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Outside scholarships offer a beneficial source of funding to help you cover your educational expenses. Many local, regional and national organizations provide scholarship and grant dollars to students pursuing their undergraduate degree. Below is a listing of programs for which you should review and consider. We have provided the names, descriptions and corresponding contact information for each program listed. Simply click on the name of the program and you will be directed to the official scholarship website for eligibility and application information. If you have questions regarding eligibility requirements, please contact the scholarship sponsor directly. Be sure to read the Application Tips that we have included to help you with the scholarship search and application process.

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Some donors may require OWU to verify your enrollment and/or grade records. If you are awarded a scholarship, please be sure to forward any special instructions to the financial aid office so we may comply with the donor’s requirements.

If you receive other financial aid awards (e.g. federal, state, or institutional grants, loans and work study), we are required to make an adjustment if the outside scholarship affects your eligibility. In such cases, we will first use the scholarships you receive to reduce your student loan and/or work study awards that are part of your aid package. If a change is made, you will receive a revised Financial Aid Award Letter reflecting your new eligibility.

General Scholarships

Abbot and Fenner Business Consultants

Abbott and Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions. Deadline: June, 2015.

AES Engineering Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. The deadline is October 6, 2014.

AFCEA Copernicus Foundation Scholarships

Located around the world, many of AFCEA’s 135 chapters also provide scholarships, grants and tuition assistance for aspiring engineers, technicians, programmers, military personnel and government officials. Financial assistance is made available for students living or attending school within each chapter’s local community.

Apartment List Scholarship

As a company filled with many college grads, we know that college is an important life endeavor, but one that can be expensive. We couldn’t have graduated without a little help along the way, and we want to give back to the future leaders of America. Therefore, we are offering a $2,500 scholarship to outstanding students who exemplify one or more of Apartment List’s core values.

A Place for Mom Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a citizen or a Permanent Resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) who is enrolled and currently taking classes at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), and will grant selected applicants a $1,000 financial donation for their compelling essays on how to improve the quality of life for seniors.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Mathematics and Science

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics. The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today’s terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

Best Colleges Scholarship Information

Tuition can add up, but students rarely have to pay the full sticker price for their higher education. Learn about the financial aid options available that can help you lower the cost of your degree, and utilize our comprehensive scholarship database to search for more aid opportunities.

BigSun Scholarship

Scholarship opportunity for athletes at an accredited institution. $500 award. Deadline is June 20,2015.

CARiD Scholarship

CARiD is giving away $1,000 to offset your educational expenses for college! Just getting the essentials can add up quickly and CARiD wants to help - books, food, backpacks, some sweet spinners for your commuter vehicle, or whatever else you need to get ready for school! Most importantly - CARiD believes in higher education and wants to help you achieve your goals.

Coca-Cola Founders Scholarship

The Foundation awards 50 four-year $20,000 scholarships and 200 four-year $10,000 scholarships for use at accredited colleges and universities within the US. Rewards leadership and excellence as exemplified through academic achievement and extracurricular activities, including commitment to community service. Available beginning in August as an electronic application. Applications must be submitted by October 31 of the senior year to qualify.

Columbus Citizens Foundation

The Columbus Citizens Foundation administers scholarship programs that help hundreds of students in elementary school, high school, college, and graduate programs in the arts. The Foundation awards scholarships to students of Italian heritage who can demonstrate financial need and who we believe have the potential to be successful in life, both professionally and by being involved with their communities.

CompareCards.com Scholarship

College costs are continuing to rise and we think it’s time we did something about it! Each month we will award $2,500 to any qualifying college (or college bound) student that can answer a tricky trivia question.

CounterPath Scholarship

As part of our mission to change the face of telecommunications technology, we are proud to offer a scholarship to support the next generation of innovators. We will award $1,000 to the student who best persuades us that they are most fit to be leaders in the unified communications industry.

Creative California College Scholarship

Students are asked to write an essay 500 words or longer about how they believe the online marketing and behavior of businesses is going to have to change over the next few years in order to remain relevant, be competitive, and grow. What are businesses failing to notice or understand (whether it has to do with themselves, or the public at large)?

Crystal Group, Inc. Innovation in Business Scholarship

Business Scholarship for a member of the military, a child of a military service-member, or a spouse of a military service-member. Can download application from the website.

