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    In addition, the following local scholarships are CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:
    Make Me Laugh Scholarship

    Make Me Laugh is a fun scholarship that lets you cut loose and lighten things up. Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction) that makes people laugh (250 words or less). Open to students as young as 13 years of age. Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2025. Award $1,500

    Due: August 31


    Deadline: September 26

    Find Your Voice and Be Heard Scholarship

    If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why? (250 words). Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S and be 14 years old or older. Institution by 2025. Award $1,500

    Due: September 30 

    Available to students ages 18-24.  Submit your goal and one you reach 50 votes you will be eligible to submit a video to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition.
    Deadline: October 17
    National ($25,000) and State Scholarship Opportunities ($6,000-$10,500)
    Deadline: October 25
    Must be a current senior, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. institution. Children or grandchildren of employees, officers or owners are not able to apply.
    Deadline: October 31
    All applicants will be notified of their status on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
    Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship 
    Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive (250 word max essay). Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2025 and be 14 years old or older. Award Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: October 31

    Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

    Students compete for this award by writing and recording an audio essay on a patriotic theme. The theme for the 2021-22 contest is "America: Where do we go from here?" The first-place winner gets a grand prize of $30,000 as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC. The program gives out a total of $2.1 million in awards and incentives each year. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply. For more information please click HERE.

    Deadline: October 31

    Strong Academic scholars interested in the University of Notre Dame.
    Deadline: November 1 (Early Action) or January 1 (Regular Decision)
    Available to child (under 23) of totally disabled or deceased ELK member. Up to $5,000 for one year. Applications available upon request starting May 1.
    Due: November 1
    Have you dedicated yourself to achieving academic exellence, offered to help to your community, and demonstarted leadership? Students must be currently enrolled in high school and gradute in the Spring of 2022, have an unweighted GPA of 3.0, be of Hispanic heritage, must attend the virtual regional awards ceremony, and be a permanent US resident, US citizen or qualify under DACA. 
    Deadline: November 14


    The MVS contest is open to any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. The 20 Top Finalists traditionally* participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 Finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.

    Due: November 15

    Designed to help people with disabilities obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in the career path of choice. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates with an identified disability, long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major life activity, and plans to enroll at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the 2018-2019 acaemic year. $2,500 renewable scholarship for full-time students or $1,250 for half-time students.
    Due: November 28 or when 700 applications have been received, whichever comes first. Apply Early!
    Offers 2 $1,000 annual scholarships to two qualified students pursuing a bachelor’s, associate’s, graduate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university. Students need to complete a Google Form by November 30th to submit application for consideration.
    Driver Education Initiative Award
    Applicants must be currently enrolled in either High School, University or College. Employees and relatives of National Driving and Traffic School are ineligible. 
    1. Round 1: April 1st: application deadline
    2. Round 2: Accepting entries May 3rd  – August 1st 
    3. Round 3: Accepting entries  September 18th -November 30th. 
    Questions to be answered in your essay/application. (750 words minimum)
    • What is the importance of driver education in reducing the number deaths as a result of driving?
    • What steps can be taken to reduce the number of deaths related to driving?
    • Have you ever had an experience of being in car accident or have seen your friends or family members driving irresponsibly?
    • What steps can you take to be a better and safer driver as well as help others become safer on the road?
    U.S. Citizen and resident of California planning to pursue vocational or technical course for training. Awards will be between $500 and 2,000 for an academic year depending on length of course. Award can be renewed for an additional year. Scroll under the video to find application.
    Due: 3 months after down-loading application (on-going) 
    Must be a high school senior with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA , plan to pursue studies in the STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university and show financial need. Eligible STEM majors include Management Information Systems, Computer and Information Services, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Natural Resources and Conservation or Physical Sciences (see list of eligible majors). 30 awards for $40,000 each.
    Due: December 13 @ 8pm PST
    Open to USC-bound students with high financial need who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness.  Priority given to first-generation college bound and local area (OC is local area) students.  Scholarship not limited to these populations.
    Deadline: December 1
    AXA Achievement Scholarship
    Open to HS Seniors, must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident planning to attend a two- or four-year accredited institution.  Must demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities.  Must be one of the first 10,000 online applications submitted by the deadline or if reached earlier than the deadline.  Prizes range from $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000.
    Due: December 15 or when 10,000 online applications have been received, whichever comes first. Apply Early!
    Deadline: December 15
    $1000, $5000, $25,000 & $50,000 awards
    You Deserve It Scholarship
    To be eligible students must be a resident of the United States, District of Columbia, or US Territories. Students must also be 16 years of age or older and be enrolled in college or registered in high school. Award for $2,222
    Deadline: October 29
    Students can use this award for any educational need from books to housing. To be eligible create a FREE Student Cirkled In account and to increase your chances of winning by completing your portfolio. Award for $2,500
    Deadline: December 31
    To be eligible students must be under the age of 22 and be interested in designing and building things. Thiel Fellows receive $100,000 grant and support from Thiel Foundation's network of founders, investors, and scientists. 
    Deadline: December 31
    Overachievers Student Grant 
    To be eligible students must be in middle or high school and be a person who is making a difference in other's lives outside the classroom. 1 award for $15,000. 
    Deadline: December 31

