Learning new skills, finding more career choices, seeing the world, and living a more quality life—these factors make higher education highly essential. Although some students are driven by these thoughts to attend college and finish it, others feel anxious due to their personal situations. One of the situations that hinder students from achieving their life goals is financial instability (CFNC, n.d.). Fortunately, college scholarships are here to help students make it through college.
The word “scholarship” is defined as a payment to aid the education of a student, based on academic performance or other criteria. The foundation or donor sponsoring the scholarship lays out the criteria for beneficiary selection and decides how the money is to be used. The money carries the costs of tuition, books, room, and other costs tied to a student’s attendance in a university (University of South Alabama, n.d.). Scholarships come from different sources, such as universities themselves, clubs, organizations, foundations, enterprises, government agencies, and private individuals. (Cappex, n.d.)
While the United States is considered one of the most costly countries to study, one should not be discouraged from studying here as it prioritizes internationalization by offering scholarships for college students. Featured below is the list of the top 100 college scholarships in the US, arranged according to their respective categories.
Institutional scholarships are granted by higher academic institutes. Students who plan to attend a specific college or university or reside in a specific state may browse this list for their scholarship of choice.
Princeton University Undergraduate Financial Aid Program
The Princeton University Undergraduate Financial Aid Program aims to aid students in families earning less than $60,000 a year. All expenses at Princeton will be entirely covered. The university has been allotting more than $173 million in aid annually, resulting in 82% of Princeton students graduating free from debt.
Sponsor: Princeton University
Qualification: Must be a Princeton University undergraduate
Copy of parents’ 2019 tax return and W-2 statements
Harvard University’s Committee on General Scholarships facilitates special financial assistance, scholarship, and fellowship programs for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. The committee’s programs are mostly funded with income from Harvard endowment funds.
Sponsor: Harvard University
Award: Contact sponsor.
Qualifications: Contact sponsor.
Application via Common Application, the Universal College Application, and the Coalition Application
Simple fee waiver
High school reports with transcripts
Two teacher evaluations
ACT or SAT
Two SAT subject tests
AP, IB, or other exam results (optional)
CSS profile and IDOC packet (for financial aid application)
Niagara University offers several undergraduate scholarships for incoming freshmen students. These scholarships are merit- and achievement-based awards provided based on high school performance and standardized test scores.
Sponsor: Niagara University
Award: $10,000 – $23,000 annually
Must be a US high school senior
Must plan to go to Niagara University in New York
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Must have a 1,030 – 1,130 SAT score for critical reading and math or 20 – 22 ACT composites
A total of 2,500 students from various social, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds are attending Augustana. Augustana College Scholarships are merit-based scholarships and awards given as a form of gift aid, without consideration for financial need, and do not require to be repaid.
Sponsor: Augustana College
Award: $1,000 – $28,000
Must possess strong academic records
Must be an outstanding school and community leader
Must demonstrate talent
Requirement: Students are automatically considered based on their application for admission.
The University of Oregon Stamps Scholarship is the most distinguished and generous scholarship of the university. Students who apply for this scholarship will be automatically considered for the university’s Presidental Scholarship program.
Sponsor: University of Oregon
Up to $12,000 (available to 10 students, 5 Oregon residents, and 5 out-of-state students)
Tuition, fees, room, and board for four years
Guaranteed admission to the university’s Robert D. Clark Honors College
Must be a US high school senior intending to attend the University of Oregon
Must have a 3.85 high school GPA or higher on a 4.00 scale
Must exhibit leadership, service, perseverance, and innovation
Exemption for Highest Ranking High School Graduate
The Exemption for Highest Ranking High School Graduate aims to award top graduating high school students in Texas. This exemption may be awarded based on the decision of the institution’s president, individual situation, and military service if applicable.
The North Dakota Academic Scholarship was established during the 2009 legislative session. This scholarship targets to increase high school students, as well as retain college students in North Dakota.
Sponsor: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Must be a North Dakota high school student
Must enroll full-time at an accredited North Dakota college or university
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Must have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher
Finish the required high school curriculum. (Information are available on the Scholarship Brochure published on the DPI website.)
Finish one AP course or exam unit or 1/2 credit of a dual credit course.
The Mississippi Legislature founded the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG). This program aims to provide educational opportunities and financial assistance to Mississippi students attending eligible state institutes.
Sponsor: Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid
Award: Up to$2,500 annually
Must be a Mississippi high school senior/graduate
Must enroll full-time at an eligible Mississippi institute and pursue a first certificate, first associate’s degree, or first bachelor’s degree
Must have a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
Must have an ACT score of 29 or SAT score of 1,350
Must be a National Merit/Achievement Finalist or Semifinalist
University of Indianapolis Distinguished Dean’s Scholarship
The University of Indianapolis Distinguished Dean’s Scholarship is one of the many academic scholarships and grants offered by the university. Full-time students with demonstrated academic excellence and leadership skills, regardless of financial need, may apply for this scholarship.
