The Mega List of Scholarships You Should Apply For | Class of 2020-2021

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Last Update: February 6, 2020

There are lots of scholarship opportunities out there, but it can be hard to know where to start looking. Some might even find it too intimidating to begin looking at all! That’s where we come in. We at Colleges of Distinction have compiled a list of scholarships for 2020 to help get the ball rolling. 

There’s no denying it: things like textbooks, tuition, supplies, housing, and dues add up quickly when you get to campus. Luckily, a lot of companies and organizations want to help students like you pave the way to an education by offering various grant and scholarship opportunities for different interests, talents, and backgrounds. In fact, more than $49 billion in scholarship money was awarded to first-time college students in 2011—and that doesn’t even account for the more than $100 million in unclaimed scholarships that nobody applied to!

Don’t let your up-front costs scare you; with the right planning and resources, you have the potential to take your college bills down a few thousands dollars a semester. Here is a mega list of some of the best scholarships for college provided by companies, organizations, and foundations so that students can focus less on their financial aid and more on their future!

Looking for something more specific? Check out our other scholarship lists in our Advice Column (along with other resources to guide you on your college journey).

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Household Names’ Scholarships

Well-known brands like Starbucks and Apple not only produce products that we know and love, but they also encourage higher education. They offer both their customers and employees the chance to earn a scholarship to the college or university that they desire. Some brand-name scholarships, such as the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway, grants an award to cover students’ entire tuition. 

Take advantage of the opportunity to apply for a scholarship from a big brand name that you trust and adore. Companies such as Coca Cola, Taco Bell, Google, Burger King, Ford, etc. have given students the opportunity to further their education. They want to see students succeed and give them the opportunity to attend the college that they’ve always wanted to go to. Apply today to get a household name to help you pay for your education.

 

Foot Locker Scholars Program

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.

Deadline: January 3, 2020 by 5pm EST

Award: Awards $20,000 to  20 student athletes

 

Starbucks College Achievement Plan 

Overview:  Starbucks is committed to the success of their partners (employees). Every benefits-eligible U.S. partner working part- or full-time receives 100% tuition coverage for a first-time bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University’s online program. Choose from over 80 diverse undergraduate degree programs, and have our support every step of the way.

Deadline: Ongoing

Award Amount: 100% tuition coverage

 

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.

 

BMW Engineering Scholarship

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.

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Award Amount: $1,500

 

Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Overview: Dr. Pepper is awarding over $1,000,000 in tuition to help students reach their biggest goals.
Requirements: Looking for students ages 18-24 to enter the tuition giveaway.

Deadline: Re-opens mid-August 2020

Award: $100,000

The Mega-List of BIG Name Scholarships & Foundations

Doodle 4 Google Scholarship

Overview: Calling all K-12 students – bring your creativity to life in a Doodle of the Google logo, using any medium you choose for the chance to be a Doodle 4 Google winner. The National Winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage, and will win a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 tech grant for their school. Come back on January 7th to find out the theme of this year’s contest and get doodling!

Deadline: March 13, 2020 8:00pm (PT)

Award: 

  • A $30,000 college scholarship
  • A $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization
  • A trip to Google headquarters in California
  • Google hardware and Fun Googley swag

 

Duct Tape: Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

Overview: Create and wear your original & unique promwear using Duck® brand duct tape and/or Duck® brand crafting tape. Submit photos of your prom creation for a chance to win a number of awards worth $10,000.

Deadline: July 21, 2020 by 11:59:59 PM EDT

Opens: April 1, 2020 at 12:00:00 PM EDT

 

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Deadline: April 10, 2020

Award Amount: $20,000

Overview:  Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. Applicants for the Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship must be high-school seniors of African descent (for example, African-American, African, or Ethiopian); must plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing). A minimum 3.3 GPA and financial need is required. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

 

Intel Scholarships 

Overview: Nearly 400 scholarships will be awarded worldwide each year. Scholarship recipients receive a one-time award of up to $4,000 (USD) for use towards higher education. Scholarship awards will vary based on whether your child is pursuing a two-year or four-year degree. Children receiving the Scholarship can use the money for tuition, books, and fees.

Deadline: January 16, 2020 

Award Amount: $4,000 

 

Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

Overview: Your voice is powerful. You have the power to influence safe driving behavior among teens. Make a video that inspires your peers to drive safely and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of 15 great prizes! Change lives with your safe driving message.

