Searching for Scholarships? Here's our Winning Strategy

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    Introduction: What is a Scholarship Strategy?

    Whether you've realized it or not, pretty much everything you do or have done involves some sort of strategy, aka a plan of action.

    Guess what? The process of searching and applying for scholarships is no different. If you are applying for scholarships, you definitely need a scholarship strategy. 

    Now, I will be the first to admit that applying for scholarships can be overwhelming.

    Between trying to balance schoolwork, jobs, extracurriculars, and other aspects of your life, you might be worried about how you are going to find the time and level of organization necessary to keep on top of your scholarship search.

    Lucky for you, I have outlined my own (dare I say, AMAZING!) scholarship strategy below, for you to use! 

    So, don't hesitate, don't bookmark this, and promise yourself that you'll come back to it later. Give it a read, use it to create your OWN scholarship strategy, and then get applying. 

    Step #1: Start early. 

    My first piece of advice is, essentially, to not procrastinate! 

    If you're a current high school junior or senior and you know you want to apply to some scholarships to help pay your way through school, then the best thing you can do is get started with the process early, meaning ASAP!

    Even if you aren’t yet eligible for some of the scholarships (because you are not the appropriate year in school or for some other reason), it's better to create your plan of action early.

    That way, you know what to expect and will be prepared to seamlessly apply to scholarships once you are ready and/or able to. 

    Tons of students ask me if it's possible to still apply for scholarships once they've entered college. The answer is 1000% YES! Regardless of what year in college you are, I promise there are scholarships out there for you!

    If you're currently in college or graduate school, you should definitely get into searching and applying for scholarships as soon as you can. Before you know it, you'll be preparing for graduation, and unfortunately, there aren't many scholarships that you will be eligible for once you've walked across the stage.  

    Step #2: Identify your reasons for applying. 

    When you begin your search, you'll find that there are hundreds of different types of scholarships out there and that all of them vary in terms of the amount of money that they give students.

    Therefore, at this stage in the process of developing your scholarship strategy, it's important to make a mental (or physical) list of the following things:

    • What is the yearly tuition for the schools that I am applying to (or the school that I am planning to attend)? 
    • How am I planning on financing my tuition? (Mostly through loans, scholarships, and grants, or through other means?) 
    • What is my goal of applying for scholarships? (AKA, am I trying to earn enough money to cover my entire tuition, or am I looking to reach a certain goal to pay for specific expenses, such as textbooks or other fees?) 

    Once you have asked yourself these questions and identified your answers, you will likely have a more concrete idea of the amount of time and effort you are going to have to invest in your scholarship search and application process. Your scholarship strategy is coming together! 

    Step #3: Locate your scholarship resources.

    A key part of any scholarship strategy is identifying your sources. This is where the Access Scholarships search engine platform comes in handy!

    Spend some time filling out information about yourself, including your potential major, grades, interests, and more, and our platform will return an entire list of scholarships that we think will be a great match for you.

    Additionally, when you create an account on Access Scholarships, you can sign up to receive emails when new scholarships are posted that might interest you.

    On top of our platform, be sure to check out potential offline scholarships that are offered for students within your local community, on your campus, or through other extracurricular programs that you may be a part of.

    Finally, consider doing some research on federal student grant programs that you may be eligible for. The majority of federal grants do not need to be paid off, making them similar to scholarships in that aspect.

    Step #4: Think big and small, and outside the box.

    While it's certainly easy to locate a handful of big-name (and big $$$) scholarships being offered by large companies and organizations and setting your eyes on applying to those, it's important to remember that you are certainly not the only student to have eyes on the big prizes!

    Therefore, part of a smart scholarship strategy is to diversify the types of scholarships you apply to, similar to the way you might want to diversify an investment portfolio to mitigate risk. 

    The goal is to find an even balance between applying for big-name scholarships (potentially high value but also a lower chance of winning) with smaller, potentially lesser-known scholarships (perhaps lower value but also a potentially higher chance of winning).  

    In addition to the big and small, I also want to discuss the importance of thinking outside the box when it comes to the types of scholarships you're applying for.

    Know that there are so many scholarships out there that go beyond just a college major or area of study. You can find scholarships based on so many other things too, such as your hobbies, interests, and the way you identify (ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc)! 

    So, before you even take the step to start searching for scholarships you might be a good fit for, I encourage you to take some time to just sit down and make a list.

    Aim to dig deep into yourself and think about everything you are, activities you are involved in, causes you support, and more.

    Once you have your list handy, you can then go through the process of not only searching for "STEM Scholarships" but also searching "Scholarships for Activists" or "Scholarships for Students of Color" to widen the range of opportunities that are open to you to apply for and hopefully earn some money from!

    Step #5: Gather all necessary materials.

    Now that you have your scholarship goals and resources identified, at this stage, you'll want to start gathering the documents and information that are generally required, and likely will be required for most of the scholarships that you find and want to apply for.

    Some of the information that scholarships may ask for when you apply (depending on the type of scholarship) includes:

    One major key to any scholarship strategy is doing things that will keep you organized and save you time. Having this information handy in a folder on your computer will help to make the process of applying to scholarships much quicker.

    Also, once you start applying for scholarships, you may find that certain scholarships require you to also answer specific essay questions and that these questions may be similar across scholarships.

    Therefore, another helpful section of your folder could be dedicated specifically to housing your essays for each of the scholarships you apply to.

    If there is any overlap in the questions being asked, it will definitely be helpful to have a point of reference when you're going to answer them, rather than having to completely start over for each application.

    Step #6: Make Excel your new best friend (to stay organized!!)

    Going directly off of Step 5, staying organized during this process is key!

    Excel is a great way to keep track of scholarships you are planning on applying to, ones you have applied to already, and ones you have heard back from.

    You can use a spreadsheet to take note of the specific deadlines and application requirements for each scholarship, which will ensure you never let a good opportunity pass.

    If you are not quite sure where to start with organizing your own Excel sheet, click here for a link to my pre-formatted Scholarship Tracker!

    Step #7: Apply to no-essay scholarships every month/quarter.

    When you start your process, you'll come across scholarships that are deemed as "easy".

    This is because they require very little effort other than entering your personal information. Despite the fact that you should definitely place more emphasis on applying for scholarships with more requirements, these are still an important part of your scholarship strategy.

    Applying to the quick, no-essay scholarships like our Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship (along with the other scholarships in this post) when they are running (which is usually monthly or quarterly) is always a good idea.

    Not only will doing this make sure that you are staying on top of your search on a monthly basis, but it will also give you a greater chance at winning!

    In conclusion...

    To sum up, while I know that the process of applying for scholarships can be stressful, it certainly doesn’t have to be.

    From how to stay organized to where to search to how to get it done, we've covered a lot of ground here in this post!

    By following the steps in the scholarship strategy that I have outlined above, I can guarantee you will be the most prepared you can be to be successful in your quest of applying to scholarships.

    How To: Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

    Want to know how to write a winning scholarship essay? If you're reading this post, chances are, you do! Perhaps one of the most daunting things about applying for scholarships is writing the essays that tend to go with them. Listen, I get it. I was in school and applying for scholarships not too long ago, and I totally agree with the fact that essays in general are just not very enjoyable to write. Despite that, they tend to be one of the most important contributors to scholarship applications, and can definitely determine whether you win the scholarship or you don’t. So, in this post, I am going to fill you in on all of my top tips for how to write a winning scholarship essay. 

    Summary of tips to write a scholarship essay:

    1. Start early
    2. Do your research before writing.
    3. Think about your audience.
    4. Grab your reader's attention from the beginning.
    5. Make sure that you understand the prompt, and answer the question.
    6. Be honest about yourself.
    7. Skip the fluff and cliches.
    8. Show, not tell.
    9. Edit, proofread, and repeat!
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    Tip #1: Start early!

    Just like you are hopefully doing (or already did!) with your college application essays, make sure you get started with your scholarship essays as early as possible. Doing so will leave you in a prime position in terms of having time to properly edit and proofread your essay before hitting submit. 

    Tip #2: Do your research before writing.

    This one is important for when you’re applying for scholarships whose essay questions may ask you to discuss one of the company or organization’s values or something else along those lines. In that case, it would definitely be beneficial to have done your research on the company or organization and make sure you have a strong understanding about what they do so that you can adequately write about it in your essay! 

    Tip #3: Think about your audience.

    Just as for any essay you would write, it’s crucial to keep your audience in mind and tailor your tone and language appropriately. Some scholarships are more light-hearted and may encourage you to get creative with your essays, while others may be more “rigid” in their expectations for your essay. Also, be sure to read all of the directions on the scholarship application; some organizations might specify their expectations for what they want to see in your essay, which makes your life easier because you then have your work cut out for you!

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     Tip #4: Grab your reader’s attention from the first sentence/paragraph.

    The best essays (in general) are ones that grab your attention from the very beginning and make you want to keep reading. This is often called a “hook” because you are attempting (and hopefully succeeding) in hooking your reader into your essay. Common examples of hooks for your scholarship essay include starting with a question, an anecdote, a statistic, or even a quote. However, don’t just limit yourself to these - get creative! 

