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If you're a high school or college student, you've likely heard about merit-based scholarships. But what exactly are they? From recognizing academic excellence to celebrating diverse talents and leadership qualities, these scholarships offer more than just financial support - they validate your educational choices and pave the way for your academic success. Join us as we explore everything you need to know about merit-based scholarships!

Satrix Saves The Seas Scholarship

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Award Amount
$250 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Jun 15, 2024 Deadline

The Satrix Saves The Seas Scholarship is a prestigious award aimed at supporting and encouraging students who are passionate about the field of life sciences and its applications to water conservation. This scholarship recognizes water's critical role in sustaining life and ecosystems and seeks to foster innovative solutions and advancements in this area. The scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in accredited universities or colleges, majoring in any discipline within the life sciences, including but not limited to biology, ecology, environmental science, biochemistry, and hydrology. Applicants should demonstrate a strong academic record, a genuine interest in water conservation, and a commitment to positively impacting this crucial field. Successful applicants will receive $250 in financial support to further their education and gain recognition for their dedication to water conservation. The scholarship award can be used to cover tuition fees, textbooks, research expenses, or any other educational costs.
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Ramage Law Group Adopted Child Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Jun 26, 2024 Deadline

At The Ramage Law Group, we work with families every day to address legal issues. We understand that families come in all shapes and sizes, and we know the importance of establishing strong family relationships. Adoption is one of the areas of family law that means the most to us. As the mother to two adopted daughters, Attorney Sharon Ramage understands the challenges that parents and children face in these situations, as well as the joys that come with building family bonds that will stand the test of time. We know that parents who adopt children make many sacrifices, and they want to make sure their children will have the tools they need to succeed in life. In recognition of this, we have established a scholarship program that provides assistance to children who have been adopted. Each semester, we award a scholarship of $1,000 to a student who is pursuing a college education, and the funds may be used to help cover tuition, room and board, or other expenses, such as books and supplies.
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Wiingy Future STEM Leaders Scholarship

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Award Amount
$200 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Jun 30, 2024 Deadline

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are rapidly changing the world. From new medical breakthroughs to innovative technologies, STEM is at the forefront of human progress. At Wiingy, we aim to inspire, empower, and provide opportunities for young innovative minds in STEM. This scholarship is designed for students with a passion for STEM. It is available to all students, regardless of whether they are considering majoring in STEM or are already on the path to a career in STEM. It’s open to students studying a range of STEM subjects, including but not limited to chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, computer science, environmental science, engineering, statistics, aerospace, artificial intelligence, and many more.
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Double A Solutions Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Jul 1, 2024 Deadline

Our mission is to develop cutting-edge SaaS software allowing companies to automate and eliminate the manual activities they may be doing today. In addition to building software, we are striving to serve our customers in a professional manner and help them get the most out of the products we produce. This $1,000 annual scholarship is providing an opportunity for High School Seniors and college students to earn money toward furthering their education.
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The Keith M. Fletcher Excellence in Ethics Scholarship Contest

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Award Amount
$1,500 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
2 Awards
Scholarship Deadline
Jul 1, 2024 Deadline

For law students and prospective law students, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. is excited to offer our annual Excellence in Ethics Scholarship. The first-place scholarship will be awarded to one recipient in the amount of $1,000.00. The second-place winner will be awarded a $500.00 scholarship as well.
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Clark Law Group Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Jul 2, 2024 Deadline

We work with divorcing or unmarried parents to resolve disputes related to the custody of their children. We can also help address other family-related issues, such as creating prenuptial agreements, establishing legal paternity, or applying for protective orders in situations involving domestic violence. Applicants who would like to apply for our scholarship must submit proof of enrollment for the Fall 2023 semester, proof of required GPA, proof of military service by a student's parent, professional headshot, and contact information. We also ask all applicants to submit an essay (500-1000 words) that answers the following prompt: How do you intend to serve the public with your higher education and future career?
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The Crowder Law Firm Scholarship

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Award Amount
$2,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
2 Awards
Scholarship Deadline
Jul 8, 2024 Deadline

