Senior Scholarships 

General Electric Credit Union

For 30 years, Robert A. Cunningham was a dedicated volunteer to GECU’s Board of Directors. His spirit of volunteerism was also seen in his love of children’s sports, his commitment to scholastic achievement, and helping young adults continue their education. It is in his memory that we are pleased to offer the 23rd Annual Robert A. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship recognizes five, college-bound high school seniors who portray the spirit of volunteerism. These five students will receive a one-time award of $2,000 each.

Applicants must meet the following guidelines:

  • Be a primary member of GECU.*
  • Be a college-bound high school senior with a strong academic record.
  • Be involved in volunteer activities.

Interested applicants must submit:

  • A completed application along with an essay on volunteerism.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • An official copy of his or her high school transcripts.
Applications can be found in the guidance office or by clicking here. Deadline to apply is January 14, 2020.  

YWCA Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship

The YWCA Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance and support to an outstanding African-American female Greater Cincinnati high school senior entering a post-secondary institution. The scholarship is offered annually in conjunction with the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Luncheon. A committee evaluates and updates the scholarship application, assists in its distribution and promotion, and selects 10 finalists, who include two runners-up and one winner. Evaluation criteria include academic record, personal challenges and hardships, ACT and/or SAT scores, letters of recommendation, class rank, honors and awards, involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service, and employment history. Applicants are required to write two brief essays, one describing their greatest challenge and how it has affected them, and one explaining what Mamie Earl Sells’ philosophy, “Lift as we climb,” means to them.

The application can be found here Deadline to apply is January 15, 2020 Senior Caregiver Scholarship

We are offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative. One student, who will be attending college or university in the Spring of 2020, will receive $2,000 for tuition and/or books.

More information and application can be found here. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2020.

Mensa Foundation

The Mensa Foundation is offering scholarships for students of all ages for the 2020-2021 academic year. Winners receive up to $2,500, with over $100,000 awarded each year. 

Scholarships are awarded based solely on a 550-word essay expressing the applicant's academic and professional goals and how their experiences will help them to accomplish those goals.

Applications are open through January 15, 2020. Click here for applications.

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Essay Contest

In Profiles in Courage, John F Kennedy recounted the stories of eight US Senators who put the nation's interests above their own. They were guided by integrity and conscience, not party pressure or fear of losing the next election. Here's your chance to write the next profile in courage. 

Contest Topic: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth. 

First place prize is $10,000 with 14 additional cash prizes. Top prize winners will win an expense paid trip to Boston and receive recognition at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.  Click here for full contest details and essay submission. Deadline to apply is January 17, 2020.

Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship 

“Chuck” as he was known to his many colleagues and friends counseled and advised numerous students during his years of service in the guidance profession before his untimely passing from cancer in July 1999. Chuck received his B.S. in Secondary Education and an M.A. degree in Guidance and Counseling from Miami University and worked in the Office of Financial aid. He also served in the US Air Force as a Russian Linguist. Chuck’s passion was working with high school students and advising them on their future opportunities. He believed that any student could achieve their dream if they worked hard and put forth the effort. This belief and passion was shared with students as a Wrestling Coach and Guidance Counselor at Middletown High School and as a Guidance Counselor at Colerain High School in Cincinnati. He was very active in OACAC and beloved by his colleagues and we honor him with this scholarship.

The Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship is awarded by the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling each year to outstanding high school seniors. The scholarship is a one-time $1,500 award.

This scholarship is awarded to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate and show a continued commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity
  • Attend an OACAC member high school. Just one HS counselor needs to be a member to qualify, please check with your counselor to verify that your high school is an OACAC member.
  • Have an accumulated grade point average of 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale in a college preparatory curriculum
  • Required to attend an Ohio college or university
  • Submit the Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship application, an official high school transcript , a counselor recommendation and a personal statement by the published deadline
The application can be found here and the deadline to apply is January 20, 2019.   

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Doris Larkin McAdams Memorial Scholarshiop

Doris Larkin McAdams was a consummate club and organization member. She embraced and exemplified the ideals of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. which she joined in 1943. A life member of the Sorority, she was named Beta Zeta Zeta’s Woman of the Year in 1977 and again in 2008. In addition to her Sorority work, her professional training and lifelong career was focused on education. She was a teacher, librarian, and later an administrator in the Cincinnati Public Schools system and thus helped to shape the lives of many young people, first in Raleigh, North Carolina and later here in Cincinnati, Ohio. To honor her service to Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter, and especially, her lifelong commitment to education, each spring the Chapter awards a $1000 scholarship to a graduating female high school senior.


