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Over 50 December Scholarship Opportunities to Apply For

Just because the holidays and winter break are coming doesn't mean you should stop the scholarship search. Here are 50+ opportunities with December deadlines.

How is it already December? We know you’re probably looking forward to relaxation time while you celebrate the holidays, but scholarship deadlines won’t wait for you. So instead, find a balance this winter break between enjoying yourself and being productive by checking out and applying to some of these scholarships with deadlines in December. Good luck with your applications and happy holidays! 

* A helpful tip: Each section of scholarships is ordered from closest to furthest deadline, so start applying from the top of the category that applies to you downward.

Scholarships for high school students

  • 5 Strong Scholarship: 5 Strong partners with HBCUs to help advance education for minority students with this scholarship open to high school senior students from Houston, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia. Applicants must have an interest in attending a HCBU, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and score a minimum of 19 on the ACT or 990 on the SAT. Award: Full tuition award and ongoing support throughout college; Deadline: December 1
  • Americanism Essay Contest: Sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association, this scholarship is open to students in grades 7–12, including homeschooled students. Applicants must write an essay about Americanism and patriotism in 350 words. Awards: Up to $5,000; Deadline: December 1
  • Dell Scholars Program: This scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors  who participate in a college readiness program, have a minimum GPA of 2.4, demonstrate financial need, and are eligible for a federal Pell grant their first year of college. In addition to the monetary award, winners receive a laptop, textbook credits, and access to other helpful resources.  Award: $20,000; Deadline: December 1
  • Wyland National Art Challenge: Students in grades K–12 can apply for this multiple-award scholarship. This year’s theme for the challenge is “environmental and water conservation.” Applicants can apply as a team to create a classroom mural; as an individual submitting personal artwork; or as an individual submitting personal photography. Awards: Up to $500; Deadline: December 1
  • Jazz at the Ballroom Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to California high school jazz instrumentalists ages 14–18. Recipients receive an award as well as the chance to play with world-renowned jazz musicians in an open public concert. An additional $500 award is also given to the recipients' respective schools to support the ongoing development of their music programs. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: December 11
  • Free Speech Essay Contest: Sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, this opportunity is available to high school juniors and seniors, including homeschooled students and US citizens attending schools outside the country. Applicants must submit an essay between 700–900 words on why free speech is better than censorship. Awards: Up to $10,000; Deadline: December 31

Scholarships for high school and undergrad students

  • Barbara Lotze Scholarship: This scholarship is open to accepted high school seniors and undergraduate students who are US citizens and pursuing a career path of becoming a high school physics teacher. The scholarship may be granted to winners for each of the four years of their bachelor’s program. Awards: Up to $2,000; Deadline: December 1
  • Science Ambassador Scholarship. Funded by Cards Against Humanity, this scholarship is for female high school seniors and undergraduate students who are pursuing STEM careers. Applicants must create a video that’s three minutes or less about any STEM topic and upload it to YouTube to teach others something in a short amount of time. Award: Full tuition scholarship; Deadline: December 13
  • AvaCare Medical Scholarship:This scholarship is for high school seniors or enrolled college students who are pursuing degrees in the medical field, such as Dentistry, Health Law, Laboratory Science, Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, or Therapy. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and preference will be given to students with a physical disability. Award: $1,000; Deadline: December 15
  • North American Van Lines Logistics Scholarship: Enrolled college students or accepted high school students may apply if they’re in or will be in a Logistics program or an equivalent field. You must submit an essay between 400–800 words on why you chose logistics/supply chain management as your college major. Award: $1,000; Deadline: December 15
  • Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships: These scholarships are open to high school seniors as well as college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, receive an ACT score of at least 21, and be pursuing Business or STEM degrees. Awards: Up to $15,000; Deadline: December 15
  • Spotlight Cleaning Chicago Scholarship Program: This scholarship is available to high school, college, university, and trade school students. Just create a two-to-four-minute video for YouTube explaining why you think education is the key to a brighter future and how you can shape society. Award: $1,000; Deadline: December 30
  • ASD Ascend Autism Scholarships: Open to incoming or current undergraduate students with autism, this scholarship is for students pursuing two-year or four-year undergraduate programs. Applicants must also answer an essay question on how COVID-19 has affected them as a student with autism. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: December 31
  • College Is Power Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to high school seniors and current college students ages 17 and older who are planning to attend or currently attending a full- or part-time college program. Applicants must tell the award committee what their primary goal for going to school is in 150 words or fewer. Award: $1,000; Deadline: December 31

