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Scholarships for Post Secondary Training

You might be surprised to learn that middle school/junior high is the best time to start applying for scholarships. Financing college expenses can take a lot of time and planning, so get started now!

January

I Have a Dream Scholarship

Deadline: January 31
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: Students should describe what they dream about in 250 words or less for a chance to earn a $1,500 dollar scholarship. Applicants can describe an actual unconscious phantasm or the aspirations and hopes of their daydreams.

 

ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 1
Available to: U.S. and Canada residents, ages 13-19
Details: The American Backflow Prevention Association offers a $1,000 scholarship each year to the winner of their essay contest. Writing prompts typically address clean drinking water initiatives and strategies. Essays should be 700-1,200 words, and winners are free to use the scholarship for any type of advanced education.

DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition
The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is sponsored by the DuPont Center for Collaborative Research & Education in cooperation with General Learning Communications. The competition is open to US and Canadian students in grades 7-12 inclusive. The competition involves writing a 700 to 1,000 word essay about a scientific or technological development, event, or theory chosen by the student. Topic areas include chemical sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences and space technology. There are two divisions: grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. Within each division there is one first place prize of a $5,000 US Savings Bond, one second place prize of a $3,000 US Savings Bond, one third place prize of a $2,000 US Savings Bond, and several honorable mention prizes of a $200 US Savings Bond. The first through third place winners also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Space Center Houston with a parent and the sponsoring Science and English teachers. The deadline is in mid-January. For more information, call 1-847-205-3000 or write to The DuPont Challenge, Science Essay Awards Program, c/o General Learning Communications, 900 Skokie Blvd., Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062-4028.

National Spelling Bee
The National Spelling Bee is sponsored by the E.W. Scripps Company. It is open to students in grades 1-8 as of their school finals (February 1) and who are under age 16 as of the date of the national finals (June 1). The champion wins a total of $28,000 in cash prizes and scholarships. The second place finisher wins a cash prize of $6,000, the third place finisher receives $3,500, the fourth place finisher receives $2,000, the fifth place finisher receives $1,250, the sixth place finisher receives $1,000, and the seventh place finisher receives $750. There are also assorted other prizes ranging from $50 to $600 for students who are eliminated in earlier rounds. For more information, call 1-513-977-3040, fax 1-513-977-3800, or send email to 
bee@scripps.com.

February

Sweet and Simple Scholarship

Deadline: February 28
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: One student will earn a $1,500 scholarship for describing a simple yet meaningful gift they received and why it meant so much to them in 250 words or less.

American Morgan Horse Institute Graywood Youth Horsemanship Grant
The 
American Morgan Horse Institute (AMHI) sponsors the Graywood Youth Horsemanship Grant for members of the Morgan youth club or American Morgan Horse Association, ages 13 to 21. One or two grants are awarded each year. The grant is used to cover costs of study of horse care, breeding, management, training and riding of Morgan horses. See the application for additional details. The deadline is February 1. For more information, send email to amhioffice@aol.com.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Deadline: February 8
Available to: Anyone under the age of 18
Details: The Davidson Institute offers this prestigious scholarship for anyone under the age of 18 who completes a significant piece of work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy or an “Outside the Box” category. Honorees win a trip to Washington D.C. and can earn scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

Action for Nature Eco Hero Awards

Deadline: February 28
Available to: Students ages 8-16
Details: This nonprofit awards cash prizes to young activists who carry out extraordinary projects to produce a positive environmental impact. Ongoing projects and/or 2+ year-long projects are preferred in the judging process. They also consider initiative, originality, difficulty, impact, and other factors.

Action For Nature Eco-Hero Award
Action for Nature sponsors the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize youth aged 8 to 16 who have completed environmental projects focused on environmental advocacy, environmental health, research or protection of the natural world. Cash prizes of up to $500 will be awarded. The deadline is February 28. For more information, call 1-415-421-2640, fax 1-415-922-5717, write to Action For Nature, 2269 Chestnut Street, #263, San Francisco, CA 94123, or send email to awards@actionfornature.org.

Christopher Columbus Community Service Awards
The Christopher Columbus Community Service Awards are open to teams of students in grades 6-8. The competition focuses on using science and technology to solve real-world community problems. Each member of the winning teams receives a $2,000 US Savings Bond. Winners also receive a trip to the National Championship Week at Walt Disney World. The competition is sponsored by the 
Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation in cooperation with the National Science Foundation. The deadline is the second Monday in February. For more information, call 1-800-291-6020, write to Christopher Columbus Awards, 105 Terry Drive, Suite 120, Newtown, PA 18940-3425, or send email to success@edumedia.com.