Sponsor: University of Indianapolis
Award: $19,000 – $25,000 annually
Must be a US high school student intending to study at the University of Indianapolis
Must have a 3.6 GPA or higher
Must have a combined critical reading and math SAT of 1,270 or 29 ACT composite
Must have finished a strong college preparatory studies
Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant Program (OTEG)
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education mandates academic guidelines of higher education, identify functions and programs of study in institutes, grant degrees, and approve allocations for public colleges and universities. This board supports and funds the need-based grant Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant Program (OTEG).
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Award: $2,000 annually
Must be an Oklahoma resident
Must be an Oklahoma undergraduate student attending a private, nonprofit Oklahoma institute
Must have a family income of $50,000 or below
Must have not received a grant for five continuous years of study in a bachelor’s degree program
The Duchossois Leadership Scholars Program is a well-established scholarship program for top students all over the country. This program will challenge students to be bold and creative by providing them with course studies, mentorships, internships, and leadership activities.
Sponsor: Illinois Institute of Technology
Room and board allowance
Summer educational experience
Must be a US undergraduate student
Must have an excellent academic ability
Must have at least a 3.5 GPA
Must have top 10% ACT/SAT scores nationwide
Must have leadership qualities
Must have strong communication skills, an optimistic personality, and the ability to think creatively
Miami University Merit Scholarships provide qualified high school students with guaranteed merit scholarships. Through this scholarship, the university stands true to its commitment to quality education.
Sponsor: Miami University
Award: Contact sponsor.
Must be a high school student
Must enroll full-time at Miami’s Oxford campus starting in the Fall semester
The Purdue Stamps Scholarship has been providing scholarships and academic assistance to high-achieving students since 2011. Purdue selects top students in the country to hone their academic and leadership skills more.
Sponsor: Purdue University
Award: Full tuition plus, $10,000 for enrichment activities
Qualification: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
Requirements: Contact sponsor.
Apply via Common Application.
Apply to Purdue West Lafayette and finish the Honors College portion of the Purdue application as an incoming freshman student.
The University of Houston Tier One Scholarship was founded based on the belief that financial assistance is an integral part of finishing higher education. This scholarship comprises a generous financial aid package and access to enrichment activities.
Sponsor: University of Houston
Tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate studies
On-campus and meal allowance for the first two years
$1,000 stipend for undergraduate research and assistance
$2,000 for learning abroad
Community building opportunities with other scholars
The University of Richmond Scholars Program is regarded as the university’s most esteemed academic award. This program is a testament to the university’s ability to fulfill the needs of traditional undergraduate candidates.
Sponsor: University of Richmond
Awards: (25 available)
Full tuition (valued at around $259,920)
Room and board allowance
Qualification for a one-time $3,000 academic grant
Priority course registration and on-campus boarding
Mentorship from faculty members
Ticket vouchers to Modlin Center for the Arts events
Loyola Marymount University Presidential Scholarships
Loyola Marymount University Presidential Scholarships is one of the university’s academic scholarship programs that select the most qualified freshmen applicants. Other university scholarships are Arrupe Scholarships, Jesuit and Marymount High School Scholarships, and LMU Achievement Awards.
Sponsor: Loyola Marymount University
$25,000 annually for four years
Admission to the University Honors Program
A paid summer research grant
Participation in the Office of Career and Professional Development’s Presidential Scholarship Mentorship Program
Must be academically accomplished
Must enroll full-time
Requirement: Applicants for admission are automatically considered.
The Leonard Bernstein Fellowship honors Leonard Bernstein, one of the founders of the Brandeis University arts community. This program provides talented musicians with access to top-notch music education.
Sponsor: Brandeis University
Becoming a part of elite vocal and chamber groups
Access to private lessons
Opportunities to perform
Open to all students
Must audition for a position in the program
Requirements: Declare a minor in music by finishing the required Music Department courses listed on the university website.
Note: Send a portfolio through SlideRoom via Common Application or create an account for portfolio submission.
California University of Pennsylvania COVID-19 Relief Scholarship
The Carolina University of Pennsylvania COVID-19 Relief Scholarship offers a first-year 50% tuition discount to new students of eligible employees and their dependents. The objective of this scholarship is to aid COVID-stricken students and families.
