KHS scholarships


Thora Pearson

KHS wants students to know all of the opportunities they have to get scholarships to lessen college expenses.

With college deadlines rapidly approaching, many students are anxious to receive answers to two questions: Did I get accepted? How much money are they going to give me? KHS wants students to know all of the opportunities they have to get scholarships to lessen college expenses. 

“When I think about scholarships, I think of it as a target like concentric circles,” Josh Jaworowski, college counselor, said. “That inner circle, the biggest money, is always going to be in what’s called the merit aid that a school is going to offer.”

According to Jaworowaki, merit aid is mostly based on the numbers, including GPA and test scores. This is pretty standard and where students can get the most money. The second circle contains the department scholarships which are more focused on your major and interests. Here is where a student’s experiences outside of academics makes them stand out and they can show what they know and their passions. Universities also have overarching scholarships, the third outer circle, which looks at students holistically and how diverse their extra-curricular academic experiences are. These tend to be more competitive because there are typically larger applicant pools for the scholarship. After looking at a school, the next step is to look at local scholarships.  

*All of this information can be found on the KHS website.


Local Scholarships:

o Kirkwood School District Foundation Named Awards

o Kirkwood Area Perpetual Scholarships

o The Rotary Club of Kirkwood

o Kiwanis, Elks, Local Banks, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, National Honors Society, etc.

o Does your parent/guardian’s employer offer a scholarship or tuition reimbursement?



Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition:​ Applicants ​do not ​need to be related to a member of the Elks. Must have lodge endorsement to be considered. Visit​ for the local lodge. Award based on academics, leadership, and financial need. AWARD: $1,000-$12,500

Deadline: Nov 15

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Intel Science Talent Search​: Extensive application! Start early! Science research competition AWARD: Varies

Deadline: Nov 13

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: ​3.5+ unweighted GPA ​and ​26+ ACT/ 1200+ SAT (Critical Reading and Math) required. Student must demonstrate financial need.

AWARD: up to $40,000/year

Deadline: Nov 13

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Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award (Southeast Missouri State University): ​KHS can nominate ​one​ student for scholarship consideration. Selection based upon character, academic ability, leadership potential. Candidates must have a 3.6 GPA and 27 ACT. Students seeking nomination from KHS must submit an updated resume to the Guidance Activity Center by Nov 1

AWARDS: Tuition/ Room & Board fees worth approximately  $14,000/year (1). Regents’ Scholarship for Tuition fees worth approximately $5900/year (all nominees meeting scholarship criteria). 6 finalists will receive an additional one-time $500 prize toward residence hall fees.

Deadline: Resume is due to the GAC by November 1

Website: none listed. See your college counselor for more details.

John T. Belcher Memorial Scholarship​: One student from Kirkwood may be nominated. Academic achievement, leadership and essay will be considered in the selection process. Financial need MAY be considered. Forms available in the Guidance Activity Center

AWARD: $750-$1,500.

Deadline: Return form to Guidance Activity Center by Wednesday, Nov 30 

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NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Scholarship​ and Laptop Computer (​Open to all grade levels)​: Awarded to females based on their academic history, leadership ability and demonstrated aptitude in IT/computing. Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Must apply online.

AWARD: $500 and laptop computer.

Deadline: Beginning September 1 – Deadline is Nov 5 Website: ​

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards​ ​ For students grades 9-12 who have performed outstanding acts of volunteer work in their communities. You must complete application online or request a paper application (1-877-525-8491).

AWARD: $1,000 state winners; $5,000 additional for national winners

Deadline: Nov 5

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Ron Brown Scholar Program​: For African-American students who excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. Go to website to download application!

AWARD: $10,000 per year for four years

Deadline: Nov 1 (to be considered for additional scholarships), Final Deadline: Jan 9 

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Soil & Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Show-Me Chapter Scholarship: ​High School senior or undergraduate planning to major in conversation or a natural resources-related field

AWARD: $2,000

Deadline: Nov 26

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Varsity Tutors Monthly Essay Contest: ​This is a monthly essay writing contest for a scholarship. Each month there is a different prompt.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: The 15th​ of each month

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AXA Foundation/U.S. News & World Report:​ Applicants must demonstrate ambition and drive, determination to set and reach goals, respect for self, family and community and ability to succeed in college.

