Scholarships for High School Seniors

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    Introduction to Scholarships for High School Seniors

    SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS --- Now that I’ve got your attention, first off, congratulations - you're now in your fourth and final year of high school, which means a few different things...

    First, you're one step closer to becoming a college student - woohoo! Second, you're now officially able to start applying for scholarships that are open to high school seniors. 

    Scholarships are an AMAZING way to help you pay for college because the money you earn through scholarships does not ever need to be repaid.

    Despite this, 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, and miss out on so many great opportunities. 

    To ensure maximum success, I suggest starting as early in the year as possible.

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

    And, if you're completely or relatively new to the scholarship space, that's okay! I know from experience that the process of finding and applying for scholarships can be an overwhelming one. 

    That's why, in this post, I have gathered some awesome scholarships for high school seniors that you can search through and apply for to get you started. 

    High school seniors
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    But First...Some Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a scholarship?

    A scholarship is, to put it simply, free money that you can earn to put towards paying for college.

    Unlike other types of financial aid (aka, loans), money that you earn from scholarships doesn't ever need to be repaid, which is what makes it so awesome. 

    I'm a high school senior. Is it too late for me to start applying for scholarships?

    Nope, not at all! In fact, you're in a prime position when it comes to applying for scholarships because not only can you apply for scholarships that are open to high school students, but you can also begin to prepare for scholarships that are open to college students.

    By starting the process as a senior in high school, you can get fully acquainted and comfortable with what it entails, so that once you get onto campus in the fall, you know exactly what you have to do to secure the bag! 

    Where can I find scholarships to apply for?

    In addition to Access Scholarships, there are tons of other places and resources you can check out to help you search and apply for scholarships. 

    You'll want to start by heading over to the website(s) run by your state that outline state-based financial aid and scholarship opportunities. 

    Then, you'll want to reach out to your school counselor (and do research on Google) to learn about local scholarships that you can apply for. 

    Another more unique way to find potential scholarship opportunities that are specific to you is actually through utilizing social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, even Pinterest!). You can follow hashtags on Instagram such as #TexasScholarships (if you live in Texas) so that anytime an organization posts a relevant scholarship with that hashtag, you can see it and apply if you're interested!  

    How do I make my applications stand out?

    Great question! One of the main ways that you can stand out through your application is through the extra requirements that you submit.

    Whether it's an essay, a video, letters of recommendation, or other additional submissions, these are all places where you will want to dedicate extra time and effort to make sure that what you're sending in is authentically YOU, unique, eye-catching, and memorable. 

    How can I balance applying for scholarships with my schoolwork AND college applications?

    As a senior, I know that you must have a lot on your plate that you're trying to balance. My number one tip to get it all done (and be as successful as possible in the process) is to set goals AND stay organized - more on this in the tips section below the scholarships!

    High school senior scholarships

    Easy Rolling Scholarships for High School Seniors 

    • 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: $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: 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: 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: $500

      Scholarship Deadline: Rolling

      Details: This scholarship is open to high school seniors who are US citizens with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    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: $40,000

      Scholarship Deadline: January 9

      Details: RBSP competitively awards 45 – 50 four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship.

      Applicants for the Ron Brown Scholarship MUST be Black/African American, US citizens or permanent residents, and a current high school senior at the time of their application.

    • 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 graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing undergraduate degrees who are planning to attend or currently attending accredited institutions 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 students 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 students.  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 students 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 student 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: $25,000

      Scholarship Deadline: March 8

      Details: The Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. Open to US high school students with critical financial need. Minimum 2.0 GPA.

    • 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: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: April 15

      Details: Open to all high school students, this scholarship was created in collaboration with climate activist Jamie Margolin to encourage students to learn about climate justice.

    • 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 a scholarship for high school seniors (and juniors!) 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's a scholarship for high school seniors that could earn you $1,000 to use toward your college expenses!

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: July 23

      This scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors, and the main application component is a written submission, which can be in the form of an essay or poem.

    • 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: $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: August 1

      Details: To encourage bright young minds to SPEAK UP, Grademiners offers this essay scholarship for the best original essay (see application page for essay topic options).

    • Award Amount: Full-ride! 

      Scholarship 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. 

      Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.7 to apply.

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: September 30

      Details: This scholarship was created to encourage students who have faced adversity to reflect on their experience and discuss the steps they took to pull themselves through a difficult situation. Minimum 3.0 GPA to apply.

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: September 30

      Details: Rastin Gluckstein Lawyers is offering The Supporting the Community Scholarship to recognize students who have particularly creative ideas for how they can do their best to give back to their community.

    • 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: $40,000 per year 

      Scholarship Deadline: November 18 

      Details:The Jack Kent Cooke 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. Minimum 3.5 GPA. 

    • 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: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: December 1

      Details: 10x digital awards a $2,000 scholarship each year to one talented student (twice a year) who is majoring in (or planning on majoring in) a field related to digital marketing. 

      Undocumented students and international students studying in the US are eligible to apply.

    • Award Amount: Varies

      Scholarship Deadline: December 1

      Details: The National Honor Society is committed to helping students achieve their secondary education goals, and provides the following resources to students and their families to help with the planning process. 600 scholarships are awarded each year to high school seniors who are members of the NHS.

    • Award Amount: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: December 6

      Details: “Make the U” is an educational program from Colgate-Palmolive in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation that offers financial relief to Hispanic youth on their path to higher education. Open to Hispanic/LatinX students, minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a US resident or DACA eligible.

    • Award Amount: $40,000

      Scholarship Deadline: December 14

      Details: The Edison Scholars Program offers $40,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors planning on pursuing STEM degrees at 4-year colleges and universities. Must live in Edison's service territory in Southern California. 

    • 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: $1,000

      Scholarship Deadline: December 31 (and June 30)

      Details: This scholarship is Access Scholarship's opportunity created just for high school students! Open to high school seniors, but also to students in grades 9-11. DACA/undocumented and international students are also eligible to apply. 

       
    • 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: 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, I 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 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.

    I was a high school senior not too long ago, so I know exactly what it's like to have to create a balance between your schoolwork, extracurriculars, college applications, and scholarships. 

    It's not always an easy task, but that's why you should work on setting goals for yourself and creating a scholarship strategy

    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 Access Scholarships, be sure to...

    • Reach out to your school counselor to discuss some of the local scholarships that are out there for you to apply for
    • Head over to your state's financial aid website to learn more about their grants and resources 

    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.

    The scholarship process requires consistency and dedication. 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.

    TIP: Click here to view and download a copy of my own scholarship tracker so you can get organized for yourself!

    5. Think outside the box.

    I 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 YOU in all aspects! This means thinking critically about your hobbies and interests, and passions outside of academics.

    It also means thinking about things that define who you are that you could potentially leverage in your scholarship search. For example, are you a soon-to-be first-generation college student?  Or maybe you're planning on pursuing a STEM degree? These are just two areas that you can identify and use to search for scholarships! 

