Scholarships for Underclass Students

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.

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

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.

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 Patrick Wolterman Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a current junior in honor of Patrick, a fallen firefighter and member of the RB Class of 2005. Applicants should submit an essay, no more than one page, addressing the following prompt:

The mission statement of Roger Bacon High School reads:

Rooted in the Franciscan values of holiness and learning, self-discipline and compassion, Roger Bacon is a Catholic high school which develops the hearts, minds, and bodies of its young men and women in a caring and challenging environment.

Describe a time when you have showed compassion for others.

A resume of activities should also be included with your essay. No letters of recommendation or grades are required. Submissions are due in the Guidance office by ***Deadline has passed. Please check back next year.***

The Paul and Naomi Thomas Scholarship 

The Paul and Naomi Thomas Scholarship is available for one sophomore student who exemplifies the Roger Bacon philosophy of Holiness and Learning. The recipient will receive a full-tuition scholarship for their Junior year.

The criteria are as follows:

Holiness: The student must demonstrate Christian behavior towards other students, gratitude and appreciation for the RB experience and participate in projects which serve the needs of others.

Learning: The student must maintain honor roll status first and second quarter of sophomore year and act as a positive role model for other students.

To apply the student must submit an essay which illustrates how he or she meets the criteria of the scholarship. Each Candidate's applications must include three letters of recommendation from faculty and/or staff. The recommendation must specifically address each of the points under the Holiness and Learning criteria. ***Deadline has passed. Please check back next year.***

Class of 1965 Scholarship

The RB Class of 1965 Scholarship is now open for freshmen, sophomore and junior students. Award for this scholarship will be based on academic achievement, school and community involvement, and financial need. A letter of recommendation is required. $1,000 up to $2,000 will be awarded to next year tuition. Applications can be found here and in the Guidance Office. ***Deadline has passed. Please check back next year.***

OLA Education Fund Scholarship

For the 2018-19 school year, the OLA Scholarship will be awarded to one female freshman for her sophomore year of education at RB and to one sophomore for her junior year. Each student will receive $3,000 for tuition assistance. The current sophomore recipient of the scholarship is eligible to re-apply for her junior year. The applicant must be involved with community/volunteer service, extra-curricular school activities and have good grades. Applications can be found here and in the Guidance Office and must be returned to the Guidance Office by ***Deadline has passed. Please check back next year.***

Vincent M Kathman Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship for $1,000 up to $3,000, is for a current junior toward their senior year tuition. This scholarship is based on school involvement and financial need. There will be an interview scheduled after you application is submitted. Applications are available here and in the Guidance Office. ***Deadline has passed. Please check back next year.***

Spartan Achievement Award Scholarship

This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a member of the junior class entering their senior year in the fall of 2019. The Spartan ACHIEVEMENT Award will be granted to one student who clearly demonstrates strong initiative, personal integrity and leadership potential while pursuing academic excellence. Applications can be found here and in the Guidance Office. ***Deadline has passed. Please check back next year.***

Class Of 1952 Scholarship

The RB Class of 1952 Scholarship is now open for freshmen and sophomore students. You must have an 80% average to apply. Award for this scholarship will be based on academic achievement, school and community involvement, and financial need. $1,000 up to $2,000 will be awarded to sophomore/junior year tuition Applications can be found here and in the Guidance Office. ***Deadline has passed. Please check back next year.***


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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! Get started by clicking here.

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.

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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