May 19, 2011 | Suzanne Shaffer | Leave a comment Are you going fishing this summer? Many fishing enthusiasts will be casting their lines to snag that big bass or reel in a huge marlin. You can cast your scholarship line this summer and land some big bucks to help with your college education. There is nothing quite like that FREE money to make your diploma a sweeter reward. You will be graduating with less debt and someone else will pick up the tab. Here are just a few of the scholarships available that have summer application deadlines. Add them to your list, fill out the applications, and spend the rest of your summer lying on the beach, reading a good book, or reeling in that big bass (believe it or not there are even bass fishing scholarships!). Courage to Grow Scholarship This is an essay contest for high school seniors or college students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or better. An essay on the topic: Why you believe that you should be awarded this scholarship. The award is $500. Deadline is May 31, 2011. U.S. English Foundation Scholarship If you’re a recent college graduate interested in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) this scholarship would help you continue your studies as a graduate student. You must complete an application and submit to the foundation for consideration. The award is $1500. Deadline is May 31, 2011. The Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to one male and one female who embody the qualities of leadership, diversity, integrity and academia. Applicants can be high school or college students, and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. The application requires a 750 word essay and a 500 word personal statement. The award is $1000. Deadline is June 1, 2011. The Big Dig Scholarship This scholarship is for those who are interested in digging or have ever buried a time capsule as a kid. However, you don’t have to be a future archaeologist to apply; just a high school senior or a first or second year college student. The essay is 500-1000 words and asks you to consider what you would bury for future generations to find. The award is $3000. Deadline is June 1, 2011. The Do-Over Scholarship We all want do-overs at some point in our lives. This scholarship is awarded by ScholarshipExperts.com has few requirements: a resident of the U.S. and a student 13 years of age or older considering enrollment or already enrolled in college. The award is $1000. Deadline is June 30, 2011. Share Your Story Scholarship If you are from a low-income family and wrote about inspirational dreams and ideas, this scholarship will be right up your alley. This is an essay competition for students who will be or are currently attending college in the fall of 2011. This contest is based around your college admissions essay and requires you submit a copy of your essay. The best essay in each of the eight chapters (they are compiling these for a book) will receive a $1000 college scholarship. The best overall essay will win a $5000 scholarship. You can submit as many essays as you like. Deadline is July 15, 2011. Glen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship High school students, current college students, and even graduates can apply for this scholarship. The winners are chosen by committee basing their decision primarily on the submitted personal statement. The award can be used for tuition, room and board, required fees or any other educational expenses. The award is $1000. Deadline is July 31, 2011. American Red Cross Bloodstock Scholarship This scholarship is specifically for high school students and requires some leg work on your part; but you will be helping to save lives in the process. To qualify for the scholarship you must plan and organize a blood drive. If you collect 50 units of blood, you will be eligible for a $2000 scholarship; 35 units of blood qualifies you for a $1000 scholarship award. The drive must be approved by the Red Cross who will help you with the entire process. Here’s the PLUS with this one–you can boast about it on your college application essay! Deadline is August 31, 2011. There’s nothing quite like FREE money to pay for your college education. Why not spend your summer applying for these scholarships? You could net yourself some cash and have less debt when you graduate from college. Have you ever applied for a scholarship and won? Leave us a comment and tell us about your application process.