Scholarship Opportunities for High School Juniors
By Lauren Kelly
, last updated December 22, 2011
Although many students neglect to start pursuing college scholarships until their senior year of high school, there are many financial awards available to juniors. A comprehensive list of these scholarships can be found at fastweb.com, but we’ve included a sampling of award programs to give you a better idea of the resources and potential prizes for high school juniors.
Best Buy @15 Scholarship Program
With 1000 $1000 prizes reserved for current high school students, Best Buy’s annual scholarship rewards academic achievement, work experience and volunteering by winning candidates who have plans to attend 2-year or 4-year college or vocational technology programs.
Discover Scholarship Program
Awarding 10 scholarships of $25,000 each to high school juniors, Discover’s award program is one of the most generous competitions available. Candidates must be US students with a GPA of at least 2.75 who represent outstanding achievements in leadership, community service and academics.
Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
This competition awards current high school students with $1000 to be used for tuition, room, board or books. Applicants must submit a 250 word personal statement to be considered for the scholarship.
Siemens Westinghouse Competition
Available to high school juniors participating in a team, this math and science competition rewards Regional Finalists with scholarships of $1000 to $3000 and National Finalists with $10,000 to $100,000. Students who advance to the regional level must conduct research, create a poster, give an oral presentation and participate in a question and answer section.
United Youth Fitness Scholarship
Applicants are asked to answer, in 500 words or less, the following prompt: what does fitness mean to you, and how can you better incorporate overall health and fitness into your daily life as a student? Winners receive $1500 toward their studies.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
Open to current high school students, this competition asks candidates to compose a 3-5 minute audio essay in response to a selected prompt. Winners may receive prizes at local, district, state and national levels, with $30000 awarded each year.