High School Scholarships and Grants

High school scholarships help you and your parents cover the increasing cost of higher education. If you don't want interrupted education, high school scholarships make it possible to continue your studies right away. You'll be surprised to discover there are high school scholarships for every type of student. Why miss out on free money?

AFSA National High School Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to all high school students whose parents are not in the US Foreign Service. To find out more, visit http://www.afsa.org/essaycontest/.

Have a Coke and a High School Scholarship Smile

Do you remember the Coca-Cola slogan to have a Coke and a smile? Recipients of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarships are sure to be smiling for years to come. With 250 awards ranging from $10,000 ($2,500 per year for 4 years) to $20,000 ($5,000 per year for 4 years), it's easy to see how smiles are being spread.

Coca Cola Scholars Program scholarships must be used at an accredited United States university or college. The program commenced in 1986 to contribute to the nation's future. Selection is based on commitment, leadership, achievement and character inside and outside the classroom. The deadline date is October 31. High school seniors can apply online at the website between August 1 and October 31 at coca-colascholars.org.

Faithful Students

Does your faith guide you? Do you believe faith and business go hand-in-hand? You might qualify for the S.E.V.E.N. Fund Essay Competition scholarship in partnership with the Washington DC-based center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA). Two fortunate students will receive prizes of $5,000 each. Essays are required on enterprise solutions to prevent poverty around the world that are interfaith or faith-based efforts. The submission deadline is October 15 with winners announced on December 15. High school students from around the globe are welcome to enter this competition for all fields of study. To find out more, visit sevenfund.org/faith-and-development.

People with Poor Credit

Did you ever imagine you'd be rewarded for having poor credit? If you have a rejection letter from a lending institution for a student loan, you might qualify for the SPENDonLIFE College Scholarship. Ten lucky recipients will receive $500 to $5,000 toward the cost of full-time study based on financial need and participation in the scholarship application process. Applicant must be legal United States residents between 17 to 25 years of age and be high school or college students. The application deadline is June 15 for undergraduate and graduate studies in all fields. To apply, visit students.spendonlife.com.

Scholarships Everyone Can Dig

Did you ever imagine what will hold value in the future? Let your imagination run wild when you apply for the Big Dig Scholarship. High school seniors entering their first year of college and students enrolled in their first or second year of college are invited to enter the challenge. Students must submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words that answers what you would bury for a relative digging in your backyard in 200 years. The goal is to find something of great value. Residents of the United States quality for this scholarship award of $3,000 with a deadline of April 30. Learn more about this opportunity at antiquetrader.tv./studentscholarship.php.

Students Who Know What They Want

Do you know exactly why you want to attend college? If you're an eager student, you might qualify for the Alvin Cox Memorial Scholarship. The fun was established in 2006 and has awarded 107 scholarships to students in 7 countries. In 2010, 10 scholarships each worth $500 will be awarded to students enrolled or accepted to enroll in an accredited college or university. Student must write an essay no longer than two single-spaced (or four double-spaced) pages about the reason they want to attend college with contributing factors. To find out more visit alvincoxmemorial.com.

Short Essay

scholarship for a 250-word essay about your college goals, why you want to attend college or any general subject. Applicants must be legal United States residents planning to study at a college in the US. The scholarship can be used for tuition, books, room and board and related expenses. The award application deadline is December 31. Get the details at gkscholarship.com.

HS Scholarships for Anyone

Can you win high school scholarships without doing anything special? If you're busy, there's still enough time to apply for the College Prowler $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship. Enter by the end of the month with the winner notified by around the 15th of the following month. Every month a new scholarship winner is chosen. Awards are used to cover tuition, board, meal plans, computers, books and education-related expenses. To apply through a simple online form, visit collegeprowler.com/scholarship/apply.aspx.

Most Valuable Students

Are you an stellar student with value? Check out the Elks National Foundation 2011 Most Valuable Student contest. Applications are available online on September 1, 2010 with 500 four-year scholarships to the applicants with the highest rating in the 2011 competition. Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply for this award. Applicants are judged on leadership, scholarship and financial need. To get all the details, visit elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm.

Students with Great Need

Were you under-served as a high school student? Are you dependent on scholarships and financial aid to achieve your educational and career goals? You may qualify for the Dell Scholars Program if you participate in an approved AVID program. If you are determined to overcome barriers and succeed, funding is $20,000 for each Dell Scholar with 250 scholarships awarded. Applicants must graduate from an accredit high school this year with a minimum 2.4 GPA and US citizenship or permanent residency. Applicants must prove financial need, self-motivation and the ability to community hardships and ways to overcome. Applications are completed online. For all the details, visit dellscholars.org.

