Scholarships

Reducing the number of credits your teen has to take BEFORE they enroll will ALWAYS save you the most money.  But even families with a robust Homeschooling for College Credit plan should try to bring their out-of-pocket costs down to zero!

When I suggest your family start applying for scholarships, I don’t mean googling a couple and pumping out an essay the year before college starts – I mean WEEKLY and consistently applying every week for as long as your teen is enrolled!! Most scholarships are open to prospective AND enrolled students.  Once you’ve stopped Homeschooling for College Credit, your new job is to apply, apply, and apply for scholarships!

My recipe for the MINIMUM number of applications they should fill out each year is based on the cost they need to cover that year.  For every $100 your teen needs for this year,  apply for 1 scholarship.

This year’s need $100 = apply for 1 scholarship

This year’s need $1,000 = apply for 10 scholarships

This year’s need $10,000 = apply for 100 scholarships

Every. Single. Year.  These are the minimums!

Personal story:  all of my college-aged kids have earned scholarships in some amount and none are academic rock-stars!  

Please visit and subscribe to Jessica’s site JLV College Counseling. Despite the professional-sounding name, it’s not an expensive consulting business trying to grab your email address. Jessica is a former college admissions professional dedicated to sharing free resources.  It’s my favorite place to find scholarships for my own sons.  She’s an expert in this area, and my mini-list comes from her site!

Deadlines between now -Jan 2021

Sample of selected scholarships from JLV College Counseling

Earliest deadlines posted first

Geiger Scholarship
Sponsor: Island Institute
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarships are open to students in 6th grade or above who have Island residency on one of Maine’s 15 year-round, un-bridged islands. Middle school scholarships are for students attending off-island enrichment or travel programs, including summer camps. High school scholarships are for students attending a semester enrichment program or attending an off-island summer camp, travel, or enrichment program. College scholarships are for semester or summer study abroad programs. There is also a scholarship for students enrolled in a gap year program between high school and post-secondary education.

Golden West Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Scholarship
Sponsor: Golden West Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to college students with an interest in home design, architecture, engineering, plumbing, heating, or air conditioning. Applicant must submit a personal essay about themselves.

Griswold Home Care Scholarship
Sponsor: Griswold Home Care
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with plans to be enrolled in a higher education program next year or current college students. Applicant must be currently providing or have provided support for an individual.

Healthy Paws Scholarships
Sponsor: Healthy Paws Pet Insurance
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students actively enrolled in an accredited academic institution within the United States who have volunteered with an animal-related charity in the past year. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to their work volunteering with or advocating on behalf of animals. In addition to the general scholarship for pet lovers, there is a scholarship specifically for students enrolled in a veterinary medicine program.

Migraine Story Scholarship
Sponsor: Axon Optics
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to current, full-time students at accredited two-year or four-year American universities or colleges who have suffered with migraines. Applicant must submit an essay, a video, or an image on a topic related to migraines.

National Corn Growers Association Photo Contest
Sponsor: National Corn Growers Association
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the United States. Applicant must submit a photo that helps to tell the story of farming field corn in America. Participants can submit photos in the following categories: Scenery/Landscape, The Farm Family Lifestyle, Growing Field Corn, Farming Challenges, SHP’s Conservation, Corn, and Little Farmers.

National CPR Foundation Healthcare and Education Scholarship Program
Sponsor: National CPR Foundation
Amount: $500
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who are at least 18 years of age and have a minimum GPA of 2.8. Applicant must be currently or planning to be enrolled in school majoring in a healthcare or education-related field.

National DHIA Scholarship for Veterinary Students
Sponsor: National DHIA
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a college of veterinary medicine in the United States which is accredited by the AVMA Council on Education. Applicant must be in their third or fourth year of the program and must have a declared a track or emphasis area.

Nitro College Scholarship
Sponsor: Nitro
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are enrolled in an accredited college or university during the 2019-2020 school year. Applicant must complete a scholarship survey, and answer three short-answer questions.

OADP Accounting Degree Scholarship
Sponsor: Online Accounting Degree Programs
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors with a declared major in accounting at an accredited four-year institution in the United States.

Ocean 44 Scholarship
Sponsor: Ocean 44
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students enrolled full-time who are United States citizens. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to memorable dining experiences.

Online Learning Scholarship
Sponsor: The Best Schools
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in an accredited online degree program, or students taking at least 80% of their courses online. Applicant must submit an essay on how their online degree is helping them achieve their career goals.

