We don’t have to tell you that college costs are soaring. You already know that.
According to Forbes Magazine, college costs have been rising roughly at a rate of 7% per year for decades. Since 1985, the overall consumer price index has risen 115% while the college education inflation rate has risen nearly 500 percent. Nearly two thirds of undergraduates now receive some sort of grant aid and student loan borrowing is on the upswing. But loans must be paid back.
This list could help you offset some of your college costs. There are literally thousands of scholarships out there, so we decided to cherry pick some of the better, and yes, some of the more unusual, lesser-known ones. Many of the application deadlines have passed for the 2015-2016 school year, but knowing where to go (websites) can help you prepare for the next round of submissions, and 2016-2017. Good luck.
(Be sure to check out our own Value Colleges 2016 scholarships too!)
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2016
Amount: Individuals selected as Gates Scholars will receive funds in an amount to be determined by GMS based on financial need. The award will be based on the cost of tuition, fees, books and living expenses for the 2015-2016 academic year, as well as the availability of grants and other scholarships reported on the financial aid award letter.
The GMS 2016 Application will open on August 1, 2015. To be eligible for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program students must:
• Be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander or Hispanic American;
• Be Citizens, legal permanent residents or nationals of the United States;
• Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or earned a GED;
• Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities;
• Meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria;
• Enroll for the first time at a U.S. located , accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall as a full-time, degree seeking, first year student;
• Have completed and submitted their application by the deadline; and
• Have the following forms completed and submitted by the deadline on their behalf:
• A Nominator Form-an evaluation of the student’s academic record, and;
• A Recommender Form- an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities.
Deadline: November 11, 2015
Amount: $150,000 first prize. In total, more than $1.6 million in prizes will be awarded at Intel STS 2015.
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. It honors exceptional high school seniors for their scientific research and their potential as future leaders in the scientific community.
This year, about 1,800 students attending American high schools enter the competition in the hope of winning awards. The applicant pool is first narrowed to three hundred semifinalists, who – along with their schools – receive cash prizes. From there, the top 40 candidates are selected as Intel STS finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to attend a week-long celebration of science and compete for top honors:
The Basic Research Medal recognizes finalists who demonstrate exceptional scientific potential through depth of research and analysis, which is critical to conducting basic or fundamental research.
The Global Good Medal rewards finalists who demonstrate great scientific potential through their passion to make a difference, most notably by seeking solutions to real-world problems.
The Innovation Medal celebrates finalists whose great potential is exemplified by applying the problem-solving aptitude of an engineer through innovative design and creativity.
First Prize: $150,000
Second Prize: $75,000
Third Prize: $35,000
First Prize: $150,000
Second Prize: $75,000
Third Prize: $35,000
First Prize: $150,000
Second Prize: $75,000
Third Prize: $35,000
The remaining 31 finalists each receive $7,500.
Additionally, every finalist receives:
• An all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
• An opportunity to meet with government officials, including the President or Vice President of the United States
• A chance to interact with distinguished scientists and display research at the National Geographic Society
Deadline: September 22, 2015
Grand prize: $100,000
The Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology in 1999. The Competition is the nation’s premiere science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines.
You can compete as an individual or as a member of a two or three-person team.
Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000.
Deadline: Was February 27, 2015 (Deadline has passed. Check back in early 2016. Every year the deadline is late February.)
Amount: $100,000 over four years (multiple winners)
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program rewards students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom—and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. It’s a reward for what you’ve made of yourself and the difference you are making for others.
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is offering:
• Up to $25,000 per year for 50 first-time freshmen or existing college students, renewable for up to four years and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program
Funded by the GM Foundation—which has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to deserving charities, educational organizations and disaster relief efforts worldwide since 1976—the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program continues to be one of the nation’s most impactful scholarship programs.
Deadline: You’re too late for this year. The Application deadline was Jan. 15, 2015. Make sure you apply before the end of this year just to be safe.
Created by Peter Thiel through his Thiel Foundation, the Thiel Fellowship is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The Fellowship brings together some of the world’s most creative and motivated young people, and helps them bring their most ambitious projects to life. Thiel Fellows are given a grant of $100,000 to focus on their work, their research, and their self-education while outside of university.
