Private Undergraduate 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.
Scholarships for High School Students or Current College Students
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$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 31, 2013.
$1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Student Scholarship
3286 Oak Court
Belmont, CA 94002
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship
The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on what was the most difficult time in your life, and why? How did your perspective on life change as a result of this difficulty? Applications will only be accepted through email. The award is $1,000 and the deadline is June 14, 2014.
Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants
Chicago, IL 60060
The American Legion's Nontraditional Student Scholarship
If you're an adult looking to return to school or make a career change, you could benefit from this scholarship, which is awarded to one person per geographical region every year. Eligible applicants must be a member of The American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion, and dues must have been paid for the preceding two years. One scholarship is awarded annually per Auxiliary geographic division, in the amount of $2,000. Each year, the deadline is March 1.
American Legion National Headquarters
700 N. Pennsylvania Street
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206
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 topic.
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
The Ayn Rand Institute
P.O. Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044
B. Davis Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship will be available to high school and undergraduate students. The essay is about how your education has contributed to who you are today, or how it will affect who you will become. The essay must be less than 1000 words, must be emailed to email@example.com and is due May 26, 2014.
CableTV.com Psychological Impact of TV Scholarship
The CableTV.com Psychological Impact of TV Scholarship is open to current or prospective college students who are enrolled or are planning on enrolling in a college or university program. Essays will be no longer than 1000 words in length and will be judged by professional writers. You have a choice between two essay questions and must also Like, Tweet or +1 the scholarship link in order to be considered. The deadline is May 8, 2013.
Education Matters $5K Scholarship
Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?" You are also required to complete an online scholarship search profile. The chosen essay writer will be awarded $1,500. The deadline for the current school year has passed.
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 scholarship reopens in January.
The Edwards Scholarship Fund
The John Hancock Tower
200 Clarendon Street, 27th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Equals6 is an academic and career development network for students. A percentage of the revenue generated by Equals6 goes directly to students in the form of Equals6 scholarships. Equals6 offers scholarships to high school and college/university students twice each year with scholarships being awarded 1st June and 1st December. Equals6 scholarship applications are made via the Equals6 site and need to be submitted by February 15th, March 1st, April 1st, and June 1st. The scholarship award winners are chosen by the Equals6 Advisory Board and companies offering the scholarships. Scholarship award criteria include academic achievement, portfolio completion and Equals6 site participation. The awards vary from $250 to $300.
Suite 203, 1096 Queen St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3H 2R9
Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program
Each year, Foreclosure.com challenges future leaders of America to provide creative solutions/ideas to many of the nation's most critical issues, real estate/housing in particular, which can be used to help turnaround the market. You will be asked to submit an essay analyzing two foreclosure properties to determine which one is a better investment. Only currently enrolled undergraduate students need apply. The awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 and the deadline is December 15, 2013.
561-988-9669 ext. 7387
Sallie Mae (Free Money Scholarship)
Register with College Answer to use Sallie Mae's free scholarship search and be entered into their monthly $1,000 scholarship drawing.
Sallie Mae, Inc
The Gilbraitti Scholarship provides a $500 award to one deserving student. The scholarship deadline is April 1, 2014. Applicants must write an essay on what school they would choose, if they could attend any college or university in the world and why. The essay must not exceed 1000 words.
Burnaby Mortgage Brokers
Burnaby, British Columbia
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, 2013.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
55 Second Street Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94105
The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition—financial need is not considered—that is open to 10th-12th graders, college students, and non-traditional students. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education. The deadline for this scholarship is October 17, 2013.
College JumpStart Scholarship
c/o College JumpStart Scholarship Fund
4546 B10 El Camino Real No. 325
Los Altos, CA 94022
Leonard C. Ball & James H. Bell Scholarship Fund
Each year the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) awards ten scholarships to high school and undergraduate students. Those who have or are about to graduate from high school and have applied or have already been accepted by a college or university, are eligible for this scholarship. Also those who are currently enrolled in a college or university and have completed their freshman year, with a minimum 2.5 grade point average, are eligible for this scholarship.
CBTU National Office
P. O. Box 66268
Washington, DC 20035
Lift Parts Express Scholarship
Lift Parts Express is offering an award for $1000 for the applicant that can best answer their essay question. Write an essay that outlines how much you expect to spend to finish your schooling, how you intend to pay for your schooling, and what you expect your job to be once you are finished your schooling. There is no word limit for the essay. The deadline is June 30th, 2014.
Lift Parts Express
LM Scholarship Program
Applicants must write an essay about a situation they have been involved in or someone they know has been involved in where better safety procedures would have prevented an injury. The scholarship is for $1000 and the deadline is May 31st, 2014.
