Scholarships in High School Sophomore

Essaymama Spring Essay Writing Contest

Award: $450, Deadline: May 25

Applicant must be a high school, undergraduate, masters, or doctoral student. Essay on one of eight topics (found on sponsor's website) is required.

Cultivating Creativity: Student Essay Contest

Award: $20,000, Deadline: May 31

Applicant must be a resident of the United States and between the ages of 13 and 18. Applicant must be a current student with plans to attend college upon high school graduation (if applicant turns 19 after submitting their entry, they will not be disqualified). Essay on the following topic is required: Recall a time when food created a memory.

Course Hero Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: September 30

Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident who is a high school or college student. Applicant must respond to the monthly question posted on the sponsor's website.

Branson Shows Inspired Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: October 15

Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States between the ages of 16 and 19. Essay on the following topic is required: How [enter your show] inspired me to realize my dreams.

Bulkofficesupply.com Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: February 1

Applicant must be a high school student, college freshman, or college sophomore who has an interest in teaching, art, or opening a business. Essay required.

Make It Move Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: October 16

Applicant must be a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student at an accredited U.S. institution. Applicant is required to turn an idea into an actual moving creation, film the creation in action on Instagram, and write a short description about the creation.

Safe Driver Scholarship

Award: $500, Deadline: August 31

Applicant must be currently enrolled at a high school, four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school in the United States. Transcript and essay on the following topic required: What was the moment that you decided to stop texting and driving, knowing once and for all that you would stick to it? And why was this moment the one it all changed for you?

Youth Essay Competition on the Principles of Religious Freedom, Tolerance, and Love for all Humanity

Award: $1,000, Deadline: October 30

Applicant must be between the ages of 12 to 21. Essay under 1500 words required on the following topic: How can the major religions of the world come to abide in their various concepts of universal love, and practice love for all humanity rather than merely for those who adhere to a particular set of beliefs?

Shear Comfort Engineering and Automotive Technology Scholarship

Award: $1,500, Deadline: October 15; April 15

Applicant must be a student enrolled in an engineering program related to the development of vehicles and automotive technology. Essay required on the following topic: In your opinion, what will be the largest technological development in the automotive industry within the next 5-10 years and how do you plan to be a part of it?

Out-Of-The-Box-Thinking Scholarship

Award: $1,500, Deadline: December 20

Applicant must be a current student in the United States. Transcript and essay about pet innovation required.

The Edit My Paper Proofreading Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: December 30

Applicant must be currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in either North America or Europe. Essay between 500 and 1,000 words required on the following topic: "Is access to the internet a fundamental human right?"

The Fountain Magazine Essay Contest

Award: $1,000, Deadline: December 31

Applicant must submit a 1,500- to 2,500 word essay describing concerns of today's immigrant. Questions to consider: Are you an immigrant, too? Were your parents or grandparents immigrants? Are we all immigrants in this world? How do immigrants contribute to your society? How do they cause problems in your society? How would you help immigrants thrive?

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

Award: $2,000, Deadline: October 31

Applicant must be a U.S. resident 13 years of age or older. A short 250-word or less essay on the following topic required: Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with Zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Use your brain to flesh out a plan to avoid the Zombies, including where you would hide and the top five things you would bring with you to stay alive.

USA University Student Scholarship

Award: $3,000, Deadline: December 1

Applicant must be planning to attend a university in the United States. Three short essays required.

Education Matters Scholarship

Award: $5,000, Deadline: November 30

Applicant must be a high school or college student who is a legal resident of the United States. A short written response of 250 words or less that answers the following question is required: What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?

Auto-Pets Out-Of-The-Box-Thinking Scholarship

Award: $1,500, Deadline: December 20

Applicant must be a current high school, undergraduate, or graduate student in the United States. An essay, pitch, or summary about a pet innovation idea and how it was conceptualized, is required.

Project Paradigm

Award: $25,000, Deadline: May 1

Applicant must be 18 years of age or younger. Students will need to submit a description of 140 characters or less of their idea to reduce waste in their homes, schools, community or around the world.

The CrownBuyers Scholarship

Award: $500, Deadline: June 30

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen who is attending an accredited institution of higher education. Preference given to dental related majors. Essay between 500 and 1,000 words required. Please only contact the sponsor via email.

Live Mas Scholarship

Award: $25,000, Deadline: May 27

Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and be U.S. citizens. Students will need to submit a short film of 2 minutes or less that shows or explains their life's passion. The film can be a short film, animation or simple personal testimonial. Selection is based on the ideas represented and not the expertise in creating a film.

Startablogtutorial.com Scholarship Program

Award: $1,500, Deadline: May 31

Applicant must be a high school or undergraduate student in the United States or Canada. Essay on the following topic is required to be submitted: Why should you start a blog?

The Career Center

Award: -, Deadline: Open

Applicants must be members in good standing of an entertainment industry union and and others who have earned $6,500 in each of three of the last five years or $5,000 in each of five of the last 10 years. Those who do not have earnings can substitute 12 weeks of documented industry work.

Global Citizen Scholarship

Award: -, Deadline: November 7

Applicants must be college-bound high school students in the U.S. or Canada nominated by their schools and must write an essay or create a video or digital media project on a topic related to global citizenship. The award involves a paid educational trip to Europe.

International Trumpet Guild Conference Scholarship

Award: -, Deadline: February 1

Applicants must be students and record audition songs onto a tape or CD. There are different age group categories, and each category has its own performance requirements. Applicants must be ITG members.

Chopin Piano Competition

Award: $5,000, Deadline: October 3

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or international full-time students with valid student visas and must be between the ages of 16 and 22. Applicants are required to prepare a repertoire of works by designated composers. There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Award: $10,000, Deadline: March 31

Applicants must be high school students in the same state as the sponsoring Ladies Auxiliary. They must submit one piece of patriotic art on paper or canvas. Art must have been completed during the current school year and must be accompanied by a teacher's signature. Applicants must participate in a local Auxiliary competition before advancing to the national level.

YoungArts Program

Award: $10,000, Deadline: October 18

Applicants must be either high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors or 15 to 18 years old by December 1 of the year of application. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The disciplines included are cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing. Those applying in the discipline of jazz music may be registered aliens. There is a nonrefundable fee.

National History Day Contest

Award: -, Deadline: Open

Applicants must be in grades 6-12 and prepare throughout the school year history presentations based on an annual theme. Around February or March students compete in district History Day contests. District winners then prepare for the state contests, held usually in April or May. Those winners advance to the national contest held in June at the University of Maryland.

Navy Supply Corps Foundation Scholarship

Award: -, Deadline: March 13

Applicants must be family members of a Navy Supply Corps officer or an enlisted member, active duty, reservist or retired. Awards are based on character, leadership, academic performance and financial need.

NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Awards

Award: $1,500, Deadline: March 1

Applicants must be at least in grade 10 and no older than age 25. Applicants must be members of the National Federation of Music Clubs and must submit an original piano composition to be judged. This biennial award is given in odd-numbered years.

NFMC Hinda Honigman Award for the Blind

Award: $800, Deadline: February 1

Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 25, be an instrumentalist or vocalist and submit an affidavit from an ophthalmologist stating that they are blind. Applicants must also be affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs.