None of the online scholarship databases includes information about
college scholarships that are available only to children under age 13 because
of federal privacy laws. The
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998
(COPPA), 15 USC 6501,
Children's Privacy Protection Final Rule,
require web sites to obtain "verifiable parental consent" before
collecting, using or disclosing individually identifiable information
from children under age 13.
effectively prevents online scholarship databases from matching
students under age 13 with college scholarships.
Because of the difficulties in obtaining consent, all of the
scholarship databases avoid the problem by omitting scholarships for
underage children from their databases and refusing to register users
under age 13.
Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for parents of younger students
to find information about scholarships available to students under age
13. Early awareness
programs try to encourage families to start
searching for scholarships and saving for college early, yet are
unable to help them find the scholarships.
(Some early awareness programs such as GEAR UP
offer their own college scholarships to encourage participation.)
Because FinAid does not require registration and does not collect
personally identifiable information from children under age 13, we are
able to include a comprehensive list of awards available to students
under age 13 and in grades 8 and below. This list is directed at parents of younger students,
and is intended to emphasize that students of all ages can pursue
scholarships. This list is devoted to college scholarships that can
be won by elementary and middle school students.
Some of the scholarships listed below are also available to students
over age 13.
To find additional scholarships for students who are over age 13, see the
FastWeb scholarship database.
Scholarships for Children Who Are Under Age 13
Action For Nature Eco-Hero Award
Action for Nature sponsors the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to
recognize youth aged 8 to 16 who have completed environmental projects
focused on environmental advocacy, environmental health, research or
protection of the natural world. Cash prizes of up to $500 will be
awarded. The deadline is February 28. For more information, call
1-415-421-2640, fax 1-415-922-5717, write to Action For Nature,
2269 Chestnut Street, #263,
San Francisco, CA 94123, or send email to
The Angela Award recognizes a female student in grades 5-8 who is
involved in science. It is open to US and Canadian students. The award
is a $1,000 US EE Savings Bond or Canadian Savings Bond. The award was
established in honor of Gerry Wheeler, Executive Director Emeritus of
the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
BattleBots IQ is a robot-building contest for teams of middle and high
school students and college students.
for more information, or send email to
The Do Something Awards
The BRICK Awards by Do Something provide community grants and
scholarships to "change-makers" age 25 and under who work with Do
Something to improve their communities. The competition is open to
US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Five Do Something Award nominees will receive at least $10,000 in
community grants and scholarships. Of the five winners, one grand
prize winner will receive a total of $100,000 in community grants. The
nominees also participate in a live VH1 TV show and will receive
continued support from DoSomething.org.
(The community grants are paid to the nominee's organization or a
not-for-profit organization of the nominee's choice. All winners have
the option of receiving $5,000 of the total award in the form of a
The deadline is March 1.
For more information, send email to
Christopher Columbus Community Service Awards
The Christopher Columbus Community Service Awards are open to teams of
students in grades 6-8. The competition focuses on using science
and technology to solve real-world community problems. Each member of the
winning teams receives a $2,000 US Savings Bond. Winners also receive
a trip to the National Championship Week at Walt Disney World.
The competition is
sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation in
cooperation with the National Science Foundation.
The deadline is the second Monday in February.
For more information, call 1-800-291-6020, write to
Christopher Columbus Awards,
105 Terry Drive, Suite 120,
Newtown, PA 18940-3425, or send email to
Davidson Fellowships are awarded by the Davidson Institute for Talent
Development to US students under age 18 who have completed a
significant piece of work in the fields of Mathematics, Science,
Technology, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box. The
significant piece of work should have the potential to benefit
focus of the program is on gifted and talented students. There is no
minimum age for eligibility. Four $50,000
scholarships, seven $25,000 scholarships, and five $10,000
scholarships are awarded each year. The deadline is March 31
(receipt); there are earlier deadlines for some forms.
