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Scholarship contests and sweepstakes typically do not request your academic achievements, standardized test scores or financial needs. However, you are less likely to win because of the random selection process. Your chances of winning a sweepstakes vary based on the number of applicants who enter each drawing. Requirements may be as simple as sending off an email or completing an online form, and you will not be asked to come up with an essay.

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Someone has to win the sweepstakes, so if you’re feeling lucky, consider applying for a chance to win! Beware of scholarship scams. You should never have to pay a processing fee to win money. Check out our examples of scholarship contests and sweepstakes that we think are worth a shot.

"A Voice for Animals" High School Contest
Application Deadlines: May 25, Annually
The Humane Education Network is pleased to announce its Annual A Voice for Animals High School Contest with prizes totaling $6,000 across several categories (video, essay, blog). The contest is now open for submissions and the deadline for entries is May 25th. The contest is open to all students currently attending high school anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality, citizenship or [...] More

ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition
Application Deadlines: January 01, Annually
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

Adopt-A-Vet Essay Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
This contest is open to U.S citizens of all national backgrounds that are currently studying in the United States or in an American military school out of the country. Eligible contestants must be 11th or 12th grade students in a public, private, alternative, parochial school, or a home study program. Previous first place JFI scholarship recipients are not eligible. Recent high-school graduates [...] More

AFSA High School Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The American Foreign Service Association's National High School Essay Contest encourages students to think critically and write a research paper about building peace through diplomacy. Students must be in grades 9-12, students of U.S. citizenship and whose parents are not members of the Foreign Service.

Essay topic:
Imagine that you are a member of the U.S. Foreign Service recently assigned [...] More

ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: August 01, Annually
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is pleased to announce the continuing annual competition for the George Watt Memorial Essay prizes. Graduate and undergraduate students from the United States and elsewhere are invited to submit an essay or thesis chapter about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in 1920s and 1930s, or the [...] More

Allied Van Lines Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 01, Annually
At Allied Van Lines, we believe that educational quality is key in fostering a nationwide network of skilled professionals for years to come. Because of this belief, we are proud for the opportunity to offer our first annual Logistics Scholarship to a number of qualifying students who choose to enter.
Students submit a brief essay of between 400 and 800 words, detailing why a career in [...] More

Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition
Application Deadlines: March 07, Annually
Apply what you have learned about design and/or engineering by entering the ET Foundation International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition. The competition is open to U.S. and international high school, college, university or technical school students who have knowledge of architectural, product, structural and/or industrial design, engineering, and CAD design. Undergraduate and [...] More

American Fire Sprinkler Association High School Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 06, Annually
The American Fire Sprinkler Association created the scholarship program to help with the educational and training pursuits of students just like you. In addition, AFSA wants to educate the public at-large about the life-saving properties of automatic fire sprinklers. If you meet the contest requirements and want to learn a little during the process, please enter and good luck.

Eligibility [...] More

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest
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The Oratorical Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Who is eligible?
- All contestants must be students under the age of 20 years on the date of [...] More

American Society of Human Genetics Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 11, Annually
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 11th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in grades 9-12.

The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts [...] More

Americanism Education Leaders Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: June 30, Annually
The Americanism Educational Leaders and Pepperdine University Libraries are pleased to announce its annual collegiate essay contest.

The mission of AEL is in its strong belief in "American exceptionalism", i.e. that our country is exceptional in the history of the world. All of our programs are meant to encourage students to learn about, understand and appreciate some aspect of the American [...] More

Arizona Milk Producers Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 09, Annually
Is Your 'Stache Worth the Cash? Dairy plays such an important role in fueling active minds and bodies. Now, dairy can also help you earn a college scholarship. Simply take a picture of your best milk mustache for the chance to win. Make sure a dairy product (milk, cheese, yogurt) is visible along with your mustache. The contest is open to students who are 17 years of age or older and are (or will [...] More

ARTBA's Student Transportation Video Contest
Application Deadlines: August 31, Annually
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 [...] More

Bird Dog Foundation Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. sponsors an annual college scholarship essay contest for all high school seniors from public, private, cdc and home schools. Students must reside in either Tennessee, Mississippi or Arkansas to be eligible to enter. There are no charges or fees required to enter this annual contest.

