8 Summer Scholarships to Stock Up Your Piggy Bank

Whether you’ve been on summer vacation for two weeks and counting—or you’re counting down for it to start—the last thing you want to do is write another essay or fill out another application. But the raw truth is that students need cash! So in between sips of fresh lemonade and dives into your swimming pool, take some time to apply for these scholarships this summer. We promise they’re sweeter than said lemonade.

Speaking of which, care to pass a pitcher of that lemonade?

Be sure to have an account with Zinch with a complete (or nearly complete) profile in order to look at and apply for the scholarships below. Signing up for Zinch and filling out your profile will also find you a whole host more of scholarships you are eligible for. Go sign up today!

• Run the World Scholarship
Zinch, Chegg for Good, and She’s the First are teaming up to give you a scholarship and will match the amount to give a scholarship to an eighteen-year-old student in India. If you want to help out a great cause and get some cash, this is a simple scholarship just for you!
Who’s Eligible? All college-bound high schoolers and current college students with a U.S. zipcode.
Amount: $500
How to Apply: Write a short essay (500 characters max; see the link for prompt details) and register.
Due Date: June 11, 2013

• Teens Drive Smart Video Contest
Are you a great driver who has a great idea that will promote safe driving? Bridgestone wants to reward you for that! It’s time to take out your camera, talk about it, and earn some cash. Good driving really does pay off!
Who’s Eligible? Permanent U.S. residents aged 16-21 with a valid driver’s license and enrolled in an accredited secondary, college level, or trade school. If you have received a scholarship from Safety Scholars or your parents work for Bridgestone, you are not eligible.
Amount: 3 awards of $25,000
How to Apply: Register and submit a short (25-55 second) video about your safe driving idea.
Due Date: June 20, 2013

• BigSun Scholarship
You’ve got the brains and the brawn (well, intellectual and athletic ability)…all you need is some money to get through to college. BigSun’s got your back, whether you’ve played basketball, soccer, football, tennis—anything!
Who’s Eligible? All student athletes who are high school seniors or are attending a post-secondary institute.
Amount: $500
How to Apply: Send in a short essay answering a three-part question (seek the link for prompt details).
Due Date: June 21, 2013

• L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest
Have you been blessed with artistic abilities? You’re in luck! Not only do you have enviable talent, but also you can get a scholarship for it. It’s time to disprove the “starving artist” stereotype!
Who’s Eligible? Artists who have not been professional published and paid for more than three works of art.
Amount: 13 awards of $5,000
How to Apply: Submit three illustrations on a sci-fi/fantasy theme. Check out the link for details, but it’s imperative to NOT steal or claim that a work of art is your own when it really is not. Plagiarism isn’t cool.
Due Date: June 30, 2013

• Prom Guide Cutest Couple Contest
Girls, we know you probably spent a lot on prom this year. From your dress to your hair stylist to that new makeup kit, you might be kind of short on cash. Prom Guide’s got you covered, and they’re going to reward you for your big prom spendings!
Who’s Eligible? Girls in the 11th or 12th grade at a U.S. high school at the time of entry. If a parent or someone you live with works for Prom Guide or its affiliates, you are not eligible.
Amount: $1,000
How to Apply: Register with Prom Guide and upload a photo of you and your prom date.
Due Date: June 30, 2013

• Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest
Yep, companies DO know that you probably really are strapped for cash after prom. Duck Brand (the folks behind duct tape) want to help you if you went all out at this year’s prom.
Who’s Eligible? Legal U.S. and Canadian residents (excluding CO, MD, VT, DC, Puerto Rico, and Quebec) who are aged 14 or older and are attending prom. If a parent or someone you live with works for Duck Brand or its affiliates, you are not eligible.
Amount: $5,000
How to Apply: Write 2-3 sentences on the application form (see link). If you win, you’ll be notified on May 28 and be featured on Chegg’s blog.
Due Date: July 8, 2013

• Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
The Tanabes have been donating a percentage of sales from their award-winning books on college admissions and financial aid for over ten years. Their Scholarship Program aims to help students cover tuition costs.
Who’s Eligible? Any high schooler, college student, or graduate school student who is a legal U.S resident.
Amount: 3 awards of $1,000
How to Apply: Complete an online application form and submit a short essay (250 words max). Click the link for more details about essay prompts.
Due Date: July 31, 2013

• Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest
You might not have been the biggest fan of your U.S History class because you thought it wouldn’t get you anywhere…but it turns out learning about things like Lincoln and the Battle of Gettysburg pays off! Literally!
Who’s Eligible? Full-time undergrads at a U.S college or university during the spring semester of the current year.
Amount: 3 awards of $1,500
How to Apply: Submit an essay (1500 to 5000 words) on the topic “Lincoln and Gettysburg: Expectations, Reactions, Consecrations”. More details on the prompt can be found at the link.
Due Date: July 31, 2013

written by
Jacqueline Kim
May 14, 2013

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