Scholarships for High School Students

High school students intending on heading to college should always be on the search for scholarships.  Not only are there scholarships for high school students who will be going on to study at college, but some scholarships are also available to high school students regardless of their intent to proceed right away to university.

Here is a list of scholarships for high school students from A to Z to help high school students consider the options to help them pay for college, as well as a few scholarships that do not require college admission as a contingent.  In 2013, thousands of high school students will benefit from scholarships.

Scholarships for High School Students, from A to Z

A – AFSA – American Foreign Service Association has an annual essay contest with a $2,500 prize and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC with the winner’s parents to meet the Secretary of State.  Contact 202-719-9700 or the website for more details.

B – Big Dig Scholarship– Use your imagination and participate in idea of a time capsule.  What can you bury in your yard today that will have immense monetary value in 200 years?  Write an essay of 500 to 1000 words.  Submit your completed essay to and see Antique Trader for full details.  The deadline is December 31st.  It is a good idea to improve your essay writing skills before submitting scholarship essays.

C –Coca Cola Scholarship Applications are accepted from August till October 31st of the student’s senior year of high school. Some of the students will receive $20,000 scholarships while others will receive $10,000 scholarships.



D – Dell Scholars Program The application period starts on November 1st. Students should demonstrate financial need and have at least a 2.4 GPA.

E – Enterprise Holdings Scholars Program– Washington University in St. Louis offers scholarships for high school students from the St. Louis area.  For more details check


F – FIRE – Foundation for Individual Rights in America.  Essays for a $10,000 scholarship are accepted from August 1st until the end of the year.   There is also a $5,000 and there are three $1,000 scholarships.  The focus of the essay is on freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience.   High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.  The essay should be 800 to 1,000 words.

G – Gamma Mu Scholarships.   Contact 1-866-GMF-6007.  High school seniors admitted to college can apply for this scholarship for gay men from rural areas of the US or will be attending college in a rural area of the US. This scholarship is based on financial need.  The deadline is March 31st.   The scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $2,500.  For more information see


H – Handyman Matters Scholarship Contact the Handyman Matters Memorial Foundation, Inc. at 866-548-4343. Provide proof of commitment to an accredited trade school and an autobiographical essay of 300 to 500 words, focusing on relevant experience and how the scholarship would help your career goals.


I – Ink Scholarships from Castel Ink. Two college scholarships are offered to high school students.  There is the Paperless Scholarship for $1,000 and the Green Scholarship for $2,500.


J -The Joe Foss Institute has several scholarships with themes of patriotism in the USA.    Call 1-855-JOE-FOSS for more details or visit the Joe Foss website.


K – The Key Club International no longer distributes scholarships on an international level.  Students should contact their local district to see what scholarships are available locally.   Find a Key Club near you.


L – Live Out Loud Scholarship

Bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender high school students can apply for a Live Out Loud Scholarship to help pay for college. Contact Live Out Loud at 212-651-4236 or visit Live Out Loud online. For information about high school programs, contact Alex LaCasse, 212-651-4220 or via e-mail


M – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has the THINK Competition.  THINK is the Technology for Humanity guided by Innovation, Networking, and Knowledge.  High school students can apply for this scholarship.  Information via e-mail  The idea is to help high school students who wish to implement ideas for worthwhile projects, but lack the funding and expertise.  Students in the THINK program will receive funding and mentorship from a team and advice from MIT professors and professionals in the industry.


N- National Civil War Student Challenge – This scholarship goes to high school students who prove their in depth knowledge of the U.S. Civil War.  The top prize is $15,000.  There are also additional prizes.  You can e-mail to receive notifications for the next National Civil War Student Challenge.

Nordstrom Cares Scholarships for High School Juniors for those who live and attend school in a state with a Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store. If you are not sure whether there is a Nordstrom in your state check for locations at  Candidates should have at least a 2.7 Grade Point Average, and participate in volunteer work, extracurricular activities or community service.  They should also intend on attending a four-year college or university and intend to apply for Federal financial aid to help pay for college.  Recipients will receive $2,500 per year over four years as long as they remain eligible.  The application deadline is May 1st.

