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  • Writer's pictureAllison Styffe

Your Scholarship List for Winter Break

Peanut butter and jelly.

Milk and cookies.

Scholarships and winter break.

...All matches made in heaven!


If you haven't gotten a start on scholarship applications yet, winter break is the perfect time to dive in — with some (if not all!) of those college apps behind you, extra free time ahead in the next few weeks, and most scholarship deadlines coming in hot. To help make the process a little easier, we've put together this list of 15 scholarship applications below for you to check out that almost all students are eligible for. Some require essays, but many don't! Oh, and be sure to keep track of which scholarships you plan to apply for using a spreadsheet like this.


  1. STEM Works for Me Amount: $2,500 Due: December 29, 2021 About: Take a quiz about your interests and find the perfect STEM jobs for you. Have your friends take the quiz too to see how they can work in STEM too. Send us a photo of you hyping up your friends about finding their dream STEM job.

  2. Top Ten List Scholarship Amount: $1,500 Due: December 31, 2021 About: There are many scholarships and colleges that want to know the number one thing you want people to know about you. Just one? That's it? "But...I'm amazing," you say. We hear you, and we know that it's tough to narrow down your awesomeness into one measly reason. Create a Top Ten List of the top ten reasons you should get this scholarship.

  3. Unigo $10K Scholarship Amount: $10,000 Due: December 31, 2021 About: Time to reminisce about one of the most unique years in recent history: 2020. It was a year to be remembered. In 250 words or less, write about what you remember most about 2020 and why it was important to you.

  4. Humanity Rising Scholarship Amount: $4,000 Due: December 31, 2021 About: Create and upload a 60-second video sharing a story of service you participated in. There are no minimum hours required and no specific activity that is more or less compelling. They're looking for a service story that was impactful and meaningful to you and those who benefitted from your volunteerism or innovative service project.

  5. Live Más Scholarship Amount: Varies Due: January 11, 2022 About: Submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that addresses these questions: What is your passion and how are you currently pursuing it? How do you plan to use your passion to uniquely make a positive change in your community or the world? How will your education help enable you to pursue your passion and make a change?

  6. Terry Crews "Creative Courage" Scholarship Amount: $20,000 Due: January 12, 2022 About: Submit a link to an original art piece you've created. Whether your passion is painting, photography, drawing, music, sculpture, or any other art form, share a piece that you are proud of and that demonstrates your artistic vision. Also share a brief statement about your vision, the life experiences that have molded it, and your artistic dreams for the future.

  7. Mensa U.S. Scholarship Amount: $2,500 Due: January 15, 2022 About: Write an essay of no more than 550 words explaining your career, academic, and/or vocational goals and how you plan to achieve those goals.

  8. Profile in Courage Essay Contest Amount: Up to $10K Due: January 21, 2022 About: Challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage. Write 700-1,000 words on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Open to students in grades 9-12.

  9. Return 2 College Scholarship Amount: $1,000 Due: January 31, 2022 About: One of the quickest, simplest scholarship applications we've ever seen! In three sentences or less, please answer: "Why are you getting your degree?"

  10. The Places You Go Scholarship Amount: $1,000 Due: February 28, 2022 About: Submit a 500-word essay response to the prompt and/or a 1-minute minimum video essay: Discuss how moving or exposure to new environments through travel can positively impact a person’s life. Include a personal story and what life lessons were learned through this experience. Also required: 3.0+ GPA verified by official transcript.

  11. Debbie Taussig Compassion Scholarship Amount: $1,000 Due: February 28, 2022 About: Submit a 750-1,000 word essay response to the prompt: Tell us about a time where you showed compassion towards others, and what important life lesson(s) you learned. Also required: 3.0+ GPA verified by official transcript.

  12. PNACAC Student Scholarship Amount: $1,000 Due: March 1, 2022 About: Record a video (no more than one minute in length) responding to one of the following prompts: “What would you like to be doing in 10 years, and how does college help you get there?” OR“How has your college/career counselor, school counselor or advisor helped you (and/or others) in finding the right college fit and what would you like to say to them?”

  13. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Amount: $10,000 Due: March 2, 2022 About: Submit original photo, artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card.

  14. OSAC Amount: Varies Due: March 15, 2022 About: Apply for up to 40 scholarships with one application through OSAC. It's a lengthy app, including three short essays, but well worth the time it takes to complete! Check out our OSAC blog post to learn more about it.

  15. Greenfield Peace Scholarship Amount: $1,000 Due: March 18, 2022 About: The Greenfield Peace Scholarship is an opportunity to hear from young Oregonians on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Creatively respond to the following prompt: “Half of the US discretionary budget goes to the military every year. How would you spend it instead?”


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