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Ohio Northern University Merit Scholarship

Ohio North University Merit Scholarship awards from $5,000 to $28000 to exceptional students in law school to complete their undergraduate degrees.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
December 1, 2024
Open
$5,000–$28,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$5,000
1 Award Winner

ASHRAE James R. Bullock Scholarship

The James R. Bullock Scholarship, administered by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), offers one $5,000 scholarship to an undergraduate mechanical or architectural engineering student.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
December 1, 2024
Open
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$5,000
1 Award Winner

ASHRAE Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship

The ASHRAE Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship of $5,000 is an annual scholarship for qualified undergraduate pre-engineering, engineering, or architecture students attending a post-secondary educational institution.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
December 1, 2024
Open
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$5,000
1 Award Winner

ASHRAE Rusty & Debbie Hoffman Family Scholarship

The $5,000- scholarship is for an undergraduate mechanical or architectural engineering student enrolled at or graduated from a school in ASHRAE Region IV (North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia).

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
December 1, 2024
Open
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$3,000
1 Award Winner

ASHRAE Region I Setty Family Foundation Scholarship

ASHRAE Setty Family Foundation Scholarship annually awards a $3,000- scholarship to an undergraduate student studying mechanical or architectural engineering at a post-secondary educational institution within ASHRAE Region I.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
December 1, 2024
Open
$3,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$3,000
1 Award Winner

ASHRAE Region III Setty Family Foundation Scholarship

ASHRAE Region III Setty Family Foundation Scholarship is an annual program to support undergraduate engineering students in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
December 1, 2024
Open
$3,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$3,000
1 Award Winner

ASHRAE Region VIII Scholarship

The $3,000- grant aims to support full-time students pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree in any of the ASHRAE authorized programs.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
December 1, 2024
Open
$3,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$2,000–$8,000
1 Award Winner

OU Academic Achievement Scholarship 

The University of Oklahoma awards the OU Academic Achievement Scholarship, ranging from $2,000 to $8,000, to incoming freshmen who possess exceptional academic achievements in Oklahoma pursuing undergraduate studies of choice.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2024
Application Deadline
December 15, 2024
Open
$2,000–$8,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$13,000–$52,000
75 Award Winners

Presidential Scholarship New Mexico Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship of $13,000 provides up to 75 awards to high school graduates in New Mexico to enable them to pursue an undergraduate education at the University of New Mexico.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – College Freshman
Application Open Date
September 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$13,000–$52,000
75 Award Winners
Closed
$3,200–$25,000
600 Award Winners

National Honor Society Scholarship

The NHS Scholarship awards between $3,200 and $25,000 to NHS member students. The award can be used for college tuition as well as other school expenses.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
September 19, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$3,200–$25,000
600 Award Winners
Closed
$20,000
500 Award Winners

Dell Scholarship

The Dell Scholarship pitches itself as "more than just a check", and it's easy to see why. Scholars also receive support throughout their degrees to help them achieve success.

Eligible Grades
High School Junior – High School Senior
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$20,000
500 Award Winners
Closed
$20,000
10 Award Winners

The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards

The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award offers 10 awards to gifted young jazz composers to help nurture their careers during the earliest stages.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
November 7, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$20,000
10 Award Winners
Closed
$4,000–$16,000
1 Award Winner

Woodward Scholars

The University of New Mexico (UNM) offers the Woodward Scholars program to high school graduates or college freshmen to support their undergraduate studies. The award can be renewed for up to four years.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$4,000–$16,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$10,000
1 Award Winner

Gordon V. R. Holness Engineering Technology Scholarship

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers awards one Gordon V.R. Holness Scholarship worth $10,000 for a bachelor’s or associate degree in an HVAC&R profession.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 2, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$10,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$10,000
1 Award Winner

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships

The National Space Club and Foundation provides a $10,000- scholarship and an opportunity to give the keynote address at the annual dinner.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$10,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$10,000
2 Award Winners

Willis H. Carrier Scholarships

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers awards two undergraduates the Willis H. Carrier Scholarship worth $10,000 each to complete their engineering degree with a focus on HVAC&R.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
March 2, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$10,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000–$10,000
3 Award Winners

Reuben Trane Scholarships

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers awards three students the Reuben Trane Scholarships valued from $5,000 to $10,000 for their undergraduate studies in engineering.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
March 2, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$5,000–$10,000
3 Award Winners
Closed
$1,500–$6,000
1 Award Winner

American Indian Medical Scholarship Program

The NSDA offers the American Indian Medical Scholarship of up to $6,000 to an eligible student studying a healthcare-related field.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
September 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$1,500–$6,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Technology Scholarship

The Lynn B. Bellenger Engineering Technology Scholars Program offers a $5,000- scholarship for undergraduate students.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$3,000
1 Award Winner

ASHRAE Central New York Chapter King-Traugott Scholarship

ASHRAE offers the ASHRAE Central New York Chapter King-Traugott Scholarship of $3,000 to engineering students interested in the field of heating, ventilation, refrigerating, and air conditioning.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$3,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$3,000
6 Award Winners

Barbara Lotze Scholarship

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) offers scholarships to the value of $3,000 each to six undergraduate applicants studying towards a career in teaching physics.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
May 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$3,000
6 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship

The Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship awards $1,000 in scholarships to students in college or university.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – College Senior
Application Open Date
August 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
2 Award Winners

Madeline A. Storer and Peter A. Lancaster Scholarships

New England Water Works Association offers this scholarship to undergraduate students in Maine to encourage and promote their pursuit of a career in Maine’s water and wastewater profession.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$1,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
10 Award Winners

