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Grade – 12

Deadline: Dec 5

Website:  Please copy and paste this link in a new browser.

The Arizona Elks Association awards scholarships for Vocational students as well as Special Needs students. After completing the appropriate application, all you need to do is contact your local lodge and they can provide you additional information

Legacy Awards Competition

Through its three scholarship programs, the Elks National Foundation awards more than $4 million a year in college scholarships. Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for four years). The Foundation will offer a total of up to 250 awards. The 2015 Legacy Awards application deadline has passed. The 2016 Legacy Awards contest will start on September 1, 2015.

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AEA Scholarships

The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.74 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs. The application process and deadlines vary for each program. All applications must go through a local Elks Lodge before reaching the Elks National Foundation office. Contact your high school counselor for more information or your local Elks Lodge. To find the Elks Lodge nearest you, click here.

Applications for the Elks National Foundation's 2016 Most Valuable Student contest will be available beginning September 1st, 2015, at your local Elks Lodge, online or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Foundation. Applications for the 2016 contest have to be submitted to your local Elks Lodge by December 5th, 2015.

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2016 competition.

  • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.

  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.

  • College students are not eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

  • Male and female students compete separately.

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

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.

Applications must advance through local, district and state competition to reach the national competition. The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500 national winners, and notify them in writing, around April 2016. (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.)

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. American college or university.

Requests for additional information should be addressed to the scholarship chairman of the local Lodge or of the Elks association of the state in which the applicant is a resident.

Grade: 12
Deadline: January 

Website:Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship

The APIASF General Scholarship online application opens on September 15, 2016 and closes on January 11, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. APIASF provides scholarships to underserved AAPI students with a special focus on those who:

  • Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status;

  • Are the first in their families to attend college;

  • Are representative of the AAPI community's diversity, geographically and ethnically, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and

  • Have placed strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.

APIASF General Scholarship Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census

  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply

  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2017. Please read the scholarships by supporter details below for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship.

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED

  • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Submit one letter of recommendation online.

How to Apply

The APIASF General Scholarship Program application must be completed online and submitted electronically once all of the required questions have been answered. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting. Until you are ready to submit, you may access your application and edit your answers as many times as you like with your login from any computer with internet access. The application will be available on September 15, 2016.

Scholarship Supporters

Students only need to complete one APIASF General Scholarship application to be considered for all APIASF General Scholarship opportunities. Applicants will be considered for all 2017-2018 academic year scholarship opportunities if they meet the criteria. Click the logos below to learn more about each scholarship supporter. For the 2016-2017 academic year APIASF awarded 433 new APIASF General Scholarships. The APIASF General Scholarship Program is supported by AT&T, BBCN Bank, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Cox Enterprises, Darden Restaurants Foundation, FedEx, Frances Sonn Nam Memorial Scholarship, General Mills Foundation, NASA, NBCUniversal, Target, Toyota, United Health Foundation, Southern California Edison, and Wells Fargo.



Grade - 12
Deadline: Jan 8
Website : Leadership scholarship

The Leadership Scholarship Program (LSP) recognizes outstanding high school graduating seniors who have achieved excellence in leadership. Twenty-one high school seniors from Arizona and up to four out-of-state high school seniors are selected for the scholarship each year. Established in 1977 to develop exceptional leadership skills among promising scholars, this program has a long-standing history at Arizona State University. More than a scholarship program, students become integral members of the university community.

Students in the program will participate in the following:

  • Two leadership development courses designed specifically for this program.

  • Mentoring by an ASU staff member.

  • Monthly meetings with all current ASU LSP students.

  • Social activities, such as a leadership retreat and holiday events.

  • Community service.

  • Networking with LSP alumni.

  • Living on the campus of their major (required for first-year recipients).

Financial Award

The LSP award is one of ASU’s institutional scholarships. ASU does not combine institutional scholarship awards. In the event you become qualified for a New American University Scholarship award (i.e., President’s, Provost, Dean’s, Regents High Honors Endorsement) and are selected for the Leadership Scholarship Program, you will only receive the scholarship with the highest value. If accepted into the Leadership Scholarship Program, participation is mandatory. The LSP award is a $9,000 annual scholarship for resident students, renewable for three additional years (for a total of eight consecutive semesters). The LSP is a $13,000 annual scholarship for non-resident students, renewable for three years (for a total of eight consecutive semesters). Recipients may use the scholarship for tuition and fees, housing and other educational expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be nominated by high school counselor.

