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The Virginia Council on Women just opened applications for their 12th Annual STEAM-H Essay Contest! This is a great opportunity for women in their senior year of high school to show off their writing skills. Deadline is March 15. To learn more, click here.

The Obama Foundation invites applications for the Voyager Scholarshipt o share the next generation of public service leaders. The program has a broad definition of public service, which includes careers in government, nonprofits, or the private sector. A career in public service includes a range of occupations—from community organizing to social work and from entrepreneurship to the arts—all committed to solving our biggest challenges together. The scholarship program includes financial aid up to $50,000 (students will receive up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid to cover remaining tuition and/or living costs for their junior and senior years of college); a budget of $10,000 to design their summer voyage between their junior and senior year of college to pursue internships or mentorship opportunities anywhere in the world (students will also be able to stay in homes on Airbnb using credits provided by Airbnb); a 10-year travel stipend of a $2,000 travel credit per year (totaling $20,000); a Fall Summit; and access to a network of leaders. Deadline to apply is March 22. To learn more, click here.

The BayPort Credit Union Foundation is offering $100,000 in tuition assistance to local high school students, college students, and working adults. This year, there are 11 different scholarship types – from trade and vocational schools to post-graduate programs – available to students of all ages. Applications are evaluated on GPA, academic achievements, financial need, school and community involvement, and a written essay. Applicants must be pursuing a degree or certification at an accredited college, university, or technical school. Submissions for the 2023/2024 academic year are now open and the deadline for submission is March 31. To learn more, click here.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes will honor 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment; and 15 top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education. To that end, awards will be given to those who have demonstrated positive spirit, courage, intelligence, generosity, and high moral purpose, shown initiative, tenacity, and unselfishness in pursuit of their goals, accomplished something with inspirational value, something that could inspire others to make a difference, or do more than survive a difficult personal challenge. Deadline to apply is April 15. To learn more, click here.

Do Something – multiple scholarship opportunities available throughout the year. To learn more, click here.