High School Student Scholarships


*** I will post scholarships here as I receive them. Please be vigilant in checking this site for all the updates and new scholarships/information. 

Websites to use as search tools for scholarships: 

Random scholarships - look through and find ones that work for you - https://www.mometrix.com/blog/scholarships-for-college/

Scholarship website - There are over 135; however, I will say many don't apply to the Pleasanton students. I was able to see a few that some Pleasanton kids could apply to if you want to look through them. The majority of the scholarships was for Hall County residents and graduates from Grand Island schools. It is worth looking through and applying for the ones that the students can though. Scholarship directory - see what scholarships are offered - http://www.gicf.org/scholarships/directory Create an account here and apply for the scholarships - https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=gicfscholarship

Educationquest.org's ScholarshipSearch:  
Scholarships360:  Twitter (@scholarships360) 
Cappex Scholarship Search
College Board Scholarship Search
Scholarship Monkey


1. Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship - Deadline Nov. 15
https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm - Click Apply Now for application
- Must be a HS student
- Must be a US Citizen
- Does not need to be a member of the Elks (or related to someone who is)

2. Horatio Alger Scholarship - Deadline October 25
To be eligible to apply for any of the Horatio Alger Undergraduate Scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2021 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
Be a United States citizen

3. Hagan Scholarship - Deadline November 15
You must apply for the FAFSA first. The FAFSA application doesn't open until October 1. 
You must have a $6,500 or less Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA report. 
Other requirements:
1. ACT and SAT scores are not required.
2. Must attend an Eligible Public High School.
3. FAFSA EFC must not exceed $6,500.  
4. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
5. Must have achieved a 3.75 CGPA using a 4.0 Scale.
6. Must be ranked by the school and in the top 20% of the high school graduating class.
7. Must enroll at an eligible four-year college or university the first semester following high school graduation.
8. Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each year of college.
9. Must apply for eligible Federal and State grants.
10. Must not have a felony conviction.

4. Aspiring Nurse Scholarship - Deadline August 31
A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare
$1,000 award

5. Quest Bridge - Deadline September 27
Demonstrate academic excellence; need based

6. Wendy's Heisman - Deadline October 2
 $1,000 - $10,000 award 
"B" average; participate in at least one school-sponsored sport

7. United States Senate Youth Program - Deadline October 4
Student will take a test

8. Young Arts - Deadline October 13
$10,000 maximum award
voice, writing, jazz, photography, dance, visual arts, music, theatre, cinematic arts, design arts

9. Nebraska Wesleyan University - Writers Workshop and Scholarship Event - Deadline October 26
Compete for a $10,000 Aspiring Writers Scholarship ($2,500 x 4 years) or a $4,000 Writers Recognition Scholarship ($1,000 x 4 years)

10. APIASF Scholarship Programs - Deadline October 31 
One thousand scholarships are available to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American students. You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (on an unweighted 4.0 scale), have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular and other activities and be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.

11. VFW Voice of Democracy Contest - Deadline October 31
"My Vision for America"  audio-essay contest

12. Wichita State University - Deadline November 1
 $52,000 scholarships - GPA 3.5 and ACT 24 or SAT 1090

13. Ron Brown Scholar - Deadline November 1
Must be Black/African American, excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need.

14. Valparaiso University Lutheran Leader Scholarship and Intern Program - Deadline November and December 1

15. Indiana University Dean's Scholarship - Deadline November 1
Out-of-state freshmen awarding $1,000 to $11,000 per year

16. Dr. Pepper Scholarship - Deadline November 3
You must be a U.S. legal resident of an Eligible State and within the age eligibility of 18 to 24 years old.
You are not eligible if you or a member of your immediate family or household (whether or not related) is an:
(A) employee, officer or director of any Promotion Party
(B) owner/operator or person responsible for purchasing or promotion decisions at retailers of Sponsor products. You must not be an active NCAA collegiate athlete (any division) in any sport, nor played professional, semi-professional, or Division I collegiate football at any time.
“Immediate family” means spouses, parents, children, siblings and step-parents/children/siblings, whether or not living at the same residence.
Up to $100,000 in tuition: Dr Pepper will select finalists to throw for the prize at a College Football Conference Championship game this year.
Five (5) $100,000 Tuition Prizes (one at each Grand Prize Game)
Five (5) $25,000 Runner-Up Prizes (one per Grand Prize Game)
Ten (10) $2,500 Consolation Prizes (two per Grand Prize Game)

17. Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - Deadline November 6
Recognizes students who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer services

18. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - Deadline November 14
Up to $40,000 per year
High achieving seniors with financial need, Test Scores, High Grades, Community Service

19. Wayne State College of Art & Design - Deadline November 15
Candidates must be seeking an Art & Design degree at Wayne State with a concentration in Studio Art, Graphic Design, or K-12 Art Education.

20. UNK Department of Art - Deadline November 16
Going into the art program - portfolio required
Must apply and be admitted to Kearney

21Nebraska Wesleyan University Art Scholarship - Deadline December 1
Prospective students attend an NWU Art Exhibition and compete for a scholarship. Two students will receive a $10,000 ($2,500 per year) Best of Show Scholarship.Selected participants will receive a $4,000 ($1,000 per year) Art Talent Scholarship.

22. Air Force ROTC High School Scholarship - Deadline December 1
The Air Force ROTC High School Scholarship Program provides 3- and 4-year scholarships in three different types to high school seniors. The application process is the same for each type.

23. The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation at Nebraska Wesleyan - Deadline December 1
Huge-NWU Scholarship - 1 full tuition, fees, room and board for four years. 27 ACT and 3.5 GPA

24. KHOP Scholarship - Deadline December 1
Enter a medical program at UNK


25. RHOP Scholarship at Chadron- Deadline December 1
attending Chadron State College - Have to be going into a health profession


26. RHOP at Wayne - Deadline December 1
Going into Health profession at Wayne.


27. KLOP, RLOP, - Deadline December 1
Entering into law professions at the schools
Kearney -
Wayne - https://www.wsc.edu/rlop

28. AXA Achievement - Deadline December 15
Scholarships of $10,000 and $25,000 with a winner in every state - only the first 10,000 applications accepted

29. Burger King Scholarship - Deadline December 15
GPA 2.0; be passionate about serving your community and senior working at Burger King or the child of an employee

30. Marie Curie Scholarship (attending College of St. Mary) - Deadline December 15
$20,000 for 4 years for any Biology, Chemistry and Math majors. Minimum requirements are a 3.5 GPA and a 23 ACT score.

31. UNO: Walter Scott Jr. Scholarship - Deadline December 15
MAXIMUM AWARD:  Room & Board, Books, Laptop, Fees
ACT score of 30 or higher, 
3.5 cumulative GPA, demonstrated leadership abilities
For degree programs in the College of Engineering, Peter Kiewit Institute, or College of Information Science & Technology

32. Nebraska Wesleyan Stem Scholarship - Deadline December 15
For students planning on declaring a major in a STEM field, Have a high school cumulative GPA average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 GPA scale and an ACT composite score of 23 with math and science sub-scores no lower than 25. 500 word essay, demonstrate the need for financial aid.

33. Hotelscheap.org Scholarship - Deadline December 15
$1,500 scholarship and Need based awarded.

34. Get Real About Distracted Driving - Deadline December 31 and again May 31
Design an advertisement to promote driving without distractions and pledge to not drive distracted.

35. Centris Federal Credit Union - Deadline December 31
Community service academic accomplishments & personal integrity; essay question "Member ownership, volunteer leadership and excellent personal service set credit unions apart from other financial institutions. Which of these three distinctions do you feel is the most important and why?

36. Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship - Deadline December 31
The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is open to all students, of all ages, and can be used towards college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level!
Read all about best selling authors Gen and Kelly Tanabe here– they both graduated from Harvard debt free!  The application can be accessed here.
All eligible applicants must be:
9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate student, including adult students.
Legal resident of the U.S.
Currently in school or planning to start school within the next 12 months.

