Scholarships in High School Sophomore

ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship

Award: $10,000, Deadline: Last day of every month

Applicant must be a registered member of Chances of receiving the awards or odds of qualifying for additional scholarships are increased by taking surveys, reading blogs, and other easy activities. Applicant must be a high school, college, graduate, doctoral, transfer, non-traditional/adult learner, or other postgraduate student. Multiple drawings are held each month.


No Essay College Scholarship

Award: $2,000, Deadline: The last day of each month

Applicant must be a high school or college student or a student planning to enroll in school within 12 months. One individual will be randomly selected each month; applicants may apply monthly.


Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Award: $30,000, Deadline: October 31

Applicant must be a high school student who is able to write a three- to five-minute essay on an annual patriotic theme and record it on a good-quality audio cassette or CD. Selection is based upon delivery, originality, and content.


Anthem Essay Contest

Award: $2,000, Deadline: March 29

Applicant must be a student who is in the eight through 10th grade. Essay must be between 600 and 1,200 words in length. Only one entry per applicant will be accepted. Contest is open worldwide. No application is required.


High School Poster Contest

Award: $1,000, Deadline: February 27

Applicant must submit a poster including the statement "You can make a difference" illustrating the idea that one person can change the world for the better. Poster concept and design and any photos or artwork used must be applicant's original work. Selection is based upon poster's overall impact, effectiveness in conveying the theme, originality, and artistic merit. Posters must be 15x20 inches in size.


John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Award: $20,000, Deadline: January 4

Applicant must fall into one of the following categories: a United States high school student in grade nine through twelve attending a public, private, parochial, or home school; a United States student under the age of 20 enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the United States territories; a United States citizen attending school overseas. An original and creative essay of less than 1,000 words on the political courage of a United States elected official since 1956 is required as part of the application process. The first-place recipient will be invited to accept the award at the Profile in Courage Award Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.


National Peace Essay Contest

Award: $10,000, Deadline: February 1

Applicant must submit essay of less than 1,500 words. Individual applications are accepted when applicant works with a coordinator who will review essay prior to submission.


College Peas Standout Student Scholarship

Award: $400, Deadline: June 30

Applicant must be a student who has something special that makes them different from their peers (such as a special activity). Sponsor recommends a Non-Teenager Activity (NTA), which is an activity that teenagers don't typically do.


'Road' Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: August 31; November 30; March 31

Applicant must be a student or youth under the age of 25 who is participating in some form of student/youth group travel, including but not limited to class field trips, youth group or choir trips, and study abroad programs. Applicant must demonstrate circumstances that prohibit them from participating in the travel program due to financial need. Nomination by applicant's teacher, school administrator, group leader, or other adult familiar with the student and scheduled trip required.


Student Essay Contest

Award: $100, Deadline: November 11

Applicant must be a public, private, parochial, or home school student in grades 5 through 12. Essay on specific topic relating to grade is required.


Online Essay Contest

Award: $1,000, Deadline: March 28

Applicant must be a high school student in the United States, a United States Territory, or military base. Essay on the following topic is required: Think about a time when you've had to plan for something important in your future. How did you plan to achieve success in the face of the unknown? How did you handle any challenges to reach your goal? How does your story connect to those of other people, past and present, who have had to face and overcome tremendous odds to obtain their goal? Use WWII as a starting point and base your essay in part on America's involvement in WWII. But don't stop in the past. Use specific examples from your own experiences that support your ideas.


Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award

Award: $500, Deadline: November 29

Applicant must be under the age of 21 who has completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work over the past two years. Minimum 3.5 GPA and essay on the following topic required: Explain in less than 1,000 words why you have chosen to volunteer your time with the organization(s) that you have and how your experience has changed your life.


Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

Award: $500, Deadline: March 30

Applicant must be a United States or Canadian resident who is a current high school student or is a college student who has at least one full-year of post-secondary studies remaining at the time of the award. Minimum 2.5 GPA and essay on the following topic required: Choose a city located anywhere in the world that you believe would, from a future employment prospective, benefit your career. Explain how spending time in this city would help you become more marketable to a potential employer(s).


Young Patriots Essay Contest

Award: $5,000, Deadline: December 15

Applicant must be a high school student. Essay regarding the following question is required: 'According to the four required readings (found on sponsor's application page), what policy changes should the government pursue in order to best foster economic prosperity?" Contest is designed to challenge students to creatively solve problems in the realm of public policy through writing. Recipient will receive maximum award amount; second and third place will receive average and minimum award amounts, respectively.


Video Contest

Award: $1,000, Deadline: November 30

Applicant must create a video on the preservation of traditional family demonstrating specific points listed on the sponsor's website.


