The Student Saver's Scholarship Alerts

What's better than free money? Perhaps the value of a college education. You can get both by winning scholarship contests. Read this blog to learn about some of the top scholarships available to college degree-seeking students.

Scholarship Options to Help Pay for College

With college costs on the rise, scholarships are more competitive than ever. Learn.org's Student Saver is your source for information on newly announced scholarships as well as financial awards that have deadlines approaching. Learn about this week's eight scholarships.

1. ScholarshipPoints.com

Application deadline: June 15, 2016

High school and college students who are members of ScholarshipPoints.com can win scholarships simply by completing online activities to earn points. Activities range from completing surveys to playing trivia games. Students who accumulate enough points for a particular scholarship can enter that drawing. For 2016, there are three $1,000 scholarship drawings each month, and one $10,000 per quarter.

2. School Nutrition Association Scholarships

Application deadline: April 4, 2016

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has announced four scholarship opportunities for members taking higher ed classes or planning a return to college. The SNF Professional Growth and Schwan's Food Service scholarships offer financial awards of up to $2,500 to each recipient. The Nancy Curry Scholarship provides a $500 award to one qualifying college student. There also a $1,000 award to recipients of the Sandi Brooker scholarship. Applicants need to have been School Nutrition Foundation members for one year and have experience working in school food service.

3. California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) Scholarship

Application deadline: March 31, 2016

Latino youth who are seniors in qualifying California high schools have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship of $1,000 from the CALSA. The organization will award scholarships in this amount to students who plan to attend a 4-year university after graduating from high school. Applicants must have the sponsorship of a CALSA member as well as a principal, school administrator, teacher or counselor. The online application includes a requirement to provide a 400- to 500-word essay.

4. National Society of High School Scholars Scholarships

Application deadlines: April 1, 2016 to May 15, 2016

The National Society of High School Scholars offers scholarships to high school students looking to attend college, participate in a leadership/skills development programs or study abroad. There are variety of scholarships available for 2016, such as the Claes Nobel Academic Scholarship, the National Outdoor Leadership School Scholarship and the CollegeWeekLive Scholarship. The requirements to apply for scholarships include a personal statement, recommendation from an educator, résumé of honor and school transcript.

5. Young Native Writers Essay Contest

Application deadline: April 30, 2016

Native American students have the opportunity to win scholarships of $2,500 by entering the Young Native Writers Essay Contest. Applicants must complete an essay that discusses what they can do to bring advancement to issues related to their Native American community, region or state. This scholarship opportunity is open to high school students from all tribal communities in the U.S. Winners also receive an education trip to Washington, D.C., including a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian.

6. Walmart Dependent Scholarship

Application deadline: April 1, 2016

Graduating high school seniors who are dependents of Walmart associates (dependents of Walmart officers and board of directors are not eligible) qualify to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be graduating between August 2015 and July 2016, and be able to demonstrate financial need. Students must register online and take an eligibility quiz to submit their scholarship application.

7. Envision Scholarships

Application deadlines: April 29, 2016 to May 6, 2016

Envision offers programs for elementary, middle and high school students who wish to attend college, develop leadership skills or explore future career options. A number of scholarships are offered to support students in Envision programs. Some of the programs for which scholarships are available include the Global Young Leaders Conference, the National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering & Technology, and the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Middle and High School Summits.

8. Help America Hear Scholarship

Application deadline: March 27, 2016

Sponsored by the Foundation for Sight and Sound, the Help America Hear Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who is hearing impaired. In addition to a financial award of $500 to an individual's college of choice, the scholarship provides the winner with two high-quality hearing aids. Students applying for the scholarship must complete an essay of 500-1,500 words that answers a number of questions, including how being hearing impaired impacted their school performance and how the hearing aids might affect educational and professional goals.

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