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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.

Currently Open Scholarships

Arborjet Taking Root Scholarship Program

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Deadline: June 30, 2016


Arborjet has established its Taking Root Scholarship Program to encourage and enable bright and promising young students to fulfill their dreams of entering careers in the arboriculture industry.

Scholarships are offered for students looking to pursue full-time studies in Forestry, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Entomology, Environmental Science or a related major at an accredited two- or four-year college or university of the student’s choice.

For more information, please visit http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/arborjet/index.html.

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The Cash Store Continuing Education Scholarship Program

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Deadline: June 2, 2016 or when 200 applications have been received


The Cash Store Continuing Education Scholarship Program is offering scholarships to high school graduates, current college students and/or graduate students who are at least 25 years of age. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Up to five (5) awards of $1,000 will be granted. Awards are one time only. Only the first 200 submitted applications will be accepted.

For more information, please visit www.scholarsapply.org/cashstore or www.cashstore.com/scholarship.

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Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program

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Deadline: June 10, 2016


The Clara Lionel Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist citizens or natives of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, or Jamaica who plan to continue their college education in the United States.

The scholarship program will award renewable scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 USD per year. The Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program is open to citizens or natives of the countries listed above, who are eligible to study in the United States and have been accepted to an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. Applicants must be first-time college freshmen planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the entire 2016-2017 academic year at an accredited four-year college or university. Students must be eligible to receive funding per the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Learn more and apply at scholarsapply.org/claralionelfdn.

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Gamers In Real Life Scholarship Competition

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Deadline: June 3, 2016

Daybreak Games is now accepting applications and submissions for its 2016 Gamers In Real Life Scholarship Competition. Through the Gamers In Real Life scholarship program, Daybreak Games will award one winner with a $10,000 scholarship to be applied towards tuition, room and board, and other educational expenses at the winner's college or university. In addition to the scholarship, the winner will also be given the opportunity to be hired as a paid intern for up to eight weeks at Daybreak Games’ headquarters in San Diego for hands-on experience working in the art department for award-winning franchises, including H1Z1® and EverQuest®.

Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or better, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program related to video games, including programs related to video game art, design, animation, production, programming, or visual effects. For more details and an application, visit scholarsapply.org/gamersinreallife.

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James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program

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Deadlines:
June 15, 2016 for professional grants


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. Applications for scholarships are now closed, but professional grants are still available for independent work, study and travel. Find out more at jamesbeard.org/education/scholarships-and-grants or sms.scholarsapply.org/jamesbeard.

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The Kaplan University/American Freedom Foundation Scholarship Program

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Deadline: November 18, 2016


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.

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Pension Real Estate Association Scholarship Program

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Deadline: June 1, 2016


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/.

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Scholarships Opening Soon


ACT Foundation Second-Year Scholarship Program

Opening Early 2017

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 more information, visit the ACT Foundation website.

Air Force Aid Society Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Opening Early 2017

The Air Force Aid Society offers need-based grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 through the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program.  The program, which is the gateway to all of the Society’s educational assistance programs, is open to dependent children of active duty, retired and deceased U.S. Air Force members; and spouses of active duty and deceased members.  Applicants must plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.

General Arnold Education Grant Program applicants are also reviewed for eligibility under the Society’s Merit Scholarship Program.  This program awards at least ten $5,000 scholarships to incoming college freshmen with top grade point averages.

Applicants from the Arnold Grant Program may also apply for an interest-free Supplemental Education Loan up to $1,000.  Repayment is by allotment directly from sponsoring member’s military/retired pay or bank account over a 10-month period.

Detailed information on all the Society’s programs can be found at http://www.afas.org/education-grants.

Alfa Foundation Scholarship Program

Opening Early 2017

Alfa Foundation is providing a scholarship opportunity available to high school graduates in the state of Alabama. 100 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded across the state. This 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.

