Side Hustle: 16 Scholarships to Apply for This Week

I know you procrastinate but hey, I understand! Procrastinating is something everyone falls victim to once in a while (more often than we’d like to admit), especially when temptations like Netflix exist. However, the pressure of waiting until last minute can drive you to write some of the best essays and can actually be helpful on certain occasions. While I don’t encourage procrastination if you are one of those who wait until the night something’s due then check out this list of scholarships: you have a whole week, and some of them take minutes!


AlgaeCal Health Scholarship– June 30

Must be enrolled in school for the Fall 2017 semester. Must write an essay answering the question: “If you could, what changes to programs, policies, education, etc. would you implement for the general health/well-being of the average modern person?” Minimum 3.0 GPA. One award for $1,000.


AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship– June 30

Create or update your AfterCollege profile, which will automatically enter you to win. Open to currently enrolled students. One award for $500.


Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest– June 30

Write any kind of poem that express your emotions. Enter as many poems as you’d like! Three (3) awards: $350, $200, and $100.


Breast Cancer Awareness: Share Your Story With Homekitchenary– June 30

For high schools seniors living with a parent who is fighting breast cancer, is a survivor, or has lost a parent to breast cancer. Requires an essay of 800 words minimum. Two (2) awards for $1,000 each.


CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes– June 30

Sign up for Wells Fargo’s CollegeSTEPS program to be automatically entered to win. Must be at least 14 years old to enter. Six (6) high school students and six (6) college students will be picked to win $5,000 each.


Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship– June 30

High school, undergraduate, and graduate students eligible. Must write a short essay  of 500 words or less based on two options given on the website. One award for $1,000.


Digital Privacy Scholarship– June 30

High school, undergraduate, and graduate students eligible. Must write a 140-character statement about digital privacy. 10 finalists will be picked who then have to write a full essay about digital privacy. One award for $1,000.


Do-Over Scholarship– June 30

Must be 13 years old or older and enrolled in college. Write a short 250-word response answering the question: “If you could get one ‘do-over’ in life, what would it be and why?” One award for $1,500.


Lift Parts Express Scholarship– June 30

Must be between 16-21 years old and attending school in the fall of 2017. Essay required. One award for $500.


Inverters R Us Power Scholarship– June 30

Write an essay answering the question: “How are DC to AC power inverters used int he world today?” Two (2) awards for $1,000 each. Must be U.S. citizen or resident.


OppU Achievers Scholarship– June 30

Must be enrolled in a higher education institution with a GPA of at least 3.0. Must be a U.S. citizen. Requires an essay answering the question: “Explain why financial literacy should be important to college students like yourself.”


“Review It” Scholarship– June 30

Must be attending college and have a GPA or 2.5 or higher. Must write a movie review over your favorite movie in under 1,000 words. One $1,000 scholarship.


10 Words or Less Scholarship– June 30

Go to the Facebook page and like it. Place a comment on the first post (“New scholarship deadline for the 10 words or less scholarship) saying why you deserve the scholarship in 10 words or less. One award for $500.


Do Something Scholarships:


Upload a photo of 5 aluminum cans you’ve recycled. One award for $1,500.

Make a 5-minute long shower playlist and share wit friends. One award for $1,000.

Make a card encouraging your dad to get his blood pressure checked. One award for $1,000.

A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Younger Self,

I am not the person you wanted me to be, in fact I think in some aspects I am the complete opposite of what you envisioned. I’m not what you dreamed of, but let me tell you that you will be grateful for that and that it’s probably for the best you did not get what you wanted. You’re actually not going to get a lot of the things that you wanted but I am still here, alive and more than satisfied with the cards I’ve been dealt. You heard that right: rejection will become a huge part of your life, but you need to learn to look past it and continue with your endeavors. Rejection will not only make you a tougher person with greater aspirations and a greater drive, but it will also steer you towards the direction you’re meant to take.

I want to tell you to please be kind to yourself and realize that if you cannot accomplish everything you plan for yourself that is okay. Stop beating yourself up over situations that were out of your control. You are so forgiving with others but you need to learn how to forgive yourself. Be kind to yourself but stop over-indulging so much. You really need to stop looking at things in black and white and allow yourself to be in the middle. You really don’t realize how easier life becomes when you stop aiming for extremes.

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You’re an Adult… Now What?

If you’re like me and get yourself stuck in a lot of tricky situations your first resort is to look for an adult, but at this point in life I’ve come to realize that I am an adult. With this realizations comes the fact that the world does not revolve around me and I have to take responsibility for all of my actions and their respective repercussions. Sad, I know! With that being said I also have all the freedom in the world to finally engage in my interests and pursue what I’ve always wanted to do, so I guess being 20 isn’t as scary as it seems to be. It’s time for us wavy girls to leave our comfort zones and discover what the world has in store for us and what baggage should be permanently left behind.

You always used to say “When I grow up, I want to do so and so and be so and so.” Well, guess what? You’re a grown up now; have you met all those lofty dreams you proposed as an idealist 7-year-old who also believed Lindsay Lohan had a real twin in The Parent Trap? I’m not saying all those dreams were idle desires derived from having a wild imagination; there certainly had to be some realistic and fully manageable goals that are not too late to reach, and it is also never too late to create new ones. Do not, however, confuse these goals with temporary tasks. The goals I’m talking about are those that you continuously contribute to and that will lead you to the life you’ve always wanted to achieve, and that not only look good on a resume or when introducing yourself to a colleague or at a party but that also factor into your happiness and well-being.

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