Crystal Group, Inc. Innovation in Engineering Scholarship

Engineering Scholarship for a member of the military, a child of a military service-member, or a spouse of a military service-member. Can download the application from the website.

CustomerBloom Scholarship

Every Year, The CustomerBloom Scholarship Contest will require students to think outside the box and strategize how to STEP UP in the real world. The contest requires you to create a Short 2-5 minute video of yourself talking about how ideas help shape the world around us, why education is a critical element to future success, and touching on why you strive for greatness ” what motivates you”? The winner of this scholarship will receive $1,000 to put towards higher education. Plus the opportunity to intern with one of the hottest companies in the digital marketing space.

Customized Girl Scholarship

Customized Girl is a custom apparel company and a community of statement makers. Every day our customers are making powerful statements through the custom fashion they design on our website, and we have incorporated the power of statement making into our scholarship. Our scholarship will have one winner who will receive a one-time scholarship of $2,500 to help with college expenses, plus a unique shirt design with their statement, and an interview with us which will be placed on our blog. We are accepting entries until December 31, 2014. Below is a link with all the details regarding rules and how to enter our scholarship.

Delaware County (Del-Co) Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Multiple scholarship options for both high school seniors and college sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Delaware County.

Discover Scholarship Award

The Discover Scholarship Program awards up to $300,000 in scholarships annually to high school seniors nationwide to support continued education and training beyond high school. Since 1991, Discover has awarded nearly $16 million in scholarships to over 6,000 students. Enter scholarship into the search box on the web site for additional information.

Dish Scholarship

In 600 words or less, compare how three current, popular forms of sharing information impact how we understand that information. You may choose any set of media to compare.

Easley National Scholarship Program

The Easley scholarship program is intended for high school seniors and college freshmen whom exhibit scholastic excellence, leadership, merit, integrity, and outstanding character.

Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Foundation

The Mellinger Foundation awards scholarships to undergraduate students from Fulton, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, and Warren counties in Illinois who attend accredited colleges and universities or accredited and/or recognized vocational schools within the United States.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. Full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the US are welcome to enter the Essay Contest.

Elks National Foundation to Award College Scholarships

The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.64 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs. The application process and deadlines vary for each program. All applications must go through a local Elks Lodge before reaching the Elks National Foundation office.

Fastweb Scholarship Database

Once you complete your profile you’ll have access to our database of more than 1.5 million scholarships. That’s $3.4 billion dollars in funding - all available to students like you.

Frugal Student Scholarship

Students are a huge part of the Penny Hoarder community and we are always looking for unique ways to help our students save more money. This year we are giving away a $2,000 scholarship to one student who exemplifies creative budgeting & frugality.

Greg Baumgartner Scholarship

In an effort to give back to our community, attorney Greg Baumgartner is offering a $1000 scholarship to help a young person obtain an education. The scholarship targets a student who is paying their way through school without parental assistance. To apply, please write a short essay (not to exceed 500 words) about yourself, your educational goals and the reasons for needing a scholarship. Attorney Greg Baumgartner will award one applicant a one time $1000 scholarship to be used for tuition or books.

Horatio Alger Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. Today, through its Members, the Association continues to educate our nation’s young people about the economic and personal opportunities afforded them by the promise of the American free enterprise system. Through its scholarship programs, the Association encourages students to pursue their own version of the American Dream. While providing scholarship opportunities, Association Members mentor the Scholars and underscore the importance of service to others. The Members work directly to provide promising young people with the support, education and confidence needed to realize their aspirations.

HotelsCheap Scholarship Program

HotelsCheap is proud to offer ongoing college scholarship awards for students aspiring to achieve a college eduction. Having attended college ourselves, we appreciate the difficulty students face in financing their education, and we recognize the benefits a college degree can provide. That’s why our need-based scholarship rewards students who are looking to better themselves, who have goals and dreams, and who are committed to achieving a college degree. US students who are 16 years of age or older are encouraged to apply for our scholarships. High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are all encouraged to apply.

HTR Scholarship

Open to IT Majors or other related fields. They are giving away two $1000 scholarships. Applicants can apply through their website.

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities.

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship Program

Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. More than $500,000 each year is available for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. Assistance is available primarily for those in need who are pursuing careers in the helping professions.