    Scholarships for Hispanic & Latinx Students to Apply for in 2021

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      Introduction

      Many organizations and universities offer both need and merit-based scholarships that are designed to aid and encourage Hispanic and Latinx students specifically to pursue higher education and to continue to break into fields that are mostly dominated by non-minority groups. These scholarships are available across a wide variety of majors and areas of interest, ranging from Journalism to Nursing to Engineering. 

      So, what can you expect to have to submit in order to be considered for one (or more) of these scholarships? 

      Hispanic & Latinx Scholarships: Requirements to Apply

      Heritage 

      The most important qualifying factor when determining your eligibility to apply for Hispanic or Latinx-specific scholarships is having Hispanic or Latin heritage! 

      Grades

      Most scholarships typically require a minimum GPA to apply, such as 2.5, 3.0, or 3.5 out of 4.0. The required minimum will often vary depending on how competitive the scholarship is, or how many scholarships are being awarded.

      While some applications may only prompt you to enter in your GPA, most will require you to upload an official or unofficial transcript that verifies your GPA and grades in specific courses. 

      Citizenship 

      Depending on the type of scholarship (state, federal etc.), the scholarship application may require you to show proof that you are a U.S. citizen or that you are a legal permanent resident of the U.S.

      While some scholarships are open to only U.S. citizens and permanent residents, others are open to international and undocumented students as well.

      Resume & Essay(s)

      While some scholarships may only ask you to submit a resume in order to be considered, others will ask that you answer one or more essays that are tailored specifically to the focus of the scholarship.

      For example, if you are a journalism student and you are applying for a scholarship to help fund your college degree in this subject area, an essay question may ask you to reflect on your proudest achievement thus far that is related to journalism.

      Ultimately, the essay questions that organizations or universities require are ones that will help them to get a better idea of who you are, what you are hoping to achieve, and why you deserve the scholarship.

      Letters of Recommendation

      One or more letters of recommendation may be required so the university or organization can “double-check” that your accomplishments and credentials are in fact what you indicated on your resume or in your essays. Common sources for letters of recommendation are professors or teachers, employers, and leaders from extracurricular activities. 

      Financial Need

      Generally, if you are applying for a need-based scholarship, the organization will require you to submit proof that you are in fact in need of the scholarship, which can generally be accomplished through filling out the FAFSA

      Now that you know a little more about the requirements to apply to these scholarships, it is important for you to also be aware of the numerous sources that provide scholarships or access to scholarship resources for Hispanic and Latinx students. 

      Scholarship Sources and Resources for Hispanic & Latinx Students 

      Nonprofits & Foundations - Foundations such as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund are designed to provide both “scholarships and support to as many exceptional students as possible”. 

      State & Local Groups - These include youth groups, religious groups, clubs within your community, and more. 

      Colleges & Universities - Many schools have their own scholarship page or section of their website, where they provide resources to help students with their scholarship search. Additionally, some colleges and universities even offer their own scholarships that students of Hispanic and/or Latin heritage can apply for. 

      Companies and Corporations - Large companies and corporations, such as NBC Universal and Pacific Gas & Electric Company, offer scholarships to help give back to the community. 

      Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities - also known as HACU, this association was founded in 1986 and represents nearly 500 colleges and universities that are working to provide Hispanic students with the necessary funds to pursue higher education.

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      Scholarships for Hispanic & Latinx Students

      • Average amount awarded: $2,000

        Application deadline: January 10 

        -Must be a Colorado resident with a minimum 3.0 GPA

        -U.S. citizenship is not required to apply (DACA and undocumented students are encouraged to apply)

        -Recipients are selected based on financial need, leadership potential, and character, and service to the community

      • Average amount awarded: $25,000

        Application deadline: February 3

        Number of scholarships awarded: 30

        -This scholarship is for Hispanic students in their senior year of high school (under 21 years of age)

        -Must be a US resident

        -Minimum 2.8 GPA

      • Average amount awarded: $5,000

        Application deadline: February 1

        -Scholarship established to help African American, Hispanic, Native American, and minority students of other cultural and ethnic backgrounds

        -For students pursuing a major in landscape architecture education as a graduate student or in the final two years of undergraduate study

      • Average amount awarded: Varies ($1,500 - $10,000)

        Application deadline: February 5

        Number awarded last year: N/A

        -Award for high school seniors, college undergraduates, and first-year graduate students who are pursuing careers in English- or Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast, or online journalism

        -Must have a GPA of 3.0

      • Average amount awarded: up to $5,000

        Application deadline: February 15 

        -Merit-based award for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, or DACA of Hispanic heritage

        -Must have plans to enroll full time in an accredited U.S. 4-year university in the upcoming academic year

        -Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA for undergraduate and graduate students and a 3.0 GPA for high school students

        -Must complete FAFSA or state-based financial aid (if available)

      • Average amount awarded: Varies ($1,000 - $7,000)

        Application deadline: March 17

        -This scholarship is for students currently enrolled at a Pennsylvania college or university with a declared major in Accounting

        -Minimum 3.0 GPA

      • Average amount awarded: up to $30,000

        Application deadline: March 19

        Number of scholarships awarded: up to 100

        -This scholarship is for Latino/a students who are pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field

        -Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have demonstrated financial need

        -DACA recipients who are also AB 540 students are eligible to apply

      • Average amount awarded: $1,500

        Application deadline: March 31

        -For Latina and/or Chicana students enrolled at an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, San Francisco, Sonoma, or Yolo

        -Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA (community college and undergraduate students) or 2.7 GPA (graduate students)

      • Average amount awarded: $2,000

        Application deadline: April 1

        -Must be a Florida resident intent on pursuing a degree at an eligible postsecondary institution

        -Undergraduate applicants must apply in their senior year of high school

        -Graduate students may also apply but priority is given to undergraduate students

        -You must submit the FAFSA and demonstrate a minimum of $2,000 in financial need to be eligible

      • Average amount awarded: $10,000

        Application deadline: April 15

        -Awarded to a Hispanic or Latino student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry

      • Average amount awarded: $500 - $10,000

        Application deadline: April 30

        -This scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field

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

        -Minimum 3.0 GPA to apply

      • Average amount awarded: Varies

        Application deadline: May 1

        -For academically competitive students who are identified as members of any of the following ethnic/racial groups: African American; American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; or Hispanic

        -Scholarship selection is based on financial need as determined by federal methodology

      • Average amount awarded: $2,765

        Application deadline: May 24

        Number awarded last year: 68

        -To be eligible, students must attend a HACU member college or university and meet all additional criteria

      • Average amount awarded: $5,000

        Application deadline: July 6

        -Open to permanent legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 18 or older and of Latino descent, that are currently enrolled full-time in a college or university

      • Average amount awarded: $3,500

        Application deadline: December 2

        -Open to Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Science, Technology, and Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)

        -Minimum 3.0 GPA 

        -Open to US residents and students with DACA status 

      • Average amount awarded: $1,000

        Application deadline: December 6

        Eligibility:

        -Must be of Hispanic or Latino descent.

        -Open to Rising Seniors (student graduating high school in the Spring).

        -Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or 7.5 (on a 10.0 scale).

        -Must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or DACA eligible.