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards
The Toshiba ExploraVision Awards is a competition for teams of 2-4 US and Canadian students in grades K-12. The goal of the competition is to encourage students to explora a vision of a future technology. The teams research a technology or device and project how it might change in the future. They identify necessary breakthroughs to enable the development of the technology and discuss the positive and negative impact of the technology on society. There are four divisions: grades K-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10-12. Within each division, there is one first prize and one second prize. The first prize consists of a $10,000 US Savings Bond for each student on the winning team. The second prize consists of a $5,000 US Savings Bond for each student on the winning team. ExploraVision is sponsored by Toshiba and 
National Science Teachers of America. Materials are available starting in September. The deadline is February 1. For more information, call 1-800-EXPLOR9 (1-800-397-5679), write to ExploraVision, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000, or send email to exploravision@nsta.org.

West Point Bridge Design Contest
The West Point Bridge Design Contest is open to US students age 13 through grade 12 at the time of registration. Students compete individually (team of one) or in teams of two members. This engineering competition involves designing truss bridges. Each member of the first-place team receives a $10,000 scholarship. Each member of the five finalist teams wins a notebook computer. Registration opens in early January and ends on February 28. The final round is held in April.

March

Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program

Each year, Kohl’s provides several prizes and scholarships to students (ages 6 through 18) who have volunteered within the past year. One winner at each store receives a $50 gift card and advances to the regional level, where he/she competes for a $1,000 scholarship. Ten regional winners will be selected to receive an additional $10,000 national award. Deadline: March 15.

 

Superpower Scholarship

Deadline: March 31
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: Every kid can answer this question in two seconds: Which superhero or villain would you like to trade places with for a day and why? The winning answer earns one student a $2,500 scholarship.

Gedenk Award Tolerance

Deadline: Usually early March
Available to: Students in grades 7-12
Details: The Gedenk Movement awards a $1,000 scholarship to three writers and three artists for tolerance-themed creations. Applicants are encouraged to reflect upon world genocides as well as the student’s individual role in cultivating a more tolerant society.

National High School Oratorical Contest
The National High School Oratorical Contest is sponsored by the American Legion. It is open to US students in junior high school or high school (grades 7-12) who are under age 20 as of the date of the national contest. State contests are held no later than mid-March, and the national contest finals are held in April. The American Legion pays for the travel and lodging expenses of the state winners and their chaperones. The first place winner receives an $18,000 scholarship. The second place winner receives a $16,000 scholarship. The third place winner receives a $14,000 scholarship. Each state winner who participates in the first round of the national contest receives a $1,500 scholarship. For more information, call 1-317-630-1249, write to National Americanism and Children & Youth Division, The American Legion National Headquarters, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206, or send email to 
acy@legion.org

Neiman Marcus Awards for Jewelry and Fashion

Deadline: Usually early March
Available to: Students in grades 7-12
Details: Neiman Marcus Partners with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to provide $1,000 scholarships to students with outstanding achievements in fashion or jewelry. One scholarship is available in each of the two categories annually.

NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest
The NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest is sponsored by Knowledge Unlimited, Inc. and is open to students in grades K-12. There are three divisions: grades K-6, 7-9 and 10-12. First, second and third place winners in each division receive US Savings Bonds. The deadline is March 1 (postmark). For more information, call 1-800-356-2303 or write to NewsCurrents Cartoon Contest, PO Box 52, Madison, WI 53701.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition
The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition is open to students in grades 7-12. Entries from home-schooled students are not accepted. The six winning haiku received $50. The deadline is March 25 (receipt).

Doodle-4Google

Any student in elementary, middle, or high school may submit their artwork for consideration. Students simply need to take the Google name and turn it into something creative that reflects this year’s theme. National finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and his/her school will also receive a $50,000 technology grant. Deadline: March (TBA).

Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program
The Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program is open to girls age 12 to 18 who demonstrate entrepreneurship and make a difference in their schools and communities. The first prize winner receives is $10,000, the second prize winner receives $5,000, the third prize winner receives $3,000, and the 12 finalists receive $1,000 each. The award program is sponsored by 
Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. The deadline (receipt) is March 1.

