Scholarships With Application Deadlines In January 2014

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Happy (almost) New Year!

If you’re having some trouble finding scholarships with deadlines in January, you’re not alone. Historically, January is a slow month for scholarship deadlines. However, I’ve done some scouting and found three scholarships that I think just about all of my undergraduate readers can apply.



January 5 @ 11:59pm EST: The Weingartner Digital Citizenship Challenge

This scholarship has all of the makings of a “must apply” scholarship.

First, it’s basically open to anyone under the age of 26 (no enrollment required), meaning just about all of you can apply. Second, it has a broad writing prompt on a topic that just about anyone could write about (answer three questions on an idea you come up with for using technology to foster democracy online). Third, it’s a nice cash prize ($2,000)!

To apply, you must meet the following:

  • It must be your own original idea
  • You must meet ONE of the following requirements:
    • Option A: Enrolled in high school in the United States or U.S. territories
    • Option B: Enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning in the U.S. or U.S. Territories at least part-time
    • Born before March 1, 1987 (you don’t have to be enrolled in school)

January 21: The Wayne V Black Memorial Scholarship

The directors of the Energy Telecommunications & Electrical Association (ENTELEC) created the Wayne V Black Memorial Scholarship in memoriam of one of their former member. It’s a simple scholarship of $5,000 awarded to an undergraduate student. To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university in the United States
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident or Canadian citizen
  • Must be working towards a bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas:
    • Engineering/engineering technology
    • Computer science/MIS
    • Pre-law
    • Political science
    • Telecommunications/information technology

January 31: Microsoft College Scholarship

The Microsoft scholarship is an award for students passionate about computer science. To apply for this scholarship, you must email a completed application prior to the deadline. The catch: There is no official “application.” Instead, you have to submit some documents and answers to essay questions via email.

I like this scholarship because it’s broad (international and undocumented students can apply) and lacks that official application. To qualify for this scholarship, you must meet the following:

  • Must be enrolled full time
  • Must be attending a bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico
  • Must be making progress toward a degree in one of the following:
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Or a related discipline
    • Must have a 3.0 GPA

As always, these are just a few scholarships that I found on my scholarship search for January 2014. To discover more scholarships, check out my FAQ on the scholarship search process.

Happy hunting!

Know of a scholarship opportunity with an application deadline in January? Post it in the comments.

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