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.

Carson Scholars
Sponsor: Carson Scholars Fund
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 15, 2021
Description: Scholars program is open to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Applications must be requested by school officials. Applicant must have at least a 3.75 GPA.

Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program
Sponsor: American Red Cross
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: January 15, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to all high school and college students. Applicant must host an American Red Cross blood drive between December 15, 2020 and January 15, 2021.

Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Sponsor: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: January 15, 2021
Description: Contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to an act of political courage.

Gorgas Scholarship Competition
Sponsor: Alabama Junior Academy of Science
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: January 11, 2021extended January 18, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to Alabama high school students. Applicant must submit a scientific paper describing their original research or project.

C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition
Sponsor: C-SPAN
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: January 20, 2021
Description: Competition is open to students in grades 6-12. Student must create a short documentary video on the following theme: “Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021.”

Innovation in Education Scholarship
Sponsor: LaTutors
Amount: $500
Closing Date: January 20, 2021
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.

Nikon Photo Contest
Sponsor: Nikon
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: January 25, 2021
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.

Safe Jobs for Youth Month Poster Contest
Sponsor: YoungWorkers.org
Amount: Up to $300
Closing Date: January 29, 2021
Description: Contest is open to California teens between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. Contestant must create a poster highlighting job safety and health for teens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACIS Travel is Education Scholarship
Sponsor: ACIS
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: January 30, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to students in grades 6 through 12 traveling on an ACIS tour from October 15, 2020 through October 14, 2021.

Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 30, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to current high school and college students. Applicant must submit a short statement about technology addiction.

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Collect Food Items for Your Local Food Bank
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by collecting food and donating it to your local food bank. Over 18 million children in the US face food insecurity, a problem made worse by COVID-19. Use our easy guide to collect the most-needed food items and safely drop them at your local food bank. You’ll automatically earn verified volunteer hours, and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Let’s Do This!

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Host a Virtual Book Club that Reads Texts By or About Underrepresented Groups
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by hosting a virtual book club that reads texts by or about underrepresented groups. Use DoSomething’s recommendation lists to host a virtual diversity Book Club. You’ll earn verified volunteer credits and a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Make a DIY Mask (No Sewing Required)
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win a $1,000 scholarship by using our easy step-by-step guide to make a mask (no sewing required!) to keep yourself, your friends, and your family healthy during the pandemic. We’ll even help you donate much-needed masks to homeless shelters and vulnerable communities. Upload a photo of your mask to earn verified volunteer hours and be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Let’s Do This!

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Recycle Cans to Help Protect the Environment
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship just by recycling 5 aluminum cans to save energy and protect the environment! All you have to do is collect 5 cans and recycle them in a proper bin or take them to a local recycling center (we’ll help you find yours!) Don’t forget to snap a pic with your cans before you recycle them to prove your impact and inspire others to join in. You’ll automatically earn verified volunteer hours, and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Let’s Do This!

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Swap Stories with an Older Adult to Decrease Isolation During COVID-19
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by swapping stories with an older adult to decrease isolation during COVID-19. Ask an older adult to share a story with you. You’ll earn verified volunteer credits and the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

$1,500 Easy Scholarship: Use a Greener Way to Travel for a Day
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,500 scholarship just by using an environmentally sustainable way to commute to school, work, or another place you commonly visit. Just answer 5 easy questions about how you normally get around and we’ll give you a greener way to travel (like cycling, walking, or carpooling), plus an easy way to calculate just how much carbon dioxide you’d save from being emitted into the atmosphere. Upload a photo of your greener commute. You’ll fight global climate change *and* enter to win a $1,500 scholarship!

$2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
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.

Ag Day Essay Contest
Sponsor: Agriculture Council of America
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in the 2020-2021 school year who are U.S. citizens. Applicant must submit a written or video essay on a given topic related to agriculture.

Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship
Sponsor: Cappex
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
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.

Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award
Sponsor: Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: Award recognizes the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD. Award is open to a student 19 years old or younger who has demonstrated initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field, including art, music, science, math, athletics, or community service.

I Have a Dream Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
Description: Applicant must be 13 years of age or older, be a resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2027) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must submit a short essay (250 words or less) about a dream.

School Survey Sweepstakes
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
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.

A Salute to Engineering Essay Contest
Sponsor: EngineerGirl
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: February 1, 2021
Description: Essay contest is open to girls and boys in grades 3-12. Applicant must submit an essay that salutes engineering’s role in meeting and defeating the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest
Sponsor: Association for Women in Mathematics
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 1, 2021
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.

Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Columbus Citizens Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 1, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to elementary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian). Applicant must have financial need and at least a 3.0 GPA (for high school and college students).

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 1, 2021
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 and California only. All other states have a later deadline.

BMI Student Composer Awards
Sponsor: BMI Foundation, Inc.
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: February 5, 2021
Description: Award is open to citizens of a country in the Western Hemisphere who is engaged in the study of music with a recognized and established teacher (other than a relative). Applicant must have been born on after February 2, 1992. Applicant must submit one composition.

ExploraVision Science Competition
Sponsor: Toshiba/NSTA
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: February 8, 2021
Description: Competition is open to students in grades K through 12. Students must work in groups of 2-4 and select a technology that is present in the home, school, and/or community and explore what the technology does, how it works, and how or why it was invented.

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