Fellows are mentored by our community of visionary thinkers, investors, scientists, and entrepreneurs, who provide guidance and business connections that can’t be replicated in any classroom. With tens of thousands in additional resources, summer housing, regular workshops, our Thiel Foundation Summits, fellowship dinners, and retreats we’ve built a robust community and program to accelerate your professional and personal development. Rather than just studying, you’re doing.
The fellowship offers students under the age of 20 a no strings attached award of $100,000 over the course of two years. Award winners forgo college in lieu of pursuing their own goals, be it starting their own business, inventing, or even scientific research. Selection for the fellowship is highly competitive, and only 20-25 fellows are chosen each year. Not exactly your typical college scholarship.
Deadline: Application deadlines are normally in October, so for 2016, make sure you have applied by then. But it’s all about Arizona.
The Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grant-making organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations. During their lifetimes, the Foundation promoted technology-driven medical care programs and recruited top physician specialists to Arizona. Through the Foundation they supported the emergence of Arizona’s medical school and awarded scholarships to help students prepare for careers in the health professions.
Today, the Foundation supports the advancement of the biosciences in Arizona, as well as two other program areas to help build Arizona’s knowledge-driven economy—the Flinn Program and the arts and culture in Arizona. In the latter area, the foundation currently is supporting a grants program to enhance audience and donor participation among large arts and culture organizations in Arizona.
Deadline: September 30, every year
Amount: Full tuition and room and board. So the amount varies by university.
The Evans Scholars Foundation is a charitable trust that provides full, four-year tuition and housing college scholarships to deserving caddies. The Foundation is overseen by the Western Golf Association, which also runs four golf tournaments, including the BMW Championship.
Applicants must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, financial need and outstanding character. Applications are available online beginning August 1 and are accepted at the beginning of the applicant’s senior year of high school. Students are encouraged to complete their applications on or before September 30. In addition to the application, the following materials are required:
• High school evaluation (along with an official transcript, including overall GPA, rank in class if available, and standardized test scores) and the high school letter of recommendation.
• Caddie evaluation and the club letter of recommendation.
• Official financial documentation including a copy of parents’ most recent federal tax return and the required College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile. The Evans Scholars Foundation code for the College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile is 0153.
All candidates are required to take the ACT including the writing portion. The Evans Scholars Foundation ACT code is 1026.
Deadline: Apply now. Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Class of 2016 application is open now.
Applications are due on November 1, 2015 (11:59 pm EST). Finalists will be notified in January of 2016. Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows will be announced in April of 2016.
Each year, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 new Americans – permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise, children of naturalized citizen parents. Each fellowship provides for up to two years of graduate study in any field in the United States. Fellows are provided with up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported, up to $90,000.
Deadline: February 11, 2015
Amount: Four $50,000 scholarships, seven $25,000 scholarships, and five $10,000 scholarships.
Awarded by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, The Davidson Fellows Scholarship is awarded to gifted and talented students under the age of 18, who have completed a significant piece of work in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, music, literature, philosophy or outside the box that has the potential to in some way benefit society. Every year in Washington, D.C., Davidson Fellows are honored with a special reception and Congressional meetings. Since its inception nearly $5.3 million has been awarded through the Davidson Fellows Scholarship.
Deadline: The 2015 Davidson Fellows application deadline has passed. 2016 information will be posted soon. But typically, the app is due by end of January, calendar year.
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy, and (of course) outside the box. Go figure; Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception.
Deadline: Varies by state. Applicants must first compete in their home state before a final, national competition. Check with your state’s organization.
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.
Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month Winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.
Deadline: Varies by state. The ultimate national winner must first compete and win at a state level. Check with your state. Ms. America is for women 26 and up, who are single, divorced, widowed or married. Entry fee (be forewarned) is $1,119.
Entry fee includes title, sash, crown, gifts, Claire’s Collection Gown Certificate worth $1500. and a 1/2 page Color AD in the program book! Contestants can choose a state or regional title to represent.
The Miss America Pageant is a competition for American women between the ages of 17 to 24. Contestants are judged on a variety of categories, including: artistic expression, presentation and community achievement, presence and poise, and lifestyle and fitness. The Miss America Organization is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. In 2014, the organization provided over $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance to over 12,000 women.
