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 July 2020 -August 2020

Sample of selected scholarships from JLV College Counseling

Earliest deadlines posted first

 

Physical Therapist Scholarship
Sponsor: BrightLight Direct
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 10, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are enrolled in an occupational or physical therapy program that has been accredited by CAPTE or ACOTE.

Rick and Sherry Murray Medical Futures Scholarship
Sponsor: ALS Association – Florida Chapter
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: July 10, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of Florida who are spouses, children, or grandchildren of a person who has been diagnosed with ALS. Applicant must be currently majoring in any medically related degree or attending any medically related certification program.

UFCW International Scholarship Program
Sponsor: United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Charity Foundation
Amount: Up to $8,000
Closing Date: July 10, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to UFCW members who have been active since January 1, 2019 or children/dependents of active members if they are unmarried and under the age of 20 on May 31, 2020.

Christa McAuliffe Teacher Incentive Program
Sponsor: Delaware Department of Education
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: July 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of Delaware who are incoming or current full-time students enrolled at a Delaware college in an undergraduate program leading to teacher certification and planning to teach in a critical need area as defined by the Delaware Department of Education (see website for details).

Cogan & Power Academic Scholarship
Sponsor: Cogan & Power, P.C.
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs during fall 2020. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to safety risks at work..

CRMA Scholarship
Sponsor: Chicago Railroad Mechanical Association (CRMA)
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to sons, daughters, adopted children, grandchildren, and stepchildren of members of the CRMA who have maintained current membership in the Association. Applicant must be enrolled at the time of application as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student.

David Hudak Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking Students of Color
Sponsor: Freedom From Religion Foundation
Amount: Up to $3,500
Closing Date: July 15, 2020
Description: Competition is open to freethinking students of color ages 17-21 who are either high school seniors or students currently enrolled in a college or university. Applicant must submit an essay on a given prompt related to rejection of religion. The contest is offered to provide support and acknowledgment for freethinking students of color, as a minority within a minority.

DePaolo & Zadeikis Law Offices Academic Scholarship
Sponsor: DePaolo & Zadeikis Law Offices
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs during fall 2020. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to workplace safety.

Academic Challenge Scholarship
Sponsor: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education who are graduating high school seniors, current college students, or students re-enrolling after a period of time out of college.

Antibodies.com Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Antibodies.com
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to college freshmen, undergraduates and graduate students who are majoring in a Life Science field.

Arkansas Future Grant (ArFuture)
Sponsor: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Grant is open to Arkansas residents who are enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or regional high demand areas of study. The grant will cover tuition and fees for qualifying certificate and Associate degree programs at Arkansas’ public institutions for eligible students.

Asset Based Lending Scholarship
Sponsor: Asset Based Lending LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens accepted or currently attending a college or university in the United States and planning on pursuing a degree in a real estate for financial services related field.

Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship
Sponsor: Appel Law Firm LLP
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to college students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicant must have sustained injuries from a car or truck accident or been affected by someone else’s accident.

Brian Bolton Graduate Student/Older Student Essay Contest
Sponsor: Freedom From Religion Foundation
Amount: Up to $3,500
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current graduate students up to age 30, or undergrads ages 25-30, attending a North American college or university. Applicant must submit an essay on the bible and civil liberties.

Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: PCB Solutions
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 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.

COGIC Charities Scholarship
Sponsor: Church of God In Christ Charities, Inc.
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to high school graduates who will be attending a college/university full-time in the fall as well as those already enrolled and attending full-time in an accredited college/university pursuing an undergraduate degree. Graduate and/or doctoral degree students must be taking a minimum of 9 credit hours.

Criminal Justice Scholarship Award
Sponsor: Crimcheck.com
Amount: $500
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in post-secondary education or high school seniors/recent high school graduates who are pursuing post-secondary education in the criminal justice field.

Driver Education Initiative Award
Sponsor: National Driving and Traffic School
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and college freshmen. Applicant must submit an essay on many given topics related to safe driving.

Essay Contest for Undocumented & DACA Essential Workers
Sponsor: Herman Legal Group, LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to undocumented students who must be working, or have recently worked, as an essential work in the healthcare industry, food supply chain, or other essential industries. Applicant must submit an essay on what they think of when they hear the word immigrant.

Future Mentors Scholarship
Sponsor: Justice Solutions Group
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to mentorship.

Happy Valley Scholarship
Sponsor: Happy Valley
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are legal residents of the United States and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to medical cannabis.

HBCU Connect Minority Scholarship Program
Sponsor: HBCUConnect.com
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to minority students who are incoming or current college students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

ImproveNet Scholarship
Sponsor: ImproveNet
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens accepted to or currently attending a college or university within the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on what home means to them.

Margarian Scholarship
Sponsor: The Margarian Law Firm
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is for high school juniors and seniors, college/university students, and graduate school students. Scholarship selection will be based on GPA, economic hardship, and commitment to heritage, community, and society.

Mario Cugia Italian Studies Scholarship
Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation
Amount: $600
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are Roman Catholic and of Italian descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois, and Nevada. Applicant must be majoring in Italian Studies.

McLean DDS Medical Scholarship
Sponsor: McLean DDS
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in a medical field of study. Applicant must submit a short online application, college transcript and a short personal statement.

Medler Law Firm College Scholarship
Sponsor: The Medler Law Firm LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students. International students are eligible if they are enrolled in a college in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to injuries and corporate responsibilities.

Michael Moody Fitness Scholarship
Sponsor: Michael Mood – Trainer | Author |Speaker
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, participation and leadership in school activities and work experience. Applicant must have an interest in pursing a career in the health and fitness related fields. Only the first 1,000 applications will be accepted.

Military Dependent Scholarship
Sponsor: Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC
Amount: $500
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who are military dependents.

Military Line Student Ethics Scholarship Award
Sponsor: Better Business Bureau Connecticut
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to Connecticut residents who are high school students or adult learners and are in a military family, which includes being a dependent or spouse. Students and adult learners may apply as early as their junior year of high school or as late as the end of college freshman year.

Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship
Sponsor: Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC
Amount: $500
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to military veteran law students (IL, 2L, or 3)) attending law school in the United States.

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP Student Scholarship
Sponsor: Nadrich & Cohen, LLP
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students who plan to attend an accredited U.S. Law School program for the 2020-2021 academic year and have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

 

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