Upcoming Scholarships With Application Deadlines In October 2013

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Can you believe that it will be October next month? Pretty soon you’ll be studying for midterms and facing the dilemma of which Halloween costume would be appropriate to wear to finance class.

However, don’t let the month slip by without checking out some of these scholarships.


October 4: AES Engineering Scholarship

The AES engineering scholarship is not solely for engineers. In fact, the scholarship specifically states that you are not required to be taking engineering courses to apply—it is looking to award students on the basis of character (as determined by your essay).

Here’s what they do require:

  • Must be either a high school senior or attending a postsecondary school (community college, technical, vocational, four-year, etc.)
  • Write a 500 to 1,000 word essay about yourself that distinguishes you as a potential scholarship candidate
  • Be sure to include the name of your current school and your plans for next year

October 15: The American Muscle Scholarship

Love cars? Can you write a compelling 700-1,500-word essay on why “creativity and personalization in the automotive industry is important for the advancement of the industry as a whole”?  Then, here’s your scholarship!

Buckle up with these eligibility requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled full time in an American college or technical institute or be a high school senior planning to attend a postsecondary institute
  • Must be pursuing or plan on pursuing an automotive degree or related field of study

October 15: The Kelly Services Future Engineer Scholarship

October seems to be the month for engineering majors. The Kelly Services scholarship is looking for a student who is dedicated to pursuing a career in engineering.

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must be pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States and accepted in the “School of Engineering”
  • Must be a sophomore or junior
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Various Deadlines (But Generally October 15 In The Fall): The CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

This is more than a scholarship; this is a chance to work with the CIA. While it may not be exactly like Will Smith in Men In Black (but we can dream, can’t we?), it is a pretty cool opportunity.

If you are interested in this award, it’ll take more than just some fancy shades and a wickedly tailored suit. Additional requirements include:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be 18 years of age by April 1 of your senior year
  • 1500 SAT (1000 Math & Critical Reading, 500 Writing) or ACT score of 21 or higher (high school students)
  • 3.0/4.0 scale or higher high school or college GPA
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the household income ceiling up to $70,000 for a family of four, and $80,000 for a family of five or more
  • Meet the same employment standards as permanent employees, successfully completing both security and medical processing
  • Available to work in the Washington, DC area during your periods of employment

These are just a few scholarships that I found on my scholarship search for October 2013. (And some September 2013 scholarships are still available too!) To discover more scholarships, check out my FAQ on the scholarship search process.

Happy hunting!

Know of a great scholarship opportunity with an application due in October? Share it in the comments.

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