10 Big-Money Scholarships to Apply for in Spring 2020

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Money might not grow on trees, but these spring opportunities are blooming.

The spring semester is a great time to score a scholarship. Many scholarships have spring deadlines, and students can secure funding for the coming school year. 

There are so many options, in fact, that finding the right one can be a challenge. 

Before you begin your search, figure out your strategy. Applying for scholarships is time consuming, but savvy students can keep their efforts manageable while maximizing their chance of winning. For tips, see our guide for writing a scholarship essay.    

Ready to score some help paying for college? Here are 10 of the highest-paying scholarships accepting applications in spring 2020. 

No. 1: Life Lessons Scholarship Program

Award: $200,000

Deadline: March 1, 2020

How to apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: High school and college students

The Life Lessons Scholarship aids one deserving student who has experienced one of life’s most difficult ordeals: the loss of a parent or a guardian. For too many families, an untimely death causes financial stress that can negatively impact a child’s educational pursuits. This scholarship awards $200,000 to help a young person achieve their dream of acquiring a college degree.

Applicants must submit either a 500-word essay or 3-minute video describing the financial and emotional challenges they faced as a result of loss. Further, students must explain how a lack of adequate life insurance coverage may have impacted their family’s financial situation.

No. 2: The Gallery Collection’s Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

Award: $10,000

Deadline: March 2, 2020

How to apply: Submit an original piece of art here

Eligibility: High school and college students

Are you a talented student artist? Then you can enter for a chance to have your work featured by The Gallery Collection, a leading publisher of greeting cards in the United States. This year, The Gallery Collection is running its 13th annual Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest.

Applicants must have a talent in fine arts, graphic design, or photography, and must submit an original piece of art that will be judged based on overall aesthetic appeal, creativity, and originally. 

No. 3: Journalist of the Year Scholarship

Award: $3,000

Deadline: State deadlines vary (January – March). National deadline is March 15, 2020

How to apply: Check state deadlines and submit a portfolio here

Eligibility: High school seniors

The Journalist of the Year Scholarship identifies and celebrates the top high school journalists in the country. 

Applicants must submit a journalism portfolio by their state deadline to qualify. Winning state portfolios are sent on to the national level. Portfolios will be judged at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Spring National High School Journalism Convention, with winners announced at the convention’s awards ceremony.

No. 4: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Award: $15,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

How to apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: High school and college students

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund was founded as a memorial to Marian Davis, a teacher and political activist, as well as the fund’s greatest donor, Norton S. Putter. The fund’s mission is to provide need-based scholarships to students who are an active part of the progressive movement both on their campus and within their community.

Applicants must embody the spirit and commitment that Davis and Putter brought to the movement of peace and justice.

No. 5: Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship

Award: $2,500

Deadline: March 31, 2020

How to apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: High school and college students

Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who demonstrate determination and perseverance.

Applicants must be a childhood cancer survivor under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18. Interested students should read through the requirements listed on The National Children’s Cancer Society website to determine eligibility.

No. 6: Crystal Green Memorial Scholarship

Award: $1,500

Deadline: april 1, 2020

How to apply: Email an application here

Eligibility: High school seniors

The Crystal Green Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to a young woman who suffered from aplastic anemia and ultimately lost her battle after several transfusions. To enter the scholarship, students must create a unique marketing plan for a blood drive promotion to support the Blood Assurance organization.

All applicants must submit a detailed marketing plan as a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation for a new blood drive promotion. Students whose plans are chosen and used at a real blood drive will be given a $200 bonus.

No. 7: Six Star Scholarship Award

Award: $15,000

Deadline: April 30, 2020

How to apply: Submit an essay or video here

Eligibility: High school and college students

Six Star Pro Nutrition supports students who show a commitment to living an active lifestyle by awarding a $15,000 scholarship to one male and one female student.

To qualify, students must submit either a 1,000-word essay or a 3-minute video explaining how they excel in three key areas of life: academics, athletics, and community involvement. Students who show leadership qualities, a strong work ethic, and want to submit a creative entry are ideal candidates for this scholarship.

No. 8: Students of History Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

How to apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: High school seniors

Students of History supports high school students who have committed to learning about the past to forward their education. The organization wants to foster a passion for social studies by rewarding an annual scholarship to one senior who has demonstrated excellence in social studies or history. 

Applicants must have completed at least three social studies or history classes. They must also acquire a letter of recommendation from a teacher, submit an application, and write an essay. 

No. 9: Fundera College Scholarship

Award: $2,000

Deadline: June 1, 2020

How to apply: Submit a video here

Eligibility: High school and college students

Fundera is committed to helping aspiring student entrepreneurs and has created the Fundera College Scholarship to assist students in paying for the rising costs of college.

Applicants must follow Fundera’s social networks and post a 3-minute video responding to a prompt about small business. They must answer how they plan to creatively and strategically grow a small business of their choice with a minimal investment.

No. 10: Digital Privacy Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Deadline: June 30, 2020

How to apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: High school and college students

The purpose of the Digital Responsibility Scholarship is to teach students about the importance of protecting their personal information on the internet.

Applications must complete an application form with a brief 140-character statement about digital privacy. Ten of the top applications will be selected as finalists and asked to write a 500- to 1,000-word essay about digital privacy.


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