For more information, write to
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development,
Attn: Davidson Fellows Coordinators,
9665 Gateway Drive, Suite B,
Reno, NV 89521
or send email to
Dick Blick Linoleum Block Print Contest
Dick Blick sponsors an annual contest for block prints made from
linoleum. There are three divisions: grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and
grades 10-12. Within each division there is one first prize of $400,
one second prize of $250, one third prize of $150, and two honorable
mentions of $50. The prizes are in the form of art materials chosen
by the winner's teacher from Dick Blick's catalog for use in the
winner's art class. The deadline is March 15.
For more information, call 1-800-828-4548, fax 1-800-621-8293, write
to Artsonia, ATTN: Linoleum Contest, 3166 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite
416, Chicago, IL 60657, or send email to
Doodle 4 Google
Google is famous for the doodles that occasionally replace the Google
logo. The Doodle 4 Google competition challenges children in grades
K-12 to create their own play on Google's logo. Doodles are judged in
four grade groups: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. There is one national
finalist in each grade group. One national winner receives a $15,000
college scholarship, a trip to the Google New York office, a laptop
computer, a digital tablet and a t-shirt with his or her doodle. (The
winner's school or after-school program also receives a $25,000
technology grant.) The other three national finalists receive a $5,000
scholarship, a trip to the Google New York office, a digital tablet
and a t-shirt with his or her doodle. The registration deadline is in
early March and the doodle entry deadline is in mid-March.
DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition
The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is sponsored by the
DuPont Center for Collaborative Research & Education in cooperation
with General Learning Communications. The competition is open to US
and Canadian students in grades 7-12 inclusive. The competition
involves writing a 700 to 1,000 word essay about a scientific or
technological development, event, or theory chosen by the
student. Topic areas include chemical sciences, life sciences,
physical sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences and space
technology. There are two divisions: grades 7-9 and grades
10-12. Within each division there is one first place prize of a $5,000
US Savings Bond, one second place prize of a $3,000 US Savings Bond,
one third place prize of a $2,000 US Savings Bond,
and several honorable mention prizes of
a $200 US Savings Bond. The first through third place winners also
receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Space Center Houston with a
parent and the sponsoring Science and English teachers.
The deadline is in mid-January.
For more information, call 1-847-205-3000 or write to The DuPont
Challenge, Science Essay Awards Program, c/o General Learning
Communications, 900 Skokie Blvd., Suite 200, Northbrook, IL
Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program
The Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program is open to girls
age 12 to 18 who demonstrate entrepreneurship and make a difference in
their schools and communities.
The first prize winner receives is $10,000, the second prize winner
receives $5,000, the third prize winner receives $3,000, and the 12
finalists receive $1,000 each.
The award program is sponsored by
Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.
The deadline (receipt) is March 1.
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is awarded annually to ten US
and Canadian students, aged 8-18, who have developed an extraordinary
service project that helped people and the planet. Half of the winners
are focused on helping their communities and people, and half are
focused on protecting the environment. Winners receive a $2,500
For more information,
The Barron Prize, PO Box 17, Boulder, CO 80306-0017.
Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest
The Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest is open to
children who are age 6 to 12. The grand prize is a $25,000 scholarship
fund. The four runners up receive a $2,500 scholarship fund.
The deadline is mid-November. The contest is sponsored by the
J.M. Smucker Company.
Kohl's Kids Who Care Program
The Kohl's Kids Who Care Program
honors students age 6-18 who are involved in community
service. Candidates enter by being nominated by
an adult age 21 years or older. Nominees are considered in two age
groups, 6-12 and 13-18, with three prize levels within each group.
More than 2,000 children will receive a total of more than $350,000 in
scholarships and prizes.
More than 2,000 store winners each receive a $50 Kohl's gift card,
194 regional winners each receive a $1,000
scholarship, and 10 national winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship.
The deadline is March 15.
