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 sophomores, juniors and seniors for taking steps to plan for their future. For each step taken on BigFuture, students are automatically entered into the monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships. Every month, two or more students will win a $40,000 scholarship. Hundreds will win the $500 scholarships.

Students in the class of 2024 and 2025 will have a chance to earn scholarships by completing college planning steps like building a college list, starting a career list completing the FAFSA, applying to college and more!

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Scholarship Search

In addition to the BigFuture Scholarships, BigFuture has a scholarship search tool that helps you match with outside scholarships you might qualify for based on your background.

This tool has over 24,000 scholarships totaling over $1.5 billion scholarship dollars yearly. You can start searching for scholarships on BigFuture here

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


Courage to Grow Scholarship


The Courage to Grow Scholarship is available to high school juniors and seniors and students currently enrolled in college. The program awards one scholarship each month throughout the year and the deadline is the last day of each month.

Open to High School Juniors and Seniors and students currently enrolled in college. Deadline is the last day of each month


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.