Say Goodbye to Summer With These August Scholarships


One more month. That’s it. It’s really hard to believe that the summer will soon be coming to an end. Where did the time go? It’s seems like only yesterday that students were taking final exams, enjoying proms, and looking forward to summer break. In just a few short weeks, many of those same students will be starting new lives on college campuses, and a new flock of high school seniors will launch head-first into the college admissions game. Incoming high school freshmen will eagerly begin their journeys, as well. No matter which stage students find themselves at this fall, one thing is for certain — now is the time to apply for scholarships! If they commit to completing one scholarship per day, students could realistically apply for 30 or more scholarships before classes begin. To help them meet this challenge, I have compiled a list of 10 August scholarships that don’t require too much work, and are open to a variety of students.

1. Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Scholarship

Female students who are 17 years of age or older, and have at least one dependent, may be eligible for up to $5,000 through this scholarship program.  A total of five awards are offered annually. Deadline: August 1.

2. 2014 National Bible Essay Contest

High school seniors and undergraduates may apply to this essay contest. One winner will receive a $450 scholarship. Deadline: August 1.

3. Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship

Undergraduate (sophomores and older) and graduate students may be eligible for this $500 scholarship. Students must simply tell a story in 100 characters or less. Deadline: August 13.

video game scholarship4. Penny Arcade Scholarship

Students who are interested in a video game industry career should not miss out on this $10,000 scholarship. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Deadline: August 15.

5. Atlanta Dental Spa Annual Scholarship

No, this one is not for future dentists. High school juniors or seniors, as well as current undergraduate students may apply for this $1,000 scholarship regardless of their intended major. Deadline: August 18.

6. Zip Scanners College Scholarship

Any student entering college this year (2014) may apply for this $500 essay contest. One award is offered annually. Deadline: August 20.

7. Clubs of America Scholarship Award for Career Success

This essay contest is open to current undergraduate students who have a 3.0 grade point average or higher. One $1,500 scholarship will be provided. Deadline: August 31.

8. Lexington Law Scholarship Award

Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing any degree may enter this essay contest. One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded. Deadline: August 31.

9. Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship

Students who postponed college and are now pursuing a nursing degree (undergraduate) may apply for this $1,000 scholarship. A total of five scholarships are available. Deadline: August 31.

funny scholarship10. Make Me Laugh Scholarship

To win this $1,500 scholarship, students simply need to write about a funny or embarrassing moment (real or fictional). Essays must be 250 words or less. U.S. legal residents who are 13 years of age or older may apply. Deadline: August 31. Hopefully, students will use these final days of summer not only to create some lasting memories, but also to earn some much needed college cash. To find additional scholarship opportunities like these, I encourage students to use a free scholarship search service, like or check out @ScholarshipGuru on Twitter.

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