Deadline: February 26, 2020

Award: Up to $15,000

 

McDonald’s® HACER® National Scholarship

Big Scholarships for Students Offered by Mcdonald's

Deadline: February 5, 2020

Award Amount: $100,000

Overview:  RMHC/HACER National Scholarships are $100,000 ($25,000 per year paid over four years) for five students who verify enrollment at any accredited institution that provides post-secondary education each year, among other requirements. Applicants must be a high school senior under 21 years of age with a minimum 3.0 (4.0 scale) GPA. Must be a legal U.S. resident and must be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full course of study. Must plan to enroll at an accredited post-secondary education institution during the academic year following their graduation. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

 

Dell Scholars Program Scholarship

Overview: The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation created Dell Scholars to recognize and assist an underserved population—students in the academic middle from low-income households who are often among the first in their families to attend college. Since starting the program in 2004, the foundation has supported more than 4,800 scholars, including more than 2,000 college graduates. All Dell Scholars have overcome significant personal challenges in their pursuit of higher education. The financial award helps students with various education expenses; but, most importantly, the program is more than just a check: Dell Scholars is a college completion program that provides students with key supports they need to obtain a college degree.

Deadline: January 29, 2020

Reopen: Expected to Reopen in October

Award: A $20,000 scholarship and more

 

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Overview: Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program and receive ongoing leadership-development support.

Deadline: The 2020 program is closed. Expected to reopen in October 2020.

Award: Up to $40,000 Total Per Recipient

 

Shell Incentive Fund Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

Overview:  Shell Oil Company offers $5,000 annual scholarships through the Shell Incentive Fund Scholarship program to underrepresented students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a specific technical field of study at certain colleges. The scholarship can be used to pay for tuition and/or school expenses.

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Award: In each program, Shell will sponsor up to 20 one-year awards of $2,500 for selected graduating high school seniors enrolling in engineering or geosciences at universities identified by Shell. Upon successful completion of first year studies and other criteria established by Shell, the recipient may be eligible to apply to receive a four-year renewable award of $5,000 annually.

 

TOYOTA TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

Deadline: February 26, 2020

Award Amount: $15,000

Overview:  All entries will first be screened to ensure they meet the entry criteria outlined on the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Checklist. A panel of judges will then score your video based on creativity, content and presentation. The top 10 finalists will be added to an online poll for the public to determine the People’s Choice Award. Regional winners will be the highest scoring videos (excluding the 10 finalists) from each of the four U.S. regions. See contest rules for more details. All winners will be announced before June 30, 2020.

 

Ford Motor Company Fund

Overview: Our mission is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better. Working with our Ford dealers and nonprofit partners, we provide access to opportunities and resources that help people reach their full potential. Ford Fund invests more than $16 million annually to support educational initiatives that empower people to envision and lead change in their communities or in their own lives.

Deadline: See Website

Award: See Website

 

Burger King Scholars Program

Overview: Created in memory of BURGER KING® Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the BURGER KING℠ Scholars program has awarded $35 million in scholarships to more than 33,000 high school students, BK® employees and their families across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since 2000. In 2018 alone, the Foundation awarded $3.7 million to more than 3,400 students in North America.

Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.

Deadline: The application period for the 2020-2021 school year begins on Oct. 15, 2019 and closes Dec. 15, 2019.

Reopen: Expected to reopen in October 2020.

Award: Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000,

 

The Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award Sweepstakes

Overview: Sign up for emails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter for the chance to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 12 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $5,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses.

Deadline: January 31, 2020 

Award Amount: $5,000

 

Huntington’s College Scholarship Sweepstakes

Overview: Scholarship contest for college-bound students. Simply submit this Official Entry form by the deadline posted in the Official Rules and you could win a $4000 College Scholarship!

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Award Amount: $4,000

 

The Google Anita Borg Memo

rial Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Award Amount: $10,000

Overview:  Dr. Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Recipients of The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship will each receive a $10,000 award for the upcoming academic year.

