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.

$1,000 April Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 20, 2019
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.

Love Your Body Poster Contest
Sponsor: National Organization for Women Foundation
Amount: Up to $250
Closing Date: April 14, 2019extended to April 21, 2019
Description: Contest is open individuals from all over the world who are in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, or not enrolled in school. Applicant must create a poster that may be used as part of the national campaign to counteract the media’s use of narrow, unrealistic, negative images of women.

Comparing Anthem and The Fountainhead Contest – 8th, 9th and 10th Grade
Sponsor: Ayn Rand Institute
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: April 25, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 8-10. A Applicant must submit an essay comparing Anthem and The Fountainhead. There is no citizenship requirements to apply.

Dexter All-American Team Scholarship
Sponsor: U.S. Bowling Congress
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 26, 2019
Description: Scholarships are open to USBC high school members who are nominated by a coach or team administrator.

$2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
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.

A Voice for Animals Contest
Sponsor: Humane Education Network
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to animals.

All About Education Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
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 no later than the fall of 2025) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship*
Sponsor: Cappex
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
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.

Celebrate the West High School Art Competition
Sponsor: Western Governors’ Association
Amount: Up to $1,200
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
Description: Competition is open to high school students (grades 9-12) in public, private, charter, and alternative schools. Home-schooled students in that age group also may enter. Student must be in a school in a WGA member state: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Applicant must submit a two-dimensional art piece on what their state means to them.

E-waste Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
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…”

Grab the Mic: Make a Phone Call!
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
Description: In 2018, young peopled turned out to vote at historic and extraordinary rates that haven’t been seen for over 25 years. Make your voice heard on the issues that matter most to you by making a phone call to your representatives. Every phone call automatically enters you to win the scholarship.

Master of Minions Scholarship
Sponsor: Cirkled In
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
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 what they would have their minions do.

Merit Over Money: Let’s Change the College Admission Process
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
Description: The recent college admission scandal exposed something that the majority of students, especially low-income students and student of color, know too well: even if they’re not bribing colleges, those with money can game the systems, while those without it don’t have a shot. Share a petition demanding universities in the Ivy League abandon legacy and donor preferences in admission. You’ll be part of a movement to ensure fairness during the college admission process and you’ll be entered to win the scholarship.

National Hazing Prevention Week Essay Competition
Sponsor: HazingPrevention.org
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
Description: Competition is open to high school students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given theme related to hazing.

School Survey Sweepstakes
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
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.

Take Back the Prom: Outfits Donation
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
Description: The average student spends over $1,100 on prom, with one major expense being the outfit. Prom should be for everyone, but for some students, it’s too expensive to attend. You can win the scholarship by donating your gently-used prom clothes to a local organization to ensure students from low-income households can have an outfit on prom night. You can even run a drive in your school and/or community to collect these items to be part of the nation’s largest youth-led prom clothing drive. Any action automatically enters you to win the scholarship.

Untangle the Web
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2019
Description: With scams, fraud, and misinformation, the internet can be a treacherous place for both younger and older generations. The good news is, we can foster intergenerational conversations and empower each other to be our best selves online. Help an adult you love become safer and more responsible online. Take DoSomething’s quiz to find out your online strengths. Then use their customized action guide to help an adult with things like online shopping, avoid trolls, or finding causes they care about.

Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership
Sponsor: Earth Island Institute
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: May 1, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to environmental change leaders ages 13 to 22 (as of Jul. 1, 2019) living in North America (including Mexico, Canada, and some Caribbean Islands) and U.S. Territories.

Paradigm Challenge
Sponsor: Project Paradigm
Amount: Up to $100,000
Closing Date: May 1, 2019
Description: Challenge is open to students aged 4 to 18 years of age (as of May 1, 2019) worldwide. Applicants may work in a team or alone to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems.

Practice Acts of Kindness Mini Contest
Sponsor: Project Paradigm
Amount: $500
Closing Date: May 1, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students aged 4 to 18 years of age worldwide. Student must share their random or non-random acts of kindness by creating a video, poem, story, drawing, photograph, or anything else that captures one of their acts of kindness.