      • Average amount awarded: $2,500

        Application deadline: December 15

        -Scholarships recipients are recent graduates of North Carolina high schools who are of Hispanic/Latino background

        -Preference will be given to foreign-born applicants or the native-born children of foreign-born parents

      • Average amount awarded: up to 50% off program fees

        Application deadline: Varies depending on the semester abroad

        -Scholarships for outstanding Hispanic students looking to study abroad during college

        -Students must meet all of the AIFS study abroad requirements to apply

        -Minimum 3.0 GPA.

      If you're looking for more scholarships like these, check out our other post on Celebrating Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month or start your own custom search!

      Community College Scholarships

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        Introduction to community college scholarships

        Community college, just like any four-year college or university, costs money.

        Luckily, there are tons and tons of community college scholarships out there for students who are pursuing 2-year degrees.

        In this post, I highlight a diverse list of 30 scholarships that are open to or catering specifically to community college students.

        Scroll down to check them out!

        Common questions about community college scholarships, answered!

        What are community college scholarships?

        Community college scholarships are opportunities available for students who attend community colleges, also commonly referred to as technical colleges, 2-year colleges, or junior colleges. 

        Some scholarship programs cater specifically to community college students, while others cater to a wider range of students, including those who attend 2-year schools. 

        What if I'm currently attending community college but planning on transferring to a 4-year college or university?

        Great question 🙂 There certainly are lots of scholarships available for students like you, and some of them are featured in this blog post! Scroll down to check them out! 

        What tips do you have for applying for community college scholarships?

        No matter what the scholarship is, my top tip is to let your enthusiasm, passion, and individuality shine through in whatever it is you submit.

        If you're writing an essay, which many scholarships require, I recommend checking out my post on how to write a winning scholarship essay.

        31 community college scholarships to apply for

        • Amount: $1,000

          Deadline: Quarterly (September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30)

          Eligibility: This is my very own no-essay scholarship! Open to high school, college, and graduate school students of all years.

        • Amount: $2,000

          Deadline: September 30

          Eligibility: A great no-essay scholarship, this opportunity is open to high school seniors and undergraduate students in the US.

        • Amount: $1,000

          Deadline: Last day of each month (typically)

          Eligibility: Open to students of all years! Simply set up a profile on Tallo to apply.

        • Amount: $10,000

          Deadline: September 30

          Eligibility: Open to all students 13 and older!

        • Amount: Varies, but it's usually between $1,000 and $2,500!

          Deadline: Last day of each month

          Eligibility: Open to high school, college, and graduate students in the US.

        • Amount: $2,222

          Deadline: End of each month

          Eligibility: Open to students ages 13 and older. All you need to do to apply is create an account.

        • Amount: $2,500

          Deadline: Quarterly

          Eligibility: Open to high school juniors and seniors interested in attending a Christian college or university.

        • Amount: Varies by scholarship

          Deadline: January 8

          Eligibility: Open to current and future LGBTQ+ and straight-ally student leaders from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Scholarships cover most accredited institutions, including community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities, medical schools, etc.

        • Amount: $2,500 - $20,000

          Deadline: January 26

          Eligibility: Open to Asian and Pacific Islander American students who will be enrolling or are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university as a degree-seeking undergraduate student. Special consideration is given for students living below the poverty line and students who are the first in their family to attend college. FAFSA completion is necessary.

          Must be a US citizen, minimum 2.7 GPA

        • Amount: $6,000

          Deadline: January 31

          Eligibility: Open to northern and central California community college students for their service to the LGBTQ+ community. Must be planning to transfer to an accredited four-year college or university.

        • Amount: Varies 

          Deadline: February 25

          Eligibility: Open to community college students who will be graduating that year and do not have the financial resources to complete their bachelor’s degree at a 4-year university. Must have a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA. In terms of DACA, you must be able to show proof of DACA or TPS, showing that you came to the US before age 16.

        • Amount: $1,500 

          Deadline: February 28

          Eligibility: Open to high school seniors planning on studying at any college or university after graduation. Must be an animal lover and US resident! 

        • Amount: $3,000 per year

          Deadline: March 1

          Eligibility: Open to North Carolina high school seniors and community college students looking to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Recipients must be from certain rural counties, demonstrate both financial need and merit (minimum 3.0 GPA), and plan to attend participating North Carolina colleges and universities.

        • Amount: $20,000

          Deadline: March 1

          Eligibility: Open to high school seniors with disabilities who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and target a career in the technology industry.

        • Amount: $2,000

          Deadline: March 12

          Eligibility: Open to first-year students enrolled at a Virginia community college and pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field.

        • Amount: $2,000

          Deadline: Varies (March 15, September 15)

          Eligibility: Open to any female high school or college student who wants to start her own online business.

        • Amount: $1,000

          Deadline: March 30

          Eligibility: Open to students of all years studying at an accredited US higher education institution, including community colleges and trade schools.

        • Amount: up to $2,500

          Deadline: March 31 

          Eligibility: Open to female students who are enrolled at, or accepted into, either a two or four-year college or university within the United States. Must be planning a career in computer science, information technology, management information systems, or related field.

        • Amount: $1,000

          Deadline: Varies (March 31, September 30)

          Eligibility: Open to students currently enrolled in or entering a certificate or degree program which leads to a manufacturing career on a full-time basis. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

        • Amount: up to $5,000

          Deadline: April 1

          Eligibility: Open to all students who are US residents, attending a higher education institution in the US, including community college!

        • Amount: $5,000 - $20,000

          Deadline: April 1

          Eligibility: Open to students who were born outside the US or who have both parents born outside the US. Must be either a graduating senior at a high school in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia or a recent GED grad residing in DC, Maryland or Virginia. Annual family income must be below $100,000.

        • Amount: $500 - $10,000

          Deadline: April 1

          Eligibility: Open to students of Hispanic descent who are pursuing degrees in STEM fields at 2 or 4-year colleges and universities. Minimum 3.0 GPA. The GMiS Scholars Program accepts applicants who are U.S. citizens, U.S. residents, F1 Visa, or DACA status.

        • Amount: $1,000

          Deadline: April 15

          Eligibility: Open to high school and college students of all years, including students who are planning to attend or currently attending community colleges in the US. Undocumented and DACA students may apply.

        • Amount: $1,000

          Deadline: Varies (April 15, October 17)

          Eligibility: Open to 10th-12th graders, college students, and non-traditional students. Must be a US resident currently attending or be planning to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university in the US.

        • Amount: up to $5,000

          Deadline: April 20

          Eligibility: Open to Applicants must be pursuing full-time undergraduate or graduate degrees in Graphic design, Illustration, or Photography. Must be a US citizen.

        • Amount: $1,000

          Deadline: Varies (June 30, December 31)

          Eligibility: Open to high school students of all years, who are planning to eventually enroll at a US higher education institution (includes community colleges!).

        • Amount: $2,000

          Deadline: September 30

          Eligibility: Open to students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree at the associate’s level or a first-time bachelor’s level.

        • Amount: $1,500

          Deadline: October 22

          Eligibility: Open to North Carolina community college students who are pursuing an associate degree with the intent to enroll in a four-year program and have the potential to become a CPA.

