School Independent Scholarships & Contests

The scholarship list of school-independent scholarships is below important information.  Read the important information at least once!

Scholarships are updated weekly with newsletter updates.

  • Check with Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center for additions. Parents and students are reminded to check with schools as well as the Career Center for school-specific scholarships.

  • Only scholarship information sent to W.T. Woodson is listed here. Check early. Many excellent scholarships have early due dates.

  • Parents and students are encouraged to plan ahead. Many scholarship applications cannot be completed quickly. Many applications require attachments from several sources.

  • Naviance Student has a great scholarship list!! Look under the"Colleges" tab, Scholarship List. Check it out every week too.

  • Check out the listing provided by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  It posts a number of scholarships offered by local businesses and organizations.  Visit www.cfnova.org/page10003427.cfm

  • Always remember to check with the colleges to which you are applying for scholarship opportunities. These are often found under the financial aid section of a college website.

IMPORTANT Cautions

Neither W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor the administrators, teachers, or staff of Woodson or FCPS are endorsing any of the listed scholarships.  The information is only offered for your convenience.  Families are responsible for ensuring a scholarship is appropriate for their student(s).  Note other cautions that follow.

Some agencies offering scholarships ask for social security numbers. Use extreme caution when providing a social security number. Although winners may have to provide it to be awarded the scholarship, you should NOT have to provide a social security number in an application. A compromise may be to provide your last 4 digits: XXX-XX-1234.

Many applications are now behind a required, online registration. Parents need to check to ensure the application is appropriate for their student(s) prior to completing/submitting. We are unable to register for these scholarships to discover everything in the application. We cannot check what we cannot see.

If you or your parents feel a scholarship asks too many personal questions or will share too much about you online if you win, you may want to look at other scholarships.

Some scholarship sponsors take ownership (copyright) of all applicant's work.  This means you cannot use the work without written permission from the scholarship sponsor.  Be sure you check for this possibility.  Know what you are giving away.

School Independent Scholarship List

DUE:

Ongoing

Awd:

varies
CHILDREN OF FALLEN PATRIOTS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

DUE:

Rolling deadline (ignore posted deadline

Awd:

2 ea - $5,000
  • Dependent/immediate relative of medical transport crewmember who lost their life to an air medical or critical care transport accident;
  • U.S. legal resident;
  • Accepted to or attending accredited U.S. 4-yr college/U or vo-tech school;
  • Academics;
  • Need;
  • Community Service;
  • Transcript;
  • Essay (300 words);
  • Recommendations (2);
  • Found in Naviance Student and @ https://www.medevacfoundation.org
MEDEVAC FOUNDATION CHILDREN'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND

DUE:

varies

Awd:

varies

  • Grades 9-12;
  • Plan to attend 4-yr college/U or community college transferring to a 4-yr college/U;
  • Small scholarships awards by individual schools for various accomplishments throughout high school;
  • Eligibility and deadlines defined by individual schools;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @  https://www.raise.me/
RAISEME MICRO-SCHOLARSHIPS

Due:

varies

Amt:

Varies from $500-$50,000

  • This indexed site offers links to 100+ scholarships for students with military affiliation;
  • Each scholarship is offered separately and has its own application requirements;
  • Some scholarships require a particular service branch affiliation;
  • More information at https://militarywithkids.com/100-military-kids-scholarships/
MILITARY WITH KIDS SCHOLARSHIP SITE

Due:

15 Sept

Amt:

Up to full cost of attendance

  • Senior;
  • Minority: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian& Pacific Islander, and/Hispanic American;
  • US citizen, permanent resident;
  • 3.3 or better GPA;
  • Academics;
  • Leadership;
  • Personal success skills;
  • Pell-eligible;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship:
THE GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Due:

30 Sept

Amt:

Up to full cost less $1,000 & mentorship

  •  

RETURN TO CAREER CENTER:

16 Sept

Amt:

$10,000 & week of Govt. experience in DC

  • Junior or Senior;
  • Currently serving in elected or appointed capacity in student govt, civic or educational organizations;
  • Leadership;
  • Academics;
  • Clear, logical processes;
  • Community involvement;
  • Extracurriculars;
  • Knowledge of Constitution, govt current affairs;
  • Resume demonstrating above;
  • 2 paragraph personal statement showing you are a match for the program;
  • Willing to attend experience in nt’l govt from 7 - 14 March 2020;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://ussenateyouth.org
U.S. SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

**NEW!!

Due:

20 Sept

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Attending school in US or Canada;
  • US  citizen, permanent resident, valid visa in US or Canada;
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • Design project making difference in lives of other
  • Essay describing goal of project;
  • Project documentation;
  • Photo;
  • NOTE: LA Tutors reserves right to publish essays;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/:
LA TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

