30 Awesome Scholarships for Women (2021)

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

    Types of Scholarships for Women

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

    Scholarships for women fall into nearly every category imaginable.

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

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


    Scholarships for Women: The List

    • Average amount awarded: $10,000

      Application deadline: January 1

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

    • Average amount awarded: $5,000

      Application deadline: January 11

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

    • Average amount awarded: $1,250

      Application deadline: January 31

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

    • Average amount awarded: $2,500

      Application deadline: January 31

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

    • Average Award Amount: $5,000

      Application Deadline: February 1

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

    • Average amount awarded: $2,500

      Application deadline: February 3

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

    • Average amount awarded: $6,000

      Application deadline: February 8

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

    • Average amount awarded: $10,000

      Application deadline: February 8

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

    • Average amount awarded: $3,115

      Application reopens: February 15 

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

    • Average amount awarded: $10,000

      Application deadline: February 15

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

    • Average Award Amount: $2,000

      Application Deadline: February 26 

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

    • Average amount awarded: Varies

      Application deadline: February 28 

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

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

      Application deadline: March 5 

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

    • Average amount awarded: $2,000

      Application deadline: March 15

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

    • Average Amount Awarded: $2,000

      Application Deadline: March 15

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

    • Average amount awarded: $1,000

      Application deadline: March 15

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


    • Average Award Amount: $2,500

      Application Deadline: March 31 

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

    • Average Amount Awarded: $1,000

      Application Deadline: April 1 

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

    • Average amount awarded: $5,000

      Application deadline: April 5

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

    • Average amount awarded: $5,000

      Application deadline: June 15

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

    • Average amount awarded: $2,500

      Application deadline: August 20 

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

    • Average amount awarded: Varies

      Application deadline: November 13 

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

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

      Application deadline: November 15

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

    • Maximum amount awarded: $12,500

      Application deadline: December 15

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

    • Average amount awarded: $5,000

      Application deadline: N/A

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

    • Average amount awarded: Varies

      Application deadline: Varies by scholarship 

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

    • Average amount awarded: Varies

      Application deadline: Chapter-Specific. 

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

    • Average amount awarded: $5,000

      Application deadline: Continous  

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

    • WIIT Scholarship

      Average amount awarded: $1,500

      Application deadline: Varies (Nov 1 and April 1)

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

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

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