AMETEK Foundation, Inc. International STEM Scholarship Program

Opening Early 2017

The AMETEK Foundation, Inc. International STEM Scholarship Program provides scholarship awards of $1,000 to $5,000 USD, to students in the European Union and China who plan to continue their education in a STEM field.

Applicants must be in their final year of upper or higher secondary school and plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study, or be current technical or university level students who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at one of the following three schools for the entire upcoming academic year: Shanghai University, China; INSA in Lyon, France; or the University of Leicester, UK. Students must be a resident of the European Union (EU) to apply for the scholarships offered in France and in the United Kingdom and be a resident of China to apply for the scholarship offered in China.

Applicants must major in a STEM field of study, defined as: Science (Physics or Chemistry), Technology (Computer Software Engineer, Information Security Specialist, Information Technology, or Database Administrator), Engineering, or Mathematics. Study in any medical field is not eligible.

Students can review the guidelines and apply at http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/ametekfoundation

AXA Achievement Scholarship

Opening Fall 2016

The AXA Achievement Scholarship, sponsored by the AXA Foundation, 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.

AXA Achievement Community Award Program

Opening Fall 2016

The AXA Achievementsm Community Award Program offers $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. The scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA Advisors, LLC. Every recipient's high school will also receive a matching grant of $2,500 for educators' professional development.

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.

Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) Scholarship Program

Opening January 2017

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 2017-2018 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.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

Opening January 2017

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 Design.

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.

BURGER KING Scholars Program

Opening Fall 2016

Integrity, high standards, entrepreneurial spirit, good citizenship and education were the values that defined BURGER KING® co-founder James W. McLamore. It was those values that helped realize a dream and it is those same values that are the core of the BURGER KING McLAMORE Foundation.

Administered by the Foundation, the BURGER KING Scholars program assists employees, employees' spouses or domestic partners, employees' children and high school seniors in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada in continuing their education.

High school seniors are invited to apply for the Burger King Scholars program if they live in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico; have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent; and plan to enroll full-time in 2016-17 at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico. For more information, visit https://www.scholarsapply.org/burgerkingscholars.

Catch a Break! Scholarship

Opening Early 2017

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.scholarsapply.org/catchabreak.

CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship Program

Opening Early 2017

The CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship Program, sponsored by General Mills, is open to African-American 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 eligibility information at sms.scholarsapply.org/cbcfgeneralmillshealth/.

Cognizant Making The Future Scholarship Program

Opening Early 2017

The Cognizant Making the Future scholarship program recognizes today’s inspiration as tomorrow’s innovation. Cognizant is committed to preparing the next generation with the skills they will need to be active participants in an environment that will become increasingly dominated by technology. Making The Future is a design-based scholarship, and candidates will be required to submit video documentation of a hands-on project that illustrates both creativity and innovation.

Students may submit a project for consideration if they are: citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States; pursuing a career in a STEM field; eligible to enroll or currently enrolled at a vocational-technical school or a two- or four-year accredited college or university, with a full course of undergraduate study; and in good academic standing with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.

Scholarship recipients will earn $5,000 awards. To learn more and get started, visit the Cognizant Educational Opportunity website and click on "Making the Future U.S. College Scholarship Program."

The Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship Program, Sponsored by the Guttmacher Institute

Opening February 2017

The Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship Program is open to graduate students who are pursuing a Masters Degree 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.

More information and the application can be found on the Cory Richards Scholarship website.

Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award

Opening Early 2017

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.

Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway
Promotion and Contest

Opening August 2016

Every student deserves a chance to realize their potential. That's why Dr Pepper gave away over $1,000,000 in tuition last year 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.

Starting this fall, if you’re a student between the ages of 18-24, you can submit your One Of A Kind story to enter for the chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition. You’ll be eligible to submit a video once you reach 50 votes.

Dr Pepper will select finalists for a chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition at a college football championship game. Find more information at www.drpeppertuition.com.

