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College Scholarships for Kids

You don’t have to wait until high school to start applying for college scholarships. There are a number of college scholarships available for students who are still in elementary or middle school. And while you may not be able to use this scholarship money right away, you’ll have it in the bank when the time comes to cover tuition. Our list below features scholarships for college available to legal US residents age five to age 21. It’s never too early to start planning (and saving) for college tuition!

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Scholarships For Students Ages 5 Through 21
Name of Scholarship Age/Grade Range Maximum Award
Action for Nature Eco-Hero Award Age 8-16 $500
Angela Award (NSTA) Grades 5-8 $1,000
Christopher Columbus Awards Grades 6-8 $2,000
Christopher Reeve Award Grades K-12 $1,000
Courage in Student Journalism Awards Grades 7-12 $5,000
DAV Jesse Brown Scholarship Age 21 and Under $20,000
Davidson Fellows Scholarships Age 18 and Under $50,000
Do Something Awards Age 25 and Under $100,000
Doodle 4 Google Grades K-12 $30,000
DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition Grades 6-12 $5,000
eCYBERMISSION Grades 6-9 $9,000
Gee Whiz Kids Award Age 12 and Under Not Specified
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes Age 8-18 $5,000
Haiku Contest for Kids Grades 7-12 $50
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Grades 8-12 Varies
Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program Age 6-18 $10,000
MATHCOUNTS Grades 6-8 $8,000
National Marbles Tournament Age 7-14 $2,000
National Spelling Bee Grades 1-8 $28,000
NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest Grades K-12 Cash Prizes
Patriot’s Pen Writing Contest Grades 6-8 $5,000
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Grades 5-12 $6,000
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Grades 7-12 $10,000
Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships Age 5-25 $5,000
Team America Rocketry Challenge Grades 7-12 $10,500
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Grades K-12 $10,000
Young Naturalist Awards Grades 7-12 $2,500


This table lists scholarships that are open to students who are age 13 or in grade 9.

Scholarships For Students
Name of Scholarship Age/Grade Range Maximum Award
American Legion National High School Oratorical Scholarship Grades 9-12 $18,000
Ayn Rand Insitute Essay Contests Grades 9-12 $10,000
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Grades 9-12 $75,000
L. Ron Hubbard Writers & Illustrators of the Future Grades 9-12 $5,000
Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Grades 9-12 $100,000


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