Scholarships

College Scholarships: 2020 Edition

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

Shawna Newman

September 10, 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: 9/30/20
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.

September 2020 Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes

Deadline: 9/30/20
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 September 2020 Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakess.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Deadline: 9/30/20
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000 The Don't Text and Drive Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident and complete a short statement on why you pledge not to text and drive in order to qualify for this award. Learn more about the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

Deadline: 10/31/20
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $30,000 The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition is open to high school students. To enter, you must write and record a three - to five - minute broadcast script on the following theme: "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?" Get more information on the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition.

Ivey Engineering $1,000 Scholarship

Deadline: 11/01/20
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000 The Ivey Engineering $1,000 Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college students attending a college or university in the United States or Canada. In order to be considered for this award, you must submit an essay of between 800 and 1,000 words on one of these topics: Ten ways to analyze and test the integrity of a commercial HVAC design; Five tips for designing an energy-efficient building; How to investigate the cause and origin of a building structure fire. Learn more about the Ivey Engineering $1,000 Scholarship.

Regeneron Science Talent Search

Deadline: 11/12/20
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000 up to $250,000 The Regeneron Science Talent Search is open to especially talented high school seniors. Students will be given the challenge of conducting independent science, math, or engineering research. To be considered, You must submit a maximum 20 - page research report explaining your experiments and conclusions. Research must be the work of a single individual; group and team projects are not eligible. Get more information on the Regeneron Science Talent Search<.

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.

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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