Scholarships

College Scholarships: 2020 Edition

Start your year with this selection of college scholarships available in 2020.

Shawna Newman

November 16, 2020

Updated regularly, this list features must-apply-for scholarships in 2020.
College Scholarships: 2020 Edition
Conquer your 2020 college scholarship search! This year, make a plan to apply for more college scholarships than ever before. We get it. Perhaps 2019 wasn’t your year become a scholarship recipient. Perhaps you’re unsure if 2020 will be any different. Perhaps you’re sick and tired of applying for scholarships. Or, maybe you’re assuming you’ll never win simply because you haven’t yet. But, you need college money and we won’t let you give up! Instead, apply more to increase the chances that a scholarship will be awarded to you. Scholarships come to students who apply early and apply often. It's simple: the more you apply, the more likely you are to win a scholarship. Let’s work together to make 2020 your year to win scholarships.

2020 College Scholarships

$5,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship

Deadline: 11/30/20
Available to:Minimum Age 16
Award Amount: $5,000 Students and parents can enter for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship at eligible colleges/universities. NO PURCHASE, LOAN OR ESSAY NECESSARY. Open to residents nationwide and US territories. Ends 1/31/21. Learn more about the $5,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship.

November 2020 Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes

Deadline: 11/30/20
Available to: Minimum Age 16
Award Amount: $500 The Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes is open to registered Fastweb members who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and who are at least sixteen (16) years of age. You must log into your Fastweb account to obtain your personal referral link. For each person who registers for Fastweb via your personal referral link during the Promotion Period, you and your referral will entered as a pair into the monthly drawing. Learn more about the November 2020 Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes.

Driver Education Initiative Award: In the Driver's Seat

Deadline: 11/30/20
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,000 The Driver Education Initiative Award: In the Driver's Seat, is open to current high school and college students. You must submit an essay of no more than 500 words that answers the following questions: What is the importance of driver education in reducing the number deaths as a result of driving? What steps can be taken to reduce the number of deaths related to driving? Have you ever had an experience of being in car accident or have seen your friends or family members driving irresponsibly? What steps can you take to be a better and safer driver as well as help others become safer on the road? Get more information on the Driver Education Initiative Award: In the Driver's Seat .

$2,000 Niche No Essay Scholarship

Deadline: 11/30/20
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000 We know you are busy and we know that times are tough. That is why we decided to create the easiest possible scholarship to give something back to students. Students can use the money to help cover tuition, housing, meal plans, books, computers, or any education-related expenses. The scholarship is open to all high school and college students and those planning to enroll in the next 12 months. Learn more about the $2,000 Niche No Essay Scholarship.

SMART Scholarship

Deadline: 12/1/20
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $38,000 The SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Scholarship is open to currently enrolled college and graduate students. You must be pursuing a technical degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be able to participate in summer internships and willing to accept post-graduate employment at the DoD in order to be considered for this award. Applicants must also be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of the United States, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom. Get more information on the SMART Scholarship.

Dell Scholars Program

Deadline: 12/1/20
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: $20,000 The Dell Scholars Program is open to graduating high school seniors. You must have a minimum 2.4 GPA, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and demonstrate financial need to be considered for this award. Also, you must have participated in an approved college readiness / college access program in grades 11 and 12. Additionally, you must plan to enter a bachelor's degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall immediately following high school graduation. Get more information on the Dell Scholars Program.

Farm and Ranch Heritage Scholarship

Deadline: 12/1/20
Available to: College Freshmen through Seniors
Award Amount: $12,500 The Farm and Ranch Heritage Scholarship is available to student members of the American Quarter Horse Association. You must be a high school senior or a student currently enrolled in an accredited college, university or vocational school. You must also be from a farming or ranching background and have at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the Farm and Ranch Heritage Scholarship<.

Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship

Deadline: 12/01/20
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000 The Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship is available to students currently attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. You must create a form of social awareness that inspires other students to focus on Looking Twice for Motorcycle Safety to qualify for this award. This can be a video, artwork, essay or anything that would engage other students to focus on safe driving. Student must have a valid driver’s license. Learn more about the Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship.

Keynote Scholarship

Deadline: 12/02/20
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000 The Keynote Scholarship is available to high school senior, undergraduate, and graduate students with definite plans to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this award. Learn more about the Keynote Scholarship.

