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21 High-Effort, Low-Competition Scholarships

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Even though they may be daunting, there are many reasons to apply to high-effort scholarships.  Not only will many offer large awards and other resources to scholarship winners, many students don’t end up applying due to the extra required time and work.  This is great news to those who do take advantage and apply!

In addition to many of these scholarships requiring a few extra steps in their application processes, many also have other criteria that further narrow down the pool of available applicants and increasing chances for those who fit the criteria.  Make sure to double check the eligibility requirements carefully before adding these to your list but, as we mentioned before, the number applicants will be low so if you qualify, apply!

Remember: this list is just the beginning!  Check with your counselors, teachers, and other members of the community to find even more local scholarships that will give you the best chances at winning money to help pay for college.

1. Van Doren Scholarships

Application Deadline: Mar 22
Award amount: Varies

This scholarship is for legal residents of Somerset County, New Jersey. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must plan to enroll full-time in an undergraduate or trade course of study for the upcoming academic year. Preference will be given to applicants who reside in the Borough of Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey.


2. Gateway Hemophilia Association Scholarship Program

Deadline: Mar 31
Average Award: $3,000

This scholarship is for post-secondary students who have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder. Applicants must live in the association’s service area, defined as eastern Missouri and southern Illinois.


3. Eye-Bank Young Ambassador Scholarship in Memory of Christopher Nordquist

Deadline: May 15
Average Award: $1,000
This scholarship is for students who reside in Eye-Bank’s service areas, which include New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, and Putnam Counties of New York State. Applicants must participate in and write a short essay about an educational or public service initiative that promoted eye, organ, and tissue donation.


4. Salute to Education Scholarship

Deadline: May 31
Average Award: $1,000
This scholarship is for seniors who are currently attending an accredited high school in Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or Texas.


5. Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: Mar 22
Average Award: $2,500
This scholarship is for Texas high school juniors, seniors, and immediate graduates. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must reside in and attend/have attended a public, private, or accredited school in one of the seven school districts overlapping the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) boundary: Austin, Eanes, Dripping Springs, Hays Consolidated, Del Valle, Bastrop, and Lockhart. Applicants must write a research-based essay on groundwater issues, but do not have to be planning for a career in a water-related field.


6. F. Lammont Belin Arts Scholarship

Deadline: Jan 15

Average Award: $12,000

This scholarship is for US citizens who live or have lived in the northeast region of Pennsylvania. To qualify, applicants must provide proof of exceptional ability in their chosen field and prove that this field is their intended life’s work. The scholarship supports the noble arts of painting, sculpture, photography, music, drama, dance, literature, and architecture


7. Atkinson Scholarship Program

Deadline: Feb 1

Average Award: $5,000

This scholarship is for resident of Sudbury, Massachusetts who are graduating high school and are planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or approved post-secondary vocational/professional development program.


8. Helen N. & Harold B. Shapira Heart Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: Apr 1
Average Award: $1,000

The purpose of this scholarship is to stimulate interest in the study of heart and blood vessel diseases. This scholarship is for undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in a four-year college or university in the state of Minnesota.


9. Jewish Family and Children’s Services Educational Loans & Grants (Scholarships)

Deadline: Oct 30
Award Range: $500 – $6,000

These scholarships are for Jewish students who have been residents of select counties in California for at least one year prior to application


10. Random House, Inc., Creative Writing Competition

Deadline: Feb 6
Award Range: $500 – $10,000
This scholarship competition is for high school seniors who are attending a New York City public high school. Applicants must submit an original literary composition in one of the following formats: poetry/spoken word, fiction/drama, personal essay/memoir, or graphic novel.


11. Simon Scholars Program

Average Award: $4,000

The Simon Scholars Program is for economically disadvantaged students facing difficult life circumstances who want the chance to advance themselves through a college education. Only students from Certified Simon Scholar high schools are eligible.


12. Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest Scholarships
Deadline: Nov 27
Award Range: $500 – $2,000
To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be graduating high school seniors and participate in a duck calling contest in Stuttgart, Arkansas


13. Long Island Help America See Scholarship

Deadline: Apr 30
Average Award: $500

This scholarship is for Long Island high school seniors (Nassau and Suffolk County, New York) who are considered legally blind or visually impaired.


14. Herbert D. Brent Arts Scholarship
Deadline: Mar 4
Award Range: $1,000 – $2,000
This scholarship is for high school seniors and college students who are studying the arts. Applicants must either live in Wicomico County, Maryland, or be from Wicomico County and attending school elsewhere.


15. World Trade Week Scholarship for College Students

Deadline: Mar 18
Average Award: $500

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors entering an accredited college or university with the goal to prepare for a profession in international trade. Applicants must submit a one-page essay discussing their future college and career goals as they relate to international trade.


16. Bud Wagner – Donatella and Ken Neumann Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Mar 12
Award Range: $500 – $1,500

This scholarship is for high school seniors who are permanent residents of Charlotte County, Florida. To qualify, applicants must wish to pursue a career in music or music education. Applicants also must perform an audition.


17. Edgar Snyder & Associates “Words to be Heard” Scholarship Contest

Deadline: Mar 25
Award Range: $2,500 – $10,000

This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors in western Pennsylvania. To apply, applicants must submit a project (video, PowerPoint, brochure/booklet, website, essay, or another idea) that discourages underage drinking and distracted driving


18. Fary Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Dec 15
Average Award: $6,000

This scholarship is for high school seniors attending a state-accredited public or private high school, or home-schooled seniors who have resided for a period of no less than two years in an eligible Virginia county immediately preceding application


19. Ruth Mitchell Hanson Scholarship

Deadline: Feb 15
Average Award: $500

This scholarship is for high school seniors who attend school in Saginaw County, Michigan. Applicants must plan to enroll full-time in an undergraduate music degree program and/or supply proof of admittance to the Department of Music at an accredited college/university. Selection will be based on a 10-minute or less audition tape of instrumental music; academic record; community involvement; commitment to a career in music as demonstrated in the essay; recommendations; musical achievements; and honors/awards.


20. Gaston LeNotre Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who are pursuing a hands-on culinary education at a school located in Harris County, Texas.
Award Range: $500 – $2,000


21. Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence

Deadline: Dec 1
Award Range: $1,000 – $3,500

These awards are for student vocalists residing in Bartholomew County, Indiana. Two competitions will be held; one for seniors and one for underclassmen. Senior contestants must plan to major in the field of music in college or continue their music education by studying with qualified instructors or taking music classes at college.

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