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Featured Partner Scholarships: December 2020

By Matt Konrad

As 2020 draws to a close, scholarship season is just beginning—and your holiday break is the ideal time to buckle down, research and apply for scholarships. Our featured partner programs for December include a $25,000 national award, a brand-new scholarship for culinary students and a pair of programs to help families that have faced battles with cancer.

Equitable Excellence Scholarship

Since 1859, Equitable’s promise has been to help people pursue what’s possible—and Equitable Excellence℠ Scholarship recognizes students who have the strength, courage and wisdom to pursue their dreams.  

The Equitable Excellence℠ Scholarship is open for high school seniors to earn a scholarship in the amount of $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 – helping them get closer to their dream of attending college. (To recognize the important role that dedicated educators play in guiding these students along their path to success, Equitable Foundation also awards a $1,000 grant to every Equitable Excellence℠ winner’s high school.)  

Since its launch in 2003, Equitable Excellence℠ has awarded over $30 million to more than 6,800 students, and applications for the 2021 awards are open now. Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents and high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Equitable Excellence℠ students should demonstrate how strength, courage, or wisdom have played a role in their success and desire to attend college. If that’s you, apply now—only 10,000 applications will be accepted! 

Applications are open until January 18. Apply now

Nicole V. Reed Memorial Foundation Culinary Award

Nicole Reed was a full-time software services consultant in Jackson, New Jersey—but it was her custom cake creations that garnered her a huge following of devoted clients. When Nicole passed away suddenly in May of 2019, her husband Charles sought to honor her memory, and the Nicole V. Reed Memorial Foundation Culinary Award will do just that.  

As Charles says, creating culinary masterpieces “was her passion. The reactions of her clients drove her creativity, and this new foundation seeks to encourage such passion and creativity in others.” To do so, the Foundation is awarding a $5,000 scholarship to a New Jersey student embarking on a degree in the culinary arts. 

Applicants must be New Jersey residents and high school seniors or graduates, age 25 or younger, planning to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college for the entire 2021-22 academic year. Applicants must be first-time college students pursuing a culinary arts degree. 

Applications are open until January 18. Learn more and apply

Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship 

The Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship program was established to help cancer survivors, age 25 and under, continue their education and pursuing their college dreams.  

“Families impacted by childhood cancer are facing even greater financial and emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “We believe these factors shouldn’t stand in the way of college dreams. Now, more than ever, Northwestern Mutual is proud to support students who have overcome childhood cancer challenges as they pursue higher education.”

The scholarship program will award 25 renewable $5,000 scholarships. High school seniors, high school graduates and current college undergrads can apply, as long as you plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study during the 2021-22 school year (at a two-year college, four-year college or university or accredited trade/technical school.) Applicants must be survivors of cancer, 25 years old or younger, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need. 

Applications are open until February 1, 2021. Apply now 

Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship 

Childhood cancer doesn’t just affect the patient. The impact on a family can be devastating – especially for brothers and sisters who are in school or away at college. 

The Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship program was established to help further the education goals of those who’ve had a sibling go through pediatric cancer. If you’re the brother or sister of someone who is in treatment, who has survived or who passed away from childhood cancer, you’re eligible to apply for one of 25 renewable $5,000 scholarships. 

As with the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship, applicants can be high school seniors, high school graduates or current college students. You must be 25 years old or younger, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need – and you must plan to attend full-time undergraduate study during the next school year. 

Both of these programs require applicants to prepare a statement about how cancer has impacted their lives and taught them courage and resilience. While thinking about the topic may be difficult, the holidays can provide an opportunity to sit down with your family and friends and get your thoughts in order. 

Applications are open until February 1, 2021. Apply now