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.

Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest
Sponsor: Association for Women in Mathematics
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 1, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 6 through 12 and undergraduate students. Student must submit an essay based on an interview with a women currently working in a mathematical career.

Better Great Achievements Contest
Sponsor: EngineerGirl
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: February 1, 2023
Description: Essay contest is open to girls and boys in grades 3-12. Applicant must write a piece that shows how female and/or non-white engineers have contributed to or can enhance engineering’s great achievements.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 1, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students in grades K-12 who attend public, private, or home schools in the United States and the U.S. territories. Contestant must draw, paint, or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Deadline only for Maryland, South Dakota, and California only. All other states have a later deadline.

Ag Day Essay Contest
Sponsor: Agriculture Council of America
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 13, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in the 2022-2023 school year who are U.S. citizens. Applicant must submit a written or video essay on a given topic related to agriculture.

Nikon Photo Contest
Sponsor: Nikon
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 13, 2023
Description: Contest is open to everyone, professional and amateur photographers, regardless of nationality, age, and sex. Applicant must submit photography or video using a Nikon device.

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Annual Scholarship Program
Sponsor: First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (FCSLA)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 14, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to members in good standing with the Association for at least three years prior to date of application. Applicant must also have a policy with the organization in his or her own name. Scholarships are open to students in grades 1-12, as well as college and graduate students. Award must be used towards tuition for the upcoming academic year.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Sponsor: Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Amount: Up to $50,000
Closing Date: February 15, 2023
Description: Program is open to students who are 18 years of age or younger. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen residing in the United States, or a Permanent Resident of the United States residing in the United States, or be stationed overseas to active U.S. military duty. Applicant must submit a significant piece of work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy, or “outside the box.” Program is looking for students whose projects are at, or close to, the college graduate level with a depth of knowledge in their particular area of study.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 15, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students in grades K-12 who attend public, private, or home schools in the United States and the U.S. territories. Contestant must draw, paint, or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Deadline only for Massachusetts and Washington. California, Maryland, and South Dakota deadlines has already passed, but all other states have later deadlines – see website for details.

The Christophers’ Poster Contest for High School Students
Sponsor: The Christophers
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 16, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students in grades nine through twelve. Contestant must create an original poster based on the theme, “You Can Make A Difference.”

Innovation in Education Scholarship
Sponsor: LaTutors
Amount: $500
Closing Date: February 20, 2023
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.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Walden Woods Project/Thoreau Institute
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: February 20, 2023
Description: Contest is open to youth ages 14-18 around the globe. Applicant must submit an essay or visual essay on a topic related to a quotation by Henry David Thoreau.

SPJ High School Essay Contest
Sponsor: Society of Professional Journalists
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 20, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private, and home schools within the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on the topic, “While consumers are drawn toward tweets and sound bites, how can journalists tell more of the story without losing reader’ interest?”

Student Video Contest
Sponsor: World of 7 Billion
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 22, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 6-12 worldwide. Applicant must create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about the human population growth that highlights one of the given global challenges.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Student Essay Contest
Sponsor: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 27, 2023
Description: Contest is open to all public, private, parochial and home school students in grades 5-12. Applicant must submit on the benefits and challenges of a non-violent, democratic society.

$2,000 Easy Scholarship: Strength Through Service
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
Description: Help DoSomething fuel even more positive change, by signing up and joining our community of active changemakers, in any of the diverse volunteer, social change, and civic action opportunities below, and earn volunteer credit hours—as well as a signed certificate—to fulfill volunteer or service learning requirements for school. You’ll also be entered for the opportunity to earn a $2,000 scholarship!

$2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to high school, college, and graduate students and those planning to enroll within 12 months. Applicant must be a legal residents 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.

Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship
Sponsor: Cappex
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
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, leadership, and volunteer activities, and then search Cappex for scholarships.

Optimist International Essay Contest
Sponsor: Optimist International
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
Description: Applicant must be under the age of 19 and have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. Applicant must contact their local Optimist Club and submit an essay on the following theme: “Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?”