Karman Health Care Mobility Scholarship Program

We are offering two $500 scholarships for students who have a mobility disability. The entry can be an essay or a poem following this year’s theme of why disability awareness is important. The deadline for this year’s scholarship is September 1st, 2015.

Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship

InsuranceProviders.com is proud to introduce a new scholarship promoting motorcycle safety among students. The Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to any student who is currently attending or planning to attend college or some form of higher education. The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis for the Spring semester. The deadline to apply is December, 1st.

Marine Corps Scholarships

Our mission is to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships for higher education to deserving sons and daughters of Marines and children of former Marines, with particular attention being given to children whose parent was killed or wounded in action.

Max McElhaney Memorial Educational Scholarship

Sponsored by Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, the Max McElhaney Memorial Educational Scholarship has been established to honor the life and love of Rocky’s Uncle Max and to award $2,500 to an undergraduate student, enrolled in a 4-year program at a public or private college or university majoring in either History or Education. The inaugural recipient will be selected in May 2015 for the Fall 2015 semester and each May thereafter. The scholarship will be paid on the first Monday in September following the season opener football game of the University of Tennessee in accordance with Uncle Max’s wishes. Like Rocky, Max graduated from UT-Knoxville and loves the Vols football team. An eligible student must be enrolled as a full-time student during the fall semester in which the award is paid. At the student’s election, the scholarship can be paid directly to the university or college but is not transferable.

Mensa Education and Research Foundation

The Mensa Education and Research Foundation college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is proud to award $4,000 to one student each semester whose life has been impacted by cancer. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to college students in their pursuit of higher education. If you’ve battled a form of cancer yourself, or witnessed a loved one receiving treatment, we want to hear your story.

National Debt Relief Scholarship

National Debt Relief will award 5 scholarships of $1,000 each to outstanding college students pursuing studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

Peter Leeds Stock Trading Scholarship

The Peter Leeds Stock Trading Scholarship provides financial assistance to one student each year who demonstrates knowledge, passion, and a promising future in stock trading or the financial sectors. The scholarship is awarded to the student whose essay best demonstrates these qualities. Scholarship Award: $1,000. Application Deadline: October 1st.

POSGuys Scholarship

POSGuys.com is a online e-tailer of point of sale hardware and point of sale software. Their hardware selection includes POS essentials for a retail POS system such as the barcode scanner, receipt printer, and cash drawer. The scholarship is available for high school students over the age of 16, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners. Students currently enrolled in a two year, four year, or a graduate program are eligible.

Roothbert Scholarship Fund

The Roothbert Fund was created in 1958 by Albert and Toni Roothbert to help men and women in need of financial aid to further their education. The principal focus of The Fund is its Scholarships Program, through which it makes grants for undergraduate or graduate study at accredited colleges or universities. Scholarships may only be applied to study at an accredited institution based in the United States. The Fund seeks candidates who are “motivated by spiritual values,” and works to foster fellowship among them.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Founded in 1923, The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the oldest, longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the United States. The Awards recognize student achievement in the visual arts and creative writing. The Alliance and its 81 Regional Affiliates will review submissions of art and writing by creative teenagers from across the country.

Student Debt Relief Scholarship

Student Debt Relief is committed to helping students receive a higher education, while keeping their student debt as low as possible. Students often have debt that accumulates due to many aspects of college and is not limited to the cost of tuition alone. Often costs such as books, food, room & board, car repairs and pleasure end up driving students to borrow and accumulate more debt then they expected. To show our commitment to those who have thought about this and have a plan to minimize their student debt, we have an annual Student Debt Relief Scholarship program.

The Annual Stewart J. Guss College Student Scholarship

Attorney Stewart Guss appreciates the value of education as well the ever increasing costs of obtaining one. This yearly scholarship of $1000 is designed to alleviate some of the financial pressure on present and future students with the desire and potential to succeed. To qualify for the Stewart J. Guss College Student Scholarship you must be an aspiring or current college student and must participate in our essay competition on the legal topic outlined on the website.

Thermaxx Engineering and HVAC Scholarship

Annual scholarship award. They are granting a $1000 scholarship to an undergrad student majoring in Engineering (or pre-engineering). Apply through website.

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship

The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program for the Spring 2015 semester includes two (2) $10,000 scholarships and four (4) $5,000 scholarships, to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life-science field. To qualify for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled in an accredited college for university for the Spring 2015 semester. In addition to these qualifications, students must also be legal United States residents, meaning that students possessing appropriate Visa status in order to study in the United States are also eligible.

