On the 21st day of Christmas, scholarships brought to me…

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With Winter Break coming in full swing for everyone Dec. 22, some people are scrambling to figure out how to spend their two weeks off. Well, if you are in search of making some money over the slightly breezy two weeks, there are thousands of scholarships available for application during your staycation or plane rides. Here are a few featured scholarships and ways to find more.

For the filmmakers:

This won’t pay off your expensive camera but it will help with your expensive college.

One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest

By submitting a video talking about the solutions to water, waste, food, transportation, energy or ecosystem problems, you can win big. For this contest, you can work in groups or compete individually. As long as the video is between three and eight minutes, it is free to submit. Animated videos are also welcome, as long as they are a minimum of 45-seconds long.

Award: maximum $1,000

Due: Jan. 13, 2019

See more like this: www.filmfreeway.com


For the writers:

If you can write an essay overnight and receive an A, then you can write this essay and get some money.

Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Start getting acquainted with 1917 because for this essay you have to write a 700-1,000 word essay describing and analyzing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917.

Award: maximum $10,000

Due: Jan. 18, 2019

See more like this: https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships


For the tweeters:

Does Twitter’s original 140-characters sound appealing? Why not win money for typing them?

Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

Keep it simple sweetie, with only 140-characters allowed for this scholarship make sure to hit the scholarship funders with some good ole’ twitter charm. Ironically complete the statement: “Instead of spending time with technology, I’d rather…” If you are picked as one of the top ten entries, you move on to write a 500-1,000 word essay on technology addiction. The number one essay wins the thousand-dollar prize. Alas, the night is young, so let’s only worry about the 140-characters for now.

Award: $1,000

Due: Jan. 30, 2018

See more like this: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/scholarships/


For the artists:

Unlike Pam from “The Office,” you can get money from your artwork.

Travel Is Education Scholarship

Send in writing (max. one page), photography or two-dimensional artwork along the lines of  the theme “The World in Your World.” Let your creativity go wild — the world is your oyster and it is full of scholarship opportunities.

Award: $1,000

Due: Jan. 31, 2018

See more like this: https://artsforlifeaward.org/apply/


For the churchgoers:

Pray on the way to the bank.

Prayer Soup Scholarship

Seniors can write a 600-1200 word essay on their experience with prayer and how it is applicable to modern problems. This is open to any type of prayer from any religion — as long as you pray, you can cash in.

Award: $1,500

Due: Dec. 31, 2018

See more like this: https://www.niche.com/colleges/scholarships/


For the world-changers:

Consider this the preliminary round to your Nobel Peace Prize.

Paradigm Challenge

As long as you are 18 years old or younger, you can submit to the Paradigm Challenge. Whether it be through a poster, website app, message or event, as long as you are finding a way to fix a world problem or save lives, then you are accomplishing the challenge. Be sure to attach a brief statement (140-characters) about your project for the six-digit prize.

Award: maximum $100,000

Due: May 1, 2019

See more like this: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships


For the chefs:

Cook up some dollar bills.

American Culinary Federation

As long as you have a GPA of 2.75 or higher and a passion for cooking up a storm, the ACF scholarship is perfect for you.   

Award: $1,500

Due: April 30 or Oct. 31, 2019

See more like this: https://www.niche.com/colleges/scholarship/culinary-scholarship/


For the journalists:

Write a story and someone writes you a check.

Paul B. & Ailine Flynn Scholarship Fund

Armed with a reference letter, SAT/ACT scores and 200-word short answers, journalists can win a number of awards. This fund awarded $761,000 in support of journalists this year alone; maybe you are the next lucky recipient.

Award: varies

Due: Feb. 24, 2018

See more like this: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/by-major/journalism-scholarships


For the computer scientists:

Code something more tangible than bitcoin.

CSSI Google

In January the application window opens so all senior computer scientists get your resumes ready and your 200-word responses for the questions to come.

Award: $10,000

Due: Jan. 2019

See more like this: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/merit-based/merit-scholarships


For the kindest kids on the block:

It’s time your good karma makes a round trip for you.

Friends on a Lock

Take a picture while giving a friend a spare key and note talking about impaired driving. Then send the photo in for a chance to win five-thousand dollars. DoSomething.org likes drawing attention to issues, this one drawing attention to impaired driving. As only one of over five scholarships on awareness they have this month, there are plenty more to choose from.

Award: $5,000

Due: Dec. 2018

See more like this: https://www.dosomething.org/us


There are ample scholarships out there. Whether you’re an international student, or if you’re just looking for something due in December or January, there’s no shortage of opportunities. Take time over the break to try applying to at least one scholarship, you may just win one.


One last time:

If you want some cold hard cash right now instead of for college you can apply for sweepstakes.

“Truth” Mind Blown Sweepstakes

Enter your information and answer a two question quiz to get submitted into this Sweepstakes. Even if you get the answers wrong, you automatically are up for winning.

Award: $1,000

Due: Dec. 31, 2018

See more like this: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/contests-and-sweepstakes

Bella Ramirez, 15, is a passionate journalist and Marvel fan. She enjoys writing for the newsmagazine, doing segments in WAHS and running her third publication, Pressing the Future. Ramirez has her head in the clouds and her heart in New York, fingers crossed she can last the next few years of high school in this Florida heat.

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