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.
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 a week to complete this part of the application for you.
WEEKLY (RECURRING; SEE SITES FOR EXACT DEADLINE DATES)
- Zinch Weekly Scholarship - one $1,000 award per week; write a short essay (a few sentences)
- 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.
- 01 - Ron Brown Scholars - $40,000; 20 or more awards ($10,000 per yr for 4 yrs); senior; Black/African American; 4 yr college/university; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; academic achievement; character; financial need; leadership; seriousness of purpose; service to others.
- 01 - Ivey Engineering Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; senior; submit an essay of 800 to 1,000 words on one of the three engineering topics; see link for topics.
- 09 - THE HATE U GIVE (THUG) SCHOLARSHIP SLAM - $500 awards, 1 grand prize for each category: Poetry, Film Shorts, Music, and Visual Art (including photography, illustration, painting, sculpture, etc.); 9-12 grade; U.S. Citizen or legal resident; submit art to capture the following theme: How have you found your voice and used it to advocate for what you believe in?
- 15 - Elks Most Valuable Student Award - from $1,000-$12,500 per year for four years; senior; U.S. Citizen; judged on scholarship (including SAT/ACT scores), leadership, and financial need; top 20 national finalists win a leadership trip to interview for top $ awards.
- 20 - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship - 30-40 up to $40,000/year for four years; senior; min. 3.5 GPA (unweighted); min 1200 SAT, min 26 ACT score; financial need; judged on persistence, service to others, and leadership; essays, letters of rec.
- 30 - The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest - 1-$500 award; senior; applicants must create a public service advertisement video (PSA), no longer than 3 minutes, about avoiding distracted driving (e.g. cell phones, passengers, radio, etc).
- 01 - Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team College Scholarship - 2-$1,000 awards; 9-12 grade; min 2.8 GPA; submit a 500- to 750-word essay telling 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.
- 01 - Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team Nursing Scholarship - 1-$1,000 awards; senior; submit a 500- to 750-word essay telling what drives you and why you want to pursue a nursing degree or why you want to go to nursing school.
- 01 - Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; senior; must have a valid driver's license; create a form of social awareness that inspires other students to focus on Looking Twice for Motorcycle Safety; this can be a video, artwork, essay or anything that would engage other students to focus on safe driving.
- 07 - Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program - over 800 awards of $2,500, or more for those chosen for the Founder's Award; senior; min 3.0 GPA; demonstrated financial need; demonstrated commitment to community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity and leadership.
- 14 - Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship – 1-$25,000 & 19-$20,000 awards; senior; citizen or perm. legal resident; min 3.0 GPA; be currently involved in high school, intramural, or community-based sports; academic excellence; leadership & moral character; must enroll at a four-year school in the fall.
- 15 - Burger King Scholars Program - awards ranging from $1,000 to $50,000; senior; min 2.5 GPA; plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2019-20 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico; involvement in school or community activities; act fast because only the 1st 50,000 applications will be processed.
- 31 - "Because College is Expensive" Scholarship - $500 award (chosen by random drawing); 11 & 12 grade; U.S. Citizen or legal resident; fill out application.
- 31 - FIRE Free Speech Essay Contest - 1-$10,000, 1-$5,000, 3-$1,000, and 4-$500 awards; juniors & seniors; watch 2 videos and explain in 800-1000 words why free speech is so important to higher education, and why censorship undermines the ideals of liberal education and a free society.
- 09 - Ron Brown Scholars - $40,000; 10-20 awards ($10,000 per yr for 4 yrs); senior; African American; 4 yr college; citizen/perm. res.; academic achievement; character; financial need; leadership; seriousness of purpose; service to others.
- 10 - Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund - $2,500 - $20,000 awards; senior; must enroll in coll./univ. in Fall; be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by U.S. Census; cit., national, or legal U.S. res.; min 2.7 GPA (unweighted); 1 letter of rec.; must submit FAFSA.
Scholarship Search Sites
- www.fastweb.com - Great site! Profile-based database
- www.tuitionfundingsources.com - Lots of info! Profile-based database
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/.