Scholarships for High School Juniors

It's never too late to apply for scholarships, and although some students may wait until their senior year in high school to begin finding scholarships, junior year is a great time to get ahead of the game, as many big decisions are made in the eleventh grade - ones that will have a large impact on the next five years and beyond. Students spend time scoping out colleges, preparing for and taking the ACT and SAT, working with college athletic recruits, and so forth.

High school juniors are eligible to receive scholarships open to all high school students, but also ones that are specifically designated for juniors, such as The Hamilton Award. Others, like the Penguin Publishing Group's Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, are open to upperclassmen. Therefore, with the plentiful scholarships, there's a large range of scholarships to be won - from $500 to $100,000, high school juniors can secure funding for their college education a year prior to graduation!

With the large availability and generosity of scholarships, there comes a certain amount of competition. High school juniors have the chance to compete for prestigious scholarships such as The Siemen's Competition scholarship or The Coolidge Scholarship. By the third year in high school, juniors will have had a chance to establish a solid academic and extracurricular profile to help boost their chances in successfully landing a scholarship. For the junior go-getters, here are some great scholarships:

$1,000 College JumpStart Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/17/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition that is open to 10th, 11th and 12th graders and college students and non-traditional students. Applicants must be high school sophomores, juniors or seniors or adult students. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition was established to reward students that seek to increase their knowledge and understanding of how Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention help ensure safe drinking water. Backflow Prevention is designed to prevent dangerous - and sometimes fatal - bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful agents from entering the local water [...] More

AG Bell College Scholarship Awards

  • Application Deadline: 3/8/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) offers several scholarships for full-time students who are deaf and hard of hearing and use Listening and Spoken Language, and who are pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree or a graduate degree at an accredited mainstream college or university. This is a merit-based scholarship program with award selection being [...] More

Air Force ROTC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Air Force ROTC offers a variety of scholarships that will help relieve the financial burden of your college education.
    Air Force ROTC scholarships cover college tuition and most lab fees. You will also receive an annual textbook allowance and up to a $500 spending cash monthly stipend. A variety of full and partial scholarships are available, and certain scholarships have specific requirements. [...] More

Allen Meyer Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The goal of the scholarship program is to provide full tuition assistance to students who can demonstrate moderate to significant financial need, who wish to pursue an outstanding, intellectually rigorous, secondary education at Parish Episcopal School. Applicants must be a new or current Parish student entering the 9th grade at Parish Episcopal School
    and demonstrate moderate to significant [...] More

American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The American College Foundation (ACF) Visionary Scholarship program offers multiple awards ranging from $1,000-$5,000. All high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens are eligible to apply.
    For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest; eligible participants must be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States. The curriculum of the school must be considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade 9, and terminating with grade 12. The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. [...] More

AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/7/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The American Meteorological Society offers the AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship program, open to all high school students, designed to encourage study in the atmospheric and related sciences. Serving as a unique example of various sectors of our field joining together to support young, talented minds, the scholarships are being sponsored by partners in industry, as well as through named [...] More

Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative awards three scholarships to the authors of the three best Apprentice Ecologist essays. Applicants should embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative by demonstrating personal leadership and environmental stewardship in their project. Winning essays have been 750 to 1,500 words long. Middle school, high school, or undergraduate college/university [...] More

ARTBA's Student Transportation Video Contest

  • Application Deadline: 8/29/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • There has been a lot of talk about transportation and infrastructure lately, ranging from debates in high school to debates in Congress. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) would like to know what you think.
    The top two student videos (one winner in each category), as selected by ARTBA, will each be awarded a $500 cash prize. The winners, along with other submitted [...] More

BBB Student Ethics Scholarship Award - Connecticut

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • BBB's Student Ethics Scholarship recognizes college-bound high-school students who personify high ethics demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall integrity and academic standing. For this scholarship, students must apply while in their junior year of high school. The winner will receive a scholarship to an accredited college or university of his or her choice. Scholarships must [...] More

Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/6/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • In honor of former Iowa State University basketball player Brian Pearson, who died of brain cancer in the fall of 1997, the Iowa Games began awarding the Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship in 1998. Pearson knew the meaning of hard work and recognized the rewards of commitment. He valued the relationships he had with his family, friends, neighbors, and teammates. People who were fortunate enough [...] More

Carson Scholars Fund, Inc.