        • Amount: $1,000 

          Deadline: December 31

          Eligibility: Open to graduating high school seniors or recent high school graduates with financial need, a minimum 2.5 GPA, and a high likelihood of successful completion of a post-secondary program.

        • Amount: $1,500

          Deadline: December 31

          Eligibility: Open to students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year educational institutions who will be transferring as geography majors to four-year colleges and universities. Minimum 3.5 GPA.

        • Amount: Varies (usually covers the gap between your tuition and the financial aid you are receiving)

          Deadline: N/A

          Eligibility: Open to recent HS graduates, current community college students and returning adults attending one of the Program’s 10 Illinois community college partners (see website for details). Undocumented students may apply.

        Additional reading & resources

        If you're a community college student and you're looking for general resources in addition to the scholarships that I've listed above, I highly recommend checking out some of these...

        America Needs You - a great mentorship and career-building program for community college students in NY, NJ, and CA who intend to transfer to 4-year schools

        Access Scholarship's Student Resources Page - has a comprehensive list of study tools, career tips, and more.

        Blog post: Which type of college degree is right for you? - a worthwhile read for any high school student who is unsure of what form of higher education to pursue.

        17 Scholarships for Student Activists

        Introduction to Student Activism Scholarships

        A few blog posts ago, I mentioned something along the lines of “scholarships come in all shapes and sizes”.

        This is still true!

        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.

        Some of them are more activism-based, and some of them are more focused on encouraging you to take part and help your community through service.

        Read on for our top 17 scholarships for student activists!

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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 15

          This scholarship, powered by Access Scholarships (that's us!) in collaboration with climate activist Jamie Margolin, is geared towards educating and inspiring students to learn about climate change and climate justice, and how both topics intersect with various other movements and issues that are occurring in our world. 

          Open to high school and college students of all years who are US residents, undocumented, or international students studying in the US. 
        • 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

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

          Open to high school, college, and graduate school students of all years. 

        • Amount: $1,000

          Deadline: September 1 and February 1

          Open to high school and college students.

        • 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: Varies

          Deadline: December 31

          The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged tens of thousands of young volunteers (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999.

          Three scholarships totaling $1,750 will be awarded annually to the authors of the three best Apprentice Ecologist essays.

        • 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.

        • Amount: Varies

          Deadline: N/A

          The Bonner Program provides a scholarship to students in exchange for weekly commitment to intensive and meaningful service with a local community organization over the four years as an undergraduate student with our campus partners.

          If you're interested in becoming a Bonner, you must apply directly through one of their campus partners. Each campus has its own application and selection process.

        36 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's 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 for women come in the form of need and merit-based opportunities.

          Need-based scholarships are scholarships that are provided to students in which one of the eligibility requirements is demonstrated financial need.

          By contrast, merit-based scholarships for women are ones that are awarded on the basis of 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.

          Scholarships for women can be segmented into many categories, such as age range, level of education being pursued, and major/area of interest.

          Below, I 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

            This scholarship provides up to seven young women with the opportunity to study for one academic year in American colleges and/or universities.

            Eligibility:

            -Must be between 20 and 35 years old

            -Must be a non-U.S. citizen residing outside the United States

            -Must be planning to enter or be engaged in the teaching profession, and have received an undergraduate degree, and be eligible for a Master's degree. 

          • 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. 

          • Average amount awarded: $1,250

            Application deadline: January 31

            Eligibility:

            -Open 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 Norma Ross Walter Scholarship provides financial assistance to female graduates of Nebraska high schools.

            Eligibility:

            -Applicants must be female high school seniors who are prospective first-year college students

            -Must plan to continue your education as an English major at an accredited college or university

          • Average Award Amount: $5,000

            Application Deadline: February 1

            Eligibility:

            -Must be a female undergraduate student attending school full-time in the US or Canada

            -Accepted fields of study include manufacturing engineering, technology, and related

            -The student must possess an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

            -Must have completed a minimum of 30 college credits 

          • 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

            Eligibility:

            -Must be an African American female

            -Must be a resident of the Denver metropolitan area

            -Must be a graduating high school senior

            -Minimum 3.0 GPA

          • Average amount awarded: $10,000

            Application deadline: February 8

            Eligibility:

            -Available annually to college graduates who will be entering into the first year of their initial postgraduate studies

            -Must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or related program at an 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: Varies

            Application deadline: February 15 for college sophomores-seniors, March 1 for incoming/current college freshmen.

            The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a female/woman and are studying in preparation for careers in STEM fields.

          • 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.

          • Average Award Amount: $2,000

            Application Deadline: February 26 

            Eligibility:

             -Must be a woman, age 35 or older

            -Must be low-income (based on income guidelines listed in the details of the scholarship)

            -Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States

            -Must be pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree

          • 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 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 art degrees while actively supporting their LGBTQ+ communities

            Eligibility:

            -Open to female and minority students

            -Minimum 2.75 GPA

            -Must be a US citizen

            -Must be enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university

          • Average amount awarded: $2,000

            Application deadline: March 15

            This scholarship is open to female college sophomores and juniors studying physics, including space physics and geophysics, or geoscience. 

          • Average Amount Awarded: $2,000

            Application Deadline: March 15

            The "Be The Boss" scholarship aims to empower entrepreneurial women to give their business ideas 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. 

          • 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 all aspects of life.

            Eligibility:

            -Open to high school seniors who identify as female 

            -Must have 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.

            Eligibility:

            -Open to female students studying architecture/architectural engineering at the undergraduate or graduate level.

          • Average Amount Awarded: $1,000

            Application Deadline: April 1 

            This scholarship encourages and supports female undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in computing.

            Eligibility:

            -Must be an undergraduate student

            -Must be pursuing a degree in computing/computer science/related field 

          • 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 scholarship supports female students that are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession.

          • Average amount awarded: $1,000

            Application deadline: April 15

            Open to high school and undergraduate students living or studying in the US. 

          • Average amount awarded: $1,000

            Application deadline: May 8

            QuantHub is offering a $1,000 scholarship award to support women pursuing an education in the data science field. Accepted areas of study include data science, business analytics, statistics, computer science, or computer information systems. 

          • 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 students submit 3-6 minute short films that focus on a variety of global women’s issues.

            Eligibility:

            -Open to high school and undergraduate students

          • Average amount awarded: $2,500

            Application deadline: June 30

            Eligibility:

            -Open to undergraduate women from under-served communities interested in pursuing an education and career in the Geosciences, or Earth Sciences. 

          • Average amount awarded: $2,500

            Application deadline: August 20 

            Eligibility:

            -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

            -Must have completed 18 units in your major by the application date

          • Average amount awarded: $2,000

            Application deadline: October 15 

            Eligibility:

            Open to female undergraduate students interested in aviation-related careers. Minimum 3.0 GPA. 

          • Average amount awarded: $3,500

            Application deadline: October 15 

            Eligibility:

            -Award for students (undergraduate/graduate, male/female) studying and eventually planning careers in logistics/supply chain management.

