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.
$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 deadline for Fall application is December 31st.
$1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Student Scholarship
3286 Oak Court
Belmont, CA 94002
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 application is available every year between January 1st and 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. Deadlines vary by chosen topic.
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
The Ayn Rand Institute
P.O. Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044
Edwards Scholarship Fund
The fund seeks to further the development of good citizenship through education by offering scholarships to men and women of good character and ability who are in need of financial assistance. Only students domiciled in the City of Boston (at least since the beginning of their junior year in high school) are eligible for aid from the Fund. The deadline is March 15th every year.
The Edwards Scholarship Fund
The John Hancock Tower
200 Clarendon Street, 27th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
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 deadline for this semester has passed.
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
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. Applications are due December 15.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
55 Second St., Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94105
The Sell Used Books College Essay Contest
The SellUsedBooks.com Sell Used Books College Essay Contest is designed to help students cope with the rising cost of education. Essays will be judged on originality, organization, strength of ideas, and presentation (including grammar and spelling). To enter, submit a short essay on the topic "Why I deserve to win this scholarship." The essays must be between 300-500 words and the grand prize is $1,000. Deadline on or before April 30th.
My Book Drive, Inc.
1451 Doolittle Drive
San Leandro, CA 94577
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 will reopen for 2014 in the Spring.
South Norfolk County Arc
789 Clapboardtree St.
Westwood, MA 02090
STOP Hunger Scholarships
The Sodexo Foundation is looking for applicants who have demonstrated on-going commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States at least within the last 12 months. Added consideration is given to students working to fight childhood hunger. The application deadline for 2013 has passed.
9801 Washingtonian Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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 deadline is December 15 and the awards will be issued by December 20.
- My College Dollars- Facebook
- Broke Scholar
- College Net
- Fast Web
- Ford Foundation National Academies Fellowships
- Sallie Mae Fund
- 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.
- Take an inventory of what you do. List all your interests, activities, etc. Use this list as important keywords for Internet scholarship searches.
- Gather as much information as possible about the scholarship for which you're applying.
- Check thoroughly to ensure that you are actually eligible for the scholarship.
- Read instructions carefully.
- Make notes of the deadlines for the scholarships you've found (and put them in your calendar!).
- Make sure your application and presentation is neat, organized, and legible.
- If references are required, make sure that your references provide information about you that the selection committee will need to know.
- Make a checklist for each scholarship application and check, then double check, before you submit the completed application.
- If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask. Contact the scholarship agency.