 Davidson Fellows
Davidson Fellowships are awarded by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development to US students under age 18 who have completed a significant piece of work in the fields of Mathematics, Science, Technology, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box. The significant piece of work should have the potential to benefit society. The focus of the program is on gifted and talented students. There is no minimum age for eligibility. Four $50,000 scholarships, seven $25,000 scholarships, and five $10,000 scholarships are awarded each year. The deadline is March 31 (receipt); there are earlier deadlines for some forms. For more information, write to The Davidson Institute for Talent Development, Attn: Davidson Fellows Coordinators, 9665 Gateway Drive, Suite B, Reno, NV 89521 or send email to
davidsonfellows@ditd.org.

Dick Blick Linoleum Block Print Contest
Dick Blick sponsors an annual contest for block prints made from linoleum. There are three divisions: grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10-12. Within each division there is one first prize of $400, one second prize of $250, one third prize of $150, and two honorable mentions of $50. The prizes are in the form of art materials chosen by the winner's teacher from Dick Blick's catalog for use in the winner's art class. The deadline is March 15. For more information, call 1-800-828-4548, fax 1-800-621-8293, write to Artsonia, ATTN: Linoleum Contest, 3166 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite 416, Chicago, IL 60657, or send email to
info@dickblick.com.

Young Naturalist Awards
The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science essay contest open to US and Canadian students in grades 7-12. It is sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and the Chase Manhattan Foundation. Two scholarships are awarded to the winning essays at each grade level. The 7th grade winners receive $500. The 8th grade winners receive $750. The 9th grade winners receive $1,000. The 10th grade winners receive $1,500. The 11th grade winners receive $2,000. The 12th grade winners receive $2,500. Award winners and their family members also receive travel and lodging to attend the awards ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in the spring. There are also 36 finalists who receive a cash award of $50 and a certificate. The deadline is in early March. For more information, call 1-212-496-3498, write to Young Naturalist Awards Administrator, National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192 or send email to 
yna@amnh.org.

 

April

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Deadline: April 15
Available to: U.S. and Canada residents ages 8-18
Details: The Barron Prize honors young individuals who help other people and our planet through exceptional acts of service. Applicants should demonstrate generosity, tenacity, unselfishness, and an inspiring positive effect on the world around them. Fifteen winners receive a $5,000 scholarship toward their higher education or service project.

 

SteupUp to College Costs

Deadline: April 17, 2018

StepUp is proud to announce our brand new scholarship contest, StepUp to College Costs. We are offering two $500 scholarships to 8th and 9th graders and two $500 scholarships to 10th and 11th graders. Rules, requirements, and applications can be found below. We are accepting applications through April 17, 2018, so please encourage your student(s) to apply!

 

All About Education Scholarship

Deadline: April 30
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: Students have a chance to earn a $3,000 scholarship for simply describing why the money would make a big difference for them in 250 words or less.

 

Cooke Young Scholars Program

Deadline: April
Available to: Students in grades 7-12
Details: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation helps high-ability students with financial need realize their academic potential. If selected, Young Scholars receive a personal academic counselor, funding for academic enrichment programs, internship and study abroad opportunities, and academic materials including books and technology. JKCF says 100% of their young scholars enroll in a four-year college or university after high school.

 

National History Day Contest
The National History Day Contest is open to students in grades 6-12 in the junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) divisions. The projects relate to a specific 
historical topic or theme. There are seven categories, including individual papers, individual exhibits, group exhibits, individual performance, group performance, individual documentary, and group documentation. Within each category, the first place winner receives $1,000, the second place winner receives $500, and the third place winner receives $250. The national contest is held in June.

May

Fifth Month Scholarship

Deadline: May 31
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: Applicants should write a letter to the number five explaining just why five is so important in 250 words or less. Both serious and humorous entries are encouraged. The winner will receive a $1,500

 

The Healers Trilogy Contest

Students in grades 6 through 12 may submit a billboard, video, speech, essay, poem, song, or commercial based on Donna Labermeier’s book, The Healers, which is free to contestants. There are six scholarships, ranging in value from $500 to $2,500 each. Deadline: May 16.

June

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Challenge

Deadline: Usually mid-June
Available to: Students in grades 6-12
Details: Bow Seat wants to inspire young students to #BeTheChange by creating an original piece of writing, visual art, or video that addresses ocean pollution. Middle school students can win scholarships ranging from $100 to $1,000. High school student prizes range from $250 to $1,500.

