The school year has begun, and whether you have one more year of high school or have already started your college career, you likely have college costs on your mind. Fortunately, scholarship opportunities abound throughout the year, and we found several with deadlines coming up in October. Topics range from finances to population growth to patriotism, and the highest prize tops out at $30,000. Review our list below and get those applications started.

AES Engineering Scholarship

Details: Submit an essay of 500–1,000 words answering the questions, “When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?”

Eligibility: Open to high school seniors and college students. Students do not need to be taking Engineering courses to apply.

Prize: $500

Deadline: October 6, 2019

Website: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.php

Negative Population Growth Student Poster Scholarship

Details: Submit a poster focused on the overpopulation of the United States and including the statement, “TOO MANY PEOPLE”

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, at least 14 years old, and will attend an accredited college in the Spring 2020 semester

Prize: $1,000–$3,000

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Website: https://npg.org/student-poster-scholarship-contest.html

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

Details: Submit the application, including a section describing an experience overcoming adversity and a certification form to be completed by the school counselor

Eligibility: Open to high school seniors in the United States planning to enter college in Fall 2020 with a family Adjusted Gross Income of $55,000 or lower

Prize: $25,000 each for 106 winners as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.

Deadline: October 25, 2019

Website: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/about-our-scholarship-programs/national-scholarships/

American Bullion Scholarship

Details: Submit an essay of 500–1,000 words answering the question, “Can gold go to $2,000 or higher following the next stock market crash?”

Eligibility: Open to full-time undergraduate college students in the United States who are legal residents of the United States or who hold a valid U.S. student visa

Prize: $1,000

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Website: https://www.americanbullion.com/about/scholarship/

Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Details: Submit a written and audio recorded (3–5 minutes) essay on the theme, “What Makes America Great.”

Eligibility: Open to students in grades 9-12

Prize: $30,000 for first place with other prizes ranging $1,000–$16,000. Top winners also receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Website: https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships