Winter is almost over (though those at Salt HQ buried under a foot of snow may disagree). Things may not be heating up outside just yet, but scholarship competitions are.

This April, scholarship providers are ready to shower you with free money. We’ve rounded up some great award opportunities below with deadlines in April 2018. Check them out:'s Inspire Our Future Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Amount: $500 offers a $500 scholarship to students majoring in education-related degree programs (including child development).

To apply, students must submit a 500- to 700-word essay about inspiring your students (if you’re studying to be a teacher) or inspiring your staff (if you’re studying to be an administrator). Also, it may go without saying, but an organization of teachers will probably care about your essay’s spelling and grammar. 

Additional eligibility criteria include:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be attending an accredited school.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Business Plan Scholarship From Fit Small Business

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Amount: $1,000

If you’ve written a business plan for a class, you can use that experience (but not the plan itself) to apply for the Business Plan Scholarship From Fit Small Business. Students should submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on, “What I learned from writing a business plan.”

All undergraduate and graduate students at accredited schools are eligible for this award. Additionally, students must have a documented disability to apply. The scholarship provider casts a wide net in this regard—physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental and psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and other disabling conditions all qualify.

John Kitt Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 2, 2018

Amount: $5,000

The American Association of Candy Technologists has a sweet opportunity for students interested in confectionery technology: a $5,000 scholarship. To be eligible, students must:

  • Attend an accredited 4-year college or university within North America.
  • Be majoring in a food science, chemical science, biological science, or related area.
  • Have a 3.0 GPA.

The application also requires a short personal statement.

Pretty Photoshop Actions Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Amount: $500

Are you a Photoshop expert? Here’s a $500 award just for you. To apply, students must submit an 800- to 1,000-word Photoshop tutorial featuring screenshots and photos. Prompts for the tutorial are:

  • How Photoshop has changed photography
  • How to re-touch skin in Photoshop for photographers
  • Favorite tips for enhancing color in Photoshop
  • Photoshop overlay ideas for adding WOW to your portraits

The main eligibility criteria is being currently enrolled in a college or university in the United States or Canada.

The Asparagus Club Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 18, 2018

Amount: $4,000

Despite its name, the Asparagus Club Scholarship Program isn’t for students who like that green vegetable. (Though it probably doesn’t hurt?)

Rather, this award is for college juniors and seniors (as well as graduate students) earning a degree in business, food management, IT, or another major leading to a career in the grocery industry.

The Asparagus Club Scholarship is actually one of 17 awards provided by the national grocers foundation—and they all share the same application. That application requires a one-page personal statement essay, as well as a letter of recommendation and college transcript.

Ortho Dermatologics Scholarships

Deadline: April 28, 2018

Amount: Up to $10,000

Ortho Dermatologics offers nine scholarships worth up to $10,000 apiece to students who have been treated for dermatologic conditions. The awards are broken into three categories: undergraduate students, graduate students, and students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees who are mothers.

Applicants must submit an essay describing “the impact your diagnosed dermatologic condition has had on your life, as well as the role your dermatologist, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner has played in helping treat the condition.” These scholarships are only available for U.S. citizens attending accredited, nonprofit schools.

2018 Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Amount: $5,000

Grasshopper’s scholarship is designed to help entrepreneurial students. They offer a $5,000 award for the student with the best response to the following prompt:

“The ‘gig economy’ has had an impact on entrepreneurship in both the US and globally over the last 3-5 years, describe what impact you believe it will have in the next 3-5 years?”

Essays should be 500 to 700 words. Current students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited American school are eligible to apply.

Remember these are just a sample of the awards available in April 2018. Salt members can find more that they qualify for with our scholarship search engine. Not a member? Join now—it's free!