December Scholarships

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Christopher Columbus Essay Contest
The DAR sponsors this contest in honor of Christopher Columbus. Each academic year, an essay topic is chosen and contest instructions are made available to students. 

The contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness. Additional rules and guidelines can be found by contacting your local DAR chapter. One winning essay from each participating chapter is submitted for judging on the state level. Each state winner is judged on the divisional level and the divisional winners move on to the national level, where the winner is announced. The national winner is invited to read their winning essay at the National Columbus Day celebration in Washington, D.C.

Amount: trip to Washington D.C.
Deadline: 12/01/2018
Contact: Susan Holt, mail essays to: Susan Holt, Salt Lake Valley DAR Chapter, 10814 Heather Ridge Drive, Sandy, UT 84070
Eligible grade: 10, 11, 12

University of Utah Larry H. & Gail Miller Enrichment Scholarship
This scholarship is designed to assist students with demonstrated financial need, with an emphasis on students from an under-represented ethnic background or who are first generation college students.  The award varies and may include the following benefits:  full tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, and a textbook allowance.

Amount:  Varies
Deadline:  12/01/2018
​Website: ​
Eligible grade:  12

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizens
The DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools. United States citizenship is not required.

The procedure for selecting a DAR Good Citizen is for the school faculty and students to select one senior who has demonstrated, to an outstanding degree, the qualities of a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Only one student per year may be honored as a school's DAR Good Citizen. This student is then eligible, if he/she wishes, to enter the DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest. Program and essay contest materials are provided to a participating school by a local DAR chapter.

Amount: Varies
Deadline: 12/01/2018
Contact: Kim Campbell in the Counseling Center
Eligible grade: 12

FRA 2018-2019 Americanism Essay Contest
Students submit a 350 word or less essay on "What Patriotism Means to Me".

Amount:  $5,000
Deadline:  12/01/2018
Eligible grades:  10, 11, 12

Sunshine Behavioral Health
To apply for the $500 scholarship, please submit an essay focused on the Opioid epidemic in the United States. The topic is open-ended. Do you or a loved one have a personal story overcoming opioid addiction? Do you have analysis of the latest research that provides insight on how to address this epidemic? Share your story and showcase your writing skills.

Must be currently attending or planning to attend a college or university during the 2020 academic year, and must be pursuing a health related degree.

Amount: $500
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Contact: All essay submissions should be sent to: [email protected]
Eligible grade: 12

CT Chimney Repair
This is a scholarship for students who are considering a career in construction, plumbing, carpentry, or other skilled trades. You need to write an essay focusing on career goals. It can focus on what inspired you to pursue a career in your target field, a story about a past project or any other hands-on experience.  You have flexibility on the topic of your essay. The article must be posted to your blog.

How to Apply

Write a blog post of 1000+ words on a topic following the guidelines above.

  • Post the article to your blog – This can be a student blog on your university website or your own website. Typically, contacting a university professional about a university website isn’t too difficult—and it doesn’t hurt to try.
  • Include at least 3 links citing authoritative resources on constructions trends and technology, including 1 link to
  • Submit your personal info and published link via email.

Amount: $500
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Contact: [email protected]



Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship


  • have a demonstrated commitment to community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity, and leadership
  • be enrolled as a high school senior
  • reside in one of the communities listed on the program website
  • plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United State for the entire 2019-2020 academic year
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • demonstrate financial need 

Amount:  $2,500
Deadline:  12/06/2019  5:00 PM EST
​Website:  [email protected]
Eligible grade:  12


The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Each year the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

More than $250,000 is given annually through the Scholastic Awards program in awards and scholarships to top winners and their educators. In addition, more than $8 million in scholarships is set aside each year by our partners for recipients of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Seniors earning National Medals are eligible to receive scholarships through partnerships with esteemed colleges and universities. Apply for admission to the colleges and universities listed on the website: Visit school websites for admission deadlines and other information. 

Amount: Varies
Deadline: 12/03/2019
Eligible grade: 10, 11, 12


Creativity & Citizenship Award
Produced in partnership with the National Constitution Center (NCC) and sponsored by the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, the Creativity & Citizenship Award asks artists and writers to take on a specific theme agreed upon by NCC and the Alliance. Each year, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and NCC work to choose a theme that is both topical and important.  There will be three awards given to outstanding works of art and/or writing that explore the theme.

