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10 Scholarships You Can Apply For Right Now

College tuition isn’t cheap. It seems to get more and more expensive every year. Whether you’re paying out of pocket or getting funding from your parents, we can all help out with scholarships. There are thousands of scholarships for students with all sorts of interests, hobbies, and areas of study. There are even some that require no skill at all. Here are 10 scholarships that you can apply for right now.

1. Haiku Scholarship
A scholarship you can win by writing three lines? Easy enough! Write a haiku about cable TV and share it with your friends and family. The best poem will walk away with $1,000.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 31, 2012
Requirements: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be enrolled as a full-time student
Apply Here: http://www.cabletv.com/scholarship

2. Creative Bioscience-Fitness Scholarship
If you are all about fitness, this scholarship is for you. Applicants need to write a 300-500-word essay about a subject that interests you in the health industry. The best essay will be awarded with $1,000 for school.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Requirements: Must be 18 years of age or older and cannot be employee, family member, or related to Creative Bioscience
Apply Here: http://scholarships.csi.edu/applications/Creative%20Bioscience%20-%20Fitness%20Scholarship.pdf

3. National Italian American Foundation Scholarship
The National Italian American Foundation provides scholarships and grants to outstanding students with a minimum GPA of 3.5. The awards are given based on a student’s academic merit.
Amount: $2,000-$12,000
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Requirements: Must be Italian or have an Italian-related major.
Apply Here: http://www.niaf.org/scholarships/

4. Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program
This set of merit-based scholarships is aimed at removing financial barriers for minority students. If you are a minority student, you can apply online to get help with your school tuition.
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: November 30, 2012
Requirements: Must be a minority entering junior or senior year
Apply Here: http://www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org/vanguard/

5. Vanguard Women Information Technology Scholarship Program
Vanguard awards academic excellence for any woman pursuing a computer-related degree. Vanguard aims to help promising young women fund their college education.
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: November 30, 2012
Requirements: Female student entering junior or senior year pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, web design and other IT-related disciplines.
Apply Here: http://www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org/vanguardwomenintechnology/

6. AXA Achievement Scholarship
52 students, one from each state, will be chosen to receive a $10,000 scholarship. So don’t tell your roommate about this one! She’s your competition. Students must display ambition, drive, and determination. From those 52, 10 students will be chosen nationally to receive $15,000.
Amount: $10,000-$15,000
Deadline: December 1, 2012
Requirements: Full-time student who demonstrates ambition and drive
Apply Here: http://www.axa-equitable.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html

7. Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships
If you are passionate about ending hunger, this scholarship is right up your alley. It recognizes students who increase awareness and work for solutions to end world hunger. The winner will receive $5,000 and their hunger-relief organization will get $5,000 as well. You can get a chance to help others while still helping yourself.
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: December 5, 2012
Requirements: Full-time student demonstrating commitment to community service
Apply Here: http://www.sodexofoundation.org/hunger_us/scholarships/scholarships.asp

8. UsBundles Scholarship
For this $1,000 scholarship, applicants need to write a 250-300 word essay bout whether you think a traditional or online school is better. Post your essay on your blog or website, submit the URL, and your ideas just may help you out with your college tuition.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: December 10, 2012
Requirements: High school senior
Apply Here: http://www.usbundles.com/college-scholarship

9. Weekly “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship
Not a fan of writing? This essay only requires three sentences. Each week, Zinch begins a new “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship. Answer the weekly question with a handful of words and you could win $1,000.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Weekly
Requirements: High school or college student.
Apply Here: http://www.zinch.com/scholarships/weekly?utm_source=sc-weekly&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=scr&utm_content=wkly&utm_campaign=sc

10. Scholarship Points
This just may be the easiest scholarship you’ll ever have to apply for. The Scholarship Points Scholarship raffles off a $10,00 scholarship each month. All you have to do is fill out your contact information. Don’t worry, you’re not dreaming.
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Monthly
Requirements: College student enrolled in school at least half-time or high school senior planning on attending college within 12 months
Apply Here: http://www.scholarshippoints.com/

Now that you know where the scholarships are, it’s up to you to apply. When it comes to four years of education, every penny counts.

If the cost of college is beginning to seem much too real to you pre-collegiettes (and collegiettes), take a deep breath, and say it with me: scholarships. They aren’t just for kids with the highest GPA in class anymore, and there are a ton of options out there for you to explore. That’s why Her Campus is here to show you ten awesome scholarships you can apply for right now. But don’t wait too long – the deadlines creep up on you!