O – Ozarks Scholarships – The Community Foundation of the Ozarks administers more than 250 scholarships, mostly to seniors in high school who have been admitted into colleges.  For more information, contact Judith Billings, the scholarship coordinator at (417) 864-6199 or e-mail


P- Playing with Purpose Scholarship The application deadline is February 1st.  This scholarship is for high school students.  Applicants need to apply online and at the time of application need to have the their GPAs (cumulative and weighted), SAT and/or ACT scores, high school address and phone number, principal’s name and e-mail, athletic director’s name and e-mail, coach(es) name(s) and e-mail(s) and guidance counselor’s name and e-mail.  For questions contact SportQuest Ministries, Inc. at 317-270-9495.  For preparing for the SAT and ACT, students can consider


Q- Queer Scholars Program – $1,000 scholarships for winners of an annual essay contest to promote queer studies.  The essays support curriculum materials for high schools.   Eligible students for the scholarship include gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals as well as their friends.  The deadline is February 15th.  E-mail your application to


R- Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest – The deadline is March 1st.  The contest is open for high school students.  An essay of 800 to 1,200 words on the US constitution and religious freedom is required.  For full details visit the website of the
Baptist Joint Community The grand prize is a $2,000 scholarship and airfare and lodging to Washington, DC with a parent or guardian.


S – Septic Tank Scholarship – The North Carolina Septic Tank Association awards scholarships for students in their senior year of high school who have been accepted into college.  The deadline is April 15th.  For details contact 336-416-3564 or e-mail    Applications can be downloaded online at and should be mailed to North Carolina Septic Tank Association (NCSTA) Attn: Scholarship Committee, 1426 Peter Mabe Rd – Danbury, NC 27016.

Superpower Scholarship – This scholarship awards $2,500 and has a deadline of March 31st.  Candidates need to apply directly on the website of Scholarship Experts dot com  Candidates must be at least 13 years old at the time of application and live in the 50 United States or District of Columbia and enrol in college or university studies by the autumn of 2019.  The theme of the scholarship essay in 250 words or less is:  “Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?”


T- Table Tennis Scholarship – High school seniors who have been accepted into college can apply for a $1,000 scholarship by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA).  Students must demonstrate an interest and commitment in table tennis.  The school to which the applicant is applying should also be a member in the NCTTA.   For questions contact


U – Utah-only Centennial Scholarship for Early Graduation – High school students in Utah can check with their high school counselor or download the Centennial Scholarship forms online.  Students must begin using the funds for college tuition as full-time students, within one calendar year of high school graduation.


V – Vegetarian Scholarship from the Vegetarian Resource Group – High school students can receive a $5,000 scholarship to help pay for college.  The deadline is in mid-February.  Check the Vegetarian Resource Group website for full details or call 410-366-8343 or e-mail  Students need to write an essay that discusses their future goals, and how and why they became vegetarians.


W – Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship  – call 1-800-205-6367 between 8:30 am and 5 pm Central Time for more details.  Applications are due at the start of October.   This scholarship is for high school seniors who are involved in one of the following sports: badminton, baseball, basketball, bowling, canoeing, cheerleading, crew, cross country, equestrianism, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, judo, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting (competitively) and wrestling.  Students should also play a leadership role in school or the community.  A GPA of 3.0 or better is also required.


X- Xavier University, in Cincinatti, Ohio offers many scholarships to high school students admitted to study here.  These scholarships are for high school seniors who are admitted to study at Xavier University and can include academic scholarships, service awards, diversity and leadership scholarships, departmental scholarships, performing and visual arts, alumni scholarships, and scholarships for students with special interests.


Y- Your Point of View by – Students aged 14 to 19 can participate in this scholarship contest.  Essay themes vary, but in the past have included issues relevant to high school students, such as the lack of career-related courses in high school, bullying, use of technology in high school, and the lack of college preparation in high school.  Participates need to write an essay in order to enter the contest.  To learn about the next contest, contact 760-591-0719.


Z- Zolp Scholarship at Loyola University in Chicago. Eligible students for this scholarship must be Catholic with the last name Zolp.   Candidates must be admitted to Loyola by February 1st.  The amount of the scholarship depends on the number of eligible recipients.


This is just the start of scholarships for high school students.  Remember to begin your scholarship search by applying for college grants by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and speaking with your high school counselor.  It’s never too early to learn about scholarship opportunities.