23 Sept

Amt:

Salary, Benefits, up to $18,000 for tuition; work 1.5 times the length of the scholarship

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DUE:

25 Sep

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior or college student;
  • U.S. Citizen;
  • Attend school in U.S. (Seniors may attend in Canada);
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Video ≤ 5 min;
  • Permission to use video for promotion;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://mattresshelp.org/scholarship/:
MATTRESS HELP SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

26 Sept

Amt:

Costs of attending a partner school

QUEST BRIDGE NATIONAL COLLEGE

EXTENDED TO:

Due:

30 Sept

Amt:

Up to full cost less $1,000 & mentorship

GOLDEN DOOR SCHOLARSHIP

DUE:

1 Oct 2019

Awd:

$500

DENDRA ACCOUNTING GROUP SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

15 Oct

Amt:

$1,000-3,500 & mentorship

  • Senior;
  • Hispanic/Latino heritage;
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, qualify under DACA;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Plan college fall ‘20;
  • Recommendation;
  • Transcript;
  • Winners must attend awards (Washington, DC);
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ www.hispanicheritage.org/programs/youth-awards:
HISPANIC HERITAGE YOUTH AWARDS

DUE:

15 Oct

Awd:

$1,000

  • Class of '19 or college student;
  • 3.5 or better GPA;
  • Enrolled in accredited post-secondary program in the U.S. @ due date;
  • Essay
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://housemethod.com/scholarships:
HOUSE METHOD COMMITMENT TO OUR HOMES SCHOLARSHIP

 

Due:

20 Oct

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Attending school in US or Canada;
  • US  citizen, permanent resident, valid visa in US or Canada;
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • Design project making difference in lives of other
  • Essay describing goal of project;
  • Project documentation;
  • Photo;
  • NOTE: LA Tutors reserves right to publish essays;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/:
LA TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

25 Oct

Amt:

Up to $10,000 or $25,000

  • Senior
  • U.S. citizen
  • 2.0 or better GPA
  • Overcome adversity
  • Plan to enter college fall ’20;
  • Pursuing Bachelor’s degree (may start @ 2-yr)
  • Extracurriculars;
  • Community service;
  • Essays
  • Need (AGI=55K or less)
  • Transcript
  • Recommendation
  • Tax transcript or return (1st pg, parents 2018);
  • Winners must attend awards (DC)
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://scholars.horatioalger.org/applicants/
HORATIO ALGER NATIONAL & STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

DUE:

31 Oct

Amt:

$1,500

  • Senior;
  • 2.75 or better GPA;
  • Will enroll in culinary school in America;
  • Accepted to apprenticeship, certificate program, degree program in pastry arts, or foodservice-related majors;
  • Culinary competition participation;
  • Culinary volunteer activities;
  • ACF involvement
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Education/Scholarships/ACF/Education/Scholarships/:
AMERICAN CULINARY FEDERATION (ACF) EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Due:

5 pm, 31 Oct

Amt:

$20,000, renewable

  • Senior
  • Legal status in U.S.;
  • Academics;
  • Leadership
  • ‘Recommendations;
  • Extracurriculars;
  • Community Service;
  • Counselor/principal contact info;
  • Merit based award;
  • Registration required to discover everything;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ www.Cokeurl.com/Apply2019:
COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Oct

Amt:

$25,000-$48,000

NESA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Oct

Amt:

$50,000

NESA ACADEMIC STEM SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Oct

Amt:

$2,000 - $5,000

  • Senior
  • Member of National Eagle Scout Association;
  • Plan post-secondary education;
  • SAT=1290 or better / ACT=28 or better
  • Academics;
  • Community service;
  • Character;
  • Scouting participation;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://nesa.org/for-eagle-scouts/scholarships/merit:
NESA MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

**NEW!!

Due:

31 Oct

Amt:

Up to $30,000

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY *CONTEST*

DUE:

1 Nov

Amt:

$2,500

  • Senior;
  • Parent/grandparent/legal guardian employed or previously employed by FCPS in pupil transportation;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Activities;
  • Honors/Awards;
  • College information;
  • Essay (500 words);
  • Transcript;
JOYCE E. DAWKINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

10 Nov

Amt:

Up to $8,000, renewable to $16,000
  • Senior;
  • US citizen/national, permanent resident, DACA, or qualified under MD Dream Ace;
  • Resident of Metro DC counties/cities;
  • Plan Metro DC community college spring semester;
  • Less than 40 credits towards degree;
  • Need;
  • Recommendations;
  • SAR from FAFSA filing (copy);
  • Essay;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ www.herbblockfoundation.org/scholarships
Herb Block Scholarship

RECEIVED BY:

15 Nov

Awd:

