Underclassmen ( Grades 9-11 ) Scholarships



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Underclassmen ( Grades 9-11 ) Scholarships


Scholarship

Brief description / requirements

Website



Amount

Deadline

October























November











Prudential “Spirit of Community “Award

Grades 9-12



spirit.prudential.com

Self -initiated community service

2 state winners get trip to Wash, DC


$1000- 5000

11/5

UNA-Oregon’s High School Essay Competition on the United Nations

250-500 word essay

Grades 9-12


una-oregon.org/essay_info.htm

2014 prompt:

TBA


$50-200

Nov. --check back in fall for details

VFW Voice of Democracy

3-5 min audio essay

Grades 9-12


www.vfw.org

2013 prompt:

“Why I’m Optimistic About our Nation’s Future”




$1000 – 30,000

11/1

Bennington Young Writers Competition

Poetry, fiction ( short story, 1 act play ) , nonfiction

Grades 10-12


bennington.edu/youngwriters

competition.aspx



Ist $500

2nd $250



11/1

We The Students Scholarship Contest

Bill of Rights Institute

Grades 9-12


http://billofrightsinstitute.org/programs-events/students-programs-events/scholarship/

Must answer 3 essay questions related to the principles of the Constitution and the relevance of the Constitution today



$500-4000

Nov. check back in Sept. for contest details

Free Speech Essay Contest

FIRE- Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

800-1000 words

Grades 11-12



www.thefire.org

Prompt:

Why is free speech important at our nation's colleges and universities?




$1000-10,000

1/1

First Freedom Student Essay Competition

Essay: 750-1450 words

Video : 5-7 mins

( up to 4 teammates )

Grades 9-12


www.firstfreedom.org

Past Topic: International Religious Freedom Act and Universal of Human Rights

1. Should the advancement of freedom of religion be a part of U.S. foreign policy? If so, why? If not, why not? What challenges might the United States face in trying to advance religious freedom internationally? (Please support your arguments with academically respected sources that consider differing views.)

2. Does religious oppression half way around the world affect you and other citizens? If so, how? If not, why not?

3. How does Eleanor Roosevelt's statement that universal human rights begin in "small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world" apply to you and the impact that you and your generation can have on the advancement of freedom of religion and conscience now and in the future, at home and abroad?


$2500

11/18

online registration

11/25

Essay/video due



December











AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Video Competition

Length <= 2 minutes

Grades 9-12


www.afateens.org/competition_video.html

Create an artistic or documentary (non-fiction) video of two minutes or less that conveys the following: - A moment in relation to Alzheimer’s disease ,your understanding of the disease, caregiving , or community volunteer/activist




$250-500

Dec. --check back in fall for details

Love Your Body Poster Contest

NOW= National Association of Women

Grades 9-12


loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/

posters/contest.html

Challenge media’s use of narrow, unrealistic, negative images of women that profit from women’s dissatisfaction with their bodies

The poster must include “2013 Love Your Body Campaign” website address, www.nowfoundation.org.

Artists can submit multiple posters


$150

12/2 -- Double Check deadline


























Music Student Scholarship Essay Contest

SBO Magazine

Member of band/orchestra

Essay: 250 words

Grades 9-12


http://www.sbomagazine.com/essay-contest/

2014 Prompt:TBA

$1000

merchandise awarded to schools




Dec. --check back Sept. 1st for new topic and deadlines

Better Business Bureau

Students of Integrity “ Scholarship

Essay : 1000 words

GPA 3.5+


Grades 11-12

alaskaoregonwesternwashington.bbb.org/

scholarship

Which one of BBB’s standards of trust do you value most in businesses? Why”


$2500 award to Oregon student

Dec. --check back in fall for details

January











Rose Festival Court Scholarship Program

GPA 3.0+


Female

Grades 11- 12



rosefestival.org/events/rosecourt/

apply.shtml

Minimum of 20 hours of community service at time of application


$3500 +

Mentorship from Pacific Power



Jan.--check back in fall for details

Optimist International

Essay and Oratorical

Contests

Essay: 700-800 words

Speech : 4-5 minutes

Grades 9-12



http://www.optimist.org/e/member/

scholarships3.cfm

Students must first compete at local club level.


