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Last-minute scholarships for college

If you're awaiting college decisions with your high school senior, remember to keep searching for scholarships. We’ve put together a list that have deadlines coming up quickly, many within the next week. Encourage your son or daughter to take some time over the next few days to review our list and apply for all applicable contests. Remember that every dollar earned in a scholarship could help reduce future college loan debt. And some scholarships are open to students in every grade of high school, so get younger siblings involved as well.

  1. Hays C. Kirby Memorial Scholarship
    : Students must answer the question “If not for them…where would we be?” in a 1,500-2,000-word essay.
    Age: High school juniors and seniors, or very recent high school graduates
    Prize: Ranging from $1,000 to $5,000
    Deadline: March 13, 2016

  2. Scholarship
    Details: Intended to inspire social change, the contest has students select a campaign from a list provided and take action. Tasks can be anything from picking up litter to collecting clothes for the homeless. Students take a picture to show their good deed and submit it online for scholarship consideration.
    Age: Anyone under 25 years old (No minimum age requirement)
    Prize: Ranging from $1,000 to $5,000
    Deadline: March 31, 2016 (for most)

  3. The National World War II Museum Essay Contest
    Details: Students must submit an essay (1,000 words or less) in response to a letter written in 1942 addressing racism and justice in America
    Age: Grades 5-12
    Prize: Ranging from $250 to $1,000
    Deadline: March 15, 2016

  4. Chegg Monthly Scholarship
    Details: Students answer a question to be entered for a chance to win a scholarship. Winners are selected monthly, and students may enter every month.
    Age: At least 16 years of age, and currently enrolled in high school or college
    Prize: $1,000 (awarded each month)
    Deadline: 1st of every month (next deadline: April 1st)

  5. No Essay Monthly Scholarship Contest
    Details: A simple contest, students only need to register for a free account with Niche, a startup company helping students find their life path, to enter. No essay required. Niche selects a winner every month.
    Age: Anyone planning to attend college in the next 12 months
    Prize: $1,000
    Deadline: Last day of every month (next deadline: March 31st)

  6. National High School Essay Contest
    Details: Students must write an essay from the perspective of a member of the Foreign Service about peacekeeping solutions within global conflict.
    Age: Grades 9-12
    Prize: $2,500 and an all-expense paid two-day trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the Secretary of State, as well as a tuition-paid voyage with Semester at Sea
    Deadline: March 15, 2016

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