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Exclusive Scholarships for High School Seniors (Upcoming Deadlines)

Senior year of high school can be simultaneously stressful and exciting. As seniors make their college decisions, it’s a great time to start applying to scholarships and thinking about how to minimize student debt. The list of scholarships for high school seniors below is a great place to start!

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Why are scholarships important for high school seniors?

While many universities offer some type of financial aid, and students can use the FAFSA to apply for governmental aid, college can still be difficult to afford. The average college graduate takes on over $30,000 in debt, and 65% of 2019 college graduates took out loans to pay for college. Furthermore, the cost of college has been rapidly increasing, more than doubling at public universities since the 1980s.

The increasing amount of loans that graduates are left with puts pressure on them to immediately find jobs, especially when student loans are compounded with the increase in housing costs. For current high school seniors, this means that scholarships can be critical for limiting student debt throughout college.

How can I find easy scholarships?

There are many different scholarship resources available for high school seniors and college students. Scholarships range in price and requirements, with some being quicker to apply to, such as no-essay scholarships, and others having more selective eligibility.

Creating a profile on Bold.org is a great way for students to access exclusive scholarships. You can customize your profile to demonstrate your unique skills and interests and you can use filters to find scholarships that will be a good fit for you. The following twenty-two scholarships vary in amount, eligibility, and requirements, but they are all great opportunities for high school seniors to take action to minimize student loan debt.

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The Exclusive List of Scholarships for High School Seniors

