By tamaraYou’ve probably heard the saying, “the early bird gets the worm,” but did you know that it’s also true for scholarships? You don’t have to wait until your senior year of high school to start searching for free money for college. In fact, if you wait too long, you may actually restrict your college choices. How? Think about it. If you don’t start searching for scholarships until you receive your college acceptance letters, you’re not going to have enough time to gather any additional funding that you may need. That’s why it’s so important to start applying as early as possible. The more time you have to complete scholarships, the more time you’ll have to win them, too! You also have a lot less on your plate your freshman year than you do your final year of high school. If you want to give yourself more options when it comes to picking a college, do yourself a favor and start applying for scholarships right now. In fact, you can start with these 10 fall scholarships that are perfect for high school freshmen. 1. Power Poetry — Twist and Shout Scholarship Slam Are you a poet and know it? This $1,000 scholarship may be perfect for you. Just submit an original poem that addresses the current topic for a chance to win. Deadline: October 31. 2. Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship Channel your inner Daryl, Rick or Michonne to win this $2,000 scholarship. You don’t need brains to win, but a little creativity will help! Deadline: October 31. 3. Voice of Democracy Scholarship The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) sponsors this essay contest. You can win scholarships at the local, district, state and national level. The top prize is a $30,000 scholarship. Deadline: November 1. 4. “Adopt a Veteran” Essay Contest Love to write? To win this $5,000 award, you’ll need to pen an essay (1,500 to 2,000 words in length) about your experience getting to know a military veteran. Deadline: November 16. 5. Education Matters Scholarship Do you think a college education matters? If so, explain why in 250 words or less, and you could win this $5,000 scholarship. Deadline: November 30. 6. Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Can you play a musical instrument or sing? Maybe you love to compose? If you’re talented and have good grades, this $10,000 scholarship could be music to your ears! And here’s the best part, you can use the funds for private lessons, summer camps, or to purchase new equipment! Deadline: December 1. 7. Christopher Reeve Award If you volunteer in your community, ask a mentor or community leader to nominate you for this $1,000 scholarship. The winner will be announced during National Volunteer Week. Deadline: December 1. 8. We The Students Scholarship Contest There are eight scholarships available through this essay contest. The top prize is a $5,000 scholarship! Deadline: December 5. 9. Scholastic Art & Writing Award Whether you paint, draw, create videos or films, dabble in photography, or simply love to write, this creative contest has something for everyone. The number of awards varies each year, but the highest ranking entries are eligible for a number of scholarships. Deadline: December 17. 10. Top Ten List Scholarship Think you deserve free money for college? Give ScholarshipExperts.com 10 reasons why and you just might win! Deadline: December 31. After you apply for these scholarships, don’t stop. Register with a free scholarship search service, like ScholarshipExperts.com, and find more free money to help you pay for your college degree.