50 Great Scholarships for High School Seniors

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By CVO Staff
September 2021

A whopping 70% of undergraduate students take out student loans in order to pay for college, and that percent is only expected to go up as tuition rates continue to rise across the country. For high school seniors intending to earn a university degree, scholarships may make a significant difference in the amount of debt with which they graduate. For some lucky students, scholarships may even allow them to graduate from college debt-free. 

With the aim of helping high school seniors find the money for college, College Values Online has rounded up 50 great scholarships. While some scholarships on our list require certain test scores or GPAs, others require a student to be studying a certain subject or to have a certain interest. Still others don’t require anything other than a desire to go to college. 

Keep scrolling for 50 great scholarships for high school seniors.

Adobe Design Circles Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $100,000
Deadline: March 11, 2022

Abode sponsors the very generous Adobe Design Circles Scholarship. The award aims to support students who are planning to attend college for a degree in a design-related major. Winners of the scholarship receive up to $25,000 per year for four years, plus a variety of mentorship opportunities such as internships and networking. 

To be eligible for the Adobe Design Circles Scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors who are planning to major in product design or experience design-related majors (industrial design, web design, etc.). 

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program 

Scholarship Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Varies 

In an effort to diversify the future of computer science professionals, Amazon sponsors the Future Engineer Scholarship Program. The scholarship provides $10,000 each year (up to $40,000), plus a paid internship and connections with industry mentors. 

To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a high school senior. They must have completed a high school computer science course, and must also plan on pursuing a bachelor’s in computer science. Winners are chosen based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership, financial need, and short answer responses.  

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest 

Scholarship Amount: $2,000 – $25,000
Deadline: Varies 

The American Legion sponsors a number of scholarships for high school seniors, one of which is the National High School Oratorical Contest. This challenging scholarship contest begins at the local level, and winners advance to a national speech competition. National winners can win between $20,000 and $25,000 to use at their choice of university. 

Eligible students will be enrolled in high school and under the age of 20. Orations must be on some aspect of the Constitution, and students must first compete within their region. 

APIA (Asian Pacific Islander) Scholars

Scholarship Amount: Varies
Deadline: January 2022

APIA Scholars provides a number of scholarships each year to students of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. The scholarships aim to reward underserved APIA students for their academic achievements. 

To be eligible for an APIA Scholars award, a student must be a resident of the United States, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau. The application process includes a 500-word essay on an assigned topic.

Ayn Rand Institute “Atlas Shrugged” Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: $500 — $10,000
Deadline: September 27, 2021 

The Ayn Rand Institute, a non-profit think tank that promotes Rand’s philosophy, sponsors a number of scholarships each year, including the “Atlas Shrugged” Scholarship. The scholarships are book-specific, with this one focusing on Rand’s classic novel “Atlas Shrugged.” The scholarship winner receives $10,000, while three second-place winners and five third-place winners receive $2,500 and $500, respectively. 

Applicants must be a high school senior, college undergraduate, or graduate students. Winners are chosen based on their 800-1600-word essay on one of three “Atlas Shrugged” prompts. 

Ayn Rand Institute “The Fountainhead” Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: $25 — $5,000
Deadline: April 28, 2022

“The Fountainhead” Scholarship is a college scholarship sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute, a 501 non-profit think tank that promotes the philosophy of author and philosopher Ayn Rand. Specifically, this scholarship is for those who have read Rand’s novel “The Fountainhead.” Although the top prize is $5,000, three $1,250 awards, five $250 awards, twenty-five $100 awards, and 50 $25 awards will also be given out. 

To be eligible for “The Fountainhead” Scholarship, applicants must be in 11th or 12th grade. Applying for the scholarship requires reading Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead,” then writing an 800-1600 word essay on one of three assigned topics. Winners will be chosen based solely on the quality of their essays. 

Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for High School Seniors

Scholarship Amount: $10,000
Deadline: March 8, 2022
 

The Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for High School Seniors is sponsored by the Sallie Mae Fund. Its purpose is to help high school seniors from minority or other historically underserved communities realize their dream of attending college. For 2021, 2022, and 2023, the Sallie Mae Fund is partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to award 75 scholarships of $10,000 each. 

To be eligible for the Bridging the Dream Scholarship, a student must be diverse in gender, race, ethnicity, or disability; be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, and be in high school. The application process includes an application form and the submission of transcripts and references. Winners will be chosen based on financial need, demonstrated leadership, and good moral character. 

Buick Achievers Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: February 28, 2022

The Buick Achievers Scholarship is a $25,000 award sponsored by the GM Foundation. The purpose of the scholarship is to reward students who have proven themselves to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom, and to help those who would not be able to attend college without some sort of financial help. 

To be eligible for the Buick Achievers Scholarship, applicants can be high school seniors, high school graduates, or current college undergrads. Preference is given to those interested in studying STEM subjects, and special consideration is given to female students, minorities, military veterans, and first-generation college students.

Burger King Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: Varies
Deadline: December 15, 2021 

Burger King’s McLamore Foundation sponsors the Burger King Scholarship in order to support Burger King employees and their partners and children in continuing their education. Since its establishment in 2005, the Foundation has awarded more than $44 million in scholarship money. 

Applicants of the Burger King Scholarship should be high school seniors living in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required, as is activity in one’s local community. Applicants should also be a Burger King employee or connected to an employee in some way. 

Cameron Impact Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $60,000
Deadline: May and September 2022

The Cameron Impact Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship offered by the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation. Established in 2015, the Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to investing in and fostering the development of those likely to make a positive impact on society. 

Eligibility for this scholarship is reserved for U.S. citizens who are high school seniors at the time of application. Though applicants may demonstrate leadership in any number of ways, the Foundation allocates approximately 25% of its scholarships for those pursuing education, military, or nonprofits. Applying for the Cameron Impact Scholarship requires an online application, an academic transcript, and two letters of recommendation. 

Carol S. Comeau Environmental Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $2,000
Deadline: April 1, 2022

The Carol S. Comeau Environmental Scholarship was established to support high school seniors who are planning to pursue degrees and careers in environmental studies. The $2,000 scholarship is specifically for students in Washington state, and four winners are announced each year. 

To be eligible for the Carol S. Comeau Environmental Scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors from the state of Washington. To apply, a student should submit an essay introducing him- or herself, and describing how they hope to change the world through environmental studies.

Carrington-Philbert U.S. Undergraduate Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $2,500
Deadline: May 1, 2022

The Carrington-Philbert U.S. Undergraduate Scholarship was established by Sherwin Bridgewater and Malcolm Carrington in memory of their grandparents. The scholarship supports students who exhibit their grandparents’ same values — pursuing knowledge and achieving excellence regardless of circumstance.  

The Carrington-Philbert U.S. Undergraduate Scholarship is open to African-American students who are planning to attend either a two- or four-year college. The application requires the submission of a letter of recommendation, academic transcript, and photo. Applicants will also need to compose a 250- to 500-word essay detailing their passion to pursue higher education. 

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $20,000
Deadline: October 31, 2021

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program has been supporting exceptional college students for more than three decades. Each year, 150 new Coca-Cola Scholars are chosen, and each receives a $20,000 scholarship to put toward their education. 

Coca-Cola Scholars are chosen for their “capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.” To be eligible, an applicant must be a current U.S.-based high school senior with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. An online application is required. 

Colgate-Palmolive Haz la U Educational Grant Program 

Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Deadline: November 14, 2021 

Colgate-Palmolive, in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, sponsors this annual scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship aims to reward students of Hispanic or Latino descent for their academic achievements. 

To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior planning to enroll in college. They must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have demonstrated participation in community service and leadership. Students must also be of Hispanic or Latino descent and can be a U.S. citizen, resident, or DACA-eligible.