    Tip #5: Make sure that you understand the prompt, and answer the question. 

    This one should be a no-brainer. Before you can actually sit down to write, or even brainstorm, your essay, make sure that you fully understand what the prompt is asking. If you only do one (or two) things while writing your scholarship essays, make sure that you understand and answer the question (or questions) being asked! Answer the question or the prompt in its entirety and with a substantial amount of detail. 

    Tip #6: Be honest about yourself.

    Writing a winning scholarship essay is all about being honest about yourself, your experiences and achievements, and your ambitions, while also making sure you are not plagiarizing in any way. This means that your essay should be original and not “borrowed” from anyone or anywhere on the internet. While it’s good to do your research to get inspiration for writing your essays, be sure to steer clear from copying other people’s essays in any capacity. Not only is it a million times easier to write about things and experiences that are true, but honesty is also always the best policy, so stick with it!

    Tip #7: Skip the fluff and cliches. 

    The people reading your scholarship essays are probably reading dozens, if not hundreds of other essays. So, it’s likely that they aren’t going to be pleased if they come across “fluffy language” where you aren’t directly answering the question being asked, or cliches of any kind, as they are reading your essay. Therefore, be sure to steer clear of these two areas!

    Tip #8: Show, not tell.

    The “show, not tell” writing technique is one that every student should be aware of! For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this technique, it is basically saying that you should tell your story through using descriptive words, strong verbs, and any other type of language that basically puts your reader “in the room with you” so that they can see the story from your perspective. If you need more of an explanation on how to "show, not tell", check out this article

    While this is definitely a key tip, keep in mind that some essays, depending on the prompt, might prefer you answer the question in less of a “telling a story” way and more of a “straightforward and to the point” way. So, back to tip #5, make sure you understand the question or prompt adequately so that you can then determine how you will approach the writing!

    Tip #9: Edit, proofread, and repeat! 

    The final tip I have for writing a winning scholarship essay is to make sure you edit and proofread your essay. You should aim to edit your essay at least once, if not multiple times, depending on how much time you have to complete it. After all, if you are going through putting in the time and effort to apply for scholarships, be sure to give your essay the attention it deserves by adequately editing and proofreading it after you’ve written it. 

    After writing your initial first draft, plan to read through and edit your essay for content, flow, grammar, and spelling, and then plan to proofread it over after you make your edits and again before you submit. Having someone else (think: family member, teacher, or friend) also edit and proofread your essay is a smart idea, because someone else reading it will likely approach it with a different eye and perspective. 

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    There you have it -- my top tips on how to write a winning scholarship essay. With that, I’ll leave the writing to you. Best of luck! 

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    Full-Ride Scholarships

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      Introduction

      Full-ride scholarships are, without a doubt, every college student’s dream to receive. What is a full-ride scholarship? It’s a scholarship that generally covers most of, if not all, of your college expenses. Full-ride scholarships fall into a few different categories: ones that are merit-based, ones that are need-based (these two are both generally offered by the colleges/universities themselves), and ones from private organizations. 

      The fact that full-ride scholarships can cover not only tuition but also textbooks, room and board, and other expenses, is amazing. However, since these scholarships are so significant (and honestly life-changing), it also means that they are extremely difficult to win. They may be difficult, but it’s important to remember that they’re by no means impossible! 

      In this article, I will highlight some of the best full-ride scholarships (along with some that are hopefully less known - less well-known = higher chance of winning, right?) and even leave you with some tips on how you can put your best foot forward when applying for these types of scholarships.

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      Full-Ride Scholarships by Private Organizations

      • Application deadline: January 20

        Details: The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any American university. Anyone of any background, pursuing any academic discipline of study, may apply to this non-partisan, need-blind, program.

        Coolidge scholars must possess a distinguished academic record. Competitive candidates will have pursued and succeeded in the most rigorous course of study available to them. Like the president, Coolidge Scholars will engage in the pressing issues of their time. The Coolidge Scholarship seeks young people who display a sense of service and care for the well-being of others, as Coolidge himself placed a high value on Americans helping their own communities and fellow citizens.

        Eligibility: Must be a current high school junior

      • Application deadline: January 31

        Details: The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 as part of the partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 1890 Land-Grant Universities. The goal of the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and related disciplines.

        Eligibility: 

        1. Be a U.S. citizen
        2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
        3. Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.
        4. Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
        5. Demonstrate leadership and community service
      • Application deadline: January/February time 

        Details: If you’re an ambitious, analytical New York City high school student who is ready to get a head start on a career in financial services, then Smart Start is the program for you. You’ll gain real-world experience working in our industry-leading businesses, while attending university on a full four-year scholarship.

        Eligibility: New York City high school student interested in business / financial services

      • Application deadline: September 10

        Details: The Cameron Impact Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarship awarded annually to 10-15 exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.

        The Cameron Impact Scholarship covers the full tuition, fees, and books at any accredited U.S.-based college or university that the recipient chooses to attend.

        The applicant must:

        1. Maintain a minimum, cumulative, unweighted GPA of a 3.7/4.0 scale or equivalent in their high school studies;
        2. Be a full citizen of the United States of America;
        3. Be a high school senior planning to enroll in a full-time course of study towards a degree at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university for the full academic year following high school graduation;
        4. Show proven excellence in extracurricular activities, be motivated leaders with a strong work ethic, demonstrate active participation in community service and/or civic-minded arenas
      • Application deadline: September 15

        Details: The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. 

        An ideal candidate will have:

        1. An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 10% of his/her graduating class)
        2. Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
        3. Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)

        Eligibility: To apply, students must be:

        1. A high school senior
        2. From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
        3. Pell-eligible
        4. A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
        5. In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)

        Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US-accredited, not-for-profit, private, or public college or university.

      • Application deadline: mid-September 

        Details: “We are looking for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and we do not have absolute criteria or cut-offs for GPA, standardized test scores, income, or other factors.”  

        Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a typical family of four and have minimal assets. This is not a strict cut-off and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial criteria carefully to see if they may qualify.

        Eligibility: Must be a current high school senior

      • Application Deadline: Early October

        Details: Flinn Scholars are articulate, fun-loving, and hard-working. They are generous, creative, curious—and imperfect. They have excelled in their high-school classrooms while maintaining purposeful involvement in extracurricular activities, whether in the arts or athletics, in laboratory research or community service. They have assumed leadership roles at school and beyond. 

        Eligibility: To be awarded the Flinn Scholarship, an applicant must:

        1. Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) by time of application;
        2. Be an Arizona resident for two full years immediately preceding entry to the university.
        3. Attain at least a 3.5 grade-point average (unweighted);
        4. Rank in the top 5 percent of their graduating class (if the school reports class rank);
        5. Participate and demonstrate leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities
      • Deadline: October 30 

        Details: The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.

        Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational experience – including tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive. This highly competitive scholarship includes:

        1. Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.
        2. Ability to pursue any area of study.
        3. Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid.
        4. Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the student experience.

        Eligibility: To be eligible to apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program you must:

        1. Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
        2. Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.
      • Application Deadline: mid-October

        Details: The special application requirement is a VIDEO. What should go into your video? Anything that helps explain your goal, why it’s important to you, and how you plan to achieve it. Get creative, show us what you’ve got, and have fun. Be you.

        Videos will be judged on…

        1. How you want to make an impact with your degree/education
        2. How our tuition prize will impact your life, your community, or the world
        3. Inclusion of Dr. Pepper (not mandatory, but recommended)
        4. Overall presentation quality

        Eligibility: Must be between 18 and 24 years old.

      • Application deadline: December 1

        Details: Act Six is a leadership and scholarship program that connects local faith-based community affiliates with faith- and social justice-based colleges to equip emerging urban and community leaders to engage the college campus and their communities at home.

        To be eligible, a student must:

        1. love their community and want to use their college education to make a difference as a leader on campus and at home;
        2. not be currently enrolled at a four-year college (students at two-year colleges may apply);
        3. live in one of their seven Act Six program sites; and
        4. want to attend at least one of the Act Six partner colleges in their program site.
        5. be a US citizen
      • Deadline: December 1 

        Details: SMART is a scholarship-for-service program that provides full tuition and other financial benefits to individuals in exchange for a period of post-graduation civilian service in a DoD facility. Another benefit of the program comes in the form of internships that allow for broadly relevant hands-on research and work experiences in DoD facilities, thereby enhancing their educational experience. The SMART Scholarship Program represents a critical DoD investment in attracting the best and brightest of minds whose technical expertise will help execute the Department’s mission.

        Eligibility: Individuals applying for this scholarship must be:

        1. A citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
        2. Applicants MUST be pursuing a technical degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines.
        3. Able to participate in summer internships at a DoD facility
        4. Willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
        5. A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award
        6. Pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the “About SMART” page
      • Application Deadline: December 14 

        Details: The Science Ambassador Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship for undergraduate women studying science, technology, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. To apply, applicants must submit a three-minute video explaining a scientific topic they’re passionate about.

        Eligibility: The Science Ambassador Scholarship is open to female undergraduate students and high school seniors. All fields within science, technology, engineering, and math are eligible.

