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  1. Cover image for Sammy Ochoa Memorial Scholarship

    Sammy Ochoa Memorial Scholarship

    Funded by
    Tyra-Ochoa Family
    This scholarship will award $500 each year to one high school senior who will be going to college and who is interested in a career in the medical field, music, or pursuing a trade degree.
    Funded by
    Tyra-Ochoa Family
    This scholarship will award $500 each year to one high school senior who will be going to college and who is interested in a career in the medical field, music, or pursuing a trade degree.
    All students are eligible
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Apr 05, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  2. Cover image for First-Generation College Students Scholarship

    First-Generation College Students Scholarship

    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    The First-Generation College Students Scholarship is meant to support and encourage these students as they take on the biggest educational milestone thus far in their lives.
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    The First-Generation College Students Scholarship is meant to support and encourage these students as they take on the biggest educational milestone thus far in their lives.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Background: First-generation college student
    • Education Level: High school senior or current undergraduate student
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Feb 01, 2022
    One Click Apply
    Scholarship is awarded to
    1 winner
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  3. Cover image for WiseGeek No-Essay Military Appreciation Grant

    WiseGeek No-Essay Military Appreciation Grant

    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    The WiseGeek Military Appreciation Grant is a $500 debt forgiveness grant open to those who are currently serving, plan to serve, or have already served in the US military.
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    The WiseGeek Military Appreciation Grant is a $500 debt forgiveness grant open to those who are currently serving, plan to serve, or have already served in the US military.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Service: Active, former, or future service member of the US military
    • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Apr 16, 2022
    One Click Apply
    Scholarship is awarded to
    1 winner
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  4. Cover image for Psychology Matters No-Essay Scholarship

    Psychology Matters No-Essay Scholarship

    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    This scholarship is designed to support and encourage diversity in the profession of psychology.
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    This scholarship is designed to support and encourage diversity in the profession of psychology.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Field of Study: Psychology and related fields
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Apr 16, 2022
    One Click Apply
    Scholarship is awarded to
    1 winner
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  5. Cover image for Act Locally Scholarship

    Act Locally Scholarship

    Funded by
    Ben Schneider
    The recipient of the Act Locally Scholarship will receive $500. All GPAs will be considered, and all majors are invited to apply. While not required, applicants with experience volunteering or working to better their local community through social, environmental, or economic change are preferred.
    Funded by
    Ben Schneider
    The recipient of the Act Locally Scholarship will receive $500. All GPAs will be considered, and all majors are invited to apply. While not required, applicants with experience volunteering or working to better their local community through social, environmental, or economic change are preferred.
    All students are eligible
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Dec 29, 2022
    One Click Apply
    Scholarship is awarded to
    1 winner
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  6. Cover image for A Dog Changed My Life Scholarship

    A Dog Changed My Life Scholarship

    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    This scholarship aims to honor our incredible furry friends and their loving owners by awarding one student $500 to put toward their education.
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    This scholarship aims to honor our incredible furry friends and their loving owners by awarding one student $500 to put toward their education.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student
    • Citizenship: US citizen or permanent legal resident
    • Background: Has been impacted by a dog
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Aug 15, 2022
    One Click Apply
    Scholarship is awarded to
    1 winner
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  7. Cover image for TopMathematicsTutors Scholarship

    TopMathematicsTutors Scholarship

    Funded by
    TopMathematicsTutors
    The TopMathematicsTutors Scholarship is meant to provide individual attention to students who want it. Each student selected will receive 5 free hours of tutoring from our world-class instructors.
    Funded by
    TopMathematicsTutors
    The TopMathematicsTutors Scholarship is meant to provide individual attention to students who want it. Each student selected will receive 5 free hours of tutoring from our world-class instructors.
    All students are eligible
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Jan 27, 2021
    One Click Apply
    Scholarship is awarded to
    5 winners
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  8. Cover image for Moriah Janae Dance Grant

    Moriah Janae Dance Grant

    Funded by
    Kendra Royster
    This grant aims to help one high school dancer continue to practice their art and follow their passion for dance.
    Funded by
    Kendra Royster
    This grant aims to help one high school dancer continue to practice their art and follow their passion for dance.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Extra-curricular: Dance
    • Education Level: High School
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Jul 27, 2022
    One Click Apply
    Scholarship is awarded to
    1 winner
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  9. Cover image for "Fight for Equality" Women in STEM Scholarship

