Scholarships for High School Sophomores

We The Students Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Bill of Rights Institute
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: February 14, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Armed Forces schools abroad, and students in U.S. territories who are in grades 8-12 and between the ages of 14-19. Student must submit an essay on the prompt, “What are the essential qualities of a citizen in your community in 21st century America?”

Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Columbus Citizens Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to elementary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian). Applicant must have financial need and at least a 3.0 GPA (for high school and college students).

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 15, 2019
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 Massachusetts and New Jersey. Maryland and South Carolina deadlines has already passed, but all other states have later deadlines – see website for details.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Walden Woods Project/Thoreau Institute
Amount: $250
Closing Date: February 15, 2019
Description: Contest is open to youth ages 14-21 around the globe. Applicant must submit an essay or visual essay on a topic related to a quotation by Henry David Thoreau.

Minimum Wage Essay Contest
Sponsor: Stossel in the Classroom
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: February 15, 2019
Description: Contest is open to writers aged 12-18. Applicant must submit an essay arguing for or against minimum wage laws and the proposals to raise the minimum wage.

Palama Settlement Scholarships
Sponsor: Palama Settlement
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 15, 2019
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.

The Christophers’ Poster Contest for High School Students
Sponsor: The Christophers
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 18, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students in grades nine through twelve. Contestant must create an original poster based on the theme, “You Can Make A Difference.”

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

Give your Friend a Card
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: February 21, 2019
Description: We all have a friend who’s awesome at something but needs a little boost of confidence to realize their true potential. This V-Day season, you could win the scholarship by making a card for your friend who needs a little boost of confidence to realize their true potential. Take a picture of you giving the card to your friend and you’ll be entered to win the scholarship. Unlimited entries!

SPJ High School Essay Contest
Sponsor: Society of Professional Journalists
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 22, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private, and home schools within the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on what they believe is the “role and importance of the Fourth Estate in American Society.”

Civil War Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 25, 2019
Description: Contest is open to U.S. students who are in grades 6-12. Student must submit an essay on a given prompt related to the Civil War.

Minimum Wage Video Contest
Sponsor: Stossel in the Classroom
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: February 25, 2019
Description: Contest is open to filmmakers aged 14-23. Applicant must create a 1-3 minute video arguing for or against minimum wage laws and proposals to raise the minimum wage.

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Annual Scholarship Program
Sponsor: First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (FCSLA)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 26, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to members in good standing with the Association for at least three years prior to date of application. Applicant must also have a policy with the organization in his or her own name. Scholarships are open to students in grades 1-12, as well as college and graduate students. Award must be used towards tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Optimist International Essay Contest
Sponsor: Optimist International
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2019
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 a topic related to optimism.

Student Video Contest
Sponsor: World of 7 Billion
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2019
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.

Sweet & Simple Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2019
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 2025) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must submit a short written response about a gift they received.

TeenDrive365 Video Challenge
Sponsor: Discovery Education
Amount: Up to $15,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2019
Description: Challenge is open to legal U.S. residents who are at least 13 years of age and are enrolled in grades 9-12 at a public, private or parochial school in the United States. Student must create a 30-60 second video that demonstrates the importance of safe teen driving.

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: The Gallery Collection
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2019
Description: Scholarship contest is open to all high school, college and university students enrolled at any time during the latter half of 2018 who are at least 14 years of age. Applicant must be a legal resident of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories. Applicant must submit a photo, artwork or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card.

Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest – California
Sponsor: Each Mind Matters
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: March 1, 2019
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, 2019
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 Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and South Carolina deadlines have already passed, but all other states have a later deadline – see website for details.

Scout of the Year
Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2019
Description: Program is open to members of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism, and love of country. Applicant must be at least 15 years of age and enrolled in high school at the time of selection.

The Fountain Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Foundation Magazine
Amount: UP to $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2019
Description: There is no age limit or a condition to fulfill for entry. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic of “Should We Be Grateful?”

Youth Courage Awards
Sponsor: Colin Higgins Foundation
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2019
Description: Award is open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists (through age 20) who have transformed their experience with bigotry and discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, building community, and working to change the systems and institutions that impact their lives. Applicant must be nominated.

Annual Kaplun Essay Contest
Sponsor: Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation
Amount: Up to $1,800
Closing Date: March 3, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic related to Jewish people or values.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 4, 2019
Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 and 18 who have not yet entered college during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Fight the Fear Scholarship Slam
Sponsor: Power Poetry
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 5, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students 25 years of age or younger who are current or former high school students who will be attending or is attending college in the U.S. Applicant must submit a poem on the following question: “How did you overcome one of your fears, and what did you learn from the experience?”

Operation Prevention Video Challenge
Sponsor: Operation Prevention
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 6, 2019
Description: Contest is open to legal U.S. residents who are at least 13 years of age and are students enrolled in 9th through 12th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Applicant must submit a video sending a message to their peers about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse.

DNA Day Essay Contest
Sponsor: American Society of Human Genetics
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 8, 2019
Description: Contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to genetics.

American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest
Sponsor: American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: March 15, 2019
Description: Contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 who are U.S. citizens. Students must submit an essay on a given topic related to the Foreign Service.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2019
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. Unfortunately deadlines for Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC have already passed.

Doodle 4 Google
Sponsor: Google Inc.
Amount: $30,000
Closing Date: March 18, 2019
Description: Program is open to students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grades. Student must create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “When I grow up, I hope…”

$1,000 March Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 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.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition
Sponsor: Haiku Society of America
Amount: $100
Closing Date: March 21, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Student can submit up to three haiku poems.

Create Real Impact Contest
Sponsor: Impact Teen Drivers
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: March 27, ,2019
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 (video, music, creative writing, or artwork) showcasing their idea for a solution to the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving.

Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 31, 2019
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 Winter term classes.

Collect Items for a Homeless Shelter
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2019
Description: On any given day there are 600,000 people experiencing homelessness in America. About one-quarter of them are teenagers or children. You can win the scholarship by providing daily essentials (like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and nonperishable foods) to a local homeless shelter. Snap a picture of you and the items you are donating and you’ll be entered to win the scholarship. Unlimited entries.

Pride in Your Heritage GRHS Youth Essay Contest
Sponsor: Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students attending public, private, parochial, or home schools, and to students attending accredited universities as full-time undergraduate students. Student must submit an essay on a topic related to German Russian history, heritage or culture. Student does not need to be ethnic German-Russian to enter contest.

Scholarship Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: March 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

Superpower Scholarships
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 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 and who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2025) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. In a short written response, student must explain which superhero or villain they would want to changes places with for a day and why.

Susan Howard Community Service Award
Sponsor: British American Foundation of Texas
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to residents of Texas OR Great Britain who are enrolled in full-time education and are aged between 11 and 21 years of age. Applicant must be currently working on an inspiring community service project or have done so within the past 12 months.

Writer’s Square Essay Contest
Sponsor: Hakka Foundation
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2019
Description: Contest is open to students in 1st grade through college. Applicant must submit an essay on the theme of “Happiness.”

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
Sponsor: VFW Auxiliary
Amount: Up to $15,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to any student in grades 9-12 who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Nationals. Applicant must submit a piece of art on paper or canvas – water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil may be used.

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