51 Scholarships Worth $1,000 for High School Students

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Last Update: June 4, 2020

With hundreds of scholarships available to high school students, it can quickly become overwhelming trying to decide which ones are worth submitting an application. While eligibility requirements automatically narrow your list, that still leaves tons of scholarships to choose from. Afterall, with school, college applications, and the excitement of senior year, motivation to complete dozens of scholarship applications and essays can be hard to find. That’s why we’ve created this list of high stakes scholarships, all with at least $1,000 awards. These scholarships are the biggest bang for your buck and definitely worth setting aside time to work on applications. Apply for free money in the most efficient way possible with these $1,000 scholarships just for highschool students! 

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Ayn Rand “The Fountainhead” Essay Contest 

Deadline: May 28, 2020 

Award Amount: $10,000

Overview: Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarship prize money. ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. This year we will award over 230 prizes, totaling more than $70,000.

 

Allwork Scholarship 

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Award Amount: Up to $10,000

Overview:  This merit-based scholarship supports architecture students with demonstrated financial need. Students must be nominated by the dean or chair of the school of architecture in which they are currently studying in order to apply for this award.

 

1000 Dreams Scholarship Fund

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: The 1000 Dreams Scholarship provides one-time educational assistance for currently enrolled high school or college-aged women throughout the United States. This can include assistance for needs including but not exclusive to: educational conferences, instructional programs related to creative or artistic pursuits, graduate exam application fees, or textbooks. Needs that are ongoing (e.g., utility bills, food costs) or related to medical care are not covered by this fund. This scholarship is not to fund tuition. The intention is to provide access to educational opportunities beyond tuition.

 

Zippia’s Teacher Dream Job Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: Tell us in 500 words or less, why you want to be a teacher. Describe your dream job to us and tell us WHY this is your dream job. Send your essay in the body of the email (no attachments) to scholarship@zippia.com with the subject line: “My Teacher Dream Job Scholarship Contest Entry”.

 


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Diller Teen Awards 

Deadline: January 8, 2020

Award Amount: $36,000

Overview:  The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards recognize Jewish teens in the United States who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and initiative in projects that embody the values of  tikkun olam , “repairing the world.”

 

Scooters ‘N Chairs Scholarship

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Award Amount: $,1000

Overview: We are happy to present a scholarship of $1000 every semester to eligible students who are currently registered at an officially accredited University or College. Please write an essay on an experience over the past semester that required your use of strength & perseverance to overcome. Please limit your essay to 2000 words.

 

TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

Deadline: February 26, 2020

Award Amount: Up to $15,000

Overview:  Learning to drive is one of the coolest times for a teen. But facts have shown it can also be extremely dangerous. The first year after a teen gets their license will be one of the most dangerous years of their life (Source: National Safety Council). Approach your video submission as your chance to find a message that would resonate with you and your peers. If your friends—and teens throughout the United States—were going to watch ONE video that made them think twice about making bad decisions behind the wheel, what would that video be?

 


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Sleepopolis $1,000 Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2020, 11:59 pm PST

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: Sleepopolis believes deeply in the value of education and giving back. My college experience and education helped prepare me for both personal and professional challenges. It’s my hope that I can help others achieve that experience as well. It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce the 3rd Annual Sleepopolis scholarship available for the 2019-2020 school year. Eligible applicants may enter below for the $1,000 scholarship.

 

Profile in Courage Essay Contest 

Deadline: January 17, 2020

Award Amount: Up to $10,000

Overview: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917. To learn more about political courage, visit Contest Information and FAQs. All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.


Mensa US Scholarships 

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Award Amount: $2,500

Overview: Applicants have until Jan. 15 to write an essay of not more than 550 words explaining their career, academic and/or vocational goals and how they plan to achieve those goals. For more information, read the scholarship FAQ.

 

Shred Nations Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Award Amount: $7,500 

Overview: Shred Nations and Record Nations are Colorado based companies dedicated to promoting economic success of businesses in the shredding and secure destruction or management industries.  As a member of i-SIGMA, Shred Nations and Record Nations recognizes the benefits of continuing higher education for those individuals interested in business, environmental responsibility and making future contributions to the community.

