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March


Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship

At Annie’s, we recognize that agriculture contributes to some of our most pressing sustainability challenges.

Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students studying at an accredited two or four year college or graduate school in the U.S. for the 2018/2019 school year. Students must be focusing studies on sustainable and regenerative agriculture. International students may apply if they are attending a U.S. school.

Requirements 

  • Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled at an accredited higher education institution in the U.S. as a full-time student for the Fall 2018 semester.
  • Graduate applicants must be enrolled at an accredited higher education institution in the U.S. and enrolled for at least 9 credits for the Fall 2018 semester.
  • If awarded a scholarship, student agrees that funds will be utilized for school needs only, such as room and board, books, and tuition. Funds cannot be used as personal income.
  • If awarded a scholarship, student agrees to share learnings and outcomes of supported project(s) with Annie’s and broader school community within one academic year of receiving funds. Annie’s will provide guidance on the format and delivery of these learnings at a future date.
  • If awarded a scholarship, student is invited to join the network of Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholars and encouraged to participate in optional events and programs.

Award Amount: 20 awards of $10,000

Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

Learn more and apply for the Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship

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Doodle 4 Google Contest

Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “What inspires me.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization, and a behind-the-scenes experience with the Doodle team to transform their Doodle into an interactive experience on Google.com.

Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

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Future Female Leaders Scholarship

StudySoup works to support students as they find success through education. And as part of that mission, we’re proud to stand behind female students who continue to break down gender barriers and move into crucial leadership positions. So we’re offering a $2,000 scholarship to one outstanding female student who’s exhibited extraordinary leadership skills and an ability to empower others.

Requirement:
Any individual at least sixteen (16) years old who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Currently attending high school (or equivalent) and will be attending an accredited university or college in the next academic year.
  • Currently attending an accredited university or college (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible)

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

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Greater Oklahoma City Area Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation Scholarship

The Greater Oklahoma City Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation is awarding fourteen (14) $1,500.00 scholarships to high school senior women meeting the following criteria:

  1. Will graduate from a public or private high school in the greater Oklahoma City area.
  2. Will be attending a University in the state of Oklahoma with National Panhellenic Conference sorority affiliations in the fall of 2018. Eligible universities include: Cameron University, East Central University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University, Rogers State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, and University of Tulsa.
  3. Has obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 (unweighted), and a minimum score of 22 on the ACT.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, citizenship and need.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

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Hike & Cycle Scholarship

Hikers often negatively impact the surrounding environment without even knowing it by transporting invasive species, disturbing wildlife, leaving waste, etc. We’re inspired by the Leave No Trace principles and want to encourage every backpacker to follow these rules.

The Hike & Cycle Scholarship is all about raising environmental awareness among youth by giving them a solid incentive in the form of a scholarship. What we are trying to achieve here is to make more people understand that the environment is in dire need of their attention and help.

Requirements:

  • You must be currently enrolled in high school, university, or college. Applications from all countries are accepted.
  • You must create an original list of nature-saving rules.
  • The winners will be required to send us proof of their educational status.

Award Amount: The first place winner will get $1,000 and the second place will get $500.

Application Deadline: March 11, 2018

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National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Foundation Scholarship

The NIADA Foundation proudly sponsors four young men or women each year who have displayed outstanding abilities in education. These students will each receive a $3,500 scholarship sponsored by Manheim to the college or university of their choice. Four regional scholarships are awarded annually at the National NIADA Convention in June.

Eligibility Criteria:
You must

  1. Be classified as a high school senior during the current 2017-18 school year and legally residing in one of the 4 regions indicated above.
  2. Have maintained an outstanding academic achievement record as reflected by an official high school transcript; and
  3. Demonstrate an aptitude for college work as measured by SAT or ACT scores.

Application Requirements:

  1. Write an essay (minimum of 1,200 words) regarding the changes that online shopping have made to the car buying experience.
  2. Official high school transcript
  3. SAT or ACT Scores Report—may be included on the transcript.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation (no more than 5) from high school counselor, principal, teacher, employer, etc.

Application Deadline: March 16, 2018

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Oklahoma State Fair Scholarship

The Oklahoma State Fair, Inc., scholarship program provides collegiate scholarships to students who are graduates of an accredited high school or homeschool located in one of the 77 Oklahoma counties.

Ten (10) scholarship winners will be selected for a one-time $2,500 award based on overall scholastic performance, leadership, community involvement and verifiable participation in the competitive programs (e.g. horse, livestock, creative arts or other competitions) at the Oklahoma State Fair, if applicable. While State Fair participation is not mandatory, it will be weighted along with the other criteria during the selection process.

