Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines: August 2017

Blog Post created by ryanhlane Employee on Jun 30, 2017

Greetings, Salt Community!


Where I live, summer has been a bit of a bust so far. Most days, it’s been either too hot or too wet to spend time outside. But at least all those rain clouds offer one silver lining—they represent the perfect weather to win some money! Yup, if you’re stuck inside looking for something to do, why not spend some time applying for scholarships?


Here’s a fresh batch with August deadlines to check out. I’ve organized things a bit differently this month, putting the awards into categories. Let me know what you think in the comments! 


For: The Environmentally Conscious


Crescent Electric College Scholarship Contest

Deadline: August 8, 2017

Amount: $1,000


If the gloomy weather outside has you thinking about the environment (or, more likely, worried about it), show off what you’re doing to help! Crescent Electric wants to see a photo of how you minimize energy usage. Their favorite will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Check out some examples here (I love the creativity of the “energy jar”).


Other eligibility criteria include:

  • Must be a graduating high school senior or college freshman, sophomore, or junior
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 22


FilterBuy.com Scholarship

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Amount: $500


FilterBuy.com is rewarding environmentally conscious students as well this month, with a $500 scholarship. To apply, submit a 400- to 600-word essay on “everyday tips that can be implemented to reduce our individual contribution to greenhouse gas emission.”


Other eligibility criteria include:

  • Must be currently enrolled at an accredited 2- or 4-year U.S. college
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or hold a valid student visa


For: STEM Majors


RevPart 2017 STEM Scholarship

Deadline: August 1

Amount: $1,000


This award comes with a simple prompt for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students: “tell us about yourself.” That’s it!


This is a great opportunity for a personal statement essay—especially if it’s already STEM focused. If you have to tweak your existing essay to do this, now is the perfect time to. That’s because you can reuse it for the next award, too.


Masergy STEM Scholarship Program

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Amount: $5,000


Masergy provides a $5,000 scholarship to a student majoring in a STEM field. To apply, submit a 500-word essay on how you plan to evolve the STEM fields once you graduate. Again, your career goals likely pop up in your personal statement essay, so this is just a different variation of “tell us about yourself.”


Other eligibility criteria include:

  • Must be attending an accredited college or university in the United States
  • Must have a declared STEM major


For: Mothers


Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Support Awards

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Amount: $5,000


Mother’s Day may be in the rearview mirror, but the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation still has a great gift for all the moms out there: five scholarships worth up to $5,000 each. Mink was the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and this foundation continues her commitment to educational access—especially for women.


The application includes five short-answer questions, as well as a 500-word essay (“tell us what you would like us to know about your personal and educational history”). Additional eligibility requirements include:


  • Must be a woman
  • Must be at least 17 years old
  • Must be a mother with minor children
  • Must be enrolled in a nonprofit, accredited institution or program
  • Must have an annual family income less than $20,000 for a family of 2; less than $24,000 for a family of 3; or less than $28,000 for a family of 4


For: Everyone Else!


These awards offer great opportunities to repurpose an existing scholarship essay. 


Spirit Button Academic Scholarship

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Amount: $2,000


Spirit Button inspires people to bring “greater presentness and peace to your life.” Well, scholarship money definitely brings peace to a lot of students worried about the cost of school! To apply for this award, submit a 700- to 1,000-word essay on what inspires you the most in life and why.


Other eligibility criteria include:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be currently or about to be enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year school in the United States


Achieve Today Scholarship

Deadline: August 31

Amount: $1,000


Achieve Today helps individuals “awaken their greatness through personal coaching and education.” To apply for their scholarship, students should submit a 3- to 5-minute video or audio clip OR an 800-word essay on how they use one of the following in their lives:


  • The law of attraction
  • Having an attitude of gratitude
  • The power of positive thinking
  • Focusing on things you can control


I know what you’re thinking: I don’t practice any of these things. Are you sure? Dig into the scholarship info, and the provider talks about applicants sharing “inspirational/motivational stories or experiences overcoming life's challenges.” Bingo! There’s our standard scholarship prompt.


RentHop Apartment Scholarship

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Amount: $1,000


RentHop offers a $1,000 award to undergraduate students. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay on the following:


“Technology is changing every aspect of our daily lives, from searching for real estate to phones in our pocket that are more powerful than anyone would have imagined a generation prior. In the next 5 years, what do you feel will be the most profound changes that impact college graduates, their careers, and their personal lives? To what extent are those cultural and societal shifts aligned with your personal ambitions, your school degree program, and the RentHop values?”


Besides the money, this award also comes with an optional internship with RentHop. A cash prize and job experience? That’s a win-win! 


Which of these do you plan to apply for? Looking for a different type of award? Sign up or log in with your Salt account to let me know in the comments!