It’s never too early to start looking (and applying) for college scholarships.
Even as early as your sophomore year in high school, you can start entering essay, video, and other scholarship contests to earn money to help pay for college.
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Here’s a look at 10 scholarships high school sophomores can apply for. The deadlines for these scholarships vary, so you’ll need to refer to each scholarship’s website for its annual deadlines, rules for applying, and additional details.
$2,000 CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship: Want to be recruited to play a sport in college? Sign up on this website to enter to win a $2,000 scholarship. You must be 13 or older to qualify. Four $2000 scholarships are awarded each year.
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation: This site allows you to compete with other high school students in grades 9 through 12 in online quizzes to win scholarships ranging from $250 to $2,500. Topics include general common knowledge items, specific academic subjects, books, websites, and movies.
Innovation in Education Monthly Scholarship: LA Tutors offers this monthly $500 scholarship. Any high school or college student can apply. To apply, you must have designed an innovative project (website, blog, app, fundraising event, etc.) that makes a difference in the lives of others and submit an essay about the project. The deadline is the 20th of each month.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: This program annually recognizes high school students for volunteer community service activities. State award winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, and $1,000. National award winners receive an additional $5,000. The application process begins in September and involves local, state, and national competitions.
ScholarshipExperts.com Scholarships: This scholarship site offers a new scholarship opportunity each month for writing 250-word essays on everything from ice cream to zombies. Students age 13 and up can apply. Scholarship amounts range from $1,500 to $5,000.
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Scout of the Year: The Veterans of Foreign Wars annually awards three scholarships to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts age 15 or older who have achieved their scouting organization’s top rank. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. Applications go through a local competition before qualifying for the national competition.
Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Scholarships: This site can give you the chance to win a scholarship for conducting a research project! Each year the Siemens Foundation hosts this scholarship contest. All high school students in grades 9 through 12 can participate. High school sophomores can compete in teams of two or three. Prizes range from $1,000 for regional awards up to $100,000 for the national top prize. The deadline to apply is usually in September.
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Scholarship: This Chicago-based nonprofit organization offers this scholarship. Any high school student, in grades 9 to 12, who is a US citizen, a lawful permanent resident, or lawfully authorized to work full-time for a US employer can apply. Grades are part of the criteria, and an essay is required. Three $1000 scholarships are awarded. The deadline to apply is typically in April. (Click on the High School Students tab for details on this scholarship.)
US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Scholarship: Top prize is $3,000 for this scholarship. Applicants must have Asian-Pacific Island heritage and be living in the United States. The scholarship is open to high school students in grades 9 to 12. The deadline to apply is usually in April. (Click on the High School Students tab for details on this scholarship.)
Zinch $1,000 Weekly Scholarship: Register for Zinch.com and submit a three-sentence essay to apply for this site’s weekly scholarship contest. All high school students can enter this contest.