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Listen up, Knights: The debate on whether to buy groceries this month or pay your tuition before the Sept. 4 deadline is over.

Paying for college and all it entails can be expensive. However, you don’t have to deplete your bank account in order to do so.

There are hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships out there waiting to be claimed.

Whether you go through the UCF Office of Student Financial Assistance, search scholarship websites such as fastweb.com or turn to some simple research help from Google, all you have to do is find these scholarships and apply.

The Central Florida Future has compiled a list of scholarships with upcoming deadlines that you can take a look at and apply for right now:

The Swissgear.com Ultimate Backpack Scholarship

Award: Up to $5,000

Open to any undergraduate students enrolled in any two- or four-year college or university.

Requirements:

-Applicant’s contact information and college or university name

-Must submit an essay of 500 words or fewer on the topic of “what makes a great backpack”

Submission: Submit application online at swissgear.com/scholarship or email application in Word document or PDF format to frankie@randmarketing.com.

Deadline: Aug. 31

Everycloudtech.com 2015 Scholarship

Award: $2,000

Open to any student enrolled in any college or four-year university for the 2015-16 school year. Students must be 17 or older, an American or Canadian citizen or hold a valid visa to study in either country.

Requirements:

-Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA

-Submission of a 500- to 1,000-word essay on one of the following topics: “How has the increase in organized spam affected businesses?” or “What is the best way for a company to protect themselves from spam/malware and virus attacks?”

-Proper citation must be given for any research used

Submission: Publish completed essay to any online blogging platform and share your post on your favorite social media outlet with the hashtag #EveryCloudScholarship. Then, fill out a submission form online at everycloudtech.com.

Deadline: Aug. 31

The Zebra Safe Driver Scholarship

Award: $500

Open to any student currently enrolled in any college or four-year university in the United States.

Requirements:

-Must provide proof of enrollment in the format of a school transcript

-Must submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on the following topic: “What was the moment that you decided to stop texting and driving, knowing once and for all that you would stick to it? And why was this moment the one it all changed for you?”

Submission: Send an email including your contact information, completed essay and transcript to scholarship@thezebra.com.

Deadline: Aug. 31

Lexington Law Scholarship Program

Award: $5,000

Open to any full-time student enrolled in an accredited U.S. university or college.

Requirements:

-Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA

-Must submit a minimum 800-word essay on the topic of “how you repaired or established your good credit”

-Essay must include supporting research from at least two cited sources

Submission: Publish the essay in either a Word document attached to an email to scholarship@lexingtonlaw.com, or on any online publishing platform. Additionally, email a content contribution agreement to the same email address, along with your contact information and the link to access your essay.

Deadline: Aug. 31

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Danielle Hendrix is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @dhendrix21 or email her at DanielleH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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