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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.
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 and look for the ACT Foundation Second-Year Scholarship Program.
Opening Date TBD
The Air Force Aid Society offers need-based grants of at least $2,000 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.
Detailed information and online application can be found at http://www.afas.org/education-grants.
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.
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.
Opening Fall 2015
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.
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.
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 2016-2017 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 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.
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.scholarsapply.org/cbcfgeneralmillshealth/.
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 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 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 can be found on the Cory Richards Scholarship website.
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.
Every student deserves a chance to realize their potential. That's why Dr Pepper gave away over $1,000,000 in tuition in 2014-15 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.
If you’re a student between the ages of 18-24, you can tell us your one of a kind goal 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. In addition, if you reach the top 5 of the $5,000 Leaderboard when voting ends, you could win $5,000 in tuition.
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 and a list of eligible high schools 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. Only the first 150 applications will be processed. More information is available at www.scholarsapply.org/edwards/.
Opening Early 2016
Daybreak Games is proud to present the Gamers In Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Game Design Competition. Winners in the Art and Design category and the Programming and Engineering category will each earn a $5,000 scholarship to be applied towards tuition, room and board, and other educational expenses. In addition, winners will have the opportunity to be hired as a paid intern for up to 10 weeks at Daybreak Games’ headquarters in San Diego for hands-on experience working on award-winning franchises, including PlanetSide® and EverQuest®.
To apply, you must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program related to video games (including programs related to video game art, design, animation, production, programming, or visual effects). Art and Design applicants must submit two original pieces of concept art along with their application; Programming and Engineering applicants will need to submit an original game featuer in the codebase of your choice. See the Official Rules for details.
The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, sponsored by The Ronald Reagan Foundation and GE, offers $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 at GlobeUniversity.edu.
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.
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.
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.
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.scholarsapply.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.scholarsapply.org/westlake.
Opening Early 2016
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 2015, MassMutual offered $150,000 in total funding; 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/.
Opening Early 2016
Nominees for the MathMovesU Grants for Teachers and Schools: Math Hero Award Program, sponsored by Raytheon, must be full-time teachers who are currently employed and teaching a mathematics or science curriculum at a middle school or high school in the United States OR volunteers working with an approved math or science-related nonprofit organization (i.e. MATHCOUNTS®). Nominations can be made by students, parents, colleagues, principals, or volunteers. Up to 30 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 the Math Hero website.
Opening Fall 2015
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!
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, 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 learn more, please visit https://www.scholarsapply.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, Acceptance Now, 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://sms.scholarsapply.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 2015-16 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 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, visit the Dream Award page of our site.
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.
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.
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 and an application form, visit the Toshiba Machine Co., America website.Apply
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.
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.
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.