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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Amazon Student Scholarship (Deadline:  November 20, 2014)  Amount:  $5000 for tuition/$500 for textbooks.  Applicants must enrolled, or planning to enroll, as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited, nonprofit two or four-year college/university in the United States in the fall of 2015.  Awards will be based on merit.  Applications will be scored on GPA, community service and leadership experience.  Semifinalists will be required to write an essay to advance to the final round.  Please visit

BBG Communications Youth Volunteer Scholarship (Deadline:  November 29, 2014)      Amount:  $500.  BBG provides the Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award to recognize and reward a student who demonstrates a passion for volunteering, while maintaining a high level of academic achievement.  To be eligible, applicants must have completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work over the past 2 years, must be under 21 years of age on the day of the deadline, and must submit an essay on the following topic:  “explain in less than 1000 words why you have chosen to volunteer your time with the organization(s) that you have and how your experience has changed your life”.  Visit for more information.

The Fleet Reserve Association Americanism Essay Contest (Deadline:  December 1, 2014) Amount:  $5,000.  The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is sponsoring the Americanism Essay Contest.  Students, grades 7 thru 12, are eligible to enter and must write an essay with 350 words or less on “Why I Am Proud To Be An American.” For more information, see

Christopher Reeve Award (Deadline:  December 1, 2014) Amount:  $1,000.  The Heart of America Foundation Heroes of the Heart Christopher Reeve Award is presented each year to an extraordinary youth who has demonstrated tremendous compassion and caring in serving his or her community.  Nominees must be high school seniors or younger.  One award recipient is selected in March and will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Merriam-Webster, Inc. for post-secondary education.  For more information, see

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship (Deadline:  December 4, 2014)  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.  To be eligible, students must be in their senior year of high school with a GPA of at least 2.8.  For more information, see

We The Students Scholarship Contest (Deadline: December 5, 2014) Amount: $5,000. The Bill of Rights Institute is sponsoring the “We the Students Scholarship Contest”. Spend some time thinking about your role as a citizen, keeping the Declaration of Independence and Constitution in mind.  In 800 words or fewer, please answer the following question:  “Since you were born, has America moved closer to or further away from the ideals outline in the Declaration of Independence?  For more information, go to  

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship  (Deadline:  December 5, 2014) Amount:  $4,000-$50,000.  The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2014 competition.  To be eligible, students must be high school seniors and citizens of the U.S.  Male and female students compete separately.  Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  Visit

AXA Achievement Scholarship (Deadline: December 15, 2014) 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 for more information.

National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Award (Deadline: December 18, 2014). Are you a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2014 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Visit for more information and to apply online.

Gulen Institute Youth Platform Essay Contest (Deadline:  December 15, 2014) Amount: $50-$3,000. The contest is for high school students (9th-12th grade) who are currently enrolled at a public or private school in the US and from around the world. Applicants must submit a research-based essay on a topic related to “Hospitality in the Global Village”. The top 30 winners will receive awards ranging from $50 to $3,000 and a sponsored trip to Washington DC. Students will have the opportunity to meet US Congress members, participate in discussions, visit local universities and think-tank organizations, and see tourist attractions. For complete information, visit

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship (Deadline:  December 18, 2014) Amount:  $20,000.  This program honors athletes for demonstrating excellence in school, on their sports team, and in their communities.  This is an award where we celebrate YOU-not necessarily because you scored the winning touchdown or goal-but because sports have helped you grow into a strong leader in your community.  For more information, visit

Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award  (Deadline:  December 30, 2014).  Amount:  $500.  The main goal of the Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award is to 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, 2014, 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 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