Salt Community, once the fall semester starts, doesn't it kind of feel like there’s no great time to apply for scholarships? I mean, in September, you deal with the hubbub of adjusting to life at school. Come October, class work picks up—and midterms kick in. Then, it’s a sprint through the holidays and the end of the year.
Odds are, you tell yourself you’ll make time for scholarships over winter break. Well, here’s the thing: A LOT of students tell themselves that. And yet, so many awards have deadlines right now.
An old cliché for football players is the best ability is availability. (Since it’s almost fall, I can get away with crummy football puns/metaphors, right?) This is true for scholarships as well. If you don’t apply, you can’t win. Period. Simply by making yourself available when others don’t, you put yourself well on your way to scholarship success.
OK, enough pep talk. Let’s scare up some free money with these scholarships with October 2017 deadlines.
Deadline: October 1, 2017
“CVP” stands for “Community Veterinary Partners”—but this award isn’t just for future animal docs. It’s for any animal lovers out there. To apply, submit a 500-word essay on one of the following prompts:
- How have animals positively affected your life or the life of someone you know?
- Why are animal rights important to you?
- If you had to choose one animal to be, what would you pick and why?
If you ever wanted to write an essay about your spirit animal (or maybe your Patronus?), saddle up!
Deadline: October 6, 2017
Here’s another one with a misleading title. Despite coming from an organization named “AES Engineering,” this award is available to all high school seniors and college students. In fact, they specifically say, “You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.” (Example #5,489 of why you can’t judge a scholarship by its name!)
To apply, submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on the following prompt: “When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?”
Deadline: October 15, 2017
This award is open to all U.S. residents in any field of study, though it might help if you’re a bit of a gearhead.
CJ Pony Parts, a leader seller of Mustang auto parts, is looking for short videos (under 3 minutes) based on a few different prompts. Most of these are car related (like “What is your first memory of a Mustang?”), but I personally like this one: “CJ Pony Parts has been around for over 30 years; where do you see yourself 30 years from now?”
Why? Well, perhaps you already gave this topic some thought for the AES Engineering Scholarship above. In that case, you can probably reuse your ideas to apply for this award, too, though I wouldn’t suggest just reading your essay on camera. They do specifically state that creativity counts. Maybe if you read it in a funny costume or something ...
Deadline: October 17, 2017
The College JumpStart Scholarship is available to high school students from grades 10 through 12, as well as all college students and non-traditional students, who are U.S. citizens. To apply, you need to submit a 250-word personal statement on one of the following prompts:
- What are your educational goals?
- How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals?
- Write about a time when "hard work" paid off.
- Describe your experience with community service and volunteering and how that has affected you and your outlook.
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Amount: $7,500 (first place)
This is a different type of scholarship competition, and it may speak to those of you who are more creatively inclined (as opposed to us word-nerd, essay-writing types). To win this award, you need to “re-invent the experience of Chick-fil-A on a college campus.” They want you to “push the envelope” in terms of making Chick-fil-A about more than just buying food. (I’m guessing just suggesting they stay open on Sundays won’t cut it.)
Four winners will be selected, with first prize worth $7,500. Winners will also be honored at a gala (oooohhh!) in New York City, and you can submit a team entry.
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Amount: Up to $20,000
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program has helped high school students achieve their college dreams for close to 30 years. Unfortunately, you can’t reuse your “where I see myself in 30 years” essay with them; rather, you’ll go through a multi-round application process to help them identify 150 eventual winners. Applicants must be high school students and U.S. citizens.
Their website has a bunch of helpful info for your applications—but Salt members have an additional leg up. You can hear directly from the program’s president, J. Mark Davis, about what he looks for from applicants in this video on our main website. That’s some definitely useful intel.
Not to be outdone, Dr. Pepper also has a scholarship program with a deadline this month. Theirs is a bit more complicated (it involves getting your friends to vote for you—and then some kind of football throw-off?), but comes with a prize of up to $100,000. That deadline to apply is October 18.
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