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.

YLC Essay Contest
Sponsor: Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer
Amount: Up to $700
Closing Date: October 29, 2021
Description: Contest is open to students in elementary, middle, and high school. Each level of schooling has a different essay prompt involving the spreading of awareness about stomach cancer.

George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Sponsor: National Rifle Association of America (NRA)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2021
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, 2021
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: “How Can I Be a Good American?”

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2021
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 2027) 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, 2021
Description: Challenge is open to U.S. students in 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.

Save the Frogs! Art Contest
Sponsor: Save the Frogs!
Amount: $100
Closing Date: November 1, 2021
Description: Contest is open to anyone, regardless of age, with a talent for art. Applicant must submit a cool frog piece of art.

Create Real Impact Contest
Sponsor: Impact Teen Drivers
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: November 3, 2021
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.

Education Matters Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2021
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 and are currently enrolled (or will enroll in the future) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: December 31, 2021
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: January 7, 2022
Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 through high school juniors. This is the second deadline. Deadline III is March 18, 2022.

I Have a Dream Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: January 31, 2022
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.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 18, 2022
Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 through high school juniors.

Superpower Scholarships
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 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 and who are currently enrolled (or plan to enroll) 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.

All About Education Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2022
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 2027) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Fifth Month Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: May 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 who are currently enrolled (or will enroll in the future) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must “write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important.”

Shout It Out Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2022
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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