Massachusetts Educational Foundation Scholarship
This foundation currently distributes scholarships annually to mature women, aged 35 or older, living in Massachusetts, who are embarking on a career transition. Consideration will be given to special circumstances that have been overcome and the goals of the applicant. The Massachusetts Educational Foundation Scholarships are approximately $1,000.00.
Massachusetts Educational Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 192
Accord, MA 02018-0192
The Purple Heart Scholarship Program
This program aims to assist military service members and their families by awarding five biannual $2,000 scholarships to help pay for tuition and books. Spouses and children of veterans are also eligible to apply. The Foundation accepts applicants twice a year; the upcoming spring deadline is February 11, 2014. An applicant can receive a maximum of two scholarships awarded in non-consecutive years. This means that any applicant who was awarded a 2013 MOPH Scholarship or who has already received two MOPH scholarships is not eligible to apply.
National Scholarship Chairman, Alex Waigandt
5004 Innsbruck Way
Columbia, MO 65203
Reading Scholarship Foundation
The purpose of the Reading Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is to encourage qualified students to seek education beyond the secondary school level, and to provide financial assistance, with emphasis on need, to a limited number of such students through the granting of scholarships at the undergraduate level. This scholarship is exclusive to Reading residents and Reading Memorial High School students. The deadline for the current year has passed.
Reading Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
P O Box 492
Reading, MA 01867
Rogers Community Volunteer Scholarship
The main goal of the Rogers Community Volunteer Scholarship is to inspire young people to make contributions to their communities, while providing awards to those who are currently making a positive difference in their own neighborhoods. Applicants must have contributed at least 10 hours of volunteer (non-paid) service within their community over the last 12 months with one organization. The scholarship is for $500 and the deadline is June 1st, 2013.
White Rock Dentists
1656 Martin Dr. Suite 207
White Rock, British Columbia V4A 6E7
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. The deadline for this application is January 18, 2014.
The Samuel Huntington Fund
Attn: Amy Stacy
40 Sylvan Road
Waltham, MA 02451
Scholarship by Design Award
A student must come up with a unique Scholarship Program idea that is aimed at high school and/or college students. The idea must be unique, appealing and designed for a specific type of company. The scholarship is for $500 and the deadline has passed.
Sedary & Associates Scholarship
Sedary & Associates Law Services is offering a scholarship for $500 to the applicant who can best write an essay identifying the five most important things that every student should consider when making their choice of which university to attend. The essay should be less than 1500 words and the deadline for the current school year has passed.
Abbotsford Law Office
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. The deadline for the current school year has passed.
My Book Drive, Inc.
1451 Doolittle Drive
San Leandro, CA 94577
Shout it Out Scholarship
Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the scholarship topic: "If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?" The essay should be submitted by September 30, 2013.
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 for 2014 reopens in the Spring.
South Norfolk County Arc
789 Clapboardtree St.
Westwood, MA 02090
The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund offers college scholarships to students from New England with financial needs who display academic excellence, strong citizenship and character, and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to society. The award is renewable for up to four undergraduate years provided a GPA on a 4.0 scale of 2.5 is maintained and financial need does not change substantially. The deadline for this scholarship has passed.
The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund
27 Flint Street
Salem, MA 01970
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 2013 scholarship is no longer available.
9801 Washingtonian Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Trufit Good Citizen Scholarship
Citizens Bank will be distributing 40 scholarships worth a total of $50,000. Tell them what being a good citizen means to you and what you do to help others in your community and the world. This scholarship for 2013 is now closed.
We Love Action AT&T Scholarship Competition
This scholarship is looking for applicants who have faced and overcome significant adversity and have demonstrated personal growth from their experiences. The ideal scholarship applicant has produced tangible results and a measurable impact in his or her community. There will be multiple scholarship recipients, twenty five $1,000 scholarships and one $10,000 scholarship.
Do Something, Inc.
24-32 Union Square East, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003
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.
You Talk, We Listen
Campus Discovery offers every student who is enrolled in a U.S. college a chance to win a scholarship. Just fill out the survey about your campus and you might be the next student to win a Campus Discovery Scholarship. The top prize is $2,500 and the deadline is January 31, 2014.
c/o WiseChoice Brands, LLC
3020 Hartley Road, STE 220
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award
BBG Communications provides the Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award to recognize and reward a student who demonstrates a passion for volunteering, while maintaining a high level of academic achievement. The scholarship is for $500 and the deadline is November 29, 2013. Applicants must be under 21 years old and submit an essay about why they have chosen to volunteer their time with the organization(s) that they have and how that experience has changed their life.
