Be sure to set aside some time in the coming weeks to work on your scholarship applications. The winter is really peak season for scholarship committees, as there are an abundance of opportunities with upcoming deadlines.
To help make your search for scholarships a little easier, I preview three upcoming scholarships every Friday here at the Financial Aid Finder. This week, I’ve got three great leads on fun ways to win some funds for college, including a $2,500 essay competition sponsored by the Olive Garden, a $10,000 design-a-greeting card competition, and a $20,000 four-year scholarship for state-school students from Colonel Sanders.
1. Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales Essay Contest: $2,500
This year’s theme for the annual Olive Garden Pasta Tales essay contest is all about honoring our teachers. In no more than 250 words (and no fewer than 50), write an essay about the following topic:
Describe a teacher who has inspired you in school and how they have impacted your life.
Eligible applicants must be in 1st through 12th-grade and be legal residents of the United States or Canada. Entry forms are available at the link above or at your local Olive Garden restaurant. Essays will be judged on creativity, theme, organizations, grammar and spelling. The grand-prize winner will win a $2,5000 savings bond and a three-day trip to New York. Winners from each grade will win a $500 savings bond and dinner at their local Olive Garden. See website for deadline.
2. Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest: $10,000
The Gallery Collection is awarding a $10,000 scholarship to the creator of the best personal or business greeting card. Your submission must include original artwork for the front cover. Eligible applications must be high school or college students, or active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age, and no older than 35 years of age.
3. KFC Colonel’s Scholarship Program: $20,000 (over 4 years)
If you are graduating from high school this year and planning to enroll in one of your state’s public colleges or universities, then you are eligible for the $20,000 renewable KFC Scholars Program. Winners will receive $5,000 per year for each of four years, for a total award of $20,000. In order to maintain eligibility, winners must carry at least 12 credit hours per semester, maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and work at least 10 hours per week beginning the 2nd year of funding. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and be able to demonstrate financial need (via your FAFSA — so be sure to complete it early!). See website for deadline.
If you would like to learn more about college scholarships, please visit Financial Aid Finder’s section on college student scholarship information. Let us show you how to navigate the scholarship application process, write killer scholarship essays, take advantage of scholarship search engines, and win weird & unusual scholarships.
Good luck with your scholarship applications this week!
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Frame My Future Scholarship Contest
Deadline: March 5 Award: $1,000
Applicants must create an original entry piece that reflects the given topic, “How I frame my future.”
Seimens “We Can Change the World” High School Challenge
Deadline: March 5 Award: $10,000 – $50,000
Applicants must compose an essay with a team of 2-4 students about a pressing environmental issue and provide a solution.
Alexander Hamilton Friends Association Scholarship Award
Deadline: March 6 Award: $500
Applicants must show a strong record of community service, show a strong commitment to academic studies, and demonstrate financial/personal need.
American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Financial Aid Scholarship
Deadline: March 6 Award: $1,500 – $,4000
Applicants must have at least one parent who is a member of the AFSA and have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
HAP Leadership Scholarships
Deadline: March 8 Award: $1,000
Applicants must be Hmong immigrant students who are high school seniors.
Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship
Deadline: March 8 Award: $500 – $5,000
Applicants must be California residents who are planning on attending a school within the state.
Tzu Chi Scholars
Deadline: March 9 Award: $1,000
Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
Hays C. Kirby Scholarship Contest
Deadline: March 10 Award: $500 – $5,000
Applicants must submit an essay on the topic, “Is my country proud of me?”
Through the Looking Glass Scholarship
Deadline: March 11 Award: $1,000
Applicants must have a parent with a disability or medical condition.
Scholarship Slam on Civil Rights
Deadline: March 13 Award: $1,000
Applicants must submit an original poem inspired by the civil rights movement
Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program
Deadline: March 15 Award: $1,000 – $10,000
Applicants must have done volunteer work that goes beyond what is expected of someone their age. Open to students ages 6 to 18.
Louie Family Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: March 15 Award: $4,000
Applicants must demonstrate outstanding personal achievements, academic merit, leadership qualities, and/or community service.
Deadline: March 15 Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Applicants must be diagnosed with ADHD.
