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.

Harlequin Floors Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: The World Dances
Amount: $250
Closing Date: April 28, 2017
Description: Contest is open to residents of the 50 United States and Canada. There is no restriction to enter the contest. Applicant must submit a dance video.

1000 Dreams Scholarship
Sponsor: 1,000 Dreams Fund
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school and college women who can demonstrate financial need. Applicant will need to submit a completed application and at least one letter of recommendation.

$2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2017
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.

All About Education Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2017
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 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Constitution Connection Contest
Sponsor: Bill of Rights Institute
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2017
Description: Contest 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 parents or legal guardians. Unfortunately the contest is unavailable to students in Maryland, Nebraska, and Arizona. Every two weeks, vote yes or no to a prompt given on the Bill of Rights Institute Constitutional Connection webpage and provide a supporting constitutional argument for the position. A winner will be selected every two week and will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Each bi-weekly winner will have a chance to win the $1,000 cash scholarship. The contest ends on May 26, 2017.

E-waste Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2017
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…”

Give a Spit About Cancer Guide: Share a Digital Guide to Help Save Lives
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2017
Description: 70% of people who need a bone marrow transplant rely on a complete stranger for a donation. Beyond that, black people and other people of color have a much harder time finding a donor match. Share a digital guide about the importance of joining the bone marrow registry with three friends for your chance at the scholarship.

National Hazing Prevention Week Essay Competition
Sponsor: HazingPrevention.org
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: April 30, 2017
Description: Competition is open to high school students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given theme related to hazing.

Rinse, Recycle, Repeat: Create a Recycling Bin to Reduce Waste
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2017
Description: Nearly half of Americans don’t regularly recycle their beauty and personal care products. That’s a major reason these items account for a significant amount of landfill waste. Create a fun bathroom recycling bin that encourages people to recycle their empty beauty and personal care products. Use the tips provided to make an eye-catching bin and place it in a bathroom near you for a chance to win the scholarship.

Suspended for What?: Advocate – Talk to Your School About Fairer Discipline Policies
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2017
Description: Students around the country can be suspended for minor things like tardiness or breaking the dress code. Unfair, right? Make sure your school isn’t using unfair or harsh discipline policies by talking to your principal or administrator and advocating for improvements for a chance to win the scholarship.

Suspended for What?: AMPLIFY – Share Stories to Increase Fairness in School
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2017
Description: At 12 years old, Alexas was arrested…. FOR DOODLING ON HER DESK. This stuff happens all the time: Despite the same rates of misconduct as white students, students of color are way likelier to receive harsh and unfair punishment. Share stories like Alexa’s on social media to encourage schools to adopt fairer policies for your chance to win the scholarship.

Countdown to College Scholarship
Sponsor: Potential Magazine
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: May 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to college-bound teens in grades 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.

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