Scholarships for Overachievers: Get Ahead and Win Big!

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The scholarship editors here at Cappex do their best to estimate the amount of time and effort it takes to apply for each scholarship. On each Scholarship Details page on Cappex, check out the Application Effort section to get an idea of how much time it takes to apply. A rating of three pencils means it takes about an average amount of time. A rating of four or five pencils means it takes a bit more time to apply than the average scholarship.

Unfortunately, many students tend to shy away from scholarships that require a lot of time and effort to apply. The upside to this is that for those who do take the time to apply, the competition might not be as steep. The other plus side to these scholarships is that they often have bigger awards than traditional scholarships. So, for those of you who are willing to go the extra mile when applying for scholarships, we’ve identified 32 scholarships, contests, and competitions that take a bit more time to apply for than a traditional scholarship, but have a big payoff. Consider applying for at least a couple of these and you’ll already be a step ahead of those other students who didn’t want to take the time to do so.

1. Intel Science Talent Search Awards

Award: $7,500 – $100,000
To apply: Present a full scientific report about research conducted in a chosen area of science, math, engineering, and/or medicine

2. The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest Scholarship

Award: $1,500 – $18,000
To apply: Participate in the American Legion Oratorical Contest by delivering a speech on a given topic

3. Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Award: $10,000 – $50,000
To apply: Submit an original, significant piece of work that has the potential to make a positive contribution to society

4. Google Science Fair

Award: $25,000 – $50,000
To apply: Create a science fair project in one of the given categories and submit a presentation about it

5. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition

Award: $1,000 – $10,000
To apply: Create a science project that focuses on a local, regional, national, or global water-related issue

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

Award: $1,000 – $100,000
To apply: Undertake an individual or team research project related to math, science, and/or technology

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

Award: $10,000 – $50,000
To apply: Work in a team to identify an environmental issue that has a global impact and provide a viable, replicable solution

8. Proton OnSite Scholarship and Innovation Program

Award: $25,000
To apply: Submit a promising hydrogen-related business idea

9. National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students

Award: $1,000 – $10,000
To apply: Write an essay on a given topic exploring peacebuilding

10. Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program

Award: $1,000 – $30,000
To apply: Write an essay on a given patriotic theme and submit a recording of yourself reading the essay

11. Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest

Award: $250 – $5,000
To apply: Conduct research on a given historical topic to create a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, or website

12. John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Award: $500 – $10,000
To apply: Write an essay that describes an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official

13. Young Patriots Essay Contest

Award: $2,000 – $5,000
To apply: Write an essay to creatively solve a given problem in the realm of public policy

14. Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest

Award: $1,000 – $5,000
To apply: Submit an essay on a given topic that fosters debate, analysis, and examination of alcohol regulation and its implications

15. Copyright Awareness Scholarship

Award: $5,000
To apply: Submit a creative video presentation that would be used to educate peers on the importance of intellectual property and copyright law

16. IP Video Contest

Award: $5,000
To apply: Submit a video that answers a given question related to patented inventions

17. Gulen Institute Youth Platform Essay Contest

Award: $50 – $3,000
To apply: Submit a research essay that addresses a given global challenge and proposes a potential solution

18. C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition

Award: $250 – $5,000
To apply: Work individually or in teams of two or three to create a five- to seven-minute video documentary on a topic related to a given theme related to the US government

19. Young American Creative Patriotic Art Scholarship

Award: $500 – $10,000
To apply: Create an original piece of patriotic artwork on paper or canvas

20. Math-O-Vision Contest

Award: $1,000 – $4,000
To apply: Create a four-minute movie that tells a story inspired by or related to mathematics

21 – 24. Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests:
     Anthem
     The Fountainhead
     We the Living
     Atlas Shrugged

Award: $25 – $10,000
To apply: Submit an essay that demonstrates an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of the appropriate Ayn Rand novel

25. “Out of the Easy” College Scholarship Essay Contest

Award: $5,000
To apply: Write an essay in response to a given topic related to a Charles Dickens novel

26. Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Award: $2,500 – $100,000
To apply: Create a video featuring your one-of-a-kind story

27. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

Award: $10,000
To apply: Create and submit an original photo, artwork, or computer graphic to be used for the front of a greeting card for any occasion

28. Teens Drive Smart Video Contest

Award: $2,500 – $20,000
To apply: Create an original video on automobile safety

29. Project Yellow Light Hunter Garner Scholarship

Award: $1,000 – $5,000
To apply: Create a video designed to motivate, persuade, and encourage teens to not text while driving

30. Courageous Persuaders Scholarship

Award: $250 – $3,000
To apply: Create a TV commercial targeted to middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking

31. Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge

Award: $7,500 – $15,000
To apply: Create a video that describes what you will do to help make teens safer drivers

32. National ACT High School Poster Contest

Award: $1,000 – $5,000
To apply: Create an original poster that persuades others to take the ACT

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Original Post Date: April 28th, 2014

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