Re-occurring Scholarships for Seniors

Scholarship Competitions

 

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

Students compete for this award by writing and recording an audio essay on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “My Responsibility to America.” The first place winner receives a grand prize of $30,000; winners also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC. A total of $152,000 in awards is given out annually.

  • The competition is open to students in grades 9-12.
  • The submission deadline is November 1, 2016.
  • For more information click here!.

 

The Fountainhead Essay Contest

Students compete for this award by writing an essay on one of three topics related to Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. The first place winner receives a grand prize of $10,000. Runners-up also receive prizes; a total of $43,250 is given out annually.

  • The competition is open to students in grades 11-12.
  • The submission deadline is April 26, 2017.
  • Submit your essay online here.

 

The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Students compete for this award by writing an essay on one of three topics related to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The first place winner receives a grand prize of $20,000. Runners-up also receive prizes; a total of $36,000 is given out annually.

  • The competition is open to high school seniors, college students, and graduate students.
  • The submission deadline is April 28, 2017.
  • Submit your essay online here.

The American Legion National High School Contest

Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “My responsibility to America”. The first place winner will receive a grand prize of $30,000 and also an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC.

  • The competition is open to US high school students under 20 years of age.
  • Deadlines vary by state. Contests are arranged by local American Legion departments; get more information for your state here.

Create-a-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest 

Students compete for this award by submitting a photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. The winner receives $10,000, and the winner’s school receives an award of $1,000.

  • The competition is open to high school, college, and university students.
  • The submission deadline is typically in February.
  • Submit your design online here.

 

Siemens Math, Science, and Technology Award Scholarships

Students compete by completing an individual or team (2-3 person) research project. National awards range from $10,000 to $100,000 and regional awards range from $1,000 to $3,000.

  • The competition is open to US high school students.
  • The submission deadline is September 20, 2016.
  • Register for the competition here.

 

Academic Scholarships

Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Coca-Cola Scholars are judged on their academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, and community service. This scholarship program is fairly large: 150 awards of $20,000 are given out each year.

  • This award is open to current high school seniors.
  • The application will open in August; the submission deadline is typically in October.
  • Read more about submission here.

 

Burger King Scholars Program

Applicants to this scholarship are judged on their GPA, work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service. Award amounts really range – they can be as small as $1,000 and as large as $50,000.

  • This scholarship is open to US high school seniors who plan on going to college or vocational/technical school.
  • The application typically opens in October. The submission deadline is typically in December.
  • Register here to apply for the scholarship.

 

Need-Based Scholarships

 

Horatio Alger Scholarship Award

This need-based scholarship is meant for students who have faced and overcome great obstacles. To be considered eligible, your gross adjusted family income must be at or below $55,000. At the national level, there are 106 $22,000 awards; there are also state scholarships that range between $6,000-$10,500. This one scholarship application will get you considered for many other national, state, and specialized scholarships – less work for you, and many more opportunities for scholarship funding!

  • This scholarship is open to US high school seniors who plan on getting a 4-year degree.
  • The application submission deadline is typically in October.
  • For more information click here!.

 

Jackie Robinson’s Foundation Scholarship Program

Applicants are judged on leadership skills and commitment to community service. To be considered eligible, you must identify as a minority student. As many as 60 new scholarships are awarded annually; the scholarships are 4-year awards, and recipients can receive as much as $7,500 per year.

  • This scholarship is open to minority high school seniors.
  • The application typically opens in November. The submission deadline is typically in February.
  • For more information click here!.

 

Gates Millennium Scholarship

Scholarship for outstanding minority students who demonstrate financial need. Applicants are judged on academic performance, leadership skills, and community service. The scholarship covers all unmet need for college, and potentially even beyond for graduate programs. The program also offers an impressive array of leadership development programs for scholarship winners.

  • This scholarship is open to minority students who are enrolling at a US college or university.
  • The application typically opens in August, and the submission deadline is typically in January.
  • Read more about how to submit a successful application here.