Scholarships for undergraduate students

  • Maeband Scholarship: This scholarship is available to moms or expectant mothers who are US citizens and are enrolled in a two-year or four-year undergraduate program. There is no major requirement, but applicants must submit a 500–700-word essay answering three questions posed by the organization. Award: $500; Deadline: December 1
  • ASNT Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship: This award is open to undergraduate students pursuing Engineering degrees who also show an active interest in nondestructive testing and evaluation. Applicants must submit an essay as well as three individual letters of recommendation. Award: $3,000; Deadline: December 15
  • Pioneers of Flight Scholarship: Sponsored by the National Air Transportation Association, this award is for sophomores and juniors enrolled in four-year undergraduate Aviation programs. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in general aviation. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: December 24

Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students

  • Ai Engstrom Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to students attending a college or university in the US with a minimum 2.5 GPA. There are no age restrictions for this biannual scholarship, but applicants must write an essay of 800 words or fewer on their vision of electronic design, engineering, and manufacturing in the global economy. Award: $1,000; Deadlines: December 1 (and August 1)
  • Parkinson’s Summer Research Fellowships: Open to students globally, these scholarships are available to undergraduate and medical students who have an interest in researching Parkinson’s Disease. Applicants must indicate both the project they’ll work on and the mentor they’ll work with in their submission. Award: $4,000; Deadline: December 1
  • Rustica Scholarship: Offered by a company that manufactures barn doors, this opportunity is open to students who share the goal of building America using environmentally friendly practices. To apply, just answer the question, “What byproduct could be created from sawdust?” Award: $2,500; Deadlines: December 1 (and July 1)
  • AbbVie Immunology Scholarship: Students with the following inflammatory diseases may apply for this opportunity: Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Crohn’s Disease (CD), Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Psoriasis (PS), Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Ulcerative Colitis (US), and Uveitis (UV). Applicants must be pursuing an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree from an accredited US college or university. Award: Up to $15,000; Deadline: December 7
  • Car Covers Scholarship: This scholarship is open to students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or trade school program. Applicants must write a minimum 1,000-word essay on the topic of how to make a car last forever. Award: $1,000; Deadline: December 15
  • Creative Safety Supply Scholarship: Sponsored by an Oregon-based retailer, this biannual award is offered to students who are enrolled at a college, university, or vocational school for the upcoming term and have a GPA of at least 3.0. This scholarship honors creative thinking and requires applicants to answer two short-essay questions. Award: $1,000; Deadlines: December 15 (and July 1)
  • Achieve Today Scholarship: This scholarship is open to current college students ages 18 and older. Applicants must create a video (strongly encouraged) or write an essay about overcoming obstacles through the use of one of four personal development principles. Award: $2,000; Deadlines: December 31 (and August 31)
  • Apprentice Ecologist Initiative: This scholarship is open to students ages 13–21 who have completed environmental stewardship or conservation projects within the year of 2021. Applicants must submit photos and an essay on their project. Award: $1,750; Deadline: December 31
  • AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund: Sponsored by AfterCollege and the American Association of College of Nursing, this scholarship is for students pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in Nursing. Special consideration is given to grad students working to become a nurse educator; completing an RN-to-BSN or MSN program; or enrolled in an accelerated Nursing program. Award: $2,500; Deadlines: December 31 (plus March 31, June 30, and September 30)
  • CC Bank’s Young Scholars Scholarships: These scholarships are open to students attending colleges and universities in the US. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA,  be US citizens, and be 30 years old or younger. Awards: $2,000; Deadline: December 31
  • Dietspotlight.com Scholarship: This non-need-based scholarship is offered to students enrolled in a college, university, or trade school. Applicants must write an essay about climate change and global warming. Awards: Up to $3,000; Deadline: December 31
  • Transgender First Scholarship: Distinguished as the first national scholarship dedicated to helping underserved trans students, this opportunity is open to US citizens who identify as transgender or nonbinary and are planning to pursue or are currently pursuing a degree at a college or university. Award: $2,500; Deadline: December 31
  • The Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grants: Sponsored by the Explorers Club and Discovery, these grants are for students 18 years and older who are interested in scientific exploration and research. Many scientific disciplines and an emphasis on storytelling are considered when choosing recipients. Award: Up to $40,000; Deadline: Rolling, with request to apply six months before your desired fieldwork start date

Scholarships for graduate students

  • American Water Works Association Scholarships: These scholarships are for graduate and doctorate students pursuing advanced training and research in the field of water supply and treatment. Application requirements vary for each award, so look into each to see what best applies to you and your future career. Awards: Up to $30,000; Deadline: December 20

