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First in Family Scholarships

Being the first person in your family to go to college is a true accomplishment – especially since it can be much harder to navigate the college application process without someone who has been through the experience to show you the way. Fortunately, these students are eligible for first-generation scholarships to reward them for their persistence. Read below to learn how first-generation scholarships work, where to find them and how to apply for them.

What is a first in family scholarship?

First in family scholarships or “first-generation” scholarships prioritize students whose parents did not attend or graduate from college. Organizations that distribute these awards realize that these students are at a disadvantage compared to students who come from a long line of college graduates and attendees.

These families may not have the resources to help their child succeed. They also may be less familiar with the college application and financial aid process. These scholarship providers want to give first-generation students a leg up so they’re on an even playing field. And because first-generation students are more likely to drop out than those who’s parents have been to college, these scholarships may be more likely to encourage them to keep going.

How to apply for a first in family scholarship

There are a significant number of first in family scholarships in our scholarship database. When you create a profile and conduct a free scholarship search at Scholarships.com you will be automatically matched to any for which you qualify. Be sure to keep track of those you like the best, have applied for or won.

If you prefer to use our directory, you can specifically search for awards designed for first in family college students. There are dozens of scholarships that fit this demographic. As you do your research, create a spreadsheet listing each award, the due date, the amount, essay requirements and if you need a recommendation letter. Prioritize the awards that you feel confident are the most suited to you.

Start asking for recommendation letters a few weeks before you need them. Bear in mind that the person you are asking may be busy, so try to give whomever you ask a few weeks’ notice to allow them sufficient time to write you a letter of recommendation that will really help your cause.

If you have to write an essay, remember that you are also busy and give yourself enough time to write a rough draft and have it proofread by someone who you consider to be an excellent reader and eloquent speaker. This could be anyone from a parent or other relative to an English teacher at your school.

Frequently Asked Questions about First-Generation Students

What are the best scholarships for first-generation students?

The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation Scholarship Program is not just for first-generation students, but does prioritize them in their application pool. Applicants must be enrolling in their first year of college, but do not have to currently be high school seniors.

The Dr. Jason and Nicole Green African American First-Generation College Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship given to an African-American student who is the first in their family to attend college. Many colleges have their own first-generation scholarships. Ask the financial aid department if there are any such opportunities available.

Am I a first-generation student if my parents went to college abroad?

If you are the child of an immigrant who attended college in their home country, you may still be considered a first-generation student in the US. However, if your parents went back to school in the States, then you may no longer be a first-generation student.

What other types of financial aid are first-generation students eligible for?

First-generation students may be eligible for federal and state grants, but they will have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered. They may also qualify for subsidized federal loans, which do not accrue interest while in school and during any deferment periods. Completing the FAFSA can also help you be eligible for more awards through your school. Contact the financial aid department if you’re having trouble completing the FAFSA.

What other kinds of scholarships are first-generation students eligible for?

First-generation students who are part of a minority group should also apply for scholarships related to their race, ethnicity or other distinguishing factor. For example, there are many Hispanic scholarships, African-American scholarships or LGBTQ scholarships.

Also, if you’re a single parent going to school, you can look for awards available for those households. Brainstorm every unique quality you have and try to find awards that fit those characteristics. Even if a scholarship is not explicitly for first-generation students, you should still mention it in the essay portion. This may help you stand out among other applicants.

Am I still first-generation if my parents attended vocational or trade school?

In general, having a parent who attended or graduated from vocational or trade school does not disqualify you from being a first-generation student. If you are not certain, it is a good idea to ask the scholarship provider if you meet the eligibility requirements. In some cases, having a sibling who has already attended or graduated college may disqualify you. This depends on the specific scholarship provider and their definition of a first-generation student.

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For A Bright Future Scholarship Programs

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • For A Bright Future provides annual scholarships to underserved students with outstanding achievement and the drive to pursue higher education in select fields. Students have the opportunity to receive one scholarship per year. They are granted upon assessment of need and university selection. The average award amount is $2,500. The maximum amount is $10,000. 

Forward Freethought First in the Family Humanist Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/23/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Six $5000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors (ONLY) of color (African American, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist, freethinker and/or secular. Students who are (or have been) in foster care, homeless, undocumented, disabled and/or LGBTQI+ are encouraged to apply. 

Stantec Equity & Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/14/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Stantec Equity & Diversity Scholarship will contribute to the creation of a critical mass of talented students that will fully represent our industry—it will provide an environment in which all can thrive academically and professionally. Through this scholarship, Stantec will award $200,000 annually. We believe everyone has a right to education.

Second Chances Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Lagman Foundation grants scholarships to a new generation of diversely talented high school students who have overcome adversity, given back to their communities, and demonstrated a commitment to turning their life around through an interest in academic or creative pursuits. The Foundation identifies and rewards high school seniors who have experienced hardship.

California Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF)

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) shares your dream of a college education. We offer a wide range of scholarships for students working to fulfill their educational goals. HEEF welcomes students who are undocumented. The HEEF Scholarship Program considers applicants based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities, community.

Benjamin and Patricia Allen Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/10/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Benjamin and Patricia Allen Scholarship, applicants shall be enrolled in the Ivy College of Business full-time. Preference shall be given to first generation students which is defined as a student whose parents have not graduated from an institute of higher education with a four-year degree. This scholarship shall be made available to undergraduate students. 

Clarkston Scholars Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The mission of the Clarkston Scholars program is to create equitable access and opportunities for low-income, first-generation college students with the intention of developing a future Clarkston steward. To be eligible, applicant must be a sophomore at one of Clarkston’s Core Schools (University of Michigan, Babson College, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Georgia Tech, Agnes Scott College.

U of A Tuscaloosa Coca-Cola First-Generation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2024
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The University of Alabama understands that each student’s path to and through higher education is unique. The Capstone Center for Student Success is home to the First Generation Scholarship Programs that serve a diverse group of students across a wide range of academic, social, and economic backgrounds.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/18/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • FEA’s Access Partners join in the shared commitment to increase the number of underrepresented American college students studying abroad through the provision of scholarships. As members of the FEA Access Advisory Board (AAB), our Access Partners collaborate, share best practices in international education, and actively engage in FEA’s mission. 

Dorrance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: $48,000
  • The Dorrance Scholarship for first-generation students is a need-based award providing financial and academic support for Arizona high school graduates pursuing an undergraduate degree at one of Arizona’s public universities. The award is renewable for a total of eight semesters (four years) of funding. Applicants must be high school seniors who are Arizona residents, first-generation college.

Carol A. Hurley Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • To be eligible for the Carol A. Hurley Memorial Scholarship, applicants must: be a high school senior who will graduate from an eligible school (preference is given to applicants who are among the first generation in their families to attend college); be pursuing an undergraduate degree; be enrolled full-time; have a 2.5 GPA; demonstrate financial need; demonstrate school/community involvement.

VSAC Taigh Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Taigh Scholarship was established to inspire and encourage residents of Peacham to pursue a post-secondary education, especially among rural students who may be the first in their families to attend college. Applicants must attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans).
  • David C. Lizárraga Fellowship
  • Application Deadline: 2/26/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Through The David C. Lizárraga Fellowship, TELACU recognizes graduate students who demonstrate the potential and commitment to advance TELACU’s mission of building self-sufficient communities through economic empowerment. Applicants must be a first-generation college student, pursuing a master’s degree in business administration or engineering.

TELACU College Success Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The College Success Program is funded by TELACU and the generous contributions of our partners—corporations, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations and individuals—who have joined us over the past 35 years in advancing educational opportunities for our community. 

Red Thread Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • We are a group of women from diverse corners of the world, ranging from Europe to Africa, from Asia to Latin America. We represent former international students, immigrants, and first generation Americans who have benefitted tremendously from the academic and professional support we have received. 

SVCF Krishnan-Shah Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $40,000
  • The Krishnan-Shah Family Scholarship was established by Ajay Shah, Lata Krishnan and their family. This scholarship program seeks to support financially needy students with academic potential and demonstrated community involvement, and provide meaningful and ongoing financial support to ensure that students complete their undergraduate degree. 

Hendrick Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 3/3/2024
  • Amount: $15,000
  • Having financial access to college does not guarantee success in college. To support our students, we provide ongoing guidance and assistance throughout their time in college. Students are awarded scholarships up to a maximum total of $15,000. Scholarship amount per semester varies based on GPA and credits, as well as whether the student starts at Collin College or a 4-year university.

Thomas D. Urmston Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2024
  • Amount: $12,000
  • The Thomas D. Urmston scholarship was established to provide scholarships to female students who are graduating high school seniors attending Harrison County High School who demonstrate significant financial need and have a cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to first-generation college students. 

King-Barton Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The King-Barton scholarship was established to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors attending Harrison County High School who demonstrate significant financial need and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to first-generation college students. This scholarship is non-renewable and the award amount varies each year. 

Emma E. Buckley Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Emma E. Buckley Scholarship was established in honor of Emma E. Buckley, a long-time philanthropist in Kentucky. This renewable scholarship is awarded to high school seniors attending Woodford County High School and Fayette County Public Schools who demonstrate significant financial need. 

W.O. Davis Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The W.O. Davis Memorial scholarship was established to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors attending Woodford County High School who demonstrate significant financial need and have a cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to a first-generation college student. This is a non-renewable scholarship and the award amount varies each year.

Jane Allen Newman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Jane Allen Newman Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to high school seniors in Fayette, Harrison, or Union counties with significant financial need who wish to further pursue their education by attending college. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Preference given to first-generation college students. 

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Fontana Transport Inc Scholars Program is for first generation high school seniors who are underrepresented, need financial assistance and are passionate about furthering their education as a means to help out their family, community and themselves. We want to be able to find, sponsor, and guide leaders who are determined to succeed by all means possible regardless of their struggles.

Arnold White Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2024
  • Amount: $8,000
  • To apply, you must be a current graduating senior or former graduate from high schools in the communities of Lincoln, Lyons, or Fairbury in Nebraska, planning to attend any qualified, nonprofit 2- or 4-year college/university. The applicant must meet minimum standards for institutional admission; however, need not excel academically or maintain a specific grade point average. 

University of Colorado-Boulder First-Generation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2024
  • Amount: $32,000
  • The First Generation Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate residents and nonresidents who have financial need and whose parent(s) or legal guardians do not have a bachelor’s degree. During the first year, recipients are required to participate in the First Generation Scholars Program, offered through the Center for Inclusion & Social Change.

Hatfield Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Hatfield Foundation Scholarship is a program for first-generation college students and provides a $5,000 scholarship along with educational resources and mentoring to recipients. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior who is applying to 4 year colleges. Neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree or higher; applicants must be first in the family to attend college. 

Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/20/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship is offered to first generation Asian Americans who have a demonstrated interest in business (business major not required). Eligible applicants must be an incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college/university with a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be able to demonstrate financial need. 

OCA Gold Mountain Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2024
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The title of this scholarship program calls back to a time when many Asian immigrants looked upon America as a mountain of golden opportunities for themselves and their families. Awardees of the scholarship seek dreams of higher education, which are not only the dreams of the students but also of their parents and extended family. 

OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2024
  • Amount: $2,000
  • OCA offers scholarships for graduating high school seniors, rising college seniors, and students pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. Founded in 1973, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is a 501(c)(3) national member-driven nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. with 50+ chapters and affiliates across the U.S. For almost 50 years.

Balkhi Foundation Higher Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Balkhi Foundation Higher Education Scholarship seeks to help talented young people make college more attainable through a $1000 scholarship. These ten annual renewable awards are granted to exceptional high school seniors accepted to a US-based college or university who demonstrate a financial need. An ideal applicant for a Balkhi Foundation Scholarship is a student who has shown dedication.

NCJWLA Jeffrey A. Tidus Scholarship For Healthcare Professionals

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Applicants for the Jeffrey A. Tidus Scholarship for Healthcare Professionals must be accepted to or enrolled in a post-graduate program in the healthcare field (Nursing, Physician Assistant, MD, DO, Mental Healthcare worker). Special consideration will be given to students who are the first generation in their families to attend college. 

Dolores Bush Scuderi and Richard J. Scuderi Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Dolores Bush Scuderi and Richard J. Scuderi Scholarship applicants must: be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolling at any Penn State campus; demonstrate superior academic success; demonstrate financial need, as determined by the FAFSA; and be in good standing, as determined by the Office of Judicial Affairs. 

Jeffery Isaiah David Memorial Foundation Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/5/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Each year, the Jeffery Isaiah David Memorial Foundation will award scholarships to graduating high school seniors and those already enrolled, seeking to continue their higher educational goals. 

Central California Asian Pacific Women Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/14/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW) scholarships are available for the coming academic year. The scholarships provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women pursuing higher education who are from Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, or Tulare County.

Women With Promise Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Women With Promise Scholarship Program offers North Texas women the opportunity to begin or restart their journey toward a college degree. Support is available for full or part-time students from Dallas and Collin counties attending or planning to attend educational programs at accredited institutions of higher learning in Dallas or Collin counties. 

Colorado Mesa University’s First Generation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Colorado Mesa University First Generation Scholarship is an annual scholarship for those students that meet the following criteria: be an incoming freshmen student whose parents have not graduated with a four-year degree, or a first-year student may have up to 24 accepted credit hours from another institution not including credits earned during high school. 

Texas A&M University Regents’ Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $24,000
  • First awarded in Fall 2004, the Regents’ Scholarship is designed to assist first-generation college students in achieving their educational goals at Texas A&M University. To be considered for the Regents’ Scholarship, you must be: admitted as a freshman to Texas A&M University College Station; be a first-generation college student (neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree).

Rhode Island College Miranda Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Thanks to the generosity of our community of donors, the Rhode Island College Foundation can offer an array of scholarships to help our students pay for their education. These scholarships are endowed, which means they provide a source of permanent funding for student support. We are a regional leader in performing and fine arts education.

New York University AnBryce Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $232,672
  • Scholarships and grants are types of financial aid you don’t have to pay back. NYU offers or recognizes many scholarship options, including programs for new students, current NYU undergraduates, and scholarships from outside sources. The AnBryce Scholarship is awarded to academically-motivated students who demonstrate financial need and who are the first generation in their family to attend.

University of Florida Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program boldly reimagines the first-generation student experience by providing transformative access, comprehensive scholarships, and elite support programs. The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program provides financial resources and individual support with the primary goal of graduating first generation, low-income undergraduate students. 
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No Essay Scholarships

No essay scholarships have become very popular over the years because, as the name blatantly states, you don’t have to write an essay to apply for them. As composing an essay is typically by far the most time-consuming part of applying for a scholarship and requires the most effort.

What are no essay scholarships?

A no essay scholarship is exactly what it sounds like; it is simply a scholarship that does not require the applicant to spend hours of their time composing an essay to submit along with the various other required components of the typical scholarship application.

