We understand that paying for college is not easy. There are many scholarships available to students for some extra financial aid. Your best resource is to meet with your College & Career Information Coordinator. These professionals will help guide you in your search for scholarships and answer any questions you may have. I have included a list of scholarship links and applications below for your convenience.
**REMEMBER - When searching, it is very important to read all scholarship requirements carefully to determine if you are eligible. You do not want to put time and effort into completing an application for a scholarship that you are not eligible to win.
Monitor and visit this page periodically as Mr. Nalda updates and adds scholarships regularly!
Also, keep in mind that some scholarship applications may require a letter of recommendation from a teacher or responsible adult. Pay attention to deadlines and give these people at least three weeks to complete this part of the application for you.
After the 'Quarterly Scholarships' below, you will see scholarships organized by month. When you click on a month, the number in bold is the scholarship's deadline date. Again, please read scholarship requirements carefully so you know what needs to be turned in and when all application materials are due. Plan ahead and be organized! We do not want you to miss any deadlines!!
MONTHLY Scholarships (Recurring; See Sites For Exact Deadline Dates) - Click Here
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation - $500-$5,000; take a quiz, show what you know, win scholarships. It's that easy!
Courage to Grow Scholarship - $500; Junior or Senior; min 2.5 GPA; 250 words or less why you should win $.
Quick Entry Course Hero Scholarship - $1,000; Senior; must be at least 16 years old to enter; create an account and submit a response of up to 1000 words on the monthly topic.
$2,000 No Essay Scholarship - $2,000; 9-12 grade; U.S. Cit. or legal res.; register for site; random winner drawn monthly; you can enter once each month for a chance to win.
Pulse of Perseverance Scholarship - $1,000; 9-12 grade; read the book, "Pulse of Perseverance: Three Black Doctors on Their Journey to Success" and submit a 250-word essay and 60 second video; see link for essay and video guidelines.
QUARTERLY Scholarships (Recurring; See Sites For Exact Deadline Dates) - Click Here
Because College is Expensive Scholarship - 1-$500 award; 11 & 12 grade; legal U.S. residents or International students with valid visas; fill out an application; winner selected by random drawing, then contacted directly and announced on hosting web page.
OppU Achievers Scholarship - 1-$2,500 award per deadline; senior; U.S. Citizen or resident; min. 3.0 GPA (unweighted); submit an essay of 500 words or fewer on why you’re an achiever; see link for full essay prompt.
Winners for the OppU Achievers Scholarship are selected four times a year, with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.
Easterday Poetry Award - awards ranging from $100 - $500; all U.S. high school students are eligible to enter this contest; poems must be 20 lines or less (title and spaces between stanzas do not count), unpublished, the sole work of the entrant, and not be entered in any other concurrent contest; see link for full rules and guidelines; only ONE poem per poet may be entered during any 90 day span.
Winners are selected four times a year, with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.
September 2021 Scholarships - Click Here
17 - We The Future Contest - 1-$1,000 award for each project categories; grades 9-12; ages 14-19 at time of entry; U.S. Cit. or legal res.; submit an original work one of the following about America: essay, song, STEM, short film, or PSA; see link for full rules and guidelines.
27 - Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest - 1-$10,000, 3-$2,500, and 5-$500 awards; senior; submit an 800-1600 word essay on Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged; choose 1 of 3 topics to write about; see link for guidelines.
30 - Don't Text and Drive Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; 9-12 grade; U.S. Citizen; 140-character message about texting while driving; top 10 selected as finalists; finalists asked to write a 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving; 1 winner chosen from 10 finalists' essays.
30 - Easterday Poetry Award - awards ranging from $100 - $500; all U.S. high school students are eligible to enter this contest; poems must be 20 lines or less (title and spaces between stanzas do not count), unpublished, the sole work of the entrant, and not be entered in any other concurrent contest; see link for full rules and guidelines; only ONE poem per poet may be entered during any 90 day span.
30 - NSHSS Innovation In Technology Scholarship - 5-$2,000 awards; senior; 500-800 response to a question about technology; pictures/videos/media showing your leadership in action (optional); color headshot; academic resume; current transcript (can be official or unofficial); educator recommendation; see link for question.
30 - Speak Up! Scholarship - 5-$2,000 awards; senior; for students with a demonstrated passion for communications; majors and careers in the communications field can include but are not limited to journalism, photojournalism, writing, editing, publishing, marketing, public relations, and social media; 500-800 response to a question about communication; pictures/videos/media showing your leadership in action; color headshot; academic resume; current transcript (can be official or unofficial); educator recommendation; see link for question.
October 2021 Scholarships - Click Here
08 - AES Scholarship - 1-$500 award; senior; award given based on character, as determined by your 500-1000 word essay; see link for essay prompt.
15 - NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship - $1,000 awards; senior; min 3.0 GPA; desire to major in or pursue a degree from a list of (or closely related) STEM disciplines (see link for list); personal statement about STEM (500 words or less); list of STEM Activities; headshot; transcript; resume; 1-2 educator recommendations.
17 - College JumpStart Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; grades 10-12; U.S. cit. or legal res.; attend 2-year, 4-year or trade school; committed to using education to better your life & that of your family and/or community; answer 1 of 4 questions in 250 words or less.
