10 Scholarships to Apply for This Winter

If you haven’t already started your scholarship search to help pay for college, now’s the time! At PUC we offer many scholarships for things ranging from athletics to leadership to the creative arts, but the deadline to apply is quickly approaching and we don’t want you to miss out! Remember, you need to be an accepted student and apply before the March 2nd deadline.

There’s also plenty of money available to students outside of what colleges offer, but you just have to look for it. Here’s a list of 10 scholarships open to high school seniors with application deadlines this winter or early spring.

1. Teens for Jeans
Deadline: February 15, 2015

Want a chance to help others and possibly earn some cash for yourself? DoSomething.org is giving away a $10,000 scholarship to a student who organizes a jean drive for the homeless in their community. Every two pairs of jeans donated earns an entry into the scholarship lottery, and there isn’t a limit to the number of entries you can earn.

2. Toyota Teen Video Challenge
Deadline: March 16, 2015

If you’re into making videos, this is the scholarship for you! Create a video encouraging teens to drive safer and you could win $15,000. Another cool perk? If you win, you also get to work with a film crew to reshoot your video entry into a PSA to be aired on TV!

3. Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition
Deadline: March 25, 2015

This scholarship competition is not just open to high school seniors, but also to students in grades 7 through 11. You’re able to submit up to three original haiku poems for a chance to win $50 and have your poem published in Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America.

4. Superpower Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2015

How many of us have daydreamed what we would do if we had superpowers? The possibilities are endless. This short essay contest asks that you answer the question “Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?” The winner receives $2,500 to use towards their education.

5. American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program
Deadline: April 1, 2015

Taking a 10-question multiple choice test after reading an essay from the American Fire Sprinkler Association could earn you $2,000. For every question you answer correctly, you will receive one entry into a drawing for one of 10 $2,000 scholarships.

6. Project Yellow Light
Deadline: April 1, 2015

In honor of Hunter Garner, who died in a car accident, this scholarship asks students to create a 25 or 55 second video to encourage teens not to drive distracted. The winner receives a $5,000 scholarship, while the second place winner receives $2,000. Third place gets you $1,000.

7. All About Education Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2015

It’s no secret college education is expensive. This scholarship asks students to write a short essay in response to the question of “How will a $3,000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life?” The winner receives $3,000.

8. CollegeWeekLive Monthly $1,000 Scholarship
Deadline: Monthly

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

9. Niche.com “No Essay” Scholarship
Deadline: Monthly

I’m not sure scholarships get any easier than this, which is basically a monthly drawing. The winner receives $2,000 for simply entering the drawing.

10. Common Knowledge Scholarship
Deadline: None

Think of this ongoing scholarship program like taking BuzzFeed quizzes, only if you do well, you can receive scholarship money. Competitions include one or more quizzes on topics that range from academic subjects or even books and movies, and the student with the highest score at the end of each competition wins. Students can compete more than once, and are able to receive up to $5,000.

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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