College is expensive!! Having won over $500,000 in scholarships, I can say from first-hand experience, taking the time to apply is worth it!! But I know how stressful it can be to find scholarships. That’s why one of my goals with College Ninja is to help alleviate some of that scholarship-finding stress and bring you ones you should apply for today.

There are thousands of scholarships available. For this list, I’ve focused primarily on national scholarships with high school eligibility. Stay tuned for future lists focused on specific interests and graduate programs. If you have a suggestion for a list you’d like to see me put together, let me know!

Here are 25 scholarships you can apply for this fall semester!

The Cameron Impact Scholarship

Award: full-tuition and qualified educational expenses, estimated $20,000- $50,000 per year

Deadline: September 13

Who: graduating seniors with at least a 3.7 GPA

Key Criteria: high achievement, community service, and evidence of being civic-minded

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Award: 5- $100,000, 5- $25,000, and 10- $10,000

Deadline: TBD

Who: students between ages 18-24

Key Criteria: a video explaining your goal

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Award: $20,000 (150 awards)

Deadline: October 31

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: high-achievement 

Burger King Scholarship

Award: multiple awards ranging from $1,000- $50,000

Deadline: December 15

Who: high school seniors and Burger King employees and families

Key Criteria: Integrity, high standards, entrepreneurial spirit, good citizenship, and education 

Golden Door Scholars

Award: up to $40,000 (up to 50 available)

Deadline: September 16

Who: high school students, recent graduates, or currently enrolled undergraduates

Key Criteria: high-achieving and motivated DACA students

The Evans Scholarship

Award: full-tuition and housing (280 awards)

Deadline: October 30

Who: senior in high school or college freshman

Key Criteria: strong golf caddie record and demonstrated financial need

QuestBridge College Match Scholarship

Award: 4-year, full-ride scholarship worth over $200,00 each

Deadline: September 26 (first deadline)

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: must be able to show outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges

Cameron Impact Scholarship

Award: four-year, full-tuition (10-15 awards)

Deadline: September 13 (or when they reach 3,000 applicants)

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: high-merit with a focus on community service

Dell Scholarship

Award: $20,000, a laptop, and textbook credits (est. 500 awards)

Deadline: December 1

Who: high school senior

Key Criteria: participation in an approved College Readiness Program, demonstrated financial-need 

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

Award: $20,000 (20 awards)

Deadline: TBD

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: commitment to a sport

AXA Achievement Scholarship

Award: multiple $25,000, $10,000, and $2,500 awards totaling over $1.4 million

Deadline: TBD (last year was December 14)

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: ambition and self-drive

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship

Award: $2,500 (over 800 awards)

Deadline: TBD (last year was December 7th)

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: merit and demonstrated financial need

4-H Youth in Action Awards

Award: $5,000 (4 prizes) and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Deadline: October 21

Who: 4-H members between the ages of 15-19

Key Criteria: essay and video describing leadership in one of 4-H’s pillars

The Haz La U Program

Award: $2,000- $15,000 (31 awards)

Deadline: October 15

Who: high school seniors, Hispanic heritage

Key Criteria: community service and leadership

The Levine Scholars Program

Award: full-tuition, room, board, a grant to implement a service project, and summer leadership experiences (est. $155,000 value, 20 awards)

Deadline: October 8 (counselor nomination deadline)

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: must attend UNC Charlotte

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Award: up to $5,000 (multiple state and national awards)

Deadline: TBD (2018 was November 16)

Who: students in grades 5-12

Key Criteria: based exclusively on community service

Good Tidings Scholarship

Award: $10,000 (10 awards)

Deadline: November 14

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: dedication to extraordinary community service projects, demonstrated financial-need

SchoolHouse Connection Scholarship

Award: $2,000 (10 awards) plus 2 expense-paid trips to gatherings

Deadline: November 10

Who: entering school for the first time in the 2020-2021 school year (including high school seniors, GED candidates, and students who’ve taken a gap year)

Key Criteria: students who have experienced homelessness within the last 6 years

The Free Speech Essay Contest

Award: up to $10,000 (9 awards)

Deadline: TBD (December 31 in 2018)

Who: high school juniors and seniors

Key Criteria: essay about freedom of speech

Greenhouse Scholars

Award: $1,000-$5,000 renewable (15 awards- varies)

Deadline: December 2

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: residents of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, or North Carolina, demonstrated financial-need

National Honor Society Scholarship

Award: up to $25,000 (600 awards)

Deadline: TBD (December 2 in 2018)

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: NHS Members in good standing

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Award: $25,000 (106 national awards), $10,000 (54 state awards)

Deadline: October 25

Who: high school senior

Key Criteria: demonstrated financial need, has faced great obstacles

Jack Cooke Kent Scholarship

Award: up to $40,000 (renewable for 4 years, 121 awards given last year)

Deadline: November 13

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: strong academics and demonstrated financial-need

Ron Brown Scholarship

Award: $40,000 (20 awards)

Deadline: November 1 (early deadline; preferred)

Who: Black/ African American; current high school seniors

Key Criteria: strong academics, leadership, and community service

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Award: up to $50,000 (500 awards)

Deadline: November 5

Who: high school seniors

Key Criteria: merit

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Good luck!

Kristina