Scholarships for High School Freshmen

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You may not know what you want to study or what college you want to attend just yet, but one thing is certain — you want money to help you pay for it! That’s where scholarships can help, and the sooner you start, the better. Now that you’re a high school freshman, you have literally hundreds of new scholarships available that you may be qualified for. Start searching through this directory of scholarships for high school freshmen and apply online today. For even more scholarships, fill out a free Unigo profile to discover your personalized list of possible awards.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship

International and U.S. students at any level of undergraduate study are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students must be 13 to 21 years of age and complete an environmental project.

Total: $850 Awards:  3
Deadline:  December 31

Unigo $10K Scholarship

This $10,000 Unigo Scholarship is open to any applicant who is 13 years of age or older and is a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. The applicant must register for a free online account with Unigo.com and submit a short response to this year's topic as posted on the website.

Total: $10000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31

MIT THINK Scholars Program

This award is for U.S. high school students (grades 9 through 12). Students must submit a proposal for a new idea in science, technology, or engineering.

Total: $500 Awards:  3
Deadline:  January 01

Debt.com Scholarship For Aggressive Scholarship Applicants

This scholarship is open to U.S. and international high school and college/university students. Students must have applied for other scholarships and submit proof of applications.

Total: $500 Awards:  6
Deadline:  January 02

Countdown to College Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. students who are in grades 9-12. Students must sign up for Potential Magazine's weekly email newsletter to be considered.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 04

Drive Smart Digital Short Competition

The Drive Smart Digital Short Competition is available for U.S. students between the ages of 13 and 18 who submit a short digital video that educates on the dangers of distracted driving.

Total: $10000 Awards:  13
Deadline:  January 06

Tikkun Olam Awards

The Tikkin Olam Award is available for U.S. Jewish students who are between the ages of 13 and 19. To be eligible, students must demonstrate leadership through the completion of unpaid community service project(s).

Total: $36000 Awards:  15
Deadline:  January 08

Meriwest Annual Essay Competition

High school students who are 13 to 18 years of age and have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher are eligible for this award. Students must live or work in the California counties of Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco or in Pima County in Arizona, or be members of the Meriwest Credit Union.

Total: $1000 Awards:  12
Deadline:  January 14

StudentCam Documentary Competition

This contest is available for U.S. students in middle school and high school. In order to enter, applicants must submit a short video documentary about an issue, event, or topic that helped him/her better understand the role of the federal government in their life or community.

Total: $5000 Awards:  150
Deadline:  January 20

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Student Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to U.S. public, private, parochial, or homeschool students in grades 5-12. Students must write an essay on the current year's topic to enter; essays must be accompanied by student and teacher registration forms.

Total: $300 Awards:  12
Deadline:  January 25

Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

This award is for U.S. high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Students must submit a short response and be selected as a semi-finalist to compete for the available scholarships.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 30

Derek Jeter/Hillsborough Education Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is available for current high school seniors residing in Hillsborough County, Florida. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate participation in community service and extracurricular activities.

Total: $4000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  January 31