This program offers more than just a scholarship—if you’re selected as a winner, you’ll become a part of a pretty unique internship program. Interns work at the CIA during summer breaks and also get an annual salary (with benefits) and an annual scholarship award of up to $18,000. You must demonstrate financial need to qualify. Income eligibility ceilings are $70,000 for a family of four or fewer, and $80,000 for a family of five or more.
- Eligibility: High school seniors
- Deadline: Likely spring 2020, with applications opening in early 2020
Are you a proud vegetarian? This might seem like a niche award, but the scholarship is very real! Applicants are judged on their “compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.” If you’ve promoted vegetarianism at school or in your community, you’ll likely be a strong candidate for this scholarship. The first-place winner receives $10,000, and two runners-up each receive $5,000.
- Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors
- Deadline: February 20, 2020
Do 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, with awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.
- Eligibility: US citizens or permanent residents 18 years of age and under
- Deadline: Likely February, 2020
This scholarship targets students who have empowered society through achievements that mitigate risk. This idea can be interpreted pretty broadly, so spend some time figuring out what risk means to you and whether you’ve participated in making the world a safer place through any of your activities. In 2018, more than 300 students representing all 50 states; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico received one-time scholarships in increments of $2,500, $10,000, or $25,000, and the winners’ schools will also receive $1,000 for every student who wins a scholarship.
- Eligibility: High school seniors who will attend college in 2020-21
- Deadline: Likely late 2019
If you’re passionate about public service, this is the scholarship for you. The Senate Youth Program targets students who participate in their high school student government and plan to study history or political science in college. Applicants are judged on their leadership skills, academic performance, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Each winner will receive a $10,000 award in addition to an all-expenses-paid educational week in Washington, DC, in March 2020.
- Eligibility: High school juniors and seniors
- Deadline: Varies depending on state but is typically in October