$1,000

  • Senior or college student;’
  • Legal U.S. resident;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Enrolled in accredited post-secondary program @ due date;
  • Recent academic results;
  • Contact info;
  • Essay
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://www.debtconsolidationloans.com/scholarship:
DEBT CONSOLIDATION LOANS SCHOLARSHIP

 

Due:

20 Nov

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Attending school in US or Canada;
  • US  citizen, permanent resident, valid visa in US or Canada;
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • Design project making difference in lives of other
  • Essay describing goal of project;
  • Project documentation;
  • Photo;
  • NOTE: LA Tutors reserves right to publish essays;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/:
  • LA TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

1 Dec

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Interest in digital marketing industry;
  • Essay (1,000-1,500 wds);
  • Transcript;
  • Proof of enrollment;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://appiloque.com/scholarship:
APPILOQUE SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

1 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior;
  • Demonstrated altruism
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Enrolled Spring 2020 in U.S. undergraduate/graduate program
  • Transcript;
  • Application;
  • Essay (up to 1,000 words);
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.ashoorilaw.com/scholarship/:
ASHOORI LAW GOOD DEEDS SCHOLARSHIP

**NEW!!

Due:

1 Dec

Amt:

$2,500

FIXIT MAN BLOG SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

15 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior or college student;
  • U.S. citizen/permanent resident;
  • 2.5 or better GPA;
  • Plan full-time @ accredited 4-yr school;
  • Plan study in logistics/supply chain mngt, business or business operational mngt;
  • Essay (400 – 800 wds);
  • Transcript;
  • College enrollment verification;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://www.allied.com/scholarship
ALLIED VAN LINES SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY:

15 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior;
  • Legal U.S. residency;
  • Enrolled or accepted to accredited college/U in U.S.;
  • GPA 3.0 or better;
  • Documented diagnosis of traumatic brain injury;
  • Essay (1-3 pages);
  • Transcript;
  • Found in Naviance Student and @ https://www.bressmanlaw.com/scholarship/

BRESSMAN LAW TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY:

15 Dec

Amt:

$1,500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Legal child of U.S. military veteran;
  • 17 years or older;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Legal U.S. school attendance;
  • Essay (500-word)
  • Proof of parent’s veteran status;
  • Transcript;
  • Copy of college/U acceptance letter if not already enrolled;
  • CAUTION: submitted materials become property of firm & submission grants publicity rights for winners;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://cck-law.com/2019-child-of-an-american-veteran-scholarship/:
CHILD OF AN AMERICAN VETERAN SCHOLARSHIP

DUE:

15 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

SMARTPHONE OVERUSE AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP

DUE:

15 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior or college student;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Self or close contact victim of car accident;
  • Plan accredited postsecondary institution fall 2019;
  • Essay (500 – 1,000 words);
  • Asked if U.S. citizen or allowed to work legally in U.S.;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://www.johnfoy.com/survivor-of-a-car-accident-scholarship/:
SURVIVOR OF A CAR ACCIDENT SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

20 Dec

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Attending school in US or Canada;
  • US  citizen, permanent resident, valid visa in US or Canada;
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • Design project making difference in lives of other
  • Essay describing goal of project;
  • Project documentation;
  • Photo;
  • NOTE: LA Tutors reserves right to publish essays;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/:
  • LA TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Dec

 

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • High school diploma;
  • GPA 3.0 or better;
  • Attending accredited college or technical school;
  • Essay (1,000 words);
  • CAUTION: Essay becomes property of 1Mediastudio;
  • Found in Naviance Student and @ https://www/1mediastudio.com/scholarship
1MEDIASTUDIO SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior or college student;
  • Hispanic;
  • U.S. citizen;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Enrolled in college/U in 2019-2020 school yr;
  • Essay (750-2,500 words);
  • Transcript;
  • Recommendation;
  • Fond in Naviance Student & @ https://www.burnetti.com/scholarships:
BURNETTI, P.A. SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior or college student;
  • African American
  • U.S. citizen;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Enrollment in college/U for 2019-20;
  • Community service;
  • Essay (750-2,500);
  • Transcript;
  • Recommendation;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://vacail.com/scholarships/:
CAIL ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,000
ELEGANT TOUCH CATERING SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

HELIX COFFEE SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Dec

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Essay (1,200+ wds);
  • NOTE: Must know where you’re going to college by deadline;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://insta-hostel.com/scholarship:
INSTA-HOSTEL SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Dec

Awd: $500

  • Senior;
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident;
  • Academics/academic honors;
  • Commitment to promote diversity;
  • Extracurriculars;
  • Work experience;
  • Criminal and/or disciplinary record;
  • Transcript;
  • Essay (≤ 800 words);
  • Found in Naviance Student:
KENMORE LAW GROUP SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

