If you’re in college with entrepreneurial ambitions, below are a few scholarships dedicated to those who like to think outside the box and create solutions to problems we didn’t even know we had! Many of the scholarships presented in this list are from business owners themselves who made it big and are trying to help others succeed. Good luck!
Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship
This scholarship comes from a company dedicated to helping small businesses manage an affordable phone system. The scholarship is worth $5,000 for any college student or incoming freshmen at an accredited American university. Simply write a 500-700 word essay on the topic displayed on the website and submit it before the deadline April 30.
Succeed Scholarships from NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) sponsors this scholarship worth $1,000. To be eligible you must be a member of NASE which requires an annual membership fee and includes discounts to many services like web hosting, car rentals and even health insurance. They also offer their NASE Future Entrepreneur Scholarship that is worth up to $10,000. This award is open to dependents of NASE members and has been around since 1989.
The Living Spinal Scholarship only requires a short 200 to 300 word essay on “how entrepreneurship can bring awareness and action to social issues”. You must be a college student or incoming freshmen planning to study business or marketing to apply. The essays will be judged by a committee and, since the word count is so small, focusing on quality and presenting your best essay writing skills should increase your chances of winning. The deadline for this scholarship is August 1.
YourGreenPal.com’s Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs
The lawn service company GreenPal will award $2,000 spread over four semesters ($500 per semester) to a student with a GPA of at least 3.0. It’s open to students with a business idea or are currently running a small business while enrolled. The deadline is May 30.
The Company Corporation’s Quarterly Business Plan Contest from Incorporate.com
Not a scholarship, but a contest that is open to anyone 18 and over and will award $1,000 to the individual who writes up the best one-page executive business plan summary. The submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, “Wow” factor and how persuasive the idea is. The deadline is March 31.
Crown & Caliber Entrepreneur’s Scholarship
This entrepreneur’s scholarship requires a business plan as well but for an online start-up idea. You’ll have to explain marketing, your audience, budget, what sets you apart from competitors and concept in your business plan for a chance to win the scholarship award. The prize is worth $1,000 and encourages applicants to be as creative as possible. The deadline is May 31.
BusinessPlanToday.com’s Annual Scholarship
If your business plan didn’t win the top prize in the previous two contests, you could try submitting it to this scholarship which’ll again provide $1,000 to the student who creates a unique business plan executive summary. It’s open to international students and has no minimum GPA required. Third time’s the charm. The deadline for this scholarship is December 5.
CreateACashFlowShow.com’s Business Scholarships For College Students
The Create a Cash Flow Show offers two different scholarships. Their Business Scholarship for College Students awards $500 to high school seniors or college freshmen with a GPA of at least 3.0 who is currently working part-time while enrolled. A 400 to 800 word essay answering one of three topics is required. They also have a Direct Sales Entrepreneurs Scholarship for those wanting to start a home business. Winners will be selected at the beginning of April, August and December.
Stukent.com’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Scholarship
If, in addition to needing funds for school, you could use some mentoring when it comes to starting your own business, this entrepreneurial scholarship will provide 7 hours of consulting from the owners of Stukent and LearnU, two online companies to accompany the $1,000 scholarship. If you’re a college student with a 3.0 GPA and a business idea, you just need to write a 500 word essay and submit it by December 31.
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