Our Plano criminal defense practice, The Crowder Law Firm, protects the rights of individuals throughout North Texas who are facing very serious criminal charges. This takes incredibly hard work, skill, and knowledge. We appreciate the time, effort, and resources it takes to get results, and we hope to share that appreciation with students across the United States through our Crowder Law Firm Scholarship. The Crowder Law Firm offers two $1000 scholarships twice a year to students pursuing higher education who strive to achieve excellent academic performance. All questions can be answered by our scholarship team at [email protected]. Please note that no questions will be answered via our client contact form, chat box, or by phone.
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BestColleges Black Women in STEM Scholarship

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Award Amount
$30,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
5 Awards
Scholarship Deadline
Jul 15, 2024 Deadline

On average, Black women in STEM earn salaries that are 45% lower than their highest-paid peers. BestColleges is committed to breaking down barriers for students in underrepresented communities, who desire careers in the most competitive fields. This year, we'll be giving away five $6,000 scholarships to Black women who are currently pursuing careers in STEM.
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Fighting Bullying with Technology

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Award Amount
$2,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
2 Awards
Scholarship Deadline
Jul 15, 2024 Deadline

1902 Software is a Danish-managed software development company based in the Philippines. For over 20 years, we have been working with companies, big and small, for their design, development, and support needs with ecommerce, websites, mobile apps, and custom software. Write an essay (minimum of 1,500 and maximum of 3,000 words) that details your personal experience with bullying and how you have overcome it, or the initiatives that you have done to help stop and campaign against it in your school or community. Furthermore, describe how technology can help prevent or stop bullying. Download and fill out the application form at https://1902software.com/scholarship-fighting-bullying-with-technology/. This form is to be submitted along with your essay to [email protected].
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Strong Work Ethic Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Jul 31, 2024 Deadline

Every person accused of committing a crime in Minnesota has the right to legal counsel, but the specific attorney you enlist can make a major difference in the outcome of a criminal case. Public defenders work hard to fulfill their legal obligations, but they are also often burdened with multiple cases at once, meaning they may not be able to give your case the individualized attention it deserves. The Strong Work Ethic scholarship is open to any current high school senior, college student, or graduate student who is a legal resident of the United States residing in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia and enrolled in a two to five-year post-secondary institution.
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$2,000 Minecraft Scholarship

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Award Amount
$2,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Jul 31, 2024 Deadline

All of us here at Apex Hosting believe that education is a fundamental part of living a full and joyful life. In the past, we have partnered with educational institutions and libraries as part of our commitment to education in the classroom and the power of Minecraft through our minecraft server hosting service. This typically has been in the form of sponsored get togethers, class projects, and similar programs and colleges, high schools, middle schools and libraries.
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Community Leaders Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Aug 7, 2024 Deadline

To help students who are seeking a career in public service and who have an interest in helping others in their communities, we have created the Spencer & Associates Community Leaders Scholarship. Through this program, we provide financial assistance to college students who have demonstrated an interest in serving their communities and who are pursuing careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, or other legal fields. Through the Community Leaders Scholarship, our firm awards $1000 each semester to an undergraduate or graduate student. Please see the requirements for eligibility and the instructions for applying below.
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Community Impact Scholarship

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Award Amount
$2,500 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Aug 14, 2024 Deadline

The Law Firm of Jerry D. Andrews, P.C., a Dallas legal practice, has been providing knowledgeable and compassionate legal representation to victims of personal injury and wrongful death for 30 years. Attorney Andrews’ experience as a personal injury lawyer has granted him a unique perspective on the importance of community. We need our communities today more than ever, and Attorney Andrews is taking this opportunity to recognize students who have sacrificed their time and energy to give back to their communities through acts of service. The Law Office of Jerry D. Andrews, P.C. now offers one scholarship worth $2,500 to undergraduate students who have made a substantial impact in their community through volunteer work. You can reach our team by email at [email protected]
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GyanDhan Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,204 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Aug 31, 2024 Deadline

India’s first education financing marketplace, GyanDhan aims to equalize and expand access to education. Providing end-to-end education loan assistance, GyanDhan is a digital-first company that seeks to revolutionize education financing in India. Started with an aim to make abroad higher education more accessible to students, GyanDhan has helped tens of thousands of students in selecting the right financing option. In continuation of our efforts towards our aim, we are launching the GyanDhan Scholarship. This scholarship of INR 1 Lakh will be awarded to 1 student.
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GBV Service Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Aug 31, 2024 Deadline

