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 October 17, 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.


General Information: The selection process typically takes 1-2 months following the close of the scholarship competition. It takes a lot of time to read all of your fantastic essays! All completed applications will be reviewed by our judging committee who will select the finalists and winners. The decision of the judging committee is final. All winners will be contacted directly by both e-mail and regular postal mail.

Posting of Winners: We respect the privacy of our applicants. However, we do request that all winners permit us to post their last names and winning essays. After all winners have been contacted we will post the results on this page.


Featured Past Winners

Amy Y. who attends Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Excerpt from essay:

"Parasites, mental illness, and snails fascinate me, but not only in a biological sense—while I learn the classification of parasites, I also read folktales about them, predating their ‘scientific’ discovery; I study both the biological reasons behind mental illness, and how different societies perceive them; I observe the anatomy of the snail, understanding it through both the appropriate terminology and my drawings of its internal structures."