Parents are encouraged to start saving for their children’s college education almost as soon as they are home from the hospital but they are rarely told to start the search for scholarships early! College scholarships do exist for children under the age of 13! They are not always easy to find but it is worth the time and effort to look. With the rising costs of education, any little bit helps! One place to look is Action for Nature International. Information can be found at www.actionfornature.org. They offer a Young Eco-Hero award to kids between the ages of eight and sixteen. The award goes to the child with the most creative environmental project. Another scholarship or award is the Angela Award, given by the National Science Teachers Association.
The award is given to a female child between the ages of five and eight who excels in science. The $1,000 savings bond would certainly come in handy with college expenses! Parents and children should also look at essay competitions for opportunities to win cash awards and scholarships. The DuPont Challenge Science Essay competition offers up to $5,000 in savings bonds for the first place winner. This particular competition is open to science students in grades seven through twelve but there are numerous other competitions available for a variety of ages and in subjects other than science. A big one that is also a bit of fun is sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Company – the Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich contest!
Open to children ages six to twelve, the grand prize is a $25,000 scholarship! Runner’s up also receive scholarships in the smaller amount of $2,500. Past winners include a PB & Fruity wrap, a Po’boy Peanut Butter Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwich, a Crunchy Chinese Fortune Cookie Sandwich, etc. When you get creative in the kitchen with your kids, you may just be giving them the tools they need to earn scholarship money for college! Research online and you’ll find many easy scholarships and cash prize opportunities that can help offset the cost of college. You should also be involved in your own school system to hear of any available opportunities.