 

Ocean Awareness Contest 

Deadline: June 15, 2020

Award Amount: $1,500

Overview: The 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest is a call for young artists, conservationists, makers, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our blue planet. Join thousands of youth around the world in our annual program that raises awareness about the climate crisis and potential solutions, uplifts youth voices for ocean conservation, and inspires hope and action through art, creative media, and storytelling.

 


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Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Award Amount: $20,000

Overview:  The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Applicants must be current high school/home-schooled seniors attending school in the U.S, anticipating completion of a high school diploma at the time of application and planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

 

Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: April 14, 2020

Award Amount: Up to $180,000

Overview: Since its inception, the IRA Educational Foundation has awarded almost $2.8 million to deserving students pursuing Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in college. To qualify for a scholarship, you must be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois (under the age of 30); be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college, or university; be enrolled as a full-time or substantial part-time student, taking a minimum of 9 credit hours each term and major in a culinary, restaurant management, or food service related program. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

 

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Deadline: February 12, 2020

Award Amount: $50,000

Overview: The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

 

Doodle 4 Google Competition

Deadline: March 13, 2020

Award Amount: $30,000

Overview: Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the Doodle 4 Google contest, and create a doodle that tells the world “What I see for the future.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

 

One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest

Deadline: January 5, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: The One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest is open to students who are no more than 25 years of age. You must submit a video between three and eight minutes that shares and highlights solutions to the issues discussed in the chosen sustainability topic(s) chosen from the list on the sponsor’s website. The film entry’s theme must be solution – based. The film should talk about an environmental / sustainability problem and then discuss what could be a potential solution to this problem. Videos may be submitted by either an individual or a group and animated videos of no more than 45 seconds will also be considered.

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Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: The Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident and submit a 140-character message that relates to technology addiction to qualify for this award.

 

AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Award Amount: $5,000

Overview: The AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship is available to high school students who will be entering an accredited four-year college or university within 12 months of the deadline. You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this award. To apply, you must submit a short personal biography and a 1200 to 1500-word essay describing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on yourself, your family or your community, and what you have learned in light of coping with the brain disorder.

 

DAR Good Citizen Scholarship

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Award Amount: $5,000

Overview: The DAR Good Citizen Scholarship is open to high school seniors who demonstrate the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. You must submit a personal statement and essay to be considered for this award.

 

Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Award Amount: $1,500

Overview: The Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is available to high school seniors. To be considered, you must submit an essay detailing your volunteer efforts to help animals in need, and how that involvement has changed your life or shaped your perceptions on the importance of animal welfare.

 


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Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Award Amount: $10,000

Overview: The Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest is open to currently enrolled high school and college students in the United States. To enter, you must design a holiday, get well, or birthday greeting card and submit your work to be judged. Your photo, art, or graphics submitted must be your own original work and you must be at least 14 years of age to be eligible for this award.

 

Project Yellow Light Radio Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Award Amount: $2,000

Overview: The Project Yellow Light Radio Scholarship is available to high school juniors and seniors and full – time undergraduate students. To be considered, you must record a radio recording of exactly 20 seconds that discourages distracted driving, specifically texting while driving.

 

AFSA High School Essay Contest

Deadline: April 6, 2020

Award Amount: Up to $2,500

Overview: The AFSA High School Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be considered, in a 1000 – to 1250 – word essay, you must identify how members of the foreign service work with other civilian parts of the U.S. government to promote peace, national security, and economic prosperity.

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Ocean Awareness Contest

Deadline: June 15, 2020

Award Amount: Up to $1,500

Overview: The Ocean Awareness Contest is open to students between the ages of 11 and 18. To be considered, students are invited to learn about the climate crisis and its impact on oceans; discover or imagine solutions at local, national, or global scales; and create a work that explores hope in action. Submissions are accepted in visual art, film, music, poetry, prose, and interactive and multimedia.

 

Spirit of Giving Scholarship

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: The Spirit of Giving Scholarship is available to high school seniors and current college students. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on one of the following three topics in order to be considered for this award: How have you advanced the spirit of giving in your community or abroad either through service or in giving? How has the spirit of giving affected you personally? How will your college or post-secondary education allow you to be of service to others or give to others?

 

George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Award Amount: Up to $5,000

Overview: The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest is open to high school students. You must submit an 800 – 1200 – word essay discussing an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Essays will be judged on historical accuracy, clarity of thought, organization and proven topic, grammar and spelling, and documentation.

