Like Money in Your Pocket

Landing the right scholarship could be the difference between graduating debt-free or paying off loans for years and years.

Get a head start on your scholarship search with this list of more than 75 scholarships that range in award from $100 to tens of thousands of dollars over four years. Apply for all that match your plans and interests; you may be surprised at what you receive. Even small scholarships can add up quickly.

In this list and on the internet, look for local organizations, like service clubs and family foundations, whose awards may not be so well known, and you’ll stand a better chance of being selected. And don’t forget to ask your high school guidance counselor — a great source of info on local scholarship opportunities.

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AXA/U.S. News & World Report Achievement Scholarship
$2,500 — $25,000
High school seniors. Community involvement and achievement.
Dec. 2018

Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
$ Varies
Open to all high school students. Tournament style academic quiz competition that turns high school subjects into scholarship opportunities. Quizzes offered Sept. through May.

Davidson Fellows
$10,000, $25,000 or $50,000
Young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work in one of these categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy and outside the box.
Feb. 2019

Elks Most Valuable Student
$4,000 to $50,000 over four years
High school seniors. Scholarship, leadership, financial need.

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes
Multiple awards of $20,000 over 4 years
High school seniors currently involved in high school, intramural or community-based sports. Leadership in sports, academics, achievement and essays.

Simon Youth Community
Up to $1,500
High school seniors who live near a Simon Property Mall.
Feb. 2019

Wendy’s High School Heisman
$1,000 to $10,000
High school seniors currently involved in one of the 47 recognized sports. Leadership in school, minimum 3.0 GPA.
Oct. 2018

Community Service

Burger King Scholar Program
$1,000 to $50,000
High school seniors with a passion for community service, minimum 2.5 GPA.

Do Something Scholarships
$1,000 to $10,000
Participate in campaigns to improve the community and document your participation to be eligible.

Educational Research Center of America’s Scholarship Program
$2,500 – $15,000
The Community Contribution Scholarship 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.
July 2019

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Students up to age 18 who have executed a service project to help the community or protect the environment; must be nominated by an adult.

Great Value Colleges Community Service Scholarship
High school seniors who show exceptional passion for community service and have demonstrated concrete ways to enhance their education through service.
Nov. 2018, July 2019

Jimmy Rane Foundation
$500 – $5,000/year, renewable
High school seniors who exhibit academic excellence, leadership skills and community involvement with demonstrated financial need.
Feb. 2019

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
$1,000 or $5,000
High school students. Outstanding service to others.
Nov. 2018

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships
$5,000 plus matching $5,000 grant to your favorite hunger charity
Students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in America.

Young Women in Public Affairs
$1,500 or $4,000
Young women ages 16-19 who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes.

Essay Contests

B. Davis Scholarship
High school juniors and seniors who plan to attend an accredited college or university. 1,000-word essay: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most and why they are so important.
May 2019

Florida School Counselor Association
High school seniors. One-page essay on “How has your school counselor made a difference?”
April 2019

Optimist International
Up to $2,500
9th to 12th grade. Essay on “When all the world’s problems are solved, is optimism still necessary?” submitted to local Optimist Club.
Jan. – Feb. 2019

Regions Riding Forward®
High school seniors. 500-word essay on an African-American individual who has inspired and motivated you.

Resume Companion
High school seniors. Create a resume based on the life of any fictional or non-fictional character, from TV, history, literature or myth.
July 2019

10x Digital Marketing Scholarship
High school seniors majoring in a field related to digital marketing. Write an essay giving your thoughts on which 5 digital marketing trends are paving the way for 2019 and why.

The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary 2018 Scholarship
High school seniors. Essay on “Why You Shouldn’t Drink and Drive” inspired by a personal story.

Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship
$1,000 to $30,000
9th to 12th grade. Written and recorded essay (3-5 minutes) based on “Why my vote matters.”

ZipRecruiter Scholars Program
High school seniors. Write a creative job interview follow-up email and generate a template for future use.


