2017 Scholarships

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

Elizabeth Hoyt

February 07, 2017

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!

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.

TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

Deadline: 2/23/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 15 Awards of $15,000

Learning to drive is one of the coolest times for a teen. But facts have shown it can be extremely dangerous. You have the power to inspire your fellow teens, maybe better than a teacher or a parent can, because you know what messages will be the most powerful. Create a 30-60 second video for your fellow teen drivers that highlights the importance of safe teen driving and you could win $15,000, or one of 14 other prizes!

Get more information on the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge.

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 2/28/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: 30 Awards of $5,000

Regions is proud to recognize and celebrate Black History Month and the contributions of African-Americans. Tell us about an African-American who has inspired and motivated you, and have the chance to secure a $3,500 or $5,000 scholarship. Your essay should, in 500 words or less: (a) address how an African-American individual has been an inspiration in your life, and (b) discuss the contributions of the African-American individual who has served to inspire and motivate you.

Learn more about the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest.

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.

Discover Student Loans Scholarship

Deadline: 2/28/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The Discover Student Loans Scholarship is available to high school seniors and students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university. You must be 16 years of age or older to qualify for this award. Winners will be selected at random.

Learn more about the Discover Student Loans Scholarship.

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.

Project Yellow Light Design Contest Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/17
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000

The Project Yellow Light Design Contest Scholarship is available to high school juniors and seniors and full – time undergraduate students. To be considered, you must design a billboard advertisement that discourages distracted driving.

Learn more about the Project Yellow Light Design Contest Scholarship.

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.

Hood Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship

Deadline: 3/06/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 18 Awards of $5,000

The Hood Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship program rewards 18 deserving high school student athletes across New England with $5,000 toward furthering their education at a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university. To be eligible, high school seniors must have proven their ability to put the spirit of competition above winning while participating in a varsity sport. These students must have also earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher and performed volunteer work in the community. Applicants are asked to write a short essay explaining how they display sportsmanship and integrity on and off the field. Each student who meets these standards and completes the essay will then participate in an online voting competition. The 10 applicants, from each New England state, who have received the most votes will be interviewed by a select panel of judges. The panel of judges will then select three students from each of the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) for a total of 18 scholarships. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony and inducted into the Hood Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship Hall of Fame at the TD Garden in Boston. Applicants must enter by 3 p.m. EST on March 6, 2017. Voting begins at 9 a.m. EDT on March 27, 2017, and ends at 3 p.m. EDT on April 10, 2017. Good luck!

Get more information on the Hood Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship.

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.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/17
Available to: Ages 14-21
Award Amount: $250

The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is open to all students aged 14 – 21. You must submit an essay of no more than 750 words based on the prompts listed on the sponsor’s website. This year’s prompts will ask you to consider the different meanings of trees, cultivation and soil as Thoreau uses them in the defined passages.

Learn more about the Live Deliberately Essay Contest.

The Future is Female Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/17
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,000

The Future is Female Scholarship is available to female students. You must be a U.S. citizen and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. You must also answer five short essay questions.

Learn more about the The Future is Female Scholarship.

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.

Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Deadline: 7/15/17
Available to: College Freshmen to Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $3,000

The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is open to students pursing a design related degree. You must have graduated no later than 2015 or be a currently enrolled student and are required to submit an original design project in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Vectorworks Design Scholarship.

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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