December/January 2014

A college education remains a wise investment and a person's best opportunity to successfully compete in the job market. Plans, dreams and educational goals can be realized because financial aid for college is readily available and we're here to help.

Last year, St. Thomas students received more than $2,000,000 in private scholarships awarded by local foundations, agencies, corporations, and other groups that provide financial support to students. And, at St. Thomas the funds students earn in private scholarships go directly to reduce their tuition bill as we do not reduce our St. Thomas funding to students based on such awards.

St. Thomas provides this monthly e-newsletter to help you find out about additional scholarship opportunities. It is truly worth a student's time to search for these scholarships.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest

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This essay contest is open to everyone over the age of 18. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Deadline: December 5, 2013

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Stuff You Can’t Say to Your Teacher Scholarship Slam

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$1,000 scholarship awarded to the poem that best answers this prompt: “It’s your turn to give your teachers a lesson on who you are and what you care about in education. What do you want to see changed in your classroom or school?”

Deadline: December 13, 2013

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SMART Scholarship Program

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Offered by the Department of Defense, this Science, Mathematics, and Engineering scholarship is designed to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at Department of Defense laboratories.

Deadline:  December 16, 2013

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Scholarship America Dream Award

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This scholarship is open to students entering their second year of education beyond high school. This scholarship will be renewable and the amount of the prize will increase by year.

Deadline: December 16, 2013

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USBUNDLES College Scholarship

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$1,000 prize to the winner of this essay contest. Applicants must respond to this prompt in 500-600 words: “Tell us how you can make your town a better place using the power of the internet.”

Deadline:  December 18, 2013

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“Good Deeds” Scholarship

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$1,000 awarded in an essay contest in which the applicant responds to this prompt: “Have you ever volunteered, done community service, or helped others in a way that changed the world for the better? If not, what would you do in the future to make a difference? Explain how your good deed positively contributed (or will contribute) to society? ”

Deadline: December 31, 2013

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L. Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest

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Applicants must submit three different pieces of science fiction art. The winner of the contest is awarded up to $500.  

Deadline: December 31, 2013

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L. Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

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Aspiring writers must submit a manuscript of 17,000 words in order to be eligible. Annual grand prize of $5,000, as well as smaller prizes for the winners of October-December quarter.

Deadline: December 31, 2013

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United Realty Students Scholarship Program

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Open to students in high school and in college. Applicants must write an essay responding to this prompt: “How do I invest in my future?”

Deadline: January 1, 2014

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1800Wheelchair Poetry Contest

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$500 awarded to the winner of this poetry contest! Applicants must submit a poem and a personal essay about overcoming a challenge in your life. Total word count should be between 750 and 1,000 words.

Deadline: January 5, 2014

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2014 Weingartner Digital Citizenship Challenge

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Submit a proposal stating how the internet can be used in a new, creative way to be a better tool for strengthening democracy. $2,000 prize.

Deadline: January 5, 2014

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GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship

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Scholarship open to high school seniors who plan on enrolling full-time at an accredited university.

Deadline: January 9, 2014

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Create a Greeting Card Scholarship Contest

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Applicants must create and submit an original image for the front of a greeting card. Winner receives $10,000.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

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Mensa Foundation Scholarship

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Awards determined solely on an essay submitted by the applicant. Need not be a Mensa member to apply.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

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Talbots Scholarship Program

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Scholarships available for women looking to return to college later in life.

Deadline: January 20, 2014

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Point Foundation Scholarship

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A scholarship open to LGBTQ students to help them become successful in higher education and their future endeavors.

Deadline: January 22, 2014

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Affinity Plus Foundation Scholarship

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Five $5,000 scholarships are offered to Affinity Plus members. Membership required for application.

Deadline:  January 31, 2014

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“I Have a Dream” Scholarship

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$1500 awarded in an essay contest in which the student must write a response to this prompt: “We want to know…what do you dream about? Whether it’s some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college.”

Deadline: January 31, 2014

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Josephine de Karman Fellowship

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This fellowship is for students who are currently enrolled as undergraduate seniors or in their final year of a PhD program. Awards range from $14,000- $22,000.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

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You Only Write Once Scholarship Slam

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$1,000 scholarship awarded to the poem that responds to this prompt the best: “Write about anything in your life, school, community, country or the world that matters to you.”

Deadline: January 31, 2014

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Myrtle and Earl Walker Scholarship

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Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited university, as well as working towards a degree in manufacturing engineering or technology.

Deadline: February 1, 2014

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