There are many ways that we as people can serve others both within our community and abroad. Within our community, we can volunteer our time or resources to worthy causes to help those in need. We can also help other communities by going abroad as part of military or humanitarian efforts to assist those suffering from the effects of war, famine, disease, and more. No matter the method, taking time and resources to help is more than just a rewarding experience: it’s the right thing to do. To celebrate the efforts of those who take part in helping communities grow, our team at Glauber Berenson Vego is proud to announce the 2024 GBV Service Scholarship! This $1,000 opportunity is designed to support students who have made the effort to serve others in their lives. To apply, we are asking students to write a 750-1000 word essay about serving others or the work they did and submit it along with their unofficial transcript and professional resume.
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Safety on the Road Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Aug 31, 2024 Deadline

The Safety on the Road Scholarship is now open for applications from current high school seniors, college students, and graduate students who are legal residents of the US and enrolled in a two- to five-year post-secondary institution. The scholarship will be awarded based on the quality and originality of the essay and the potential impact of the proposed change on road safety. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and make a difference – apply now!
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Striving Solo Parent Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Sep 16, 2024 Deadline

Attorney Bacalis often provides legal services to single parents, and he has come to appreciate the hard work and sacrifice that goes into raising children on your own. Since Fall 2022, Daniel R. Bacalis, P.C. has offered a scholarship of $1,000 each semester to a single parent who is returning to school to pursue a college degree. We hope that the Striving Solo Parent Scholarship allows single parents easier access to higher education. To apply to our scholarship, please follow the instructions below and submit all materials by September 16, 2024. Please send all inquiries to [email protected]
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Future Lawyers Scholarship

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Award Amount
$2,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Sep 18, 2024 Deadline

Whether you are an individual or family, the attorneys at Andrew Cores Family Law Group, have the experience to help you find a solution to your legal concerns. We are dedicated to obtaining results for our clients, whether through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or litigation. Our application requires students to provide an unofficial academic transcript, proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university, a professional headshot, and their contact information. We also ask each applicant to submit a video of 3 to 5 minutes in length answering the following prompt: What has inspired you to pursue a career in the legal field? How do you see yourself impacting the legal community in the future?
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Goostree Law Group Bright Futures Scholarship

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Award Amount
$2,500 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Sep 23, 2024 Deadline

The Goostree Law Group gladly offers financial assistance to college and university students twice a year through our Bright Futures Scholarship. This award opportunity is provided to students with demonstrated financial need who exhibit leadership, determination, and passion in their academic studies and personal lives. The Goostree Law Group Bright Futures Scholarship provides one student each semester with the opportunity to receive $2,500. The award may be used toward the student’s educational expenses, including tuition and books.
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Animal Rescue Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Sep 30, 2024 Deadline

Aulsbrook Law Car & Truck Wreck Law Firm is passionate about supporting individuals who dedicate their time and efforts to protecting, supporting, and saving animals in need. Matthew Aulsbrook enjoys spending his time fostering dogs in hopes that they find a permanent, loving home. Whether adopting a rescue animal or volunteering with a foundation that supports compassion towards animals, we appreciate individuals who serve animal welfare initiatives. Animals are selfless and friendly creatures who don’t often have the utilities or means to defend themselves against the outside world. We are grateful for the individuals who stand up to defend these creatures and protect their well-being. This is why Aulsbrook Law Firm is excited to announce the Animal Rescue Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship opportunity will be awarded to a caring individual who demonstrates their love for animals and a commitment to increasing animal welfare.
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Outstanding Citizen Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Sep 30, 2024 Deadline

Our team has worked tirelessly to provide service to those in our community since the start of our firm. We work together with individuals from all walks of life, each of whom possesses a unique and palpable story to tell. The Outstanding Citizen Scholarship and Essay Contest aim to allow demonstrated community leaders and dedicated citizens to pursue education to inform and better their causes. We are proud to sponsor the discussion on good citizenship for the 7th year in a row. It truly means a lot to us to offer educational benefits to individuals who demonstrate outstanding citizenship. This essay contest and the $1,000 scholarship associated with it are open to individuals throughout the U.S. who are enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution during the 2024-2025 school year.
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Buckfire & Buckfire Medical School Diversity Scholarship

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Award Amount
$2,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Oct 1, 2024 Deadline