 

Taco Bell Live Más Scholarship

Deadline: January 23, 2020

Award Amount: $25,000

Overview:  The Live Más Scholarship is n

ot based on your grades or how well you play sports. No essays, no test scores, no right or wrong answers. We’re looking for the next generation of innovators, creators, and dreamers. Submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that tells us the story of your life’s passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. This is not about how well you can make a film – we just want you to show us your passion and explain why you should be considered for a Live Más Scholarship. Employees of Taco Bell Foundation, Inc., Taco Bell of America, LLC, Taco Bell Corp. and its parent, subsidiaries of its parent, franchisees, licensees, and the advertising and promotion agencies involved with this Program are not eligible to apply or receive a scholarship through this version of the program. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

 

Raytheon-FIRST Robotics Scholarships

Deadline: Opens April 2020

Award Amount: Program awards 40 individual scholarships of $1,000 each

Overview: Raytheon-FIRST Robotics Scholarship program awards 40 individual scholarships of $1,000 each to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) alumni pursuing undergraduate education as math, science, engineering or technology majors. We have offered the Raytheon-FIRST Robotics Scholarship since 2003 and to date have disbursed $400,000 in scholarship money. To be considered for the scholarship you must be a high school senior or a full-time college freshman, sophomore or junior who participated in a FIRST Robotics Competition or were a member of a FIRST Tech Challenge team.

Scholarships Offered by Small Businesses to Students

Small Business Scholarships

Many different small businesses throughout the country want to help students continue their education at an accredited university. Even those that are 

not big-name businesses are willing to help students in need with scholarships that range from $1,000 to $7,500 to go toward a college education. The small business scholarships below are from businesses that care for students and believe that a college education is necessary for future success. Understanding the struggle that paying for college can be, they are driven to help pay for books, colleges application fees, or other educational expenses.

These small businesses are giving scholarship money to students who are deserving of it and who most need financial aid in order to attend college. Take advantage of this kind opportunity from a group that believes in you to continue your education.

 

Abby’s Closet Dreams Can Come True Scholarship

Overview: Each year Abby’s Closet is proud to offer a college scholarship to one lucky recipient. The applicant that best embodies the spirit and mission of Abby’s Closet will receive the scholarship award and attend a private giveaway to select their perfect gown and accessories.

Deadline:  February 7, 2020

Award: $2,500 to a Female Student

 

SelectBlinds.com College Scholarship

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 expens

es!

Deadline: July 15, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Future Educator Scholarship

Deadline: August 20, 2020

Award Amount: $1000

Overview: Mrs Prindables is offering a 2019 Scholarship opportunity for incoming or current college students majoring in education. We believe that educators have the power to spark positive development in student’s lives and their futures.

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3RD ANNUAL LITNER + DEGANIAN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Overview: At Litner + Deganian, we understand the financial burdens associated with obtaining an education beyond high school. We are pleased to offer a $2,500 scholarship award to the winner of our 3rd annual scholarship contest. This year’s theme is our most exciting

yet! We challenge you to create a superhero dedicated to bringing awareness to this issue and improving driver safety in the United States.

Deadline: The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 31, 2020 at 9 a.m. EST.

Award: $2,500

 

Live Bearded Scholarship

Overview: The Live Bearde

d team is all about helping students fulfill their dreams, just as we are fulfilling ours! Most students need a little financial aid, and if we can help you seek a higher education to be the next successful entrepreneur, start a small business, open a barbershop, become a civil or public servant, or whatever path you’re traveling to pursue happiness through education, we’re here to do our part in assisting!

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Award Amount: $2,500

 

ServiceScape Scholarship 2020

Deadline: November 29, 2020 

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview:  Are you enrolled or about to enroll in a college, university, or trade school? Are you looking for a little extra help in funding your education to cover expenses that other scholarships and financial aid don’t cover? If your answer is “yes,” we have a solution that could help out with books, supplies, or anything else you need to cover your educational expenses. Apply now to our 2019 Scholarship, which will be in the amount of $1,000.00 USD to be paid toward the educational certification/degree program of your choice. The chosen topic is as follows: How does writing impact today’s world? Think about it, write about it, and let us know your thoughts.

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. 

 

Community Involvement Scholarships

One easy way to earn a scholarship is to get involved in the community. Community service is a great way to benefit others as well as yourself, as your involvement can make you eligible for awards. Not only do colleges take delight in their students’ ability to give to their communities, but community service aids in the mental growth and compassion of the students themselves. Community involvement and service is highly regarded in most universities’ eyes. It shows a student’s helping hand, giving nature, and selflessness and willingness to give up their own time for the sake of others. It suggests that a high school student willing to do this now will continue to serve throughout their college career and in their adult lives. Community service can give a student the opportunity to earn free college money and to ultimately give them the opportunity for future success by opening their eyes to a new worldview. Take advantage of community involvement scholarships in order to help you through college. Your work in the community will open your eyes to a new worldview and open your opportunity to pay for enrollment in the university that you want.