Key Club Members

Do you belong to your high school Key Club? You might qualify for one of the Key Club International scholarship programs. Applicants must be Key Club members in good standing for at least two years and a graduating senior with a GPA of at last “B” or 3.0 heading to higher education. Each Key Club District determines its own deadlines. To get the application form visit slp.kiwanis.org/KeyClub/Leadership/raa.aspx.


Students with an artistic flair might want to consider the Christophers Annual High School Poster Contest for high school students. Students in grades 9 through 12 create a poster that visually interprets a designated theme. Eight winners are chosen with a $1,000 first prize, $500 second price, $250 third prize and honorable mentions of $100 each. To find out more about this creative way to pay for higher education, visit christophers.org.

Visionary Students

Can you imagine yourself attending college and making a difference in America? Since 1998, the Imagine America scholarship has helped thousands of students fund their college dreams. Each year every high school in the US and Puerto Rico can select up to three graduating seniors to recive the $1,000 Imagine America scholarship. Recent high school graduates should have financial need, voluntary community service during senior year and a GPA or 2.5 or greater with likelihood of successful completion of postsecondary education. To find out more about the simple application process, visit imagine-america.org/scholarship/01-high-school-students.asp.

Brief Essay

Can you write a brief essay of less than 1,000 words? You might qualify for the Dale E. Fridell Memorial Scholarship. Awards are $1,000 each and granted every three months to attend college, university, technical institute, vocational training, trade school or other postsecondary education program. Check are written directly to the recipient to use for tuition, books, living expenses and more. International students can apply for this award. The current application deadline is October 14, 2010. To find out more and apply online, visit straightforwardmedia.com/fridell/.

Car Donors

Though it's a charitable thing to do, you don't have to donate a car to qualify for the CarDonors.com Scholarship. An award of $1,000 is granted to a deserving student every three months. Applicants must attend or plan to attend an accredited United States university or college and have a minimum 3.0 GPA with good standing. The award can be used to pursue all fields of study. More information is available at free-4u.com/cardonors_com_scholarship.htm.

Top Achievers

If you're a top achiever, review the requirements for the AXA Achievement Scholarships sponsored by the AXA Foundation in Association with US News & World Report. The award is for high school seniors planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Applications must show ambition such as outstanding achievement in school, work or community and be US citizens. Information and an application will be available in August, 2010 at axa-achievement.com.

Community-Minded Achievers

Are you an excellent student with voluntarily participation in community events and extracurricular activities? Outstanding students in grades 9 through 12 living in the US or Puerto Rico may quality for the Best Buy Scholarship to attend vocational school or college after graduating high school. Applications will become available online at bestbuy.com at the end of December, 2010.

Students Living Near Family Dollar Stores

Do you live within a 20 mile radius of a Family Dollar store? If so, you may qualify for the Save and Make the Grade Scholarship Program sponsored by Family Dollar Stores. Students living within a 20 mile radius of a Family Dollar store will receive preference for these awards. High school seniors looking to enroll in a two-year or four-year university, college or vocational school can apply for one of twenty scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each. Information will be available online starting January, 2011 at scholarshipamerica.org/familydollar.

Effective Writers

If you write and communicate effectively, you may be able to get a Textbook.com Scholarship. Student applicants must write an essay of 250-700 words and reference a single book on a designated topic. The award is $250 to $2,500 with one grand prize winner and two runners-up. The award is available to US and non-US citizens for use during their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years. To find out more, visit textbookx.com/scholarship or contact Marketing Manager Sarah Jensen, phone 203-866-0190, fax 203-866-0199, Akademos, Inc., 25 Van Zant Street, Norwalk, CT 06855.


Since 1991, Discover has awarded over $16 million in scholarships to about 6,500 students. The Discover Scholarship Program awards up to $400,000 in scholarships every year to high school juniors across the nation to support higher education. To qualify, students must have a 2.75 GPA or better for 9th and 10th grades with accomplishments in leadership, community service and the ability to face challenges. Scholarships can be used for any type of post-high school training or education. To learn most call 1-866-756-7932, email info at applyists.com.

Community-Minded Scholars

Are you a high school senior with a GPA of 3.25 or better and a history of service to your community through community service, leadership activities or workplace activities? If so, you might be able to score a Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation scholarship awarding over $600,000 in scholarships to students across the country. Applications and details about the 2011-2012 scholarship program will be available online starting January 1, 2011 at careers.lowes.com/college_recruiting_scholarship.aspx.

Based on Merit

Since 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program has helped high school students pay for higher education. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which also screens 1.5 million college entrants each year. To enter, students must be planning to enroll in full-time college no later than the fall following high school completion. Student applicants must be US citizens, lawful permanent residents or intend to become US citizens. Approximately 50,000 of 1.5 million entrants will quality with 15,000 finalists chosen. Semifinalists and finalists have the higher PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores and meet high academic standards. Finalists are notified in February by mail at their home addresses. To find out more, visit nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php.