Scholarships in High School Sophomore

Texas Oratorical Contest

Award: $18,000, Deadline: October

Applicants must be high school students under the age of 20 who are U.S. citizens or legal residents and residents of the state. Students first give an oration within their state and winners compete at the national level. The oration must be related to the Constitution of the United States focusing on the duties and obligations citizens have to the government. It must be in English and be between three and five minutes. There is also an assigned topic which is posted on the website, and it should be between three and five minutes.


Carson Scholars

Award: $1,000, Deadline: January 6

Applicants must be nominated by their school. They must be in grades 4 through 11 and have a GPA of 3.75 or higher in English, reading, language arts, math, science, social studies and foreign language. They must have participated in some form of voluntary community service beyond what is required by their school. Scholarship recipients must attend a four-year college or university upon graduation to receive funds.


Virginia PTA Annual Citizenship Essay Project

Award: $250, Deadline: February 1

Applicants must be Virginia students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are attending a school that has a PTA or PTSA chapter in good standing. They must submit an essay on a sponsor-determined topic relating to citizenship. Selection is based on essay originality, clarity and grammar.


Art Awards

Award: -, Deadline: Varies

Applicants must be in grades 7 through 12 in American or Canadian schools and must submit artwork in one of the following categories: art portfolio, animation, ceramics and glass, computer art, design, digital imagery, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, photography portfolio, printmaking, sculpture or video and film. There are regional and national levels.


National Aviation Explorer Scholarships

Award: $10,000, Deadline: March 31

Students must be active members of an Aviation Explorer post. Applicants must submit an essay and three letters of recommendation.


VSA International Young Soloists Awards

Award: $2,000, Deadline: February 8

Applicants must be instrumentalists or vocalists between the ages of 14 and 25 years of age and have physical or mental disabilities that limit one or more of their major life activities. Applicants need to include audio or videocassette recordings of three musical selections along with a one-page biography explaining why they feel they should be selected for the award. Awards are based on technique, tone, intonation, rhythm and interpretation from the taped performances.


Davidson Fellows Scholarships

Award: $50,000, Deadline: February 12

Applicants must be under the age of 18 and be able to attend the awards reception in Washington, DC. In addition to the monetary award, the institute will pay for travel and lodging expenses. Three nominator forms, three copies of a 15-minute DVD and additional materials are required.


School-Age Financial Aid Program

Award: -, Deadline: June 2

Applicants must be students with pre-lingual hearing loss between the ages of 6 and 21 who are enrolled in parochial, independent or private schools.


Nationwide Scholar Program

Award: -, Deadline: September 1

Applicants must be enrolled at a mountain school or high school with a competitive snowboarding team and have a 3.0 or higher GPA. Selection is based on athletic commitment and financial need.


Goldie Bateson Scholarship

Award: $250, Deadline: September 15

Applicants must be between 7 and 17 years of age and have an interest in playing golf or be currently involved in golf. Students must reside within one of the LPGA T&CP Midwest Section States. Selection is based on the personal essay and letters of recommendation.


SEA Scholarship

Award: $3,500, Deadline: April 30

Students must be in high school through graduate level studies, have at least a 3.2 GPA, be a U.S. citizen and be pursuing environmental studies/sciences. Selection is based on goals, community service and involvement and academic excellence.


Kids' Chance of Indiana Scholarship Program

Award: $6,000, Deadline: June 1

Applicants must be children of Indiana workers who were fatally or catastrophically injured in a work-related accident or as a result of an occupational disease that is compensable by the state's workers' compensation board. They must be 16 to 25 years of age.


Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Award: $1,500, Deadline: April 16

Applicants must be in grades 9-12. Students will work in teams of two to four and choose a work of literature that emphasizes the struggles and achievements of a person seeking to become an entrepreneur. The book will then be compared to real-life entrepreneurs. Teams will submit an essay outlining the main character and his/her contributions to the theme of the book including a works cited and also a video that visually demonstrates what was learned during the project.


Experts Exchange Scholarship Contest

Award: $1,500, Deadline: December 31

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or hold a valid student visa. Students must also be enrolled in or accepted to a college, university or trade school as an undergraduate or graduate level student within the U.S. Applicants will need to submit an article or video on a technology topic that describes and/or solves a specific problem. The contest is held twice a year.