Amount of prizes:
Miss America: $50,000
1st Runner Up: $25,000 2nd Runner Up: $20,000
3rd Runner Up: $15,000
4th Runner Up: $10,000
Deadline: The Scholarship Portal is now closed. The 2015/2016 OFID scholars will be announced on the OFID website on June 15, 2015.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) awards outstanding students from developing countries seeking to pursue their master’s degrees in fields of Development or Energy Studies. Relevant fields of study include: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields. The winner of the OFID Scholarship Award receives a scholarship of up to $50,000.
The OFID is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a collective channel of aid to the developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs – such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education – with the aim of encouraging self-reliance and inspiring hope for the future.
Deadline: Google’s global online science competition is now closed for entries. 2015 finalists will be announced in July. Typically, deadlines are in May. Check the website regularly for when the next round of apps will be accepted.
The Google Global Science fair is a science competition open to students between the ages of 13 and 18, who must formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment, and present their results. While the competition is open to all countries besides Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, North Korea, and Zimbabwe, all projects must be presented in English, German, Italian, Spanish, or French. Finalists all receive a scholarship of $25,000, while the grand prize winner receives a $50,000 and a trip to the Galapagos Islands courtesy of National Geographic.
Deadline: Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.
Registration for the 2015 National Geographic Bee has ended. Schools can register for the next competition on August 18, 2015. Early bird registration starts at $100 per school. Vouchers will be available for qualifying schools.
The National Geographic Bee is an annual geography contest for public schools, private schools, and home schools in the United States with students in grades four through eight. Competition for the Bee begins at the local level, and 100 school winners from each state proceed to the state finals. The winners from each state go on to the two-day National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C. The winner receives a $50,000 college scholarship, and a lifetime subscription to National Geographic. Second place receives a $25,000 scholarship, and third place receives a $10,000 scholarship.
Spring 2015 Scholarship: December 1, 2014
Fall 2015 Scholarship: July 1, 2015
One competitive scholarship will be awarded for the Spring 2015 Semester and one scholarship will be awarded for the Fall 2015 Semester. Each scholarship could cover up to $40,000 of tuition to complete the student’s MSN Informatics Program of study ($20,000 per year for two years). Students may apply for this special scholarship one time only, prior to the first semester in which they are enrolled in the Nursing Informatics Program. The successful student can have the first year’s $20,000 Scholarship renewed in their second year for $20,000. Non-degree students are not eligible to apply.
Deadline: The 2015 FEREP application process is now closed. If you are interested in applying for FEREP in 2016, please email [email protected]
Funded by the Jewish Federations of North America Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence, the FEREP Scholarship recruits and supports Jewish students who plan to pursue a career as professional leaders for the North American Jewish Federation system.
FEREP awards graduate school scholarships of up to $20,000 per year for up to two years. Students who meet eligibility requirements and are selected to advance to the finalist round will participate in a Federation visit, orientation and interviews. Students that are selected and agree to accept the award will work in a Jewish Federation in North America for a minimum of two years following graduate school.
There are three graduate degrees that FEREP students may pursue. Graduate programs must be offered by accredited universities in the U.S. and Canada and FEREPs must be enrolled as full-time students:
• Non-Clinical Social Work (MSW)
• Public Administration (MPA)
• Business Administration – Nonprofit Management (MBA)
Deadline: Was March 1 (Check the website later this year for 2016 deadlines)
Amount: up to $40,000 over four years.
Iowa’s Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program seeks to recognize motivated openly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer students who have shown academic excellence and dedicated service to the LGBTQ Community. The scholarship pays tuition, books, and fees at one of Iowa’s three state universities: Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa.
The Scholarship Program works with students who are interested in advice and assistance from adult mentors to accelerate their academic experience and performance, improve their adjustment to professional standards of behavior, goals, ethics and success and out-perform their age group in transitioning to adult leadership roles. Scholarship awards are based on academic aptitude, academic achievement, community service and financial need.
Deadline: Too late for 2015 Fellows. Check the website for application dates for 2016 Fellows.
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that reflects the diversity and excellence of our society. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.
