Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013
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Recently Added Scholarships
- OnlineColleges.com $2,500 Summer Competition
In a maximum 5,000 character essay, students should describe why they want to earn their college degree and how online classes are helping them accomplish this.
Amount: $2,500 to be used for online classes Deadline: June 26.
- The Future Dentist Scholarship Fund
Students must write an essay on the topic of what they think their greatest challenge will be as they enter the dental profession.
Amount: Two $500 awards Deadline: July 31.
- The Critical Systems Inc. Breakthrough Technology Scholarship
Students must write an essay on their motivation to pursue an engineering degree in their chosen area.
Amount: $1,000 Deadline: July 30 and October 31.
Locate scholarships, internships, grants and loans that match your education level, talents and background. The site will ask you to complete a brief questionnaire and the Scholarship Search tool will find potential opportunities from a database of more than 2,200 sources of college funding.
- U.S. Department of Labor
Free scholarship search tool, with more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities.
Offers a scholarship search engine as well as a social network where students create topics, participate in discussions and vote on scholarship winners.
This scholarship search connects you with more than 1.68 million scholarships, grants and awards worth $7.69 billion. Set up a free account, and use the scholarship search tool to complete your profile and view a list of scholarships that match your qualifications. You can enter keywords to search for college scholarships as well.
Search 2.7 million local, state and national college scholarships and grants. After you complete a personal profile, you can access a unique list of scholarships matching your academics, talents and interests. Search matching scholarships and sort them by dollar amount, deadline, rank or scholarship name.
Create a profile and get a customized list of scholarships that match your hobbies, interests and academic background. The database includes 2.4 million scholarships.
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Site features a "Scholarship of the Month," which offers details about the opportunity, the application deadline and info about how to apply right on the home page. Scholarship matching is available for a fee.
Free service provides access to more than 1 million undergraduate, graduate and professional scholarship awards worth in more than $3 billion from greater than 4,000 sources.
Links to more than 50 free, online scholarship search sites.
- Institute of International Education
Click on a field of study or a geographic destination to see a comprehensive list of scholarships and other funding opportunities. Note that many of these opportunities have a global focus.
This website aims to connect donors with students who need assistance paying their college tuition.
Search by State
- Scholarships.com Lots of scholarships - including unique and lesser-known opportunities - in every state.
- CollegeScholarships.org Click on a state to read about the scholarships available in that state. From here, you will need to research any opportunities that appeal to you.
- CollegeGrantsandScholarships.net Clickable map makes it easy to browse dozens of opportunities, including state scholarships and grants, college-based scholarships and grants, and other private scholarship opportunities.
Scholarships for Minority Students
Offers a very comprehensive list of African American Scholarships, Native American Scholarships, Asian College Scholarships, Black History Month Scholarships, Hispanic Scholarships and more. Create an account to ensure that you are viewing the full content of your search results.
Site lists specialized databases of scholarships (e.g. Latino Scholarships and Grants (UCLA)), award programs (e.g. Hearst Minority Fellowship) and a list of books that can help in the search. FinAid notes that in addition to the specialized databases, minority students should also search the general databases described in the Scholarships section.
A guide to scholarship opportunities for African American students, Hispanic students, Native American students, Asian students, female students, and more. Lists more obscure awards as well. No login or registration required.
- United Negro College Fund
Provides scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions. Click on an opportunity to read more about it, including eligibility details, application deadline and how to apply. Also see their scholarship search tool for more opportunities.
- American Indian College Fund (AICF)
The AICF raises funds to support student scholarships tribal colleges and universities across the U.S. The fund currently has two different scholarship programs available: the Tribal College Scholarship Program and the Special Scholarship Program. Also check out graduate scholarship opportunities.
- Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)
The OCA is known as a leading organization in administering scholarships for Asian Pacific American students. You can apply here.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
The HSF is the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation, awarding more than $300 million and close to 100,000 scholarships to students in need. The fund offers opportunities for high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate college students, and community college transfer students. Click on an opportunity for information on eligibility, application deadlines and how to apply.
- National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
NACME is supposedly the nation's largest private source of scholarships for African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in engineering. Find out more details about the Company-Affiliated Partner Scholarship, the NACME Scholars Program and the various Fellowships offered by the council.
- Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program
As part of the United States Department of Agriculture, this scholarship offers professional development opportunities to students and staff at HSIs with internships, scholarships, grants, fellowships, ambassadorships and more. Note: An HSI, or a Hispanic-serving institution, is a non-profit institution that has at least 25 percent Hispanic full-time equivalent enrollment. There are more than 250 HSI's nationwide.
- Indian Health Services Scholarship Program
This scholarship program is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides three types of scholarships: Preparatory, Pre-Graduate and Health Professions. The Preparatory Scholarship provides financial aid for undergraduates taking prerequisite courses in preparation for entry to health professional schools such as nursing and pharmacy. The Pre-Graduate Scholarship provides financial aid for courses leading to a bachelor's degree in specific pre-professional areas like pre-medicine as needed by Indian health programs. The Health Professions Scholarship provides financial aid and living expenses for those applying to, accepted to or enrolling to health professions programs. There is also a loan repayment program in exchange for two years of full-time clinical practice at an approved Indian health program. All recipients must be qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally recognized tribes only).
- Educational Partnership Program
The Educational Partnership Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides financial aid for students attending minority-serving universities who are on the track to a career in the sciences. The scholarships support those pursuing applied research and education in atmospheric, oceanic, and environmental sciences and remote sensing technology. There are four programs: Cooperative Science Centers, Environmental Entrepreneurship Program, Graduate Sciences Program and Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Read more about each here. Click here for a list of U.S. Department of Education's accredited postsecondary minority institutions.
- Gates Millennium Scholarship Program
Established in 1999 with a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GMS awards African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Native Americans and Hispanic Americans with scholarships for education in mathematics, public health and the sciences, engineering, education or library science.
- NAACP Scholarship Program
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the country's oldest and largest civil rights organization. It offers numerous yearly scholarships to African Americans and other minorities to help further their education.
- League of United Latin American Citizens National Scholarship Fund (LULAC)
Run at the local, grassroots level, the Scholarship Fund awards more than $750,000 each year to Hispanic students at all levels of study. Applicants are le for three types of scholarships: the National Scholastic Achievement Award is $2,000, the Honors Award is $500-$2,000 and the General Awards are $250-$1,000. On top of scholarships, LULAC also offers programs in the areas of mentoring, literacy, science and technology, leadership, college access and financial success at their 17 educational service centers and 25 satellite programs.
- National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
With 3,300 members, NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the U.S. In an effort to strengthen ties between African American journalists and promote diversity in the newsroom, it awards $100,000 each year in scholarships and internships to college and high school students pursuing journalism, as well as fellowships for professionals. Scholarships are worth up to $25,000.
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
NSBE has more than 30,000 members and is comprised of more than 233 college and university chapters, 65 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 89 Pre-College chapters. It's one of the largest student-managed organizations in the U.S. Its mission is to "increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community." Scholarships, internships, career support and job search assistance are offered to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in engineering. Individual scholarships range from $500-$7,500.
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Since 1977, AISES has strived to increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). You can apply here.
Scholarships for Women
A guide to scholarship opportunities for women. Lists more obscure awards as well. No login or registration required.
Lots of awards for women, across a wide range of fields. Click on an opportunity to learn more about it, including who is eligible and when to apply.
This site focused on all things college features a helpful list of 50 scholarships for women. Each listing includes a description of the scholarship with all the basic info and its link for you to learn more.
- Jeannette Rankin Foundation
The Jeannette Rankin Foundation awards scholarships to low-income women aged 35 and older who are in an undergraduate or vocational training program and have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves, their families and their communities. You can apply here.
- AARP Women's Scholarship Program
AARP began awarding scholarships to women age 50 and older desiring to get their undergraduate degrees in 2007. Take note that priority is given to women raising the children of another family member, those in low-paying jobs with no career opportunities and who are lacking a retirement benefit and/or health insurance, or those who have been out of the work force for more than five years.
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs who are preparing for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. SWE awards individual scholarships to freshmen through graduate students, and scholarships and fellowships range from $1,000 to $10,000 each.
- Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund
The charitable foundation of this famous women's brand has offered scholarships to women achieving a degree later in life since 1996. Based on financial need and previous achievements, the award goes to women who earned a high school diploma or GED 10+ years ago. Ten recipients receive $15,000 and one finalist receives $30,000 scholarship. All will also get a Borders gift card, a Talbots gift card, an Office Depot gift card and the Reinvention Resume Plus eKit to help with finding a job.
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Several athletics scholarship opportunities for Divisions I and II undergraduate student-athletes. The NCAA notes that about $1 billion in athletically related financial aid is awarded each year at Divisions I and II institutions to more than 126,000 student-athletes, and these grants are awarded and administered directly by each institution, not by the NCAA.
- National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
The NJCAA promotes and supervises a national program of sports and activities for accredited junior colleges and two-year institutions. Check out scholarship procedures and deadlines here (pdf).
FinAid provides some great general resources and scholarships where you can begin your search for an athletic scholarship. We like their list of schools that offer significant numbers of sports scholarships. The site notes that for individual sports scholarships that match your profile, you should search the FastWeb scholarship database.
As well as giving great details about the three main, national athletic organizations that represent voluntary college and university members - National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) - CollegeScholarships.org also offers advice on good athletic scholarships you may not know about, and how to get a scholarship from a Division III school.
- Financial Aid Finder
In addition to some truly helpful tips, this site covers lesser-known opportunities such as the Women's Golf and Synchronized Swimming Scholarships, and Sports Photo Contest and Bowling Scholarships. It also has info on scholarships for sports majors including physical education, sports and recreation management, and sports psychology.
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
- Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program provides scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in health professions and nursing programs. You can find a few more details at this site, though you'll ultimately apply for this scholarship at the student financial aid office of the school where you are or intend to be enrolled.
- Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarship Award
Offers a $10,000 award to two graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities who are pursuing undergraduate degrees. Read about past winners and download the application.
- National Guard Patriot Academy
Located in Indiana, the National Guard Patriot Academy is a pilot program of the National Guard Bureau that gives qualified high school dropouts the chance to join the National Guard, earn their high school diploma and give back to the community. Enlistees earn an Indiana High School Diploma and post-secondary credits while developing life skills, discipline, motivation and military training. Learn more in the FAQ section.
- The Posse Foundation
Since 1989, The Posse Foundation's goals are to expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit young leaders from diverse backgrounds, help institutions build more interactive campus environments so they can be more welcoming to people from all backgrounds and ensure that Posse Scholars graduate and become leaders in the workforce. Student leaders from public high schools who may be overlooked by traditional admissions criteria are nominated and chosen to form multicultural teams called Posses. These teams of 10 receive pre-collegiate training and prep and then attend college together with the help of four-year merit-based leadership scholarships.
- Total and Permanent Disability Discharge
Read up on information regarding TPD discharge of the federal student loans. Authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965, there are four financial assistance programs that include provisions for discharge of an individual's obligation to repay a loan or complete a service obligation due to TPD. These programs include the Federal Perkins Loan Program for economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students, the Federal Family Education Loan Program for students and parents of dependent undergraduate students provided by private lenders and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program for students and parents of dependent undergraduate students provided by the federal government. The final one, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program offers up to $4,000 per year in grants to students agreeing to teach for four years in a high-need field at a low-income elementary or secondary school.
- Foster Care to Success
To be eligible, applicants must have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the U.S., and have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other post-secondary school. Awards range from $1,500 to $6,000 per academic year, and are renewable for up to five years. Find out more here.
Scholarships for Military and Federal Employees' Families
Scholarships for Military Children
As a way to recognize and celebrate the contributions of military families, children of U.S. military personnel can qualify for this scholarship sponsored by the Defense Commissary Agency. More than $8.3 million has been awarded to more than 5,400 students over the program's ten years. A minimum of one $1,500 scholarship is awarded at every commissary location and pays for tuition, books, lab fees and other related expenses.
- Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
As part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that went into effect August 2009, this scholarship is awarded to children of service members who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. Students may receive up to the highest public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, as well as a monthly living stipend and book allowance.
- Society of the Daughters of the United States Army Scholarships
DUSA offers $1,000 scholarships to daughters and granddaughters of active duty or retired Army officers. le applicants must be high school seniors whose family resides within a 35-mile radius of West Point, New York.
- National Association of Retired Federal Employees Scholarship
This merit-based scholarship is available to federal employees, their spouses and their children (or dependent). Annually, more than 400 students from 26 regions win scholarships ranging from $250-$2,500, as well as an opportunity to be one of six to receive an additional $5,000. Applicants must be college or high school seniors planning to enroll in an accredited postsecondary school.
- Association of Former Special Agents of the IRS Scholarship (or Frank L. Smith AFSA College Scholarship)
Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of an AFSA member are le to receive a $2,000 annual scholarship while pursuing a four-year college degree. Applicants can apply each year that they are eligible - whether they were awarded a scholarship in the past or not. Students are evaluated on work record, quality of application and reference letters and extracurricular activities. The award can be used for tuition, books, supplies and other related necessities.
- Army Officers' Wives' Club Greater Washington Area (AOWCGWA)
Dedicated to children or spouses of U.S. Army personnel in the Greater Washington, D.C., area, this $1,000 scholarship is divided into three categories: high school seniors, college students (up to age 22) and spouses.
Study Abroad Scholarships
- International Education Financial Aid
Financial aid, college scholarship and grant info
Links to fellowship, grant and scholarship opportunities
Database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans
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Study abroad financial aid and grants
Special Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
- Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Current U.S. high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA can apply for one of 250 four-year, achievement-based scholarships. Fifty students receive $20,000 for college as a National Scholar, while 200 Regional Scholars are awarded $10,000.
- Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Approximately 20 scholarships are awarded annually to young people under the age of 18 (no minimum age requirement) who submit a significant piece of work in one of the following categories: Mathematics, Science, Literature, Music, Technology, Philosophy and Outside the Box. The scholarship levels are currently at $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000.
- Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition
High school seniors in the U.S. can apply for one of 500 four-year scholarships based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000 per year.
- Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
Established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hollings Scholarships are given to approximately 100 undergraduate students majoring in "a discipline area related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology or education" with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Awards include a maximum of $8,000 per year in academic assistance during either junior or senior year with possible reappointment for a second year, as well as $650 per week during a 10-week summer internship at a NOAA facility.
- Intel Science Talent Search
Recognizes high school seniors for exceptional independent research in science, math, engineering and medicine. Hundreds of awards ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.
- National Merit Scholarship
Awards high school students through the National Merit Scholar Program. Any student who takes the PSAT and is le for the program is automatically in the running. Each year, 8,200 finalists are awarded one of three scholarships: a single-payment $2,500 scholarship, corporate-sponsored scholarships and college-sponsored scholarships.
- Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
Awards more than 7,000 new U.S. high school seniors each year with $1,500 scholarships for college. Students apply through their individual State Education Agency.
- Siemens Westinghouse Competition
High school students submit research reports individually or as a team to enter this scientific research competition. Students first compete regionally for $3,000 and the opportunity to move on to the national competition. There, six winners are awarded scholarships ranging from a total of $10,000 to $100,000 that will go towards a postsecondary education.
Special Scholarships for Graduate Students
- Beinecke Scholarship
Awards college juniors planning to attend graduate school with a degree in arts, humanities and social sciences. Each scholar is awarded an initial $4,000, followed by $30,000 while in graduate school. One hundred schools are invited to nominate one student, and then only 20 are chosen as scholars.
- Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Each year, about 60 college juniors in the U.S. are awarded up to $30,000 for graduate study with a degree in public service. The program receives close to 600 applicants each year, and students are nominated by their school.