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What are some good scholarship websites? What are some good/easy specific scholarships should a rising high school senior apply for?

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Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

Students compete for this award by writing and recording an audio essay on a patriotic theme. The theme for the 2019-20 contest was "What Makes America Great" (the theme for 2020-21 has yet to be announced). The first-place winner gets a grand prize of $30,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC. The program gives out a total of $1.9 million in awards and incentives each year.

Eligibility: Students in grades 9-12

Deadline: Likely late October 2020

The Fountainhead Essay Contest

Students compete for this award by writing an essay on one of three topics related to Ayn Rand's book The Fountainhead. The first-place winner will receive a grand prize of $10,000. Runners-up also receive awards. Each year, a total of $22,500 is given out in prize money.

Eligibility: Students in grades 11-12

Deadline: May 28, 2020

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Students compete for this award by writing an essay on one of three topics related to Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. The first-place winner will receive a $25,000 prize. Runners-up also win prizes, and a whopping $40,000 in scholarship money is awarded annually.

Eligibility: High school seniors, college students, and graduate students

Deadline: Likely late September 2020

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest

Are you a good public speaker, or do you just want an excuse to hone your public-speaking skills? Then this competition would be a good fit for you. Students compete for this award by preparing and performing an eight- to 10-minute oration on some aspect of the US Constitution, as well as giving a three- to five-minute speech on an assigned topic. You can view this year's topics here.

The first-place winner receives $20,000, second place receives $17,000, and third place receives $15,000. There are also smaller awards for state winners. More than $188,000 in prize money is given out annually.

Eligibility: US high school students under 20 years of age

Deadline: Varies by state, as contests are arranged by local American Legion departments

Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest (Gallery Collection Scholarship)

This scholarship is pretty unique—and it's great for students with some untapped artistic talents! Students compete for this award by submitting a photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic to be used on the front of a greeting card. The winner will receive $10,000, and the winner's school will also get $1,000.

Eligibility: High school and college students aged 14 or older

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Scholarships Based on Academic Strength

The following scholarships are generally awarded based on students' academic performance in conjunction with a few other factors, such as leadership skills and commitment to community service. As a result, the most competitive applicants will be dedicated, high-achieving students who are also invested in their communities.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Coca-Cola Scholars are judged primarily on their academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, and community service. This scholarship program is fairly big: 150 awards of $20,000 each are given out every year. You can learn more about the Coca-Cola Scholarship by reading our guide to winning the award.

Eligibility: US high school seniors; can't be children or grandchildren of Coca-Cola employees

Deadline: Likely late October 2020

Burger King Scholars Program

Applicants for this scholarship are judged on their GPA, work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service. Award amounts range from those as small as $1,000 to those as large as $50,000.

Eligibility: Employees and their spouses/partners/children, US high school seniors

Deadline: Likely mid-December 2020

Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships

For these, award eligibility requirements will vary based on your local Ronald McDonald House Charity chapter. For example, some have ethnic eligibility requirements. Deadlines and award amounts will also vary by location, but some of the bigger national awards can be as large as $100,000! Check out our how-to guide to learn more about getting an RMHC scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors, but other requirements may apply depending on scholarship

Deadline: Varies depending on scholarship, but usually January

Scholarships Based on Financial Need

The following scholarships take financial need into account when choosing award recipients. For many of these programs, though, financial need is just one of many criteria considered. In other words, strong applicants will also be successful students, leaders, or community activists. For most of these applications, you'll likely have to submit documentation about your family income.

Horatio Alger Scholarship Award

This generous need-based scholarship is geared toward students who have faced and overcome great obstacles. To be considered eligible, your gross adjusted family income must be at or below $55,000. At the national level, there are 106 $25,000 awards; at the state level, there are scholarships of $10,000 each for all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia).

This one scholarship application will get you considered for many other national, state, and specialized scholarships, which means less work for you and more opportunities for scholarship funding!

Eligibility: US high school seniors who plan on getting a bachelor's degree

Deadline: October 25, 2020

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program

Applicants to this need-based scholarship are judged on their leadership skills and commitment to community service. To be considered eligible, you must identify as a minority student. As many as 60 new scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarships are four-year awards, and recipients can receive as much as $30,000 over four years.

Eligibility: US minority high school seniors who plan on getting a bachelor's degree in the US

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Engebretson Foundation Scholarship

This need-based scholarship is pretty straightforward: it's awarded to one student each year who demonstrates not only financial need but also impressive academic performance and leadership ability. The annual award winner receives $5,000 per semester of college. Winners may reapply for the prize every year.

Eligibility: High school seniors with financial need who plan to attend a four-year college

Deadline: March 1, 2020 (note that applications must be submitted via mail)

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

In addition to providing funding for college, this scholarship program offers personal advising on selecting a college, navigating the financial aid process, and transitioning from high school to college. Applicants are judged on academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, desire to help others, and leadership skills. Awards are given to students each year and can be as high as $40,000 per academic year. In 2019, 121 students were accepted into the program.

Eligibility: High school seniors with financial need who plan to attend a four-year college

Deadline: Likely mid-November 2020

Elk's National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition

Applicants to this need-based scholarship are judged on their scholarship and leadership abilities. Each year, 500 scholarships are given out across the country, with award amounts (over four years) ranging from $4,000 to $50,000. Applications must be submitted to the Elk Lodge closest to your home address, so make sure to research the Elk Lodges in your area before you apply.

Eligibility: US high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year US college

Deadline: Likely early November 2020

Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship aims to help scholastically outstanding minority high school seniors reach their full potential. Every year, 300 students receive a scholarship covering the full cost of attendance (including tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation) that is not already covered by other financial aid and expected family contribution. Read more about the Gates Scholarship and how to win it in our complete guide.

Eligibility: US minority high school seniors who are Pell-eligible (Pelligible?), have a minimum 3.3/4.0 GPA, and plan to attend a four-year US college

Deadline: September 15, 2020

UNCF STEM Scholars Program

This program, which was created by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), aims to offer financial assistance to high-achieving African-American high school and college students majoring in STEM. Each year, 100 winners are selected to receive a scholarship of either $2,500 (for freshmen and sophomores in college) or $5,000 (for juniors and seniors). Winners can also earn a $5,000 stipend to use toward a STEM-related research project or internship.

Eligibility: African-American high school seniors or college students majoring in a STEM field

Deadline: March 19, 2020

The following scholarship programs are national awards that target students who have specific or unique interests or achievements. Whether you're the next president of the SPCA or even the USA, you should be able to find a specialty scholarship that's perfect for you!

CIA Undergraduate Scholars Program

This program offers more than just a scholarship—if you're selected as a winner, you'll become a part of a pretty unique internship program. Interns work at the CIA during summer breaks and get both an annual salary (with benefits) and an annual scholarship award of up to $18,000. You must demonstrate financial need to qualify. Income eligibility ceilings are $70,000 for a family of four or fewer, and $80,000 for a family of five or more.

Eligibility: US high school seniors

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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4 years ago

I highly recommend fastweb.com. It's got a huge selection of scholarships that you can filter based on your interests.

4 years ago

So scholarship database websites are fast web.com scholarships.com and scholarshipowl. Also collegeboard/CommonApp has a database.

Then there is raiseme it is essentially piecemeal scholarship and it partners with inssitutions and gives FA for being a member of theater and getting an A in math. It’s very nickel and dime though.

Also a lot of people I talked to underestimate departmental scholarships offered by what university school you are in.

4 years ago

i use fastweb & raiseme! :)

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