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., a personal-injury law firm based out of Michigan, is pleased to announce the annual Buckfire & Buckfire Medical School Diversity Scholarship. This scholarship has been funded as part of Buckfire & Buckfire’s commitment to and mission of helping to promote diversity of backgrounds and experience within the legal profession. Application is open to racial and ethnic minorities of all backgrounds who are currently enrolled in an accredited medical school within the United States. Award selection will be based on a combination of essay responses and academic achievement as demonstrated in the applicant's transcripts. The Buckfire & Buckfire Medical School Diversity Scholarship is provided annually to medical school students who represent ethnically and racially diverse populations.
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First Generation College Student Scholarship

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Award Amount
$2,500 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Oct 2, 2024 Deadline

Attorney David Kadzai appreciates the resilience and hard work it takes to become a first-generation college student. The journey of becoming the first person in your family to attend university is often filled with intimidating challenges and difficult circumstances. Attorney Kadzai hopes to alleviate some of the stress and difficulty of this journey by offering financial assistance to students. His law firm established The Law Offices of David A. Kadzai, LLC First Generation College Student Scholarship to make higher education more attainable for those who are embarking on this journey.
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Doug Murphy Law Firm, P.C.

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Nov 15, 2024 Deadline

The criminal justice system can be an intimidating and overwhelming place, especially for those who do not have the legal knowledge to cope with it. That is why we are proud to introduce our new scholarship program specifically designed for law students who are interested in helping individuals within the criminal justice system. We are committed to helping those who are dedicated to making a positive impact in the field of criminal law. The Doug Murphy Law Firm, P.C. Criminal Justice Scholarship provides recipients with an award of $1,000 to use toward their tuition fees and educational expenses.
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Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman Community Service Scholarship

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Award Amount
$1,000 Award Amount
Total Award Amount
1 Award
Scholarship Deadline
Nov 30, 2024 Deadline

For nearly three decades, defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman has worked tirelessly to provide quality legal services to those in his community and beyond. Throughout his time working in the criminal justice system, it has become increasingly clear that there are many ills that our society faces, ranging anywhere from economic hardship to substance abuse epidemics. Yet within each community, there exists a group of individuals who go above and beyond in their efforts to combat such ills and eradicate them through initiatives that ignite progress and hope for a better tomorrow. In an effort to recognize these individuals, we are offering the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman Community Service Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor a student who has made a significant effort to better their community in some specific way, meaning they saw a problem, and took the initiative to try to mend it. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman is proud to work with community members passionate about laying the groundwork for a brighter future. We look forward to awarding a deserving student for their meaningful work.
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Are you a college-bound student eager to offset tuition costs? In this comprehensive guide, we’ll show you opportunities tailored to recognize your hard work, leadership skills, and extracurricular achievements. From prestigious university awards to those offered by private organizations, these scholarships not only lighten the financial burden of higher education but also validate your dedication to academic excellence. Join us as we explore merit-based scholarships!

What Is a Merit-Based Scholarship?

Merit-based scholarships are a form of financial aid awarded to students based on their academic performance, achievements, talents, and leadership qualities. Unlike need-based scholarships, which consider a student’s financial situation, merit-based scholarships focus solely on the individual’s accomplishments and potential. These scholarships aim to recognize and reward excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, community service, and other areas, providing opportunities for talented students to pursue higher education without the burden of excessive student loan debt.

Merit-based scholarships serve as incentives for students to excel academically and to actively participate in their communities. They not only acknowledge past achievements but also encourage ongoing academic and personal growth. By offering financial support, these scholarships aim to foster a culture of achievement and success, empowering students to reach their full potential and make meaningful contributions to society.

Who Qualifies for a Merit-Based Scholarship?

Merit-based scholarships are typically awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance, leadership skills, and involvement in extracurricular activities. To qualify for these scholarships, you usually need to meet certain criteria such as maintaining a high grade point average (GPA), achieving impressive scores on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT, and actively participating in community service or holding leadership positions in school or community organizations.

Additionally, many merit-based scholarships may take into account other factors such as socioeconomic background, first-generation college status, or belonging to underrepresented minority groups. These scholarships aim to recognize and reward students who have overcome challenges or barriers to academic success and who show promise for continued achievement in higher education.

Overall, the qualifications for merit-based scholarships can vary widely depending on the specific scholarship program and the priorities of the scholarship provider.

What GPA, SAT, and ACT Scores Do You Need?

Determining the GPA, SAT, and ACT scores required for merit-based scholarships can vary depending on the specific scholarship program and the competitiveness of applicants. Generally, scholarship committees look for students with strong academic records, typically requiring a high GPA, often 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

In addition to GPA, many scholarships also consider standardized test scores, such as the SAT or ACT. While specific score requirements can vary widely, competitive scholarship programs often seek applicants with scores well above average. This typically translates to SAT scores in the range of 1200 or higher (out of 1600) and ACT composite scores of 24 or above (out of 36).

However, it’s essential to remember that these are just general guidelines, and some scholarships may have higher or lower score requirements.

How Do You Get a Merit-Based Scholarship?

Once you set your sights on a merit scholarship, you could boost your success with these tips.

  1. Apply Early
  • Many awards are competitive and applying for them takes time. You’ll often have to gather transcripts, records, and letters of reference. Plus, many ask you to write a detailed and clear essay about your goals. Leave time for these steps so you come off as organized and focused.

 

  1. Keep Your Grades Up
  • Look for awards you qualify for based on your skill sets, grades, and test scores. As a rule, focus on getting your grades in their best shape. Also keep in mind, that getting a merit award is only half the battle. You win really big if you get an award to use at the schools you want to get into.

 

  1. Take Active Steps
  • Being a high achiever, volunteer, athlete or artist takes steady effort. And it’s that consistency that many providers look for. Any time you fall short of your goals, you can tackle these issues before they snowball. To take active measures, it may be useful to meet teachers, coaches, and your guidance counselor regularly. Not only can this ensure you stay on track, but it also builds a network of possible references.

 

  1. Plan to Ace the ACT/SAT
  • Standardized test scores and grades may hold the key to a merit scholarship. Many students don’t do as well as they hoped because of test day jitters and a lack of a prep plan. Learn and prep (a lot) for the ACT and SAT tests. To do this, you must understand the material, how long to study, and solid practices for the day itself.

 

  1. Find Good Matches
  • Even if you meet the criteria, not all merit scholarships you see are ideal fits. To search with more purpose, you might use the Scholarship match quiz. It uses an algorithm to match you with the perfect scholarships based on your interests and goals. Once you have your list, send in a complete application and necessary documents on or by the due date.

10 Merit-Based Scholarships You Should Apply For in 2024

Here are 10 merit scholarships you should apply for now.

  1. National National Eagle Scout Association STEM Scholarship
  2. American University National Achievement and National Merit Scholarship
  3. AXA Achievement Scholarship
  4. UNCF STEM Scholarship
  5. CIRI Special Excellence Award
  6. Coca-Cola Scholarship Program
  7. CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
  8. The University of Washington Google Women Techmakers Scholars Program
  9. Munoz Foundation Straight A Scholarship
  10. SHPE Chevron Scholarship

What Types of Merit-Based Scholarships Can You Apply To?

There are several different types of merit scholarships. Here are just a few we’re going to cover: ACT scholarships, community service, Eagle Scouts, first generation, GPA, leadership, and National Merit. As long as you meet the criteria, you can apply for any of these scholarships. Our team put together a list of different types of merit awards to get you started. Let’s take a look!

ACT Scholarships

Many scholarships consider standardized test scores, such as the SAT or ACT. While specific score requirements can vary widely, competitive scholarship programs often seek applicants with scores that are well above average. This typically translates to SAT scores in the range of 1200 or higher (out of 1600) and ACT composite scores of 25 or above (out of 36).

The ACT is a college admissions test that evaluates your skills and knowledge in four areas: Math, Science, English, and Reading. Your scores on each section are added together to give a scaled score ranging from 1 to 36. Generally, more selective scholarship providers seek high ACT scores.

While some universities are now “test-optional” – meaning you don’t need to submit scores to attend the institution – you can still benefit from high test scores by earning ACT scholarships.

Community Service Scholarships

Community service scholarships recognize students who have made significant contributions to their communities through volunteer work and civic engagement. These scholarships aim to reward students for their dedication to serving others and making a positive impact on society.

Qualifications for these scholarships may vary, but typically, they look for students with a strong commitment to community service and active involvement in volunteer activities. These scholarships can come from colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, and community foundations. One example is DoSomething.org. Their award programs foster more awareness about issues such as voter registration or stress management.