Sponsor: California University of Pennsylvania
Must enroll full-time online or on-campus as an undergraduate or graduate student
Must maintain at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA beginning August 2022
Must be an employee or a dependent of someone who works in the airline, hospitality, food service, tourism, restaurant, travel, the education system (public, private, or higher education), entertainment, medical, recreation, law enforcement, or military sector
Total Grant Aid from 2008-09 to 2018-19 total amount of aid from all grants, loans, tax credits, and work-study: 260
total amount of aid from all grants, loans, tax credits, and work-study
Total Grant Aid from 2008-09 to 2018-19 total grant aid: 135.6
total grant aid
Total Grant Aid from 2008-09 to 2018-19 total institutional grants : 64.7
total institutional grants
Total Grant Aid from 2008-09 to 2018-19 total amount that parents and students borrowed: 106.2
total amount that parents and students borrowed
Source: College Board
Scholarships Sponsored by Companies
Many companies, whether local, national, or multinational, allot a portion of their profits to help students obtain their degrees. Scholarships sponsored by companies are designed to produce future leaders and professionals who would be also of great relevance to them in the future.
Microsoft Scholarship Program
The Microsoft Scholarship Program grants tuition and conference scholarships annually. This program encourages students to broaden their learnings in computer science and STEM disciplines.
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Must be a full-time undergraduate student at a US college or university
Must have outstanding academic records
Must be taking computer science, computer engineering, or other technical courses
Female, minority students, and students with disabilities will be prioritized.
All applicants are mandated to enroll in a summer internship and if offered, must finish the internship at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington.
The Generation Google Scholarship (North America) aims to help students pursue their careers in the fields of computer science and technology. Google also offers this scholarship to Asia Pacific, European, Middle Eastern, and African students.
Award: $10,000 (500 available)
Must plan to enroll or qualified as a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate program at any eligible institute
Must take courses related to computer science, computer engineering, or any similar programs
Must exemplify academic excellence and leadership skills
Must be committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Must be in financial need
Women, black, Hispanic/Latin, American Indian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students are highly encouraged to apply.
The Coca-Cola Scholarship Program aims to mold more versatile, intelligent students who excel in academics and other significant activities in school. These scholars must be dedicated, service-oriented, and committed to improving their communities.
Sponsor: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Award: $20,000 (can be used between 4 and 10 years)
Must be a current high school student in the US
Must be receiving a high school diploma during the current school year
Must be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident; refugee; asylee; Cuban Haitian Entrant; or Humanitarian Parolee
Must be planning to attend an eligible US institute
Children or grandchildren of Coca-Cola company and subsidiary employees and officers or owners cannot apply.
Starbucks partners with Arizona State University to offer online courses to its employees through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. This program also aims to demonstrate their dedication to the success of their employees.
Must be based in the US and eligible for benefits
Must be an employee of a Starbucks-owned enterprise (including Evolution Fresh) who has not attended college yet
The Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program is Dunkin’ Donuts’ way of building a strong community. This program is also the company’s way of recognizing the essence of education and providing support to its community and corporate family.
Sponsor: Dunkin’ Donuts
Award: $2,000 annually
Must be a US high school senior
Must reside in specific counties in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Must plan to enroll full-time
Dunkin’ Donuts employees can apply, but not franchise owners and their dependents.
List of school, community, and work activities
Transcript of grades (for finalists)
Note: Students will be selected based on academic standing, leadership skills, school and community involvement, honors, work experience, stated goals and ambitions, and personal or family situation.
The Citizens Bank Undergraduate Scholarship is an honor to the determination of students and families in pursuing higher education. This scholarship promises easy ways to get qualified, and unaccepted applications are eligible for monthly drawings.
Sponsor: Citizens Bank
Awards: $2,500 monthly (14 available)
Must be 16 years old or older
Must be a legal resident of 50 US states and the District of Columbia
Must be enrolled as an undergraduate at an eligible institute
CollegeXpress has been guiding students to find the best schools, scholarships, and details about higher education since 1995. Partnering with Carnegie Dartlet publishing, CollegeXpress relays knowledge and assistance to students annually.
Award: $10,000 (1 available)
Must be a middle school, high school, or undergraduate student
Must be willing to transfer to a partner university of CollegeXpress
Robertson Scholars Leadership Program for High School Students
Julian H. Robertson and his late wife, Josie, founded the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program for High School Students in North Carolina. This scholarship initiated the collaboration between Duke University and the University of California at Chapel Hill in developing new leaders.
Sponsor: Robertson Leadership Program
Eight semesters of full tuition, room and board, and other fees
Access to funding for up to three summer experiences, conferences, and two semesters of study abroad
Open to all students of all nationalities or citizenship (except New Zealanders)
Must have a VISA to study in the US
Must have purposeful leadership, intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and collaborative spirit
Since 1980, the Jefferson Scholarship Program has been developing leaders by cultivating excellent undergraduate students. The program provides financial assistance to let students reach their goals and hone their talents.
Sponsor: Jefferson Scholars Foundation
Award: Full cost of four-year attendance at the University of Virginia, with coverage of other enrichment activities
$157,000 for Virginian students
$293,000 for non-Virginian students
Must demonstrate leadership, scholarship, and citizenship excellence
TELACU’s College Success Program was created in 1983 to provide students with financial help and quality education programs and reinvigorate urban and underserved territories in the US. This program is financed by TELACU and partners—enterprises, academic institutions, organizations, and private sponsors.
Award: $500 – $5,000 annually
Must be an incoming freshman or sophomore student
Must maintain a 2.75 GPA
Must attend school full-time
Must attend all events organized by the foundation
Must have volunteered for at least 20 hours in the community
The goals of scholarships sponsored by organizations are to give back, support such organizations, and develop a skilled workforce for their communities. These scholarships are initiated by nonprofits, civic groups, and some companies through foundations.
NASA College Scholarship Fund
The NASA College Scholarship Fund has been helping science and engineering students cope with the costs of higher education for 38 years. This scholarship is made possible by the contributions of NASA employees and other educational, scientific, and charitable organizations.
Sponsor: NASA College Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Award: $2,000 annually (5 available)
Must be a high school senior or older student
Must be a dependent of a current/retired NASA employee
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Must take a career in science or engineering at an eligible US college or university
The CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program is a financial needs-based scholarship. Through this program, recipients will gain extensive experience in dealing with intelligence challenges and will be in continued employment with the CIA for a particular timeframe.
An annual salary
Tuition, fees, books, and supplies up to $18,000 annually
Up to $25,000 annually for STEM field positions
Everyday allowance for meals and incidentals during summer tours
Benefits package with health insurance, life insurance, and retirement inclusion
Paid time off and sick and holiday leaves
Child care facility
Must be a high school senior or current college freshman or sophomore
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and an SAT score of 1,000 or higher or an ACT score of 21 or higher
Must enroll full-time during the academic year
Must be willing to work in Washington, DC and work with the CIA after graduation
Two recommendation letters
Selected applicants must meet the CIA employment standards as a permanent employee and finish security and medical procedures.
Applicants must not have used illegal substances for the last 12 months.
Recipients are mandated to work at a CIA establishment every summer. The CIA will cover the expenses of transportation between school and Washington, DC every summer, as well as a housing allowance.
The New York Times College Scholarship was launched in 1999. This scholarship recognizes New York City high school students who, despite hardships or other life struggles, have been academically excellent.
Sponsor: The New York Times Company Foundation
Award: $15,000 annually (10 available)
Must be a US high school senior
Must reside in New York
Must attend a public, private, or parochial high school in New York
Must have academic achievement and passion for learning
Must have the ability to overcome adversity
Must be involved in community affairs
Must be in financial need
Students whose parents did not graduate from eligible US four-year institutes will be highly considered.
Students whose parents work for The New York Times Company Foundation, The New York Times College Scholarship Program, or The New York Times Company and its subsidiaries cannot apply.
Walt Disney Company UNCF Corporate Scholars Program
The Disney Virtual Classroom UNCF Corporate Scholars Program aims to prepare scholars to be professionals in their chosen careers, establish a diverse pool of talents in the entertainment field, and increase the number of minority employees in the industry. The program uses the web-based portal Disney Virtual Classroom, which will carry out career preparedness information, helpful tools, and quality support programs.
Sponsor: United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
Award: $1,000 annually
Must be a second-year African American at the time of application
Must be enrolled full-time at an eligible US institute
Must have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
Must be interested in taking a course related to entertainment
Must be in financial need (attested by one’s college or university)
Students attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) will be preferred.
Founded in 1999 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Gates Scholarship provides tuition assistance to minority students from low-income households. More than just a scholarship, this program offers Academic Empowerment (ACE) services to promote academic excellence, mentoring services for personal and academic improvement, and an online platform that delivers internship, fellowship, and information on the scholarship.
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Full support for education costs
Graduate school sponsorship in the fields of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, and science
Leadership programs for personal, academic, and professional development
Must be a US citizen or legal resident
Must be an African American, American Indian/Alaskan, Asian Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American
Must be a high school student
Must have a 3.3 GPA
Must have leadership abilities
Must show financial need and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant
Must take a full-time four-year undergraduate course
Introduced in 2018, The Live Mas Scholarship helps creators, dreamers, and innovators reach their goals. Qualification does not rely on grades, essays, or sports abilities; rather, it targets students who think differently and want to change the world for the better.
Sponsor: Taco Bell Foundation
Award: $1 million (to be divided among the recipients)
Must be passionate about making a better future
Must have the ability to bring a positive change to the community
Must have the ability to think outside the box
Requirement: A 2-minute video (or less) addressing the following:
What are you passionate about? How are you striving for it?
How would you use your passion to bring a better change to your community or the world?
How will your studies support the pursuit of your passion?
Late business owner and innovator Jonathan R. Lax established The Lax Scholarship in 1994. This scholarship helps gay men attain education, contribute to society, freely express their lifestyle preferences, and become model citizens for other gay men with great potential.
