By tamaraCan you believe that the fall semester is nearly over already? In a few weeks, you’ll be enjoying Thanksgiving and hopefully taking a much-needed break from your school assignments. Of course, if you’re a high school senior, this is a prime opportunity to get caught up with your college admissions applications and start working on scholarships. Any current college student is likely to tell you that there never seems to be enough money to cover all the expenses that pop up during the semester. For those who still have a few years left in high school, don’t waste the holiday break snoozing on the couch or filling up on pumpkin pie; instead, set aside a few hours to get a jump on your college scholarship search. The early bird may get the worm, but it’s the early student who wins the scholarship! Here are a few scholarships with upcoming deadlines to get you started. 1. Prudential Spirit of Community Award One of the many perks of volunteering is potential access to college scholarships, and Prudential hosts one of the largest programs in the United States. Each year, it provides 102 state scholarships valued at $1,000 each, as well as 10 national awards valued at $5,000 each. Deadline: November 5. 2. Memorable TV Moment Scholarship Do you enjoy watching television? Share your favorite TV moment in a creative way (photography, essay, etc.) and you could win a $1,000 award. High school senior and current college students with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Deadline: November 8. 3. Jif® Most Creative Sandwich Contest Each year, Jif rewards one student between the ages of 6 and 12 with a $25,000 college scholarship and a trip to New York City. Entries are judged on creativity, taste, presentation, and ease of preparation. Deadline: November 9. 4. Bill Kane Scholarship Are you currently enrolled in a health education degree program? If so, you may be eligible for this $1,000 award. Deadline: November 15. 5. Avidian Technologies Business and Technology Scholarship Current undergraduate and graduate students, who are pursuing careers in business or technology, may be eligible for this program. You must demonstrate financial need and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Each semester, one student will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Deadline: November 15. 6. Sally Beauty Supply Scholarship If you are under the age of 26 and planning a career in cosmetology, this program may be perfect for you. Several winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship for school. Deadline: November 15. 7. James Alan Cox Scholarship Have you taken a course in photography or photojournalism in college? If so, you could win one of five scholarships valued at $2,500 each. Deadline: November 15. 8. Prom Guide Junior Writer’s Scholarship Want a chance to show off your writing skills? If you are a high school senior, simply submit an original, unpublished article for your chance to win $1,000. Deadline: November 21. 9. Apples to Apples™ Crazy College Cash Giveaway If you are a college student and enjoy playing games on your phone or computer, consider checking out this scholarship program. You could be a weekly winner and receive a party box, or be one of eight student prize winners and receive a $1,500 Visa® gift card. One grand prize winner will get a $10,000 scholarship! Deadline: November 24. 10. Education Matters Scholarship What would you say to someone who thinks that an education doesn’t matter? Your answer could be worth $5,000! Any U.S. student who is 13 years of age or older may apply. Deadline: November 30. It can be tempting to push aside your school work and college planning tasks to enjoy the holiday break, but don’t let time get away from you. Even a few hours dedicated to completing applications and writing scholarship essays could result in some serious free college cash, which will be much more satisfying than any piece of pie your mom will bake!