February is a busy month in the college calendar—early acceptance letters are out, the college admissions process is in full swing, and Spring semesters are underway. High school seniors and current college students are filling out their government FAFSA forms to apply for, or to renew, their college financial aid packages. While government loans and college grants can help you pay for your college tuition, don’t make the mistake of neglecting to apply for college scholarships as well. Scholarships provide students with free money for their education, you just need to do a little detective work to find the scholarships that are right for you.
Here’s a list of 10 scholarships with February 2015 deadlines to get you started. Visit ScholarshipAdvisor.com to find more.
Scholarships For Graduating High School Seniors
1. Courageous Persuaders Commercial Competition :$250-$3,000, Deadline: Feb. 12, 2015
High school students in grades 9-12 can enter this competition by producing a tv commercial to warn middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking. The grand prize-winning commercial will be broadcast on TV and the team that created it will work with Pluto Post and the Detroit Auto Dealers Education Foundation to upgrade their spot for air.
2. Proton OnSite Scholarship Program:$100,000, Deadline: Feb. 13, 2015
Proton OnSite will award college scholarships of up to $100,000 total or $25,000 per year to graduating high school seniors who are looking to become future leaders in science and technology.
3. Significant Challenge College Scholarship: $3,500, Deadline: February 13, 2015
This scholarship for a graduating high school senior honors the legacy of Richie Herskowitz died in October 2007 of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) related causes. Applicants must demonstrate leadership, character, and initiative in school and community affairs and merit academic achievement.
4. AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship: $500-$5,000, Deadline: Feb. 15, 2015
Are you a high school senior who has been affected by someone in your family with Alzheimers Disease? If you ‘re willing to submit an autobiography and write a thoughtful essay about the impact Alzheimer’s disease has in your life, then you can qualify for one of these scholarships
5. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award: $24,000, Deadline: Fb. 15, 2015
This foundation will award up to $24,000 over four years to help minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need the opportunity to attend college.
6. The Vegetarian Resource Group’s College Scholarship: $10,000, Deadline: Feb. 20, 2015
One scholarship of $10,000 and two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities.
Scholarships Open To Everyone
7. Jackson Laboratory Scholarship:$4,500. Deadline: Feb. 2, 2015
This scholarship provides both high school and college students with an opportunity to conduct independent scientific research at a 10-week summer program in Acadia National Park. The emphasis of this experience “is on methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts.”
8. Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest: $10,000, Deadline: Feb. 18, 2015
Roses are red, violets are blue, students can make greeting cards too! Create an original greeting card to submit to The Gallery Collection’s 8th annual greeting card contest and you could receive this scholarship plus an additional $1000 for your school.
9. John Lennon Scholarships for Songwriters and Composers: $ varies, Deadline: Feb. 27,2015
Three scholarships totaling $20,000 are awarded annually by the BMI Fooundation in conjunction with Yoko Ono. The competition is open to student songwriters and composers across all genres of music, including pop/electronica, country, R&B, folk, rock, and experimental.
10. Kaplan University Achievement Scholarship: $12,750, Deadline: rolling
If you’ve ever considered earning your college degree online, this scholarship from Kaplan University is open to all first-time enrollees in one of Kaplan’s undergraduate degree programs. Students of all ages are welcome to apply.