8 Holiday-Themed Scholarships You Can Apply For

By Danni White on November 23, 2016

Tis’ the season for sugar plum cakes and scholarships!

The holidays are just around the corner. Turkey and dressing and family and friends are on most of our minds right now. And with Christmas with its reindeer and candy canes not too far away, it can be easy to forget that the new school year will be here sooner than we think.

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What better way to get into the holiday spirit than plenty of opportunities to pay for school through generous scholarships. If you do, you’ll have more time to spend doing the things you love for more holidays to come.

Here are some holiday-themed scholarships that you can take a look at and consider applying for before the next school year gets into full swing.

1. Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest

The award here is $10,000 and the deadline is March 2, 2017. The Gallery Collection presents this award to students in high school, college, university, or homeschool. Finalists are decided by voting and the primary requirement is to submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.

More information may be found as well as the application here: http://www.gallerycollection.com.

2. Audrey Medford-National Wild Turkey Federation Art Scholarship

While the award here is only $150, every little bit helps when you’re in college. The deadline is November 15 of each year. The main requirement is to submit an original piece of wildlife-themed artwork in any form of media to be put on display or sold to help raise funds for the scholarship.

More information is available here: https://angelina.academicworks.com.

3. The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Dr. James Early Kennamer Academic Scholarship

Only high school senior graduates are eligible for this award. The application deadline is January 1. A brief essay is required describing your commitment to conservation and preserving the foundation’s heritage of hunting. There is also a number of eligibility requirements and it is very selective in its eligibility process.

You can check out this award as well as the full PDF form here: https://www.nwtf.org.

4. Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Scholarship

As a group of professional growers of Christmas trees, the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association is highly interested in expanding the farming industry in this area. The scholarships aim to support research and education in this area. The award offered is two $1,000 educational scholarships presented each year to students majoring in forestry and horticulture. Like previous ones, an essay is required from applicants.

The application and instructions are available here: http://www.virginiachristmastrees.org.

5. NCTA Help Santa Find the Perfect Real Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are a big deal and for $5,000 or $10,000 scholarships, it could be an even bigger deal for you and your college tuition. Kids ages 6 to 18 have a chance to submit an essay in 300 words explaining why they think their tree is the perfect Real Christmas tree and submit a family photo. Along with exciting prizes and the cash scholarships, winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando, Florida for four people. The contest runs from November 1 through December 31.

A PDF is available here: http://www.napsnet.com.

6. Bessemer Pumpkinfest Committee Annual Scholarship

The award here is $500 and the deadline varies. Applicants must be active in service in your community and be a resident of Gogebic or Ontonagon County, Michigan, or Iron County, Wisconsin, to be eligible for this award.

More information is available here: http://www.bessemerpumpkinfest.com.

7. Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Competition

Thinking about 4th of July already? The essay theme for this scholarship is “My Responsibility to America.” It is an audio-essay competition open to students in high school. The award for the national winner is $30,000. The first place winner from each VFW Department state will be awarded $1,000 and a trip paid in full to Washington, DC. The 2017 competition opens early in the year.

Apply for this scholarship now: http://www.vfw.org.

8. Scholarship Points $1,000 Happy New Year Scholarship

Begin the new year on the right foot by earning points to be applied to a $1,000 drawing. The winner is announced each February.

Scholarship Points also offers other fun scholarships to look into:

Wrap It Up Scholarship — $1,000 — December 1
Gingerbread Housing Scholarship — $1,000 — December 1
Frosty the Doughman Scholarship — $1,000 — December 1

Check out the official rules here: https://www.scholarshippoints.com.

Danni White is a developmental psychology graduate student at Liberty University. She works in the digital publishing, media, and technology industries. After this degree, she will go on to work on a PhD in social psychology in which she hopes to do research on perception and social cognition’s impact on human behavior. She hopes to apply this research in corporate HR departments and community-based organizations. In her otherwise limited spare time, she blogs, writes and reads. She loves coffee, sports, music, cooking, meeting new people, and binge watching Netflix.

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