$2500 to

District winner in essay and speech categories



4/15

Young Playwrights Inc National Playwriting Competition

Grades 9-12



www.youngplaywrights.org/

national-competition



10 national winners

1/ 2 -- Double Check deadline


Carson Scholars

GPA 3.75+



Grades 9-11

www.carsonscholars.org/scholarships/important-dates-and-deadlines

Community service+ academics.

One nomination/school


$1000

Jan. check back in fall for details

Follow link to website to request application form



JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

1000 words

Grades 9-12


Jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx

Describe political courage by a U.S. elected official that occurred during or after 1956 (publication date of Profiles in Courage), addressed at the local, state, or national level.



$500- 10,000

+ trip to Kennedy Library



⅙ -- Double Check deadline


Scholastic Writing and Arts Awards

11 writing categories

$5 /submission

Grades 9-12




www.artandwriting.org

Categories: dramatic script, flash fiction, humor, journalism, novel writing, personal essay/memoir, persuasive writing, poetry, portfolio ( seniors only $ 20 )



Regional: Key award; National:

Metal;



Jan. check back in fall for details

Letters About Literature

Center for the Book- Library of Congress

writing contest; Grades 9-10



lettersaboutliterature.org

Readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.    see web site for guidelines



State Winners

$50-100


National Winners: $1000

12/10 -- Double Check deadline


Annual Create- A Greeting- Card Scholarship Contest

Grades 9-12



www.gallerycollection.com/

greeting-cards-scholarhship.htm

Contest to create a holiday card, birthday card, or all occasion greeting card

Photo, artwork, or computer graphic for front of greeting card.




$10,000

1/15

C-Span Student Cam

Student Documentary Competition

Grades 9-12


www.studentcam.org

2014 theme: What’s the most important Issue Congress should consider in 2014?




$250-5000

1/20 check website

Gulen Institute Youth Platform Scholarship Contest

1500-2000 word essay

Referenced

Grades 9-12




gulenyouthplatform.org

Previous Prompt:

What role should state and non-profit agencies play in the education of disadvantaged youth who are not realizing their potential?


$50-3000+

Trip to DC






National ACT High School Poster Concept Contest

On CD-R or DVD-R or scannable;

Grades 11-12


www.actstudent.org/postercontest

Original poster answering the question: “Why Take the ACT? “

Should promote the theme of attending college and taking the ACT


$1000-5000

Jan. , check back in fall for details

Association for Women in Math Essay Contest

500-1000 words

Grades 9-12


awmath/programs/essay-contest/

contest-rules

Essay should be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical career


Prize + essay published online at the AWM web site.

1/31

Dupont Challenge Science Essay Award

700-1000 words

Grades 9-12


thechallenge.dupont.com

Prompt:TBA



$100-3000

Jan. 2014, check back in fall for details

February











National Peace Essay Contest

Grades 9-12



usip.org/ed/programs/npec

2014 Prompt: How does security sector reform contribute to sustainable peace?


State wins: $1000 + trip Wash DC

National: $2500-10,000



2/3/2014














The Christopher’s Poster Contest for High School Students

Grades 9-12




www.christophers.org/page.aspx?pid=274

Create a poster interpreting the theme:

“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”

Must be 15X20 inches in size- see website for details



$100-1000

2/21/2014

Best Buy Scholarship

GPA 2.5+

Grade 9-12

bestbuy-communityrelations.com

Community service or work experience




$1000

1100 scholarships given nationally




Feb. check back in fall for details

Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Essay Contest

Chinese ancestry

Grades 9-12


www.cacanational.org/essay-contest

Local : cacaportland.org

Contact Portland host to register- see web site for details

Timed essay contest- 2 hours to write 500 word essay on day of contest ( March )



$100-1000

( national )

Also local prizes


Feb. check back in fall for details

March











Kohl’s Kids Who Care

Scholarship

Grades 9-12




www.kohlskids.com

$1000-9000

Regional


National

3/14

Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams

Scholarship

Black United Fund of Oregon

Grade 11 ONLY



bufor.org/index.php/site/

programs –and-services

GPA must be in range : 2.5-2.85

2 page essay




Up to $2500

x 4 yrs



4/1

Young Naturalist Award

(American Museum of

Natural History )

Grades 9-12




amnh.org/learn-teach/

young-naturalist-awards

Research-based science competition for students to promote participation and communication in science.


$1000-2500+

trip to DC



March, check back in fall for details

Westpoint Bridge Design Contest

Grades 9-12



bridgecontest.usma.edu

Engineering competition involves

Designing truss bridges

Enter alone or team of 2




$5000-10,000

+ Dell computers



March , check back in winter for details

Zonta Club’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Grades 11-12



zontaportland.org/?pay_ID=2

$1000 at Portland and district levels

March, check back in winter for details

Portland Farmers Market Bag Design Contest

Willamette Valley –area high schools

Grades 9-12


www.countryfarmersmarkets.com

Select Portland- follow links to contest

2013 theme: Sprouts in the City

Design will be on thousands of reusable canvas bags



$500-1000

March 2014, check back in winter for details

Doodle 4 Google Art Competiton

Grades 9-12

www.google.com/doodle4google

2014 Theme : TBA



50 state finalists win trip to NYC

National winners:

$5000-30,000


March, check back in winter for details

NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest

Grades 9-12




newscurrents.com/intro/edcartoons/

carcon2.html

Entrants must submit original cartoons on any subject of national or international interest.


US savings bonds

March,check back in winter for details

Annual Kaplun Essay Contest

Level 1: Grade 9

250-1000 words

Level 2: Grades 10-12

250-1500 words


www.kaplunfoundation.org/upload/essay.html

Level 1 ( Grade 9 ): What person of importance to the Jewish people would you like to meet and why?

Level 2 ( Grades 10-12 ) : Are the Ten Commandments still the cornerstone of civilization’s moral code? Why or why not?


$750-1800

March, check back in winter for details

Engineer Essay Contest

Boys and Girls

Max 1500 words

Grades 9-12




www.engineergirl.org

2014 prompt:

TBA


$100-500

March 2014, check back in winter for details

American Legion Oratorical Contest

8-10 min speech+

3-5 min assigned topic

Grades 9-12




www.legion.org

Speech aspect of the U.S. Constitution, emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government



2013 Assigned topics:

http://www.legion.org/oratorical/topics



Up to $18,000

Top 4 state winners receive award



March, check back in winter for details

Hays Kirby Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest

( Joe Foss Institute )

Minimum of 1500 words; Grades 9-12




www.joefoss.com/programs/scholarship-program

2014 Prompt:


TBA

$250-5000

March check back in winter for details

The Youth Film Project- Multnomah Bar Association

Length : 5 mins ( max )

Grades 9-12


www.theyouthfilmproject.org

2013 Theme: Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.

5 Topics to choose from : We The People, Equality in the Future, Influential person/group/event, I Have a Dream, Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere


Prizes+ screening at Hollywood Theater may 2,2013

March, check back in winter for details

DNA Day Essay Contest

American Society of Human Genetics

750 word essay

Grades 9-12




www.ashg.org/education/

dnadaycontest.shtml



2014 Prompt:

TBA


$100-1000

March, check back in winter for details

National DDay Museum Online Essay Contest

Max 1000 words

Accept first 500 entries; Grades 9-12


www.ddaymuseum.org

2014 Prompt

TBA


$500-1000

March 2014, check back in winter for details

Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests

Reading- writing contests

600-1200 words


aynrandnovels. org

See web site deadlines - different each novel

Anthem – Atlas Shrugged –The Fountainhead


$30-10,000


Deadlines:

4/20


9/17

4/26


Jiffy Lube Teen Drive Scholarship Program

500 words

Current licensed high school drivers


yourturn2apply.com


$500 to Oregon student

March, check back in winter for details

State Fish” Art Contest

Artwork+ 1 page essay, story or poem

Grades 9-12


www.wildlifeforever.org/contest

May select any official state fish to illustrate.

See website for list of fish and contest details.


3 state winners- Art Show awards in several categories

March, check back in winter for details

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Brochure

VFW Ladies Auxiliary

Combine art with patriotic vision

Grades 9-12


www.ladiesauxvfw.org/

images/stories/PatArt2012.pdf

Enter contest through local Ladies Auxiliary of VFW

Art must be on paper or canvas. Digital art not accepted. See website for more details.




