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While many of the programs managed by Scholarship America are only open to employees of the sponsoring company or their families, we do manage some scholarship programs that are open to students in the general public. Below, you'll see those programs; to search other options, you can create a free profile in our Student Center, where you'll be able to search local Dollars for Scholars awards and scholarships from partners like Fastweb. You can also find more search options in our Financial Aid & Scholarships section.
The Unsung Heroes program annually provides grants to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques to improve learning. Educators are welcome to submit grant applications describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students. Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive $2,000 each to help fund their innovative class projects. Three recipients are then selected to receive additional top awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000.
Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States and must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with projects that improve student learning. More information is available at the Unsung Heroes website.Apply
In thanks to our military families, The Kaplan University/American Freedom Foundation Scholarship Program sponsored by Kaplan University and American Freedom Foundation provides partial and full scholarship awards to assist spouses and dependent children of U.S. service personnel who choose to enroll in applicable Kaplan University online associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs. (Nursing candidates will require additional eligibility verification). To be eligible, applicants must have received their high school diploma by the application deadline. Current and prior Kaplan University students are not eligible.
For more information, please visit https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/aff.Apply
The Account Control Technology Foundation's Second-Year Scholarship Program is for current undergraduate students who plan and qualify to enroll as second-year students (sophomores) in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall of the following academic year.
A total of 25 $1,000 scholarships are awarded to college students nationwide. For application materials, visit accountcontrolfoundation.org.
The AXA Achievement Scholarship, sponsored by the AXA Foundation in association with U.S. News & World Report, provides scholarship awards of $25,000 and $10,000, with winners in every state nationwide. The program is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents and must have demonstrated ambition and self-drive as evidenced by an outstanding achievement in a school, community, or workplace activity. More information is available at the AXA Foundation website, and you can register here to be notified when the 2014-15 program opens.
The AXA Achievement Community Scholarship, sponsored by the AXA Foundation, provides scholarship awards of $2,500 each. The program is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents and must have demonstrated ambition and self-drive as evidenced by an outstanding achievement in a school, community, or workplace activity. More information is available at the AXA Foundation website.
Alfa Foundation is providing a brand new scholarship opportunity available to 2014 high school graduates in the state of Alabama. Fifty scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded across the state. This new scholarship program will help cover the cost of college or technical school. To apply, students must: have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent); enroll in a two- or four-year college, university or technical school in the State of Alabama; and have a current Alabama Farmers Federation Membership issued in his/her name. Annual membership can be obtained online, by calling 1-800-964-2532 or by visiting a local Alfa Insurance office.
The Binc Scholarship Program is open to bookstore employees, bookstore owners, former Borders employees and dependents* of bookstore employees, owners and former Borders employees who plan to enroll in full or part-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for at least half of the 2015-2016 academic year.
*Dependents include children under the age of 25, spouses and qualified same-sex partners.
Find out more at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/binc.
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors or college undergraduates who plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on Engineering, Technology, or select Design and Business-related programs of study.
Scholarships will be awarded based on participation and leadership in community and school activities, interest in the automotive industry, academic achievement, and financial need. Special consideration will be given to those who are a first-generation college student, female, minority, military veteran or a dependent of military personnel.
If you have the passion to succeed — especially in fields of study important to the automotive and related industries — the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is looking for you. Visit buickachievers.com for more information.
The Cash Store Continuing Education Scholarship Program is offering scholarships to high school graduates at least 25 years of age with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Up to five (5) awards of $1,000 will be granted each year. Awards are one time only. Only the first 200 submitted applications will be accepted.
The Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship Program is open to graduate students who are pursuing an advanced degree (either Masters or Doctoral) in the field of Public Policy or Public Health and demonstrate a commitment to advancing public policy related to sexual and reproductive rights. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) to apply.
One individual will be designated each year as a Cory Richards Scholar and awarded a one-time scholarship of $15,000 to support full-time graduate study at an accredited institution in the United States.
The individual will be selected based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, an essay, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal completed by a professor, advisor or mentor. Financial need will also be considered.
For more information, visit www.guttmacher.org/richardsscholarship.
