Scholarships for Kids

You’re Never Too Young for Scholarships!

If you have been following my blog posts, you know that scholarships aren’t simply for high school seniors and current college students. There are many programs available to high school underclassmen, graduate schools, and even adults who are heading back to college or attending for the first time. But did you know that there are also ample opportunities for elementary and middle school students? It’s true! Unfortunately, due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), online scholarship search services are not available to students under the age of 13, which can make finding these opportunities a little more difficult. That’s why I felt it was important to share with you some of the programs that are currently open (and others that will be opening soon) for younger students.

1.  Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program

Each year, Kohl’s provides several prizes and scholarships to students (ages 6 through 18) who have volunteered within the past year. One winner at each store receives a $50 gift card and advances to the regional level, where he/she competes for a $1,000 scholarship. Ten regional winners will be selected to receive an additional $10,000 national award. Deadline: March 15.

2. Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Students in grades 7 through 12 may compete in this creative writing contest. Students may submit up to three haikus, as long as the work has not been previously published or submitted in any other contest. Six winners will each receive $50. Deadline: March 25.

Middle School Scholarships3. “I Want to Go to College” Writing Contest

This contest is open to Nebraska seventh and eighth graders. Winners will receive a contribution to their state-sponsored 529 college savings plan, ranging between $500 and $2,000 each. Deadline: March 28.

4. Doodle4Google

Any student in elementary, middle, or high school may submit their artwork for consideration. Students simply need to take the Google name and turn it into something creative that reflects this year’s theme. National finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and his/her school will also receive a $50,000 technology grant. Deadline: March (TBA).

5. The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding students between the ages of 8 and 18. Students are recognized for their contributions to their community and the environment. The top 10 students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Deadline: April 15.

6. The Healers Trilogy Contest

Students in grades 6 through 12 may submit a billboard, video, speech, essay, poem, song, or commercial based on Donna Labermeier’s book, The Healers, which is free to contestants. There are six scholarships, ranging in value from $500 to $2,500 each. Deadline: May 16.

Scholarships for Children7. Courage in Student Journalism Awards

Middle school and high school students who have exercised their First Amendment rights, despite difficulty or resistance, may be eligible to win a $5,000 scholarship through this contest sponsored by the Student Press Law Center, the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University, and the National Scholastic Press Association. Deadline: June 8.

8. Patriot’s Pen Writing Contest

This program, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), is open to students in grades 6 through 8. Students must submit an essay addressing this year’s topic, ‘Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.”  Prizes are given to the top 40 students, ranging between $500 and $5,000 each. Deadline: Nov. 1.

9. Jif™ Most Creative Sandwich Contest

Each fall, Jif™ sponsors a cooking contest for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Students must creative a main dish, side item, appetizer, or dessert using peanut butter as one of the ingredients. The contest typically opens in late August, so students can start working on their recipes now. One lucky winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship and four runners-up will each receive $4,000 for college. Deadline: November (TBA).

10. Angela Award

Female students in grades 5 through 8, who have an interest in science, may apply for this program. One winner will receive a $1,000 savings bond. Deadline: Nov. 30.

11. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Each September, students in grades 7 through 12 can compete in 28 different categories, including, but not limited to: comic art, fashion, painting, photography, poetry, short story, journalism, and video games. More than $250,000 in scholarships is awarded annually. Deadline: Varies by region.

As you can see, it’s never too early to start searching and applying for scholarships. Keep an eye out in your local paper or parenting magazines for writing contests and other opportunities, and don’t forget to check out Google and Facebook pages that offer advice for parents of younger children. These forums often post photo and essay contests that can help build your child’s college nest egg.

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Tamara is the Social Media Coordinator and a regular writer for, and She enjoys helping students prepare for college. As a mother of four, Tamara has first-hand experience with many areas of education, including special needs (autism), the International Baccalaureate program and post-secondary education. She enjoys speaking at schools and mentoring others online. In her free time, Tamara enjoys volunteering and supporting her favorite football team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
20 Responses to “You’re Never Too Young for Scholarships!”
  1. Ana Montoya says:

    Hi Tamara,

    Thanks for all your information. My Daughter is 7 years and she is an excellent person, student and she has excellent grades. she is at a private school but my financial situation now is complicated, I would love to find a scholarship that helps me pay for her school but I can’t find any information. I will really appreciate your help.



