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20 Scholarships for High School Juniors to Prepare for College

Your junior year in high school can make or break your college prospects. College admission officers generally pay the most attention to your junior year grades and the rigor of your schedule during your senior year, so it’s important to enroll in more challenging courses. When thinking about the right colleges for you, it's also imperative to think about your finances.

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In 2018, the average cost for an in-state public institution was $20,770, while the average cost for a private non-profit university was $46,950. To come up with that kind of money on your own is a luxury most people cannot afford.

It’s no wonder then that 80% of families choose a college based on how affordable it is.

Thankfully, grants and scholarships exist to help reduce the financial burden of attending college. Approximately 25% of education costs are covered by grants and scholarships each year. These are vital resources that high school juniors and blossoming college students must be aware of. There is no limit to the number of scholarships you can win, so be sure to apply early and often because every little bit helps!

Looking for scholarships for high school juniors? Look no further than Bold.org’s exclusive list of 20 scholarships for high school juniors!

  1. Brandon Zylstra Road Less Traveled Scholarship
  • Amount: $10,590
  • Eligibility: Black high school students
  • Application Deadline: August 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 31st, 2021
  • Description: The Brandon Zylstra Road Less Traveled Scholarship was created to help financially support two Black high school students who plan to attend college. To apply, write an essay detailing what your passions are and the challenges you have overcome.
  1. Teen Entrepreneur Scholarship
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Eligibility: All high school students
  • Application Deadline: August 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: September 25th, 2021
  • Description: The Teen Entrepreneur Scholarship was created to encourage entrepreneurship and will provide financial support to an aspiring young entrepreneur. To apply, write an essay about your support system in life and how it’s meaningful to you.
  1. Austin Kramer Music-Maker Scholarship
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Eligibility: All students
  • Application Deadline: June 28th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 28th, 2021
  • Description: The Austin Kramer Music-MakerScholarship was created to support one student who has a passion for creating music. To apply, share a SoundCloud or Spotify link to your musical creation. Then, write a short explanation of how you came up with your unique piece.
  1. Curt Pozan Trades Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,114
  • Eligibility: All high school or undergraduate college students
  • Application Deadline: December 8th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: January 9th, 2022
  • Description: The Curt Pozan Trades Scholarship was created to support a student currently pursuing or considering pursuing a trade certificate. To apply, write an essay about what quality means to you and how you bring quality to your trade of choice.
  1. Mirajur Rahman Perseverance Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,006
  • Eligibility: All high school juniors or seniors
  • Application Deadline: September 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: October 30th, 2021
  • Description: The Mirajur Rahman Perseverance Scholarship was created to keep the dream of higher education alive for two students facing economic hardship. To apply, write an essay detailing the challenges you have faced and how the scholarship money will help you to achieve your future goals.
  1. CollegeXpress No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All high school students
  • Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2021
  • Description: The CollegeXpress No-Essay Scholarship was created to help prepare high schoolers for the college application process by providing invaluable resources and offering sound advice for students pursuing higher education. Be sure to apply as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of winning!
  1. Next College Student Athlete No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All high school athletes
  • Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: October 1st, 2021
  • Description: The Next College Student-Athlete Scholarship was created in conjunction with NCSA to support one high school athlete's dream of playing sports at the college level. Be sure to apply as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of winning!
  1. Christian Colleges No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All high school students
  • Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: March 1st, 2022
  • Description: The Christian Colleges Scholarship was created to educate high schoolers about the benefits of applying to and attending Christian colleges. Be sure to apply as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of winning!
  1. Whitworth University Mind & Heart Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All high school students
  • Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: March 1st, 2022
  • Description: The Whitworth University Mind & Heart Scholarship was created to support one student who’s interested in an education that challenges them to think hard about what they believe and why. All high school students with Whitworth University as a college of interest are eligible and encouraged to apply.
  1. Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship - High School Award
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All minority high school students
  • Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 30th, 2021
  • Description: The Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship was created to support minorities pursuing a potential career in tech. To apply, write an essay discussing a problem that you hope to solve. You must be a member of an underrepresented group to be eligible to apply.
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  1. Next Young Leaders Program Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All high school juniors or seniors
