Scholarships for Presidents Day

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Next week, the people of the United States will celebrate Presidents Day. The federal holiday was first created to honor George Washington. As time has passed, other presidents have also been associated with the holiday, such as Abraham Lincoln whose birthday was also in February.

Below is a list of scholarships that were named after United States Presidents, or sponsored by organizations named after Presidents. Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program
Sponsor: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library
Award Amount: Up to $8,000
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students in Ventura County, California who have demonstrated oustanding leadership, character, communication skills, academic achievement, and commitment to Ventura County.

Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship
Sponsor: American Legion Auxiliary (ALA)
Award Amount: Up to $3,500
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, great-grandsons or veterans who served in the Armed Forces during WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon and Grenada, Panama, or Desert Shield/Storm Gulf/War on Terrorism.

James Madison Junior Fellowship Program
Sponsor: James Madison Memorial Foundation
Award Amount: $12,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals who are teachers, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12). Applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than Aug. 31 of the year the student is applying.

Ronald Reagen Leadership Award
Sponsor: Tau Kappa Epsilon
Award Amount: $1,100
Deadline: Mar. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to members of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Scholarship recognizes academic achievement and outstanding leadership, as demonstrated by activities and accomplishments within the chapter, on campus, and in the community.

Platt Family Scholarship
Sponsor: The Lincoln Forum
Award Amount: Up to $1,500
Deadline: The deadline was Jul. 31 last year. Information about the 2015 deadline has not been updated at date of publication, but the scholarship has been awarded for multiple years.
Description: Scholarship is open to students who were full-time, undergraduate students in an American college or university during the Spring semester. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to Abraham Lincoln.

Ideas Matter Essay Contest
Sponsor: Clinton Presidential Center
Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: The deadline was Nov. 3 last year. Information about the 2015 deadline has not been updated at date of publication, but the scholarship has been awarded for multiple years.
Description: Contest is open to Arkansas students in eleventh and twelfth grades. Applicant must submit a 500-word essay on a a given topic.

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Award Amount: Tuition waiver for up to eight semester
Description: Student must be a permanent Massachusetts resident who is planning to enroll full-time in a Massachusetts public college or university. Applicant must score in the Advanced category in either the Mathematics or the English language arts section of the grade 10 MCAS test and score in the Proficient or Advanced category on the second subject (Mathematics or English). There is no application for the scholarship. Eligible students will be notified in the Fall of their senior year of high school.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Sponsor: John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Award Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2016
Description: Applicant must be in grades 9-12 and must submit an essay on a topic related to political courage.

GE – Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library
Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: The deadline was Jan. 8 of this year. Information about the 20156 deadline has not been updated at date of publication, but the scholarship has been awarded for multiple years.
Description: Applicant must be a high school senior and demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, at the workplace, and in the community

Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Washington Crossing Foundation
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: The deadline was Jan. 15 this year. Information about the 2016 deadline has not been updated at date of publication, but the scholarship has been awarded for multiple years.
Description: Applicant must be a high school senior planning to pursue a career of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government.

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