By tamaraHave you noticed all the Christmas decorations going up in stores lately? Heck, even Santa Claus has already set up shop in my local mall. It seems as though November is quickly becoming the new December. Before we get ‘wrapped’ up in the Christmas spirit, let’s not forget that November is a time to thank military veterans for their service to our country and a time to gather for the Thanksgiving meal. For my family, Thanksgiving has always been a cherished tradition of stuffing our faces, watching football and taking a long afternoon nap. But before we devour mom’s glorious turkey, we also take a few moments to express what we are thankful for this past year. As a college graduate, that list has often included scholarships (I am definitely grateful for having less student loan debt!). So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m providing you with some tasty scholarships that are available right now. Just be sure to set aside some time to complete their applications before the month ends, or you’ll feel like a turkey for letting this money slip through your hands! 1. United Parcel Service Scholarship for Minority Students Any minority student currently attending college in the U.S. may be eligible for this award. Students must be pursuing a degree in industrial engineering and have a grade point average of 3.4 or higher. One $4,000 scholarship will be awarded. Deadline: November 15, 2012. 2. We the Students Scholarship Contest U.S. students in grades nine through twelve are eligible to apply. Students must submit three essays addressing the prompts on the provider’s website. Five scholarships will be awarded, valued between $500 and $4,000 each. Deadline: November 16, 2012. 3. eMission Scholarship DoSomething.org will be awarding five $1,000 scholarships to random high school and college students who complete at least one offline mission of the Facebook game eMission. Deadline: November 17, 2012. 4. Dear Mr. President Essay Contest Rand McNally sponsors this essay contest. U.S. students in grades seven through twelve may apply. Two winners will receive a 529 plan valued at $5,000 each. Deadline: November 27, 2012. 5. A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize U.S. students, 18 years and older, may submit a full-length book of poetry for consideration. The winner will receive $1,500 and a standard book contract from BOA Editions, LTD. Deadline: November 30, 2012. 6. GraduateTutor.com Scholarship International and U.S. students are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students must create a blog or submit an essay giving advice to other business students. Three scholarships are available. First place will receive $3,000 and the remaining two awards are valued at $1,000 each. Deadline: November 30, 2012. 7. Samsung ‘Superhero’ Scholarship To enter, students (kindergarten through grade twelve) must submit a video of themselves portraying a historical character. One winner will receive a $500 scholarship and a SAMCAM 860. Deadline: November 30, 2012. 8. College Prowler ‘No Essay’ Scholarship Any U.S. high school student or older may apply for this scholarship. No essay is required. One winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Deadline: November 30, 2012. 9. ‘A GPA Isn’t Everything’ Scholarship Cappex is offering one $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in high school, college or planning to enroll in college within the next 12 months. Deadline: November 30, 2012. Looking for more scholarships? Be sure to check out ScholarshipExperts.com. It’s free and easy to use!