Edison Scholars Program

Opening Fall 2016

The Edison Scholars Program, sponsored by Edison International, is offering aspiring engineers and scientists scholarships to pursue their education at four-year colleges or universities. Graduating high school seniors in Southern California are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Eligible students must plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate program in one of the following majors: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Sciences/Information Systems, Environmental Engineering, or Environmental Sciences.

Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and 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 $40,000 scholarships at $10,000/year or the attainment of a bachelor’s degree will be awarded.

Detailed information, a list of eligible high schools, eligible majors, and an online application can be found at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/edisonscholars/

The Edwards Lifesciences Scholarship Program

Opening Early 2017

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. Only the first 150 applications will be processed. More information is available at www.scholarsapply.org/edwards/.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Opening Fall 2016

The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, sponsored by The Ronald Reagan Foundation and General Electric Company (GE), is offering $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors in the United States.  The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program is open to current high school seniors 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.

GEICO IT Scholarship

Opening Fall 2016

The GEICO IT Scholarship program awards up to six $5,000 scholarships to current college sophomores or juniors.

Eligible applicants must: be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; be pursuing a degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Mathematics, HCI (human computer interaction) or related technical degree program; plan to remain enrolled in full time undergraduate study for the entire 2017-2018 academic year; and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). Children of GEICO associates are ineligible to apply.

Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. Awards are for undergraduate study only.

For more information, visit scholarsapply.org/geico_tech.

Great Lakes National Scholarship

Opening Early 2017

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 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 www.scholarsapply.org/greatlakes.

ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund

Opening Early 2017

The ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to the surviving children and spouses of U.S. 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 L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship Program

Opening Fall 2016

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:

  • * Be Missouri residents,
  • * Be graduating seniors at Missouri high schools who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four- year college or university
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  • * Have completed one or two full years at a Missouri community college with sufficient credits to permit transfer to an accredited four-year college or university at the sophomore or junior level, respectively.
  • * Demonstrate limited financial resources with an expected family contribution of $7,000 or less and a family adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less.

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.scholarsapply.org/westlake.

LGS Innovations Scholarship

Opening November 2016

LGS Innovations, a leading provider of networking and communication solutions, is offering up to five scholarships of $5,000 each to rising college juniors or seniors or graduate-level students pursuing a STEM degree. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens who are rising college juniors or seniors or graduate-level students with at least a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent and are enrolled in an ABET-accredited STEM program seeking a degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics.

In addition, applicants must be enrolled or plan to attend an LGS-approved school during the entire 2017-2018 academic year.  For a list of approved schools, visit http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/lgsinnovations/schools.pdf.

For more detailed information and an online application, visit www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org/lgsinnovations.

Mahogany & Blues Babe Foundation Scholarship Program

Opening June 2016

Hallmark’s Mahogany brand and the Blues Babe Foundation, brainchild of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott, are providing two $10,000 scholarships to current undergraduate students pursuing a career in the writing arts. Scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited four-year college or university. Award recipients also will be invited to attend a three-day, all-expenses-paid workshop at Hallmark’s headquarters in Kansas City during the spring or summer of 2017.

To apply, students must be current postsecondary undergraduates pursuing a career in the writing arts, and must be enrolled full-time at a four-year college or university for spring and fall 2017.

Visit www.scholarsapply.org/mahogany for more information.

MassMutual Scholars Program

Opening Early 2017

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 2016, MassMutual offered $150,000 in total funding, with a goal of assisting at least 30 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/.

MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship

Opening Early 2017

Calling All Middle School Students!

6th, 7th and 8th graders -- tell us how math moves your world. Each year, MathMovesU® awards 150 middle school students nationwide $1,000 scholarships to attend math and science camps and programs, or to save the money for college. Raytheon also donates a $1,000 matching grant to each winning student's middle school. More information is available at MathMovesU.com!

Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund

Opening Fall 2016

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.scholarsapply.org/militarycommanders.

The National Hydropower Association Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarship Program

Opening January 2017

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.

