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41 Exclusive Scholarships for High School Juniors (2022)

The Top Scholarships for High School Juniors with Upcoming Deadlines

Last updated on April 29, 2022
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  1. Cover image for "Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship

    "Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship

    Funded by
    Bold.org
    The world will be shaped by the bold—the fighters, the risk-takers, the earnest overachievers who won’t take no for an answer. The $10,000 “Be Bold” Scholarship is a no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    Funded by
    Bold.org
    The world will be shaped by the bold—the fighters, the risk-takers, the earnest overachievers who won’t take no for an answer. The $10,000 “Be Bold” Scholarship is a no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    $25,095
    Amount
    1
  2. Cover image for 1000 Bold Points No-Essay Scholarship

    1000 Bold Points No-Essay Scholarship

    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship will be awarded to the student whose Bold.org profile is the most bold, and who has earned at least 1000 Bold Points.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship will be awarded to the student whose Bold.org profile is the most bold, and who has earned at least 1000 Bold Points.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    $10,015
    Amount
    2
  3. Cover image for Freddie L Brown Sr. Scholarship

    Freddie L Brown Sr. Scholarship

    Funded by
    Freddie L Brown Jr.
    This scholarship is for witty, fun high school or undergraduate students with original stories, poems, drawings, etc. to share.
    Deadline: Mar 1, 2023
    Funded by
    Freddie L Brown Jr.
    This scholarship is for witty, fun high school or undergraduate students with original stories, poems, drawings, etc. to share.
    Deadline: Mar 1, 2023
    $1,000
    Amount
    3
  4. Cover image for James Turner Second Chance Scholarship

    James Turner Second Chance Scholarship

    Funded by
    1ndy
    This scholarship aims to honor James Turner’s legacy by supporting high school students who have overcome drug abuse or behavioral problems.
    Deadline: Jun 10, 2022
    in18 days
    Funded by
    1ndy
    This scholarship aims to honor James Turner’s legacy by supporting high school students who have overcome drug abuse or behavioral problems.
    Deadline: Jun 10, 2022
    in18 days
    $1,000
    Amount
    4
  5. Cover image for LA Kids for Change Scholarship

    LA Kids for Change Scholarship

    Funded by
    LA Kids For Change
    This scholarship seeks to support students who have experienced the foster care system on their journey to higher education.
    Deadline: May 26, 2022
    in3 days
    Funded by
    LA Kids For Change
    This scholarship seeks to support students who have experienced the foster care system on their journey to higher education.
    Deadline: May 26, 2022
    in3 days
    $1,000
    Amount
    5
  6. Cover image for 100 Bold Points No-Essay Scholarship

    100 Bold Points No-Essay Scholarship

    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship will be awarded to the student whose Bold.org profile is the most bold, and who has earned at least 100 Bold Points.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship will be awarded to the student whose Bold.org profile is the most bold, and who has earned at least 100 Bold Points.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    $1,000
    Amount
    6
  7. Cover image for CollegeXpress No-Essay Scholarship

    CollegeXpress No-Essay Scholarship

    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship is perfect for students interested in college tips and resources.
    Deadline: Jul 1, 2022
    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship is perfect for students interested in college tips and resources.
    Deadline: Jul 1, 2022
    $1,200
    Amount
    7
  8. Cover image for Going Merry "Multiple No-Essay Scholarships in One" Scholarship

    Going Merry "Multiple No-Essay Scholarships in One" Scholarship

    Funded by
    Going Merry
    Bold.org has partnered with Going Merry to create this exclusive scholarship for students and graduates!
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    Funded by
    Going Merry
    Bold.org has partnered with Going Merry to create this exclusive scholarship for students and graduates!
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    $1,000
    Amount
    8
  9. Cover image for Christian Colleges No-Essay Scholarship

    Christian Colleges No-Essay Scholarship

    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship is perfect for Christian students in High School who are interested in college tips and resources.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship is perfect for Christian students in High School who are interested in college tips and resources.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    $1,000
    Amount
    9
  10. Cover image for CollegeVine Dream School Scholarship

    CollegeVine Dream School Scholarship

    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship aims to simplify the college application process and help high school students get accepted to their dream colleges.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship aims to simplify the college application process and help high school students get accepted to their dream colleges.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in9 days
    $1,000
    Amount
    10

About scholarships for high school juniors

As a high school junior, this year is the most important year of your high school career. It’s the year when you start to seriously think about college and how well you perform as a third-year is a good barometer of what your college prospects may look like.

