There are some scholarships you can apply for as juniors in high school. The vast majority occur during senior year, but see below for some junior-year scholarship opportunities. 

Name: VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000-30,000

Deadline: October 26, 2022

Who can apply: Grades 9-12

The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence. Students should record an original 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD or flash drive. The essay theme and more information including the official rules and judging criteria can be found on the VFW website:

Name: Bezos Scholars Program (CHS students do not qualify this year due to 28.69% free/reduced lunch percentage)

Amount: Varies

Due Date: January 12, 2023

Who can apply: Grade 11

U.S. applicants need to be current juniors, attend a public high school with an overall free and reduced lunch rate of 30% or higher and be enrolled in or have taken at least one advanced course (Honors, AP, IB, etc.). They also need to nominate a staff person from their school to serve as their educator Scholar, who participates fully in the program alongside them. For African applicants, they must attend the African Leadership Academy, which runs its own selection process in partnership with the program. There is more information on the website:

Name: John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Amount: $100-$10,000

Deadline: January 13, 2023

Who can apply: Grades 9-12

This essay contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools. The essay topic and requirements are found on the website. All students must list the name of their nominating teacher on the registration form. The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay. Nominating teachers can be former or current teachers, but must still be teaching at the same high school as the essay participant. Usually students ask their English or History/Social Studies teachers. Go online for more information:

Name: The Coolidge Scholarship
Amount: Full tuition, room and board, and required fees for four years of undergraduate study

Deadline: February 23, 2023

Who can apply: Grade 11

The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any accredited college or university in the United States. Anyone of any background, pursuing any academic discipline of study, may apply to this non-partisan, need-blind, program. More information online at:

Name: Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March 2, 2023

Who can apply: Grades 9-12 (must be at least 14 years old) 

Scholarship contest for high school students in which you will create a Christmas card, holiday card, birthday card, or an all-occasion greeting card. All designs or photographs must be the original work of the applicant. Applicants can submit a photo, artwork, or computer graphic that is appropriate for business and consumer use. Submissions will be accepted until March 2, 2023. More information and application available online at


Name: Horatio Alger Scholarship

Amount: Varies according to scholarship 

Due Date: March 15, 2023

Who can apply: Grade 11

Applicants must be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States; Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution); Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required); Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities; Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity; Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and

be a United States citizen. More information is available online:


Name: BigFuture Scholarships
Amount: up to $40,000
Deadline: Rolling monthly deadlines 

Who can apply: Grades 11-12

BigFuture rewards you for doing what you already are doing: planning for life after high school. With no essay,  minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements, BigFuture makes it easy to enter drawings each month. Simply complete unlocked steps on your dashboard, and you'll be automatically entered to win. One step completed = one entry each month . . . the earlier and sooner you complete tasks, the bigger your chances to win. Students whose families earn less than $60,000 a year receive two entries each drawing. Start by building your college list by the end of June junior year. Find more information online:

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