For most college students, spring break has passed. That means we’ve officially entered the home stretch of the school year. As a result, you may be focused right now on taking finals, heading home, and making summer plans—and forgetting about applying for scholarships.
Many providers still offer awards this late in the semester. These funds likely won’t arrive in time to help with your current bills, but they’ll give you a jump on funding next fall’s semester. So, when you take a break from those stressful end-of-year activities, make it productive by applying for one of these scholarships with deadlines in May 2018.
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Some of my favorite awards are those you can reuse existing schoolwork for. After all, if you wrote an awesome paper for a class, why not submit it in a scholarship competition if you can? Getting a good grade for your work is nice—winning money for it is even better!
The Society for the History of Discoveries Student Prize not only allows this; they encourage it. They’re looking for 3,000- to 8,000-word research papers on “voyages, travels, biography, history, cartography, the technologies of travel, the impact of travel and cultural exchange, and other aspects of geographic discovery.”
Now, writing something that in-depth for $600 is probably not worth the effort. But if you already have a paper like this, check their website to see if you qualify.
Deadline: May 20, 2018
Do you have the sense (and sensibility) to write a winning scholarship essay? Then check out the Jane Austen Society of North America’s annual contest. This year, they’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of Austen’s novel Persuasion by looking for six- to eight-page essays on the following prompt:
“The trio of faith, hope and charity all feature in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. Discuss how possessing or lacking these qualities affects a character's behavior and drives the plot. You may focus on one quality or examine the interplay of two or all three. You may include more than one character in your discussion.”
Three awards are available ($1,000, $500, and $250) in three different categories: high school, college, and graduate school applicants. This is another content in which you can submit previously written coursework, if applicable.
Deadline: May 25, 2018
In partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Café Bustelo offers 10 awards worth $5,000 apiece to undergraduate and graduate students of Latino descent. Interested students must submit an 800-word essay (in English or Spanish) on the following prompt:
“How their heritage, family, and community have impacted their desire and motivation to obtain a college degree; how they plan to give back to their community; and what they intend to accomplish with their degree.”
To be eligible, students must attend one of HACU’s approximately 470 member institutions (full list here).
Deadline: May 31, 2018
The 2018 Wyzant Scholarship Contest offers three awards ($10,000, $3,000, and $2,000) to eligible students who submit a 300-word answer based on the following prompt: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Twenty finalists for the prizes are selected—10 via community voting on the provider’s site, and 10 via a panel of judges. The judges choose the ultimate winner. Typically, I don’t love vote-driven scholarships. They’re more about driving traffic to a website (and getting new users to register) than rewarding deserving students.
Still, this award’s barrier to entry is low, it’s proceeds are high, and the judge selection means you could win even if you don’t want to pester your friends and family for votes. If you don’t mind doing that, only three submissions have more than 700 votes as of this writing, so you have a fighting chance.
Deadline: May 31, 2018
The Boundless American Dream Scholarship offers two $1,500 awards to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) students interested in technology. In addition to that requirement, applicants must submit responses to the following three prompts:
- What does the American dream mean to you? (250 words max)
- What is something you previously achieved in the face of long odds? (250 words max)
- What impact do you hope to make in the world through technology and how would the Boundless American Dream Scholarship help you achieve that impact? (250 words max)
Student must attend or be applying to an accredited 2- or 4-year school in the United States to apply.
Deadline: May 31, 2018
DISH Promotions has a scholarship opportunity for all the sports fans out there—or at least all the fans of watching live sports on TV. This $1,000 award is available to students attending accredited schools who answer the following prompt in 600 words or less:
“What makes watching a sporting event live more valuable than watching it pre-recorded, and why is this different from most other programming?”
The provider’s site indicates that students must use “psychological and sociological principles,” as well as include multiple sources within their essay. So, think of this more as a class assignment than a blog about why it stinks to not be able to follow Twitter in real-time while watching a game (though that’s true, too!).