Young & Free Michigan Scholarship Competition

Up to $85,000 in scholarships up for grabs!


There is NOT a voting phase this year. The information on the auto-response email is from last year and not accurate. Submissions will be reviewed by the scholarship committee judging panel this year. No further action is needed on your part. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you will be contacted directly. Good luck!


Meet our applicants by clicking on each category below!

Michigan First believes in helping young people achieve their dreams. Over the past fourteen years we have awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships to deserving Michigan students with big dreams! This year, the Young & Free Michigan Scholarship program will award up to $85,000 in scholarships. High school seniors and current college students ages 17 to 25 are eligible to apply.*

Top scholarships

Two winners of $5,000 and one of $3,000 will be awarded in each of three categories: 

Plus dozens of additional $1,000 scholarships may be awarded to qualifying high school seniors and college students.

Here’s what you need to do to enter

  1. Read the official rules.
  2. Choose one category that best applies to you and complete the application form.  
  3. Include your video or essay answering this question: "What is something more people need to know about? Tell us what it is and why." Share your creative ideas with us!
  4. Entry deadline is February 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Our panel of judges will review every application carefully and will determine the scholarship winners in each category.

* Please read the rules for detailed eligibility requirements.

Scholarship details

Key dates

  • Entry period begins:
    Monday, January 8 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Entry deadline:  
    Monday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Winners notified:
    On or around March 15