  • African-American female senior, graduating from a high school in the Greater Cincinnati
  • Attending an accredited 4-year college or university in Fall 2020
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • Official high school transcripts (NOTE: Only official transcripts submitted via a sealed envelope will be accepted)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation on official letterhead from:
    • Teacher or guidance counselor
    • Clergy, community leader, employer or comparable person, attesting to your leadership, community service and scholarship.
Application and information can be found here. Deadline to apply is January 24, 2020.

Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship Contest

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all US Citizen and Legal Resident students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2017-18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

To participate, students must submit an original 800- to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay will be judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation.

The contest is conducted in three phases: the local chapter, state-level society, and national phases. The contest must be entered through an SAR chapter near the student’s residence. In some cases, the contest may be entered at the state level (if the local society does not have chapters or the chapters are not participating) and a contact-at-large should be used to find out more contest details. The list of contest contacts listed below can provide you with assistance in entering the Knight Essay Contest. Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year.

More information can be found here. Applications and essay for the Ohio Chapter must be submitted to Zachary T. Haines at by Monday, January 27th, 2020.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Through its Mentoring and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.

To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship.
Click here to apply. Application is now open. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2020

Epsilon Sigma Alpha - Outstanding Senior Youth Award

This $1,000 scholarship is for a high school senior with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. An essay and two letters of recommendation are also required. Applications can be found in the guidance office. Deadline for submission is February 1, 2020.

Wace Inc. National Co-op Scholarship Program  

WACE, on behalf of the nine WACE Partner Institutions, is pleased to announce and sponsor its Eighteenth Annual National Co-op Scholarship Program.

As the largest independently sponsored merit co-op scholarship program in the United States, 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 our Partner Institutions listed on the Scholarship Partners tab.

To qualify for this scholarship, students must:

Click here for more information and application. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2020

High School Social Leaders Bi-Annual Scholarship

The High School Social Leaders Bi-Annual Scholarship will award $1,000 every 6 months to students who are focused on solving critical social issues either in their communities or at a global scale.

The scholarship is open to any high school students who plan on pursuing higher education.

To apply, students must be actively involved in organization working to solve key social issues that we face today. 

Click here for application. Deadline to apply is March 28, 2020.

Women in Technology Scholarship

From shaping our behavior, to shifting our beliefs, to redesigning our interactions, technology is rapidly changing the world. The rise of technology has created a wealth of personal and professional opportunities and the ability to leave a positive dent in the universe.

It’s critical that women be at the forefront of our tech-driven world.

Globally, women are significantly underrepresented in the tech sector. While many factors contribute to the gender imbalance in tech, it’s indisputable that having more women in tech will fuel innovation and lead to better social and business outcomes.

The Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship exists to move the tech industry in the right direction by empowering the next generation of extraordinary women leaders.

More information on this $500 scholarship can be found here. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2020

Mattress Nerd's Sustainability Scholarship

Mattress Nerd has been paying attention to the many voices of students across the globe who have recently been calling for a change in our living habits and the way we consume and recycle.

We are working in an industry where new technology is being developed all of the time to ensure that mattresses will be longer-lasting and produced with more environmental materials, and we want to ensure that our readership understands the options available to them to be mindful with their mattress disposal.

Despite the push in awareness regarding needed changes in how we dispose of our waste, we don’t believe there is enough information out there on the different ways of reusing and recycling our products when they are no longer of value to us.

We’d love to hear from more students with a dedication to sustainability and conscientious buying so we can build on our own knowledge and be a contributor to offering an insight on how people can live more environmentally friendly.

The best essay will be awarded with a $1000 scholarship for their contribution to this important cause.

No specific major or minimum GPA is required. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2020. Click here for all of the details and entry form.

