Paying for college can be a huge undertaking. With books, tuition and housing, the costs can really start to rack up. That’s why we’ve put together a list of unique scholarship opportunities to help cut down on the cost. Take a look!
Williams-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Ocean Essay Contest
The Williams-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Ocean Essay contest is put on by the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport of Connecticut and is open to any college or university student of good standing and to high school seniors. Each student is asked to submit either a fiction or nonfiction essay or a series of poems relating to the ocean. Submissions must be between 1,000 and 5,000 words long or a minimum of six poems. They will start accepting submissions for the 2017-2018 contest late this summer.
Create a Greeting Card Scholarship
Prize: $10,000 for the winner, plus $1,000 for the winner’s school
For students interested in the visual arts, the Create a Greeting Card Scholarship offers a great opportunity. The stationary and greeting card company The Gallery Collection offers a scholarship each year to the high school, college or university student with the best idea for a greeting card. Submissions can be in the form of photography, traditional art or computer-generated art as long as the piece is original. The last day to submit is March 1, 2018, and the winner will be announced April 30 of the same year.
Invensis Young Thinker Scholarship Essay Award
Invensis, an outsourcing solutions specialist, is the sponsor of the Invensis Young Thinker Scholarship Essay Award. They are asking university students from the U.S., the U.K. and Australia to submit an essay on the topic of “How Robotic Process Automation is shaping the future of Business Process Outsourcing.” Essays must be a minimum of 600 words, with evidence of proper research for the topic. Submissions are due by November 30, 2017, and the winning essay will also be featured on the Invensis website, blog and social media accounts.
Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
The Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship focuses on the importance of driving safely and distraction-free. It’s being offered by Digital Responsibility, a Silicon Valley group dedicated to informing young people of the consequences of technology use. It’s open to any high school, college or university student. To enter, the student needs to complete the sentence “I pledge to not text and drive because …,” for a total of 140 characters. The chosen finalists will then be asked to submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on the topic of texting while driving. Applications are due September 30, 2017.
Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship
A perfect opportunity for animal lovers, the Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship provides high school students with a chance to share their experiences working with animals. Hosted by the pet supply company P.L.A.Y., applicants will submit an essay along with two to three photos detailing their work with animals in need. The essay should focus on the writer’s impact or on the way working with animals has changed the person’s perception of animal welfare. Submissions are due by February 15, 2018.
The Arthur C. Pike Scholarship in Meteorology
Created by the National Weather Association Foundation, The Arthur C. Pike Scholarship in Meteorology scholarship is open to students in their junior or senior year of an undergraduate meteorology program or in graduate school for meteorology. Applicants must submit two recommendation letters and an essay explaining why they’re applying for the award. Academic merit will also play a role in determining a winner. This year’s deadline for submissions is November 10, 2017.
Haiku Scholarship Contest
Finally, a chance to get something back from those textbook sellers! Open to high school graduates enrolled at a college or university, Direct Textbooks’ Haiku Scholarship Contest is asking for students to submit their best haiku answering the question “What does the word ‘awaken’ mean to you?” Six winners will be selected: two by the judges, two by votes and two at random. Haikus need to be in by September 10, 2017.
Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Prize: $10,000 for each member of the first-place couple
Duck Brand is offering the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest for prom couples handy with duct tape and interested in fashion. The brand has hosted this scholarship for over 16 years, and a number of great inspiration photos can be found on the scholarship page. The 2017-2018 prom season contest has yet to be opened, but expect this to happen sometime around April 2018.
Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship
If you know your way around a pumpkin, the Wholesale Halloween Costumes Pumpkin Carving Contest might be the scholarship for you. Sponsored by Wholesale Halloween Costumes, it’s open to college students in either two- or four-year programs. Applicants can paint, decorate, carve or trace their pumpkin, and the best one will be featured on the Wholesale Halloween Costumes blog and Facebook page. Submissions need to include photos showing the process and the final product. Entries are due November 5, 2017.
Quicken Loans Scholarship Essay Contest
Ever written for a blog? Want to give it a shot? Our Quicken Loans Zing Blog is asking for college or university students to submit their best essay on the topic of “How to Budget as a College Student” for the Quicken Loans Scholarship Essay Contest. Share your real-life experiences, your favorite apps to use or anything else you think will help fellow students make it through college on budget. We like to keep things conversational and informative, so check out our other blog posts to get some inspiration. Submissions for this semester’s scholarship are due by November 30, 2017. We’re excited to read your pieces!
As you can see, scholarships come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure to cast your net wide when looking for opportunities. Every little bit helps when trying to cut down on costs, so don’t be shy about putting yourself out there. You never know which one will be the perfect fit for you, so give some of these a try.
Know of any unique scholarships we missed? Mention them in the comments!
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