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Scholarships for The Class of 2021

Check out our favorite scholarships that students from the Class of 2021 can apply for right now.

Shawna Newman

January 11, 2021

High school seniors can (and should) apply for these scholarships.
Scholarships for The Class of 2021
Remember that photo of you on your first day of school as a kindergartner? The year you and your parents have dreamed of has arrived. You’re officially, rulers of the school, high school campus royalty, high school SENIORS: Class of 2021! You'll soon be bound for higher education. It’s too early for senioritis to hit. So, before you get too excited, you have some serious things to knock off your high school senior to-do list. At the top of that list: Apply for college scholarships! The good news is there are A LOT of financial aid opportunities for senior high school students. Scholarships are awarded for a variety of reasons. They can be merit based, essay based, academic achievement driven or athletic scholarships. Up your game by staying involved in your local community too. Applying for scholarships your senior year is a numbers game, and the more scholarships you apply for your high school senior year, the better your chances of actually winning. The key to a great scholarship search is to start applying as soon as possible. Here at Fastweb, we can help high school seniors find scholarships and get you the financial aid you'll need to make college more affordable. Here is a list to get you started:
  1. The Earnest Scholarship

  2. Deadline: 1/15/2021
    Award Amount: $5,000 At Earnest, we believe in helping people realize their hopes and dreams through further education. To help more students get to school, we created the Earnest Scholarship as a way to award 10 students who best articulate how their education will enable their dreams.
  3. Profile in Courage Essay Contest

  4. Deadline: 1/15/21
    Award Amount: $100 - $10,000
    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 and analyzes 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.
  5. Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship

  6. Deadline: 1/20/21
    Award Amount: $1,000 - $5,000
    The Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship is available to full - time high school and undergraduate students who are ages 25 and under. To be considered, you must submit an original, three - to six - minute short film that addresses global women's issues such as: education for girls, maternal health, violence against women and girls, or a variety of other issues.
  7. Taco Bell's Live Más Scholarship

  8. Deadline: 1/23/2021
    Award Amount: $25,000 The Live Más Scholarship is available to innovators, creators, and dreamers between the ages of 16 and 24. To be considered, you must create and submit a video of up to two minutes in length that tells the story of your life's passion.
  9. SOAR to College Scholarship

  10. Deadline: 1/30/21
    Award Amount: $1,000
    The SOAR to College Scholarship is available to high school seniors and current undergraduate students. You must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer to be considered for this award. You must also submit an 800 - word essay on the following topic: "How Has My Experience With Cancer Impacted My Life Values and Career Goals?"
  11. $2,021 New Year New You CollegeXpress Scholarship

  12. Deadline: 1/31/21
    Award Amount: $2,021
    2020 is out and 2021 is in! The new year is a brand new beginning with tons of opportunities. When you register on CollegeXpress and answer this one question you will be entered into our monthly scholarship contest. Just tell us “What are your plans to make 2021 a better year”. All entries must be made in January 2021 to be valid.
  13. The $25,000 "Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship

  14. Deadline: 1/31/2021
    Award Amount: $25,000
    At Bold.org, we believe that the world will be shaped by the bold—the fighters, the risk-takers, the earnest overachievers who won’t take no for an answer—the ones who know that a mountain is climbed a step at a time. Bold.org is built for students, like you, who are determined to make the climb.
  15. McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship

  16. Deadline: 2/03/21
    Award Amount: Two awards from $25,000
    The McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage. You must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, be under 21 years of age and be a U.S. resident to be eligible for this award.
  17. AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship

  18. Deadline: 2/15/21
    Award Amount: $500 - $5,000
    The AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship is available to college - bound high school seniors. To be considered, you must submit a 120 - to 1500-word essay describing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on yourself, your family or your community, and what you have learned in light of coping with the brain disorder.
  19. MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge

  20. Deadline: 2/19/2021
    Award Amount: $5,000 - $20,000 The MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge is open to high school juniors and seniors between the ages of 16 and 19. In this challenge, students will be given 14 continuous hours to solve an open-ended, realistic, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-world problem. The challenge is entirely internet-based. Students choose which day they wish to work on challenge weekend. Each high school may enter up to two teams of three to five students.
  21. Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

  22. Deadline: 2/28/2021
    Award Amount: $1,500 The Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is available to high school seniors. To be considered, you must submit an essay detailing your volunteer efforts to help animals in need, and how that involvement has changed your life or shaped your perceptions on the importance of animal welfare.
  23. Anthem Essay Contest

  24. Deadline: 4/29/21
    Award Amount: $2,000 The Anthem Essay Contest is open to students in 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade. You must submit an essay of between 600 and 1,200 words based on Ayn Rand's "Anthem" You must choose on one of the three topics provided on the sponsor's website. Essays will be judged on style and content.
  25. Paradigm Challenge

  26. Deadline: 5/01/21
    Award Amount: $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.
  27. George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

  28. Deadline: Varies
    Award Amount: $2,000 The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest is open to high school students. You must submit an 800 - to 1200 - word essay discussing an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Essays will be judged on historical accuracy, clarity of thought, organization and proven topic, grammar and spelling, and documentation.
  29. Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio Award

  30. Deadline: Varies
    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.
  31. Young Women In Public Affairs Award

  32. Deadline: Varies
    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.
  33. O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship

  34. Deadline: Varies
    Award Amount: 8 awards of $5,000 The O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship is available to female high school seniors who plan to enroll full - time in a four - year undergraduate program. You must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.
  35. Prom Pics Contest

  36. Deadline: Varies
    Award Amount: $250 The Prom Pics Contest is open to high school students. To be eligible, you must submit a high resolution photo from your prom event. Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories: promposal, pre-prom, prom dance, and post-prom.
  37. Gold Medal Portfolio Award

  38. 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.
  39. American Legion National Oratorical Contest

  40. Deadline: Rolling
    Award Amount: From $14,000 - $18,000 The National High School Oratorical Contest is open to junior high and high school students who are under the age of 20 and citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. You must prepare an oration on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. A complete list of topics are available on the Legion's Web site. Each individual state winner certified into and participating in the first round of the national contest receives an additional $1,500 scholarship.
  41. Optimist International Oratorical Contest

  42. Deadline: Varies
    Award Amount: $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, "How My Passions Impact the World" to be presented at your local Optimist Club's contest.
  43. Alert Scholarship

  44. 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.
  45. George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

  46. Deadline: Varies
    Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
    Award Amount: $500 - $2,000
    The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest is open to high school students. You must submit an 800 - to 1200 - word essay discussing an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Essays will be judged on historical accuracy, clarity of thought, organization and proven topic, grammar and spelling, and documentation.

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