The scholarships listed below are ones about which high schools receive information; many of them are local and do not show up on scholarship database searches. Use the following lists to get a head start on your scholarship search. Scholarships may appear several times as they may fit a number of different categories. Be sure to check with the websites for an updated deadline date and note those that are a "received by" deadline! Remember, the smaller the pool of applicants, the better your chances are for being awarded the scholarship, so locally-based scholarships are ones you definitely want to seek out, even if they do not award large amounts of money. 

Do not overlook scholarships offered by the schools to which you plan to apply.  Institutional scholarships are the second largest resource of funds to pay for college.  Some merit-based scholarships are automatically awarded upon admission to a college, but many must be sought out and have different applications that the admission application.  

One unique opportunity is offered by the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) which gives students the opportunity to attend an out-of-state university and pay 150% of the in-state tuition rather than out-of-state tuition which is much higher. To explore which universities participate and what their requirements are, visit the WUE website.

Here are some useful websites to continue your search:

And once you find potential scholarship opportunities, here are two links to help you submit the most outstanding applications possible!

Avoid Scholarship Scams!
Be an informed consumer and maintain a healthy degree of skepticism if the offer of scholarship money seems too good (or too easy) to win. For tips on how to spot a scam, visit the FTC scholarship scams web page.

In addition to scholarships that are typically targeting high school seniors, the following databases list essay contests, etc. that are available to grades 9 -11:

9th grade Essay Contests & Scholarships

10th grade Essay Contests & Scholarships

11th grade Essay Contests & Scholarships

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