Olson-Anderson Owatonna Clinic Scholarship Program

Opening Early 2017

Are you a current or previous resident of Owatonna, Minnesota, or Steele County, Minnesota, or someone who works or has worked in Owatonna or Steele County, Minnesota?  Do you have an immediate family member who lives or has lived or works or has worked in Owatonna or Steele County, Minnesota?  Are you planning to enroll in a medical-related education program at an accredited two-year or four-year college or vocational-technical school for the entire 2017-18 academic year? 

The Olson-Anderson Owatonna Clinic Scholarship Program is offering $1,000 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.  Up to 20 awards will be granted.  There is no GPA requirement and financial need is not considered. 

To learn more, visit http://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/locations/owatonna

The Pennsylvania Society Scholarship Program with the Maguire Foundation

Opening Fall 2016

To encourage Pennsylvania students to prosper in their postsecondary education, the Pennsylvania Society and the Maguire Foundation are offering renewable scholarships worth up to $8,000 per year.

To apply, students must be current high school seniors at any Pennsylvania secondary school (public, private or homeschool) with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. Applicants must also be planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited, non-proprietary four-year college or university in the state of Pennsylvania for the entire 2016-2017 academic year.  Students must demonstrate financial need.

Once earned, awards are renewable up to three additional years or until completion of a Bachelor’s degree (whichever occurs first), provided students continue to meet eligibility criteria. If your goal is to stay in Pennsylvania, take pride in the state’s history and make an impact on your state, visit https://www.scholarsapply.org/pennsylvaniasociety/ to learn more.

PG&E Better Together Scholarships

Opening January 2017

The PG&E Better Together Scholarship Program, sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, is open to students who are PG&E customers.

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll in full time undergraduate study in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field 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 learn more, please visit https://www.scholarsapply.org/pge.

Pohlad Scholars Program

Opening Early 2017

High school seniors living in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul (Minn.) seven-county metro area are invited to apply for $2,000 awards from the Pohlad Scholars Program.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need; maintain a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be residents of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington counties in Minnesota. Additionally, all applicants must be planing to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2017-2018 academic year. Up to 75 awards will be granted, and priority will be given to those applicants who have overcome unusual personal or family circumstances and those who are first generation college students.

To learn more, visit https://www.scholarsapply.org/pohladscholars.

Rent-A-Center Make A Difference Scholarship

Opening Fall 2016

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); dependent children (age 25 or younger) of current employees of Rent-A-Center, Get It Now!, Home Choice, Acceptance Now, RAC National Product Service or RAC Field Support Center who have been continuously employed for at least one year; and dependent children (age 25 or younger) of Rent-A-Center franchise owners -- 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.scholarsapply.org/makeadifference.

Risk Management Association (RMA) Foundation Scholarship

Opening Fall 2016

The Risk Management Association (RMA) Foundation scholarship program is awarding a total of $200,000 in renewable scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 each, to current undergraduates interested in working in the banking industry after graduation. To be eligible, you must have completed a minimum of two years of college, and be pursuing a degree in accounting, business, finance, economics, banking or a related area of business. All applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university.

Visit www.scholarsapply.org/rma for more information and to apply.

Robert E. Applebaum Scholarship Fund

Opening Early 2017

Through the Robert E. Applebaum Scholarship Fund, The Saint Paul Foundation is offering scholarships of up to $12,500 to applicants who demonstrate high achievement and financial need. The program is open to seniors in college or college graduates who are pursuing an advanced graduate degree or certification, and to juniors and seniors in college who are working toward a bachelor’s degree.

Applicants must plan to enroll in full time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited public or private four-year college or university in Minnesota for the entire 2017-2018 academic year. In addition, applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Up to five awards will be granted. To learn more, visit sms.scholarshipamerica.org/applebaum.

Scholarship America Dream Award

Opening Fall 2016

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 2016-17 included general scholarships; STEM scholarships (for study in science, technology, engineering and math-related majors); and the World Journal Award for Chinese-American Students. Financial need is considered in determining award amounts.

