It’s a new year and that means new opportunities for scholarships. Make it your mission in 2016 to apply for (and hopefully receive) as much free money as possible. This will reduce your student loan debt which makes a huge difference when you are out there in the real world and have to start paying those loans back.
Here are 5 scholarships that have deadlines in January of 2016. Sharpen your pencil, power up your laptop and start applying!
- NEFCU’s Making a Difference College Scholarship. Prize: $1500. Deadline: January 15th. This scholarship is open both Undergraduate and Graduate students. It requires you, or your parent, to be a NEFCU member along with a 500 word essay. Apply on their website by clicking here.
- Thumbtack Schools-To-Skills Scholarship. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: January 31st. Here’s another one open to both Undergraduate and Graduate students. This scholarship requires you to be pursuing a degree that enables you, or community members, to learn a new trade, develop skill or start a small business. Perfect scholarship for a business major! You’ll also need to write up answers to two questions that Thumbtack has compiled. Apply on their website by clicking here.
- SAGES 2016 Medical Student Scholarship Award. Prize: $2,000. Deadline: January 15th. The SAGES scholarship is open to medical students currently enrolled in medical school. You’ll need to submit a 500 word essay as part of the scholarship application. Apply on their website by clicking here.
- Asbestos.com Scholarship. Prize: $2,000-$3,000. Deadline: January 20th. You will need a 750-1500 word essay, two letters of recommendation and a personal picture to apply for the Asbestos.com award. This is also open to both Undergraduate and Graduate students who are enrolled full time. They also have a first place and second place prize. Apply on their website by clicking here.
- Writers Digest Short Story Competition. Prize: $3,000. Deadline: January 15th. If you can tell tall tales, this is the scholarship for you. Simply write a short fiction story of 1500 words or less and you can apply! There are multiple prize levels ranging from $50 winners up to $3,000. This isn’t a scholarship but a writing competition that provides winners with cash prizes. Apply on their website by clicking here.
Those are our January picks for scholarships. Have you applied to any of them? Found any that we may have missed? Let us know in the comments!