 

Engebretson Foundation Scholarship

Awarded to one student each year who demonstrates financial need, in addition to impressive academic performance and leadership ability. The annual award winner receives $5,000 per semester of college.

  • This scholarship is open to current high school seniors.
  • Applications must be submitted via mail. Get more information here.
  • The application submission deadline is typically in March.

 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

JKCF Scholarship program offers personal advising on selecting a college, navigating financial aid, and transitioning from high school to college. Applicants are judged on academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, desire to help others, and leadership. Awards are given to 30-40 students each year, and can be as much as $40,000.

  • This scholarship is open to high school seniors with financial need who will attend a 4-year college.
  • The application is open from early September to early November. Get notified when the application opens.

 

Elk’s National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition

Applicants are judged on their scholarship and leadership abilities. Over 500 scholarships are available across the country, and total award amounts (over four years) range from $4,000-$50,000. Applications must be submitted to the Elk Lodge closest to your home address, so research the Elk Lodges in your area before you apply!

  • This scholarship is open to US high school seniors who will be attending college following their high school graduation.
  • The application submission deadline will either be in late November or early December.
  • Read more about submission here.

 

Specified Scholarships

 

CIA Undergraduate Scholars Program

This program offers more than just a scholarship – if you’re selected as a winner, you’ll become a part of a pretty unique internship program. Interns work at the CIA during summer breaks, are given an annual salary (with benefits), AND an annual scholarship award of $18,000. You must demonstrate financial need to qualify: there’s an income eligibility ceiling of $70,000 for a family of 4 and $80,000 for a family of 5.

  • This scholarship is open to high school seniors.
  • The applications are accepted April 1-September.
  • Read more about submission here.

 

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

The Vegetarian Resource Group judges applicants on their “compassion, courage, and commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.” The first place winner receives $10,000, and two runners-up each receive $5,000.

  • The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors.
  • The application submission deadline is February 20, 2017.
  • Check out the application here, and submission procedures here.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

This scholarship program is for students who plan on pursuing a degree in technology or engineering. Applicants are judged both on academic merit and financial need. Winners can receive up to $25,000 for up to 4 years – that’s a maximum award amount of $100,000! There are as many as 50 new award winners each year.

  • This scholarship is open to high school seniors, high school graduates, or current undergraduates.
  • The application typically opens in January; get notified when the scholarship opens.
  • The submission deadline is typically in late February.

Davidson Fellowship Scholarships

This scholarship awards students who have completed an impressive piece of work or project in science, technology, engineering, math, literature, music, or philosophy. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000.

  • This scholarship is open to students under 18 years of age.
  • The application typically opens in November. Get more information here.
  • The submission deadline is typically in early February.

AXA Achievement Scholarship

This scholarship is targeted towards students who have empowered society or their communities. There is a total of 52 $10,000 regional awards – one winner is chosen from each state, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. Ten national winners receive an additional $15,000 each.

  • This scholarship is open to high school seniors who will attend college following their high school graduation.
  • The application typically opens in September; get notified when the scholarship opens.
  • Read more about the scholarship here.

William Randolph Hearst Foundation US Senate Youth Program

The William Randolph Hearst Senate Youth Program is for students who participate in their high school student government and plan on studying government in college. Applicants are judged on their leadership abilities, academic performance, clarity of speech, logical thought, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. 104 winners each receive a $5,000 award, in addition to an all-expenses-paid educational week in Washington DC.

  • This scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors.
  • All applications must be submitted by mail (no online submissions accepted). Read more about the scholarship here.
  • The application submission deadline is typically in October.

Fantasy Sports Daily Fall Scholarship Award 

Fantasy Sports Daily offers ongoing college scholarship awards for students aspiring to achieve higher education. This scholarship rewards students who are looking to better themselves, who have goals and dreams, and who are committed to achieving a college degree and a successful future.

  • Applicants must be legal residents of the United States & at least 16 years of age.
  • Scholarship rules and terms are available for review for more information by clicking here..
  • The application submission deadline is October 1, 2016.
  • To apply click here.