United Methodist Dollars for Scholars

Each year through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) program, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) provides $1,000 matching scholarships to United Methodist students who have received a $1,000 scholarship from their local United Methodist church to help them attend a United Methodist-related college, university, or seminary. Online applications must be submitted between January 1 and March 1 each year.

United Methodist GBHEM Scholarship

The GBHEM Office of Loans and Scholarships is partnering with a company to provide an on-line application and database for our programs. International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) is a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs. The application eliminates any paper submission by the applicant or reference. During the awarding process, ISTS will be in touch with you on behalf of GBHEM. There will remain one place to apply for programs, update your contact information, and check status of missing items for all GBHEM programs.

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

The program’s primary goal is to assist military service members and their families by awarding up to twenty $2,000 scholarships to help pay for tuition and books each semester.

Vegetarian Resource Group (must be a vegetarian)

The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $10,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Two awards of $5,000 each will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in spring 2015. Deadline is February 2015. We will accept applications postmarked before or on February 20, 2010. Early submission is encouraged.

Verde Dickey Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship assists high school graduates of high purpose and commitment in securing a basic undergraduate college or comparable post secondary school education.

Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship

The Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship is offered to part time and full time college students. One applicant will be selected to receive a $500 scholarship award. Our goal is to contribute to higher education and learning by offering the winning student financial assistance to help cover the expenses of tuition and books.

International Student Scholarships

Abroadplanet Portal

Look through our international student scholarship listing. Here you can find description of different scholarships for international students who want to study in the USA.

¡Adelante! Fund!

Adelante’s Mission: To inspire the best and brightest Latino college students to graduate and lead through scholarships, internships and leadership development. Since its designation ten years ago, the ¡Adelante! Fund has awarded nearly one million in scholarships to undergraduate students across the nation.


The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund is the only national organization promoting higher education of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans by distributing scholarships for qualified students going to college.


EducationUSA centers actively promote United States higher education around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, objective and timely information about educational opportunities in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities. Centers are staffed by professional advisers, many of whom have first-hand experience having studied in the United States themselves, and/or having received State Department-approved training about United States higher education and the advising process.


This site provides information for international students who are thinking about pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or professional education in the United States. It also contains material of interest to international students who are already in the United States. There is also some information for international students who are interested in studying in countries other than the US, but the main focus is on higher education in the U.S.

Horatio Alger Award

The Horatio Alger Association annually presents the International Horatio Alger Award to a citizen of another country. As with the Horatio Alger Award, recipients of this award must have overcome humble beginnings and/or adversity to achieve success. They serve as outstanding role models to the international community and are committed to the Association’s mission of encouraging and educating today’s young people. International Horatio Alger Award recipients are accorded the same rights and responsibilities of Membership as their American counterparts.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia to the United States at a midpoint in their careers for a year of study and related professional experiences. The Program provides a basis for establishing long-lasting productive partnerships and relationships between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world.

International Students Scholarships and Aid Help

The International Education Financial Aid website is the premier Internet resource listing financial aid information for students who wish to study in a foreign country. At this site you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs and other information to assist students in their quest to study abroad. Our mission is to promote international education worldwide through the development and publication of the most comprehensive database of International Education Financial Aid information available on the Internet.


LANIC facilitates access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. Our target audience includes people living in Latin America, as well as those around the world who have an interest in this region. While many of our resources are designed to facilitate research and academic endeavors, our site has also become an important gateway to Latin America for primary and secondary school teachers and students, private and public sector professionals, and just about anyone looking for information about this important region.

Leo Rowe Pan American Fund

The Rowe Fund awards educational loans to qualified persons from Latin American and Caribbean countries, to help them finance their higher studies in the United States. These loans are made on the understanding that when the recipients have completed their studies, they are to return to their respective home countries to assist in their countries’ development and further their welfare.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF)

Since 1981 the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF), not-for-profit, public charity, has awarded scholarships to outstanding women from developing countries, who are completing degrees at US/Canadian universities and are committed to improving the wellbeing of women and children in developing countries. Individual MMMF Scholarships are between $12,000-$15,000 and must be used during the 2011-2012 academic year. The MMMF administers the program with support from volunteers affiliated with the World Bank and the World Bank Family Network (WBFN).


