Scholarships for High School Seniors

There are many scholarships for high school seniors. If you are a high school senior entering college in the 2017-2018 school year, we have a great list of scholarships for you to consider. Plan early for best results.

There are many scholarships for college just for applicants who are high school seniors, so check out these great scholarships. We've provided them in a scholarship list by month. Approximately 2/3 of all scholarship applications are due in December - April.

Last updated on December 3 2016 by College Financial Aid Advice

Scholarships for High School Seniors

 Scholarships for High School Seniors

Note: Official scholarship requirements and applications may be available from the sponsor websites only a few weeks or months before the scholarship due date, and the deadline may change without notice. Please research and apply for your potential scholarships early so you don't miss the deadline!



Scholarships December 2016 Application Deadline

NRA Civil Rights Scholarship - Win up to $1,000 for an essay about your constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Most Valuable Student Scholarship - The Elks Foundation offers 500 scholarships for high school seniors, with males and females competing separately for these merit-based 4 year scholarships.

Hispanic Scholarships - Win up to $15,000 scholarship in the Haz La U Scholarship for high school seniors who are Hispanic American. Academic excellence and financial need required. Other Hispanic scholarships also available.

Dr. Pepper Scholarship - Win up to $100,000 in the Dr. Pepper scholarship tuition giveaway. Must create a video to enter and be 18 years old.

Art and Writing Scholarships - Up to $10,000 for the best creative works in writing, art, film, photography and more. Some are due in December, some in January, and novels are due in February.

Principals Leadership Awards - 100 scholarships for high school seniors ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Entrepreneurial Scholarships - National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) offers ~100 scholarships for high school seniors with entrepreneurial efforts and write an essay about free enterprise. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.


Scholarships January 2017 Application Deadline

McDonalds Scholarships - High school seniors may apply for a McDonalds scholarship, offered by the Ronald McDonald House Charities. $1000 awards based upon personal statement, high school transcripts (GPA 2.7 or higher), letter of recommendation and financial need.

Peace Scholarship - Win up to $10,000 scholarships for high school seniors and other students in this national competition.

Common Knowledge Scholarship - Did you have a perfect score on your SAT the first time, and the first one to finish? Or do you know all the details about a movie? Then this is the scholarship for you. Take an online quiz and the person with the top score wins. Topics vary from academic, movies, books and more.

Gates Millennium Scholarship - Full ride scholarships for 1000 minority students with significant financial need who have high academic achievement and leadership potential.

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship - Over 300 scholarships for seniors of $2000 for outstanding achievement in community service, school or work related projects.

Scholarship for C Students Graduating high school seniors with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 are eligible for this award if they are planning to attend college, technical school or online school in any state or major. Must be a resident of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. For details and application see www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org.

Greeting Card Scholarship - Use your art talent to design the front of a greeting card and win $10,000 for college, and an additional $1,000 for your school.

Google Computer Science Scholarship - This Anita Borg scholarship for high school seniors in for girls who plan to major in computer science. $10,000 computer science scholarships. The scholarships for seniors is called First Years, but they also offer computer science scholarships for college students.

Davidson Fellows Awards - Some of the best scholarships up to $50,000 for the best gifted and talented students (GATE) who are under age 18.

ESA Foundation General Scholarships - These $1000 scholarships for high school seniors who are well rounded.


Scholarships February 2017 Application Deadline

One Person Can Make a Difference - a positive attitude and art skills can make you a winner in the The Christophers’ annual poster contest.

FAFSA Workshop - Attend a FAFSA "Cash for College" workshop in your local area, fill out a survey and submit your FAFSA and a verified Cal Grant GPA by March 2 and you might win a $1000 scholarship.

Vegetarian Scholarships - $5000 vegetarian scholarships for encouraging a healthy vegetarian diet in your school or community.

Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship - $1000 - $5000 college scholarships awarded to multiple winners for outstanding 3-5 page essays based upon the book The Entrepreneur’s Game

Courageous Persuaders Scholarships - Be a positive role model for middle school students by creating a 30 second commercial about the dangers of teenagers drinking alcohol.

Online Video Contests - Can you make great videos? If so, checkout these online video contests on various topics.

Best Buy Scholarship - Note: this scholarship program is now closed.

Lowe's Scholarship - Note: Lowes scholarship is now only offered for employees of Lowes

KFC Scholarship - Note: KFC scholarship is now only offered for past winners and employees



List of Scholarships March 2017 Application Deadline

Superpower Scholarship - If you dream of having superpowers, or being the evil villain, check out this super powered scholarship.

