Scholarships for High School Sophomores

High school sophomores are thinking 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 sophomores.

Student Video Contest
Sponsor: American Road & Transportation Builders Association
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: December 2, 2022
Description: Contest is open to students in elementary school through graduate school. Contestant must submit a video on transportation infrastructure.

Take Care of Texas Video Contest
Sponsor: Take Care of Texas
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: December 2, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to Texas high school students in grades 9 through 12. Applicant must submit a video that portrays positive ways Texas can help keep our air clean, keep our water clean, conserve water, save energy, or reduce waste.

Military Child of the Year Award
Sponsor: Operation Homefront
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: December 4, 2022
Description: Award is open to young people ages 13 to 18 who are children of someone who is/was in the military.

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships
Sponsor: Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: December 5, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students in kindergarten through graduate school (ages 5-25) who have demonstrated ongoing commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months.

Epsilon Beta Omega Chapter – Spartanburg SC – Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship
Sponsor: Denny’s | Epsilon Beta Omega Chapter – Spartanburg
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 10, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students (freshmen through seniors) who reside in South Carolina.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities – Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship
Sponsor: Denny’s | Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 10, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students (freshmen through seniors) and current college students who have participated in a any PYD program.

Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship program is open to low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska college or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with the institutions. Deadline is for fall term classes.

National Sojourners Essay Contest
Sponsor: National Sojourners Inc.
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2022
Description: Contest is open to students in 9th through 12th grade. Applicant must submit an essay on a given theme “A Guiding Light.” The national deadline is January 15, 2023, but all entries must be sent to a local chapter first (deadlines may vary).

Rubincam Youth Award
Sponsor: National Genealogical Society
Amount: $500
Closing Date: December 15, 2022
Description: Award is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Applicants must submit a genealogical project.

Carson Scholars
Sponsor: Carson Scholars Fund
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 16, 2022
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.

$1,000 December Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 20, 2022
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 student visa. Applicant must fill out a short form.

Innovation in Education Scholarship
Sponsor: LA Tutors
Amount: $500
Closing Date: December 20, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in high school or college within the United States with at least a 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.

$2,000 Easy Scholarship: Let’s Work Together to Make STEM 100%
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: December 30, 2022
Description: To ensure that the next generation of global leaders (that’s YOU!) feel prepared to tackle societal changes on the issues you care most about, we’re helping demystify STEM and equip you with the resources needed to build your roadmap in the field. By participating and taking action in the Make STEM 100% program, you’ll be entered for the opportunity to earn a $2,000 scholarship.

$500 Culinary Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $500
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the United States or International students with a valid visa who are 13 years of age or older and who are interested in attending culinary school, or are currently attending culinary school.

$2,000 Easy Scholarship: AllState AFCA Good Works Team | Strength Through Service
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: By making a direct impact on the causes we know are top of mind for young people, like mental health, food insecurity, education and literacy, and community building, we’re equipping YOU with the opportunities to take action and make bigger and long-lasting changes in your own backyards. PLUS, each action you take makes you eligible to earn a $2,000 scholarship and volunteer hour credits (select actions) for school. Giving back and getting back? It’s a win-win.

$2,000 Nursing Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the United States or International students with a valid visa who are 13 years of age or older and who are interested in attending nursing school, or are currently enrolled in nursing school.

$2,500 Creative Arts Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the United States or International students with a valid visa who are 13 years of age or older and who are interested in attending art school, or are currently enrolled in an art school.

$2,500 Easy Scholarship: See Us, Hear Us: Envisioning Greener Futures
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis. Share how your community is impacted by climate injustice or environmental racism, along with your vision for a green future. DoSomething will put your story on the Youth Map of Climate Injustice to show the world exactly how climate change is affecting the lives of young people. Plus, you’ll be entered for the opportunity to earn a $2,000 scholarship.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Nicodemus Wilderness Project
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Scholarships are open to students between the ages of 13 and 21 who are candidates for a degree/diploma at a primary (middle school), secondary (high school), or accredited post-secondary educational institution from any country around the world. Applicant must conduct their own environmental stewardship project in 2022.

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
Sponsor: Gen and Kelly Tanabe
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students in grades 9-12, college, and graduate school students who are legal U.S. residents. Applicant must submit an essay answering why they deserve the scholarship or their academic or career goals.

George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
Sponsor: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2022 (dates vary by state)
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are United States citizens or legal aliens who attend a public, parochial, or private high school (including accredited home schools). Applicant must submit an essay related to the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Student should contact their state SAR chapter for specific deadline.

Gorgas Scholarship Competition
Sponsor: Alabama Junior Academy of Science
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to Alabama high school students. Applicant must submit a scientific paper describing their original research or project.