 

Mutual Security Community Service Scholarship

Overview: Scholarships will be awarded to students who are in good academic standing, have demonstrated financial need, and have given selflessly of themselves to improve the overall state of affairs in their community. Students and/or parents must be a current member of the credit union.

Deadline: April 24, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

 

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?

 

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. 

 

Community Involvement Scholarships

 The Barron Prize

Overview: The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Award Amount: $10,000

 

William H. Cooper Leadership Scholarship

Overview: William H. “Bill” Cooper, former Chairman of First State Bancshares, always remained committed to excellence, service, personal growth and integrity. This scholarship allows the First State family of companies to honor his legacy, while encouraging future leaders to follow his exceptional example.

Deadline: March 16, 2020

Award Amount: $5,000

Christianson Grant

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Award Amount: Up to $10,000

Overview: The Christianson Grant is awarded to motivated young Americans who create and carry out their own meaningful service projects abroad. Grantees also share their experiences via regular blog posts about their project and a completion report in order to further international understanding and promote cultural awareness.

Horatio Alger Association National Scholarship

Deadline: October 25, 2020 (Application Opens: August 1, 2020)

Award Amount: 106 $25,000 awards

Overview: The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. As such, the Association honors the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education.

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Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program

Overview: Service is the cornerstone of DAV’s mission of empowering veterans to lead high-quality and fulfilled lives. But we would not be able to serve our nation’s heroes without thousands of dedicated youth volunteers across the country. From volunteering at a local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center to assisting veterans within their local communities—and everything in between—DAV youth volunteers across the country are committed to serving our ill and injured heroes.

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Award Amount: Various Awards up to $20,000

 

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.

 

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships

Overview: A program recognizes student innovation and youth-led solutions to fight hunger in the U.S. These young people are creating awareness and mobilizing peers in their communities to be catalysts for change. The scholarship awardees comprise a wide variety of students, ages 5 to 25, who are recognized at the national and regional level and hail from across the country. A program that recognizes students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in the U.S. Scholarship winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant for their hunger-related charity.

Deadline: December 5, 2020 (Application Opens: October 5, 2020)

Award Amount: $5,000

 

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.

 

Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund is an umbrella that supports three separate scholarship opportunities for participants in American Legion Auxiliary programs. One is for American Legion Auxiliary Junior members; another is for the Honorary National Junior President; and one is for participants in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation program.

 

Point Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: January 27, 2020 

Award Amount: Students accepted into the program will receive between $2,000-$4,800 in scholarship support.

Overview: Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.

 

Phelps County Community

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The Phelps County Community Foundation has established a long tradition of administering and providing scholarships to area students. Today, the Foundation manages over 65 scholarship funds and awards almost $250,000 in scholarships annually. These scholarships are made possible by generous individuals, families, and organizations who desire to help others in their quest for higher education.

 

Writing Scholarships

It might seem that writing-focused scholarships are reserved only for those who have a passion for reading and writing, but anyone can take a shot at writing an essay in order to win these specially curated awards. The scholarships below are those for writers or anyone who wants to tell a story through their own written words. They are for students who are eager to write while also demonstrating the essay-writing skills they learned throughout high school. These scholarship essays could be the first step in dealing with the struggle and worry of paying for college; writing is an easy way to earn free money that could pave the way for a student’s future education and future success. 

Writers know how to create new life in the world we live in. They have the ability to open up our eyes to new perspectives. These writing scholarships give writers (or anyone else) the chance to show the scholarship judges their own perspectives and ideas, which could lead to their chance of earning free college money. Use your writing skills in order to make it all the more possible to enter a world of new college experiences.

 

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.

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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.

Ayn Rand Institute “Anthem” Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Award Amount: $2,000

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.

 

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.

 

University Frames Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 15th, 2020.

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: This scholarship is for 3rd-year undergrad students and above who are enrolled at any U.S. college or university and have a GPA of at least 3.0. You must write a 400 to 500 word essay and send in a photo or selfie holding an invisible diploma frame.

 

Creative Scholarships

A creative mind can give a student the opportunity to create beauty in the world around them, whether that be through art or music or dancing. There is so much value to creativity, so it’s no surprise that scholarship accolades are not limited to academics, but can also award the creative aspects of a student’s life. A creative scholarship gives a student the freedom to use their talents in order to give themselves the chance to earn money to help them pay for college. The special quality of a creative scholarship is students with all kinds of talents can earn money to help pay for college, submitting applications with art that ranges from music or film to painting or creating résumés for fictional characters. 

