By tamaraNow that summer has ended, students are finally heading back to school. For high school seniors, the days of relaxing by the pool and sleeping in are definitely over. The next few months will be packed with visiting campuses, filling out college applications, and writing those dreaded college essays. Of course, another task that should already be on their plates is applying for scholarships, but they aren’t the only ones who should be looking for free money for college. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors should begin looking for opportunities, too, as well as current college students. There are plenty of big money scholarships with deadlines in September, so everyone should be setting aside some time to apply for awards this month. Here are just a few of the scholarship opportunities waiting to be won. 1. United Realty Students Scholarship One lucky winner will win a $5,000 scholarship from United Realty Partners. Current high school and college students, between the ages of 16 and 22, are eligible to apply. Deadline: September 1. 2. Beat the Boredom Photo Contest It can be difficult staying awake while reading all those school books. Submit a photo showing how you ‘Beat the Boredom’ and you could win $500. Any U.S. student, 18 years or older, may enter. Deadline: September 9. 3. DirectTextbook.com Haiku Contest Here’s a scholarship. It is worth five hundred bucks. Apply now to win! (Actually, the deadline is September 10, but that didn’t work with my haiku.) 4. Senior Care Scholarship Contest If you are a current college student and pursuing a degree in gerontology, medicine, nursing or sociology, you may be eligible to win one of five $1,000 scholarships. Deadline: September 13. 5. Glamour’s 2013 Top 10 College Women Competition Glamour Magazine provides nine $3,000 and one $20,000 scholarship to women who are full-time juniors in college. All winners will also receive a trip to New York City and recognition in the magazine. Deadline: September 15. 6. Asian Women in Business Scholarship Are you a leader in your community? Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? You may want to check out this $2,500 scholarship. A total of six awards will be provided. Deadline: September 15. 7. Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Each year, the Ayn Rand Institute awards hundreds of scholarships to high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Prizes range in value from $50 to $10,000 each. Deadline: September 17. 8. Tweet for Success Scholarship If you are a current undergraduate student, you may be eligible for one of four $500 scholarships provided through this fun contest. No application is needed, just a simple tweet about how technology has improved your life is all that is required. Deadline: September 18. 9. Siemens Competition for Math, Science, and Technology College Board sponsors this prestigious scholarship competition, which provides awards ranging in value from $1,000 to $100,000 each. Individuals and teams may compete. Deadline: September 30. 10. Shout it Out Scholarship If you could say one thing to the world, what would it be? Once you figure it out, submit it for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship. Any U.S. student, 13 years or older, may apply. Deadline: September 30. Students who are new to scholarships may want to check out some of my previous articles on scholarship applications. There are some good tips on how to spot a scholarship scam and how to write a winning essay.