    • Tamara Krause says:

      Unfortunately, scholarships for secondary private schools are rare and most are offered directly through the school. You may have to look into other options, such as a different private school or a local public school.

  2. Irene Tychkova says:

    Hello Tamara!

    My 10 year old son and his 8 year old partner compete on a very high pre-professional level in children category for International Latin dancing like Dancing with the Stars. They require more private instructions and funds for competitions/costumes/traveling and I am not able to afford it. Are you aware of any programs/scholarships that support dance sport for children? Thank you so much!

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Sounds like fun! Unfortunately, I have not come across any scholarships for youth dance programs, other than those offered by dance companies and local businesses. You may want to check locally and see if a business may sponsor them.

  3. Michael R. says:

    Hi my name is Michael. I am 14 and in the eighth grade and I am looking for college scholarships but I have not come across any on this page that have not expired. Can you please help me.

  4. Breya says:

    I am 12 and I want to do something with music and visual but my family say I should do more like track.
    Do you know how I can get a scholarship in music so I don’t have to do track.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi Breya. The best way to win scholarships is to focus on something you love. As you get older, more opportunities will open up to you, so be patient. In the meantime, look into colleges that offer music and visual art degrees, and see how much it will cost to attend. Then, put together a plan to start saving money to cover those fees. This should include money you save from odd jobs and holidays, as well as scholarships and other financial aid. Enter contests that are open to students of your age, such as the $25,000 Jif Peanut Butter Contest. There are also many writing contests, too. Once you turn 13, register for a free account with and start applying to as many scholarships as possible.

  5. charles cyrus says:

    I’m looking for scholorships, or grants for elementry ( k-school) for my daughter. I’m having a difficult time locating these resources and hoping that you can help. Thank you

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi Charles. Most scholarships for private secondary education (K-12) is offered through the school itself. You’ll have a dificilt time finding any private, outside scholarships to help pay your expenses because you have access to free public school at that age.

  6. Tabitha Drake says:

    Hi! I am a thirteen year old in the seventh grade. I have started receiving letters for colleges, and I was wondering if it is possible for me to start applying for scholarships.

    • Leann Williams says:

      Absolutely, Tabitha! In fact, the earlier you get started, the better. There are many scholarships available to students your age, including the scholarships listed in this post. You can find many more awards you may be eligible for by creating a free profile with

  7. MacKenzie Loncke says:

    Hello! I am a student at a public school. I have extremely exceptional grades. I do not have a GPA of 4.0 but it is extremely close. What scholarships could I get for grades? I’m in 8th grade

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi MacKenzie. I love that you are already thinking about scholarships! Keep in mind that it’s your high school GPA (9th – 12th grade) that will actually be used to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships for college. There are, however, scholarships you can start applying for now. Most are based on a creative essay or volunteer activities, but a few may also look at your academics, too. If you’re not 13 yet, try Googling “scholarships for teens” or “scholarships for children.” If you are 13, you can register for a free account with and start applying for our fun scholarships, too.

  8. Linh says:

    I won a scholarship last year (6th grade) and it helped me a lot. Is there any that I can apply right now to start saving money for college? I really want to start applying for as much scholarships as possible. I dont know if I’m old enough (12) to start this on MY OWN. Or do I need a parent to help me? Please give me some advice, thank you.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Most online programs are open to students 13 and older, but there are many contests for middle school students, such as these through Math Moves U, Try googling ‘scholarships for children’ or ‘middle school contests’ and see what pops up. In some cases, you may need an adult (parent or teacher) to help you with the application or release form.

  9. Robyn Stewart says:

    Hi – I was wondering the usual way these prizes were awarded? Are they given as cash? Held until the student is older? Checks to the student/parent? Any information would be helpful

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Most providers send the check directly to the student’s college financial aid office, once the student has provided proof of enrollment. In the case of a younger student, the provider may give him/her a voucher that can be turned in once he/she enrolls in college, or the provider may send a check to the student. It varies from program to program.

  10. Samiye says:

    My name is Samiye I don’t know what scholarships i could apply to I am nine years old please help me

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi Samiye. Most of the ‘scholarships’ for your age will actually be contests. So, try googling ‘writing contents’ or ‘art contests’ to see what pops up (science contests is another big one). Once you turn 13, you’ll be able to use the online search tools and have many more opportunities available to you.


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