The cost of college tuition alone, not to mention housing, books, and meals, is daunting for students and families across the nation.

Not all students will qualify for federal financial aid, leaving many to take on students loans as the only option to pay for college. The student loan industry, which has been hotly debated in recent years, further burdens students, as they graduate and are faced with high payments many entry-level salaries can’t reasonably cover.

Scholarships can help students bridge the gap between their finances and what higher education actually costs–and there’s a scholarship for nearly everything.

Here, we’ve rounded up a few scholarships to inspire you and help you get your search started.

1. Did binge-re-watching “The Walking Dead” get you thinking about what you’d do if the streets were filled with flesh-eating zombies? Maybe you’ve envisioned your own post-apocalyptic world overrun with the living dead, forcing you to come up with a zombie survival plan — and quick! Hone your survival tactics and imagine what your school or college campus might be like in a zombie apocalypse. The Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship committee wants to know your plan to avoid the zombies, where you’d hide, and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive.
Deadline: October 31, 2019

2. Young people spend an average of 7.5 hours a day consuming media, excluding computer use for schoolwork, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. With technology always at the ready at your fingertips, it can be a challenge to unplug. But taking a break from technology is healthy for both the mind and body. The purpose of the Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship is to help you understand the negative effects of too much screen time.
Deadline: January 30, 2019

3. The Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest is open to currently enrolled high school and college students in the United States. To enter, you must design a holiday, get well, or birthday greeting card featuring an original photo, artwork, or computer graphic.
Deadline: March 1, 2019

4. Annie’s strives to make a positive impact through the foods we make, and we know we can’t change the food system alone. Through our scholarship program, we are thrilled to support students who share our mission to leave the planet better than we found it by advancing the principles of regenerative agriculture. If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student studying organic and/or regenerative agriculture, we’d love to hear more about who you are, the work you’re doing, and the vision you have for a better future. Applications open January 15, 2019.
Deadline: March 15, 2019

5. Are you simple and sweet like vanilla, classic yet unpredictable like chocolate chip, or a little nutty like pistachio? Whatever the flavor or reasons may be, we want to know what ice cream flavor best reflects your personality and why. July is National Ice Cream Month, and we need a little help picking out a “Flavor of the Month” for our famous ice cream scholarship. Tell us all about your ice cream flavor, and you could scoop up a sweet $1,500 scholarship.
Deadline: July 31, 2019

6. The GET IT (Girls Exploring Together–IT) scholarship program encourages talented female students to continue their higher education and ultimately help Michigan become the No. 1 state for girls and women in technology. Each applicant must be enrolled during the grant period in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program in a majors such as information systems, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, computer information systems, digital forensics and software engineering. This is not a complete list, but rather serves to provide examples. Applicant must maintain program requirements and will be subject to verification.
Deadline: January 31, 2019

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

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