Private Graduate Scholarships

Scholarships can be extremely helpful in subsidizing your college experience. External scholarships may be awarded through professional, civic, or service organizations or private foundations. Resources available to help you find additional scholarships include libraries, your local chamber of commerce office, and the Internet. You (and your parents) should also inquire at your current places of employment to determine if financial aid benefits are offered.

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Private Graduate Scholarships

$1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program that helps students fulfill their dreams of a higher education. The scholarship is named for Gen and Kelly Tanabe, best-selling authors on education, whose generous donations fund this program. Eligibility is reserved for legal U.S. residents who are currently in school or planning to start school in the next 12 months. The scholarship opens in spring. The fall deadline is December 31st. The spring deadline is usually in July.

$1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Student Scholarship
3286 Oak Court
Belmont, CA 94002

The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship
The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship was established in the memory of the late Agnes Jones Jackson who was a long time NAACP member from the San Francisco branch. To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must be a current member of the NAACP, be a US citizen, must not have reached the age of 25 by the application deadline, must be currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited college or university in the United States, must demonstrate financial need based on the federal poverty guidelines. There are 20 to 40 scholarships of $2,000 offered each year. The scholarship opens in winter. The deadline is usually in March.

POISE Foundation
Two Gateway Center, Suite 1700
603 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Scholarships
Awards are merit and need-based scholarships to students with exceptional academic achievement and strong leadership skills. The Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc. is one of the initiatives by which the 2010-2014 Administration will continue the legacy of enriching lives and impacting communities. We know that education serves as the basic platform upon which an individual contributes to our society and becomes an asset to the community. Our Undergraduate, Graduate, Youth P.A.C. (Partners Accessing Capital), Fellowships and Endowment scholarships will assist emerging leaders in academic preparation and character building, thus providing a sound foundation for them to achieve personal success. These awards will afford opportunities for students to enter graduate programs, and make the dreams of completing an education a reality for others. The awards range from $750 to $2,500. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in August.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc.
5656 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

American Association of University Women
One of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW provided more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 245 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2013-14 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities - breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance. The scholarship opens depending on topic. Deadline varies depending on scholarship topic.

1111 Sixteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The American Indian College Fund
Corporate and private donors partner together to offer scholarships to American Indian students pursuing graduate degrees.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and a letter of recommendation. The scholarship opens in January. The deadline is May 31st.

American Indian College Fund
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80221
Susie Mitchell at 800-776-3863

Ayn Rand Essay Contest
The Ayn Rand Institute sponsors annual essay contests that offer 680 prizes and over $99,000 in prize money every year.  This year's essay topics include Anthem, We the Living and The Fountainhead. The scholarship opens depending on topic .The deadline varies depending on scholarship.

Ayn Rand Scholarship
2121 Alton Parkway Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92606

AT&T Internet and Education Scholarship
AT&T is offering students the chance to win money for school with their biannual scholarship opportunity. Interested students are asked to create an infographic showing how students utilize social media in and out of the classroom. The award is $1000. The scholarship opens in fall. The deadline is December 15th.

Dave-Scholarship Coordinator
801-424-0018 ext. 3619

Caretenders Scholarship Program
Queen Avenue Retirement Residence is now offering a scholarship to one student attending an accredited university, college, or trade or technical school. The award is $500. The scholarship opens is winter. The deadline is May 31st.   


Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Applicants must be from Western Massachusetts or Hartford County in Connecticut. Volunteer review committees made up of civic and educational leaders meet in May of each year to select recipients based on the information submitted by the applicant. The selection process is very competitive; most of these funds are based on financial need and scholastic ability, but many funds consider other criteria such as extracurricular activities, volunteer and community service or athletic activities. The scholarship opens in winter. The deadline is March 31st.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
1500 Main Street, P.O. Box 15769
Springfield, MA 01115

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident enrolled full-time in an accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested. Student must show consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities. The award amounts vary. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is April 16th.

CHCI Scholarship
300 M Street SE, Suite 510
Washington D.C. 20003

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students who are actively working for peace and justice and are committed to activism in diverse communities, organizations and fields. The awards amount can be up to $10,000. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is April 1st.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Post Office Box 7307
New York, NY 10116-7307

Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is open to applicants who demonstrate commitment to the relationship between children's use of media and learning or personal growth. Particular attention will be given to those interested to the development of program concepts or creative elements of existing children's media. The scholarship opens in November. Check back in November for deadline.

The Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship
Michele Fowble at 818-754-2802

Sallie Mae (Free Money Scholarship)
Register with College Answer to use Sallie Mae's free scholarship search and be entered into their monthly $1000 scholarship drawing.

Sallie Mae, Inc

Giva Corporate Student Scholarship
Giva, Inc., a technology company located in Silicon Valley, is excited to offer its semi-annual $1,000 student scholarship. Giva's corporate student scholarship and grant award is for anyone attending a college or university and is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students further their education. There is no specific course of study or major required. The scholarships open in fall and spring. The deadlines are December 31st and June 1st.

1556 Halford Avenue, Suite #102
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Award amounts generally range from $1000 to $5000 and require a GPA of 3.0 or above. The scholarship opens in fall. The deadline is January 15th.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
55 Second St., Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94105

ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships
Students can't win academic scholarships if they don't apply. ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships are awarded to college or university students who demonstrate outstanding potential in the fields of automation and control. ISA scholarships cover tuition and related expenses as well as research activities and initiatives. Through the ISA Educational Foundation, awards of $5,000 are provided to the top two undergraduate students. All other award amounts vary. The scholarship opens in fall and the deadline is February 15th.


Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund
Karman Healthcare will be providing high school, college, and university students with a scholarship opportunity to help them reach their ultimate goals in life. This scholarship will apply to students this year who have excelled academically and those who have a regard for disability awareness in America. Karman healthcare awards two scholarships of $500 each. The scholarship opens in summer. The deadline is September 1st.

Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund
19255 San Jose Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91748

Look Twice Save a Life Scholarship is proud to introduce a new scholarship promoting motorcycle safety among students. The Look Twice Save a Life Scholarship is awarded to any student who is currently attending or planning to attend college or some form of higher education. The scholarship opens in fall. The deadline is December 1st.


Media & Technology Blogging Scholarship
Applicant must be either a graduating high school senior who will enroll as a freshman at a college or university; or a current undergraduate or graduate student. Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in April.

DirectStar TV, LLC
1101 521 Corporate Center Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29707

Return 2 College Scholarship Program
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents who are starting a program of higher education (college or graduate school) within the next 12 months or are currently full-or part-time students. Applicants must be 17 years of age or older and there is no maximum age limit. The award amount is $1,500. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in April.

R2C Scholarship Program

Senior Care Innovation Scholarship
Applicants may be students enrolled in an associate's, bachelors, or graduate level program in any field related to gerontology at an accredited school. Fields of study include medicine, nursing, social work, or sociology. The award is for $1,000 each. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is April 15th.

A Place for Mom
1300 Dexter Avenue North, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98109

SNCARC Scholarships
South Norfolk County Arc (SNCARC) offers up to five scholarships each year to college students (who will be juniors, seniors or graduate students) who are studying Special Education or a closely related field and who will be juniors, seniors or graduate students in the upcoming academic year.  The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in April.

South Norfolk County Arc
789 Clapboardtree St.
Westwood, MA  02090

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship
The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships recognize and reward students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. The scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice. The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship is named for the Sodexo Foundation's founder and former president, who was an unstoppable champion in the fight to end hunger. Thanks to Steve's efforts, which made these scholarships possible, an emerging generation of leaders will be cultivated in the fight against hunger. The scholarship opens in October. The deadline is December 5th.


Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship
Students must be an NASW member and have applied to or have been accepted into an accredited MSW Program (payment of the award will be contingent on the full admission of the candidate into the program). In addition, students must have potential for completing a MSW Program and have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above. Students enrolled in a master of social work (MSW) program for more than one year may reapply to the Foundation for part or all of a second year.

National Association of Social Workers Foundation
Executive Office
750 First Street, NE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002-4241

Vital Impact Life-Changing Scholarships for Women
Vital Impact distributes scholarships annually to mature women, age 35 and older, living in Massachusetts, who are embarking on a career transition.  The Vital Impact Scholarships are approximately $1,000. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is May 31st.

Vital Impact, Inc
PO Box 192
Accord, MA 02018

William E. Docter Education Fund
The William Ervant Docter Educational Fund was established at St. Mary's Armenian Church in 1998 at the behest of a generous and benevolent Armenian-American, the late Mr. William E. Docter. It was Mr. Docter's wish to help American citizens of Armenian ancestry to pursue studies and training in the United States or Canada. The Fund was established to provide grants and/or loans of up to $5,000 to worthy students regardless of age, gender, or level of education or training.  The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in May.

WED Educational Fund
PO Box 39224
Washington, DC 20016

Winifred R. Reynolds Educational Scholarship Fund
Winifred R. Reynolds was a lifelong educator who was born in Los Angeles in 1909. She grew up in Ohio and received her master's degree from the Palmer Institute. After teaching for many years in Ft. Collins, CO, she moved to San Luis Obispo, CA in 1968 to teach Early Childhood Development at California Polytechnic State University. Ms.Reynolds' emphasis was on infancy and she was instrumental in creating a program that sent child development students into existing local preschools for hands-on training as part of their curriculum. Ms. Reynolds passed away on June 5th, 2001 at the age of 93. The Winifred R. Reynolds Educational Scholarship Fund, and a similar fund in California, were created through a bequest established in her will. The scholarship opens in winter. The deadline is usually in March.

Emily Stanley

Working Parent College Scholarship Award
Applicants must be a parent with a job that is at least part-time, while attending university. In order to apply for the $1000 reward, write a 600 to 1000 word essay, clearly outlining three keys to successfully balancing parenthood, working, and excelling in school. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in June.



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Top 10 Private Scholarship Preparation Tips

  1. Two heads are better than one! Put together a team you can scholarship hunt with.  Include in your team:
    • Someone who is creative; a good writer and storyteller to boost the team's creative energy.
    • Someone detail-oriented and organized to put in charge of the group calendar.
    • Someone technical to set up personal web pages, get web apps set up, and make all of your processes more efficient.
    • Someone literate who can use the English language fluently, find grammar and syntax errors, and make words flow.
  2. Take an inventory of what you do. List all your interests, activities, etc.  Use this list as important keywords for Internet scholarship searches.
  3. Gather as much information as possible about the scholarship for which you're applying.
  4. Check thoroughly to ensure that you are actually eligible for the scholarship.
  5. Read instructions carefully.
  6. Make notes of the deadlines for the scholarships you've found (and put them in your calendar!).
  7. Make sure your application and presentation is neat, organized, and legible.
  8. If references are required, make sure that your references provide information about you that the selection committee will need to know.
  9. Make a checklist for each scholarship application and check, then double check, before you submit the completed application.
  10. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask. Contact the scholarship agency.

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