When should you apply for scholarships?Most students want to know when they should start applying for scholarships. The short answer: RIGHT NOW! Students can sign up for Fastweb at the age of 13 and can start accumulating scholarships to help pay for school years before even beginning the college application process. Here's the main take away: the earlier you begin applying, the more scholarships you'll have a shot at being considered for and have time to win. Apply for one or however many of the below scholarships you qualify for! Remember, the more you apply for, the better your odds are of winning a scholarship. To help better organize your scholarship search, please note that the following scholarships are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of the list. As deadlines pass, opportunities will be refreshed as often as possible. Check out ten scholarships you can apply for today:
Spirit of Giving ScholarshipDeadline: 7/31/19
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000 The Spirit of Giving Scholarship is available to high school seniors and current college students. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on one of the following three topics in order to be considered for this award: How have you advanced the spirit of giving in your community or abroad either through service or in giving? How has the spirit of giving affected you personally? How will your college or post-secondary education allow you to be of service to others or give to others? Get more information on the Spirit of Giving Scholarship.
$5,000 Easy Scholarship: Share a Guide to Help Friends Travel Sustainably!Deadline: 7/31/19
Available to: Ages 25 & Under
Award Amount: $5,000 You could win an easy $5,000 scholarship by helping your friends and family pack, buy, use, and dress sustainably while traveling this summer. Just share our Sustainable Travel Guide on social media or share the guide IRL using a postcard we’ll provide. You’ll help others protect the planet *and* enter to win a $5,000 scholarship. It’s that easy! Get more information on the $5,000 Easy Scholarship: Share a Guide to Help Friends Travel Sustainably!.
Don’t Text and Drive ScholarshipDeadline: 9/30/19
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 4 Awards of $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.
Scooter Inside ScholarshipDeadline: 10/30/19
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,200 The Scooter Inside Scholarship is open to students who are currently attending high school or college. You must submit an essay of between 700 and 1500 words that discusses the importance of social media marketing and how search engine optimization can help local business get more clients in order to be considered for this award. Learn more about the Scooter Inside Scholarship.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship CompetitionDeadline: 10/31/19
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: "What Makes America Great." Learn more about the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition.
Women in Science Environmental ScholarshipDeadline: 12/01/19
Available to: Female High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $500 The Women in Science Environmental Scholarship is available to female high school or college students, with preference given to those who are choosing to pursue a science degree. You must demonstrate financial need, and submit a one-page essay that demonstrates an idea you have for helping improve the environment, either global or locally using Drone Technology to be eligible for this award. Learn more about the Women in Science Environmental Scholarship.
Travel Is Education ScholarshipDeadline: 1/31/20
Available to: 18 & Under
Award Amount: 4 awards from $500-$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, 2019 through October 14, 2020, in order to qualify for this award. Learn more about the Travel Is Education Scholarship.
Gold Medal Portfolio AwardDeadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 16 awards of $10,000
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. Get details on applying for the Gold Medal Portfolio Award.
American Legion National High School Oratorical ContestDeadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: Awards 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. Get details on applying for the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest.
Optimist International Oratorical ContestDeadline: Varies
Available To: Maximum Age 18 Years
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. Get more information on the Optimist International Oratorical Contest.