Scholarships are free money you do not have to pay back. You must apply for them and submit the information yourself. A school counselor or even a favorite teacher can help you with the process.
Each scholarship can decide what you have to do to win the scholarship, for example, write a 2 page essay and submit your transcripts.
There are ALL kinds of scholarships out there! Millions of dollars of scholarships go unclaimed because people simply don't apply. There are scholarships for athletes, people that love to write, future scientists, music lovers, undocumented students, students of a particular ethnic group, local scholarships and SO much more.
Remember, scholarships are money you never have to pay back. It's simply money either paid to you or to the college you attend in return for the few hours of work it will take to complete the application. It is WORTH YOUR TIME! Look at all the variety of scholarships there are...Each scholarship has a due date and an "Award date" meaning when they will notify you that you won the scholarship.
Scholarship Resource Websites:
Current Available Scholarships:
2021 Horatio Alger Association Scholarship
Eligibility: Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States, be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2021 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation. Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited non profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution). Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required). Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities. Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and be a United States citizen.
Award: State Scholarships valued at $10,000 each. 106 National Scholarships valued at $25,000 each. You only have to submit one application to be receive consideration for all of the scholarship programs for which you are eligible.
Deadline: October 26, 2020 @ 12:00PM EDT (Noon) Click on the link below to apply: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/about-our-scholarship-programs/
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship New
Eligibility: Graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2021. Intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2021. Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above. Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.
Award: Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.
Deadline: October 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm in your local time zone. More information click here: https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/college-scholarship-program/
2021 Coca Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship
Eligibility: Current high school/home schooled students attending a school in one of the 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, or select DoD schools who will graduate high school during the 2020-21 academic school year. U.S. Citizens (not a Temporary Resident) U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by the U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility. Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. Minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA. Please see website for additional requirements.
Award: 150 Coca Cola scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.
Deadline: 5 p.m. Eastern on October 31, 2020
. Please click on the following link to apply online: https://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards New
Be in grades 5-12 as of November 10, 2020. Be a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.
Have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application. Submit a completed application to a school or the head of an official designated local organization by November 10, 2020
Award: Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement from their schools or organization. Distinguished Finalists receive an engraved bronze medallion, and other state-level runners-up receive Certificates of Excellence. State Honorees receive a $1,000 scholarship, an engraved silver medallion, and an invitation to the program's national recognition events. National Honorees receive an additional $5,000 scholarship, an engraved gold medallion, a trophy for their schools or nominating organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.
Deadline: November 10, 2020: Student application deadline. November 20, 2020: Deadline for schools and officially designated local organizations to certify Local Honorees for state-level judging. Apply here: https://spirit.prudential.com/
James Alan Cox Foundation For Student Photojournalists
Eligibility: High school students applying for this scholarship must have completed one year at an accredited high school (student must therefore be a sophomore or older) and should have taken at least one photography or related art class. See scholarship website for more information. High school applicants should only submit still photographs.
Award: Five (5) Digital Cameras will be awarded to five (5) high school students.
Deadline: Midnight the evening of November 15, 2020. Apply online at: https://www.jamesalancoxfoundation.org/apply/
Romero Scholarship For Excellence in Spoken Word
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to all residents of the United States and its territories, regardless of legal status. Entrants must be high school seniors, currently attending a high school in the USA, or its territories, graduating in the Spring of 2021.
Deadline: Applications, poems, and letters of recommendation must be sent to email@example.com, by Friday November 20, 2020. Application and instructions on: https://www.davidaromero.com/scholarship
Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders New
Since 1982, USHLI has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanic students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership.
Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented). Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students for the Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 academic year. This includes high school seniors, college freshman, sophmores, and juniors up to age 25.
Requirements: Background essay, Leadership essay and optional essay. Two letters of recommendation. Portrait picture. Resume. Unofficial transcript.
Award: Recipients will receive a non-renewable scholarship - An academic scholarship ($1,000 for a 4-year institution or $500 for a 2-year institution) for undergraduate students.
Rumba Meats Scholarship New
Rumba Meats, part of the Cargill family of brands, helps the Hispanic community celebrate their culture and preserve their heritage through food. Through a partnership with United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, Rumba is awarding 25 post-secondary academic scholarships of $1,000 each and helping empower today’s Hispanic youth to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Must be a high school senior graduating in the Spring of 2021. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories. Students must verify their enrollment status for the 2021/2022 academic school year prior to scholarship disbursement. Non-U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or undocumented).
Applicants must demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Grant permission
to receive information about Cargill Global Scholars, a scholarship program that selects 50 students worldwide to participate in a yearlong immersion program. Learn more at https://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/
. Only if awarded the scholarship, recipients
be required to provide a two-minute video
articulating how their Hispanic heritage has influenced their life and how they plan to preserve it throughout their life.
Award: 25 scholarship's of $1,000 each.
Dell Scholars Program New
Eligibility: Participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12 (ex. AVID)Be on track to graduate from an accredited high school in the current academic year. Demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant in first year of college. Plan to enroll full time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a bachelor's degree in the fall directly following high school graduation.
Award: Nationally, 500 Dell Scholars are selected each year to receive a scholarship plus lots of non-monetary supports. All Dell Scholars receive:
- A $20,000 scholarship
- Personalized, multifaceted support for the academic, financial, and emotional life challenges that may prevent students from completing college
- A laptop with 4-year warranty
- Chegg credits ($500 annually for four years) to be used for textbook purchases and rentals and/or textbook solutions (via Chegg Study)
- A Scholars Resource Network that connects students and their families with resources to deal with stress, debt, managing child care, and life circumstance
- A teletherapy service that connects students to professional counseling
Science Ambassador Scholarship New
A full tuition scholarship for a woman in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math)?.
Eligibility: You must be a high school senior or an undergraduate student to apply. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. STEM must be your major field of study.
Award: Full tuition scholarship
December 14, 2020 11:59PM CST. Click on the link for more info: https://www.scienceambassadorscholarship.org/
Edison Scholars Program New
Must be a high school senior with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA, plan to pursue studies in the STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university and show financial need. Eligible STEM majors include computer and information systems, engineering, engineering technology, management information systems, mathematics, natural resources and conservation and physical sciences. Applicants must live in Southern California Edison’s service territory
. The top 50 finalists will be required to submit a short video. Don’t stress, it’s simple. Dependents of Edison International and SCE employees and retirees are not eligible.
Award: $40,000 college scholarships to 30 high school seniors.
CC Bank's Young Scholars Scholarship New
Each year CC Bank’s Young Scholars Scholarship offers up to five $2,000 scholarships to students attending universities, colleges, and other academic institutions across the U.S.
Eligibility: Applicants must be under the age of 30. Applicants must be U.S residents. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. At the time of the scholarship award, the applicant must be enrolled at an academic institute.
Award: Five, $2,000 scholarships.
Deadline: Applicants must apply by Thursday, December 31, 2020 More Info: https://ccbank.us/scholarship/
John F. Kennedy: Profile In Courage Essay Contest New
In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.
Eligibility: The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.
Award: First-place $10,000, Second-place $3,000, Five Finalists $1000, Eight semi-finalists $100 each.