CollegeVine Scholarships

Scholarship Amount: $500
Deadline: Weekly 

The CollegeVine Scholarship is a $500 award that is given out weekly by the website of the same name. The scholarship is open to high school students who are U.S. residents. 

Uniquely, students must earn the opportunity to apply for the CollegeVine Scholarship by joining CollegeVine’s Community Forums and volunteering to review their peers’ admissions and scholarship essays. Once they are able to apply, the application process consists of a simple online application. 

Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $10,000
Deadline: March 2, 2022

The Gallery Collection, a leading maker of greeting cards for all occasions, sponsors the annual Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship. The designer of the winning greeting card will receive a $10,000 scholarship award, plus an additional $1,000 for his or her school. 

The contest is open to all high school and college students in all U.S. states and territories. To be considered, simply design your own greeting card for any occasion, then submit a photo, computer graphic, or the original artwork. Finalists for the scholarship are chosen by popular vote. 

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $50,000
Deadline: February 12, 2022

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship is sponsored by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. The non-profit foundation aims to “nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people” who have been largely neglected and underserved. To do this, they offer a number of scholarships, including the Fellows Scholarship.  

To be eligible for the Davidson Fellows Scholarship, an applicant must be age 18 or younger at the time of the deadline. They should also be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident. Applicants should choose a category to apply to, the choices for which include technology, music, and “Outside the Box,” along with a few others. Winners will be chosen based on “significant work” completed in their chosen category. 

D.C. Leadership 1000 Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: April 2022

The D.C. Leadership 1000 Scholarship is sponsored by the College Success Foundation. Funded by various foundations and businesses, this scholarship provides D.C.-based students with the opportunity to attend college. The scholarship awards a student $5,000 per year for up to five years of school. 

To be eligible for the D.C. Leadership 1000 Scholarship, applicants must be a high school senior living in the District of Columbia. They must have a GPA of at least 2.75, and be able to prove financial hardship. To apply, submit an online application, an unofficial transcript, and a letter of recommendation.

Dell Scholars Program 

Scholarship Amount: $20,000
Deadline: December 1, 2021 

The Dell Scholars Program is a scholarship sponsored by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Initially established to provide “a support system for the challenges many students face while pursuing a degree,” the scholarship fund provides $20,000 scholarships, laptops, textbook credits, and personalized support to 500 Dell Scholars each year. 

To be eligible for the generous Dell Scholars Program, applicants should be on track to graduate with a minimum GPA of 2.4. Applicants must also have participated in a program-approved college readiness program in either 11th or 12th grade. A demonstrated need for financial assistance is also required.  

Doodle 4 Google  

Scholarship Amount: $30,000
Deadline: March 2022

Anyone who has ever visited the Google homepage is familiar with Google Doodles. Each year, Google gives students the opportunity to create their own Google Doodle for the chance to win a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 technology award for their school. Finalists are also given a college scholarship of $5,000. 

The Doodle 4 Google scholarship is open to students from Kindergarten through grade 12. Students must be U.S. citizens, and each participant may only submit one doodle. 

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Scholarship Amount: $2,500 — $100,000
Deadline: October 21, 2021 

Each year, Dr. Pepper gives away $2 million to students ages 18 to 24. The purpose of the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway is to give any deserving student “a chance to realize their potential.” Each year, Dr. Pepper gives away five $100,000 awards, five $25,000 awards, and 10 awards of $2,500. 

To be eligible, students must be between the ages of 18 and 24. The application process consists of creating a profile, describing your goal for changing the world, and uploading a short video detailing how this scholarship could impact your life. 

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition  

Scholarship Amount: Up to $50,000
Deadline: November 15, 2021

The Elks National Foundation sponsors a number of scholarship opportunities, including the Most Valuable Student Competition. The foundation typically awards as many as 500 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $12,500 per year. Two students will be awarded a total of $50,000 to put towards their college education. 

To be eligible for this generous award, an applicant must be a high school senior and U.S. citizen. Winners are chosen based on displayed leadership, community involvement, financial need, and academic achievement. 

