Junior year of high school is filled with football games, choir concerts, club meetings, and junior prom. For many juniors it is also a year full of college visits and planning. The focus is often on choosing a college and scholarship shopping is left for senior year.
Many students don’t realize that it is never too early to start looking for scholarships to help out with the cost of college. College Raptor has assembled a list of some great scholarships for high school juniors.
1. Doodle 4 Google: $30,000 Scholarship
The Doodle 4 Google contest has been taking place each year since 2008. Students K-12 are invited to create a Google doodle that will be featured on the Google web page for a day. Winners are also granted a $30,000 college scholarship and some pretty fabulous prizes, including a computer and a trip to Google to meet the doodlers. The winners’ current school is also given a $50,000 education grant.
2. Prudential Spirit of Community Award: $1,000 and $5,000 Scholarships
Two winners are selected from each state and the District of Columbia for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, a $1,000 scholarship awarded yearly to students with exemplary community service records. Of the 102 state winners, 10 national winners are chosen for an additional $5,000 scholarship. Winners also participate in national recognition events in Washington DC and receive an engraved silver medal.
3. I Am…Scholarship Slam: $1,000 Scholarship
As long as you are under 25 years old, attending or have attended high school, and enjoy poetry you are the perfect candidate for this scholarship. Entrants simply register with powerpoetry.org and submit an original poem describing who they are and how they got there for the chance to win a $1,000 non-renewable college scholarship.
4. Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award: $1,000 and $5,000 Scholarships
Iowa high school juniors are invited to propose a project that they would like to complete in the upcoming year. Test scores, grades, essays and financial need are not taken into consideration so students are evaluated purely on their project proposals. 15 finalists are chosen and of those 15, three are chosen for a $5,000 scholarship. Each finalist is given a $1,000 check for completing his or her project.
5. National Merit Scholarship Program: Various Awards Available
Students who take the PSAT or NMSQT in their junior year of high school are eligible to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The 50,000 top scoring students are recognized as National Merit Scholars with the top 34,000 students being commended, the top 16,000 students being semifinalists, and the top 15,000 students recognized as finalists. Winners are selected based on academics, recommendations, and essays. Students who are recognized but are not finalists are regularly awarded other scholarships based on their National Merit Scholarship Program participation.
6. DormBedding.com #FortOnFleek Scholarship: $1,000 Scholarship
As a kid, building forts was one of the best possible rainy day activities. They encompassed everything from the simple, single blanket and a couple of chairs, to the elaborate, take-up-the-entire-living-room variety. Juniors looking to put those skills to good use are invited to enter the #FortOnFleek Scholarship contest put on by DormBedding.com. Entrants simply need to build a fort out of sheets, blankets, and other bedding items, post a photo of their fort on instagram with the hashtag #FortOnFleek, and tag @dormbedding. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship.
7. Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship: $1,000 Scholarship
High school students are invited to submit an essay of 250 words or less to be eligible for this $1,000 scholarship. Essays answer one of two questions posed on the application, or can be on any topic that the applicant chooses. Applicants are even allowed to reuse an essay that they have previously written for a class, college application, or scholarship competition.