With student loan debt continuing to affect borrowers for years and even decades after graduation, it’s more important than ever for college students to lower their tuition bill. Scholarships, or college aid that never has to be repaid, are one way to reduce costs. Scholarships offer students the chance to showcase their unique skills, backgrounds and perspectives in order to earn money for college.
Scholarships also aren’t limited to high school seniors; there are plenty of scholarships for current college students. If that sounds like you, here are some great options to consider — and some tips on how to find the perfect scholarship for you.
Where to find undergraduate student scholarships
One of the best ways to find college scholarships is to utilize scholarship search engines that compile scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students. These include:
- College Board.
- Going Merry.
On these sites, you can usually filter scholarships by deadline, grade level, amount awarded and more. Most sites let you create a profile to receive email alerts when a new scholarship matching your parameters pops up.
But don’t limit your search to just these sites. Look for specific scholarships on Google using keywords that apply to you. For example, if you’re studying journalism, search for “journalism scholarship” to find relevant opportunities.
You can also follow scholarship hashtags like #scholarship, #scholarships, #scholarshipopportunities and #collegescholarship on Instagram and Twitter. When you click on a post with one of these hashtags, scroll down to find other relevant hashtags and follow those too.
7 scholarships for current college students worth applying for
There are hundreds of college scholarships out there, and the best way to find ones that you qualify for is to use a search engine. However, the seven scholarships below could be a good place to start.
1. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship
Artsy students can design a greeting card for the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship, in addition to a $1,000 prize for their school. The award is open to all high school and college students age 14 and older. The card can be for any occasion, or you can focus on birthdays or a specific holiday.
Application deadline: March 2, 2022
Apply here: https://app.goingmerry.com/scholarships/create-a-greeting-card-scholarship/6800
2. Breanden Beneschott Fire Memes Scholarship
The Breanden Beneschott Fire Memes Scholarship awards students who create memes that “spread truth, humor and ideas.” To apply for this scholarship, applicants must follow @fire.student.memes on Instagram, comment on posts and submit original memes they’ve created.
Application deadline: Oct. 1, 2021
Apply here: https://bold.org/scholarships/breanden-beneschott-fire-memes-scholarship/
3. $10,000 ScholarshipPoints Scholarship
The ScholarshipPoints scholarship is a no-essay scholarship available to people who sign up for the site. Just provide basic details about yourself and create an account with ScholarshipPoints to apply. Once you’re signed up, you can enter into drawings to earn additional scholarships available exclusively through the site.
Application deadline: June 15, 2021
Apply here: https://www.scholarshippoints.com/win5/
4. There’s Space for Everyone Scholarship
Provided by the Extra Space Storage company, this scholarship requires that students write a short essay explaining how they will try to make their community more inclusive. This scholarship is given out to four incoming or current college students, two of whom will be Extra Space Storage employees and immediate family members.
Application deadline: June 15, 2021
Apply here: https://www.extraspace.com/self-storage/scholarship
5. Minecraft Scholarship
High school and college students are eligible for the sixth annual Minecraft Scholarship, which pays out $2,000. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and submit an essay about how Minecraft can be a positive influence on education and career development.
Application deadline: July 31, 2021
Apply here: https://apexminecrafthosting.com/minecraft-scholarship/
6. Frozen Dessert Supplies 15 Second Video Scholarship
Current or incoming college students with a love of frozen treats can apply for the Frozen Dessert Supplies scholarship. The submission is open-ended; it requires a 15-second engaging video that includes frozen desserts or coffee. The winner’s video may be posted to the Frozen Dessert Supplies website and social media profiles.
Application deadline: Aug. 1, 2021
Apply here: https://frozendessertsupplies.com/pages/scholarship
7. WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
Students who come from a low-income background are eligible for this scholarship, which requires an essay detailing your greatest achievement and future dreams. Applicants should have an “exemplary academic record” and significant financial need. Five students will be chosen, and each will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
Application deadline: July 1, 2021
Apply here: https://bold.org/scholarships/wcej-thornton-foundation-low-income-scholarship/
Applying for multiple scholarships can get confusing, especially when juggling different requirements and due dates. The key is to stay organized and create a system for managing scholarships.
Many scholarships have similar requirements, like your most recent transcript, a reference letter from a teacher and a list of your extracurricular activities. Put all those documents in one folder and label files clearly so you can find information quickly. Use a spreadsheet to track deadlines and set calendar reminders a week before the application is due. Remember, the more scholarships you apply for, the easier it will be to find money for school, so try to apply for as many as you qualify for.