5 college scholarships local high schoolers can apply to right now

It’s that time of year again: scholarship season.

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College seemingly gets more and more expensive every year.

Luckily, there are organizations, companies and generous philanthropic donors that want to help. With scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000 (or full tuition, if you’re lucky), it’s not a matter of if you should apply, but which ones you choose.

Here are five that could be worth your time. But get your applications ready: All deadlines are before (or just a few short days after) the end of 2019.

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Nancy Larson Foundation
Calling all juniors, seniors and graduate students who have declared their majors to become elementary-level educators, this one is for you. The Nancy Larson Foundation is accepting applications from students who submit a completed application, official transcript, resume with employment history, community service and/or paid positions that involved work with children, as well as a narrative essay about the personal experiences that have inspired them to teach, and what skills they possess that will help them excel in their teaching career. The foundation is focused on encouraging and supporting prospective teachers for years to come, in the name of Nancy Larson, author of Saxon Math K-4 and owner of Nancy Larson Publishers, Inc. // Deadline: Friday, Nov. 15

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities
Wells Fargo & Company has committed $1 million to Scholarship America in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and is hoping to see, inspire and support people with disabilities obtain the education or training needed for their career path of choice. Eligible applicants must have an identified disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a recurring or long-term issue that impacts one or more major life activity), as well as be an enrolled high school senior, or an enrolled university student at a two-year or four-year institution, taking a minimum of six credits per semester. Full-time student awards may be renewed up to three additional years ($2,500 a year). // Deadline: Friday, Dec. 6

AXA Achievement Scholarship
The 2020 program year is now open for the AXA Achievement Scholarship, which provides a total of over $1.4 million in scholarships to students throughout the nation, representing all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive scholarships from $2,500 to $25,000, and all they need to have is the following: Ambition and drive, determination to set and reach goals, respect for themselves, family members and their communities, as well as the ability to thoughtfully convey how they identified a challenge and volunteered to strengthen their community through service. Applicants must reside in one of the 50 states, Washington, DC, or Puerto Rico, and be a high school senior for the fall 2020 semester. // Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 15

North American Moving Services Scholarship
One of the leading moving companies in the United States is looking to move something else: educational progress forward. The company is committed to supporting the growth and development or the services and logistics industries, which has inspired the 2019 Logistics Scholarship Competition. Eligible applicants must be a full-time, enrolled (or enrolling) student in a college or university, and submit a recent transcript, as well as a 400- to 800-word essay, detailing you chose a career in logistics or supply-chain management for your future. Five awards will be given with a maximum award of $1,000 per applicant. // Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 15

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes
Not all student athletes go to colleges or universities “on scholarship.” According to ScholarshipOwl, only about 2% of high school athletes are awarded scholarships of any kind to further their education, or play for a college-affiliated team. This is where Foot Locker Scholar Athletes come in. All high school students who are college-bound, or first-year students who are enrolled full time at a four-year institution, who embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character, display academic excellence, are passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live, come from a diverse background and are currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports or community-based sports, are eligible to apply. Applications will be reviewed, video interviews will be conducted and scholarships of $20,000 to 20 student athletes will be awarded. // Deadline: Friday, Jan. 3

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