Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas this year, the gift of a college scholarship will pay off for years to come. Spend some time searching ScholarshipAdvisor this December, and give yourself the gift of extra funds for your education. (You can even wrap a list of your scholarship applications and give them as a gift to your parents. They’ll love it!)
Start your search with this list of 8 college scholarships with December 2013 deadlines:
1. HSF/Coca-Cola® Hispanic Heritage Month Scholarship Program: $20,000, Deadline: December 15
The Coca-Cola® Company and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Contest awards grant scholarships to students of Hispanic heritage who are citizens or legal residents of the United States and are attending college in 2014–2015 as freshman or 1st year students. Applicants must have a permanent address in any of the 50 states or Washington, DC. Several tiers of awards are available: One Grand Prize—$20,000; four 1st Prizes—$10,000 each; and 16 2nd Prizes—$2,500 each.
2. AFSCME Family Scholarship: $2,000, Deadline: December 31
Each year the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Applicants must have a parent, legal guardian, or financially responsible grandparent who is a full dues-paying AFSCME member. The award may be renewed for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study, and may be used for any field.
3. Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships: $10,000 and $2,500, Deadline: December 31
The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating seniors with documented learning disabilities (LD) who are pursuing post-secondary education.
The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2014.
The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $2,500 one-time scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD in the fall of 2014.
4. Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship: $1,000, Deadline: December 31
The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship was instituted to honor three Michigan public school teachers who were fired for refusing to pay union dues. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing an education degree who exhibits the same principles and dedication to teaching as Carol Applegate, Kay Jackson, and Dr. Anne Parks.
5. Elks Foundation Emergency Educational Grant: $4,000, Deadline: December 31
The Emergency Educational Grant program provides financial assistance to eligible children of deceased or disabled Elks members. Applicants must show financial need and their desire to obtain or further their college education. The one-year $4,000 scholarship can be renewed for up to four years.
6. Medical Professionals of Tomorrow Scholarship: $3,500, Deadline: December 31
The Medical Professionals of Tomorrow Scholarship is available to full-time college students who are pursuing a course of study in a medical field, including those studying to become a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, anesthesiologist, radiologist, and other medical fields. This year, three applicants will be selected to receive a scholarship award. First place will receive $3,500, second place will receive $1000, and third place will receive $500.
7. Rolex North American Scholarship: $ varies, Deadline: December 31
Each Rolex Scholarship provides a hands-on introduction to underwater and other aquatic-related endeavors for a young person considering a career in an underwater-related discipline. Each scholar spends approximately one year working side by side with current leaders in underwater fields. The range of experiences may include active participation in field studies, underwater research, scientific expeditions, laboratory assignments, equipment testing and design, photographic instruction, and other specialized assignments.
8. William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship: $2,000, Deadline: December 31
The William B. Ruggles Right to Work Scholarship honors the esteemed Texas journalist who coined the phrase “Right to Work” and contributed greatly to the movement’s advancement. A $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the student who exemplifies the dedication to principle and high journalistic standards of the late Mr. Ruggles and who demonstrates potential for the successful completion of the educational requirements in an accredited journalism program.
2014 is just around the corner. Give yourself a jump start on next year’s tuition with these scholarship offers.
Should scholarships be based on merit not heritage?