Bill Gandert Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: March 15 Award: Varies
Applicants must be residents of privately owned federally assisted low income housing properties or recipients of Section 8 voucher rent assistance.
Bruce Lee Scholarship
Deadline: March 15 Award: $2,500 – $5,000
Applicants must have a 3.3 GPA, and demonstrate leadership, community service, and financial need.
Junior Duck Stamp Program
Deadline: March 15 Award: $500 – $5,000
Applicants must draw, paint, or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.
Imagination Begins With You… High School Short Story Contest
Deadline: March 15 Award: $50 – $250
Applicants must submit an original, unpublished short story of 1,000 words or less.
NASA Space Settlement Contest
Deadline: March 15 Award: $5,000
Applicants must develop space settlement designs and related materials.
ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest
Deadline: March 15 Award: $100 – $1,000
Applicants must write an essay that addresses a question related to the discoveries in genetics that have occurred in the 60 years since Watson and Crick published their model of the DNA double helix.
Olive Garden Pasta Tales Essay Contest
Deadline: March 22 Award: $500 – $2,500
Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic.
Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: March 22 Award: $2,000 – $3,000
Applicants must be leukemia patients and/or children of non-surviving leukemia patients.
Doodle 4 Google Scholarship
Deadline: March 22 Award: $5,000 – $30,000
Applicants must submit a piece of original, two-dimensional artwork on a given theme that features a Google logo.
American Public Health Association (APHA) Get Ready Scholarship
Deadline: March 25 Award: $500
Applicants must submit an essay on a topic related to public health.
Shire ADHD Scholarship Program
Deadline: March 27 Award: $2,000
Applicants must have been diagnosed with ADHD.
Scholarships for Survivors
Deadline: March 29 Award: $3,000
Applicants must be survivors or current patients of a diagnosis of cancer or a critical disease or illness within the last 5 years.
Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship
Deadline: March 30 Award: $500
Applicants must submit two short essays: one related to travel, and the other explaining why they deserve the scholarship.
Go Daddy.ME Scholarship
Deadline: March 30 Award: $10,000
Applicants must meet specified academic criteria.
HPBA Horsemen Scholarship
Deadline: March 30 Award: $6,000
Applicants must be children of horse farm and back stretch employees, and have an annual household income under $50,000.
DLG Viral Video Scholarship Contest
Deadline: March 31 Award: $500 – $2,000
Applicants must submit an original public service announcement on the topic of public safety.
LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program
Deadline: March 31 Award: $2,000 – $15,000
Applicants must have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian.
American Academy of Chefs High School Student Scholarships
Deadline: March 31 Award: Varies
Applicants must be majoring in culinary or pastry arts.
Humanist Essay Contest
Deadline: March 31 Award: $1,000
Applicants must submit a research-based essay on a topic suitable for publication in the Humanist magazine.
Herbert Lehman Scholarship
Deadline: March 31 Award: $3,000
Applicants must present strong academic accomplishment, leadership, and provide strong recommendations from teachers, community representatives, or employers.
Beans for Brains Scholarship
Deadline: March 31 Award: $2,250
Applicants must know how to knit or crochet, and submit a photo (under 50kb) of an original pattern or recent project.
LULAC National Scholarship Achievement Awards
Deadline: March 31 Award: $2,000
Applicants must be Hispanic, and have a strong academic record including a 3.5 GPA, an ACT score of 29, or an SAT score of 1920.
League of United Latin American Citizens Honors Awards
Deadline: March 31 Award: $500 – $2,000
Applicants must be Hispanic and have a strong academic record including a 3.0 GPA, an ACT score of 23, or a 1590 SAT.
Margaret Gosfield College Grant
Deadline: March 31 Award: $1,000
Applicants must be California residents, demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, and be nominated by a teacher, mentor, or a member of a gifted association.
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
Deadline: March 31 Award: $500 – $5,000
Applicants must create an original piece of patriotic art on canvas, and must be sponsored by a VFW ladies auxiliary.
Just Poetry Scholarship Awards
Deadline: March 31 Award: $100 – $500
Applicants must submit an original poem.
HSF/Walmart Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: March 31 Award: $2,500
Applicants must be Hispanic and reside in one of the following areas: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, or Washington, D.C.