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Over 40 January Scholarship Opportunities to Apply For

Happy New Year! We have scholarships for everyone! Check out these 40+ opportunities to win money for college in the new year.

January 2022: A new month and a new year! That means a lot of new opportunities to win money for college. The scholarships below all have deadlines in January organized by grade level and chronological order of deadline. Your best bet is to find the scholarships that apply to you and work on the ones with the closest deadlines first. But if you have a well-organized scholarship search spreadsheet, that should be no problem for you. Good luck and Happy New Year!

Scholarships for high school students

  • Don’t Wait to Reach Your Potential Scholarship: This scholarship is open to college-bound high school students in grades 9­­–12. It’s a drawing that also allows parents to enter for their child, but the parent and/or child must subscribe to the website’s eNewsletter. Award: $500; Deadline: January 4
  • Ron Brown Scholar Program: Open to Black or African American high school seniors who are US citizens, this is a need-based financial award requiring a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship, and global citizenship. Award: $40,000; Deadline: January 9
  • Smith Diversity Scholarship: The Coyner and Donna Smith Diversity Scholarship Fund is available to Nebraska high school seniors pursuing four-year or trade school programs and have demonstrated financial need. These scholarships are organized by Lutheran Family Services, and preference is given to students from disadvantaged ethnic backgrounds. Awards: Up to $25,000; Deadline: January 14
  • FriXion Student STEM Grant: The FriXion scholarships celebrate students with a passion for STEM education. Open to students in grades 7–12, multiple awards are offered for each grade range, and winners will also have money donated toward their school. Potential winners must be nominated by someone else. Awards: Up to $10,000; Deadline: January 14
  • PBWC Academic Scholarship: Female high school seniors from California are eligible for this award from the Professional Businesswomen of California. Applicants must submit an essay and three letters of reference. Awards: Up to $15,000, plus a ticket to the organization’s annual conference; Deadline: January 28
  • Dinah Shore Scholarship: Offered by the LPGA Foundation, this scholarship is open to female high school seniors who golf but won’t be playing at the collegiate level while pursuing their education. Students must exhibit strong academics, community service, and recommendations. Award: $5,000; Deadline: January 31
  • Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship: This need-based scholarship is also offered by the LPGA Foundation, but it’s open to female high school seniors who identify as a minority and plan to play golf at the collegiate level. Award: $5,000; Deadline: January 31
  • Marilynn Smith Scholarship: Also from the LPGA Foundation as well as the Marilyn Smith Scholarship Fund, this opportunity is open to any female high school senior who will be playing golf at the collegiate level. Award: $5,000; Deadline: January 31
  • Opportunity Scholarship: This is an opportunity for high school seniors who are DACA eligible from Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, West Virginia, or Wisconsin. Students must be planning to attend a college or university in the Opportunity Scholarship network and have a minimum GPA of 2.8. Award: Up to $80,000; Deadline: January 31

Scholarships for high school and undergrad students

  • National FFA Scholarship Program: Members of the National FFA Foundation may apply for these awards. Applicants may apply with any intended or current academic major for the Ford Tough Scholarship but must be pursuing agricultural-related programs for the Grow Ag Leaders award. Awards: $1,000 and $1,500; Deadlines: January 5 and 18
  • APIA Scholarship Program: Asian and Pacific Islander students who are high school seniors enrolling in college or current undergraduate students are eligible for these awards. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum GPA of 2.7, be the first person in their family to attend college, and showcase a strong commitment to community service. Awards: Up to $20,000; Deadline: January 26
  • Ambassadors of Aloha Scholarships: High school seniors and full-time undergraduate students from Hawai’i are eligible for these awards. Applicants must have participated in and plan to compete in canoeing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, diving, water polo, sailing, or volleyball. Award: Up to $15,000; Deadline: January 31

Scholarships for undergraduate students

  • Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship: This scholarship is open to current undergraduate students who are US citizens in a two-year swine or four-year agricultural program. Students must submit an essay of 750 words or fewer about issues facing the pork industry. Awards: $2,500 (10 scholarships available); Deadline: January 2
  • NJCPA Scholarship: This scholarship is open to New Jersey undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate-level programs in Accounting. Awards: Up to $6,500; Deadline: January 7
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship: Students at community colleges seeking to complete their degrees at four-year colleges or universities are eligible for this award regardless of their area of study. Award: Up to $55,000 per year; Deadline: January 10
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship: College athletes who excel academically and are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics are eligible for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. This opportunity is also awarded three times a year, corresponding with each sport season. Award: $10,000; Deadline: January 14
  • Samuel Huntington Public Service Award: Graduating college seniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship if they exhibit an interest in pursuing public service anywhere in the world. The stipend must be used in the year following graduation before the winner pursues graduate school or their career. Award: $15,000; Deadline: January 14
  • Gensler Scholarships and Design Challenges: Gensler offers two scholarships to US students: one for Black or African American students enrolled in an Architecture program and one for any student enrolled in an Interior Design program. All applicants must submit a project as outlined by the challenge and submit a video presenting their ideas. Applicants of the Architecture scholarship may also apply for the micro-award scholarships. Awards: Up to $10,000; Deadline: January 16

Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students

  • International Documentary Photography Scholarship: This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students worldwide regardless of academic major. The intent of the award is to encourage personal involvement in social issues and promote socially conscious documentary photography. Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 1
  • The Arc New York Scholarships: The Arc New York is a family-based organization for people with intellectual and development disabilities. Their awards are open to students pursuing Physical or Occupational Therapy degrees, Special Education certification, and intellectual and developmental disabilities fields who are from New York State or attending a New York State program. Awards: $3,000; Deadline: January 7
  • The Injury Scholarship: This opportunity from The May Firm is for enrolled community college or university students. Applicants must write about a traumatic experience they experienced and how they overcame it. Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 15 (and September 15)
  • Margaret McNamara Education Grants: These educational grants are awarded to women who intend to work in or with a developing country to improve the lives of women and children. Applicants must be at least 25 years old, and applicants can apply and receive their award prior to the deadline starting as early as September 15, depending on their travel plans. Awards: Up to $15,000 to pursue travel to Latin America, South Africa, and Canada; Deadline: January 15
  • Army Women’s Foundation: This scholarship is open to women who have served or are serving honorably in the US Army, US Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Women who are lineal descendants of a woman who has served honorably in the Army are also eligible. Applicants must be pursuing a certificate, two-year, four-year, or graduate program in a STEM field. Awards: Up to $2,500; Deadline: January 21
  • AIAA Scholarships and Graduate Awards: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts offers awards to sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates as well as graduate students. Applicants must be pursuing a program in one of the STEM fields (may be more specific depending on the award). Award: Up to $10,000; Deadline: January 31
  • Cancer for College Scholarships: These scholarships are open to cancer survivors who are attending trade, two-year, four-year, or graduate school programs. Awards: $5,000; Deadline: January 31
  • EnergyRates.ca College Scholarship: Open to students enrolled in an American or Canadian post-secondary institution, this is a non-fixed scholarship that requires applicants to submit an essay telling the committee where they see the future of the energy industry going. Award: $500; Deadline: January 31

Scholarships for graduate students

  • AMS Graduate Fellowships: Sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, these fellowships are open to US citizens with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are pursuing graduate studies in Atmospheric Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Hydrology, Mathematics, Oceanography, and Physics. Awards: $25,000; Deadline: January 1
  • Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship: Sponsored by the Girard Miller Foundation, these scholarships are open to graduate-level students who are pursuing any degree that will lead to careers in state and local governments. Awards: Up to $20,000; Deadline: January 14
  • Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship: Any graduate-level students interested in studying or researching pollination decline may apply for this award as long as they are US citizens. Award: $4,000 (may vary); Deadline: January 15
  • Boren Fellowships for Graduate Students: This award is offered to graduate students to travel and study abroad for research and language in world regions critical to US interests. Their program promotes linguistic and cultural immersion. Awards: Up to $25,000; Deadline: January 26

Scholarships for (basically) everyone

  • Young Filmmakers Contest: These scholarships are open to elementary school students (third grade) all the way to post-graduate individuals (age cap of 25). Award categories include elementary school, middle school, high school, senior year and college, animation/stop-motion, creativity award, and post-graduate. All applicants are required to submit a short film or video of some kind. Awards: Up to $1,000; Deadline: January 5
  • Leaders Save Lives Scholarship: This scholarship from the American Red Cross is more of a challenge and is open to high school and college students, including those enrolled at trade schools or community colleges. Applicants must organize a blood drive during designated time frames, and depending on how many pints you collect, you’ll earn varying gift card awards and entries into scholarship drawings. Awards: Up to $200 (gift card award) and $2,500 (scholarship drawing); Drive timeframes: December 15–January 15 (and June 1–August 31)
  • Innovation in Education Scholarship: This monthly scholarship is open to high school and college students who write an essay on an innovative project they’ve designed that makes a difference in the lives of others. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be a US or Canadian citizen. Award: $500; Deadline: January 20 (same date every month)
  • Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school (including home schooled), undergraduate, and graduate students who are US citizens. There are no age limits, and applicants must submit a short message about technology addiction in preparation of writing a full 500- to 1,000-word essay on the same topic if chosen as a finalist. Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 30
  • DAR Scholarships: Sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, these opportunities are open to US citizens regardless of gender. Multiple scholarships are awarded for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Applicants may be required to have a 4.0 GPA for the merit awards. Award: $5,000; Deadline: January 31
  • Mymozaic ScholarshipMymozaic’s monthly scholarship sweepstakes is open to US citizens who are 13 years and older. All you have to do is provide your email to apply. Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31 (last day of every month)
  • I Have a Dream Scholarship: Students age 14 and older who plan to enroll or are enrolled in a college or trade school are eligible to apply. Applicants must be US citizens  and submit a response to the question “What do you dream about?” Award: $1,500; Deadline: January 31
  • Discover Student Loans Scholarship: This scholarship sweepstakes is open to high school seniors, current undergraduate or graduate students, parents, and high school counselors. Award: $5,000; Deadline: January 31
  • eQuality Scholarship: Open to Northern and Central California high school seniors, individuals planning to attend college or trade school, community college transfer students, and medical students, this opportunity requires applicants to demonstrate service to the LGBTQ+ community. People of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible for this scholarship. Award: $6,000; Deadline: January 31

If you’re worried about your chances of winning any of these scholarships, check out our blog on 3 Smart and Easy Strategies to Win More Scholarships to help increase your odds!

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