Late Deadline Scholarships

It is Not Too Late to Apply for Scholarships That Can Help Pay for College

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As February rolls into March and we finally begin looking forward to spring, most high school seniors and their parents are finishing the college application process. They have survived the FAFSA frenzy, and have carefully considered all of their financial aid options in preparation for the final college selection. While they may be a bit concerned about the out-of-pocket expenses, they believe they will be able to juggle their family’s finances enough to handle the additional college burden.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be such a big struggle because there are still many college scholarships available. Often available in amounts from $500 and more, every bit helps when it comes to balancing the family’s budget. If you’re feeling comfortable with the rest of your financial aid process, here are a few late deadline scholarships you can try:

  • The Spirit of Anne Frank Awards: For high school seniors who have been exceptional leaders in their community. Requires an essay with a deadline of February 27. Awards vary from $5,000 - $10,000.
  • The Paintball Scholarship Fund: Created “to encourage higher education in today's paintball youth,” this program is open to all high school senior paintball players. Students apply and, if eligible, can be awarded from one of the different scholarships available. Deadline is March 30.
  • The GreenPal Business Scholarship: This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a college of business with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Applicants must demonstrate high ambition and desire to be an entrepreneur or business owner. Deadline is February 28.
  • $2,000 “No Essay” College ScholarshipTM: Monthly random drawing sponsored by Niche.com. Log in or sign up by February 28 to qualify for this month’s drawing.
  • Fifth Month Scholarship: Sponsored by ScholarshipExperts.com. Students must submit an online short written response (250 words or less) to the following: “May is the fifth month of the year. Write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important. Be serious or be funny. Either way, here’s a high five to you for being original.” The current Fifth Month Scholarship application will be open online until May 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm EDT.
  • Buick Achievers Scholarship Program: Open to high school seniors or college undergraduates who plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, or select Design and Business-related programs of study. Receive up to $100,000 over four years. Application deadline is February 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • Cognizant Making The Future Scholarship Program: The goal of the scholarship program is to expand the pool of students in the STEM fields who are encouraged “to be makers of things, not just consumers of things.” This is a design-based scholarship and candidates will be required to submit documentation of a hands-on project that illustrates both creativity and innovation. Application period ends March 31, 2015.

The Duck Tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship has not announced its 2015 details yet, but last year’s contest started in March. If you’re planning on going to prom this year, get creative and make your outfit from Duck Tape. Last year’s winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship plus $5000 for their school.

Whether you are still in high school, or already in college, it is always worthwhile to be on the lookout for scholarships. Keep searching online, check with trade associations in your career field, and look on corporate websites.

Scholarships can help fill the gaps between college costs and college financial aid.