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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

November 23, 2020

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. Teen Changemakers Essay Contest

  2. Deadline: 12/1/20
    Award Amount: $1,000
    The Teen Changemakers Essay Contest is open to high school students between the ages of 13 and 19. To be considered, you must meet with your principal, counseling office, or teacher to learn about the mental health programs and / or services that your school offers. Submit a 500 - to 1000 - word report on these programs, including how you will promote and support them to raise awareness on campus. You may also create a proposal for a mental health program, campaign, or group that you would like to see your school implement for its students.
  3. College Scholarship

  4. Deadline: 12/1/20
    Award Amount: $1,000
    The College Scholarship is available to students enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university. You must have a minimum 2.8 GPA and submit a 500-750 word essay to qualify for this award. The essay should detail how you are driven to innovate, how you plan to influence progress on any level in any space or how you have already affected positive change with creative thinking.
  5. Science Ambassador Scholarship

  6. Deadline: 12/14/20
    Award Amount: Full Tuition
    The Science Ambassador Scholarship is available to female undergraduate students and high school seniors who are pursuing a degree in a STEM field. To be considered, you must submit a three - minute video of yourself explaining a topic in science that you are passionate about.
  7. Rubincam Youth Award

  8. Deadline: 12/15/20
    Award Amount: Two awards from $250 - $500
    The Rubincam Youth Award is available to students in grades seven to 12 or between the ages of 13 and 18. To be considered, you must submit a single-line genealogy in a biographical format for five generations. Submissions should demonstrate understanding of various original and derivative source records. It should apply critical analysis and intellectual skills in compiling the family genealogy. Events should be placed in historical and genealogical context.
  9. Free Speech Essay Contest

  10. Deadline: 12/31/20
    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.
  11. “A Voice For Cats” Essay Contest Scholarship

  12. Deadline: 12/31/2020
    Award Amount: $1,000
    The “A Voice For Cats” Essay Contest Scholarship is open to students who are entering or currently enrolled in college. You must have a background volunteering or working at an animal rescue organization for at least 20 hours and submit an essay of between 300 and 500 words on feline welfare and the humane treatment of cats in order to be considered for this award.
  13. Foot Locker: A $20,000 Scholarship Could Be Yours!

  14. Deadline: 1/8/2021
    Award Amount: $20,000 For the tenth consecutive year, Foot Locker will be awarding incoming college freshman with $20,000 in scholarship funding to pursue a 4-year college degree - not because they scored the most touchdowns or goals, but because sports have helped them grow into strong leaders at school and in their communities. As a bonus, one of our 20 winners will be selected for the Ken C. Hicks scholarship for demonstrating superior educational achievement, outstanding leadership, and a true love of the game. This winner will receive an additional $5000 award (for a total of $25,000). This year's 20 winners will join the program's ninth previous classes of Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, which will result in 200 total scholarship recipients since the program's inception in 2011. Applicants are evaluated based on whether they are Foot Locker Scholar Athlete material. The ideal candidates would be proactive, highly motivated, inspiring, charismatic, honest, trustworthy, genuine, strong and courageous. Additionally, promising applicants embody good sportsmanship, strong moral character, are passionate/committed to empowering his or her community, are confident and enthusiastic leaders, come from diverse backgrounds and display academic excellence.
  15. Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

  16. 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.
  17. Paradigm Challenge

  18. 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.
  19. George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

  20. 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.
  21. Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio Award

  22. 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.
  23. Young Women In Public Affairs Award

  24. 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.
  25. O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship

  26. 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.
  27. Prom Pics Contest

  28. 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.
  29. Gold Medal Portfolio Award

  30. 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.
  31. American Legion National Oratorical Contest

  32. 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.
  33. Optimist International Oratorical Contest

  34. 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.
  35. Alert Scholarship

  36. 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.
  37. George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

  38. 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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