This scholarship is completely merit-based so financial-need is not something that is considered by the scholarship committee.  Additionally, test scores, transcripts, any past academic performance will not be considered.  What will be considered you may ask?  The essay.  The goal of this opportunity is to offer a level playing field for students, which is why the essay is the only consideration.

The essay should be short (250 words or less) and should answer one of the following questions:
Why do you deserve to win this scholarship?
Describe your academic or career goals.
Pick your own topic.

The first place award is a $1,000 scholarship.


37. Colorado Christian University - Deadline January 1
World Changers Full Tuition Scholarship Competition - 3.8 GPA, or 1860 SAT, 1320 New SAT

38. Nebraska Elks Association Vocational Scholarship - Deadline January 1
Two $500 scholarships (one male and one female) are available to seniors who will be attending a community college, trade school or technical school.

39. J.B. Ferguson Golf - Deadline January 1
Must have participated in h.s. golf and plan to participate at college level

40. Nebraska Junior Chamber/United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship - Deadline January 5
Maximum Award: $1,000
Each year the Nebraska Junior Chamber Scholarship Fund will award at least one $500 scholarship to a child of, member of, or former member of the Nebraska Junior Chamber who plans on continuing their education at an approved post-secondary school. The recipient of this scholarship will have the opportunity to have their application forwarded to the United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Program. The awards must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study.


41. GE-Reagan Foundation - Deadline January 7
Demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship
The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, a generous program for high school seniors, will soon be accepting applications. This program looks to reward college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.
To be eligible for this award, applicants must:
demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
be citizens of the United States of America;
be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.
In addition, semifinalists must be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance and financial need. Finalists will be interviewed via Skype or telephone by a member of the selection committee. Learn more about the qualifications of a GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar.
Qualified candidates may apply online through January 3 or until 25,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first. Candidates must complete the secure online application and all of its components prior to the deadline or before 25,000 applications are submitted. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. If the program reaches 25,000 applications before 11:59 PM CST on the deadline date it will automatically close.
Each year, the program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years (up to $40,000 total per recipient)! Information and details can be viewed here.

42. Army ROTC National Scholarship - Deadline January 10
Maximum Award: $10,000 + other expenses and stipend
If you're interested in attending college while learning what it takes to become an Army Officer, ROTC may be right for you. In addition to teaching you valuable leadership skills, military training, and discipline, ROTC can also provide you with money for tuition and other expenses through scholarships.


43. America's Ag Farmers - Deadline January 14
There are three different scholarships to apply for here.

44. Nebraska State Colleges Governor's Opportunity Scholarship - Deadline January 15
Maximum Award: Half tuition scholarships
Available to Chadron State, Peru State or Wayne State for seniors who have an ACT score of 21-24 Application, essay and letter of recommendation required. To apply (Financial need is not a consideration).


45. Board of Trustee's Scholarship - Deadline January 15
Maximum Award: $18,000 
full tuition over four years
Nebraska State College System: Chadron State, Peru State, or Wayne State
The application and detailed information is available by visiting the website. Students must also complete an application to Chadron State, Peru State, or Wayne State.


46. Ayn Rand Essay Contests - Deadline January 15
Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarship prize money.


47. Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation - Deadline January 26
For the 2017-18 school year, the Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund will award up to four (4)
$2,000 scholarships.  The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Award Fund will award up to two (2) $600 awards to students who apply for but do not receive a Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship.
Nomination Form
Media Release Form

48. Tuskegee Airman National and Local Scholarships - Deadline January 26
Local seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 interested in aviation, aerospace, engineering or technology.

