College Scholarships for High School Seniors

High school seniors are finally at the end of their high school career and about to make one of their first major independent decisions – where to go to college? One decision that goes hand in hand with where to go to college, is how to fund a college education? Typically, during senior year, students start to work with their high school guidance counselor to determine scholarships that may help them fund a higher education. Luckily, there are many scholarships that are open to high school seniors. See the list below for some ideas of high school senior scholarships:

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarships

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarships: Every year, the Coca-Cola company offers nearly 1,400 students help with financing their college education. The amount of the awards range in value, but up to $20,000 in scholarships funds in available. In order to be eligible, students must be in their senior year of high school, hold at least a 3.0 grade point average, plan to attend college, and be a U.S. citizen. Additional information can be found at the following website:

AFSA $2,000 College Scholarship

AFSA $2,000 College Scholarship: This award is open to students who are U.S. residents in their senior year of high school. Awards range in value from $2,000 to $20,000. All awards are paid directly to the institution where the student plans to attend. The money may be used to cover the cost of books or tuition for the student. All applications must be received prior to the September 7th deadline. Additional information can be found here:

Burger King Scholars Program

Burger King Scholars Program: This scholarship is open to any high school senior who lives in the United States. Students must plan to attend a college or technical program following their graduation from high school. The amount of the award varies widely, and current scholarships range from $1,000 to $50,000. Applicants are chosen based on a combination or academic merit, community service, extracurricular involvement, and any work experience that they have held during their high school career.


Gates Millennium Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors who come from minority backgrounds. In order to be eligible, students must have financial need based on their FAFSA application. Applicants are chosen based on a combination of community service, academic merit, and leadership potential. Students who are chosen to receive this award receive the full-amount of the cost of the education (or unmet need) as indicated by their FAFSA. In addition, the program offers mentoring and networking opportunities to help students with career development.


Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships: Ronald McDonald House Scholarships are unique in that students have the chance to compete for local and national level awards. The amount of the local awards range depending on the student’s chapter. Students who win local awards are eligible to compete for an award of up to $100,000 at the national level. Some of these awards are geared towards students who are Hispanic or Asian while others are open only to students who demonstrate financial need.