            -Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at an institution within the 9 counties comprising the San Francisco Bay Area

          • Average amount awarded: $1,000

            Application deadline: October 31 

            Eligibility:

            This scholarship is open to female college or university students pursuing STEM, or other technology-related studies and careers.

            -Minimum 3.0 GPA 

          • 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.

            Eligibility:

            -Applicants must be young women or gender non-conforming individuals of color who are currently enrolled in college/university.

          • Average amount awarded: Full-ride!

            Application deadline: November 15

            The Science Ambassador Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship for undergraduate women studying science, technology, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. You must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student to apply.

            Eligibility:

            -You must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student to apply

            -You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply, but you do need to attend college (or plan to attend college) in the United States or a United States Territory.

          • 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.

            Eligibility:

            -Must be an international student, aka citizen of a country other than the US and Canada

            -You must have a full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled full-time and on campus for the entire school year

          • Average amount awarded: $5,000

            Application deadline: N/A

            Eligibility:

            -Open to students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or non-traditional institution

            -Must be pursuing a degree related to automotive management, business, automotive education, or similar field

          • 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.

          • Average amount awarded: $5,000

            Application deadline: Continous  

            The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to promote medical education for women. 

            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. 

          • WIIT Scholarship

            Average amount awarded: $1,500

            Application deadline: Varies (Nov 1 and April 1)

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

            Eligibility:

            -Applicants must identify as female

            -Must 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 school.

          Weird and Unusual Scholarships to Apply for in 2021

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            Introduction

            One misconception about scholarships that I am ALWAYS debunking with students is that you need to have a perfect GPA or have demonstrated financial need in order to be eligible to apply for scholarships.

            The reality is that there are tons (and I mean TONS!) of weird and unusual scholarships out there that will award you money on the basis of your hobbies, passions, or other unique aspects of your personality.

            With that, I decided that this post on weird and crazy scholarships is long overdue. Here is my list of some of the most unconventional and unique scholarship opportunities that are out there for you to apply for.

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            Weird and Unusual Scholarships - THE LIST!

            Deadline: February 26

            Amount: Varies, $5,000 - $30,000

            Description: This scholarship requires you to enter an original doodle and explain how it represents your inner strength. Doodles will be judged on artistic merit, creativity, and theme communication.

            Deadline: February 20

            Amount: $5,000 - $10,000

            Description: 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.

            Deadline: March 1

            Amount: $1,000

            Description: If you're ~vertically gifted~, aka, over 5'10" (women) and 6'2" (men), this is the scholarship for you!

            Deadline: March 1

            Amount: Varies, up to $12,500

            Description: This scholarship is for students studying Enology/Viticulture, otherwise known as the wine and grape industry.

            Deadline: March 2

            Amount: $10,000

            Description: This scholarship, open to high school and college students, asks students to submit an original photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. The student with the best design will win a $10,000 scholarship and have his or her entry made into an actual greeting card to be sold in The Gallery Collection’s line. The winning student’s school will also receive a $1000 prize for helping to promote the contest.

            Deadline: March 31

            Amount: $5,000

            Description: The Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship is offered to students (preference to high school seniors) who play Magic: The Gathering.

            Deadline: April 1

            Amount: $2,000

            Description: The AFSA awards up to 10 scholarships to high school students who write a short essay about sprinklers and the importance of fire safety.

            Deadline: April 30

            Amount: $5,000

            Description: Calling all candy lovers! This scholarship, sponsored by the American Association of Candy Technologists, is for students studying a major such as food science, chemical science, or related, with a demonstrated interest in confectionary technology (through academics, work experiences, or side projects).

            Deadline: June 8

            Amount: Varies - $500 - $10,000

            Description: The Stuck at Prom Scholarship is the coolest scholarship contest around. Students are challenged to create their own prom outfits made entirely from Duck Tape®, then wear those outfits to the prom for the chance to win scholarship cash!

            Deadline: June 19

            Amount: $10,000

            Description: This $10,000 scholarship gets awarded to one graduate student each year who has a demonstrated interest in the potato industry or related fields.

            Deadline: July 31

            Amount: $2,000

            Description: Calling all gamers (specifically Minecraft lovers)! This scholarship gives you the opportunity to win scholarship money simply by showing your appreciation for the game.

            Deadline: August 15

            Amount: $500

            Description: If you're into rodeo, you should DEFINITELY apply for this scholarship! Simply write a short essay on your rodeo story for the chance to win a $500 scholarship.

            Deadline: October 1

            Amount: $1,000

            Description: We all know that memes are all the hype nowadays. For this no-essay scholarship, simply submit your favorite memes for the chance to win.

            Deadline: October 30

            Amount: $2,000

            Description: The essay prompt for this scholarship reads:  ‘Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with Zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Use your brain to flesh out a plan to avoid the Zombies, including where you would hide and the top 5 things you would bring with you to stay alive.’ ... ~funky~

            Deadline: Varies

            Amount: Varies

            Description: All of Do Something's scholarship opportunities revolve around performing various types of community service and activism in exchange for being entered to win scholarships! While this certainly doesn't fall under the category of "weird", it is less-than-conventional, and great to know that students can earn scholarship money by giving back!

            Deadline: Continuous

            Amount: $1,000

            Description: If you love cats and have a background volunteering at an animal/rescue shelter, this scholarship is right up your alley.

            Weird and Unusual Scholarships - To conclude...

            There you have it-  my running list of wacky, weird, and unusual scholarships!

            Whether or not there are any scholarships on this list that apply to you and your hobbies, interests, or way of life, the important message that I want you to walk away with is that there truly are scholarships out there for everything!

            Not all scholarships (like some students are led to believe) are awarded solely for being an A+ student or a star athlete.

            So, it's important when you're going through the process of searching and applying for scholarships that you take the time to consider all of your unique qualities and interests and incorporate those into your search.

            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're 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), preparing for college applications, and speaking with your family and guidance counselor about what options might be right for you. 

              Since this is the year where you're discussing college (and likely also discussing how to pay for it), leaving scholarships out of the picture would be doing yourself a disservice! It's 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! 

              But First...Some Frequently Asked Questions by High School Juniors

              What is a scholarship?

              A scholarship is, to put it simply, free money that you can earn to put towards paying for college.

              Unlike other types of financial aid (aka, loans), money that you earn from scholarships doesn't ever need to be repaid! 

              When can I start applying for scholarships?

              In my introduction above, I mentioned that you can (and should) start applying for scholarships as early as possible. 

              If you're a junior and you haven't started yet, don't worry, because you're definitely not too late. In fact, you're quickly approaching one of the prime times to be applying, since junior year is the year where lots of scholarships tend to become available for high school students. 

              Where can I find scholarships to apply for?

              In addition to this post and the entire Access Scholarships platform, there are tons of other places and resources you can check out to help you search and apply for scholarships. 

              You'll want to start by heading over to the website(s) run by your state that outlines state-based financial aid and scholarship opportunities. 

              Then, you'll want to reach out to your school counselor (and do research on Google) to learn about local scholarship opportunities. 

