Scholarships for High School Seniors

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    Introduction

    Now that we’ve got your attention, first off, congratulations! As a senior, you are less than a year away from (and one step closer to) becoming a college student!

    As exciting as that thought is, it’s important to make sure that you’re taking the time to do everything you need to do in order to get to the finish line; this means filling out college applications, writing your essays, and applying for scholarships!

    Most students do not start applying for scholarships until the very end of their senior year in high school, if not later. However, to ensure maximum success, we suggest starting as early as possible!

    So, regardless of how far along you are in your senior year, it is certainly never too late to start applying. To get your search started, we’ve gathered some awesome scholarships for high school seniors to apply for. 

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    Easy Rolling Scholarships for High School Seniors 

    • Award Amount: generally $1,000, but it varies! 

      Scholarship Deadline: Expires on the last day of each month

    • Award Amount: $2,222

      Scholarship Deadline: Last day of each month

      Details: The You Deserve It Scholarship by Scholarship Owl is a monthly scholarship open to all high school and college students.

    • Award Amount: $2,000

      Scholarship Deadline: End of every month

      Details: In addition to their $1,000 scholarship through Bold, Nitro also offers a $2,000 scholarship every month, open to high school seniors and current college students. To be considered, all you need to do is fill out the application form on their website.

    • Award Amount: $10,000

      Scholarship Deadline: Expires every quarter

      Details: Each quarter of the year, Scholarship Points awards one $10,000 scholarship to a lucky student - enter each quarter for a greater chance at winning!

    • Award Amount: Varies, but usually $1,000 - $2,500

      Scholarship Deadline: Last day of each month

      Details: CollegExpress offers a monthly scholarship (this month it's the March Madness scholarship), but when you enter for their monthly scholarship, you will also be automatically entered for their $10,000 scholarship! Doesn't get much better than that.

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: Rolling

      Details: The Cappex Easy Money Scholarship is open to all students - no minimum GPA or essay required.

    • Award Amount: $25,000

      Scholarship Deadline: Rolling monthly

      Details: The $25,000 “Be Bold” Scholarship is a no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile.

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: Quarterly (Last day of the month in September, December, March, and June)

      Details: The Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship is our own contribution to helping students fund their higher education. Simply fill in some easy info about yourself and you're entered to win!

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: Beginning of every month

      Details: The Juno $1,000 Scholarship does not require an essay! All you need to do to be entered is to fill out your name and email, and share the scholarship with your friends!

    • Award Amount: $2,000

      Scholarship Deadline: Rolling monthly

      Details: The Niche No Essay Scholarship is awarded monthly and all you have to do to enter is sign up on their website.

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: Rolling monthly

      Details: This scholarship is designed for high school athletes who are looking to compete at the next level.

    • Award Amount: $500

      Scholarship Deadline: Rolling

      Details: This scholarship is designed to help you help others become more alert by speaking out against the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, all while getting the chance to win a $500 scholarship!

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: Last day of every month

      Details: Nitro offers a $1,000 scholarship every month, open to high school seniors and current college students. To be considered, all you need to do is fill out the application form on their website!

    Scholarships for High School Seniors by Deadline Month

    • Award Amount: $10,000 - renewable for up to 4 years

      Scholarship Deadline: January 5

      Details: Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

    • Award Amount: $20,000

      Scholarship Deadline: January 8

      Details: The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities.

    • Award Amount: $500 - $3,000

      Scholarship Deadline: January 15

      Details: The Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to all high school students. Essays will be judged on the overall originality of the topic and the clear communication of ideas through language.

    • Award Amount: $5,000 - $25,000

      Scholarship Deadline: January 20

      Details: The Live Más Scholarship is Taco Bell's contribution to helping students achieve their higher education goals. To apply, students must submit a video telling the story of their real, true passion. 

    • Award Amount: $1,500

      Scholarship Deadline: January 31

      Details: The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to high school graduating students or college students who are going to attend an accredited institution in the US.

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: January 31

      Details: The Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship is designed to help you understand the negative effects that technology and too much screen time can have on our lives. Open to high school students of all years. 

