Scholarships for Middle School Students

Middle School students may not know where they want to go to college or what they want to study, but thinking about paying for college can be intimidating for their parents. Below are scholarships and contests for students in middle school.

Youth Courage Awards
Sponsor: Colin Higgins Foundation
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: February 23, 2018
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.

Civil War Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 26, 2018
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.

Frito-Lay Variety Pack’s Dreamvention
Sponsor: Frito Lay
Amount: Up to $250,000
Closing Date: February 26, 2018
Description: Contest is open to persons legally residing in, and physically located within, one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are at least 13 years of age. Applicant must dream up a fun invention idea, draw it, and submit their idea.

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First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Annual Scholarship Program
Sponsor: First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (FCSLA)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 27, 2018
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 2018-2019 academic year.

Feeding Better Futures: Share a Photo of a Food or Sustainability Issue in Your Home, School, or Community
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2018
Description: 1 in 8 people on Earth struggle with hunger, including 13 million kids and teenagers in America and 2.5 million Canadians who live without secure access to food. Use DoSomething’s guide to spot a problem around food waste, hunger relief, or another issue. Take a photo of the problem and suggest a creative solution your home, school, or community could use. Unlimited entries.

Grab the Mic: Share our Netflix Guide on Social Media
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2018
Description: Asian actors make up only 1% of Hollywood’s leading roles. LGBTQ+ characters make up 2% of speaking roles. Black people make up 12% of the adult population in the United States, but only 5% of people who run for office. Share DoSomething’s Netflix guide on your social media to support diversity in media.

Mirror Messages: Post a Note to Brighten Someone’s Days!
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2018
Description: By age 13, about 53% of American girls are unhappy with their bodies. By 17, it’s 78%. And it’s not just girls either – new research shows that close to 1 in 4 boys experience body dysmorphia. Post a sticky note on bathroom mirrors, lockers, and other places around your school to brighten someone’s day.

Sweet & Simple Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2018
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 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must submit a short written response about a gift they received.

Youth Eco-Hero Scholarship
Sponsor: Action for Nature
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 28, 2018
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.

Youth Voices on China Contest
Sponsor: 1990 Institute
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2018
Description: Contest is open to individuals between the ages of 13 and 25 years of age who are citizens of the United States, Canada, or China. Applicant must submit a three-minute video on the theme, “China: Collected Stories.”

Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest – California
Sponsor: Each Mind Matters
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: March 1, 2018
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.

Green Is Film Scholarship
Sponsor: Connecther | Ian Somerhalder Foundation
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: March 1, 2018
Description: Contest is open to students in 8th grade, high school, and undergraduate studies. Applicant must submit a 3-6 minute video on an environmental issue.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2018
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, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and South Carolina deadlines have already passed, but all other states have a later deadline – see website for details.

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