Letters About Literature
Letters About Literature is a national reading/writing contest
sponsored by the Center for the Book in the US Library of Congress in
partnership with Target Stores. The contest is open to US students in
grades 4-12. Entries consist of a personal letter to an author, living
or dead, from any genre, explaining how the author's work changed the
student's way of thinking about the world or themselves. There are
three competition levels: grades 4-6 (100-250 words), grades 7-8
(250-500 words), and grades 9-12 (500-750 words). Two winners
are selected from each level and awarded a $500 gift card from
Target. The contest opens in September and the deadline is December 1
(postmark). State winners are announced in March and national winners
in April. For more information, send email to
MATHCOUNTS is a national math competition for middle school students
(grades 6-8). Individuals and teams of four mathletes from each school
compete on a local, state and national level.
All 228 national
competitors and their coaches receive all-expense-paid trips to the
MATHCOUNTS National Competition.
The national champion receives the $8,000 Donald G. Weinert
Scholarship. The second place individual winner receives a $6,000
college scholarship. The third and fourth place winners (countdown
round semi-finalists) receive $4,000
scholarships. The masters round champion receives a $2,000
scholarship. The written round winner receives a $8,000 scholarship
and the written round runner-up receives a $6,000 scholarship. The
members of the first place team each receive a $2,000
scholarship. Additional prizes include trips to US Space Camp,
notebook computers, PDAs, and TI calculators.
The registration deadline is in early December. Local and chapter
competitions take place in February, state competitions in March, and
the national competition in May.
For more information, call 1-703-684-2828, fax 1-703-836-4875, write to
1420 King Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email to
National Marbles Tournament Scholarships
The annual National Marbles Tournament awards $5,000 in scholarships
to mibsters (marble shooters) aged 8 to 14. The tournament is held in
June each year. The children crowned King and Queen of Marbles each
receive a $2,000 scholarship. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to the
boy and girl who win the spontsmanship award. For more information, write to
National Marbles Tournament,
811 Roeth Avenue,
Cumberland, MD 21502.
National Geography Bee
The National Geography Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic
Society. It is open to US students in grades 4-8 who are age 15 or
younger by the date of the national competition. The National
Geography Bee is a three stage competition, starting at the school
level (competitions from mid-November through mid-January), followed by
state competitions in April and the national competition in May. The
ten finalists compete for college scholarships. The first place winner
receives a $25,000 scholarship, the second place winner a $15,000
scholarship, and the third place winner a $10,000 scholarship. The
school registration deadline is October 15. (There is a $50 school
registration fee.) For more information, call 1-202-828-6659 or write
to National Geographic Bee, National Geographic Society, 1145 17th
Street N.W., Washington, DC 20036-4688.
National High School Oratorical Contest
The National High School Oratorical Contest is sponsored by the
American Legion. It is open to US students in junior high school or
high school (grades 7-12) who are
under age 20 as of the date of the national contest.
State contests are held no later than mid-March, and
the national contest finals are held in April.
The American Legion pays for the travel and lodging expenses of the
state winners and their chaperones.
The first place winner receives an $18,000 scholarship. The second
place winner receives a $16,000 scholarship. The third place winner
receives a $14,000 scholarship. Each state winner who participates in
the first round of the national contest receives a $1,500
For more information,
National Americanism and Children & Youth Division, The American
Legion National Headquarters, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206, or
send email to
National History Day Contest
The National History Day Contest is open to students in grades 6-12 in
the junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) divisions. The
projects relate to a specific
historical topic or theme.
seven categories, including individual papers, individual exhibits,
group exhibits, individual performance, group performance, individual
documentary, and group documentation. Within each category, the first
place winner receives $1,000, the second place winner receives $500,
and the third place winner receives $250. The national contest is
held in June.
National Spelling Bee
The National Spelling Bee
is sponsored by the E.W. Scripps Company. It is open to students in
grades 1-8 as of their school finals (February 1) and who are under age 16 as of the date of
the national finals (June 1).