Plan for College Sweepstakes
Sponsor: SallieMae
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are of the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside and who are students, parents, guidance counselors, or financial aid officers at the time of entry. Applicant must complete an online registration form.

Review Your College Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently enrolled or have previously been enrolled) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning. Applicant must provide a star rating and written review of an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning they are or have attended.

Altman & Altman Law School Scholarship
Sponsor: Altman & Altman Law
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current undergraduate or law students in a JD, LLB, or LLM program. Preference will be given to students from the Boston metropolitan area, received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in the Boston metropolitan area, or currently attending a law school in the Boston metropolitan area.

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program
Sponsor: National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA)
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to American Indian college students enrolled in a nursing or health education program.

Americanism Essay Contest
Sponsor: Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Contest is open to students in grades seven through 12 (or equivalent). Applicant must be sponsored by a branch of the Fleet Reserve Association or a unit of the Ladies Auxiliary. Applicant must submit an essay on the theme, “The Bill of Rights and me.”

APhA Foundation Student Scholarship Programs
Sponsor: The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation
Amount: Up to $1,750
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to Pharmacy students who have completed at least one academic year in the professional sequence of courses with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 in professional coursework during pharmacy school. Applicant must also be an active member in the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP).

AQHA Scholarships
Sponsor: American Quarter Horse Association
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who are AQHA members. In addition to general scholarships, there are scholarships open to students studying veterinary medicine.

ASSE Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
Amount: Up to $15,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are studying occupational safety, health and the environment.

Barbara Lotze Scholarship
Sponsor: American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs.

Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: PCB Solutions
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current, full-time students at an accredited American university or college with a minimum GPA of at least 2.5. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to the global economy.

Dell Scholars Program
Sponsor: Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Amount: $20,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who have participated in an approved college readiness program (such as AVID, GEAR UP, Upward Bound – see full list on website) in grades 11 and 12. Applicant must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.4 and demonstrate financial need.

Digital Marketing Scholarship
Sponsor: 10x Digital
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current undergraduate students who are majoring in (or plan to major) in a field related to digital marketing. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to digital marketing.

Downtown Apartment Company Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Downtown Apartment Company
Amount: $500
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who are accepted to or currently attending a college or university in the United States who are planning for a career in Real Estate. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to why they feel drawn to the real estate field.

Ferro Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Alure Home Improvement
Amount: $10,000 over four years
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate freshmen who are a Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk County), NY resident attending a Long Island, NY school. Applicant must submit a personal statement and an essay on three core values they believe a business should have to maintain a healthy work environment that can help it grow.

Galactic Unite Black Leaders in Aerospace Scholarship & Training
Sponsor: Galactic Unite | Virgin Galactic | The Spaceship Company
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to Black/African/American undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors pursuing a STEM degree at any accredited four-year college or university in the United States.

Innovation Scholarship Essay Contest
Sponsor: Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C.
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors, and students currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college or university in the United States. Applicant must share a community service activity or project they participated in that positively changed their community, contributed to their growth, and/or affect their plans for the future.

Jelvix Annual Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Jelvix
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to supply chain automation.

National Eagle Scout Association Scholarships
Sponsor: National Eagle Scout Association
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to high school seniors through college juniors who are Eagle Scouts.

Native American Natural Resource Research Scholarship
Sponsor: Intertribal Timber Council | USDA Forest Service Southern and Pacific Northwest Research Stations
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to Native American students who are planning or currently conducting tribally relevant research in a natural resource issue.

Nextiva Business Scholarship
Sponsor: Nextiva
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students with at least a 3.0 GPA and plans to major in a business or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) program.

NPPF Scholarship
Sponsor: National Press Photographers Foundation
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. or Canada or have been accepted at a four-year institution. Applicant must provide evidence for an aptitude for photojournalism as well as academic ability and financial need.

Nursing Scholarship
Sponsor: Lamber & Goodnow Injury Law Team
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who are/will be enrolled in a nursing program and will be enrolled through the following academic year.

Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist Scholarship
Sponsor: Lamber & Goodnow Injury Law Team
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students either applying for a physical therapy or occupational therapy academic program for enrollment the following year or currently enrolled in this type of program and will remain enrolled through the following academic year.

