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Scholarships for High School Seniors

Updated: Feb 5

Written by: Anthony Caron & Maya Caron

20 Scholarships High School Seniors Should Apply For

Senior year is an exciting time for high schoolers as it’s the year that precedes a new chapter in life. If you’re planning on attending a college right after high school, it’s vital to apply for as many scholarships as possible in order to get ahead financially.

1) The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.

Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial

aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the FAFSA, or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university.

To apply, students must be:

 A high school senior

 From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American

 Pell-eligible

 A US citizen, national, or permanent resident

 In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)

 Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US

accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.

2) The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund $3,500-$5,000

The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund is dedicated to investing in the college education of Hispanic

youth in Central Florida. These awards range from $3,500 - $5,000.

To qualify for the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship, you must:

 Be of Hispanic Heritage

 Have a minimum overall unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school

students and undergraduate students

 Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree and enroll full-time (12 credit hours) in one of the following schools for fall and spring of the upcoming scholarship year


o Valencia College

o Seminole State College

o Lake-Sumter State College

o Rollins College

o AdventHealth University

 Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen as defined by the scholarship fund

 Apply for Federal Financial Aid using the FAFSA

The following are preferred, but not required:

 Students who are able to demonstrate an evident financial need

 Students who are from the Central Florida region

 Students pursuing degrees in any of the following areas

 Degrees in " STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields

 Degrees that support Central Florida's anchor industries, such as construction management and hospitality management; and

 Degrees that represent economic priorities in the region, such as degrees in the arts, business management/economics and education.

3) Taste of Carleton Application

The Taste of Carleton Application is a process where students can apply to be flown out to visit campus.

While there is a $50 registration fee, financial aid is offered.

To apply, you need:

 Transcript (unofficial is fine) through the end of 11th grade (or you can self-report these classes and grades)

 List of senior year classes

 Any standardized test scores you would like to report (optional)

 Any additional documents you would like to submit, such as a resume (optional)

4) The BHW Scholarship $3,000

The BHW Group is a leading web development and mobile app development company in Austin, Texas.

The BHW Group is offering $3,000 for the Women in STEM academic scholarship. Applications open in

January and are due every April 15th. Winners are announced on May 15th.

To apply, you need to be a:

Woman who is pursuing an undergraduate or master's degree and is majoring in science, technology,

engineering, or mathematics.

5) Hispanic Scholarship Fund $500-$5,000

HSF empowers students and parents with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing support services and scholarships to as many exceptional students,

HSF Scholars and Alumni as possible. Every year, HSF selects 10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants. HSF Scholars have access to a full range of invaluable Scholar Support Services, including career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training. Award amounts range from $500 - $5,000, based on relative need.

Requirements to apply:

 Must be of Hispanic heritage

 U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA

 Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5

GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students

 Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate

school, in the US, for the 2022-2023 academic year

 Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)

6) No Essay Smart Owl Scholarship $7,000

The No Essay Smart Owl Scholarship is a free of charge sweepstakes that grants $7,000 to one lucky


To apply you must be:

 A resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories except for Rhode

Island and Michigan.

 16 years of age or older

 Enrolled now, or will be enrolled within three months of registration in the Scholarship

Sweepstakes, in a qualified high school, college or university within the United States.

7) $1,000 Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship

The “Too Cool to Pay for School” scholarship is part of a contribution to helping students save money for higher education. The scholarship can be used to cover education-related expenses such as tuition, textbooks, housing, technology, and other fees.

This scholarship is open to:

 All current high school, college, and graduate students

 US residents, DACA and undocumented students, and international students currently studying

in the US

8) Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program $20,000

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities.

Twenty Foot Locker Scholar Athletes will receive $20,000 in college scholarship money for their excellence in school, sports teams, and communities. The scholarship will be awarded in four equal annual payments of $5,000 throughout the winner’s four-year college career. Applications require a completed form, interview process, essay, and references.

To apply you must:

 Be a current high school senior entering a four-year, accredited US college or university;

 Be currently a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after- school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.);

 Have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade;

 Be a U.S. citizen or US Permanent Legal Resident.

9) GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program $10,000

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive,

integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Submissions require a fully completed application form, an essay, community service hours, demonstrated financial need, and recommendations.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

 demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;

 demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);

 be citizens of the United States of America;

 be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and

 plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.

10) Jet Future Business Leaders Scholarship $1,000

Jet Insurance Company invests in the future business leadership of America. This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled college students who are interested in pursuing a career in business.

To be eligible, the applicant must be going to a two/four-year college and be a U.S. citizen.

There will be an essay alongside the fully completed application to apply.

11) Ron Brown Scholarship $40,000

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship a program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.

Applications require a transcript, recommendation letter, and listed community service hours.

Applicants for the Ron Brown Scholarship MUST be Black/African American, US citizens or permanent residents, and a current high school senior at the time of their application.

12) Profile in Courage Essay Contest $10,000

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to describe and analyze an act

of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born.

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; US students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program; and US citizens attending schools overseas.

