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.

Student Video Contest
Sponsor: World of 7 Billion
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 25, 2021
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.

Doodle 4 Google
Sponsor: Google Inc.
Amount: $30,000
Closing Date: February 26, 2021
Description: Program is open to students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grades. Student must create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “I am strong because…”

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Ask a Grandparent or Older Adult to Share a Story
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by swapping stories with an older adult in your life to decrease isolation during COVID-19. Research shows that encouraging older adults to share their stories benefits the emotional, physical, and mental well-being of older adults, and leads to greater empathy and stronger connection with the listener (that’s you!). Call or video chat with an older adult in your life (a grandparent, family member, friend, any older person you admire) and ask them to share a story from their life with you. You’ll automatically earn verified volunteer hours, and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Collect Food Items for Your Local Food Bank
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 28, 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: February 28, 2021
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by hosting a virtual Diversity Book Club with friends. Research shows that under 6% of children’s or young adults books published in 2019 have a Black author or illustrator, and that reading by or about other people from historically underrepresented groups can build cross-cultural empathy! Use our recommendations list to host a virtual Diversity Book Club. You’ll automatically earn verified volunteer hours, and you’ll be entered for the 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: February 28, 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: February 28, 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!

$2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: February 28, 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 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, 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.

Optimist International Essay Contest
Sponsor: Optimist International
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2021
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: “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.”

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