    UNIGO - 10k Scholarship

    2020 was a year to be remembered. What will you remember most about 2020 and why is it important to you? (250 words or less) Open to students as young as 13 years of age. Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2025.

    Due: December 31


    George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

    To be eligible for this scholarship students must be a US resident attending a public, parochial, private or home school in grades 9-12. 3 awards of $5,000 each. To participate, students must submit an original 800- to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay will be judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation.

    Deadline: December 31


    Illustrators of the Future Scholarships

    To be eligible students must be neew or amateur artitis who have not been professionally published. 4 awards of $5,000 each. 

    Deadline: December 31


    GoTranscript Academic Scholarship Program

    To be eligible students must be a high school senior or current full-time college freshman. Participants must register using university or college issued email. Students must briefly talk about themselves and their academic/career short-term and long-term goals. Then, students must answer the following questions:

      1. What have you learned from your experience(s)? Examples may include: community service, volunteer work, employment, school clubs, sports, family,etc.
      2. Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your field of study and your future goals. 

    Lastly write a 500 to 1,000-word essay on the following topic: Share a story about how language has helped you express your voice. Award for $1,000

    Deadline: Application are accepted year round 


    To be eligible students must be at least 13 years and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the U.S. Students must also be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico. 

    Deadline: December 31


    SuperMoney's Financial Literacy Scholarship

    The program awards $1,000 a year to a student who wants to help Americans improve their financial wellness through continued education.To qualify students must be enrolled full-time in high school as a senior or be a part-time or full-time student in a college, graduate school, trade school, or coding bootcamp. Have an overall average GPA of at least 3.0. Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Upload an unofficial transcript or an enrollment verification document and submit a 400-600 word essay on financial literacy. 

    Deadline: January 10



    Wealth Wise Scholarship

    To be eligible students must be planning to a major of study that supports a career in the finance industry (finance, business, accounting, mathematics, mangement, and other related majors). Essay Topic/Title: How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved. This essay will explore current issues in today’s credit landscape and various ways to offset the negative implications that affect many Americans’ ability to access capital. The essay should be 500-900 words. Any resources should be carefully noted and cited appropriately using the MLA format. Any plagiarism or fabrication will disqualify the applicant from award disbursement. The essay should be written in 12-point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins.