When applying for a creative scholarship, you should be prepared to submit a portfolio or a sample of your work to show off your abilities for the scholarship judges. In order to win, you’ll have to put forth your best creative effort, impress the judges, and shine brighter than the other applicants. If you have the ability to create, take advantage of the opportunity of generating something that you love in order to potentially earn money for college.  

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Two Ten Higher Education Footwear Design Scholarships

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Award Amount: Up to $3,000

Overview: Two Ten provides scholarship opportunities to any student who is studying design with a focus on footwear. Applicants are evaluated by financial need and design potential. Unlike our traditional college scholarships, the Footwear Design Scholarship is available to any student who is studying design with a focus on footwear.  This program was created in 2003 to assist students with a demonstrated interest and skill in pursuing a career in footwear design. Applicants are evaluated by design potential and financial need. Awards of up to $3,000 annually are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Build U. Scholarship

Overview: Great companies are built on a shared set of values. Over time, those values may evolve and grow, but the underlying message stays the same: create a great product that customers love.

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Award: $2,500 scholarship Each Semester

 

Axon Optic’s “Migraine Story” Scholarship

Deadline: November 30, 2020 

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: Any current, full-time student of an accredited two-year or four-year American university or college is welcome to apply. There is no age or specific major requirement. To enter, applicants must submit either 1) an essay (maximum of 300 words), 2) a video (less than 1 minute), or 3) an image (photograph, drawing, etc).

 

Fifth Month Scholarship

Overview: It would take more than just one hand to count all the reasons why the number five is important – and we want to know what you think! What is it about the number five that’s so significant to you? One great reason is that May is the fifth month – which just so happens to be a great time to apply for fun scholarships. Help us bring awareness to the fifth month and the number five.

Deadline: May 31, 2020

 

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.

Scholarships for Creative Students | Arts, Crafts, & Design

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Overview: High School seniors may compete for college scholarships totaling $4,250 at the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest.  During its 43-year history, the renowned contest has awarded more than $73,000 in scholarships to young duck callers attending 32 different colleges and universities in 13 different states.

Deadline: Check Website for 2020 Deadline

 

Collegiate Inventors Competition

Overview: The Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC) is your opportunity to bring national attention to your work, gain valuable feedback from our National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees and compete for cash prizes. This unique invention competition drives innovation and entrepreneurship at the collegiate level. Their judges, including National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees, provide invaluable feedback and guidance as we reward the country’s most innovative university students.

Since 1990, with the help of our sponsors, they have awarded more than $1 million to students nationwide.

Deadline: Next entry period will begin in the early-spring of 2020

 

13th Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

Overview: Would you like your artwork featured by the leading publisher of premium quality cards in the United States? Here’s your chance! We formally invite you to enter our 12th Annual Create-A-Greeting Card $10,000 contest. Design a greeting card for the opportunity to win yourself a $10,000 scholarship and $1,000 for your school. Plus, your winning entry will be made into a bona fide greeting card by The Gallery Collection.

 

Deadline: Contest submissions accepted from: May 31st, 2019 – March 2nd, 2020.

Award: $10,000

 

Arts For Life Scholarship

Overview: Arts for Life! annually awards $1,000 scholarships to 25 graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art.  Launched by former First Lady Columba Bush in 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 450 gifted high school seniors.

Deadline: February 3, 2020

Award: $1,000

New Scholarships for Student Athletes – Class of 2019-2020

Military/Public Service Dependent Scholarships

Military and public service jobs require a lot of sacrifice, but a college education does not have to be another one of those sacrifices. With these duties come plenty of organizations and resources looking to give back to those who have already given so much. Whether you’re active duty, retired, or a dependent, there are so many scholarships opportunities that can help you accomplish your career goals. To show our gratitude to soldiers and public servants, we have dedicated a list of scholarships just for them. This list offers scholarships for government employees and all branches of the military to make their scholarship search easier. Thank you for your service!

 

CGX Scholarship Program

Overview: Recognizing the value of education and the benefits it brings to the Coast Guard Family, the Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) Scholarship Program was established to provide additional financial resources to dependent children of Coast Guard personnel embarking on undergraduate college/university studies.  Annually a $2,000 scholarship is awarded to the outstanding applicants on a one-time basis. The number of scholarships granted each year depends on available funding.

