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GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education whose mission is to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

Scholarships and Grants Spotlight


Community Action Grants Program

The American Association of University Women seeks to provide grant funds to individuals and local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs and non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Project topic areas are unrestricted but should include a clearly defined initiative that promotes equity and education for girls and women. Grant awards range between $7,000 and $10,000.

Deadline: December 11, 2018

Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers Program Grants

The Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers program invites systemic approaches to improve representation and advancement of women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Grants of up to $1 million will be awarded to institutions of higher education for creative strategies to encourage women to earn STEM degrees and enter the STEM workforce.

Deadline: December 12, 2018

Citrix ShareFile Innovation Scholarship

Citrix ShareFile offers $10,000 in scholarship awards to the top three students who submit the best essays, which includes a $5,000 award for 1st place, $3,000 award for 2nd place, and $2,000 award for 3rd place. Open to students currently enrolled in college or trade school, applicants must submit an 500-800-word essay about an inspiring innovator who has made an impact on their life.

Deadline: December 15, 2018


Youth Summer Program Grants

The American Mathematical Society seeks to provide grant funds to support existing summer programs that are successfully nourishing mathematically talented youth. Grant awards of up to $15,000 will be awarded and may be used for student scholarships and program expenses.

Deadline: December 15, 2018


Resume Genius Annual Scholarship

Resume Genius offers a $1,000 scholarship open to students who are enrolled or will be enrolled full time at a university. Applicants must create a resume based on the life of any fictional or non-fictional character, from TV, history, literature, or myth.

Deadline: December 15, 2018


Slickdeals Student Scholarship Program

Slickdeals offers a $2,500 scholarship open to current undergraduate students and students who will begin college in the winter/spring of 2019 with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay explaining what financial success means to them and give three tips on how to achieve it.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

2018 Youth Garden Grant

KidsGardening seeks to award Youth Garden Grants to schools and youth programs to support educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for the students and their communities. Grant awards include a $1,000 cash prize, plants, tools, seeds, a $100 gift certificate for gardening supplies, and a KidsGardening curriculum package.

Deadline: December 17, 2018






Shell Science Teacher Award

The Shell Science Teacher Award recognizes an outstanding K-12 classroom teacher who has had a positive impact on students and the school community through exemplary science instruction. The award recipient will receive $10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education.

Deadline: December 17, 2018


National Debt Relief Scholarship

National Debt Relief offers five $1,000 scholarships to college students or graduating high school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA pursuing studies in STEM. Applicants must submit a video, essay, or infographic that provides a unique way to solve the over $1 trillion-dollar student loan crisis.

Deadline: December 23, 2018

The Caring.Com Scholarship

At Caring.com, we understand the demanding lifestyle of student-caregivers and the challenges they may face. The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college.

Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program

The Walmart Foundation seeks to provide grant funding to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, to support school community programming in the areas of: (1) opportunity; (2) sustainability; and (3) community. Grants range from $250 – $5,000.

Deadline: December 31, 2018

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. 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. Applicants must be current high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Deadline: January 4, 2019

Simple Texting Scholarship

SimpleTexting offers a $1,000 scholarship open to high school seniors and current college students. Applicants must write an 800-word essay about who they first texted to communicate they had been accepted to college and why it was important to share that moment with that person.

Deadline: January 11, 2019

Diversity Advancement Scholarship

Architects Foundation offers a scholarship that supports high school and undergraduate minority students who are entering, enrolled in, or transferring into a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited undergraduate architecture program. Scholarships may be renewed every year until the student’s degree is completed, for up to 5 years ($20,000 total award).

Deadline: January 16, 2019


Profile in Courage Essay Contest

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum offers scholarships that are open to high school students in grades nine through twelve. Applicants must submit a 700-1,000-word essay describing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917. All applicants must have a nominating teacher who will provide applicant with support and advice during the writing of their essay. The award amounts are as follows: first-place is $10,000; second place is $3,000; five additional finalists will $1,000 each; and eight semi-finalists will receive $100 each.

Deadline: January 18, 2019

C-SPAN’s Student Documentary Competition

C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition, eligible to students in grades 6-12, requires students to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the theme: “What does it mean to be American? Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience.” Awards totaling $100,000 will be provided to 150 students, and over 50 teacher advisors.

Deadline: January 20, 2019

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS)

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together students from around the world for two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven. Additionally, YYGS-Beijing: Asia in the 21st Century will be administered by Yale Center Beijing and takes place in Beijing, China. The program runs nine sessions featuring Creative Arts & Media and Literature, Philosophy, Culture, Politics, Law, & Economics, and more! Current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply online today. Students with financial need should apply for financial aid.

Deadline: February 6, 2019


The Bezos Scholars Program

The Bezos Scholars Program is a year-long leadership development program that amplifies youth voice and action. Each spring, 17 exceptional high school juniors and a supportive educator from their school are selected as Bezos Scholars from around the U.S. and from the African Leadership Academy. After spending a week immersed in learning at the Aspen Ideas Festival, they return home to inspire action by developing a community change project that combines their passion with meeting a defined community need.

The Bezos Scholars Program has built a strong network of alumni and provides opportunities for them to connect, get inspired, and develop their leadership skills.

Deadline: February 8, 2019

AFA’s 2019 Teen Scholarship Essay Contest

Each year, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America holds a Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest which asks high school seniors to describe how Alzheimer’s disease changed or impacted their lives. Whether they’ve had a loved one with the disease, volunteered, worked as a caretaker, OR are just passionate about the cause, the next generation of leaders in the fight against Alzheimer’s have a story to tell. All current high school seniors who are US citizens/permanent residents and will be attending an accredited four year college/university next year are welcome to enter the competition. Essays must be a maximum of 1,500 words. The grand prize scholarship is $5,000 with five additional scholarships given out.

Deadline: February 15, 2019


Aging Matters Scholarship

The Aging Matters Scholarship is a $1,500 scholarship available to students who currently care for an elderly loved one, work in the senior care field, or are pursuing a career that will positively impact the elder population. The award can be used towards tuition, books, room and board, and other school-related expenses. Eligible students must be full-time students at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university. Incoming freshman are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: May 15, 2019

Education in American Civic Life Initiative

The Teagle Foundation seeks to provide grant funding to support faculty-led efforts to prepare undergraduate students to become informed and engaged participants in the civic life of their local, national, and global communities. Project proposals should address gaps in civic knowledge of undergraduates and be designed to prepare undergraduates for the intellectual demands of democratic participation. Grants of up to $400,000 over three years will be awarded, with the size of the grant determined by the number of institutions involved and the project’s scope of work. Planning grants in the range of $25,000 over 6-12 months will also be considered. Proposals from single and multiple institutions partnering together will be considered.

Deadline: December 1, 2018 (Priority; Concept papers accepted on a rolling basis)

EDvestinU Quarterly Scholarship Giveaway

Each quarter, EDvestinU awards three (3) $1,500 scholarships to randomly selected entrants that are or will be attending any Title IV eligible college or university. High school seniors enrolling in an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and current college students are encouraged to apply. Winners will be notified in compliance with the terms and conditions.

Entry periods for each quarter: January 1 – March 31, April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, October 1 – December 31.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board’s new Opportunity Scholarships are available to all students who are juniors or seniors this academic year, regardless of GPA, citizenship, or family income. This program seeks to provide scholarship awards to students who complete already required key steps, like building your college list, practicing for the SAT (and improving your score), completing the FAFSA, applying to college and more! Once students complete all mini-steps, they are eligible for a $40,000 scholarship. Learn more at the College Board website!

Deadline: Rolling