The Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) is awarding $25,000 in scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic school year, to 18 high school students throughout the country to use for higher education expenses. The top prize winner will receive $5,000; two runners-up will each receive $2,500 and 15 students will each be awarded $1,000.

The ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship is open to all high school students who have recognized a need or problem in their community, and have determined - and implemented - a way to solve or alleviate it. Review the Scholarship Rules for more information about the eligibility requirements.

Applications are due by July 26, 2017.

To apply, go to