The Pickering Fellowship has both an undergraduate and graduate program. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program
Amount: Fellows will receive financial support of up to $37,500 annually* for:
• Tuition costs (first priority)
• Room and board
• Mandatory fees
• One round-trip ticket between Fellow’s residence and his/her academic institutions
* Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship: senior year and first year of graduate school; Pickering Graduate Fellowship: first and second year of graduate school
Deadline: April 20 was the deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year. Check back with the website for information about the 2016-2017 school year.
Amount: $35,000 (x8)
The Siebel Scholars program was established by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering. Each year, 85 graduate students at the top of their class are selected during their final year of studies based on outstanding academic performance and leadership to receive a $35,000 award toward their final year of studies. Today, our active community of over 950 Siebel Scholars serves as advisors to the Siebel Foundation and works collaboratively to find solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
Deadline: the next deadline is Oct. 15, 2015
The Google U.S./Canada Ph.D. Student Fellowship Program was created to honor exceptional graduate students doing outstanding and innovative work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas. The two-year fellowships consist of tuition and fees, a Google research mentor, and a $33,000 yearly stipend (paid over 9 months of the academic year). Among the requirements to qualify for the fellowship, students must be pursuing a Ph.D. in the research areas represented by the fellowships, and be nominated by their department.
Google funds specific research in areas of study that are of key interest to Google as well as the research community, through their Google Focused Research Awards program. These awards are large, multi-year commitments to support research that will have a significant impact on the field. Participation in the program is by invitation only.
Deadline: February 3, 2015 was the date for nominations. Check back next year to confirm the application deadline date.
Awards: $30,000 (x55-60 awarded annually)
As the living memorial to our thirty-third President, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. Since its creation in 1975, the Foundation has supported almost 3,000 Truman Scholars who are making a difference in all corners of the nation and around the globe.
Each year, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation reviews over 600 applications for the 55 to 65 scholarships that they award annually. Competition for these scholarships is fierce, and potential applicants should look closely at themselves to see if they meet the requirements before they apply. Applicants should have a history of community service, and be interested in becoming a force for positive change by working in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector in order to improve the way these institutions serve the public.
Deadline: You missed it this year. It was Jan. 27, 2015. Check the site later this year to confirm application deadline date.
Since 1994, the National Security Education Program (NSEP) has awarded over 1,600 Boren Fellowships to degree-seeking masters and doctoral students. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for U.S. graduate students to add a language component to their graduate studies. Boren Fellowships promote study in areas of the world that are vital to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
Deadline: Deadline has passed. Check back in early 2016
Amount: $30,000 scholarship, and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.
This is an awesome event. An annual art competition open to students K-12, the Google Doodle Scholarship Contest seeks to inspire innovation through creativity. The student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. legal resident (e.g., must be able to show proof of legal permanent residence, for example, a “green card”), be enrolled in a U.S. based school and be living in the U.S. He or she must also obtain their parents’ or legal guardians’ prior permission to compete in the contest via a signed entry form.
Deadline: The application period is open from October to December.
Amount: Up to $30,000 a year
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is targeted towards the nation’s best and brightest community college students. The Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country, and provides the opportunity for community college students to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their bachelor’s degree. Each year, the scholarship provides 85 deserving students to up to $30,000 per year.
Applicants are chosen based on criteria including: Achievement and academic ability, financial need, persistence, leadership, and a desire to help others.
Deadline: November 1, 2015
Amount: The amount of each award varies annually. The first-place national award winner receives $30,000. The total amount designated for the entire program, including local, district, state, and national awards, is more than $2.5 million. All awards are non-renewable. All national scholarships are paid directly to the American university, college or vocational/technical school as selected by the recipient. All scholarship funding is held at VFW National Headquarters in escrow for 10 years from high school graduation. The funds, which are disbursed as needed, may be used for tuition, books, laboratory fees or other items relating specifically to the student’s formal education. Clothing, room and board and pocket money are not considered authorized expenditures.
Established in 1947 with the goal of providing students the opportunity to express their opinions and beliefs on democratic ideas and principles, The VFW’s Voice of Democracy program (VOD) is open to all students in grades 9-12. Applicants are required to write and record an original speech on the provided topic and then record and submit their reading of the speech. The national first-place winner is awarded a $30,000 scholarship to the American university, college or vocational/technical school of their choice.