Sponsor: Bread and Roses Community Fund
Award: Up to$10,000 annually
Must be an openly gay man from Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or other Philadelphia counties)
Must be attending school anywhere in the US or the mentioned Philadelphia areas
American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program
The American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program is an advanced, extensive, and organized training and career enhancement program. This program aims to improve the psychological and behavioral results of ethnic minority communities and increase the number of ethnic minority experts in the field. It also aims to broaden people’s understanding of the lives of ethnic minority communities.
Sponsor: American Psychological Association
Must be a minority student
Must be taking a pre-doctoral or postdoctoral program in psychology
In partnership with Rap Rotation, Rapper Megan Thee Stallion founded the Don’t Stop $10,000 Scholarship. This scholarship is the rapper’s way of recognizing the hard work of young women to pursue education.
Sponsor: Megan Thee Stallion
Award: $10,000 (2 available)
Must be a female student of color
Must be taking any field in an associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degree
Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST)
On August 15, 1983, the Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST) was established as a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. This endowment fund hopes to help other black people finish their studies.
Award: $3,000 annually
Must be an African American undergraduate student
Must be taking a full-time scientific- or technical-related course at a Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU)
Must maintain excellent academic performance, at least 3.0 GPA in one’s major
The Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) is a state program managed by Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and financed by Kentucky Lottery earnings. This program aims to provide merit-based awards to outstanding high school students in Kentucky.
Must be a Kentucky high school student
Must attend an eligible Kentucky college or university
Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher
Requirements: Guaranteed application based on eligibility
The Navy Seal Foundation Scholarships empower active NSW personnel and their spouses and children and SEAL and SWCC post-9/11 veterans. These scholarships provide opportunities in vocational, certificate, licensure and higher education programs, and undergraduate and graduate programs.
Sponsor: Navy Seal Foundation
Qualification: Must be an active NSW active member, an NSW spouse or dependent child, a SEAL and SWCC Post-9/11 veteran, or a Gold Star/Surviving Spouse and Dependent
Illinois Grant Program for Dependents of Police, Fire, or Correctional Officers
The Illinois Grant Program for Dependents of Police, Fire, or Correctional Officers is funded by the state of Illinois. This grant helps qualified recipients pay for tuition and mandatory fees at eligible institutes.
Sponsor: Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Must be an Illinois resident
Must attend higher education in Illinois
Must be a child or spouse of an Illinois police, fire, or correctional officer who has died or become 90% permanently disabled
Must have already paid one’s student loans or not owe any state or federal grant a refund
The American Bar Association (ABA) offers the Legal Opportunity Scholarship to promote diversity within the legal profession. Since its creation, the program has provided more than 400 students with financial assistance.
Asian American Architects and Engineers Foundation $5,000 Scholarship
The Asian American Architects and Engineers Foundation continues to seek additional means of investing in scholarships since its establishment in 2004. Its $5,000 Scholarship provides opportunities to architecture, engineering, and construction students and professionals.
Sponsor: Asian American Architects and Engineers Foundation
Award: $5,000 annually
Must be an Asian American student
Must be taking up an architecture, urban planning and design, or engineering course
Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW) Scholarships
Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW) Scholarships endeavor to prepare and empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women from the Central Valley to become gender and social justice advocates. These scholarships encourage them to take leadership and mentoring obligations in the Central Valley and other locations.
Must be an Asian or Pacific Island woman from the Central Valley
Must be a first-generation student
Must be an incoming or continuing undergraduate, incoming or continuing graduate, or re-entry student in an eligible institute
Must be academically excellent
Must have leadership skills and great contribution to the API community and ethnic diversity
Must promote gender and social justice by supporting and providing leadership and mentoring opportunities in the Central Valley and other areas
Anthony Muñoz founded his nonprofit organization in April 2002 to bring a positive impact to the youth of the Greater Cincinnati region. Afterward, he and his family launched the Straight A Scholarship to focus on helping students attend their chosen college or university.
Sponsor: Anthony Muñoz Foundation
Award: Multiple $20,000 to qualified students
Must attend a high school in the foundation’s Area of Impact
Must attend a qualified institute as an incoming freshman in Fall 2021
Must wish to overcome hardships and be in financial need
Acceptance letter from the intended college or university
College or university ID number
High school transcript
Family financial information, including Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA account
ACHE Two-Year College Academic Scholarship Program
The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) is offering the Two-Year College Academic Scholarship Program. Demonstrated academic merit is the basis of awards, as defined by the institution scholarship committee.
Award: Contact sponsor.
Must be accepted for enrollment at a public two-year post-secondary educational institute in Alabama
Awards of students who manifest academic merit will get renewed.
The College Investors Competition is an annual event when students compete while networking with renowned inventors. Since 1990, the competition has awarded more than $1 million to the country’s most creative students.