Deadline: February 28, 2020

 

Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association Scholarship

Overview: The Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association Scholarship has been established to recognize relatives of Army Service Women.

Deadline: February 2, 2020

Military/Public Service Dependent Scholarships

Wings Over America Scholarship

Overview: Our mission is to provide college scholarships to dependent children and spouses of all US Navy personnel – officer and enlisted – active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased who served within Naval Air Forces. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic merit, community service, extra-curricular activities and character.

Deadline: March 1, 2020

 

Marine Corps CTE Scholarship

Overview: We’re committed to supporting Marine children in pursuit of their educational goals and there’s no more versatile educational path than through Career and Technical Education (CTE). From health sciences to finance, IT to manufacturing, CTE professionals are on the cutting edge of today’s most hands-on careers. This scholarship is for students planning to attend a non-degree certificate program or vocational training that is 12 months or less at a community college or private career school listed on College Navigator.

Deadline: Applications processed on a monthly basis

 

ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund

Overview: The ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund (ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship Fund) was founded in 2001 to honor the lives of our nation’s police officers, firefighters, and other local and state government employees who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The fund provides financial assistance to the surviving spouses and children of employees who have died in the line of duty and are planning to attend an accredited two-year community college, four-year accredited university, or vocational school full-time.

Each year, scholarships are awarded to selected students. Since its inception, the ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $900,000 in scholarships to hundreds of recipients.

Deadline: Applications are accepted annually from December 15 – March 15

College Funding for Military/Public Service Dependent Students

 

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

Overview: The mission of the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund is two-fold. First, it helps offset the high cost of a college education for the sons and daughters of American heroes. Second, it is a reminder to the recipient that their parents’ sacrifice will never be forgotten by a grateful nation.

Deadline: See Website

 

Children of Fallen Patriots Scholarship

Overview: The vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to ensure that every child of a fallen patriot receives all necessary college funding. We are dedicated to serving the families of servicemembers from all branches of the armed forces who have died as a result of combat casualties, military training accidents, service-related illnesses, suicide, as well as other duty-related deaths as ruled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Deadline: See Website

 

Fallen Heroes Scholarship

Overview: A college education is the key to the American Dream, opening the door to a world of opportunities. This is why the Coast Guard Foundation’s education support is one of the most meaningful ways we show Coast Guard families we value their service, and there is no program which highlights this more than the Fallen Heroes Scholarship.

Deadline: February 7, 2020

Awards: Multiple 

 

Keller Scholarship

Overview: The CWO John A. Keller, Chief Warrant and Warrant Officers Association Scholarship Grant (hereinafter “Grant”) is established to financially assist dependent children of members in good standing or who were members in good standing of the CWOA, United States Coast Guard at the time of their death. The assistance shall be a monetary grant for an accredited institution of higher learning.

Deadline: See Website

 

Colona Scholarship

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Award: $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.

 

Scholarships for Military Children Program

Overview: Commissaries are an integral part of the quality of life offered to service members and their families. The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in recognition of the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. It is the intent of the program that a scholarship funded through contributions be awarded annually for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide.

Award: A total of 500 scholarship grants, each $2,000.

Deadline: Applications close February 24, 2020

 

Athletic Scholarships

Many students throughout the country go to a college or university on an athletic scholarship. Paying for and attending college is not an easy feat, let alone trying to succeed while also attending practices and training as a student-athlete. Athletic training itself can be a full-time job, so any amount of help toward your college expenses can give you less to worry about. These athletic scholarships award money based on a student’s ability to excel in or contribute to a particular sport. The tennis scholarship, for example, seeks those planning on earning their degree in Professional Tennis Management, while the men’s and women’s golf awards are given to those committed to golf. 

An athletic scholarship encourages a student’s passion for sports, all while giving them a little help in paying for college. If you are a student-athlete and need assistance paying for college, you may be able to take the first step toward success and prevent student loans from hovering over your head when you graduate. Apply for an athletic scholarship today!

Athletic Scholarships for Students Going to College

Professional Tennis Management Scholarship

Deadline: March 9, 2020 

Award Amount: Two $10,000 awards

Overview: The USTA Foundation offers a scholarship targeting those High School seniors who exhibit a passion for tennis and plan on seeking a Professional Tennis Management degree at one of the schools offering this program.

