High School Students Use Scholarships to Level Up

High school students can use these scholarships for a serious, summer win!

Shawna Newman

July 01, 2020

High School Students Use Scholarships to Level Up
Level up your scholarship game with these 10 opportunities!
Do you have what it takes to level up this summer? We think you do! Whether you’re wondering how to level up fast in Pokémon Go, Skyrim or how to level up your worlds in Minecraft—maybe you’re using Ciara’s hit “Level Up” to motivate other life wins for yourself...whatever your inspiration, get it done in real life too. Use scholarship coin (aka scholarship money) to level up your college-bound game. You’ll want to stay ahead to avoid defeat. Summer is the perfect time to start.

Just Keep Elevating

Applying for scholarships will launch you higher; we’re talking at least several life-accomplishment levels. You’ll be ahead of your classmates and feel a lot more prepared for the college journey. Afterall, beginning your freshman year of college with several scholarships under your belt is a key to success.
You’ll be on the right path to continue uncovering financial aid opportunities in the future. There are many types of financial aid out there! You’ll want to graduate college as debt free as possible, and avoid any mishaps like these funny Mario mixups.

Level Up

Use your academic achievements or talents to be awarded a scholarship for college.
Here are the scholarship tools you’ll need to help you fight off student-debt dragons, find scholarships and earn the scholarship coins you’ll need to conquer college:
  1. $2,000 Minecraft Scholarship

  2. Deadline: 7/31/20
    Award Amount: $2,000
    The $2,000 Minecraft Scholarship is open to high school and college students. You must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit an essay of at least 500 words that details your opinion on how Minecraft can be a positive influence on education and career development in order to be considered for this award.
  3. Driver Education Initiative Award: In the Driver’s Seat

  4. Deadline: 8/01/20
    Award Amount: 6 awards of $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?
  5. Sugar Spun Scholarship

  6. Deadline: 8/01/20
    Award Amount: Varies
    The Sugar Spun Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students. You must submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words on one the food related topics provided on the sponsor's website in order to be considered for this award.
  7. AES Engineers Scholarship

  8. Deadline: 10/05/20
    Award Amount: $500
    The AES Engineers Scholarship is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You must submit a required essay of between 500 and 1,000 words in answer to the following question: "When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?" You need not be majoring in engineering to qualify for this award. Selection is based on character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted.
  9. Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

  10. Deadline: 10/31/20
    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?"
  11. Travel is Education Scholarship

  12. Deadline: 1/30/21
    Award Amount: $1,000 The Travel Is Education Scholarship is open to U.S. students in grades 6 through 12. You must submit two-dimensional artwork, photos, or a writing (maximum one page) on the theme of "Becoming a Global Citizen". Sample topics are available on the Web site provided. You must be traveling on an ACIS tour between October 15, 2020 through October 14, 2021, in order to qualify for this award.
  13. Vegetarian Resource

  14. Deadline: 2/20/21
    Award Amount: 2 Awards at $5,000 The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors. You must have been active in promoting vegetarianism in your school and / or community; and have demonstrated compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet / lifestyle to be considered for this award.
  15. Paradigm Challenge

  16. Deadline: 5/01/21
    Award Amount: $500 - $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.
  17. Gold Medal Portfolio Award

  18. Deadline: Varies
    Award Amount: 16 awards of $510,000 The Gold Medal Portfolio Award is open to graduating high school seniors. 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.
  19. Alert Scholarship

  20. Deadline: Varies
    Award Amount: $500
    The Alert Scholarship is available to high school seniors in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. To be considered, you must submit a 650 - to 800 - word essay about a personal encounter you, or someone you know, has had with drug and / or alcohol abuse, how it was dealt with, and, in your opinion, what was right or wrong about the way the incident or problem was handled. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Class Pride

In addition to the scholarships above, high school juniors and seniors should apply for scholarships that fit their graduation year too. Be proud! Scholarships for The Class of 2021 Scholarships for The Class of 2022

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Shawna Newman

Managing Editor, Contributing Writer

Shawna Newman is the Managing Editor and a writer at Fastweb. She has over 10 years of experience in higher education. Her direct work with college admissions teams, financial aid officers, college deans, ...

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