Upcoming College Scholarship Deadlines: May 2017

Blog Post created by ryanhlane Employee on Apr 7, 2017

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If you missed dianemelville’s last scholarship challenge (and really, you should be all over those if you’re interested in winning scholarships), you missed the news that I’m taking over for her. I’m excited to jump in and find some free money for all of you! But I’m also excited to hear from you. Let me know what you like about these posts or if you'd like to see anything different. These posts are for you, so help me ensure they benefit you as much as possible!


It’s almost May, so depending on your situation, you’re likely focused on prom or finals or grad school. The furthest thing on your mind might be scholarships—but scholarship providers don’t think that way. Tons of great awards have deadlines this month. Get a head start on next year’s funding with these awards. "Next Semester You" will be so thankful.


Balestreri/Cutino Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2017


Calling all aspiring top chefs and bakers! This sweet (or savory, if that's your thing!) award is available for culinary students who meet the following requirements:


  • Must be a current college student who has completed at least one grading or marking period.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must major in culinary arts and have a career goal of becoming, or already be, a chef or pastry chef.
  • Must be attending an accredited, postsecondary school of culinary arts, or other postsecondary culinary training program acceptable to the AAC.


Applicants are evaluated on a 100-point scale that includes GPA, culinary activities, letters of reference, and an essay. Check out the application linked above for details.


Want second helpings of food scholarships? Check out this renewable $2,500 scholarship for students who plan to attend the Culinary Institute of America in the fall. It’s also due May 1.


American Floral Endowment

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2017


The American Floral Endowment awards 20 scholarships annually for undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in floral crops or other areas of horticulture. Qualifications vary by scholarships.


However, one worth mentioning specifically: the Carlson-Johnson Scholarship for Nontraditional Students. As you might expect from the name, that award is intended for students re-entering school after a minimum 5-year absence. If that's you, take a look at the requirements.


"Search to Learn" Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 14, 2017


Flex your creative muscles with this scholarship. It asks applicants to create a video that talks about digital marketing’s impact on society, a random/interesting fact about themselves, and their dream joball in 60 seconds or less. Additional requirements include:


  • Must be a high school senior or current college student.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be planning to enroll or be enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Must major in marketing, mass communication, public relations, business, advertising, or a related field.


Creativity and originality make up 90% of the scoring, so don’t be afraid to go big on this one. (Costumes and video effects are welcome!)


Brett Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017


Founded in the memory of Brett Anderson—“a young man whose true passions in life were his love of musical and comedic performance,” according to the scholarship's website—this scholarship annually provides five incoming college freshman with awards worth up to $5,000.


As you might expect from that description of Brett, this is another award for anyone creative. Applicants must:


  • Answer some general information questions.
  • Supply a letter of recommendation from an influential mentor.
  • Submit a performance video showcasing their musical or comedic talents.


Based on the eligibility documentation and application on its website, this award appears to be open to everyone. So, if you have a passion for performance, check it out!


Blue Kangaroo Community Activist Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017


Community service is one of the best ways to boost your chances to win scholarships (that’s a hint for an upcoming scholarship challenge). For instance, consider this Blue Kangaroo Community Activist Scholarship. This scholarship is available to students who take action, inspire others, and impact their community. Eligibility requirements include:


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in a fall 2017 undergraduate program at an accredited university
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at your current school


To apply, you must write a 500-word essay on how you used activism to help your community and submit a photo or video of your initiative. A letter of recommendation from a professor or community activist board member is also required.


What do you think about these scholarships? Will you apply for any of them? Is there anything I can do to help you out more in the future? Sign up or log in with your Salt account to let me know in the comments!