The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has established a scholarship fund to promote [...] More

Buildium’s Women in Technology Scholarship
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We are looking for female students to participate in our essay contest where they can win a $2500 scholarship. The contest is open to students 18 years old and above, with good academic standing and enrolled in the following programs: Product Design, Interaction Design, User Experience Design, Engineering, or Computer Science.

They are required to submit a 1001-word essay explaining what [...] More

CashCourse “My Story” Scholarship Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: November 30, Annually
Have you encountered a personal finance situation that you think others could learn from? Share your story with CashCourse.org and you could win a scholarship of up to $1,500! Submit an essay that describes the situation, problem, or decision as well as how you worked through the process and what lesson(s) you learned.

To Enter:

1. Visit the provider's website and download the official [...] More

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest
Application Deadlines: November 25, Annually
The Chick & Sophie Major Memorial Scholarship Duck Calling Contest is open to any high school senior in the United States who can call ducks. During its 38-year history, the renowned contest has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to young duck callers attending 32 different colleges and universities in 13 different states.

The scholarships can be used to further their education in any [...] More

City of Houston Public Service Recognition Week Scholarship Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 28, Annually
The City of Houston invites Houston area high school seniors at both public and private schools to participate in the annual Public Service Recognition Week Essay Contest. Seniors can earn up to $2,000 for college, gain a deeper understanding about local government and learn about the broad range of career options serving the residents of Houston.

Public Service Recognition Week is observed [...] More

Clearasil Teacher Truths $5,000 Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: October 23, Annually
A Teacher Truth is your teacher's perspective on acne and high school. Teachers are trapped in school: they understand what teenagers go through because they see it happen all the time. This means they can help put the hard stuff (like acne and homework) into perspective. If you post a picture of your teacher's Teacher Truth, you could win a $5,000 scholarship. To enter:

1. Create your entry: [...] More

Colored Rocks Contest
Application Deadlines: January 04, Annually
The Prize is awarded annually to 15 senior male high school students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The Prize recognizes and awards these high achieving students who have committed to help at least one of their struggling peers achieve their high school diploma. Step-by-step, Colored Rocks are reversing the disturbing numbers of male students of color who become high school dropouts in [...] More

Courageous Persuaders Video Scholarship Competition
Application Deadlines: February 11, Annually
Create a TV commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking. Win scholarship money and trophies, have fun, and gain valuable experience. The grand prize-winning commercial will be broadcast on TV and the team that created it will work with Pluto Post and the Detroit Auto Dealers Education Foundation to upgrade their spot for air.

Open to all [...] More

Create Real Impact Contest
Application Deadlines: November 05, Annually
Impact Teen Drivers presents the Create Real Impact Contest, which offers students aged 14-22 an opportunity to earn educational grants for their creative solutions to the deadly, yet preventable problem of distracted and reckless driving.

Four types of categories:
-Video: 2 minutes max – uploaded to YouTube. It is required that the video be publicly accessible and Impact Teen Drivers is [...] More

Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science International Essay Competition
Application Deadlines: October 05, Annually
All high school students and international equivalents are invited to submit an essay about the recent effects and future promises of science in our society. Write about particular discoveries, events, or persons from science in current events or present a more general account of the changes and developments. Each essay must be accompanied by a statement of acknowledged validity by a teacher in [...] More

Doodle 4 Google Art Competition
Application Deadlines: December 07, Annually
From cave paintings to selfies, artists have always found creative ways of expressing themselves. Now, with the Google homepage as their canvas, we're asking students to do the same. Young artists can doodle with any materials to show what makes them unique, and the winner’s artwork will be featured on our homepage for a day.

Students can create a doodle that tells the world "What makes [...] More

Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The Henkal Corporation's Duck Brand Duct Tape "Stuck at Prom" Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada, including the District of Columbia, but excluding Puerto Rico and the Province of Quebec. This contest rewards individuals for creating prom attire made completely out of duct tape.