19 - Heisman High School Scholarship - (deadline is 6pm on 10/19) $1,000, $2,000, and $10,000 awards; senior; min 3.0 GPA; participate or have participated in grades 9, 10, or 11 in at least one of the sports listed on the site (click here to see list); proven leader and role model within their school and community.
31 - Voice of Democracy Scholarship - 1-$30,000 top prize, other awards ranging from $1,000-$16,000; grades 9-12; although U.S. citizenship is not required, must be lawful U.S. permanent resident or have applied for permanent residency (the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. cit. at the earliest opportunity allowed by law; write & record a 3-5 min. essay on the theme: America: Where Do We Go From Here?
31 - Coca-Cola Scholars Program - (deadline is 5pm on 10/31) 150-$20,000 awards; senior; U.S. Citizen, legal resident, refugee (see link for full eligibility list); min 3.0 GPA; achievement based scholarship; involved in school and community activities; transcript.
November 2021 Scholarships - Click Here
01 - North Carolina State University - Park Scholarship - senior, applying to NC State; NC State's Park Scholarships program includes a four-year scholarship awarded on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character and prepares scholars for lifelong contributions to the university, state, nation, and world; see links for more information and eligibility requirements.
03 - Create Real Impact Student Contest - (due by 5pm!) multiple awards ranging from $500-$1,500; one (1) Spanish Category of $1500 (chosen from video or graphic design category) may be awarded; legal U.S. residents or DACA recipients between the ages of 14 and 22 years; create an original work (video, music, creative writing, or graphic design) showcasing your idea for a SOLUTION or STRATEGY to end reckless and distracted driving; see link for all details and guidelines.
10 - Regeneron Science Talent Search - 300 awards of $2,000, top award of $250,000; senior; students will be given the challenge of conducting independent science, math, or engineering research; to be considered, you must submit a maximum 20 - page research report explaining your experiments and conclusions; research must be the work of a single individual, group and team projects are not eligible; see link for full details and guidelines.
14 - Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards - awards of up to $1,000 to use for college education or to fund a community service effort; U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA; be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines); min 3.0 GPA (unweighted); essay questions; letter of recommendation; school transcript; if selected, attendance to virtual regional awards ceremony is mandatory.
15 - Elks Most Valuable Student Award - 500 awards ranging from $1,000-$12,500 per year for four years; senior; U.S. Citizen; judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need; top 20 national finalists traditionally win a leadership trip to interview for $20,000 - $50,000 awards; flyer.
18 - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship - (application opens September 1) over 100 awards of up to $55,000/year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school; senior; min. 3.5 GPA (unweighted); judged on persistence, service to others, and leadership; essays, letters of recommendation; application also available on the Common App.
December 2021 Scholarships - Click Here
01 - Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team College Scholarship - 2-$1,000 awards; senior; min 2.8 GPA; submit a 500- to 750-word essay on 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.
03 - National Space Club and Foundation Keynote Scholar Application - invitation to speak at the Goddard Memorial Dinner and a $10,000 scholarship; senior; U.S. Citizen; must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university to follow a course of study to pursue a career in the STEM field, with a preference for those with space related interests; unofficial transcript; at least 2 letters of recommendation; statement of Intent: A brief statement of 150 words or less on your study/career plans with an emphasis on STEM; video audition; see link for full guidelines and details.
05 - PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship - 1-$2,000 award; U.S. citizen or a permanent resident; accepted with plans to attend in a college or university in the United States; your field of study must be related to science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), economics, or business; submit a min 1200-word essay on one of four technology prompts; see link for prompts and full guidelines.
31 - Around the Corner from College Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; open to current high school students (9-12 grade); US citizen, permanent resident, or with DACA status; must be planning to attend a college or university in the US; create a personalized checklist that you can use (max 10 items) to help you best prepare for college.
31 - Navy NROTC Scholarship - $180,000 towards a four-year institution's tuition and expenses; senior; minimum combined SAT score of 1100 (minimum of 540 in Math and 550 in Evidenced Based Reading and Writing); minimum combined ACT score of 44 (minimum of 21 in Math and 22 in English); valid Test Dates for the 2022 Scholarship Year are Dec 2019 to Dec 2021; must be a citizen of the United States or in process of obtaining citizenship; no criminal record of military or civilian offenses; no previous drug use; application instructions and checklist; long application, start early!!
Scholarship Search Sites - Click Here
Fastweb - I recommend all students register and create an account on this site!
NEW!!! Open Education Database is a great, extensive resource featuring information about MD schools, scholarships, loans, and more! Check it out: oedb.org/maryland/.
The College Scholarship Guide has many great tips and information about the scholarship application process. Check it out: www.thesimpledollar.com/college-scholarship-guide/.
Resources for Undocumented Students - Click Here
Immigrants Rising (2020) - list of undergraduate Scholarships that don't require proof of U.S. Citizenship or legal Permanent Residency
Check out these additional databases of scholarships and fellowships available for undocumented young people:
Dreamers Roadmap: www.dreamersroadmap.com/scholarships/
Geneseo Migrant Center: migrant.net/scholarships/
My Undocumented Life: mydocumentedlife.org
Scholarships A-Z: www.scholarshipsaz.org
Sillicon Valley Community Foundation: www.siliconvalleycf.org/scholarships
The College Expo: www.thecollegeexpo.org/resources/scholarships
More Resources (Many for Minority Students) - Click Here
Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship
(click Programs, Educational Development, Scholarships)