It feels like just yesterday that we celebrated the fact that world didn’t end in 2012. And yet, pretty soon, we’ll say goodbye to a year that should never have happened (at least, according to the Mayans).
I know many of you made New Year’s resolutions to apply for scholarships. If you haven’t quite met that goal yet, you still have time! Here are some last-chance scholarships with application deadlines in December to help you start 2014 on the right foot.
December 1: ASHRAE Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship
ASHRAE awards several scholarships for engineering students attending an institution that hosts an ASHRAE student branch (search here) OR whose engineering program is accredited by the ABET board (search here).
If your school adheres to those qualifications, then you’ll need to meet the following requirements:
- Must be a full-time undergraduate
- Must be majoring in engineering or pre-engineering
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
December 2, 2013: The Elie Wiesel Prize In Ethics
First and foremost, this scholarship requires a 3,000 to 4,000 word essay on the topic of an ethical issue that you have encountered and what that experience has taught you about yourself.
Before you freak out about that word count, understand that this topic is pretty general—and the prizes range from $500 to $5,000. If I were you, I’d take my chances on the assumption that a lot of other students are going to skip this scholarship because of the word count, thus giving you a good chance of winning.
Some eligibility requirements:
- Must be a full-time undergraduate student
- Must be a junior or senior at a 4-year college or university in the United States
Besides earning an accolade for the longest scholarship name I’ve ever seen, the BMO Capital Markets scholarship is giving away multiple $10,000 scholarships for students with disabilities. Requirements include:
- Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student
- Must be attending a 4-year university in the United States or Canada
- Must be pursuing a degree in business/commerce, engineering, math, physics, statistics, or related discipline.
- Must have a disability.
If you’re wondering whether you meet that last bullet, the scholarship’s website says “a person with a (visible or invisible) disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring, issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider to be a daily function); this definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists. We know that 90% of disabilities on campus are invisible, and candidates with all disabilities are encouraged to apply.”
The UNCF/Merck scholarship is a prestigious scholarship awarded by the United Negro College Fund. UNCF provides 15 students with awards of up to $30,000! Requirements include:
- Must be African-American
- Must be enrolled full time at any 4-year college or university in the United States
- Must be a junior
- Must be majoring in a life science, physical science (with two semesters of organic chemistry completed), or engineering
- Minimum GPA of 3.3
- Must be a United States citizen
As always, these are just a few scholarships that I found on my scholarship search for December 2013. (And some November 2013 scholarships are still available too!) To discover more scholarships, check out my FAQ on the scholarship search process.
Know of a great scholarship opportunity with an application due in November? Share it in the comments.