At the time the award is made, the student must be a current year (2018) graduate of an accredited high school or homeschool from one of the 77 Oklahoma counties.

Before receiving the scholarship funds, the student will have been accepted and enrolled in a qualified, accredited college, university, vocational or technical school as a full-time student. Full-time enrollment is defined as 12 semester-credit hours during the fall/spring semester.

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

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Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

Students can win up to $2,000 for college by writing an essay discussing whether public school calendars should accommodate religious holidays in the 2018 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest. To enter, students must write an 800-1,200 word essay responding to the following prompt:

  • In most public high schools, certain days are marked as religious holidays on the school calendar, and the schools are closed on those days.  As public schools become more diverse, some students’ religious holy day(s) are not days that the schools are closed, resulting in absences for those students.
  • In an essay, discuss whether public school calendars should accommodate religious holidays.
  • Consider how school administrators should determine if, or which, religious holy days are included in the school calendar, or if any school policies should be changed to better accommodate students’ religious exercise. Be sure your essay identifies how the First Amendment supports your position.

Award: The grand prize is a $2,000 scholarship and a trip for two to Washington, D.C. Prizes of $1,000 for the second place winner and $500 for the third place winner are also available.

Application Deadline: March 9, 2018

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Seniors Helping Seniors Scholarship

Bay Alarm Medical is proud to announce its 3rd annual scholarship program. This year we again seek to reward students who devote their time to improving the lives of our senior citizens. Our 2018 scholarship award is our biggest yet: three scholarships totaling $6,500. 1st place: $3,500, 2nd place: $2,000, 3rd place: $1,000.

To be eligible for one of our scholarship awards, you must be involved in a community service effort/volunteer opportunity where you work with the elderly OR participate in caregiving duties for an elderly relative living in your home.

Requirements:
Write a 500-1,000 word essay that answers the following three questions:

  • What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from the senior you work with?
  • How has working with seniors impacted your life/inspired you?
  • How would you encourage others to spend more time with their grandparents or seniors in the community?

Scholarships will be awarded based on an essay contest. You must provide a photo of yourself and one of the seniors mentioned in your essay.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018

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Superpower Scholarship

Have you ever wondered where you'd go if you could fly around downtown? Or maybe you daydream of secretly taking over the world - to each his own. For all of those hero lovers and villain enthusiasts, this super scholarship can give you the power to win free college money.

Use your imagination and become the superhero, or perhaps supervillain, you've always wanted to be. Would you live a life in a comic book universe or use your powers here in the real world? We want to know how you would use your super powers for good, or bad, even if it was just for the day. While we can't give you the ability to walk through walls or read minds, our Superpower Scholarship can help increase your brainpower with $2,500 to use towards education.

Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

Submit an online written response to the question:
Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?" (250 words or less)

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018

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Additional March Scholarships

Looking for more? Here's a list of additional scholarships with March deadlines. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply through the links provided below.

 

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April


Back to School Nursing Scholarship Program

Are you ready to chase your dream of becoming a nurse, but aren’t sure how you’ll pay for your education? BestNursingDegree.com wants to help! That’s why they’re offering a $2500 nursing scholarship to one lucky winner. The scholarship is awarded four times per year, each time to one lucky individual.

Award Amount: $2,500

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Learn more and apply for the Back to School Nursing Scholarship Program.

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Broadcast Music Inc. Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting

BMI Founders Award is an annual scholarship competition open to radio broadcasting students nationwide. The award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded Broadcast Music, Inc. in 1939 with an unprecedented and enduring mission: to provide a competitive source for music licensing and an open-door policy to songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. A $5,000 scholarship is awarded for the best original essay response submitted to the competition and recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio.

Eligibility requirements

  • Currently enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited U.S. college or university. Students who have been accepted for future enrollment are NOT eligible.
  • Broadcasting degree candidates with an academic focus in radio broadcasting. Applicable majors include, but are not limited to: Broadcast and Emerging Media, Broadcast Communications, Broadcast Journalism, Broadcasting, Broadcasting and Mass Communications, Electronic Media and Broadcasting, and Radio and Television Broadcast Technology.
  • Between the ages of 17 and 24, as of time of submission.
  • Potential first-time winners of the competition: former winners (other than Honorable Mention) of the BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting are not eligible to enter the competition.

Award Amount: $5,000

Application Deadline: April 1, 2018

Learn more and apply for the Broadcast Music Inc. Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting Scholarship.

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Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma Scholarship

The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma will award undergraduate college scholarships to Catholic students. Scholarships will become effective at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year and will be renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study, as long as academic and enrollment guidelines are maintained. This past year, the Catholic Foundation awarded over 80 scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must show scholastic ability and financial need.
  • Applicant must be a full-time, undergraduate student (Minimum of 12 enrolled hours per semester)
  • Applicant must be a registered, active member of a Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Award Amount: Various awards available

Application Deadline: April 3, 2018

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MacDowell Club of Allied Arts Scholarship

Each year, the MacDowell Club of Allied Arts, Oklahoma City, OK, awards three scholarships of $500 each to deserving high school students who will be pursuing their chosen art on a college or university level. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Will major in a field of the Arts on a college or university level.
  • Has a need for help with private lessons, music, instrument, art supplies, etc.
  • Has participated in school and community services.
  • Has shown that they are a good citizen of their school and community.

Award Amount: 3 scholarships of $500 each

Application Deadline: April 21, 2018

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MoolahSpot $1,000 Scholarship

The $1,000 MoolahSPOT Scholarship is sponsored by MoolahSPOT.com and helps students of any age pay for higher education. The scholarship is a competition based on a short essay. Family income, grades and test scores are not used in selecting a winner. The award must be used for any education-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books and room and board.

Eligibility Requirements:

Any student at least 16 years or older who plans to attend, or is currently attending, college or graduate school. Students may be of any nationality and reside in any country. Students may study any major or plan to enter any career field at any accredited college or graduate school. Although applicants can be from any country, all applications must be completed in English.

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Learn more and apply for the MoolahSpot $1,000 Scholarship.

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National Hazing Prevention Poster Design Contest

HazingPrevention.org is hosting a competition for college and university undergraduates and groups/clubs who design a poster meeting the contest criteria.

Posters must include:

  • The words “National Hazing Prevention Week”
  • The theme for the 2017 NHPW – “RISE UP, BAND TOGETHER & STOMP OUT HAZING”.
  • The HazingPrevention.Org NHPW logo. No other logos should be included on the poster. Any submissions including additional logos will not be accepted.

Posters may not include the following:

  • The poster may not contain any nudity or derogatory/defamatory images
  • The poster may not contain any offensive, accusatory nor derogatory/defamatory language, unless it emphasizes an impactful statement about hazing.
  • All design images must be original and may not infringe upon any copyrighted work
  • Images and language will be accepted at the discretion of HazingPrevention.Org

Award Amount: First prize $500. Two runners (if selected) up receive $100 each

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Learn more and apply for the National Hazing Prevention Poster Design Scholarship.

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Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator Scholarship

The PDK Educational Foundation awards more than 30 scholarships each year to prospective educators, with awards ranging from $500 to $2000. These scholarships are funded through the generosity of donors. PDK uses one application for all Prospective Educator Scholarships. PDK Prospective Educator Scholarships are available for high school seniors as well as current undergraduate students. PDK International is a family of education associations, which includes  PDK International, Educators Rising, and Pi Lambda Theta.

Award Amount: 30 scholarships ranging from $500-$2,000

Application Deadline: April 2, 2018

Learn more and apply for the Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator Scholarship.

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Sports Unlimited Scholarship

Sports Unlimited is dedicated to reaching further than the field, court, or diamond that you play on. They believe in fostering development and empowering themselves and others through higher education because it takes as much courage to succeed in the classroom as it does on the field. Once every year, they offer a $1,000 college scholarship to the athlete who inspires them most through his or her essay. You might even be featured in their blog!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a graduating high school senior or a freshman/sophomore in college.
  • You can't be related to anyone at Sports Unlimited.
  • They reserve the right to verify the date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Deadline: April 25, 2018

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Taylor's Gift National Scholarship

Taylor’s Gift Foundation strives to honor students with a giving spirit that strive to make the world a better place. The Taylor’s Gift Scholarship is based on criteria that goes beyond academics and extracurricular activities, seeking students that are actively making a positive difference in the lives of others and embodying the “Outlive Yourself” spirit.

Award Amount: 3 awards of $1,000

Application Deadline: April 13, 2018

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Thurgood Marshal College Fund Scholarship

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Wells Fargo are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending one of the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within the TMCF member-school network. The Wells Fargo Scholarship is open to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Award Amount: $5,000

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Learn more and apply for the Thurgood Marshal College Fund Scholarship.

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Additional April Scholarships

Looking for more? Here's a list of additional scholarships with April deadlines. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply through the links provided below.


 

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May


Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through a scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students.