    Award $1,000

    Deadline: December 31


    To be eligible students must currently be in high school, college, or university. Students must also be at least 16 years of age on the day of the deadline.
    4 awards for $5,000 each. 
    Deadline: December 31


    10 Things You Love About You Scholarship

    Create a Top Ten List of the top ten reasons you should get this scholarship (250 words or less). Open to students as young as 14 years of age. Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2025. Award $1,500

    Due: December 31

    Over 32 scholarship opportunities available through HEEF.  
    Apply to the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund scholarship and choose one other subfund to apply to.
    Deadline: December 3
    Click here for scholarship program and flyer.
    Find scholarships from Denny's partners for high school and college students, each scholarship has different requirements. Awards varies 
    Deadline: December 31
    GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship 
    Open to U.S. Citizens, minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; students must demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.
    Click here for application/information. 
    Deadline: January 3 or until 25,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first. Apply early! 
    Students must be entering college in the Fall of 2020, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community-based sports. 20 awards for student athletes - $20,000 each. 
    Deadline January 3
    Students must be U.S citizens or permanent residents, Black/African American, and current high school seniors. Students must also demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have demonstrated financial need. 20 awards - $40,000 each
    Deadline: January 9
    Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (Opens Sept. 4)
    Open to U.S. citizens or Permanent Resident and of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent. Must have 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale. 
    Award amount: $2,500 - $20,000
    Click here for application.
    Deadline: January 14 @ 5:00pm EST
    Open to high school seniors of Southeast Asian ancestry. There are 27 scholarships on this website, each with varying deadlines and requirements. Check the website and see where you can apply!
    Deadline: varies January - October 1
    Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship
    Must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, at least 16 years of age and no older than 26 years of age, located in the United States or D.C. and on track to apply for or currently enrolled in an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational programs (including accredited two-and four-year colleges, universities, vocational-technical and trade schools). Opens November 12 @ 12:00pm.
    Deadline: January 20 @ 5:00pm PST 


    What’s Your Dream Scholarship

    We want to know... what do you dream about? Whether it's some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college." (250 words or less). Open to legal U.S. residents, students as young as 14 years of age. Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2026.

    Due: January 31

    Must be a member of Schools First Credit Union & GPA of 2.5 or higher and plant to attend college/university in the fall. Award $500 
    Deadline: January 31

    Jackie Robinson's Foundation Scholarship Program (opens November 1)

    Applicants to this need-based scholarship are judged on their leadership skills and commitment to community service. To be considered eligible, you must identify as a minority student. The scholarships are four-year awards, and you can receive as much as $30,000 over four years. US high school seniors are eligible to apply. 

    Deadline: February 1


    McDonald's HACER National Scholarship 

    The HACER scholarship winners are selected based on their academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need. The rigorous selection process includes a completed application, a personal questionnaire and interviews with a distinguished panel of judges representing academia, business, media, and McDonald’s.

    Deadline: February 3

    HS senior who is a child or grandchild of an ELK member in good standing for the past two years. Opens September 1.
    Deadline: February 5 @ 11:59am Central Time
    The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation is pleased to provide graduating seniors from all Santa Ana Unified School District high schools with the opportunity to apply for seven different scholarships. By applying to these scholarships you increase your chances of being selected since you are competing locally for the scholarship, and not nationally. If selected, students will be notified in March and will receive the scholarship in April. Make sure to use your PERSONAL EMAIL to access the scholarship; school email blocks the application.
    Deadline: February 13
    Must be of Hispanic Heritage, minimum 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale) based on 9th -12th grade first semester grades. Scholarship amount ranges from $500 - $5,000.
    Deadline: February 14
    Open to any HS junior who plans to enroll in college in the Fall of 2020, an American citizen or legal permanent resident. All applications must be completed online. Applications have closed for 2019.
    Due: February 24 by 5:00pm
    Big Things Come In Small Packages Scholarship

    Not every gift has to be expensive or extravagant. In fact, sometimes it's the sweet and simple things that make a real difference in our lives. Think back and tell us about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you. (250 words or less) Open to students as young as 14 years of age, must be legal U.S. residents. Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2026. Award $1,500

    Due: February 28

    Several scholarships available to students of any ethnic background.  Ten scholarships are administered through the foundation. See individual scholarship for criteria.
    Deadline: Varies from February 26 - May 17 --- see each scholarship description
    Click here for link to scholarships.
    To be eligible students must: 
    • be a U.S citizen or permanent resident 
    • be African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian
    • be a graduating high school senior or college freshman, sophomore, junior. Senior can apply for their fifth year. 
    • intend to major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or another related chemistry-related science AND plan to pursue a career in a chemistry-related science (see website for more information)

    350 awards up to $5,000.

