According to an article by the Washington Post, 50 years ago, 42 percent of college students were women. Comparing that percentage to 2019, where 56 percent of college students were women, it is clear that females have come a long way in terms of becoming more represented on college campuses across the globe. To complement this significant increase in the percentage of women choosing to pursue higher education, there are now more scholarships being offered specifically for women than ever before. As with all scholarships, scholarships specific to women come in the form of needs-based - for those who have difficulty paying for college based on finances, and merit-based - for women who have proven academic or extracurricular success (from test scores, grades, leadership experience, etc).
However, many of these scholarships are created with the intent of guiding women to advance and succeed in professions or career fields in which women have been historically underrepresented. A few of these areas are STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, finance, and architecture. Another major focus for scholarships that are specific to women is to help females with demonstrated dedication, passion, and leadership skills in certain areas to be able to have the financial stability that they need to continue to excel in what they are passionate about.
Scholarships for women can be segmented into many categories, such as age range, level of education being pursued, and major/area of interest. Below, we have highlighted some of the top scholarship opportunities created specifically for women.
Average amount awarded: $2,500
Application deadline: August 20
Must be a California resident or attend school in California. Open to women only. Must major in architecture, landscape architecture, urban and land planning, interior design, or environmental design; and have completed 18 units in that major by the application date. Previous award recipients may reapply. Applications and further details are available for download on https://www.awaplusd.org/awaf-scholarships
Average amount awarded: $5,000
Application deadline: Continous
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to promote medical education for women. The scholarship amount is $5,000 per recipient per year. Scholarship monies must be used at an accredited Texas college, university, or certification program. If seeking a degree, the applicant must have completed at least two semesters of studies. If seeking certification only, the applicant must be registered for the certification program and have already paid the fees associated therewith.
Average amount awarded: $5,000
Application deadline: Early 2021 (TBA)
Brown and Caldwell values equality in the workplace and support the great work of organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers. This is a $5,000 Scholarship to support female students that are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession.
Average amount awarded: Varies
Application deadline: Chapter-Specific. Applications will reopen in January 2021
The EWISP scholarship is an annual, competition-based program that awards more than $200,000 in college scholarship money each year to qualifying high school seniors. Judges select winning students based on their scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, good citizenship, and extra-curricular activities. For qualification information, award amounts, and to apply, find a Chapter in your local area.
Maximum amount awarded: $12,500
Application deadline: December 15
The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program that provides grants-in-aid for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. If you hold citizenship or permanent residency in the United States or Canada, you are not eligible. Scholarships are not given for research, internships, dissertations, or travel. In order to qualify for a first scholarship, you must have a full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled fulltime and on campus for the entire school year.
Average amount awarded: Varies
Application deadline: February 28
The purpose of these 7 scholarships is to award grants to qualified applicants sponsored by WMA MEMBERS. These grants may be used at any accredited college, university, or college level trade school. Applicant will satisfy the application requirements if she is eligible in at least one of the following ways:
1. Have served, or be serving in the United States Marine Corps or Reserve;
2. Be a direct descendant by blood, legal adoption or stepchild of a Marine on active duty, or who has served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, Regular or Reserve;
3. Be a sibling or a descendant of a sibling by blood, legal adoption, or step-child of a Marine on active duty, or who has served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, Regular or Reserve, OR;
4. Have participated in a Marine Corps JROTC program.
Average amount awarded: $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: $3,115
Application reopens: December 1, 2020
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a female/woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.
Average amount awarded: $10,000
Application deadline: January 1
The scholarship provides as many as seven young women from countries other than the United States the opportunity to study for one academic year in American colleges and/or universities. The applicant must be at least 20 and no more than 35 years of age. She must be a non-U.S. citizen residing outside the United States and maintain that residence status from the time of application to the awarding of the scholarship. She shall plan to enter or be engaged in the teaching profession, and have received an undergraduate degree and be eligible for a Master's degree. Application to U.S. colleges/universities, travel expenses, and living expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.
Average Amount Awarded: $2,000
Application Deadline: March 15
Run by the co-founder of GoSkills, Bhavneet Chahal, the Be The Boss scholarship aims to empower entrepreneurial women to give their business a go. The bi-annual scholarship is worth $2000 and is open to any female high school or college student who wants to start her own online business. To apply, tell them a bit about yourself and send them a link to your business plan here: https://www.goskills.com/scholarship.
Average Amount Awarded: $1,000
Application Deadline: April 1
Dotcom-Monitor would like to encourage and support female undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in computing by assisting them with the rising cost of higher education. Each year one applicant will be selected to receive the LoadView Women in Computing Scholarship of $1,000 to support their education and pursuit of a career in computing.
Average Award Amount: $5,000
Application Deadline: February 1
Must be a women undergraduate student attending school full-time and enrolled in a degree program in manufacturing engineering, technology, or a closely related field in the United States or Canada. The student must possess an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and must have completed a minimum of 30 college credits Can be used only as a credit toward books, fees, or tuition.
Average Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: February 8
The Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Graduate Scholarship were developed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee. The goal of the enhancement programs is to increase the pool of and opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates in intercollegiate athletics through graduate scholarships. The NCAA awards $10,000 to 13 ethnic minorities and 13 female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of graduate studies. All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from an NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for an NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree.
Average Award Amount: $2,000
Application Deadline: February TBD
An applicant for a JRF Scholarship must be 1) A woman, age 35 or older, 2) Low-income (based on income guidelines listed in the details of the scholarship), 3) A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States, 4) Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree, and 5) Enrolled in or accepted to a not-for-profit, regionally accredited institution.
Average Award Amount: $2,500
Application Deadline: March 31
Houzz is committed to supporting and encouraging women architecture students as they pursue their educational endeavors and enter the world of residential design. Open to female students studying architecture/architectural engineering at the undergraduate or graduate level.