  • Application Deadline: 1/10/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Carson Scholars Fund awards college scholarships to students in grades 4 through 11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Students must attend an accredited K-12 school in the United States. An interested student must be nominated by his/her school to be able to compete for a Carson Scholarship. It is up to a school how to determine its nominee. The minimum [...] More

Celebrate The West High School Art Competition

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • Amount: $1,200
  • The Western Governors' Association is proud to announce "Celebrate the West", a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state. The competition is open exclusively to high school students. Home-schooled students in that age group also may enter. Students must be in a school in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, [...] More

Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship was created in 2013 through a generous donation from Connor's family members. Connor passed away on July 26, 2012 in a plane crash with his father, Pat, and another friend shortly after winning bronze in the Division III foil event at the Summer Nationals in Anaheim. Connor had many friends in the fencing world and was well known for his sportsmanship and [...] More

Courageous Persuaders Video Scholarship Competition

  • Application Deadline: 2/9/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Courageous Persuaders is a peer-to-peer national scholarship competition that invites high school students in grades 9-12 to create a 30-second commercial to warn middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking and the dangers of texting while driving. High school students can enter separate videos in both categories. The program was built upon the premise that high school students [...] More

David and Maryla Korn Family Scholarship Fund for the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and/or Jewish Primary Day School

  • Application Deadline: 5/3/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • This scholarship is awarded once a year. Applications are sent directly to the school. Please contact your school counselor to apply. Decisions are based primarily on financial need.

    Applicants must be: A Jewish resident of the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Attending the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School or the Jewish Primary Day School. [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2020
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a [...] More

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Our project aims to educate parents and teens about the dangers of living in a connected world. Explore our site and then join us in the fight to stop online harassment. In an effort to get students committed to the cause of deleting cyberbullying, we are offering the Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award for high school, college and graduate student - a $1,000 scholarship to help cover [...] More

Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 9/30/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving. You must be a high school student or a current undergrad or graduate school student of any level. Home-schooled students are also eligible. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. The winner will be selected based on the content and creativity of the 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting [...] More

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition

  • Application Deadline: 3/3/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition is a contest designed to motivate high school students to excel in education. The Competition encourages students to express their views on a preselected topic and focuses on the ability of the students to communicate orally and in writing. The contest is also designed to give young people experience in public speaking [...] More

Drive2Life Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/4/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Challenge your students to enter the Drive2Life Contest by creating a script or storyboard for a 30-second public service announcement (PSA). Applicants must be in grades 6-12 and must create a storyboard or written script on 8.5x11-inch paper for a 30-second public service announcement. The grand prize will be a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to New York city, where the winner will film the PSA. [...] More

FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests are open to all high school seniors who graduate in spring and will be attending a North American college or university in the fall. Fill out the application and submit your essay no later than midnight, June 1st. Winners will be announced in July. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 6/6/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Bright Futures Scholarship will renew automatically each year (up to the scholarship limit) if the student maintains the required GPA and earns the required credit hours. Applicant must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, as determined by the student's post-secondary institution and must complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August [...] More

FRA Americanism Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • RA sponsors an annual essay contest to promote the spirit of Americanism and patriotism among our country's youth. FRA's Americanism Essay Contest is open to all students, grades 7 through 12, including those who are home-schooled. Students are invited to submit a 350-word essay through an FRA member or local FRA branch. Local winners are forwarded for competition at the regional level and [...] More

Furman University Furman Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Furman Scholars program seeks to honor high school juniors who exhibit strong academic potential, demonstrate leadership potential, and show significant involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. High school guidance counselors nominate current juniors to participate in the program. Students selected as Furman Scholars are eligible to receive at least $7,500 in [...] More

Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Girls Impact the World Film Festival provides a powerful platform for young storytellers to highlight critical issues facing women and girls. Students submit original short (3-6-minute) films focused on issues such as girls’ education and advancement, ending violence against women, and poverty alleviation. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Girls Inc. National Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/28/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Breitling College Visit Program was created in 1994 by Jacqueline Breitling, who learned the value of visiting colleges from her own children's experiences. Girls Inc. of Carpinteria and the Santa Barbara Foundation are proud to manage this award for the benefit of young women interested in attending colleges out-of-state. Scholarships are for travel to out-of-state colleges only. Applicants [...] More

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Their leadership and courage make them true heroes - and inspirations to us all.

