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High School Scholarship Contest

$20,000 Scholarship Contest

Step 1: Read Requirements

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to high school seniors who are citizens and aliens legally residing in the USA.

  • Scholarship payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States; student must enroll in semester beginning no later than fall 2015.

  • Winners not based on financial need

  • Relatives of AFSA staff or board members may not enter.

  • Home-schooled students may apply as long as your course of study is equivalent to that of a senior in high school.

Read complete contest information before applying. Please read all requirements carefully. Entries that do not meet ALL requirements will be automatically disqualified from the contest without notification to the student.


  • Read the "Fire Sprinkler Essay" (pdf) or (html) about automatic fire sprinklers.

  • Complete registration page with all requested information. Before scholarship funds will be awarded, all information submitted on the application by the student will be verified. If ANY false or misleading information is submitted on the application, the student will be disqualified without notification to the student.

  • Take a ten-question multiple-choice test. This is an open-book test and you may print the essay beforehand for reference during testing. For each question answered correctly, students will receive one (1) entry into a drawing for one of ten $2,000 scholarships. For each question answered incorrectly, you will be given one more chance at the end of the exam to answer those questions correctly.  A total of ten (10) entries into the drawing is possible if the student answers all ten questions correctly. 

  • Each student is allowed only one opportunity to take the online test.  Any attempt to enter again under a different name, address, etc., will automatically disqualify the student without notification to the student.

  • Students selected as winners are required to submit the name and contact information of their chosen college/university/certified trade school for verification of registration and payment of the scholarship to the school. All forms and processes must be completed within sixty (60) days of contest end date or your scholarship is forfeited.

  • A 2- or 4-year college/university/technical/career/online school based in the United States that has completed & received accreditation from an agency recognized by the US Department of Education & is on the list found at or


Entries will be accepted from 12:00 p.m. (noon) CDT, Septembert 10, 2014 until 12:00 p.m. (noon), CDT April 1, 2015.


A total of $20,000 is awarded.  Ten (10) winners will receive a scholarship of $2,000 each.  Only one $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to any single individual from this contest.  Odds of winning are based on total number of entries received.

The scholarship is paid directly to the educational institution in the student’s account to be used for tuition and/or books for the fall 2015 semester. The scholarship monies may be used over a period not to exceed four (4) years.

Winner Notification

Due to the number of entries received, AFSA can only notify winners.

AFSA will contact each winner by email and phone within fourteen (14) business days of contest end-date, using contact information given by the entrant during application process. Winners have ten (10) calendar days from date email is sent/phone message is left to respond and verify they meet the eligibility requirements as defined on the scholarship contest Web site. High school winners will use the form provided in the email from AFSA, to be completed by their high school counselor/advisor and fax, scan or mail to the AFSA national office.

Once you are confirmed as winner, AFSA will send you the appropriate college/university/trade school forms to complete for a check to be issued to your chosen school and deposited into your student account. No funds will be issued directly to individuals. All forms and processes must be completed within sixty (60) days of contest end date or your scholarship is forfeited.

Winners will be notified for appropriate recognition to include award assemblies, graduation ceremonies and newspaper announcements.

Winners’ names will be posted on this web site in May 2015.

Application Process

Applications will only be accepted online through the AFSA scholarship web site ( Student must provide all information requested to be able to submit his/her entry.

Step 1: Read all contest information.

Step 2: Read the "Fire Sprinkler Essay" You may print the essay for reference if you choose.

Step 3: Click on “Take Test Now” button and fill out the student information section. You will need to provide the following information:

  1. Full Name
  2. Home Street Address
  3. City, State, Zip Code
  4. Home Phone (with area code)
  5. 2nd Phone Contact (optional)
  6. Email Address
  7. Birthdate
  8. Parent/Guardian Name
  9. Parent/Guardian Contact Number (with area code)
  10. Your High School Name
  11. High School City/State
  12. Anticipated date of Graduation (Month/Year)


Taking the Test:

Select answers for the ten-question multiple-choice test.  This is an "open book" test.  You may refer to a printed copy if you choose, or use the essay text online to find the correct answer to the question.

Click the "submit" button.

You will immediately receive notification of questions answered incorrectly. For each question answered incorrectly, you will be given one more chance to answer those questions correctly.  This is your LAST CHANCE to refer back to the information in the essay and select the correct answer to the question/questions that you missed.

Click the “Submit” button.

Your entry will be recorded.

Step 1: Read Contest Rules

Step 2: Read the Essay

Step 3: Register & Take Quiz