Deadline: U.S. applicants must apply to a Catholic college or Catholic university.Undergraduate scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen and are normally renewed for a total of four years. Scholarship applications are available after Oct. 1.
Deadline for completed applications for U.S. undergraduate students is March 1.
Deadline for completed applications for Canadian undergraduate students is May 1.
Amount: Up to $25,000
Delegates to the 62nd Supreme Council Meeting in August 1944 voted to establish an Educational Trust Fund by the raising of $1 million through a special per capita tax on the members of the Order.
Scholarships provided from the income of this Fund would become a living memorial to Knights who gave their lives for their country during World War II, or who became totally and permanently disabled through service incurred injuries. Originally these scholarships included tuition, room, board, books and fees.
These benefits were then extended in 1956, 1964, 1991 and 2004 to include other combat zones throughout the world (Korea, Vietnam, Cyprus, Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan). Delegates to the 1970 and 1971 Supreme Council Meetings also authorized additional changes.
Deadline: he RMHC Scholarship Program is now closed. The application period for the 2015-2016 program will open in the Fall.
Amount: Up to $25,000
Since 1985, Ronald McDonald House Charities has awarded more than $52 million in scholarships. The RMHC Scholarship Program was established to provide scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement. Among the requirements for these scholarships, applicants must be younger than 21 years old, have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage, and carry a minimum 2.7 GPA.
Deadline: Feb. 15. Sorry, wait until next year.
Create content for our corporate blog for a chance to win $1,000 toward your college tuition! Put your skills to the test and get some professional experience under your belt.
If your content is accepted and posted on our blog, you are entered into the contest! The most informative and engaging post of the year will be awarded the scholarship, so it is important that your content is creative, professional and interesting.
This opportunity could help with your tuition and be an excellent start to your professional resume.
Deadline: The deadline was April 2015. Go the website provided below in the fall for application dates.
Run by The Economist magazine. The Brightest Minds MBA Scholarship Contest is open to all prospective MBA and EMBA students. Contestants have to complete the Economist GMAT Tutor simulation test, a 150 minute test in two parts, a 75 minute verbal section and a 75 minute quantitative section. The winner will be the student with the highest score; he or she will receive a $25,000 scholarship to a business school of their choice from among the scholarship sponsors:
Yale school of management
Warwick Business School
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
University of Florida MBA Programs
University of Exeter Business School
University of Edinburgh Business School
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
International University of Monaco
HEC Paris MBA
Florida International University
College of Business Aston Business School
Second prizes, by the way are subscriptions to the magazine.
Deadline: The application period began June 1, 2015
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to students who are dedicated to becoming teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship funds may be used to cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board. Applicants for the fellowship are expected to pursue and complete a master’s degree in one of the following:
• Master of Arts (MA) in American history, political science, or government
• Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, or political theory (in a political science department).
• Master of Education (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory
Founded by an Act of Congress in 1986, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent agency of the executive branch of the federal government.
Deadline: This year, the application process opens on November 1 and closes the following January 15, 2016
The Dell Scholars Program is a college completion program unique in the type of students it supports and how it nurtures and empowers those students on their path to a college degree. An initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the program provides its students with resources and mentoring beyond initial financial assistance to ensure they have the support they need to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
Michael and Susan Dell established the foundation in 1999. The gift was inspired by their passion for supporting children’s causes as a way to make an even greater difference in a measurable way, particularly for those children living in urban poverty. Based in Austin, TX, the Dell family foundation funds programs that foster high-quality public education and childhood health, and improve the economic stability of families living in poverty. To date, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has committed over $1 billion to assist nonprofit organizations working in major urban communities in the United States, India and South Africa. Our vision is to focus on opportunities with the greatest potential to directly and measurably transform the lives of children living in urban poverty.
When considering an applicant the Program takes the student’s individuality, unique experiences in and out of the classroom, need for financial assistance, willingness to work hard, and dreams, into consideration.
To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must have participated in an approved college readiness program for a minimum of two years.
Deadline: It’s too late this year. Deadline was Jan. 30. But check the website for application dates for next year’s awards.