The Catch a Break! Scholarship Program is offering scholarships up to $10,000/year. The program is intended to enable recipients to graduate debt-free following four years of study. Open to Minnesota residents who demonstrate academic potential and financial need who plan on attending a four-year public college or university in Minnesota.
For more information, please visit sms.scholarshipamerica.org/catchabreak.
The CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship Program, sponsored by General Mills, is open to students living in a Congressional Black Caucus district who plan to continue their education in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition or another health-related field and have financial need. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates or be current postsecondary undergraduates or graduate level students, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) and live in a Congressional Black Caucus district. Review the guidelines and apply at sms.scholarshipamerica.org/cbcfgeneralmillshealth/.
Please note: Students applying for this award need to receive a recommendation from their local Dollars for Scholars affiliate.
The Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award (SVA) is Scholarship America's way of honoring students who embody the volunteer spirit of Dollars for Scholars.
Recipients of this national award funded by Scholarship America will receive $1,000 scholarships, with one national winner earning a $1,000 renewable award for up to four years. To apply, students must live in a community with a Dollars for Scholars affiliate and receive a recommendation from an affiliate representative. In addition, students must be enrolled in or planning to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. (Adult students entering or resuming a postsecondary program of study are eligible, and past recipients of the award are eligible to apply again.)
All students who complete a profile on their local Dollars for Scholars affiliate website, meet the eligibility requirements and receive a recommendation from their local affiliate will match and be able to and have the opportunity to apply for the Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award. Applications will be evaluated on volunteer service (with Dollars for Scholars volunteer hours earning the highest points) as well as academics, activities and other criteria.
To apply, students will need to fill out a profile on the Scholarship America Student Center; in addition to the SVA, this profile will also match you to other local and national scholarships.
TheDream.US is a new multimillion dollar National Scholarship Fund for DREAMers, created by Graham Holdings Company to help immigrant youth who’ve received DACA achieve their American Dream through the completion of a college education. The fund will provide college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who, without financial aid, cannot afford a college education that will enable them to participate in the American workforce.
TheDream.US awards scholarships for tuition and fees to DREAMers who have demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, and a high motivation to succeed, and are accepted to attend one of our partner colleges. Applicants to the TheDream.US Scholarship Program must be first-time college students who have graduated from a U.S. based high school or equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (2.5/4.0) or higher. Applicants must also meet DACA eligibility criteria and must have submitted Form I-821D or received notification of DACA approval.
Awards are renewable as long as the Scholar continues to meet renewal criteria. Scholarships are awarded up to $12,500 for students pursuing an associate degree, and up to $25,000 those seeking a bachelor degree. (The amount of each award will be based on the current tuition, fees, and estimated cost of books charged by the participating college in which the Scholar enrolls.) For more information, visit TheDream.US.
Every student deserves a chance to realize their potential. That's why Dr Pepper gave away over $1,000,000 in tuition in 2013-14 to help students across the country pursue their dreams.
Since 2008, the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway has changed lives by giving away millions of dollars in tuition. With the challenges of rising tuition costs and studying full-time, we take pride in helping students achieve their goals.
You can meet the 2013-14 finalists at www.drpeppertuition.com, and come back next year for your own chance to win!
The Edison Scholars Program, sponsored by Edison International, is offering aspiring scientists, mathematicians and engineers scholarships to pursue their education at a four-year colleges or universities. Graduating high school seniors who show potential for success in college and have financial need are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Eligible students must live in or attend a public or private high school in areas serviced by Southern California Edison (SCE) or attend an eligible high school in the designated area surrounding SCE’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).
Thirty renewable scholarships of $10,000/year up to $40,000 or the attainment of a bachelor’s degree will be awarded.
Detailed information, a list of eligible high schools, and an online application can be found at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/edisonscholars/
The Edwards Lifesciences Scholarship Program provides renewable $2,500 awards for students pursuing a major in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM majors). Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents who are high school seniors and residents of Orange County, CA, or Salt Lake County, UT. Recipients must demonstrate financial need. More information is available at www.scholarsapply.org/edwards/.
