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Many students want to attend college, but their parents have been unable to save enough money to ensure they can attend the college of their choice. However, that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible dream to attend the college of your dreams. It does take more effort to find scholarships that can make up any shortfall in funds for school but it’s worth it in the end.

The first and best place to begin on your list of places to look is at your chosen college. If you have already been accepted at a school and do not have adequate funds for tuition, books, and living expenses, then it’s time to meet with the financial aid officer at the college. Often, colleges can help students with funds that fill the gaps left by other types of aid.

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General Scholarships


  • California Middle Class Scholarship
    Amount: Varies by Need
    Deadline: March 2

    This grant is provided by the California Student Aid Commission for undergraduates and students who are pursuing a teaching credential who intend upon attending a University of California or California State University campus. It is awarded to students whose families make less than $171,000 a year. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress and can receive the grant for up to four years.

  • Burger King Scholars
    Amount: $1,000 to $50,000
    Deadline: December 15

    This scholarship is for graduating seniors who have a 2.5 or greater GPA that are U.S. or Canadian residents. The applicant must work on average 15 hours per week and also do community service work. The scholarship funds can be used at an accredited two- or four-year college or at a vocational school. It is not required that the applicant be a Burger King employee.

  • Carson Scholarship Fund
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: January 9

    The students who are awarded Carson Scholarships maintain a 3.75 GPA or greater and engage in community service. They are nominated for the scholarship by their school, and each school may only nominate one student per year. Nominees can be as young as in the 4th grade but must be committed to attending a college or university upon graduation from high school. Students who are awarded a scholarship are invited to compete for a scholarship in subsequent years, as long as they maintain their community service and GPA requirements. The goal of the program is to groom young leaders.

  • Coolidge Scholarship
    Amount: Full Tuition, Room & Board, and Fees
    Deadline: Varies

    The Coolidge Scholarship is in memory of former president Calvin Coolidge. Students must apply in their junior year of high school. Students chosen are humble leaders that demonstrate academic excellence and are interested in public policy. This scholarship is unique in that it is a full scholarship for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for a full four years of college. The application process includes submission of an essay, high school transcripts, a resume, and two letters of recommendation.

  • Dell Scholars Program
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: December 1

    This scholarship is bestowed upon students who have demonstrated financial need, have overcome challenges and hardships, and are highly motivated with strong goals for their future. Scholarship recipients must be attending a college readiness program. They must have a minimum GPA of 2.4.

  • Foreclosure.com Scholarship
    Amount: $2,500 (Winner); $500 (2nd & 3rd Place)
    Deadline: December 15

    This scholarship is for any student aged 13 or older that is currently attending post-secondary education. The application process involves writing an essay from 800 to 2000 words that provides creative and realistic solutions to solving the housing crisis in the U.S. Each year, the exact topic of the essay changes.

  • G.E./Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
    Amount: $10,000 (Can be renewed up to $40,000)
    Deadline: January 4 (OR when the foundation has received 25,000 applications)

    Every year, the Ronald Reagan Foundation and General Electric team up to award 18 scholarships of $10,000 each to students who demonstrate financial need, leadership, integrity, and a drive to succeed. The applicants need to have a 3.0 or greater GPA and can renew their scholarship over a six-year period four times.

  • Horatio Alger Association Scholarships
    Amount: Up to $25,000
    Deadline: October 25

    The Horatio Alger Society is one of the country's largest providers of scholarships that are need-based. Students who are awarded these scholarships have demonstrated leadership and academic excellence and have financial need. Their preference is that families who apply for these scholarships make less than $55,000 per year. Applicants must be involved in community and extra-curricular activities.

Degree Specific Scholarships


  • Academic Merit Scholarship
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: Varies

    This is for a student with a GPA of 3.4 or greater who is in a degree related to transportation, travel, or tourism. You must submits a 500-word essay. Two scholarships will be granted. Students are encouraged to apply if their declared major is close to the desired degree listed in the description.

  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute Fellowships
    Amount: $5,000-$15,000
    Deadline: Varies

    These scholarships are for graduate students who intend to earn their graduate degree in order to teach. Candidates must exemplify the philosophy that an educated populace will choose freedom and liberty. Writing necessary to apply for the award includes a five- to 10-page autobiography, a CV, a response to an essay question, and a five- to 10-page academic writing sample.

  • Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: Mid-April

    This scholarship is for graduate students whose studies will lead to future work in a career field that will allow them to be a partner in protecting wildlife. Potential graduate programs that will be funded are natural resources management or public policy. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate program and have demonstrated academic excellence. They must also demonstrate a commitment to long-term preservation of wildlife in the United States.

  • Bright Futures Scholarship for Early Childhood Teachers
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: Varies

    This scholarship is for prospective and current teachers who are in community colleges, four-year institutions, and graduate school programs that focus upon early childhood education. They award 29 scholarships per year. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence and provide writing samples detailing their career goals and a commitment to ECE. Candidates must also provide strong letters of recommendation.

  • Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program
    Amount: $9,000
    Deadline: Varies

    This program by the state of Massachusetts provides scholarships for current early childhood educators enrolled in community college, or state or private ECE programs. The award winners must continue to teach ECE in the state of Massachusetts or must pay back their grants.

  • U.S. Department of Education TEACH Grant
    Amount: 9 credit hours per year (paying the full cost of the credit hours)
    Deadline: FAFSA deadline

    This grant pays educational expenses for prospective teachers in order to allow them to get their teaching credential. In return, the teacher agrees to teach for four years in a high-need field at a low-income school, as defined by the Department of Education. If the awardee fails to meet the teaching requirement, the grant is converted to a federal student loan and must be paid back.

  • American Cancer Society Doctoral Degree Programs in Cancer Nursing
    Amount: $30,000 (Over 2 years as a $15,000/year stipend)
    Deadline: October 15

    These awards are for graduate students engaged in a doctoral program of cancer nursing research. The career goal of such candidates is careers as nurse scientists. The awards are for two consecutive years and the award may be renewed for another two years. The application process is online.

  • DAR - Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: February 10

    This organization provides a one-time award for students in an accredited nursing program. A letter showing enrollment in an accredited program or transcripts are required. You will need to provide a letter of financial need as well. This organization has a few nursing and medical scholarships available.

  • American Meteorological Society Freshman Undergraduate Scholarships
    Amount: $1,000-$25,000
    Deadline: Varies

    This society provides a number of undergraduate fellowships and scholarships for varying amounts. The student must be preparing to study atmospheric or a related science program at their university. Applications require various materials like transcripts, letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT test scores.

Military Service Scholarships


  • California National Guard Assistance Award Program
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: April 30

    This grant is awarded by the California Student Aid Commission to active members who already have completed two years of service in the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia and who will maintain their active duty status as they pursue their degree program. They must maintain enrollment of at least 3 units per semester and maintain a 2.0 GPA throughout their degree, diploma, or certificate program.

  • Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program
    Amount: $100 to $12,192
    Deadline: Applications accepted throughout the academic year

    This is another program by the California Student Aid Commission that provides grants for the children or spouses of active duty California peace officers, California Youth Authority, and California Corrections Department officers who were killed in the line of duty, allowing the spouse or dependent to attend the college of their choice.

  • Imagine America Foundation Military Award Program
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: December 31

    This scholarship program is for honorably discharged, retired, or active duty veterans of any U.S. military branch for a college or trade school program. After students have chosen their desired institution, then they complete the online application form.

  • Tillman Scholarship Program
    Amount: Up to $15,000 (Average award is $10,000)
    Deadline: February 28

    The goal of these grants is to provide scholarships for graduate or undergraduate study to veteran and active-duty military service members, including the National Guard and National Reserve, current spouses, and surviving spouses who will pursue a full-time post-secondary degree program. There is also a networking aspect to this program.

  • Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship Program
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: Varies

    There are several different kinds of grants for scholarships on this website for families of members of the Coast Guard. There are grants for spouses, active-duty members, reservists, retired members, and family members. These scholarships for surviving children of fallen Coast Guard members offer full tuition.

  • Army Reserve Scholarships
    Amount: 4 Years of Full Tuition OR $10,000 of Room & Board (Also a Stipend and Yearly Book Allowance)
    Deadline: September 1 (Fall); December 1 (Spring)

    The U.S. Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship is for a current or prospective college student. The scholarship will provide the student with either full tuition and fees (with no cap) or room and board of $10,000 per year for all four years of attendance at a university bachelor's program. The cadet will also receive a monthly stipend of $420 and a $1,200 book stipend per year.

    The requirements of the scholarship are that the student has to drill monthly with their USAR unit (which will also be paid), enroll in the ROTC program at their university, and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA while in college. Upon graduation, the student agrees to a tenure with the U.S. Army Reserve. Students need a 2.5 GPA to qualify for this scholarship.

  • U.S. Coast Guard College Pre-Commissioning Initiative
    Amount: Tuition and More
    Deadline: Varies

    This scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, and a full Coast Guard salary and housing allotment for students who are at a college sophomore or junior level and are attending a university that has historically served minorities. The scholarship is for up to two years of college. The student admitted into the program will be inducted into the Coast Guard, will receive basic training in the summer, and will be required to wear their Coast Guard uniform once per week at school and during their four hours of training per week with the Coast Guard. They are also required to attend a three-week officer training course in the summer of their junior year in college. After graduation from college, the students will attend 17 weeks of officer candidate training and will enter the Coast Guard as an ensign.

  • Dedicated Army National Guard Scholarship
    Amount: Tuition, $1,200 for Books, Monthly Allowance
    Deadline: Varies

    This program allows the student to receive full tuition expenses, up to $1,200 per year for books, a small monthly stipend, and sergeant drill pay. The student will be concurrently enrolled in the Army National Guard and will drill with their local unit. Upon completion of studies, the student will be required to be an active member of the Army National Guard for the next eight years. This scholarship is for U.S. citizens with a 2.5 or better high school GPA.

  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant David Fry Scholarship
    Amount: 36 months of Up to 100% benefits (Tuition and possibly more)
    Deadline: Always Taking Applications

    This scholarship is for surviving children and spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after 9/11. Applicants need to determine if the school program qualifies for VA benefits. If the program qualifies, there is a VA application that needs to be submitted. For a student already enrolled in college, they can go to the school's financial aid office and complete the required forms. All tuition and fees are covered for up to 36 months.

  • American Legion Legacy Scholarship
    Amount: Up to $20,000
    Deadline: April 15

    This scholarship is for surviving children of members of the military that died in the line of duty after 9/11. It is also available to service members who have a 50% or greater impairment in functioning suffered in the line of duty. The scholarship is for either undergraduate or graduate work and scholars may receive the award up to six times.

Scholarships for Women


  • Dr. Wynetta Frazier “Sister-to-Sister” Scholarship
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: February 28

    This scholarship is for African-American women who are at least 21 years of age or older who are in a bachelor's program but have had their education interrupted by the needs of caring for family members or by financial difficulties. This scholarship can also be for women who have been unable to attend college due to the needs of caring for their family or financial difficulties. The scholarship application requires a 450 to 500-word essay, transcripts, two and two letters of recommendation.

  • International Women in Media Scholarship
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: July 1

    Everipedia.org, which is developing an encyclopedia in blockchain format, has a scholarship for women who are graduating high school seniors or current college students. Applicants are required to create a page on the encyclopedia about a woman journalist.

  • The Future is Female Scholarship
    Amount: $3,000 ($300 worth of products)
    Deadline: June 29

    The applicant must be enrolled in or have graduated from college. The $3,000 will be towards a course of the applicant's choosing. There is also a concurrent award of $300 for True and Co. products. The applicant must provide some documentation that demonstrates enrollment or provide transcripts.

  • Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarship
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: March 31

    This scholarship is unique in that it targets women who are aged 35 or older as they work to attend a technical or vocational school or school of higher education. 85% of the women who receive the award are single mothers who have struggled to pay for higher education. Candidates must be able to explain how their higher education plans will help them and explain how they will in turn help their community.

    Note: The same foundation offers a needs-based scholarship for women 25 years and older who are residents of the state of Georgia.

  • National Medical Fellowship Scholarship Awards
    Amount: $2,000 to $7,500
    Deadline: Contact Organization

    These scholarships are available for female minority students who are attending an accredited medical school program in the United States. Students will need to show academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to serve underrepresented communities in their practice upon graduation. There are several scholarships administered by the same organization. This application will take a bit more documentation, especially in regard to financial aid information, than most.

  • O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarships
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: Contact Organization

    This organization provides eight scholarships per year for female graduating seniors to attend a four-year bachelor's program as a full time student. The student may enter college with any degree major. The awards are needs-based.

  • AAUW International Fellowships
    Amount: $30,000
    Deadline: November 15

    These scholarships are unique in that they are not awarded to U.S. citizens. They are awarded to female foreign nationals for full-time study or research in the United States. One can receive an award for either undergraduate or graduate instruction. The applicants will need to have a bachelor's degree. Five of the awards each year may be renewed for a second year. Successful scholars in this program have shown through either work professionally, or in their communities, their commitment to the advancement of females in society.

  • Adobe Research Women in Technology Scholarship
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: Varies

    Adobe is supplying a $10,000 scholarship to undergraduate female students majoring in computer science or computer engineering. Winning scholars will also receive a one-year membership in Creative Cloud and an Adobe Research Mentor. The applicants need to have a record of academic excellence and submit a personal statement, three letters of reference, transcripts, and a video or multi-media statement of purpose. Final candidates are selected by phone interview.

  • Civil Air Patrol Col. Mary Feik Flight Scholarship
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: Varies

    This is a unique scholarship for flight school expenses that can be used to pay for ground school, or flight training. The eligible candidate must be a female CAP cadet who has attained the age of 15 by June 1. The candidate must also have earned the Wright Brothers Award and have a Third-Class medical certificate, student pilot certificate, and a TSA background check. The scholarship can be used towards the expenses for pilot certification.

  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000 (32 Awards); $8,000 (6 Awards)
    Deadline: Varies by region

    This scholarship fund endows 32 grants of $2,000 each within the U.S. and six grants of $8,000 each internationally to women who show promise in the field of business leadership in order to pursue accredited business programs. The awards are for both undergraduate and graduate work. Applicants must be at least at the sophomore undergraduate level.

Minority Scholarships


  • League of United Latin American Citizens National Scholastic Achievement Awards
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: March 31

    The league was created to support students who are diverse. The scholarship applicants must either have applied to or currently be enrolled in post-secondary education. They must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. There are also minimum SAT or ACT scores needed for students entering college as freshmen.

  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
    Amount: up to $90,000 over two years
    Deadline: November 1

    These fellowships are granted to immigrants and children of immigrants whom the foundation believes are poised to make a powerful contribution in this country. The fellowships are for post-graduate education. The applicants must already possess a bachelor's degree and have not yet reached the age of 30.

  • AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students
    Amount: up to $5,000 per academic year
    Deadline: March 1

    This scholarship is for minority college students who are accounting majors in college. Students are chosen for the award based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, community service, and their desire to become a licensed CPA. The award does not automatically renew. One must reapply in the spring.

  • Page Education Foundation Grants
    Amount: $1,000 to $2,500
    Deadline: March 31

    This grant is for students who are minorities and seek to pursue higher education in the state of Minnesota. Students must have demonstrated financial need, academic excellence, and community service. They will be required to spend eight to ten hours each month working with younger minority children.

  • NMF Emergency Scholarship Fund
    Amount: up to $5,000
    Deadline: Varies to accommodate emergency funding needs

    This unique scholarship was designed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help third- and fourth-year minority medical students who need immediate help to pay for tuition shortfalls at any medical or osteopathic school in the U.S. that is an accredited institution. Applicants can receive immediate funding, if approved, by submitting a statement of financial need, an essay about their interest in the medical profession, proof of their financial situation, and a letter from the Financial Aid Director at their school.

  • NACME Minorities in Government Finance Scholarships
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: Varies

    These scholarships are for minority students who are either college juniors, seniors, or graduate students and whose majors are in specific subjects that they wish to support. The group chooses minority candidates who meet the specific standards set for each scholarship or fellowship and.

  • LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship for Graduate Students
    Amount: $3,750
    Deadline: February 28

    There are 20 of these graduate scholarships given per year to students who are minority, full time graduate students at a four-year university that are in a program with an emphasis on advertising, marketing, or public relations. Students must be carrying at least 9 units per semester and have a 3.2 GPA or better. They will also receive a trip to Cincinnati and engage in career and professional development workshops. The candidate must be at least one year from completion of his or her master's program and keep in contact with the awarding organization in order to continue to receive professional and academic support.

  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships
    Amount: up to $24,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study
    Deadline: February 15

    The Jackie Robinson Foundation awards are to help minority students who show leadership qualities, community service, and financial need attend a four-year accredited college. Students will need to complete an application and submit a letter of recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, their high school transcript, their state's financial aid report, and proof of their U.S. citizenship.

  • Spirit of Anne Frank Awards
    Amount: $1,000-$5,000
    Deadline: Varies (February-March)

    This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to combat injustice, intolerance, and prejudice in society. The scholarships are awarded at a ceremony in New York in June of each year. Applicants need to submit the online application, essay, and letters of recommendation.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities


  • AG Bell College Scholarship
    Disability: Hearing Impairment
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: March 8

    Eligibility for this award is limited to high-achieving students, minimum 3.25 GPA, that were diagnosed with bilateral hearing loss before the age of four. Applicants primary mode of communication must be spoken language and listening. In addition, eligible students must be attending an accredited university, enrolled in a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree program.

  • George H. Nofer Scholarship
    Disability: Hearing Impairment
    Amount: $5,000 (3 Awards)
    Deadline: April 12

    The George H. Nofer Scholarship is awarded to full-time graduate students diagnosed with pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss which is moderately sever to profound. Recipients must be attending accredited institutions studying for a masters or doctoral degree in public policy or public administration. Eligible applicants must use listening and spoken language as their primary mode of communication. More specific, detailed requirements are available at the webpage listed above.

  • Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Memorial Foundation Asthma Scholarship
    Disability: Asthma
    Amount: $1,500 (3 awards)
    Deadline: March 1

    The Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society (TAAIS) Memorial Foundation offers a $1,500 award to three Texas high school seniors diagnosed with asthma. Applications must include two typed essays, a financial need letter from a parent or guardian, recommendation letters from one counselor and one teacher, a high school resume listing achievements, and high school transcripts. Funds awarded will be paid directly to the school of choice in the student’s name.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Standard Scholarship
    Disability: Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
    Amount: $1,000 per year
    Deadline: March 28

    The Cystic Fibrosis scholarship is available to students enrolled in undergraduate programs as well as vocational schools who are diagnosed with CF. Awards are determined based on financial need, academic achievement, and proven leadership abilities. Applicants must be enrolled in at least nine credit hours and may reapply annually. Funds awarded may be used toward tuition, books, and other necessary expenses. Recipient’s funds will be credited directly to their school of choice.

  • Eric Dostie Memorial College Scholarship
    Disability: Hemophilia
    Amount: $1,000 (10 awards)
    Deadline: March 1

    Students diagnosed with hemophilia or similar disorders may apply for the Eric Dostie Memorial Scholarship. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens enrolled in a full-time, two- or four-year program. Applicants must submit an essay and provide proof of scholastic achievement, service to their community, and financial need.

  • Marianjoy Scholarship
    Disability: Physical Disability
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: March 29

    Eligibility for the Marianjoy Scholarship is dependent upon documentation of a permanent, physical disability or other impairment. Applicants must also prove residency in one of seven Illinois counties. Accepted conditions for eligibility include:

    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Guillain-Barre syndrome
    • Brain injury
    • Musculoskeletal impairment
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Stroke
  • The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation Scholarship
    Disability: Diabetes
    Amount: Up to $10,000
    Deadline: April 15

    The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation sponsors renewable scholarships for high school seniors diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes who are planning for higher education. Recipients may use the award toward tuition, fees, and books. Eligibility is dependent upon being a U.S. citizen with a minimum 3.0 GPA who successfully completes the application process including supporting documentation of disability and letters of recommendation.

  • Frederick J. Krause Scholarship
    Disability: Mobility
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: November 15

    The American Association of Health and Disability (AAHD) is a national organization committed to promoting health and wellness initiatives for children and adults with disabilities. The AAHD sponsors the Frederick J. Krause Scholarship in memory of a renowned disability advocate. Applicants must be sophomores or higher in an accredited, full-time undergraduate program, or part- or full-time in a graduate program.

  • UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship
    Disability: Epilepsy
    Amount: Up to $5,000 (30 Awards); Up to $10,000 (2 Awards)
    Deadline: Varies (Previously March 8)

    A global biopharmaceutical company, UCB focuses their research on neurology and immunology. They offer scholarships to individuals living with epilepsy. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement along with personal accomplishments. Several awards are available including $10,000 in memory two prominent doctors known for their advocacy.

  • RiSE Scholarship
    Disability: Learning Disabilities
    Amount: $2,500 (6 Awards); $500 (Honorable-Mention Awards for each category)
    Deadline: January

    The RiSE Scholarship Foundation awards students with learning disabilities who exhibit the ability to overcome the challenges they have faced. Eligible applicants are college-bound high school seniors who are U.S. citizens with at least a 2.5 GPA. Documentation of a learning disability will be required with the application along with a letter of recommendation from a prominent member of their high school faculty.

  • Google Lime Scholarship
    Disability: Physical Disabilities
    Amount: $10,000 (United States); $5,000 (Canada)
    Deadline: Varies (Multiple Opportunities)

    Lime Connect is a global organization that attracts, prepares, and connects students showing potential to private scholarships. Students with documented disabilities who are pursuing a Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or similar technical degree are eligible. Applicants must exhibit high academic performance, leadership abilities, and a passion for technology.

Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Scholarships


  • Dan Klepper Memorial Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: February 1

    Students who are attending an accredited Texas university or college in a major related to conservation, the outdoors, or wildlife management and intend upon communicating to the public about these topics through any form of mass media can apply for these scholarships. The organization is contemplating offering more than one scholarship in 2019.

  • Fulbright Grants
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: October 15

    This is a grant funded by the U.S. government. Fulbright grants are awarded for graduate studies, advanced research, university teaching, or elementary and secondary teaching. Fulbright scholars teach or conduct research in a foreign country. Part of the ethos of the Fulbright scholarship is cultural exchange. There is a very formal application process that involves interviews and a guide within the organization.

  • Humane Studies Fellowships
    Amount: $15,000 per year, renewable
    Deadline: February 10

    These fellowships are specifically for post-graduate work. Anyone who will be attending a full time PhD program in the humanities may apply. The criterion is very specific in that the candidate will be studying in the fields of social science or the humanities. The grants are administered by George Mason University but are not required to be used at that institution. The scholars in this program are provided quite a bit of opportunity to network.

  • Rhodes Scholarships
    Amount: All educational costs plus stipend
    Deadline: October 4

    This is one of the most well-known international scholarships in the world. This scholarship is highly competitive and allows the student to study at Oxford University in Oxford, England. The scholarship pays for two to three years of study at Oxford and includes all of the student's educational costs and a stipend. This is a highly competitive scholarship. The winning scholars are chosen based upon scholastic achievements, their writing, their character, and their athletic ability. Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 24 and have received their bachelor's degree at the time of the application.

  • Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: May 20 (Fall); December 20 (Spring)

    This scholarship is awarded twice annually in order to help students have the necessary funds to study abroad. It can be used for room and board, tuition, books, or travel. The company will send the scholarship money directly in payment of the fees on behalf of the student. The winner will also receive a new backpack.

  • Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
    Amount: up to $40,000
    Deadline: March 14

    This scholarship is expressly designed to help students who are currently attending a community college or two-year institution make the transition to a four-year institution. It is provided by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. A representative of the JKC Foundation on one's campus must nominate the student. The award is based upon a combination of academic excellence and financial need. The applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA at their community college.

  • Watson Travel Fellowship
    Amount: $30,000 (One year stipend)
    Deadline: November (Ask advisor about internal deadlines)

    This is a unique scholarship because it is granted to graduating college seniors to fund a purposeful time of study abroad. The applicant must be nominated by one of 40 participating universities. This is a highly formal and competitive application that will entail an application, a personal statement, a project proposal, letters of recommendation and transcripts. The final selection process involves an interview.

  • Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship
    Amount: All tuition and fees for a 1-year Master’s program
    Deadline: TBA

    Post-graduate scholarship programs are fewer in number. This one is unique in that it allows the student to pursue independent research at the master's level. The program funds a year of study in a master's program at the University of Cambridge, Churchill College in science, mathematics, engineering, or science policy. The candidate must be between the ages of 18 and 26 and cannot already hold a PhD.

  • ‘Young People For’ Fellowship
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: December 31

    This is another unique program, in that the goal is to fund progressive activists at their college campuses. The name of the organization is ‘Young People For.’ The student must be currently enrolled in college and be committed to progressive activism on their college campus and in their communities. The scholars are trained to become leaders and create blueprints for community change and renewal.

  • Davis-Putter Scholarship
    Amount: $10,000 per year
    Deadline: April 1

    This need-based scholarship program is looking for college students at all levels - undergraduate, graduate, or pursuing professional credential programs – who are committed to social and economic justice and peace activism on their college campuses. Candidates will need to submit a personal statement about how their study will help support progressive causes in the United States. Also, the candidate must submit a student aid report or FAFSA, letters of recommendation, and academic transcripts, along with a list of living expenses for the past twelve months.

Other Sources of Scholarship Information


  • Discover Bank has an impressive list of general scholarships with handy drop-down access to look at some of the particulars.

  • Scholarship.com can help you narrow down your scholarship searches by type and can send you information on new scholarships tailored to your needs and metrics.

  • Fastweb.com is another web site that contains information about scholarships, but it also has information on internships, part time jobs, and student loans. Like Scholarship.com, they provide tailored information based upon your individual metrics.

    Don't rule out looking at your parent's employers for sources of scholarships.

    Also, consider any trade organization in your proposed career path. Such organizations are also likely sources of scholarship money and information on degree-specific scholarships.

Scholarships for College-Bound, High School Seniors


A great source of scholarship money for families looking for college funds may be their own employer(s). Many companies offer scholarships for their employees or their children, but it may not be common knowledge. It pays, literally and figuratively, for parents to take the time and ask their human resources liaison if such scholarships exist. This is especially true if you work for a larger corporation or a more established company.

Once the graduating senior has been accepted at a particular college, they need to meet with a financial aid officer at the school to find out what scholarship resources the school may have to offer for a shortfall in college money. Often, schools can cover some of the remaining cost or recommend the student for a scholarship.

One other big tip is not to forget to find out what scholarship or grant programs are offered by your state to graduating high school seniors. For example, California has a grant program that covers an entire four-year program and is need based. Also, the Federal Pell Grant program is a need-based financial aid program.

The following is a list of some other sources of scholarships for college-bound, high school seniors:

  • AXA Achievement Scholarship
    Amount: $2,500, $10,000, or $25,000
    Deadline: Early in the student's senior year

    This scholarship is sponsored by an insurance agency that provides 300 scholarships per year. The scholarships are one-time, and the desirable candidate will show drive, commitment, and a demonstrable ability to succeed in school. Especially desirable are students who have shown through action or education that they are willing to help society minimize risk.

  • United States Senate Youth Program
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: Varies by State (September-November)

    This is a scholarship provided by the U.S. Senate for two students from each state to receive a $10,000 scholarship and spend a week in Washington, D.C., listening to major policy speeches and meeting with the president and a member of the Supreme Court. All transportation, accommodation, and meal expenses are paid for by a non-profit organization. The winning scholars are encouraged to pursue degrees in political science and history.

  • Davidson Fellows Scholarship
    Amount: $10,000, $25,000, or $50,000
    Deadline: Varies

    These scholarships are for students who have completed a piece of work that is at a graduate level in one of a number of fields of endeavor. One of the requirements to apply for the scholarship is to demonstrate the work. The categories that one may apply for a Davidson Fellows Scholarship are technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy, and a category called “Outside the Box.”

  • The Coca-Cola Scholars Program
    Amount: $20,000 (50 Awards); $10,000 (400 Awards)
    Deadline: October 31

    These scholarships are renewable yearly. Each year 50 students receive $20,000, and another 400 students receive $10,000. The soft drink maker is looking for seniors who have demonstrated leadership in business, government, the arts, or education. The students must have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA and have been engaged in community service.

  • Gates Millennium Scholars
    Amount: Full Tuition
    Deadline: Not specified

    These scholarships are strictly for U.S. citizens who are from a racial minority and have demonstrable leadership activities in community service or other extracurricular-types of activities. The award is need-based, so students must show that they meet the Federal Pell Grant requirements for eligibility. 1,000 of these scholarships are awarded each year. When Gates Scholars have successfully completed their bachelor's degrees, they are eligible to request that the Gates Foundation fund a graduate degree program so long as they choose the fields of computer science, education, engineering, library, science, mathematics, public health, or science.

  • Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program
    Amount: $1,000-$12,500 per year for 4 years (500 Awards)
    Deadline: November 15

    The national headquarters of the Elks Club gives out 500 need-based scholarships yearly to students who show outstanding academics and leadership potential. There are also local scholarships that are available by inquiring at their local Elks Club headquarters. The awards are yearly for all four years of a bachelor's degree. There are also scholarships available for children of deceased Elks Club members.

  • American Legion Oratorical Contest
    Amount: $18,000 (1st Place); $16,000 (2nd Place); $14,000 (3rd Place); $1,500
    Deadline: Varies

    This is a speaking contest that leads to a scholarship of up to $18,000 at the college of one's choice. The American Legion provides up to $138,000 in awards each year to high school seniors and juniors who provide the best responses to a question about the U.S. Constitution and citizens' rights and responsibilities. The students receive the topic only five minutes before they stand before the judges and speak. Each speech lasts from 8-10 minutes.

  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
    Amount: $2,500 to $25,000 (Some one-time awards, some multi-year awards)
    Deadline: January 10

    These scholarships are for students who are racially designated as Asian-Pacific Islanders according to U.S. Census criteria. They are for candidates who live at or below the poverty level, show good academic achievement, and have a minimum high school GPA of 2.7. They will be the first in their family to attend college. Check the website because there are more types of scholarships available than just this general fund scholarship for Asian and Pacific Islanders.

  • Cameron Impact Scholarship
    Amount: Full Tuition (10-15 Awards)
    Deadline: Rolling Deadline (Previously ending mid-September)

    This organization provides 10 to 15 full-ride, merit-based scholarships each year to high school seniors. The organization is looking for students with a 3.7 or higher GPA who excel in extracurricular activities and community service and are looking to make an impact in the world. About one-quarter of the scholarships go to students who will pursue careers after they graduate in public sector jobs, such as in education, non-profits, the government, or the military, but they allocate other scholarships to students who have the stated goal of making a positive impact in society and have shown a track record of excellence and achievement.

  • Dell Scholars Program
    Amount: $20,000, a laptop, and textbook credits
    Deadline: December 1

    This is a need-based program for students who qualify for Pell Grants. The students only need a 2.4 GPA in order to qualify, but must show drive, determination, and motivation to succeed. 300 awards are provided yearly, along with other academic assistance to ensure the student has all of the support resources to make it through their bachelor's program.