Another very important factor in the college admissions process is how affordable it is. College tuition prices have grown steadily over the years, causing 80% of high school seniors to choose a college for its financial portfolio rather than the education they may receive.

With that in mind, it’s never too early to start looking for scholarships to help fund your college education. 25% of college costs are covered by scholarships and grants. These are resources you simply cannot pass up and must be aware of as high schoolers and future college students.

Going to college is a great investment, but it comes with a heavy financial burden that many high school students aren't aware of until it's too late. Help yourself lessen that burden by taking advantage of these scholarships.

To make things easier for you, we’ve assembled this scholarship list exclusively for high school juniors to prepare for their senior year and beyond. These scholarships are unique to Bold.org, an independent scholarship program dedicated to making higher education more accessible. Click on any one of the featured scholarships to get started and begin submitting those applications today!

Also, click here to view our full list of scholarships for high school students.

Why are scholarships important for high school juniors?

Students have several options to reduce their college costs, such as financial aid and scholarships offered through their college as well as aid from the government through the FAFSA. Unfortunately, these resources often don’t go far enough when it comes to financing a student’s education, leading to the average college graduate taking on over $30,000 in debt.

Holding so much debt exacerbates the stress that graduates face when entering the workforce. Graduates have very little time to secure a job that pays well enough not only to afford housing and other needs, but also to make their student loan payments. For high school juniors, scholarships can be an essential part of reducing or eliminating the need for student loans, allowing an easy transition into the job market after college. 

How to qualify for scholarships for high school juniors

Junior year of high school can be a stressful time. Between taking standardized tests and starting to decide which colleges you want to apply to, you may start feeling the stress that comes with the college search process. At Bold.org, we're here to help reduce the stress of your college journey. To qualify for our scholarships, just check out the requirements below.

Make sure you're meeting the education level requirements of scholarships

When browsing through scholarships, you can filter to find scholarships open to high school students. However, some high school scholarships are only open to high school seniors, so make sure the scholarships you're applying for are open to students in their junior year of high school. 

Read the eligibility requirements of the scholarships you're applying for

Additionally, some scholarships will have additional eligibility requirements beyond your level of education. Make sure you meet the other eligibility criteria that a scholarship may have, such as fields of interest, race, gender, or extracurricular experience. Additionally, some merit scholarships will have minimum GPA requirements, so be sure to check that you qualify before beginning your application.

Make sure you're planning to enroll in an accredited college in the future

If you win a scholarship through Bold.org as a high school student, we will hold the money for you until you begin college. Then, once you enroll, we send the award directly to your school. So, you must be planning on pursuing higher education in order to win a scholarship.

Types of scholarships available for high school juniors

Many companies and individual donors aim to help high school students afford college, so you will find a wide range of scholarships for high school students on Bold.org. You can find no-essay scholarships and essay-based scholarships related to certain fields of study, hobbies, and interests.

How to find scholarships for high school juniors

To find scholarships for students in their junior year of high school, go to the scholarship list on Bold.org and filter by education level to find scholarships open to high school students. Then, go through the eligibility requirements and scholarship descriptions to find scholarships that are good matches for you.

When to start applying for scholarships

Junior year is a great time to start applying for scholarships, but you can begin applying at any point in high school. The earlier you start, the more time you have to apply for and win scholarships.

It's never too late to begin your scholarship search, so don't be discouraged if you're just beginning. Many college students and even graduate students are just beginning to apply for scholarships.

