September/October deadlines

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

  • – Award Amount: 1st place: $10,000, (3) 2nd place: $2,000, (5) 3rd place: $1,000, (25) finalists: $100, (50) semifinalists: $50
  • -Type/About: Applicants will select one of three essay topics to write a clear, articulate and logically organized essay on the philosophic meaning of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
  • -Eligibility: 12th Graders, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students
  • -Deadline: Sep. 17, 2013    
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Questbridge National College Match Program

  • -Award Amount: Varies, up to full four year scholarships
  • Type/About: The QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s most selective colleges. Complete application includes: Online application, transcript, test score reports, three letters of recommendation (two teacher, one counselor), and several essays.
  • -Eligibility: High school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges. Most College Match finalists have come from households earning less than $60,000 annually (for a typical family of four), and over 71% are in the top 5% of their high school class.
  • -Deadline: Sep. 27, 2013  
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Hit the Books Scholarship

  • – Award amount: $500
  • -Type/About: Candidates should submit an essay of no more than 500 words on the subjects of the importance of education in their lives and how the scholarship money will assist the students’ goals.
  • -Eligibility: Aged 18-25 and enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  • -Deadline: Sep. 30, 2013             
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Joe Foss Institute Essay Scholarship Program

  • – Award amount: (1) $5,000, (1) $2,500, (1) 1,000
  • -Type/About: Applicants must befriend a veteran and submit a 1,500-word essay on the experience. Selection is based on essay creativity, clarity and grammar.
  • -Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be high school students or recent high school graduates.
  • -Deadline: Oct. 9, 2013   
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My Projector Lamps Scholarship

  • -Award Amount: (2) $500
  • -Type/About: Create a one page essay detailing your ideas about the use of multimedia and data visualization in K-12 classrooms. Explore modern teaching methods and propose specific ideas for visual and interactive presentation in K-12 classrooms for improved knowledge retention.
  • -Eligibility: Minimum age of sixteen years (to date) or older, currently attending an accredited U.S. program: i.e high school, college or university, be in the final year of high school or enrolled as an undergraduate in the U.S., considered in “Good Standing” at current institution- i.e not on academic probation or suspension, a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  • -Deadline: Oct. 12, 2013
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Global Lift Equipment Scholarship

  • -Award amount: $500
  • -Type/About: Applicants must write a short story from the viewpoint of an inanimate object featured on sponsor’s website in the Used Equipment Inventory section
  • -Eligibility: Be currently attending or planning on attending a post-secondary institution in Canada or the US September 2014 and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  • -Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013    
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Horatio Alger Scholarship

  • – Award Amount: $5,000
  • -Type/About: Completed application includes: Online application, Support Form (Online form completed to support the adversities listed by the applicant), High School transcript (Uploaded or mailed) Online Certifications Form (Must be completed online by the applicant’s high school counselor) Income Verification (Applicants must provide a copy of the first two pages of their parent/guardian’s 2012 individual federal tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ or 1099 SSA-Social Security Tax Form) or tax transcript.)
  • -Eligibility: 1) Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2014 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation 2) Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution), 3) Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required) 4) Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities. 5) Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. 6) Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • -Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013
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Carrington Dental Centre Scholarship Application

  • – Award Amount: $500
  • -Type/About: There are many things that can help a student increase his/her potential for future success. The area we would like you to focus on is your capacity to learn. Write an essay that is no longer than 1000 words that clearly identifies one strategy that you believe will help increase your learning power. + Submit recommendation letter from parent/guardian.
  • -Eligibility: High School Senior, College/University Freshman or Sophomore, have a parent/guardian submit the recommendation letter prior to the Oct. 30th, 2013 deadline, be enrolled in a college, university, trades, or technical school by no later than the Fall of 2014.
  • -Deadline: Oct. 30, 2013                  
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Scholarship Search Resources

FastWeb Scholarship Search
The FastWeb Scholarship Search is the largest, most accurate and most popular free scholarship search site, with more than 35 million registered users. It is also the most frequently updated and provides automatic email notification of new scholarships that match the student’s profile. The FastWeb Scholarship Search was the first scholarship database available for free on the web and is the most innovative and student-focused of all the scholarship search sites.

College Board’s FUND FINDER
The College Board’s FUND FINDER scholarship database lists scholarships and other types of financial aid programs from 3,300 national, state, public and private sources. The database is updated annually. LLC
The database has good coverage of awards and a fairly precise match, but some of the scholarship entries in the database appear to contain old information.

Peterson’s Award Database
The Peterson’s scholarship search lists awards from about 2,000 sponsors. This is the same database used to update Peterson’s Scholarships, Grants and Prizes book. The web site was a little slow and the match precision very low, forcing one to dig through a lot of irrelevant awards. Otherwise the coverage of available awards was very good. Peterson’s was acquired by Nelnet, an education lender, in July 2006.

Student Scholarship Search
Edvisors Network provides a free scholarship matching and application tracking service. The site also includes topic-focused lists of scholarships compiled by students who use the site, such as scholarships for women, weird scholarships and international scholarships. In addition, Edvisors Network gives away more than $100,000 in scholarships each year through its Scholarship Points program. Edvisors Network was acquired by College Loan Corporation in 2013.

NextStudent offers a free scholarship search as a loss leader to attract students to their student loan products and services. Their scholarship search is based on the scholarship database formerly known as Scholarships101. The search results lists each named award from the same award program separately, leading to a large number of matches that correspond to a single application form.

ScholarshipExperts offers a free online scholarship search and college search service. (ScholarshipExperts dropped their membership fee in December 2005.) The size claims for this database appear to be exaggerated by about a factor of 5 (number of awards) to 10 (total dollar amount of awards). The award listings include detailed information about the awards and also allow one to look at a separate list of expired awards. The web site is supported by advertising. ScholarshipExperts was acquired by Goal Financial, an education lender, in May 2006.

The BrokeScholar scholarship database appears to overlap with the Peterson’s scholarship database and may include a licensed subset of that database. The award listings have minimal information, making it difficult to tell whether the student actually matches the scholarship’s eligibility requirements. The number of matches was also very low, suggesting either a small database or too tight of a scholarship matching process. BrokeScholar is owned by Collegiate Funding Services, an education lender that was acquired by JPMorgan Chase in December 2005.

The CollegeData scholarship database appears to use a licensed subset of the Peterson’s scholarship database. Their site uses a simple one-page profile with keyword search. As a result, the scholarship match is not as precise as the other scholarship databases. Although one initially does not need to create an account to see summary information about matching scholarships (e.g., name, amount, GPA, residency, heritage/ethnicity and area of study), for detailed information one must be logged in. Registration is free and involves completing a two-page profile. CollegeData is owned by 1st Financial Bank USA, an education lender.