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Scholarships for High School Freshmen

It’s never too early to apply for scholarships. In fact, there are plenty of scholarships available to students starting their freshman year of high school! Applying for scholarships at the beginning of high school gives you more time to find scholarships that are the right fit for you. There are many companies and organizations that offer awesome scholarships to high school students—it’s just a matter of getting a head start and applying!

Here’s our list of 15 scholarships that high school freshmen can apply for

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Have you led a community service project? Each year, the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors 25 students from across the United States and Canada who have made a positive impact on their communities and/or the environment.

Since 2001, the Barron Prize has honored 550 students and has awarded more than half a million dollars. The purpose of the scholarship is to shine a spotlight on those who demonstrate heroic qualities like courage, compassion, and perseverance.

Amount: $10,000

Open: January 03, 2024

Deadline: April 15, 2024


1. Ages 8-18

2. Permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S. or Canada

3. Currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months

4. Working as an individual to lead their service work

As its name implies, the JFK Library’s Profile in Courage Essay Contest awards a scholarship to the best essay. The essay must “describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917.” The essay must be between 700 and 1,000 words, and it must cite a minimum of five sources, which can include government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

This scholarship contest is open to practically any U.S. high school student under the age of 20, and is an awesome opportunity for students with a knack for writing and history.

Amount: $100-$10,000

Deadline: January 12, 2024


1. 9th-12th graders under the age of 20

2. Students enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in the U.S.

3. U.S. citizens attending schools overseas

The average young person spends 7.5 hours a day consuming media—a figure that doesn’t include the use of a computer for schoolwork. This scholarship intends to drive awareness of the negative effects of spending too much time in front of a screen and to show students the benefits of taking a break from technology.

All participants need to do to qualify for this award is complete a short application and answer the question “Instead of spending time with technology, I’d rather…”

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 30, 2024


1. High school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Home-schooled students are also eligible.

2. U.S. citizen or legal resident

3. There is no age limit.

The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and fields related to engineering. In 2023, SWE awarded nearly 330 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $1,700,000!

SWE now offers scholarship in India! These SWE scholarships support students that identify as women and are pursuing Washington Accord accredited undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering, engineering technology, or fields related to engineering in Tamil Nadu or Maharashtra. Students pursuing degrees at ABET-accredited programs in India are to apply through SWE's ABET scholarship program.

Amount: $1,000 to $16,000

Open: February 02, 2024


1. Must pursue ABET-accredited programs in the field of engineering, computing, or technology.

2. Undergraduate/community college applicants must be planning to study an ABET-accredited program.

3. Must not be fully funded for tuition, fees, and books or equivalent.

Undergraduate scholarship recipients will receive a trip to participate in career-building activities, including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, three daylong career development & professional workshops, and a scholarship & donor recognition reception.

Undergraduate (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors ONLY!) applicants meeting the following criteria and completing the online application will be considered for The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) scholarship for $2,500

Deadline: February 29, 2024


1. Must be a full-time student at a four-year, accredited institution in the U.S., carrying a total of 9 units or more per semester/quarter.

2. Must have a minimum of 3.2 GPA

This scholarship is a great opportunity if you enjoy arts and crafts—it rewards the student who creates the best greeting card with $10,000 in scholarship money. Applicants must simply submit a photo, artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. The cards are judged on overall aesthetic appeal, quality of execution, creativity, and originality.

Each month leading up to the deadline, judges select 100 cards which are posted to the Gallery Collection’s Facebook page for voting. The top ten cards make it to the final round, after which a winner is chosen and announced. So channel your creative side and have fun while hopefully earning some scholarship money!

Amount: $10,000 (plus a $1,000 donation to the winner’s school)

Deadline: March 01, 2024


1. Ages 14 and up

2. High school, college, or university student enrolled in an academic program designed to conclude with a diploma or degree

3. Legal resident of one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico

4. International students who have a student visa to attend school in the United States are considered legal residents and are also eligible

Project Yellow Light seeks to put an end to distracted driving. It hosts three contests—billboard, video, and radio—tasking students to share a message warning of the dangers of distracted driving.

