10 Top-Dollar Spring Scholarships for High School Seniors


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Spring is here with new scholarship opportunities.

In these times, it’s hard to stay on track. Classes are suspended. Schools are closed. But for high school seniors, graduation will come. After that, new beginnings and the pressure of securing tuition funds.

Luckily, scholarships are still accepting applications. Right now.

Community groups, nonprofits, and private companies offer scholarships to support a range of causes. This provides students with a wealth of opportunities to find the right scholarship and score tuition money. Also, because spring awards typically disburse in the fall, high school seniors can get ahead on tuition costs for the upcoming school year. 

10 Scholarships for High School Seniors

Ready to fund your future? Here are 10 high-dollar spring scholarships available to high school seniors.

No. 1: Toby Merrill Scholarship

Award: $38,800

Deadline: April 1, 2020

How to Apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: High school students demonstrating financial need

The Toby Merrill Scholarship was founded in 2016 with the mission to change children’s lives. The scholarship is awarded to students who best represent the values of kindness and strength, despite facing adversity. There is special consideration given to applicants who are experiencing difficulties related to cancer.

The annual $9,700 scholarship is renewable for up to four years, totaling $38,800 in scholarship money. Eligible high school students should hurry to submit an application by April 1.

No. 2: Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Program

Award: $40,000

Deadline: April 2, 2020

How to Apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: Albuquerque metro-area high school seniors

C.E. Woodcock and his family established the Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Program in 1993. The scholarship is awarded to students who show interest and promise in science and math. The $40,000 scholarship disburses in $10,000 annual increments for four years. 

Eligible students must be Albuquerque, New Mexico-area graduating seniors. This includes residents of the surrounding towns and counties of Bernalillo, Sandoval. Valencia, and Torrance. Applicants must demonstrate high academic merits. 

No. 3: Lee E. Schauer Scholarship

Award: $48,000

Deadline: April 3, 2020

How to Apply: Download an application here

Eligibility: Ohio high school seniors from Shelby County 

High school seniors who reside in Shelby County, Ohio should apply for the Lee E. Schauer Scholarship. Administered by the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA Foundation, the scholarship is meant to help the “average” student. These students are leaders in their community; involved in school activities; and display respect, responsibility, and honesty. Often they may not qualify for other financial aid. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for eligibility but will not be used as a determining factor in the selection process. 

The scholarship is disbursed in $12,000 annual increments for four years, totaling $48,000.

No. 4: WWIN Star Scholarship

Award: $20,000

Deadline: April 15, 2020

How to Apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: Incoming female freshmen living in the state of Washington

The WWIN Star Scholarship is awarded to determined, hard-working women who spark change in their communities. Scholars must be female, at least 18 years of age, in financial need, and a resident of Washington for at least one year. 

Scholars receive up to $5,000 annually for four years. The scholarship covers tuition and books at a Washington college or university. 

No. 5: ExxonMobil Engineering Scholarship

Award: $20,000

Deadline: April 15, 2020

How to Apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: Hispanic high school seniors pursuing engineering

Hispanic high school seniors pursuing a degree in engineering should apply to the ExxonMobil Engineering Scholarship. The national scholarship awards a total of $20,000 paid over four years. There are also 12 local scholarships worth up to $2,000 each.

Eligibility is determined by residency in the following cities:

  • Oxnard, CA 
  • San Diego, CA
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Miami, FL
  • Kansas City, MO 
  • Albuquerque NM
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Bayamon, PR
  • Austin, TX
  • Corpus Christi, TX 
  • Dallas, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Houston, TX 
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Vancouver, WA

No. 6: The Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund

Award: $20,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

How to Apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: High school seniors in the Tri-State region

The Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund was developed to assist graduating high school seniors. Applicants must be located in the Tri-State area — Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. 

Multiple recipients are selected based on their academics, financial need, and ability to overcome adversity.

No. 7: Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship

Award: $20,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

How to Apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: Pittsburgh public high school seniors

Eligibility for the Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship is determined by residency. Applicants must have lived in Pittsburgh continuously for at least four years and have attended public school. Recipients will be able to use the $20,000 award to attend a Pennsylvania college, university, trade, or technical school.

No. 8: The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund

Award: $18,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

How to Apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: Incoming New England-based freshmen 

The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for New England high school students. Applicants must display financial need, leadership, dedication to serving others, consistent part-time work, and grit to overcome adversity. 

No. 9: AbbVie Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship

Award: $25,000

Deadline: May 27, 2020

How to Apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: Incoming freshmen diagnosed with cystic fibrosis

Exceptional students who have cystic fibrosis should apply to the AbbVie Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes these students who have also demonstrated a strong academic record, community leadership, and creativity. Applicants must be a positive role model for the cystic fibrosis community. 

The AbbVie Scholarship awards 40 recipients with $3,000 each. Two of these students will also receive a Thriving Student Scholarship worth $22,000, bringing their total financial aid to $25,000.

No. 10: New England Society Scholarship Program

Award: $25,000

Deadline: June 29, 2020

How to Apply: Submit an application here

Eligibility: New York City high school seniors attending a New England college or university

The New England Society (NES) offers financial assistance to students who have attended high school in New York City or one of the surrounding boroughs. Several factors determine the selection process, but need and merit are the most important.

Eligible candidates must attend a college or university in New England — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. NES offers up to $25,000 per student during a four-year period.

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