The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, sponsored by The Ronald Reagan Foundation and GE, is offering $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors in the United States. The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program is open to students who demonstrate the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship similar to those exhibited by President Ronald Reagan. Like President Reagan, candidates use the formative experiences of their youth to lead, serve, and pursue a life of purpose and significance, both individually and for their communities. Renewable scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. For more information, visit www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships.
The Globe Education Network Scholarship Fund provides $1,000 scholarship awards for students at Globe University, Broadview University and Minnesota School of Business. Applicants must be planning to pursue full-time undergraduate study for the upcoming academic year at one of these three schools. The scholarship award is not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. Find out more information on the Globe University website.
The Great Lakes National Scholarship Program, funded by the Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc., is offering $2,500 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students from across the country.
The Great Lakes National Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors or graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates or graduate level students who are United States citizens or permanent residents. They must plan to enroll in a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field of study at an accredited non-profit public or private two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire 2015-2016 academic year. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) is required along with demonstrated financial need.
Learn more at scholarshipamerica.org/greatlakes.
The ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to the surviving children and spouses of US city, county, and state public employees* who have died in service to their communities. Applicants must enroll in and attend an accredited college, university, or vocational-technical school on a full-time basis. High school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply. Find out more at vantagescholar.org.
*Students must provide a letter from the deceased employee’s place of work verifying his or her employment at time of death, and supporting financial information.
Awards are determined based on merit and financial need and are for tuition and fees only.
James Beard is fondly remembered by friends and colleagues as a man who offered unstinting help and encouragement to people embarking on a culinary career. Upholding Beard's legacy of culinary education and support through our scholarship program is an essential component of the James Beard Foundation's mission.
The Friends of James Beard Foundation Scholarships and the James Beard Foundation School Scholarships have been established to assist aspiring culinary professionals who plan to further their education at a licensed or accredited culinary school. Professional grants are also available for independent work, study and travel. Find out more at jamesbeard.org/education/scholarships-and-grants or sms.scholarshipamerica.org/jamesbeard.
The James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship Program was established pursuant to the provisions of the wills of James L. and Nellie M. Westlake for the purpose of assisting Missouri residents in pursuing a college education. Renewable scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited four-year institution of the student’s choice. Applicants must:
Awards will cover the cost of tuition, plus approximately $2,000 additional to cover the costs of fees, books, and supplies. More information is available at sms.scholarshipamerica.org/westlake.
Every year through the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, Kohl's recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) across the country for amazing contributions to their communities. Top winners each receive $10,000 for higher education. Since 2001, Kohl's has recognized more than 19,500 kids with more than $3.9 million in scholarships and prizes. Students must be nominated by someone 21 or older. The student’s volunteer actions must be described by the nominator in detail on the nomination form. Winners are selected based on the benefits and outcomes of the student’s volunteer service.
To be notified when the 2015 program opens so you can nominate a volunteer in your community, visit kohls.scholarshipamerica.org.
Opening Early 2015
The MassMutual Scholars program is a national scholarship program for high achieving college students interested in pursuing careers in the insurance and financial services industry.
The scholarship is funded by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and is focused on expanding access and opportunity of higher education and employment to students who reflect the rich cultural diversity of our nation. We seek to increase the number of students completing college nationally and raise awareness of careers in financial services.
In 2014, MassMutual offered $150,000 in total funding and assisted 31 students entering their sophomore, junior, senior, or fifth year of undergraduate coursework with a scholarship worth up to $5,000. Students must complete and submit for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and be interested in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry.
For more information, please visit massmutual.scholarsapply.org/.
Opening Early 2015
Nominees for the MathMovesU Grants for Teachers and Schools: Math Hero Award Program, sponsored by Raytheon Company, must be full-time teachers who are currently employed and teaching a mathematics curriculum at a middle school or high school in the United States OR volunteers working with an approved math-related nonprofit organization (i.e. MATHCOUNTS®). Nominations can be made by students, parents, colleagues, principals, or volunteers. Up to 32 awards of $2,500 each will be granted. In addition, the recipient’s school will receive a matching $2,500 grant to be used for enhancing the school’s math program. More information is available at www.mathmovesu.com.