Each couple/single entry must include:
-One color photograph (professional or [...] More

East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest
Application Deadlines: May 02, Annually
The East Villagers Non-Profit Community is offering an opportunity for young service-minded scholars to express their passion for community service through essay writing and art. Winners from Northern California will be invited to read their essays at the annual Service Scholar Award Celebration hosted by the Ping & Amy Chao Family Foundation. Students must complete five hours of community [...] More

Edgar K. Schutz Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The American Galvanizers Association's Galvanize the Future: Edgar K. Schutz Memorial Scholarship essay contest is available to full- or part-time, undergraduate or graduate students of any age enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university only in North America. High school students are not eligible to enter this contest. Qualifying majors include architecture, civil engineering, [...] More

Embrace Tutoring & Educational Services Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Embrace Tutoring and Educational Services is a premier tutoring and test prep organization based in the Northern NJ and NYC area. Our mission is very simple - we provide the best educational experience for our clients by providing them with top-level teachers and mentors. All of our educators are experienced classroom teachers! The key component of our success is our exclusive screening, [...] More

ENF Most Valuable Student Competition
Application Deadlines: December 04, Annually
The mission of the ENF is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow's leaders, our youth, with lifelong skills; honor the Elks' pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives; and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks [...] More

Festa Queen Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 15, Annually
The Festa Italiana Scholarship is open to all young women of Italian descent between the ages of 16 and 22. Festa Queen candidates are evaluated on an application, essay, oral interview and participation during the Festa Italiana to be held in August at the Croatian Festival Grounds in Sacramento. The Festa Queen will receive a cash award and a free language class from the Sacramento Italian [...] More

Flag House Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: March 25, Annually
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore Maryland is a National Historic Landmark and the historic home of Mary Pickersgill, the woman who sewed the Star-Spangled Banner. The Star-Spangled Banner is the giant American flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen our national anthem when it flew at Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812.

The Flag House awards a scholarship in the amount of [...] More

FRA Americanism Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The essay contest's grand national prize is $5,000 with additional prizes of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place in grades seven through twelve. Each winners will receive an attractive plaque citing his or her achievement. Every entrant judged at the national level receives a certificate of recognition. Additional prizes may be awarded to students winning [...] More

From Failure to Promise Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: July 31, Annually
In 2010, Dr. C Moorer – author, consultant, professor, scholar, and speaker - published his ground breaking work, "From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professoriate." An inspirational autobiography in which Moorer (once an inner-city youth) shares his 15-year journey, espousing how God transformed his life and took him from college flunk-out to engineer and, ultimately, to university [...] More

Germans from Russia Heritage Society Youth Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The International GRHS Essay Contest encourages 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. Today, in the USA, Canada and other countries in the Western Hemisphere, these people have become known as Germans from Russia.

The GRHS Essay Contest is open to all [...] More

Growing Up Asian in America Art & Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 04, Annually
Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American.

Eligibility:
-Be Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese or other Asian/Pacific Islander, multi-cultural ethnicity
-Grades K-12
-Live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, [...] More

Holland & Knight Young Native Writers Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to encourage young Native Americans to write about the progress their tribal communities have made and how their tribal communities can keep moving forward.

The contest is designed to encourage young Native American writers to explore their heritage while becoming positive [...] More

IAPMO Scholarship Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), a worldwide organization of dedicated professionals striving to make our planet a safer and healthier place in which to live, will again sponsor an essay competition awarding scholarships to three young people.

Participants in this year’s contest will submit essays expressing their thoughts on “What role can IAPMO play [...] More

IGNITE Change Leadership Contest
Application Deadlines: April 06, Annually
If you had $1,000, what could you change for women and girls in your community? How would you do it? Submit an essay (up to 1,500 words) and a budget worksheet describing YOUR plan to IGNITE Change.

GUIDELINES FOR IGNITE Change LEADERSHIP CONTEST 2014
We welcome submissions from girls ages 13-19 who currently reside in Boston, Cambridge or Somerville, MA. and ARE NOT currently enrolled in [...] More

IPO Education Foundation IP Video Contest
Application Deadlines: August 01, Annually
Why is the patent system important?

