Personal Finance
November 19, 2018
By Emily Jones

A Step Ahead Scholarship

Simple. Thrifty. Living.

Whether you’re currently enrolled in college, or headed there next year, everyone could use a little help covering school expenses. The “A Step Ahead” scholarship contest from Simple. Thrifty. Living. will award one $1,500 scholarship to a student who can thoughtfully respond to the below prompt in 800 words or less.

At Simple. Thrifty. Living., we’re committed to helping you prepare for your financial future to enjoy life the way it should be lived. Whether it’s gaining internship experience in your desired field, opening up a savings account, or meeting with a financial aid counselor to discuss student loan repayment options, every little step counts. In 800 words or less, tell us how you are preparing for post-college life.


  • Answer the prompt above in 800 words or less.
  • The file name on your response to the prompt should be your full name and date of birth (Example: John-Doe-12-20-1996.docx).
  • Email your response as a Word document to Use the subject line: 2019 Simple Thrifty Living Scholarship
  • Submissions must be received by midnight on August 9, 2019.
  • Send your response to by midnight on August 9, 2019. Make sure to follow all of the instructions provided above.
  • We will select and notify a winner by August 23, 2019. (It’s subjective; we’re going to pick our favorite response.)
  • We will contact the winner to confirm their mailing address and send a check for $1,500.
  • The winner will be announced and featured on our company blog.
  • You must be a graduating senior in high school or a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college.
  • You must be a graduating high school or in college and be between the ages of 16 and 26.
  • We reserve the right to verify the date of your high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
  • Only one submission is permitted per student per year.
  • Any and all content may be used in future Simple. Thrifty. Living. marketing.
  • Is the check made out to our school, or directly to the student so they could use it to open a savings account/start repaying loans/etc?

    • Hi Cait-

      The check will be made out to the student. Thanks for applying!

  • I see this scholarship is not available for college seniors. Would I be considered a college senior, if I am returning to college, which will be my fourth year, but I will only be transferring a sophomore’s or junior’s equivalent of credits for my new undergraduate program?

    • Hi Nick-

      As long as you are not graduating this year you are welcome to apply.

      Thanks and good luck!

  • Can an undergraduate senior apply?

    • To be eligible, you must be a graduating high school senior or an undergraduate student in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year.

  • Life after college is the time that I will spend mastering my craft in healthcare as a Physician’s Assistant. Proper preparation includes handling my educational debt and beginning to pay interest on my student loans now. Maintaining employment by making myself employable through high levels of training and higher education will practically guarantee a productive place in society where I can have a hand in keeping patients healthy through my earned expertise and genuine concern. I intend to volunteer my time and skills to community health resources so that I remain in tune with the healthcare needs of the community and other clinical professionals for future educational resource needs. Lastly, I am maintaining a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness, nutrition, and active spirituality so that I am at a peak performance level for all that I encounter to ensure optimal output for the individuals that I serve.

  • Can a graduate school student apply for this scholarship?

    • The scholarship is not currently open for graduate students. To be eligible, you must be a graduating high school senior or an undergraduate student in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year.

  • Can international students who are non US citizen apply for this scholarship

    • Yes! International students can apply as well.

  • This scholarship is nice because it prepares college students for the future things to come.

  • I love this scholarship. It prepares myself and others to look towards what we will pursue throughout our journey as a college student.

  • I really like this scholarship and how it is based on our ability to plan for the future.

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