Start off your August right, by applying to some scholarships!
Here are 31 scholarships with August deadlines – apply away before the month flies by!
1.Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply biannually by August 1 & December 1
Write an 800+ word essay on how engineering and business drive the global economy and enter for a chance to win the $1,000 Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship from PCB Solutions!
2. Healthy America Award – $2,000 – Apply by August 1
The essay theme for this scholarship is “helping others” and the winner receives a $2,000 scholarship.
3. Lendio Scholarship to Small Business Families – $2,500 – Apply biannually by August 1 & January 1
Lendio’s passion is small business, and with this scholarship offering, they hope to continue to help small business owners and their families fuel their dreams.
4. Room to Travel Study Abroad Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply by August 1
Do you like to travel? Do you plan to study abroad? Here’s an easy way to get some allowance for a trip of your lifetime!
5. Share Your Talent Scholarship – $500 – Apply annually by August 1
This $500 “Share Your Talent Scholarship” by Green Light Booking was created to give college students an outlet to explore their abilities while being rewarded for their talents.
6. Spirit Button Academic Scholarship – $2,000 – Apply annually by August 1
Write about what inspires you for a chance to win $2,000!
7. Tent.net Scholarship – $500 – Apply annually by August 1
Tent.net will be awarding a scholarship of $500 to an incoming college student or a college graduate looking to further their education.
8. Marveloptics.com Essay Writing Scholarship – $1,500 – Apply biannually by August 10 & January 5
The founders of MarvelOptics.com are young entrepreneurs who know the value of quality education. The essay winner selected will receive a $1500 scholarship.
9. Garcia, Artigliere, Medby & Faulkner Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 15
Garcia, Artigliere, Medby & Faulkner offers a scholarship for law school or nursing students who demonstrate the highest level of acumen.
10. Hackard Law Academic Scholarship – $2,500 – Apply by August 15
If you have respect for elders (and regularly take action to assist them), this $1,000 award could very well be yours!
11. Masergy STEM Scholarship Program – $5,000 – Apply annually by August 15
Write an essay of up to 500 words answering the following question: What actions will you take to evolve the sectors of technology and science once you graduate?
12. Race to Inspire Scholarship – $500 – Apply annually by August 15
Race Entry is offering a scholarship for a student runner who wants to share their experiences in a short essay
13. Job-Applications.com Working Parent Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply biannually (Next Deadline: August 19)
14. Prevent Gun Violence Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 20
Write a 500-800 word essay about a law you would submit to Congress which would bring about a reduction in the rate of gun violence in America while still respecting the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
15. Hunting Mark Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 22
Write a 500 to 700 word essay about Deer Hunting Season.
16. Rapid Formations Entrepreneur Programme – $750 – Apply annually by August 26
Are you an entrepreneur? If you answered ‘yes,’ then apply to this scholarship!
17. The Financial Sumo Educational Scholarship Program –$1,000 – Apply annually by August 29
Are you proud of something you’ve overcome? What would this scholarship mean to you?
18. Atcemsce.org College Student Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 31
Share your opinions on obesity or fitness for a chance to win $1,000.
19. Apartment Advisor Housing Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 31
Apartment Advisor is awarding one student a $1,000 scholarship to put towards their housing.
20. Boling Rice, LLC Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 31
The lawyers at Boling Rice value helping people who show promise and initiative, and for this purpose they offer a $1,000 yearly scholarship to help students meet their financial needs.
21. Clubs of America Scholarship Award — $1,000 — Apply annually by August 31
Write an essay of no fewer than 600 words about your career aspirations and how your current course load will help you achieve success in your career. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Thinking outside the box is encouraged!
22. Creators’ Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply biannually by August 31 & January 15
Through the Creators’ Scholarship, Just Porter gives students the opportunity to win $1,000 in both the fall and spring semester. If you have a minimum 2.5 GPA, submit a 500-700 word essay describing how you will use your creativity to change the world for the better!
23. Ivein Health and Wellness Scholarship – $2,000 – Apply biannually by August 31 & December 31
Intermountain Vein Center supports college students who choose to live a healthy lifestyle amidst the stressful circumstances of being a college student. Share your thoughts about healthy living for a chance to win $2,000!
24. Marketing Certified Social Media Scholarship – $500 – Apply annually by August 31
Do something worthy with your social media skills and apply to the Marketing Certified Social Media Scholarship. This will be a breeze for you millennials.
25. RentHop Apartment Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply biannually by April 30 & August 31
As Renthop continues to “modernize” real-estate, they’ve also managed to offer you a $1,000 scholarship and an optional internship position.
26. SEO Service USA Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 31
Visit their Chicago SEO, SEO NYC or SEO Los Angeles page, read it, then write a short essay answering the following questions: “What type of company are they? What services do they provide? Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? and “How often do you use Google?”
27. Student Design Competition Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 31
The Student Design Competition Scholarship hosted by Modern Crowd allows the artist in you to truly shine. It’s your chance to share your art with the world, get noticed, and make money doing it.
28. Student Transportation Video Contest — $500 — Apply annually by August 31
To enter, you must submit a two – to four – minute video that examines any aspect of transportation in the United States.
29. Students of the Arts Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 31
This $1,000 “Students of the Arts Scholarship” by Modern Abstract Decor is designed to help creative students who are motivated and passionate, giving them the ability to succeed.
