Myth: I Can’t Apply for Scholarships During Second Semester


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Did you think scholarships were only for high school students and incoming freshman? Not quite! There are actually quite a few scholarships you can apply to while you’re in college.

Some of the scholarships listed below have due dates in January, designed to be applied for right during the start of your second semester of college or high school. There are also several scholarships that are open even beyond your freshman year into graduate school.  Here are a few options available to you while you’re entering your second semester:

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Course Hero

One example of a second semester scholarship is the Course Hero Winter Break Scholarship. The deadline is in January and available for high school freshman to graduate students in year 5. A question is posted online and students can apply by submitting a 150 word response. The best response will win a $5,000 scholarship.

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You Deserve It Scholarship

The You Deserve It Scholarship is also open to high school freshman to year 5 graduate students. With a due date of January 29th, the application only takes one minute through ScholarshipOwl and awards $1,000 to winners. ScholarshipOwl will also help you apply to other scholarships under their system with ease.

RedFin Scholarship

Due by January 31st, the Redfin Scholarship asks you to answer a question about affordable housing in city limits, the initiative, and its pros and cons in less than 800 words. Winners will be awarded $2,500, but only high school seniors to college juniors are eligible.

Welcome to 2017 Scholarship

Another scholarship available to high school freshman to graduate students is Welcome to 2017. Due by the 31st of January, the scholarship awards $5,000, but students only have 200 words to reply to the year’s particular question.

Other Examples

In addition to these listed above, there are several other scholarships that are available to college freshman in their second semester and beyond. A few examples of scholarships that you might want to consider are the Happy New Year Scholarship 2017 due at the end of January, Directing Change Student Film Contest due in March, and the Asia SiVon Cottom Scholarship due in May. Beyond these, hundreds of other awards are open to you as a college freshman. Remember to check for ones specific to your school, major, and minor before giving up the search.

Local and State Scholarships

Other scholarships you should look into are ones that are specific to your region, state, county, city, or town. Several states and regions have scholarships that are solely for residents of their area, while high schools and local community groups may host scholarships that you are still eligible for even while in college. Double check their guidelines or reach out to the hosts with any questions.

Don’t give up on your scholarship search just because you’ve started your freshman year of college! There are an abundance of options available to you even if you’re entering your second semester, beyond the examples listed above. Make sure to look into scholarships specific to your career goals, state, school, and region. If you qualify, apply! Your wallet can always benefit from the reward.

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