BBB Center for Ethics Students of Integrity Scholarship

The Students of Integrity (SOI) Scholarship showcases high school students in BBB’s twenty- county service area who demonstrate a superior understanding of ethics. The Center awards two $2,500 scholarships to the high school students with the highest-scoring essays. The scholarship money may be used for post-secondary education expenses at any accredited university, college (including community colleges) or vocational training institutions (including any two-year institution)

The SOI Scholarship Program is open to high school juniors in 2021 and seniors who will graduate in the 2020 academic year and reside in BBB Cincinnati’s twenty-county service area (Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Gallia, Hamilton, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Scioto and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties in Indiana).

The topic this year is Beer, Bad Tweets & Integrity: Is Integrity Possible in the Age of Tech & Cancel Culture. Click here for full essay prompt and application. Deadline to apply is April 3, 2020.

The William D. Squires Educational Foundation, Inc.

20 William D. Squires Scholarships are being offered to Ohio seniors $4,000 scholarships. These scholarships are renewable. 

The William D. Squires Scholarship is primarily financial need-based, but ideal applicants have already selected a career goal and are highly motivated to reach their goal. The Scholarship Selection Committee also considers each student’s academic promise with a minimum 3.2 GPA.

For more information and application click here. Deadline to apply is April 5, 2020

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 10 Scholarship

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 10 is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program available to students pursuing their education beyond high school. These scholarships are available to veterans and their immediate family members entering college, technical or vocation school. 

Students selected must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.  Selections will be based on Academic achievement, financial need, school activities and community service. 

Applications are available in the guidance office and deadline for submission is April 13, 2020.

Pureland Supply Vocational and Skilled Trade Scholarship

Pureland Supply has been selling high quality replacement projector lamps to various universities, schools, and government entities since 1997. We understand the importance of skilled trades in our society and appreciate those who learn and perform specific trade, craft or labor occupations.

The $1,000 Pureland Supply Scholarship is available to students who have been accepted to an accredited trade school, vocational college, technical school or community college for the study of trade, craft, or labor occupations. Recipients are chosen on their ability to describe how their chosen trade or field plays an important role in today's world and why this is the path they have chosen. Click here for application. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2020.

Projector Lamps Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Thanks to the vision of an entrepreneur, was created. Business people across the globe see a need for a product or service and take the steps to fulfill it. As a result, a new small business is born, consumers can purchase the products they need, and people are employed to manufacture and supply those products.

The $1,000.00 Scholarship is available to a student enrolled as a Business major who may one day be an entrepreneur and start their own business. This is an annual scholarship that will be offered every year. Click here for application. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2020 .

2019 El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

At El Dabe Law, we passionately believe in and support the importance of a proper education. Without an education, many doors will remain closed. Going to school is an uphill battle – and if you don’t have the proper aid in place – you may end up never going to school. We make this easier for you, by offering our $1500 scholarship. This scholarship is our way of providing support to those who want a higher education.

In order to apply for this scholarship, we request you write a 500+ word essay on why having a higher education is important. We’d like to learn more about you as a student, and how you’ve persevered and fought to get the education you want. Tell us about one challenge, and how it has prepared you for the challenges you face as a student.

Click here for details and online entry. Deadline to apply is June 30,2020.

Ayn Rand Novels Essay Contests

Three essay contests for the novels Anthem, Atlas Shruged, and The Fountain Head are open to 9th - 12th graders. Each novel has its own eligibility criteria. Click here for details. Awards are $30-$10,000.

Chegg Monthly Scholarships

Every month Chegg gives away $1000 to a high school student who best answers the monthly prompt. Create an account to submit your answers. Check back every month for another chance to win! Click here to get started.

University Tutor Scholarship Contest

University Tutor holds a monthly $100 scholarship contest to any student over the age of 16. Just answer the monthly essay prompt. Click here for the monthly prompt.

Varsity Tutor Scholarship Contest

Varsity Tutor holds a monthly $200 scholarship contest to any student over the age of 16. Just answer the monthly essay prompt and promote your essay on social media. Click here for details. 

L.A. Tutors Monthly Scholarship

LA Tutors awards students who showcase their creativity and make positive impacts with a $500 Innovation in Education scholarship. On an ongoing monthly basis, this scholarship is open to all currently enrolled high school and college students who showcase their creativity while helping those around them (whether that be in a creative fundraiser, inventive new app, series of blog posts on a particular theme, etc.). The application deadline is 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month.


Must be currently enrolled in high school or college with a cumulative CPA of at least 3.0 and be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada. Click here for full details and application.

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