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.

Equal Pay Day Chicago Student Journalism Contest

The Equal Pay Day Chicago Student Journalism Contest is available for high school students in Chicago who submit an essay on the topic of equal pay and existing pay disparities in the United States. Click here to learn more and to apply today!

Total: $300 Awards:  2
Deadline:  March 30

The Stroud Law Firm Scholarship

The Stroud Law Firm Scholarship is available for undergraduate students in the U.S. who submit an original essay on the topic prompt described at the provider website.

Total: $1500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 14

Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

This award is for U.S. and international students between the ages of 13-18 and attending grades 8-12. Students must submitt a blog about a travel experience and must sign up for the MyFamilyTravels.com community prior to submitting their entry.

Total: $1000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  July 09

Set Sail Scholarship

The Raise Me Up Scholarship is available for U.S. undergraduate or graduate students who participate in sailing or boating. Additional preference will be given to students who have overcome the disadvantages and obstacles of being raised in a divorced or single-parent household. Applicants be enrolled full time and must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  August 01

Diverse Minds Writing Challenge

This writing contest is open to students in grades 9-12 who reside in and attend school in New York City, Maryland, Delaware, or southern New Jersey. The student (or a team of up to four) must submit a children's book of 24 pages or less that deals with themes of tolerance and diversity.

Total: $5000 Awards:  12
Deadline:  August 24

Greg Baumgartner Annual Scholarship

The Greg Baumgartner Annual Scholarship is available for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in the U.S. who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and unmet financial need. Click here to learn more and apply today!

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  August 31

Summer of Zen Scholarship

The Summer of Zen Scholarship is available for U.S. high school students who are at least 13 years of age. To apply, students must submit a short essay on the topic of "staying zen." Click here to learn more and apply today!

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  August 31

Humanity Rising Service Challenge

This scholarship contest is available for U.S. high school students who partipate in community service and share their stories.

Total: $2000 Awards:  12
Deadline:  August 31

GM Genius

The GM Genius Scholarship Contest is available for U.S. high school students who are between the ages of 13 and 19. To be considered, applicants must participate in a weekly fantasy football league that includes short educational videos and quizzes about leadership and critical thinking.

Total: $5000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  September 02

ARTBA Student Transportation Video Contest

This scholarship is available for U.S. students who submit a two to four minute video on current issues in American transportation.

Total: $500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  September 04

Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

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

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  September 30

Writers' Square Scholarship Program

This essay contest is open to U.S. and international students who are in first grade through graduate school. Contest winners may be asked to attend the awards banquet in California at their own cost to receive their prize.

Total: $1000 Awards:  45
Deadline:  September 30