USA/USA-УКРАМЕРЕЖА is a program of the Coordinating Committee to Aid Ukraine, (USA), Inc. This is a registered not for profit organization which does not charge for any of its services. The program is dedicated to finding talented candidates in Ukraine and advising them in the application process to those independent high schools, colleges, and universities worldwide that offer full financial assistance to foreign students.

Multicultural Student Scholarships

Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships

The above link is to the Chicago headquarters and scholarship gateway. Note that there are over 700 AKA Chapters, and you would be wise to contact sponsors at local locations. Scholarship opportunities abound. The deadline at AKA headquarters is Feb. 15. Applications (at the website) must be sent between Dec. 1st and January 30th each year.

American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund provides scholarship support directly to each tribal college annually. We also administer several scholarship programs offered to American Indian students attending both tribal colleges and selected mainstream universities as well.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships (AICPA)

The AICPA Minority Scholarship awards outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. For over four decades, this program has provided over $14.6 million in scholarships to approximately 8,000 accounting scholars.

Arts Recognition and Talent Search Awards

These awards are granted to high school or college students (17, 18 years of age) who show talent in dance, voice, music, art, photography, jazz, visual arts, writing, or other creative areas. You must audition or submit a portfolio or tape. The award is to be used for freshman year in college. Awards from $100 to $3,000. Deadline is June 1, or April 1 (for registration in specific regions).

Bonner Scholar Scholarships

Award amount: $4,000 and renewable till graduation. Community service is pivotal, as well as need. Your college must be a participating college. Approx. 1,500 awards granted. Deadline varies.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

The mission of CHCI’s Scholarship program is to provide critical financial assistance to increase graduate rates among Latino students in post secondary education. This premier scholarship opportunity is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply. Deadline is April 16, 2009.

Gates Millennium Scholarships

The goal of Gates Millennium Scholarships is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need. The scholarship covers room, board, and tuition for at least 1,000 high school students a year. Nomination material for 2002-2003 will be available November, 2001. Deadline: March 15.

Government Finance Officers Association Scholarships

These scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in full-time study preparing for a career in state and local government finance.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

This is one of the most prestigious scholarships, shaped for students who intend to pursue a career targeted to public service or government. Graduate study should be a goal, with a portion of the funds directed there. You must be at least a junior, and your college must nominate you. A “nomination” package must be created. The awards can reach as high as $30,000 over the years. Generally, about 80 students are selected. The deadline is February 1.

Hispanic College Fund Scholarships

Major site for Hispanic students majoring in business-related areas, A to Z (accounting, human resources, communications, and more). The award amount varies. Over 140 awards granted. The application deadline is in April.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation’s preeminent organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, HSF’s vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country.

Intel Science Talent Search

The award is from $5,000 to $100,000. There are approx. 40 awards in this prestigious competition. You must present a scientific research project.

Kodak Scholarships

The award: varying amounts to $5,000. Number of awards: Varies. For those studying in film/cinematography at U.S. colleges.

NACME Scholarships (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering)

The awards go up to $20,000, and many are awarded. This is our major engineering scholarship gateway. You must be an engineering student. The deadline is usually in February.

National Association of Black Journalists

The NABJ offers 10 scholarships. It’s a $2,500 award. Students should be attending a four-year university. They must present three letters of recommendation from a school adviser, dean, or a faculty member. Also, a 500-800 word article on a Black journalist must be presented. A grade point average of 3.0 is desirable. Eligible students must be majoring in journalism—print, photography, radio, or television. One of those should be a career goal. Deadline is March 31.

National Honor Society

This is a scholarship for National Honor Society members in their senior year. Your chapter/school nominates you. Award amount is $1,000 for about 200 students nationwide. The deadline is in November each year.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Students must be studying at an HBCU which is a member of the UNCF and have at least a B average. It’s for sophomores. The award is from $1,000 to full tuition. Approx. 60 students are selected. The deadline is April 1.

