Free Money...YAYTuesday, April 24, 2012 By Katie Byrd
As winter sets in and the second semester begins, many students find themselves stressed over classes. Although a lack of motivation has begun to strike the student population, DaVincians should remember that deadlines for most scholarships occur between late winter and early spring. For seniors, this is the last chance to compete for scholarships before graduation. For other students, this is an opportunity to get an early start. National Peace Essay Contest. This essay contests requires entrants to write a well-researched essay about the role of new media—such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube—in global conflict management. One overall winner is awarded $10,000. Fifty runners up will also be selected and awarded $1,000. This contest is open to all students grades nine through twelve. Deadline: February 1, 2012. College Prowler “No Essay” College Scholarship. College Prowler is a website devoted to providing students with resources about selecting, applying, and paying for college. They offer a monthly, $2,000 scholarship awarded by drawing. This scholarship is random and not based on GPA or community service. Best Buy Scholarship Program. Up to 1,200 students from grades nine through twelve will be selected to win a $1,000 scholarship from this competition. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and show a strong involvement in their community. Deadline: February 15, 2012. GE Reagan Scholarship. This is a merit-based scholarship awarded by General-Electric. Students must be college-bound high school seniors with a high GPA, financial need, and leadership skills. An essay is required as well as three letters of recommendation. Approximately twenty $10,000 scholarships are awarded each year. Deadline: February 17, 2012. Ayn Rand Essay Contest. Students hoping to compete in this essay contests must write an essay on one of Ayn Rand’s works. Eighth, ninth, and tenth graders may write choose from one of three topics relating to Anthem. Tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders may write about We the Living, while eleventh and twelfth graders may write about The Fountainhead. Seniors may also write about Atlas Shrugged. The amount awarded depends on the novel the student chooses to enter. Deadlines also vary. Frame My Future Church Hill Classics Contests. This contests is open to all students who will be attending college during the 2012-2012 school year. Students must submit an original piece showing their personal and professional goals for life after college. This can be done through photography, poetry, drawing, or writing. The entry must be uploaded to the contest’s website and must be contained within one image. Five finalists will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Deadline: March 6, 2012. US Bank Scholarship Program. Students in grades nine through twelve are eligible to enter this drawing, however they must be planning on enrolling in a school that participates in the US Bank Student Loan Program. Most universities in Utah fulfill this requirement. The application is online and only requires students to fill out their information and college plans. Forty students will be chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Deadline: March 31, 2012. Students hoping to win scholarship money have several opportunities to compete. Websites such as Zinch, Fast Web, and College Prowler have extensive lists of scholarships which students can tailor to their strengths, goals, and interests. DaVinci’s counselor Mrs. Soltys and scholarship advisor Mrs. Krim can also provide tips and resources for students seeking scholarships.