Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contestsavailable to help pay for a college education. Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements. Below are a handful of scholarships with December 2017 due dates. Check out the full list of December Scholarships – there are currently over 300 scholarships on the list! More scholarships will be added as they become available.
Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.
Americanism Essay Contest
Sponsor: Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2017
Description: Contest is open to students in grades seven through 12 (or equivalent). Applicant must be sponsored by a branch of the Fleet Reserve Association or a unit of the Ladies Auxiliary. Applicant must submit an essay on the theme, “What Patriotism means to me.”
Letters About Literature Competition
Sponsor: Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: December 9, 2017
Description: Competition is open to students in grades four through 12. Applicant must select a fiction or nonfiction book, poem or play and write a personal letter to the author on how the author’s work changed the applicant or their view of the world. While some states have a deadline of December 9, there are other states with a deadline of January 12, 2018. See website for details.
Burger King Scholars Program
Sponsor: Burger King McLamore Foundation
Amount: Up to $50,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2017
Description: Program is open to graduating high school seniors who live in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico. Applicant must have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 and plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2018-19 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.
Hooked To Books Scholarship
Sponsor: Hooked To Books
Amount: UP to $1,000
Closing Date: December 20, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to future and current college students who are at least 15 years old. Scholarship is open to students worldwide. Applicant must submit an essay on how a book changed their life.
Addiction Awareness Scholarship
Amount: Up to $6,000
Closing Date: December 22, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to current undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. permanent residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian entrants, and Humanitarian parolees. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to addiction.
National WWII Museum Essay Contest
Sponsor: The National World War II Museum
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: December 29, 2017
Description: Contest is open to middle school and high school students in the United States, U.S. territories, and military bases. Student must submit an essay sharing their thoughts on what the United States’ role as the ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ should be today. Only the first 500 essays will be considered.
First in Family Scholarship
Closing Date: December 31, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students who are first generation college students (parents did not attend college).
Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
Sponsor: Gen and Kelly Tanabe
Closing Date: December 31, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students in grades 9-12, college, or graduate school students who are legal U.S. residents. Applicant must submit an essay answering why they deserve the scholarship or their academic or career goals.
Missing in History: Make a Bookmark Celebrating Diverse Figures in History!
Closing Date: December 31, 2017
Description: School textbooks often leave out the contributions of black Americans and other figures from underrepresented groups. Use DoSomething’s easy guide to print a bookmark (or make your own) celebrating a forgotten figure in history. Put the bookmark in one of your school textbooks, and you can win the scholarship. Unlimited entries!
Top Ten List Scholarship
Closing Date: December 31, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.
To see the rest of the scholarships with December deadlines, visit the December Scholarship list.
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Your GPA is one of the main factors colleges and scholarship presenters look to when determining who’s eligible to either enter their institution or receive their funds. It’s a good idea to try to achieve the highest GPA you can, but sometimes, whether by life situations or things out of your control, it just doesn’t work out that way. Whatever the case may be, there are easy scholarships available to those who can at least hold a 2.5 GPA.
Some require a little bit of work, but others are extremely simple and straight-forward. Browse through the list below and apply to as many of them as you can. Each scholarship is general and all-inclusive because I know how frustrating it can be when you find a list of achievable scholarships but are all State specific. Also, if you notice the deadlines have passed, just bookmark or save the scholarship info and check back next year.
2.5 Minimum GPA Scholarships
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
This scholarship encourages youth who are active in their community to apply. They solely desire to honor youth in middle and high schools across the country who have made noticeable changes in their community. Winners will receive $1,000 is scholarship money and a trip to Washington DC. If you’re under 14 and have logged in at lest 50 hours of community service (100 hours if older), then you’re a prime candidate for this scholarship. They break the awards down to Local Honorees, State Honorees and National Honorees. Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement or a President’s Volunteer Service Award. State Honorees receive $1,000, a trip to Washington DC and an engraved silver medallion. National Honorees receive $5,000, a gold medallion, a trophy and an extra $5,000 to be given to an organization of their choice.
Burger King® Scholars Program
The Burger King® Scholars Program started back in 2000 and has since given $15.4 million dollars to students across North America. They have two Tracks that you could fall under: The General Track which is for anyone, and the Employee-Based Track which, of course, is for employees. The General Track eligibility requirements ask that you hold at least a 2.5 GPA, but the Employee-Based Track only requires a 2.0. In all, Burger King® offers four different amounts for the scholarship programs they offer. They have a basic $1,000 amount but an even more generous $5,000 award given to four individuals; a substantial $25,000 award and three $50,000 awards from their James W. McLamore WHOPPER™ Scholarship. The James W. McLamore Scholarship requires a 3.3 GPA and at least a 25 on the ACT or a combined SAT score o 1700.
