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.
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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. 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
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. Scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is June 15th.
Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants
Chicago, IL 60060
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. Scholarship opens in winter. The deadline is usually in March.
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. 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
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. Scholarship opens in winter. Each year, the deadline is March 1.
American Legion Auxiliary
8495 N. Meridian St. Suite 200
Indianapolis , IN 46260
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, Atlas Shrugged, and The Fountainhead. Scholarship opens depending on topic. Scholarship opens depending on topic. The deadline varies depending on scholarship.
Ayn Rand Scholarship
2121 Alton Parkway Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92606
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 . Scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is May 25th.
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. Scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in May.
Caribbean Heritage Association Scholarship Fund
The Caribbean Heritage Association, Inc; of Boston (CHA), a nonprofit community service organization is currently accepting applications for three $500 scholarship awards. Applicants must maintain a minimum C average, be currently registered in an undergraduate program and submit a short essay. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in April.
Caribbean Heritage Association, Inc.
Attn.: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 206235
Boston, MA 02126
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. 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. Scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is April 16th.
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
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 scholarship opens depending on topic. The deadline varies depending on scholarship topic.
EDPlus Holdings, LLC /ScholarshipExperts.com
3020 Hartley Road, STE 220
Jacksonville, FL 32257
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. Scholarship opens in winter. The deadline is March 15th.
The Edwards Scholarship Fund
89 South St, Suite 603
Boston, MA 02111
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. 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. Scholarship opens depending on topic. Deadline varies depending on scholarship topic.
Suite 203, Queen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3H 0B2
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. Scholarship opens in fall. The deadline is December 15th.
561-988-9669 ext. 7387
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. Scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is April 1st.
Burnaby Mortgage Brokers
Burnaby, British Columbia
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
Health Careers Scholarship Program
Open to higher education students entering their junior and senior year of Undergraduate study, the scholarship program continues to grow in both the number of scholarships offered each year and the amount of each scholarship. Applicant must be pursuing a health-related career and volunteer with community/campus services organizations. The awards are for $5000 each. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in May.
Gallahger Student Health & Special Risk
500 Victory Road
Quincy MA 02171
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 is open in fall. The deadline is January 15th.
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 Scholarship opens in summer and spring. The deadline for this scholarship is October 17th and April 15th of each year.
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. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in April
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 scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is June 30th.
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. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is May 31st.
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. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in April.
DirectStar TV, LLC
1101 521 Corporate Center Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29707
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 has passed. An applicant can receive a maximum of two scholarships awarded in non-consecutive years. This means that any applicant who was awarded a 2014 MOPH Scholarship or who has already received two MOPH scholarships is not eligible to apply. The scholarship opens in fall. The deadline is January 1st.
National Scholarship Chairman, Alex Waigandt
5004 Innsbruck Way
Columbia, MO 65203
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
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 scholarship opens in fall. The deadline is January 18th.
The Samuel Huntington Fund
Attn: Amy Stacy
40 Sylvan Road
Waltham, MA 02451
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
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
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 scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is May 1st.
The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 870
Salem, MA 01970
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. The scholarship opens in April. The deadline is also usually in April.
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. Scholarship opens spring. The deadline is usually in May.
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 scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in June.
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 $5,000 and. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in March
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. 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. The scholarship opens in fall. The deadline is November 29th.
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 deadlines for these scholarships vary.
31 St. James Avenue, Suite 520
Boston, MA 02116
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. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is in December.
AXA Advisors, LLC
700 Newport Avenue; Suite 500
Norfolk VA 23505
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 scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is May 31st.
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 opens in summer. The deadline is October 31st.
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. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in April.
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. The scholarship opens in spring. The deadline is usually in May.
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. The scholarship opens in fall. The deadline is January 15th.
Gates Millennium Scholars
1805 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
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. The scholarship opens in winter. The deadline is usually in March.
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. The scholarship opens in fall. The deadline is February 2nd
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. The scholarship opens in November. Check back in November for deadline
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. Scholarship opens in winter. Check back in winter for the deadline.
The Philanthropic Initiative
420 Boylston St, Floor 4
Boston, MA 02116
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. The scholarship opens in spring, summer, and fall. The deadlines are April 15th, August 1st, and October 15th.
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.
- Fast Web
- College Net
- Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)
- Go College
- International Scholarships
- My College Dollar - Facebook
- The Sallie Mae Fund
- Scholarship America
- Student Scholarship Search
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