10/07/2011 08:12 am ET | Updated Dec 07, 2011

10 Scholarships You Can Apply For Right Now!

Did you know that over $3 billion is available to college students annually in the form of scholarships? But despite this giant statistic, we still tend to overlook our many options because the thought of paying off student loans seems so far ahead. However, there are just a few short years until graduation, and the time when we need to pay off loans will come quicker than we expect. Too bad we can’t just stay collegiettes™ forever! Now, we know that your parents probably remind you to apply for scholarships all the time, but take our advice: they will make paying off your debts much easier after you finish your degree (and are occupied with your new dream job!).

1. “Advice to Your High School Self”
How to Apply: find out here!
Prize: One award of $2,500
Deadline: January 31, 2012
Ever wish you could travel back in time and tell your younger self what you now know? Campus Discovery is awarding one currently enrolled college student who writes according to the prompt, “Assume you could go back in time and talk to yourself as a high school senior. Knowing what you know now about college life and making the transition, what advice would you give yourself?" The essay should be a maximum of 200 words—sounds easy enough!

2. “Do Good, Look Good”
How to Apply: find out here!
Prize: Two awards of $500
Deadline: October 15, 2011
Calling all fashionistas who have a passion for community service! Macy’s is awarding scholarships that both you and your parents will love! When you sign up to participate in this program you are automatically entered for a $250 Macy’s shopping spree (your favorite part). All you have to do is report back to in the form of photos, videos, writing, etc. describing what you did to help your community. Two creative winners will receive $500 scholarships (your parents’ favorite part).

3. “Win Free College Tuition” Sweepstakes
How to Apply: find out here!
Prize: One grand prize of up to $10,000 in college tuition
Deadline: January 2, 2012
Your college tuition paid for by NextStepU Magazine would be the ultimate prize. The best part? All you have to do is enter the sweepstakes form online! There will be one grand prize winner who will be selected at random, making this is a great opportunity for those who didn’t achieve the highest grades or SAT scores in high school!

4. “Your Point of View” Contest
How to Apply: find out here!
Prize: Three awards of $300-$1,000
Deadline: November 1, 2011
Hey political junkies! What changes would you like to see in America’s Education System? Show off your writing skills in an essay discussing your thoughts on the problems many K-12 schools face. This essay is short, two pages or less!

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