  • 3.25 unweighted GPA.

  • History of community service/volunteering and involvement with clubs and organizations.

  • Must be able to provide verification of citizenship, permanent residency, or other lawful immigration status.

  • Must have a completed ASU application for undergraduate admission on file by January 8, 2016.

  • Scholarship application and materials must be submitted by January 8, 2016.

  • Only one applicant per high school will be considered.


Grade – 9 – 12 Deadline: Jan 1,2018 American Legion Oratorical Brochure American Legion Arizona Oratorical Scholarship

Website: American Legion Oratorical scholarship

Two speeches.  Official rules online. State winner goes to Nationals. Department Prizes are: First Prize - $1,500. plus an additional $1,500. scholarship upon participation in the First Round of the National Finals in Indiana.  Second Prize - $800.  Third Prize - $500..  

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs. See brochures for specifics of scholarship.


Grade : 12
Deadline: January  ( check back for update on this)

Future Scholarship Applicant Qualifications: 2015 held scholarship awards for five high school and college students in the amount of $2,000 to the college of their choice with no degree stipulations! Outliers Publishing also awarded $15,000 to the ASU foundation, as part of author Dr. John Shufeldt's commitment to education and the lifelong pursuit of excellence.  We couldn't be more proud of the beneficiaries of these gifts and absolutely plan on offering more scholarships in the future! Although we have not wrapped our heads around exactly what the next scholarship will look like, we are accepting contact information in the meantime for those who are interested in receiving more information.  Be sure to go online and fill out form so we can contact you for future opportunities. 
Author John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA is developing student leadership and educational materials for his book Ingredients of Young Outliers: Achieving Your Most Amazing Future. Dr. Shufeldt is an ER Physician, attorney, adjunct professor, and entrepreneur, based in Arizona. He started the Outlier Series of books to inspire leadership traits in students, to become “outliers” in their field of interest. He defines an outlier as “Someone whose exceptional attitude, ambition, and accomplishments cause them to stand out from their peers”.
Outliers Publishing is hosting a scholarship which awards five $2,000 scholarships to high school and college students for making a fun and creative video about what they learned from the book. In order to complete the scholarship, students will need to complete the entry form, waiver, read the book, and follow the directions for creating and sharing their 30-60 second video. Full scholarship details and directions can be seen on their website.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amanda Pacion at

Black Note $2,000 Smoke-Free World Scholarship

Grade: 18 yr


Got a Smoke-Free World Idea? Get $2,000 Scholarship

Black Note $2,000 Smoke-Free World Scholarship

From really bad breath to even worse health woes, smoking traditional cigarettes can be one nasty habit. But it’s not a habit that’s easy to break. That’s where you come in.

Black Note is looking to award a $2,000 scholarship to each student that shares innovative, ingenious or just plain good ideas on ways to help smokers put down cigarettes and join the world’s smoke-free movement.

We’re doing our part with a mission of helping to create a smoke-free world by providing the most authentic and enjoyable alternative to smoking. Your own smoke-free world idea can certainly include the mention of vaping and e-cigarettes, but it doesn’t have to. Feel free to engage your brain in some creative thinking that goes far outside the (cigarette) box.

To be eligible for a scholarship opportunity, you must meet the lineup of requirements, complete an online application, and submit an essay discussing your smoke-free world ideas.

Essay Instructions

We’re looking at your writing abilities, sure, but we’re most interested in your ideas that can help produce a truly smoke-free world. Please write an essay that:

  • Is well-researched and evidence-based

  • Discusses feasible solutions for smokers looking to make a positive change in their lives

  • Encourages others to participate in the smoke-free movement

  • Touches on any personal connection you may have that makes the topic more meaningful

  • Explains why a smoke-free world is important for you, society and the environment

  • Is original, clear, concise and compelling to read

  • Includes a photo or video if you feel either adds value to your submission (optional)

Essays should be typed, double-spaced and at least 750 words in length (three pages). Please save your essay as a Word doc or PDF and upload it with your application where indicated.

Application Deadlines

Black Note is accepting applications on a rolling basis until December 31st. The sooner you apply, the sooner you can share your ideas and be in the running for a scholarship!

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a full-time student

  • Be 18 years or older

  • Submit an essay as outlined in Essay Instructions, signing your essay with your full name, university name and address

  • Enter only one application and one essay per person

  • Be legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia

Scholarship Awards and Notification

Scholarship winners will be notified on December 31st of 2017 to receive their earnings.


