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    Top 55 Prestigious Scholarships in July 2024

    Written by Zach Skillings

    Zach Skillings is the Scholarships360 Newsletter Editor. He specializes in college admissions and strives to answer important questions about higher education. When he’s not contributing to Scholarships360, Zach writes about travel, music, film, and culture. His work has been published in Our State Magazine, Ladygunn Magazine, The Nocturnal Times, and The Lexington Dispatch. Zach graduated from Elon University with a degree in Cinema and Television Arts.

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    Updated: July 3rd, 2024

    While every scholarship is special, some are more distinguished than others. The most prestigious scholarships are extremely selective, but offer incredibly high award amounts. Our list contains both undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students based in the U.S. Read on to see if you find a good fit in one of these prestigious scholarships. Good luck!

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    The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:

    • The scholarship requires a fee to apply
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    * There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
    ** Lead generation scholarships will require students to sign up for an app or website and require minimal (if any) application requirements.
    ***Idea harvesting scholarships will require students to submit blog posts or other materials that companies may use for marketing purposes.

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Blakemore Freeman Fellowship

    Offered by Blakemore Foundation

    Multiple awards worth Full Program Costs
    Deadline Dec 30, 2024
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by Blakemore Foundation

    Are you a bachelor's degree holder pursuing a career that involves the use of an East or Southeast Asian language? If so, consider applying for…Show More

    Are you a bachelor's degree holder pursuing a career that involves the use of an East or Southeast Asian language? If so, consider applying for…Show More

    Are you a bachelor's degree holder pursuing a career that involves the use of an East or Southeast Asian language? If so, consider applying for the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship! The Blakemore Freeman Fellowship is open to college graduates pursuing a professional, business, or academic career that will require the regular use of East or Southeast Asian languages. Applicants should have already formally studied their target language for at least three years and be willing to partake in extensive language study in an eligible program during the term of the grant. The scholarship is offered by the Blakemore Foundation, a Washington-based charitable trust dedicated to encouraging the use of Asian languages and increasing the understanding of Asian art within the United States. Every year, the fellowship covers tuition, and awards a stipend for related educational expenses, and basic living and transportation costs for the language programs of each of the winning applicants. If you’re looking for some help to pay off your East or Southeast Asian language program, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Full Program Costs
    Deadline Dec 30, 2024
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    BigFuture $40k Essay-Free Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $40,000
    Deadline Oct 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    1 award worth $40,000
    Deadline Oct 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Apply

    Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

    Offered by Lilly Endowment Inc.

    Multiple awards worth Full Ride
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Lilly Endowment Inc.

    The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is an incredible, full-ride scholarship opportunity that is exclusively available to undergraduate Indiana residents who have graduated from an…Show More

    The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is an incredible, full-ride scholarship opportunity that is exclusively available to undergraduate Indiana residents who have graduated from an…Show More

    The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is an incredible, full-ride scholarship opportunity that is exclusively available to undergraduate Indiana residents who have graduated from an Indiana high school. More than just a scholarship, this program aims to elevate the educational standards in Indiana and promote the invaluable contributions of community foundations. As a Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, you'll be encouraged to connect with fellow scholars and state leaders, fostering collaboration to enhance the quality of life in Indiana. Don't miss out on this life-changing opportunity to pursue your dreams while making a positive impact on Indiana! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Full Ride
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Ascent’s $10,000 Summer Scholarship Giveaway

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level College Underclassmen

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship or job! Whether you're figuring out what interests you, checking out career resources, or picking up skills for your dream job, we want to know: Do you have what you need to enter the next phase of life, post-graduation? Ascent is committed to your long-term success and is giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner for sharing your feedback and ideas on what you need to build the skills and confidence to thrive in the workplace. To apply, complete these three easy steps below: Step 1: Visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” to complete a quick survey and contact form. Step 2: Follow @ascentfunding on Instagram and like the post. Step 3: Tag 3 friends below that would benefit from this scholarship! Be sure to end your comment with #AscentSponsored. Disclaimer: Deadline to apply for Ascent’s $10,000 scholarship prize (1) is September 2nd at 8:59AM PT. To apply and see official rules, visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” link here: AscentFunding.com/Scholarships.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level College Underclassmen
    Apply

