Scholarships come to the aid of candidates who are eager to pursue advanced degrees for their career growth. Considered “free money” several scholarships are available to aspiring students through a variety of sources including numerous companies, organizations and clubs. Colleges may present scholarships to employ an endowed and varied student body. They may as well provide scholarships in particular majors to give confidence to sign up in underrepresented majors. Membership organizations are inclined to provide scholarships to support their field or the assignment of the organization. Scholarships are generally offered based on academic performance, financial need, religious affiliation, minority status and heritage.
Scholarship applications are available online. These large databases are able to send scholarships out monthly, weekly, or even daily.
How to win a Scholarship?
It is very important to make a quick lasting impression on the Scholarship judges as they may hardly spend a minute or two in reviewing your scholarship application. Solution to win scholarships is to make out the sponsor’s criteria and alter your application accordingly. Therefore, a candidate must be very meticulous while applying and it is advisable to follow these DOs and DON’Ts:
- Understand the purpose of the scholarship
- Follow the directions
- Write an essay that demonstrates why you should win
- Be sure to use a proper mailing method for your essay
- Practice for interviews
- Review qualifying activities – scholarships may have qualifying activities such as essays and letters of recommendation
- Don’t ignore the Internet
- Don’t ignore small awards
- Don’t wait until the last minute
- Don’t think that it’s impossible for you to win
You can also have a portfolio of your work, a project report that can make you stand out from the rest.
The Gates Millennium Scholars – http://www.gmsp.org
These scholarships are funded by a grant from Bill & Melinda Gates.
- Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or
- Are a citizen/legal permanent resident or national of the United States,
- Have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.00 scale (unweighted) at time of nomination
- Will be entering a U.S. accredited college or university as full-time, degree seeking freshmen
- Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
- Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.
- Have all three required forms (Nominee Personal Information Form, Nominator Form, and
Recommender Form) completed and submitted by the deadline.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund – http://www.hsf.net/Scholarships.aspx
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. There are several different scholarships with slightly different requirements, but the general requirements are as follows:
- Are of Hispanic Heritage: persons descended from Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican,
- Central American (excluding Belize), South American (excluding Guyana, Suriname and
- French Guiana), or other Spanish cultures
- Are a US citizen OR legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551
- Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
- Are pursuing or plan to pursue your first undergraduate or graduate degree
- Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Hispanic College Fund Scholarship – http://www.hispanicfund.org/
The Hispanic College Fund provides talented and underprivileged Hispanics with vision, mentors, resources and scholarships. They have several different scholarships available, each with different requirements, but generally students:
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States
- Must be studying full-time in the United States or Puerto Rico
- Must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0
The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship – http://www.jackkentcookefoundation.org
The mission of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. There are two different scholarships and requirements for each.
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
- Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status, or a recent graduate.
- Plan to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
- Have unmet financial need
- Be nominated by his or her two-year institution.
- Not previously have been nominated for a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate
- Transfer Program scholarship.
Jack Kent Cooke -Graduate Scholarship:
- Be an active senior or a recent graduate of an accredited U.S. college or university.
- Have demonstrated unmet financial need.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).
- Be nominated by his or her undergraduate institution.
- Not previously have been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation graduate scholarship.
- Plan to attend a full-time graduate or professional degree program at an accredited university.
- This must be the first graduate degree the candidate has ever pursued.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship – http://www.jackierobinson.org/
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships for minority students who show leadership potential and have financial need.
- Must be a minority high school student
- Must be a US citizen
- Must have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need
- Must have proven leadership potential and an interest in serving your community
Award Amount – $7,500 per year
The Ron Brown Scholarship – http://www.ronbrown.org/
The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society.
- Must be a high school senior
- Excel academically
- Exhibit exceptional leadership potential
- Participate in community service activities and
- Demonstrate financial need
- Are US citizens or hold a permanent resident visa card.
Award Amount – Up to $10,000 annually
Sam Walton Community Scholarship – http://www.act.org/walmart/community/files/swcs_guidelines.pdf
Every year Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. gives out this scholarship to more than 2500 eligible applicants.
- Not a Wal-Mart associate or immediate relative
- Senior, graduating high school in spring 2006 OR have GED equivalency (see application for details)
- Must be a Permanent Legal Resident for at least one year
- Have proof of SAT or ACT test scores
- Can prove financial need by required documents
- Can prove at least a 2.5 Cumulative GPA.