    Applicants must be 8 to 18 years of age and must be permanent residents of the U.S.A. or Canada. Must be currently working on an inspiring service project or have done [...] More

GRHS Youth Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • An International GRHS Essay Contest, sponsored by the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota, will be held to encourage students from around the world to learn about the history and culture of the German-Russians, people who emigrated from Germany into Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Harold Colby/Ray Barton NH Association of Septage Haulers Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/24/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • NHASH is a professional association that represents committed industry leaders in septic system pumping and maintenance, installation, and repair. Our members are environmentally responsible, engaging in disposal practices that are federal and state approved. Our site is dedicated to helping people in the Granite State find the answers they need for their septic systems. For more information, or [...] More

Hearthstone Housing Foundation Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Hearthstone Housing Foundation's Scholarship Fund was created to develop and empower new generations to achieve their educational endeavors. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, or come from a low-income household; be 15-25 years of age, and reside at a Hearthstone Housing Foundation property or in a county where a Hearthstone property is located. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for high [...] More

Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $11,500
  • The Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award is for Iowa high school juniors. The program annually identifies and honors up to 15 Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish a project of their own choosing and design. Grades, test scores, essays and financial need are not evaluated. To apply, students must be juniors in an Iowa high school or home schooled program in the spring of the [...] More

ICAFS Student Training Opportunity and Project (TOP) Grant

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $750
  • The ICAFS grant, which was first awarded in 2007, is intended to continue the Idaho Chapter's legacy of fostering the development of fish and aquatic professionals and is awarded annually to high school and college students enrolled at any school in Idaho. The purpose of the grant is to help students carry out activities consistent with the mission of the Idaho Chapter. This may include [...] More

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $75,000
  • Each year more than 1,700 student finalists earn the right to attend the prestigious Intel ISEF as a result of winning an Intel ISEF-affiliated fair at a local, regional, or national level. Intel ISEF finalists compete for more than $5 million in awards and prizes and are judged on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill, and clarity shown in their [...] More

ISA Individual Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The ISA Individual Scholarship is intended to reward young surfers.

    Eligibility: 18 years or under as of December 31. Demonstrating financial need. Enrolled in school. Outstanding role models to their community. Recommended by their National Surfing Federation.

    The ISA will distribute a total of $50,000 USD to be divided amongst all recipients. Awards range from $100-$1,000 per recipient [...] More

IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • IAPMO formed the foundation - the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) - to help provide safe access to clean water and sanitation systems. How would you promote the IWSH projects and what slogan would you use do to so? Students must be a current high school senior; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade [...] More

Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/21/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • To foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen, JASNA conducts an annual student essay contest. Students interested in the life and works of Jane Austen are encouraged to enter. The essay contest is open to students worldwide at the high school, college/university, and graduate school levels of study. Entrants do not need to be members of JASNA. Students must be enrolled full-time or [...] More

Jewish United Fund Merit Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Jewish United Fund offers a number of annual merit scholarships to high school, college and graduate students to age 23 who demonstrate significant leadership skills. Applicants must be enrolled in grade 10, 11 or 12 or must be no older than 23 years old and enrolled in a college or graduate program and must reside or attend school in metropolitan Chicago. Students must have also applied to [...] More

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/17/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, [...] More

JUF Israel Experience High School Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation and the Naftali Steinfeld Memorial Scholarship Fund offer scholarships based on financial need for high school students participating in approved Israel Experience programs. The purpose of the Israel Experience High School Scholarship Program is to develop Jewish identity and nourish greater understanding and commitment to Israel and to the Chicago Jewish [...] More

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Eastern Regional Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) offers the Eastern Regional Chapter Scholarship to students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). Students who will be a full-time student at a school in one of the designated Eastern region states (Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North [...] More