Grade 9 – 12

Deadline:  Mar 2

Website:  Application

Will be judged on overall aesthetic appeal, quality of execution, creativity and originality, successful incorporation of design elements, appropriateness for use as a greeting card – please go to website for more info. 

  • Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.

  • Contest submissions accepted from: May 31st, 2016 - March 2nd, 2017.

  • Winner will be announced May 1st, 2017.

  • Age Eligibility: Must be 14 years or older at time of entry and be enrolled in High School, College, University or Homeschool.

  • The finalists will again be decided by voting!


Grade – 12

Deadline:  January 8

Website: Application

Rank in the top 6% to 50% of their graduating class (top 5% are ineligible)  •Attend a university, community college or vocational school in Arizona
Desert Club provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are in need of financial assistance and to former scholarship recipients. Many of our scholarship winners work 30 to 35 hours a week as well as participate in positive school and community activities. Scholarship applicants are judged on academic achievement, financial need, community and school involvement and future goals



Grade – 12

Deadline:  January (They are not currently taking applications - check back later)

Website:  Fire's Freedom in Academia Essay Contest

FIRE is looking for high school seniors to submit well-written essays on freedom of speech on college campuses.  First Place:  $10,000, Second Place:  $5,000, Runners-Up – (3)  $1,000


Grade – 12

Deadline:  January 


 online application only - The Gates Millennium Scholars was established in 1999 to provide outstanding, low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian Pacific Islander American**, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

UNCF has helped more than 430,000 students graduate from college.

UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs.

We also manage a variety of scholarship programs, such as the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship and the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program.

Each of these programs—as well as dozens of other internships, fellowships and faculty development opportunities—comes with its own eligibility criteria, application requirements and deadlines.

Learn more.

Keep in mind that many UNCF scholarships require that you apply for financial aid. The best way to do so is by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Grade 9 – 12 

Deadline:  January 4

Website: JFK contest

Celebrate the JFK Centennial by entering the 2017 Profile in Courage Contest. For this year only: the first-place prize will be doubled from $10,000 to $20,000 and cash prizes will be awarded to the top 25 students. Learn more about the special contest topic which pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth.

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; US students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program; and US citizens attending schools overseas.

JFK 100: A Centennial Celebration

This contest season marks the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth. To celebrate the JFK Centennial, the 2017 Profile in Courage Essay Contest is featuring:

  • a first-place prize of $20,000

  • cash awards for the top 25 essays

  • a special contest topic

Contest Information

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.

Contest Topic for the JFK Centennial:

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level


The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.


  • The 2017 contest deadline is January 4

  • Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.

  • Essays must be the original work of the student.

  • John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.

  • JFK Centennial Year Contest Topic: Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Information and Topic Guidelines and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information.

  • Essays about past recipients of the Profile in Courage Award  will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given.  

  • Essays must have a minimum of five sources.

Source Material

  • Essays with fewer than five listed sources will be disqualified.

  • All participants must cite sources they used to research their topic throughout their essay. Please use parenthetical citations within the text. We can not accept citations in footnote form.

  • Essays must include a bibliography. Accepted formats include APA, MLA, or Turabian. You must use a minimum of five selected sources. Please refer to Guidelines for Citations and Bibliographies.

Essay Submission

  • Students have the choice of either submitting their essay online (preferred) or of mailing their essay. All students must complete and submit a registration form online for student and school information. For instructions on how to submit your essay, see Registration and Submission.

  • Mailed in essays must be postmarked by January 4, 2017.

Nominating Teachers

  • All students must list the name of their nominating teacher on the registration form. The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay. Nominating teachers are also asked to read students' essays to make suggestions for improvement before they are submitted to the essay contest. As part of this review process, the nominating teacher reviews the essay for syntax, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors and ensures the essay meets the contest requirements listed above. The first place winner and his/her nominating teacher, as representatives of their school, will be invited to receive awards at the annual Profile in Courage Award ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

  • Nominating teachers can be former or current teachers, but must still be teaching at the same high school as the essay participant. Usually students ask their English or History/Social Studies teachers. In very few cases, we will make an exception if a student is unable to ask a teacher from their high school to be their nominating teacher. The parent or legal guardian responsible for the instruction of home schooled students can also serve as a nominating teacher.