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    Top 256 Scholarships for High School Juniors in May 2024

    Written by Will Geiger

    Will Geiger is the co-founder of Scholarships360 and has a decade of experience in college admissions and financial aid. He is a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Kenyon College where he personally reviewed 10,000 admissions applications and essays. Will also managed the Kenyon College merit scholarship program and served on the financial aid appeals committee. He has also worked as an Associate Director of College Counseling at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut. Will earned his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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    Updated: May 2nd, 2024

    Junior year is when high school students really start to kickoff their college admissions process. This is also a great time to begin applying for scholarships to pay for college!

    One of the biggest mistakes that students make in the admissions process is waiting until the end of senior year to apply for scholarships. There are plenty of great scholarships for high school juniors to apply. Keep on reading to learn more about the great scholarship opportunities for the class of 2024 including award amounts, deadlines, and eligibility requirements!

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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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    • The scholarship seems primarily used for lead generation** or idea harvesting purposes***
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    If you believe a scholarship has been published in error, please reach out to [email protected] and we’ll take a look!


    * 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

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    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

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    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, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    “Broad Horizons” Scholarship for High School Juniors

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

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    1 award worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    This scholarship is open to high school juniors (graduating class of 2025) who are proactive about broadening their horizons. To broaden your horizons means to…Show More

    This scholarship is open to high school juniors (graduating class of 2025) who are proactive about broadening their horizons. To broaden your horizons means to…Show More

    This scholarship is open to high school juniors (graduating class of 2025) who are proactive about broadening their horizons. To broaden your horizons means to expand your range of knowledge and experiences. It means putting yourself out there, trying new things, and meeting new people. To apply for this scholarship, tell us about one thing you have done in the past year to broaden your horizons. Whether you picked up a new hobby, learned a new skill, traveled to a new place, or spent time with different people – we want to know what you’re doing to foster growth in your life. See the “Application Information” section below for details regarding the short answer response. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their response and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

    1 award worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    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 May 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 May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Visionary Scholarship

    Offered by American College Foundation

    5 awards worth up to $2,500
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by American College Foundation

    Are you a high school student with dreams of going to college one day? If so, consider applying for the Visionary Scholarship! Each application cycle,…Show More

    Are you a high school student with dreams of going to college one day? If so, consider applying for the Visionary Scholarship! Each application cycle,…Show More

    Are you a high school student with dreams of going to college one day? If so, consider applying for the Visionary Scholarship! Each application cycle, the scholarship awards between $1,000 and $2,500 to five applicants who submit an essay (~500 words) on why college is important to them. The scholarship is biannual, and non-winners from previous cycles are welcome to reapply. The upcoming deadline for the scholarship is on June 1, 2023. The scholarship is funded by the American College Foundation, a college preparation cornerstone with all information and related strategies delivered entirely from the family’s perspective.  If you’re a high schooler passionate about receiving a postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply and prepare for your college journey early!Show Less

    5 awards worth up to $2,500
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 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 $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

    Offered by Duck Tape

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $15,000
    Deadline Jun 5, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Duck Tape

    Are you a high school student with a love for innovative fashion design? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the Stuck…Show More

    Are you a high school student with a love for innovative fashion design? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the Stuck…Show More

    Are you a high school student with a love for innovative fashion design? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest! Each year, the contest awards between $1,000 and $15,000 to the ten applicants who submit the most impressive prom dresses and tuxedo designs, made entirely from duct tape. The contest is offered by Duck Brand Duct Tape, a company with a long history of selling top-notch duct tape for a variety of purposes, now including making formal attire! If you’re a high school student wanting to put your fashion and creativity skills to the test, we encourage you to apply to the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest. Don’t duck out!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $15,000
    Deadline Jun 5, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students
    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 Jun 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 Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Ocean Awareness Art Contest

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Deadline Jun 10, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

    Are you an 11–18 year old passionate about the creative arts and/or the environment? Consider applying for Bow Seat's Ocean Awareness Contest! The 2024 Ocean…Show More

    Are you an 11–18 year old passionate about the creative arts and/or the environment? Consider applying for Bow Seat's Ocean Awareness Contest! The 2024 Ocean…Show More

    Are you an 11–18 year old passionate about the creative arts and/or the environment? Consider applying for Bow Seat's Ocean Awareness Contest! The 2024 Ocean Awareness Contest – Tell Your Climate Story – encourages students to become climate witnesses and creatively share their personal experiences about our changing climate reality. Submit works of visual art, creative writing, poetry, spoken word, music, dance, film, and more for a chance to win cash awards of up to $1,000 and to join the world’s largest environmental youth community for the creative arts!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Deadline Jun 10, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Atlas Shrugged)

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

    Multiple awards worth up to $25,000
    Deadline Jun 14, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

    Are you a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student with a passion for reading, writing, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand? If so, we may…Show More

