Over $40,000 in Scholarships for College Students, High School Students, and Students Entering College


For College Students

Unpacking the Scholarship America Dream Award

Yesterday, I posted the $15,000 Scholarship America Dream Award. The purpose of the award is to encourage first year students to continue and pursue college into the second year.

Students who apply must fit the criteria below, which means a student

  • Graduated from a U.S. high school or equivalent (such as HiSET, TASC, or GED) by September 2019
  • Finished one full year of postsecondary education by June 2020
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). [Since many first year students will not have a GPA until December 2019, this applies to your most recent GPA, such as the GPA on your high school transcript or equivalent]



Up to $15,000 Scholarship America Dream Award, Deadline: Oct 15, 2019.

Selected criteria from website:

How Does It Work?

Students who receive the Dream Award have completed at least their first year of their college education, have a significant financial need, and have overcome obstacles through sheer determination.

Who Can Qualify?

Applicants for the 2020-21 Dream Award must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
  • Have received a high school diploma or the equivalent from a U.S. school by September 2019.
  • Have completed or expect to successfully complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by June 2020.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire 2020–21 academic year.
  • Be studying to obtain an associate’s or first bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Demonstrate financial need.”

For College Students and High School Students:


$2,500, $1,500, and $500 Herrman and Herrman Innovation Scholarship Essay Contest, D: Dec. 1, 2019

Selected criteria from webpage:

“Students will submit a creative submission on the identified topic along with a 300-word paragraph nominating an inspiring teacher.

The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors and students currently enrolled in two-year or four-year colleges, universities and technical colleges in the United States. Students who are 17 years or younger will need to provide parental consent to enter.

Each student should submit a creative entry, a teacher nomination in a word document (pdf, doc, jpg, png, mv4, avi wav, mp3), along with a digital photo (jpg or png) of yourself and your name, school and phone number via the submission form . . .

To enter the scholarship contest, students should submit a creative entry in any format such as a video, poem, infographic, essay, piece of art, or song addressing the following topic:

What safety measures can schools implement, nationwide, to reduce the number of shootings that occur within schools?

For Students Entering College and Current College Students


$1,000 Return to College Scholarship, D: Sept. 30, 2019


  • U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Starting a program of higher education (college or graduate school) within the next 12 months or currently full- or part-time students
  • Age 17 or older
  • Answer in three sentences or less, “Why are you getting a college degree?”

For High School Students only (Future Tigers):


$25,000 Horatio Alger Assoc. National Scholarship, D: Oct. 25, 2019

 2.0 GPA or higher


Selected criteria from webpage:

“The National Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.  Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, 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 2020 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”


Horatio Alger Associations has several different scholarship programs. Click on the link above to explore those.

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