$1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
This easy scholarship comes from educational authors Gen and Kelly Tanabe where judging is primarily based on the quality of the personal statement on the application (a 250 word essay). All they ask from you are a few questions that you’d respond via the form given, along with your contact information and you’re done. You’ll know you’ve won if you receive an email or mail notifying you. This website also provides helpful advice on locating more scholarships to save money on tuition.
This is a unique website that provides scholarships based on how active you are on the site. Simply register for an account and participate in the forums to receive enough votes to win the weekly scholarship. The amounts can range from $3,000 to $10,000 depending on engagement. The more active students are on the site, the higher the scholarship. Your goal is to have the most points at the end of a week, but they also award $1,000 to those who’ve been on the top ten for ten weeks. Whether you have a student loan that needs to be paid off or are just looking for ways to lower tuition, spending a sufficient amount of time on this site is well worth it. The reasoning behind their unique method of awarding scholarships is solely experimental. They want to give students a break from the traditional way of doing things and allow them a fresh way to receive money for school. Typically, your run-of-the-mill scholarship honors the elite (athletics, academics, etc), but instead they want to honor those who can stir passion from their peers by gaining the most votes based on forum activity.
The Samsung Scholarship only requires a 300 word essay or less answering the question: “How will technology enable the collaboration process in the future?”. They’ll award 10 students with $1,000 scholarships and the deadline is May 31. The application process is simple, all that’s required is that you be a high school student, have a teacher available to sponsor you and give Samsung the permission to use your photo and essay if you’re chosen as the winner.
Lucky Draw Scholarship
GoCollege.com is a popular site that gives advice to students planning to attend a post-secondary institution. They have a simple and easy Lucky Draw Scholarship where they offer $250 each month to different students who offer suggestions on how to improve their site. It’s a small scholarship but it’s free money. Simply fill out the form that includes your name, GPA, major and college, and give them a few ideas on how you think they can enhance the usability of their site to students like yourself. And if you don’t win the first month, just keep applying each month until you do.
Twitter is a popular, quick and easy, way to connect with other people no matter where they are. With Twitter establishing itself as a pillar of American society, organizations and businesses are finding new ways to engage in philanthropic activities. In Dec of 2011, FreeToTweet.org was created to get the word out about a unique scholarship that encouraged youth 14 to 22 to tweet their appreciation of the First Amendment celebrating the 220th birthday of the Bill of Rights. Over 17,000 tweets were recorded using the #freetotweet hashtag in hopes of receiving the $5,000 prize money. Another Twitter Scholarship comes from CollegeScholarships.org awarding $1,400 to the winner and two $140 cash awards to the runners up. It simply asked that applicants Tweet on how the social institution, Twitter, could improve the world. Scholarships of this nature are obviously among the easiest, so it’s a wise move to be on the lookout each year.
Courage To Grow Scholarship
This is another easy scholarship that only asks you to write in 250 words or less why you think you deserve to win the scholarship. Simple, right? Requires at least a 2.5 GPA and that you be a junior or senior in either high school or college. The amount is $500 and they offer awards each month. If you’ve won, you’ll be notified by either email or phone with the scholarship going directly to the college you’re enrolled. They have a list of previous winners of which you can read what they’ve written for inspiration. And although this is a simple scholarship, it’s a good idea to put enough effort into it worthy of the $500 prize given.
Get This Party Started Scholarship
This is a unique scholarship from GraduationParty.com. Simply be graduating from any high school in the US with a 2.0 GPA or higher, have a graduation party in the works (of any size) and are enrolling to a post-secondary institution. They award $500 to two individuals that offer the best ideas on celebrating your graduation. Whether you have an idea on snacks, venues, decorations or anything related to your graduation party, submit your idea, in 100 words or less, by May 15th and on May 30th, one male and one female will be notified if they won. It’s all pretty straightforward. The website itself is a little busy so it might make it difficult to find the application, just click the link above and start thinking up ideas!
School Pride Scholarship
If you love the college you attend (or are planning to attend), express that in writing and you could earn a $1,000 scholarship from CenturyLinkQuote.com. Simply compose a 350-500 word essay expounding how your institution will contribute to your career path and post it on a blog or website. Then copy and paste the code they provide below your post and click ‘Apply’ to enter. The minimum GPA requirements for high school and college students is 2.5/4.0. High school students should also have taken either the ACT or SAT, be a senior and be planning to enroll at a 2 or 4-year college. The scholarship is due May 11 with winners selected on June 21.