Award Amount – $3,000
Discover Scholarship Program –
Discover Card sponsors this Scholarship Program for high school juniors to applaud exemplary accomplishments and to support continued education and training beyond high school. Up to ten scholarships are awarded each year.
- Are a Junior enrolled in an accredited public or private high school in the United States
- Have at least 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale for the 9th and 10th
- Demonstrate accomplishments in Leadership and Community Service and have faced a significant roadblock or challenge.
Award Amount – $30,000
The Marine Corps Scholarship –
This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships for higher education to deserving sons and daughters of Marines and children of former Marines, with particular attention being given to children whose parent was killed or wounded in action.
You must be the son/daughter of one of the following:
- An active duty or reserve U. S. Marine
- A U.S. Marine who has received an Honorable Discharge, Medical Discharge, or was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps
- An active duty or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who is serving, or has served, with the U.S.
- A U.S. Navy Corpsman who has served with the U.S. Marine Corps and has received an
- Honorable Discharge, Medical Discharge, or was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy
- Be a high school graduate, or registered as an undergraduate student at an accredited college or post high school vocational/technical institution (Scholarship awards are not available for graduate study.
- Have a maximum family adjusted gross income of $80,000 or less. The limit increases by
$10,000 if an applicant’s sibling also applies. For the purpose of determining eligibility, nontaxable allowances received by military members on active duty are NOT included in determining adjusted gross income. This income limit requirement is waived for any applicant whose parent was killed in combat in the Global War on Terror.
- Must have a GPA of at least 2.0.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship – https://www.coca-colascholars.org/cokeWeb/
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 50 $20,000 scholarships and 200 $10,000 scholarships.
- Currently a high school senior
- Planning to pursue a four year degree at an accredited U.S. institution
- U.S. Citizens, Nationals, Permanent Residents, Temporary Residents (in a legalization program), Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Paroles
- Must carry a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of junior year in high school
Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund Scholarship – http://www.thetalbotsinc.com/brands/talbots/charitable/scholar.asp
Talbots Charitable Foundation will award $100,000 in scholarships to women determined to finally get that college degree. Five women will get $10,000 scholarships and 50 women will receive $1000 scholarships.
- Seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school
- Have financial need
- Have earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago
National Merit Scholarship –
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. There are many scholarships given out in this competition, including thousands of corporate and college sponsored scholarships.
- Take the PSAT/NMSQT® in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern;
- Be enrolled full time as a high school student, progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following completion of high school; and
- Be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.
Pride Foundation Scholarships –
Pride Foundation and GSBA have over 50 different types of scholarships available, but students only need to fill out one application. The eligibility requirements are different for each scholarship.
Burger King Scholarship –
These scholarships are given to students throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
- Are a high school senior
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or more on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.
- Work part-time an average of 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year (unless individual circumstances prevent the studentâ€™s involvement).
- Demonstrate participation in community service and/or co-curricular activities.
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Receive written nomination and signature from a school official and an employer recommendation (neither of whom is related to the student).
- Plan to enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school.
Award Amount – $1,000
Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship – http://www.zonta.org/site/PageServer?pagename=zi_issues_programs_klausman_application
Women of any nationality pursuing undergraduate business degrees who demonstrate outstanding potential in the Business field are eligible.
- Demonstrate intent to complete a program in business and show outstanding achievement in business-related subjects, as recorded on the official university/college/institute transcript.
- Be eligible to enter the third or fourth year of an under-graduate degree program at an accredited university/ college/institute program at the time funds are received.
- Have achieved an outstanding academic record during the first two-three years of academic studies.
Award Amount – $5000
Microsoft Scholarships –
A Microsoft scholarship provides a leg up so you can pursue studies in computer science and related technical disciplines.
- Enrolled full time in a Bachelor’s degree program at a college or university in the United States,
- Canada, or Mexico at the time you submit the application.
- Making progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, math, or physics.
- Demonstrated interest in computer science.
- Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0.
The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship – http://www.phillips-scholarship.org/
This scholarship is offered to students with financial need who display academic excellence, strong citizenship and character, and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to society.
