January 2015 Scholarships

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2015 New Year celebration

Our New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to consistently provide you with amazing lists of scholarships! We hope one of your resolutions is to make sure you’re on top of your financial game plan for college!

Check out this list of awesome opportunities, and make sure to apply to as many as you qualify for! And if you are looking for more great financial advice or scholarship opportunities, check out the money section of our blog. We’ve also included our own advice for Greenlight students who are interested in applying for each of these scholarships below every entry.


FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest Scholarships

Deadline: January 1

Award: $10,000

This scholarship is for high school juniors and seniors graduating in the spring of 2015 or 2016. To apply, applicants must write an essay of 800-1,000 words on a given topic related to free speech.

Greenlight Advice: If you’re a junior, there is no excuse not to apply for this great scholarship. It’s a College Greenlight BEST BET.

National Wild Turkey Federation’s Academic Scholarship 

Deadline: January 1

Award: $10,000

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who are current NWTF members. To qualify, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education.

Greenlight Advice: This is a great scholarship, but requires you to be a NWTF member, which is fairly rare. However, if you are, you NEED to apply to this because the applicant pool will be small. 

Avvo JD Law Student Scholarship 

Deadline: January 1

Award: $10,000

This scholarship is for students enrolled in an accredited JD law program in the United States during the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 academic year.

Greenlight Analysis: Law school is EXPENSIVE, so if you’re considering it in the future you should be bookmarking reliable opportunities for free money now. 

Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project National Essay Contest 

Deadline: January 3

Award: $500

This essay contest is open to students in junior high school, high school, and college/university, and to the general public (ages 18 and older). To apply, applicants are required to read one of the books published by KSCPP and submit an essay on one of the given topics.

Greenlight Analysis: This is a great option for a fledgling writer! If you are planning to major in English or Journalism or another writing-heavy discipline, you should definitely apply for this. 

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Deadline: January 6

Award: $10,000

This is an essay contest for US high school students in grades nine through twelve. To apply, applicants must write an essay on a specified topic related to political courage. See website for further details.

Greenlight Analysis: This scholarship is a slam dunk. It is rare to find a scholarship this large which is also offered to freshman and sophomores. The wide-open requirements, paired with a large dollar amount mean that the applicant pool will be large, so make sure you spend a lot of time crafting a strong essay. We’d recommend reviewing posts on our site by our friends at Story to College for solid essay and writing advice. 

The First Tee Scholars Program

Deadline: January 8

Award: $2,500

This program is for junior golfers who are high school seniors. To qualify, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA; have completed a competitive course of study during high school, including AP, Honors, and/or college-level classes; and have a minimum score of 470 on each of the three sections of the SAT or a minimum score of 19 on the ACT.

Greenlight Analysis: We actually have a couple CBO partners who combine their college access programming with Golf, and this scholarship is PERFECT for their students. Midnight Golf, we’re looking at you!


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