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College scholarships for children as young as 6

74010198If you're a parent, you've likely spent some time thinking about college costs, no matter the age of your children. At MEFA, we're always encouraging families to start saving for college early, in order to prepare yourself financially for the expenses ahead. But did you also know you can start exploring scholarship opportunities years before college actually begins? Several companies and organizations offer college scholarships for young children, thereby helping students and their parents ensure they have some money set aside to help with college bills.

We’ve gathered information about several scholarships below, some available for children as young as six years old. Review the details for each one and encourage your son or daughter to enter. By putting in  a little work now, your child could ensure that there are funds ready and waiting for when college costs come due.

Click on each scholarship name for further details:

Angela Award
Open to girls in grades 5-8, the Angela Award honors one student passionate about science. One winner will receive $1,000. In addition to the scholarship application, the student must submit an essay about her career aspirations in science, a letter of nomination, two letters of support, and two pages of support materials. Applications are due each year on November 30th.

Doodle 4 Google
Students enter the Doodle 4 Google contest by submitting an original piece of artwork depicting the Google logo in accordance with the year’s selected theme. Students in grades K-12 may enter. One national winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship and a trip to Google Headquaters. Four runners-up receive a $5,000 college scholarship. Entries are due each year in mid-March.

 Jif™ Most Creative Sandwich Contest
Jif™ encourages young chefs by awarding a $25,000 scholarship to the student with the most original sandwich recipe using a Jif™ product. Four $2,500 runner-up scholarships are also awarded. Students must submit their recipe, sandwich name, and a photo of their creation. The contest is open to children ages 6 to 12 and takes place in early fall each year.

Letters About Literature
A writing contest sponsored by the Library of Congress, Letters About Literature is open to students in grades 4-12. Students must write a letter to an author (living or dead) and explain how the author’s work impacted the student. Deadlines range from December to January based on the student’s grade level. One national winner will receive $1,000, and one winner from each age group (grades 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12) will receive $200.

As always, students of high school age are encouraged to log in and search for scholarships at the free college planning resource, YourPlanForTheFuture. You may even find local scholarships specific to your hometown!

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