Eagle Scouts Scholarships

As an Eagle Scout, you have the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, and this may qualify you for scholarships. According to the National Eagle Scout Association, “Scholarships are awarded to Eagle Scouts who have shown active participation in school, Scouting activities, and community service, and who demonstrate they understand the fundamentals of service to the community, service to Scouting and their character.”

Amounts range from $3,500-$48,000. You must be a member of the National Eagle Scouts of America and currently enrolled in or accepted by an accredited educational institution as a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours) in a program leading to an academic degree (including associate degrees) or a skilled trade program to earn Eagle Scout Scholarships.

First Generation Scholarships

Are you the first in your family to go to college? As a first scholar, you may qualify for scholarships. First-generation scholarships are designed to support students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education. These scholarships aim to remove financial barriers and provide opportunities for students who may face unique challenges in navigating the college application and enrollment process.

Qualifications for first-generation scholarships vary, but they often require applicants to be the first in their immediate family to attend college. Additionally, applicants may need to demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in extracurricular activities or community service.

First-generation scholarships can be offered by colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Saint Mary’s First Generation Scholars program is an example. These scholarships may cover tuition, fees, and other expenses associated with attending college, helping first-generation students achieve their academic and career goals.

GPA Scholarships

Your grade point average (GPA) may help you qualify for GPA scholarships. Many providers use the GPA as a metric for merit. They then set an acceptable range on the 4.0 scale. As mentioned, many merit awards go to students with a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA. But there are others for students with a 3.0 or lower. One to check out is the Straight A Scholarship, available through the Anthony Munoz Foundation; it awards up to $5,000.

Leadership Scholarships

Leadership scholarships recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities in their schools, communities, or extracurricular activities. These scholarships aim to reward students for their initiative, vision, and impact on others, both inside and outside the classroom.

Qualifications for leadership scholarships may vary, but typically, scholarship committees look for students who have held leadership positions in student government, clubs, sports teams, or community organizations. Applicants may need to demonstrate their leadership skills through essays, letters of recommendation, or interviews.

Leadership scholarships can be offered by colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, and corporations.

One example is the CIRI Foundation. Their goal is to foster self-sufficiency among Alaska Natives. Each year, they offer merit scholarships. The awards value civic activities, grades, and people who help out.

National Merit Scholarships

The National Merit Scholars Program is a well-known national competition. About 1.6 million high school students enter it each year. To be eligible, there are a series of requirements in order to qualify.

High school students must take the PSAT/NMSQT tests. About 50,000 students with high scores qualify for the program. Some become commended students and semifinalists. From here, about 15,000 advance on to become finalists. Every finalist competes for a National Merit $2,500 scholarship. There may also be corporate and college-sponsored awards.

Merit-Based Scholarships for College Students

Merit-based scholarships are here to help you as you navigate the financial challenges of college. These scholarships consider factors like your grades, leadership experience, and involvement in extracurricular activities, rather than just your financial situation.

They come from various places, like colleges, universities, private organizations, and government agencies, and they’re available to students like you who are looking for support to pursue their educational dreams without worrying too much about money.

Merit-based scholarships mean a lot more than just money. They can cover tuition, fees, textbooks, and sometimes even living expenses, which can really ease the financial burden of college. Plus, they allow you to focus on your studies and personal growth without stressing too much about finances.

To make the most of merit-based scholarships, it’s important to do your research. Take advantage of our scholarship portal to find opportunities that match your achievements and interests. Whether it’s a scholarship from your dream university or one offered by a local organization, there are plenty of options out there for you.

Merit-Based Scholarships for High School Seniors

Are you a high school senior gearing up for college? Merit-based scholarships are your ticket to easing the financial burden of higher education. These scholarships, awarded based on your academic achievements, leadership skills, and involvement in extracurricular activities, offer valuable financial assistance as you embark on your college journey.

Merit-based scholarships cover tuition fees, textbooks, and other educational expenses, making college more affordable and accessible. With the right scholarships, you can focus on your studies and personal growth without worrying about finances.

To make the most of these opportunities, it’s important to do your research and identify scholarships that match your strengths and interests. Explore scholarships offered by colleges, universities, private organizations, and government agencies, and don’t hesitate to apply to as many as possible. Also, keep in mind that some scholarships are four-year scholarships; applying now can help you get through college with ease!