Office Supply Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: February 1

Applicants must be high school students or college freshmen or sophomores. Students must be pursing degree programs in teaching or art, or wish to own their own business. Applicants will need to submit a 500-600 word essay describing where they plan to or are currently attending school, their desired major, how the student developed an interest in teaching, art or owning their own business, and how the scholarship would help to reach your goals.


ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship

Award: $2,500, Deadline: August 31

The ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship was created to raise awareness around Internet privacy and security. Applicants must submit a 450-600 word essay on one of the following and submit to 1. We Own the Future: Picture yourself in 2050. How will the evolution of the Internet affect our social structure and/or the authority governments have over citizens? 2. Privacy Advocates: Discuss the logic of this famous quote by Edward Snowden "Arguing that you don't careabout the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." 3. Privacy in Real Life: As you go about your life, think of three ways privacy, or a lack thereof, impact you personally. Would you be better or worse off if the situation were reversed?


Beca #Traductor

Award: $1,000, Deadline: August 31

Applicants must be at least 13 years of age and can reside anywhere in the world. In addition to the application, students will need to submit a short essay describing a time when they had to translate from Spanish to English or English to Spanish. (Note: The application is in Spanish. You may use the website to translate the application into English.)


Matchlighters Scholarship

Award: -, Deadline: Rolling

Applicants must be high school students who can provide proof of financial need (tax return, SAT/ACT waiver, free lunch, etc.). Scholarship will connect students with mentors who will help them to apply for college as well as help develop essays for college applications. Admission is rolling March through December.


University Tutor Monthly Scholarship Contest

Award: $1,000, Deadline: Monthly

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Students will need to submit a short essay in response to the monthly prompt.


Mountain America Credit Union/Utah Public Employees Association Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: March 1

Applicants must be residents of Utah or the child of a resident of Utah. Applicants must also be members of Mountain America Credit Union and also Utah Public Employees Association.


Hooked To Books Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: December 20

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age. Students will need to submit a 500-word essay on "How did a book change your life?" Essays must be emailed and include student name, address, phone number and state where the student currently attends or plans on attending school in the body of the email.


Girlterest Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: December 30

Applicants must be female students of any age, including high school, undergraduate and post-graduate students. Students will need to submit an essay of at least 500 words on one of the given topics from the website. To apply, the essay must be emailed along with student's name, email address, phone number, mailing address, short biography and photo, verification of enrollment and field of study.


$1,000-5 Minute Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: December 10

Applicants must submit an essay of 60 words or less explaining how to fix the problem of unpaid internships. Solutions should be pleasing to both sides of the argument and can include legislation, university rules or student union involvement. Applications must be submitted online.


Share Ways to Keep Friends Safe

Award: $5,000, Deadline: December 31

Applicants must be age 13 to 25 and live in or be a citizen of the U.S. or Canada. Applicants must share a text-message guide on ways to support friends who might be abusing or misusing pain medications.


Play a Game of "Would You Rather" On Your Phone!

Award: $5,000, Deadline: December 31

Applicants must be age 13 to 25 and live in or be a citizen of the U.S. or Canada. Teach your friends how to handle their money better by playing and sharing a fun, interactive game of 'Would You Rather' on your phone.


No Bull Sports Scholarship

Award: $5,000, Deadline: December 1

Applicants must be female and live in and attend high school or be home schooled in the U.S. Students must participate on a sports team or participate is some other athletic activity. A minimum GPA 2.5 or higher required. Selection is based on academic achievement, awards/honors, character, leadership, athletic activities and community/volunteer activities. Recommendation letter is required.


Play! Pokemon Scholarship

Award: -, Deadline: Varies

Applicants must participate in the Pokemon Championship series and be a finalist. Finalists receive thousands of dollars in prizes.


Disaster Preparation Scholarship

Award: $2,000, Deadline: May 1

Applicants must be a high school or college student who plans to attend a Florida trade school or university and be a Florida resident able to provide 2 proofs of residency. Students will need to create a 2 to 4 minute entertaining video on how preparing for a hurricane can be a valuable tool. Applications are available online and video must be submitted via email.


10 Words or Less Scholarship

Award: $500, Deadline: December 1

Applicants must be age 14-25 and will be attending school in the fall. Students will need to submit a response of 10 words or less explaining why they deserve to receive the scholarship. Applicants must also "like" the Facebook page.


Post a Note to Brighten Someone's Day!

Award: $1,500, Deadline: November 30

Applicants must be age 13 to 25 and live in or hold citizenship in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants will post notes around their school that will improve others' self-esteem and be automatically entered to win the scholarship.