Engebretson Foundation Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: $10,000
Deadline: March 1, 2022

The Engebretson Foundation sponsors an annual scholarship that rewards a deserving high school senior with a college scholarship totaling $10,000 — $5,000 for each semester of the student’s freshman year. 

Eligible students must meet a list of requirements. In addition to being a senior at a U.S.-based high school, applicants must also be planning to attend a four-year college, be able to display financial need, and have a GPA of 3.75 or better. They should also have earned a 1240 or better on the SAT, or a 28 or better on the ACT.  

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Scholarship Amount: Up to $45,000
Deadline:
January 31, 2022

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsors its annual EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program. This scholarship is specifically for “outstanding students studying at Minority Serving Institutions.” In addition to a monetary award, winners of the scholarship receive two paid summer internships during which they can conduct research at a NOAA facility. 

Eligible applicants will be intending to study a STEM subject at a Minority Serving Institution, as defined by the US Department of Education. Applicants must have and maintain a GPA of at least 3.2. 

Equitable Excellence Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: Varies 

The Equitable Foundation is the sponsor of the Equitable Excellence Scholarship. The scholarship awards 10 hard-working students from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. with scholarships up to $25,000 in value. 

Eligible applications will be high school seniors who are planning on attending a two-year college or four-year university in the U.S. Winners are chosen based on their displayed character and determination. 

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program 

Scholarship Amount: $20,000
Deadline: Spring 2022

Foot Locker, one of the most recognizable names in sports, sponsors an annual Scholar-Athlete Program to recognize student-athletes who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability. Twenty awards are given out each year, each totaling $20,000. 

To be eligible for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program, a student must be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0. They should also be involved in community-based sports, intramural sports, or high school sports in some capacity.  

Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Amount: Up to $80,000
Deadline: June 30, 2022

The Francis Ouimet Scholarship has awarded more than $42 million since its establishment in 1949. Each year, the Fund provides deserving young men and women with college scholarships worth up to $80,000.  

To be eligible, students must be high school seniors who are living in Massachusetts and who plan to attend an accredited college or university. Applicants must also have worked as a golf caddie or in golf course operations for a minimum of two years in Massachusetts.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Scholarship Amount: Varies
Deadline: 
January 2022

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is one of many scholarships sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It was established in 1999 to “provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education.” 

To apply, a student must be a high school senior in the United States. They must have a minimum GPA of 3.3, be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, and have displayed leadership qualities. 

Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: $20,000
Deadline: November 5, 2021

The Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship is a $5,000 award that can be renewed for up to four years. The scholarship is sponsored by the Greenhouse Scholars Program, a leadership development and mentorship program for high-achieving students that may not have the resources they need to attend college. 

To be eligible for this generous scholarship, applicants must be a high school senior in Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, or New York. They must be graduating with a GPA of 3.5 or better, and be able to prove a household income of less than $70,000. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: Up to $55,000
Deadline: November 18, 2021

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation sponsors this annual scholarship worth up to $55,000. In addition to helping fund their education, winners of this scholarship receive personal advice about transitioning to college successfully.

Eligibility for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship requires an applicant to be a high school senior who is planning to enroll in a four-year college. Applicants must also have a minimum GPA of 3.5, and be able to demonstrate financial need.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program

Scholarship Amount: Up to $30,000
Deadline: January 12, 2022

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program provides up to $30,000 and four years of mentoring to its grant recipients. Students who are awarded this scholarship are invited to attend the Mentoring and Leadership Conference in New York City, where they are able to explore careers, take part in leadership development workshops, and meet with community leaders. 

To be eligible for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, students must be a high school senior, a U.S. citizen, and a minority. Winners will be selected based on financial need, academic excellence, and leadership potential. 

Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The Jane Austen Society of North America sponsors an annual essay contest in an effort “to foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen’s works in new generations of readers.” Each year, a new essay topic is announced. The first-place winner receives a $1,000 scholarship, plus an invite to the Society’s Annual General Meeting. Second and third place winners receive $500 and $250, respectively. 

