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.

Carson Scholars
Sponsor: Carson Scholars Fund
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 15, 2021
Description: Scholars program is open to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Applications must be requested by school officials. Applicant must have at least a 3.75 GPA.

C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition
Sponsor: C-SPAN
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: January 20, 2021
Description: Competition is open to students in grades 6-12. Student must create a short documentary video on the following theme: “Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021.”

Curtis Kinetic Science Competition
Sponsor: Orlando Science Center
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: January 20, 2021
Description: Competition is open to any school, science club, and home school group in the nine surrounding counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Park, Sumter, and Volusia) in grades 6-8. Students may work in teams of up to five to build a kinetic system with multiple energy transformations.

ACIS Travel is Education Scholarship
Sponsor: ACIS
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: January 30, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to students in grades 6 through 12 traveling on an ACIS tour from October 15, 2020 through October 14, 2021.

I Have a Dream Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: January 31, 2021
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 2027) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must submit a short essay (250 words or less) about a dream.

A Salute to Engineering Essay Contest
Sponsor: EngineerGirl
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: February 1, 2021
Description: Essay contest is open to girls and boys in grades 3-12. Applicant must submit an essay that salutes engineering’s role in meeting and defeating the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest
Sponsor: Association for Women in Mathematics
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 1, 2021
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 6 through 12 and undergraduate students. Student must submit an essay based on an interview with a women currently working in a mathematical career.

Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Columbus Citizens Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: February 1, 2021
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 1, 2021
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 Maryland and California only. All other states have a later deadline.

BMI Student Composer Awards
Sponsor: BMI Foundation, Inc.
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: February 5, 2021
Description: Award is open to citizens of a country in the Western Hemisphere who is engaged in the study of music with a recognized and established teacher (other than a relative). Applicant must have been born on after February 2, 1992. Applicant must submit one composition.

ExploraVision Science Competition
Sponsor: Toshiba/NSTA
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: February 8, 2021
Description: Competition is open to students in grades K through 12. Students must work in groups of 2-4 and select a technology that is present in the home, school, and/or community and explore what the technology does, how it works, and how or why it was invented.

Green Poster Contest
Sponsor: Concert on the Green
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: February 12, 2021
Description: Contest is open to students in Clay County, Florida in grades 4-12. Applicant must create a poster on the theme, “A Symphonic Celebration of the Arts.” In addition to the general contest, there is a category for a poster that displays the theme in a way that honors the military.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: February 15, 2021
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. California and Maryland deadlines has already passed, but all other states have later deadlines – see website for details.

Sweet and Simple Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: February 28, 2021
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 2027) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must submit a short written response about a gift they received.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
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 Maine, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Deadlines have already passed for California, Maryland, and Massachusetts, but all other states have a later deadline – see website for details.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2021
Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 through high school juniors.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2021
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 California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia have already passed.

Superpower Scholarships
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 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 and who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2027) 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, 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 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.

Paradigm Challenge
Sponsor: Project Paradigm
Amount: Up to $100,000
Closing Date: May 1, 2021
Description: Challenge is open to students aged 4 to 18 years of age (as of May 1, 2021) worldwide. Applicants may work in a team or alone to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems.

Fifth Month Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: May 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 2026) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must “write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important.”

Do-Over Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: June 30, 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. Applicant must share what they would do “if they could turn back time.”

Flavor of the Month Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: July 31, 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 who are currently enrolled or plan to 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.

Make Me Laugh Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: August 31, 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. Applicant must share an incident in their life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction) that will make us laugh.

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

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.

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.

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