Scholarships by Grade Level
People often think scholarships are only awarded to incoming freshmen. Though freshmen scholarships are popular, there are a multitude of other scholarships offered to students at every grade level.
A few scholarships will have open eligibility, allowing anyone who meets basic requirements to apply, whether they are in middle school, high school, college , or attaining a graduate/professional degree. These awards can be sweepstakes, contests, or awards based on specific activities such as community service. Awards can also be divided by grade level or age group and, give out multiple scholarship prizes within the group. These scholarships allow for a broad appeal, and prevent any one group from having an unfair advantage.
Grade Level Limits
Scholarships commonly target specific age groups or grade levels. These range from “high school juniors born in a particular calendar year” to “anyone currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or professional program”. By limiting eligibility requirements to a specific population, scholarship providers are making sure that students are competing at an equal grade level.
Scholarships for high school students is the most common category of Scholarships by Grade Level. High school students are planning to attend college for the first time and likely do not have funding sources available. Scholarships for high school students creates an investment for new students to begin higher education.
Not every student has four years of funding secured from the first day of college. Many students continually search for new scholarships because their first award was not renewable annually. Scholarship providers recognize the need for funding beyond the first year of college, and have created scholarships for undergraduate students for students who need continuous funding.
While less common, there are scholarships for graduate students. Graduate students typically rely on fellowship, however there are not many fellowships and they do not always cover living expenses. Therefore, a number of scholarship providers are willing to help graduate students finish their educational pursuits by providing funding.
To begin exploring Scholarships by Grade Level, check our free resources listed above. To get a customized list of scholarship awards, fill out a profile on Scholarships.com and conduct a free college scholarship search.
Last Reviewed: May 2017
- Featured Scholarships
- LGBTQ Scholarships
- Scholarship Application Strategies
- Scholarship Directory
- Scholarship Information
- Scholarships by Grade Level
- Scholarships by Major
- Scholarships by State
- Scholarships by Type
- Scholarships Trending Now
- Scholarships.com Scholarships
- Sports Scholarships
- Success Stories
Latest College & Financial Aid News
May 26, 2017
by Susan Dutca
As we celebrate Memorial Day by honoring and remembering those who died while serving our country, we explore what it means to be American. In light of this, we've come up with a list of scholarships for Americans, based on a variety of criteria. Here you'll find free college scholarships for American citizens, college scholarships for ethnic-Americans, free college scholarships for veterans/military scholarships, and more! If you're proud to be an American and believe in the American dream – whatever that may entail, then check out these patriotic college scholarships for 2017 and help fund your American dream: [...]
May 23, 2017
by Susan Dutca
The U.S. Department of Education will offer a contract to a single loan servicer to manage its $1.2 trillion student loan portfolio, which contains over 43 million borrowers. Instead of keeping its current contract with four different services, the ED will award Navient, GreatNet or the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) the contract. What exactly does this mean for borrowers? [...]
May 16, 2017
by Susan Dutca
The chances of getting into a private college at a significantly discounted price are fairly high these days, according to a new report by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. But have students always paid those crazy expensive college tuition costs? [...]