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Good360 Sustainability Scholarship (Deadline: November 30, 2016) Amount: $1,000. How has sustainability touched your life? If you’re a high school senior applying to college and you have an interest in sustainability and the environment, then post a photo on Instagram along with a 200-300 word essay explaining what sustainability means to you. Visit http://good360.org/sustainability-scholarship/ for more information and to complete a form.

Sixt Scholars (Deadline: November 30, 2016) Amount: $5,000(5). The Sixt Scholars program is designed to assist high school students graduating in the academic year 2016/2017 who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. The scholarship will take into consideration factors such as financial need and extracurricular activities. The entire application must be completed in order to be considered. For more information, see www.sixt.com/sixt-scholars/.

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship  (Deadline: November 30, 2016 11:59pm CST) Amount: $1,000-$12,500. The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2017 competition.  To be eligible, a student must be a high school senior who is a citizen of the U.S. Male and female students compete separately.  Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  Visit https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm.

2016 Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Photo Contest (Deadline: December 1, 2016) Amount: $2,500. Here’s a great photography contest for those over 18 years old. Contestants must enter one of the six photography contests areas:  the natural world, travel, people, The American Experience, altered images, and mobile photos. The grand prize is $2,500.  Both category winners and the readers’ choice winner will receive $500.  There are also monthly prizes of $100. Please see http://photocontest.smithsonianmag.com/.

2016/2017 FRA Americanism Essay Contest (Deadline: December 1, 2016) Amount: $5,000 grand prize; $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 for top three essays in each grade. The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) sponsors an annual essay contest to promote the spirit of Americanism and patriotism among our country’s youth. This contest is open to all students, in grades 7-12, including those being home-schooled. Students are invited to submit an essay of not more than 350 words, through an FRA member or local FRA branch, on the theme “What Memorial Day Means to Me”. Local winners are forwarded for competition at the regional level and regional winners compete for national prizes. or more information, please visit www.fra.org/essay.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship (Deadline:  December 1, 2016) Amount:  $1,000. The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program is a program for high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership skills, academic achievement, and a commitment to community service.  Nominations are made by high school administrators. However, to be eligible, students must be in their senior year of high school with a GPA of at least 2.8 with plans to attend a college, university, vocational or technical school in the US. For more information, see http://corporate.comcast.com/our-values/community-investment/youth-education-leadership.  

2016 Green Home Improvement Scholarship (Deadline: December 15, 2016 at 11:59 ET) Amount: $1,000. Green home improvement is rapidly becoming a trend in modern home design and construction throughout the U.S. Why is green home improvement important to you? Some questions to consider when writing the essay (minimum 1,000 words, maximum 2,000 words) are:  Why is going green in the home important? What are some of the best ways to make a home more green? What are some of the best green alternatives to use in the home? And what are some unique green alternatives to use in the home? Answers will be graded based on their creativity, originality, quality and relevance towards green home improvement innovations. For more information, visit http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/scholarships/.

AXA Achievement Scholarship (Deadline: December 15, 2016 or until 10,000 applications are submitted) Amount: $10,000 (52 per state), $25,000 (10 nationally). Are you active in your community? Have you led a project that benefits others? Have you overcome personal challenges? You could be a winner! There is a winner in every state. Scholarships are $10,000 and $25,000. Only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted.  APPLY EARLY!  Please visit http://www.axa-equitable.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html for more information.

2016 Constitutional Speech Contest (Deadline:  application received by the State Contest Chairman by December 15, 2016) Amount: $2,000/state + trip to Indiana to compete nationally for part of the $138,000 national pool. The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program aims to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the right and privileges of American citizenship. If you are interested and/or would like more information, see www.waconstitutionalspeechcontest.org.

The BURGER KING Scholars Program (Deadline: December 15, 2016) Amount: $1,000 to $50,000.  High school seniors, BURGER KING employees, their dependent children or spouses, are eligible to receive up the $50,000 in scholarship awards for the school year. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico for the 2017-2018 academic school year. For details/information or to apply, see http://www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/.

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes (Deadline: December 16, 2016 5pm EST) Amount: $5,000/renewable. This program honors high school athletes who engaged in leadership activities in their communities. Twenty winners will receive $20,000 (disbursed in 4 increments of $5,000 over 4 years) for funding for college. To compete, participants must answer two essay questions and obtain one non-family recommendation with the option to submit one additional recommendation. Footlocker Scholar athletes must be proactive and high motivated, be inspiring and charismatic, honest and trustworthy, be genuine, and be diverse. For more information, see http://www.footlockerscholarathletes.com

National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Award (Deadline: December 18, 2016) Amount: $2,000(95), $10,000(3), $15,000(1), and $25,000(1). Are you a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2017 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Visit www.nfib.com/YEA for more information and to apply online.

National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Award (Deadline: December 18, 2016) Amount: $2,000(95), $10,000(3), $15,000(1), and $25,000(1). Are you a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2017 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Visit www.nfib.com/YEA for more information and to apply online.

Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award (Deadline: December 30, 2016) Amount:  $500. The main goal of the Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award is encourage students to make a positive contribution to their individual communities, while providing scholarship awards to those who have done so over the previous 12 months.  To be eligible, a student must be between the ages of 16 and 22 on December 30, 2016, while maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher in his/her last academic year.  In addition to this, a student must have contributed at least 50 hours of volunteer service within his/her community over the last 12 months and must be able to ensure this completion of this amount of hours with a person within the organization(s) who is willing to confirm the time volunteered.  For more information, see http://odenzamarketinggroupvolunteeraward.com/awards/8/eligibility_odenza_marketing_group_volunteer_award.php.