How to Apply:

  • Register for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
  • Upload/submit your original work in any of the Awards' 28 categories
  • Let us know your work should qualify for the Creativity & Citizenship Award (you will be prompted for this while uploading your work)

Amount: $1,000
Deadline: 12/03/2019
Eligible grade: 10, 11, 12


National Honor Society Scholarship
Eligible senior NHS members may apply.  Students will be evaluated on the four pillars of NHS and financial need.  The student completes their part of the application by December 6, 2019 and then needs to have the adviser for NHS complete the adviser part by December 10, 2019.  

Amount: Varies
Deadline: 12/06/2019
Contact: Mrs. Green
Eligible grade: 12


Lynne Jensen Memorial Scholarship
Applicant must be a high school senior who plans to attend college.  Scholarship monies will be given directly to the student.  There are four scholarships available.    

Amount:  $1,000
Deadline:  12/09/2018
Eligible grade:  12


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Leadership Award
Each year, the University of Utah honors outstanding students from across the state of Utah, grades 7 through 12, for their dedication to the beliefs and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: social action, positive change and building bridges among cultures and communities. Each 2019 Youth Leadership Award recipient will be honored with a plaque and a monetary award at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration held at the University of Utah. The reception and awards ceremony will take place in January 2020, sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Associated Students of the University of Utah.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Leadership Award Selection Committee uses nominations for these scholarships. If you feel you aptly demonstrate these attributes in your community and daily activities, encourage someone who is familiar with these attributes to nominate you.

Amount: Varies
Deadline: 12/11/2019
Eligible grade: 12


AXA Achievement Scholarship in Association with U.S. News & World Report
The AXA Achievement Scholarship, sponsored by the AXA Foundation in association with U.S. News & World Report, provides scholarship awards of $25,000 and $10,000, with winners in every state nationwide. Applicants must:
- Be U.S. citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 United States, Washington D.C. or Puerto Rico
- Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2019-20 academic year
- Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work related activities
 *Because reducing risk is woven into the fabric of our company, special consideration is given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness.


Amount: $10,000 - $25,000
Deadline: 12/15/2019
Eligible grade: 12


Foot Locker Scholar Athletes
The Foot Locker Scholar-Athletes program awards $20,000 to 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms and in their communities.  
Who is Eligible:
 - Current high school seniors entering an accredited, four-year US college or university in the fall of 2019
 - Current members (in good standing) of a high school sports team or are involved in after-school sports
 - Maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher 
 - A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
 - NOT a Foot Locker employee or an immediate family member of a Foot Locker employee
Applicants will be evaluated on the following:
 - Embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character
 - Are passionate and committed to empowering the community in which he/she lives
 - Are confident and enthusiastic leaders
 - Display academic excellence
 - Come from diverse backgrounds
 - Are Foot Locker Scholar Athlete material - they are proactive, highly motivated, inspiring, charismatic, honest, trustworthy, genuine, strong and courageous.

Amount:  $20,000
Deadline:  1/3/2020
Eligible grade:  12


​​Burger King Scholars Program
Last spring, thanks to the support of the BK® family and the McLamore Family Foundation, the foundation awarded more than 2,200 scholarships, totaling more than $2.4 million. Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000, and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service.

Scholarships are funded 
direc tly by the BURGER KING McLAMORE(SM) Foundation and are made possible thanks to our generous donors, including BK employees, franchisees, vendors and guests.

Amount: $1,000 to $50,000
Eligible grade: 12

The Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship

The Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 award for any current or soon-to-be student who has had his or her family’s life altered because of tax controversies (back taxes owed, audits, etc.). 

Amount: $1,000
Deadline 12/31/2020
Eligible Grade: 12


My Dream Job Scholarship 

This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility. To apply, students will submit an essay of 500 words. This is the topic for this year: Describe what your dream job would be.

Submit essay to: [email protected]

Amount: $1000
Deadline: 12/31/2020
Eligible grade: 12