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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

June 25, 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 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. $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. Sugar Spun Scholarship

  4. 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.
  5. Don’t Text & Drive Scholarship

  6. Deadline: 9/30/20
    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.
  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. Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio Award

  10. 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.
  11. Young Women In Public Affairs Award

  12. 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.
  13. O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship

  14. 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.
  15. Prom Pics Contest

  16. 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.
  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. American Legion National Oratorical Contest

  20. 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.
  21. Optimist International Oratorical Contest

  22. 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.
  23. Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

  24. 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?"
  25. “A Voice For Cats” Essay Contest Scholarship

  26. 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.
  27. Alert Scholarship

  28. 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.
  29. George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

  30. 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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