9, 10, 11 Grade Scholarships
Students as young as those in 7th grade can win a Young Naturalist Scholarship (http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/young-naturalist-awards). Students must conduct original research in biology, astronomy or earth science. Twelve scholarships valued at $2,500 are available.
The Fountainhead Essay Contest (https://www.aynrand.org/students/essay-contests) is open to all high school students and encourages them to participate in an essay contest on Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead. It awards 236 scholarships in amounts up to $10,000.
The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund (https://www.nradefensefund.org/contests-scholarships.aspx) gives $1,000 awards to the students who win its writing contest. Students in 9th and 10th grades are judged separately from those in 11th and 12th, and there are runner-up awards as well.
The American Legion has several scholarships available, including the National High School Oratorical Contest (http://www.legion.org/scholarships/oratorical) which is open to high school students. Students can win up to $18,000 in this speech contest.
Budding poets should compete in the National High School Poetry Contest (http://www.highschoolpoetrycontest.com). Any high school student can submit an unpublished poem of less than 20 lines for a chance to win $1,500.
AXA Achievement Community Scholarships (https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/about.html) offers high school students in every state the chance to compete for scholarships of as much $25,000. Students must show ambition, drive and determination to reach goals; respect for self, family and community; and the ability to succeed in college.
High School Students interested in media should compete for the Courageous Persuaders Scholarships (http://www.courageouspersuaders.com/contest.htm) in which they must create a 30-second TV commercial targeted at discouraging middle school students from underage drinking. Students can win up to $3,000.
The Christophers organization has an Annual Poster Contest (http://www.christophers.org/Page.aspx?pid=274 for students in grades 9 through 12. Students can win up to $1,000 for the best original poster with the "You Can Make a Difference" theme.
High school students can compete in the National Peace Essay Contest (http://tinyurl.com/ntlpeace) in which first-place state winners receive $1,000 and are invited to Washington for a five-day awards program. In addition to applying for scholarship contests as early as your freshman year of high school, you should also realize that what you do this year will weigh heavily on your future college career. If you don't begin high school by taking a rigorous course of study and participating in extracurricular activities, you may find that you already have eliminated your chances of standing out in high school.