Sponsor: The National Investors Hall of Fame
All-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC
$15,000 for the winners
$5,000 for the runners-up
$1,500 for the People’s Choice Award winners
Must be a full-time US college student between June 2019 and June 2020
For a team, at least one member must be a full-time student, while the rest are either full-time or part-time students between June 2019 and June 2020
Non-US citizens who are enrolled at a US college or university may apply.
The Secular Student Alliance (SSA) is a nonprofit organization and the only national organization that supports atheist, humanist, and other nontheist students. SSA Student Activist Scholarships aim to help students express their beliefs well and propagate secular principles within their communities.
Award: $1,000 – $3,000 (5 available)
Must be an SSA student member enrolled in a US high school or college
Must be a secular, humanist, or atheist/nontheist
Must exemplify leadership skills, strong principles, and commitment to education
Students participating in intersectional activism will also be considered.
The SET Educational Fund Scholarship was established in 1998 to offer scholarships to Michigan students. This scholarship helps the local community, local academic institutes, and companies in employing a skilled workforce.
Sponsor: SET Fund
Award: $13,000 (2 available)
Must be a Michigan undergraduate student
Must be attending an eligible Michigan public university
Must exemplify academic excellence and community involvement
The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program not only provides students with financial assistance but also valuable professional experience that can help them even beyond college. This program has helped over 186 students finish their programs and over 75% pursue graduate studies since 2001.
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Awards: Up to $45,000
Must be a US citizen or national
Must be currently taking a four-year academic program as a full-time sophomore student; transferring from a two-year to a four-year college or university; or a junior student in a five-year academic program
Must have at least a 3.2 GPA
Must take a course related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program was founded in 2011 to honor the legacy and character of the country’s 40th president. This program aids students in lowering the costs of their student debts and pursuing higher education.
Sponsors: Reagan Foundation
Awards: Up to $40,000 per student
Must be a US citizen
Must be currently enrolled as a US high school student
Must plan to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student and take a bachelor’s degree at an eligible US institute
Must exemplify leadership and citizenship, be driven, and have integrity
Must be academically outstanding (at least a 3.0 GPA/4.0 scale or equivalent)
Scholarships for student-athletes are created to offset the expenses of higher education for students who are exceptionally good at sports. These scholarships also help schools recruit talented students for their teams.
The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (TFMJF) Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship
The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (TFMJF) Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship guides women in their education and supports their contribution to the sports and entertainment industry. This scholarship was founded due to the underrepresentation of the said population in the field.
Sponsor: The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation
Award: $1,000 (4 available)
Must be a current undergraduate woman in Nevada
Must be taking a communication, media studies, public relations, journalism, or marketing course
Must be planning to seek a career in sports or sports broadcasting
In 1919, Congress authorized and incorporated The American Legion as a patriotic organization. The organization founded The Americal Legion Baseball Scholarship to help deserving baseball players every year.
Sponsor: The American Legion
Award: Up to $5,000 (9 available)
Qualification: Must be considered for The American Legion All-Academic Team
The Sports Unlimited Scholarship develops and empowers athletes through higher education. This scholarship is available to students who have inspiring stories of defeating hardships to attain athletic victory.
Sponsor: Sports Unlimited, Inc.
Award: $1,000 annually (2 available)
Qualification: Must be a high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore active in any sport
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Legacy Award
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Legacy Award is one of the many scholarships that GSCAA is administering to invest in the future of the golf course industry. This award strives to aid the children and grandchildren of GSCAA members.
Sponsor: Environmental Institute for Golf
Award: $1,500 annually
Must be an international or US high school senior or current undergraduate student enrolled full-time (unless current or former military) at an accredited college or university
Must be a child/grandchild of a GCSAA member (more than one student from the same family may apply)
Must have academic achievement
Must be active in extracurricular and community activities
Must display leadership attributes and employee skills (if applicable)
In 2009, the Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship was launched to honor the achievements and contributions of golfer Walter J. Travis. This scholarship aims to help amateur golfer students take a golf-related course.
Sponsor: The Walter J. Travis Society
Award: $1,000 (5 available)
Must be a US undergraduate or graduate student
Must exhibit interest in golf-related activities
Must be an amateur golfer planning to take a golf-related career
Must have a strong academic record, maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher
Must be active in extracurricular activities, such as volunteer work, and student/community organizations
The late Billy Welu was a two-time Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour champion, member of the 1075 PBA Hall of Fame’s foundation class, and prominent for his expert analysis of the Pro Bowlers Tour series. The Billy Welu Scholarship was founded to recognize college students who show a combination of academic achievement and bowling talents.
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Foundation Minority Scholarship
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Foundation Minority Scholarship is one of the association’s initiatives to improve the practical application of strength and conditioning. This scholarship aims to persuade minorities to establish a career in strength and conditioning fields.