AWARD: $10,000 (one per state) & $25,000 (10 nationwide).

Deadline: Dec 15 or when 10,000 applications are received

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Burger King Scholars Program: ​Recipients selected based on GPA, work experience, extracurricular activities, and/or community service.

AWARD: up to $1,000

Deadline: Dec 15

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Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program​: 50 full scholarships for American students to live with a host family and attend school in Germany. Must be between 15-18 and have a 3.0 or better GPA.

AWARD: Full scholarship for one year.

Deadline: Dec

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CrossLites Scholarship:​ The CrossLites Scholarship is open to High School, College, and Graduate School students. As an applicant you will write a reflective essay (400-600 words). Applicants will be competing against students of their level. You may enter only one essay per application a year.

AWARD: $4,000 (33)

Deadline: Dec 31

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Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Scholarships: ​Scholarships available at the state and national levels. A general scholarship is available, as well as scholarships for various majors (Business, Education, History, Music, etc.). Some require students to attend a Missouri college/ university. Students must rank in the upper 10% of class.

Award: Varies.

Deadline for Missouri-sponsored scholarships: Dec 2 Applications must arrive at Webster Groves Chapter at least 10 days prior to this deadline.

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Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship (University of Missouri-Columbia): ​Open to all under-represented minority groups, this scholarship has traditionally been awarded to an African-American student. Applicants must have achieved 27+ on the ACT.

AWARD: up to $15,000

Deadline: Dec 1

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Essayontime Scholarship Contest: ​Enter our scholarship contest and win a $1000 reward to make your dreams come true.

AWARD: $1,000

Deadline: Dec. 1

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Fox Performing Arts Teen Talent Competition


Deadline: Dec. 1

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Lexus Eco Challenge:​ The ​Lexus Eco Challenge​ is a national STEM competition for grades 6–12 that empowers students to make a difference in the eco health of our planet. Challenge your students to tackle eco issues related to land, water, air, and climate. In the contest, teams of 5–10 students create practical solutions while competing for amazing prizes.

AWARD: up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants are awarded each year to eligible teachers, students, and schools.

Deadline: Dec. 4 – Air & Climate challenge deadline

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Meacham Park Scholars Award (MPSA): ​Graduating African American Senior and resident of Kirkwood, MO with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Plan on attending a 2 year or 4 year school

AWARD: $750-$1,000

Deadline: December 31

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Mizzou Alumni Scholarship​: Must be accepted into Mizzou and rank in the upper 20% of class ​or​ have an ACT score of 26 or higher. Students do not have to be related to an MU graduate in order to qualify. You must apply online.

AWARD: $500-$5000

Deadline: Dec 15

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NHS Scholarship (National Honor Society): ​The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), parent organization of the National Honor Society, has awarded NHS Scholarships since 1946, providing more than $12 million in scholarships to outstanding NHS members.

AWARD: 475 Semifinalists will receive $2,850, 24 Finalists will receive $5,150, and the National Winner will receive $22,650

Deadline: Dec 6

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Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award: ​(​open to students 16 and older​) Essay contest. Students must have a 2.5+ in his/her last academic year and have contributed at least 50 hours of service within the last 12 months.

AWARD: $500

Deadline: Dec. 30

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: ​The Scholastic Awards partner with organizations to offer students scholarships and Special Achievement Awards​: ​Special opportunities to receive additional scholarships for works in certain categories or dealing with particular themes.

AWARD: Varies

Deadline: Art Deadline Dec. 4 and Writing Deadline Jan. 3

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Varsity Tutors Monthly Essay Contest: ​This is a monthly essay writing contest for a scholarship. Each month there is a different prompt.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: The 15of each month

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Zeta Charitable Foundation of St. Louis​: Awarded to a female high school senior who has been accepted to a four-year college/ university. Applications will be reviewed and judged on the basis of academic record, community service (40+ hours), and essay (500 words).

AWARD: $500 (2)

Deadline: Dec. 31

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