Arab American Institute
$ Varies
Students of Arab heritage. Check website for list of several scholarships plus info on internships and leadership programs.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
$ Varies
Students of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage. Minimum 2.7 GPA.

Association on American Indian Affairs
$500 to $1,500
Students enrolled in their tribe with at least one-quarter Indian blood. Complete one application to be eligible for multiple awards.

Gates Millennium Scholarship
$ Varies
Minority students who meet federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria and have demonstrated leadership abilities; must be nominated by an educator.
Jan. 2019

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
$ Varies
Various scholarships for Hispanic students. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Jackie Robinson Foundation
Up to $7,500 per year
Minority high school seniors. Demonstrate leadership and financial need.

José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund
Need-based merit scholarship for eligible students of Spanish culture who will attend Florida public or eligible private institutions.

Ron Brown Scholar
$10,000 per year; total of $40,000
African-American high school seniors. Academics, community service, financial need.
11/1/18 to be eligible for Scholar Program and additional awards;
1/9/19 for Scholar Program only

Sons of Italy Foundation
$4,000 to $25,000
Various scholarships for students of Italian heritage.
Feb. 2019

United Negro College Fund
$ Varies
Fill out student profile form online to search more than 7,000 scholarships

Field of Study

A-1 Auto Transport
$250 – $1,000
Student planning to enroll in an institute, truck driving school or other logistics program. Essay required on topic related to automotive shipping.

Aircraft Electronics Association
$ Varies
Multiple opportunities for students seeking careers in aircraft electronics or aviation maintenance.

American Academy of Chefs
$2,500, renewable
High school seniors accepted to an accredited, post-secondary college, with a major in either culinary or pastry arts, or be an ACF registered apprentice.

American Dental Education Association awards
$ Varies
High school seniors enrolled as a part- or full-time student in a course of study in dental hygiene, education or public health.
Nov. 2018

American Public Power Association
High school seniors planning to pursue a certificate or degree that could lead to a career at an electric utility.
10/15/18, 2/15/19

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
High school seniors accepted into pre-engineering, engineering or engineering technology programs leading to a bachelor’s degree in a course of study that traditionally has been a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession.

AvaCare Medical
High school seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in the medical field. Write about an act of kindness that inspired you.

Florida Engineering Society
$ Varies
Multiple scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering. Submit application to local chapter representatives.

Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association
$ Varies
High school seniors preparing for a career in horticulture.

Florida Realtors Education Foundation
$1,000 and up
High school seniors who will attend an undergraduate college or university and pursue a real estate related field of study.
March 2019

James Beard Foundation
$ Varies
High school seniors who plan to enroll in a course of study leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree at a licensed or accredited culinary school.
May 2019

Joe Francis Haircare
High school seniors applying for entrance into cosmetology/barber school with financial need.

National Center for Women & Information Technology Award
$500 and a computer
High school women in grades 9-12 who are U.S. citizens. Outstanding aptitude and interest in IT/computing and demonstrated leadership ability.
Nov. 2018

National Society of High School Scholars Foundation
$ Varies
High school seniors planning careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, economics, public policy, environmental science or sustainability.

Ted Rollins Eco Scholars
High school seniors enrolling in a sustainability-related field of study.
June 2019

Women in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Women entering the HVACR industry through a technical or trade school.

Young Arts Awards Competition
Artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 on December 1, 2018, may apply. The Young Arts competition includes cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, writing.


State Scholarships and Grants

Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance provides grants and scholarships to Florida residents to assist with financing postsecondary education. Application criteria and deadlines vary. Detailed information is available at


Florida or Specific County Residents

Bailey Family Foundation
$20,000 over four years
High school seniors in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk counties; one scholarship per high school.
Minimum 2.5 GPA, essay, demonstrated financial need.

Brevard Schools Foundation
$ Varies
Multiple opportunities for high school seniors in Brevard County.
March 2019

Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
$ Varies
Numerous opportunities for high school seniors in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties.
May 2019

Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
$ Varies
Numerous opportunities for high school seniors in Palm Beach and Martin counties.

