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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 Contest
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The Humane Education Network is pleased to announce its Annual A Voice for Animals High School Contest with prizes totaling $5,900 across several categories (video, essay). Participants must currently be attending middle or high school, or be home-schooled and under 19 years of age on the date the contest opens for entries. The contest is open to all otherwise eligible students worldwide [...] More

AAA South Jersey Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
AAA South Jersey is sponsoring its annual essay contest for local high school seniors, with the grand prize being a $5,000 scholarship toward a two-or-four year accredited educational institution.

The contest is open to all high school seniors attending school in Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester or Salem counties. Entry forms are available at AAA South Jersey offices in Voorhees, Sewell, Logan [...] 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

AFSA High School Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The prestigious contest encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about one of America's best kept secrets: The United States Foreign Service.

This year, we throw the spotlight on a clear and present challenge: The growing number of refugees and internally displaced persons around the world. The contest challenges students to imagine themselves as [...] More

AFSA High School Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: April 07, 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 [...] More

American Fire Sprinkler Association Second Chance Scholarship
Application Deadlines: August 29, Annually
The American Fire Sprinkler Association created the scholarship program to help with the educational and training pursuits of students just like you. 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.

Entry Requirements:
-Read [...] More

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest
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The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented 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, [...] 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: August 31, 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 21, 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

Bird Dog Foundation Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has established a Scholarship Fund to promote interest in wildlife conservation and related subjects. An annual College Scholarship Essay Contest sponsored by the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has been in effect for several years now. This contest was created in the hopes that it would enhance scholarly training and education in wildlife and wildlife conservation as well [...] 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 competition will be held on November 25 at 11:00 a.m. The [...] 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

Create Real Impact Contest
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America, and the majority are preventable. Create Real Impact motivates young people to promote innovative and effective solutions and strategies to end the deadly epidemic of reckless and distracted driving. Entries are accepted in four formats (writing, art, music, and video) with two special categories (Spanish language and sports theme). There are a [...] More

Dartmouth International Science and Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: October 05, Annually
Welcome to the International Science and Essay Contest. This contest is open to any student in grades 9-12 interested in science and writing.

This year's prompt: "From atoms to organisms, from the biosphere to the entire universe, math and science can be found at every size. Describe a natural phenomenon, technological advancement, or scientific discovery by its microscopic and macroscopic [...] More

Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 26, Annually
Need money to help with college expenses? Passionate about litter prevention in your community? Enter the Don't mess with Texas Scholarship Contest for a chance to win a $6,000 grand prize scholarship or one of two $2,000 scholarship awards! Sponsored by Forestar and in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, the Don't mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors [...] More

Doodle 4 Google Competition
Application Deadlines: December 02, Annually
Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the Doodle 4 Google contest, and create a doodle that tells the world "What I see for the future." From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a [...] More

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition
Application Deadlines: July 05, Annually
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 Deadlines: February 19, Annually
To enter the contest, an individual student in grades 6–12 must create a storyboard or written script on 8.5 x 11-inch paper for a 30-second public service announcement ("PSA") to help prevent distracted walking.

The contest is open only to students who are currently enrolled in grades 6-12 in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, who are legal residents of the United [...] More

Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: May 31, 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

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

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition
Application Deadlines: November 30, 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

ENF Legacy Awards
Application Deadlines: February 03, Annually
Legacy Awards are for children and grandchildren of Elks members. The Foundation will offer a total of up to 250 awards in this year's contest.

Eligibility:
-Any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2009, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2009, is eligible to apply. [...] More

EngineerGirl Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
-Elementary school students (grades 3-5); Essays must be 400 to 700 words.

"Imagine that you are an engineer. Identify an organization that might implement your proposed solution and write a letter to the leader of that organization. In your letter, describe your proposed solution in detail, explain how it should be implemented, and discuss why it is important to implement. To strengthen your [...] 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

FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The Freedom From Religion Foundation congratulates the 16 college-bound high school seniors who won this year's essay competition. FFRF has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students since 1994 and graduate students since 2010. Seniors were asked to pick from two topics: "The challenges of growing up a freethinker," or "Why Boy Scouts of America should welcome [...] More

Financially Fit in Your 40s
Application Deadlines: May 30, Annually
This is an essay contest for students enrolled in a four-year university or college. Three cash prizes will be awarded. Finalists may have their essays published, and finalists may be offered interviews for paid, virtual summer internship positions.

