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Look Ahead: Our 2021 Scholarship Preview

Look Ahead: Our 2021 Scholarship Preview
Izzy Hall

We’re all looking forward to finally putting 2020 behind us on New Year’s Day. Though we could not have guessed what 2020 would bring us just a year ago, we can look towards the future year with a little more hope in our hearts – as well as take a look at some great scholarship opportunities that will come due during the upcoming months! Athletes, animal lovers, artists and writers – there’s a scholarship opportunity here for you to put on your 2021 calendar. Let’s ring in the new year with a list of great scholarships to start applying to today!

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program

Award Amount: $20,000
Deadline: January 8, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Foot Locker Foundation awards 20 incoming college freshmen with $20,000 in scholarship funding through the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program. In order to be eligible for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program, the applicant must be a current high school senior entering a four-year, accredited US college or university in the upcoming Fall, and be currently a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.)

Ron Brown Scholar Program

Award Amount: $40,000
Deadline: January 9, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year). High school senior applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need.

EngineerGirl Essay Contest

Award Amount: $500
Deadline: February 1, 2021
Scholarship Description: Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. The topic and detailed instructions for the contest are posted in the fall with a deadline for submissions early the following year. The essay word limit is 1600 words and graphics or artwork can be submitted alongside the essay.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation

Award Amount: $30,000
Deadline: February 1, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice. Applicants show leadership potential and demonstrate a dedication to community service.

The Ralph Carter Art Scholarship: Promoting Diversity in the Arts

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: February 5, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Ralph Carter Art Scholarship was created to support underrepresented student groups in the arts and to promote diversity in the profession. Open to applicants who are at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, Native American, Hispanic, Latino, or Asian & Pacific Islander. The LWP Life Academy will award this $5,000 scholarship to a student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who is pursuing a degree in, or closely related to, the arts.

Animal Welfare Institute Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: February 14, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Animal Welfare Institute Scholarship is open to seniors in high school who have demonstrated a commitment to animal welfare through volunteer work and/or advocacy and intend to pursue a career that will ultimately reduce animal suffering. Students who are seniors in high school during the application window for this year’s application process will be considered, and must attend a high school in the United Stated.

HSF Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: February 15, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers funding to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to high school seniors, undergraduate students, community college students transferring to four year universities, and graduate students.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Award Amount: $500
Deadline: February 16, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Live Deliberately Essay Contest invites youth around the world ages 14-18 to consider a selected Henry David Thoreau quotation and accompanying prompt. Contestants are asked to write a thoughtful essay that uses personal experience and observation to demonstrate how that year's quotation and prompt relate to their own lives and to the world around them.

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: February 18, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program assists high school seniors who have completed an advanced placement computer science course, or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test and plan to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study. Winners of the award receive $10,000 at an accredited four-year college or university as well as a paid summer internship at Amazon after their freshman year of college.

Youth Foundation Maude and Alexander Hadden Scholarships

Award Amount: $4,000
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Scholarship Description: Established in 1968, the Maude and Alexander Hadden Scholarship is awarded to exceptionally worthy high school seniors with demonstrated financial need, for up to four years of college undergraduate study. Hadden Scholars must be U.S. citizens matriculating at a four-year accredited college or university established in the United States. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and demonstrate scholastic achievement, financial need and leadership ability.

Engebretson Foundation Scholarship

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Engebretson Foundation Scholarship is awarded to one graduating high school senior each year who demonstrates not only financial need but also impressive academic performance and leadership ability. Applicants must have an ACT of 28 or an SAT of 1240, and 3.75 GPA or above and/or top 5% of graduating class. Applicants must plan to attend a four-year college and demonstrate financial need.

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