Palama Settlement Scholarships
Sponsor: Palama Settlement
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
Description: Scholarships are open to high school and college students who are permanent residents of Hawaii. Applicant must have financial need. In addition to the college scholarships, there is a scholarship for private school tuition.

School Survey Sweepstakes
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
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.

Sweet and Simple Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
Description: Applicant must be 14 years of age or older, be a resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and be currently enrolled (or enroll in the future) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must submit a short written response about a gift they received.

Youth Eco-Hero Scholarship
Sponsor: Action for Nature
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 28, 2023
Description: The award is available to students between the ages of eight and 16 who exhibit environmental activism. Applicant must carry out an action-based and self-initiated project that concerns environmental health, advocacy, research, or protection of the natural world.

Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest – California
Sponsor: Each Mind Matters
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: March 1, 2023
Description: Contest is open to middle school and high school students (grades 7-12) and youth between the ages of 14 and 25 years of age from the state of California. Applicant must create a 60-second film about suicide prevention and mental health.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students in grades K-12 who attend public, private, or home schools in the United States and the U.S. territories. Contestant must draw, paint, or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Deadline only for Idaho, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. Deadlines have already passed for California, Maryland, and Massachusetts, South Dakota, and Washington, but all other states have a later deadline – see website for details.

USPAACC – Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship
Sponsor: Denny’s | USPAACC
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students who are Asian American or Pacific Islander and living in the United States.

Courageous Persuaders Video Contest
Sponsor: Courageous Persuaders
Amount: Up to $3,000
Closing Date: March 10, 2023
Description: Contest is open to Michigan high school students in grades 9-12. Student must create a commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking or texting while driving.

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Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students in grades K-12 who attend public, private, or home schools in the United States and the U.S. territories. Contestant must draw, paint, or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Unfortunately deadlines for California, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

No Sweat Scholarship
Sponsor: Cirkled In
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 31, 2023
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 Cirkled in account.

Scholarship Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: March 31, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2023
Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 through high school juniors.

Create Real Impact Contest
Sponsor: Impact Teen Drivers
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: April 27, 2023
Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years of age. Student must submit an original work (social media campaign, video, or graphic design) showcasing their idea for a solution to the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving.

E-waste Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students and current or entering college or graduate students at any level. Applicant must answer in 140-characters or less “the most important reason to care about e-waste is…”

Countdown to College Scholarship
Sponsor: Potential Magazine
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: May 5, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to college-bound teens in 9th-12th grades. Students need to sign up for Potential Magazine’s free weekly eNewsletter and they will automatically be entered to win the scholarship.

Catholic College Scholarship
Sponsor: Catholic College Info
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: May 31, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who plan on attending a Catholic college or university.

Protestant Faith Based College Scholarship Drawing
Sponsor: FaithBasedCollege
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: May 31, 2023
Description: Scholarship drawing is open to students 13 years of age or older who will request Faith Based college or university information, as well as those planning or considering attending a Faith Based college or university are eligible for the drawing.

Young Filmmakers Contest
Sponsor: One Earth Film Festival
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: June 25, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 3 through college (ages 8 and up) from the United States. Student must create a film on one of many given topics (climate, energy, food, transportation, waste, water, Wildlife and Ecosystems) related to the Earth.

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
Sponsor: Gen and Kelly Tanabe
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 31, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to students in grades 9-12, college, or graduate school students who are legal U.S. residents. Applicant must submit an essay answering why they deserve the scholarship or their academic or career goals.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students in grades 9-12 and current college or graduate school students. Applicant must complete a short form and share a 140-character statement explaining why they will not text and drive.

Shout It Out Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2023
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 and are currently enrolled (or will enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education in the future. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Nicodemus Wilderness Project
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 31, 2023
Description: Scholarships are open to students between the ages of 13 and 21 who are candidates for a degree/diploma at a primary (middle school), secondary (high school), or accredited post-secondary educational institution from any country around the world. Applicant must conduct their own environmental stewardship project in 2023.

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