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Here are some great scholarship opportunities with deadlines coming up very soon:

Heisman High School Scholarship

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, October 19

Minimum Required GPA: 3.0 (weighted)

*For students who have participated in high school athletics*

$1000 - $10,000 from state to national levels for up to 100 recipients

Applying for the Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance is your chance to be rewarded and gain local, state, and even national recognition for all that you’ve put into your high school career. If you’ve maintained at least a B average, participate in at least one of the school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations, are a leader in your community and role model at your school, then you’ve got what it takes.

Click here to find out more and apply.


Smart Savings Scholarship by Dealspotr

Application Deadline: October 29

Minimum Required GPA: none specified

$500 for up to 3 recipients

*Video contest (TikTok, Instagram, or


It’s never too early to start saving money. The folks at Dealspotr have seen, time after time, high school and college students often come up with some of the most creative and smart ways to save money — techniques and ideas which, frankly, everyone could really learn from. The Smart Savings Scholarship is a celebration of those ideas. Every quarter, we’ll award $500 scholarships to three students around the U.S. who share with us the answer to the question: What’s the most creative way you’ve saved money?

Saving money could mean...

  • Strategies you crafted to save up for college, a car, the prom, or anything else

  • A plan you made in a club or organization to help the budget

  • Your best tip for getting deals or discounts when you’re shopping

To enter, create a short TikTok, Instagram, or YouTube video (less than two minutes) to share your savings tip. Tell the world how you’ve saved money. Your video can be produced or just you explaining your tip to the camera. The editors will review every submission and we’ll select three that provide the most helpful, unique, and creative advice to each receive a $500 scholarship.

Click here for more information.


Act Locally Scholarship by

Application Deadline: October 29

Minimum Required GPA: none specified


*essay contest*

The problems facing the world today can make it easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless to make a difference, but the most important opportunities to create meaningful change are just outside your door.

Action within your local community, environment, and economy can be a powerful step forward that can reverberate to the national and global level.

This is a scholarship for students who work to change the world by taking action in their local communities. All high school and undergraduate students may apply.

While not required, applicants with experience volunteering or working to better their local community through social, environmental, or economic change are preferred. Click here for more information.


The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

Application Deadline: 4:00 pm, October 31

Minimum Required GPA: 3.0

150 students selected to receive $20,000 scholarships

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 33rd class in 2021, the Foundation has provided over 6,450 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $75 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

High school seniors, apply here! The application will be open until October 31, 2021, at 5pm Eastern.


VFW - Voice of Democracy National Audio Essay

Application Deadline: October 31

Minimum Required GPA: none specified

*recorded essay contest*

$1000 - $30,000 from state to national levels

Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, more than 51,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download the 2021-22 entry form application, as all student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.


Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship by The Elks National Foundation

Application Deadline: November 15

Minimum Required GPA: none specified

$1000 - $12,500 awarded to 500 students

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2022 competition.

  • Male and female students compete separately.

  • Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.

  • The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500 national winners in late April, 2022. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships through this program. These scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.)

The 20 Top Finalists traditionally* participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 Finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.

Click here for more information.

*The plan to come together in-person is tentative. However, participation in either an in-person or virtual Leadership Weekend is required to be eligible for the top awards.


The Cooke College Scholarship Program by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Application Deadline: November 18

Minimum Required GPA: 3.5

Up to $40,000 per recipient for up to 150 recipients

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational experience – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive. This highly competitive scholarship includes:

  • Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.

  • Ability to pursue any area of study.

  • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid.

  • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the student experience.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. These scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. In addition to the monetary award, students join a thriving network of over 2,600 Cooke Scholars.

Click here for more information.

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