2017 Scholarships

Forget the rooster: let's make 2017 the year of the scholarship.

Elizabeth Hoyt

November 30, 2016

2017 Scholarships

A New Year comes brings new beginnings and fresh opportunities for success. It’s the perfect time to reboot your scholarship search! Check out Fastweb’s list of scholarships to apply for throughout the New Year, which most students qualify for.

Together, we can make 2017 the year of the scholarship!

Discouraged because you didn’t win a scholarship last year? Don’t give up – apply more, instead! Most scholarship winners will tell you to apply early and often because the more you apply, the more likely you are to win.

The new and exciting scholarships below are a great start, but don’t forget to continue to check out your scholarship matches throughout the year for even more opportunities.

Here’s to a brilliant New Year, filled with endless opportunities. Embark upon 2017 in the right direction with the below selection of scholarships:

Note: remember to keep checking back, too, because we’ll keep updating with new and exciting scholarship opportunities!

Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Deadline: 1/04/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: 25 Awards from $100 to $20,000

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be eligible, you must submit a 700 – to 1000 – word essay that describes an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. GED students under the age of 20 may also apply.

Learn more about the Profile in Courage Essay Contest.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: 1/05/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshman
Award Amount: $40,000

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. You must demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, home, workplace, and within the community to be considered for this award. You must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a U.S. citizen.

Learn more about the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program.

My Year in Poetry

Deadline: 1/17/17
Available to: Ages 13-25
Award Amount: $1,000

Compare the person you are now to the person you were a year ago. Are you exactly the same? Didn’t think so. Each day we experience new events, thoughts, and feelings that allow us to change and grow. What shaped this past year for you? We want to know what happened this past year that had a major impact on you. Take time to reflect. Did you have a personal epiphany? Get super into politics because of the election? Or did you discover a cause that you have a true passion for? Tell us in a poem what affected you and why, for your chance to win.

Learn more about the My Year in Poetry.

StudentCam Competition

Deadline: 1/20/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Senior
Award Amount: 150 Awards between $250 – $5,000

The StudentCam Competition is open to students in grades six through 12. To enter, you must submit a five – to seven – minute video on the following topic: “What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?”

Learn more about the StudentCam Competition.

Texas History Essay Contest

Deadline: 1/31/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshman
Award Amount: 3 Awards between $2,000 – $4,000

The Texas History Essay Contest is open to graduating high school seniors. To enter, you must submit a 1500 – to 2000 – word essay that reflects your research and study of Texas history and its relevance to the development of Texas.

Learn more about the Texas History Essay Contest.

Hollister Co Anti-Bullying Scholarship

Deadline: 2/01/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: $2,500

The Hollister Co Anti-Bullying Scholarship is available to high school seniors. You must have academically persevered while experiencing bullying or have led anti-bullying efforts in your school or community. Additionally, you must demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities in school and / or your community, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Hollister Co Anti-Bullying Scholarship.

Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 2/01/17
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest is open to U.S. citizens attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1000 words on one of the four topics related to immigration listed on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest.

Hans P. Loewen Scholarship

Deadline: 2/01/17
Available to: College Freshmen through College Sophomores
Award Amount: $2,000

The Hans P. Loewen Scholarship is available to graduating high-school seniors, college freshmen or sophomores pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). You must be s U.S. citizen or permanent resident and submit an essay describing your leadership qualities and in particular how you helped others meet their goals to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Hans P. Loewen Scholarship.

We The Students Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 2/05/17
Available to: Ages 14-19
Award Amount: 15 Awards between $500 – $5,000

The We The Students Scholarship Contest is open to high school students between the ages of 14 and 19. To be considered, you must submit an essay of between 500 to 800 words that focuses on the ideas of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and their relevance today.

Learn more about the We The Students Scholarship Contest.