        Open to international students! You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. You do need to attend college (or plan to attend college) in the United States or a United States Territory.

      • Deadline: December 31 

        Details: The 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to provide full-tuition scholarships and ongoing support to promising student leaders from “Matriculation to Graduation.”

        Eligibility: To be considered, you must reside in the METROPOLITAN ATLANTA, Georgia AREA (surrounding Fulton County areas), have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and minimum ACT: 19 / SAT: 990 (Verbal & Math only), have the potential to be a leader in the classroom and on campus, and be available to attend all College Ready Prep Sessions in Atlanta (twice a month) if accepted.

      • Details: Pays full (100 percent) college tuition and authorized fees at any public or private institution with an Air Force ROTC detachment. Type 1 selectees will also receive a monthly living expense stipend and an annual book stipend. Applicants must pass a Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) medical exam and complete a Physical Fitness Assessment.

        Eligibility: SAT composite of 1240 or ACT composite of 26 and GPA of 3.0 or higher are also required for high school student applicants. Must be a current high school student. For college applicants, the Air Force ROTC Commander will determine the minimum GPA and test scores, if applicable, for scholarship eligibility. 

      • Application deadline: Varies by location

        Details: The Posse Scholars Program is a full-tuition scholarship offered to students in these 10 cities that the Posse community operates. High school students must be nominated for through their high school or community-based organization to be eligible. 

        To be eligible, a high school senior must:

        1. Be nominated by their high school or a community-based organization
        2. Be in the first term of their senior year in high school
        3. Demonstrate leadership within their high school, community, or family
        4. Demonstrate academic potential
        5. Apply on time; depending on the Posse city, nominations are accepted in the spring and summer before senior year begins (contact your local Posse office for specific deadlines)
      • Details: Microsoft awards tuition and conference scholarships each year to encourage students to further their learnings in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Recipients for the scholarship will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence, and leadership while working to push the software industry forward.

        Eligibility: Must be enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time you submit the application.

        1. A demonstrated record of academic achievement/excellence. Because the scholarship is merit-based, you must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0.
        2. Show satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related STEM discipline.

      While most top-ranked universities do not offer merit-based full-ride scholarships, luckily, some of them do! Be sure to look on each college or university's website for additional details on the full-ride scholarships that they offer and if you are eligible to apply. 

      US Colleges & Universities with Full-Ride Scholarships

      • Agnes Scott College
      • American University 
      • Clemson University 
      • Drake University 
      • Duke University 
      • Fordham University 
      • Furman University 
      • Indiana University Bloomington
      • Knox College
      • Lewis and Clark College 
      • Louisiana State University 
      • Loyola Marymount University 
      • Miami University 
      • Michigan State University 
      • Morehouse College
      • North Carolina State University 
      • Northeastern University 
      • Oberlin College
      • Ohio State University 
      • Purdue University 
      • Rhodes College
      • Saint Louis University 
      • Salem College
      • Southern Methodist University 
      • St. Lawrence University 
      • Stevens Institute of Technology
      • Syracuse University 
      • Texas Christian University 
      • The Catholic University of America
      • The George Washington University 
      • University of Alabama 
      • University of Buffalo
      • University of Chicago
      • University of Delaware
      • University of Georgia
      • University of Illinois 
      • University of Kentucky
      • University of Maryland, College Park
      • University of Miami 
      • University of Mississippi
      • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
      • University of Pittsburgh 
      • University of Richmond 
      • University of Texas at Austin 
      • University of Texas at Dallas 
      • University of Wisconsin 

      Tips for Applying for (and winning!) Full-Ride Scholarships

      1. Be realistic! The majority of full-ride scholarships are extremely competitive because of the amount of money that is awarded. So, don't plan to attend a certain college or plan your scholarship searching/applying around the hope that you will be the recipient of a full-ride scholarship.

      2. Sure, applying to every full-ride scholarship that you are eligible for can't hurt you, but it is important to make sure that you are varying the types of scholarships you are applying for. Applying for a mix of small amount and bigger amount scholarships will leave you more likely to walk away with some cash.

      3. Be ready for interviews. Most of these scholarships, as I stated, are extremely competitive. Therefore, the organization (or college) running the scholarship program likely will require an interview at some stage in the process to get to know you better. So, practice practice practice!

      4. Be strategic with your letters of recommendation. While this goes for any scholarships you are applying for, it is especially important to consider this when applying for the big full-ride scholarships. Make sure you ask people who know you well, and can attest to all of your wonderful qualities and potential.

      5. Get involved in your community. So many of the full-ride scholarships specify that leadership skills and experience, along with community outreach, are some of the most important and decisive factors in who wins and who doesn't. So, if you know early on in high school that you want to apply for some of these scholarships, be sure to find personally rewarding ways to get involved in your community as early as possible.

      6. Choose courses that challenge you. If you are in high school, and you are applying to merit-based full-ride scholarships (aka, scholarships based on academics), then it is very likely that the judges will be determining winners based on the types of classes you have taken and how well you have performed in them. These scholarships often look for students who take on rigorous course loads and succeed in doing so.   

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      And our March Scholarship Winners Are...

      Scholarship winners: Introduction

      Hey, it's Ayden here!

      You may or may not know this, but I spent the month of March raising money so that I would be able to give away more than just one scholarship this quarter because there are so many students in need.

      In order to enter to win the money fundraised, students simply had to enter for our $1,000 scholarship by March 31st.

      Following that deadline, I randomly selected 60 students who had applied to go through an additional application process which included a financial need analysis and short written submission.

      From there, I went ahead and selected three students - one in high school, one in college, and one in graduate school - for our three additional winners!

      Before I go ahead and announce our scholarship winners for this quarter, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who so kindly donated to my GoFundMe scholarship fundraiser.

      With your help, I was able to award THREE additional scholarships this quarter, each worth $500! I couldn't have done this without you!

      And the scholarship winners are...

      As always, I randomly selected one entrant to win our $1,000 Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship.

      The winner of the March Too Cool Scholarship is...

      Chloe Kleuskens (1)

      Chloe is a high school senior from Wisconsin, who will be attending Arizona State University this fall to study political science. Congrats, Chloe!

      As I mentioned earlier, I also gave away THREE $500 scholarships this month, which, unlike our $1,000 scholarship, were additionally based on financial need.

      Here are the three winners of those $500 scholarships:

      March winners

      Nohemi Vasquez is a current college student enrolled in an architecture program at El Paso Community College. Congrats, Nohemi!

      Winner: Shauna King

      Shauna is an incoming graduate school student at Emerson College, where she will be studying Communication Disorders, moving along the path to eventually become a speech-language pathologist!

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      Our third $500 scholarship winner is Teresa. She is a high school senior attending North Dakota State University in the fall.

      Looking forward...

      Congrats to all four of our March scholarship winners! If you didn't win this time around, no worries, because we've got so many other opportunities coming up for you to get involved in and apply for!

      Our next $1,000 Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship deadline is June 30, and we also have our $500 Self-Reflection Scholarship which is open until May 31!

      Easy No Essay Scholarships!

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        Introduction

        If you've been applying to scholarships for a while (or even if you haven't), chances are, you're getting tired of writing all those essays. It's a lot of work - we feel you!

        A good strategy when applying to scholarships is to mix up the types of scholarships you're applying to, in terms of scholarship type (essay or no essay) and amount (generally, scholarships with higher award amounts are harder to earn).

        To give your hands a break from all that typing here's our list of quick and easy no-essay scholarships.

        Most of these scholarships are open to students of all school years (high school, college, and graduate levels), so check them out, get those easy applications in, and keep your fingers crossed.

        *Pro-tip* - While some of these scholarships currently have specific deadlines, keep them bookmarked because they often renew monthly, quarterly, or yearly!

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        Now, for the No Essay Scholarships!

        Important Tips and Things to Keep in Mind with No Essay Scholarships

        • Tip #1: Apply often.

          Many of these scholarships run continuously on a monthly or quarterly basis.

          Set a reminder for yourself to revisit these scholarships each month and reapply to give yourself the best chance at winning one!

        • Tip #2: Find ways to get a leg up.

          No-Essay scholarships that have an additional component (like an art or video submission) will tend to give you a "leg up" because they involve more than some luck.

          Take full advantage of this by putting your best foot forward with that extra step!

        • Tip #3: Make them one piece of the puzzle.

          No-essay scholarships should be a key component of your scholarship application strategy because of how easy they are to apply for.

          However, it's important to remember they should definitely be balanced with other scholarships with more specific and stringent requirements, in order to give you the best chances of winning at the end of the day!

        You may be wondering... "Are These No Essay Scholarships Even Legit?!"

        To answer your question: ABSOLUTELY!

        Every scholarship we have featured in our blog posts and in our database is 100% legit, so you never have to worry about being scammed!

        Some scholarships are created to be more like contests, where all you have to do is enter some info and you're good to go, whereas other scholarships require a greater amount of work and commitment.

        Ultimately, each and every scholarship we feature aims to help provide help and support to students going through the difficult process of paying for college.

        With that, we'll leave it to you!

        Scholarships for Stem Students

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          Introduction to STEM Scholarships

          Hey, y'all! Did you know that according to this study, of the 1.8 MILLION bachelor's degrees that were awarded back in the 2015-2016 school year, 18% were in STEM fields?

          How cool is that?!

          As a non-STEM person over here, I may be just geeking out a little bit, but I do think it's cool that nearly 1/5 of students were majoring in something related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

          I think the hope is that over the past 5 years or so, this percentage has grown even more and that it will only continue to grow over the many years to come so that we can continue to innovate, create, and do amazing things.

          Because so much emphasis in recent years has been put on teaching students about careers in STEM, it only makes sense that a lot of large companies and organizations out there have been doing the same; teaching students about STEM through scholarships opportunities, and of course, awarding students who have shown interest and commitment to their field. If you're a current or incoming STEM student, luckily for you, there is no shortage of scholarships out there for you to apply for.

          In this post, I highlight just a few of the main ones to help you get your search started.

          STEM scholarships in Month-order

          • Amount: $1,000

            Deadline: Quarterly (applications accepted all year round) 

            High school students who have been accepted to college and students who are currently enrolled in a college or university are eligible to apply for the Employment BOOST college scholarship program.

            Applications are accepted year-round, with quarterly deadlines of April 1st, July 1st, October 1st, and January 1st, and must be received within the time frame to be considered eligible to be awarded that quarter.

          • Amount: $6,000

            Deadline: January 29

            This STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Allied Health Sciences majors are not eligible for this program.

          • Amount: $1,500

            Deadline: January 31

            NextStepU is looking for students who are interested in pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) major. Entrant must be a 16-22 year old at the time of entry and be a registered user of NextStepU.com.

          • Amount: N/A 

            Deadline: February 1 

            Eligibility: Current undergraduates pursuing a manufacturing career and matriculating in engineering-related courses at four-year colleges and universities within the United States or Canada. Some of the scholarships are also open to high school seniors.

          • Amount: varies

            Deadline: varies, but some close around February 14

            The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a female/woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology,  and computer science. In 2019, SWE awarded nearly 260 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $810,000.

            SWE provides one application for sophomores through graduate students and one application for freshmen.  Applicants complete an application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.

          • Amount: up to $2,400

            Deadline: February 25

            The American Honda Foundation Scholarship is directed to male students, who are classified as undergraduates at any accredited four-year colleges or universities within the United States.  All of the candidates must be enrolled in one of the targeted fields of STEM and have permanent residency within the city of Los Angeles or Southern California.

            ETHNICITIES

            African American/Black, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American

          • Amount:$5,000

            Deadline: March 1

            This scholarship is for a full-time college student pursuing an Engineering degree, a STEM degree, or a Business degree with a marketing emphasis. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and be a citizen of the United States.

          • Amount: up to $5,000

            Deadline: March 9

            This scholarship is focused on providing financial assistance to ensure students have access to quality education that will lead them down a pathway toward a successful career in one of the many sectors within the STEM industries.

            The candidates must be enrolled as undergraduate students during the 2020-21 Academic year.

          • Amount:$2,000

            Deadline: March 12

            The Community College STEM Scholarship provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $2,000 for students enrolled full time during the award period at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Students must be majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission including careers in the aerospace sector.

            Students must apply during their second semester of freshman year of community college enrollment for an award that will begin in the sophomore year.

          • Amount: $1,000

            Deadline: March 15

            The increasing role of technological innovations in our daily life cannot be understated, and by recognizing the significance of the arts, the STEAM field provides a vast amount of opportunity for those interested in it. NSHSS created this scholarship to honor those students who embrace and celebrate the STEAM field and thrive within it.

            This scholarship is open to high school seniors planning to major in a STEAM field (science/medicine, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics)

          • Amount: Up to $30,000 (paid over three years, provided renewal eligibility requirements are met)

            Deadline: March 19

            This scholarship is for Latino(a) students who have a declared major in a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related field. This program will give up to 100 Latino students the support they need to graduate from college; an educational opportunity they would not have access to otherwise.

          • Amount: up to $15,000

            Deadline: March 19

            For undergraduate or master’s students with a declared major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Must be planning to enroll on a full-time basis (as defined by the program of study) in a California, public four-year college/university.

          • Amount: Up to $75,000 ($25,000 for silver medalists, $75,000 for gold)

            Deadline: March 26

            The Emmy Noether Awards seek top aspiring female research scientists in any STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) field to help realize their potential careers through financial and networking assistance.

            Up to 13 awards will be given out. Must be a current senior in high school either living in or attending school in one of the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana.

          • Amount: $500

            Deadline: March 31 

            To be eligible, a student must also be eligible for a Stride ISA. These criteria include: 

            -Currently enrolled full-time as either an undergraduate college junior or senior (graduating in the fall or spring of 2021 or 2022), or a graduate or masters degree student within 2 years of graduating

            -Studying in the following majors: STEM, Healthcare, or Business (Note: Undergraduate business majors are not eligible to apply)

            -Attending one of over 1,000 qualifying universities (check the list of universities on the Stride application to see if you qualify).

          • Amount: approximately $52,000

            Deadline: March 31 

            The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral scholars from premier universities in the United States and Canada to do research at one of seven Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US-Israeli scientific cooperation.

          • Amount: N/A

            Deadline: March 31 

            The graduate award is designed for aspiring individuals from the UK or Texas, USA who are intent on furthering their education in their chosen STEM or business field.

            This is an opportunity for students to study at graduate level, whether Texas residents in Texas, Texas residents in the UK or UK residents in Texas.

          • Amount: up to $2,500 per recipient

            Deadline: April 1

            Must be planning a career in computer science, information technology, management information systems, or other related fields. 3.0 GPA or higher required. The WITS Program will grant multiple scholarship awards that value up to $2,500.00 per recipient.

          • Amount: $10,000

            Deadline: April 1

            The Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship program provides opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world! Lockheed Martin will award up to 200 renewable scholarships of $10,000 each.

            Awards are open to individuals studying eligible engineering or computer science majors, who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Applicants must also be open to outreach from Lockheed Martin recruitment teams regarding possible internship opportunities.

          • Amount: $2,500
             
            Deadline: April 15
             
            Intertech STEM scholarships are non-renewable and are awarded for one year to a scholarship recipient in the amount of $2500 to a college-bound high school graduating applicant, starting higher education in the fall of the same year.
             
            To be eligible, the student must possess:

            - Cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 or higher

            -An intent to study computer science

          • Amount: $3,000

            Deadline: April 15

            The Women In STEM Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate female students. You must be pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to be eligible for this award.

            International students can apply as long as they are attending a US-based school. If your college is not a US-based organization, you cannot apply at this time. US-based programs offering study-abroad are allowed.

          • Amount: $500 - $10,000

            Deadline: April 30

            -Applicants must demonstrate merit through academic achievements, leadership and campus/community activities

            -Applicants must be pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math degree

            -Applicants must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

            -Applicants must be of Hispanic descent and/or must demonstrate significant leadership or service within the underserved community

            -Recipients must be enrolled in a STEM undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.

            The GMiS Scholars Program accepts applicants who are U.S. citizens, U.S. residents, F1 Visa, or DACA status.

          • Amount: $2,500

            Deadline: May 31

            The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering competitive based scholarships of $2,500 each to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12.

          • Amount: $2,500 - $5,000

            Deadline: May 31

            The AFCEA offers four STEM scholarships for undergraduate students. Students can automatically apply for all four through one application. Must be a current sophomore or junior enrolled in a four-year college or university, pursuing a degree in one of the STEM majors linked above on the scholarship page.

          • Amount: average $2,000

            Deadline: September 3 

            The program welcomes applications from students seeking support for to cover expenses associated with their academic pursuits in a STEM field. The scholarship will fund one undergraduate or graduate student for one year, providing $1,000-$3,000 in direct costs.

          • Amount: $2,000

            Deadline: September 30

            Technology is everywhere in today’s society. Whether it be behind the scenes with coding and software programming, or easily demonstrated through AI and robotics, tech can be an asset and sometimes a liability or distraction. NSHSS wishes to honor our students devoted to tech to tell us all about their passions for the field.

            Open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, juniors with a dedicated passion for AI, technology, coding, and more.

          • Amount: $2,000

            Deadline: December 5

            Eligibility: The $2000 PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship was established to help support and inspire students to pursue further education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as economics and business. One student will be chosen from the applicant pool and will be awarded based on the strength of their written essay. The selected student will receive 2,000 USD to help cover education-related expenses.

          Other Recommended Reading and Doing!

          Be sure to head over to our scholarship search to find more STEM scholarships to apply for!

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          Scholarships for High School Seniors

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            Introduction to Scholarships for High School Seniors

            Now that we’ve got your attention, first off, congratulations - you are now in your last year of high school, which means a few different things. First, you are one step closer to becoming a college student. Second, you are now officially able to start applying to scholarships for high school seniors. 

            Most students make the mistake of waiting to apply for scholarships until the very end of their senior year in high school, if not later. However, to ensure maximum success, we suggest starting as early in the year as possible.

            Remember, It is certainly never too late in your senior year to start applying for scholarships.