1. Abbott and Fenner Scholarship
Have you overcome a huge obstacle in your life? If so, you can use that experience to your advantage. For this scholarship, all you have to do is submit a 500 to 1,000-word essay on the most difficult experience of your life and how it changed your perspective on things. All high school juniors and seniors and undergraduate students can apply.

Deadline: June 15, 2012
Award: $1,000
Where To Apply: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm

2. Do-Over Scholarship

We all wonder what would be different if we could go back in time and change a certain decision or choice we made, and that’s exactly what this scholarship is about. All you have to do is write a 250-word essay on what your one do-over in life would be.

Deadline: June 30, 2012
Award: $1,500
Where To Apply: http://www.scholarshipexperts.com/apply.htx

3. Castle Ink’s Green Scholarship
Those who aren’t passionate about Mother Nature need not apply. In order to generate green awareness, applicants are required to write an essay about recycling and post it somewhere online, and then include a link to CastleInk.com. You can post it on your own personal blog, your Facebook, wherever you think you’ll get the most hits! The winner will be the person who can drive the most traffic to CastleInk. All high school and college students can apply.

Deadline: June 30, 2012
Award: $2,500
Where To Apply: http://www.castleink.com/_ink-scholarship.html

4. BBG Communications Award

Are you passionate about technology and the future of communication? This scholarship, provided by Breylan Communications, offers $1,000 to the student who best answers two questions. The first question asks what is the greatest advancement in the information and communications industry in the last decade. The second is why you think a university education is important. And bonus, the application is super simple! Applicants must be entering college in the fall or are already enrolled.

Deadline: June 30, 2012
Award: $1,000
Where To Apply: http://www.breylancommunications.com/apply.php

5. Joe Foss Independence Day Scholarship Essay
What do you think it took to declare America’s independence? In honor of the Declaration of Independence this is the lone topic and only question of the essay, and you’re encouraged to develop your answer any way you’d like. Essays will be judged based on creativity, theme development, clarity of ideas, and mechanics. If you’re ready to show your pride in your country, this is the scholarship for you. You must be a high school student to enter.

Deadline: July 2, 2012
Award: Varies by winner
Where To Apply: http://www.joefoss.com/images/scholarships/2012_independencedaycontest.pdf

6. Hands Along The Nile Scholarship Essay
If you were one of many keeping up on the dramatic developments in Egypt this year, this is the scholarship for you. This requires a 2,500-word essay on the lessons American politicians and people can learn from the Egyptian Revolution, with special consideration given to those who cover social and political issues. You must be either entering college in the fall or already be a full time undergraduate or graduate student in the United States to apply.

Deadline: July 3, 2012
Award: $4,000
Where To Apply: http://handsalongthenile.org

7. Courage in Student Journalism Award
Provided by the Student Press Law Center, this scholarship requires students to write an essay not exceeding 600 words about their determination despite resistance in demonstrating their First Amendment rights. Applicants must be enrolled in college or entering in the fall.

Deadline: August 1, 2012
Award: $1,000
Where To Apply: http://www.splc.org/aboutus/csjaward.asp

8. Laws of Life Essay and Video Contest
Those who aren’t afraid to discuss their hopes and dreams and are handy with a pen or video recorder should apply to this scholarship. The objective is to consider your life purpose and how you might fulfill it within the next five years via an essay or video. Applicants must be high school seniors with plans to attend college this fall.

Deadline: August 31, 2012
Award: Varies by winner
Where To Apply: http://lawsoflifecontest.com/

9. Education Matters Scholarship
You’re smart pre-collegiette, so this essay topic should be a no-brainer. If anything, you’ll have trouble staying within the word limit! Submit a 250-word essay on what you would say to someone who doesn’t think education matters, or that college is a waste of time and money. Applicants must be enrolled in high school or college.

Deadline: October 31, 2012
Award: $5,000
Where To Apply: http://www.scholarshipexperts.com/rules.htx?selected=em

10. Sweet Diggity Dawg Scholarship
If the name doesn’t catch your eye, then the amount of the scholarship will. Zinch.com [http://www.zinch.com/], the scholarship search engine, is awarding $20,000 to the student who creates the best profile on the site. The profiles are judged on completeness, uploaded media, endorsements, Zinch user voting and more. You must have at least a 2.0 GPA to participate and be enrolled in high school or college.

Deadline: January 15, 2013
Award: $20,000
Where To Apply: http://www.zinch.com/scholarships/one-year-free


Jessica Salerno is a senior Magazine Journalism major at Ohio University and originally from Westerville, Ohio. In addition to writing for Her Campus Jessica also writes for the Her Campus Ohio University Branch and plays club soccer. She has an obsession with online shopping and candy, and loves to hang out with her family. Jessica hopes one day to have a career in online or magazine journalism.
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