College Planning

Scholarships for High School Juniors

During your junior year of high school, you have many responsibilities when it comes to planning for college. A good resource to check out is our Planning for College in 11th Grade guide that walks you through key steps to take and when. It’s never too late to get started!

A common misconception that some students have is thinking that scholarships are only awarded in their senior year of high school or during college. In this post, we’ll show you a few different scholarships awarded to high school juniors and where you can look for other scholarship opportunities. On BigFuture, you can find tools and information to help you plan and pay for college.


BigFuture Scholarships

BigFuture Scholarships are monthly awards that reward students for taking steps to plan for college. For each step taken on BigFuture, students are automatically entered into the monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships. Every month, two students will win a $40,000 scholarship. Hundreds will win the $500 scholarships.

Students in the class of 2023 can earn a chance at a scholarship by completing any of the following college planning steps. 

  1. Build Your College List: $500 and $40,000
    • Open now until June 2022
  2. Practice for the SAT: $500 and $40,000
    • Open now until June 2022
  3. Explore Scholarships: $500 and $40,000
    • Opens July 2022, Closes February 2023
  4. Strengthen Your College List: $500 and $40,000
    • Opens July 2022, Closes October 2022
  5. Complete the FAFSA®: $500 and $40,000 
    • Opens October 2022, Closes February 2023
  6. Apply to Colleges: $500 and $40,000
    • Opens October 2022, Closes February 2023

For more information, visit: BigFuture Scholarships


Scholarship Search

BigFuture not only gives you a chance to earn scholarships for completing steps to plan for life after school. It also offers a scholarship search tool that helps you match with outside scholarships you might qualify for based on your background.

This tool has over 6,000 scholarship programs totaling over $4 billion scholarship dollars yearly.

Here are some scholarships open to juniors:


Davidson Fellows 


Apply for a scholarship with a significant piece of work in different scholarship categories, to earn up to a $50,000 scholarship. 

Open to All High Schoolers. Opens November 30th


Scholarship America


Explore a variety of scholarships and prizes available through Scholarship America. In 2020, they served over 100,000 students and distributed over $273 million.

Open to All High Schoolers. Deadline Varies


Horatio Alger Scholarships


The Horatio Alger Scholarships are offered to high school students who overcome great obstacles in their lives. This financial aid program offers 106 scholarships worth up to $25,000 each.

Open to all High Schoolers. Deadline is on March 15th


Sign in to match with other scholarship opportunities for juniors based on your background. If you have any questions, visit our FAQ page.

Concerned about paying for college? You’re not alone! Learn the basics of paying for college on BigFuture here.