How to Apply to As Many Scholarships As You Can In 3 Months

Written by K Fisher on December 30, 2021

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What tips and tricks are available to apply to as many scholarships as possible, and what scholarships are available to apply throughout the year? Many new students who are applying for scholarships for the first time may not notice the open submission window time frame. This can easily become daunting since if the open submission window is closed, students can not apply to that specific scholarship and must move on to a different one.

If this statistic gives any kind of hint, in 2020 it was estimated that 1.7 million private scholarships and fellowships were awarded to students who fit the qualifications. Which means a total of a near $7.5 Billion was given out. This allows students to be able to apply to as many scholarships as they can, given that they follow the requirements and guidelines for each scholarship application.

How to Search for Qualifying Scholarships

The big number one, is finding the right scholarships that fits the student. No need to waste time on filling out an application when it’s about doctorate only students when you’re a first-year.

Look for specific merit-based or academic-based scholarships that fit in with a subject. Such as science, math, English, or another academic study. A set of science-based scholarships for first-year college students would be:

  • STEM Scholars Program
  • $2,000 PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship
  • Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship Program
  • Procter & Gamble STEM Scholarship
  • BHW Women in STEM Scholarship
  • STEM Teachers for America’s Future Scholarship
  • LabRoots STEM Scholarship
  • $10,000 Young Women in STEM Scholarship
  • Probo Medical Scholarship

Math-based scholarships for first-year college students would be:

  • AICP Scholarship Program
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship
  • Claude B. Hart Memorial Scholarship
  • Curtis E. The Huntington Memorial Scholarship
  • Francis J. Flynn Memorial Scholarship
  • Geoffery R. Laird Memorial Scholarship
  • Kia Motors America STEM Scholarship
  • Mary Rhein Memorial Scholarship
  • MATHCOUNTS Alumni Scholarship
  • Math in Moscow Scholarship
  • Mutual of Omaha Actuarial Scholarships
  • NCTM Mathematics Course Work Scholarships
  • Payzer Family Scholarship Fund
  • Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship
  • Reuben H. Fleet Memorial Scholarship
  • Sister Mary Petronia Van Straten Scholarship
  • TMCF/Wells Fargo Scholarship
  • Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Awards

English-based undergraduate (first-year college student) scholarships available, with their deadlines for an example:

  • ACES Merv Aubespin Scholarship – deadline November 15, 2022
  • Reader’s Digest Foundation Scholarship – deadline no official date
  • Norma Ross Walter Scholarship – deadline January 31, 2022
  • Lambda Iota Tau Literature Scholarships – deadline May 31, 2022
  • Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship – deadline December 1, 2022
  • Jeanne Robertson Scholarship – deadline May 22, 2022
  • Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership – deadline February 28, 2022
  • Carl and Christine Huebner Scholarship – deadline April 1st, 2022
  • Bodie McDowell Scholarship – deadline March 2, 2022
  • Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship – deadline February 22, 2022
  • Bob and Marion Breeden Scholarship – deadline February 20, 2022
  • Anne Trabue Scholarship Fund – deadline May 15, 2022
  • Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship – deadline March 1, 2022
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship – deadline December 31, 2022

For undergradute students only, there are mulitple scholarships available depending on what academic study that student is currently going for. However, there are scholarship contests that do not involve any specific academic study needed. These would be most likely scholarships essays.

For example:

  • Amanda Reed Memorial Scholarship – deadline February 1, 2022
  • America’s 911 Foundation, Inc. Scholarship – deadline March 8, 2022
  • CACESF’s scholarship contest – deadline June 30, 2022
  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America Scholarship – deadline March 15, 2022
  • Beef Industry Scholarship – deadline October 30, 2022
  • Coloradans for Nebraska Scholarship – deadline February 24, 2022
  • Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship – deadline March 15, 2022
  • Dawn Drake Excellence in Distance Education Scholarship – deadline February 1, 2022
  • Dominion Credit Union Scholarship – deadline March 17, 2022
  • Elizabeth Horvath Swimming Scholarship Fund – deadline March 15, 2022
  • Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent Scholarship – deadline September 30, 2022
  • John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage Essay Contest – deadline January 17, 2022
  • Judith A. Sanders Memorial Scholarship – deadline April 15, 2022
  • Kentucky Student Technology Leadership Program Scholarship – deadline March 1, 2022
  • Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary’s Scholarship and Education (LeCoMASE) Fund Scholarship – deadline September 30, 2022
  • Life Lessons Scholarship Program – deadline March 1, 2022
  • Mercatus MA Fellowship Scholarship – deadline February 15, 2022
  • National Ag Day essay and video contest – deadline January 31, 2022
  • SMU Nancy Ann & Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program – deadline January 15, 2022

And the list continues one to several thousands more of available scholarship contests. Students should know to separate the scholarships they do apply for as to not mix up any information or which ones have been applied to. Creating a excel spread sheet will help wonders with keeping all the information in order.