    Deadline: March 1

    CSULB President's Scholars Program
    Open to seniors who plan to attend CSULB in the fall and are high achieving students who may have qualified as a National Merit Semi-finalist/Finalist or National Hispanic Recognition Scholars. Students apply to the University Honors Program for consideration. If selected, full tuition and student fees, free housing, automatic acceptance to honors program, book allowance and much more! Opens February 1.
    Deadline: March 1
    Engebretson Foundation Scholarship

    This need-based scholarship is pretty straightforward: it's awarded to one student each year who demonstrates not only financial need but also impressive academic performance and leadership ability. The annual award winner receives $5,000 per semester of college for one year. High school seniors with financial need who plan to attend a four-year college are eligible to apply. 

    Deadline: March 1 - Applications must be submitted via mail

    Send completed application and teacher recommendation to:

    Engebretson Foundation

    1309 South 204 Street

    Box 219

    Elkhorn, NE 68025

    Guardian Scholars @ CSU Fullerton
    Open to current or former foster youth and planning to attend CSU Fullerton in the fall. Also look into the Foster Youth Program available on the same website. Application opens in November.
    Deadline: March 2
    Application open end of October. Must be admitted to CSUF, hold a minimum 3.75 weighted GPA based on 10th-12th first semester grades.
    Deadline: March 2
    CSUF The Abrego Future Scholars Program

    The Abrego Future Scholars Program provides financial and academic support for students during their first year at CSU Fullerton, awarding up to fifty $1,500 scholarships to first-time freshman. The program helps facilitate transition to college and provides support services such as academic advising, student life activities, mentoring, campus-wide connections, and all necessary tools to ensure success at CSUF.

    Deadline: March 2

     Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest (Gallery Collection Scholarship)  

    This scholarship is pretty unique—and it's great for students with some untapped artistic talents! Students compete for this award by submitting a photo, a piece of artwork, or computer graphic to be used on the front of a greeting card. The winner will receive $10,000, and the winner's school will also get $1,000. High school and college students, aged 14 or older are eligible to apply. 

    Deadline: March 2 

    HS senior or HS graduate with a disability, must be U.S. citizen. $1,000 - $2,000 (renewable)
    Due: March 15
    Must be a student living in Southern California, in need of educational financial assistance, pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, must participate in some form of community service, be a in good standing with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher, must be a college or univesity freshman status 
    Deadline:  Application is being updated
    OC Community Foundation
    The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) offers a wide range of scholarships for students working to make their dream of college a reality. To be considered, students must be a resident of Orange County, complete a general application and meet eligibility requirements. Over 15 scholarship opportunities available through OCCF. Check individual scholarship criteria. Awards up to $6,000
    Deadline: December 3
    Open to seniors planning to attend SAC in the fall. Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in high school to apply.  Scholarship opens January 29, 2021.
    Deadline: March 26
    Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why? (250 words or less) Open to students as young as 14 years of age, must be a legal U.S. Resident. Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2026. Award $2,500

    Due: March 31


    Applicants are eligible for the following three types of scholarship awards.

    1. National Scholastic Achievement Awards ($2,000)

      • GPA of  3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent

    2. Honors Awards ($500 to $2,000) 

      • GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent

    3. General Awards ($250 to $1,000)

      • Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individual's motivation, sincerity, and community involvement. 

    Deadline: application is being updated

    Must be enrolled or accepted as a full time or part time undergraduate student at an accredited post-secondary institution, college, or university for the upcoming academic year. Majoring in an undergraduate level restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality-related program. Plan to be enrolled for at least two consecutive undergraduate terms or on track to complete an undergraduate degree within one term. Unrelated to any employees or family members of the National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, any state restaurant association.