    AIFS Generation Study Abroad Scholarships

    Offered by American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS)

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $1,000
    Deadline Triannual
    Grade Level College Freshman

    Offered by American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS)

    The AIFS Generation Study Abroad Scholarships' applicants must meet the minimum requirements for the program to which they are applying. Completed scholarship and program applications…Show More

    The AIFS Generation Study Abroad Scholarships' applicants must meet the minimum requirements for the program to which they are applying. Completed scholarship and program applications…Show More

    The AIFS Generation Study Abroad Scholarships' applicants must meet the minimum requirements for the program to which they are applying. Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the deadlines posted on the scholarship website.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $1,000
    Deadline Triannual
    Grade Level College Freshman
    Get Started

    Project GO Scholarship

    Offered by Project GO

    Multiple awards worth Full Ride
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Project GO

    Are you an ROTC student who wants to improve your language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills? If so, consider applying for the Project…Show More

    Are you an ROTC student who wants to improve your language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills? If so, consider applying for the Project…Show More

    Are you an ROTC student who wants to improve your language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills? If so, consider applying for the Project GO Scholarship! The Project GO Scholarship is open to ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) and PLC (Marine Platoon Leaders Class) students planning to improve their language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills. Applicants must also be willing to remain in ROTC or PLC for the duration of their program. The scholarship is sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense that provides strategic direction, supports policy development, and provides oversight for the Military Departments and Defense Agencies on present and future requirements related to language, regional expertise, and culture. The DLNSEO also offers a portfolio of programs that provide language support for the Department. Recipients of the DLNSEO's Project GO Scholarship are awarded the full expenses to cover living costs and accommodations for their program. If you’re an ROTC or PLC member passionate about intercultural communication, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Full Ride
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Apply

    Foreign Fulbright Student Program

    Offered by U.S. Department of State

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by U.S. Department of State

    Are you an international student interested in studying and conducting research in the United States? If so, consider applying for the Foreign Fulbright Student Program!…Show More

    Are you an international student interested in studying and conducting research in the United States? If so, consider applying for the Foreign Fulbright Student Program!…Show More

    Are you an international student interested in studying and conducting research in the United States? If so, consider applying for the Foreign Fulbright Student Program! The program is open to young students, artists, and professionals from outside the U.S. looking to pursue their graduate degrees or conduct research at a university in the U.S. To find out if your country offers the program, check out this list of nations with FTLA programs. The program is jointly offered by the U.S. Department of State and Fulbright, an international educational exchange program that hopes to serve as a "catalyst for peace and an interconnected world". It offers international graduate students, young professionals, and artists opportunities to study, conduct research, or teach their native language in the U.S. through merit-based grants. If you are interested in studying, conducting research, or teaching in the U.S., we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Forté MBA Fellowships

    Offered by Forte Foundation

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by Forte Foundation

    Are you a female student considering an MBA and looking for resources to fund your education? If so, consider applying for the Forté MBA Fellowships!…Show More

    Are you a female student considering an MBA and looking for resources to fund your education? If so, consider applying for the Forté MBA Fellowships!…Show More

    Are you a female student considering an MBA and looking for resources to fund your education? If so, consider applying for the Forté MBA Fellowships! The Forté MBA Fellowships are open to female students enrolled in MBA programs at any Forté partner school. The scholarship is funded by Forté, an organization that launches women into fulfilling careers through access to business education and to a community of determined, successful women. Their Forté Fellowships are prestigious awards recognized within the business school community that exhibit recipients' exemplary leadership, diverse backgrounds, and commitment to advancing women in business. Each year, the fellowship provides awards of varying amounts to help lucky MBA students pay for their educational expenses. If you’re an aspiring MBA student looking for help to pay off your education, we encourage you to apply to a Forté partner school! Once accepted, you will be considered for the Forté MBA Fellowships.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    The Beinecke Scholarship Program

    Offered by The Sperry Fund

    Multiple awards worth $35,000
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Junior

    Offered by The Sperry Fund

    Are you an exceptional and motivated college junior who hopes to complete a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences? If so, consider…Show More