    Are you a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student with a passion for reading, writing, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand? If so, we may…Show More

    Are you a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student with a passion for reading, writing, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand? If so, we may just have the perfect opportunity for you: the Ayn Rand Institute Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest! Each year, the contest asks its applicants to write an 800 - 1,600 word essay in which they analyze and make an argument about an aspect or plot point of the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Nine prizes of varying amounts are awarded each year, with a grand prize of $25,000! If you’re familiar with Atlas Shrugged, can make a convincing argument, and want to make some cash, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $25,000
    Deadline Jun 14, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    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 Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

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

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

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

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Breakthrough Junior Challenge

    Offered by Breakthrough

    1 award worth $250,000
    Deadline Jun 25, 2024
    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
    Deadline Jun 25, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    Minecraft Scholarship

    Offered by Apex Hosting

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School & College Students

    Offered by Apex Hosting

    Are you a high school or college student with a love for Minecraft? If so, we may just have the perfect opportunity for you: the…Show More

    Are you a high school or college student with a love for Minecraft? If so, we may just have the perfect opportunity for you: the…Show More

    Are you a high school or college student with a love for Minecraft? If so, we may just have the perfect opportunity for you: the Minecraft Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship offers $2,000 to one applicant who best writes about how Minecraft can positively influence one’s education and career development. The scholarship is offered by Apex Hosting, a Minecraft server provider dedicated to supporting both new and experienced server administrators. If you’re a high schooler or college student with a love for Minecraft, it’s time to put your passion to good use and apply to the Minecraft Scholarship!Show Less

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School & College 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 May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

    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 May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
    Apply

    College JumpStart Scholarship

    Offered by College JumpStart

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Deadline Oct 17, 2024
    Grade Level HS Sophmores, Juniors, Seniors & College Students

    Offered by College JumpStart

    Are you a high-achieving student academically? You might consider applying for the College JumpStart Scholarship! The College JumpStart Scholarship is open to students in grades…Show More

    Are you a high-achieving student academically? You might consider applying for the College JumpStart Scholarship! The College JumpStart Scholarship is open to students in grades…Show More

    Are you a high-achieving student academically? You might consider applying for the College JumpStart Scholarship! The College JumpStart Scholarship is open to students in grades 10 to 12, as well as traditional college-age and adult learners. The scholarship is biannual, with deadlines on April 15th and October 17th each year. Two lucky students are awarded the College JumpStart Scholarship each application cycle. The scholarship is funded by corporate donations to the College JumpStart, an organization whose motto is “Hard work. Perseverance. Love of learning. These are the traits that the College JumpStart Scholarship rewards.” This scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit only–no financial need or any other factors are considered. If you’re passionate about using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Deadline Oct 17, 2024
    Grade Level HS Sophmores, Juniors, Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

    Offered by Unigo

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Oct 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School & College Students

    Offered by Unigo

    Are you a big fan of The Walking Dead, or maybe Z Nation? Ever thought about what you would do in the case of a…Show More

    Are you a big fan of The Walking Dead, or maybe Z Nation? Ever thought about what you would do in the case of a…Show More

    Are you a big fan of The Walking Dead, or maybe Z Nation? Ever thought about what you would do in the case of a zombie apocalypse? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship! Each year, this scholarship awards $2,000 to the applicant who, in 250 words or less, best describes their escape plan if there were a zombie outbreak at their school. The scholarship is offered by Unigo in hopes of helping some creative, zombie-obsessed students pay off some of their postsecondary education. If you’ve been inspired by the zombie shows and movies from the past few decades and have come up with a plan of your own, we encourage you to apply to the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship! It’s due exactly when you’d expect: on Halloween.Show Less

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Oct 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School & College Students
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Anthem)

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

    Are you an 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader with a passion for writing and politics? Consider applying for the Ayn Rand Institute Novel…Show More

    Are you an 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader with a passion for writing and politics? Consider applying for the Ayn Rand Institute Novel…Show More

    Are you an 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader with a passion for writing and politics? Consider applying for the Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Anthem)! Each year, the contest asks its applicants to write a 600 - 1,200 word essay in which they analyze and make an argument about an aspect or plot point of the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand. Three prizes of varying amounts are awarded each year, with a grand prize of $2,000! If you’re familiar with Anthem, can make a convincing argument, and want to make some cash, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    $2,000 Annual Catholic College Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by The Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Are you a current high school student interested in attending a Catholic college or university? If so, consider applying for the Annual Catholic College Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you a current high school student interested in attending a Catholic college or university? If so, consider applying for the Annual Catholic College Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you a current high school student interested in attending a Catholic college or university? If so, consider applying for the Annual Catholic College Scholarship! In order to apply, you simply need to fill out a form with some simple information about yourself, your high school, and your college plans. You will then be entered into a scholarship drawing with the opportunity to win up to $2,000. The scholarship is offered by The Christian Connector, a "one-stop-shop” for receiving free information from Catholic/Christian colleges and Bible colleges.   If you’re a high school student with plans of attending a Catholic college, we encourage you to apply to the Annual Catholic College Scholarship!Show Less

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    $2,000 No Essay CollegeVine Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeVine

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by CollegeVine

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

    Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

    Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students
    Apply
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    Top 10 scholarships for HS juniors overall

    Our editors combed over all the scholarships available for juniors in high school and picked these 10 as the best. We picked based on three factors: Reputation of the awarding organization, award size, and wide application requirements. Here are the top 10 scholarships available for high school juniors:

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    As you can see, there are scholarship programs out there for high school juniors from all walks of life. Students interested in  submitting a video application may consider the Taco Bell Live Mas scholarship, while students who feel passionately about spending time away from screens could find success with the Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship. If you are a junior who hasn’t turned 18 yet and you have a strong vision for a project you’d like to complete, try checking out the Davidson Institute Fellows Scholarship. And to get custom recommendations from thousands of scholarships matched to your interests and demographics, try signing up for our free scholarship search tool!

    Prestigious scholarships for high school juniors

    Coolidge Scholarship

    The Coolidge Scholarship offers students a full ride to any accredited university or college in the United States. That includes room and board and associated expenses with education. Students must apply during their junior year of high school. It is purely a merit-based scholarship, as it is need-blind and non-partisan. Applicants who demonstrate an interest in public service and volunteer work have an extra advantage.

    Hamilton Award

    The Hamilton Award is a five-year empowerment program awarded to students in their junior year. It offers them a yearly renewable scholarship to put towards their education, a laptop to use in their studies, and access to a wide network of resources and support over their senior year and throughout college. One of the reasons this award is given out during your junior year is so that it can offer you support through the college admissions process, which is an invaluable resource.

    Tips for high school juniors

    1. Junior year is the most important academic year for both the admissions and college merit scholarship selection process. Make sure that you finish the year strong with a strong set of grades!
    2. Letters of recommendation are another important part of the admissions process and can be required for scholarships. Asking teachers to write rec letters for you is a must before the end of junior year!
    3. You can also get a jump start on scholarships for seniors that have fall deadlines. This will put you ahead of the game come back to school time.
    4. Be sure to stay in contact with your guidance counselor! They can keep you in the loop on local scholarships, opportunities from colleges, and generally on track in the college admissions process.
    5. As you start considering what schools to apply to, make sure to include some affordable options, such as in-state public schools.

    How to win scholarships for high school juniors

    As a high school junior applying for scholarships, it will be important for you to show that you have put some thought into your hopes and ambitions for the future. Spend some time reflecting on what you’d like to accomplish in one, five, and ten years, and come up with some plans to achieve them. Remember, you don’t have to commit to these plans, but it can be helpful to start thinking about them early, and scholarship committees will be impressed by the prospect that you have a plan to execute your vision.

    When it comes to completing your applications, remember that clarity is key. Scholarship readers end up reviewing a huge number of applications every day, so it is up to you to write one that stands out. You should make sure that your writing has character and is clear and succinct.

    Luckily, we have a whole host of resources to help you out in writing the best possible applications. These include guides on writing a 250 or 500 word essay, writing an essay about yourself, and writing a winning scholarship essay. We can also guide you through crafting an effective beginning and end, and walk you through some of the most common scholarship essay prompts.

    Frequently asked questions

    When should juniors start applying for scholarships?

    When it comes to scholarships, the earlier, the better! Remember, it’s never too late or too early to apply for funding to put you through college. Many high school juniors start applying over the summer before their senior year. To maximize your chances, it’s best to keep applying throughout the year. This is because new opportunities open and close all the time. If you keep on the lookout, you might just find the perfect fit for you.

    One great way to stay up on scholarship opportunities is via our scholarship matching platform. This resource will keep you constantly updated on new opportunities custom-matched to your demographics, skills, and interests.

    Can juniors start applying for scholarships?

    Yes! Students of any year can apply for scholarships; some even start in middle school. Juniors can apply to the scholarships on this list, which are custom-matched for students in their year, or check out our other lists tailored to specific interests, demographics, and more. That includes our scholarships by state and by interest and more.

    Is junior year too early to start applying for scholarships?

    It’s never too early, or too late, to apply for scholarships! There are so many opportunities out there that there is always something open for students who are looking. To keep your finger on the pulse of open scholarships, check out our scholarship app, which updates daily to offer you custom-matched, vetted opportunities.

    When do you apply for the Coolidge Scholarship?

    Students apply for the Coolidge Scholarship during their junior year of high school. The deadline is typically in late February, and in 2023 it is February 23. However, this scholarship has a very extensive application process, so if you are considering applying, be sure to start assembling your application well in advance. 

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