Roses are red, college ain’t cheap, but these October scholarships are worth a peep 👀
October scholarships that college students, high school students, and graduate school students can apply for!
Debt from college is higher than ever thanks to the continually rising tuition rates. And student loan debt is the kind of debt that sticks with you for life.
It’s crucial to tap into every financial resource you can before considering taking on student loans. When it comes to figuring out how to pay for your college education, scholarships are an avenue worth exploring.
Contrary to popular belief:
You don’t need to be a “perfect” student to qualify for scholarships! Nor do you need a 4.0 to win one–lots of college scholarship applications weigh factors other than your GPA.
Some scholarships pick their winners with random drawings. Which means, anyone can win.
To help you prioritize and maximize your efforts:
I rounded up 30 college scholarships with October deadlines and compiled them into a list below. So instead of searching for current opportunities for hours on end, you can use that time to finish more applications!
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- Deadlines in Early October (1st – 14th)
- Deadlines in Mid-October (15th – 19th)
- Deadlines in Late October (20th – 31st)
Pay it Forward Technology Scholarship
Eligibility: All first-generation college students in STEM or entrepreneurship are eligible to apply.
Submit: 400 – 600 word essay.
Students with Heart Foundation Scholarship
Eligibility: Applicants must be in the process or currently enrolled in college in the U.S. at least part-time. Must be U.S. Resident with a GPA of 3.0+ and suffer from any cardiac disease or deformity.
Submit: 500 – 2000 word essay, 1 letter of recommendation, official transcripts, and a letter from a licensed physician.
Louise Speller Cooper Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Open to African American/Black female students who dream of attending college.
Submit: 400 – 600 word essay.
Web Design Scholarship
Eligibility: Applicant must be a U.S. student at an accredited school, or be accepted to begin school at an accredited school within 6 months of application.
Submit: Online application, unofficial transcripts, and a web design you created.
Student Loan Hero Scholarship
Eligibility: All applicants must be actively enrolled (at least part-time) in a college/university.
Submit: 500 – 700 word essay.
Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship
Eligibility: Open to students at any education level who are fighting through their own loss of a close family member, legal guardian or loved one, and is in need of financial support for their education as they move forward.
Submit: 200 – 800 word essay.
The Rhodes Scholarships for United States
Eligibility: Must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident; at least over 18, but not more than 24 years old; and have completed an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.70 or higher.
Submit: Online application, proof of age and nationality, official transcript, endorsement of your application from your college / university, full curriculum vitae, academic statement of study of no more than 750 words, personal statement of no more than 1,000 words, and a list of 5 – 8 people who are willing to submit references on your behalf.
AES Engineering Scholarship
Eligibility: Open to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.
Submit: 500 – 1000 word essay.
Pride in Diversity Scholarship
Submit: Short video (1-2 minutes) describing your role as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in tech.
NSCA Women’s Scholarship
Eligibility: Applicant must be age 17 or older, identify as a female, be a full-time student, and a current member of the NSCA. Must also be pursuing a degree in the strength and conditioning field.
Submit: Online application.
NSCA Minority Scholarship
Eligibility: Applicant must be age 17 or older, is defined as a minority by the US Bureau of Census, be a full-time student, and a current member of the NSCA. Must also be pursuing a degree in the strength and conditioning field.
Submit: Online application.
NSCA High School Student Scholarship
Eligibility: Applicant must be a senior in high school with a GPA of 3.0+ and will be attending college in the fall following high school graduation. Must also be a current member of the NSCA and plan on majoring in the strength and conditioning field.
Submit: Online application.
AmericanTrucks Student Scholarship
Eligibility: Application open students who meet one of the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled full-time in an accredited United States technical institute, 2/4 year college/university with program in construction management, secondary votech school or tuition bearing apprenticeship program in the traditional building trades(e.g. carpentry, HVAC, electrical or related fields of study). Students pursuing certificate programs or apprenticeship programs are welcome to apply.
- Currently attending high school and will be attending an accredited school in the next academic year to one of the aforementioned programs.
Submit: 750 – 1500 word essay.
Barbara A. Cooley Master’s Scholarship
Eligibility: Applicants must be a master’s level student who is currently enrolled in a health education program and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Submit: Current curriculum vitae, 3 page max. essay, 2 letters of recommendation, and official transcript.
Bill Kane Undergraduate Scholarship
Eligibility: Student must be officially recognized as an undergraduate health education major and enrolled full-time at a college or university for both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year during which the student is applying. The student must have sophomore, junior, or senior status at the time of application with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
Submit: Current resume, 400 – 450 word essay, 2 letters of recommendation, and official transcript.
Extreme Terrain’s Student Scholarships
Eligibility: Open to undergraduate college/university students and high school seniors who are pursuing a degree in environmental studies, ecology, land use, earth & atmospheric sciences, sustainable land management, environmental biology, sustainable agriculture systems.
Submit: 700 – 1500 word essay.
Prevounce Preventive Health Scholarship
Submit: Completed application, transcripts, resume, and essay of no more than 750 words.
Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway
Eligibility: Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 24 by 12/6/21.
Submit: TikTok video explaining why you deserve tuition, how it will impact your life and help you reach your goals.
Innovation in Education Scholarship
Eligibility: Open to any high school or college student within the U.S. or Canada with a cumulative GPA of 3.0+.
Submit: Online application, letter of recommendation, self-photo, and an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation (no min or max word/page count).
Design for Recovery Sober Living Scholarship
Eligibility: Open to college students majoring in any field.
Submit: 500 – 1000 word essay on how your life has been impacted by addiction.
MyMozaic Monthly Scholarship Contest
Eligibility: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or are lawfully living in the United States and at least 13 years of age on the date of their entry.
Submit: Your email address. Selection is based on the quality of students’ MyMozaic profile.
No Essay ‘You Deserve It’ Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be at least 16 years of age and a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories (except for Rhode Island and Michigan). Additionally, you must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled within three months of applying for the scholarship, in a qualified high school, college or university within the United States.
Submit: Super short online form.
Marcus Yates Giving A Care Scholarship
Eligibility: Students at any education level are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
Submit: 1-2 minute video telling us about your journey with music and what it’s meant to your life so far.
VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship
Eligibility: Open to all students in grade 9 – 12 enrolled in a public, private, or parochial high school or home study program in the U.S. and its territories. Dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools are also eligible to participate.
Submit: Competed entry form and your original 3 – 5 minute audio essay + typed essay.
American Bullion Scholarship
Eligibility: Applicant must be a currently enrolled, full-time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university within the United States. This scholarship is not open to graduate students or high school students entering college.
Submit: Online application and 500 – 1000 word essay.
“Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship
Eligibility: Open to students at any education level. Students at any education level, school, and field of study will be considered. No GPA requirement.
CollegeXpress Scaredy Cat Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be 13+ and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. or D.C.
Submit: Quick online form and one sentence response to the question.
Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application and a legal U.S. resident.
Submit: 250 words or less response to the question.
Dyslexia/Auditory Processing Disorder Scholarship
Eligibility: Open to undergraduate students with dyslexia and/or auditory processing disorder attending college/university in the US or Canada.
Submit: Proof of enrollment and 500-650 word essay on “Living With Dyslexia” or “Living With Auditory Processing Disorder.”
Cappex Easy Money Scholarship
Eligibility: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, age 13 or older at the time of entry, and and currently planning to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (college, university or trade school) located in the United States within four years.
Submit: A quick online form (no essay or minimum GPA requirement).
Hopefully this list of October deadline scholarships helped you find a few to apply for this month!
Do you know about any others I should include? Leave a comment below!
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