It’s Never Too Early! 40 Scholarships for High School Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

When you’re a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior, paying for college might seem like something you might not even need to think about yet. Don’t make that mistake! The sooner you start applying for scholarships and setting aside money for tuition, books, supplies, and everything else you’ll need, the better off you’ll be when it actually comes time to pack your bags!

There are many scholarship opportunities and contests available to students who are still early in their high school careers. We’ve put together a great list of them below, so don’t waste another day—apply now!

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1. Ag Day Essay Contest

Award: $1,000
Eligibility: All high school students
Application Info: Submit a written essay or video essay on a given topic related to agriculture

2. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Scholarships

Award: $500 – $1,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 7 through 12
Application Info: Submit an original piece of art or writing

3. American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest

Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Submit an essay on a topic related to the Foreign Service

4. The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest Scholarship

Award: $1,500 – $18,000
Eligibility: All high school students
Application Info: Participate in the Oratorical Contest by delivering a speech on a given topic

5. Young Naturalist Awards

Award: $50 – $2,500
Eligibility: Students in grades 7 through 12
Application Info: Plan and conduct a scientific investigation and submit your findings

6. ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest

Award: $100 – $1,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Submit an essay addressing a question related to genetics

7. Ayn Rand “Anthem” Essay Contest

Award: $30 – $2,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 8 through 10
Application Info: Submit an essay for the book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand

8. C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition

Award: $250 – $5,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 6 through 12
Application Info: Create a short video documentary on a topic related to a given theme

9. Letters About Literature Competition

Award: $200 – $1,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 4 through 12
Application Info: Write a letter addressed to the author of a book of your choice

10. Courageous Persuaders Competition

Award: $250 – $3,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Create a TV commercial targeted to middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking

11. Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Award: $10,000 – $50,000
Eligibility: All high school students
Application Info: Complete an original, significant piece of work categorized under science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy, or outside the box

12. DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

Award: $200 – $5,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 7 through 12
Application Info: Submit an essay on a science-related topic

13. East Villagers Service Scholar Contest

Award: $150 – $500
Eligibility: Middle and high school students
Application Info: Complete five hours of community service and submit an essay or piece of art that captures and promotes the spirit of volunteerism

14. First Freedom Student Competition

Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Submit a written essay or video production about religious freedom

15. FRA Americanism Essay Contest

Award: $1,000 – $2,500
Eligibility: Students in grades 7 through 12
Application Info: Submit an essay on a given topic related to the Bill of Rights

16. Gulen Institute Youth Platform Essay Contest

Award: $50 – $3,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Submit a research-based essay on a given topic

17. Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Award: $50
Eligibility: Students in grades 7 through 12
Application Info: Submit up to three original haiku poems

18. A Voice for Animals Contest

Award: $200 – $750
Eligibility: All high school students
Application Info: Establish a new project or become involved with an existing projects that addresses the mistreatment of animals, a cause of animal suffering, or the preservation of a threatened species

19. International College Counselors Scholarship

Award: $250
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 11
Application Info: Submit an essay giving middle school students advice about succeeding in high school

20. Hays C. Kirby Scholarship Contest

Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Eligibility: All high school students and recent graduates
Application Info: Submit an essay on a given theme related to the American Flag

21. John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Award: $500 – $10,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Submit an essay on a specified topic related to political courage

22. Young American Creative Patriotic Art Scholarship

Award: $500 – $10,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Create a piece of original patriotic artwork

23. Math-O-Vision Contest

Award: $1,000 – $4,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Create a movie that tells a story inspired by or related to mathematics

24. Annual Kaplun Essay Contest

Award: $750 – $1,800
Eligibility: Students in grades 7 through 12
Application Info: Write an essay on a given topic

25. NASA Space Settlement Contest

Award: $5,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 7 through 12
Application Info: Develop a space settlement design

26. EngineerGirl Essay Contest

Award: $100 – $500
Eligibility: Students in grades 3 through 12 (ages 8 to 18)
Application Info: Write an essay on a given topic related to engineering

27. Young Patriots Essay Contest

Award: $2,000 – $5,000
Eligibility: All high school students
Application Info: Write an essay on a given topic

28. George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

Award: $500 – $2,000
Eligibility: All high school students
Application Info: Write an essay on a given topic

29. National Sojourners Essay Contest

Award: $500 – $2,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Write an essay on a given topic related to the Federal government

30. National WWII Museum Essay Contest

Award: $500 – $1,000
Eligibility: All high school students
Application Info: Write an essay on a given topic

31. NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

Award: $100 – $1,000
Eligibility: All elementary, junior high, and high school students
Application Info: Write an essay on a given topic related to the constitution

32. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Essay Contest

Award: $50 – $100
Eligibility: Students in grades 5 through 12
Application Info: Write an essay on a given topic

33. Samsung High School Student Scholarship Program

Award: $1,000
Eligibility: All high school students
Application Info: Write an essay on a given topic related to technology and the future

34. Samsung Superhero Competition

Award: $500
Eligibility: Students in grades K through 12
Application Info: Portray a historical character in a digital video

35. Siemens “We Can Change the World” High School Challenge

Award: $10,000 – $50,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Identify an environmental issue that has a global impact and provide a viable, replicable solution

36. Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Scholarship Awards

Award: $1,000 – $100,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Undertake a research project related to math, science, and/or technology

37. The Christophers’ Poster Contest for High School Students

Award: $100 – $1,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Submit an original poster interpreting the theme, “You Can Make a Difference”

38. Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Award: $500 – $2,000
Eligibility: Students in grades K through 12
Application Info: Submit an original piece of artwork depicting a North American waterfowl species

39. National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students

Award: $1,000 – $10,000
Eligibility: All high school students
Application Info: Submit an essay on a given topic

40. Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program

Award: $1,000 – $30,000
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 through 12
Application Info: Submit an essay and a recording on a given topic

It’s never too early to get started on your college search! Create your free profile on Cappex today and we’ll help you find your perfect college match and even more scholarships to help you pay for it.

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