Applicants must be high school students, and submitted essays must adhere to the topic and formatting guidelines.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity 

Scholarship Amount: $4,000 – $20,000
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is a generous scholarship award sponsored by Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in Connecticut. Unlike most scholarships, which reward academic achievement and financial need, this scholarship specifically rewards innovation and creative problem-solving. 

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be a high school junior or senior in Connecticut or the New York City metro area. They should also be planning to attend a college in the same areas. To apply, a student must submit an online application and a creative project of their own design.

National Eagle Scout Association Scholarships 

Scholarship Amount: Varies
Deadline: October 31, 2021 

Each year, the National Eagle Scout Association sponsors a variety of scholarships to accomplished eagle scouts. The scholarships range from academic to merit, and reward those who have shown commitment to their participation in both Scouting and community service. 

Requirements vary for the different scholarships. Academic scholarships typically require a minimum SAT score of 1800 (or 28 on the ACT). 

National Society of High School Scholars STEM Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Deadline:
October 15, 2021 

The National Society of High School Scholars sponsors an annual STEM Scholarship of $1,000. The scholarship aims to assist underrepresented students in their goal of studying a STEM subject in college. 

Eligible students are high school seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. They must also be planning to pursue a STEM-related degree. The application process includes a short personal statement, a CV of STEM activities, and at least one letter of recommendation. 

Native American Education Grants 

Scholarship Amount: Up to $2,000
Deadline: April 1, 2022

The Native American Education Grants are sponsored by the American Indian Education Fund. The Fund operates with the mission that “education is one of the most important cornerstones of self-sufficiency and quality of life.” They offer this scholarship to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students intending to enroll in college. 

Applying for these grants requires submission of a current photo, an application form, a copy of a Tribal Enrollment Card, and an essay on an assigned topic. 

The New York Times College Scholarship Program 

Scholarship Amount: Up to $60,000
Deadline:
November 2022

Since 1999, The New York Times has been sponsoring its annual College Scholarship Program. The scholarship rewards New York City-based high school students who have managed academic excellence while also overcoming hardship. Scholarship winners receive $15,000 per year for four years to help with the expense of college.

To be eligible, students must be high school seniors at an NYC public, private, or parochial school. Winners are chosen based on academic excellence, financial hardship, and community service. The application process includes an application form, a personal statement, and an essay answering a specific prompt.

Nez Muhleman / Doris Kallina Scholarship  

Scholarship Amount: $25,000
Deadline: March 1, 2022

The Nez Muhlman/Doris Kallina Scholarship is named for two women who gave a lot of time, energy, and resources to promoting women’s golf in the state of Texas. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to young women golfers as they seek a college education. 

To apply, an applicant must be a young woman living in Texas and participating in an organized junior golf program. Applicants must also have a GPA of at least 2.5, and be able to submit two personal references and a letter of recommendation. 

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program 

Scholarship Amount: Up to $80,000
Deadline: March 2022

The National Institute of Health sponsors a number of scholarships each year, including the Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The scholarship is specifically for “students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.” Winners of the scholarship will receive up to $20,000 per academic year to help pay for tuition and other educational expenses. They will also be able to participate in a 10-week Summer Laboratory Experience at the NIH.

To be eligible for the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship, applicants must be U.S. citizens or residents with a “disadvantaged background,” and be interested in studying a subject in biomedicine or health sciences. 

Olin Teague Award 

Scholarship Amount: $4,000
Deadline:  October 15, 2021

The Olin Teague Award is one of many annual scholarships sponsored by the National Space Club. The scholarship is offered to high school students who are interested in the aerospace sciences. 

To be eligible for the Olin Teague Award, applicants must be graduating high school seniors who have participated in some sort of aerospace science-related activities. Scholarship winners are chosen based on a 500-word essay, a statement of intent describing their academic goals, and a letter of recommendation from a STEM teacher. 