    Are you an exceptional and motivated college junior who hopes to complete a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences? If so, consider…Show More

    Are you an exceptional and motivated college junior who hopes to complete a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences? If so, consider applying for the Beinecke Scholarship Program! Each year, the scholarship awards $5,000 to chosen scholars immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. The scholarship was established to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke, the board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company, who believed in the importance of corporate philanthropy. If you’re passionate about completing a graduate degree in the arts or social sciences and are looking for some help to fund your graduate study, we encourage you to apply! P.S.: Interested students should bear in mind that participating institutions will have internal deadlines linked to their nominating process that will fall earlier than February. We recommend contacting your campus liaison for more information.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $35,000
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Junior
    Get Started

    United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by United States Senate Youth Program

    Multiple awards worth $10,000
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level High School Juniors & Seniors

    Offered by United States Senate Youth Program

    Are you a rising high school junior or senior who holds a leadership role within your school's government or honors society? If so, consider applying…Show More

    Are you a rising high school junior or senior who holds a leadership role within your school's government or honors society? If so, consider applying…Show More

    Are you a rising high school junior or senior who holds a leadership role within your school's government or honors society? If so, consider applying for the United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship! Each year, the program offers two students per state a $10,000 scholarship. In addition to the monetary award, winners receive the opportunity to participate in Washington Week. This is a mandatory week-long stay in Washington, D.C. in which you will be able to partake and witness meetings with the Senate leaders, Supreme Court justices, many other important officials, and even the U.S. President! In order to apply, you must contact either your high school principal, counselor, history teacher, or state selection contact to receive an application. This is an amazing opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes experience in Washington D.C. and earn a college scholarship, particularly for students interested in pursuing a career in government and/or politics. With that said, if you’re interested, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $10,000
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level High School Juniors & Seniors
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Aug 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Aug 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Breakthrough Junior Challenge

    Offered by Breakthrough

    1 award worth $250,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Breakthrough

    Are you a middle or high school student with a passion for STEM? If so, consider applying for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge! Each year, the…Show More

    Are you a middle or high school student with a passion for STEM? If so, consider applying for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge! Each year, the…Show More

    Are you a middle or high school student with a passion for STEM? If so, consider applying for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge! Each year, the challenge awards $250,000 to a 13-18-year-old student who creatively and clearly explains a scientific or mathematical theory, concept, or principle in video form. The videos must be no longer than a minute and 30 seconds long and should be a dynamic visual medium, using diagrams, simulations, physical demonstrations, and more. The scholarship is funded by technology investors and science philanthropists Julia and Yuri Milner.  If you have a love for STEM, video making, and want to go to college debt-free, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    1 award worth $250,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    Virtual National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

    Offered by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

    Multiple awards worth Full Program Costs
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

    Are you a high school student wanting to learn a foreign language critical to U.S. national security? If so, consider applying for the Virtual National…Show More

    Are you a high school student wanting to learn a foreign language critical to U.S. national security? If so, consider applying for the Virtual National…Show More

    Are you a high school student wanting to learn a foreign language critical to U.S. national security? If so, consider applying for the Virtual National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)! The Virtual National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is open to high school students in the U.S. who want to participate in the virtual, 10-week-long NSLI-Y beginner-level foreign language and culture course. The scholarship is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which utilizes "educational and cultural exchange" programs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries in order to develop peaceful relations. If selected, the scholarship will cover the full program costs for recipients. Each year typically consists of separate Fall and Winter NSLI-Y Programs, each of which has its own deadline. If you're a high school student with a passion for foreign languages, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Full Program Costs
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students & College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students & College Underclassmen
    Apply

    Collegiate Inventors Competition

    Offered by National Inventors Hall of Fame

    Multiple awards worth $5,000 - $10,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by National Inventors Hall of Fame

    The Collegiate Inventors Competition is funded by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, an organization that recognizes inventors, promotes creativity, and advances the spirit of…Show More

    The Collegiate Inventors Competition is funded by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, an organization that recognizes inventors, promotes creativity, and advances the spirit of…Show More