- Have a GPA 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
- Be enrolled in a demanding course of study
- Demonstrate skilled writing ability
- Rank in the top 20% of the graduating class (High School)
- Demonstrate a desire to make a meaningful contribution to society both present and future
- Be involved in a balance of community, school and work activities
- Heavy student loan burden
- Special financial circumstances
- Low EFC (Expected Family Contribution) from the FAFSA Student Aid Report
Award Amount – $3,000 to $10,000 annually
Unmet Need Scholarship –
This scholarship is administered by the Sallie Mae Fund. Its intention is to supplement financial aid packages that are more $1000 less than what is needed to go to school.
- Must have a combined income of $30,000 or less
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program
- Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
Award Amount – $1000 to $3000
American Dream Scholarship Program – http://www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholarDetailSGA.asp?id=299
The Sallie Mae Fund and the United Negro College Fund has partnered to provide this scholarship to African Americans with financial need.
- Must be African American
- Meet the Pell Grant eligibility criteria
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
Award Amount – $500 to $5000
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship – http://www.google.com/intl/en/anitaborg/
This scholarship is administered by Google and honors the memory of Dr. Anita Borg and supports women in technology. Recipients will receive $10,000 award and finalists will each receive a $1000 scholarship.
- U.S. Citizens and permanent residents, international students
- Must be a female student entering her senior year of undergraduate study or be enrolled in a graduate program
- Be enrolled in a computer science or computer engineering degree, or a closely related program
- Maintain a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or a 4.5 on a 5.0 scale
Higher Reach Scholarship –
This scholarship is for Walmart employees who are going back to school. The award amount depends on how many credits you are taking and whether you are enrolled in a two or four year program.
- Must be employed at Walmart as a part-time or full-time employee for at least six months
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Must have graduated high school or received their GED by August 1, 2008
National Scholarship Program –
The AMVETS association gives out three of these scholarships a year to U.S. veterans who show merit and financial need.
- Must be a U.S. veteran and U.S. citizen
- Must exhibit financial need
Award Amount – $4000 over four years
Minority Nurse Scholarship Program –
The Minority Nurse Magazine sponsors three scholarships a year for students pursuing a nursing degree, one $3000 award and two $1000 awards.
- Must be a minority
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Must be enrolled in your third or fourth year of a BSN program, an RN-to-BSN or BA-to-BSN program, or a BA-to-MSN program.
- Have at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
SGNA RN General Education Scholarship – http://www.sgna.org/Education/scholarships.cfm
The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates offers this scholarship to show their commitment to easing the nursing shortage. Students do not have to pursue gastroenterology. Funds are given out to the student as a reimbursement.
- Must be enrolled as a full-time nursing student
- Must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
Award Amount – $2500
Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship – http://www.aigc.com/02scholarships/wellsfargo/wellsfargo.htm
This scholarship is sponsored by Wells Fargo and administered by the American Indian Graduate Center. It is meant to help American Indian students pursue a graduate degree.
- Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaskan
- Pursuing a career in banking, resort management, gaming operations, or management
- Full-time junior or senior undergraduate student, or a graduate student
- Maintain a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Demonstrate financial need
The JRF Scholarship Program –
These scholarships are given out by the Jeannette Rankin Foundation and are meant to help low income women pursue higher education.
- Must be a U.S. citizen and a woman aged 35 or older
- Enrolled or accepted to an accredited school
- Pursuing a vocational or technical education, associate’s degree or first bachelors degree
- Must be low income according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s income standards
The APIASF Scholarship –
The Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund gives out this scholarship to first year degree seeking students of Asian or Pacific Islander descent.
- Must be of Asian or Pacific Island decent according to the U.S. Census
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Be enrolled at a U.S. institution as a first year full-time degree seeking student
- Have a 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or the GED equivalent
- Must apply for federal financial aid using the FAFSA
Additional Scholarship Resources –
The list above is only a very small sampling of the available scholarships out there. There are many websites that have thousands of scholarships listed, which you can search using personal criteria. Here is a few of them.
You must create a profile, but this website is one of the largest lists available on the internet. Also, they will send you notifications of new scholarships as they are added, as well as reminders of due dates of scholarships you are interested in.
Adventures in Education –
This website allows you to search over 15,000 scholarships by keyword.
College Board –
Among other tools, like a search for colleges and financial aid calculators, this site also offers a scholarship search of over 2300 scholarships. Their search form allows you to enter personal information and academic information to help narrow down your search.