Application requirements:

  1. Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession
  2. Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, Pacific Islander
  3. Will be a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), emphasis on math or actuarial courses
  5. Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 600

Actuarial exams will be an important factor in evaluating scholarship qualifications for applicants entering their junior year and beyond. Additionally, exams passed will also be a consideration for previous award recipients applying to renew the scholarship.

Award levels:

  • $1,000 – high school senior applying for freshman year;
  • $2,000 – college freshman applying for sophomore year
  • $3,000 – college sophomore applying for junior year; and
  • $4,000 – college junior applying for senior year

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

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Bowl4Life Scholarship

The Bowl4Life mission is to promote the sport of bowling through quality coaching for all levels, and to provide scholarship assistance to youth bowlers. Bowl4Life will offer a $1,000 scholarship to the winner along with a USBC Level 1 Certification.

Eligibility:

  • Grades 9 through 12
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Member of the USBC Youth Program
  • A demonstrated and visible passion for Youth Bowling 5
  • Plans to enroll full-time with an accredited higher education institution in the fall immediately following graduation from high school

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

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Sara Scholarship

The Sara Scholarship was established in 2012 as part of the final will of Sara Sheehan, who passed away in 2011. The award is granted annually to female high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree and who demonstrate academic achievement, excellence of character, financial need and active engagement with the sport of golf. Skill in playing golf is not a criterion. The Sara Scholarship awards $2,000 per year to be applied towards tuition, books, board and other expenses. A minimum of eleven $2,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2017.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

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Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program

The Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program has provided more than 80 outstanding students with the financial assistance they need to pursue their health-related career. Open to higher education students entering their junior and senior year of undergraduate study, the scholarship program continues to grow in both the number of scholarships offered each year and amount of each scholarship. For 2017, there will be six scholarships awarded in the amount of $7,500 each.

Application Deadline: May 5, 2017

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National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) Bill Moon Scholarship

The NATSO Foundation is offering five $5,000 scholarships to eligible students who are travel plaza/truck stop industry employees or legal dependents of an employee.  Applications for the Bill Moon Scholarship are judged by independent review. Selections are made based on a review that may include the following: applicant's academic merit, financial need, extracurricular activities, community activities and short essay. Selections are made without regard to the applicant's race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

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Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses Education Scholarship

The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship does not have a specific major requirement, and is open to full-time students of all academic fields. Awards range from $400 - $8,200.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student at an accredited college or university OR a current high school senior preparing to become a full-time undergraduate degree-seeking student at an accredited college or university
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities
  • Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students

Application Deadline: May 19, 2017

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Out to Protect

Out to Protect's mission is to create greater awareness of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender professionals working in law enforcement and to support those pursuing a law enforcement career. Scholarships are typically awarded in June and December each year. The amount of each scholarship depends on funding availability, but ranges from $500 - $1,000 per award.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2017

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College is Power Scholarship

The College is Power Scholarship is open to students age 17 and older who are currently in college or plan to start college within the next 12 months. Use the scholarship to pay for tuition, books, room and board, computers or anything else related to your education.

Award Amount:

The first place award is a $1,000 scholarship which will be paid directly to the applicant or designated school.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

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Fifth Month Scholarship

It would take more than just one hand to count all the reasons why the number five is important - and we want to know what you think! What is it about the number five that's so significant to you? One great reason is that May is the fifth month - which just so happens to be a great time to apply for fun scholarships. Help us bring awareness to the fifth month and the number five. We’re awarding one $1,500 scholarship to a lucky student – and an endless supply of high fives!

Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

Submit an online written response to the question:
"May is the fifth month of the year. Write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important. Be serious or be funny. Either way, here's a high five to you for being original." (250 words or less)

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

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Rover College Scholarship

Rover.com connects pet parents with the nation’s largest network of loving and trustworthy pet sitters and dog walkers. Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover improves and simplifies life for pet parents and the dogs they love. The Rover College Scholarship is looking for essays that incorporate both personal examples of how dogs have affected your life, and cite historical or scientific research on the impact of domesticated dogs.

In 400-500 words, answer the following question:

How has the domestication of dogs improved society and benefited human happiness)

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

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Additional May Scholarships

Looking for more? Here's a list of additional scholarships with May deadlines. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply through the links provided below.

Hayley Capp, winner of the 2013 QS Leadership Scholarship, shares her top tips on how to write a winning scholarship application essay.

There is no one way to write a winning scholarship application. If you gathered together all the scholarship entries that have ever won a prize, you would find it difficult to identify what made them the same. Each would offer a distinctive style employed by the author; a unique insight into his or her past, present and future aspirations.