1658 Gailes Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92154
ACCESS Last Dollar Scholarship
This scholarship can aid Boston and Springfield public schools students who have completed the financial aid process with their ACCESS advisor, but find that their financial aid award does not entirely cover their need. The deadline for this scholarship is December 15, 2013.
31 St. James Avenue, Suite 520
AXA Achievement Scholarship
The AXA Achievement Scholarship, sponsored by the AXA Foundation in association with U.S. News & World Report, provides scholarship awards of $25,000 and $10,000, with winners in every state nationwide. The program is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents and must have demonstrated ambition and self-drive as evidenced by an outstanding achievement in a school, community, or workplace activity. This scholarship has a deadline of December 15, 2013.
AXA Advisors, LLC
40 William Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
The Chely Wright LIKE ME Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial support for students pursuing a college degree who actively advocate for LGBT youth and/or to students who are severely affected by teen bullying or suicide of an LGBT youth. Through this scholarship, LGBT affected youth can apply for funding to pay for educational expenses to pursue a degree from an accredited college, university, or technical/vocational program. For this college year, LIKE ME® will award up to five scholarships for $ 1,250 each. The deadline is May 31, 2014.
The LIKE ME® Organization
P. O. Box 1605
Belton, MO 64012-1605
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs on behalf of the Coca-Cola System. The scholarship will resume accepting applications until October 31.
The Education Matters Scholarship
$3,000 is awarded annually. The scholarship will be in the form of a check made payable to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the recipient (once he/she has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to the sponsor).
The FiSCA National Scholarship Program
The FiSCA National Scholarship Program is available to benefit deserving college-bound high school seniors from families in areas served by its members. Funding for the National Scholarship Program is provided by voluntary contributions from FiSCA members and affiliate members, including MoneyGram International and Western Union. The FiSCA National Scholarship Program awards cash grants of at least $2,000 to two students selected from each of five geographic regions across the nation. Criteria is based on academic achievement, leadership skills in school and the community, perseverance in the face of significant obstacles, and an essay written expressly for the competition.
Garden State Check Cashing Service, Inc.
359 Long Avenue
Hillside, NJ 07205
FMAA Scholarship Program
The Flag Manufacturers Association of America offers up annual scholarships to high school seniors who impressively explain what the American flag means to them through video entry. Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes and will be judged on content, original though, visual imagery and patriotic expression.
Director of Marketing
Flag Manufacturers Association of America
994 Old Eagle School Road, Suite 1019
Wayne, PA 19087-1866
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
GMS will select 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. They provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through their leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.
Gates Millennium Scholars
P.O. Box 10500
Fairfax, Virginia 22031-8044
GBREB Foundation Scholarship
The Greater Boston Real Estate Board Scholarship has been established to provide scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to high school seniors in the Greater Boston Area. This scholarship will be guaranteed over two years. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership experience and extra-curricular involvement. The application is comprised of short answer responses and an essay.
GBREB Foundation Scholarship, c/o ACCESS
31 St. James Ave, Suite 520
Boston, MA 02116
Nordstrom Cares Scholarship
Students in the 28 states where Nordstrom currently has an operating full-line store will be eligible to apply for a Nordstrom Scholarship. Eighty scholarships will be awarded. Each scholarship will be paid out in equal installments of $2,500 over four years to the selected student's college of choice. Applicants must be a high school junior and have participated in community/volunteer activities.
Nordstrom Scholarship Program Manager
State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program
The State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program was established to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who plan to attend college, technical, or vocational school, but may not be able to meet the expenses of a higher education without such aid and often do not qualify for other scholarships. Applicants must be high school seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to 3.2 on a 4.0 scale who will graduate at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
The Yawkey Scholars Program
The Yawkey Foundations' mission is to help talented and motivated disadvantaged young people from Massachusetts and Georgetown County, South Carolina meet the rising costs of undergraduate education. The Yawkey Scholars Program has provided nearly $4.3 million in tuition supports to more than 100 Scholars as they pursue a college education in Massachusetts.
Yawkey Scholars Program
160 Federal Street, Floor 8
Boston, MA 02110
For current Wheelock College students please visit the Colleges of the Fenway Global Education Opportunity Center.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
This scholarship offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.
Gilman Scholarship Program
Institute of International Education
1800 West Loop South, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77027
- 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.
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- Broke Scholar
- College Net
- Fast Web
- Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)
- Go College
- International Scholarships
- The Sallie Mae Fund
- Scholarship America
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