 

Women’s Western Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2020 

Award Amount: $2,000

Overview: The Women’s Western Golf Foundation was established in 1971 by the Women’s Western Golf Association and is committed to increasing participation of women in golf and dedicated to providing Women’s Western Scholarships to worthy and deserving undergraduate women. Since its inception, the Women’s Western Golf Foundation has awarded over $4.2 million in scholarships to more than 665 young women across the country.

 

ACE Grants

Deadline: December 9, 2020

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant provides financial assistance to young men and women who aspire to earn a college golf scholarship through competitive junior golf.

 

Scholarships for Students with With Illnesses or Disabilities

Scholarships For Students With Illnesses or Disabilities

No matter one’s disability or illness, a student may be able to receive aid that is reserved for people with their unique set of circumstances. Disability scholarships, as well as scholarships for particular illnesses, have grown in number with the hefty cost of higher education in mind. Medical bills for therapy, treatment, and trips to the hospital add up quickly and can make the extra expense of college seem unattainable. Thankfully, scholarships like the ones shown below minimize the amount of bills that already come with being a person with an illness or disability.

The scholarship donors want to give students with disabilities the same chance for education that anyone else has as well as the ability to delve into any career they desire. Take advantage of the amazing opportunities presented through disability and illness scholarships to take financial burdens and worry off of your shoulders in order to reach your educational and career goals.

 

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities

Overview: In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has committed $1 million over the next four years to Scholarship America to implement a special scholarship program to help people with disabilities obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in the career path of their choice.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Only the first 700 applications submitted will be considered for scholarship evaluation.

Deadline: Reopens in October 2020.

Award: If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,500 award for full-time study or a $1,250 award for half-time study.

 

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.

 

National Federation of the Blind Scholarships

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Award Amount: $3,000-$12,000

Overview: The National Federation of the Blind’s annual scholarship program is the largest of its kind in the nation. Every year, we award more than $120,000 to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and leadership.

 

Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Overview: The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Scholarships For Students With Illnesses or DisabilitiesFoundation is to improve the lives of children and families in need. The Foundation has given more than $320 million since its inception in 1992 and is designed to create lasting impact in the communities where the company’s employees and financial representatives live and work. We accomplish this by combining financial support, volunteerism, thought leadership and convening community partners to deliver the best outcomes. Our efforts are focused nationally on curing childhood cancer, and locally on education, neighborhoods and making our hometown of Milwaukee a great destination. Visit Northwestern Mutual Foundation to learn more.

Up to $350,000 in scholarships awarded to 35 college students nationwide

Deadline: January 30, 2020 3:00 pm CT

Award: $5,000

 

Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship

Overview: Since 2012, Northwestern Mutual’s Childhood Cancer Program has been committed to funding research and providing help for families during treatment, as well as supporting survivors and their families as they continue to live their lives beyond cancer.

Northwestern Mutual Announces College Scholarship Programs to Benefit Those Affected by Childhood Cancer
Scholarships will provide financial support to help recipients continue their education and achieve college dreams

Deadline: January 30, 2020 3:00 pm CT

Award: $5,000

 

ACPA Scholarships

Overview: ACPA Family Services awards college scholarships annually to outstanding students born with cleft or craniofacial conditions. The online application period opens each fall.

  • Peter Randall, MD & Don LaRossa, MD Scholarship Award – $4,000 award
  • Earl “Gip” Seaver, PhD Scholarship Award – $1,000 award
  • Vocational or Technical Scholarship Award – One $500 award for a student enrolled in a community, vocational or technical school.
  • General Scholarship Awards – A minimum of five general scholarships of at least $500 each. Additional scholarships of increased amounts may be offered as funds are available.

Deadline: Applications are due February 1, 2020

Award: Multiple up to $4,000

OAR Scholarship Program

Overview: In 2008, OAR introduced the Schwallie Family Scholarship to support the post-secondary, undergraduate education of qualified individuals with an autism spectrum diagnosis. Schwallie Family Scholarships are supported through generous gifts from the family of former Board member, Ed Schwallie. In 2013, we announced the Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship Program, an expansion of our scholarship program that benefits students attending any of the types of institutions that fall under the Schwallie Family Scholarship Program criteria, as well as any of the growing number of certificate and life skills/transition programs in the country. Board member and Scholarship Committee chairwoman, Lisa Hussman, championed the initiative, which is supported through a generous gift from the Lisa Higgins Hussman Foundation. As of December 1, 2017, we have awarded a total of $815,500 to 268 students from across the country.