The Inter American Press Association was established in 1942 to defend and promote the right of the peoples of the Americas to be freely informed through an independent press, essential for which is a journalism that is responsible, objective and open to all currents, so as thus to contribute to a better understanding among the peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
In 1954 the IAPA established its Scholarship Fund for young American or Canadian journalists for an academic year’s study in some Latin American or Caribbean country, and for young Latin American and Caribbean journalists to take courses in journalism at some recognized university in the United States or Canada during one academic year.
Applicants must be natives of countries in the Western Hemisphere, journalists or students in the final year of their journalism course, be between 21 and 35 years old, be fluent in the language of the country where they will go to study. Journalism students will have to complete their university studies before the start of the scholarship year.
Applicants from the United States and Canada should have documentation from a recognized authority confirming fluency in Spanish, or Portuguese for those going to Brazil. Latin American applicants will have to undergo a TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Deadline: The deadline was extended to Mar. 9, so you are too late for this year. (Deadline has passed. Check back later in 2015)
The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers:
• Scholarship support
• Paid research training at the NIH during the summer
• Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation
Deadline: Too late this year…Your school must first apply (schools must apply up to November 2015). Why? Because competition begins at the school level, before moving on to regional and national.
Amount: Top prize for champion, $20,000
The Poetry Out Loud scholarship contest was created to encourage the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. In the contest high school students must choose their selection from Poetry Out Loud’s Online Poetry Anthology of more than 800 poems. Students must first compete in a lower-level competition before they can advance to the State Finals. The winners of the State Finals which will go on to the National Finals where the most compelling performer will win $20,000. Second place wins $10,000, third $5,000, and fourth through ninth win $1,000. Top-nine placers also win $500 for their schools.
The following is a list of some basic rules that apply to Poetry Out Loud:
• Grade Level: Only currently enrolled students in grades 9-12 are eligible, with an exception made for 8th-grade students participating in a 9th- through 12th-grade class.
• Citizenship: Competitors at the state and national finals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a valid tax identification or Social Security number. Tax identification or Social Security numbers are required to receive prizes, including cash payments or travel awards. Students are responsible for verifying their eligibility.
• State Finals: A student may not advance to the state finals without competing in a lower-level competition.
• Homeschooled Students: Homeschooled students may participate by competing in a contest at a local school (at the school’s discretion) or with other local homeschooled students. Contact your state coordinator for specific guidelines.
• School Not Participating? Students unable to participate at a local school should contact their state Poetry Out Loud coordinator to discuss other opportunities for inclusion in the state’s official competition.
First Place: $20,000
Second Place: $10,000
Third Place: $5,000
Deadline: 2015 winners have already been announced. But your time is coming. An initial application becomes available on our website in August each year. If you are at that time a high school senior with at least a 3.0 GPA, you may apply by completing the online application by the October 31 deadline.
Amount: $20,000 top prize (but multiple scholarships are awarded. See website.)
Each year the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards over $3.45 million in scholarships to more than 5,400 college students. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship offered to graduating high school seniors who have made a significant impact on their schools and communities, many of whom have overcome great hardships along the way and still remain steadfast in their dedication to both lead and serve. Each year 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected to receive this $20,000 scholarship.
A little background: Since 1989, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has helped dreams come true for more than 5,400 outstanding students. In high school, these students began their journey of academic excellence, positive leadership and dedication to service. They are continuing throughout their careers to serve others and realize their full potential to change the world and create an enduring legacy.
However, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is much more than a program that awards college financial assistance to exceptional high school seniors. The organization connects and continually nurtures an extended family of passionate, motivated, service-oriented leaders. This lifetime connection, camaraderie and sense of family are what make the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation unique among scholarship programs.
The Coca-Cola system believes that investing in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities.
Deadline: Deadline has passed. Check back later in 2015
Please note, this generous scholarship is school specific to East Carolina University. The Abernathy scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who has shown academic excellence and has demonstrated commitment to a career in science education. Among the requirements, applicants must have a minimum score of 1,000 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT, an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or better, and must intend to teach science education upon completion of an undergraduate program.
Some background: Betty S. Abernathy was a well-respected high school science teacher who taught most of her career at Fike High School in Wilson County, North Carolina. She was a leader in the state in science education and instrumental in the formation of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association.
