Scholarships for High School Seniors

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It’s your final year of high school, and you’re ready to take on a new adventure — college. As a high school senior, you still have hundreds of scholarship opportunities available to you. So, as you’re making plans on what college you want to attend and what major you want to study, be sure to add "applying for scholarships" to your college to-do list. To help get 12th graders started, we’ve compiled this directory of scholarships for high school seniors. For even more scholarships, fill out a free Unigo profile to discover your personalized list of possible awards.

National High School Poetry Contest

U.S. high school students are eligible to enter this poetry contest. Students must submit a poem of 20 lines or less on a topic of their choice.

Total: $500 Awards:  9
Deadline:  December 31
2019

Denny's 'Hungry for Education' Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. high school seniors who are 16 years of age or older at time of application. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, be involved in community service, and demonstrate financial need.

Total: $1000 Awards:  200
Deadline:  December 31
2019

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
2019

Kerri Castellini Women's Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is open to female-identifying undergraduate and graduate students who exhibit strong leadership skills, as demonstrated by past and present educational, professional, and volunteer experiences. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31
2019

NSSAR George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

This award is available to U.S. citizens who are high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students must submit a 800- to 1,200-word essay addressing the questions for this year's essay contest.

Total: $5000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  December 31
2019

SBO Magazine Music Student Scholarship

This contest is open to band students in grades four through twelve who submit an essay of up to 250 words on the current year's band-related topic.

Total: $1000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  December 31
2019

AFSCME Family Scholarship

This award is for a U.S. high school senior who has a parent or guardian who is an AFSCME member. The student must attend an accredited college or university.

Total: $2000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  December 31
2019

Cottey College Academic Achievement Award

This award is available to U.S. high school seniors who are planning to attend Cottey College in Missouri. Students must have a grade point average of 2.6 or higher and an ACT score of 21 or higher or an SAT score of 1060 or higher.

Total: $8000 Awards:  30
Deadline:  December 31
2019

FIRE's Free Speech Essay Contest

This award is for U.S. high school juniors and seniors who submit a essay to the FIRE's scholarship.

Total: $10000 Awards:  8
Deadline:  December 31
2019

Cottey College Alumnae Scholarship

This award is available to U.S. undergraduate students who are enrolled at Cottey College in Missouri. Students must have a relative who is a Cottey alumna.

Total: $500 Awards:  15
Deadline:  December 31
2019

Cottey College Academic Founder's Scholarship

This award is available to U.S. high school seniors who are planning to attend Cottey College in Missouri. Students must have a grade point average of 3.40 or higher and an ACT score of 27 or higher or an SAT score of 1260 or higher.

Total: $12000 Awards:  30
Deadline:  December 31
2019

Thomas Soldan Healthy Communities Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students who possess a proven record of interest in healthy communities through past and present volunteer, professional, or educational experiences. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31
2019