Their scholarship program provides $3,000 scholarships to students across the autism spectrum.

Deadline: May 4, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

Award: Award: $3,000

Undergraduate Scholarships Worth Applying For

Undergraduate Scholarships

Many students don’t realize how expensive college can really be until they are deep in it. Thankfully, it’s not too late; scholarships aren’t only available to high school students! There are a wide range of scholarships out there that any undergraduate student can get their hands on. Financial aid typically offers undergraduates a rewarding sum of money, but it rarely provides all of the financial relief students need. And while taking out student loans can also provide monetary aid, it comes at a price. 

With this diverse scholarship list, students are sure to find opportunities that can help them pay for books, tuition, and more. The list consists of both general and major-specific categories, so you’re sure to find some that are perfect for you. Take advantage of your free time and apply to some of the scholarships below. Get startedyour wallet will thank you later!

 

Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship

Overview: Since 1995, SHAPE America has awarded scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student members. The Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship, developed by the past presidents of SHAPE America to honor deserving students, is awarded to three undergraduate students and two graduate students in January of each year. All scholarships are presented at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo held in the spring.

Deadline: October 15

Award: Undergraduate awards are $1,250 each and graduate awards are $1,750 each. 

Bill Kane Undergraduate Scholarship

Overview: The award is a $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to an undergraduate health education major student. Recipients may spend the award in any manner they desire. Recipients will also receive a one-year complimentary student membership in SHAPE America.

Deadline: October 15

Award: $1,000

(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.

 

The USRA Scholarship Awards

Overview: USRA presents up to four scholarship awards all worth $4,000 to undergraduate students each fall.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering. Applicants must be within two (2) years of earning a B.S. or a B.A. in a field of science and engineering, including life science and science education by the time the award is received. Scholarship awards are made in the fall, with applications accepted during the summer.

Deadline: Applications re-open  Spring 2020

Award: $5,000

 

2018 General Marketing Education Scholarship – Marketing Education

Overview: Sachs Marketing Group is a search engine optimization (SEO) and social media company based in Southern California who use innovative strategies to go beyond the scope of “regular” SEO. Sachs Marketing Group is also dedicated to helping to support general marketing education and is offering an annual $1,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in any accredited college.

Deadline: December 15th, 2020

Award: $1,000

 

The Blades of Green Scholarship Fund

Overview: Blades of Green has created a merit-based scholarship fund for individuals seeking undergraduate or graduate level education in environmental studies or related fields. Mark and Brad Leahy have created a $1,000 scholarship for the 2019 academic year. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic excellence, the pursuit of further study in environmental education at an accredited college or university, and passion for further study.

Deadline: May 22nd, 2020

Award: $1,000

 

SuperMoney’s Financial Literacy Scholarship

Overview: SuperMoney‘s mission is to help everyone reach their financial goals. SuperMoney’s Financial Literacy Scholarship seeks to celebrate students who share our same mission. Our scholarship program awards $2,500 a year to a student who wants to help Americans improve their financial wellness through continued education.

Deadline: Check Website for 2020 Deadline

Award: $2,500

 

Sweepstakes Scholarships

Need money to help you pay for your college expenses, but don’t have the time to fill out those long scholarship applications? Sweepstake scholarships may be the best choice for you. These scholarships are a quick, easy way to collect money with little to no effort required. They usually don’t require any essays or information about academic achievements and financial needs. All you need to do is fill out a form—some even let you submit multiple times! Start applying to the sweepstakes scholarships below today. The more you apply to, the more chances you have to win some money. Good luck!

 

 $2000 Nitro College Scholarship Application

Deadline: January 31, 2020 

Award Amount: $2,000

Overview:  Nitro cares about providing you the resources you need to successfully navigate financing college. That’s why we’re offering you the opportunity to earn a $2,000 scholarship from Nitro. We know that college is a big step forward in achieving your goals and we want to help you get there using all the tools Nitro has to offer.

 

There is a wide range of scholarships that are waiting for you to scoop up! After you finish going through our list, continue searching for more scholarships. The more you apply, the more you have a chance to get money that can help you during college. Good luck!

 

More Helpful Resources:

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How to Find—and Win—Scholarships: Your Complete Guide

College Prep Guide: How to Create a Four-Year Plan for High School Freshmen

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