The Healthy Lifestyle Scholarship
Living a healthy lifestyle is important and so to promote and encourage students to be mindful of their health, FitnessExercises.tv is providing a hefty $5,000 scholarship to high school seniors or those in their first year in college. You just need to be under 25 years old to be eligible. Compose an essay in under a 1,000 word count answering “Why is a healthy lifestyle important in school?”. In addition, you need to “describe your career plans, goals and personal ambitions” in under 500 words. This scholarship began in 2008 and is in honor of Joan Whitworthe who was active in helping people live healthy lifestyles as a occupational therapist. The deadline is May 30th.
B. Davis Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship from StudentAwardSearch.com to students in their junior or senior of high school or are currently enrolled in any post-secondary institution. Simply answer the question “How your education has contributed to who you are today, or how it will affect who you will become” in under 1,000 words. The deadline is May 28 and although this isn’t merit-based, they are generally interested in what you plan on doing academically (what school you’re attending and any future plans related to academics). No transcript of grades or letters of recommendation required. Easy scholarships like these that ask open-ended or opinioned based questions are definitely ones to keep on your radar, so if the deadline has passed, be sure to check back next year.
New Beginning Scholarship
This scholarship program awards $300 who are high school, undergraduate or graduate students that have maintained at least a 2.0 GPA. A short essay on why you feel you deserve the scholarship is required. Other than that the online application is pretty straightforward. This is a fairly modest award compared to other programs, but due to its simplicity it shouldn’t be a problems setting aside some time applying for the program. Be sure to check the site for the deadlines as they may vary.
This is an annual scholarship worth $500 to any eligible student who can best respond to the prompts found on the page. Only 200 words or less is required for this scholarship and the yearly deadline is on March 31. Simply give your best answer and they may also publish your response on their site. In order to be eligible you must be attending a four-year university/college in the United States.
The Journy Scholarship Program
This scholarship comes from the Manna Foundation and awards eligible students who have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA a $1,000 scholarship. All you have to do is fill out an online application and respond to an essay question describing your life’s journey. Be sure to emphasize any volunteer work or community service involvement.
The BG Scholarship
This is a memorial scholarship worth $300 awarding students that have maintained at least a 2.0/4.0 GPA. It’s a monthly scholarship program that encourages eligible students to re-apply each month until they win. All that’s required is a short 250 word essay explaining why you believe you should be awarded this scholarship. Remember that grammar, punctuation and spelling are important.
The Search Scholarship of Las Vegas
This low GPA scholarship comes from Mvestor Media and despite its name is a program open to all legal residents of the United States. This easy scholarship is worth $500 and simply asks you to respond to the essay question given in 5,000 characters or less. Among being a US citizen, you also must be between 15 and 24 and be a full-time student in High School, College/University (Trade Schools and 2 Year Colleges are accepted) by the deadline of December 15.
The Foreslosure Scholarship Program
This scholarship is open only to college students and will award five students in all. The top prize is $5,000 while the runners-up receive $1,000 each. All you have to do is answer the essay question in 800 words or less and complete the application by December 1.
Global Lift Equipment Scholarship:
To be considered for a Global Life Equipment Scholarship, all applicants must be currently attending or planning to attend a post-secondary institution either in the United States or Canada in the fall of 2014. Applicants must submit a short story, that’s not to exceed 2,000 words, that includes two characters with an item in the site’s inventory and uses a first-person point of view to realistically detail the machine’s purpose and properties; Applicants must do some research to find all the required information. Each applicant’s story will be evaluated on how entertaining, compelling, and interesting it is. All applicants must also have maintained a GPA of at least a 2.5 and be a current resident of Canada or the U.S. The Global Life Equipment Scholarship is worth $500.
Got A Spine Scholarship
The Got A Spine Scholarship is worth $500 and open to United States and Canada students who will be attending a higher education institution (a college or university) in the U.S. or Canada full-time by the end of October 2014, enrolled in any field of study they desire. To be considered, applicants must have maintained a GPA of 2.5 during their last academic year of schooling. All applicants must include an essay, which is no longer than 1,000 words, which answers the following three questions; 1. What are three effective methods that chiropractors use to treat back pain? 2. What are three common reasons that people typically develop back problems? and 3. What three ways can people ensure that they don’t experience chronic back pain again in the future? Applicants must also include a second essay which is no longer than 250 words, answering the question on why they feel they deserve to receive the scholarship.