Steps to Take to Apply to Several Scholarships

No matter what, do not limit how many scholarships you wish to apply for. First off, create a spread sheet or an organized system to keep track of everything.

  • List out the scholarship and what the foudnation name may be or the university the scholarship is gifted from.
  • Then have a check mark system of “yes applied for” and “no, not yet applied for” in a separate column but connected to the scholarship name.
  • Afterwards list out the deadline time-frame as well as the time-frame for the open submission window, these two things are the most important to note.

Being able to be organized will be a life saver and at least make things more manageable.

Why Applying to Many Will Have a Better Outcome

The fact of the matter is, applying to several scholarships means that a student has a better chance at receiving multiple scholarship awards. If a student were to apply to just one schoarship, the chances are incredibly slim when it comes to securing that exact scholarship. Also, applying to many scholarships gives the better advantage at being able to apy of tutition and college fees way quicker.

The more scholarship applications sent it could very well mean the difference between covered full tuition and extra money for day to day living expenses.

When Is the Right Time to Apply to Many Scholarships?

It’s simple, the Spring and Fall time follows a college’s normal semester courses. This means new freshmen come in during the Spring and Fall, this also means these tend to be where the deadlines for scholarship applications come into play. A student should already know if they will be headed to college during the Spring quarter or the Fall. This way they can aim their focus towards certain scholarships that have a deadline within those two time frames.

More Scholarship Examples

Just to give an even more clear idea, let’s say a returning student is now a sophmore at college. What scholarships should they apply to?

  • Scholarships360 $1,000 No-Essay Scholarship – deadline September 30, 2022
  • Niche $50,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship – deadline February 28, 2022
  • $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship – deadline December 31, 2022
  • Student Loan Hero Smart Money Giveaway – deadline December 31, 2022
  • Tallo’s $1,000 “You Are the Future” Scholarship – deadline December 31, 2022
  • Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship  – deadline December 1, 2022
  • HireAHelper Skilled Trade & Technology Scholarships – deadline January 15, 2022
  • Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship – deadline December 2022
  • Zippia’s Teacher Dream Job Scholarship – deadline December 31, 2022
  • Melissa Linville Criminal Justice Scholarship – deadline August 1, 2022
  • Clubs of America Scholarship Program – deadline August 31, 2022
  • Love Your Career Scholarship – deadline January 10, 2022
  • GetEducated.com Distance Learning Scholarship – deadline March 15, 2022
  • Superpower Scholarship – deadline March 31, 2022
  • All About Education Scholarship – deadline April 30, 2022
  • Georgia Future Champions Scholarship – deadline May 18, 2022

Scholarships available to third-year college students:

  • “There’s a Filter for That” $1000 Study Abroad Scholarship – deadline March 3, 2022
  • 1,000 Dreams Fund’s Twitch BroadcastHER Grant – deadline no official deadline date
  • AWS Arsham Amirikian Engineering Scholarship – deadline March 1, 2022
  • Corinne Jeannine Schilling Foundation Full-Year Travel Scholarship – deadline May 14, 2022
  • Cornell University Endowed Scholarships – deadline no official deadline date
  • Coupa Cares Scholarship – deadline June 25, 2022
  • Delaware Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans and Others – deadline no official deadline date
  • Diocese of Mississippi Misticos Scholarships – deadline March 1, 2022
  • Future Leaders Scholarship Program by NAAAP Philadelphia – deadline May 15, 2022
  • Gannett Fleming Scholarship – deadline Dcember 21, 2022
  • Galvanize the Future: A Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship essay contest – deadline March 31, 2022
  • Gordon and Eleanor Spykman Memorial Scholarship – deadline February 1, 2022
  • Hawaii Education Association (HEA) Undergraduate College Student Scholarship – deadline April 1, 2022
  • House of Blues Music Scholarship – deadline March 31, 2022
  • Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship – deadline July 20. 2022

Scholarships available to 4-year or doctorate college students:

  • Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship Scholarship
  • KPMG Foundation Scholarship
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship Program Scholarship
  • Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Scholarship
  • Foundation for Physical Therapy Scholarship
  • American Cancer Society Scholarship
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership for Organizations Scholarship
  • A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship
  • AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship
  • Antonio Cirino Memorial Art Education Award
  • Esther Katz Rosen Fund Grant
  • Finis E. Engleman Scholarship Award
  • Hollis L. Caswell Laureate Scholarship
  • L. Gordon Bittle Memorial Scholarships
  • McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program
  • Nadeen Burkeholder Williams Music Scholarship
  • NAEd Spencer Dissertation Fellowships
  • PDK Past Presidents’ Graduate Fellowship
  • Pi Lambda Theta Graduate Student Scholar Award
  • Richard M. Weaver Fellowship Program
  • Ruth Crymes TESOL Fellowship for Graduate Study
  • STEM Teachers for America’s Future Scholarship
  • Women in Geographic Education Scholarship
  • Education Pioneers Fellowship Program
  • Donald H. and Verna S. Duncan Fellowship
  • Carmelita K. Williams Graduate Scholarship
  • AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students
  • CaLCPA Accounting Education Scholarship
  • Carolyn M. Callahan New Student Transition Grant
  • Catching the Dream Scholarship Programs
  • Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program
  • Elon University – Pre- and Post- Doctoral Fellowships for Teacher-Scholars from Diverse Backgrounds
  • Fulbright Scholar Program
  • Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
  • Gates Foundation Minority Scholarship
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • KPMG’s Global Valuation Institute Scholarship
  • Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award
  • Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Grant
  • NAFOA Scholarship
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Prospanica Foundation Scholarship
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program Scholarship
  • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Scholarship
  • UNCF Scholarships, Programs, Internships and Fellowships

Realistically, a student could apply to a 100 scholarships, that is if they sumitted multilple scholarships a aday for weeks or one scholarship for 100 days. However, this does come down to the student and if they experience burn out from the application process. Either way, applying to more than two scholarships would be highly beneficial to the student.

Mistakes to Avoid

Do not apply to a scholarship that is out of a different study field or gradaute level. If a student applies to a different graduate level and lies about it on their application, the application will be tossed. This will leave the student to either be notified about not successfully applying for the scholarship or completely ignored altogether.

Do not apply for an application past the deadline date. Normally the application won’t be available via the website online portal but either way, just don’t do it.

Always follow the guidelines and requirements mentioned (there are always guidelines available for each scholarship, they will be placed either within the decriptive text describing the scholarship or near the link on the website.) Either way, follow the rules.

Do not leave any blank spots or provide misinformation. Any misinformation will lead to the application being ignored and revoked. No student wants to go through this.

Grammar, always check the proper spelling and punctation. These categories can be graded upon if it looks as if the student has really poor grammar. This can lead to their application being revoked.

Always provide the accurate legal resident address, email address, phone number, and full name. No alias names, or fake street names are allowed.

Be sure to read beforehand if the scholarship calls for specific headings, spacing, and or other proper requirements when it comes to writing within the essay portion of a scholarship.

Do not let another individual write out your scholarship answers, this can lead to suspicion from the accredited universitiy a student may already be enrolled within. No plagiarism either, this goes against all private and public school policy. Be sure to never copy and paste random answers from the internet. Provide your own real answers.

Do not abbreviate any words.

Do not submit multiple scholarship applications of the exact same application, a student should only submit one application per foundation, contest, or university.

For scholarship applications typically there is no age limit, however, research each scholarship to see if their may be one.

All students will have to provide finanical aid information when applying for scholarships, it is best to submit their financial aid packet first before applying for scholarships.

Avoid scam scholarships at all costs. Scam scholarships are easy to determine. If they ask for a huge fee, this is a scam scholarship. Also, research the institution or foundation the scholarship is being represented from. This can be a huge tell tale sign into whether or not it’s a scam.

Do not simply write out everything and forget to review and edit. Always review and edit before submitting.

Always write out the scholarship essay section with heart and passion, do not write out that section mechanically. The essay section is the only time a student can really share with the judges who they are and what they intend to change about the world.

If the scholarship can only be sent in through the post, be sure to correctly place the address and format it properly.

What To Do After Submitting An Application

Some institutions will allow updates about what may be happening with a student’s application. Otherwise, a student can send an email or call to inquire about where their application stands so far. This is the better way to stay on top of which applications may have alrady been tossed.

Look up the routine timeline that the judges take to review and go through applications. There may be an interview period and then another interview period after the first. Sometimes, some scholarships may have 3 to 4 rounds of interviews before a student is officially picked as the recipient winner.

The biggest and most important rule is to stay on top of what applications have already been submitted (as to not re-submit them and waster time) and which ones need immediate attention so they can eventually be submitted before their deadline date.

Be Ready To Become A Winner

That’s right, if a student sends in 50 applications the very real chance is that they could win multuple scholarships. This helps to increase funding that will go towards that school year’s fees and other payments. There are even some scholarships that solely pay for equipment fees that may be needed in certain classes (this is mainly seen in science classes).

No matter how many scholarships a student may win, it’s the fact that they put the time and effort into applying to mulitple scholarships. Because in reality, many students fit the qualifications and may even secure a few scholarships right away because they happened to be such a great fit. All students should create an organized system so they can routinely check which scholarships have been applied to and which ones can start being applied to in the next few months.

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