$500-10,000

3/3. Check website

Greenfield Peace

Writing Contest

Essays, poems or fiction

Max 600 words

Grades 11-12



www.oregonpsr.org

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility



2014 prompt: TBA


$500-1000

March, check back in winter for details

Listen to a Life

Essay Contest

300 word story

Grades 9-12


http://www.legacyproject.org/

contests/ltalform.html

Interview with grandparent or “grandfriend” 50 years or older

( not parent )




Prizes: Computer+ clock

March,check back in fall for details

April











Tiffany Wang Arts Scholarship

Must be ¼ Chinese

GPA 3.0+

Grades 9-11 (no seniors )




www.cacaportland. org

Money for summer arts program in art , photography, dance, vocal, instrumental




$500

To use towards a summer

arts program


April, check back in fall/winter for details

Annual Signet Classics Student

Scholarship Essay Contest

Essay: 2-3 pages

Submitted by English teacher

Grades 11-12



http://www.us.penguingroup.com

/static/pages/services-academic/essayhome.html

See web site for essay questions

Pick one of the 6 topics



2014: Beowulf


$1000

4/14 Check web

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Grades 9-12




barronprize.org/about-prize

Leader of service project that helped your community or the environment



$2500

April, check back in fall/winter for details

Trimet Safety Video Contest

Length: 30-90 seconds

Grades 9-12


trimet.org/safetyvideocontest or

facebook.com/trimet

Videos should demonstrate safe behavior around buses and trains. Videos can be made in groups as a class project, or can be made by individual students.


$550

Plus movie+ Ticketmaster

tickets


April , check back in fall/winter for details

The National Student Poetry Contest ( The America Library of Poetry )

Grades 9-12



www.libraryofpoetry.com

poem no longer than 20 lines- any subject




$500 plus random drawings for laptop computers

4/30

May











Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship

  • must be legal resident of U.S.

  • 16-24 years of age

  • on track to apply for accredited post high school program

https://www.livemasscholarship.com/#home

Looking for the next generation of creators, innovators and dreamers - submit video of 2 minutes or less



$2,500-$25,000

Most likely May but check back often

Brower Youth Awards For

Environmental Leadership

Grades 9-12




www.broweryouthawards.org

Student environmental activist/social justice leaders -must be leader of project



$5000

May check back in fall/winter for details

Oregon State Bar OSB

New Lawyers Division Essay

500-750 words

Grades 9-12


osbar.org/onld/essay/essaycontest.html

Prompt: essay of 500-750 words, using information found in packet: constitutional amendment, case law.



$250-500

May check back in fall/winter for details

AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest

Photo + essay :250 words max describing physics in the photo

Limit: 15 photos/school

Grades 9-12




www.aapt.org/Programs/contests/

photocontest.cfm

3 categories: Natural photos, contrived photos, and photos with multiple images


$50-100

+ photo in calendar



May 2014, check back in fall/winter for details

National History Day

( Oregon Historical Society- local partner )

5 categories include: paper ( 1500-2500 words ), web sit , documentary ( 10 mins limit ) , exhibit, performance

Grades 9-12 senior division



www.nhd.org/Oregonpage.htm

www.nhd.org/Contest.htm

State coordinator :

Email: denise.brock@ohs.org



2013 Theme: Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events

Historical research competition: choose a historical topic related to the annual theme and conduct primary+secondary research



National level:

$250-1000



May, check back in fall/winter for details

Samsung Super Hero

Video Contest

Digital video 1-3mins ( camera phone OK quality OK )

Grades 9-12


www.samsungsuperhero.com

Students are to portray their favorite historical character on video



$500

+ SANCAM 760 for school



May

Winter/spring deadline:

November 30,


June











Abbott and Fenner Annual Award Essay

500-100 words

Grades 11-12


abbottandfenner.com/

scholarship.htm



2014 prompt: TBA


$1000

6/14

Donna Foss Scholarship Essay Contest ( Joe Foss Institute )

1500- 2000 words

Grades 9-12


www.joefossinstitute.org

2014 Prompt: TBA



$1000-5000

June, check back in fall/winter for details





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