    "Fight for Equality" Women in STEM Scholarship

    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    The "Fight for Equality" Women in STEM Scholarship is meant to support and encourage young women to pursue a degree in STEM. This $500 award will help female high school students pay their college tuition.
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    The "Fight for Equality" Women in STEM Scholarship is meant to support and encourage young women to pursue a degree in STEM. This $500 award will help female high school students pay their college tuition.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Gender: Woman-identifying
    • Intended Major: Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Apr 16, 2022
    One Click Apply
    Scholarship is awarded to
    1 winner
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  10. Cover image for AptAmigo Innovation Scholarship

    AptAmigo Innovation Scholarship

    Funded by
    AptAmigo
    This scholarship will support one undergraduate student interested in entrepreneurship, with a focus in innovation, real estate, and/or technology.
    Funded by
    AptAmigo
    This scholarship will support one undergraduate student interested in entrepreneurship, with a focus in innovation, real estate, and/or technology.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate
    • Interests: Entrepreneurship
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Mar 01, 2022
    One Click Apply
    Scholarship is awarded to
    1 winner
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$500 scholarships

About $500 scholarships

As you apply for scholarships, you may feel inclined to only select those that are worth thousands and thousands of dollars. While the financial reward is high for these scholarships, a high-value scholarship is also more likely to be competitive and to have many people applying. Consequently, the odds of becoming one of the few scholarship winners to receive an expensive scholarship are much lower.

If you are one of the many high school students, college students, or graduate students hoping to pursue higher education with the help of a scholarship award, it can be beneficial to apply to scholarships that are worth less. Oftentimes, smaller scholarships are less competitive and they can still be of major help to students dealing with the financial burden of college tuition.

Are there $500 scholarships?

There are just as many scholarships worth $500 as there are others. For instance, if you simply complete the process of making a free account on Bold.org you can gain access to hundreds of $500 scholarships in addition to larger awards. Furthermore, these scholarship opportunities are available to students of all different demographics so there is a scholarship out there for every student!

How to get $500 scholarships

Getting a scholarship worth $500 is just like getting any other scholarship. The application process varies between scholarships, so be sure to read the description thoroughly before beginning to apply.

A scholarship will oftentimes have specific eligibility requirements that all those who apply must meet. For instance, a scholarship may have citizenship requirements or it may require applicants to attend specific universities.

Once you have confirmed that you are eligible to apply, you must complete the application process. The process varies between scholarships but instructions will always be in the description.

Since $500 scholarships are worth a smaller amount of money, they may have an easier application process than larger scholarships. Some scholarships may even choose a winner based on a random drawing or lottery process. If you are selected as the winner, you will be contacted directly about your scholarship money.

$500 scholarships to apply for

Bold.org has many $500 scholarships for high school students, college undergraduates, graduates, and more. Check out the list below to see what $500 scholarship is right for you.

$500 scholarships for high school seniors

High school seniors can benefit from the large number of scholarships targeted directly to students in their last year of high school. In addition to scholarships open to all high school students, seniors can benefit from these exclusive opportunities!

  1. Hannah's Community Foster Care Forward Scholarship
  2. Tony Alviani Memorial Scholarship
  3. Deitra L. King Memorial Scholarship
  4. Gottfried Scholarship

$500 scholarships for college students

College students also have a wide range of scholarships to choose from, including undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Click on any of the scholarships below to get started.

  1. Rev. Leroy & Naomi Baker Memorial Scholarship
  2. Dr. Sharyn First-Generation in Business Scholarship
  3. Hasanovic American Dream Scholarship
  4. Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl Memorial Scholarship for Future Teachers

Frequently asked questions about $500 scholarships

When can I start applying for $500 scholarships?

There is no specific date when you must start applying for scholarships, but the Federal Student Aid Office recommends that students begin to look for scholarships the summer before their senior year of high school. As soon as you're in high school and at least fourteen years old, you'll have the option to start applying.

How do I know if I'm eligible for a scholarship?

Scholarship eligibility varies from scholarship to scholarship. Some awards are only for those currently enrolling in a college, while others may be for high schoolers who have taken a gap year. Whatever the case, be sure to read the scholarship description to ensure that you are qualified to apply.

What do I have to do to apply?

The scholarship application process will vary between scholarships. In order to know what steps you have to take to apply, carefully read the scholarship description. Often, you'll have to write a short essay or attach another submission, such as a video or art file, to apply.

Are scholarships counted as income?

In general, scholarships are not counted as income. However, there are some specific requirements that a scholarship must meet for this to be the case. Check out additional resources like the IRS page on scholarships to check on the status of your scholarship.