How can one achieve financial success by her or his 40s? The essayist may organize the response to this question around spending, saving, earning, [...] More

FRA Americanism Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
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 before the December 1st deadline. Local winners are forwarded for [...] More

Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Clarinda's Glenn Miller Birthplace Society is offering scholarships of $3,000, $2,000 & $1,000 to instrumentalists. The vocal scholarships will also be $3,000, $2,000 & $1,000. These scholarships, which are awarded without regard to any other award, may be used for any education-related expense. It is not the purpose of this competition to select Glenn Miller look-alikes or sound-alikes, nor is [...] More

Gospel Fest Music Arts Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Ms. Hill has been the driving force behind bring the Annual Gospel Fest held each year at Ojibway Island that attracts 1,000 to 2,000 people annually. This event provides a safe place where all people of multi-cultural backgrounds and race come together and enjoy without the threat of violence. It provides also musical entertainment by some of the best artists in the country, a place to bridge [...] More

GRHS Youth Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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. Today, in the USA, Canada, and other countries in the Western [...] 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

IFI Fatherhood Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
"What My Father Means To Me" is this year's theme for the essays. We guarantee every essay submitted will be read at least once if not multiple times. All students submitting an essay through their school will receive a Certificate of Participation and a coupon sheet, which includes discounts on events and merchandise, and specially priced Chicago White Sox tickets. One hundred fifty-six (156) [...] 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 describing your plan to Ignite Change. We welcome submissions from girls ages 14-19 who currently reside in Boston, Cambridge, or Somerville and are not currently enrolled in an accredited college.

Entries should be approximately 1,000-1,500 words in length and no more than [...] More

IPO Education Foundation IP Video Contest
Application Deadlines: July 01, Annually
The Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation IP Video Contest is open to individuals who reside in the fifty United States, including the District of Columbia, and territories and possession of the United States, ages 13 and older. Contestants will be judged according to their age group: 13-15 years-old, 16-18 years-old, and 19 and over. There will be two winners in the 13-15 and [...] More

JEA National High School Journalist of the Year Scholarship
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 digital portfolios from the state High School Journalist of the Year competitions are sent via national application form to the national contest. Winners announced at the JEA/NSPA [...] More

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: January 04, Annually
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 [...] More

Kansas Financial Scholars Essay Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The 2nd Annual Kansas Financial Scholars Essay Scholarship Contest is underway! The Kansas Securities Commissioner (KSC) and Bank Commissioner (OSBC) are partnering again to award five scholarships in the amount of $2500, $2000, $1500, $1000, and $500 to five eligible Kansas seniors. Up to ten $100 honorable mention awards will also be issued.

Who:
The competition is open to any public, [...] More

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest
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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: December 31, Annually
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

Leo & Antonia Gershanov Memorial Student Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: January 23, Annually
Illinois students in grades 7-12 are invited to address the theme "From Observer to Upstander: When Conscience Motivates Action." This is a unique opportunity to focus on those who listen to their moral compass and act to help those who are being persecuted.

Entries may take the form of 2-dimensional artwork, poetry, fictional short story, or musical composition. Submissions should draw from [...] More

Mariah's Challenge
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Mariah's Challenge Scholarship Program is a private non-profit program operated through the Mariah Daye McCarthy Scholarship Foundation and provides scholarships to Butte-Silver Bow high school seniors who epitomize the ideals of the Foundation. Mariah's Challenge is dedicated to the prevention of underage drinking and promoting healthy adolescent lifestyles. The scholarships are based on the [...] More

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 09, Annually
The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire recognizes and supports individuals with ADHD in the US who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school, or technical school in the United States. The scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation to assist in the transition to higher education.

Eligibility:
-Must be [...] More

Michigan Remembers 9-11 Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: October 07, Annually
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.