The champion wins a total of $28,000 in cash prizes and
scholarships. The second place finisher wins a cash prize of $6,000,
the third place finisher receives $3,500, the fourth place finisher
receives $2,000, the fifth place finisher receives $1,250, the
sixth place finisher receives $1,000, and the seventh place finisher
receives $750. There are also assorted other prizes ranging from $50
to $600 for students who are eliminated in earlier rounds.
For more information, call 1-513-977-3040, fax 1-513-977-3800,
or send email to
NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest
The NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest is sponsored by
Knowledge Unlimited, Inc. and is open to
students in grades K-12. There are three divisions: grades K-6, 7-9
and 10-12. First, second and third place winners in each division
receive US Savings Bonds. The deadline is March 1 (postmark).
For more information, call 1-800-356-2303 or write to
NewsCurrents Cartoon Contest, PO Box 52, Madison, WI 53701.
Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition
The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition is open to
students in grades 7-12. Entries from home-schooled students are not
accepted. The six winning haiku received $50. The deadline is March 25
Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards
The Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards are sponsored by
the Nicholas Green Foundation
and administered by
the National Association for Gifted Children. One $500 US Savings Bond
is awarded to a student from each state. Candidates should be students
in grades 3-6 who have
distinguished themselves in academics, leadership or the arts.
The deadline is June 1. Individual State associations may have earlier
deadlines (in some cases as early as January 1). See the web site for
Patriot's Pen is an essay writing contest (patriotic theme) sponsored
by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
It is open to US students in grades 6-8. More than 115,000 students enter
the contest each year. The first place winner receives a $10,000 US
Savings Bond. The 28 top national winners receive US Savings Bonds of
$1,000 to $10,000. Entries are submitted through local VFW Posts.
The contest is also known as the VFW Youth Essay Contest. The deadline
is November 1.
For more information, call 1-816-968-1117.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognize children in grades
5-12 who have engaged in volunteer activities and have demonstrated
exceptional community service. The program is sponsored by Prudential
in conjunction with the National Association of Secondary School
Principals (NASSP). State winners receive a $1,000 award. National
winners receive a $5,000 award. The student application deadline is in
Red Vines Drawing Contest
Sponsored by the American Licorice Company, the Red Vines Drawing
Contest is open to children in three age groups (as of May 1): kids (ages 6-12),
teens (ages 13-18) and adult (ages 19+). In each age group and entry
format there is one first prize winner of a $2,500 scholarship, one
second prize of $250 and one third prize of $100. Entries (one per
person) consist of an original work of art that features the Red Vines
logo. Winners will be selected on the basis of creativity and
relevance to the Red Vines brand candy. The deadline is September 30. For
more information, visit the web site or write to
American Licorice Co., 2796 NW Clearwater Drive, Bend, OR 97701.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open to US and Canadian
students in grades 7-12. It is sponsored by Scholastic Inc. and
administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc.
More than 250,000 students enter the competition each year.
Gold Portfolio Award recipients receive $10,000 scholarships (5 for
art, 5 for writing, 2 for photography).
For more information, call 1-212-343-6493, write to
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012,
or send email to
Team America Rocketry Challenge
Team America Rocketry Challenge is a national model rocket competition
open to US junior high school and high school students (grades 7-12). It is
sponsored by AIA and the National Association of Rocketry.
The top 100 teams compete for $60,000 in scholarships.
The application deadline is November 15.
For more information, send email to
ThinkQuest is an annual team competition in which students under age
19 create innovative and educational web sites. There are three age
divisions: 9-12, 13-15, and 16-19. Teams may have three to six student
members. Prizes include laptop
computers, MP3 players, and digital cameras.
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards
The Toshiba ExploraVision Awards
is a competition for teams of 2-4 US and Canadian students in grades
K-12. The goal of the competition is to encourage students to explora
a vision of a future technology.