              Another more unique way to find potential scholarship opportunities that are specific to you is actually through utilizing social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, even Pinterest!). You can follow hashtags on Instagram such as #TexasScholarships (if you live in Texas) so that anytime an organization posts a relevant scholarship with that hashtag, you can see it and apply if you're interested!  

              How do I make my applications stand out?

              Great question! One of the main ways that you can stand out through your application is through the extra requirements that you submit.

              Whether it's an essay, a video, letters of recommendation, or other additional submissions, these are all places where you will want to dedicate extra time and effort to make sure that what you're sending in is authentically YOU, unique, eye-catching, and memorable.

              Applying for scholarships is such a process. Is it worth it?

              In my opinion, ABSOLUTELY! While the process can be a long one, it can certainly pay off if you are able to earn a few thousand dollars in scholarships to help you pay for school. Think about how many hours of time you'd have to work at a part-time job to earn a few thousand dollars. Probably quite a lot!

              Additionally, not only is the process a humbling one (mostly everyone who applies will get rejected from at least one scholarship at some point) but it also helps you to refine key skills along the way, such as organization, essay-writing, and professional communication.

              Scholarships for high school juniors

              Scholarships for High School Juniors by Month 

              CollegExpress Class of 2023 Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $2,000

              Scholarship Deadline: Currently open!

              To enter to win this $2,000 scholarship, all you need to do is answer the question "Have you started your college search yet?" and hit submit!

              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 Monthly Scholarship

              Award Amount: Varies, but usually $1,000

              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 no-essay 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: Rolling

              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 stories 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 a merit scholarship 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 and college students, along with 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!

              Climate Justice Scholarship 

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: April 15

              The Climate Justice Scholarship is our own opportunity created in collaboration with climate activist Jamie Margolin to encourage more students to learn about climate justice and take action!

              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.

              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!

              Phyliss J. McCarthy Scholarship for Excellence in Writing 

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadline: July 23

              This writing scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors. International students are also eligible to apply.

              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.

              Around the Corner from College Scholarship

              Award Amount: $1,000

              Scholarship Deadlines: December 31, June 30

              This is another one of Access Scholarship's ways of giving back! The Around the Corner from College Scholarship is an easy opportunity that is open to all high school students (freshmen - seniors!), including international students who are planning to attend college in the US.

              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

              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.

              Full-Ride Scholarships

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                Introduction to Full-Ride Scholarships

                Full-ride scholarships are, without a doubt, every college student’s dream to receive. To put it plainly, a full-ride scholarship is one that generally covers most of, if not all, of your college expenses.

                These scholarships are amazing because they help provide support with paying for college while greatly reducing (or even completely eradicating) the need to take out student loans.  

                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 pay for not only tuition but also cover the cost of 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.

                But first...a few easy scholarships

                I also want to highlight two EASY scholarships we currently have running here at Access Scholarships, that you should apply for ASAP before diving into the full-ride opportunities below (which definitely require a lot more time and effort!).

                These scholarships do NOT require essays, letters of recommendation, OR submission of a transcript/GPA (phew!) so make sure you apply now to be considered for the next round!

                Here they are...

                • This $1,000 scholarship is open to high school, college, and graduate school students. Students with DACA status and international students who plan to or who are currently studying in the US are also eligible to apply.

                  The deadline is quarterly, meaning we award four $1,000 scholarships each year, and that you can pretty much apply all year round! 

                • This scholarship, also worth $1,000, is open to high school students of all years, freshman through senior. Just like with the Too Cool scholarship, students with DACA status and those who are preparing to study in the US are also eligible to apply. 

                  The deadlines for this scholarship are December 31 and June 30, and it takes only a few minutes to apply. 

                Now that we have those EASY SCHOLARSHIPS out of the way...onto the BIG MONEY 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 the full cost of tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study.

                  The Coolidge Scholarship 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.

                  Eligibility: Must be a current high school junior

                • Application deadline: January 31

                  Details: 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: The Smart Start Program is for analytical New York City high school students who are ready to get a head start on a career in financial services.

                  You’ll gain real-world experience working in our industry-leading businesses while attending university on a scholarship that covers the full cost of college.

                  Eligibility: Must be a high school student living in New York City interested in business / financial services.

                • Application deadline: September 10

                  Details: The Cameron Impact Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition, merit scholarship. 

                  It's 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 cost of attending any accredited U.S.-based college or university that the recipient chooses to enroll in (includes personal expenses such as books).

                  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 current high school junior planning to enroll in a full-time course of study towards a degree at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university following 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 students.

                  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)
                • Application deadline: September 28

                  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.”  

                  Questbridge encourages 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 have excelled in their high-school classrooms while maintaining purposeful involvement and leadership in extracurricular activities, whether in the arts or athletics, in laboratory research, or in community service. 

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

                  1. Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) by the 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.

                  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. 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.

                  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...

                  1. Reside in the METROPOLITAN ATLANTA, Georgia AREA (surrounding Fulton County areas)
                  2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and minimum ACT: 19 / SAT: 990 (Verbal & Math only)
                  3. Have the potential to be a leader in the classroom and on campus
                  4. Be available to attend all College Ready Prep Sessions in Atlanta (twice a month) if accepted.
                • Application Deadline: December 31

                  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. 

                  Eligibility: Applicants must have...

                  1. An SAT composite of 1240 or ACT composite of 26
                  2. A GPA of 3.0 or higher for high school student applicants
                  3. Must be a current high school student.
                  4. 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: Applicants must...

                  1. Be enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico
                  2. Have a 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
                  3. Show satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related STEM discipline.

                US Colleges & Universities with Full-Ride Scholarships

                Most top-ranked universities do not offer full-ride merit based scholarships. However, plenty of great schools offer full-ride scholarships!

                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. 

                • 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. Vary the types of scholarships you're applying for.

                Sure, applying to every full-ride scholarship that you are eligible for can't hurt you, but it's 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. 

                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're in high school, and you're applying to merit-based full-ride scholarships, then it's 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.   

                Disability Scholarships for Higher Education

                Disability Scholarships - Introduction

                One piece of advice that I always tell students in relation to the process of searching and applying for scholarships, is to break down and identify each and every thing that defines who you are as a student and as a person in general so you can search strategically and maximize your potential sources for financial aid.

                If you're a student with a disability, know that there are lots of great disability grants and scholarships out there that you may be eligible to apply for to help you pay for college.

                Disability scholarships can stem from a wide variety of sources. First up we have the colleges and universities themselves. Whether you're still in high school or currently enrolled in college, you can certainly reach out to your future or current institution's financial aid office to inquire about scholarships that are specific to you.

                Second, students with disabilities can also look into the US Department of Education's TRIO Program, which aims to assist individuals with disadvantages (disabilities, low-income, first-generation) with the resources that they need to obtain a higher education degree.

                In addition to leveraging those school-specific disability scholarships and the TRIO Program, you can find these types of scholarships for students being offered through large corporations, government organizations, disability groups, and non-profit organizations.

                Since there are so many disability scholarship opportunities being offered in the latter category (non-college or university scholarships), in this post, I will focus more on those! Read on to learn about 25 great scholarship opportunities for disabled students.

