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I’m First Scholarship

Sponsored by the Center for Student Opportunity (recognized by the National Scholarship Providers Association and as 2012 Scholarship Provider of the Year), this scholarship is awarded to 8 graduating high school seniors who will be the first in their family to attend college and are matriculating to a partner institution (don’t worry, it’s an extensive list!) The scholarship is a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 a year, renewable for four years of college). The deadline is May 23, 2014.

Ideal candidates will be seeking financial aid for college, and have strong writing skills, experience with community service, and leadership experience. Undocumented students are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply! Application materials include a general application form, some personal response questions, a sample blog post, an additional information section to include extracurricular activities, volunteer work, leadership experience, awards, etc., and a letter of recommendation. The sample blog post is required because winners of the scholarship will have the opportunity to blog about their college experience during their four years of college. Winners must be committed to helping other first generation students in the future.

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

Yes, really. If you spend all your free time crafting ways to survive the zombie apocalypse, this is the scholarship for you. This scholarship is sponsored by, and it will award one lucky recipient $2,000. The requirements are simple; applicants must be at least 13 years old and legal residents of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia.

You must submit a short (250 words or less) written response for the question: “Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with Zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Use your brain to flesh out a plan to avoid the Zombies, including where you would hide and the top 5 things you would bring with you to stay alive.” The deadline is October 31, 2014. The winner will be announced on or around January 31, 2015.

WyzAnt College Scholarships started in 2005 as an online service that matches students with tutors, and their annual scholarship contest is now open for its fourth year. There are multiple prizes, with a first place scholarship worth $10,000, and $15,000 in total prize money. Anyone who plans to be enrolled in a college or university sometime between August 1, 2014 and November 1, 2016 is eligible to apply. This includes students from high school sophomores to college juniors.

Applicants must submit an essay of no more than 300 words answering the question: “If you could teach everyone in the world one thing, what would it be?” Applications are due by May 1, 2014. The evaluation of applications will take place in two rounds. In the first round, visitors to will be able to vote for previously submitted essays. During this period, applicants are encouraged to promote their essay through social media. The ten most voted essays, plus ten essays selected by WyzAnt will pass on to the second round.  During the second round, tutors of WyzAnt will vote for the twenty finalists. The three winners will be awarded prizes of $10,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

Design-A-Sign Scholarship Contest

The fourth annual Design-A-Sign Scholarship contest is aimed toward aspiring designers and creative students who want the opportunity to win a scholarship to a college, university, or trade school of their choice. This scholarship is sponsored by Applicants will digitally design a graduation sign expressing the hopes and dreams they wish to achieve through higher education. You can upload a completed design or create one through the designer.

The contest is open to anyone in the fifty United States or the District of Columbia. Applicants must be at least 13 years old, and students under 18 must have permission from their parents or legal guardians. The deadline is May 29, 2014. After submitting their design, applicants are encouraged to share the contest with family and friends and direct them to vote for them.  The three winners will be awarded prizes of $1,000 plus a one year 10% discount for the winner’s high school, $200, and $100 respectively.

CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship

CaptainU is a recruiting platform that helps current high school athletes create a recruiting profile, connect with college coaches, and offers assistance with video applications and college admissions in general. Each quarter, CaptainU awards a $2,000 Student-Athlete Scholarship to one qualifying student. Students must be at least 13 years of age and permanent residents or citizens of the U.S. The deadline for this quarter is June 30, 2014.

Students must be current high school freshman, sophomores, juniors or seniors, or enrolled in junior college, who plan to attend a four-year college or university. Applicants must complete a CaptainU profile. The winner will be selected on basis of profile completeness, recruiting activity on CaptainU, and promotion of CaptainU. Students are encouraged to fill out their profile as completely as possible. Filling out college lists and adding events such as tournaments or games is also recommended.

“Go Ennounce Yourself” Scholarship

GoEnnounce is a new platform where students connect with family and friends and share updates about schoolwork and academic achievements, and each month they’re offering $500 scholarships to qualifying students. It’s open to all high school and college students, and all you have to do is complete a profile and share updates on what’s going on in your school life. This scholarship is not essay or GPA based, but they’re interested in your educational goals and what interests you as a student. A winner will be announced the 10th of every month through GoEnnounce Facebook page. Once you are registered, you will be continually considered for the scholarship each month if you post updates every month.

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Clarissa Gallardo is a sophomore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Originally from Panama City, Panama (only place in the world where you can see the sun rise in the Pacific and set on the Atlantic!), she is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics and Ballet. A member of the Honors Program and dancer at heart, you can find her studying at the library, scrolling through her Tumblr feed , dancing, or reading. Clarissa has a really bad case of wanderlust and is obsessed with white chocolate mochas, The Big Bang Theory, and Doctor Reid from Criminal Minds. You can follow her on Twitter and on Tumblr.

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