Consider the value of the U.S. patent system and how it fosters innovation. Inventors play a critical role in growing our economy and improving our quality of life. How does the patent system aid inventors? What role do patents play in the invention cycle? What would the world be like without the patent system?

Create an original video that conveys why [...] More

Jain Foundation LGMD Awareness Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 25, Annually
The LGMD Awareness Scholarship was designed to reward students who teach others about Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies, often referred to as LGMDs. There are two scholarship categories, merit-based and social media based. A total of four scholarships will be awarded. The scholarship money can be used for tuition, books, and equipment required for education courses. Students may apply for both [...] More

James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines:
Rhio O'Connor was diagnosed with a deadly cancer (mesothelioma) and given a year to live. Instead of giving up he found his own path to health and outlived his prognosis by more than six years. This path to health included creating his own treatment protocol which consisted of vitamins, minerals, vegetables and fruits components, essential fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes, herbs, a healthy [...] More

Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship
Application Deadlines: October 07, Annually
Mesothelioma Help, America’s Mesothelioma Resource, is one of the web’s primary resources for information on malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Our team of writers, supporters and sponsors of this site are dedicated to bringing the latest, most comprehensive mesothelioma information to patients, families and caregivers. MesotheliomaHelp.net is proud to once again offer 10 [...] More

JEA National High School Journalist of the Year
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
Sister Rita Jeanne Scholarships - named for the Journalism Education Association's long-time treasurer - recognize some of the top high school journalists in the country. The contest begins at the state level. Winning portfolios from the state High School Journalist of the Year competitions are sent to the national level. Portfolios are judged and winners announced at the JEA/NSPA Spring National [...] More

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: January 06, Annually
The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is the nation's most prestigious honor for elected public servants. The Award was created in 1989 by members of President Kennedy's family to honor President John F. Kennedy and recognize and celebrate the quality of political courage that he admired most.

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites high school students to consider the [...] More

JW Surety Bonds Scholarship Giveaway
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
Create content for our corporate blog and be entered to win up to $1,000 in college tuition (U.S. accredited institutions only). Submit an original article, video, slideshow or infographic to be posted on our corporate website, showcasing your talent and skills in your field of study.

See our website for a list of categories on which to base your content. Here you will find extensive [...] More

Kildee Graduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
This scholarship is named for the late H.H. Kildee, Dean Emeritus at Iowa State University, whose counsel, encouragement and teaching inspired many of today's dairy leaders. Recognizing the importance of eduation to the future of dairying, National Dairy Shrine established the separately-financed Kildee Scholarship Fund.

The top 25 All-American contestants in the past three National [...] More

Kildee Undergraduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
This Kildee Undergraduate Scholarship is named for the late H.H. Kildee, Dean Emeritus at Iowa State University, whose counsel, encouragement and teaching inspired many of today's dairy leaders. Recognizing the importance of education to the future of dairying, National Dairy Shrine established the separately-financed Kildee Scholarship Fund.

The top 25 participants in a National 4-H or FFA [...] More

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest
Application Deadlines:
The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest is an ongoing merit competition for new and amateur aspiring writers. Run on a quarterly basis, an eligible entry is any previously unpublished short story or novelette (under 17,000 words) of science fiction or fantasy.

There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, [...] More

Leadership Speech Contest
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan chapter of National Management Association (Detroit Chapter) is accepting applications to participate in our annual speech competition. Students have the opportunity to write and deliver a four to six-minute speech on the topic of "Leadership". The competition is open to any high school student within the area of Southeastern Michigan. Public, private, and [...] More

Legacy of Life Essay & Video Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 23, Annually
A recent study by Gallup shows that while nearly 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation, only 50% have signed up on a state donor registry. There are still not enough donors to save the lives of the more than 124,000 individuals currently
on the transplant waiting list.

Eligible students must reside and attend high school in one of the following locations:
-Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, [...] More

Michigan Remembers 9-11 Essay Contest
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High school juniors and seniors from schools in Michigan (public, private, and home schools) are encouraged to submit an original essay on their reflections and research on the impacts of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Judging will be performed anonymously by professional educators, writers, and volunteers [...] More

Miss Rodeo America Pageant
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The Miss Rodeo America Pageant has provided educational assistance over the years to many contestants. Recognizing a need to further develop its scholarship program, the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation was established to provide educational scholarship funds to selected Miss Rodeo America Pageant participants. The Foundation, a separate corporation from Miss Rodeo America, Inc., [...] More

Missouri Mayflower Society Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Missouri Mayflower Society Scholarship contest is open to high school seniors who are citizens of the United States and residents of the State of Missouri, and who plan to attend an institution of higher learning in the fall. Three scholarship awards are offered by the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Missouri. Requirements include demonstrating strong academic and personal [...] More

Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 04, Annually
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

My Mentor Was Me Video Challenge
Application Deadlines: July 31, Annually
How does it work? Contestants are required to produce and upload an original video identifying and describing the impact a mentor has had on "your" pursuit of success and the importance of mentor-mentee relationships.

Eligibility:

1. Open to HS seniors, undergraduate, and graduate level students. Contest is open to International Student.

2. Applicant must be attending a school within the [...] More

My Political Hero Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Virginians for Integrity in Government (VIG), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, announces the My Political Hero Essay Contest for high school students. David Bailey, a veteran lobbyist and member of the Board of VIG developed the contest to challenge and encourage Virginia high school students to pay tribute to their living political heroes and heroines. The winner of the contest will receive a [...] More

NACIS Student Map Contest
Application Deadlines: September 11, Annually
In the egalitarian spirit of the Internet, the competition will be administered entirely online. Entering the competition is easy. Send us an email through our website with a URL pointing to your map. There is no entry fee.

There are two competition categories: animated maps and interactive maps.
-An interactive map offers more than just the traditional representation of spatial information; [...] More

National Parks Reservations Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
National Park Reservations is offering a $1,500 scholarship to the winner of their video contest. Students eligible for this scholarship will submit a 30-60 send video on answering the prompt and submit via the online application. See official rules for more informations and eligibility [...] More

NDS Student Recognition Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Student Recognition Program recognizes graduating four year college seniors planning a career related to dairy (production agriculture, manufacturing, marketing, agricultural law, business, veterinary medicine, research and environmental sciences) who have demonstrated leadership skills, academic ability, and interest in dairy cattle.

Only two applicants per college or university are [...] More

North American International Auto Show Poster Contest
Application Deadlines: November 04, Annually
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2016 is pleased to announce the 28th Annual High School Poster Contest winners. This contest provides a unique opportunity for students to become involved in our premier auto show, while gaining experience in creative competition. Students create automotive-themed posters that meet contest requirements. The contest is open to all Michigan high [...] More

NPPF Kit C. King Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
Kit King was the chief photographer at The Spokesman-Review and Spokane Chronicle. He died in a fishing accident in the Snake River on Nov. 22, 1991. King's trademark was his gritty style of documentary photojournalism. He was recognized nationally by the Pictures of the Year Contest, the Society of Newspaper Design and the National Headliners Association. He twice won the title of Photographer [...] More

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
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

NSSAR George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: December 31, Annually
The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest was originally established and named in honor of President Calvin Coolidge, who won a local SAR essay contest while a student at Amherst. The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest is open to all students who are United States citizens or legal aliens.

Eligibility:
-Contestants must be attending public, parochial, or private high schools [...] More

Patriot's Pen
Application Deadlines: November 01, Annually
Patriot's Pen is an essay writing contest (an annually-chosen patriotic theme) sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). It is open to middle school students in grades 6 through 8, who are enrolled in a public, private, or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

The first place national winner receives a $5,000 award. The other national [...] More

Penguin Publishing Group's Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: April 14, Annually
With an unbeatable lineup of over 300 of the greatest literary works the world has ever known, Signet Classics is the publisher that students, education professionals and the public turn to more than any other. Now, we are proud to host our twentieth annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, in which five high school juniors or seniors can each win a $1,000 scholarship award to be [...] More

Protect American River Canyons Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 12, Annually
To enter the PARC Essay Scholarship Contest, eligible students must write an original essay of 500 words or less responding to the following question about the North and Middle Fork American River canyons located upstream of Folsom Reservoir, in the Auburn State Recreation Area: Why is the American River and its canyons important to me and what is my vision for improving the Auburn State [...] More

Proton OnSite Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 20, Annually
Proton OnSite seeks to fuel the next generation of scientific innovation by recognizing and rewarding high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding achievement, excellence and community service.

Each year, Proton OnSite selects from a field of applicants to determine who will be awarded scholarships.

The Proton OnSite Scholarship Program has been successful in supporting future leaders in [...] More

PSR/Sacramento High School Scholarship Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 13, Annually
Students may enter the PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest by submitting an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about the quotation, “Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free,” from the Nobel Lecture presented by The 14th Dalai Lama after he was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace [...] More

Queer Foundation High School Seniors English Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
The purpose of the high school seniors English essay contest is to promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth.

Judges will award points based on originality, accuracy, objectivity, and effectiveness (the ability to change readers' opinions, attitudes, or behavior). Grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation count. All entries become the property of the Queer [...] More

Rachel Butterworth Dietz Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 15, Annually
The Boston Flower Exchange, Inc. announces the Rachel Butterworth Dietz Scholarship, an award of $5,000, for a student in the New England region pursuing, or intending to pursue, higher education in floriculture or ornamental horticulture. This contest is open to enrolled full-time students in higher education or graduating high school seniors who have been accepted into a floriculture or [...] More

Rainbow Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 01, Annually
The Rainbow Scholarship seeks to assist gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI), college-bound teens with school expenses while increasing the positive visibility of queer youth and promoting awareness and acceptance in the community at large.

To foster dialogue between administration, counselors, faculty and youth of secondary educational institutions regarding minority [...] More

Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: March 04, Annually
Each year, the Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest engages high school students in church-state issues by directing them to express a point of view on a religious liberty topic. Essays are judged on the depth of their content, the mastery of the topic, and the skill with which they are written. Students should develop a point of view on the issue and demonstrate critical thinking, using [...] More

Road to Safety Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 06, Annually
Enter Metzger Wickersham's Road to Safety Scholarship Contest by submitting an original project about the dangers of drunk and/or distracted driving. In your own creative way, tell us how teens can drive with safety in mind, all the time. Creative projects may include posters, poems, paintings, drawings, t-shirts, public service announcements, videos, recorded songs, brochures, websites, and [...] More

Scholarships.com Resolve to Evolve Essay Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Resolve to Evolve Scholarship is about more than just making resolutions - it's about creating change and furthering our evolution as individuals and a society. We must resolve to proactively and progressively confront challenges, however daunting. The R2E Essay Scholarship is an opportunity to move beyond finger-pointing and offer constructive criticism and workable solutions for problems [...] More

Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The Seattle Public Library Foundation is pleased to host the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition. High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle are invited to participate. The competition asks students to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of [...] More

The Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award in Meteorology
Application Deadlines: June 12, Annually
The Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award was established by the American Meteorological Society to honor the late Rev. James B. Macelwane, S.J., a world renowned authority of seismology, who was a geophysicist and Dean of the Institute of Technology, Saint Louis University, until his death in 1956. The recipient of the Father James B. Macelwane award will receive a stipend of $1,000 supported [...] More

The Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 28, Annually
The Negro Leagues Committee (NLC) of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is pleased to announce their essay-writing contest for high school seniors. SABR is a global team of almost 6,500 individuals and over 30 research committees. The NLC is the only one of SABR's committees dedicated exclusively to the history of black baseball. Each year the NLC hosts a Jerry Malloy Negro League [...] More

The National WWII Museum's Annual Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
Being an American of dark complexion and some 26 years, these questions flash through my mind: Should I sacrifice my life to live half American? Will things be better for the next generation in the peace to follow?" - James G. Thompson, Letter to the Editor of the Pittsburgh Courier, January 31, 1942.

This scholarship is offered to both high school students (Grades 9-21) and middle school [...] More

The Paradigm Challenge Meet a Hero Contest
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
Each month, Project Paradigm will host a different photo or video contest to help fight against home fires. Firefighters perform heroic acts to keep us safe. This month, interview a firefighter about the importance of fire safety and how youth can help prevent home fires.