Leadership Speech Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,500
  • Our nationwide speech contest promotes an understanding of Leadership among our nation's high school students, and encourages the development vital communication skills. Students research, write and deliver a four to six minute speech on the topic of Leadership. Speeches will be delivered at an NMA meeting, where cash scholarships will be awarded to the top three contestants. Winner advances to [...] More

Letitia B. Carter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Letitia B. Carter scholarship is presented by the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation in memory of former CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland. This competitive scholarship is awarded to Maryland residents interested in pursuing hospitality-related coursework. It is available to high school students and college students as well as high school, college or corporate [...] More

Marine Band Concerto Competition for High School Musicians

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school musicians. The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 cash prize from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner-up will receive a $500 cash prize. The competition is [...] More

MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 2/21/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge is a contest for high school juniors and seniors. Through participation, students experience what it’s like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in industry. The Challenge awards $100,000. 11th and 12th graders from anywhere in the United States, [...] More

Mayor Ruben Pineta Community Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The mission of Diabetes Scholars Foundation is to support activities related to education for and about children with diabetes. This includes but is not limited to funding scholarships for diabetes education conferences and higher education.

    Mayor Ruben Pineta Community Scholarship awards one $2,500 scholarship to a high school junior or senior with Type 1 Diabetes who is attending West [...] More

Military Child of the Year Award

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Military Child of the Year Award recognizes outstanding military children who demonstrate resiliency, leadership, and achievement in their communities. Recipients, along with a parent or guardian, travel to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition Gala. They also receive a laptop computer and the $10,000 award. We are excited to be able to offer recognition for children of National Guard, [...] More

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Students must have developed a distinctive solution to a problem faced by their school, community, or family; or has solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in new or unusual ways; or has developed an innovative way to save the [...] More

MIT THINK Out of the Box Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The THINK Out of the Box is an initiative aimed at helping local students passionate about science develop their own innovative ideas to reality. We partner MIT mentors one-on-one with students at Boston schools to work on projects of the student's design. Any full-time high school student and U.S. resident attending a public, private, or home-school in the Greater Boston Area at the time of his [...] More

Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2020
  • Amount: $1,800
  • The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation seeks to encourage young people to treasure our Jewish heritage, reflect on our Jewish values, and better understand our contribution to civilization and culture. To this effort, the Foundation sponsors an annual essay contest open to both junior high and high school students. The Foundation also issues grants to a wide variety of educational, scientific [...] More

National Hazing Prevention Week Essay Competition

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • Sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations, this year's essay theme is: Be Someone's Hero - Stand up to Hazing. Applicants must be high school students and a U.S. Citizen and/or resident. Essays become the property of HPO and may be used in print, digital and web-based promotional materials by HPO and/or the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). [...] More

NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 7/20/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • For over 20 years, the National Foundation for Women Legislators has hosted the Annual Constitution Essay Scholarship Contest, which provides six female high school juniors or seniors a college scholarship, an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference, and an award that is presented at the event. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?" Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third [...] More

NSHSS Earth Day Awards

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • The NSHSS Foundation has partnered with the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) to encourage environmental stewardship among high school students globally through the Earth Day Award competition. Applicants must submit details about an environmental project that they are currently working on, or one that will be initiated for Earth Day in their home, school, and/or community. Requirements include a [...] More

NSSAR George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range. To participate, students must submit an [...] More

Penguin Publishing Group's Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/22/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest awards five high school juniors or seniors a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education plus a Signet Classics Library for their school. Essays must be submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of students who write an essay on one of five topics for this year's competition book. The contest is open to 11th [...] More

Powering Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • This annual scholarship was established by Alpha One to assist people with disabilities who wish to pursue post-secondary education. The scholarship will provide up to per candidate who is accepted into post-secondary school education (e.g., after high school), including undergraduate college education as well as graduate programs.

    Applicants must have a documented disability, be [...] More

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Video Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $8,000
  • For both the high school and college contests, the first-place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. The second-place finisher will receive $2,000. Third-place finisher will receive $1,000. Applicants must create a video designed to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. You have a unique opportunity to play a key role in spreading this important [...] More

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

  • Application Deadline: 11/5/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level, and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in late April. Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion. Other [...] More

Richland County Foundation Mansfield Noon Lions Club Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Mansfield Noon Lions Club Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and or educational assistance for the visually handicapped pursuing their education either part or full-time, giving priority to those students graduating from the visually impaired program at Mansfield City Schools, and whose visual handicap, which means an impairment which, even with correction, adversely affects a child's [...] More

Right Fit Foundation $5,000 Local Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Each year we provide a $5,000 local scholarship to a college bound student in Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas County in order to help middle income families with the growing cost of college. Applicants must be admitted to and attend an accredited four year college or university. Preference will be given to middle income families. Applicants must be U.S. citizens residing in Hillsborough, Pasco or [...] More

Straight "A" Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/26/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • We've redefined the meaning of Straight "A"s. This scholarship awards high school students who are pursuing academic excellence, athletic achievement, is actively serving in the community while possessing a strong Ambition, a winning attitude and the ability to overcome adversity. Eighteen Tri-State students, nine male and nine female, will be awarded a scholarship. One male and one female from [...] More

Taigh Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Taigh (a Gaelic term for "home or dwelling") Scholarship was established to inspire and encourage residents of Peacham, Vermont, to pursue a post-secondary education. In order to apply, you must attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans); reside in Caledonia County (preference given to applicants who are residents of Peacham [...] More

Texas A&M University - Century Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Century Scholars Program (CSP) is a partnership between Texas A&M University and 108 high schools throughout the state of Texas. The program serves as a four-year learning community in which its students are developed holistically and prepared for the rigors of the academic and professional arenas. Students selected as Century Scholars are awarded $20,000 over four years, as well as a $1,000 [...] More

The Coolidge Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/24/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship that covers a student's tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any American university. Applicants must be juniors in high school and either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. For more information, or to apply, please visit the [...] More

The Hamilton Award

  • Application Deadline: 1/29/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • The Hamilton Award recognizes young people for their academic, personal, service and entrepreneurial accomplishments. Up to thirty-five underserved (first-generation, low income, extenuating circumstances, etc.) high school juniors from across the nation are selected annually as winners of the Hamilton Award and subsequently enrolled in the five-year Alexander Hamilton Scholars (AHS) Empowerment [...] More

The Joseph Mahoney Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The mission of Diabetes Scholars Foundation is to support activities related to education for and about children with diabetes. This includes but is not limited to funding scholarships for diabetes education conferences and higher education.
    The Joseph Mahoney Memorial Scholarship awards one (1) $2,500 scholarship to a high school junior or senior with Type 1 diabetes who is attending West [...] More

The National Honor Society Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/7/2020
  • Amount: $25,000
  • NHS is the oldest and best-known student recognition program. For nearly 100 years, NHS members have been making a difference in their schools and communities through their scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Alumni include celebrated individuals from all walks of life, including the arts and sciences, government, education, medicine, the military, politics, and athletics.
    High [...] More

The Power of Children Awards: Making A Difference

  • Application Deadline: 4/26/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Children’s Museum recognizes youths that make significant contributions and create important projects to benefit others. Each award recipient receives a $2,000 grant to continue his or her extraordinary work; partial four-year post-secondary scholarship to a participating institution of higher learning; recognition in the museum’s The Power of Children exhibit for at least one year; and honor [...] More

The Silver Shield Foundation

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Silver Shield Foundation has been helping children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty with the cost of their education. We set aside an education fund for each surviving child to assist with tuition payments for prep school, college and university undergraduate and graduate school, vocational and technical school, and tutoring services. The tuition assistance [...] More

The Snorkel Store Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • Do you have a love for the ocean and marine animals? Do you think that the preservation of the marine regions of the world should be a global priority? You may qualify for our scholarship. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

The Weston Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Weston Scholarship, a portfolio competition in Monterey County, was established in 2004 by Kim and Gina Weston to support high school and college students studying fine art photography. It is specifically targeted for students practicing black and white film photography. Eligible students must be enrolled in a Monterey County high school, college, or university during the competition that [...] More

Tommy Tranchin Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Tommy Tranchin Award was established at The Dallas Foundation to support students with physical, emotional or intellectual disabilities who have shown promise or passion in a chosen field of interest. To be eligible: you are a student in North Texas in grade level 8 - 12; you have a physical, emotional or intellectual disability; you want to participate in an activity that will help [...] More