P.E.O. Star Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Varies 

The P.E.O. Star Scholarship was established in 2009. The $2,500 award is offered to young women in recognition of their community service, leadership, and excellence in academics. 

To be eligible for the P.E.O. Star Scholarship, an applicant must be nominated by their local P.E.O. chapter. She must also be a high school senior and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.   

Ray Greenly Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: April 3

The Ray Greenly Scholarship is an annual award sponsored by the National Retail Federation Foundation (NRFF). The scholarship awards applicants who have “demonstrated understanding, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and forethought for creating new ways to connect retail customers to brand and products.” 

To be eligible, an applicant must be a high school senior with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. The application includes the submission of an application form, a video, a school transcript, and an essay.

Sara Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $8,000
Deadline: April 30, 2022

Sponsored by the Henry & Sara Sheehan Foundation and established in memory of Sara, the Sara Scholarship aims to support high-achieving female students in their plans to pursue college degrees. 

To be eligible for the Sara Scholarship, applicants must be female high school seniors who are involved in the sport of golf. They must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be able to demonstrate financial need. The application requires the submission of an application form, transcript, a personal essay, and a letter of recommendation.

Sports Matter Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $5,000 – $15,000
Deadline: October 31, 2021 and March 31, 2022

The Sports Matter Scholarship is sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. The scholarship is aimed at student-athletes, and provides financial support and mentorship opportunities. 

To be eligible for the Sports Matter Scholarship, a student must be age 18 or younger, have a demonstrated need for financial aid, and be involved in at least one sport. The application process requires the submission of an essay, and at least two letters of recommendation.

Stuck At Prom Scholarship Contest

Scholarship Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: June 9, 2022

The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest is a scholarship contest like no other. Sponsored by Duck Brand (the makers of duct tape), the contest asks applicants to create an entire prom dress or prom tux out of nothing but Duck Brand duct tape. 

The contest is open to high school students in most U.S. states and territories.

Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: March 2022

Through its annual Live Mas Scholarship, Taco Bell awards more than $1,000,000 each year to students around the United States. Applicants have the chance to win one of ten $25,000 awards, 60 $10,000 awards, or 30 $5,000 awards. 

To be eligible, an applicant must be between the ages of 16 and 24. To apply, applicants must submit a two-minute video that tells the story of their life’s passion. 

Thiel Fellowship 

Scholarship Amount: $100,000
Deadline: Rolling 

The Thiel Fellowship was established in 2011 by tech entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel. The Fellowship awards $100,000 and a two-year program to a young person who would rather “build new things instead of sitting in a classroom.” 

Eligible applicants will be age 22 or younger, and will be working on a unique and potentially world-changing project or company. Between 20 and 30 new fellows are chosen each year. 

Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Last day of March, June, September, and December

The Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship is a scholarship sponsored by Access Scholarship four times each year. Winning this scholarship requires a simple online application, and winners are chosen at random. The money can be used for anything college-related, including tuition, books, and housing. 

To be eligible, one must be a full-time high school, college, or graduate student.

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship 

Scholarship Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: February 20, 2022

The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship is an annual award offered by The Vegetarian Resource Group. The scholarship is specifically for high school students who are vegans or vegetarians, and who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools or communities. There are two $5,000 awards and one $10,000 award. 

To be eligible for the Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship, applicants must be vegan or vegetarian, and a high school senior. The application process consists of an online application, an essay about what it’s like being a vegetarian, and the submission of certain documents.

VFW Voice of Democracy Competition 

Scholarship Amount: $30,000
Deadline: October 31, 2021 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) association has sponsored the annual Voice of Democracy Competition since 1947. The competition encourages high school students to express their personal democratic ideas and principles. Winners are chosen at the post, district, state, and national levels, the latter of whom receives a $30,000 scholarship. 

Eligible students are high school students who live in the United States. The winners are chosen based on an essay answering the year’s prompt, then recorded by the student.

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