Deadline: Although the application deadline for this award has passed (it was Feb. 28), those who award the scholarship wanted you to know about this award as a possibility for next year. Often, scholarship providers offer similar scholarships each year. This award is scheduled to be updated within the next few months. Please check back for more information at a later date.
GotChosen.com is offering students the chance to win a $20,000 scholarship through their Summer Special Opportunity. The scholarship is free to enter, has no GPA, essay, or financial need requirements, and is open to virtually anyone 18 years old or older. The one stipulation is that the $20,000 must be spent for educational expenses, including: tuition, fees, books, supplies, or to repayment of outstanding student loans.
Deadlines: You are too late this year. There were two competition dates, Jan. 30, 2015 (application due by Jan. 10) and Feb. 20, 2015. So check the website regularly to be prepared for next year’s application deadlines.
Amount: Top prize, $20,000
Each year, Indiana Wesleyan University’s John Wesley Honors College selects eight students from among its incoming class of John Wesley Scholars to receive four-year scholarships totaling $80,000. Applicants are evaluated based on an interview (see below) with faculty members and a current Honors College student, participation in a mock class discussion with an Honors College faculty member and other applicants, and an essay related to the topic of servant leadership.
The Servant Leader Scholarships are awarded in addition to general academic merit scholarships. Students who are awarded the Servant Leader Scholarship are expected to remain members in good standing within the John Wesley Scholars program and participate in student leadership on campus throughout their undergraduate years.
To be eligible to participate in the scholarship competition, students must first apply to the Scholars Program, the Honors College’s program for incoming freshmen. From among the applicants, the most qualified students will be selected to interview for the program.
One student will receive a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 per year).
Two students will receive a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year).
Five students will receive a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year).
Deadline: Too late this round, but check in late summer for deadline details
Amount: First place, $18,000
The Oratorical Contest is “A constitutional speech contest” created to foster greater understanding and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Each year the contest awards over $138,000 in college scholarships to high school students. High school students under the age of 20 are eligible to compete. The competition begins at the post level before moving on to the state competition. Once individual state winners are certified by American Legion representatives, they move on to compete against each other in the national contest. Those who place at the national level receive scholarships which can be used at any college or university in the United States
Scholarships are awarded to the three finalists. First place receives $18,000, second gets $16,000 and third takes $14,000.
Each individual state winner certified into and participating in the first round of the national contest receives a $1,500 scholarship.
Each first-round winner who advances but does not qualify for the finals receives an additional $1,500 scholarship.
Scholarships may be used to attend any college or university in the United States.
In addition to the national organization’s scholarships, hundreds of scholarships are awarded to participants by posts, districts, counties and departments during earlier levels of competition.
Deadline: Too late for 2015-2016. If you are a current student at a college in the U.S., you may be eligible for the 2016-17 Dream Award.
Applications: Visit the website to find out when applications are accepted.
Amount: $5,000 – $15,000
What a cool idea: Way too many scholarships are only available to incoming college freshman. Scholarship America’s Dream Award is focused on supporting students through graduation rather than just for their first year at college. The award is only available to students entering their second year or higher of post high school education.
In order to motivate students to complete their education, the awards increase by $1,000 each year until graduation (up to a 5-year degree program). Students may choose to either apply for general scholarships or STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) specific scholarships.
Deadline: The 2015 scholarship program deadline has passed. If you are interested in applying to the 2016 program, visit this site next February to apply using the online application form.
Amount: Scholarships totaled about $175,000
There are over 95 million Americans who don’t have life insurance, and many aspiring college students have seen their educations cut short due to a lack of funds following the death of a parent. Life Happens sponsors the annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and college-bound high school seniors who have lost a parent. Applicants submit essays or videos on how the death of a parent impacted their lives. Scholarships for the 2014 Program totaled at $175,000, and to date the program has awarded more than $900,000 in college aid.
Grand Prize Scholarship Winners
Essay (1): $15,000
Board of Directors Scholarship
Essay or Video (1): $10,000
First Runners-Up (3): $7,500 Second Runners-Up (5): $5,000 Third Runners-Up (22): $2,000
First Runners-Up (2): $7,500 Second Runners-Up (4): $5,000 Third Runners-Up (8): $2,000
Deadline: Deadline has passed. Check the website regularly for the start of next year’s competition.
