Scholarships for High School Freshmen

High school freshman are starting to think about college. They may not know where they want to attend or what they want to study, but they know they are going to college. But, how will they pay for it? Here are scholarships open to high school freshmen.

Congressional App Challenge
Sponsor: Internet Education Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: October 15, 2018
Description: Challenge is open to U.S. students in middle school or high school who live in a Congressional district that is participating (check website for details). Applicant must create any type of app they like on any platform they like.

The Music Center Spotlight Program
Sponsor: The Music Center
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: October 15, 2018
Description: Program is open to Southern California high school students who have talent in Acting, Non-Classical Voice, Classical Voice, Non-Classical Dance, Ballet, Jazz Instrumental and Classical Instrumental. Applicant must submit an audition video.

$1,000 October Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 20, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to all high school, college, and graduate students and those planning to enroll within 12 months. Applicant must be a legal residents of the United States and international students with valid visas. Applicant must login or create an account with Niche.

Golden Eagle Coins Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Golden Eagle Coins
Amount: $500
Closing Date: October 20, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in high school or college within the United States with at least 3.0 GPA. Applicant must be a citizen of, permanent resident, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada. Applicant must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others and submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.

Innovation in Education Scholarship
Sponsor: LA Tutors
Amount: $500
Closing Date: October 20, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in high school or college within the United States with at least 3.0 GPA. Applicant must be a citizen of, permanent resident, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada. Applicant must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others and submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.

O Captain, My Captain Scholarship Slam
Sponsor: Power Poetry
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 25, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to current and former high school students who are under the age of 25. and will be attending a college in the U.S. Applicant must submit a poem on, “Who or what has had the greatest influence/impact on your life.”

Drop Essay Contest
Sponsor: Black Women for Positive Change
Amount: Up to $250
Closing Date: October 26, 2018
Description: Contest is open to youth ages 12-18 years of age who plan to stay in school and earn their high school diploma or GED to prepare for success. Applicant must watch a docu-short and then submit a one minute essay, two-minute rap on video, poem, or artwork to describe their reaction to the film, opportunities that interest them, and the kind of support they need to follow their dreams.

$2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to high school, college, and graduate students and those planning to enroll within 12 months. Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States or an international student with a valid visa. Applicant must log in to Niche or create a free account to apply for the scholarship.

Back to School Scholarship
Sponsor: Cirkled In
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the United States or the District of Columbia. Applicant must create a free Circkled in account and submit an essay on their three must-have items.

Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship*
Sponsor: Cappex
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to high school and college students in the United States who are/will be enrolled in college within the next 12 months. Applicant must create a Cappex profile (if they don’t have one already), share about their extracurricular activities, leadership, and volunteer activities, and then search Cappex for scholarships.

George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Sponsor: National Rifle Association of America (NRA)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 1-12, including home-schooled students. Student must submit a piece of art on a given topic related to North American game birds or animals that may be legally hunted or trapped.

Grab the Mic: Share DoSomething’s Guide About Your Rights at the Polls
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: A Brennan center report found that the incident rate of voter fraud for most elections is anywhere between 0.0003 percent and 0.0025 percent. Despite the miniscule incident rate for voter impersonation fraud, yet citing voter fraud as their motivation, there are many who intimidate voters at the polls and prevent them from voting. Share DoSomething’s guide about voting rights that will help you educate your friends, family, and community on how to navigate their rights at the polls. Each action completed on the campaign page equals one entry. Unlimited entries.

Kidguard for Education Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Kidguard for Education
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students in grades 9-12. Applicant must submit a personal essay, internet safety, bullying OR social media.

MyProjectorLamps Scholarship
Sponsor: MyProjectorLamps
Amount: $500
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students 14 years of age or older who are currently attending an accredited high school, college, or university. Applicant must be in good standing and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to multimedia and data visualization in the classroom.

Online Voter Registration Drive: Share a Link to Help Your Friends Register to Vote!
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: 62% of unregistered people say that they have never been asked to register to vote. Simply share a link DoSomething provides with a friend by text, email, or social media to help them register to vote. It only takes two minutes for them to register and you’ll be registered to win the scholarship. Unlimited entries!

School Survey Sweepstakes
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Sweepstakes is open to current high school students, high school alumni who graduated within the last four years, and the parents of those students or alumni. Individual must take a survey on a United States high school.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Amount: Up to $30,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Program is open to students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions. Applicant must submit a 3-5 minute essay on this year’s theme; “Why My Vote Matters”

Voter Registration Quiz: “How Ready Are You for the Midterm Elections?”
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Young people are poised to affect the outcome in over 50+ races. Lots of young people are nervous voting for the first time. Share a quiz with friends about “How Ready Are You For the Midterm Elections?” and automatically be entered to win the scholarship. Every quiz shared counts as an entry. One entry per person.

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

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