The great thing about this is that you can literally apply to tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of no essay scholarships in a matter of minutes.

Frequently asked questions about no essay scholarships

Are no essay scholarships legitimate?

If you find them on Scholarships.com they are definitely legit. We vet all scholarships thoroughly before listing them. There is no guarantee that every no essay scholarship you find elsewhere will be legit, but you shouldn’t assume one isn’t just because it doesn’t require you to write 500-1,000 words on a particular topic.

What are the eligibility requirements for no essay scholarships?

The eligibility requirements will vary from one to the next, as is true with most scholarships. For some, you may just need to provide your name, email address, year in school and college you will be attending. For others, you may need to supply considerably more information in order to complete the required tasks.

Some no essay scholarships will require a social media component, such as sharing on Instagram and @’ing or #’ing specific accounts and phrases or creating a brief YouTube video more or less promoting the scholarship provider, helping them to go viral with a message or product. A lot of no essay scholarships are offered by for-profit organizations and will also require you to provide a photo and agree to having your likeness used in the event you are among the winners.

How do I apply for no essay scholarships?

Typically, it will be quite simple and you will be walked through the process step-by-step. Almost all will likely require your full name, date of birth, email address and then you will need to create a password. Basically, you are creating an account at the scholarship provider’s website. Most, if not all, will require you to provide your current grade level as well. Most will ask for your street address and phone number, though phone may not be a required field for all. Depending on the scholarship provider, there may be several more steps but typically the whole process will take under five minutes.

How much money can I receive from no essay scholarships?

You can win up to $50,000 or even more from a single no essay scholarship. However, the largest dollar amount scholarships will be awarded less frequently and will be extremely competitive, naturally. There are a lot more smaller ones that will be $1,000 or $2,000, but they will have fewer applicants for each one and a lot of them are awarded every month, so you can apply to them over and over throughout the year.

Can I apply for multiple no essay scholarships?

You may absolutely apply to multiple no essay scholarships and we recommend you do so. These scholarships are so easy to apply for and take up so little time, you can apply to several in a single afternoon. If you are using a browser at home that has all of your basic information saved, it is even quicker, as it will automatically populate much of the basic info, like name, address, phone, etc. You should definitely take advantage of the easy scholarships such as these whenever possible.

When is the best time to apply for no essay scholarships?

There is no time like the present! Start now and apply early and often. There is a good chance that, no matter when you are reading this, there are opportunities to get some free money for college right now, with scholarship deadlines in the near future. Even in June and July when there are a lot fewer scholarships available in general, you will find no essay scholarships to apply for.

How will I know if I have won a no essay scholarship?

You will definitely know, as the provider will likely be reaching out via email, social media, text… it all depends on which of these you supplied when applying. That said, during your scholarship search, you should keep track of the ones you apply for, the deadline of each, the dollar amount and any other details that are important to you. Check back on their website and social media accounts to see if they have announced winners, as some providers may use this method as a means of notification to the winners.

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$50,000 ScholarshipOwl No Essay Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/29/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Apply for the scholarship that gives you a shot at a total of $50,000. At least 4 Winners will be selected each month to be awarded $1,000. No essay is required. Once you apply.

Niche $2,000 No Essay Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is an easy scholarship with no essay required! The scholarship can be used to cover tuition, housing, books, or any education-related expenses. The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced in Niche’s e-newsletter and on the Scholarship Winners page. 

Scholarship Points $2,500 Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Scholarship Points awards a $2,500 scholarship every month of the year exclusively to members. There is no essay required. Simply sign up to be automatically entered into the scholarship. Scholarship Points will also be awarding three separate $1,000 Scholarships each month. That means we give out over $5,500 in scholarships every single month!
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Hispanic Scholarships

As more Hispanic students enroll in college, many are worried about the cost of attendance. Fortunately, there are hundreds of very substantial scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students. Finding these scholarships can seem difficult if you don’t know where to look. Read below to learn where to find Hispanic scholarships, how they work and how to apply.

What is a Hispanic scholarship?

Hispanic students can apply for scholarships that are targeted to the Hispanic community as well as scholarships that are geared to any underrepresented group. For example, the Jackie Robinson Foundation offers scholarships to minority students who have demonstrated financial need and will be attending a two or four-year school.

Hispanic scholarships may pay for some or all education-related expenses, and may be given for just one year or several years. Scholarship renewal often depends on the student’s Grade Point Average (GPA).

Hispanic scholarship providers may require that students have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many schools also mandate that students interested in financial aid submit the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA renders students eligible for federal and state aid, including grants and federal student loans.

How to apply for a Hispanic scholarship

There are dozens of different Hispanic scholarships available, and students should take the time to research all scholarships they may qualify for.

Students should not only look for general Hispanic scholarships, but also for niche awards that fit their distinctive interests and skills. For example, the National Hispanic Business Women Association Educational Scholarship is only given to a female Hispanic student based in California.

While some Hispanic scholarships are open to anyone with Hispanic heritage, others are only available if you are from a specific country or region. For example, the CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition is only given to students with a Cuban parent or grandparent.

Once you have a list of scholarships, try to organize them by the scholarship deadline date. Then, read through the requirements and figure out what you need in order to apply. Most scholarships will require an official transcript and letters of recommendation. Many will also ask for information about your parents’ financial situation, and may require a copy of their tax return.

Some scholarships will have an essay component. Even if you have a strong GPA and extracurricular record, essay scholarships, though they will take a bit more work on your part, may be your best chance to stand out from the other applicants. Try to have someone else read your essay before submitting it. This will help you to catch any errors you may have missed. Be sure to perform a spelling and grammar check on any documents you submit. Remember that the essay is one of the most important parts of your application, so it’s important to allow yourself as much time as possible to write and edit it before you send it in.

Frequently asked questions about Hispanic scholarships

What are the best scholarships available for Hispanic students?

There are many Hispanic scholarships that cover most or the entire cost of tuition. For example, the McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship offers up to 30 scholarships for Hispanic students, with three different award tiers. The first tier receives up to $100,000, the second tier receives $10,000 or $20,000 and the third tier receives $5,000.

Are there any scholarships specifically for Hispanic women?

There are plenty of Hispanic scholarships that are open to all genders, but there are several scholarships that are only for female Hispanic students. For example, the NYLPRW, Inc. Scholarship for Puerto Rican Women is a scholarship just for female students of Puerto Rican heritage.

The Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarships help Chicana or Latina women residing in and attending post-secondary school in Northern California. The organization will select between 40 and 45 students, each receiving $1,500.

Are there scholarships available for DACA recipients?

There are many Hispanic scholarships available to students who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

For example, TheDream.US National Scholarship is only given to immigrant students who are undocumented. Students must have come to the US both before November 1, 2017 and before the age of 16.

Can Hispanic students receive scholarships for graduate or professional school?

Many students assume that scholarships are only available for undergraduate studies, but there are several award programs available for post-graduate studies. For example, the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors is available for minority students who are receiving a Master’s degree in counseling.

The MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program provides scholarships between $2,000 and $10,000 to law students who are passionate about legal rights for Latinos.

If you’re applying to grad school, contact the financial aid department and ask them how to be considered for all potential scholarships. You may have to submit a separate application and fill out the FAFSA as well.

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STEAM Scholarship For A Bright Future

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • STEAM Scholarship For A Bright Future Scholarship supports underrepresented, underprivileged, and exceptional students pursuing a degree in sustainability and STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. For A Bright Future provides annual scholarships to underserved students with outstanding achievement and the drive to pursue higher education in select fields. 

Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship will be awarded to full-time students (women and minority students), enrolled in their second semester and at least two semester-equivalent courses) currently pursuing a graduate degree at any accredited academic institution in the United States and living in the United States in an eligible major that supports the mission of AFCEA Educational.

AICPA Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $12,000
  • The first step in becoming a CPA is to complete your higher education. Graduating from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university is strongly recommended. The AICPA is looking for scholarship applicants who are declared accounting, finance or related majors and intend to pursue the CPA license. Become an AICPA Legacy Scholar by applying for an AICPA Legacy Scholarship. 

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Latinx, Native North American and Pacific Islander students. The scholarship award recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.

Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The goal of our scholarship fund is to help eliminate one of the leading obstacles preventing single parents and minority students from attending college – the soaring cost of tuition. We believe when students have the opportunity to attend college, our society thrives. We provide talented students with the means to be able to reach a higher education.

BLM² Scholarship Foundation College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/3/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The BLM² Scholarship Foundation program is designed to address the financial needs of minority college students and award outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, four-year college or university with financial assistance. Full details and application may be found at our website and any questions regarding the scholarship or application directed.

Excelen-SIA Academic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Today, Latinos are the fastest growing group in the country; however, this group also has the country’s highest high school drop-out rate. Latinos not only have to face the normal hurdles of school education, but many face the challenges of being first-generation students, having to assist at home with financial burdens early on in life, learn a new language, or suffer a lack of educational.

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2023
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (MTES) program was created to be Florida’s Answer to Diversity in Teaching. For over 20 years, the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. has answered the call and continues to provide the great state of Florida with high quality, highly qualified minority teachers. 

William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship, applicants must: be a black or Hispanic/Latinx student; be an Indiana resident and a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen; be admitted or already attending an eligible Indiana institution as a full-time student; pursue or intend to pursue a course of study that would enable the student, upon graduation.

ILLCF Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 9/16/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation (ILLCF) was established in 2002 as a strong voice and resource for the Illinois Latino population and for those that work and live within Latino communities statewide. Through its annual statewide conference and the ILLCF Public Policy Institute, the Foundation seeks to empower Latinos to confront critical issues affecting their communities.

APSA Diversity Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 11/11/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association (APSA) is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 11,000 members in more than 100 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors.

National GEM Consortium Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2023
  • Amount: $16,000
  • The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science. 

Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., a product of the Latino Civil Rights Movement, was hired to teach civics in a Texas public school. His classroom was primarily composed of Mexican-American children, many of whom were children of migrant farm workers and spoke little English. After teaching for three days, Dr. Andrade was fired and arrested for speaking Spanish in his own classroom. 

Frank M. Snowden Jr. Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 12/20/2023
  • Amount: $4,500
  • The Society for Classical Studies (SCS), founded as the American Philological Association in 1869 by “professors, friends, and patrons of linguistic science,”, was renamed in 2014 as the result of a strategic planning process and membership vote following a successful capital campaign. It is currently the principal membership organization in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman.

California Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF)

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) shares your dream of a college education. We offer a wide range of scholarships for students working to fulfill their educational goals. HEEF welcomes students who are undocumented. The HEEF Scholarship Program considers applicants based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities.

NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors (Doctoral)

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2023
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors (Doctoral) administers up to 20 doctoral-level counseling fellowships of $20,000, plus the travel expenses to participate in program-related trainings. Eligible applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with one or more of the following: underserved minority communities, child/adolescent and geriatric groups.

NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2023
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program will administer up to 40 master’s degree-level counseling fellowships of $15,000 for addictions counseling students, plus the travel expenses to participate in other program-related trainings. 

ASA Minority Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), ASA provides a stipend of $20,000 for each annual award (August 1-July 31) and works with departments to try to arrange for the payment of tuition for the academic year. The Fellowship includes designated cohort programming at the ASA Annual Meeting, travel support for scientific conferences, and the opportunity to become part of a distinguished.

Student Excellence in Archaeology Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Student Excellence in Archaeology Scholarship (SEAS) endowment fund was established in 2010 to increase recruitment and retention of under represented minorities obtaining degrees in archaeology. Minority groups have long been under represented and marginalized in American archaeology, creating an imbalance with consequences, not only in research goals and interpretations.

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship provides funds for two years of undergraduate study majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) discipline related to NOAA’s programs and mission. The program is targeted toward students who have completed their sophomore year and are attending minority-serving institutions (MSIs). You must be a U.S. citizen.

Kevin W. Scott Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Founda­tion administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational stu­dents. Since awarding our first $500 scholarship in 1987, the Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships. 

Carrie B. Hines Endowment Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Founda­tion administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational stu­dents. Since awarding our first $500 scholarship in 1987, the Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships. 

MPower Artist Grants

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • MPower Artist Grants are competitive scholarships designed to empower alumni of the Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Virtuosi, Sphinx Performance Academy, Sphinx Medals of Excellence, Sphinx LEAD, EXIGENCE, NAAS, and SOPA to achieve their career objectives in classical music. Artist Grants will range based upon the scope, need and nature of each competitive application.

HSF Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers funding to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to high school seniors, undergraduate students, community college students transferring to four year universities, and graduate students. Applicants must be Hispanic/Latino, have a minimum 3.0 GPA (for high school students) or 2.5.

AMS Scholarship for Underserved Communities

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2024
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The AMS Scholarship for Underserved Communities will award funding to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students. Funding for the scholarships is provided through donations made to the AMS Annual Giving Program. The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is committed.

NYWICI Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) provides scholarships every year to deserving young students. Scholarships range from $2,500 to $10,000 for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students for students pursuing a career/major in the field of communications. Applicants must reside in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut.

LAGRANT Foundation Graduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $3,250
  • Each year, The LAGRANT Foundation provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate ethnic minority students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations. The scholarship recipients will receive a trip to either New York City.

LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Each year, The LAGRANT Foundation provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate ethnic minority students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations. 

CUNY Becas Mexican Studies Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $7,500
  • The Mexican Studies Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to highly motivated students. The scholarship program is intended to help current and future community leaders to advance their educational goals. Recipients will work closely with the Institute staff and community-based organizations to advance the Mexican and/or immigrant community. Criteria for selection are academic excellence.

GRCF Achille & Irene Despres, William and Andre Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Achille & Irene Despres, William & Andre Scholarship is awarded to students of Mexican heritage, who also currently reside in either Kent County, Michigan or Ottawa County, Michigan, and will be attending an accredited college or university for their upcoming undergraduate studies. Applicants must also present a financial need and a minimum 2.75 GPA.

ACS Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ACS awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields. African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander (excluding Asian) or American Indian high school seniors or college freshman, sophomores, or juniors pursuing a college degree in the chemical sciences or chemical technology are eligible to apply. 

GRCF Hackett Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Hackett Family Scholarship is offered to a senior at or has graduated from any public high school located in Grand Rapids, Godfrey Lee, Godwin Heights, Grandville, Kelloggsville, Kentwood or Wyoming, Michigan and is a full time undergraduate student attending an accredited college/university or skilled trade school of their choice. 

GRCF Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color with a permanent residence in Michigan or attending a Michigan law school. Students must demonstrate financial need, and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (GRCF).

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship is awarded to students of color (African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American, AAPI) attending a non-profit public or private college or university in Western Michigan, majoring in Fine Arts (including all visual and performing art forms). Applicants must demonstrate financial hardship.

