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.
- 15 - The Gates Scholarship - 300 scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by FAFSA; must be African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander, and/or Hispanic American; Pell-Eligible; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; senior; plan to enroll full-time in a 4-year degree program after high school; an ideal candidate will have: an outstanding academic record, demonstrated leadership abilities, and exceptional non-cognitive skills (emotional maturity, empathy, perseverance, etc); begin this application ASAP!!!
- 17 - We The Future Contest - 1-$1,000 award for each of the six project categories; grades 9-12; ages 14-19 at time of entry; U.S. Citizen or legal resident; create an original work in one of six project categories about America: entrepreneurial, essay, song, short film, STEM, or PSA; see link for full rules and guidelines.
- 19 - Siemens Competition - awards ranging from $1,000 - $100,000; open to individuals and teams of up to 3 scholars in grades 9-12, individual entrants must be seniors; U.S. Citizens or permanent residents; complete a research project in math, engineering, biological and/or physical sciences; see link for full rules and guidelines.
- 30 - Don't Text and Drive Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; grades 9-12; U.S. Citizen or legal resident; create a 140-character message about texting and driving; top 10 applications will be selected as finalists and asked to write a 500-1,000 word essay about the same topic; winning essay earns scholarship.
- 30 - Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship - 1-$500 award; min 2.5 GPA; for students 16 and older; U.S. or Canadian Citizens; 'like' Odenza's Facebook page and write two small essays (see link for questions).
- 02 - Wendy's High School Heisman Award - 2-$10,000, 8-$5,000, and multiple $1,000 awards; senior; min 3.0 GPA; participate in one of 43 officially sanctioned sports; selection is based on academic achievement, community service and athletic accomplishments.
- 06 - AES Scholarship - 1-$500 award; senior; award given based on character, as determined by your 500-1000 word essay; see link for essay prompt.
- 06 - Create Real Impact Scholarship Contest - multiple $1,500 & $500 awards; 9-12 grade; Citizen or legal resident; create an original work showcasing your idea for a SOLUTION or STRATEGY to fix reckless and distracted driving; submit in one of four categories: video, music, creative writing, or artwork; see link for rules and guidelines.
- 15 - Ivey Engineering Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; senior; research and compose an 800-1000 word essay on one of three building engineering topics; see link for prompts.
- 17 - College JumpStart Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; grades 10 - 12; U.S. citizen or legal resident; plan to attend an accredited 2-year, 4-year or vocational/trade school; committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community; answer one of four questions in 250 words or less (see application for questions).
- 25 - Horatio Alger Scholarships - 106-$25,000 (National) & 17-$10,000 (DMV) awards; senior; U.S. Citizen; min 2.0 GPA; plan pursue a four-year bachelor's degree in the fall after graduation; critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income required); involved in co-curricular and community service activities; display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
- 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, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application for which has not been denied) and intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law; write and record a 3-5 minute essay on the following theme: American History: Our Hope for the Future.
- 31 - County Office Scholarship - 1-$1,000 award; senior; US Citizen; submit a 500-1500 word essay for the following prompt: Describe how one of the local government offices (or type of office) listed on our website has improved your own life and/or the lives of people around you.
- 31 - Liaison's Data-Inspired Future Scholarship - 1-$5,000 award; senior; Citizen and legal permanent residents; create a 30-60 sec video that discusses/explains/demonstrates an important aspect of data in today's or tomorrow's society & one interesting fact about yourself; resume; see link for details.
- 31 - Coca-Cola Scholars Program - 150-$20,000 & 100-$1,000 awards; senior; U.S. Citizen, legal resident, refugee (see link for full eligibility list); min 3.0 GPA; involved in school and community activities; transcript.
Scholarship Search Sites
- www.fastweb.com - Great site! Profile-based database
- www.tuitionfundingsources.com/scholarships/ - 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/.