Featured Scholarships: December 2019
By Matt Konrad
This is a sponsored post featuring scholarship programs managed by Scholarship America.
The end of the year is a busy time for all kinds of students. If you’re in high school, you’re probably preparing to take some time off for the holidays; if you’re in college, it’s likely that you’re staring down finals, planning holiday travels and maybe even preparing for something new during J-term.
December is also an important transitional month on the scholarship calendar. Many programs that opened at the beginning of the school year are approaching their deadlines, and lots of others are getting ready to open in January. For high school students, the holiday break is a perfect time to get caught up on seeking and applying for scholarships – use your time away from school to finish up those last fall applications and get familiar with dates, deadlines and opportunities coming up in the new year.
For college students, the holidays can provide a much-needed catch-up on scholarships too. If you’re heading home, take the opportunity to reconnect with those who’ve supported you, funded awards or written recommendations – these connections can be invaluable as you seek assistance for your upperclass years. Staying on campus? Take advantage of quieter, less busy offices to handle housekeeping items like getting transcripts, touching base with advisers and researching department scholarships.
Of course, there are still plenty of scholarships out there to apply for in December. They include these featured Scholarship America partner programs!
Featured Scholarship: James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship (Missouri residents only)
The James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship program is a valuable, prestigious and competitive award for high school seniors and community college students in the state of Missouri.
The James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship Foundation was established in 1981, pursuant to the provisions of the wills of James L. and Nellie M. Westlake, for the purpose of helping Missouri residents pursue a college education. The program is awarding renewable, full-tuition scholarships — plus a stipend for books and supplies — for students in Missouri who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree and have financial need.
To apply, you must be a Missouri resident. The application is open to high school seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and to community college students with at least one year of transferable credits; community college students must have a GPA of 2.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale. As part of your application, you’ll have to have an online letter of recommendation submitted on your behalf, so don’t delay!
Applications are open until February 1, 2020. Apply now
Featured Scholarship: 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.
“A childhood cancer diagnosis affects families in many ways, but the financial repercussions – from treatment and medication to travel and lodging – are often overlooked,” said Eric Christophersen, president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “No child should have to sacrifice college because of a cancer diagnosis. Northwestern Mutual is proud to be able to help these inspiring individuals advance their 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 2020-21 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 January 30, 2020. Apply now
Featured Scholarship: Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship
Childhood cancer doesn’t just affect the patient. Parents, brothers and sisters also have their lives upended when a child or sibling is diagnosed, and the impact on the entire family’s life can be devastating.
The Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship program was established to help further the education goals of those who’ve had a brother or sister go through pediatric childhood cancer. If you’re the sibling of someone who is in treatment, who has survived or who passed away from childhood cancer, you’re eligible to apply for one of 10 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 inspiring 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 due January 30, 2020. Apply now
As we approach the holiday season, all of us at Scholarship America wish you the best for a wonderful end to 2019 and a very happy new year. Best of luck in your scholarship pursuits, and watch for our next roundup of featured scholarships in January!