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15 Scholarships for Freshmen in High School in 2021

As a High school freshman, you might not know where you'll be going for college - but you do know one thing. College is expensive. 
Though most scholarships are offered to Seniors, that doesn't mean it's impossible to get scholarships as an underclassman. After all, it's never too early to start financially planning for your future! Here's a list of scholarships you can definitely apply to as a freshman (or as any other High School grade level). 

P.S: Looking for sophomore Scholarships? Check out this post of 15 scholarships for sophomores in High School

1. Innovators in Education Scholarship

  • Amount: $500
  • Requirements: An essay about the goals of an innovative project you designed that positively impacts other people's lives and an essay about the goals of that project. You must also have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Deadline: The 20th of every month. 
  • Description: Ever designed a particular project that helped others? Write an essay about it and apply to this scholarship! 

2. Tallo Scholarships 360 Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Requirements: Create a Tallo profile, and apply for the scholarship. 
  • Deadline: End of each month
  • Description: A super easy scholarship that only requires you to create a profile! 

3. OppU Achievers Scholarship 

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Requirements: A 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 500 word essay about how you created an opportunity for yourself. 
  • Deadlines: Winners are chosen four times annually with deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.
  • Description: Have you achieved or accomplished something you’re proud of? If you’ve ever created an exceptional opportunity for yourself or others, write about it in an essay! 

4.  $1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

  • Amount: $1000
  • Requirement: A 250 words or less essay answering the prompt. 
  • Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • Description: Write a response about why you deserve a scholarship, your academic and career goals, OR any other career topic of your choice! 

5. Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship 

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Requirement: A 140 character message completing the sentence "Instead of spending time with technology, I'd rather... ". The top 10 applicants will be requested to write a 500-1000 word essay and the first-place winner will win the $1,000 prize. 
  • Deadline: January 30, 2021
  • Description: Technology can be a BIG time-waster. This scholarship prompts you to think about other ways you can use and enjoy your time. 

6. Fifth Month Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Requirement: Write a 250 word description of the importance of the number 5. 
  • Deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Description: This creative scholarship requires you to write a letter to a number, in honor of the month May. 

7. Digital Privacy Scholarship

  • Amount: $1000
  • Requirements: Discuss the importance of digital privacy in a 140-character message. Top 10 finalists will be requested to write a 500-1000 word essay. The first-place winner will win the $1,000 prize
  • Deadline: June 30, 2021
  • Description: What you post on the internet can have a big effect on your life - whether negative or positive. This scholarship encourages you to make more wise choices before clicking "Post' on anything online. 

8. Selectblinds $1000 Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Requirements: Present a form of media (video, words, photos, etc.) showing creative ways to use window coverings or new technology that could enhance the way window treatments work. Additionally, you must submit a 250-750 word essay about why you deserve the scholarship and have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Deadline: July 15, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship offers you a way to express your creativity and problem-solving skills on a unique way to use window coverings or further innovate on window treatments. 

9. Community Contribution Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500 - $15,000
  • Requirement: A 1,000-word description of how you addressed and solved a problem in your community. 
  • Deadline: July 26, 2021
  • Description: If you've ever recognized a problem in your community, and have developed a plan of action to address it - write about it!

10. Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Requirements:  A 140-character message pledging not to text and drive and your reasons why. The top 10 finalists will be requested to write a 500-1000 word essay. The first-place winner will win the $1,000 prize
  • Deadline: September 20, 2021
  • Description: According to the DMV, as of 2014, 25% of all car crashes involved the use of a cell phone. Texting while driving can be lethal, and this scholarship highlights the deadly consequences, of this seemingly harmless habit.

11. Unigo Shout It Out Scholarship

  • Amount: $1500
  • Requirement: A 250 or less word response "shouting out" something you've had on your mind
  • Deadline: September 30, 2021
  • Description: Unigo will award the applicant with the best shout out message with a $1500 scholarship. For 250 words that's a LOT of money!

12. Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Requirement: A 250-word response on how to survive a zombie apocalypse.
  • Deadlines: October 31, 2021
  • Description: Ever planned how you would survive a zombie apocalypse? Well, this scholarship gives you the perfect opportunity to showcase your strategy against those brain-eating monsters.

13. Unigo Education Matters Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Requirement: A 250-word essay about why education and college is valuable to you.
  • Deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Description: Education is immensely important and can open up so many doors. Describe why it matters to you. 

14. The "No Sweat" Scholarship 

  • Amount: $2,500 
  • Requirement: Sign up or log onto Cirkledin and increase your chances of winning by completing your profile. 
  • Deadline:  December 31, 2020
  • Description: Simply sign up or log into Cirkledin and complete as much of your profile as possible! This one’s easy because you don’t need to write an essay or have a high GPA. 

15. $1,500 Annual Video Contest Scholarship

  • Amount: $500 or $1000
  • Requirement: An original video between 1:00 - 1:30 minutes
  • Deadline: October 31, 2020
  • Description: Ivy Panda awards students for making a creative video that adheres to one of their chosen topics. These topics include: how to manage money for students, advice for socializing in college, and digital tools to study better. 

For more details and requirements visit the linked website. 

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