A 14 Day Winter Scholarship Game Plan for College Students

Written by

Claudia Rojas


November 23, 2017


Winter Scholarship

This winter, don’t be out in the cold and out of money. Most colleges run on a semester schedule, which means you may be among the fortunate to have four weeks to yourself. Prepare your student pocket by applying to scholarships over the winter break. Make sure you have a winter scholarship game plan. 

Will you be able to pull away from the holiday season? Don’t tempt procrastination; instead, make a scholarship plan. Carve out some time during your break to search for scholarships and time to actually send in applications.

Try a Winter Scholarship Game Plan  

DAY 1: Targeted Scholarships

You know yourself—your major, your interests, your talents. Find organizations that will reward you based on criteria unique to you. Start with our CollegeMouse scholarships page, where you can research hundreds of available scholarships by type, amount and major. Besides this, there are many other useful scholarship resources, including FastWeb,, and Chegg, where you can find your ideal winter scholarship. 

Find the scholarship meant for you. Are you a student pursuing a STEM career? Try the Microsoft Scholarship Program and submit an application by February 2018. Are you the first in your family to attend college? Apply to Study Soup’s $2,000 scholarship by December 31.

DAY 2: Scholarships

These are campaign-based scholarships. Find weekly and monthly challenges that require small acts of service. Take a picture and enter to win scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

Deadline: Varies. Upcoming December 31 deadline for the “Shower Songs” and “Thanks a Billion” campaign

DAY 3:  AXA Achievement Scholarship

This achievement scholarship is sponsored by Scholarship America and is for ambitious students; those active in their community, college, or workplace. Fill out an application and answer essay questions for a chance at a scholarship of $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000. Bonus: $1,000 for your school.

Deadline: December 15, 2017 or once 10,000 applications are submitted.

DAY 4: Hooked To Books Scholarship

Write a 500-2,000 word essay about a book that changed your life. Winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and two runner-ups receive $500. You’ll find out if you’re a winner by the end of the year.

Deadline: December 20, 2017

DAY 5: No Essay Scholarship

Every month, Niche, a college resource guide, awards a $2,000 scholarship to a lucky winner. Sign-up now to be entered.

Deadline: End of each month

DAY 6 :  iVein Health and Wellness Scholarship

Write an 800-1,000 word essay about leading a healthy lifestyle during the college years and beyond. The Intermountain Vein Center will award two winners with $2,500 scholarships.

Deadline: December 31, 2017

DAY 7: Because College is Expensive Scholarship

Enter for a chance to win $500, available to two winners. Like the scholarship sponsor Cedar Education Lending on Facebook for a second entry.

Deadline: December 31, 2017

DAY 8: Bike Scholarship by Apex Bikes

Write an original essay or article of at least 2,500 words or create a video that bicycle users would find useful. Winning content is awarded $1,000 through Apex Bikes.

Deadline: December 31, 2017

DAY 9: One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest

For this earthly scholarship, the competitors range from third grade through college. Create a 3-8 minute film on one of the following topics: water; waste; food; transportation; energy; open space and ecosystems. College students win a $1,000 scholarship. Bonus: $1,000 grant to a non-profit of your choice.

Deadline January 14, 2018

Day 10: Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

Phones. Tablets. Laptops. Kindle Readers. Smart watches. Technology has infiltrated our lives. Do something about it all while entering for a chance at a $1,000 scholarship. The application begins with a 140 character message. Finalists write a 500-1,000 word essay.

Deadline: January 30, 2018

DAY 11: I Have A Dream Scholarship

Unigo is offering a $1,500 scholarship for students who share their dream in 250 words. According to Unigo, the essay will be judged on writing quality, creativity, originality, and excellence. 

Deadline: January 31, 2018

DAY 12: Try Regional Scholarships

Search scholarships according to geographical location. Your home state might just have college money for you. For example, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation offers scholarships to specific regions around the U.S. with a January 15, 2018 application deadline. Write an essay under 550 words about your career and college goals. Win anywhere from $600 to $2,000. Enter your zip code to find out more. 

DAY 13: Expand the Search

Check your college/university website. Inquire with local organizations. Make a habit to search for scholarships because they are constantly being reopened or founded. Try writing contests. Can you write a true story about the holiday season under 1, 200 words? You might just earn yourself $200. Submit the story by January 10, 2018 to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

DAY 14: Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

Put your digital skills or crafts box to the test. Submit a design for a card through the Gallery Collection and the public will vote on the best design. See past contest winners—many with winter themes. This year’s winner could be you. The award is $10,000. Bonus: $1,000 for your school.

No dollar amount is too small when it comes to money for college. The New Year could mean new money, so turn up the heat this winter season. Bring on the scholarship applications.

Did you know College Mouse offers scholarships? The College Mouse $1,500 scholarship opens January 16. Find out here about how you can apply.

Over $150 Million in Funding Available, Get your Winter Scholarship Today

College Mouse provides you with access to hundreds of scholarship opportunities through our scholarships resource page. Choose from hundreds of scholarships featured and filter results by major, deadline and amount. Whatever your situation, you will most likely find a scholarship to help make your college dreams more affordable.


Written by:  Claudia Rojas

Claudia Rojas is a freelance writer and a poet with a Bachelor’s in English from George Mason University. She is a proud first generation college student. Claudia’s poetry appears in The Acentos Review, Poetry is Dead, and The Bookends Review.

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