Scholarships for High School Students

10 Fall Scholarships for High School Students

It’s a myth that only high school seniors can apply for college scholarships. In fact, waiting until the last year of high school may actually lower your chances of winning scholarships. Think about it. You’ll be stressed out enough keeping up your grades, taking or retaking college entrance exams, and let’s not forget all those college applications and essays you’ll need to write. Finding time to squeeze in scholarship applications can take a toll on you and if you procrastinate, you could find yourself having to discard a college acceptance letter (or more) simply because you could not secure enough scholarships to help cover the costs of attendance. Wouldn’t it be nice to start senior year knowing you had a fat, scholarship nest egg available to you? It sure would, so I’ve compiled a list of 10 scholarships that are open to all high school students. Here’s the best part; you don’t have to apply to them all at once because there’s at least one award for every month this fall.

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Where to Find Scholarships

Where Have All the Scholarships Gone?

If you believe half of the students on Twitter and Facebook, there seems to be a shortage of scholarships these days. Routinely, I get tweets from discouraged kids and adults who swear they’ve looked everywhere for them, but can’t seem to find any. I’m not sure if they are waiting for the ‘Scholarship Genie’ to magically drop free money into their laps or they think people will simply call them up and offer them an award, but there are definitely scholarships waiting to be won. It doesn’t take a genius to locate them either; just a general understanding of where to start and a little effort is all that is needed. So, where have all the scholarships gone? Follow me and I’ll tell you where to find them.

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Volunteer Scholarships

Volunteer Scholarships for Those Who Give Back

If you are a student who volunteers at school or in your community, you already know that helping others is its own reward. Nothing feels better than to help those who may be a little down on their luck or to bring a little laughter to child who is battling cancer. A smile or a hug is worth more than any money you could earn flipping burgers at the local fast food joint. Although volunteer work is not always the most glamorous, you have the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, and know that you are making a difference in your community. Community service can also help you land a job and get into college. With all these benefits, there really should be no reason why you wouldn’t want to volunteer, but if you still need some incentive, here’s one – scholarships! You may not get paid upfront to donate your time, but all those hours could result in some free money for college. Here are just a few of the programs you may be eligible to win.

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Flavor of the Month

I Scream. You Scream. We all Scream for Ice Cream!

There’s nothing I love more than heading over to my local ice cream shop for a huge scoop of my favorite frozen treat. On most occasions, it will be something in the chocolate family, such as mint chocolate chip or chocolate peanut butter, but sometimes I step outside my comfort zone and try something different. One of my favorite haunts, Bruster’s, serves up some of the most unusual flavors I have ever seen. My kids are partial to their Cotton Candy Explosion (Pop Rocks in a sweet, blue mixture), but my husband drools over the Monkey Madness (banana ice cream filled with chocolate peanut butter balls and marshmallows). Personally, I love their fall flavors, like Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake and Winter Wonder (white chocolate with peppermint flakes). With so many wonderful flavors, it could literally take years for me to sample every one of them, but I am certainly up for the challenge!

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Saving Tools

Tools to Teach Your Child How to Save Money

When I was a child, my parents rewarded me with a weekly allowance based on the number of chores I completed. I had the basic tasks, such as taking out the trash and keeping my room clean, but I could also earn extra money for more time-intensive chores. If I wanted to see my potential earnings, I simply went to the refrigerator and checked my chore chart. At the end of each month, my mother would take me to the mall and I could spend some of my money, but a portion was also placed into a savings account; it helped me understand the importance of working for what I wanted and to always set aside some money to help cover unexpected expenses. Although this method may have worked well for my generation, today’s youth need something with a bit more pizazz. Thankfully, there are several online tools now available to help teach children the value of a dollar and how to save for the future. Here are a few of my favorites.

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