Scholarship Search: Open Mind Scholarship

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Writer and publisher William Feather once said, “Books can open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can,” and those words ring true for many people, including prospective college students. We love the chance to support an independent bookstore that supports college students through this fabulous essay-based scholarship.

Scholarship: Open Mind Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Northshire Bookstore

Amount: New York students: $1,000 / Vermont students: $2,000 – $5,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Four

Eligible Students: High school seniors from New York and Vermont

How to Apply: Submit a one-page essay on how a book exposed you to something new and how this knowledge has impacted your life.

Deadline: March 31


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.