Winners not only receive a generous award, but they may also see their efforts turned into real-life campaigns, gracing billboards across the country, airing on roughly 1,800 television stations, or being broadcast over the radio.

Amount: $2,000-$8,000

Deadline: March 1 and April 1


1. High school and college students

2. U.S. residents

This writing contest invites high students to write about their experience learning about a cancer diagnosis. Stories range from tales of triumph to devastation to reflection—however, they’re all heartfelt, honest, and unique. Essays are limited to a maximum of 1,500 words.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: March 3


1. Students in 9th-12th grade

2. Cancer survivor or have a loved one who was diagnosed with Cancer.

3. Essays limited to a maximum of 1,500 words.

This scholarship is an amazing opportunity for talented high school students to show off their art skills and earn scholarship money while doing so! This art contest asks students to create a two-dimensional piece of art that depicts American patriotism. The scholarship has been around since 1979 and more than 4,000 students participate each year.

There are multiple rounds of selection at the local, state, and national levels. State winners compete against one another for national awards of $34,000.

Amount: $34,000

Deadline: March 31


1. Students in 9th-12th grade

2. U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. legal resident

3. Enrolled in a public, private, or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools

If you are creative and artistic, you’ll want to check out this scholarship! The Doodle for Google Competition asks applicants to design their own Google Doodle for the chance to have it featured on Google for a day. The theme of the competition changes annually, with this year’s being “I am grateful for…” Doodles are judged on artistic merit, creativity, and theme communication.

Amount: $30,000 for the student and $50,000 technology grant for their school

Deadline: March 2024


1. K-12 students

2. U.S. citizen or legal resident

3. Enrolled in a U.S.-based school (including homeschool or a school in Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands)

PIMCO has created a scholarship to encourage Black and/or African American students who have an interest in investment management to pursue their goals through continued education.

Scholarship recipients will be selected from an application pool of undergraduates. Scholarship awards will be based on each candidate’s ability to demonstrate diversity and inclusion leadership, financial need, and exhibit PIMCO core values- collaboration, openness, excellence, responsibility.

Award: $20,000

Deadline: 2024 TBD


1. Ph. D. students currently enrolled at U.S. institution in good academic standing.

2. Identify as Black or African-American and/or Hispanic/Latinx.

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge offers a prestigious scholarship to young students who are passionate about science and technology. Submissions are judged on the student’s ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways. This is an amazing opportunity if you are passionate about STEM!

Amount: $250,000 college scholarship (plus $100,000 for the renovation/addition of a science lab and $50,000 for a teacher of the winning student)

Deadline: June 25


Ages 13-18

The ExxonMobil Engineering Scholarship Program is intended to assist and encourage outstanding Hispanic college freshmen who plan to pursue a degree in engineering at U. S. post-secondary institutions. The program is sponsored by the Exxon Mobil Foundation and is administered by the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC).

The ExxonMobil Engineering Scholarship Program will award two (2) national scholarships of $20,000, paid over four years, and seventeen (17) $2,000 local scholarships to qualified students. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent, and plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college or university.

Amount: $20,000

Deadline: July 07, 2024


Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and first-semester senior students for all majors and schools.

Have you ever read one of Ayn Rand’s novels? If so, this scholarship may be for you. Each year, the Ayn Rand Institute hosts an essay contest on Ayn Rand’s fiction. Essays are judged on whether the student can make a strong argument for their point of view. Judges are looking for clear, concise, and well-organized writing.

Applicants must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophical meaning of the novella Anthem by crafting an essay in response to one of three prompts.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: 2024 TBD


Students in 8th-12th grade

 Democracy-loving high school students will want to check out this scholarship, which provides a generous award to the participant who submits the most patriotic-themed audio essay. In addition to the $35,000 grand prize awarded to the winner of the national competition, numerous smaller awards are available to regional winners.

Amount: Up to $35,000

Deadline: October 31


Students in 9th-12th grade

Enrolled in a public, private, or parochial school, or home study program in the U.S., its territories, or its possessions

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