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Scholarships for High School Sophomores - The Complete Guide

Sophomore year can feel like the least important year of high school. Fresh out of your first year, it's hard to imagine life as a college student in a few short years.

Many students consequently fall into the dreaded sophomore slump. Your sophomore year can be very valuable if you use your time wisely by starting to apply for scholarships and preparing for the college admissions process early.

Between standardized tests and college applications, high school juniors and seniors often wish they did more as high school sophomores to prepare for their busy life in preparing for college.

Jump ahead to the scholarship list!

Why are scholarships important for sophomores in high school?

Higher education has become increasingly necessary in order to pursue many careers, but the high costs of tuition and living expenses have left almost 45 million college students in student loan debt. In fact, 69% of the Class of 2019 took out student loans, owing an average of $29,900.

Additionally, 14% of parents of 2019 graduates took out federal parent PLUS loans. These parents owe an average of $37,200 in federal debt. Overall, Americans carry $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, and this number continues to increase as the student loan crisis rages on.

College may still seem far away, but it’s approaching faster than you think, and so are the incoming expenses. To help set you up for success as college freshmen in the future, we've curated this list of college scholarships for high school sophomores looking to fund their college education. Be sure to make the most of your sophomore year by thinking about your college future.

Starting your scholarship hunt now will give you as much time as possible to reduce your college costs, so don’t wait! You can get started by creating a free account on Bold.org and applying to the scholarships below.

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The Complete List of Scholarships for Sophomores

  1. Brandon Zylstra Road Less Traveled Scholarship
  • Amount: $10,840
  • Eligibility: Black high school students
  • Next Deadline: August 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: Autust 31st, 2021
  • Description: To promote equal opportunity for Black students, this scholarship will support two ambitious high schoolers with $5,420 each as they prepare to become college students. You can apply by submitting a short essay about your passion and how you’re working toward a career involving this passion.
  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: This scholarship aims to address the underrepresentation of Black nurses by awarding four students interested in nursing with $2,000 each. Black high school students from eligible states can apply by writing an essay about what drew you to nursing and how you hope to help people with your career.
  1. Teen Entrepreneur Scholarship
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Eligibility: High school students interested in entrepreneurship
  • Next Deadline: August 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: September 25th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship seeks to encourage prospective entrepreneurs by helping the recipient fund their education and business. To apply, write a short essay about a support system in your life that has given you the necessary resources to successfully run your business.
  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: To support underrepresented groups in technology, including women, racial minorities, and LGBTQA+ students, this scholarship will award two students $500 each. To apply, write a short essay about why you’re pursuing tech and what problems you want to address with your career in technology.
  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 seeks to help students who are interested in attending a Catholic college. By applying to this scholarship, you will also gain access to resources and tips to help you during your college search. You can increase your chances of winning by applying during early application windows!
  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, 2022
  • Description: Any high school student with Whitworth University listed as a college of interest may apply for this scholarship, which aims to help students who are seeking an education that challenges their beliefs.
  1. CollegeXpress No-Essay Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: High school students
  • Next Deadline: June 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 1st, 2022
  • Description: This scholarship aims to help high school students prepare for college by providing college resources and standardized testing tips to applicants. You can increase your chances of winning by applying early!
  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: This scholarship seeks to support single mothers or the children and loved ones of single mothers by awarding one student with $1,000 and a year of free baby formula from Little Bundle. You can apply by writing an essay about how your relationship with a single mother has changed your life or how you navigate being a single mother.
  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 help students who are interested in attending a Christian college by providing tips and resources for college. Apply as early as possible for the best chance of winning!
  1. Gary “G” Goldstein Memorial Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Students at these
  • Next Deadline: July 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 15th, 2021
  • Description: In memory of Gary “G” Goldstein, this scholarship will award one men’s wrestler and one women’s wrestler with $500 each. You can apply by writing a short essay about the biggest challenge you have overcome and what you learned from the experience.
  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 will help high school athletes match with college coaches by registering applicants for the Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) platform to help you get recruited by college coaches. The student who gets the most out of NCSA will receive this scholarship!
  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 aims to support high school students who are preparing for life as college students by encouraging them to reflect on quotes they find inspiring. To apply, write a short essay about your favorite quote and how it has inspired you.
  1. Kenny Tan Test Prep Scholarship
  • Amount: $504
  • Eligibility: Students attending a New York City public high school
  • Next Deadline: June 30th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 15th, 2021
  • Description: To encourage discussion of the NYC public school admission system, this scholarship will support a student who uses logic and facts to discuss the current system. You can apply by submitting a link to a video that introduces yourself and answers the scholarship questions about NYC public school admissions.
  1. Opportunity for Financial Freedom Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: High school students in Mississippi
  • Next Deadline: July 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: July 17th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship seeks to support a student who is passionate about improving their life by setting goals that help them attain financial freedom. You can apply by writing a short essay about the goals you’ve set for yourself and how these goals will help you achieve financial freedom.
  1. Tina and Danny Rodriguez Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Students at Ridgeview High School or Pontiac Township High School looking to pursue a career in EMS, fire safety, law enforcement, or 911 services
  • Next Deadline: July 15th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 15th, 2021
  • Description: In memory of Tina and Danny Rodriguez, this scholarship aims to support a student who plans to pursue a career in law enforcement, fire safety, 911 services, or EMS. You can apply by writing a short essay about how this scholarship would help you reach your goals and impact your future public safety career.
  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: This scholarship seeks to support artistic students as they prepare for college. You can apply by submitting an application link to your creative work, including videos, music, photos, illustrations, or other original works.
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To help you avoid the sophomore slump and stay on track with the college admissions process, we’ve created this comprehensive list of everything you should do to make your sophomore year as productive as possible!

Summer Before Sophomore Year:

  • Use your time wisely by getting involved in sports, music, or other extracurricular activities
  • Engage in volunteer work to give back to your community and to make your applications stand out
  • Make the most out of your free time and begin applying for scholarships. You can start with the list above!

Sophomore Fall:

  • Continue to be involved in extracurricular activities, including finding new activities to try or working towards leadership positions in activities you already participate in
  • Plan out your schedule for the year as you may be able to start taking AP classes in order to raise your GPA and earn college credit
  • You have the option to take the PSAT during your sophomore year, which will better prepare you for the junior year PSAT and the SAT

Sophomore Winter:

  • Continue applying to high school scholarships
  • If you took AP classes during the year, begin preparing for any AP tests that you’ll have in the Spring

Sophomore Spring:

  • Plan out your summer activities, including finding volunteer work or getting a job or internship
  • Your upcoming junior year will likely be a busy time, so start planning out your test prep schedule and your course schedule
  • This is also a good time to start thinking about colleges you’re interested in so you can begin planning your college visits
  • Reach out to current college students at your schools of interest to understand more about what you need to do in the coming years to set yourself up for success!

Don’t hesitate to send any questions you may have to contact@bold.org!