Toshiba ExploraVision Science Competition

Deadline: 2/06/17
Available to: Ages 14-21
Award Amount: 8 awards up to $10,000

The ExploraVision Science Competition is available to students in grades K-12. You must work in a group of two, three or four students. Each team will select a technology that is present in the home, school and/or community and explore what the technology does, how it works and how or why it was invented. All applicants must be citizens of the United States or Canada to be eligible.

Learn more about the Toshiba ExploraVision Science Competition.

Courageous Persuaders Video Contest

Deadline: 2/09/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 14 Awards between $250 – $3,000

The Courageous Persuaders Video Contest is available to high school students nationwide. To be considered, you must create a 30 – second television commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking or texting while driving.

Learn more about the Courageous Persuaders Video Contest.

AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship

Deadline: 2/15/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 13 Awards between $500 – $5,000

The AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship is available to high school students who will be entering an accredited four – year college or university within 12 months of the deadline. You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this award. To apply you must submit a short personal biography and a 1200 – to 1500 – word essay describing how Alzheimer’s disease has changed or impacted your life; and what you have learned about yourself, your family, and / or your community in the face of coping with Alzheimer’s disease.

Learn more about the AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship.

The Levin Firm Scholarship

Deadline: 2/15/17
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Levin Firm Scholarship is available to students planning to enroll and who are currently enrolled in a college or university. You must submit a minimum 500 word essay on the following topic: “What safety features can be added to cars to cut down on injuries when a car crash occurs?”

Learn more about the The Levin Firm Scholarship.

Optimist International Essay Contest

Deadline: 2/28/17
Available to: Ages 16-17
Award Amount: $2,500

The Optimist International Essay Contest is open to students who are under the age of 18. To be considered for this award, you must write an essay on the topic, “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction” and submit it to your local Optimist Club.

Learn more about the Optimist International Essay Contest.

Directing Change Student Film Contest

Deadline: 3/01/17
Available to: Ages 14-25
Award Amount: 3 Awards between $250 – $500

The Directing Change Student Film Contest is open to students between the ages of 14 and 25. You must submit a film of no more than 60 seconds related to mental health and/or suicide prevention in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Directing Change Student Film Contest.

Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 3/02/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

The Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest is open to currently enrolled high school and college students in the United States. To enter, you must design a holiday, get well, or birthday greeting card and submit your work to be judged. Your photo, art, or graphics submitted must be your own original work and you must be at least 14 years of age to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest.

Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 3/10/17
Available to: High School Junior through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 3 Awards between $500 – $2,000

The Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. To be considered, you must submit a 800 – to 1200 – word essay discussing whether a religious test should be conducted as a part of the United States’ immigration and refugee policies.

Learn more about the Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest.

AFSA High School Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The AFSA High School Essay Contest is open to high school students. In order to apply, imagining that you are a U.S. Ambassador, you must submit a 1000 – to 1250 – word essay explaining what you as a diplomat would do, using the resources available to you as Ambassador, to improve the relations between the U.S. and your country of choice (Turkey, Kenya, Afghanistan, Iraq), and how the major foreign policy differences between that nation and the United States might best be handled in our national interest.

Learn more about the AFSA High School Essay Contest.

Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest

Deadline: 3/15/17
Available to: Maximum Age 19 Years
Award Amount: 3 Awards from $250 – $1,000

The Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest is open to filmmakers ages 19 and younger who are living in the U.S. or its territories. To qualify, you must submit an original film of up to four minutes on the following theme: “Watch What You #Tweet! How free should social media be?” Entries can be videos of any kind, including documentary, animation, experimental, satire, fictional narrative, or music video.

Learn more about the Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest.

Project Yellow Light Video Contest Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/17
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 6 Awards between $1,000 – $5,000

The Project Yellow Light Video Contest Scholarship is available to high school juniors and seniors and full – time undergraduate students. To be considered, you must create a 25 or 55 second video that discourages distracted driving.

Learn more about the Project Yellow Light Video Contest Scholarship.

Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 4/14/17
Available to: Ages 16-18
Award Amount: 5 Awards of $1,000

The Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. This year’s essay competition is based on the book, “Little Women”. You must write an essay on one of five selected topics listed on the Web site to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest.

College Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 4/17/17
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Various Awards from $500 – $1,500

The College Scholarship Contest is available to students enrolled in a college or university or planning to enroll as a freshman for the 2017-2018 academic year. You must be in good academic standing and submit an essay.

Learn more about the College Scholarship Contest.

Fountainhead Essay Contest

Deadline: 4/26/17
Available to: Ages 16-18
Award Amount: 236 Awards between $50-$10,000

The Fountainhead Essay Contest is open worldwide to 11th and 12th graders. You must write an essay of no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words on a topic relating to Ayn Rand’s novel, “The Fountainhead.” Topics can be found on the sponsor’s Web site. Essays are judged on both style and content. The winning essay must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of “The Fountainhead.” All information necessary to enter the contest is contained on the sponsor’s site.

Learn more about the Fountainhead Essay Contest.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Deadline: 4/28/17
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $20,000

The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1600 words on a topic related to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The three topic choices are listed on the sponsor’s website and essays will be judged on style and content.

Learn more about the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.

Asia SiVon Cottom Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/17
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

The Asia SiVon Cottom Scholarship is available to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. You must be pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math to be eligible for this award. You must also submit a minimum 300 – word essay on the effects and aftermath of September 11th on today’s society, what you plan to achieve through college that can possibly impact the community and / or the world, and why you should receive a Memorial Scholarship.

Learn more about the Asia SiVon Cottom Scholarship.

Cottage Inn Scholarship

Deadline: 5/31/17
Available to: High School Junior through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 3 Awards between $500 – $2,500

The Cottage Inn Scholarship is available to students who have been accepted into an accredited college or university. You must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 to qualify for this award. An essay is required that answers the following prompt: Cottage Inn Gourmet Pizza is entering into a global market by opening its doors to Cottage Inn China. If you were a part of the China Development Team, what steps would you take to ensure success in global expansion? Applicant must be a US citizen.

Learn more about the Cottage Inn Scholarship.

$2,500 Christian College Scholarship Drawing

Deadline: 5/31/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Freshmen
Award Amount: $2,500

Request Christian college information and enter our $2,500 annual Christian college scholarship drawing. The winner may use the scholarship to attend any Christian college in the U.S. or Canada.

Learn more about the $2,500 Christian College Scholarship Drawing .

Odenza Vacations College Scholarship

Deadline: 6/01/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Odenza Vacations College Scholarship is available to students who are residents of either the U.S. or Canada. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be between the ages of 17 and 24 and submit an essay to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Odenza Vacations College Scholarship.

Digital Privacy Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Digital Privacy Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident and submit a brief message about digital privacy to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Digital Privacy Scholarship .

Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

Deadline: 6/30/17
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 6 Awards of $5,000

The CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes is open to high school and college students. To enter, you must enroll in the Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS educational resource program.

Learn more about the CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes.

Gagne, Scherer and Associates Scholarship

Deadline: 7/17/17
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,200

The Gagne, Scherer and Associates Scholarship is available to students currently enrolled in or planning to enroll for the 2017 school year at a college or university. You must submit a 500-1000 word essay on the following topic: “Members of the United States military are subject to a special set of laws known as the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). There are many offenses contained the UCMJ that criminalize conduct, which, while perhaps frowned upon by some, is completely legal for civilians. It is generally argued that these laws are necessary to preserve order and discipline among military members. Do you agree? Why or why not?”

Learn more about the Gagne, Scherer and Associates Scholarship.

“From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/17
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 4 Awards between $500 – $10,000

The “From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students who hold at least a 2.5 GPA. To be considered, you must submit an essay of at least 1500 words that addresses the following three topics: Which tracks of the book “From Failure to Promise – 360 degrees” presented or reiterated the most important life lessons for you and why, which factor was the most vital to the author’s evolution in going from “flunk-out” to “professor” and how does the “Seven Spheres of Influence and Integration Model” affect your worldview as related to civic responsibility.

Learn more about the “From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest .

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