The first-place winner receives $10,000. Second-place receives $3,000. Five finalists receive $1,000 each.

Eight semifinalists receive $100 each. Ten students receive honorable mentions.

Applicants must be:

 Currently in high school

 A U.S. citizen

13) Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program $40,000

The Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship program provides students with an opportunity to upgrade their careers with a $40,000 scholarship, plus a paid summer internship programming at Amazon.

To be eligible, students must:

 Have completed a computer science course in high school

 Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science

 Be a high school senior in the US

 Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

 Employees and immediate family members of and its subsidiaries are not eligible

to apply

14) McDonald’s Hacer National Scholarship $25,000

HACER stands for Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources. McDonald’s® wants to award

Hispanic students for their achievements in the community.

No essay is needed. All that’s needed is a transcript, personal statement, recommendation letter, community service hours, and a completed FASFA.


 Currently a High school senior

 You’re a legal U.S. resident

 You’re younger than 21 years old

 You carry a minimum 2.8 GPA

 You’re eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full-time course of study

 You’ll disclose other scholarship programs that you’ve applied for

 You’ll enroll and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after your selection

(verification needed, as scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools)

 You have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage

15) Alex Austin's Overcoming Adversity Scholarship $3,000

Alex Austin is a Long Beach native and defensive back for the Oregon State University Beavers. He’s no stranger to overcoming adversity. He wishes to help elevate students who have shown resilience in overcoming their own challenges.

Three scholarships (one $1,000 award and two $500 awards) will be awarded to students who have overcome hardship throughout their lives. A written response, as well as a transcript, is required for this


16) Cameron Impact Scholarship $ Varies

The Cameron Impact Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition, a merit-based undergraduate scholarship awarded annually to 10-15 exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service. This award is unique among their high-achieving peers in their desire to make an impact on their communities and in the world at

large. Our Scholar aspires to contribute to positive forces for change and plans to tailor their education to that end.

The Cameron Impact Scholarship covers the full tuition, fees, and books at any accredited U.S. based college or university that the recipient chooses to attend.

To apply, the applicant must:

 Maintain a minimum, cumulative, unweighted GPA of a 3.7/4.0 scale or equivalent in their high

school studies;

 Be a full citizen of the United States of America;

 Be planning to enroll in a full-time course of study towards a degree at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university for the full academic year following high school graduation;

 Show proven excellence in extracurricular activities, be motivated leaders with a strong work ethic, demonstrate active participation in community service and/or civic-minded arenas; and

 Submit by the Application Deadline:

o Online Application;

o Two required Letters of Recommendation; and

o Transcript certifying academic performance.

17) Heisman High School Scholarship $1,000-$10,000

The Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance is looking for all types of high-achieving seniors from more than 29,000 public and private high schools within the U.S. We consider young men and women who participate in a wide range of sports as well as school and community


Applicants must:

 Be high school seniors

 Have a minimum 3.0 GPA

 Participate or have participated in grades 9, 10, or 11 in at least one of the sports recognized by

the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the

Paralympic Games, or the National Federation of State High School Associations.

 Have participated in volunteer service, community involvement, or leadership within his/her

school or community.

18) Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship $40,000

The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial needs who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational experience – including

tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees. Awards vary by individual applicants, based on the

cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive.

This highly competitive scholarship includes:

 Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school. You do not have to attend college in the U.S., but you must attend a fully accredited four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

 Ability to pursue any area of study.

 Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid.

 Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the student experience.

To be eligible to apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program you must:

 Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above

 Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with a family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.

 Reside in the United States or a U.S. territory and attend high school in the United States

Two academic recommendations will be required through the Common App.

 One recommendation must be from an 11th-grade teacher in a core academic subject

(English/language arts, mathematics, social studies/history, science, or foreign language)

 One from another teacher or professor who has worked with you in the last four years.

19) Sierra Nevada Corporation Women in STEM Scholarship $7,500

The Sierra Nevada Corporation has established a scholarship program to assist those who self-identify as

female and plan to or are currently pursuing a degree and career in a non-medical, STEM-related field in college or graduate school.

Applicants to the Sierra Nevada Corporation Women in STEM Scholarship must:

 Self-identify as female

 Be current high school seniors, college undergraduates, or graduate-level students pursuing a degree and career in a non-medical, STEM-related field

 Plan to enroll in part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year

 Have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

20) National Honor Society Scholarship Program $ Varies

The National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship Program is supported by the parent organization of NHS,

the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Applicant must be a high school senior; an active NHS member in good standing; currently enrolled at a school with an affiliated NHS chapter, and planning to enroll at a post-secondary college or university. Funds may be used at a U.S. college or

university, military institute, or trade school.

Eligibility Requirements:

 3.0 Minimum GPA

 Must currently be in high school

 Type of institution award is open to: two-year college

 Type of institution award is open to: four-year college

 Type of institution award is open to: trade/technical school

 Award is available to U.S. citizens

 Award is available to Canadian citizens

 Award is available to citizens of countries other than the U.S. and Canada.

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