    Deadline: March 15
    KidGuard High School Scholarship

    Must be a high school senior enrolled in any school in the U.S. 1 winner will be rewarded $800, 1 winner will be rewarded $700, and 3 winners will be rewarded $500 each. Students must choose ONE of three questions and write a thoughtful essay. See website for more details. 

    Deadline: March 31

    The Award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life. Applications must be submitted through a Zonta club, refer to the application for a full list of eligiblity and requirements. For application, click HEREAwards $1,500 or $4,000
    Deadline: Contact club for deadline 
    Open to HS seniors of any ethnic background with a 3.0 cummulative (unweighted) GPA, planning to attend a university or college in California or Nevada.
    Deadline: April 2 @ 11:59pm
    Open to HS seniors of any athnic background with a 3.0 cummulative unweighted GPA, planning to attend a college or university in Claifornia, Illinios, Marland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, or Washington. 
    Deadline: April 2
    Open to HS seniors of any ethnic background with a 3.0 cummalative (unweighted) GPA, planning to attend a U.S acredited 4-year college/University of California as a 1st year student in the Fall 2019. 
    Deadline: April 2
    The Floral Park Neighborhood Association is pleased to invite graduating high school students to apply for the annual Scholarship Award program.  The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding seniors who will be furthering their education at a college or university.  Leadership and service in their community, schools and churches will be considered.  Each year, FPNA awards no less than four (4) scholarships for $1,000 each to be used by the student to further their education.  Download application HERE.
    Deadline:  April 9 (make sure to mail on or before this date.)
    Open to graduating high school seniors with a parent who is an active duty law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic, or EMT. Students will also have to complete a 500-1,000 word essay and submit high school transcripts. Award is $1,000 and can receive an additional $4,000.

    Due: May 10



    All About Education Scholarship

    How will a $3,000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life? (250 words or less). Open to students as young as 14 years of age, must be a legal U.S. Resident. Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2026.

    Due: April 30

    A program funded by Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize and provide financial assistance to outstanding college-bound high school seniors. Each scholar receives $1,000, a small number may be further recognized for a four-year scholarship totaling $4,000. Any senior with a 3.0 GPA or higher may apply. Check back October 2019 for updated application info.
    Deadline:  April 30
    Kids’ Chance of California is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide needs-based educational scholarships to the children of California workers who have been fatally or seriously injured on the job. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 - $10,000 annually.  Students can apply every year.  For more information visit their website.
    Deadline: May 15 --- Scholarship website has not been updated. Check back.

    Review It Scholarship

    To be elibilge students must be attending college or university no later than September of 2020 and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater and plan on attending a school in the United States. $1,000 award

    Deadline: May 15


    Fifth Month Scholarship

    May is the fifth month of the year. Write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important. Be serious or be funny. Either way, here's a high five to you for being original. (250 words or less) Open to students as young as 14 years of age, must be a legal U.S. Resident. Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2026. Award $1,500

    Due: May 31



    Open to current seniors planning to attend OCC in the fall. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Scholarship recipients must be willing to participate in OCC-related student organizations.
    Click here for scholarship information and application.
    Due: June 1
    Do-Over Scholarship

    If you could get one 'do-over' in life, what would it be and why?" (250 words or less) Open to students as young as 14 years of age, must be a legal U.S. Resident. Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2026. Award $1,500

    Due: June 30

    Flavor Of The Month Scholarship

    Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. In fact, July is National Ice Cream Month, and that's the inspiration behind this award. We think people are very similar to ice cream; some are nutty, others a little exotic, while some are very comforting. If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why? (250 words or less) Open to students as young as 14 years of age, must be a legal U.S. Resident. Students must plan to attend an accredited U.S. Institution by 2026. Award $1,500

    Due: July 31

    Closed to class of 2018. Opens December 2019 to seniors who have taken at least two CTE/ROP courses throughout high school.
    Deadline: February 
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