Nava Law Group Scholarship

The Nava Law Group offers $1,000 to a qualified student intending on entering law school or a current law student to continue their education at accredited schools.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$1,000
10 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

Scholarship Essay Contest

Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh scholarship program annually offers its Scholarship Essay Contest of $1,000 to the best essay writer to further their education. The prize is a one-time award.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

About December Scholarships

Applying for scholarships is an important part of the college process, as it helps reduce some of the financial burden associated with higher education. The ideal time to begin applying for scholarships is before December of one’s senior year in high school. It’s important to apply early because many scholarship deadlines fall prior to December and may even have earlier deadlines. Additionally, many scholarship opportunities become available as the year progresses and it’s important to stay up-to-date on these new options. There are a variety of ways to search for scholarships including using online search engines or consulting with college or guidance counselors. It is also helpful to create an organized list of all active scholarship applications, so that you can track their progress and make sure to meet the deadlines. It is never too early to begin your search!

Cost of College in December

The cost of college in December can vary greatly depending on the school you choose. However, some schools are more affordable than others. The three most affordable colleges in December include University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California–Berkeley (UCB) and Santa Monica College (SMC). UCLA has a tuition and fees rate of $12,834 for California residents, UCB charges $13,512 and SMC has a rate of only $1,344. On average, the cost of college in December is slightly higher than during other times of the year due to holiday expenses and other end-of-the-year costs associated with college tuition. However, with some research and comparison shopping, it is possible to find affordable college options in December. This can help make the dream of obtaining a college degree more achievable for many students.

Students should also keep in mind that there are other expenses associated with attending college such as books and living costs. Financial aid may be available to help cover some of these expenses, so it is important to research all of the options available for funding higher education. Additionally, there are many scholarships and grants available that can help defray the costs associated with college tuition. With careful planning and research, students can make college more affordable in December.

Best 12 scholarships with December deadlines

There are more than 94 scholarships available in December – so we narrowed the list down to the 12 top ones. These are open to students across the country and have few application requirements.

ScholarshipAward Amount
Burger King Scholars$1,000-$50,000
SMART Scholarship for Service$25,000-$30,000
AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship$30,000
Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship$20,000
Woodward Scholars $4,000-$16,000
Oracle Corporate Scholars$10,000
Willis H. Carrier Scholarship$10,000
Gordon V.R. Holness Engineering Technology Scholarship$10,000
Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship$5,000-$10,000
Reuben Trane Scholarship$5,000-$10,000
Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Technology Scholarship$5,000
James R. Bullock Scholarship$5,000

December scholarships for college students 2023

December is a perfect time for college students to apply for scholarships because it marks a new academic year. This means that there are more scholarship opportunities available and some may even have earlier deadlines than other times of the year. Plus, since many organizations offer their scholarships at this time, you will be able to compare different scholarship options side-by-side to more easily find the one that is the best fit for you. Furthermore, starting the scholarship search early can help you avoid feeling rushed or overwhelmed if they wait until later in the year. Applying for scholarships during December gives you an opportunity to plan your college funding strategy and begin your journey towards earning the degree you want.

December scholarships for high school seniors 2023

If you are a graduating high school senior, applying for college scholarships in December is best. You are now done with the first semester of your senior year and are likely more focused. Make use of your winter break and apply for scholarships during this time to get an edge against other applicants, increasing the chances of being selected as a recipient. Furthermore, it is beneficial to get these applications out of the way early in order to focus on college and career plans later in the year. Applying in December can also be a great way to start off the new year with positive news, as many scholarship notifications are received in January or early February. High school seniors should take advantage of this opportunity to make their college dreams a reality.

Tips for WInning Scholarships in December

1. Start Early: It’s never too early to start planning for scholarships in December. Begin researching scholarship opportunities as soon as possible and create a timeline of when applications will open, deadlines, and any other important information associated with the scholarship opportunity. Starting early can help you stay organized, submit your best application, and increase your chances of winning a scholarship.

2. Set Goals: Setting clear goals can help you stay motivated and focused throughout the process of applying for scholarships in December. Break down your goal into smaller, achievable tasks such as researching scholarship opportunities, filling out applications, requesting letters of recommendation, and writing essays. This will help keep you on track to reach your goal of securing a scholarship.

3. Utilize Resources: There are many resources available to help you find and apply for scholarships in December. Take advantage of online search engines, websites, books, and school or community resources that can provide helpful information about scholarships specific to your background, interests, or career goals. Additionally, consider seeking guidance from counselors, mentors, or family members who may have experience applying for scholarships.

Frequently asked questions

Are there any December scholarships for high school seniors?

There are about 18 scholarships for high school seniors with December deadlines. There are 4 that are full-ride scholarships available for high school seniors too – the Science Ambassador Scholarship, First Year Engineering Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship New Mexico Scholarship, and Burger King Scholars. If you’re interested in pursuing engineering, there are at least 29 scholarships available such as the Oracle Corporate Scholars Program, Generation Google Scholarship (North America), and National Space Club Keynote Scholarships.

Which semester ends in December?

The fall semester starts around August and ends in December. The winter break lasts from December to late January. Spring semester then starts. The academic year starts with the fall semester, it’s the first semester of the year.

When can I use scholarships with December deadlines?

Many of the December scholarships are for the next fall semester. They will use the two months after the deadline to evaluate applications and select the scholarship recipients. Winning applicants will be notified usually between February and April. Before awards can be disbursed, recipients will often need to confirm their school, declared major, and financial aid status. This is why scholarships for each semester usually open at the beginning of the previous semester.