Essay Scholarships For High School Sophomores

High school sophomores are thinking about college. They may not know where they want to attend or what they want to study, but they know they are going to college. But, how will they pay for it? Here are scholarships open to high school sophomores.

American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest
Sponsor: American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: March 15, 2018
Description: Contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 who are U.S. citizens. Students must submit an essay on a given topic related to the Foreign Service.

Imagination Begins With You… High School Short Story Contest
Sponsor: Author Brian Claspell
Amount: Up to $300
Closing Date: March 15, 2018
Description: Contest is open to all High School students in the United States who are currently attending a public, private, alternative or home school. Contestant must submit a short story with less than 1,000 words.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Sponsor: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2018
Description: Contest is open to students in grades K-12 who attend public, private, or home schools in the United States and the U.S. territories. Contestant must draw, paint, or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Unfortunately deadlines for Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC have already passed.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Walden Woods Project/Thoreau Institute
Amount: $250
Closing Date: March 15, 2018
Description: Contest is open to youth ages 14-21 around the globe. Applicant must submit an essay or visual essay on a topic related to a quotation by Henry David Thoreau.

National High School Essay Contest
Sponsor: United States Institute of Peace
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: March 15, 2018
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 9-12 in any of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, or if they are U.S. citizens attending high school overseas. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to peace.

Team Up, Dream Up: Make a Sign to Boost Your Friend’s Confidence
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 15, 2018
Description: Use DoSomething’s easy instructions to make a sign encouraging your friend to follow their dreams. Upload a photo of yourself with your sign and you’ll both be automatically entered to win the scholarship! Unlimited entries!

Diverse Minds Writing Challenge
Sponsor: B’nai B’rith International
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: March 16, 2018
Description: Contest is open to high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 in the listed contest cities/regions who have not previously published an original manuscript for profit. Applicant must live in the Washington, DC Metro Area, Atlantic City Electric Region (Southern New Jersey), or the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware or Maryland). Applicant must submit a story (no more than 24 pages) that children can identify with and relate to, alongside of illustrations that are thoughtful, beautiful, and relatable.

$1,000 March Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 20, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to high school, college, and graduate students and those planning to enroll within 12 months. Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States or an international student with a valid visa. Applicant must log in to Niche or create a free account to apply for the scholarship.

Golden Eagle Coins Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Golden Eagle Coins
Amount: $500
Closing Date: March 20, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in high school or college within the United States with at least 3.0 GPA. Applicant must be a citizen of, permanent resident, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada. Applicant must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others and submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.

Innovation in Education Scholarship
Sponsor: LA Tutors
Amount: $500
Closing Date: March 20, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in high school or college within the United States with at least 3.0 GPA. Applicant must be a citizen of, permanent resident, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada. Applicant must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others and submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.

Operation Prevention Video Challenge
Sponsor: Operation Prevention
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 20, 2018
Description: Contest is open to legal U.S. residents who are at least 13 years of age and are students enrolled in 9th through 12th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Applicant must submit a video sending a message to their peers about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse.

Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition
Sponsor: Orlando Science Center
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: March 21, 2018
Description: Competition is open to Central Florida residents who are in high school or home school equivalent (grades 9-12). Applicant must submit a project in a Physical Science category.

Create Real Impact Contest
Sponsor: Impact Teen Drivers
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: March 22, 2018
Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years of age. Student must submit an original work (video, music, creative writing, or artwork) showcasing their idea for a solution to the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving.

Palama Settlement Scholarships
Sponsor: Palama Settlement
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 23, 2018
Description: Scholarships are open to high school and college students who are permanent residents of Hawaii. Applicant must have financial need. In addition to the college scholarships, there is a scholarship for private school tuition.

1990 Institute Contest
Sponsor: 1990 Institute
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: – extended to March 24, 2018
Description: Contest is open to U.S. and China-based students and media-makers age 13-25. Applicant must submit a 2-3 minute travel video on a China trip they’d like to take and why.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition
Sponsor: Haiku Society of America
Amount: $100
Closing Date: March 25, 2018
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Student can submit up to three haiku poems.

International College Counselors Scholarship Essay Contest
Sponsor: International College Counselors
Amount: $250
Closing Date: March 30, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students in grades 9-11 anywhere in the world. Applicant must submit an essay that brags about their high school or homeschool experience. In addition to the worldwide winner, one winner will be selected from Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach Counties (Florida).

