Scholarships for Every Type of Student Activist

A few blog posts ago, I mentioned something along the lines of “scholarships come in all shapes and sizes”. This is still true, people!! Not all scholarships are meant to award students for academic performance, which is awesome because I’m sure you bring a lot more to the table than just your brains 🤓. These scholarships are great because they encourage you to learn more, speak your voice, and even take action about a specific cause while also giving you the opportunity to earn some cash to help you pay for school. What could be better?   

Digital Responsibility Scholarships (open to high school, college, and grad school students)

E-Waste Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 20 

Deets: Each year there are 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste discarded in the world. E-waste contains toxic materials, including heavy metals, that can easily seep into the ground and ultimately get into groundwater supplies. According to the EPA, recycling e-waste allows more than 100 million pounds of materials to be reused annually.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the impact of e-waste and what can be done to reduce e-waste. For more information, please refer to these articles.

Digital Privacy Scholarship 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 30

It's important to understand that almost anything you post on the Internet is neither temporary nor private. And posting too much information can have devastating consequences.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand why you should be cautious about what you post on the Internet. For more information about digital privacy, please see these articles.

Don’t Text & Drive Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 30 

Do you know how far you will drive on the freeway if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, the average time it takes to send a text? An entire football field.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving. For more information on texting while driving, please see these articles.

Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 30

Young people spend an average of 7.5 hours a day consuming media--and this doesn't include computer use for schoolwork--according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. With technology always at the ready at your fingertips, it can be a challenge to unplug. But taking a break from technology is healthy for both the mind and body.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the negative effects of too much screen time. For more information on technology addiction, please see these articles.

Other Scholarships 

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 5

The mission of NOGLSTP Scholarships is to:

  • Award scholarships to LGBTQ+ or LGBTQ-supportive students currently enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) or STEM-related teaching fields.
  • Honor students who support a creative educational community that increases the visibility and the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ and supportive students
  • Encourage students to be out in their careers and support diversity in the STEM workforce


  • Successful completion of a minimum of two years of post-high school education at an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on 4.0 point scale
  • A declared major in an accredited STEM or STEM-related teaching field
  • Be an active supporter of and participant in programs or organizations that promote LGBTQ+ inclusion and visibility

Stephen J Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships 

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Open

The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship program recognizes student innovation and youth-led solutions to fight hunger in America.  These young people are creating awareness and mobilizing peers in their communities to be catalysts for change. The scholarship awardees comprise a wide variety of students, ages 5 to 25, who are recognized at the national and regional level and hail from across the country.

GSBA Scholarship

Amount: varies (average $8,000)

Deadline: January 8

GSBA awards educational scholarships (undergraduate and graduate) to LGBTQ and straight-ally students who are committed to making a difference in the world. Our scholarships range up to $13,000 annually and are meant to provide significant support as you pursue your educational goals. 

Disrupt Racism Scholarship  

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: October 31

The recent wave of worldwide protests sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among others, highlight the injustices, fear, and violence that Black Americans face on a daily basis because of white supremacy.

You’ll be entered for a chance to donate $1,000 to a DoSomething-approved Black-led organization of your choosing, plus a $1,000 scholarship for yourself.

Bonus Scholarship: The Scholarship Greenprint  

While this scholarship is not necessarily encouraging social or political change, it IS helping students learn more about how to find unique scholarship opportunities and boost their chances of winning scholarships. Check it out! 

Amount: $500

Deadline: October 31 

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