What to consider when applying for scholarships

As you begin to apply for scholarships, remember that there are many things you can do to stand apart from the competition and increase your chances of winning. Make sure your profile on Bold.org is completely filled out and gives the donors a peek into your interests, future goals, and your unique personality. Keep reading for more tips to boost your chances of winning.

In addition, keep in mind that there are many students who are looking for financial aid through scholarships, so there is significant competition for many scholarships. Don't get discouraged if you don't win right away, but instead persevere and continue to take charge of your college education.

How to apply for scholarships

To begin applying for scholarships, click on any of the scholarships listed above and create your profile. Next, start browsing through scholarships and bookmarking good matches so you can go back to them later and apply.

Once you've found some scholarships you're interested in, go through the descriptions and eligibility criteria to make sure you're eligible before getting to work.

No-essay scholarships often require just a few clicks to apply, while essay scholarships will require a bit more work. Scholarships that require essays, pictures, or videos, will have a prompt for you to follow, and once you're done you can just click apply to submit your application!

Click here to read our complete guide on how to apply for scholarships.

Tips for winning scholarships for high school juniors

With so many students having demonstrated financial need, it can feel impossible to stand out and win a scholarship. Fortunately, there are several ways you can make your applications stand apart from others so you can increase your chances of winning.

Don't shy away from essay-based scholarships

Essay-based scholarships may feel like a lot of work, especially considering how busy you already are with college applications, homework, and other obligations. However, scholarship essays allow you to showcase your writing skills and offer the opportunity to add a personal touch to your application which you may not be able to do with no-essay scholarships.

By taking the time to write a grammatically correct, focused, personal essay, you're showing the donor how interested you are in their scholarship. To make your essays pop, be sure to proofread, open your essay with a hook, follow the word limits, stay on topic, and add a short conclusion.

Apply early to as many scholarships as possible

Applying for more scholarships increases your chances of winning some, so apply for as many as possible. If you're short on time, no-essay scholarships are great opportunities due to the quick application process.

Furthermore, applying for scholarships as early as possible is a helpful strategy. Students who apply early will have a better chance of winning, so keep an eye out for newly added scholarships so you can be one of the first applicants.

Additionally, applying early ensures that you'll be able to submit your application in time, even if you experience difficulties at first. Waiting until the last minute may mean missing the deadline if you have issues when applying, such as if your internet crashes.

Find niche scholarships that you're eligible for

Since many scholarships for high school students attract many applicants, there is often a lot of competition. Scholarships that have a lot of eligibility requirements, such as requiring academic excellence, community service experience, a minimum GPA, etc., will have fewer eligible applicants, increasing your chances of winning.

Similarly, other scholarships will only be open to certain groups of students, such as high school student-athletes, members of student government, student photojournalists, etc.

Academic Success Plan for High School Juniors

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!

Frequently asked questions about scholarships for high school juniors

What scholarships are available for high school students?

There are all kinds of scholarships available for high school students, including broad, no-essay scholarships, and essay-based scholarships with limited eligibility. Some scholarships for high school students are only open to students in their senior year, but plenty are open to all high school students.

Are scholarships available for high school juniors?

Bold.org has scholarships available for high school students of all grades, as well as for undergraduate students and graduate students. If you win a scholarship in high school, we'll hold the scholarship money for you until you choose a college for your undergraduate study.

Where can I find scholarships for high school juniors?

To find scholarship applications for high school students, go to the scholarship list on Bold.org and filter by education level. You can also filter by category to find great scholarships for you based on your interests, identity, and hobbies.

How can I improve my chances of winning scholarships?

Many scholarship awards are open to students regardless of test scores or GPA, but you will have a better chance of winning merit scholarships if you demonstrate academic excellence on your profile.

For other scholarships for high school students, focus on using the tips we shared above during your scholarship search and application process to maximize your chances of winning.

How many scholarships can you get?

High school students can win an unlimited number of scholarships from Bold.org. New scholarships are added each week and there are hundreds of scholarships already, so apply for as many as possible.

Are scholarships taxable income?

Award money from Bold.org scholarships is not considered taxable income. Scholarship money goes straight to the college of the winner and acts as financial aid towards the student's tuition.

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