Do-Over Scholarship

Deadline: June 30
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: Students can win a $1,500 scholarship by writing the best answer to this prompt in 250 words or less: If you could get one ‘do-over’ in life, what would it be and why?

 

Courage in Student Journalism Awards

Middle school and high school students who have exercised their First Amendment rights, despite difficulty or resistance, may be eligible to win a $5,000 scholarship through this contest sponsored by the Student Press Law Center, the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University, and the National Scholastic Press Association. Deadline: June 8.

National Marbles Tournament Scholarships
The annual National Marbles Tournament awards $5,000 in scholarships to mibsters (marble shooters) aged 8 to 14. The tournament is held in June each year. The children crowned King and Queen of Marbles each receive a $2,000 scholarship. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to the boy and girl who win the sportsmanship award. For more information, write to National Marbles Tournament, 811 Roeth Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502.

 

July

Flavor of the Month Scholarship

Deadline: July 31
Available to: Students 13 and up
Details: In honor of National Ice Cream Month, Unigo awards one student a $1,500 scholarship for answering one simple question in 250 words or less: If you were a flavor of ice cream, which would you be and why?

IP Video Contest

Deadline: July 1
Available to: Americans over the age of 13
Details: This contest judges applicants in three categories: ages 13-15, ages 16-18, and ages 19 and up. Students should create an original, 60-second video about the importance of the patent system for a chance to win $5,000, a trip to the Capitol, and a chance to meet members of Congress.

 

August

ARTBA Student Video Contest

Deadline: August 15
Available to: Students from Kindergarten to Graduate School
Details: The American Road & Transportation Builders Association invites students to create a 2-4 minute video on one of their four transportation and safety topics. Each category is judged separately, and students in grades K-12 are judged separately from college students. Each winner will receive $500.

Make Me Laugh Scholarship

Deadline: August 31
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: These guys don’t care about your GPA or sports stats, just make them laugh! Submit a true or fictional account of a hilarious incident in 250 words or less for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship.

September

Shout It Out Scholarship

Deadline: September 30
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: Applicants can win a $1,500 scholarship for detailing what they would say if they could speak to the whole world at once in 250 words or less.

Red Vines Drawing Contest
Sponsored by the American Licorice Company, the Red Vines Drawing Contest is open to children in three age groups (as of May 1): kids (ages 6-12), teens (ages 13-18) and adult (ages 19+). In each age group and entry format there is one first prize winner of a $2,500 scholarship, one second prize of $250 and one third prize of $100. Entries (one per person) consist of an original work of art that features the Red Vines logo. Winners will be selected on the basis of creativity and relevance to the Red Vines brand candy. The deadline is September 30. For more information, visit the web site or write to American Licorice Co., 2796 NW Clearwater Drive, Bend, OR 97701.

 

October

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

Deadline: October 31
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: All those zombie movies, books, and video games just might pay off! Applicants should describe their plan for survival, including where they’d hide and the top five items they’d pack, once everyone in their school inevitably turns into zombies.

 

VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest

Deadline: October 31
Available to: Students in grades 6-8, including homeschool students
Details: Applicants submit 300-400 word essays on a patriotic theme chosen by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander in Chief. The winner receives $5,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. State winners receive $500+.

Youth Service America
Youth Service America offers the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants to US children age 5-25 to implement service-learning projects for National Youth Service Day in April. One hundred $1,000 grants will be awarded. The application deadline is in mid-October. For more information, send email to 
GoodNeighbor@ysa.org.

November

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Deadline: November 8
Available to: Students in grades 5-12
Details: Prudential awards students exclusively based on volunteer community service. Judging criteria includes initiative, effort, impact, and personal growth. State Honorees receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. where selected National Honorees receive an additional $5,000, plus $5,000 for the non-profit of their choice. Grades 5-8 are judged separately from grades 9-12.

 

Education Matters Scholarship

Deadline: November 30
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: Applicants can earn a $5,000 scholarship for writing the best answer to this poignant question: What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn’t matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?

Jif Most Creative Sandwich Contest

Each fall, Jif™ sponsors a cooking contest for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Students must creative a main dish, side item, appetizer, or dessert using peanut butter as one of the ingredients. The contest typically opens in late August, so students can start working on their recipes now. One lucky winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship and four runners-up will each receive $4,000 for college. Deadline: November (TBA).

