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13 Exclusive Scholarships for High School Freshmen Preparing for the College Admissions Process

You may not be thinking too much about college as a high school freshman, but it is never too early to start preparing. High school freshmen typically have a lighter workload and more free time than later years of high school. You can put this extra time to good use by looking for college scholarships and getting ahead on your college expenses.

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With college tuition and living expenses only continuing to climb, paying for higher education can seem impossible. Many college students are becoming heavily reliant on student loans, with student debt reaching a record high of $1.6 trillion in 2020.

Financial aid can help reduce college costs, with 89% of college students receiving some type of aid. However, financial aid doesn’t go far enough for many college students, with 58% of 2018 graduates holding student debt, owing to an average of $29,000 each.

Luckily, there is an abundance of scholarships and grants available for students like you to help you manage your college expenses. You can get started by clicking on any of the scholarships below to start applying for free on Bold.org. It’s never too early to be winning scholarships, so get started today!

To begin your scholarship search and get started on paying for college, check out this list of scholarships for high school freshmen available exclusively on Bold.org!
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The Complete List of Scholarships for High School Freshmen

  1. Brandon Zylstra Road Less Traveled Scholarship
  • Amount: $10,840
  • Eligibility: Black high school students
  • Next Deadline: August 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 31st, 2021
  • Description: In recognition of the lack of opportunity many Black students face, this scholarship will award two Black high school students $5,240 each in order to afford college. You can apply by writing a short essay about your passions and a time when you overcame adversity to achieve something.
  1. HomeCare.com Nursing Scholarship
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Eligibility: Black high school students interested in majoring in Nursing/ADN
  • Next Deadline: July 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 31st, 2021
  • Description: To help rectify the underrepresentation of Black nurses, this scholarship will award 4 winners with $2,000. Prospective Black nursing majors from qualifying states may apply by writing an essay about what inspired you to become a nurse, and how you want to help the public with your career.
  1. Teen Entrepreneur Scholarship
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Eligibility: Current high school students interested in entrepreneurship
  • Next Deadline: August 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: September 25th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship aims to help prospective entrepreneurs fund their education and businesses. You can apply by writing a short essay about how a support system in your life has provided you with the resources you need to successfully run your business.
  1. Catholic Colleges No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: High school students interested in Catholic Colleges
  • Next Deadline: June 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: May 1st, 2022
  • Description: This scholarship aims to support students who are interested in attending a Catholic college. By applying, you will also get tips and resources for your college search. Apply early to increase your chances of winning!
  1. Next College Student Athlete No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: High school athletes
  • Next Deadline: June 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: October 1st, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship seeks to help match high school athletes with college coaches. By applying, you’ll be registered with Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), a service that will help you get recruited by college coaches. The student who gets the most out of NCSA will win this scholarship!
  1. CollegeXpress No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: High school students
  • Next Deadline: June 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2022
  • Description: To help students prepare for college, this scholarship will not only offer tuition assistance but also college resources and standardized test tips. Apply as early as possible to have the best chance of winning.
  1. Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: High school students who are single moms, children of single moms, or students who have been impacted by single mothers
  • Next Deadline: June 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 31st, 2021
  • Description: To support single mothers and the children and loved ones of single mothers, this scholarship will award one high school student with $1,000. The winner of this scholarship will also receive a year of free baby formula from Little Bundle, which you can donate to a single mother or defer until you’re ready.
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  1. Christian Colleges No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: High school students interested in Christian Colleges
  • Next Deadline: June 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: March 1st, 2022
  • Description: This scholarship aims to support students who are interested in Christian colleges by providing free resources and tips for the college search. Applying earlier will increase your chances of winning, so don’t wait!
  1. Whitworth University Mind & Heart Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: High school students with Whitworth University as a college of interest
  • Next Deadline: June 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: March 1st, 2021
  • Description: To support students who want an education that challenges them to think about their beliefs, this scholarship will award one student with $1,000. Any high school student interested in attending Whitworth University may apply.
  1. Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship - High School Award
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Underrepresented high school students who are pursuing computer science, data science, or electrical engineering
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 30th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship aims to support future technology workers by awarding two high school students with $500 each. Students from an underrepresented group in tech may apply, including racial minorities, women, and members of the LGBTQA+ community. You can apply by writing about why you’re interested in tech and a problem you hope to solve in your career.
  1. Gary “G” Goldstein Memorial Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Students at eligible Tennessee high schools who are wrestlers in Tennessee Region 1
  • Next Deadline: July 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 15th, 2021
  • Description: In memory of Gary “G” Goldstein, a wrestler and attorney, this scholarship will award one men’s wrestler and one women’s wrestler with $500 each. Students from these high schools in Tennessee may apply by writing about the biggest challenge they have overcome and what that experience taught them.
  1. “What Moves You” Scholarship
  • Amount: $870
  • Eligibility: All high school students
  • Next Deadline: June 14th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 14th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship encourages students to think about their favorite quote and how it has impacted their lives. You can apply by writing a short essay about your favorite quote and how it has inspired you.
  1. Mirajur Rahman Self Expression Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: High school students who express themselves creatively
  • Next Deadline: July 19th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 19th, 2021
  • Description: To support artistic creativity, this scholarship seeks to support high school students who are artistic creators. You can apply by submitting an application link to your artistic work, such as photos, videos, music, illustrations, or other creative works.
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To set yourself up for success in high school, we’ve created this guide on how to use your freshman year to your advantage so that you can be as prepared for college as possible!

Summer Before Freshman Year:

  • Use your free time over the summer to read as much as possible in order to improve your vocabulary and comprehension for the SAT and ACT
  • Get involved with volunteer work or other extracurricular activities, like sports or the arts
  • High school can be a big adjustment, so use the summer to prepare yourself for the upcoming school year

Freshman Fall:

  • Establish a connection with your guidance counselor and ask them for college-prep resources
  • Get involved with extracurricular activities at your school, such as clubs, sports teams, or other groups
  • Create your class schedule for the year, making sure you’re enrolled in the necessary classes
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Freshman Winter:

  • Work on maintaining your GPA and seek help from your counselor if you’re struggling with any classes
  • Continue searching for scholarships you’re eligible for, such as those listed above, and work on your applications

Freshman Spring:

  • Create a resume that details your achievements and extracurricular involvement from the year
  • Begin planning out your summer activities, including volunteering, working, or doing an internship
  • Schedule any college visits you want to do during the summer

Please send any further questions you may have to contact@bold.org!