Award: $2,000 (3 available)
Must be a minority undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university
Must be planning to take a course in the fields of strength and conditioning
Must be active in community service related to one’s education
Situation-specific scholarships are provided to suit the needs of various students. Youth in foster care, students with physical or psychological challenges, and working student-parents are some of the most common types of students that these scholarships are catering to.
Family Fellowship Program
The Family Fellowship Program is a joint initiative of Fund II Foundation and Together We Rise. This scholarship aims to provide youth in foster care with academic and financial help.
Sponsors: Fund II Foundation and Together We Rise
Award: Up to $90,000 annually (15 available)
Must be 17 to 23 years old
Must be a US high school senior or graduate
Must be in public or private foster care, adopted or put into legal guardianship from foster care, or orphaned
John Lepping was proud to see brave and persevering disabled students finish their studies despite their struggles. The John Lepping Memorial Scholarship aims to deter college expenses for disabled students whose resources may not be enough due to their medical condition.
Sponsor: Lep Foundation for Youth Education
Must be a resident of New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania
New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship
The Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is the higher education student financial aid agency of New York State. One of the agency’s aids is The New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship, which ensures that the education of 9/11 victims’ families and dependents will be continued.
Must be a US undergraduate student
Must be a family or dependent of a 9/11 victim
Must be enrolled or plan to enroll in an eligible program at a qualified New York institute
Must be academically outstanding
Must have fulfilled one’s student loans or not on any repayment of state awards
Alexander Graham (AG) Bell College Scholarship Program
Alexander Graham (AG) Bell helps families raise their children well by offering financial assistance initiatives. The AG Bell College Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship for students with pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss.
Sponsor: AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Award: $2,500 – $10,000 annually
Must be a US undergraduate or graduate student
Must have a moderate to severe pre-lingual, bilateral hearing loss
Must have a 3.25 GPA or higher
Must enroll full-time at an eligible, mainstream institute
Since 2010, The First Generation Initiative has been guaranteeing the academic success of first-generation college students. This initiative focuses not just on college access, but also on college preparedness and retention.
Sponsor: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Must be a first-generation student from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s partner Lasallian and Jesuit high schools
Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities
Wells Fargo has allotted $1 million to initiate a scholarship program that will be administered by Scholarship America. The Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities was created to aid people with disabilities in attaining education or relevant training.
Sponsor: Wells Fargo
Award: $2,500 for full-time students; $1,250 for part-time students
Must be a US high school senior or undergraduate student
Must be diagnosed with a disability
Must exemplify academic excellence
Must be in need of financial aid
Must explain one’s life goals well
Applicant appraisal form
Most recently filed IRS Form 1040 (first two pages)
The scholarships listed in this category are focused on helping both aspiring graduate and international students pursue their studies in the US or other countries. These scholarships are funded either by academic institutions, organizations, or private companies.
For the past 19 years, the Siebel Scholars program has already financed $45 million in grants to top academic institutes. This program is available to talented students from the world’s best graduate schools.
Sponsor: Siebel Scholars Foundation
Award: $35,000 (90 awards available)
Must be talented
Must be a graduate of a prestigious school specializing in computer science, business, energy science, and bioengineering
National League for Nursing (NLN) Foundation for Nursing Education Scholarship Awards
The National League for Nursing (NLN) Foundation is proud to be the first member organization that provides scholarships for nurse educators. The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Scholarship Awards aims to establish a competitive and diverse nursing manpower of competent nurse educators.
Must be a nurse taking a master’s or a doctoral degree at an eligible institute for career improvement
Must be a graduate student for a minimum of one entire year
Must have finished a program/project feasible
Must have clear goals of becoming a full-time nurse educator
Malwarebytes is a company that delivers malware remediation, cyberprotection, privacy, and more. The Malwarebytes $10,000 Scholarship rewards and develops future leaders and innovators who will be of great relevance to the tech industry.
Award: $10,000 (10 available)
Qualification: Must be an undergraduate or graduate student taking a course in STEM or cybersecurity
American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Fellowship Award
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) is the biggest technical society for nondestructive testing professionals in the world. The ASNT Fellowship Award offers financial aid for high-quality graduate-level research initiatives in science and technology.
Award: $20,000 (5 available)
Must be a student engaged in graduate-level research activities in science and technology
US academic institutes with graduate educational research courses may apply.
The Hertz Fellowship is hailed not as a prize for past achievement, but as an investment in the future. This program aims to help students with huge potential to become leaders and address society’s most critical issues.