    • Award Amount: $500

      Scholarship Deadline: February 1

      Details: The EngineerGirl Essay Contest is open to all high school students, and asks for an essay discussing the vital contribution of engineers in responding to the pandemic.

    • Award Amount: Varies

      Scholarship Deadline: February 1

      Details: The Columbus Citizens Foundation administers scholarship programs that help hundreds of students every year in elementary school, high school, college, and medical school, and graduate programs in the arts.  

    • Award Amount: Up to $30,000

      Scholarship Deadline: February 1

      Details: Scholarship for graduating high school seniors accepted to accredited four-year colleges or universities. Must be a minority student, United States citizen, involved in community service and demonstrate leadership potential and financial need.

    • Award Amount: $4,000

      Scholarship Deadline: February 5

      Details: $4,000 four-year scholarships available for children and grandchildren of Elks in good standing. Parent or grandparent must have been an Elk for two years and continue to be a member in good standing. Must be high school senior and apply through the related member’s Elks Lodge

    • Award Amount: $100 - $1,200

      Scholarship Deadline: First Friday in February

      Details: The Americanism Essay Scholarship is open to Illinois high school students and requires an essay on Americanism and good citizenship.

    • Award Amount: $5,000

      Scholarship Deadline: February 15

      Details: AFA’s Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest is an annual competition for college-bound high school seniors.  Applicants are asked to write a 1,200 to 1,500-word essay that describes the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned in light of coping with the brain disorder.

    • Award Amount: $5,000

      Scholarship Deadline: February 15

      Details: Merit-based awards for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, or DACA of Hispanic heritage with plans to enroll full time in an accredited U.S. 4 year university in the upcoming academic year.

    • Award Amount: $40,000

      Scholarship Deadline: February 18

      Details: A serious 2-for-1 opportunity for computer science students. Win $40,000 for college and a paid programming internship at Amazon. 

      Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, experience with computer science, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, short answer responses, unusual personal or family circumstances, financial need, racial/ethnic/gender diversity, and an educator appraisal, preferred to be completed by a computer science teacher.

    • Award Amount: $10,000

      Scholarship Deadline: February 20

      Details: Three scholarships (one $10,000; two $5,000) will be awarded to graduating U.S. high school students who promoted vegetarianism (includes veganism) in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Applicants will be judged on a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.

    • Award Amount: $1,500

      Scholarship Deadline: February 28

      Details: P.L.A.Y knows there are plenty of young minds out there that are passionate about helping animals in need. In an effort to encourage students and promote this cause, P.L.A.Y. will be awarding a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who best exemplifies their core beliefs.

    • Award Amount: $10,000

      Scholarship Deadline: March 8

      Details: The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and The Sallie Mae Fund are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students. Twenty-five (25) students completing a two-year, four-year, or trade/vocational certificate/certification program will be selected to receive a scholarship of up to $10,000.

    • Award Amount: Varies

      Scholarship Deadline: March 26

      Details: To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be nominated by his/her school counselor or administrator. Students apply and compete at the local Chapter for up to $10,000 in scholarships. The first-place winner from each Chapter will then be submitted to the Corporate level for the opportunity to win the Corporate Scholarship.

    • Award Amount: $2,000

      Scholarship Deadline: April 1

      Details: Open to current high school seniors who want to pursue a college degree or trade school education. Enter for the chance to win one of ten college scholarships.

    • Award Amount: $500 - $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: April 29

      Details: The Fountainhead Essay Contest is for high school juniors and seniors and has three essay prompt options.

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: April 30

      Details: The E-Waste Scholarship, sponsored by Digital Responsibility, challenges students to learn about the impact of e-waste and what can be done to minimize it.

    • Award Amount: $2,000

      Scholarship Deadlines: April 30, August 31

      The RealtyHop Scholarship awards up to $2,000 a year to eligible undergraduate students and high school seniors working towards a bachelor and/or associate degree program in the US who demonstrate the ambition, diligence, leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit that is central to our company culture.

    • Award Amount: $2,500

      Scholarship Deadline: May 1

      Details: Higher education: that magical time when deadlines are tight and budgets are tighter. Rover would like to help fund your education. Just write a 400-500 word essay for your chance to win $2,500!

