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Scholarships and Awards for Juniors

2019 Coolidge Scholarship application for high school juniors.
The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2020 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).
Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.

The competition for the Coolidge Scholarship is indeed significant -- but even students who do not win have reported to us they are glad they went through the application process because it helps prepare them for college application later on. Furthermore, the Coolidge Foundation invites the top 100 applicants to participate in its Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C and a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win the full scholarship, receive a one- time finalist scholarship of $5,000.
The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed on our scholarship site: Please note the deadline is 5:00 PM EST, Wednesday, January 23, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, the Coolidge Scholars Program can be reached by email at or by phone at (802) 672-3389 ext. 114.
Deadline has passed for the scholarships below but will remain on the page as a resource for next year's class. 
This is a national competition designed to celebrate students (grades 5-12) dedicated to volunteering and committed to community service. If you have missed the deadline for the current year, make plans now to participate next year. Be sure and document all service activities with the name and contact information of the supervisor for the organization to verify the service. Also, take a look at the application and what is needed to submit a quality application next year.

The awards are granted at the local, state and national level. Top honorees in each state receive monetary awards, medallions and statewide recognition. They also earn an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., where they have a chance to meet -- and learn from -- top youth volunteers from the world.
Here's how students can apply:
  • Visit or
  • Complete the application and the student/parent agreement by November 6, 2018
  • Go to the "certification" tab on the application, then email instructions to their certifier
    • Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal, or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.