Prepare a few questions about how kids can help solve the problem of home fires. Then create a video of your interview or, [...] More

The Scholarships.com "Tell A Friend" $1,000 Sweepstakes
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
As a Scholarships.com member, you have free access to a customized scholarship search, detailed financial aid information, an organized college search, standardized test study guides and more. Like what you see? Spread the word about Scholarships.com to your friends through our Tell A Friend Scholarship and you'll have a chance to win money for college - $1,000 for you and $500 for one of your [...] More

The Shire ADHD Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 18, Annually
The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire recognizes and supports individuals diagnosed with ADHD in the US who are pursuing higher education. The scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation to assist in meeting the challenges of higher education. Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, sponsors the scholarship as part [...] More

The Yellow Pages United Mark Smith Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 18, Annually
Create an info-graphic for a chance to be awarded a scholarship toward your college tuition. From the Internet to LED billboards, marketing isn't what it used to be. Submit an original info-graphic that shows how marketing has changed from your parents' generation to yours. Humor, originality and creativity are encouraged!

Criteria for eligibility :
-Major in marketing, graphic design, or [...] More

Thomas R. Garrett Memorial Negro League Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 28, Annually
The Malloy Conference, hosted by SABR's Negro Leagues Committee, promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. Since 1998, the event has been the only academic symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference, the brainchild of Ted Knorr from Harrisburg, PA, is open to sport and history fans of all ages. [...] More

TMS Outstanding Student Paper Contest
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
This contest is open to essays on global or national issues as well as technical research papers. Papers relating to any field of metallurgy or materials science will be considered. Students are encouraged to display original thought and creativity in the development of the essays, which should include a comprehensive bibliography on which the paper is [...] More

USAttorneys.com National Scholarship Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: July 14, Annually
USAttorneys.com National Scholarship Essay Contest


With the ever increasing costs of college tuition we understand that the “American Dream” is getting harder to obtain. Many students leave school buried in student loan debt, taking them years to climb out. As former law students ourselves we know just how much time, dedication and money it takes to become a practicing lawyer. We understand [...] More

We The Future Contest
Application Deadlines: September 17, Annually
Scholarship Purpose: Janine Turner - motion picture and television actress, author, singer, inspirational speaker and founder of Constituting America - is leading a school and community effort designed to provide students with opportunities to learn historical content and develop personal and educational awareness through the study of the U.S. Constitution, its principles set forth by our [...] More

Wells Fargo's CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes
Application Deadlines: June 30, Annually
Whether you're on your way to college or already there, there are two big things you probably need: money and information. With Wells Fargo, you have a chance to get both. If you're a high school or college student and you sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo, you'll be automatically entered in the CollegeSTEPS sweepstakes for a chance to win [...] More

WIIT Charitable Trust Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: July 15, Annually
The WIIT Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization. It was created in 2001 to fund charitable, scientific, and educational activities in international trade. Its mission is to promote public knowledge and understanding of international trade and international business and strengthen the role of women therein by being a valued source of information and by globally sponsoring research, [...] More

Write A Play! New York City Playwriting Contest
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
WRITE A PLAY! NYC, the New York City School Playwriting Contest, is open to all NYC students. Plays are judged in three categories: elementary, middle, and high school. All entrants receive a Certificate of Merit, a written evaluation of the play and an invitation to the annual Awards Ceremony.

Plays must be submitted by students, not teachers. There are no restrictions on length, style, or [...] More

Young Patriots Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: January 05, Annually
The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively engage with public policy and current events through the art of writing. We assign a controversial topic each year, and three winners are chosen to receive a scholarship out of hundreds of essay submissions. Find the topic and entry instructions below!

This year's essay question is: "Should [...] More

Youth Free Expression Film Contest
Application Deadlines: December 14, Annually
The National Coalition Against Censorship asks teens to create a short film (no longer than four minutes in length) addressing the notions of sanitized satire and offensive humor. Can any topic be made the subject of a joke, or should society police humor that some find distasteful or offensive? How does uncensored comedy survive when faced with claims of offense or even threats of violence? [...] More

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