    The Collegiate Inventors Competition is funded by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, an organization that recognizes inventors, promotes creativity, and advances the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Every year, their Collegiate Inventors Competition awards up to $10,000 to multiple university students in the U.S. who create an original invention in their field. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $5,000 - $10,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Rotary Peace Fellowships

    Offered by Rotary International

    Multiple awards worth Full travel costs
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by Rotary International

    Are you a college graduate interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for Rotary Peace Fellowships! The fellowships are open to college (undergraduate and…Show More

    Are you a college graduate interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for Rotary Peace Fellowships! The fellowships are open to college (undergraduate and…Show More

    Are you a college graduate interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for Rotary Peace Fellowships! The fellowships are open to college (undergraduate and graduate school) graduates whose graduation dates will be at least three years ago by the start of their fellowship programs. Applicants should wish to study peace and development issues in a study abroad program. The fellowship offers both a Master’s Program and a Professional Development Certificate Program. Depending on which you are interested in, the application and eligibility requirements differ, so check the website for more specific details. The programs are offered by the Rotary Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports education to cultivate peace. Their fellowships seek to improve health and the environment, provide quality education, and alleviate poverty across the globe. To achieve these goals, 130 applicants every year are granted fully funded fellowships to go abroad and become "catalysts for peace". If you are interested in studying abroad, participating in global networking, and making a change, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Full travel costs
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started
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    How to win prestigious scholarships

    If you’re looking into the most prestigious scholarship opportunities, you probably have been successful throughout high school. Odds are you have good grades and test scores that should help you to qualify for these opportunities. That’s great news, but remember, it’s only one part of the application. We’ve put together some tips to help you succeed in the other aspects of prestigious scholarship applications.

    Remember, grades aren’t everything

    When you submit your application, odds are that your transcript and/or GPA will be included in it. If you have a strong GPA, this is great news for your application. But remember – your GPA speaks for itself; use the rest of your application to highlight the other great things about you.

    Try sitting down and making a list of all the things you’re proud of that you’ve accomplished. The accomplishments can range in formality, from winning an academic award to helping teach your younger sibling to read. Make use of this information to highlight your value beyond the number listed in your transcript! Many students earn great grades and test scores; you have to use your application to showcase what makes you unique.

    Also see: What is a presidential scholarship?

    Do your research

    One great way to craft a successful scholarship application is to do some research on the mission of the organization offering the scholarship. Tailor each application to the organization you’re applying to. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time, but even some minor tweaks to your resume and essays can help make you stand out to the reviewer.

    For example, if an organization focuses on working with youth, you should use your essay to discuss the time you volunteered at a summer camp rather than your winning science fair project. Showing that your interests align with theirs is always a great idea.

    Apply far and wide

    It’s extremely difficult to earn a prestigious scholarship; by nature, they are some of the hardest opportunities to earn out there. Even with a great application, stellar grades, and great test scores, odds are you’ll be rejected by more than a few opportunities.

    Remember – a lot of the application process comes down to luck. You could write the best application in the world, but if the reviewer is having a bad day or not paying attention when they read it, you might not make it. On the flipside, if you write about an experience working as a cashier for a summer and your reviewer did the same thing in high school, they might champion your application and ensure you receive the scholarship.

    You miss every shot you don’t take, and you lose every scholarship you don’t apply for! The more often you apply, the higher chance there is that you’ll win one of these prestigious scholarships. And don’t let the rejections get you down; the best thing to do is always to go out and keep trying.

    Write great essays

    Scholarship essays are a very particular form of writing, and it’s worthwhile to accustom yourself to this style in order to write effectively. We’ve put together guides on how to write an essay about yourself and how to start a scholarship essay to help you out. Here are a few additional guides that should come in handy:

    Frequently asked questions about prestigious scholarships

    What GPA do I need to win a prestigious scholarship?

    There is no set GPA needed to win a prestigious scholarship. Each opportunity sets its own limits, and many have no formal GPA limit. Check out our list to browse your options!

    Where can I find the most prestigious scholarships?

    Our list compiles many of the most valuable prestigious scholarships. Also be sure to check in with your high school counselor to see if there are any local scholarships worth applying for!

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