Free Speech Essay Contest

Deadline: 12/31/20
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000 The Free Speech Essay Contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. To be considered, you must explain in a 700 - to 900 - word essay why free speech is so important to higher education, and why censorship undermines the ideals of liberal education and a free society using the prompt on the sponsor's website. Learn more about the Free Speech Essay Contest .

Paradigm Challenge

Deadline: 5/1/21
Available to: Students Maximum Age 18
Award Amount: $500 up to $100,000 The Paradigm Challenge is open to students up to the age of 18. You may work in a team or alone in creating an original and creative way to help solve real-life problems in homes, schools, communities, and/or around the world. Entries may come in the form of posters, videos, inventions, messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help save lives. Additionally, you must submit a brief statement of your idea (140 characters or less) in order to qualify for this award. Learn more about the Paradigm Challenge.

Pulse of Perseverance Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies The Pulse of Perseverance Scholarship is available to high school and college students. To be considered, you must read the book, "Pulse of Perseverance: Three Black Doctors on Their Journey to Success" and submit a 250 - word essay focusing on how you are currently making a difference in your community and why you believe you have the #pulseofperseverance. You must also submit a 60 - second video on why you possess the #pulseofperseverance and what the scholarship will mean to you. Get more information on the Pulse of Perseverance Scholarship.

Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Maximum Age 19 Years
Award Amount: $1,000 The Young Women In Public Affairs Award is available to female students who are between 16 and 19 years of age of April 1st of each year. You must reside in a Zonta district / region, or be a citizen of a Zonta country to be eligible for this award. You must also demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes. Learn more about the Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

College Partner Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors through College Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000 The College Partner Scholarship is open to students who have been admitted to and decide to defer from one of our partner colleges in order to take a gap year. You must demonstrate academic merit in order to be considered for this award. Learn more about the College Partner Scholarship.

Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio Award

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: $1,000 The Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio Award is open to graduating high school seniors whose works have received national recognition. You must submit a portfolio of eight distinct art or written works that exemplify originality, technical skill and personal voice in order to be considered for this award. Art portfolios must communicate a single cohesive idea or visual investigation and written portfolios must demonstrate versatility and diversity in writing technique and style. Learn more about the Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio Award .

Multicultural Professional Development Grant

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies The Multicultural Professional Development Grant is available to U.S. Citizen undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a college or university. You must be identified as member of the African-American, Latina/Latino, Native American, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander ethnic minority to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the Multicultural Professional Development Grant.

Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

Deadline:Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Seniors
Award Amount: Varies The Western Undergraduate Exchange Program is open to students residing in states who wish to attend a participating school outside of their state of residence. Participating states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Although this award allows for a reduction in tuition, each institution retains its own requirements for admission. Get more information on the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program.

Optimist International Oratorical Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Students, Maximum 19 years
Award Amount: $1,000 - $2,500 The Optimist International Oratorical Contest is open to students under the age of 19. To be considered for this award, you must prepare a 4 to 5 minute speech on the topic, "Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?” to be presented at your local Optimist Club's contest. Learn more about the Optimist International Oratorical Contest .

Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduates, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies
The Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship is available to students with an interest in Magic: The Gathering. You must submit a personal statement that touches on your background in Magic, the role Magic has had in your life, why you would be a good recipient and your future academic and career goals. Your statement must also answer the following questions: "What is your favorite magic card or mechanic and why?", "What is your least favorite magic card or mechanic and why?" and "What lessons can we learn from Magic to help us solve real world problems?". Get details on applying for the Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship.

Diversity Scholarship

Deadline:Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: $10,000 The Diversity Scholarship is available to entering students at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. You must demonstrate a commitment to diversity as it relates to your interest in psychology in order to qualify for this award. Priority is given to applicants who belong to ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, and sexual identity groups that have traditionally been underrepresented populations in the field of psychology. Learn more about the Diversity Scholarship.

Don't Stop There!

It’s important to note that applying for the above college scholarships available in 2020 is a great start to having a successful scholarship search. But, we want to make sure that you don’t forget to continue to check out your scholarship matches throughout the entire year for even more 2020 college scholarship opportunities you qualify for. The best way to do so is by filling out your Fastweb student profile thoroughly and updating it regularly. You can share as little or as much information as you want, but the more information you share, the better your scholarship matches will be. Remember, Fastweb brings you the opportunities all year long, but it’s up to you to follow through and apply for them! Note: Be sure to keep checking back because we’ll keep updating this list with new and exciting 2020 scholarship opportunities all year long!

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