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15 Scholarships for High School Sophomores in 2021


Not all scholarships are for High School Seniors - you can begin applying to scholarships starting as early as freshman year! It's never too early to start financially planning for your future. After all, college can be expensive. 

Here are a bunch of easy scholarships for high school sophomores. 

Note: These scholarships are organized from the closest deadline (January 30th) to the latest deadline (July 31st).

1. Humanity Rising Scholarship

  • Amount: $500 - $2000
  • Requirements: Must have a minimum required GPA of 2.5 and submit a story of a service project you completed 
  • Deadline: Winners are announced throughout the year (rolling scholarship)
  • Description: Have you ever had a very compelling experience serving others that impacted you deeply? Tell your service story for the chance to win a scholarship! 

2. 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! 

3. Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship 

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Requirements: Write a 140-character message about what you would rather do instead of being on technology. Top 10 finalists will be asked to write a 500 - 1,000 word essay about technology addiction. The first-place winner will win $1,000.
  • Deadline: January 30, 2021
  • Description: A SUPER EASY scholarship! Just write a 140-character statement about what you would rather do instead of spending time with technology.

4. National AG Day Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Requirements: Must be a US citizen and submit a 450 word written essay OR video essay on a designated topic about agriculture.
  • Deadline: January 31, 2021
  • Description: Up to research agricultural topics to write a quick 450-word essay? Or even a 2-minute video? This scholarship is fairly low effort, and might be a good fit for you!

5. I Have a Dream Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Requirements: Write 250 words or less about a crazy dream you had or your aspirations for your future.
  • Deadline: January 31, 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!

6. $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Requirements: Log in or create a free Niche account.
  • Deadline: January 31, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship needs no essay - just log in or create a free Niche account.

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7. Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Requirements: Sign up for Cappex and complete your profile 
  • Deadline: January 31, 2021
  • Description: Simply sign up for Cappex and complete as much of your profile as possible and search for scholarships! This one’s easy because you don’t have to write an essay or have a high GPA. 

8. A Salute to Engineering Scholarship

  • Amount: Up to $500
  • Requirements: Submit an essay saluting how engineering meets the different challenges posed by COVID-19.
  • Deadline: February 1, 2021
  • Description: The pandemic (platypus, pasta, etc.) has changed many of the ways we function as a society. Write a 700 word (or less) essay with at least 3 references about the contribution of engineering during the virus. 

9. Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest

  • Amount: Varies
  • Requirements: Write a short (500-1000 words) biography based on an interview you’ve conducted with a woman in a math career and a short sketch.
  • Deadline: February 1, 2021
  • Description: Good at math or interested in math careers? Interview a woman in a math career and write about it for the chance to win prize money.

10. All About Education Scholarship

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Requirement: A 250-word essay about how $3,000 will make a difference in your education and why college is valuable to you.
  • Deadline: April 30, 2021
  • Description: Education is immensely important and can open up so many doors. Describe why it matters to you. 

11. E-waste Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Requirement: 140-characters or less about why we should care about e-waste.
  • Deadline: April 30, 2021
  • Description: E-waste or electronic waste describes electronic devices that are thrown away. These electronics are filled with chemicals harmful to the environment, as well as our health. This is only one example of why e-waste is bad - what other reasons can you think of why we should care more about e-waste?

12. Visionary Scholarship Program

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Requirement: Submit an application, transcript, and a 500-word essay on why college is important to you.
  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Description: Is your education important to you? Considering you’re reading this right now, it probably is - so why do you value it so much? Write about this to potentially earn $5,000!

13 . 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 of May. 

14. $500 High School Sophomore Scholarship

  • Amount: $500
  • Requirement: Simply log in or sign up at Niche. 
  • Deadline: June 1, 2021
  • Description: Are you a sophomore in the class of 2023? All you have to do to potentially win is log in or sign up!

15. Flavor of the Month Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Requirement: Answer the prompt “If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?" in 250 words or less. 
  • Deadline: July 31, 2021
  • Description: In honor of July being National Ice Cream Month, just answer an easy prompt about Ice Cream flavors in order to apply!

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