Young Jazz Composer Awards

Award: $2,500, Deadline: December 1

Applicant must be a young jazz composer who is able to submit the completed application form; the notated score of one composition; biographical information listing prior music studies, background and experience. Applicant must also submit a CD or cassette of the composition.


Constitutional Academy

Award: $2,000, Deadline: April 30

Applicant must be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior who loves history, the Constitution, politics, and economics. Program allows students to experience the Constitution through visits to historical sites, discussions with scholars and policy experts, information about colleges and careers specializing in these ideas, and interaction with other students through completion of a culminating project relating to the Constitution. The program is held each July in the Washington, DC area.


CIBC Youthvision Scholarship

Award: $4,000, Deadline: April 1

Applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, be graduating or have graduated with a minimum average of 60%, and be enrolled in a Big Brothers and Sisters of Canada (BBSC) agency program. Selection is based upon community involvement, extracurricular activities, academic potential, and individual need/aspirations.


Essay Competition

Award: $500, Deadline: February 15

Applicant must be a high school or undergraduate or graduate student. Essay on the following topic is required: Choose any scenario or event in the world that you find most interesting, most challenging, or that you believes requires considerable attention from leaders. Essays may be submitted in any of these languages: English, French, and Chinese.


Symantec Software Scholarship

Award: $10,000, Deadline: March

Applicant must be a resident of Utah attending an in-state high school. Applicant must compete in one of four Utah regional science fairs.


Safe Water Scholarships

Award: $1,000, Deadline: January 31

Applicant must be enrolled in a secondary education program related to the water industry, including community college, technical school, four-year undergraduate programs, and masters and doctoral programs. Applicants must be either an Illinois resident or enrolled in an Illinois secondary education program. This includes, but is not limited to such fields of study as water utility operations and management, civil or environmental engineering, environmental science and policy, chemistry, biology, or water resource management. Selection based on merit/academic performance, leadership/extracurricular activities, recommendation letters, personal statement outlining qualifications for the award, and essay on how applicant envisions contributing to the water industry in the future. Applicants with prior experience in the water industry are preferred.


NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans

Award: $450, Deadline: June 30

Applicant must be enrolled full time in a New York state school or college, be a New York resident at the start of the term for which payment is requested, and be the child of a veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of war or national emergency, and, as a result of service, died or suffered a 40% or more disability, was a POW, or is currently classified as MIA. Veteran parent must have been a New York resident at the time of entry into service or at death.


Oratorical Contest Scholarship

Award: $1,550, Deadline: December 21

Applicant must be a student under the age of 20, participate in local contests and must attend an Indiana high school. Speech must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution.


Oratorical Contest Scholarship of Tennessee

Award: $3,000, Deadline: January 10

Applicant must be under the age of 20 and be attending high school in Tennessee. An eight to 10 minute oration on some phase of the U.S. Constitution, emphasizing the attendant duties and obligations of a citizen to our government is required.


Eagle Scout Scholarship

Award: $1,500, Deadline: March 1

Applicant must be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion Post, Auxiliary Unit or Sons of The American Legion Squadron. Or, be a registered, active member of a duly chartered Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew, and the son or grandson of a Legionnaire or Auxiliary member. Applicant must have received the Eagle Scout, be an active member of his religious institution and must have received the appropriate Boy Scout religious emblem, have demonstrated practical citizenship in church, school, Scouting, and community, have reached his 15th birthday and be enrolled in a Tennessee High School at the time of selection.


Amy Louise Hunter Fellowship

Award: $2,000, Deadline: Varies

Application, supplemental materials, or book manuscript eligible for publication by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Press are required to be submitted. Applicant is encouraged to discuss his or her project with the editorial director prior to submission.


Oratorical Contest

Award: $1,500, Deadline: March

Applicant must be attending school in the U.S., Canada, or Jamaica, and must not have reached the age of 18 by October 1 of the current school year. Within twelve years of winning award, applicant must be currently enrolled in a college, university or trade school to redeem the funds.


Americanism & Government Contest

Award: $1,000, Deadline: December 21

Applicant must be a high school student in Indiana. Applicant must take the Americanism & Government Test and also submit a 300-word essay.


American Recorder Society Scholarship

Award: $350, Deadline: April 15 (summer workshop)

Applicant must be an individual who plays the recorder and would like to attend a workshop, but needs financial assistance. Applicant must show serious interest in the recorder and enjoy sharing their love of the instrument with others.


National Solo Competition

Award: $5,000, Deadline: November 12

Applicant must be an ASTA student member or student of a current ASTA member with instrument categories of violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and guitar.