 

2020 Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 25, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview:Twenty $1,000 scholarships available for high school seniors planning to attend college as a full-time, degree-seeking student in the fall of 2020. Cathay Bank Foundation is committed to supporting youth residing in its business service territories to fulfill their dreams of obtaining a higher education.

 

Fall Finals 2019 Scholarship

Deadline: July 3, 2020

Award Amount: $5,000

Overview: Course Hero will post one question online each month and allow registered, eligible entrants up to 150 words to submit a response. Each month, Course Hero will select one winner with the best response from among all Contest entrants. This month’s Contest winner will receive a $5,000 Scholarship, depending on such winner’s eligibility category.

 

AAIF Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award Amount: 1,000

Overview: Ms. Abbott was a life-long friend of AAI, a founding member, generous supporter and vocal advocate. A community park has been dedicated in Ms. Abbott’s memory in the Lincoln Park community she helped to create. A bronze memorial, made possible in part from a gift from AAI, was unveiled in September 1999. Ms. Abbott made a bequest to our Foundation which has been converted to a youth leadership scholarship in her memory.


Travel Is Education Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Award Amount: Up to $1,000

Overview: The Travel Is Education Scholarship is open to U.S. students in grades 6 through 12. You must submit two-dimensional artwork, photos or a writing (maximum one page) on the theme of “Becoming a Global Citizen”. Sample topics are available on the Web site provided. You must be traveling on an ACIS tour between October 15, 2019 through October 14, 2020, in order to qualify for this award.

 

ABC Humane Wildlife Academic Scholarship – Women In STEM

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: At ABC Wildlife, we believe diversity is critical in every scientific field from biology to chemical engineering. While women represent 48% of the American workforce, they make up only 13% of engineering professionals and a mere 7.2% in the field of mechanical engineering. Overall, women are critically underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

 

National Center for Learning Disabilities Scholarships

Deadline: See Website

Award Amount: $2,500

Overview: NCLD offers annual scholarships and awards that celebrate the work and achievements of those students and leaders working to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 with learning and attention issues.

 

Dobe E. Ulmer Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: For a graduating senior who is hard-working, focused, thoughtful, caring, selfless, and dedicated to continuous learning.

 

APIA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline: January 22, 2020

Award Amount: $2,500 – $20,000

Overview:  Based in Washington, D.C., APIA Scholars, formerly APIASF, is the nation’s largest non-profit provider of college scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). If you are a student, teacher, college counselor, mentor or volunteer scholarship reviewer, sign up for an APIA Scholars account to engage with us today!

 

Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Award Amount: $4,000

Overview: Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of Elks members. Eligibility requirements are outlined below. The Foundation will offer a total of 300 awards in the 2020 contest.

 

Autism Scholarship Contest

Deadline: February 5, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: The Kelly Law Team (KLT) is delighted to announce that for the fourth year since 2016, it is offering an educational scholarship. This year, as in 2015 and 2017, the scholarship will be open to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who wish to continue their education. The award will be applied to offset tuition at the educational institution chosen by the applicant. Our firm believes that because ASD may have a profound impact on a person’s education, tuition assistance can have a positive influence on an individual’s desire and ability to pursue their educational goals.

 

Shred Nations Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Award Amount: $7,500

Overview: Shred Nations and Record Nations are Colorado based companies dedicated to promoting economic success of businesses in the shredding and secure destruction or management industries.  As a member of i-SIGMA, Shred Nations and Record Nations recognizes the benefits of continuing higher education for those individuals interested in business, environmental responsibility and making future contributions to the community.  Both companies support the independent shredding and document management industry and believe in giving back to those providers by offering a scholarship to students seeking higher education.

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Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships

Deadline: February 20, 2020

Award Amount: One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000

Overview: Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs.

BMW Engineering Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Award Amount: $1,500

Overview: This annual scholarship is provided by BMW AG in recognition of its commitment to excellence in engineering. BMW is world famous for designing and building luxury, high-performance passenger cars and motorcycles. The company is also a leader in developing and manufacturing high technology, high performance internal combustion engines.

 

National Merit Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award Amount: $2,500

Overview: The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year. 

 

AGL Over the Rainbow Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Award Amount: $5,000

Overview: Each applicant must submit the following:

1.) A short video or sample of your highlighted performances or artwork.

2.) A resume of your musical, theatre, art, or chorus background.

