To apply for the College JumpStart Scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

1) High school 10th-12th grader, college student or non-traditional student;
2) U.S. citizen or legal resident;
3) Attend or plan to attend an accredited 2-year, 4-year or vocational / trade school in the U.S.
4) Be committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community.

If you meet all of the above requirements, we invite you to apply for the College JumpStart Scholarship.


The College JumpStart Scholarship competition is held every year and the deadline is October 17 and April 15 of each year.

The deadline for the current College JumpStart Scholarship is midnight April 15, 2019.


The scholarship is currently OPEN.


The College JumpStart Scholarship is funded by corporate donations. We do not accept contributions from individuals. If you are a corporation and would like to make a contribution please contact us.

Welcome to the College JumpStart Scholarship Program

The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition -- financial need is not considered -- that is open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education. The first place prize is a $1,000 scholarship to help cover educational expenses. This award can be used at any college or university in the United States.

The deadline for the competition is April 15, 2019. When you are ready to apply, please SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TODAY.



October 17th Deadline

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition which ended last night (October 17th). We received more than 12,000 applications and now our judges will be reviewing each and every one of them. We know you all put a lot of work into your applications. We will be renewing our winter/spring competition which has a deadline of April 15, 2012. So if you missed our October deadline you can always enter into our next scholarship. Good luck and we will be posting results as soon as we have our winners selected!


We Have Winners!

After a long and tireless effort by our judging committee we have our winners for the spring scholarship which ended on April 15, 2011. We are in the process of contacting all winners. As soon as we receive the winner affidavites and release forms we will be posting their names (and possibly entries if permission is given) on the website. I want to thank all of our applicants -- more than 10,000 of you -- for taking the time to enter. We wish we could award everyone a scholarship and the judges said many times how difficult it was to select the winners. We do have another fall scholarship open. So if you didn't win this past spring we do invite you to enter again for the fall. Congratulations to all winners and thank you again to everyone who entered.


Spring scholarship update -- When will the winners be announced?

Just a quick update on when we will announce the winners for the spring competition which ended on April 15, 2011. We've received more than 10,000 applications -- all with great essays that our judges need to read and score. So far this amazing team of volunteers (nobody gets paid) has read and scored about 9,000 applications. So we expect to have all of the applications judged and winners notified on or before June 14th. We have been sending out e-mail updates and if you are not receiving these you may need to check your spam filters and make sure you did not unsubscribe from our emails. All winners will be contacted by e-mail, regular mail and telephone. So don't worry. If you are one of our winners we will find you!

Thank you again for everyone who entered!


New scholarships + new deadlines

We are very pleased to announce that we have renewed our JumpStart Scholarship Program. The deadline for our new program will be October 17, 2011. If you already entered our program you are welcome to enter again using the same or a revised application. We have opened our applications starting today and will stop accepting new applications at midnight on October 17, 2011.

For those of you who have entered our program which ended on April 15, 2011, our judges are busy reading and scoring all of your applications. We still expect to announce the final results by May 30th June 14th! Good luck everyone!


Thank you everyone!

Thank you everyone who entered our scholarship competition which ended at midnight on April 15th. We've received over 10,000 applications (many submitted in the days leading up to the deadline) and it will take our vounteer judges some time to read each and every essay. We expect to announce the winners by May 30th June 14th and will post that information here. Thank you again to everyone who applied and we wish you the best of luck!