            If you're completely or relatively new to the scholarship space, that's okay! We are the first to admit that the process of finding and applying for scholarships can be an overwhelming one. 

            That's why, in this post, we’ve gathered some awesome scholarships for high school seniors that you can search through and apply for to get started!

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            Easy Rolling Scholarships for High School Seniors 

            • Award Amount: generally $1,000, but it varies! 

              Scholarship Deadline: Expires on the last day of each month

            • Award Amount: $2,222

              Scholarship Deadline: Last day of each month

              Details: The You Deserve It Scholarship by Scholarship Owl is a monthly scholarship open to all high school and college students.

            • Award Amount: $2,000

              Scholarship Deadline: End of every month

              Details: In addition to their $1,000 scholarship through Bold, Nitro also offers a $2,000 scholarship every month, open to high school seniors and current college students. To be considered, all you need to do is fill out the application form on their website.

            • Award Amount: $10,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Expires every quarter

              Details: Each quarter of the year, Scholarship Points awards one $10,000 scholarship to a lucky student - enter each quarter for a greater chance at winning!

            • Award Amount: Varies, but usually $1,000 - $2,500

              Scholarship Deadline: Last day of each month

              Details: CollegExpress offers a monthly scholarship for high school seniors and students of other years in school. What's great is that when you enter for their monthly scholarship, you will also be automatically entered for their $10,000 scholarship!

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Rolling

              Details: The Cappex Easy Money Scholarship is open to all students - no minimum GPA or essay required.

            • Award Amount: $25,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Rolling monthly

              Details: The $25,000 “Be Bold” Scholarship is a no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile.

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Quarterly (Last day of the month in September, December, March, and June)

              Details: The Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship is our own contribution to helping students fund their higher education. Simply fill in some easy info about yourself and you're entered to win!

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Beginning of every month

              Details: The Juno $1,000 Scholarship does not require an essay! All you need to do to be entered is to fill out your name and email, and share the scholarship with your friends!

            • Award Amount: $2,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Rolling monthly

              Details: The Niche No Essay Scholarship is awarded monthly and all you have to do to enter is sign up on their website.

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Rolling monthly

              Details: This scholarship is designed for high school athletes who are looking to compete at the next level.

            • Award Amount: $500

              Scholarship Deadline: Rolling

              Details: This scholarship is designed to help you help others become more alert by speaking out against the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, all while getting the chance to win a $500 scholarship!

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Last day of every month

              Details: Nitro offers a $1,000 scholarship every month, open to high school seniors and current college students. To be considered, all you need to do is fill out the application form on their website!

            Scholarships for High School Seniors by Deadline Month

            • Award Amount: $10,000 - renewable for up to 4 years

              Scholarship Deadline: January 5

              Details: The GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program honors the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President. It rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership (in their community and through extracurricular activities), drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

            • Award Amount: $20,000

              Scholarship Deadline: January 8

              Details: The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities.

            • Award Amount: $500 - $3,000

              Scholarship Deadline: January 15

              Details: The Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to all high school students. Essays will be judged on the overall originality of the topic and the clear communication of ideas through language.

            • Award Amount: $5,000 - $25,000

              Scholarship Deadline: January 20

              Details: The Live Más Scholarship is Taco Bell's contribution to helping students achieve their higher education goals. To apply, students must submit a video telling the story of their real, true passion. 

            • Award Amount: $1,500

              Scholarship Deadline: January 31

              Details: The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to high school graduating students or college students who are going to attend an accredited institution in the US.

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: January 31

              Details: The Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship is designed to help you understand the negative effects that technology and too much screen time can have on our lives. Open to high school students of all years. 

            • Award Amount: $500

              Scholarship Deadline: February 1

              Details: The EngineerGirl Essay Contest is open to all high school students (not just women!), and asks for an essay discussing the vital contribution of engineers in responding to the pandemic.

            • Award Amount: Varies

              Scholarship Deadline: February 1

              Details: The Columbus Citizens Foundation administers scholarship programs that help hundreds of students every year in elementary school, high school, college, and medical school, and graduate programs in the arts.  

            • Award Amount: Up to $30,000

              Scholarship Deadline: February 1

              Details: Scholarship for high school seniors accepted to accredited four-year colleges or universities. Must be a minority student, United States citizen, involved in community service and demonstrate leadership potential and financial need.

            • Award Amount: $4,000

              Scholarship Deadline: February 5

              Details: $4,000 four-year scholarships available for children and grandchildren of Elks in good standing. Parent or grandparent must have been an Elk for two years and continue to be a member in good standing. Must be high school senior and apply through the related member’s Elks Lodge

            • Award Amount: $100 - $1,200

              Scholarship Deadline: First Friday in February

              Details: The Americanism Essay Scholarship is open to Illinois high school students and requires an essay on Americanism and good citizenship.

            • Award Amount: $5,000

              Scholarship Deadline: February 15

              Details: AFA’s Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest is an annual competition for college-bound high school seniors.  Applicants are asked to write a 1,200 to 1,500-word essay that describes the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned in light of coping with the brain disorder.

            • Award Amount: $5,000

              Scholarship Deadline: February 15

              Details: Merit-based awards for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, or DACA of Hispanic heritage with plans to enroll full time in an accredited U.S. 4-year university in the upcoming academic year.

            • Award Amount: $40,000

              Scholarship Deadline: February 18

              Details: A serious 2-for-1 scholarship for high school seniors interested in computer science. Win $40,000 for college AND a paid programming internship at Amazon. 

              Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, experience with computer science, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, short answer responses, unusual personal or family circumstances, financial need, racial/ethnic/gender diversity, and an educator appraisal, preferred to be completed by a computer science teacher.

            • Award Amount: $10,000

              Scholarship Deadline: February 20

              Details: Three scholarships (one $10,000; two $5,000) will be awarded to graduating U.S. high school students who promoted vegetarianism (includes veganism) in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Applicants will be judged on a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.

            • Award Amount: $1,500

              Scholarship Deadline: February 28

              Details: P.L.A.Y knows there are plenty of young minds out there that are passionate about helping animals in need. In an effort to encourage students and promote this cause, P.L.A.Y. will be awarding a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who best exemplifies their core beliefs.

            • Award Amount: $10,000

              Scholarship Deadline: March 8

              Details: The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and The Sallie Mae Fund are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students. Twenty-five (25) students completing a two-year, four-year, or trade/vocational certificate/certification program will be selected to receive a scholarship of up to $10,000.

            • Award Amount: Varies

              Scholarship Deadline: March 26

              Details: To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be nominated by his/her school counselor or administrator. Students apply and compete at the local Chapter for up to $10,000 in scholarships. The first-place winner from each Chapter will then be submitted to the Corporate level for the opportunity to win the Corporate Scholarship.

            • Award Amount: $2,000

              Scholarship Deadline: April 1

              Details: Open to current high school seniors who want to pursue a college degree or trade school education. Enter for the chance to win one of ten college scholarships.

            • Award Amount: $500 - $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: April 29

              Details: The Fountainhead Essay Contest is for high school juniors and seniors and has three essay prompt options.

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: April 30

              Details: The E-Waste Scholarship, sponsored by Digital Responsibility, challenges students to learn about the impact of e-waste and what can be done to minimize it.

            • Award Amount: $2,000

              Scholarship Deadlines: April 30, August 31

              The RealtyHop Scholarship awards up to $2,000 a year to eligible undergraduate students and high school seniors working towards a bachelor and/or associate degree program in the US who demonstrate the ambition, diligence, leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit that is central to our company culture.

            • Award Amount: $2,500

              Scholarship Deadline: May 1

              Details: Higher education: that magical time when deadlines are tight and budgets are tighter. Rover would like to help fund your education. Just write a 400-500 word essay for your chance to win $2,500!

            • Award Amount: $1,000 - $5,000

              Scholarship Deadline: May 1

              Details: The American College Foundation (ACF) offers the annual Visionary Scholarship program to financially support students in every grade level of high school.

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: May 5

              Details: This scholarship is for college-bound teens in grades 9th-12th. The scholarship does not require specific test scores, GPA, or class ranking.

              In order to be awarded the scholarship, you must be a current C2C eNews subscriber at the time of the drawing.

            • Award Amount: $2,500

              Scholarship Deadline: May 31

              Details: The Christian Connector Scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors who are interested in or planning to enroll in a Christian college or university. 

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: July 15

              Selectblinds.com wants to see your innovative spirit and learn what you’re passionate about. It could earn you $1,000 to use toward your college expenses!

            • Award Amount: $1,500

              Scholarship Deadline: July 31

              Details: The Flavor of the Month Scholarship asks students to submit a short essay on ice cream flavors - with a twist! 

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: October 1

              Details: The Fire Memes Scholarship on Bold.org is open to all students. Simply submit your favorite memes for the chance to win. 

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: December 1

              Details: Imagine America, sponsored by the Imagine America Foundation (IAF), is a $1,000 career education award that is available to recent high school graduates who are pursuing postsecondary education at participating career colleges across the United States.

            • Award Amount: $500 - $10,000

              Scholarship Deadline: December 31

              Details: FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest asks entrants to write an essay answering a prompt relating to the importance of the First Amendment in higher education.

