summer scholarships

Summer is a season of lakes, barbecues and boating. It’s also an excellent time to use scholarships for summer programs, and to apply for awards that will take you into your next year of schooling. Take your laptop out on the deck with you, and spend a bit of time finding scholarships that can benefit you in the summer or the upcoming fall semester.

Below you will find summer scholarships for students. If you meet their requirements, you may be able to secure financial aid for college from one or more.

The Top Summer Scholarships Available Summer Scholarships scholarship

The award in this contest is $2,500, and it is open to incoming freshmen and current undergrad students. To win, you’ll need to submit a 250-500 word essay describing what opportunities, experiences and lessons you wish to take advantage of during your school years. If writing is not your favorite thing, you can submit a video, 15 seconds or shorter, detailing what you are most looking forward to in college. You can send your videos via YouTube or Instagram.

There is additional information on their website.


Governor James A. Rhodes Junior Fair Endowment Fund Scholarships

Ohio State Fair scholarship

These $1,500 summer scholarships are sponsored by the Ohio State Fair. They are open to junior exhibitors at the fair who are also entering or continuing college. To qualify, you need to be either an incoming freshman or a current student at the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University, at the campus in Wooster.

Check out their website for more information.


The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™

US Environmental Protection Agency scholarship

This program is recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Started in 1999, it has already brought in thousands of volunteers, from younger ages through college ages, worldwide, to help with conservation and cleanup projects.

Multiple awards have honored this summer scholarships program, and it is featured on many websites. By viewing recent ecologist awards, you can get inspiration for your own project in environmental stewardship. The initiative has multiple goals:

  • Empowering young people to help in rebuilding the social and environmental well-being of their communities
  • Elevating youth into roles of leadership, by helping them become engaged in conservation projects and environmental cleanup
  • Improving the living conditions for citizens and wildlife alike through action, education and activism

To put your name into consideration for this scholarship:

  • Conduct a stewardship project of your own in 2015.
  • Write a short essay about this project and what it means to you.
  • Take some digital pictures of your project.
  • Register online and upload a photo of the project, and your essay.

Learn more from the official website.


Don’t Text and Drive Summer Scholarships

This safety-centered program is sponsored by Digital Responsibility

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a high school student in any grade or an entering or current college or grad school student at any level – You are also eligible if you were home-schooled.
  • Be a legal resident of the US or a US citizen

No age limit is in place.

To apply:

  • Complete the application, and be sure to include a Tweet-sized message (140 characters or less) about the dangers of texting and driving.

The top 10 applications for these summer scholarships will be finalist selections. If you are selected, you will need to write a longer essay (500 to 1,000 words) about texting while you drive.

The winner receives a scholarship for $1,000.

Learn more at the Digital Responsibility website.


SAFE Summer Scholarships

Sports Turf Managers Association scholarship

These scholarships are sponsored by the Sports Turf Managers Association, and have been since 2000. STMA started the Foundation for Safer Athletic Field Environments (SAFE).

SAFE has made use of an initial $100,000 STMA endowment to promote its mission statement: Enriching communities through the championing of sustainable, safe recreation and sports fields for athletes.

SAFE awards annual scholarships to multiple students who plan a career in the industry of specialized sports turf. The SAFE Foundation already has presented over $225,000 in travel and scholarships to over 120 students to attend the STMS Exhibition and Conference.

Students are encouraged strongly to apply for these summer scholarships. The applications just need to be sent to the scholarship committee of SAFE. As an applicant, you will be judged on:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Academic preparation
  • Experience in management of sports turf
  • Contributions of time to your organizations, departments and schools
  • Career objectives

Include references from current or previous employers, and references given by student advisors.

More information is available at the sponsor website.


Summer Session 2015 Scholarships

university of maryland summer scholarships

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

A small number of partial and full summer scholarships are given to UMBC students seeking degrees. You should have a strong GPA and be close to graduating. If you have financial needs, they are also considered.  This should be documented on your FAFSA form.

Important Notes:

  • Scholarships cover one summer session of tuition based on graduate or undergraduate tuition for this summer session.
  • These scholarships are awarded competitively, which means that just meeting the minimum qualifications will not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship.
  • Partial scholarships cover one half of tuition for one summer course of up to four credits, based on the UMBC graduate or in-state undergrad rate of tuition.
  • Full scholarships cover tuition for one summer course up to four credits based on the UMBC graduate or in-state undergrad rate of tuition.
  • You will be responsible for fees associated with courses and any remaining tuition charges for out of state rates.
  • These scholarships are awarded only for the summer session at UMBC and must be used during their summer session.

Minimum requirements and qualifications:

  • You must be an eligible degree-seeker at UMBC.
  • UMBC undergrad students should have finished 100 undergrad credits or more by end of spring semester.
  • You must submit a copy of your UMBC transcript with your scholarship application.
  • You must have a cumulative UMBC GPA of 3.2 or better.
  • If you are a grad student at UMBC, you must have 23 grad credits or more by end of spring semester.
  • You must have a current FAFSA on file in the Office of Financial Aid at UMBC or provide them with a written documentation, if not.

Find more information on UMBC summer scholarships here.