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.

Private Graduate Scholarships
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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 deadline for the application is July 31, 2014.

$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 contest will reopen in January 2015.

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 and the deadline is August 15th, 2014.

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.

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 application is available every year between January 1 and May 31.

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

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. Applications will be accepted again in January.

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 and the deadline is April 16, 2014.

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 and the deadline is April 1, 2014.

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

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 15 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

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 deadlines are June 1 and December 1 of each year.

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. Application due dates vary.

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

John Gyles Education Award
Awards are given to Canadian and US citizens in all areas of post-secondary education.  To apply for a scholarship applicants must be enrolled full-time at (or accepted to) a college or university program as an undergraduate or graduate student. (High school seniors, and others, may apply pending acceptance.) Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a scale of 4.0 (or similar grade assessment) and must also have citizenship in either the United States or Canada. The Award is for $5,000 and the deadline is June 1st, 2014.

John Gyles Education Awards
Attention: R. James Cougle, Administrator
259Brunswick Street, Suite 103
Fredericton, New Brunswick
CanadaE3B 1G8

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 award is for $1,000 and the deadline is April 1, 2014.

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

Price Chopper Golub Foundation Scholarships
Offers a series of scholarships for students meeting various criteria, including minorities, education, health care, and computer science majors and junior college transfers among others. Applicants must attend an accredited four-year college or university in CT, MA, NH, NY, PA, or VT.  The awards are for between $2,000 and $8,000 and the deadline for this year has passed.

Price Chopper Supermarkets
461 Nott St.
Schenectady, NY 12308
Attn: Consumer Services

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 and the deadline is April 30, 2014.

R2C Scholarship Program

The Sell Used Books College Essay Contest
The 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 750-1250 words and the grand prize is $1,000. The deadline for the application is April 30, 2014.

 My Book Drive, Inc.
1451 Doolittle Drive
 San Leandro, CA 94577

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 and the deadline is April 30, 2014.

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 application is due April 4, 2014.

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

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. Candidates must meet eligibility requirements and submit a completed application postmarked no later than May 31, 2014 to be eligible for Fall 2014 funding. The Vital Impact Scholarships are approximately $1,000.

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 deadline for this scholarship is May 31, 2014.

WED Educational Fund
PO Box 39224
Washington, DC 20016

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 June 14 and the awards will be issued by June 19.


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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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