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High Reward Scholarships for High School Seniors

by Story2 Guest Author, on Apr 20, 2015 8:11:00 AM

With the excitement of receiving your first college acceptance notice comes the realization that you are going to have a tuition bill to pay. The good news is that in addition to any financial aid package a college awards you, there are also many private college scholarships available to students of all different abilities and backgrounds. Whether you have excellent grades, a passionate interest, a record for community involvement, or a creative touch, there is likely a number of scholarships for which you qualify.

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Although scholarships, and financial aid for college, come in all sizes, from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars, the thought of receiving a big one is always the most exciting. The following is a list of 7 high-reward scholarships for high school seniors that you can apply to from May through August before you pack up for your freshman year.

1. Nordstrom Scholarship Program: $10,000; Deadline: May 1, 2015

Nordstrom will award 80 high school students $10,000 each for outstanding scholastic achievement and community involvement.

2. Copyright Awareness Scholarship: $5,000; Deadline: June 15, 2015

How important do you think copyright protection is? Explain yourself in a creative video and you could win this $10,000 scholarship.

3. Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Video Contest: $5,000-$20,000; Deadline: June 19, 2015

Create an awesome video about an aspect of safe driving and you could win $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place. Plus, there’s a free set of tires on the line in this creative contest!

4. The Revel Scholars Program: $10,000; Deadline: July 1, 2015

Demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurship, and you could win this scholarship that comes with the additional prize of being mentored by Revel founders Lisa Falzone (CEO) and Chris Ciabarra (CTO).

5. Donna W. Foss Scholarship: $5,000; Deadline July 5, 2015

Are you proud to be an American? Write a winning essay on the topic to win the $5,000 prize. Second place will receive $2,500 and third place nets $1,000.

6. Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship: $10,000; Deadline: July 27, 2015

Future science scholars are eligible for this generous scholarship from Thermo Fisher Scientific. Check out the incoming freshman requirements on their website.

7. IP Video Contest College Scholarship: $5,000; Deadline; August 1, 2015

Do you have a strong opinion about intellection property rights? If you can shoot a winning video that teaches others about the subject, you could win $5,000 toward your college education. Teachers, share this contest with your students and you could win $1,500 for your classroom!

Remember, no scholarship is too small to apply for either. Paying for college supplies like textbooks, lab fees, and dorm room expenses works a few hundred dollars at a time too! Be sure to ask your parents if the companies they work for offer any scholarships, and find out if your family members belong to any organizations that might qualify you to apply for funds. Stay away from scams that ask you to pay for scholarship information, as legitimate scholarships are always advertised for free, and check in with your high school guidance office for up-to-date scholarship offers.

Diane Thomas is the editor of, and, a group of websites offering education resources to students of all ages. She has also sent five children to college.
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