  • Application Deadline: July 15th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 1st, 2021
  • Description: The Next Young Leaders Program Scholarship was created to help cultivate the leaders of our next generation, and will be awarded to one very ambitious student who is motivated to demonstrate academic excellence and is a beacon for social leadership. To apply, write an essay describing an example of your leadership and what being a leader means to you.
  1. Act Locally Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school or undergraduate student
  • Application Deadline: July 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 1st, 2021
  • Description: The Art Locally Scholarship was created to support and encourage students seeking to make a positive impact in their communities. To apply, write an essay detailing the changes you’d like to see in the world and what you have been doing to serve your own community.
  1. “Your Success” Youssef Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: All high school juniors or seniors & any undergraduate students
  • Application Deadline: July 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 23rd, 2021
  • Description: The “Your Success” Youssef Scholarship was created to assist students who see education as a pathway for future success. To apply, write an essay discussing the importance of pursuing higher education and how a degree will help them achieve their goals.
  1. “What Moves You” Scholarship
  • Amount: $870
  • Eligibility: All high school students
  • Application Deadline: June 14th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 14th, 2021
  • Description: The “What Moves You” Scholarship was created to allow students to reflect on a favorite quote of theirs and how that quote changed their perspective on life. To apply, write an essay about a particular quote and why it inspires you.
  1. Ocho Cares Artistry Scholarship
  • Amount: $548
  • Eligibility: Any high school or undergraduate student
  • Application Deadline: July 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 31st, 2021
  • Description: The Ocho Cares Artistry Scholarship was created to encourage students to explore themselves through their artistic passions. To apply, write an essay about what being an artist means to you and how you aim to create change for future generations.
  1. KG Aviation Scholarship
  • Amount: $503
  • Eligibility: Any high school or undergraduate student
  • Application Deadline: September 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: October 1st, 2021
  • Description: The KG Aviation Scholarship was created to help stymie the pilot shortage and to assist budding pilots to achieve their dream of flying. To apply, write an essay or submit a video detailing why you decided to pursue a career in aviation.
  1. Mirajur Rahman Self Expression Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any high school student
  • Application Deadline: July 19th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 19th, 2021
  • Description: The Mirajur Rahman Self Expression Scholarship was created to support the artistic ambitions of high school students who have a distinct interest in expressing their full selves. To apply, submit an application link to an album containing some of your best creative work.
  1. “Cooking with Gas” Culinary Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: All high school or undergraduate college students
  • Application Deadline: June 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 30th, 2021
  • Description: The “Cooking with Gas” Culinary Scholarship was created to support the culinary career of one student who is passionate about cooking, especially food prep, as a way of individual expression.
  1. Coding for Minorities Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: All high school or undergraduate college students
  • Application Deadline: July 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 31st, 2021
  • Description: The Coding for Minorities Scholarship was created to support minorities pursuing a career in coding and computer science. Students who display their ambition for coding on their profile will have the best chance of winning this scholarship.
  1. Galactic Fed Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: All high school or undergraduate college students
  • Application Deadline: August 15th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: September 15th, 2021
  • Description: The Galactic Fed Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship was created to encourage students who think outside the box and want to make a difference in the world. Be sure to Galactic Fed on Instagram (@galacticfed) to give yourself the best chance of winning!
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To better prepare yourself for the college admissions process that will take up your senior year, here is a step-by-step guide on what you can do to have the most productive year as a high school junior!

Summer Before Junior Year:

  • Start gathering facts about college tuition costs and financial aid options so you’ll know how much you’ll be paying.
  • Be on the lookout for college scholarships available to high school juniors and high school seniors, including our Easy Scholarship List, and apply early and often to the ones you qualify for
  • Begin cultivating a college “hook,” something that makes you stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. Getting involved in community service efforts or doing some volunteer work are great ways of showcasing your value to your dream schools.

Junior Fall:

  • Consider signing up for more extracurricular activities or become more involved in the activities you already participate in
  • Meet with your college counselor and discuss your goals for the year, along with what your college interests may be
  • Take the PSAT and start preparing for the SAT & ACT

Junior Winter:

  • Sign up for the SAT & ACT
  • Begin putting together a college list and start attending college fairs
  • Discuss your senior year class schedule with your college counselor

Junior Spring:

  • Select a teacher who knows you well to write a college recommendation letter for you
  • Find something useful to do over the summer: Get a job, apply for an internship, commit yourself to volunteer work.
  • Start visiting colleges and begin to narrow down your college list
  • Continue your search for scholarships for high school juniors!

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