships, many of which are due March 2! Our Maxwell Scholar Program now offers full tuition to five students!

1. Adopt a Veteran Scholarship
Deadline: November 15, 2015
Award amount: $5,000

This scholarship encourages students to befriend a veteran, and write a 1,500 word about their experience as well as their feelings about Veterans Day and veterans. Three winners will receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 scholarships.

2. Youth Noise Scholarship
Deadline: November 21, 2015
Award amount: $1,000

For the Youth Noise Scholarship, you can create a video (up to 5 minutes long) explaining how your vision on the future, and why education is the key.

3. The Defining Theme of Our Age Essay Contest
Deadline: November 30, 2015
Award amount: $1,500

Offered by the Fountain Magazine, this contest asks students to write a 1,500-2,500 word essay on the topic of “How do you think history will record the 21st century?”

4. Card Against Humanity’s Science Ambassador Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2015
Award amount: 100% tuition

Funded by Cards Against Humanity, this scholarship is open to women seeking an undergraduate degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). You must submit a three minute video explaining a scientific topic you’re passionate about.

5. DormBedding.com #FortonFleek Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2015
Award amount: $1,000

This is one of the coolest scholarships I’ve ever heard of. All you need to do is build a fort out of sheets or blankets, use the hashtag #FortOnFleek and tag @DormBedding on your post on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win.

6. Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2015
Award amount: $1,000

This is a great scholarship for any student with a motorcycle-driving parent or other relative! Put together a video, essay, or artwork that encourages other students to focus on looking twice for motorcycles.

7. The Christopher Reeve Service Award
Deadline: December 15, 2015
Award amount: $1,000

Presented in honor of Christopher Reeve, this award is given to a student who has shown courage, compassion, and caring in serving their community. You must have significant volunteer experience, and be nominated by someone who is not your relative.

8. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship
Deadline: December 17, 2015
Award amount: $25,000

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program awards student athletes who have demonstrated excellence not just on their sports team, but also in school and in their community. Two essays are required, as well as references. Twenty winners are chosen to receive the scholarship; the grand prize is $25,000 while the remaining awards are $20,000.

9. Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship
Deadline: December 21, 2015
Award amount: $850

The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship is open to students interested in the environment and conservation. To apply, you need to conduct an environmental stewardship project, and write an essay about the project that includes photos.

10. CollegeWeekLive Monthly $1,000 Scholarship
Deadline: Monthly
Award amount: $1,000

The requirements for this monthly scholarship drawing are simple! Sign up for CollegeWeekLive, research at least five colleges while you’re logged in, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win $1,000.

Editor’s note: This is dated material and does not necessarily reflect how the student financial services office at PUC and the financial process currently operates. Please contact your financial counselor for more information.

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