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                Frequently asked questions about disability scholarships

                What types of scholarships are out there for students with disabilities?

                There are annual scholarship awards of all kinds available for students with disabilities.

                Each and every scholarship is unique in terms of the specific disability that applicants must have in order to be eligible. Some are for students with autism, others for students who are deaf, and others are for students living with mental illness.

                Do I have to be a certain year in school to apply for disability scholarships?

                The majority of these scholarships are open to students who are seniors in high school as well as students studying at the undergraduate and graduate school level.

                What are the application requirements I need to apply for disability scholarships?

                The application requirements vary for each and every scholarship, however, the majority of these scholarships require students to submit proof or documentation of their disability. For example, if you are visually impaired, you may have to submit documentation alongside your application that proves this.

                25 scholarships for disabled students

                • Amount: $5,000 - $15,000

                  Deadline: early January 

                  Eligibility: 

                  -For students with AS, CD, HS, JIA, Ps, PsA, RA, UC, or UV who are seeking an associates degree, undergraduate degree, graduate degree or Doctorate from an accredited United States (US) university/college

                  -Must be a US citizen or a legal and permanent resident of the US

                • Amount: $1,000

                  Deadline: January 28

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

                  -Open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate school students

                • Amount: Varies

                  Deadline: January 31

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder

                  -Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident who is 18 or older and planning to attend a school in the United States

                   

                • Amount: $2,000 - $7,500

                  Deadline: February 15

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate school students

                  -Must show involvement in your local/surrounding community

                  -Minimum 3.0 GPA 

                  -Must be legally blind

                • Amount: $15,000

                  Deadline: February 15

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to undergraduate, graduate, and law school students

                  -Must demonstrate committed interest in pursuing a career in intellectual property law

                • Amount: $5,000 - $10,000

                  Deadline: February 21

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student at a 4-year college or university in the US or Canada

                  -Pursuing a degree in business/commerce, computer science, engineering, math, physics, statistics, or a related discipline

                  -Students with all types of disabilities are encouraged to apply

                • Amount: $3,000

                  Deadline: March 1

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Must be an undergraduate student

                • Amount: $20,000

                  Deadline: March 1

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Must be a current high school senior living with a disability of any kind

                  -Planning to attend a 2 or 4-year undergraduate program to study in one of the following areas: engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business, or a related field (e.g. paralegal, pre-law, finance, business administration, or marketing)

                  -Must have financial need

                  -Minimum 3.0 GPA

                • Amount: $5,000

                  Deadline: March 15

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, as well as graduate school students studying at institutions in the state of Washington

                  -Must have a demonstrated interest and history in the field of intellectual or other developmental disabilities - do not need to have a disability to be eligible

                • Amount: up to $2,500

                  Deadline: March 17

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to high school and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in STEM majors/areas of study

                  -Can be studying at a community college, trade/technical school, or four-year university 

                  -Must have a documented learning disability

                • Amount: $1,000

                  Deadline: March 30

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to students who are pursuing four-year undergraduate degrees 

                  -Must be a high school senior or current college student 

                  -Minimum GPA 3.2/4.0

                  -Must have a minimum 40dB bilateral hearing loss, as evidenced on audiogram by an SRT & PTA of 40dB or greater in both ears

                  -Only US citizens can apply

                • Amount: up to $3,500

                  Deadline: April 1 (this year application was extended to May 1)

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to high school seniors planning on enrolling at a California community college

                  -Must be a US citizen and California resident

                  -Must have documentation of a specific learning disability - note: ADHD alone does not qualify

                • Amount: $5,625

                  Deadline: May 20

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Must be a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student in the US (citizenship not required!)

                  -Be interested in pursuing a career in communications, media, or entertainment (all majors are welcome to apply)

                  -Must self-identify as a person with any type of disability

                • Amount: $3,000

                  Deadline: May (date TBD)

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Must have an established autism diagnosis

                  -Eligible individuals need to be enrolled on a full-time basis (minimum 6 credits) or be working toward certification or accreditation in a particular field

                  -Open to high school seniors, college, and graduate school students

                • Amount: $5,000

                  Deadline: June 1

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to students who were diagnosed with cancer and whose disease and related treatments placed a significant financial burden on them and their families

                  -Must be a US citizen

                • Amount: $1,000 each

                  Deadline: June 12

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to full-time undergraduate students

                  -Must be living with a congenital limb difference or an acquired amputation

                • Amount: N/A

                  Deadline: June 15

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Must be a full-time undergraduate student attending an accredited four-year institution in the US 

                  -Can have a documented disability of any type

                • Amount: $4,000

                  Deadline: July 28

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Must have a significant disability of any kind – for example, physical, visual, developmental, cognitive, hearing, learning, emotional, or other;

                  -Planning to attend, or be in the first two years of, a 2- or 4-year college, university, or a trade school program, and 

                  -Must live in Washtenaw, Livingston, or Monroe County, Michigan

                • Amount: $1,000

                  Deadline: July 31

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate school students

                  -Must have cerebral palsy 

                  -Minimum 3.0 GPA

                • Amount: $1,000

                  Deadline: July 31

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Must be a high school senior living in Canada 

                  -Should plan on pursuing a degree (at a Canadian university) in one of the following areas: healthcare, criminal justice, or community and social services

                • Amount: $500

                  Deadline: August 1

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Must be a legal resident of the US 

                  -Open to students with physical and mental impairments

                  -Minimum 2.5 GPA 

                  -Open to high school, college, and graduate school students

                • Amount: $1,000

                  Deadline: August 15

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to high school seniors and college students

                  -Must have a documented disability of any kind 

                  -Must be planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college or university

                • Amount: $2,500

                  Deadline: November 28

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to high school seniors and current undergraduate students

                  -Minimum 2.5 GPA

                • Amount: $1,500

                  Deadline: November 30 

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Must be currently enrolled at or planning to attend a 2-4 year university, community college, or graduate school program located in the United States

                  -Minimum 2.5 GPA

                  -Must have a medically recognized physical or mental disability

                • Amount: $1,000

                  Deadline: December 1

                  Eligibility: 

                  -Open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students

                Scholarships for Education Majors

                Introduction: Education Scholarships

                UNESCO data estimates that the world will need close to 69 million new teachers across primary and secondary education by 2030 (less than 10 years from now!) in order to keep up with the increasing demands of the education sector.

                So, if you're considering (or already planning on) becoming a teacher of any kind, good for you, our world certainly needs you!

                While it certainly has its difficulties at times, the process towards becoming a teacher, as well as the act of actually teaching and working with kids, is without a doubt a rewarding one.

                Getting an education-related degree, just like getting any other, can be expensive. Luckily, for students who are planning on becoming teachers of any and all kinds, there are lots of great education scholarships out there to help you achieve your goals.

                In this post, I highlight 20 great education scholarships and grants for all kinds of students looking to become teachers. But first...

                Some frequently asked questions about education scholarships and becoming a teacher

                Do I have to major in Education to become a teacher?