    • Award Amount: $1,000 - $5,000

      Scholarship Deadline: May 1

      Details: The American College Foundation (ACF) offers the annual Visionary Scholarship program to financially support students in every grade level of high school.

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: May 5

      Details: This scholarship is for college-bound teens in grades 9th-12th. The scholarship does not require specific test scores, GPA, or class ranking.

      In order to be awarded the scholarship, you must be a current C2C eNews subscriber at the time of the drawing.

    • Award Amount: $2,500

      Scholarship Deadline: May 31

      Details: The Christian Connector Scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors who are interested in or planning to enroll in a Christian college or university. 

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: July 15

      Selectblinds.com wants to see your innovative spirit and learn what you’re passionate about. It could earn you $1,000 to use toward your college expenses!

    • Award Amount: $1,500

      Scholarship Deadline: July 31

      Details: The Flavor of the Month Scholarship asks students to submit a short essay on ice cream flavors - with a twist! 

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: October 1

      Details: The Fire Memes Scholarship on Bold.org is open to all students. Simply submit your favorite memes for the chance to win. 

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: December 1

      Details: Imagine America, sponsored by the Imagine America Foundation (IAF), is a $1,000 career education award that is available to recent high school graduates who are pursuing postsecondary education at participating career colleges across the United States.

    • Award Amount: $500 - $10,000

      Scholarship Deadline: December 31

      Details: FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest asks entrants to write an essay answering a prompt relating to the importance of the First Amendment in higher education.

       
    • Award Amount: $2,500

      Scholarship Deadline: December 31

      Details: Apply in 4 easy steps: Go to www.cirkledin.com, create a free Cirkledin account, hit the “Apply Now” button, and tell us “What is one thing that, if it were in the Olympics, you would win gold in?”

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: July 31

      Details: The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program that helps students fulfill their dreams of a higher education. To apply, students must simply answer one of three essay questions ("feel free to re-use an essay that you wrote in class, for college admission or another scholarship competition.")!

    • Award Amount: up to $10,000

      Scholarship Deadline: N/A

      Details: ExploraVision is a perfect STEM learning project for a virtual or in-person collaboration. Each project must include an abstract, description, bibliography, five sample Web pages, and submit online.

    • Award Amount: Varies (up to full-tuition)

      Scholarship Deadline: Varies 

      Details: Applicants must be a senior in a C-CAP designated partner high school in Arizona; Prince George’s County, Maryland; Tidewater, Virginia; or the cities of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, or Washington, DC. Applicants must be accepted into the cooking competition for scholarships. Check the CCAP website for local coordinator’s contact information.

       

    • Award Amount: $10,000

      Scholarship Deadline: Varies by state

      Details: The United States Senate Youth Program is a scholarship for high school juniors and seniors holding elected student offices. Two students are selected from each state.

    Scholarship Search and Application Tips for High School Seniors

    Look, we know that applying for scholarships is not always a smooth-sailing process. But, the fact that you are getting started with it early is a great start in itself! Here are a few quick tips to help you along your scholarship journey...

    1. Set goals for yourself along the way.

    Your goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely). Setting goals for things such as how much you are aiming to earn from scholarships and when you will set aside time to search and apply will help you to stay on track with what you want to achieve.

    2. Know where to look.

    If you're here and you're reading this, that means you know one great place to look! The Access Scholarships Search Engine is an awesome resource with tons of scholarships. But beyond our site, be sure to reach out to your school counselor to discuss local opportunities that are open for you to apply for.

    3. Apply often.

    Don't think of the scholarship process as one that you can engage in only once every few months and see success with. If you want to have the best chance at winning scholarships, you need to be dedicated to the process and put in the effort!

    4. Be organized, thorough, and on time.

    Lots of students find it helpful to organize their scholarship application and search process using a spreadsheet (virtual or physical). These are extremely useful because you can keep track of important deadlines, requirements for each scholarship, and more.

    5. Think outside the box.

    We have provided you with a ton of great scholarships here in this post. In addition to these, don't be afraid to venture out to find scholarships that are specific to your hobbies, interests, and passions outside of academics.

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