Apply for these 2023 scholarships for high school students, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
If you are a high school student looking for scholarships for college, check out these scholarship ideas. Some are fun and easy, while others require a significant community service project or talent in a particular area, such as music, art, writing or math.
Are you a talented athlete? The process is slightly different. Athletes should check out the information on athletic scholarships.
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World Photography Association Awards - Awards range from digital imaging equipment up to $25,000 award for professional series of photographs. Special youth category available for youth under age 19. Some categories allow submissions each month. Themes may vary each year.
High School Student Profile in Courage Essay Contest - Up to $10,000 award for high school students in grades 9 - 12 for a great essay on political courage based upon the book Profiles in Courage. Why not enter each year?
Davidson Fellows Awards - Due January – March. If you are gifted or talented, you might win one of these scholarships for high school students. Up to $50,000 prize for outstanding students in many categories including music, mathematics and science.
Peace Scholarship Submit an outstanding essay on peace and win this national scholarship essay contest.
Design a Greeting Card Contest - Are you good at art? Design the front artwork of a greeting card and win $10,000 for college, and an additional $1,000 award for your school. These are fun scholarships for high school freshmen and sophomores if you can talk your teacher into making this an extra credit assignment. Ages 14 and up.
Optimist Contest - The Optimist Club offers two categories of contests for those who are under age 19 and have not completed high school. One contest is the Optimist International Essay Contest. The other contest is the Optimist Oratorical Contest.
Doodle for Google Scholarship - Annual art contest open to students in grades K-12. Students may create a Doodle using any medium or materials, but judging will be based upon 2D. 1 national winner receives $30,000 college scholarship, additional awards given too.
Common Knowledge Competition - This unique competition tests your knowledge on common various subjects from books and movies to academic topics. Check them out - they offer different competitions throughout the year. The person with the most points wins.
Courageous Persuaders Award - Use your video camera and make a short video commercial (30 seconds or less) about the dangers of alcohol for teens.
One Person Can Make a Difference Poster Contest - Enter your idea for making a difference in the Christophers’ art poster contest.
Online Video Contests - Do you have a knack for film making or creating YouTube videos? Give you career a boost by entering some online video contests. Some have very nice cash prizes.
Free College Tuition Scholarship Sweepstakes - Enter scholarship sweepstakes and win up to $10,000 toward your future college education.
Best Buy @15 Scholarship - This scholarship program is no longer offered.
Superpower Scholarships - Are you a super hero with superpower? Or are you a super villain? Create a short essay using your imagination and superpowers to see if you will win.
Trade Apprenticeship - Not sure if college is right for you? There is a high demand for the skilled trade profession. Why not choose a high-paying trade instead, like an electrician. You start out as a paid apprentice and over 4 years work your way up to journeyman in a skilled trade, without the need for scholarships or loans.
The Humanist Essay Scholarship - $1000 scholarships for high school students in grades 9 - 12 for a winning essay suitable for publishing in The Humanist magazine.
Kohls Scholarship - This scholarship is no longer offered by Kohl's corporation. Employee scholarships are still available.
Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity - $5000 awards for high school students with the best innovation and creativity in solving a problem that may range from technical to community issues.
Scholarship Contests - Check out some more easy online scholarship contests and sweepstakes.
Duct Tape Contest - Deadline March – June. Create your original high school prom outfits for you and your date using duct tape, and win $5000 each plus $5000 for your high school. Single contest also an option if you are going solo.
Trade Apprenticeship - Not sure if college is right for you? Why not choose to enter a high-paying trade instead, like an electrician. No scholarships or loans required. Check out this site for information about becoming an electrician apprentice. The same principles apply to other trades like plumbing.
Make Me Laugh Competition - It's summer, so who wants to do a serious scholarship application. But enter this competition and maybe you'll win. At least have some good laughs.
Flavor of the Month Scholarship - What ice cream flavor would you like to be? Write an interesting short essay and win the Ice Cream Flavor of the Month Scholarship contest. If you can't decide, try a few flavors to get your imagination going.
Fun Scholarship Contests - Bored this summer? Consider entering some easy and fun scholarship contests and win $5,000 or more.
Prudential Spirit of Community Award - These scholarships for high school students and middle school students (grades 5 – 12) reward those who excel in community service. National winners receive $5000 award and $5000 for a charity of their choice.
Zombies Scholarship - Do you think some kids at your school are Zombies? What if everyone was a Zombie except you, what would you do? Enter your imaginative essay in this fun scholarship contest.
Fun Scholarship Contests - Need an easy scholarship? Consider entering some easy and fun scholarship contests and win $5,000 or more.
Voice of Democracy - Win up to $30,000 college scholarship an outstanding essay. Topic changes each year.
Halloween Duct Tape Scholarships - For some Halloween fun and a not too serious scholarship for high school students, enter a photo of your pumpkin decorated with duct tape and you could win $1000 to start or add to your college savings fund. Ages 14 and up.
Trade Apprenticeship - Not sure if college is right for you There is a high demand for the skilled trade profession. Why not choose a high-paying trade instead, like an electrician. You start out as a paid apprentice and over 4 years work your way up to journeyman in a skilled trade, without the need for scholarships or loans.
Moose Youth Awareness Program -These scholarships for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are for giving talks in your community about safety and health issues to younger children. Up to $12,000 scholarships are available.
NRA Civil Rights Scholarship - Write an essay about your American right to keep and bear arms, and submit in this scholarship competition.
Americanism Scholarship - The US Military Fleet Reserve Association offers a $10,000 scholarship award as a US savings bond for a great essay on Americanism for the United States. Open to students in grades 7-12.
Art and Writing Awards - Up to $10,000 for the best creative works in a broad range of the arts and writing, including video games, ceramics, fashion, writing, art, film, sculpture, photography and more. Some submissions are due in December, some in January, and novels are due in February. Open to students in grades 7 – 12.