  1. The $25,000 Be Bold No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $25,085
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: April 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced November 30th, 2021
  • Description Open to students of any education level, this scholarship will be awarded to the student with the most bold profile on the Bold.org platform. This unique scholarship gives students a chance to get creative and showcase their bold characteristics and doesn’t require an essay.
  1. Hustle Tech & Business News No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: April 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced May 1st, 2021
  • Description This exclusive scholarship offered by The Hustle and Bold.org allows students to apply by signing up for The Hustle’s free newsletter. No essay is required and students will get daily business and technology news delivered to their inbox.
  1. Penny Hoarder Smart Money No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: April 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced May 31st, 2021
  • Description This no-essay scholarship is another great opportunity for high school seniors who sign up for The Penny Hoarder’s free newsletter. The Penny Hoarder Daily provides students with tips about managing and saving money, which is a useful resource for seniors planning their college cost management.
  1. WayUp $1,000 Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student committed to diversity and inclusion
  • Next Deadline: June 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced June 27th, 2021
  • Description Provided by WayUp, this scholarship aims to support diversity and inclusion and is open to all students who share WayUp’s commitment to inclusion. By making a profile on WayUp, students receive access to a great platform for jobs and internships.
  1. JuJu Foundation Scholarship
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school or undergraduate student facing economic hardship
  • Next Deadline: June 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced July 15th, 2021
  • Description This scholarship provided by JuJu Smith-Schuster’s foundation is awarded to four students facing financial difficulties. To apply for the scholarship, students must write an essay with a maximum of 500 words about their greatest inspiration in life. Each of the four recipients will receive $5,000 for their education.
  1. 3LAU "Everything" Scholarship
  • Amount: $14,770
  • Eligibility: Any high school or undergraduate student with big dreams
  • Next Deadline: June 20th, 2021
  • Winners Announced June 30th, 2021
  • Description For this scholarship, students must write a short essay between 100 and 500 words about what (or who) their “everything” is. Additionally, applicants must submit a link to an original piece of art or an original song or dance that represents their answer, allowing students to express their creativity.
  1. Bubba Wallace Live To Be Different Scholarship
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school or undergraduate student
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced June 15th, 2021
  • Description This scholarship provided by Bubba Wallace and the Live To Be Different foundation aims to help students overcome their difficulties and reach their dreams. To apply, students must write a short essay about a time they experienced adversity and how they overcame it.
  1. Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
  • Amount: $5,208
  • Eligibility: Any student who has personally struggled with mental health or has loved ones who struggle with mental health
  • Next Deadline: June 13th, 2021
  • Winners Announced July 13th, 2021
  • Description In honor of Ethel Hayes, a mother who lost her life to suicide, this scholarship aims to promote open and destigmatized conversations about mental health. To apply, students of any education level must submit a short essay about how their experience with mental health has affected their lives, from either personal experience with mental health difficulties or from living with a loved one who struggles with mental health.
  1. RJ Mitte Breaking Barriers Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school or undergraduate student with a mental or physical disability
  • Next Deadline: April 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced May 14th, 2021
  • Description Funded by RJ Mitte, an actor and advocate with cerebral palsy, this scholarship seeks to help students with mental or physical disabilities so that they can achieve their dreams. To apply, students must submit a short essay about how their experience with disability has affected their choice of field and their career goals.
  1. Impact Scholarship for Black Students
  • Amount: $2,550
  • Eligibility: Any Black student
  • Next Deadline: May 11th, 2021
  • Winners Announced June 11th, 2021
  • Description Recognizing the importance of education in fighting the unequal opportunity that the Black community has, this scholarship aims to fight inequality. This scholarship is one of fifteen grants that will be provided by the Mechanism Ventures Impact Grants Series and will be awarded to a Black student to help fund their education. To apply, students must submit an essay about their hopes for the future and the way they are preparing themselves to achieve their goals.
  1. LGBTQIA Arts and Personal Development Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,375
  • Eligibility: Any LGBTQ+ student passionate about art
  • Next Deadline: May 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced May 21st, 2021
  • Description This scholarship is open for LGBTQ+ students aiming to pursue a career in the arts or personal development or beauty. The scholarship is intended to help compensate for barriers that LGBTQ+ students face in order to help provide equal opportunity. To apply, students must submit an essay about their vision for their future career and how this scholarship will help them attain their goals.
  1. Survey Junkie Brand Influencer No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: April 29th, 2021
  • Winners Announced May 1st, 2021
  • Description This scholarship allows students to apply by joining Survey Junkie, which also gives students an opportunity to make money by taking surveys. There are rolling application deadlines, so apply as early as possible to increase your chances!
  1. Nitro Pay for College No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any Student
  • Next Deadline: April 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced September 30th, 2021
  • Description This scholarship is offered by Nitro, a student loan and financial aid service. You can apply by registering for Nitro and you can increase your chances by applying early and using the Nitro platform.
  1. Newsette No-Essay Leadership Scholarship for Women
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any female student
  • Next Deadline: April 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced June 1st, 2021
  • Description To apply for this scholarship, students must sign up for The Newsette, a daily newsletter that provides students with career advice and tips for wellness and fashion. You can increase your chances by being engaged with The Newsette and sharing it with friends.
  1. Drop Automatic Rewards No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: April 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced October 1st, 2021
  • Description To apply for this scholarship, download the Drop mobile app and use it to shop and save. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who saves the most on the Drop app.
  1. Abran Arreola Latinx Scholarship
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Eligibility: Any Hispanic high school or undergraduate student
  • Next Deadline: June 30, 2021
  • Winners Announced July 31st, 2021
  • Description This scholarship aims to give Latinx students more access to education by helping with college costs. To apply, submit a short essay about how an experience in your life has shaped your understanding of your community and the world.
  1. Mirajur Rahman Self Expression Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any high school student
  • Next Deadline: July 19th, 2021
  • Winners Announced August 19th, 2021
  • Description This scholarship is for high school students who express themselves through art and creativity. To apply, submit a link to your work, which can be any type of art!
  1. Donald De La Haye “No Regrets” Scholarship
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school athlete
  • Next Deadline: April 15th, 2021
  • Winners Announced April 30th, 2021
  • Description Open to all high school athletes, this scholarship is for those who plan to pursue an athletic career. To apply for this scholarship, submit a link to a short one-minute video introducing yourself, playing your sport, and describing why you need the scholarship.
  1. Verb Women in Business Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,865
  • Eligibility: Any female student interested in business
  • Next Deadline: May 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced June 1st, 2021
  • Description Any female student hoping to pursue a career in business and entrepreneurship can apply by submitting a short video in which you introduce yourself, share a female role model in your life, and describe your business goals. Two students will each win $750 to help pursue their dreams.
  1. Bold.org No-Essay Community Scholarship
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility: Any student who has invited at least one friend to join [Bold.org] (https://bold.org)
  • Next Deadline: April 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced November 19th, 2021
  • Description To apply for this scholarship, invite at least one friend to join [Bold.org] (https://bold.org). Every friend who creates a profile after you invite them will increase your chances, and applying earlier will also increase your odds of winning.
  1. Brady Cobin Law Group “Expect the Unexpected” Scholarship
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Eligibility: Any student
  • Next Deadline: April 15th, 2021
  • Winners Announced April 29th, 2021
  • Description To apply for this scholarship, submit a short essay about what legacy means to you and the type of legacy you want to leave. The first-place award for this scholarship is $2,500 and the runner-up will be awarded $1,500.
  1. Rho Brooks Women in STEM Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Eligibility: Any female high school senior or undergraduate student
  • Next Deadline: July 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced August 31st, 2021
  • Description Women are very underrepresented in STEM, so this scholarship aims to encourage women to pursue STEM to bring female perspectives to the fields. To apply, write a short essay about yourself, your biggest influence, and how this influence has affected your career goals.
  1. Fleming Law College Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school senior or undergraduate student
  • Next Deadline: June 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced August 1st, 2021
  • Description Students from any field of study are eligible for this scholarship, which will be awarded to one student to help make college costs more manageable. To apply, submit a short essay about your experience with smartphones, the impact smartphones have on your daily life, and if smartphones have an impact on you while driving.
  1. Pay It Forward Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any high school senior or undergraduate student
  • Next Deadline: August 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced September 30th, 2021
  • Description This scholarship aims to help a student pursuing gerontology, human services, or social services who hopes to study the aging process. To apply, write about whether you believe it’s more important to help the current generation or focus on improving the world for future generations. You will have an even better chance of winning if you’re a first-generation student or if you’ve done volunteer work with senior citizens.
  1. T1D Warrior Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any high school senior or undergraduate student with Type 1 Diabetes
  • Next Deadline: November 6th, 2021
  • Winners Announced December 6th, 2021
  • Description To help fight the many challenges that students with Type 1 Diabetes encounter, especially during the pandemic, this scholarship will be awarded to one Type 1 Diabetic student who encourages others to manage their diabetes. To apply, write about how you’ve embraced your diabetes and what benefits it provides.
  1. Mirajur Rahman Perseverance Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,006
  • Eligibility: Any high school junior or senior
  • Next Deadline: September 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced October 30th, 2021
  • Description Recognizing the challenges that students face, even more so throughout the pandemic, this scholarship will be awarded to a high school junior or senior who has overcome hardship. To apply, write about your background, challenges you’ve faced, financial difficulties, academic goals, and how the award would help you. You will have a better chance if you have financial need, excel academically, are a first-generation student, were not born in the US, or have volunteer experience.
  1. Taylor Ibarrondo Memorial Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school senior living in Georgia with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Next Deadline: June 7th, 2021
  • Winners Announced July 7th, 2021
  • Description To honor the life of Taylor Ibarrondo, this scholarship will be awarded to two graduating seniors who will be attending college and are interested in civic engagement. To apply, write about your core values, their importance to you, and how you use your values in civic engagement, academics, and relationships.
  1. Harold Reighn Moxie Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,380
  • Eligibility: Any high school senior who will be a first-generation college student
  • Next Deadline: June 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced June 30th, 2021
  • Description To encourage independent thinking, this scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who will be a first-generation college student in the fall of 2021. To apply, write a short essay about yourself, the adversity you have faced, and your future goals.
  1. Herbert Osei “Dream Big” Writing Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any African American high school senior living in the Bronx
  • Next Deadline: May 13th, 2021
  • Winners Announced June 13th, 2021
  • Description In memory of Herbert Osei, this scholarship will be awarded to an African-American student planning to study literature, creative writing, journalism, or similar fields to pursue a career in writing. To apply, write about why you would make a good recipient of the scholarship, the difficulties you have faced, what significance writing has for you, and a defining moment in your life.
  1. Writing With a Purpose Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,605
  • Eligibility: Any African American high school senior or undergraduate student pursuing journalism
  • Next Deadline: July 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced August 2nd, 2021
  • Description To help African American students enter the journalism field, one winner will receive $1,000 and a runner-up will receive $500. To apply, write a case study about yourself and describe a defining moment in your life and the significance it has had. You will increase your chances of winning if you’re a first-generation student, a journalism major, or if you have volunteer experience or a creative writing portfolio.
  1. Make Me Laugh Meme Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school senior or college student with a 3.0 GPA or higher and volunteer experience or a current job
  • Next Deadline: May 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced June 1st, 2021
  • Description This scholarship encourages students to share their appreciation for memes by submitting a meme or picture and writing a short essay about the significance it has for you. To be eligible, you must be pursuing a 4-year degree (or planning to) and you must have at least a 3.0 GPA and official employment or volunteer experience.
  1. Learner Education Women in Mathematics Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any female high school senior or undergraduate student pursuing a math degree
  • Next Deadline: July 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced August 31st, 2021
  • Description To help women break into math-related fields, this scholarship will be awarded to a female student currently studying mathematics or planning to. To apply, write about why you are interested in math and how principles of mathematics have impacted your understanding of the world.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When should a high school senior apply for a scholarship?