Huntington’s College Scholarship Sweepstakes
Sponsor: Huntington Learning Center
Amount: $4,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Sweepstakes is open to high school students and their parents or guardians who are legal residents of the United States.

Just Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

No Sweat Scholarship
Sponsor: Cirkled In
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
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 Cirkled in account.

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Essay Contest
Sponsor: NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high or high school during the 2021-2022 academic year, including homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level. Applicant must submit an essay on the theme, “What Does the Second Amendment Mean to You?”

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

Scholarship Detective Scholarship
Sponsor: Scholarship Detective
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to high school and college students who are permanent residents of the United States. Applicant must submit a short online form and answer in 140 characters or less how they plan to use the scholarship money.

Top Ten List Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: December 31, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students 14 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Applicant must create a top ten list of the top ten reasons they should get the scholarship.

MIT THINK Scholars Program
Sponsor: MIT THINK
Amount: $1,000 budget, chance to win $500 scholarship, mentorship, and a trip to MIT
Closing Date: January 1, 2023
Description: Applicant must be a current high school student at a school in the United States. Applicant must submit a project proposal on a science, technology or engineering idea.

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards
Sponsor: Helen Diller Family Foundation
Amount: Up to $36,000
Closing Date: January 5, 2023
Description: Award is open to Jewish teens who are between the ages of 13 and 19 at the time of nomination. Student must have demonstrated impressive leadership and are actively engaged in community service projects that embody the value of tikkun olam (repair of the world).

Alabama “Don’t Wait to Reach Your Potential” Scholarship
Sponsor: Potential Magazine
Amount: $500
Closing Date: January 6, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to college-bound teens in 9th-12th grades Alabama. Students need to sign up for Potential Magazine’s free weekly eNewsletter and they will automatically be entered to win the scholarship.

National “Don’t Wait to Reach Your Potential” Scholarship
Sponsor: Potential Magazine
Amount: $500
Closing Date: January 6, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to college-bound teens in 9th-12th grades in the U.S. Students need to sign up for Potential Magazine’s free weekly eNewsletter and they will automatically be entered to win the scholarship.

Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Sponsor: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: January 13, 2023
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.

Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program
Sponsor: American Red Cross
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: January 15, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to all high school and college students. Applicant must host an American Red Cross blood drive between December 15, 2022 and January 15, 2023.

$1,000 January Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 20, 2023
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 student visa. Applicant must fill out a short form.

C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition
Sponsor: C-SPAN
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: January 20, 2023
Description: Competition is open to students in grades 6-12. Student must create a short documentary video on the following theme: “If you were a newly elected member of Congress, which issue would be your first priority and why?”

Safe Jobs for Youth Month Poster Contest
Sponsor: YoungWorkers.org
Amount: Up to $300
Closing Date: January 27, 2023
Description: Contest is open to California teens between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. Contestant must create a poster focusing on workplace health safety as it relates to teens.

Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 30, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to current high school and college students. Applicant must submit a short statement about technology addiction.

ExploraVision Science Competition
Sponsor: Toshiba/NSTA
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2023
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.

I Have a Dream Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: January 31, 2023
Description: Applicant must be 14 years of age or older, be a resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and be currently enrolled (or will enroll in the future) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must submit a short essay (250 words or less) about a dream.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Sponsor: Alumni Association of Princeton
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2023
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.

Travel Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: ACIS
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: January 31, 2023
Description: Travel scholarship is open to U.S. students aged 11-20 intersted in educational travel. Scholarship will be in the form of a travel scholarship certificate (ACIS travel voucher for money off a 2023-2024 tour).

Nikon Photo Contest
Sponsor: Nikon
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 13, 2023
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.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2023
Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 through high school juniors.

Create Real Impact Contest
Sponsor: Impact Teen Drivers
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: April 27, 2023
Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years of age. Student must submit an original work (social media campaign, video, or graphic design) showcasing their idea for a solution to the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving.

E-waste Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2023
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…”

Countdown to College Scholarship
Sponsor: Potential Magazine
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: May 5, 2023
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.

Catholic College Scholarship
Sponsor: Catholic College Info
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: May 31, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who plan on attending a Catholic college or university.

Protestant Faith Based College Scholarship Drawing
Sponsor: FaithBasedCollege
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: May 31, 2023
Description: Scholarship drawing is open to students 13 years of age or older who will request Faith Based college or university information, as well as those planning or considering attending a Faith Based college or university are eligible for the drawing.

Young Filmmakers Contest
Sponsor: One Earth Film Festival
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: June 25, 2023
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 3 through college (ages 8 and up) from the United States. Student must create a film on one of many given topics (climate, energy, food, transportation, waste, water, Wildlife and Ecosystems) related to the Earth.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students in grades 9-12 and current college or graduate school students. Applicant must complete a short form and share a 140-character statement explaining why they will not text and drive.

Shout It Out Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2023
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 in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education in the future. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

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