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.

Harlequin Floors Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: The World Dances
Amount: $250
Closing Date: September 29, 2017
Description: Contest is open to residents of the 50 United States and Canada. There is no restriction to enter the contest. Applicant must submit a dance video.

Make Your Mark Contest
Sponsor: Utah Educational Savings Plan
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 29, 2017
Description: Contest is open to Utah students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Contestant must submit a bookmark design.

Game-Winning Drive: College 1 Piece of Sports Gear for Kids in Underserved Communities
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: Kids from underserved communities are 50% less likely to play sports. One reason is that equipment is too expensive to afford. Look in your closet or garage for 1 ball, bat, glove, stick, or any other sports gear. Then donate your item to a local community center (DoSomething will give you the address of the closet one!). You’ll be helping kids play more sports, which improves their well-being, and you’ll automatically be entered to win the scholarship.

Shout It Out Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
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 no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Show Stress Who’s Boss: Share Tips to Help Friends Reduce Stress!
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: 58% of college students deal with intense stress and anxiety. To cope, lots of them turn to smoking and binge drinking. You can win an easy scholarship just by sharing 5 simple ways for friends to reduce stress! DoSomething will send you easy, fun mental health hacks, and all you have to do is click a button to send them to friends. That’ll help friends unleash their potential this year, and you’ll automatically be entered to win the scholarship.

#SuperStressFace: Help Your Friends Reduce Stress!
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: 97% of American teens report being stressed during back-to-school season. Yikes! Take a picture of what you look like when you’re stressed (your #SuperStressFace!) and share it with friends on social media with one of DoSomething’s tips proven to help de-stress.

Take Shorter Showers to Save Water!
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: Americans use more than a TRILLION gallons of water showering each year. That’s enough to supply all the water needs of New Jersey and the Empire State. Share a five-minute playlist with a friend to remind them to keep their shower under five minutes. That’ll save up to 1,500 gallons of water this year and you’ll automatically be entered to win the scholarship.

Tell Your Governor to Protect Your State and Our Planet!
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: President Trump recently withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, a global treaty to protect the planet. Use social media to tell your governor to protect health, the air and water, and the security of your state and our country. Tweet or post on Facebook asking your governor to sign a pledge that DoSomething provides. That’s ensure a safer, cleaner, better future for America and you’ll automatically be entered to win the scholarship.

Writer’s Square Essay Contest
Sponsor: Hakka Foundation
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to all enrolled students from first grade to college. Applicant must write an essay on what nature’s role is in their life.

Create Real Impact Contest
Sponsor: Impact Teen Drivers
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: October 6, 2017
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. Applicant must create an original work showcasing their idea for a solution or strategy to fix the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving.

Save the Frogs! Art Contest
Sponsor: Save the Frogs!
Amount: $100
Closing Date: October 15, 2017
Description: Contest is open to anyone, regardless of age, with a talent for art. Applicant must submit a cool frog piece of art.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: October 2, 2017extended to October 16, 2017
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 2017-2018 academic year. This is the first deadline. Deadline II is January 8, 2018, and Deadline III is March 5, 2018.

George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Sponsor: National Rifle Association of America (NRA)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2017
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 1-12, including home-schooled students. Student must submit a piece of art on a given topic related to North American game birds or animals that may be legally hunted or trapped.

Patriot’s Pen Competition
Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2017
Description: Competition is open to students in grades 6-8 in the United States, its territories and its possessions. Applicant must submit an essay on the following theme: “American’s Gift to My Generation.”

Uncover the Truth: Encourage Friends to Fight Propaganda and Defend Science
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2017
Description: At this very moment, a think tank funded by Big Oil billionaires is sending a “science textbook” called “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming” to every science teacher in the country. You could win an easy $3,000 scholarship just by sharing a pledge on social media that encourages your friends to talk to their teachers about this propaganda-filled book. You’ll defend science, fight propaganda, and be entered to win the scholarship.

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2017
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 who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Congressional App Challenge
Sponsor: Internet Education Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: November 1, 2017
Description: Challenge is open to U.S. students in elementary school, middle school, or high school who live in a Congressional district that is participating (check website for details). Applicant must create any type of app they like on any platform they like.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Sponsor: Prudential Financial, Inc.
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: November 7, 2017
Description: Award is open to all young people in grades 5-12 who live in the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., and have conducted a volunteer service activity within the past year.

Maryknoll Student Essay Contest
Sponsor: Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: November 10 2017
Description: Contest is open to students enrolled in grades 6-12 for the 2017-2018 school year who are residents of one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or a province of Canada (except Quebec). Applicant must submit an essay citing examples of violence and telling what actions they are taking or could take to promote peace.

Education Matters Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2017
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 no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Americanism Essay Contest
Sponsor: Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2017
Description: Contest is open to students in grades seven through 12 (or equivalent). Applicant must be sponsored by a branch of the Fleet Reserve Association or a unit of the Ladies Auxiliary. Applicant must submit an essay on the theme, “What Patriotism means to me.”

Design Scholarship
Sponsor: BestReview
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: December 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students studying at or can show proof they are enrolled with an accredited school program who are between the ages of 5 and 100 years of age. International students are welcome to apply. Applicant must submit an essay on how product design impacts the world in a positive way.

Ride & Seek: Keep Friends and Family Safer in the Car
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2017
Description: Seat belts save lives – everyone knows that. But warnings from parents and scare tactics from ad campaigns don’t make teenage drivers and passengers more likely to wear a seat belt. Student can win an easy scholarship just by printing and posting flyers. For every poster you share in your community, you’ll keep people safer on the road AND earn another chance at the scholarship. Unlimited entries.

Rubincam Youth Award
Sponsor: National Genealogical Society
Amount: $500
Closing Date: December 15, 2017
Description: Award is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Applicants must submit a genealogical project.

National WWII Museum Essay Contest
Sponsor: The National World War II Museum
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: December 29, 2017
Description: Contest is open to middle school and high school students in the United States, U.S. territories, and military bases. Student must submit an essay sharing their thoughts on what the United States’ role as the ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ should be today. Only the first 500 essays will be considered.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Nicodemus Wilderness Project
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 31, 2017
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 2017.

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