49. Naval ROTC Scholarship - Deadline January 31
The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) is a total scholarship program, covering tuition, books, related educational expenses, and monthly spending money. You can earn your degree, in a subject that you choose, from a number of top colleges and universities

50. UNL Acacia Fraternity - Deadline January 31
Three ( 1 $1000 and 2 $500) one year scholarships to incoming male freshmen and UNL

51. Discover Student Loan Sweepstakes - Deadline January 31
Win a $10,000 scholarship

52. LCMS Scholarship - Deadline January 31
Must be a member of the LCMS church and must write an essay

53. DAR Scholarships - Deadline January 31
**Many Scholarships -

54. Helena Acre Home Grown - Deadline January 31
Graduate pursuing 2- or 4- year degree in AG or science $1,000

55. NRSCA Scholarship - Deadline January 31
3.5 or higher GPA, ACT 22 or higher, planning to enter career in education $1,000

56. Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarship - Deadline January 31
Pursue career in fine arts $1,000

57. Greater Grand Island Community Foundation Scholarship Foundation - Deadline February 10 (Opens December 10)
Good afternoon! I am writing to let you know that our scholarship application is open now until February 10th, 2021. Scholarships are available for students from Adams, Blaine, Boone, Buffalo, Butler, Cass, Clay, Colfax, Custer, Dawson, Douglas, Franklin, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Howard, Kearney, Loup, Madison, Merrick, Nance, Nuckolls, Phelps, Platte, Polk, Sarpy, Saunders, Sherman, Stanton, Valley, Washington, Webster, or Wheeler counties.
You can find out more about available scholarships here: http://www.gicf.org/communities/scholarships/scholarship-directory
Here is a direct link to our universal application: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=gicfscholarship  
Our universal application software allows students to complete one online application and applies them to any scholarship they meet the criteria for. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact me via email or phone.

58. NEOPA Scholarship - Nebraska Educational Office Professionals Association Student Scholarship - Deadline January 31
1 - $500 for an Office related profession.
https://sites.google.com/site/neopanebraska/awards-and-scholarships?authuser=0 - click the first scholarship with the Nebraska Educational Office Professionals Association Student Scholarship title. Download the form, and you can fil it out. Submit - neopainfo@gmail.com

59. Delta Theta Chi Sorority National Memorial Scholarship - Deadline February 1
National Educational Sorority for Women - 2 in the amount of  $2,600

60. Delta Theta Chi Sorority National Scholarship - Deadline February 1
Based on financial need and academic rating

61. Davis Chambers Scholarship for UNO, UNL, UNK - Deadline February 1
Minimum $2,000 up to full direct cost of attendance per year Diversity Enhancement - Recognizes academically diverse and talented students. Based on financial need.

62. UNO Regents Scholarship - Deadline February 1
The Regents' Scholarship is offered to residents of Nebraska that are graduating seniors of Nebraska high schools. Applicants with a minimum ACT composite of 30 and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 will qualify. This scholarship covers undergraduate tuition and is renewable for up to five total years.

63. Nebraska Society Professional Engineers NeSPE, NSPE - Deadline February 1
(State, Eastern, and National Chapters offering scholarships)
2 -  $1500 State
2 - $1000  Eastern 
1 - $5000 National


64. Susan T. Buffet Scholarship - Deadline February 1
Amount: Varies by college UNL - $4,350 
Renewable scholarship for 4 years to public Nebraska colleges and universities.  Must have GPA of at least 2.5 and financial need with EFC below $10,000. 


65. UNO Scholarships - Deadline February 1
Explore the various scholarship requirements and opportunities available through UNO

66. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship - Deadline February 1
Several thousand is available to minority seniors who plan to attend a 4-yr college/university in the US. Criteria include leadership, dedication to community service, financial need a min ACT of 21. Essays and letter of recommendation required. Up to $28,000.

67. ESA Foundations Endowment Scholarships - Deadline February 1
Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation
Various Scholarships available to Nebraska students. Go to website to access all information and the application.


68. AMS Minority Scholarship - American Meteorological Society - Deadline February 1
Maximum Award: $6,000 The AMS Minority Scholarships will award funding to minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students. Funding for the scholarships is provided by industry and through donations made by members to the AMS 21st Century Campaign.