               
            • Award Amount: $2,500

              Scholarship Deadline: December 31

              Details: Apply in 4 easy steps: Go to www.cirkledin.com, create a free Cirkledin account, hit the “Apply Now” button, and tell us “What is one thing that, if it were in the Olympics, you would win gold in?”

            • Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: July 31

              Details: The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program that helps students fulfill their dreams of a higher education. To apply, students must simply answer one of three essay questions ("feel free to re-use an essay that you wrote in class, for college admission or another scholarship competition.")!

            • Award Amount: up to $10,000

              Scholarship Deadline: N/A

              Details: ExploraVision is a perfect STEM learning project for virtual or in-person collaboration. Each project must include an abstract, description, bibliography, five sample Web pages, and submit online.

            • Award Amount: Varies (up to full-tuition)

              Scholarship Deadline: Varies 

              Details: Applicants must be a senior in a C-CAP designated partner high school in Arizona; Prince George’s County, Maryland; Tidewater, Virginia; or the cities of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, or Washington, DC. Applicants must be accepted into the cooking competition for scholarships. Check the CCAP website for local coordinator’s contact information. 

            • Award Amount: $10,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Varies by state

              Details: The United States Senate Youth Program is a scholarship for high school seniors (and juniors!) holding elected student offices. Two students are selected from each state.

            Scholarship Search and Application Tips for High School Seniors

            Look, we know that applying for scholarships is not always a smooth-sailing process. But, the fact that you've made it this far in the post and are taking the initiative to learn more about scholarships for high school seniors is a great start in itself!

            Here are a few quick tips to help you along your scholarship journey...

            1. Set goals for yourself along the way.

            Your goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, Timely). Setting goals for things such as how much you are aiming to earn from scholarships and when you will set aside time to search and apply will help you to stay on track with what you want to achieve.

            2. Know where to look.

            If you're here and you're reading this, that means you know one great place to look! The Access Scholarships Search Engine is an awesome resource with tons of scholarships. But beyond our site, be sure to reach out to your school counselor to discuss some of the more local scholarships for high school seniors that are out there for you to apply for. 

            3. Apply often.

            Don't think of the scholarship process as one that you can engage in only once every few months and see success with. If you want to have the best chance at winning scholarships, you need to be dedicated to the process (creating a healthy mix of mostly essay scholarships with some no-essay scholarships is a good strategy) and put in the effort!

            4. Be organized, thorough, and on time.

            Lots of students find it helpful to organize their scholarship application and search process using a spreadsheet (virtual or physical). These are extremely useful because you can keep track of important deadlines, requirements for each scholarship, and more.

            5. Think outside the box.

            We have provided you with a ton of great scholarships here in this post. In addition to these, don't be afraid to venture out to find scholarships that are specific to your hobbies, interests, and passions outside of academics.

            Scholarships for Student Activists

            A few blog posts ago, I mentioned something along the lines of “scholarships come in all shapes and sizes”. This is still true, people!! Not all scholarships are meant to award students for academic performance, which is awesome because I’m sure you bring a lot more to the table than just your brains!

            These scholarships for student activists are great because they encourage you to learn more, speak your voice, and even take action about a specific cause while also giving you the opportunity to earn some cash to help you pay for school. What could be better?  

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            Scholarships for student activists

            • Amount: varies (average $8,000)

              Deadline: January 8

              GSBA awards educational scholarships (undergraduate and graduate) to LGBTQ and straight-ally students who are committed to making a difference in the world. Our scholarships range up to $13,000 annually and are meant to provide significant support as you pursue your educational goals.

            • Amount: $5,000

              Deadline: January 24

              “Activist Artist” initiative recognizes the powerful connection between human rights and artists around the world. Human rights activists come from many different backgrounds, but one of the most powerful, yet often overlooked, forces in the human rights movement are the artists. 

              The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors in New Hampshire going into a 2 or 4-year degree program.

            • Amount: $1,000

              Deadline: January 30

              Young people spend an average of 7.5 hours a day consuming media--and this doesn't include computer use for schoolwork--according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. With technology always at the ready at your fingertips, it can be a challenge to unplug. But taking a break from technology is healthy for both the mind and body.

              The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the negative effects of too much screen time.

            • Amount: $500

              Deadline: March 15

              The NSHSS Foundation encourages environmental stewardship among high school students globally through the Earth Day Award competition. The project is open to all high school students annually.

              Applicants are asked to submit details about an environmental project that they are currently working on, or one that will be initiated for Earth Day in their home, school, and/or community.

              Open to all high school students, including international students. Minimum 3.0 GPA 

            • Amount: $1,000

              Deadline: April 1

              In one major city, as many as ⅔ of low-income people who menstruate struggle to afford period products like tampons and pads, and these products are some of the most-needed items in homeless shelters.

              Use DoSomething's guide and location finder to collect unopened packages of period products and donate them to a local homeless shelter. You’ll earn verified volunteer credits, be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

               
            • Amount: $10,000

              Deadline: April 15

              The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are, on our April 15 deadline:

              -between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)

              -permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A. or Canada

              -currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months

              -working as an individual to lead their service work. The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people

               
            • Amount: $1,000

              Deadline: April 20

              Each year there are 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste discarded in the world. E-waste contains toxic materials, including heavy metals, that can easily seep into the ground and ultimately get into groundwater supplies. According to the EPA, recycling e-waste allows more than 100 million pounds of materials to be reused annually.

              The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the impact of e-waste and what can be done to reduce e-waste.

            • Amount: $2,500

              Deadline: June 1

              The Ramblers Scholarship supports student-athletes pursuing an undergraduate education who self-identify publicly as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex (LGBTQI), or as demonstrated and committed straight allies. 

               

            • Amount: Varies

              Deadline: June 5

              The purpose of these awards is to honor students who support a creative educational community that increases the visibility and the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ and supportive students.

              Eligibility:

              -Successful completion of a minimum of two years of post-high school education at an accredited U.S. college or university

              -Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on 4.0 point scale

              -A declared major in an accredited STEM or STEM-related teaching field

              -Be an active supporter of and participant in programs or organizations that promote LGBTQ+ inclusion and visibility

            • Amount: $1,000

              Deadline: June 30

              It's important to understand that almost anything you post on the Internet is neither temporary nor private. And posting too much information can have devastating consequences.

              The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand why you should be cautious about what you post on the Internet.

            • Amount: $1,000

              Deadline: September 30

              Do you have a passion for bringing about social, political, and/or civil change in your community? Does a particular cause or idea have your attention? Do you hope to apply these skills to your college education? NSHSS wants to hear about it! 

              This scholarship is open to all high school and college students. International students are also encouraged to apply.

            • Amount: $1,000

              Deadline: September 30

              Do you know how far you will drive on the freeway if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, the average time it takes to send a text? An entire football field.

              The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving.

            • Amount: $10,000

              Deadline: November 6

              This scholarship awards $100,000 annually to 10 underserved high school seniors at $10,000 each, providing much-needed support to youth who have demonstrated tremendous leadership potential despite their own economic circumstances.

              Eligibility includes:

              -High School senior

              -A resident of one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Yolo

            • Amount: $1,000

              Deadline: Rolling (2 annual awards)

              Fig is committed to supporting that growth in the communities we serve. The Fig Loans scholarship is one of the many ways we hope to empower the leaders of tomorrow.

              All majors are welcome to apply for this scholarship; positive impact on communities comes in all different forms and we celebrate that!

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            Scholarships for High School Juniors

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              Introduction: Scholarships for High School Juniors

              For most high school students, junior year is a year of big-time transitions, studying, and decisions, because it is generally the time where students start to think about all things college-related.

              When you are a junior, hopping on this college journey includes things like taking the PSAT (and even the SAT or ACT), researching colleges (maybe even going on some tours), and speaking with your family and guidance counselor about what options might be right for you. 

              Since this is the year where you are discussing college (and likely also discussing how to pay for it), leaving scholarships out of the picture would be doing yourself a disservice! It is important to know that it is almost NEVER too early to begin applying for scholarships.

              There are tons of great opportunities out there for eleventh graders to apply for. Below, we highlight some of the best scholarships for high school juniors! 

              Scholarships for high school juniors

              Scholarships for High School Juniors by Month 

              Tallo's Monthly Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Currently open!

              Each month, Tallo offers a monthly themed scholarship. Generally, they are for $1,000 but keep on the lookout for the occasional $15,000 scholarship as well!

              CollegExpress March Madness Scholarship

              Award Amount: $2,500

              Scholarship Deadline: Continuous 

              CollegExpress offers a monthly scholarship, and when you enter this scholarship through their online application, you will also automatically be entered to win their $10,000 scholarship!

              ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $10,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Expires every quarter

              Each quarter of the year, Scholarship Points awards one $10,000 to a lucky student - enter each quarter for a greater chance at winning!

              Scholarship Owl “You Deserve It!” Scholarship

              Award Amount: $2,222

              Scholarship Deadline: Expires on the 29th of each month

              The You Deserve It Scholarship by Scholarship Owl is a monthly scholarship open to all high school students, as well as all college and university students.

              Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Quarterly

              The Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship is our own contribution to helping students fund their higher education. Simply fill in some easy info about yourself and you're entered to win!

              Juno / LeverEdge’s $1,000 No Essay Scholarship

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Monthly  

              The LeverEdge $1,000 Scholarship does not require you to write an essay, all you need to do is enter your name and email and share it with your friends to be entered.

              Be Bold $25,000 No Essay Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $25,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Monthly

              Bold.org has a lot of great scholarships, but while you're there, make sure you enter to win this $25,000 scholarship they have going on!

              Humanity Rising Scholarships 

              Award Amount: $500 - $2,000

              Scholarship Deadlines: Rolling

              Humanity Rising awards scholarships to high school students who tell their story with community service through a video.

              Niche $2,000 No Essay Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $2,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Monthly 

              The Niche No Essay Scholarship is awarded monthly and all you have to do is sign up on their website. Doesn't get any easier!

              Survey Junkie Brand Influencer No Essay Scholarship

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Rolling monthly 

              Bold.org has partnered with Survey Junkie to challenge students to share their opinions on topics they care about, with the potential to earn big rewards.

              Next College Student Athlete No Essay Scholarship

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Rolling monthly  

              The Next College Student Athlete Scholarship is designed for high school student-athletes who are looking to compete at the next level.

              Distinguished Young Women Scholarship 

              Award Amount: Varies 

              Scholarship Deadline: Continuous 

              The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program is for female high school juniors and seniors.

              Cappex Easy Money Scholarship

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Continuous  

              The Cappex Easy Money Scholarship is open to all students - no minimum GPA or essay required.

              United States Senate Youth Program

              Award Amount: $10,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Varies by state

              The United States Senate Youth Program is a scholarship open to high school juniors and seniors holding elected student offices. Two students are selected from each state.

              GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

              Award Amount: $10,000 - renewable for up to 4 years

              Scholarship Deadline: January 5

              The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program is for high school students who demonstrate strong academic performance, leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. Must be planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study.

              Profile in Courage Essay Contest

              Award Amount: $500 - $3,000

              Scholarship Deadline: January 15

              The Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to all high school students. Essays will be judged on the overall originality of the topic and the clear communication of ideas through language.

              Carson Scholars Program

              Award Amount: Varies

              Scholarship Deadline: January 15

              The Carson Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship program that is open to high school students who excel academically and are committed to serving their communities.

              Live Más Scholarship

              Award Amount: $5,000 - $25,000

              Scholarship Deadline: January 20

              The Live Mas Scholarship is Taco Bell's contribution to helping students achieve their higher education goals. It's not a full-ride, but it's certainly something! To apply, students must submit a video telling the story of their real, true passion.

              Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: January 31

              The Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship is designed to help you understand the negative effects that technology and too much screen time can have on our lives. Open to high school, college, and graduate school students.

              EngineerGirl Essay Contest

              Award Amount: $500

              Scholarship Deadline: February 1  

              The EngineerGirl Essay contest is open to high school students and asks for an essay discussing the vital contribution of engineers in responding to the pandemic.

              Americanism Essay Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $100 - $1,200 

              Scholarship Deadline: First Friday in February  

              The Americanism Essay Scholarship is open to Illinois high school students and requires an essay on Americanism and good citizenship.

              Be the Boss Scholarship

              Award Amount: $2,000

              Scholarship Deadline: March 15

              The "Be the Boss" Scholarship is designed to empower entrepreneurial women to give their business ideas a go!

              Fountainhead Essay Contest 

              Award Amount: $500 - $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: April 29

              The Fountainhead Essay Contest is for high school students in their junior and senior years and has three essay prompt options.

              E-Waste Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: April 30 

              The E-Waste Scholarship, sponsored by Digital Responsibility, challenges students to learn about the impact of e-waste and what can be done to minimize it.

              National "Don't Wait to Reach Your Potential" Scholarship

              Award Amount: $500 - $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: May 5

              The "Don't Wait to Reach Your Potential" Scholarship is open to high school students in the US and does not require test scores, GPA, or class ranking.

              Christian Connector $2,500 Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $2,500

              Scholarship Deadline: May 31

              The Christian Connector scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors who are interested in or planning to enroll in a Christian college or university.

              Self-Reflection Scholarship

              Award Amount: $500

              Scholarship Deadline: May 31

              The Self-Reflection Scholarship is our scholarship collaboration with Gabriella Carter. It asks you to submit an essay in which you self-reflect on your past in order to make your future better, all while being entered to win a scholarship to put towards your education!

              SelectBlinds.com College Scholarship

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: July 15

              Select Blinds wants to see your innovative spirit and learn what you’re passionate about. It could earn you $1,000 to use toward your college expenses!

              Flavor of the Month Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: July 31

              The Flavor of the Month Scholarship is open to all students ages 13 years and older.

              Fire Memes Scholarship

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: October 1

              The Fire Memes Scholarship on Bold.org is open to all students - simply submit your favorite memes for the chance to win.

              National High School Poetry Contest

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: December 31

              Gen & Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: December 31 and July 31

              The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program that helps students fulfill their dreams of higher education.

              Cirkled In’s “No Sweat” Scholarship

              Award Amount: $2,500

              Scholarship Deadline: December 31

              Nitro No-Essay Scholarship

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Rolling

              This no-essay scholarship is awarded to students on a rolling basis, and it's open to any student who is looking for scholarships to help pay for higher education.

              The Free Speech Essay Contest 

              Award Amount: $500 - $10,000

              Scholarship Deadline: December 31

              This essay contest asks entrants to write an essay answering a prompt relating to the importance of the First Amendment in higher education.

              WiseGeek Mental Health Well-Being No-Essay Scholarship

              Award Amount: $500

              Scholarship Deadline: December 31

              The WiseGeek Mental Health Well-Being Scholarship is meant to provide awareness to mental health challenges and assist those who have had to face those issues with a $500 award to help pay their tuition.

               

              Scholarship Search & Application Tips for High School Juniors

              Look, we know that applying for scholarships is not always a smooth-sailing process. But, the fact that you are getting started with it early is a great start in itself! Here are a few quick tips to help you along your scholarship journey.

              1. Set goals for yourself along the way.

              Your goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely). Setting goals for things such as how much you are aiming to earn from scholarships and when you will set aside time to search and apply will help you to stay on track with what you want to achieve.

              2. Know where to look.

              If you're here and you're reading this, that means you know one great place to look! The Access Scholarships Search Engine is an awesome resource with tons of scholarships. But beyond our site, be sure to reach out to your school counselor to discuss local opportunities that are open for you to apply for.

              3. Apply often.

              Don't think of the scholarship process as one that you can engage in only once every few months and see success with. If you want to have the best chance at winning scholarships, you need to be dedicated to the process and put in the effort!

              4. Be organized, thorough, and on time.

              Lots of students find it helpful to organize their scholarship application and search process using a spreadsheet (virtual or physical). These are extremely useful because you can keep track of important deadlines, requirements for each scholarship, and more.

              5. Think outside the box.

              We have provided you with a ton of great scholarships here in this post! In addition to these, don't be afraid to venture out to find scholarships that are specific to your hobbies, interests, and passions outside of academics.

              30 Awesome Scholarships for Women (2021)

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                Introduction

                According to an article by the Washington Post, 50 years ago, 42 percent of college students were women. Comparing that percentage to 2019, where 56 percent of college students were women, it is clear that females have come a long way in terms of becoming more represented on college campuses across the globe. To complement this significant increase in the percentage of women choosing to pursue higher education, there are now more scholarships being offered specifically for women than ever before.

                Types of Scholarships for Women

                As with all scholarships, scholarships specific to women come in the form of needs-based - for those who have difficulty paying for college based on finances, and merit-based - for women who have proven academic or extracurricular success (from test scores, grades, leadership experience, etc). 

                Scholarships for women fall into nearly every category imaginable.

                However, many of these scholarships are created with the intent of guiding women to advance and succeed in professions or career fields in which women have been historically underrepresented. A few of these areas are STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, finance, and architecture. Another major focus for scholarships that are specific to women is to help females with demonstrated dedication, passion, and leadership skills in certain areas to be able to have the financial stability that they need to continue to excel in what they are passionate about. 

                Scholarships for women can be segmented into many categories, such as age range, level of education being pursued, and major/area of interest. Below, we have highlighted some of the top scholarship opportunities created specifically for women. 

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                Scholarships for Women: The List

                • Average amount awarded: $10,000

                  Application deadline: January 1

                  The scholarship provides as many as seven young women from countries other than the United States the opportunity to study for one academic year in American colleges and/or universities. The applicant must be at least 20 and no more than 35 years of age. She must be a non-U.S. citizen residing outside the United States and maintain that residence status from the time of application to the awarding of the scholarship. She shall plan to enter or be engaged in the teaching profession, and have received an undergraduate degree and be eligible for a Master's degree. Application to U.S. colleges/universities, travel expenses, and living expenses are the responsibility of the applicant. 

                • Average amount awarded: $5,000

                  Application deadline: January 11

                  The Dinah Shore Scholarship is granted annually to a female high school senior who is pursuing a college education, but will not be playing collegiate golf. One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2021.