Scholarships for (basically) everyone

  • Creative Masonry & Chimney LLC Scholarship: This scholarship is open to students pursuing a career in construction, plumbing, carpentry, or other skilled trades. Applicants must write a blog about their career goals or a project in their field and publish it somewhere on the internet to enter.  Award: $500; Deadline: December 1
  • CT Chimney Repair Scholarship: This scholarship is also open to students pursuing careers in construction, plumbing, carpentry, or other skilled trades, and it maintains the same applicant requirements as the previously listed scholarship. Award: $500; Deadline: December 1
  • East Rock Films Scholarship: Open to students ages 13–25, this scholarship asks applicants to write an essay between 500–1,000 words about someone from the past who’s inspiring to you. Award: $500; Deadline: December 1
  • Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team Education Scholarships: Multiple scholarship categories are awarded by this organization, including enrolled high school, two-year college, four-year college, Nursing, law school, medical school, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy students. All awards require an essay of 500–750 words (prompts vary). Awards: $1,000; Deadline: December 1
  • National Space Club Foundation Keynote Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students pursuing STEM fields, with preference given to applicants with space-related interests. This opportunity is open only to US citizens, and applicants must be willing to give a speech if chosen. Award: $10,000; Deadline: December 3
  • PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship: This non-need-based STEM scholarship is open to enrolled or accepted students who are pursuing STEM, Economics, or Business degrees. Applicants must write a compelling essay on one of four provided topics. Award: $2,000; Deadlines: December 5 (and August 1)
  • Foreign Service Family Members Who Made a Difference: Sponsored by the Marie Maxey Foundation, these four scholarships are offered to Hispanic and Latin American students accepted or currently attending two-year or four-year colleges in the US. Applicants must write an essay of 500 words or fewer on “The Most Important Person in My Life.” Award: $500; Deadline: December 15
  • Medical Scrubs Collection Scholarship: Open to high school seniors or current college students, this scholarship is available to students pursuing degrees in the medical field—such as Dentistry, Laboratory Science, Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, or Therapy—and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must submit a short essay of up to 500 words on why they’re pursuing the medical field. Award: $1,000; Deadline: December 15
  • One Source Process Inc. Scholarship: One Source Process Inc. is offering this scholarship to students pursuing a degree in the legal field. Applicants must be US citizens attending or accepted to a US college or university. Award: $1,000; Deadline: December 15
  • Dental Scholarship Essay Contest: Applicants must be admitted to and or attending an undergraduate or graduate Pre-dental or Dental program to be eligible for this award sponsored by Sarasota Dentistry. You must also submit a 1,000–1,500-word essay about the future of dental implant technology. Award: $1,500; Deadline: December 15
  • 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: December 20 (same date every month)
  • Because College Is Expensive Scholarship: High school juniors and seniors as well as current college students and adults looking to attend college or graduate school are eligible for this scholarship sweepstakes. Award: $500; Deadlines: December 31 (plus March 31, June 30, and September 30)
  • 10 Things You Love About You: Sponsored by Unigo, this opportunity is for students 14 years and older who are enrolled or will be enrolled in a college, university, or trade school within the next five years. Applicants must create a top 10 list of the reasons you should get a scholarship. Award: $1,500; Deadline: December 31
  • HeadsetPlus.com Scholarship: Open to US high school seniors as well as undergraduate and graduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, this scholarship asks applicants to upload a video to YouTube explaining why you should be awarded this scholarship. Award: $1,000; Deadline: December 31
  • LawnStarter Lawntrpreneur Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors as well as two-year college, four-year college, and graduate students who have started, have run, or plan to start a lawn care business. All academic majors are welcome, and applicants must submit a 500–700-word essay. Award: $1,000; Deadlines: December 31 (and August 20)
  • MyMozaic Scholarship. MyMozaic’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: December 31 (last day of every month)
  • Niche Art Scholarship: High school seniors and current college students ages 18 and older who are considering or currently enrolled in art-related programs are eligible for this award. Programs include Computer Animation, Design, Entertainment Writing, Film, Fine Arts, Game Development, Graphic Design, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Recording Arts, Visual Arts, and Web Design. Applicants must create a Niche account to apply, and recipients will be chosen by a drawing. Award: $500; Deadline: December 31
  • OppU Achievers Scholarship: This opportunity is open to high school seniors as well as college, graduate, professional, or trade school students (part-time students are also welcome) who are US citizens with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must write a 500-word essay on how you create opportunities for yourself. Award: $2,500; Deadlines: December 31 (plus March 31, June 30, and September 30)
  • Zippia’s Nurse Dream Job Scholarship: Students ages 18 and older who aspire to become a nurse can apply for this scholarship. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay on why you want to become a nurse. Award: $1,000; Deadline: December 31

Wow! This is a lot of scholarships to keep track of. Stay organized and on top of the awards you want to apply for by using our Scholarship Search Spreadsheet Template.

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