  • Female student;
  • U.S. citizen;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • High character;
  • Strong academics;
  • Community Service;
  • Attend college/U 2019-20 school year
  • Encouraged STEM, business, law;
  • Essay (750 words);
  • Transcript;
  • Recommendation;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://mcdonaldworley.com/scholarships:
MCDONALD WORLEY ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

NATURAL REGAIN SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

  • Female student;
  • U.S. citizen;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Community Service;
  • Attend college/U 2019-20 school year
  • Encouraged STEM, business, law;
  • Essay (750 words);
  • Transcript;
  • Recommendation;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://nettleslawfirm.com/scholarships:
NETTLES MORRIS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

PHONEBOT SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

VICPAS SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,000

  • Female student;
  • U.S. citizen;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • High character;
  • Strong academics;
  • Community Service;
  • Attend college/U 2019-20 school year
  • Encouraged STEM, business, law;
  • Essay (750 words);
  • Transcript;
  • Recommendation;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://weinsteinwin.com/scholarships:
WEINSTEIN FIRM ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

2020

DEADLINES

 

Due:

20 Jan

Amt:

$1,500-$2,900

  • Senior or college student;
  • U.S. citizen
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Essay (900-1,500 wds) or video (10-15 min);
  • Transcript;
  • NOTE: Must know where you’re going to college by deadline;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://cleanup.expert/scholarship-program:
CLEANUP EXPERT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Due:

20 Jan

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Attending school in US or Canada;
  • US  citizen, permanent resident, valid visa in US or Canada;
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • Design project making difference in lives of other
  • Essay describing goal of project;
  • Project documentation;
  • Photo;
  • NOTE: LA Tutors reserves right to publish essays;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/:
  • LA TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP

**NEW!!

Due:

22 Jan

Amt:

$2,500-20,000

  • Senior or college student;
  • US citizen, permanent resident; from Marshall I, F.S. of Micronesia, or Republic of Palau;
  • Asian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian ethnicity or community member;
  • 2.7 GPA or better
  • Priority for first time college attendance in family
  • Priority for low income
  • Recommendation
  • FAFSA applicant by April 2020
  • Found in Naviance Student & @http://www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html
ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Due:

20 Feb

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Attending school in US or Canada;
  • US  citizen, permanent resident, valid visa in US or Canada;
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • Design project making difference in lives of other
  • Essay describing goal of project;
  • Project documentation;
  • Photo;
  • NOTE: LA Tutors reserves right to publish essays;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/:
LA TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP

**NEW!!

Due:

15 Mar

Amt:

$500

RANDALL BLAIR ISENBERG ALCOHOL ADDICTION AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

20 Mar

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Attending school in US or Canada;
  • US  citizen, permanent resident, valid visa in US or Canada;
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • Design project making difference in lives of other
  • Essay describing goal of project;
  • Project documentation;
  • Photo;
  • NOTE: LA Tutors reserves right to publish essays;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/:
LA TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP

**NEW!!

Due:

31 Mar

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior or college student;
  • Plan college/U;
  • 3.0 GPA or better;
  • Parent permission if under 18;
  • Essay (1200+ words);
  • Need to know college destination by due date;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://ballachy.com/pages/scholarship/:
BALLACHY SCHOLARSHIP

**NEW!!

Due:

31 Mar

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior or college student;
  • 3.0 GPA or better
  • Plan accredited US post-secondary institution;
  • Parent permission if under 18;
  • Essay (1200+ words);
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://weldingnearyou.com/scholarship/
WELDING NEAR YOU SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIP

**NEW!!

Due:

15 Apr

Amt:

$350

  • Senior or college student;
  • Plan US accredited post-secondary institution;
  • Interest in technology & blogging;
  • Personal bio (≤280 characters);
  • Essay (1,000 words);
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://asmzine.com/blogging/asmzine-scholarship:
ASMZINE SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

20 Apr

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Attending school in US or Canada;
  • US  citizen, permanent resident, valid visa in US or Canada;
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • Design project making difference in lives of other
  • Essay describing goal of project;
  • Project documentation;
  • Photo;
  • NOTE: LA Tutors reserves right to publish essays;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/:
LA TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP

DUE:

1 May 

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • U.S. citizen;
  • 4.0 or better GPA;
  • Essay (1,200 – 1,500);
  • Transcript;
  • Proof of enrollment/acceptance;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ https://danettemay.com/scholarship:
DANETTE MAY SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

20 May

Amt:

$500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Attending school in US or Canada;
  • US  citizen, permanent resident, valid visa in US or Canada;
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • Design project making difference in lives of other
  • Essay describing goal of project;
  • Project documentation;
  • Photo;
  • NOTE: LA Tutors reserves right to publish essays;
  • Found in Naviance Student & @ http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/:
LA TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP