I know it seems like every scholarship out there is for a graduating high school senior, but trust me, there are plenty of programs open to high school juniors, too. And no, you don’t need to know where you plan to attend college or which degree program you want to pursue; you just need to have the determination and drive to go after these opportunities. In fact, the earlier you start the scholarship search process the better, as it will give you more time to hone your skills and figure out which types of programs are best for you. You may find that you prefer the lottery-style scholarships that don’t require much time or effort, or you could be an amazing writer who can earn some serious cash through essay-based scholarships. Whichever type of program you prefer, there are plenty of opportunities waiting for you, including these 10 fall scholarships that are accepting applications right now.
1. Shout it Out Scholarship
Do you have something you want to get off your chest? Here’s your chance to “shout it out’” to the world, just be sure to keep it under 250 words! One winner will receive $1,500. Deadline: September 30.
2. No Essay Scholarship
If writing scholarship essays isn’t your strong suit, consider giving this ‘no essay’ scholarship the old college try! It only takes a few minutes to complete the online application for your chance to be the next $2,000 winner. Deadline: October 31.
3. Courage to Grow Scholarship
Is your grade point average a 2.0 or higher? If so, don’t miss this opportunity to win $500 for college. All it takes is a small essay (250 words or less) addressing the topic listed on the provider’s website and a few moments of your time. Deadline: October 31.
4. It’s All Up To You (Scholarship Slam)
Are you passionate about poetry? Power Poetry is giving you the chance to submit an original poem on any topic and possibly win $1,000 for school. Deadline: October 4.
5. The Christopher Reeve Award
Each year, the Heart of America Foundation® recognizes students who make a difference in their community. If you volunteer or participate in community service events, consider throwing your hat into the ring for this $1,000 scholarship. Deadline: October 31.
6. Create Real Impact Contest
A total of four $1,500 scholarships (one for each category: art, music, video or essay) are available through this reckless driving awareness campaign. If you don’t win one of the top prizes, you could still snag a $500 award for receiving the most online votes for your submission. Deadline: November 1.
7. Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Giving back certainly has its rewards. If you volunteer at your school or in your community, be sure to check out this opportunity. You could win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and a $1,000 or $5,000 award. Deadline: November 5.
8. University Language Services Photo Contest
Now that you are a high school junior, you should start thinking about college tours. If you have the chance to visit a campus this fall, be sure to snap a few pictures and submit them for a chance to win $100 or $500. Deadline: November 30.
9. We the Students Scholarship Contest
The Bill of Rights Institute provides five scholarships, ranging in value from $500 to $4,000 each, through this annual essay contest. You must answer three questions about the U.S. Constitution and your role as a citizen. Deadline: December 6.
10. Good Deeds Scholarship
Don't you wish you could be rewarded for your good intentions or future actions? You're in luck! The Good Deeds scholarship is for anyone who has volunteered or is planning to volunteer. So, if you have a good heart or great idea that will help others, submit it and you could win $1,000. Deadline: December 31.
Whatever you do, don’t believe the hype that you need to wait until senior year to start applying. Next year, you’ll have plenty on your plate and won’t need the added pressure of finding enough scholarships to help finance your dream college. By starting the process now, you’ll have a clearer picture of what you may be able to afford in terms of tuition and can continue to build your scholarship bank. It may take a few applications before you get the hang of things, so do yourself a favor and start your scholarship search today!
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Ayn Rand “The Fountainhead” Essay Contest
Award: $50 – $10,000
To apply, applicants must submit an essay for the book “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand on one of the topics listed on the website.
Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit an original piece of communication material that uses visual arts, media, creative writing or other creative endeavor to convey culturally appropriate health messages aimed at raising awareness of tobacco’s harmful impact.
This scholarship is for natural redheads. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be high school juniors or seniors who are applying to a two- or four-year college. Applicants must have a GPA above 2.5 and reside in the United States. As part of the application, applicants must submit two photos of themselves to prove their hair color: one from when they were a child and one from present day.
Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest
Award: $250 – $1,000
To enter this contest, applicants must submit a short essay that addresses, “What do we discover about time, times, or timeliness from reading Pride and Prejudice?” Essays must be six to eight pages in length, double-spaced, and in 12 point type.
Ayn Rand “We the Living” Essay Contest
Award: $25 – $3,000
To participate in this contest, applicants must read the book “We the Living” by Ayn Rand and write a 700-1,500-word essay using one of the prompts listed on the contest website.
B. Davis Scholarship
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit an essay addressing the following prompt: “Discuss, in less than 1000 words, what you would consider to be the most important issue that society has to deal with in the next 10 or 20 years? Why do you think this issue so important?”
Samsung Superhero Competition
To apply, applicants must portray a historical character in a digital video of 1 to 3 minutes in length – no cartoon or movie characters will be accepted.
VSA Playwright Discovery Award
Applicants must submit a one-act play script on the subject of disability; entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group or class of students. Playwrights can write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or a fictional character.
NOPE Life Choices Award and Scholarship
To apply for this program, applicants must register with the NOPE website and complete the NOPE certification and scholarship application. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must complete an application form; submit two projects on given topics related to narcotics overdose and prevention; and complete the NOPE Task Force Crossword Puzzle.
Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program
Award: $100 – $500
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must conduct their own local environmental stewardship project, take digital photos of the project in action, and write an essay about the project.
Siemens “We Can Change the World” High School Challenge
Award: $10,000 – $50,000
To enter, students must identify an environmental issue that has global impact and provide a realistic, viable solution. As a team, students must select an environmental topic relating to energy, biodiversity, land management, water conservation and clean-up, or air and climate. Teams must be made up of two, three, or four students (with one designated student Team Lead) under the guidance of a Team Advisor/Mentor who must be a full- or part-time school employee at a school attended by at least one of the student team members. Prizes for top winners include scholarship money, green prize packs, and school grants. See website for full details.
Alexander Hamilton Friends Association Scholarship Award
Applicants must show a strong record of community service, show a strong commitment to academic studies, and demonstrate financial need.
JUNIOR DUCK STAMP PROGRAM
Award: $500 – $5,000
Applicants must draw, paint, or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.
IMAGINATION BEGINS WITH YOU… HIGH SCHOOL SHORT STORY CONTEST
Award: $50 – $250
Applicants must submit an original, unpublished short story of 1,000 words or less.