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Science Competition

  • Application Deadline: 2/8/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real-world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. The contest categories are divided into: Primary Level (Grades K-3), Upper Elementary Level (Grades 4-6), and Middle Level (Grades 7-9) High School Level (Grades 10-12). Projects must also include an abstract, project description, bibliography, and five sample [...] More

Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2020
  • Amount: $15,000
  • Learning to drive is one of the coolest times for a teen. But facts have shown it can be extremely dangerous. You have the power to inspire your fellow teens, maybe better than a teacher or a parent can, because you know what messages will be the most powerful. Create a 30-60 second video for your fellow teen drivers that highlights the importance of safe teen driving. Your video's message should [...] More

U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is the world's most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The prize taps into the unlimited potential of today's high school students as they seek to address current and future water challenges. The competition is open to any high school student in grades 9 through 12, and have reached 15 years of age by August 1st of the competition [...] More

Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • This award recognizes Golden Key members for their excellence throughout their undergraduate careers.
    A personal statement of no more than 5 pages that details how you exemplify the Society’s commitment to academics, leadership and service, a letter of recommendation from a university or organization official familiar with your involvement at your university or in the community, Résumé/CV, and A [...] More

Valparaiso University Award for Excellence

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Award candidates are nominated in their junior year of high school by their Lutheran high school principal. Nominations are based on academic success and leadership skills. Recipients are notified with the offer of admission. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

VFW Voice of Democracy Competition

  • Application Deadline: 10/31/2020
  • Amount: $30,000
  • The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or [...] More

West Virginia PROMISE Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $4,750
  • The PROMISE (Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-State Student Excellence) Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program that is designed to make college more affordable to all qualified West Virginia students.

    The program, funded for the first time in 2001, will provide each eligible West Virginia high school graduate a full tuition scholarship to a state college or university [...] More

William Randolph Hearst Foundation U.S. Senate Youth Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 55th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 4-11. Two (2) student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity [...] More

WWDC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/24/2020
  • Amount: $1,595
  • WWDC19 Scholarships reward talented students and STEM organization members with the opportunity to attend this year’s conference. Developers selected for a scholarship will receive a WWDC19 ticket, lodging for the conference, and one year of membership in the Apple Developer Program free of charge. Your talent and enthusiasm could take you all the way to WWDC19. Build a Swift playground to [...] More

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Get Paid to Play in College with ESA Esports Scholarships

January 21, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced its first Esports scholarship, expanding its 20-year-old scholarship program to include Esports competitors in college, according to Polygon. The ESA Esports scholarship program is "intended to elevate the participation of women and minorities" who currently "account for a very small percentage of Esports scholarship recipients. Therefore, in order to be eligible for the ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship, you must either be a woman or minority and pursuing a degree leading to a career in computer and video game arts and sciences. Current high school seniors, college freshman, sophomore and juniors who are U.S. citizens may apply for the ESA Esports scholarship. Applicants must also be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four (4) year college or university in the upcoming fall semester in order to be considered. All scholarship applications are due March 2, 2020 at 11:59 PST. Applicants will receive results by mid-June and funds will be issued to scholarship winners by end of August. [...]

Biggest / Largest Dollar Scholarships in 2020

January 16, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

When it comes to large dollar scholarships, mo' money means fewer problems in paying your college tuition bill. The average student will land between $1,000 and $5,000 in college scholarships after investing a decent amount of time and effort into applying for scholarships. Even smaller scholarships worth $500 are enough to cover books and fees, even if they aren't enough to foot an entire semester’s college tuition bill. [...]

Gap Year for National Service as a College Graduation Requirement?

January 13, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Should students be required to and serve their nation either before or during college? Pete Buttigieg thinks so, as he has rolled out a $20-billion proposal to enlist young people in national service after high school in order to produce "civically informed and dedicated Americans." In his commentary, Why Colleges Should Require a Gap Year, Jonathan Zimmeran outlines why a gap-year would be the ideal timeline for this initiative. [...]

Last Reviewed: January 2020

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