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2nd Edition: Scholarships for Young Children

Our recent blog on college scholarships for children as young as 6 was so popular that we’ve created a second installment to highlight additional scholarship opportunities. Read through the contests below, and click on each name to find out more information. Remember, though a scholarship application will require some commitment of time and energy from your son or daughter, the payoff – free money for college – will be worth every minute.


Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes awards young leaders who have made a difference to people or the environment. Open to children ages 8-18, entrants must submit an online application, including a letter from a nominator. All applications must be submitted each year by April 15. The top ten winners each receive $5,000.

Patriot's Pen
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Patriot's Pen is an essay contest for students in grades 6-8. Students must submit a 300-400 word essay on a patriotic theme selected by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Entrants compete for 46 national awards, with the first-place winner taking home $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The 2015-16 contest will open March 1st.

Action For Nature Eco-Hero Award
The Action for Nature Eco-Hero Award recognizes creative environmental initiatives of youth ages 8-16. Students must submit an application describing their environmental work and Winners are granted cash prizes and certificates. Applications are due February 28th.

NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest
Open to elementary, middle, and high school students, the NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest recognizes student creativity and commentary on social issues based on submissions of cartoon art. First, second, and third-place winners are selected from three different age categories and receive cash prizes. Submissions must be postmarked by March 6th.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition
Students in grades 7-12 may enter the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition by submitting an original, unpublished haiku. Named for a charter member of the Haiku Society of America, the contest awards six cash prizes of $50 each. All entries must be received by March 25th.

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