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Through the Spectrum Scholarship Program, the American Library Association affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion by seeking the broadest participation of new generations of racially and ethnically diverse librarians to position ALA to provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services. The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships.

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Fontana Transport Inc Scholars Program is for first generation high school seniors who are underrepresented, need financial assistance and are passionate about furthering their education as a means to help out their family, community and themselves. We want to be able to find, sponsor, and guide leaders who are determined to succeed by all means possible regardless of their struggles.

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2024
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a scholarship for the undergraduate study of religion journalism or mass communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religion journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university. 

CLA Scholarship for Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2024
  • Amount: $2,500
  • To be eligible for the CLA Scholarship for Minority Students, applicants must: be US citizens (or permanent US residents) and permanent California residents; be enrolled in an ALA-accredited master’s of library and information science or information studies program and have completed one or more courses (applications from students at institutions actively seeking accreditation are also welcome).

Esperanza Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Esperanza Scholarship, applicants must be graduating from high school and be: enrolled full-time in college or university for the upcoming fall semester; a resident of Cuyahoga County (HPOA applicants may also reside in Lorain County); Hispanic or have at least one parent who is Hispanic; and an American citizen or Permanent Resident.

META Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2024
  • Amount: $6,000
  • META’s Platinum Scholarship provides students up to $6,000, payable over four years, to entering college freshman attending four-year colleges and universities or students attending community college with plans to transfer. Recipients of the Platinum Scholarship will also be provided mentorship and access to workshops. Applicants must be applying.

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2024
  • Amount: $7,500
  • If: 1) you plan to teach at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary school, or secondary school, for which the Illinois State Board of Education has determined that no less than 30 percent of the enrolled students are African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American; and 2) you are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian.

ACHE Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives established this scholarship in honor of Albert W. Dent, the first African-American Fellow of ACHE. This scholarship is offered to provide financial aid to racially/ethnically students in healthcare management graduate programs to help offset tuition costs, student loans and expenses.

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Applicants of the Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship must be a United States citizen or permanent resident who is a full-time student enrolled in his/her junior, senior year or graduate program at an accredited college/university and have a declared major in civil, chemical or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences (e.g. biology, geology, hydro-geology, ecology).

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the George A. Strait Minority Scholarship, applicants must: be enrolled in an ALA accredited library graduate school program or law school in the U.S.; be a member of a recognized minority group (as defined by current U.S. guidelines); intend to pursue a career in law librarianship; complete the Strait Scholarship/Fellowship application.

ABA Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/14/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The American Bus Association Foundation promotes academic excellence and diversity in the motorcoach travel and tour industry through its scholarship program. The ABA Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in financial support to hundreds of scholars since its inception. The ABA Foundation Scholarship Program recognizes deserving students who demonstrate scholastic ability, leadership.

Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1974 as a non-profit corporation with the merging of the Tennessee Educational Loan Corporation and the Tennessee Tuition Grant Program, the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) administers over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student.

EMPOWER Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/17/2024
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The EMPOWER Scholarship is open to culturally diverse students who have been accepted to or are enrolled in a post-high school program. Eligible applicants must: be a resident of Minnesota or Western Wisconsin or be attending school in Minnesota or Western Wisconsin; have volunteer and/or community service; demonstrate financial need; have a 2.0 GPA; and plan on pursuing a career in healthcare. 

Latino Social Work Coalition Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/28/2024
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Latino Social Work Coalition provides scholarships to Latino/x/e and bilingual students with significant economic need who are entering their 2nd or 3rd year pursuing a master’s degree in social work (this includes advanced standing, OYR, extended students). Eligible applicants must: be attending an accredited social work school or program in New York State; have a 3.0 GPA.

GMiS California Health Sciences Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) is pleased to announce the GMiS California Health Sciences Scholarships, which provide financial assistance and support for underrepresented students in California, pursuing undergraduate degrees in health-related disciplines. Interested students must complete the online application and provide appropriate supporting documentation. 

Hispanic Scholarship Consortium Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • In collaboration with member organizations, benefactors, professional groups, colleges, universities and dedicated individuals, the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium (HSC) provides sizable, renewable scholarships. The program is open to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students. Eligible applicants must be Hispanic/Latino, have a 2.5 GPA (or a 3.0 for Renewable.

Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC) realizes the substantial rewards of giving a way into educational opportunities to eager Hispanic students. PMAHCC supports scholarship funds of the Hispanic community in Pittsburgh and continues to give time and effort in the accumulation and security of their resources to benefit the continuous rise of the number.

Page Education Foundation Grants

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2024
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Page Grants are awarded to Minnesota students of color who attend Minnesota post-secondary schools and agree to complete annual service projects with young children. Students at all levels of academic achievement can qualify for a grant. The selection process highlights an applicant’s attitude toward education, willingness to provide service to children, and financial need.

AIA Chicago Foundation Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/3/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • AIA Chicago Foundation Diversity Scholarship Initiative, managed by the AIA Chicago Foundation, is an opportunity to attract and retain diverse, talented young professionals in Chicago and recognizes the value of new and unique voices in the profession. One $10,000 undergraduate scholarship is awarded each year. Applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need and fulfill diversity.

CSF Fiesta Queen Scholarship and Pageant

  • Application Deadline: 5/6/2024
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Annual Colorado State Fair Fiesta Queen Pageant selects an ambassador to represent the diverse Hispanic community and culture for the Colorado State Fair and provides scholarships to select highly qualified young women who will act as the Colorado State Fair Fiesta Queen and her Court.

    Applicants must not be married (which includes common law), divorced, and/or have had an annulment. 

Augustana University Diversity Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • A nationally recognized university located in Sioux Falls, Augustana is home to students who aspire to become the change-makers and problem-solvers of tomorrow. We believe life is about the journey — the places you see, the experiences you have, the knowledge you gain and the people you meet along the way. It’s what being a Viking is all about.

FTE Fellowships for Latino/a, Asian and First Nations Doctoral Students

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • FTE offers fellowships to sustain current Ph.D. and Th.D. students of color through graduate school and into a vocation of teaching and scholarship. In doing so, FTE is working toward improving the quality of theological education and scholarship by diversifying the faculties of theological schools. 

Davila/Trevino Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The vision of Great Minds in STEM is to be a national leader in keeping America technologically strong by promoting science, technology, engineering and math careers especially in underserved communities. Part of their mission is: to enlighten and engage families, educators, communities and employers to assist underserved students pursuing STEM careers.

Study Abroad Scholarship in BiH for American Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) has designated Bosnia and Herzegovina as a study abroad destination under its TCA Study Abroad Scholarship Program for American Minority Students. TCA provides 100 scholarships per year to eligible American undergraduate and graduate students of African American, Hispanic American, and Native American descent who are accepted to study for a semester.

NACME Scholars (Block Grant) Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $16,000
  • NACME is the largest provider of college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees at schools of engineering. NACME Scholarships make a significant impact on the lives of deserving students who ultimately become valued participants in the engineering and computer science workforce. NACME is responsible for over $5 million in scholarships awarded annually to the underrepresented.

Richard B. Fisher Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • At Morgan Stanley, we strive to build an organization that is diverse in experience and background but consistent in reflecting our standards of integrity and excellence. One way we demonstrate this commitment is through the Morgan Stanley Richard B. Fisher (RBF) Scholarship Program, which is an integral part of our diversity recruiting efforts for college sophomores and juniors.

United Methodist GBHEM Racial-Ethnic Specific Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The GBHEM scholarship application opens in January of each year. You can only submit one application per year where it will be screened for all possible eligible programs. You may indicate on the first page of the scholarship application which of the below listed programs you would most like to be considered for. Scholarship programs are divided into three categories: General Scholarships.
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Scholarships for Women

Female students make up the majority of college coeds, but many still struggle to afford tuition. That’s where scholarships created just for women can be helpful. These scholarships can help female students finance a college education so they don’t have to rely on student loans.

What are scholarships for women?

Scholarships for women are scholarships for which women may apply and can be used for tuition, room and board, textbooks, transportation and other related expenses. Some scholarships may only be given for one year, while others can be renewed for several years.

Scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate school. Some scholarships may also be available for community college or vocational school and still others may be used toward certificate programs or programs such as coding bootcamps.

Many scholarships that are exclusively available to women are for students in a particular field, often one that has been historically male-dominated. For example, the W.I.S.E (Washington Women in STEM Excel) Scholarship is available to a woman from Washington who is interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).

There may also be scholarships only for women from particular racial or ethnic minority groups. For example, the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship is given to a female student who is also part of a marginalized racial or ethnic group.

Other awards may focus on women in difficult circumstances, like single mothers or women who are the first in their family to attend college. For example, the Elevate-A-Life Scholarship offers $20,000 per year for college tuition & childcare expenses. The scholarship is for 4 years or when you achieve your degree, whichever happens, sooner.

The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) supports women who have survived domestic abuse and who are attending community college, vocational school or undergraduate school.

Female athletes may also find special scholarships that celebrate their physical accomplishments. For example, the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation Scholarship is given to a female golfer who lives in New York City or on Long Island.

How to apply for scholarships for women

If you’re looking for scholarships for women, make sure to widen your search as much as possible. Use directories like Scholarships.com to find potential awards. You can also ask your high school guidance counselor for advice, particularly for local awards.

There are many general scholarships available for female students, but you should focus on finding awards that match your unique interests, talents and skills.

The key to winning any kind of scholarship is to find an award that you’re a good fit for and follow all the requirements. Make sure to read through the eligibility rules and materials at least a couple of times to ensure you understand everything. If you’re confused at any point, email the scholarship program coordinator.

Students often miss out on scholarship opportunities because they don’t take enough time to complete the essay, ultimately turning in a sub-standard application. The essay is your one chance to show how special you are – so don’t pass it up.

Even if you hate writing, make sure to allocate plenty of time to the essay portion of an application. Have someone you trust, like your English teacher, help to brainstorm your answer and outline a draft. Then, ask them to read through your first version before submitting it.

Frequently asked questions about scholarships for women

What are the best scholarships for women?

There are a number of scholarships for women that will cover a large percentage of the cost of attendance. For example, the Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship offers a full-tuition scholarship for up to four years of undergraduate study. To enter, female students must record a video showing why they’re interested in STEM.

Do I need to fill out the FAFSA to qualify for scholarships for women?

Private scholarships given by for-profit or non-profit organizations may not require that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify. However, individual schools almost always require that students submit the FAFSA before they can be considered for internal scholarships and grants.

Even if you’re not required to complete the FAFSA for a private scholarship, you should still submit it to qualify for other types of financial aid.

What majors provide the most scholarship opportunities for women?

While there are many different kinds of scholarships for women, the most common tend to be for female students majoring in STEM, business or education. For example, the ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship is available for both undergraduate and graduate female students who are interested in cybersecurity.

If you have a major outside of those areas, you should not give up on your search, just be aware that it may be a bit more difficult to find applicable scholarships.

Who are the largest scholarship providers for women?

The organizations that offer the largest scholarships exclusively for women include the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Miss America Teen Scholarships and the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP). It’s worth noting that scholarship availability and award amounts can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to check each organization’s website for the most up-to-date information.

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Irene Adler Prize

  • Application Deadline: 5/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Irene Adler Prize is open to women pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution. In addition to the $1,000 US prize, up to two $250 honorable mentions will be awarded. Entry is free for applicants worldwide. (This marks a change from 2017 to 2022, when the prize was available exclusively to U.S. 

Girls for Gaming Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Girls for Gaming Scholarship is available for women students and early professionals (recent graduates within their first two years in the industry) pursuing a tech career in game development. Eligible applicants must: have at least a GPA of a 3.3; be at least 21 years old; and be a full-time undergraduate student or a graduate student attending an accredited college or university.

ConnectHER Film Festival

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The ConnectHER Film Festival is an international youth competition that welcomes short films about issues that impact women and girls. Before making a film for submission, please read all of the following entry requirements and FAQs. Films must focus on one of our topic areas listed on our website. Categories include global girls’ education, women and work, ending violence against women.

M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship is offered to female students to enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers. The fellowship consists of a one-year award of up to $45,000. Allowed expenses include dependent care (limited to 50% of the award), salary, travel, equipment, and tuition and fees. Overhead charges by the institution are not allowed. 

Zonta Milwaukee Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects.

Katie Cannon Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Katie Cannon Scholarship honors the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a pioneer and legend in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This scholarship supports Presbyterian women of color, clergywomen, college women and other women with opportunities for leadership and spiritual development as well as mission opportunities in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 

Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/5/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation Scholarships are awarded to female with North American citizenship and a passion for a career or advancement in the automotive, mobility and its related industries. To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants should be already accepted to or enrolled in an accredited collegiate program, with a 3.0 or higher GPA and a citizen within North America. 

Women in Aerospace Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/13/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The WIA Foundation is pleased to provide scholarships to women interested in a career in the aerospace field to pursue higher education degrees in engineering, math or science. Five merit-based awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 will be given to rising juniors and seniors in college, to be applied to the coming academic year.

The Woman’s Century Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Woman’s Century Club is a social club focused on women’s history, the arts, education, and community service. Our club provides a place of connection and inspiration for women of all generations and walks of life. We seek to honor the history and traditions of the past while investing in the young women of the future. 

Santa Rosa Ninety-Nines Aviation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2023
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Each year, the Santa Rosa chapter of the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots awards a scholarship to a local woman pilot. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide funds to be used for a specific rating or certificate in flight training and/or continuing education to further the recipient’s pursuit of a career in aviation. Eligible applicants must be at least 17 years old.

AAUW Lew Williams Scholarship and Leila Sulkes Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Freehold Branch of AAUW will award two $2,000 scholarships – the Lew Williams Scholarship and the Leila Sulkes Scholarship – for the upcoming academic year. In order to apply, you must be a female at least 25 years of age; reside in one of the following communities: Colts Neck, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell, Manalapan, Marlboro, Morganville.

Zonta Club Young Women in Public Affairs Award

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2023
  • Amount: $40,000
  • The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta International offers 37 international awards of US$5,000. Each district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship. The five largest districts may submit a second applicant for a total of two applicants.

    The application process must start with a Zonta club.

NFWL Essay Student Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • NFWL has a long-standing tradition of supporting young women. Over the years, the scholarship has brought together some of the nation’s leading young scholars for a week of mentorship, learning, and growth. Scholarship winners have gone on to attend top universities, found non-profit organizations, and pursue their dream careers. During NFWL’s Annual Conference.

CWGCS Fellowship on Women & Public Policy

  • Application Deadline: 8/15/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Are you a graduate student or mid-career professional seeking to develop and strengthen your leadership skills and broaden your public policy knowledge? Are you committed to positive social change and to advancing the well-being of all New Yorkers? If so, the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society invites you to apply to its Fellowship on Women & Public Policy program. Since 1983.

Betty Hansen Continuing Education/Cultural-Heritage Grant

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Danish Sisterhood of America is very proud of its Scholarship and Grants Programs, which are available to members of the Danish Sisterhood and their children, regardless of age. Our scholarships and grants are made possible through generous endowments and memorial funds and are being supplemented by donations from individual members, lodges, and districts of the National Sisterhood.

Women Empowering Women Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/3/2023
  • Amount: $500
  • The Dearborn Community Foundation, Inc., (DCF) is a community foundation, tax-exempt public charity that enables individuals, families, businesses and organizations to fulfill their charitable wishes. DCF builds and safeguards endowments for the community through contributions large and small. The endowment contributions are permanently invested to produce earnings so that these charitable funds.

WTS Minnesota Dan Meyers High School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/23/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • To fulfill its mission of advancing both the transportation industry and the professional women who lead it, WTS International gives members the necessary tools for success. WTS attracts, sustains, connects, and advances women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry. The vision for WTS is equity and access for women in transportation. To achieve our shared vision of One WTS.

Mildred C. Hanson SIOR Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/31/2023
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Established in 2008, the Mildred C. Hanson, SIOR Memorial Fund has generously instituted an educational scholarship program intended to encourage and assist qualified female students in obtaining an education that will lead them into productive careers in the commercial real estate industry. The Mildred C. (Millie) Hanson, SIOR Memorial Fund.

AAUW International Project Grants

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2023
  • Amount: $7,000
  • We’ve led the fight for fair pay and economic opportunity for women — and the battle continues: Women still get just 83 cents for every dollar paid to a man, and men continue to dominate the top roles and highest-paying professions. AAUW has awarded over $135 million in fellowships and grants to more than 13,000 scholars and organizations in 50 states, Washington, D.C.

AAUW Educational Foundation International Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2023
  • Amount: $50,000
  • International Fellowships have been in existence since 1917. The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by the application.

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/21/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • WTS attracts, sustains, connects, and advances women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry. Our success hinges on conducting ourselves in accordance with a set of core values- our operating principles- in everything we do. Together. The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate and graduate programs.

WTS Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates

  • Application Deadline: 11/21/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • WTS attracts, sustains, connects, and advances women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry. Our success hinges on conducting ourselves in accordance with a set of core values- our operating principles- in everything we do. Together. The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate and graduate programs.

USBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2023
  • Amount: $6,000
  • USBC is the National Governing Body for bowling and a membership organization that provides standardized rules, regulations and benefits. One of the great benefits of USBC Youth membership is the chance to earn college scholarships so you can pursue your dreams. More than $6 million in annual scholarships are awarded to youth bowlers each season based on academics.

Arizona BPW Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Arizona Business and Professional Women’s Foundation was founded in 1989, by the Arizona BPW Federation to support the financial needs of women seeking educational opportunities to improve their job opportunities. The first Foundation Scholarship was established in 1990 in honor of past National President, Dr. Dorine Chancellor. 

Civil Air Patrol William E. Hanna Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation’s civilian aviation resources for national defense service.

ARRL Helen Laughlin AM Mode Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/4/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Helen Laughlin AM Mode Memorial Scholarship is an award with preference given to residents of Texas. If no qualified applicant is identified, preference will be given to residents of Arkansas. If no qualified applicant is identified, preference will be given to residents of the ARRL West Gulf (Texas, Oklahoma) or Delta (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee) Divisions.

Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program at UMBC

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2024
  • Amount: $88,000
  • The Center for Women in Technology (CWIT, pronounced “see-wit”) is dedicated to increasing the representation of women in creating technology and in engineering and information technology fields. A successful program for female-friendly engineering and information technology education at UMBC will help make UMBC a destination for women (and their allies) interested in technical careers.

Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 1/18/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The YWCA is on a mission. The mission of the YWCA is to empower women and eliminate racism. YWCA Greater Cincinnati reaches thousands of women, men and their families annually through critically needed programs that include two domestic violence shelters and transitional housing; prevention and intervention services; racial justice initiatives; the Career Women of Achievement Event.

Professional BusinessWomen of California Scholarship for Young Women

  • Application Deadline: 1/27/2024
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) is helping the female leaders of tomorrow begin their studies and careers with a community of support. Each year, PBWC is proud to honor female, California high school seniors with academic scholarships. Since 2003, PBWC has awarded nearly half a million dollars in scholarships to deserving young women. 

Society of Women Engineers – Lehigh Valley Section

  • Application Deadline: 1/29/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since 2001 a major focus of SWE-LV has been to distribute scholarships for high school senior women who intend to major in engineering at their respective college or university. Scholarship funds are provided by area businesses and all of the work for administration of the program is provided by SWE volunteers. Applicants must must be females graduating from high school who reside in areas.

Ellen M. Cherry-Delawder Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Welcome to Financial Aid services for Howard Community College. We pride ourselves in providing tremendous value for your education investment, and we do everything we can to help you find ways to ensure that a college education is within reach. Helping you achieve your goals starts with helping you identify ways to pay for college. 

Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • he Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship is awarded to two students of high scholastic standing and character who have been accepted into or are pursuing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor (no pre-med, veterinarian or physician assistant) at an approved, accredited medical school. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25.

Leslie Andree Hanna Medical Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • A one-time preferred amount of $5,000 to a deserving female student who is a US citizen attending medical school. The selection process is based on academic merit with a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent GPA on the scale used by the applicable educational institution. The recipient may reapply for the scholarship each year, but is not guaranteed the award.

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor two undergraduate research internship programs: the APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women, and the APS/IBM Research Internships for Underrepresented Minority Students. The goal of these internships is to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. 

Kappa Kappa Gamma Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: $3,000
  • To help our members in their academic pursuits, the Kappa Foundation grants scholarships to hundreds of undergraduates and graduates every year. As our members strive to make a meaningful change in the world around them, we empower them to reach their full potential. It’s why our scholarships are built on a simple premise: encourage our sisters to reach their educational goals.

Beatrice F. Kroesche Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The Beatrice F. Kroesche Memorial Scholarship is awarded to single parents who are enrolled in either the College of Education or the Department of English at the University of Utah. The selected student shall be in good standing within their area of study, carry a minimum of 12 hours of study and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. The scholarship may be awarded to an incoming freshman.

Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship for Women

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • If you are a high-achieving young woman looking for a living and learning community where you can develop your full potential, The Sunflower Initiative can help you make a choice that’s right for you. Our renewable annual scholarship can be applied at a women’s college that you choose to attend. In addition to our financial support, you will join a network of accomplished women who are passionate.

Amber Huber Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • CFNIL’s scholarship funds were created by donors that recognize the importance of helping students achieve their educational goals, now and in perpetuity. The funds’ creators selected the criteria based on their interests and the community’s need. Many of CFNIL’s scholarships are memorials, which celebrate the life and passions of individuals.

Carolyn Wones Recruitment Grant

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • CFNIL’s scholarship funds were created by donors that recognize the importance of helping students achieve their educational goals, now and in perpetuity. The funds’ creators selected the criteria based on their interests and the community’s need. Many of CFNIL’s scholarships are memorials, which celebrate the life and passions of individuals. 

Deborah Jean Rydberg Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Deborah Jean Rydberg Memorial Scholarship provides educational resources for Guilford High School students to pursue their dreams through higher education. Deborah Jean Rydberg was a coach, friend and mentor to the girls she coached in softball, basketball and volleyball at Guilford High School. Deb knew from an early age that she wanted to get a teaching degree.

Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant was established to provide educational resources to female graduating seniors who are planning to enter the teaching profession. Applicant must be a female graduating senior from Boone or Winnebago County who is planning to enter the teaching profession. Applicants must also write an essay about their interest in becoming a teacher. 

Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • CFNIL’s scholarship funds were created by donors that recognize the importance of helping students achieve their educational goals, now and in perpetuity. The funds’ creators selected the criteria based on their interests and the community’s need. Many of CFNIL’s scholarships are memorials, which celebrate the life and passions of individuals.

Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Founda­tion administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational stu­dents. Since awarding our first $500 scholarship in 1987, the Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships.

Judith Heavenrich Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Founda­tion administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational stu­dents. Since awarding our first $500 scholarship in 1987, the Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships. 

Women Giving to Women Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Founda­tion administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational stu­dents. Since awarding our first $500 scholarship in 1987, the Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships.

Dr Barbara Odom-Wesley Spirit of Achievement Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2024
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Each year, the Arlington Foundation for Excellence in Education awards a variety of scholarships to high school and college/career students. Eligibility requirements are listed on each scholarship application. To be considered for a scholarship, the application and all supporting materials must be submitted by the stated deadline. 

Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2024
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Daughters of the Cincinnati have contributed generously to the scholarship fund for over a century. Applicants must be daughters of career commissioned officers in the United States military. If eligible, applicants apply during their senior year in high school. The application process includes an essay, secondary school report, a letter of recommendation from a member of the applicant’s.

NDSGC Lillian Goettler Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2024
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The NDSGC has established the prestigious Lillian Goettler Space Grant Award for a female student at North Dakota State University. Applicants must be majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field, provide transcripts that demonstrate a 3.5 GPA, and be US citizens. Applicants will ideally be involved in a research project of NASA relevance.

NDSGC Pearl I. Young Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2024
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The NDSGC has established the prestigious Pearl I. Young Space Grant Award for a student at the University of North Dakota. Applicants will ideally be involved in a research project of NASA relevance. Eligible applicants must have a female gender identity or outside the gender binary, be majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field, provide transcripts.

Pepperdine University Helen Young Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Helen Young Scholarships are provided to Pepperdine students in the amount of $5,000 each year. Initial scholarship awards are only given to incoming freshmen and transfer students. A renewal application must be submitted annually by students receiving the scholarship to be considered for funding each year. Only a handful are awarded each year to the most committed and active Church of Christ.

Jeannette Rankin National Scholar Grant

  • Application Deadline: 2/17/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Our vision is to inspire a better world by empowering women through education. Receiving a Scholar Grant is much more than a financial reward. Grant recipients enter a Sisterhood of JRF Scholars, where they have access to coaching, case management and the support of alumnae and others who are actively transforming their futures. 

Alumnae Panhellenic Association of Washington, DC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/22/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Take a moment to think about the impact your collegiate experience has had on your life. If you are like most alumnae, being in Greek Life has made a lasting impression and created a lifelong network of friends and sisterhood. Now, you have a chance to help others do the same. Each year, the Washington, DC Alumnae Panhellenic Association presents a scholarship to young women who have demonstrated.

Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/23/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The American Statistical Association (ASA) is the world’s largest community of statisticians, the “Big Tent for Statistics.” It is the second-oldest, continuously operating professional association in the country. Since it was founded in Boston in 1839, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through the following: meetings.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company Women’s Network ERG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Employee Resource Groups not only help bring our employees together, but provide an essential bridge of communication to our customers, regardless of culture, age, gender or other defining elements. As part of the support these groups provide to the communities we serve, ERGs offer scholarship opportunities for those pursuing higher education.

Red Thread Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • We are a group of women from diverse corners of the world, ranging from Europe to Africa, from Asia to Latin America. We represent former international students, immigrants, and first generation Americans who have benefitted tremendously from the academic and professional support we have received. Now, we are eager to extend mentorship and scholarship support to women who draw strength.

SVCF Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship was created to enable women to pursue courses of study that they would otherwise be unable to follow due to limited financial means. The selection committee looks for academic promise, women who have demonstrated a commitment to completing a degree or certificate program or to increasing their work skills, and personal characteristics such as honesty.

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $40,000
  • Elms College is a modern part of a living tradition established over 300 years ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph — a bold group of devout, progressive changemakers. We are dedicated to providing a rigorous education animated by a community where all are welcome. Elms is a private college that strives to be accessible to all. We believe education is not an end in itself.

GRCF U-M Alumnae Club (University of Michigan) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Applicants for the U-M Alumnae Club (University of Michigan) Scholarship must be a female undergraduate or graduate level student entering the 2nd year or above at the University of Michigan, with a permanent residency (3 year minimum) in Kent or adjoining counties of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, or Ottawa. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
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Scholarships for Young Students

Scholarships.com offers students the ability to quickly and efficiently search for scholarships based on their individual characteristics; talents they may have, desired major(s), sports, etc. However, these tend to be limited to students with some high school experience – those who have a substantial history academically and otherwise for easier selection and matching. What about those ambitious middle school students and elementary school children who have already begun to seriously think about their post-secondary education and beyond? Don’t worry, we’ve got some free information and links for those students, too!

Scholarships for Children Under 13

Action for Nature Eco-Hero Awards
Action For Nature (AFN), a non-profit organization, has created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16. AFN encourages young people around the world to carry out individual environmental action projects. We believe that young people can have a positive impact on the environment and are vital in changing the way we live on our planet.

The Angela Award
This award honors one female student in grades 5–8, who is involved in or has a strong connection to science. The award has been established in honor of Gerry Wheeler, Executive Director Emeritus, and his outstanding dedication to NSTA and lifelong commitment to science education. Eligibility: Any female student in grades 5–8 who is a resident of the United States, US Territories, or Canada, and is enrolled in full time public, private, or home school. NSTA employees, NSTA Board and Council members, award judges, and their immediate families are NOT eligible to apply.
Award: $1,000 US EE Savings Bond or Canadian Savings Bond purchased for the equivalent issue price. The awardee will be honored at the Teacher Awards Banquet at NSTA’s National Conference.

Christopher Columbus Awards
The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for middle school students. The program challenges the students to work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem.
Eight finalist teams and their coaches will participate in the National Championship Event and compete for valuable scholarships and the Columbus Foundation Community Grant, plus a $200 development grant to further refine their idea.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates outstanding young leaders. Each year the Barron Prize honors 25 inspiring young people who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. These young people reflect great diversity: They are female and male, urban and rural, and from many races and backgrounds. The Prize was founded by author T. A. Barron in 2000 in honor of his mother.

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Essay Scholarships

Perhaps you are a brilliant writer, or maybe you’re just going for the most efficient way to rack up the college scholarship money. Either way, you’ve decided that the key to funding your education lies in winning scholarship essay contests. Essay scholarships are awarded in numerous fields to students of varied backgrounds. Some essay scholarships have requirements in addition to the essay, such as GPA or financial need, whereas others are judged solely on the merit of the writing submitted. No matter what the criteria are, essay scholarships are a great way to use those writing skills you’ve been practicing to help pay for school.

The scholarship application process for essay scholarships is much the same as for other scholarship opportunities—you need to fill out the scholarship application, gather all your materials, double-check that you’ve met all requirements, and then submit your completed application packet before the deadline. With essay scholarships, especially, you should start this process early and leave yourself plenty of time to formulate an effective strategy and write a brilliant entry. Make sure you closely follow instructions and go through the entire writing process, from brainstorming to outlining to editing. If you really want to win essay scholarships, you can’t just throw your response together in 30 minutes and send it on its way. While this strategy may have worked for you in English class, chances are $5,000 wasn’t riding on whether you got an A on any of your papers. Take your time writing and revising. If you plan far enough ahead, you’ll be able to get plenty of feedback from your family, friends, and teachers, as well. The more people who see your essay, the better it will be. Outside help goes beyond proofreading. If possible, ask for advice on the content of your essay, as well as the style and the flow. All of these are important factors in writing effective scholarship essays.

ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/26/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The American Coal Ash Association Educational Foundation (ACAAEF) is accepting applications for scholarships from students with an interest in the beneficial use of coal combustion products (CCP). Both graduate and undergraduate students are invited to apply. The awards will be based on essays, coursework, academic credentials, and recommendations. Essays may discuss a wide variety of topics.

Irene Adler Prize

  • Application Deadline: 5/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Irene Adler Prize is open to women pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution. In addition to the $1,000 US prize, up to two $250 honorable mentions will be awarded. Entry is free for applicants worldwide. (This marks a change from 2017 to 2022, when the prize was available exclusively to U.S. 

Hope Through Learning Award

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Hope Through Learning Award is a $2,500 scholarship available to youth age 24 and under residing in Allegheny County who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness during their school attendance years, and who are going on to a higher education or career training program for the first time. Homelessness is defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.

Fourth Circuit High School Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for its essay contest. The contest is open to all students currently in grades 9 through 12 from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Students are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question: “In light of Meyer and later cases, may a state, consistent with the protections.

LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship was created to provide financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college students pursuing a major in fashion and/or graphic design. To be eligible, applicants must: be of at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity; be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S.; have a 3.0 GPA; have demonstrated leadership abilities.

Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund offers scholarships to students who have lost a parent to alcohol, drug or prescription drug abuse. To be eligible, applicants must: be a legal US citizen and enrolled in a college or university located in the US; have a 3.0 GPA; show proof of part-time or full-time enrollment.

Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • For more than 20 years, Pfizer has provided educational support to students living with hemophilia. Named in honor of a pioneer in the field of hemophilia research, the Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship Program is designed to inspire students living with hemophilia to achieve their educational goals.

    To be eligible, you must: Have been diagnosed with hemophilia.
  • Freedom From Religion Foundation Essay Contests
  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Michael Hakeem Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking College Students is open to all atheist and agnostic ongoing undergraduate college students up to age 24 already attending a North American college or university. You remain eligible to enter this contest if you will graduate from college by spring or summer of the current year. Write an essay about the divisiveness of religion.

Cornelius Vander Broek Essay Contest for Graduate/”Older” Students

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The Cornelius Vander Broek Essay Contest for Graduate/”Older” Students is open to any graduate students through age 30, or to undergraduate students ages 25-30 who attend a North American college or university. You remain eligible to enter this contest if you will graduate by spring or summer of the current year. Winners may be asked to send verification of student enrollment. 
  • William J. Schulz Memorial Essay Contest for College-Bound High School Seniors
  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The William J. Schulz Memorial Essay Contest for College-Bound High School Seniors is open to seniors who will be attending a North American college or university in the fall. Winners will be announced in July. Applicants must write a personal statement about why you trust science over faith, and why you think society should do the same.

FFRF David Hudak Memorial Essay Contest For Freethinking Black Indigenous and Students Of Color

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The FFRF David Hudak Memorial Essay Contest For Freethinking Black Indigenous and Students Of Color is open only to Black, Indigenous and Students of Color ages 17-21, who are either high school seniors graduating in spring who will be attending a North American college or university in the fall, or who are currently enrolled in a North American college or university. 

Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • All students currently enrolled in the 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial high school or a home study program and who plan to further their education at a college, university, or vocational school are eligible for the Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) Scholarship. 

Actuary of Tomorrow – Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Applicants of the Actuary of Tomorrow – Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship must be full-time students at a U.S accredited educational institution, entering as a sophomore, junior or senior, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and must have successfully completed two actuarial exams.

Helen Gee Chin Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • To be eligible for the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship, applicants must: be a United States citizen or permanent resident; have a “B” average grade or better; plan to enroll full-time as an undergraduate at an accredited United States four-year college or university for the entire academic year.

Samuel Robinson Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/19/2023
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The Samuel Robinson Award seeks to stimulate interest in the Westminster Shorter Catechism by challenging Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members who are going to be juniors or seniors in college and attending a Presbyterian-related college or university to memorize and recite the catechism from memory. 

Angels Wings Thai Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/23/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The initiative behind the Angels Wings Thai Scholarship, United States is to recognize and honor Thai-American students who have demonstrated academic excellence, concern for their Thai community, connection with their heritage, and desire to continue their education. The required factors may be demonstrated through participation in community and high school/college activities.

DFLA Education Fund Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • In order to apply for the DFLA Education Fund Scholarship Essay Contest, applicants must submit a 500-word to 800-word essay based on the year’s prompt. Each essay is scored based on originality, creativity, the strength of argument, acknowledgment of alternative perspectives, and proper use of grammar and spelling. Party affiliation, gender, and personal politics are immaterial. 

John Sexton Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The John Sexton Scholars Program invites high school students (grades 9-12) across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to participate in the John Sexton Essay Contest. The competition challenges students to write an original and creative research essay for the following prompt: Currently, there are over 80 million displaced people in the world. 

Kelly Somey Digital Marketing Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Are you a high school senior interested in a marketing career? As part of our commitment to supporting the next generation of marketing creatives, we’re once again offering college-bound students a chance to receive our annual Kelly Somey Digital Marketing Scholarship. This student must be interested in pursuing a digital marketing career and must be passionate about creative work.

SW Neighborhood Assembly’s Education & Scholarship Task Force

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The SW Neighborhood Assembly’s Education & Scholarship Task Force is available to residents residing in the Zip Code 20024 who wish to pursue or continue pursuing course of study at an accredited undergraduate college, university or technical institution. Scholarships are available for multiple years.

Baron & Budd Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 7/12/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • To be eligible for the Baron & Budd Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarships, applicants must: be accepted to a US-based four-year university or college for any field of study (scholarship funds will be dispersed directly to their school); provide two letters of recommendation that both specifically name the Baron & Budd Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship.

Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Dedicated to continuing the legacy of AIDS educator and activist Pedro Zamora, the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship seeks to support the academic efforts of young activists working in their communities today. The scholarship is open to all current high school seniors and first-year college students.

Chaffin Luhana Foundation Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • One of the Chaffin Luhana Foundation’s missions is to drive down the staggering number of distracted driving accidents in the United States. The Foundation will be awarding a scholarship to a student who helps us in this fight by submitting an inspiring personal essay. To be eligible for this contest, applicants must: be currently registered at an accredited high school, college, or university.
  • Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest
  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest is held annually, with a new Abraham Lincoln related prompt each year. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students in an American college or university during the spring semester proceeding the deadline for the year the award is offered. Entries must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words. You do not have to be an American citizen.

CDPAP Department of Edison HHC Educational Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The CDPAP Department of Edison Home Health Care offers one $1,000 educational scholarship annually. To apply, please submit a 500 – 1,000 word essay outlining what you would do to improve healthcare. Topics of discussion can be broad and span areas such as systematic issues (e.g. insurance structures), treatment methodologies, patient psychological well-being, or even specialty specific areas. 

Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund fund is intended to provide financial assistance for intermediate, novice and junior-level athletes who demonstrate financial need. Applicants can be singles, pairs or ice dancing competitor at the intermediate through junior levels and must be a current member of U.S. Figure Skating. 

Stephen Rice Memorial Fund Scholarship for GLBT Media

  • Application Deadline: 9/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The purpose of the Stephen Rice Memorial Fund is to provide an annual scholarship to a young Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bi, and/or Queer student pursuing a degree in Radio/Television/Film or Journalism. Our fundraising goal is between $50,000 and $75,000, which will enable the fund to be primarily self-­sustaining and provide an annual scholarship of $2,500. 

Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes Johnson-O’Malley Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 9/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Today, the Chickasaw Nation is economically strong, culturally vibrant and full of energetic people dedicated to the preservation of family, community and heritage. Since the 1980’s, tribal government has focused on building an economically diverse base to generate funds that will support programs and services to Indian people. 

Medicalfieldcareers.com Healthcare Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Paying for school is a challenge for the majority of today’s college students. As education costs continue to climb, so too does the competition for the limited financial aid available. According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the number of students applying for federal financial assistance increased by a staggering 29% between the 2006 and 2016.

Association for Iron & Steel Technology Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 10/3/2023
  • Amount: $12,000
  • The top-scoring applicant of all received will be awarded the Premier Scholarship, a one-year scholarship of $12,000 with a paid summer internship (summer preceding the scholarship). Applicant must commit to a paid summer internship at a North American steel-related company and must be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico, and may need to relocate for the internship period. 

WSU Hungarian Ancestry Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/7/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Wright State University is a national public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 11,000 students. Named for the Wright brothers, Wright State University offers an exceptional, affordable education. One of the things that matters most to us at Wright State University is keeping a quality education affordable for you and your family. 

John Pirelli Lodge Italian American Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/14/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Wright State University is a national public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 11,000 students. Named for the Wright brothers, Wright State University offers an exceptional, affordable education. One of the things that matters most to us at Wright State University is keeping a quality education affordable for you and your family. 

Keep Your Chin Up Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 10/15/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Created in honor of George Keown (GK), GK Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping Arizona residents, age 25 and older, better their lives through education. George was the epitome of perseverance and determination, and it is our mission to honor him in a way that represents those attributes. 

University of Maryland President’s Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2023
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Merit scholarships provide financial awards to some of the University of Maryland’s most academically talented incoming students. These competitive awards are based on past academic performance and potential to excel at the university, not financial need. Students who submit their admission application and all required materials by the November 1 early action deadline are automatically reviewed.

Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • As the pre-eminent global organization for Destination Management Companies (DMCs) ADMEI’s mission is to: define the DMC industry; uphold the highest level of professionalism; establish standard business and ethical practices; and promote the value of local Destination Management through member and industry education. Today, ADMEI is recognized as the global voice of the Destination Management.

Pennsylvania Spartan Grant

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2023
  • Amount: $40,000
  • MSU will review your GPA (weighted if available) for ninth through 11th grades. Should you choose to submit a test score, only your best ACT or SAT test score will be used. MSU does not superscore tests. Students who choose to apply without a test score will be eligible for scholarships based on high school performance and a holistic review of their application material.

Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The $10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. Since the program’s inception in 1938.

U.S. Naval Institute Information Warfare Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Nation’s adversaries and competitors are proving to be formidable in the digital battlespace—using online platforms, social media, malicious code, disinformation, and cyberattacks to undermine elections, steal intellectual property, spy on governments, sow discord, and weaken alliances. Participants can choose to answer one of the following questions or write on another information warfare.

Hannah Ostrea Memorial College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Hannah Ostrea Memorial College Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Little Miss Hannah Ostrea, who lost her battle with an ultra-rare genetic disorder, Gaucher Disease type 2/3, at the age of 3. She lived for only three short years, yet her beautiful smile, intoxicating charm, and her courageous fighting spirit forever captured the hearts of everyone who had the
    opportunity to get.

FRA Americanism Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • FRA is first and foremost a community of the Sea Services; U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel. Enlisted service in any of these branches—past or present, for a short time or for the long haul—is your passport to membership in an association that works hard for you and your family on Capitol Hill and in your local community. 

NJCPA High School Senior Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/11/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The NJCPA Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 scholarships to college-bound New Jersey high school seniors intending to major in accounting or obtain a concentration in accounting which includes not less than 24 accounting credits. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, essay and personal interview. 

Dakota Corps Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Dakota Corps Scholarship, applicants must: graduate from an accredited South Dakota high school with a 2.8 GPA (home-schooled students will be allowed to provide supplemental information if this requirement is not applicable); have an ACT score of 27; agree to stay in South Dakota and work in a critical need occupation after graduation for as many years as the scholarship.

First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Each year, ADL Midwest invites 6th-12th grade students in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to participate in the First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest. Using a personal example or experience, describe or portray how one of the five freedoms in the First Amendment affects your daily life. Please clearly label your entry with name, school, and city.

Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged tens of thousands of young volunteers (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999. This program has received multiple awards from the City of Albuquerque, a “Best Community Impact” award from Eastern Kentucky University.

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is “What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?” Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category.

The Elie Wiesel Prize In Ethics Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Elie Wiesel Foundation keeps the memory of Elie Wiesel alive through funding programs which reflect his most closely held values. We seek to make his teachings widely available through partnerships and technology. For over 30 years, the Foundation’s mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, has been to combat indifference.

Corporate Relocation Council Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/1/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • CRC is sponsoring a scholarship program for current high school seniors who relocated into the Chicagoland area at some point between grades 9-12. CRC will select scholarship winners based on the strength of their total application package. The student will be evaluated on academic performance, extra-curricular activities.

AWSC Graduating High School Senior Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/5/2024
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs is dedicated to the preservation of snowmobiling throughout the state by monitoring regulations and proposed legislation that could affect our sport. The AWSC is the legislative voice for Wisconsin’s snowmobilers and snowmobile clubs. 

NJCPA College Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/6/2024
  • Amount: $6,500
  • The NJCPA Scholarship Fund provides one-year college scholarships to accounting students at New Jersey colleges who are currently in their second year (community college), sophomore or junior year or in their senior year and entering an accounting-related graduate program in New Jersey. The scholarship award amount for sophomores is $2,000 and the scholarship award amount for the junior.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The Kennedy Library Foundation is not a grant-making foundation. Through its Board of Directors, its committees and staff, the Foundation assists the Library in the planning and establishment of its long-term.

Jose Antonio Navarro Distinguished Student Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 1/14/2024
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. Our staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas history through its architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. 

SMU Nancy Ann & Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2024
  • Amount: $184,000
  • Students selected as Hunt Leadership Scholars for the Class of 2026 will receive an annual Hunt Scholarship of $46,000, or a total of $184,000 over four years. The Hunt Scholarship will replace and supersede any centrally administered merit aid, but Hunt Scholars may also be eligible for additional departmental scholarships or need-based aid for a total scholarship package valued up to the cost.

Ellen M. Cherry-Delawder Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Welcome to Financial Aid services for Howard Community College. We pride ourselves in providing tremendous value for your education investment, and we do everything we can to help you find ways to ensure that a college education is within reach. Helping you achieve your goals starts with helping you identify ways to pay for college. 

9th Island Cultural Club of Las Vegas Aloha Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $750
  • The Aloha Scholarship is for college bound seniors living in Clark County, Nevada, who plan to enroll in an accredited trade/vocational school, college, or university as a full-time student may apply for this scholarship. Student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher, may be a senior at a charter, private, or CCSD high school, and must be working toward a degree in their chosen field. 

Assistance League of Las Vegas Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Public Education Foundation rallies our community to effectively invest in public education. Thanks to our many community partners, we provide a variety of support to public schools, focusing on students, educators, and school communities. We provide millions of dollars in college scholarships each year to help students pursue their dreams of attending college or vocational school.

William B. Ruggles Journalist Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) is a research facility that dedicates itself to providing people with information and resources regarding labor relation policies. We believe that all people have the right to knowledge. More importantly, all people should have the right to choose whether or not they work for a union. 
  • DAR Good Citizens Award
  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. 

Princeton Prize in Race Relations (PPRR)

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Princeton Prize in Race Relations (PPRR) recognizes and rewards high school students who, through their volunteer activities, have undertaken significant efforts to advance racial equity and understanding in their schools or communities. PPRR operates through 28 Regional Committees and an at-large committee that accepts applications from high school students who live outside the geographic.

National AG Day Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Students across the country are invited to enter the National Ag Day essay and video contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s theme is, “American Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow?” National Ag Day’s objective is to celebrate agriculture and to help consumers better understand how farmers and the companies serving them produce abundant, healthy, nutritious.

Augustana University Distinguished Scholar Competition

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: $92,000
  • To be considered for scholarships at Augustana, students must complete the free Application for Admission and Scholarship. Students must be full-time and in good academic standing to maintain these scholarships. Augustana University scholarships are awarded to assist with direct educational costs for tuition, fees, university-owned housing and board.

JSU Alabama Leadership Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • First-Time Freshmen will be considered automatically for merit scholarships upon admission to JSU. Merit scholarships cannot stack on one another; this includes the Leadership Scholarship and JSU Honors Scholarship. Out-of-state students receiving a merit-based scholarship or grant will qualify to pay their remaining tuition balance at the in-state rate.

Ohio University Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland Freshman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ohio University Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland awards a scholarship to a high school senior woman from the Greater Cleveland area who will be entering Ohio University as a freshman in the fall of the year the scholarship is awarded. This scholarship can range in value from a partial scholarship up to a full-tuition scholarship for the freshman year. 

Association for Women in Mathematics Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • To increase awareness of women’s ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Math for America co-sponsor an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers. The essays will be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in or retired.

Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant was established to provide educational resources to female graduating seniors who are planning to enter the teaching profession. Applicant must be a female graduating senior from Boone or Winnebago County who is planning to enter the teaching profession. Applicants must also write an essay about their interest in becoming a teacher. 

Arts for Life! Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/6/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Arts for Life! annually awards $1,000 scholarships to 25 graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art. Launched by former First Lady Columba Bush in 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 575 gifted high school seniors. The application period is currently open until February.

Emma Jean Frierson Memorial Nursing Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Founda­tion administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational stu­dents. Since awarding our first $500 scholarship in 1987, the Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships. 

River Valley Credit Union Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • River Valley Credit Union is proud to help our members with continuing education. Eligible applicants must be a member who’s in good standing, be a high school senior, complete an essay of 250 words or less that reflects your ideas about the benefits of your River Valley Credit Union membership and how it will help you in the future.

Cohen Leadership Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Founda­tion administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational stu­dents. Since awarding our first $500 scholarship in 1987, the Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships. 

WCA Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/11/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Applicants must: Be a full-time student currently enrolled with a minimum of 12 hours; Have a minimum GPA of 3.0; Have completed minimum of 30 hours of coursework; Demonstrate career commitment in communications or media.

University of Wisconsin Rath Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2024
  • Amount: $28,000
  • The College of Letters & Science considers incoming and continuing students for scholarship opportunities created by the support of our donor friends. The undergraduate scholarships program provides support to students who intend to receive a degree from the College of Letters & Science. With over 65 majors, special degrees in Journalism; Music, Social Work; and Applied Math Engineering.

Jordan & Cara Odo Leadership Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/13/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Jordan & Cara Odo Scholarship Foundation is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student who demonstrates leadership in his/her community. To qualify for the scholarship, the student must be a senior at a Hawaii high school, attend a two-year or four-year college and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicant must intend to return to Hawaii after college.

ELC Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2024
  • Amount: $60,000
  • The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) is the preeminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global Black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises. The ELC opens channels of opportunity for the development of Black executives to positively impact business and our communities. 

Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2024
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Daughters of the Cincinnati have contributed generously to the scholarship fund for over a century. Applicants must be daughters of career commissioned officers in the United States military. If eligible, applicants apply during their senior year in high school. 

Cardinal Newman Society Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Cardinal Newman Society’s essay scholarship contest is open for submissions from high school seniors. The winner of the annual Contest will be awarded $5,000 toward the cost of attending one of the institutions recommended in The Newman Guide. Additionally, there is the opportunity for the winner of the Contest to be awarded $20,000 over the course of four years.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2024
  • Amount: $500
  • Each year, the Live Deliberately Essay Contest invites youth around the world, ages 14-18, to consider a selected Henry David Thoreau quotation and accompanying prompt. Contestants are asked to write a thoughtful essay that uses personal experience and observation to demonstrate how that year’s quotation and prompt relate to their own lives and to the world around them.

Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. Three awards will be given.

GSLMTC Mary Joan Wolf Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Greater St Louis Mothers of Twins Club offers four scholarships for multiple-birth students seeking initial enrollment in accredited post high school education or training. The applicants must reside within the St. Louis, MO-IL metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) which includes the City of St Louis; the Missouri counties of Franklin.

Ruff Ryders of Raleigh Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Each year, we select a deserving high school senior and contribute financially towards their college education by awarding them $1000. This is used towards books, tuition, room and board, etc… If you’re interested in applying or know an awesome candidate, please have them apply by downloading, completing, and submitting their application to our organization. 

Red Thread Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • We are a group of women from diverse corners of the world, ranging from Europe to Africa, from Asia to Latin America. We represent former international students, immigrants, and first generation Americans who have benefitted tremendously from the academic and professional support we have received. Now, we are eager to extend mentorship and scholarship support to women who draw strength.

Joe Cribari Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado fosters collaboration, serves as a catalyst for community projects, and is a trusted steward and service provider to philanthropists and nonprofit organizations. They manage and administer over 500 charitable funds and over $185 million in assets. The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado meets national standards for operational quality.

Life Lessons Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $15,000
  • A college education is already a major financial challenge for most American families, but it becomes infinitely more difficult for a student when a parent dies, leaving little or no life insurance. Recognizing the character and perseverance that so many young people show in the face of such adversity, Life Happens sponsors the annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students.

Oxbow Animal Health Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Our family-owned company started in 1980 and over the years, one farmer’s passion has grown into our global commitment to small animal health. Our rich history is rooted in hard work, entrepreneurial ingenuity and values that are still in place today. At Oxbow, we know that today’s students are tomorrow’s veterinary leaders. 

Alisa’s Angels Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Their vision is to foster ethical leaders and inspire all to serve. Alisa’s Angels is committed to inspiring tomorrow’s leaders by providing scholarships that support and empower students who give back to their communities. Alisa’s Angels awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors who make their communities better, and support them with mentoring.

Eric Dostie Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Eric Dostie Scholarship will be awarded to students who can best demonstrate scholastic achievement, community service and financial need. Applicants must submit an essay describing how their education will be used to serve humankind and to encourage self-improvement and enrichment. 
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Graduate Scholarships

While there certainly are more scholarships available to undergraduate students, graduate students still have plenty of scholarship opportunities – if they know where to look. Keep reading to learn where to find graduate student scholarships, how they work and how to apply.

What is a graduate student scholarship?

Graduate student scholarships are given to students who have completed their bachelor’s degree and are looking for funding for graduate or professional school. Tuition for graduate school can be much more expensive than tuition for undergraduate school. The average cost of a graduate degree is $62,650, and some programs can cost more than $100,000 in total.

If you want to avoid graduating with tens of thousands in student loans, then applying for graduate school scholarships should be a primary strategy. You can start by contacting your prospective school’s financial aid department and asking them how to apply for grants, scholarships and fellowships.

Many graduate students can work as teaching assistants or research assistants to help cover their tuition. However, this work can be time-consuming and make it harder for students to focus on their studies.

That’s why applying for graduate student scholarships is a better idea. You can use the funds for almost any education-related expense, and you don’t have to trade your valuable time for money.

How to apply for a graduate student scholarship

Graduate student scholarships are less common than awards for undergraduate students, so you need to be more aggressive when looking for scholarship opportunities. Start the application process as soon as you decide you’re going to graduate school.

Our Scholarship Directory lets you search for graduate student scholarships, even breaking it down by year. For example, you can search for scholarships for first-year graduate students to fourth-year graduate students.

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world. 32 young students from the United States are selected annually as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Applicants from more than 320 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars.

Some graduate scholarships are exclusively for US Citizens who want to study overseas. The Marshall Scholarship, for example, is only offered to US citizens who will be studying at any school in the UK that is accredited to award degrees. This includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It can be used for any course of study, provided the scholar meets the eligibility requirements.

Some scholarships are open to all graduate students, while others are only designed for those in a specific major or career path. Some scholarships may be available for both undergraduate and graduate students, while others may only be given to a graduate student.

The Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Frequently asked questions about graduate student scholarships

Can professional students also apply for graduate student scholarships?

Professional school is typically defined as post-graduate studies for professional training, including medical school and law school. This is slightly different from graduate school, which is available for other types of studies.

There are many types of scholarships for professional school students. For example, the Earl Warren Scholarship is given to a current law school student interested in civil rights. Also, the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program is awarded to students pursuing a career in the healthcare industry, including those in medical school.

Can Ph.D. students also apply for graduate student scholarships?

Some graduate student scholarships are available to anyone pursuing a degree other than a Bachelor’s or associate’s degree. This includes a graduate, professional or even a Ph.D. If you’re currently getting your Ph.D., there are plenty of scholarship opportunities available.

There are a substantial number of Ph.D. scholarships, grants and fellowships offered by universities. For example, the Mercatus Center PhD Fellowship is offered to students pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University.

Is a fellowship the same thing as a graduate student scholarship?

A fellowship is a special kind of merit scholarship that often covers all tuition expenses. Fellowships are usually granted by the school itself, not a third-party provider. They often have competitive applications and a limited number of spots. There is usually no work component to a fellowship, unlike a teaching or research assistantship.

Fellowships are similar to graduate student scholarships in that students can use the funds for the same kinds of expenses.

Can I get a graduate student scholarship if I attend part-time?

Many graduate students attend school part-time so they can keep working and take out fewer loans for living expenses. There may be some graduate student scholarships that require full-time attendance in order to qualify, but many will still allow part-time students.

If you can’t find enough scholarship funding as a part-time student, you can still qualify for federal student loans. Just make sure you don’t drop below part-time status or you will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid.

Explore more scholarship categories

  • African American Scholarships
  • California Scholarships
  • Minority Scholarships
  • Hispanic Scholarships
  • Scholarships for Women

AAUW Reading Branch Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/26/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • AAUW-Reading Branch has established a Graduate Scholarship Fund to annually award scholarships to Berks County women who are pursuing full or part-time graduate study at an accredited educational institution. The money will be awarded for the following academic year. Academic excellence is expected and financial need must be demonstrated.

JCC Graduate Scholar Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/26/2023
  • Amount: $20,000
  • JCC Association’s Professional Development Scholarship Program is designed to help current, full-time JCC professionals deepen and enhance their professional knowledge to advance their career at a Jewish Community Center or Jewish Community Camp (JCC). Scholarships are available for the following: postgraduate degrees; certification in a specific area; or continuing education.

Chick-Fil-A True Inspiration Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $350,000
  • The Chick-Fil-A True Inspiration Scholarship is offered to restaurant employees of Chick-Fil-A. Applicant must be an employee at a franchised, company-owned and/or affiliated restaurant (including Dwarf House Group, LLC (Dwarf House, Truett’s Chick-fil-A, Truett’s Luau, Edgewater, Truett’s Grill)) at the time of application, be a Team Member at the time award is presented by the Operator, Interim.

Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship will be awarded to full-time students (women and minority students), enrolled in their second semester and at least two semester-equivalent courses) currently pursuing a graduate degree at any accredited academic institution in the United States and living in the United States in an eligible major that supports the mission of AFCEA Educational.

Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The UAMS Department of Emergency Medicine values diversity, equity, and inclusion both at UAMS and in our community. To seek out students who will help contribute to our mission of DEI, we are excited to announce our Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship for visiting students taking our Intensive Emergency Medicine Elective.

    Eligibility Requirements: Applying to the UAMS Fourth Year.

Los Angeles Hispanic PR Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/19/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Los Angeles chapter of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA-LA) is proud to present our annual Scholarship Program to help deserving Hispanic/Latinx students in the greater Los Angeles area achieve their educational goals. The HPRA-LA Scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement and community service among Hispanic/Latinx undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Howard L. Aslinger Memorial Scholarship Foundation
  • Application Deadline: 6/20/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Howard L. Aslinger Memorial Scholarship Foundation is an organization to encourage individuals with disabilities to further their education. The Howard Aslinger Foundation will award scholarships to candidates each year based on applications received. Funds may be used for any type of education from university to vocational training or for special needs education and equipment.

I/ITSEC Postgraduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/23/2023
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is pleased to announce the Annual I/ITSEC Postgraduate Scholarships. The scholarships are being offered to stimulate student interest and university participation in preparing individuals for leadership in the Modeling & Simulation, Training, and Education communities. 

CMA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • For 50 years, the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) certification has been the global benchmark for management accountants and financial professionals. Why? Because CMAs can explain the “why” behind numbers, not just the “what.” And that can give you greater credibility, higher earning potential, and ultimately a seat at the leadership table. With the CMA Scholarship, you can complete the CMA.

PACIM Polanie Legacy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Polanie Legacy Scholarship, established in 2014 through a generous bequest from the Polanie Organization, supports studies at a secondary or post-secondary institution, including colleges, universities, technical schools, and vocational schools. All application materials must be submitted by July 31. Applicants must be of Polish descent. 

AKA-EAF Financial Need Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the AKA-EAF Financial Need Graduate Scholarship, applicants must: be currently enrolled full-time (depends on your school’s qualifications) at an accredited degree-granting institution (online and accelerated classes are accepted); plan to continue their academic pursuits in the fall of the grant year; demonstrate exceptional academic achievement/or financial need.

The MSG Arthur Enriquez Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/13/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Applicants of the MSG Arthur Enriquez Scholarship must be a veteran of U.S. Armed Forces and a “Cancer Warrior”; have successfully completed one semester at an accredited university, college, or vocational institution and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with proof of Honorable military service. Applicants will be evaluated based on the submission of an essay, documenting your cancer.

AIA Site Preservation Grant

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2023
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The AIA Site Preservation Grant is intended to fund projects that uphold the AIA’s mission to preserve and protect the world’s archaeological heritage for future generations. Eligible applicants must either: be planning for conservation (involves documentation including photography and digital applications, assessment of significance and condition.

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/21/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • WTS attracts, sustains, connects, and advances women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry. Our success hinges on conducting ourselves in accordance with a set of core values- our operating principles- in everything we do. Together. The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate and graduate programs. 

University of Texas Discovery Fellowship in Marine Science

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute is the oldest and most significant marine research facility on the Texas coast. We are changing our understanding of the world’s oceans and coasts and educating a global population dependent on the ocean ecosystem. 

CHS Fellowships in Hellenic Studies

  • Application Deadline: 12/2/2023
  • Amount: $40,000
  • The CHS Fellowships in Hellenic Studies encourages and supports postdoctoral research of the highest quality on topics related to ancient Greek civilization. The program offers options for individual and collaborative proposals, and provides for flexibility in terms of residency at the CHS (Washington, DC) and levels of financial support. 

AbbVie Immunology Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/22/2023
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The AbbVie Immunology Scholarship is designed to provide financial support for exceptional students living with chronic inflammatory diseases. Applicants must be legal residents of the U.S. and diagnosed by a healthcare professional with one of the following: ankylosing spondylitis (AS), Crohn’s disease (CD), hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), psoriasis (PS).

Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • he Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship is awarded to two students of high scholastic standing and character who have been accepted into or are pursuing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor (no pre-med, veterinarian or physician assistant) at an approved, accredited medical school. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25.

William Robert Findley Graduate Chemistry Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The William Robert Findley Graduate Chemistry Scholarship is a one-time preferred amount $2,000 scholarship for a student attending graduate school full time in an accredited college or university and majoring in chemistry. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.25. The scholarship is not automatically renewable, however, recipients may reapply for consideration each year. 

HIV League Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $7,000
  • The HIV League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the HIV community through scholarship, wellness, and education. We do this by implementing the HIV League Scholarship, the only national scholarship for students living with HIV. Students living with HIV continue to seek out ways to invest in their long-term futures, hence their drive and passion for higher education. 

CLOC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $6,000
  • If you are enrolled in a graduate degree (J.D., MBA, and other) program and have a business/metrics-driven focus as it relates to the practice of law or have demonstrated an interest in Legal Operations, please apply. CLOC awards up to 10 scholarships per calendar year. You must be a current student in the same applying academic calendar year. All scholarship winners will receive an academic.

Joan Johnson Graduate Fellowship Award

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $3,500
  • Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. Soroptimist International of Los Angeles is offering its annual fellowship to an outstanding woman graduate student. This student must be attending graduate school in Los Angeles County, California. 

Corporate Legal Operations Consortium Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $6,000
  • If you are enrolled in a graduate degree (J.D., MBA, and other) program and have a business/metrics-driven focus as it relates to the practice of law or have demonstrated an interest in Legal Operations, please apply. CLOC awards up to 10 scholarships per calendar year. You must be a current student in the same applying academic calendar year. All scholarship winners will receive an academic.

WMU Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 2/22/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Student Financial Aid supports the recruitment, retention and degree completion of a dynamic and culturally diverse student body, in preparation for a lifetime of personal and professional success. Bronco Express assists students with transactions and questions related to financial aid, making payments, student accounts and general registration information. 

LAGRANT Foundation Graduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $3,250
  • Each year, The LAGRANT Foundation provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate ethnic minority students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations. The scholarship recipients will receive a trip to either New York City, Portland, OR, or Minneapolis, MN where they will participate in career building.

Targeting Excellence Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Targeting Excellence scholarships are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an agricultural (ag) curriculum. Preference will always be given to applicants with a desire to work in some aspect of food animal production (poultry, swine, beef, dairy, or other species) and to students enrolled in regions where fund-raising events are held (awards areas include Alabama.

(ISC)² Graduate Cybersecurity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The (ISC)² Graduate Scholarship program offers from $1,000 to $5,000 per graduate student who is pursuing a degree with a focus on cybersecurity or information assurance. Applicants must be eligible to begin the first or second year of a master’s degree program or pursue doctoral studies and have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Citizenship isn’t required. 

GRCF Guy D. & Mary Edith Halladay Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Guy D. & Mary Edith Halladay Graduate Scholarship is offered to a student who is a Kent County resident (two year minimum) and a graduate level student. Eligible applicants must demonstrate financial need and have a 3.0 GPA. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (GRCF) and applicants follow the GRCF process.

GFWC Massachusetts Memorial Education Scholarship for Graduate Studies

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Since it was founded in 1890, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs has been a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs from around the country and throughout the world. Although there is considerable diversity in the ages, interests, and experiences of GFWC clubwomen, all are united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service. 

Carolina Panthers Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/3/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Provides graduate level scholarships to athletes in North and South Carolina on the basis of leadership, citizenship and academic merit. Eligibility Requirements: Have earned an intercollegiate varsity letter in college. Female athletes may letter in any sport; male athletes must letter in football; Be a graduating senior athlete at an accredited North or South Carolina college or university.

Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2024
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship will assist one United Methodist student in their post-graduate study at an accredited U.S. college or university who intends on pursuing a career in religious journalism. Applicants must be a United Methodist who intends to pursue a career in religion journalism and is enrolled in post-graduate study at a school in the United States.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Law Student Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2024
  • Amount: $3,500
  • Prompt: Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, stakeholders have been urgently working to bring what litigation challenges remain to protect and secure reproductive freedom. While FFRF has argued that abortion bans impermissibly codify a particular religious belief—that life begins at conception—in violation of the Establishment Clause.

Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/20/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Any currently enrolled junior college student, undergraduate or graduate-level student who will be registered in the fall term of the year of award and has a focused career interest in structural engineering (to be defined in the personal statement) and/or is actively pursuing a structural engineering degree. 

Texas Medical Association Diversity in Medicine Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Texas Medical Association Diversity in Medicine Scholarship (Formerly TMA Minority Scholarship Program) is for minorities historically underrepresented in Texas medical schools and the state’s physician workforce. One scholarship is available at each Texas medical school. Eligible applicants must be African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American (includes American Indian/Alaska.

ACHE Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • You may apply for a Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship if you meet all of the following criteria: you are a student enrolled full-time in a healthcare management graduate program – MHA, MPH, MBA in Healthcare Administration or similar; you are entering your final year (fall/spring) of full-time study; you expect to graduate between the upcoming September and August of next year.
  • 1,000 Dreams Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • All women enrolled in a U.S. based institution – high school, college, university, graduate school, etc. – are able to apply for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation 1,000 Dreams Scholarship , regardless of citizenship. You must show proof of current enrollment in a United States based school. The students eligible for assistance shall: demonstrate financial need.

Weld Legacy Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2024
  • Amount: $2,500
  • As part of its ongoing commitment to health education, Weld Legacy Foundation awards approximately $90,000 annually in scholarships to individuals in the community and employees of North Colorado Medical Center. Weld Legacy Foundation has granted scholarships to nearly 185 students seeking a career in healthcare. 

AATCC Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2024
  • Amount: $7,500
  • The Foundation operates from The AATCC Technical Center located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. Because the influence and activities of the Association extend far beyond the borders of North America, the Foundation solicits funds worldwide. Individual scholarship criteria varies.

    AATCC Foundation Inc. was founded in May 1997. With its own board of directors.

Montana Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2024
  • Amount: $11,000
  • Each year, Montana Space Grant Consortium offers graduate fellowships up to six credits for one semester. (Montana State University students will receive a one-semester full tuition waiver for in-state or out-of-state tuition, thanks to the support of the Graduate School). 

Belfer-Aptman Scholars Award for Dissertation Research

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2024
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The Melissa Institute offers the Belfer-Aptman Scholars Award for Dissertation Research to graduate students who address issues of violence prevention and/or treatment. The award must be used to support expenses that are directly related to the dissertation research. Applicants must be students in an accredited doctoral dissertation program. 

Memo I’m Still Here Epilepsy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2024
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Students who show courage when dealing with epilepsy and seizures, a strong commitment to their education, and perseverance in eliminating the obstacles epilepsy and seizures may present are welcome to apply for the “Memo, I’m Still Here” Epilepsy Foundation Scholarship. 

March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/17/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Our mission is to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Our goals are to end the preventable maternal health risks and deaths, end preventable preterm birth and infant death, and close the health equity gap. March of Dimes believes in a world where every mom and baby is healthy regardless of wealth, race, gender or geography. Through research, programs and advocacy, our supporters.

The HCBF Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Hudson County Bar Foundation will award scholarships to students who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school for the coming academic year that the scholarship is awarded. The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students. Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal.

ASID Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students

  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2024
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled in or have been accepted for admission to a graduate-level interior design program at an accredited university. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement. Applicants must write an essay on the following subject.

EWNJ Graduate Merit Award Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Applicants must identify as female and be a non-traditional student who has either returned to her studies several years after obtaining an undergraduate degree, have changed careers and is returning to school for job education, or someone who comes from a non-traditional educational or socioeconomic background. We’ve awarded nearly 350 women attending New Jersey colleges and universities.

Google Lime Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Google and Lime Connect are committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents. We are proud to partner to offer the Google Lime Scholarship for computer science students with disabilities. Recipients of the Google Lime Scholarship will each receive a scholarship for the current academic year. 

EFWA Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2024
  • Amount: $2,500
  • EFWA is funding one or more one-year graduate scholarships for women who are working towards graduate studies at an accredited school within a graduate program. Eligible applicants must: be a female, US citizen attending accredited US school pursuing an accounting degree; demonstrate financial need; and have commitment to the goal of pursuing a degree in accounting in preparation for a career.

Denes I. Bardos Award

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Denes I. Bardos Award is given to students in recognition for achievement in their community and science or engineering. To be eligible for the Denes I. Bardos Award, applicants must: be first or second generation immigrants currently residing in the United States.

Jamie Bax Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • One $5,000 and two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded annually. (The number and amount of the scholarships available will be dependent on annual funding.) The scholarships awarded are to be used to assist in covering tuition, fees, books, supplies, etc. when going to a college, university, or trade school while having Cystic Fibrosis. No award will be paid to the recipient.

Paul Bernot Memorial Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2024
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The mission of the Paul Bernot Memorial Foundation Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student with a passion for fitness/athletics who is a legal resident of the United States of America, is pursuing post-high school education, and who is currently or has previously been diagnosed/treated for cancer. To be eligible, applicants must: have a 3.0 GPA.

BVIN Agent of Change Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2024
  • Amount: $3,000
  • BVIN Agent of Change Scholarship is open to Indiana residents at least 17yrs old who will be attending an Indiana college, university or trade/technical school in the fall. Winners must have organized and led an extraordinary service activity which has clearly benefited other people or the community we share. The service activity must have been initiated and motivated primarily by the winner. 

Maryland Graduate and Professional School Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • MHEC is the State of Maryland’s higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that affect students on a statewide basis. The State has an extensive array of financial aid programs in the form of grants.

Savannah College of Art & Design Graduate Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, SCAD is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for professional, creative careers. SCAD prepares talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment. 

Spertus Institute Midcareer Graduate Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is committed to serving our students and ensuring equal access to our high-quality learning and leadership programs. A Spertus education builds and strengthens community leaders, and the Spertus Scholarship program makes our programs accessible to students with varied interests, backgrounds, and professional experiences.

National Black MBA Association Graduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The mission of the National Black MBA Association is to lead in the creation of educational, wealth building, and growth opportunities for those historically underrepresented throughout their careers as students, entrepreneurs and professionals. The National Black MBA Association was conceived in 1970 to help Blacks coming into the corporate sector, largely for the first time, share experiences.

SPSFNWA Named Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas offers awards to single parents residing in Benton, Carroll, Madison or Washington counties. Eligible applicants must: be a legal United States resident or a resident with DACA status; have a high school diploma or GED; have low to moderate income, typically not more than 250% of federal poverty guidelines.

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Annual Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The MMS provides a wide array of services and resources to students who attend medical school in Massachusetts every year, ranging from financial support during medical school, to counseling for career options after graduation. Each nominee must be a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society. 

Allgire Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Transforming Lives by Creating Opportunities starts with education. The Allgire Foundation strives to ensure that people impacted by affordable housing have the resources available to better themselves through education. Application and supporting documentation must be submitted via the Allgire Foundation website only with deadlines announced per Scholarship. 

Mi Future Educator Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $30,000
  • The Mi Future Educator Fellowship offers aspiring teachers a scholarship while they train to be educators. Awards cover the cost of tuition and fees up to $10,000 and are renewable for up to three years. Students that receive the award commit to teaching in a Michigan classroom for at least three years after graduation. In addition to the $10,000 scholarships for prospective teachers.
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Unusual Scholarships

When most people think about the different kinds of college scholarships, they think about awards that are based on test scores, GPAs or athletic accomplishments. However, there are a number of unusual scholarships that look for more unique factors. Read below to learn more about unusual scholarships, where to find them and how they work.

What is an unusual scholarship?

While most scholarships are given to students based on some kind of academic criteria, such as merit scholarship or other traditional scholarship based on musical, artistic, etc., unusual scholarships have requirements that are outside the norm.

For example, the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest rewards students who create fashionable prom outfits from duct tape. You don’t need to have good grades or a stellar essay in order to win this scholarship – just an eye for fashion.

Some scholarships will give out awards to students based on personal characteristics they can’t control. For example, the Tall clubs International Students Scholarships  is given to a student who is eligible for membership in Tall Clubs International. The minimum height requirement for men is 6’2”, and the minimum height for women iTall Clubs International Student Scholarships 5’10”.

Because unusual scholarships are different from regular scholarships, it’s even more imperative to read through the requirements so you understand how to qualify and what to submit. Make sure to also read the frequently asked questions and contact the scholarship administrator if you’re confused about any details.

How to apply for an unusual scholarship

Students interested in unusual scholarships should start searching for them early on in their high school careers. Many of these scholarships are not limited to just High school seniors or juniors.

Many weird or unusual scholarships reward students who can be creative and unique. These scholarships are not necessarily easier to win than regular awards, and they may require more ingenuity.

Finding unusual scholarships is harder, simply because there are fewer of them available. You can start with a scholarship search  at Scholarships.com, which will automatically match you to unusual scholarships as well as any others you qualify for. We also have an entire section of our Scholarship directory dedicated to scholarships by special attributes to help students find less traditional awards easily.

It’s impossible to predict if you’ll win a scholarship, and that doesn’t change if you’re applying for unique or weird scholarships.. The best thing you can do is double-check all the requirements, make sure the application is submitted before the deadline and try to stand out as much as possible.