Emerald Coast
$ Varies
Multiple scholarship programs for students in Bay, Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Ford Salute to Education
100 awards of $1,500 each
Seniors at Miami-Dade or Broward County public or private high schools. Minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need, community involvement, academic achievement, leadership, character, life goals, obstacles overcome, objectives achieved.
Feb. 2019

Selby Scholarship
$ Varies
Graduating high school seniors or state college associate degree students in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto counties who will pursue a bachelor’s degree. Minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need, personal growth, values.

Southern Scholarship
Foundation Housing Award
Up to four years of college housing valued at nearly $50,000
Students who have been accepted to specific Florida colleges and universities. (Check website for details.) Minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need, character, motivation.
March 1 for Fall and Oct. 31 for Spring semesters

Southwest Florida
Community Foundation
$ Varies
Numerous opportunities for high school seniors in Lee, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Charlotte counties.
March 2019


Bright Futures Scholarships Update

Did you know that the top Bright Futures scholarship level now pays full tuition and most fees, plus $300 per semester for textbooks? Sweet!

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, funded by the Florida Lottery, provides scholarships for Florida high school grads with a record of high academic achievement, good test scores and community service. You can use the scholarship for a degree, certificate or applied technology program at most Florida public or private postsecondary education institutions.

Here’s how to make sure you get rewarded for your hard work.

START HERE > Go to to find out if you qualify.

NEXT > Go to and submit a completed, error-free Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during your last year of high school, by graduation.

TRACK IT > Take responsibility for tracking your application and award status online and keeping the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) informed about changes to your address or your educational plans.


Health or Disability

Jason Ackerman Foundation
$ Varies
High school seniors who survived a tragic illness or circumstance. Minimum 2.5 GPA.
May 2019

Lighthouse Guild Scholarship for the Blind
Up to $10,000
High school seniors who are legally blind with strong academic accomplishments.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
$2,500 to $10,000
High school seniors with a documented learning disability, demonstrated perseverance and commitment to achieving personal goals despite the challenges of their LD.

National Hemophilia Foundation
$ Varies
Multiple scholarships for promising students in the bleeding disorders community.

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarships for Survivors
$3,000, renewable
Students who have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for a chronic, life threatening or life debilitating disease within the past five years.
Feb. 2019

Members of Organizations

Florida American Legion
$500 – $2,500
Multiple opportunities for high school students focused on veteran and military influences.

Marine Technology Society
$ Varies
High school students accepted into full-time programs with focus in marine technology, marine engineering and/or marine science. MTS membership required.
April 2019

National Association for the Self-Employed Dependent
$ 3,000
High school seniors who are dependents of NASE members. Selection criteria include leadership abilities, strong academics, financial need.
April 2019

National Future Farmers of America
$ Varies; more than $2 million awarded each year
Numerous programs available to FFA members and a few programs for non-members.

Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator
$ Varies
Numerous opportunities for high school seniors who have a connection to PDK by having a family member or teacher who is a PDK member, or through membership in Educators Rising.
April 2019

Scholarships for Military Children
Dependent child of an active duty, reserve or retired member of the military. 3.0 GPA, essay.
Feb. 2019

Special Interests

CARiD Photo Contest
High school students enrolling in post-secondary education next semester. Create a photo inspired by any aspect of the automotive industry; make it creative, inspiring or thought provoking.
10/31/18 and 4/30/19

Florida Striders Track Club
$1,000 (4 winners)
High school seniors from Northeast Florida who are runners and active in track and field events. Essay required.

FormSwift Startup Scholarship
High school seniors. Create a business plan infographic for a company in one of the designated industries.
March, June, Sept., Dec. each year

Scholastic Art and Writing
$ Varies
9th to 12th grade students whose creative work demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision through art or writing.

Vegetarian Resource Group
$5,000 or $10,000
High school seniors. Demonstrated compassion, courage and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.