Private Graduate Scholarships

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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 winter deadline is December 31st, the spring deadline is July 31st.

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

AddictionResource Scholarship awards $3,000 in scholarships each year to students who share their vision for an addiction-free world. Addictive substances abuse has killed more people than every American war combined, and more than 10 times over. Many victims of drug addictions feel as though they are fighting a war themselves. Through the years, millions of lives have been damaged due to drug abuse and addiction. In the US, there are an estimated 3.6 million people who are addicted to some form of drug, whether for recreation or by prescription. These include people who accidentally become dependent, and eventually addicted to painkillers like Opioids. With the AddictionResource Scholarship, we want to challenge current and prospective college students to share their story on how we can make the world addiction-free. The deadline is May 31st.


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 deadline is April 28th.

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

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. 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 deadline is May 31st.

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

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 deadline is June 14th.

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.


Student Caregiver Scholarship Award
Are you caring for an adult relative while enrolled in a U.S. college or university? When you're living with your aging loved one, managing their finances because they no longer can, taking them to doctors appointments -- we know that caregiving can be both difficult and rewarding. As America's leading senior care resource for family caregivers, we know that juggling the responsibilities of caregiving and student life is a unique challenge. is offering three $1,500 scholarships to university students attending an accredited U.S. college or university who care for aging relatives. Submit your story though a 1500-word essay or 2-minute video telling us about your journey. The deadline is June 30th.


Chicago Injury Center's Disabled Veterans Scholarship Fund
Chicago Injury Center (CIC) is proud to offer a series of scholarships available to disabled veterans enrolled in: community college, under-graduate, or graduate course of study. This CIC scholarship program will award scholarships in the amounts of $1,000 (1), $500 (1) and $250 (2). The deadline is June 1st.


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 deadline is March 31st.

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

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 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 deadline is January 31st.

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

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 March 30th.

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 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 deadline is December 1st.


New England Employee Benefits Council Scholarship
The New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC), New England's leading provider of benefits education and networking, is offering scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a career in the benefits field. In a calendar year, three to four scholarships of $1,000 to $3,000 are available to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any accredited public or private New England college or university, who have completed at a minimum one semester of classes, and who have a demonstrated interest in the benefits field. The deadline is April 1st.


Pat Tilman Foundation
Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation's active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. Since the program's inception, the Foundation has named over 400 Tillman Scholars at more than 100 institutions nationwide. The deadline is March 1st.


Point Foundation: The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
Point Foundation (Point) is the nation's largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point's multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients ("scholars") extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events. The deadline is January 30th.


SASP Diversity Scholarship
SASP and Div. 16 support students from under-represented cultural backgrounds as they endeavor to become a part of the inspiring profession of School Psychology. SASP and Div. 16 are aware of the financial pressures that graduate students experience and thus, through generous support from Div. 16, the Diversity Scholarship Program was created to provide monetary support to aid students from diverse cultural backgrounds entering the field. SASP offers the following three awards each year for student support: two incoming student awards in the amount of $500 and an advanced student award in the amount of $1,000. The deadline is April 28th.


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 April 30th.

R2C Scholarship Program

Reservation Counter College Scholarship
Reservation Counter is offering a scholarship program for US students enrolled in colleges, universities and private institutions. This need-based scholarship program is designed to support and motivate students to value and make the most of their education. Reservation Counter looks to give scholarship awards to deserving students to achieve higher quality education, and are actively promoting education to encourage students to improve their knowledge and strive for excellence. Reservation Counter is awarding $1,500. The deadline is May 31st.


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 deadline is April 15th.

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

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. The deadline is May 1st.

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

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 is May 31st.

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 deadline is March 5th.

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 August 25th.



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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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