Frequently asked questions about unusual scholarships

Are unusual scholarships easier to win?

While there are many unusual scholarships with fewer criteria, others still have strict requirements. For example, the Scholars helping collars scholarships is given to a student who can demonstrate how they helped a rescue animal or promoted animal welfare. Crafting a well-written essay and having a compelling story will be key to winning this scholarship.

What are some of the best unusual scholarships?

The best unusual scholarships are the ones that you can get just by basically submitting something you are required to do for a class. No essay or other requirements that can take up a lot of your time. The National Candy Technologist Scholarships  is awarded to a college sophomore, junior or senior with a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology. This can include many activities including but not limited to research projects, work experience, and formal study.

What are some of the easiest unusual scholarships?

One type of unusual scholarship with a simple application is a sweepstake, which is essentially like a lottery system. Scholarship contests and sweepstakes don’t base winners on factors like grades, test scores or extracurriculars. Instead, you simply fill out a very brief application and submit it by the deadline. A winner will be chosen randomly.

Scholarship sweepstakes are impossible to predict, so students shouldn’t count on them. If they’re easy to apply for, go ahead and fill out the application. But if there are a lot of hoops to jump through, then focus on scholarships where you have a better chance of winning.

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  • African American Scholarships
  • California Scholarships
  • Scholarships for High School Juniors
  • Hispanic Scholarships
  • Scholarships for Women

Twins Days Festival Twins Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/6/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Each year the Twins Days Festival Committee honors a set of twins, who are graduating seniors, who exhibit exceptional efforts in both school and community service, and share their experience being a twin”, and what effect, if any, it will have on your career choice. The Twins Days Festival makes available a scholarship ($1,000 per twin) to help a set of qualified twins with upcoming college.

Stuck At Prom Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/7/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • We’re giving away $20,000 in cash scholarships to high school students who make the best prom attire out of Duck® Brand Duct Tape! New this year? We want to make sure everyone has a chance to enter and win no matter what prom looks like for you. So, we have removed the requirement to wear your one-of-a-kind creation to prom — you just need to be enrolled in high school or a home school.

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/13/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The annual Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, and become advocates for positive change. Students are invited to create Visual Art (any medium), Creative Writing, Film, Interactive & Multimedia, Performing Arts: Music & Dance, and Poetry & Spoken Word that explores their connection to water.

John Kitt Memorial AACT Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • To be eligible for the John Kitt Memorial AACT Scholarship Fund, applicants must: be an incoming college sophomore, junior or senior during the upcoming academic year; have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology; attend an accredited, four-year college or university within North America; be majoring in a food science, chemical science, biological science or related area.

National Potato Council Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/24/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Each year, the Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF) awards one $10,000 academic scholarship to a graduate student with strong interest in research that can directly benefit the potato industry. Research focus may include basic research or applied research that improves potato production efficiency, addresses pest management and disease issues, increases consumer.

Shade Sail Design Challenge Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • At Tenshon, we have the interesting and challenging task of merging form and function, creativity with practicality…and we employ valued individuals who glorify these tasks on a daily basis. Whether we are working on large commercial projects, such as stadiums and corporate offices, or taking on more intimate residential spaces, our designers must learn to adapt quickly, perform creatively.

Minecraft Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Students are able to apply for our $2,000 scholarship which can be used towards tuition for their next semester at college. All drawings will be done early August each year after submission deadlines have passed. All interested students will be required to write a short essay about their opinion on how Minecraft can be a positive influence within their education and career development.

Beauty & Wellness Professionals Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 9/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Beauty & Wellness Professionals Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship for students and professionals changing others’ lives through wellness and beauty. If you’re ready to begin a fulfilling and rewarding career in the beauty and wellness industry, or if you are continuing your education to pursue your next career goal, submit the application form below for the chance to win a $2,500.

American Board of Funeral Service Education – National Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 9/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The National Scholarship Program of the American Board of Funeral Service Education was established to provide financial awards to students enrolled in funeral service or mortuary science programs to assist them in obtaining their professional education. Established during the 1960’s the program has awarded scholarships to hundreds of students. Scholarships are generally from $1,500 – $2,500.

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest

  • Application Deadline: 9/30/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience. No entry fee is required and entrants retain all publication rights. Entries in the Writers of the Future Contest are adjudicated only by professional writers. Prizes of $1000, $750 and $500.

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/1/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship is offered annually to a single recipient who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding dedication in a field of study that falls within an environmental field of a school or department. It was the hope of the founders that the recipient will use this scholarship to assist his or her studies.

Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/13/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The science of crystallography has played a key role in the development of X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction, and neutron diffraction for the elucidation of the atomic structure of matter. Crystallography is an interdisciplinary branch of science taught in departments of physics, chemistry, geology, molecular biology, metallurgy, and material science. 

CME Beef Industry Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 through Live Cattle Futures Contract of the CME Group. The National Cattlemen’s Foundation and CME Group are committed to the future of the cattle industry and continue to recognize and support outstanding youth in the beef community. The tradition remains strong today, each year a total of ten $1,500.00 scholarships are awarded to students.

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

  • Application Deadline: 11/25/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • All high school seniors may compete for college scholarships totaling $4,250 at the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. A copy of the contestants high school transcript must be provided at registration along with a proper ID.
    The first-place winner will receive $2,000. Second place will receive $1,000, 3rd place will receive $750, and 4th place will receive $500.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Go Texan Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s educational programs are a significant part of the Show’s goals of benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. All recipients of Show scholarships must demonstrate academic potential, citizenship/leadership and financial need, and they must attend a Texas college.

Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread Video Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Martin’s® is offering scholarship prizes of up to $3,000 to eligible students who create a video advertisement to promote Martin’s® new Sweet Dinner and/or Sweet Party Potato Rolls. Students may create a video ad for either YouTube or Instagram Reels. The student with the best advertisement for each category will be awarded $3,000. 

Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. Three awards will be given. 

Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Tall Clubs International Foundation awards annual scholarships to deserving High School Seniors in North America (United States and Canada only). TCI Foundation receives scholarship nominations from Tall Club International’s local member clubs and members-at-large across North America. 

Loyola University Zolp Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Wm. Zolp Scholarship is an endowed scholarship available to pay toward tuition to any Catholic student by the last name of Zolp who attends Loyola University Chicago. A copy of a birth certificate and a baptismal or confirmation certificate confirming the last name of Zolp and that the applicant is Catholic must be filed with the Financial Aid Office. 

Doodle for Google Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2024
  • Amount: $30,000
  • Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what you’re grateful for. Students can work with any materials they choose, but all Doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png or .jpg. The National Winner’s artwork will be displayed on Google.com for one day. 

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for a Dolphin Scholarship Foundation award, applicants must: be a dependent of a current member or former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force; be a high school senior or be currently enrolled as a student in a college 

Bird Dog Foundation Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2024
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has established a Scholarship Fund to promote interest in hunting, wildlife conservation, the rich outdoor heritage of the United States, and other related subjects. An annual College Scholarship Essay Contest has been held for several years now. The contest was created in the hopes that it would promote interest in and education about the aforementioned subjects 

Asparagus Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2024
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The Asparagus Club awards a maximum of ten scholarships per year. Each scholarship is $2,000 per semester not to exceed four consecutive semesters. Recipients must retain full-time student status and earn at least a 2.5 GPA to earn a scholarship each semester/quarter. Scholarships are available to rising college freshman through postgraduate studies.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $100,000
  • The Collegiate Inventors Competition, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Invent Now is a national competition that recognizes and rewards innovations, discoveries, and research by college and university students and their faculty advisers. Students frequently come from science, engineering, mathematics, and technology studies.
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9 Incoming Scholarships For International Students with Fall Deadlines

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  1. Chevening Scholarship
  2. Lester B. Pearson Scholarship
  3. APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship
  4. INPEX Scholarship
  5. Sir John Monash Fee Scholarship
  6. KU Scholarship
  7. Jardine Scholarship Awards
  8. Beyond Academic Admissions Scholarship 
  9. The Stamps Schlarship


International students know best that studying abroad costs a fortune. Here, going to college for ultra-cheap or even free may seem like an impossible dream. Thanks to these incoming scholarships for international students, however, your path to that dream might just be less rocky! 

Here’s an ultimate list of Fall college scholarships for you apply for. These scholarship are for those ready to set their foot on the bigger world. Without further ado, let’s dive into it. 

1. Cheveing  Scholarship 

Sponsor: Chevening

Amount of Award: Up to £18,000

Deadline: November 1, 2022

Let’s admit it: the UK is one the best countries in the world to live your dream of study abroad.
A welcoming culture and excellent academic reputation  are two of many reasons hundreds of thousands of people fly to the country to pursue their degrees each year.

While there’s no denying that studying in the UK comes at a high price, the Chevening Scholarship can help you with that. The best thing about the Chvening Scholarship is that it is available to students from over 160 countries across the globes!

2. Lester B. Pearson Scholarship

Sponsor: University of Toronto

Amount of Award: Varied 

Deadline: November 30, 2022

Did you know Canada ranks first in the best places to study in North America? The country is home to several internationally recognized universities, one of which is the University of Toronto. Also Known as UOFT, the university is renowned for pioneering research in substantial disciplines.

To help you cut down money on your tution fees Uoft provides international student with the Lester B. Pearson Scholarship. Besides covering tutions, it pay for other educational needs, including books, incidental fees, and more for four years.

3. APU Tution Reduction Scholarship 

Sponsor: Ritumeikan Asia Pacific University

Amount of Award: Varied

Deadline: October 19, 2022

Japan is undoubtedly the most popular country in Asia for studying abroad. If you’re looking for a place with abundant employment opportunities, This  is the country for you. One of the best universities in Japan to attend is Ritumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU).

It exhibits an excellent education, gaining international recognition. Among The many incoming scholarship for international students is the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship, which promises 0% tuition for the brightest students! Now, who can really say no to this?

4. INPEX Scholarship

Sponsor: INPEX Scholarship 

Amount of Award: ¥160,000 per month

Deadline: October 31 every year 

Students from Indonesia, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have a chance to win this generous scholarship! The program has a long history, with the first applications opening in 1981, while they originally meant it only for Indonesian students, INPEX Corporation is expanding its reach since 2022.

As the company aims to introduce Japan to the world, it encourages application to show great interest in the related field. If you’ve always aspired to pursue a degree in Natural Sciences, Cultural Sciences, or Social Sciences, gives this opportunity a shot.

5. Sir John Monash Fee Scholarship 

Sponsor: Monash University

Amount of Award: Varied 

Deadline: October 15 to November 15 every year

When choosing a country to study abroad in, you might as well go somewhere far, far away. After all it might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. When you’re ready to sail across the globe, Australia is waiting for you. Australia is known for its quality education providers.

Monash university, for example, is one of the top public universities in the state boasting a 57th place in the QS World University Rankings 2023. In welcoming international students, the university offer the Sir John Monash Fee Scholarship with a total scholarship value of 100% tuition reimbursement.

Sounds like a super sweet deal, dosen’t it?

6. KU Scholarship 

Sponsor: Khalifa University Scholarship 

Amount of Award: Varied 

Deadline: October 23, 2022

Considering studying  in the UAE? Khalifa University may be the best for you to work towards your full potential. It’s even better if you have a huge interest in research and advancement of science.

While it’s well known that the overall cost of living in the UAE is expensive, you shouldn’t worry about it. With full and partial KU scholarships, you can live comfortably, ensuring your focus on your studies.

All you need to do is demonstrate superior  academic performance and personal qualities to win these incoming scholarships for international students.

7. Jardine Scholarship Awards 

Sponsor: Jardine Foundation

Amount of Award: Varied 

Deadline: October 21, 2022

Another great financial aid let you study abroad in the UK stress-free is the Jardine Scholarship Awards. This scholarship has changed the lives of over 400 students in 11 countries, and it can change yours too.

In fact, the foundation has strong connections to the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, two of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Besides the full scholarship, you’ll be eligible for an internship at the Jardine Matheson Group. What a wonderful way to maximize your study abroad experience.

8. Beyond Academic Admissions Scholarship

Sponsor: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Amount of Award: HK$50,000

Deadline: November 20 every year

Studying abroad is not only great for meeting your academic needs. Through this opportunity, you can also prepare for your future career or try  to become an expert. Fortunately, HKUST welcomes students who wish to realize their plan since college.

HKUST accepts many purposes, from arts to sports to entrepreneurship. All it takes for you to sieze this opportunity is to meet academic requirements and showcase experience in relation to your goals.

9. The Stamps Scholarship 

Sponsor: University of Miami 

Amount of Award: Varied

Deadline: November 1 every year

For many, the American Dream is not dead. The proof is that millions of students comes to the U.S. every year to pursue their degrees and, of course, to live the so-called American Dream. And what better place to achieve this than the University of Miami, with its national reputation and unmatched academic support?

Among the many scholarship the institute offers, the Stamps Scholarship is obviously the most prestigious merit award. It’s a full package of tuition, housing, meal plans, health insurance, and more! (Write the best essay) every and go get that golden ticket to your American Dream. 

Did any of these deals catch your eye? May these incoming scholarship for international students help you reduce your financial burden and make your dreams come true. To increase your chances of winning, read carefully what you have to prepare in advance and apply properly.   

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Top 10 Life Changing Scholarships for Needy Students

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The best scholarships for needy students
1. The Gates Scholarship
2. HSF Scholarship
3. The College Success Program
4. Jeannette Rankin National Scholar Grant
5. Fund || UNCF STEM Scholar Program
6. Thanks USA Scholarship Program
7. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
8. Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program
9. Ron Brown Scholarship
10. DC Leadership 1000 Scholarship

Scholarships are critical for kids from low-income homes. Their benefits extend well beyond monetary aid. In fact, these scholarship for needy students are a great way to encourage deserving individuals to enroll in and complete college.
The criteria for eligibility vary from one scholarship to another. However, in most cases, you will need to be classified as having low or very low income to be eligible for these opportunities. Without further ado. Let’s take a look at the following scholarships for low-income college students.

The Best Scholarships For Needy Students

  1. The Gates Scholarships
    Closing Date: September 15th, 2023
    Amount of Award: Varies

    Outstanding minority high school graduates from low-income families may apply for the Gates Prize (TGS), a highly competitive, last-dollar scholarship.

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards it as part of their dedication to ensuring that bright, hardworking students, low-income families have the opportunity to reach their full potential. In order to apply, you must:
    * Be a senior in high school
    * Identify with one or more of the following groups: African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Asian Americans, and/or Hispanic Americans.
    * Be Pell-eligible
    * Plan to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at a public or private U.S. institution that is not for profit
    * Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the Unites States
    * Have a cumulative weighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above

    MORE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE UNDER VERIFICATION AND WILL BE LIVE SHORTLY.