Young girl using laptop at homeCollege scholarships aren’t just for high school seniors. Many contests are open to students as young as eight years old, and prize money can help make a significant dent in college costs. We highlight five scholarships below for students in younger grades. Review the details of each one, and encourage any interested students you know to apply on time.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Details: Write a reflection on a U.S. elected official’s act of political courage that took place during or after 1917. Submissions must be 700-1,000 words and use at least five sources.

Eligibility: Open to any U.S. high school student in grades 9-12 or under the age of 20 and enrolled in a GED program

Prize: $10,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, $1,000 for five finalists, $100 to eight semi-finalists

Deadline: January 18, 2019

Website: https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest/getting-started

EngineerGirl Writing Contest

Details: Write a fictional story in which a female main character solves a problem using engineering skills. Story length must be under the following limits: grades 3-5: 800 words; grades 6-8: 1,100 words; grades 9-12: 1,500 words

Eligibility: Open to any student in grades 3-12

Prize: $500 for 1st place, $250 for second place, $100 for third place (awarded in each grade category)

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Website: https://www.engineergirl.org/108311/2019-contest

We the Students Essay Contest

Details: Write an essay 500-800 words in length answering the question, “What makes you a good citizen in your community?”

Eligibility: Open to any U.S. student in grades 8-12 and between the ages of 14 and 19

Prize: $5,000 for 1st place, $1,250 for six runners-up, and $500 for eight honorable mentions

Deadline: February 14, 2019

Website: https://billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/

Sweet and Simple Scholarship

Details: Submit a response less than 250 words to the prompt, “Think back and tell us about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you.”

Eligibility: Open to any legal resident of one of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia who is at least 13 years old and enrolled in an accredited college or university by Fall 2025

Prize: $1,500

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Website: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/sweet-and-simple-scholarship

The 28th Annual Kaplun Essay Contest

Details: Write an essay 250-1,000 words (Level 1) or 250-1,500 words (Level 2) answering the appropriate essay question. Level 1 (grades 7-9): What person of importance to the Jewish people, past or present, would you like to meet and why? Level 2 (grades 10-12): Does modern day life adversely affect Jewish values — why or why not?

Eligibility: Open to student in grades 7-12

Prize: $1,800 for 1st prize, $750 for 5 finalists (awarded within both Level 1 and Level 2)

Deadline: March 3, 2019

Website: http://www.kaplunfoundation.org/upload/essay.html