This uniqueness is the key, and the first point to remember when you pick up your pen to write. Make your scholarship application essay exclusive to you, personalize it, delve deep into your passion and drive to study your subject, and create a response that could only ever relate to you. It is this individuality that stands out, and that’s exactly what catches a judge’s eye and defines a winner.

I won the 2013 QS Leadership Scholarship, so will base my guidance on my own thought process when shaping my application essay. However, the basic principles that I highlight with this example can be extracted and applied to other scholarship essay writing processes.

1. Read and re-read the essay statement you are being asked to respond to, and identify the key themes.

From my own example, the essay statement was: ‘Where I have demonstrated responsible leadership, or innovation, and how it made a difference either in my community or in my work’. I identified the key themes as ‘leadership’ and ‘community impact’.

2. Understand the meaning of the key themes.

After identifying the key themes, it is important to understand what each of these ideas really means, beyond the initial level. For instance, I acknowledged that the meaning of ‘leadership’ involved identifying the effects my leadership had – the actions taken and results achieved under my leadership – and not simply describing the position I held and my responsibilities. The more depth you bring to your understanding of the meaning of each theme, the more examples you will be able to identify to demonstrate your abilities.

3. Fill your scholarship essay with keywords/synonyms of keywords used in the scholarship statement.

Using the keywords from the scholarship statement throughout your essay will demonstrate your commitment to addressing the question being asked. For instance, I made a special effort to ensure references to ‘leadership’; ‘innovation’ and ‘impacting communities’ ran throughout my essay.

4. Make an engaging start to your essay.

If you are struggling to start your scholarship application essay, why not include a quote or statement that relates to your intended course, and which you can later link to the main body of your text. Showing wider knowledge and aptitude for your subject will help convince the judges that it is a worthwhile investment to support you in your chosen course.

5. Understand the criteria used by the scholarship committee to evaluate application essays.

Based on my own experience, I have outlined what I believe to be the key criteria used by scholarship committee judges for evaluating scholarship application essays on the themes of leadership and community impact. My advice would be to address all of these areas in your essay, whether the question explicitly asks for it or not.

What to include in scholarship essays about leadership:

  • The extent of the leadership experience and degree of accomplishment. What were the results? Did you manage to grow a society from 10 to 100 members through your tenure?
  • Why you got involved in the leadership experience. What was your initial inspiration and how did the experience make you feel? This is a very important aspect as it allows you to show your sincerity and demonstrates your passion.
  • What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them? Inspirational stories of perseverance despite adversity make readers (especially judges) want to help you succeed. It also shows that you have great leadership qualities: the ability to adapt to new situations and the determination to not give up.
  • What did you learn?How did these lessons shape you as a leader? Every experience brings new lessons and personal growth opportunities and the best leaders are humble and realize this. Speaking about these lessons indicates that you have truly reflected on your experiences and that you understand what leadership is. (In other words, you know that leadership isn’t just about getting a title like “President” or “Executive Director”.)
  • What does this mean for the future? A scholarship isn’t just an award; it’s an investment in your future. So if you plan to continue being involved in your particular leadership activity in the future, tell the judges.

What to include in scholarship essays about community impact:

  • How much time did you dedicate to the activity? The scholarship committee is likely to be looking for applicants who made a fairly long commitment to a community activity.
  • Why was it important to you? Joy from helping others? Excitement of trying something new? Opportunity to form relationships with others? Having a genuine reason helps build a convincing essay.
  • Why was it important to the community? Ask the question: What would be different for your community if you didn’t do what you do? It is most important to show that you recognize the real needs in your communities, and act to address these.
  • What did you gain yourself through giving to the community? It is important to show that you understand how through giving, you end up receiving more in the end. Sharing what community service has taught you and how it helped you develop demonstrates that you have truly gained from your participation and suggests you will continue doing so in the future.

My final point of advice when writing your scholarship application essay or cover letter is to really show that you know who you are. What are the relevant past and present experiences that demonstrate your abilities and where are you headed? Use carefully selected language to emphasize your passion, ambition and enthusiasm and remember to adopt a positive mindset, in which you believe in all the great things you have done and plan to continue achieving in the future. If you don’t believe in yourself, why would the judges?

Good luck!

Hayley

You can browse our various scholarship listings here, and QS also offers its own scholarships. Also, you can download our free guide for more advice on how to find scholarships to study abroad. 

Hayley Capp is the winner of the 2013 QS Leadership Scholarship. Covering up to US$10,000 of course fees for a graduate program, the scholarship is awarded to the applicant best able to demonstrate his/her ability to use entrepreneurial and leadership skills to make a positive impact on a community.

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