                Generally, while an education degree is likely the easiest path to becoming a teacher because it teaches you HOW to teach and everything that goes with it.

                However, you don't need to major in education as an undergraduate student in order to become a teacher.  

                The rules on this vary based on a number of things, such as: 

                1. The state you plan to teach in 
                2. What type of school you want to teach at (public, private, charter, non-profit)
                3. What subject and grade level you want to teach (elementary, middle, high school, special education, etc)

                If you want to teach in a public school system, you will have to obtain a teaching license or teaching credential in addition to obtaining your undergraduate degree (usually through a four-year program).

                Because of this requirement, you can theoretically major in anything for your undergrad (although it should be relevant to what you want to teach), go on to get your credential, and be good to go! 

                What tips do you have for applying for education scholarships?

                When it comes to applying for education scholarships, my main tip is to make it clear in your essays and through your extracurricular activities that you are dedicated to working with others and helping them grow. After all, that's a big part of what being a teacher is, right?! 

                Committees want to see that you are not just becoming a teacher (and applying for scholarships) because you didn't know what else to major in. Show them through your profile exactly why you deserve the scholarship, and how it will propel you from your current position into one where you can work towards your goals of making a difference in student's lives. 

                Do I need to go to graduate school to become a teacher?

                Nope, not necessarily! 

                While going to graduate school/getting a master's degree in Education or Teaching is one option to help you become a teacher, it is not the most popular method. This is because master's degrees are expensive, and they often require extra years of full-time study and commitment before you can start teaching. 

                Despite these downfalls, one major upside to going this route is that you will likely be able to start at a higher salary when you do begin teaching because you have that extra degree. 

                If you choose to not go the graduate degree route, the two other popular options for becoming certified are:

                1. Getting your undergraduate degree through a program that also includes a program that directly prepares you to get your license 
                2. Getting your alternative certification (if you majored in something that is completely unrelated to Education/Teaching)

                Why are so many education scholarships state-specific grants?

                You'll notice by going through this list that many states have their own specific scholarships or grant that they offer for students who live in those states and are studying to become teachers. 

                My theory as to why so many of the scholarships are state-specific boils down to the way many of the programs seem to work.

                That is, they provide you with a scholarship to help you pay for school and get your degree, and at the end of your studies, you must give back by agreeing to teach in that state for a certain number of years, or completing another similar obligation. 

                What websites/resources do you recommend for students who want to become teachers?

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                20 education scholarships for all types of students

                • Amount: $1,000

                  Deadline: February 2

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Open to high school seniors in Georgia who are planning on attending a Georgia college or university

                  -Minimum 3.0 GPA

                • Amount: $1,500

                  Deadline: February 11

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Must be a Vermont resident and a US citizen

                  -Must be seeking a certificate or license in special education

                  -Minimum 3.0 GPA

                • Amount: N/A

                  Deadline: March 1

                  Eligibility/Details: 

                  -Open to graduates of Oregon high schools who are studying special education at 4-year colleges and universities

                • Amount: $24,000

                  Deadline: March 1

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Open to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level

                  -Must be a US citizen

                • Amount: $5,000

                  Deadline: March 1

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Open to ethnically diverse or Heritage Speakers of a language other than English

                  -Must be an undergraduate student in your final two years, or a graduate student, going into an approved Oregon teacher licensure program

                • Amount: up to $5,000 per year

                  Deadline: March 1

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen or meet the “undocumented student” criteria of the RISE Act

                  -Must be a resident of Illinois

                  -Must be a minority student of either African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American origin

                  -Minimum 2.5 GPA 

                  -Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an Illinois institution of higher education in a course of study which, upon completion, qualifies you to be licensed as a preschool, elementary, or secondary school teacher 

                • Amount: $2,000

                  Deadline: March 1

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Open to students who are currently enrolled in teacher education programs at Wisconsin institutions studying mathematics education

                  -Minimum 3.0 GPA 

                • Amount: $5,000

                  Deadline: March 31

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Must be legally blind in both eyes 

                  -For students planning on pursuing a career in education

                • Amount: $500 - $5,000

                  Deadline: April 5

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -For undergraduate students and higher pursuing careers in public education

                  -Must be a member of one of the organizations listed on the scholarship page 

                  -Open to international students

                • Amount: $1,000

                  Deadline: April 15

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Open to high school seniors and current college students planning to or currently majoring in Education

                  -Minimum 2.0 GPA

                  -Must show participation in JROTC or a team sport

                • Amount: $3,000

                  Deadline: May 1

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Minimum 3.0 GPA 

                  -Must be a student member of NCTM 

                  -Must be in your junior year of college

                • Amount: $2,500

                  Deadline: May 31

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -For students pursuing a graduate degree and majoring in education for the purpose of teaching a STEM subject

                  -Must have completed a bachelors degree in a STEM major 

                • Amount: N/A

                  Deadline: August 31

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Open to Black and Hispanic students who intend to pursue a course of study to be able to teach in an accredited school in Indiana 

                • Amount: Varies

                  Deadline: August 31

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Open to STEM undergraduate majors and professionals who have goals of becoming effective K-12 STEM teachers

                • Amount: $4,000

                  Deadline: September 1

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue a career in public library service

                • Amount: Varies

                  Deadline: October 12

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Must be a citizen or national of the United States of America at the time of application.

                  -Must meet the language requirements of the award to which you are applying and demonstrate sufficient competency to complete your project and adjust to life in the host country.

                  -Must have a conferred bachelor’s degree or equivalent before the start of the grant

                • Amount: up to $4,000

                  Deadline: October 31

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Must be enrolled as an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program

                  -Minimum 3.25 GPA 

                  -Must file the FAFSA

                • Amount: $1,000

                  Deadline: November 15

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Open to college juniors and seniors as well as graduate students

                  -Must have a declared major in elementary education 

                • Amount: $10,000 per year

                  Deadline: December 31

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Open to recent high school graduates with a passion for teaching

                  -Scholars must agree to teach in a West Virginia public school in an area of critical need (math, science, elementary education or special education) for a period of five years after graduating from college

                  -The scholarship may be used at any eligible West Virginia public or private, non-profit college or university offering West Virginia Board of Education-approved teacher preparation programs in math, science, elementary education, or special education

                • Amount: Varies

                  Deadline: Varies

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Open to Florida residents

                  -Must be a college junior or senior or a graduate school student participating in a state-approved teacher education program 

                • Amount: $6,780

                  Deadline: N/A

                  Eligibility/Details:

                  -Awards are made to students attending school at the undergraduate and/or graduate degree level in exchange for five years of full-time employment as math or science teachers in secondary education in New York State

                  -Must be a US citizen

                  -Minimum 2.5 GPA

                Where else can I find education scholarships, or other scholarships for school?

                If you've read through this blog post and you're still looking for more education scholarships beyond the ones I've featured, you're in luck!

                You can start by heading over to my scholarship search and entering your information. Don't forget to input "Education" or "Special Education" for the major so you get results that are as specific to Education as possible!

                After that, you can get creative with your search by leveraging the organizations that are listed above, along with our good friend Google, to find even more education scholarships that you might be eligible to apply for.