Many high school students begin preparing for college entrance exams and for college visits during their sophomore years of high school. However, many students and families wait too long to consider looking into college scholarships for high school students. This is because it can be difficult to know which scholarships high school students are eligible for and where these scholarships can be found. High school juniors are eligible for a number of scholarships, so students who start their scholarship search early have an increased chance of obtaining a scholarship. Below is a list of scholarships that are open to high school juniors:
Discover Scholarship Program: This scholarship is open exclusively to high school juniors. In order to be eligible, students must have at least a 2.75 grade point average from their first two years in high school. Each year, ten of these awards are given out to eligible student to assist with the costs of attending a two-year or four-year college. Additional information about the award can be found here: https://www.discover.com/company/corporate-responsibility/.
Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program: This program is open to high school juniors who are younger than 18 years of age. Student must have someone who is older than 21 nominate them for the award. In order to be eligible, students must have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service above and beyond what would be typically expected for a student of their age. In general, students are selected for this award based on the merits of the project they participated in, how it impacted the community, and the results of their involvement. Students can earn up to $10,000.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship: This scholarship provides up to $30,000 for high school juniors. Students must submit a completed application by Nov. 1st of each each in order to be considered. In addition, they must create a brief audio essay related to the theme of that year. Student submissions are evaluated based on a combination of originality, delivery, and content. Additional details can be found at the following website: https://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFWorg/MY_VFW/VoiceofDemocracyEntryFormandBrochure.pdf.
National Merit Scholarship: This award is open to high school juniors who have taken the PSATs. Every student who takes the PSAT is automatically entered to receive an award worth $2,500. Only students who achieve top scores (typically between 201 to 240) are awarded the scholarships. Students who are eligible will receive a notification and will be required to complete an application.
Carson Scholars Program: This scholarship provides an award worth $1,000 to high school juniors. In order to be eligible for this award, students must have excellent both in the academic and community service realms. Only students who have at least a 3.75 grade point average and who are in grades 4 to 11 will be considered. Applicants must be nominated by someone at their school and schools may only nominate one student per year. Applications must be received by early January.
In addition to the above awards, high school juniors can make an appointment with their high school advisor to explore other scholarships that they may be eligible to apply for prior to their senior year.