30. The #BrokeScholar Opportunity Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 31
Broke college students are always finding creative ways to make money. Now you can make money writing about how to make money. How sweet is that?
31. The Yust Gallery Scholarship Contest – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 31
The Yust Gallery Scholarship Contest will award you $1,000 for showcasing your skills and teaching others!
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When not surfing the big waves, or training for the Iron Man, Scholarship Guru searches the web for the best scholarships and new insights into Nietzsche’s philosophy.
Hayley Capp, winner of the 2013 QS Leadership Scholarship, shares her top tips on how to write a winning scholarship application essay.
There is no one way to write a winning scholarship application. If you gathered together all the scholarship entries that have ever won a prize, you would find it difficult to identify what made them the same. Each would offer a distinctive style employed by the author; a unique insight into his or her past, present and future aspirations.
This uniqueness is the key, and the first point to remember when you pick up your pen to write. Make your scholarship application essay exclusive to you, personalize it, delve deep into your passion and drive to study your subject, and create a response that could only ever relate to you. It is this individuality that stands out, and that’s exactly what catches a judge’s eye and defines a winner.
I won the 2013 QS Leadership Scholarship, so will base my guidance on my own thought process when shaping my application essay. However, the basic principles that I highlight with this example can be extracted and applied to other scholarship essay writing processes.
1. Read and re-read the essay statement you are being asked to respond to, and identify the key themes.
From my own example, the essay statement was: ‘Where I have demonstrated responsible leadership, or innovation, and how it made a difference either in my community or in my work’. I identified the key themes as ‘leadership’ and ‘community impact’.
2. Understand the meaning of the key themes.
After identifying the key themes, it is important to understand what each of these ideas really means, beyond the initial level. For instance, I acknowledged that the meaning of ‘leadership’ involved identifying the effects my leadership had – the actions taken and results achieved under my leadership – and not simply describing the position I held and my responsibilities. The more depth you bring to your understanding of the meaning of each theme, the more examples you will be able to identify to demonstrate your abilities.
3. Fill your scholarship essay with keywords/synonyms of keywords used in the scholarship statement.
Using the keywords from the scholarship statement throughout your essay will demonstrate your commitment to addressing the question being asked. For instance, I made a special effort to ensure references to ‘leadership’; ‘innovation’ and ‘impacting communities’ ran throughout my essay.
4. Make an engaging start to your essay.
If you are struggling to start your scholarship application essay, why not include a quote or statement that relates to your intended course, and which you can later link to the main body of your text. Showing wider knowledge and aptitude for your subject will help convince the judges that it is a worthwhile investment to support you in your chosen course.
5. Understand the criteria used by the scholarship committee to evaluate application essays.
Based on my own experience, I have outlined what I believe to be the key criteria used by scholarship committee judges for evaluating scholarship application essays on the themes of leadership and community impact. My advice would be to address all of these areas in your essay, whether the question explicitly asks for it or not.
What to include in scholarship essays about leadership:
- The extent of the leadership experience and degree of accomplishment. What were the results? Did you manage to grow a society from 10 to 100 members through your tenure?
- Why you got involved in the leadership experience. What was your initial inspiration and how did the experience make you feel? This is a very important aspect as it allows you to show your sincerity and demonstrates your passion.
- What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them? Inspirational stories of perseverance despite adversity make readers (especially judges) want to help you succeed. It also shows that you have great leadership qualities: the ability to adapt to new situations and the determination to not give up.
- What did you learn?How did these lessons shape you as a leader? Every experience brings new lessons and personal growth opportunities and the best leaders are humble and realize this. Speaking about these lessons indicates that you have truly reflected on your experiences and that you understand what leadership is. (In other words, you know that leadership isn’t just about getting a title like “President” or “Executive Director”.)
- What does this mean for the future? A scholarship isn’t just an award; it’s an investment in your future. So if you plan to continue being involved in your particular leadership activity in the future, tell the judges.
What to include in scholarship essays about community impact:
- How much time did you dedicate to the activity? The scholarship committee is likely to be looking for applicants who made a fairly long commitment to a community activity.
- Why was it important to you? Joy from helping others? Excitement of trying something new? Opportunity to form relationships with others? Having a genuine reason helps build a convincing essay.
- Why was it important to the community? Ask the question: What would be different for your community if you didn’t do what you do? It is most important to show that you recognize the real needs in your communities, and act to address these.
- What did you gain yourself through giving to the community? It is important to show that you understand how through giving, you end up receiving more in the end. Sharing what community service has taught you and how it helped you develop demonstrates that you have truly gained from your participation and suggests you will continue doing so in the future.
My final point of advice when writing your scholarship application essay or cover letter is to really show that you know who you are. What are the relevant past and present experiences that demonstrate your abilities and where are you headed? Use carefully selected language to emphasize your passion, ambition and enthusiasm and remember to adopt a positive mindset, in which you believe in all the great things you have done and plan to continue achieving in the future. If you don’t believe in yourself, why would the judges?
You can browse our various scholarship listings here, and QS also offers its own scholarships. Also, you can download our free guide for more advice on how to find scholarships to study abroad.
Hayley Capp is the winner of the 2013 QS Leadership Scholarship. Covering up to US$10,000 of course fees for a graduate program, the scholarship is awarded to the applicant best able to demonstrate his/her ability to use entrepreneurial and leadership skills to make a positive impact on a community.
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