Scholarship for At Risk Youth
Sponsor: Carr & Weatherby LLP
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current students enrolled in an accredited college or university within the United States. Applicant must be homeless or have experienced homelessness, including at-risk, foster care and/or youth with critical financial needs.

SMART Scholarship Program for Service
Sponsor: Department of Defense
Amount: Up to $38,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in a STEM discipline. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. Applicant be able to complete at least one summer internship at a Department of Defense facility.

Sonlight Scholarship
Sponsor: Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to homeschool students beginning college in 2021 who have purchased and used five full Sonlight Curriculum History/Bible/Literature programs.

Stegall Charitable Educational Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Stegall Charitable Educational Foundation
Amount: $500
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current undergraduate students who are Tennessee residents. Applicant must have financial need. Preference will be given to individuals who demonstrate a willingness to serve the general public through past civic responsibilities, and secondly, to students who have expressed an intention to become an attorney.

Ted Rolins Eco Scholarship
Sponsor: Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students who will be enrolled in at least 10 credit hours during Spring 2021 as an undergraduate student and is majoring (or plan to major) in a field related to sustainability.

Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships
Sponsor: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to full-time students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate engineering or engineering technology program recognized by ASHRAE. There are multiple scholarships available, including a scholarship exclusively for women.

Anavii Market Scholarship
Sponsor: Anavii Market
Amount: $500
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current and perspective studentsat an accredited institution within the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to hemp and climate change.

API Study Abroad and Intern Abroad Scholarships
Sponsor: API Study Abroad
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to API program participants. There are multiple scholarships with specific requirements – see website for details. In addition to general scholarships, there are scholarships specifically open to community college students, military veterans, non-traditional students, students with disabilities, minority students, LGBTQ students, STEM majors, and student athletes.

Avacare Medical Scholarship
Sponsor: Avacare Medical
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students who are/will be pursuing a degree in the medical field such as therapy, nursing, medicine, nutrition, laboratory science, dentistry, etc. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Brager Tax Law Group Legal Scholarship
Sponsor: Brager Tax Law Group
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate tax or accounting program, JD, LLB, or LLM program. Preference will be given to students from California or students who received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in California, or students attending a law school in California.

Burger King Scholars Program
Sponsor: Burger King McLamore Foundation
Amount: Up to $50,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Program is open to graduating high school seniors who live in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico. Applicant must have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 and plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2020-21 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.

Car Covers Scholarship
Sponsor: Car Covers
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 at any accredited American college, university, or trade school. Applicant must submit an essay on how to make your car last forever.

Criminal Defense Student Law School Scholarship
Sponsor: The Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C.
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current undergraduate or law students in a JD, LLB, or LLM program. Preference will be given to students from the Boston metropolitan area, received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in the Boston metropolitan area, or currently attending a law school in the Boston metropolitan area.

Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship
Sponsor: Derrick Law Firm
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who have had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual.

Edsmart.org Annual Scholarship
Sponsor: Edsmart.org
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to any student who will be attending college in the Winter of 2020. Applicant must submit an essay on something they have done in the past year that has made a difference in their community.

Foreclosure.com Scholarship
Sponsor: Forclosure.com
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to “Rent to Own” opportunities to achieve home ownership.

Kreisman Law Offices Law School Scholarship
Sponsor: Kreisman Law Offices
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current law students in an undergraduate, JD, LLB, or LLM program. Preference will be given to individuals from the Chicago metropolitan area, received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in the Chicago area, OR are attending law school in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Medical Scrubs Collection Scholarship
Sponsor: Medical Scrubs Collection
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students who are/will be pursuing a degree in the medical field such as therapy, nursing, medicine, nutrition, laboratory science, dentistry, etc. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

National Sojourners Essay Contest
Sponsor: National Sojourners Inc.
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Contest is open to students in 9th through 12th grade. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to “the American Experiment.” The national deadline is January 15, 2021, but all entries must be sent to a local chapter first (deadlines may vary).

North American Van Lines Logistics Scholarship Competition
Sponsor: North American Van Lines
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship competition is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are full-time students at an accredited college or university within the United States working towards a degree in Logistics or an equivalent field.

Robert J. DeBry Scholarship
Sponsor: Robert J. DeBry & Associates
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: December 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to currently enrolled college students in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on one of multiple topics related to causes of injuries, such as distracted driving, motorcycle accidents, drug injuries, wrongful deaths related to fire arms, driving under the influence, and pedestrian accidents.

 

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