Submission Requirements:
-Essays can be no more than 1,000 words. Titles, citations, [...] More

Microsoft Imagine Cup Earth Online Contest
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
Microsoft Imagine Cup Earth is a new contest for students ages 6-18 in which you'll use computer programming to create a game, simulation, or story inspired by the kinds of earth science that NASA and other researchers do every day. 18 winning students will win prizes totaling $36,000! There are two skill level brackets so you can compete in the one that is right for you: Beginner and [...] More

Microsoft Imagine Cup Games Competition
Application Deadlines: April 23, Annually
The Imagine Cup Games Competition is a global contest for the best new student games and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet game using Windows, or a mobile game using Windows Phone, or a browser game using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle.

Many of our competitions are intended for teams, so you may also need [...] More

Microsoft Imagine Cup Hello Cloud Online Competition
Application Deadlines: June 28, Annually
Cloud computing is changing the technology industry. When you start looking for your first job, will you have the cloud on your résumé? You will if you compete in our new Hello Cloud Challenge! With Microsoft Azure, students can get a free subscription with no credit card required and start creating web apps, running databases, and much more.

Every month, one student will win our $1,000 [...] More

Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Competition
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The Imagine Cup Innovation Competition is a global contest for the best new innovative software and the winning team will take home $50,000. Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle.

Unless otherwise indicated in the specific Competition [...] More

Microsoft Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition
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Find a problem in the world, even in your own life or community, and then work to solve it. Build a project that could change lives. The Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition is a global contest for the best new software to address social issues, and the winning team will take home $50,000.

Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a [...] 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 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 a 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 $2,000 [...] More

NACIS Student Dynamic Map Competition
Application Deadlines: May 31, 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 AG Day Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
Students across the country are invited to enter the National Ag Day essay and video contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life.” The Council’s objective is to celebrate agriculture and to help consumers better understand how farmers and the companies serving them produce abundant, healthy, nutritious, and safe food that nourishes [...] More

National Hazing Prevention Week Essay Competition
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations, this year's essay theme is: Be Someone's Hero - Stand up to Hazing.

Eligibility:
-Entrants must be high school students
-Entries must follow the contest guidelines in terms of length, adherence to theme/topic, and portrayal of an anti-hazing stance
-All entries must be the original work of the entrant
-Essays become [...] More

NDS Kildee Graduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
H.H. Kildee, long time Dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University, was an outstanding judge of dairy cattle and supporter of student judging programs and activities. In 1950, National Dairy Shrine established a scholarship in his honor to be awarded for graduate study to a student who excelled in dairy cattle judging.

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

NDS Kildee Undergraduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
H.H. Kildee, long time Dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University, was an outstanding judge of dairy cattle and supporter of student judging programs and activities. In 1999, National Dairy Shrine established an undergraduate scholarship ($1,000) in his honor to be awarded to a junior/senior status college student working toward a Bachelor of Science in Dairy/Animal Science or [...] More

NDS Student Recognition Program
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward graduating university or four-year college seniors who are planning a career related to the dairy industry or production agriculture and who have demonstrated leadership skills, activities, academic ability and interest in the dairy industry. Each university can nominate up to two students for this award.

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

North American International Auto Show Poster Contest
Application Deadlines: November 22, Annually
The annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) High School Poster Contest is open to all Michigan residents enrolled in grades 10 through 12. The NAIAS will choose winners in 16 categories and provide over $6,000 in scholarship money. Winners will be on display at the NAIAS. Posters must be original artwork, approximately 18" x 24" in size and have an automotive, Detroit, or NAIAS [...] More

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: December 31, 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 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 [...] More

Penguin Publishing Group's Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: April 14, Annually
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 Tempest.

Eligibility: [...] More

PrideGLV Rainbow Scholarship Fund
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.

Award Descriptions:
1. LGBT Student of the Year ($500 Award) - awarded to an LGBT student who is a positive force in the LGBT [...] More

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Video Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant you have one clear mission: encourage your peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits. 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 [...] 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

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

PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 13, Annually
Students may enter the 2016 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

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: February 25, Annually
Of all the African-Americans who have made significant achievements and innovations for our society, is there one in particular who inspires you?

Write about an African-American who has inspired and motivated you. Your essay should, in 500 words or less:
1. Address how an African-American has been an inspiration in your life
2. Discuss the contributions of the African-American individual [...] More

Riding Forward Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 25, Annually
The Black History Month Campaign, "Black History is Our History" begins in January and celebrate the contributions of African-Americans, who move us forward today.

