30 Awesome Scholarships for Women (2021)

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    Introduction

    According to an article by the Washington Post, 50 years ago, 42 percent of college students were women.

    Comparing that percentage to 2019, where 56 percent of college students were women, it'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: $3,115

      Application reopens: February 15 

      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: 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: 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: 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.

    • 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.

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