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Underclassmen Scholarships

Underclassmen can find scholarships and summer opportunities here! Check this page regularly for updates! Summer opportunities can also be found on the College Foundation of North Carolina's (CFNC) website:

Check East Bladen High School's scholarship database for more information about scholarships and opportunities for underclassmen.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

  • Award: Varies
  • Deadlines: Varies
  • Eligibility Requirements: 
    • The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is currently open to the Class of 2022 students in the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories, regardless of citizenship status.
  • Application Requirements: 
    • Complete these 6 college planning steps for 6 separate chances at $500. When you finish all 6, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship, but you can still earn money even if you don’t complete them all.

LEDA Scholars

  • Deadline: December 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

To be eligible to apply, a student:

  • Must be a junior attending a public high school in the U.S., graduating in 2023
  • Is a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or has DACA Status
  • Has an annual household income under $90,000
  • Has a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5
  • Successful applicants demonstrate: A desire to be challenged academically, a strong commitment to their studies, a desire to be a leader in their families, schools, and communities, and connection to LEDA’s Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Community.

Free Speech Essay Contest

  • Deadline: December 31, 2021
  • Award: Varies, up to $10,000
  • NO GPA REQUIREMENT but must submit a 700-900 word essay

Coupons Plus Deals Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 31, 2021
  • Award: $3,000
  • GPA requirement: 3.2+
  • OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS. Must submit a 700-900 word essay. 

Cirkled In "No Sweat" Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 31, 2021
  • Amount: $2500
  • Eligibility Requirements: 
    • Be in grades 8-12
    • Be a legal resident of the United States or the District of Columbia 

 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest. 

  • Deadline: January 14, 2022
  • Award: Varies, up to $10,000
  • For 9th-12th graders
  • Contestants submit a 700-1,000 word essay on this year's topic, Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917

G2 Overachievers Grant

  • Deadline: January 15, 2022
  • Award: Varies, up to $100,000
  • FOR 7TH-12TH grade students who "go above and beyond to improve the lives of others"

Science FriXion STEM Student Grant

  • Deadline: January 15, 2022
  • Award: Varies, up to $10,000
  • For 7th-12th grade students  interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) 

Coolidge Scholars Program

  • Deadline: January 26, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Award: Full-ride, 4-year scholarship to any accredited US 4-year university 
  • Academic achievement, interest in public policy, and dedication to humility and service considered. 

Alexander Hamilton Scholars

  • Deadline: January 26, 2022
  • Award: $500
  • Open to high school juniors who live in the US (residency not required), are high-achieving, persevering, and service-focused, with demonstrated financial need, on track to be college-bound, committed to participating in the Hamilton Scholars' free intensive five-year college prep & support program, and are able to attend the all-expenses-paid New York Leader Week July 9-14, 2022. 

Association for Women in Mathematics Student Essay Contest

  • Deadline: February 1, 2022
  • Award: Varies
  • Open to 9th-12th graders (and undergraduate students). Must submit a biographical essay of approximately 500 – 1000 words in length, based primarily on an interview you conduct with a woman currently working in or retired from a mathematical career; and short (approximately 100 words) biographical sketch of the student contestant. This biographical sketch can be written in the first person, and it should include the student’s name, grade level, school, and mathematical interests;

Horatio Alger State Scholarships

  • Deadline: March 15, 2022
  • Award: $10,000 maximum
  • Open to HS juniors in the US planning to complete a 4-year bachelor's degree (including community college transfer pathways). Must have critical financial need (family income <$55,000). Applicant should be involved in co-curricular & community service activities, have integrity & perseverance when facing adversity, and be a US citizen.

QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program

  • Deadline: March 2022 (Opens February 2022)
  • Program Description: 
    • The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges.
    • Being a College Prep Scholar is a notable distinction that shows our 45 college partners that you are a competitive candidate for admission. In addition, your application will automatically carry over for the National College Match when you’re a senior, giving you a head start on applying for a full four-year scholarship to our college partners. College Prep Scholars are historically five times more likely than other applicants to receive full four-year scholarships through the National College Match.
  • Eligibility:
    • Any high school junior, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the U.S. is eligible for the College Prep Scholars Program. Additionally, U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents living abroad are eligible for the program. International students living outside the U.S. are not eligible.
    • Applicants must be high school juniors who are planning to apply to college during the fall of their senior year
  • Academic Achievement: 
    • Grades and rigor of high school curriculum: Mostly A's in most challenging courses available 
    • Class rank: top 5-10% of graduating class
    • standardized test scores: not required, but 75% of last year's College Prep Scholars scored above 1260 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT (if reported). 
  • Financial Qualifications: 
    • Most College Prep Scholars typically come from households earning less than $65,000 for a typical family of four

Ron Brown Guided Pathway Program

  • For high school SENIORS AND JUNIORS. Program is for African American/Black students and it will help them plan for college

"We the Students" Essay Contest

  • Award: Varies, up to $7,500
  • Deadline: April 15, 2022
  • Must respond to essay prompt on: How does an understanding of natural rights and respect build a free society?