Patriot's Pen
Patriot's Pen is an essay writing contest (patriotic theme) sponsored by the 
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). It is open to US students in grades 6-8. More than 115,000 students enter the contest each year. The first place winner receives a $10,000 US Savings Bond. The 28 top national winners receive US Savings Bonds of $1,000 to $10,000. Entries are submitted through local VFW Posts. The contest is also known as the VFW Youth Essay Contest. The deadline is November 1. For more information, call 1-816-968-1117.

Team America Rocketry Challenge
Team America Rocketry Challenge is a national model rocket competition open to US junior high school and high school students (grades 7-12). It is sponsored by AIA and the National Association of Rocketry. The top 100 teams compete for $60,000 in scholarships. The application deadline is November 15. For more information, send email to 
rocketcontest@aia-aerospace.org.

December

NSTA Angela Award

Deadline: December 15
Available to: Female students in grades 6-8, including homeschool students
Details: The National Science Teachers Association awards a $1,000 savings bond to a female student with an extraordinary commitment to STEM education annually. Applicants should recruit a letter of nomination and two letters of support, plus write a two-page essay detailing their connection to science education and future aspirations in STEM.

Doodle for Google Scholarship

Deadline: Usually early December
Available to: All K-12 students, including homeschool students.
Details: Google chooses a new theme every year and invites students to create a doodle featuring their logo. The winning doodle is featured on Google’s homepage and entitles the artist to a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 technology award for the student’s school ($5,000 if homeschooled), a trip to Google, a Chromebook, and an Android tablet. Finalists receive smaller scholarships and tech prizes.

Letters About Literature
Letters About Literature is a national reading/writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the US Library of Congress in partnership with Target Stores. The contest is open to US students in grades 4-12. Entries consist of a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how the author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves. There are three competition levels: grades 4-6 (100-250 words), grades 7-8 (250-500 words), and grades 9-12 (500-750 words). Two winners are selected from each level and awarded a $500 gift card from Target. The contest opens in September and the deadline is December 1 (postmark). State winners are announced in March and national winners in April. For more information, send email to 
lettersaboutlit@epix.net.

MATHCOUNTS
MATHCOUNTS is a national math competition for middle school students (grades 6-8). Individuals and teams of four mathletes from each school compete on a local, state and national level. All 228 national competitors and their coaches receive all-expense-paid trips to the MATHCOUNTS National Competition. The national champion receives the $8,000 Donald G. Weinert Scholarship. The second place individual winner receives a $6,000 college scholarship. The third and fourth place winners (countdown round semi-finalists) receive $4,000 scholarships. The masters round champion receives a $2,000 scholarship. The written round winner receives a $8,000 scholarship and the written round runner-up receives a $6,000 scholarship. The members of the first place team each receive a $2,000 scholarship. Additional prizes include trips to US Space Camp, notebook computers, PDAs, and TI calculators. The registration deadline is in early December. Local and chapter competitions take place in February, state competitions in March, and the national competition in May. For more information, call 1-703-684-2828, fax 1-703-836-4875, write to MATHCOUNTS Foundation, 1420 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email to 
info@mathcounts.org.

National Geography Bee
The National Geography Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. It is open to US students in grades 4-8 who are age 15 or younger by the date of the national competition. The National Geography Bee is a three stage competition, starting at the school level (competitions from mid-November through mid-January), followed by state competitions in April and the national competition in May. The ten finalists compete for college scholarships. The first place winner receives a $25,000 scholarship, the second place winner a $15,000 scholarship, and the third place winner a $10,000 scholarship. The school registration deadline is October 15. (There is a $50 school registration fee.) For more information, call 1-202-828-6659 or write to National Geographic Bee, National Geographic Society, 1145 17th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20036-4688.

Unigo $10K Scholarship

Deadline: December 31
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: Students should answer this prompt Twitter-style (140 characters or less) for a chance to earn a $10,000 scholarship: Surprise! You just got elected president. What’s your first tweet?

 Top Ten List Scholarship

Deadline: December 31
Available to: Students ages 13 and up
Details: Inspired by David Letterman and his top ten lists, this scholarship asks students to simply name the top 10 reasons they should get this $1,500 scholarship. Applicants can get creative, be silly, or choose perfectly serious reasons.