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.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: October 1, 2018extended to October 8, 2018
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. This is the first deadline. Deadline II is January 7, 2019, and Deadline III is March 4, 2019.

Congressional App Challenge
Sponsor: Internet Education Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: October 15, 2018
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.

Drop Essay Contest
Sponsor: Black Women for Positive Change
Amount: Up to $250
Closing Date: October 26, 2018
Description: Contest is open to youth ages 12-18 years of age who plan to stay in school and earn their high school diploma or GED to prepare for success. Applicant must watch a docu-short and then submit a one minute essay, two-minute rap on video, poem, or artwork to describe their reaction to the film, opportunities that interest them, and the kind of support they need to follow their dreams.

George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Sponsor: National Rifle Association of America (NRA)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
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, 2018
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: Why I Honor the American Flag.”

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
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 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

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