The teams research a technology or device and project how it
might change in the future. They identify necessary breakthroughs to
enable the development of the technology and discuss the positive and
negative impact of the technology on society. There are four
divisions: grades K-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and grades
10-12. Within each division, there is one first prize and one second
prize. The first prize consists of a $10,000 US Savings Bond for each
student on the winning team. The second prize consists of a $5,000 US
Savings Bond for each student on the winning team. ExploraVision is
sponsored by Toshiba and National Science Teachers of America.
Materials are available starting in September. The deadline is February 1.
For more information, call 1-800-EXPLOR9 (1-800-397-5679), write to
ExploraVision, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000, or
send email to
West Point Bridge Design Contest
The West Point Bridge Design Contest is open to US students age 13
through grade 12
at the time of registration. Students compete individually (team of
one) or in teams of two members. This engineering competition involves
designing truss bridges.
Each member of the first-place team receives a $10,000
scholarship. Each member of the five finalist teams wins a notebook computer.
Registration opens in early January and ends on February 28. The final
round is held in April.
Young Naturalist Awards
The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science essay contest open to
US and Canadian students in grades 7-12. It is sponsored by the
American Museum of Natural History and the Chase Manhattan Foundation.
Two scholarships are awarded to the winning essays at each grade
level. The 7th grade winners receive $500. The 8th grade winners
receive $750. The 9th grade winners receive $1,000. The 10th grade
winners receive $1,500. The 11th grade winners receive $2,000. The
12th grade winners receive $2,500. Award winners and their family
members also receive travel and lodging to attend the awards ceremony
at the American Museum of Natural History in the spring. There are also 36
finalists who receive a cash award of $50 and a certificate.
The deadline is in early March.
For more information, call 1-212-496-3498, write to
Young Naturalist Awards Administrator,
National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology,
American Museum of Natural History,
Central Park West at 79th Street,
New York, NY 10024-5192 or send email to
Youth Service America
Youth Service America offers the
State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants to US children age 5-25
to implement service-learning projects for National Youth Service Day
in April. One hundred $1,000 grants will be awarded. The application
deadline is in mid-October. For more information, send email to
The National Education Association (NEA) sponsors
Youth Leaders for Literacy
in conjunction with Youth Service America. This program awards 20 $500
grants to student-led initiatives. The program is open to applicants
aged 21 and younger. The application deadline is in mid November.
Scholarships for Children Who Are Age 13
Many scholarship search sites take a more restrictive approach than required
by COPPA, requiring individuals to be at least age 14 in order to
register. (This is probably due to errors in published summaries of the
requirements of COPPA. The act and regulations define child as "an
individual under the age of 13".) This may make it more difficult for
students who are 13 years old to find out information about scholarships.
The following scholarships are open
to students who are 13 years old.
American Morgan Horse Institute Graywood Youth Horsemanship Grant
The American Morgan Horse Institute (AMHI) sponsors the Graywood Youth
Horsemanship Grant for members of the Morgan youth club or American
Morgan Horse Association, ages 13 to 21. One or two grants are awarded
each year. The grant is used to cover costs of study of horse care,
breeding, management, training and riding of Morgan horses. See the
for additional details.
The deadline is February 1.
For more information, send email to
San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department Miss Recreation Pageant
The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department sponsors the annual
Miss Recreation Pageant for unmarried female students aged 13 to 18. Candidates
must reside within the city limits of San Antonio. The student crowned
Miss Recreation will receive a $2,000 scholarship. The application
deadline is in early December.
Sizzling Style & Scholarly Smarts Scholarship Sweepstakes
CollegeBound Teen Magazine and N.Y.C. New York Color sponsor the
Sizzling Style & Scholarly Smarts Scholarship. $1,000 will be awarded
to the best 200-word essay about "what your one and only 'can't live
without' beauty product is and why you can't live without
it". Candidates must be at least 13 years old and legal residents of
the United States. The deadline is January 31. For more information, write to
CollegeBound Teen Magazine, N.Y.C. New York Color/Sizzling Style &
Scholarly Smarts Sweepstakes, 1200 South Avenue, Suite 202, Staten
Island, NY 10314.