To qualify for 2017-18 awards, 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 2016 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 2017-18 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).

To read detailed criteria and learn more, visit the Dream Award page of our site.

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship

Opening Early 2017

The State Farm Companies Foundation believes that all children deserve an education that helps them reach their potential and prepares them for life.

The State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program was established to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who plan to attend college, technical, or vocational school, but who may not be able to meet the expenses of a higher education without such aid and often do not qualify for other scholarships.

The scholarship doesn’t require a high GPA, but rather focuses on students who are leaders and volunteers in their communities and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors in 2016, and have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. You must also plan to enroll full-time for the 2016-17 academic year at an accredited 2- or 4-year school. Learn more at the application site.

Structural Engineering/Architect Student Scholarship Program

Opening Spring 2017

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 and a list of the eligible schools can be found at www.strongtie.com/scholarships.

ThanksUSA Scholarship Program

Opening Early 2017

ThanksUSA “thanks" the men and women of the United States Armed Forces by awarding need-based college, technical and vocational school scholarships for their children and spouses.

This year, ThanksUSA will award up to 500 scholarships. Most recipients will receive awards of $3,000 to use for qualified educational expenses, and one eligible military spouse will earn a full undergraduate scholarship to Kaplan University's online program.

Applicants must be the spouse or the dependent child (age 24 or younger) of a U.S. military servicemember. Applicants must also be high school seniors, high school graduates or college/technical school undergraduates with a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. (Spouses may also use the award for non-degree licensure and certification programs regardless of whether an undergraduate degree has already been completed.)

To check your eligibility, please visit thanksusa.org.

Toshiba Machine Co., America Scholarship Program

Opening January 2017

The Toshiba Machine Co., America Scholarship Program was established to assist students pursuing an industrial maintenance or plastics processing program of study. Recipients will earn $2,500 scholarship awards for full-time study at an accredited institution of their choice.

High school seniors, high school graduates and college undergraduates may apply, as long as they plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited school for the upcoming academic year. Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an industrial maintenance or plastics processing program of study, and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (for high school students) or 2.5 (for college students) on a 4.0 scale. For more information, visit the Toshiba Machine Co., America website.

Voya Unsung Heroes

Opening Fall 2016

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 unsungheroes.scholarshipamerica.org.

Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program

Opening January 2017

Despite federal education benefits for veterans, unmet financial need often delays or derails academic progress. The Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarships will help fill financial aid gaps for veterans and the spouses of disabled veterans, after military benefits and other grants and scholarships have been utilized.

To apply, you must be an honorably discharged veteran of the United States military, or the spouse of a disabled veteran, and you must be a high school or GED graduate. The program will award renewable scholarships of up to $10,000 per year, determined by financial need and consideration of academic performance, work experience, leadership, community service and challenges to completing a postsecondary program. The scholarships are renewable, and each year’s awards will increase by $1,000 to encourage program completion. Visit www.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveterans for more information.

Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grants

Opening Date TBD

For college students, an unexpected financial setback can be a major disruption on the path to a degree. The Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grants are designed to help U.S. military veterans who are enrolled in postsecondary education meet their household expenses, ensuring that they are able to stay in school without creating undue financial hardship for themselves or their families.

The Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program makes immediate grants available to eligible veterans who are pursuing a postsecondary degree, and who experience unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out of school. One-time grants up to $1,000 are awarded on an ongoing basis while funds are available; grant amounts will be determined based on the cost of the emergency need. To learn more, visit www.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveteransemergency.

William C. and Corrine J. Dietrich Scholarship Program

Opening Early 2017

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.scholarsapply.org/dietrich.

The Dream Award

Dream Award 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.

2014 Annual Report

In 2014, more than 125,000 students received over $236 million in scholarship support and assistance from Scholarship America – a record-breaking year for the nation's largest provider of private scholarships.

 

Visit our 2014 annual report to learn more about our successes, our students and our future.

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