State Farm Scholarships

The State Farm Companies Foundation contributes to national, established scholarship programs, it does not provide scholarships directly to individuals. The Foundation provides funding to scholarship programs that are administered by the American Indian College Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

United College Fund Scholarships

The UNCF is one of our major scholarship gateways. The awards are of varying amounts, and there are a great many under different names and requirements.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students

This scholarship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups. The Hearst Scholar serves as a summer intern with the Fund. Through this program, the Fund seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues relating to philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofit organizations. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

Scholarships for Women

Anita Borg/ Google, Inc. Scholarships (for senior CS majors)

Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 award for the 2009-2010 academic year; Finalists will each receive a $1,000 award. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool, and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate’s academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, California on June 25-28, 2009. Deadline is Feb. 1, 2010.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation (low-income women with children)

Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation aims to carry on some of Congresswoman Mink’s most ardent commitments: educational access, support, and opportunity for low-income women, especially mothers; and educational enrichment for children. In 2009, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $2000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. We will accept applications for Education Support Awards for 2009 on, but not before, May 1, 2009. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2009.

The Science Ambassador Scholarship

This scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. The ideal candidate will be an ambassador for their field–someone passionate about discovery who shares their excitement with others

Society of Women Engineer Scholarships

These scholarships are targeted for women who are majoring in engineering or computer science. Award amounts are from $200 to $5,000, and at least 90 are granted. The deadline for students already in college is February 1, but is May 15 for high school seniors entering an “accredited” program.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Incight Go Getter Scholarship

A renewable $750 award available to high school students with physical, learning, cognitive, hearing, or vision disabilities.

Scholarship Search Sites

Cappex—College Search Made Simple.

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Federal Scholarships and Aid Gateways

FedMoney.org is the most comprehensive FREE full-text online resource on all U.S. government grants and student financial aid programs. Here you will find detailed and up-to-date information about (1) who can apply, (2) how to apply, (3) full contact info, and much more…for over 130 government grants and loans (scholarships, fellowships, traineeships) related to education!

Find Money for College

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Free Scholarship Searches

At this site you will find links to more than 40 free, online scholarship search sites listing thousands of scholarships and financial aid awards. Just visit the sites which seem most appropriate for you and find the scholarships for which you are a good match. Most of the online scholarship search sites include scholarships that can be used by students enrolled in traditional college programs.

The National Database of Scholarships

Search for scholarships by category, such as academic majors or religions and ethnicities.

National Scholarships

Highly competitive and prestigious scholarship awards for college study, graduate school and post graduate research. Free financial aid, scholarship grants, fellowship awards, student loans, internships, prizes, and stipends.

Peterson’s Guide

General college scholarship search engine.

SALT Scholarship Search

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Sallie Mae’s free Online Scholarship

This free scholarship award database contains more than 2.9 million scholarships worth more than $16 billion. It is expanded and updated daily.

Scholarship Hunter

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School Soup

This is the largest database of scholarships on the web and is partnered with The Princeton Review.


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Helpful Scholarship Application Tips

Start Your Research Early

The more time you can put into your scholarship search, the more options you’ll have. You’ll need time to research scholarships, request information and application materials, and complete your application.

Read and Review Eligibility Requirements Carefully

If you have a question about your eligibility for a particular scholarship, contact the scholarship sponsors.

Complete All Parts of Each Scholarship Application

Contact scholarship sponsors if you are not sure about how to complete any part of the application. Avoid going over the length limit for the essay, and resist the temptation to send supporting materials that are not requested in the application.

Submit the Necessary Materials

Many scholarships require you to provide them with some combination of the following:

  • Transcript
  • Standardized test scores
  • Financial aid forms, such as the FAFSA or CSS Profile Form
  • Parents’ financial information, including tax returns
  • One or more essays
  • One or more letters of recommendation
  • Proof of eligibility (e.g. membership credentials)
  • You may also need to prepare for a personal interview. For students competing for talent-based scholarships, an audition, performance, or portfolio may be required.

Double-Check Your Application

If you’re reusing material (such as a cover letter or essay) from another scholarship application, be especially careful you haven’t left in any incorrect names or blank fields. Don’t forget to sign and date your application.

Proofread Your Scholarship Materials

Use your computer’s spell and grammar check features. Have a parent, teacher, or friend read your essays.

Make Copies of Everything You Send

If application materials are lost, having copies on hand will make it much easier to resend your application quickly.

Make Sure To Meet the Deadlines

Create a separate file for each scholarship and make sure to submit your application by the deadline date. You’ll miss out if you miss deadlines. Consider using certified mail or return receipt.

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