FAFSA - Submit your FAFSA by the deadline at your college and be eligible for many scholarships, grants and other financial aid as part of your financial aid package.

AFSA Scholarship Contest - Deadline April 1 2015. Ten $2000 scholarships for high school seniors who read an online essay and correctly answer 10 multiple choice questions about Fire Sprinklers. Why not enter and learn something useful too?

The Humanist Essay Collection - $1000 scholarship for high school students in grades 9 - 12 for a topic of the student's choice, suitable for publishing in The Humanist magazine.

Kohls Scholarship - This national scholarship program, which was based upon outstanding community service, is no longer offered by Kohl's corporation. Employee scholarships are still available.

SAMMY Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache - Note: this scholarship program is now closed.


Scholarships April 2017 Application Deadline

Scholarship Contests - Consider entering some easy scholarship contest and sweepstakes. Some offer $5000 - $10,000 to the winners each month.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity - These $5000 students with the best innovation and creativity in solving needs or problems.

Spence Reese Scholarship - A $4000 Spence Reese scholarship is for boys only - high school seniors majoring in law, engineering, medicine or political science.


List of Scholarships May 2017 Application Deadline

Sara Scholarship - If you are a high school senior female actively involved with golf, you might win $2000 a year for 4 years with this scholarship for high school senior girls.

Free Disneyland Tickets - Win free Disneyland tickets. OK, this isn't really a scholarship, but everyone needs to have some fun! Enter to win free tickets offered by www.best-california-vacation.com

Easy Scholarships - Apply for some easy scholarship contests and sweepstakes. You may win up to $5000 - $10,000 free money for college.

Healthy Scholarship - This $5000 scholarship for high school seniors requires an essay about healthy lifestyles.

Federal Nursing Scholarships - There are several nursing scholarships for high school seniors from low-income families who are interested in a career in nursing and willing to commit to these programs.

Entrepreneur Awards - These scholarship awards are for high school seniors who demonstrated entrepreneur interest.


Scholarships for Seniors June 2016 Application Deadline

Duct Tape Scholarship - What an awesome way to end your senior year. Create your original prom outfits for a couple using duct tape, and win $5000 each plus $5000 for your high school.


Scholarships for Seniors Summer 2017 Application Deadline

Wells Fargo Scholarships - These $1000 scholarships for high school and college students is actually a sweepstake. Easy to enter. Multiple awards.

Community Service Scholarships - These $1000 scholarships for high school seniors are based on outstanding community service.

Ice Cream Scholarship - Seriously, an ice cream scholarship? Yes! What flavor are you?

Make Me Laugh Scholarships - Are you the class clown? Can you write a funny story about yourself that make the judges laugh? Who cares if it is true, funny is all that counts.

Write your college essays - Enjoy your summer but don't forget to start writing your college essays.


Scholarships October 2017 Application Deadline

Coca Cola Scholarship - 250 awards up to $20,000 for Coca Cola Scholars, who demonstrate outstanding leadership and academic merit.

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship - October is an appropriate month to plan for a Zombie Apocalypse attack at your high school. How will you survive to claim your scholarship money?

Scholarship Contests - Consider entering some easy scholarship contests and win up to $10,000 easy money for college.

Art and Writing Scholarships - National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts offers $10,000 scholarships in art and writing.

Halloween Duct Tape Scholarship - For some Halloween fun enter a photo of your pumpkin and win $1000.

Voice of Democracy - Win up to $30,000 college scholarship an outstanding essay. Topic changes each year. For 2014 - 2015, the topic is "Why Veterans are Important to our Nation's History and Future"

FAFSA - Submit your FAFSA by the deadline at your college and be eligible for many scholarships, grants and other financial aid as part of your financial aid package. Starting this year, FAFSA is available on October 1.

Target Scholarship - Note: this scholarship program is now closed.


Scholarships November 2017 Application Deadline

AXA Scholarship - Multiple awards up to $25,000 for outstanding achievement in community service, school or work related projects.

Americanism Scholarship - U.S. Military Fleet Reserve Association offers scholarships for the best essay on what it means to be an American. Awards up to $10,000. Winners will receive US savings bonds for college.

Easy Scholarships - Consider entering some easy scholarship contests and sweepstakes. You may win up to $5000 - $10,000 free money for college.


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