The Gallery Collection’s 9th annual Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest is offering students the opportunity to express their creativity and artistic talent in order to win $10,000.
Applicants should submit an original photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card no larger than 16″ x 23″, that will be put up on the Gallery Collection’s Facebook page for voting. When the voting is complete the judges will choose a winner from the 10 finalists, the winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and have their design made into an actual card and sold in the Gallery Collection’s line.
Deadline: May 5 deadline has passed. Check out their website for dates you can apply next cycle.
Available to: Ages 13-18
The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Award is available to home school and high school students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.
You must submit a work of patriotic art on paper or canvas. You must use water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink, or oil.
Digital art on paper will also be accepted. In order to submit your artwork, you must be sponsored by your state’s Ladies Auxiliary VFW. It’s a complicated process that begins with your local VFW. So… good luck.
Deadline: Details for 2016 coming soon
The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is open to 12th grade, undergraduate and graduate students, and offers the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship. Applicants must write an essay of no less than 800 and no more than 1,600 words on one of three topics related to Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged.” Essays will be judged on style and content and must display a phenomenal understanding of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.
First Prize: $10,000 3 Second Prizes: $2,000 5 Third Prizes: $1,000 25 Finalists: $100 50 Semifinalists: $50
Deadline: Only invited institutions may nominate students to apply for scholarships. The Dizzy Feet Foundation provides scholarships to talented students studying at accredited dance schools, studios, universities, and institutions. Scholarships of up to $10,000.00 per student may be granted annually as determined by DFF in its sole discretion. DFF Scholarship Awards are talent-based and will be paid directly to the institution where the recipient is enrolled.
Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman, among others to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States.
The Foundation’s goal is to bring the joy of dance into the lives of children in low income areas and disadvantaged communities. The Foundation provides scholarships to talented students who are studying at an accredited dance school, studio, university or other institution and are at least 15 years old. Applicants must be nominated by their school, and will be judged based on talent, technical skill and dance expression.
Deadline: July 15, 2015
Amount: Average award, $3,000
This scholarship is for undergraduate and post-graduate students who are attending an accredited college or university to pursue the academic study of the science of parapsychology. Funding is restricted to study, research, and experimentation in the field of parapsychology. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must demonstrate a previous academic interest in parapsychology by including samples of writings on the subject.
Deadline: It’s too late this year, but contest usually runs Oct to April, so check the website for more of the rules and stipulations.
Amount: For both the high school and college contests, the first-place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Second-place finisher will receive $2,000. Third-place finisher will receive $1,000.
Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant you have one clear mission: encourage your peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits.
Here’s what they are looking for. A video designed to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. You have a unique opportunity to play a key role in spreading this important message. You can speak to your peers on this subject in a way that adults cannot. The more lives you can impact, the more lives you can save. Videos are limited to exactly 25 or 55 seconds.
Deadlines: Too late this year. Deadlines are in April, every year.
Amount: Can range from $250 to $1000 (sometimes more). A scholarship committee, headed by LPA’s Programs Director, will review application packets, as well as individual donors.
Little People of America, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families. Membership is offered to those people who are usually no taller than 4’10” in height. Their short stature is generally caused by one of the more than 200 medical conditions known as dwarfism. Membership is also available to relatives and interested professionals who work with short-stature individuals. About Scholarships: As part of LPA’s service to people with dwarfism and the community at large, LPA offers educational scholarships to prospective and current students attending college or vocational school in the United States.
Scholarships are given in order of preference to:
• Members of LPA who have a medically diagnosed form of dwarfism
• Immediate family members of dwarfs who are also paid members of LPA
• People with dwarfism who are not members of LPA
Deadline: You still have time. Deadlines are July 1. To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be enrolled at the time of application as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to those applicants enrolled in the transportation field and all applicants will be considered. Go to the website for more information about the application process.
This is a scholarship awarded by the American Association of Railroad Superintendents, which serves the networking, education and development needs of railroad operations leadership and management of Class 1, regional and short lines, and passenger railroads.