Which Colleges Offer Merit-Based Scholarships?

When it comes to merit-based scholarships, many colleges and universities across the country offer opportunities for students to receive financial assistance based on their academic achievements and other merits. These scholarships can vary in terms of eligibility criteria, award amounts, and application processes.

Some colleges offer automatic merit scholarships to students based on their academic record, without requiring a separate application. Others may require students to submit additional materials, such as essays or letters of recommendation, to be considered for merit-based aid.

It’s essential for you to research the merit-based scholarship opportunities available at the colleges you’re interested in attending. College websites often provide detailed information about the types of scholarships available, their eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

In addition to colleges and universities, students may also find merit-based scholarship opportunities through private organizations, community foundations, and government agencies. By exploring a variety of sources, students can increase their chances of receiving financial assistance to help fund their college education.

Why Is It Beneficial to Apply for Scholarships?

Merit-based scholarships are generally a better option than taking out a student loan. With no strings attached, scholarships can help you pay for your college education – which may otherwise be a financial burden. You should consider these benefits of applying for a scholarship:

  • If you don’t qualify for need-based aid according to your family’s income level, you might qualify for merit aid.
  • You might attract scholarships if you apply to schools where you rank in the top 25% of your class.
  • Merit awards may cover your entire tuition for four years or be a one-time award for one year.
  • A merit award may add value to your resume or CV.

Whether you’re a high school freshman or already in college, check out our scholarship portal where you can take a scholarship quiz that matches you with relevant merit-based scholarships!

List of Merit-Based Scholarships for 2024

Check out our list of 682,892 Merit-Based Scholarships for 2024 worth $3B.

ACT Scholarships for 2024

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Total Amount Awarded
$8M Total Amount Awarded
Award Amount
4,070 Awards

Higher ACT scores may improve your chances of getting a scholarship. ACT scholarships are merit-based. This means they often go to students who have above average grades. And scores on standardized tests like the ACT.

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Community Service Scholarships

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Total Amount Awarded
$2M Total Amount Awarded
Award Amount
547 Awards

Scholarships are available for students who are active in community service. Some will require volunteer work at specific locations and charitable organizations, while others recognize students who have contributed to their communities in any way. Browse our complete list of community service scholarships to see which ones you're eligible for and apply today!

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Eagle Scout Scholarships

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Total Amount Awarded
$1M Total Amount Awarded
Award Amount
184 Awards

Scouting can teach you about the outdoors, community, and it can even help you earn scholarships for college! A variety of schools and organizations provide scholarships just for students who have reached the rank of Eagle Scouts - and we've collected some of them here. Browse and apply today!

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First Generation Scholarships

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Total Amount Awarded
$3M Total Amount Awarded
Award Amount
696 Awards

If you are first in your family to attend college, you have a lot to be proud of — and celebrate! By continuing your education, you will also have a huge financial responsibility that may be hard to navigate without the guidance of former college graduates. There are many scholarships for first-generation students to help encourage academic success and decrease student debt, and you can find them right here!

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GPA Scholarships

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Total Amount Awarded
$28K Total Amount Awarded
Award Amount
52 Awards

GPA scholarships require applicants to have a certain grade point average to be eligible to apply. But that doesn't mean they are just for straight A students! Some scholarships specifically aim to support students who have more average grades, but a strong record of participation and community involvement. Search and apply for scholarships based on GPA.

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Leadership Scholarships

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Total Amount Awarded
$63M Total Amount Awarded
Award Amount
17,592 Awards

Are you a leader, not a follower? Are you captain of a school team or president of the student body? Did you lead a group of volunteers on a project? If so, you may be qualified for free money for school with these leadership scholarships. Take the lead and browse our list of awards.

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Merit Scholarships

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Total Amount Awarded
$3B Total Amount Awarded
Award Amount
659,751 Awards

You've worked hard to earn excellent grades and you've studied long hours to ensure the best SAT and ACT scores. The providers of these scholarships want you to know that your work is recognized and they know that an investment in your educational future is likely to be one with high returns for society. If your grades are high and your standardized test scores are at the top of the chart, these merit-based scholarships, grants, and fellowships are for you!

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