Scholarships for BHS Seniors

Seniors can earn any where from $50- $100,000 through scholarships alone.

By: Justine Haarbergg

Scholarship applications in the counseling office will be filtering in throughout the rest of the year as new ones arise. Be sure to check the counseling office about once a week to stay caught up on available applications. Best of luck to all seniors applying for scholarship money- and remember, the more scholarships you apply for, the greater your odds of winning.

Benicia Kiwanis Club Scholarship

Multiple scholarships ranging in amounts from $1000-$2000 will be awarded to seniors who are planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university. This scholarship considers extracurricular activities, leadership, citizenship, community service and financial need.

Due Date: March 22nd to Mr. Koutnik in the Counseling Office

The Rotary Club of Benicia Merit Award

Applicants must be planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college, university, or a trade/technical school. The applicant must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and community service and leadership experience.

Due Date: March 4th to The Rotary Club of Benicia via USPS mail

PG&E Scholarship

Over 200 scholarships ranging from $500- $7,000 are available for both graduating high school and continuing college students.

Due Date: February 8th

Benicia Unified School District Local Scholarship Application

Application is to be completed by you and your parents. The scholarship is awarded based off of  extracurricular activities, leadership, citizenship, community service and financial need.

Due Date: March 22nd to Ms. Koutnik in the Counseling Office

Kaiser Permanente Asian Association 2019 Scholarship Program

KP Asian Association scholarships recognize students who have brought demonstrable, tangible benefit to an Asian community and have the potential to be future leaders. Students may have demonstrated this potential through their activities in school, in the community, or in the face of unusual circumstances. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Due Date: February 6th

Friends of the Fair Scholarship Program 2019

A total of eight scholarships will be available; one at $3,000, one of $2500, three at $2,000, one at $1,500, and two at $1,000. Applicants must be attending or planning to attend a four-year accredited college or university, an accredited community college, or an accredited trade school located in California in an agricultural-related field.

Due Date: 5:00 pm on March 1st via mail

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Chief Solano Chapter 2019 Scholarship

Applicants are judged based off of their career goals, community service, hobbies and responsibilities.

Due Date: March 13th in the Counseling Office

Benicia Women’s Club Scholarship

Applicants are judged based off of their extracurriculars, awards, community and volunteer activities work experience, and GPA.

Due Date: March 29th in the Counseling Office

17 Scholarships Ranging from $50 to $100,000

If you are a high school senior that has finished submitting your college applications or a student already in college, it is never a bad time to apply for scholarships.  Although there are endless scholarships out there, sometimes it can be difficult to find scholarships that are fit for you. Below are a variety of scholarships to help you get started on getting money for college. Even small amounts of money can add up, so be sure to apply to as many as possible.  

Scholarships with Writing/Essays

  1. Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

Deadline: January 30, 2019
Available to: High School Freshmen to Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident and submit a 140-character passage that relates to technology addiction to qualify for this award.

2.  Bachus & Schanker LLC Scholarship

Deadline: July 30, 2019 (to win a scholarship for the fall semester)

Available to: High school students who have been accepted to a four-year university and university students with a minimum 3.0 GPA

Award Amount: $2000

This scholarship is funded by a private law firm in Colorado. Students compete for this scholarship by writing a short essay (800 words) about the 7th amendment and how it affects their lives.

3. Courage to Grow Scholarship

Deadline: Last day of every month

Available to: US high school juniors and seniors and college students with a minimum 2.5 GPA

Award Amount: $500

To compete for the award, applicants must explain in 250 words why they think they deserve the scholarship.

Creative Scholarships

4. Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Available to: high school and college students

Award Amount: $10,000 and the winner’s school will also receive $1,000

Students compete for this award by submitting a photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic to be used on the front of a greeting card.

5. Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition

Deadline: March 21, 2019

Available to: All students in grades 7-12

Award Amount: $50

Students qualify by simply writing and submitting up to three original haikus.

6. Flavor of the Month Scholarship

Deadline: July 31, 2019

Available to: anyone age 13+, must be legal residents of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia, and must be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2025) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

Award Amount: $1,500

The Flavor of the Month Scholarship asks students to consider what ice cream flavor they would be, and why in 250 words or less.

Scholarships Based off of Community Service, Extracurriculars, GPA, etc

7. Jackie Robinson’s Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Available to: Minority high school seniors

Award Amount: as much as $30,000

Applicants are judged on their leadership skills and commitment to community service. To be considered eligible, you must identify as a minority student. As many as 60 new scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarships are four-year awards.

8. Engebretson Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2019 (note that applications must be submitted via mail)

Available to: Current high school seniors

Award Amount: $5,000

This scholarship is is awarded to one student each year who demonstrates not only financial need but also impressive academic performance and leadership ability.

9. “No Essay” College Scholarship

Deadline: Last day of every month

Available to: High school students, adults heading back to school, current college students, and anyone else looking to attend college or graduate school within the next year

Award Amount: $2,000

To apply for this scholarship, submit an application that includes basic identifying information, your GPA, and your SAT/ACT scores. Winners are randomly selected, and you can submit a new application every month.

10. CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship

Deadline: New one every quarter (i.e., every three months)

Available to: High school and junior college student-athletes

Award Amount: $2,000

This quarterly award is for student-athletes who plan to attend a four-year college or university. To qualify, applicants must submit some basic info about their sport and GPA.

Unique Hobbies/ Passions Scholarships

11. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Deadline: February 20, 2019

Available to: Graduating high school seniors

Award Amount: one award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000

Applicants for this scholarship are judged based off of their passion and commitment towards promoting vegetarianism.

12. Davidson Fellowship Scholarships

Deadline: February 13, 2019

Available to: Students 18 years of age and under

Award Amount: ranges from $10,000 to $50,000

If you have an extraordinary achievement you’re particularly proud of? This scholarship is for students who have completed an impressive piece of work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, literature, music, or philosophy. Scholarship requirements differ based on the type of project.

Scholarships with Videos

13. Courageous Persuaders Video Contest

Deadline: February 8, 2019
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: 14 awards from $250 – $3,000

The Courageous Persuaders Video Contest is available to high school students. To be considered, you must create a 30 – second television commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking or texting while driving.

14. One Young Earth Filmmakers Contest

Deadline: January 13, 2019
Available to: Ages 25 & Under
Award Amount: 4 awards from $100 – $1,000

For the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest, you must submit a video between three and eight minutes that shares and highlights solutions to the issues discussed in the chosen sustainability topic(s) chosen from the list on the sponsor’s website. The film entry’s theme must be solution-based. The film should talk about an environmental/sustainability problem and then discuss what could be a potential solution to this problem. Videos may be submitted by either an individual or a group and animated videos of no more than 45 seconds will also be considered.

15. Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Deadline: Awards are given out on a rolling basis

Available to: students age 18-24

Award Amount: $2,500, $20,000, or even $100,000

Students can qualify to win in tuition money by writing a short description of how they plan to change the world and recording a video explaining their academic and professional goals. Submissions that get the most votes win prizes, so be sure to recruit your friends to vote for you!


16. CKSF Scholarship Competition

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The CKSF Scholarships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in the U.S. You must register to participate in scholarship quizzes that test your knowledge of topics ranging from general “common knowledge” to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies. You will be scored based on a combination of time and accuracy.
Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win.

17. Zero Words or Less Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Available to: anyone ages 14-25 attending college in the fall

Amount Award: $500

To win,  you simply need to explain—in 10 words or fewer—why you should get this scholarship. You’re also required to “like” their Facebook page.

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