Sponsor: Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
Award: $34,000 (for a period of nine months)
Must be a graduate student pursuing a degree in physical sciences at partner institutions of the foundation
Must exemplify outstanding intelligence and creativity, a deep understanding of physical values, and great potential for advanced research
Must be available during national emergencies in the US
Established in 2009, Buddha Teas promotes healthy and sustainable living by offering organic and natural herbal teas. The Buddha Teas Fair Trade Scholarship Program is one of the company’s efforts in expanding the social awareness of students, especially on the issues of environment and human rights.
Sponsor: Buddha Teas/Bell Industries LLC
Award: $500 monthly
Qualification: Must go to or plan to go to a fair trade university, study fair, or international studies
International Studies Abroad (ISA) Diversity Scholarship
International Studies Abroad (ISA) was founded in 1987 to offer a variety of affordable opportunities for studying abroad. The ISA Diversity Scholarship promotes global education for underserved student communities.
Sponsor: ISA by Worldstrides
Award: $2,000 – $5,000
Must belong to an underrepresented race, ethnic origin, or gender identity
First-generation students and those with accessibility needs can also apply.
Requirement: Application form, documents, and other materials must be sent to [email protected].
The Study Abroad in Europe program offers internship opportunities, Study Abroad Placement for College and High School, and MBA programs to graduate students. In addition, the program’s courses may be transferred to the student’s home college or university.
Qualification: Must be a US undergraduate or graduate student
30 Scholarships AY 2021/2022 – Masters in Fashion and Design
Beginning November 2021, Raffles Milano will be offering scholarships for students taking graduate degrees through the 30 Scholarships AY 2021/2022 – Masters in Fashion and Design. These degrees must be in fashion, design and business, photography, visual design and communication, and product and interior design.
Sponsor: Raffles Milano
Award: €15,000 – €23,000
Open to students from anywhere in the world
Must have an undergraduate degree or bachelor’s degree and with a non-academic degree or eligibility
Open to individuals with work experience in the field
Administered by binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or US Embassies, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program takes place in more than 160 countries. This program allows graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study and conduct research in the US.
Sponsor: Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or US Embassies
Award: Contact sponsor in your country.
Qualifications: Contact sponsor in your country.
Requirements: Contact sponsor in your country.
Application deadline: Contact sponsor in your country.
Every year, Rotary International offers scholarship awards to help leaders from around the world attain the necessary tools for advocating peace and international development. Through Rotary Peace Fellowships, students can gain access to educational training, practice, and global networking opportunities.
Sponsor: Rotary International
Must be committed and an experienced leader from anywhere in the world
Must be willing to study at one of the organization’s peace centers for three months
Must be qualified to take a graduate program to study peace and development concerns
Must have at least three to five years of full-time work or volunteer experience
AIFS Generation Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Support
The AIFS Generation Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Support programs were founded based on the notion that a study abroad experience is a vital factor for holistic university education. These programs aim to financially help as many students as possible.
In 1978, the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program has gained funding as a Fulbright exchange activity from the US Congress. This program is a tribute to the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey. It is a non-degree scholarship program for international professionals aiming to take 10 months of US academic study.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State
Institute of International Education (IIE)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
Must be an undergraduate
Must have at least a five-year full-time work experience
Must have limited or no experience in the US
Must have a public service record in the community
Must have proficient English skills
Must be interested in enhancing one’s leadership skills, widening perspectives, and becoming a worldwide leader
Contact the US Embassy, Public Affairs Section, or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country for requirements.
Nominations from Embassies and Commissions must be submitted to IIE in Washington, DC.
Nomination deadline: October 1, 2021
Application deadline: Contact sponsor in your home country.
The Freeman Foundation was founded in 1994 through the legacy of businessman, benefactor, scholar, and Asia resident Mansfield Freeman. The Freeman Asian Scholarship strives to promote understanding and improve the ties between the US and Pacific Rim countries.
Sponsor: Freeman Foundation
Award: Up to $80,000
Must have finished secondary schooling
Must be a citizen or permanent resident of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam
Must demonstrate financial need
Application via Common or Coalition Application
Two recommendation letters (one from a teacher and one from a guidance counselor)
Department of Energy (DOE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
The Department of Energy (DOE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship has been training future scientists since 1991. This program aids students in solving complex science and engineering issues to establish a countrywide interdisciplinary community.
Full tuition and fees
Annual $1,000 professional development stipend
12-week training at one DOE national laboratory or site
Extensive program of study
Annual program review
Must be a graduate student taking a doctoral degree in any field that uses high-performance computing
Must be willing to work in DOE laboratories, private industries, and academic institutes
Program of study
Application opening for the next cycle: Contact sponsor.
For the past few years, the US has not just been helping its citizens in their scholarship search but also aspiring foreign students in pursuing higher education. Despite the COVID-19 crisis that emerged last year, the US still hosts 1,075,496 international students. (Study International, 2021).
Whether you are a US or foreign student, may this list of top college scholarships guide you toward your individual, academic, and professional journey.
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