                • Average amount awarded: $1,250

                  Application deadline: January 31

                  Available to female college students that will be sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled full-time in an accredited college/university. Must be AIAA student member to apply. Course of study must provide entry into some field of science or engineering encompassed by AIAA. Minimum 3.3 GPA required.

                • Average amount awarded: $2,500

                  Application deadline: January 31

                  The purpose of the Norma Ross Walter Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to female graduates of Nebraska high schools who plan to enroll as English majors in accredited colleges or universities. Applicants must be female high school seniors who are prospective first year college students and plan to continue their education as English majors in accredited colleges or universities. Selection is based on intellectual promise, creativity, and character of the applicant.

                • Average Award Amount: $5,000

                  Application Deadline: February 1

                  Must be a women undergraduate student attending school full-time and enrolled in a degree program in manufacturing engineering, technology, or a closely related field in the United States or Canada. The student must possess an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and must have completed a minimum of 30 college credits Can be used only as a credit toward books, fees, or tuition.

                • Average amount awarded: $2,500

                  Application deadline: February 3

                  The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage women who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need to pursue an accounting career in Massachusetts.

                • Average amount awarded: $6,000

                  Application deadline: February 8

                  The Denver Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has awarded almost $500,000.00 in collegiate scholarships to deserving African American women. These scholarship awards continue the legacy of our Founders in supporting African American women in their pursuit of a college education.

                • Average amount awarded: $10,000

                  Application deadline: February 8

                  Awards $10,000 to 13 ethnic minorities and 13 female college graduates. Available annually to college graduates who will be entering into the first year of their initial postgraduate studies. The applicant must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or related program that will assist in obtaining a career in intercollegiate athletics (athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics) at an academically accredited NCAA member institution. Applicant must have a GPA of 3.2 and must enroll in an NCAA member institution on a full-time basis.

                • Average amount awarded: $3,115

                  Application reopens: February 15 

                  The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a female/woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.

                • Average amount awarded: $10,000

                  Application deadline: February 15

                  Must be a female, graduating senior of Kanawha or Putnam County High Schools, and also be a soccer player (for at least 3 consecutive years) and complete a short 500-word essay on how soccer has influenced your life.

                • Average Award Amount: $2,000

                  Application Deadline: February 26 

                  An applicant for a JRF Scholarship must be 1) A woman, age 35 or older, 2) Low-income (based on income guidelines listed in the details of the scholarship), 3) A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States, 4) Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree, and 5) Enrolled in or accepted to a not-for-profit, regionally accredited institution.

                • Average amount awarded: Varies

                  Application deadline: February 28 

                  The purpose of these 7 scholarships is to award grants to qualified applicants sponsored by WMA MEMBERS. These grants may be used at any accredited college, university, or college level trade school. Applicant will satisfy the application requirements if she is eligible in at least one of the following ways:

                  1. Have served, or be serving in the United States Marine Corps or Reserve;
                  2. Be a direct descendant by blood, legal adoption or stepchild of a Marine on active duty, or who has served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, Regular or Reserve;
                  3. Be a sibling or a descendant of a sibling by blood, legal adoption, or step-child of a Marine on active duty, or who has served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, Regular or Reserve, OR;
                  4. Have participated in a Marine Corps JROTC program.
                • Average amount awarded: Varies

                  Application deadline: March 5 

                  For students pursuing video game arts degrees while actively supporting their LGBTQ+ communities. Eligible applicants for the ESA Foundation’s Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship can also opt-in for an additional scholarship provided by a partnership with Gay Gaming Professionals. Debuted in 2019, the scholarship recognizes students who show a commitment to service in their local, regional, and/or national LGBTQ+ communities.

                • Average amount awarded: $2,000

                  Application deadline: March 15

                  The Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award is an AWIS Educational Foundation program for female college sophomores and juniors studying physics, including space physics and geophysics, or geoscience. The award in the amount of $2,000 is given annually to an exceptionally well-rounded student who excels in her studies as well as outdoor activities, service, sports, music, or other non-academic pursuits or who has overcome significant obstacles.

                • Average Amount Awarded: $2,000

                  Application Deadline: March 15

                  Run by the co-founder of GoSkills, Bhavneet Chahal, the Be The Boss scholarship aims to empower entrepreneurial women to give their business a go. The bi-annual scholarship is worth $2000 and is open to any female high school or college student who wants to start her own online business. To apply, tell them a bit about yourself and send them a link to your business plan here: https://www.goskills.com/scholarship.

                • Average amount awarded: $1,000

                  Application deadline: March 15

                  The Claes Nobel Future Female Leader award was established to encourage and empower young women to assume future leadership roles in their colleges and universities, their careers, and communities, and to become mentors for the young women following in their footsteps. Open to high school seniors who identify as female with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

                   

                • Average Award Amount: $2,500

                  Application Deadline: March 31 

                  Houzz is committed to supporting and encouraging women architecture students as they pursue their educational endeavors and enter the world of residential design. Open to female students studying architecture/architectural engineering at the undergraduate or graduate level.

                • Average Amount Awarded: $1,000

                  Application Deadline: April 1 

                  Dotcom-Monitor would like to encourage and support female undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in computing by assisting them with the rising cost of higher education. Each year one applicant will be selected to receive the LoadView Women in Computing Scholarship of $1,000 to support their education and pursuit of a career in computing.

                • Average amount awarded: $5,000

                  Application deadline: April 5

                  Brown and Caldwell values equality in the workplace and support the great work of organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers. This is a $5,000 Scholarship to support female students that are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession.

                • Average amount awarded: $5,000

                  Application deadline: June 15

                  The Girls Impact the World Film Festival, presented by Connecther, is a film festival and scholarship program in which high school and undergraduate college students submit 3-6 minute short films that focus on a variety of global women’s issues, including maternal health, misrepresentation of beauty, athletes against the assault of women, violence against women, child-marriage, sex-trafficking, poverty alleviation, environmental issues, etc.

                • Average amount awarded: $2,500

                  Application deadline: August 20 

                  Must be a California resident or attend school in California. Open to women only. Must major in architecture, landscape architecture, urban and land planning, interior design, or environmental design; and have completed 18 units in that major by the application date. Previous award recipients may reapply. Applications and further details are available for download on https://www.awaplusd.org/awaf-scholarships

                • Average amount awarded: Varies

                  Application deadline: November 13 

                  The goal of this scholarship has always been to bolster underrepresented groups. To be eligible, an applicant must

                  1. Identify as Black and either female or a Womxn.
                  2. Be a currently enrolled student at a college in the United States and have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate studies or their first year of portfolio or graduate school.
                  3. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by their school.
                  4. Be pursuing a creative-focused role in experience design, marketing or advertising, including but not limited to experience designer, strategist and content creators.
                • Average amount awarded: $750

                  Application deadline: November 15

                  This is a scholarship opportunity for young women or gender non-conforming individuals of color who are actively working to change the world. Applicants must be young women or gender non-conforming individuals of color who are currently enrolled in college/university.

                • Maximum amount awarded: $12,500

                  Application deadline: December 15

                  The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program that provides grants-in-aid for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. If you hold citizenship or permanent residency in the United States or Canada, you are not eligible. Scholarships are not given for research, internships, dissertations, or travel. In order to qualify for a first scholarship, you must have a full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled fulltime and on campus for the entire school year.

                • Average amount awarded: $5,000

                  Application deadline: N/A

                  Traditional female high school students, non-traditional female students, and GM dealership employees, in the US or Canada, pursuing academic degrees in automotive management, business, and technical certification in automotive education are encouraged to apply. Must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or non-traditional educational institution that offers formal programs or certifications in automotive retail and/or automotive service.

                • Average amount awarded: Varies

                  Application deadline: Varies by scholarship 

                  Chi Omegas of all ages are invited to apply for our national scholarships. Click the link to view program descriptions and requirements.

                • Average amount awarded: Varies

                  Application deadline: Chapter-Specific. 

                  The EWISP scholarship is an annual, competition-based program that awards more than $200,000 in college scholarship money each year to qualifying high school seniors. Judges select winning students based on their scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, good citizenship, and extra-curricular activities. For qualification information, award amounts, and to apply, find a Chapter in your local area.

                • Average amount awarded: $5,000

                  Application deadline: Continous  

                  The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to promote medical education for women. The scholarship amount is $5,000 per recipient per year. Scholarship monies must be used at an accredited Texas college, university, or certification program. If seeking a degree, the applicant must have completed at least two semesters of studies. If seeking certification only, the applicant must be registered for the certification program and have already paid the fees associated therewith.

                • WIIT Scholarship

                  Average amount awarded: $1,500

                  Application deadline: Varies (Nov 1 and April 1)

                  Our merit-based scholarships are awarded twice per year to support and encourage women to study all aspects of International Trade including commercial relations, trade policy and negotiations, economic development, women’s economic empowerment, and more.

                  Applicants must identify as female and be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university or college, either full-time or part-time. Applicants must be undergraduate Juniors or Seniors or enrolled in graduate studies.

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