3.) Three letters of reference from teachers

4.) A copy of the acceptance letter from the college you will be attending in the fall. If timing makes this impossible, a listing of your applications with plans to attend.

 

Penguin Random House Signet Essay Contest

Deadline: April 22, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: We are proud to host our twenty-fourth annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, in which five high school juniors or seniors (or home-schooled students aged 16-18) can each win a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education plus a Signet Classics library for their school or public library! Respond to one of the essay prompts about this year’s novel, Wuthering Heights.

 

Nordson BUILDS Scholarship

Deadline: May 15, 2020

Award Amount: $2,000-$10,000

Overview: The mission of Nordson BUILDS is to attract and develop a diverse, highly-skilled talent pool for careers in the manufacturing industry. It is designed to help bright and motivated students access and complete postsecondary education by lessening the financial barriers of enrolling in college for many, and decreasing the loan burden for individuals that apply for financial aid. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible to receive a Nordson BUILDS Scholarship.

SelectBlinds.com College Scholarship

Deadline: July 15, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: At Select Blinds, we love and value innovation, education and most of all, passion. That’s what our scholarship program is all about. We want to see your innovative spirit and learn what you’re passionate about. It could earn you $1,000 to use toward your college expenses!

GoSkills Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Award Amount: $2,000

Overview: Okay, Female high school and college students, here is your time to debut your online business ambitions. There are open-ended questions on the application, but it’s more like a friendly conversation. The questions ask you about your concerns and your role models. Besides the application, you need to provide a link to your business plan. GoSkills provides instructions for your business plan right above the area for the link). If you don’t get excited about writing an essay, try your hand at mapping a business plan.

 

ResumeCompanion Annual Scholarship

Deadline: July 15, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: Staff at Resume Companion remember the hardship of being a student so want to make this scholarship available to as many students as possible! As such, we do not require any sort of minimum GPA, and both domestic and international students may apply. Create a resume based on the life of any fictional or non-fictional character, from TV, history, literature or myth. The resume SHOULD NOT be about yourself. Again, do NOT make a resume about your own experiences. Resumes should be no longer than two pages.

 

GoG Writing Scholarships

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Award Amount: Two $1,000 awards

Overview: In alignment with our mission, Go On Girl! has supported up and coming authors since 2000 in the form of scholarships and awards. Authors of the African diaspora offer a rich perspective on life and are often missing in the mainstream promotions of literature. So, it is our honor to encourage responsible writing of this beautiful literature.

 

Foot Locker Scholars Program

Deadline: January 3, 2020

Award Amount: $20,000 to 20 students

Overview: The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities. Whether you’re the lead scorer or the most spirited team player, we want to hear how you have taken the skills you’ve cultivated in the locker room and used to them create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around you.

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Colona Scholarship

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Award Amount: $4,000

Overview: The CWOA LT Art and Eleanor Colona Scholarship Grant was established by the Colona Family to financially assist dependent children of enlisted members of the United States Coast Guard (active, retired, or reserve). Seeking a meaningful way to celebrate the 30 years which LT Colona devoted to the Coast Guard, the Colona family established this scholarship fund to remain in perpetuity with the CWOA. Each year, one or more Colona scholarship recipient(s) will be awarded a 4000 dollar scholarship dispersing 1000 dollars a year over four years of undergraduate studies.

 

(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships

Deadline: February 19, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000 to $6,000

Overview: Scholarships to inspire women to join the ever-growing field of Information Security. You may also wish to apply for the (ISC)² Graduate Cybersecurity Scholarship, or (ISC)² Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship, which are open to both women and men.

 

Earnest Scholarship Fund

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Award Amount: $5,000 each to 50 winning applicants

Overview: At Earnest, we believe in helping people realize their hopes and dreams through further education. To help more students get to school, we created the Earnest Scholarship as a way to award 50 students who best articulate how their education will enable their dreams. To maintain the Earnest Scholarship, we put a percentage of each loan we refinance into our scholarship fund.

 

The Hallie Gay Walden Bagley $1,000 Scholarship

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: The Hallie Gay Walden Bagley Scholarship was created to help students reach their educational goals. As someone who holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctorate, Hallie is all too familiar with the expensive price tag of higher education and understands the many hats that some college students must wear to stay afloat. Hallie’s goal of The Hallie Gay Walden Bagley Scholarship is to help lessen the financial burden for one student.

 

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