The New York Chapter of the American Logistics Association sponsors up to 15 $5,000 scholarships for dependent children of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States military who hold valid Exchange & Commissary shopping privileges at the time of application. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll for the first time in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the fall. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need will also be considered. More information is available at sms.scholarshipamerica.org/militarycommanders.
The National Hydropower Association Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Hydropower Association, is open to current college sophomores or juniors who will be juniors or seniors beginning in the fall; or graduate students; with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent), who are enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university. It is also open to students with an equivalent GPA at an accredited vocational-technical school or program. Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents. Applicants must be pursuing a program of study, approved by the National Hydropower Association, that is related to the hydropower industry. More information can be found at Hydro.org.
The Pension Real Estate Association awards scholarships on an annual basis to promising students studying real estate at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study in real estate. Applicants to the PREA Scholarship Program must be college sophomores, juniors or seniors and graduate level students who are already enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited four-year school; applicants must also be majoring or concentrating in real estate.
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $500 to $5,000. Recipients will also be partnered with an industry professional for an opportunity to participate in a one-on-one mentoring experience.
For more information, please visit http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/prea/.
The PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship Program, sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, is open to students living in a PG&E service area in California. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year. Nontraditional students who are returning to school to finish their degree or planning on attending for the first time are encouraged to apply. To find out your eligibility and apply, please visit https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/pge.
Current customers; customers within the past two years who are in good standing; their immediate family members (spouse or dependent children living in the customer's household); and dependent children (age 25 or younger) of current employees of Rent-A-Center, Get It Now!, Home Choice, RAC Acceptance, RAC National Product Service or RAC Field Support Center who have been continuously employed for at least one year -- and who live in the U.S. or Puerto Rico -- are eligible to apply. Applicants must plan to enroll or are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational technical school in the United States or Puerto Rico. More information is available at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/makeadifference.
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. Awards will be given to students entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school, based on the fact that too often scholarships are only offered in their freshman year. Award amounts will grow each year, helping ensure that students can afford to complete their degrees.
Dream Award scholarships for 2014-15 included general scholarships; STEM scholarships (for study in science, technology, engineering and math-related majors); and scholarships for Chinese-American students. Financial need will be considered in determining award amounts.
To qualify, students must have received a high school diploma or equivalent from a U.S. school, and must be planning to complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by the end of the following year. Applicants must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore-year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire academic year, and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). Finally, applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent resident (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA).
For more information, and to be notified when applications are available for 2015-16, visit the Dream Award page of our site.
Simon Youth Foundation® (SYF) established the Community Scholarship to meet the financial needs of students in communities that host Simon® shopping centers. The goal of the Foundation is to apply a holistic approach to the educational experiences of our youth. Each young person is multifaceted. Many circumstances, including the environment, play a key role in the success of each applicant. Because of this, more than just a student’s academic achievement will be considered when applications are reviewed. The program will take into consideration the future potential of each applicant, recognizing those who have made significant personal improvements or contributions to their communities. Visit SYF.org for more information on the Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship Program.
The Structural Engineering/Architecture Student Scholarship Program, sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc., is available to students who are already enrolled as juniors (at least 60 semester hours or equivalent) or seniors in a full-time undergraduate course of study in architecture or structural engineering at designated four-year colleges and universities. Detailed information, a list of the eligible schools, and an application can be found at www.strongtie.com/scholarships.
The William C. and Corrine J. Dietrich Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Minnesota Community Foundation, is open to high school seniors at any public high school in Minnesota who demonstrate financial need. The awards are offered for full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. More information is available at sms.scholarshipamerica.org/dietrich.
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These annually-increasing awards will be given to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year of education beyond high school.
Scholarship America's blog, The Scholarship Coach, appears weekly at USNews.com, featuring expert advice on all kinds of scholarship issues. Here on the site, we feature a new highlight from the blog every week, and you can also download a free Scholarship Coach e-book!
Scholarship America is dedicated to helping students get their degrees. Our 2013 Annual Report, Focus on the Finish Line, features statistics, stories, and student accounts of the importance of college completion.
Visit the online report to learn more and hear from our President, Lauren Segal.