While some scholarships are specific to undergraduate or graduate students, there are many that are open to high school seniors, such as those listed above, so there is no need for students to wait to apply for scholarships until they begin college. After students make their college decisions and receive their financial aid packages, they should be able to see what amount of money they will need to pay for their tuition and housing. Applying for scholarships can dramatically reduce the amount of money students will need to take out in loans for the costs of college.

Can you only get scholarships during your senior year of high school?

Some scholarships are open to high school students even before their senior year, so students can begin applying for scholarships even before applying to college. However, there is no need for seniors to worry if they’re just now starting their scholarship hunt as there are many scholarships to apply to, both throughout their senior year and during college. Scholarships can be competitive, so it’s best to apply to as many as possible so that you increase your chances of winning.

What are the easiest scholarships to get?

Some scholarships are easier to apply to, such as the no-essay scholarships listed above, but no-essay scholarships often have many applicants, so it’s good to apply to other scholarships, too. To increase your chances of winning, utilize the filters available on scholarship sites in order to find scholarships that you’re eligible for. Limited eligibility scholarships, such as those for women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ students, or students in specific fields of study can limit the number of applicants for the scholarships and give you a better chance of winning.

How will I know if I win a scholarship?

For the above scholarships, winners will be notified using the contact information that they provide on their Bold.org profile. Recipients may have to verify their eligibility, so make sure you’re always eligible for the scholarships you apply for.

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What happens when I win a scholarship?

When you win a scholarship, it is important to keep in mind the approved uses of the money. The scholarships listed above will be sent directly to the financial aid office of your college to pay for tuition or room and board. For high school seniors, the money will be sent to your chosen school after you provide proof of enrollment.

However, some other scholarships are provided directly to the winner and can be used for any educational cost, such as for textbooks, while some scholarships are even allowed to be used for non-educational expenses. If you have any questions after reading the terms of the scholarship, reach out to the provider to ensure that you’re appropriately using the money.

College is expensive, but scholarships are a great way to reduce costs and debt. Searching for scholarships can feel overwhelming, but utilizing filters and sites like Bold.org can make the process less daunting. Being consistent with searching for and applying to scholarships can be crucial to winning and managing college costs, so don’t give up if you don’t always win. By using the scholarship resources available to you, you can vastly reduce the amount of debt you take on throughout your education.