69. AMS/Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship- American Meteorological Society - Deadline February 1
Maximum Award: $5,000
The AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship program is open to all high school students and designed to encourage study in the atmospheric and related sciences.


70. Herff Jones Believe in You - Deadline February 8
Concordia will select one; based on leadership, academics, community service; essay question. Go to website and complete application.

71. The Lucinda Beneventi Findley History Scholarship - National Society Daughters of the American Revolution - Deadline February 10
There are many different scholarships offered to those accepted into an accredited nursing school. Some are fairly high and worth looking into. All are due on the same day.


72. Honors Graduation Multimedia Scholarship - Deadline February 11, March 18, April 15
Maximum Award: $10,000
Honors Graduation is offering any graduating high school senior a chance to win one of 5 awards. Choose one or all five multi-media formats to enter: Art, Photography, Video, Music, or Creative Writing - Deadlines are in rounds 1, 2 and 3.


73. AFA - Alzheimer’s Foundation of America - Deadline February 15
Write and Essay on the impact that Alzheimer’s Disease has had in your life.  Winning Essay: $5,000, 2nd Place $2,500, 3rd Place $1,500, Honorable Mention $500.00

Or call sherry Cheng 866-232-8484

74. Nebraska Press Association Scholarship - Deadline February 14
This application is for journalism students. You must be attending a Nebraska based college and be seeking a career in print journalism. The scholarships will be given to students with an interest in news, editorial, photography, circulation, production/design, or marketing careers.

Students need to complete the application, letter of reference, statement from high school administrator or school counselor, and an essay.
Mail or email - nebpress@nebpress.com
NPA Foundation Scholarship Committee
C/O Nebraska Press Association
854 S Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Any questions can be directed to Susa Watson - 402-476-2851 or name email as above. Nebraska Press Scholarship.pdf

75. The National CO-OP Scholarship Program - Deadline February 15
Maximum Award: $6,000. WACE will award up to 160 merit co-op scholarships for a total value of $4,200,000. These merit co-op scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and transfer students who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of their Partner Institutions, have a GPA of 3.5, and write an essay (200 words or less).

76. Set Me Free Project Scholarship - Deadline February 15
Demonstrate plans to attend an institution of higher learning that will make an impact on the community in the interest of safety, and the desire to protect the vulnerable in the areas of:
Countering human trafficking
Online safety
Cyber security

Sydney Loofe Scholarship - Deadline February 15
Created to help combat human trafficking and other issues.
Applicants to the Sydney Loofe Memorial Scholarship must:​

Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Eligible High Schools: Nebraska High Schools (Public, Private or Exempt)

  • Demonstrate plans to attend an institution of higher learning that will make an impact on the community in the interest of safety, and the desire to protect the vulnerable in the areas of:
    • Countering human trafficking
    • Online safety
    • Cyber security 

This list is not comprehensive. The individual must be able to demonstrate in their essay how their degree can make a difference in the lives of others.

The application can be downloaded with the link in the top right corner. Directions on how to submit the application will be enclosed. 
Students should attach their resume. Optional additional attachments of activities page or list of awards is also accepted.
Students should attach their transcript.
A complete application will include a cover page with name, school, desired undergraduate degree, email address and home address.
Letters of recommendation are needed also.


77. SCC Southeast Scholarships - Deadline February 22
2.5 GPA, Accepted to SCC


78. Nebraska Wesleyan Stem Scholars Program - National Science Foundation - Deadline February 24
$649,863 awarded to STEM to be used for NWU students who plan to pursue majors in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, mathematics or physics


89. Offutt Enlisted Spouses Club - Deadline February 28
dependent of active duty, retired or deceased military personnel; "C" average

80. Buffalo County Farm Bureau Scholarship - Deadline April 16
Here is a really good LOCAL scholarship for you to apply for. I suggest everyone submit this one since it is specific to Buffalo County.
I suggest uploading the document into DocHub as writing on an application is frowned upon.
Scholarship Requirements.doc
Scholarship Application.doc