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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship (Deadline: May 31, 2016) Amount:  $2,000. CaptainU, the leading college sports recruiting platform, is awarding a $2,000 scholarship every quarter to a top high school student athlete looking to play at the next level. Students can apply and set up a free recruiting profile to be entered into the scholarship sweepstakes. In addition to a chance to win a scholarship, you can get noticed by over 16,000 college coaches, find the right fit for you, and make a college team.  See details at

The Rover College Scholarship (Deadline: May 31, 2016) Amount: $1,000. College: a magical time where deadlines are tight and budgets are tighter. To help fund your brain fuel for the coming school year, just take a survey and write a 400-500 word essay answering the following question:  Sharing economy companies like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, and Rover have seen a big rise in popularity over the last few years. How do you think the sharing economy will change in the next 5 years? What impacts do you think it will have on the lives of college students, both in big cities and small towns? To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen and a graduating high school senior or current college student. For instructions on how to enter and to find a form to complete, visit

The Hornbuckle Law Firm Scholarship (Deadline: May 31, 2016) Amount: $500. The Hornbuckle Law Firm is pleased to offer the Hornbuckle Law Scholarship. This scholarship is available to high school seniors in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington who plan on attending a 4-year college or 2-year community college. For further requirements, please visit

2016 Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship (Deadline: June 1, 2016) Amount: $2,500. The Horatio Alger Association is proud to announce their first national scholarship program for students seeking to pursue a career or technical education in a post-secondary environment. This program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Scholarship criteria also include high school completion by spring of 2016, commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical certificate/degree, and U.S. citizenship. They will award 510 scholarships in 2016 with a maximum award amount of $2,500 depending on the length of the program. To apply, visit

Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation (Deadline: June 1, 2016) Amount: $1,000.  Provides annual scholarships nationwide for cosmetology students.  See

The Athnet Scholarship (Deadline: June 1, 2016) Amount: $1,000.  Athnet Sports Recruiting believes in the ability of sports to teach young people important life lessons. They are offering a $1,000 scholarship to a current or future college student who plays, or has played high school or college sports.  Applicants must write a 400-500 word essay describing how the lessons they have learned through playing sports have had a positive impact on them as they pursued their college education. For more information, see

Apartment List Scholarship (Deadline: June 1, 2016) Amount: $2,500. Apartment List is one of the nation’s largest online rental marketplaces. As a way of giving back to the future leaders of America, they are offering one $2,500 scholarship for a high school student (enrolled in college in Fall 2016) who exemplifies one or more of our company’s core values:  Bold While Pragmatic, Endlessly Helpful, Making an Impact, Driven by Data, Succeeding Together, and Forever Learning.  For more information, visit  ‎

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship (Deadline June 10, 2016) Amount: $1,000. The Abbott and Fenner Scholarship is available for students who submit a 500-1000 word essay on the topic: “Describe your educational, career, and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.” The A&F Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors. Your submissions must be sent by email to: by above deadline. Information can be found at:

Global Lift Equipment Scholarship (Deadline:  June 15, 2016)  Amount:  $500.  To be considered for the Global Lift Equipment Scholarship, you must be currently attending or planning on attending a post-secondary institution in September of 2013 or 2014, submit a short story (details on the application page), and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.  See for more information. 

BigSun Scholarship (Deadline: June 17, 2016) Amount: $500. The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. They are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student who is a high school senior and attending a post secondary institute. .  All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.  To apply, please send a short essay (500-1,000 words) answering the following questions:  “How did your participation in sports during high school years influence you?”, “Has your participation influenced your career goals?”, and “Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?” For more information, visit

Navigate Your Future Scholarship (Deadline: June 24, 2016) Amount: $2,500. The Navigate Your Future Scholarship (NYFS) is offered to a high school graduate continuing his/her education in the aviation industry. Applicants must be a senior in high school planning a career in the general aviation field, be enrolled/accepted into an aviation-related program at an accredited college/university, submit the letter of acceptance from the college/university, and be able to demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in general aviation. For more information, visit

Lt. Col. Romeo-Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship (Deadline: June 30, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT) Amount: $5,000.  This scholarship was established for minor dependents of active duty or retired Air Force, Air Force Reserve, or Air National Guard enlisted Airmen.  It is for students pursuing an undergrad degree in the area of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has graduated from high school in 2016 and who is entering their first year at an accredited institution of higher learning. Application requirements include completing of an essay (no more that 600 words) describing your academic achievements and goals. For more information, see

Aspiring Nursing Scholarship (Deadline: June 30, 2016) Amount: $1,000. Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring Nursing Scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates the following:  a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and math, and a passion for the nursing and the overall field of healthcare. This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a college education in nursing.  If you are interested, please visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the homepage.

The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship (Deadline: June 30, 2016) Amount: $5,000 and $10,000. The Tylenol Scholarship Fund currently awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare. The makers of Tylenol award 10 scholarships worth $10,000 each, reserved for students who participate in community service activities. Applicants will be judged on leadership qualities and academic performance.  This scholarship program can be used at any accredited university or college in the United States. For more information, see

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Western Region (Deadline: July 10, 2016) Amount: $5,000. This scholarship is for full-time undergraduate or graduate students at a school in one of the designated Western region states (includes Washington). Eligible students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, with a Korean heritage studying in the U.S. regardless of citizenship status, and able to demonstrate need for financial assistance.  For more information, please visit

ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship (Deadline: July 12, 2016) Amount: 1,000(25). This scholarship is awarded for contribution to the community and is open to all high school students who have recognized a need or problem in their community and have determined a way to address the issue. Three things are important in the scholarship submission: 1) the project is the student’s original idea that addresses a specific and pressing need in the student’s community 2) a student who believes that change starts locally and is passionate about making that change happen and 3) a true leader who uses his/her unique talents to nurture the project.  To apply, go to

Ice Cream Flavor of the Month Scholarship (Deadline: July 31, 2016) Amount $1,500.  Enjoy an ice cream cone while you compose your ideas for this summer scholarship.  “If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?”  Are you tart, sweet, nutty? This unusual scholarship is open to high school students ages 13+.  For an application and information about this scholarship, see  

Make Me Laugh Scholarship (Deadline:  August 31, 2016) Amount:  $1,500.  This is summer, time to have some fun! This scholarship is open to high school students grades 9-12 who are planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution of high education by fall semester 2022. To apply, student must submit a short essay in response to the following question:  “Finding and applying for scholarships is serious business, but it’s time to lighten things up a little.  We don’t want to know why you deserve $1.500 or how great your grades are, we simply want to LOL.  Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction) and make us laugh!” For more information, see