Save the Mascots Art Competition
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 30, 2018
Description: Secondhand smoke causes cancer, which is why thousands of colleges have gone tobacco-free. Problem is, 3,273 campuses still allow tobacco. Create the official campaign mascot for #SaveTheMascot! Submit your cheeky illustration of a mascot coping with the effects of secondhand smoke.

$2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to high school, college, and graduate students and those planning to enroll within 12 months. Applicant must be a legal residents of the United States or an international student with a valid visa. Applicant must log in to Niche or create a free account to apply for the scholarship.

ABA YLD Law Day Art Contest
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Amount: Up to $750
Closing Date: March 31, 2018
Description: Contest is open to students, student groups, and classes in grades 9-12 (or the equivalent) in the United States. Contestants must submit an art on the theme: “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.”

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If you’re a skilled writer, a few hundred (or even a thousand) words is no biggie.

Students that can easily express themselves through writing flock toward scholarships with interesting essays and the scholarships on this list are just that.

All of the below scholarships require an essay entry – some as short as only 250 words – with interesting essay topics that range from safe driving and technology to America heroes and animal activism.

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships for writers are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.

If you enjoy expressing your opinions through writing, the scholarships on this list await your entries.

Scholars Helping Collars

Deadline: 2/15/18
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is open to current high school seniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words with two to three photos of your volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed your lives or shaped your perceptions on the importance of animal welfare in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Scholars Helping Collars.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/18
Available to: Ages 13-21 Years
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $250

The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is open to all students aged 14 – 21. You must submit an essay of no more than 750 words based on the prompts listed on the sponsor’s website. This year’s prompts will ask you to consider a time in your life when you pursued a path that was “narrow and crooked,” but felt like it was the right path for you. In what ways are/were you able to, as Thoreau advises, walk that path with “love and reverence?” How has navigating that path shaped you into the person you are becoming?

Learn more about the Live Deliberately Essay Contest .

AFSA High School Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The AFSA High School Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be considered, in a 1,000 – to 1250 – word essay, you must identify two cases – one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful – where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict – affected country.

Learn more about the AFSA High School Essay Contest .

Brighter Future Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Brighter Future Scholarship is available to undergraduate, graduate or law students enrolled at an accredited college or university. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit 500 word letter of intent that identifies a problem and explains how you intend to use your education as a way to begin solving that problem, thus creating a brighter future.

Learn more about the Brighter Future Scholarship.

NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 4/20/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: Awards from $750-$2,000

The NPG 2018 Essay Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on one environmental issue from the sponsor’s chosen list and explain how it is made worse by population growth and describe what measures you would recommend our nation’s leaders take to ensure we protect our fragile environment for generations to come. You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest.

E-Waste Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The E-waste Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must submit a short statement that completes the sentence “The most important reason to care about e-waste is…” and be U.S. citizen or legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the E-Waste Scholarship.

Feldco Scholarship

Deadline: 6/15/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Feldco Scholarship is available to current and prospective college students. To be considered, you must submit a 700 – to 1000 – word essay on the following topic: “How has your family contributed to who you are today?”

Learn more about the Feldco Scholarship.

Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/01/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest is open to U.S. citizens attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1000 words on one of the five topics related to immigration listed on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest.

Love Your Career Scholarship

Deadline: 9/10/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Love Your Career Scholarship is available to students attending an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of at least 1,000 words describing at least three steps that you plan to take in the next year to start a path towards having a career that you love in order to qualify for this award. Topics may include: What are your passions that could be turned into a career? What are some ideas you have for a business based on things that you love and are skilled at? You must also interview a professional in your chosen field that has at least three years of experience.

Learn more about the Love Your Career Scholarship.

MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,000

Sponsored by the Marine Corps Gazette, the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest is open to all Marines on active duty and to members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

The contest honors the essay that proposes and argues for a new and better way of “doing business” in the Marine Corps.

Learn more information about the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest.

Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship is open to undergraduate students at Tufts University.

You must possess the same creative qualities in the writing of prose and poetry to qualify for this award.

Preference is given to students whose writing reflects an interest in ancestry and genealogy.

Get more information on the Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship.

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