Scholarships for High School Juniors

NextStepU Win Free Tuition
Sponsor: NextStepU
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2021
Description: Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada, age 15 or older, who are in college or will be enrolled in college within three years of 9/1/20. Applicant must create a NextStepU account (free) or log into their account.

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.”

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

Sweet and Simple Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: February 28, 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 written response about a gift they received.

Think For Yourself Essay Contest
Sponsor: Let Grow
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to students at least 13 years of age at the time of application, be legal residents of the United States, be currently enrolled in middle or high school, and must enroll no later than the fall of 2026 in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must submit an essay on one of nine prompts related to free speech, bullying, disagreements, or other personal questions.

Youth Eco-Hero Scholarship
Sponsor: Action for Nature
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 28, 2021
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, 2021
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, 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 Maine, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Deadlines have already passed for California, Maryland, and Massachusetts, but all other states have a later deadline – see website for details.

Norwegian National League Scholarship
Sponsor: Norwegian National League
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarships are open to current students in grades 1-12 who are of Norwegian ancestry and reside in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Kendall, McHenry, or Will, Illinois. Students winners in grades 1-4 will receive a cash reward and college bound seniors will receive a scholarship.

Palama Settlement Scholarships
Sponsor: Palama Settlement
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
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.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Sponsor: Alumni Association of Princeton
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Award is for students currently enrolled in ninth through twelfth grades in a participating region (Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Jersey, NYC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St Louis, or Washington, DC) who have been actively involved in a volunteer activity that has had a significant, positive impact on race relations in their school or community.

Project Yellow Light Scholarship Competition – Billboard
Sponsor: Advertising Council
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Competition is open to high school juniors and seniors and current undergraduate students. Applicant must design a billboard advertisement to warn their peers of the dangers of texting and driving.

DNA Day Essay Contest
Sponsor: American Society of Human Genetics
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 3, 2021
Description: Contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to genetics.

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