Visionary Scholarship Program
Sponsor: American College Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: May 1, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are United States citizens or eligible non-citizens. Applicant must submit an essay on why college is important to them.

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Countdown to College Scholarship
Sponsor: Potential Magazine
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: May 4, 2019
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.

Chopin Foundation Scholarship Program for Young Pianists
Sponsor: Chopin Foundation
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: May 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to qualified American pianists (U.S. citizens or legal residents) not younger than 14 and not older than 17 years of age on May 15.

$1,000 May Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: May 20, 2019
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.

Fifth Month Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: May 31, 2019
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 2025) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must “write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important.”

Scholarship Detective Launch Scholarship
Sponsor: Scholarship Detective
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: May 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to current students who are permanent residents of the United States. Applicant must fill out a short online application and share in 140 characters or less how they will use the scholarship.

$500 High School Freshman Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $500
Closing Date: June 1, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States or international students with a valid visa who are high school freshmen in the Class of 2022.

NOPE Life Choices Award and Scholarship
Sponsor: Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (NOPE) Task Force
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: June 1, 2019
Description: Scholarships are open to middle school and high school students who have seen a NOPE assembly. Applicant must do a creative project on the value of maintaining a drug free life.

JASNA Essay Contest
Sponsor: Jane Austen Society of North America
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: June 3, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students world-wide who are enrolled in high school, college/university, or graduate school. Student must submit an essay on a given topic related a Jane Austen work.

Think the Vote Current Events Debate Scholarship
Sponsor: Bill of Rights Institute
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: June 6, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are in school and are 18 years of age or older or are 13 years or older and have received permission in writing from their parent/guardian to participate. Between August 27, 2018 and June 6, 2019 participate in the current debate (yes or no and why – new debate every two weeks). Every two weeks two $25 Amazon gift cards will be awarded (one to the person providing the best defense on each side of the debate). Each bi-weekly winner will be entered for a chance to win the scholarship.

Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
Sponsor: Optimist International
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: June 15, 2019
Description: Contest is open to young people through grade 12 in the United States and Canada, to CEGEP in Quebec and grade 13 in the Caribbean, who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Applicant must be deaf or hard of hearing. Closing date is the national closing date. Applicant should contact local Optimist Club for specific date.

Ocean Awareness Student Contest
Sponsor: From the Bow Seat
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: June 17, 2019
Description: Contest is open to middle and high school students from around the world between the ages of 11 and 18 years of age. Applicant must focus on this year theme of “Presence of Future” and submit a piece of art, poetry, prose, film or music on this year’s theme. In addition to the general contest, there is a hometown award open to students from Boston, Massachusetts.

$1,000 June Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: June 20, 2019
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.

10 Words or Less Scholarship
Sponsor: StudentScholarships.org
Amount: $500
Closing Date: June 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to anyone between the ages of 14-25 years of age who will be attending school in the Fall of 2019. Applicant must visit the StudentScholarships.org Facebook page and share their 10 words or less on why they deserve the scholarship.

Digital Privacy Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: June 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to current high school, college, and graduate school students. Home school students are also eligible. Applicant must complete a short form and finish the following statement in 140-characters or less: “I’m taking responsibility for my digital profile by…”

Do-Over Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: June 30, 2019
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 no later than the fall of 2025) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must share what they would do “if they could turn back time.”

Golden Eagle Coins Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Golden Eagle Coins
Amount: $500
Closing Date: June 30, 2019
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.

Huntington’s College Scholarship Sweepstakes
Sponsor: Huntington Learning Center
Amount: $4,000
Closing Date: June 30, 2019
Description: Sweepstakes is open to high school students and their parents or guardians who are legal residents of the United States.

Illustrators of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: $500
Closing Date: June 30, 2019
Description: Contest is open to new and amateur artists who have not been professionally published and paid for more than three black-and-white story illustrations, or more than one process-color painting, in media distributed broadly to the general public.

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: June 30, 2019
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

Scholarship Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: June 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

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