Eligibility for high school seniors:
-Be a legal U.S. resident of either Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas or [...] 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

Science Without Borders Challenge
Application Deadlines: April 25, Annually
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation's Science without Borders Challenge is an international art competition that encourages students to pursue the preservation, protection, and restoration of the world's oceans and aquatic resources.

The Science without Borders Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This annual [...] More

Shamrock Irish Heritage Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: February 06, Annually
The contest is open to young men and women of Irish birth or ancestry residing in the Triangle Area and surrounding counties, North Carolina. Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 23. Two young men and two young women will be chosen as finalists from submitted essays and must be present for a personal interview.

The Shamrock Irish Heritage Contest consists of an essay submission of [...] More

Species on the Edge 2.0 Video Contest
Application Deadlines: May 13, Annually
Conserve Wildlife Foundation invites high school students from across the Garden State to submit an original video showing why wildlife protection in New Jersey is important.

The fun and educational Species on the Edge 2.0 Video Contest capitalizes on high school students' expertise with technology and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. [...] More

Texas Hospitality Association Poster Contest
Application Deadlines: May 06, Annually
State Representatives are teaming up with the Texas Hospitality Association (THA) to fight underage drinking and to promote alcohol responsibility through a statewide poster contest that will award five graduating high school seniors in educational scholarships. THA will award a scholarships to the top posters conveying the message or theme: "If you are under 21, it's illegal to consume or [...] More

The Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 16, Annually
The Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship was created in memory of the club’s longtime treasurer, vocalist, Barbara Littlefield. This scholarship competition is open to all residents of the State of Maine. Applicants must be above the age of 17 and be registered as music majors in the fall at any accredited music school, college, or university.

Eligibility:
-Applicants in this competition [...] More

The Christophers "You Can Make a Difference" Poster Contest
Application Deadlines: February 27, Annually
Students in grades 9-12 are invited to interpret the theme, "You Can Make a Difference" in an original poster.

Posters must include the statement "You Can Make a Difference", be 16 x 20 inches in size, be the work of one student, and poster concept and design in addition to all photographs and artwork must be the original work of the student.

Submission requirements:
-Posters must [...] More

The Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 16, Annually
The Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship was established in 1932 in memory of the Portland Rossini Club's third president, a vocalist, who presided in a distinguished manner for 25 years. This scholarship competition is open to all residents of the State of Maine. Applicants must be above the age of 17 and be registered as music majors in the fall at any accredited music school, college, or [...] 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 Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 16, Annually
The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship was established in 2001 as a bequest of pianist, Lucia A. Wright, a member in good standing for fifty-five years. This scholarship competition is open to all residents of the State of Maine.
Applicants must be above the age of 17 and be registered as music majors in the fall at any accredited music school, college, or university. [...] More

The Scholarships.com "Tell A Friend" $1,000 Sweepstakes
Application Deadlines: December 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

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 based.

Eligibility Requirements:
-The [...] More

Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge
Application Deadlines: March 07, Annually
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 and you could win a grand [...] More

Valley Humanities Review High School Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities - including literature, film, art, history, religion, or philosophy - written by current high school students that demonstrate high quality, intellectual rigor, and originality. The winner will receive a $500 prize and publication in the spring issue.

The goal with all our projects is to encourage a culture of [...] More

We The Future Contest
Application Deadlines: September 17, Annually
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 Founding Fathers, its [...] 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.

Guidelines:
-Plays must be submitted by students, not teachers
-There are no restrictions on [...] More

Young Christian Leaders Scholarship
Application Deadlines:
Funded by the law firm of Buttafuoco & Associates, YCL was created to support the next generation of dedicated, Christian professionals who will use their talents to impact their families, communities, and the world. YCL is for the empowerment of students who have shown dedication, character, promise, determination and a desire to apply those qualities to their God-given calling. Young people [...] More

Young Patriots Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: January 03, 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.

Topic: "Are international free trade agreements in the best interest of the United [...] More

Youth Free Expression Film Contest
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The theme for the 13th Annual Youth Free Expression Film Contest is "What what you #Tweet! How free should social media be?"

The National Coalition Against Censorship asks teens to create a short film (no longer than four minutes in length) addressing the notions of freedom of speech on social media. Should schools be allowed to punish students for off-campus posts? Can the government censor [...] More

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