Scholarship For Students: When to start applying for scholarships? Posted byUnigo Staff May 29, 2015July 13, 2022 When to start applying for scholarships? There is no specific age for people to apply for scholarships, there are even scholarships for elementary students. It is possible for all ages to find and apply for scholarships even if you are younger than a high school senior. This means that even if you are in elementary or middle school, you can start looking for and applying for scholarships! Scholarships for Elementary Students There are a number of scholarships available for elementary students. Some require the student to have high academic achievement, while others are based on financial need. One scholarship that is open to all elementary students is the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate leadership and community service. The deadline to apply is in February. The Ayn Rand Institute also offers a number of scholarships for elementary students. The institute provides scholarship money to students who read and write essays about Ayn Rand’s novels. The deadline to apply is in March. The Ronald McDonald House Charities offer a number of scholarships for elementary students who have a parent or guardian who has been diagnosed with cancer. The deadline to apply is in May. The scholarships listed above are just a few of the many that are available to elementary students. For more information, contact your local school district or financial aid office. Scholarships for College There are many programs available to high school students, graduate schools, and even adults who are heading back to college or attending for the first time. But there are plenty of scholarships available for students of all ages, so don’t be afraid to start looking early. The sooner you start, the more opportunities you will have! Unfortunately, due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), online scholarship search services are not available to students under the age of 13, which can make finding these opportunities a little more difficult. That’s why Unigo is sharing with you some of the programs that are currently open for younger students. So what are you waiting for? Get started today! And good luck! 1. Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program Each year, Kohl’s provides several prizes and scholarships to students (ages 6 through 18) who have volunteered within the past year. One winner at each store receives a $50 gift card and advances to the regional level, where he/she competes for a $1,000 scholarship. Ten regional winners will be selected to receive an additional $10,000 national award. Deadline: March 15. 2. Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition Students in grades 7 through 12 may compete in this creative writing contest. Students may submit up to three haikus, as long as the work has not been previously published or submitted in any other contest. Six winners will each receive $50. Deadline: March 25. 3. “I Want to Go to College” Writing Contest This contest is open to Nebraska seventh and eighth graders. Winners will receive a contribution to their state-sponsored 529 college savings plan, ranging between $500 and $2,000 each. Deadline: March 28. 4. Doodle4Google Any student in elementary, middle, or high school may submit their artwork for consideration. Students simply need to take the Google name and turn it into something creative that reflects this year’s theme. National finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and his/her school will also receive a $50,000 technology grant. Deadline: March (TBA). 5. The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding students between the ages of 8 and 18. Students are recognized for their contributions to their community and the environment. The top 10 students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Deadline: April 15. 6. The Healers Trilogy Contest Students in grades 6 through 12 may submit a billboard, video, speech, essay, poem, song, or commercial based on Donna Labermeier’s book, The Healers, which is free to contestants. There are six scholarships, ranging in value from $500 to $2,500 each. Deadline: May 16. 7. Courage in Student Journalism Awards Middle school and high school students who have exercised their First Amendment rights, despite difficulty or resistance, may be eligible to win a $5,000 scholarship through this contest sponsored by the Student Press Law Center, the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University, and the National Scholastic Press Association. Deadline: June 8. 8. Patriot’s Pen Writing Contest This program, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), is open to students in grades 6 through 8. Students must submit an essay addressing this year’s topic, ‘Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Prizes are given to the top 40 students, ranging between $500 and $5,000 each. Deadline: Nov. 1. 9. Jif™ Most Creative Sandwich Contest Each fall, Jif™ sponsors a cooking contest for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Students must creative a main dish, side item, appetizer, or dessert using peanut butter as one of the ingredients. The contest typically opens in late August, so students can start working on their recipes now. One lucky winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship and four runners-up will each receive $4,000 for college. Deadline: November (TBA). 10. Angela Award Female students in grades 5 through 8, who have an interest in science, may apply for this program. One winner will receive a $1,000 savings bond. Deadline: Nov. 30. 11. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Each September, students in grades 7 through 12 can compete in 28 different categories, including, but not limited to: comic art, fashion, painting, photography, poetry, short story, journalism, and video games. More than $250,000 in scholarships is awarded annually. Deadline: Varies by region. It’s never too early to start searching and applying for scholarships. Keep an eye out in your local paper or parenting magazines for writing contests and other opportunities, and don’t forget to check out Google and Facebook pages that offer advice for parents of younger children. These forums often post photo and essay contests that can help build your child’s college nest egg.