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Featured Partner Scholarships: February 2021

By Matt Konrad

Please Note: This information pertains to scholarships that were open during a previous application cycle, and may not be current. For the most up-to-date information on Scholarship America partner programs, visit our Browse Scholarships page.

As the spring term gets into full swing, scholarship season is at its busiest. Our featured partner scholarships this month include a memorial scholarship tribute to fallen first responders and frontline employees; a generous award for students pursuing two-year technical degrees and certifications; and a life-changing award for students at select community colleges who are transferring to four-year schools.

Read on for more and visit the Browse Scholarships section of our site for dozens of other opportunities!

Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship Program

Technical skills are a vital part of a robust American economy; to help ensure the next generation of skilled workers, Lockheed Martin is proud to sponsor the Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship Program, now in its second year of awarding up to $1 million in scholarships to students pursuing associate degrees or vocational-technical certifications. 

“This has been a really tough time lately with my parent losing her job due to COVID. This scholarship will lift a weight off my shoulders as I continue to pursue my education,” said a recent Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship recipient. 

Up to 150 awards are available, for a maximum of $6,600 each. Scholarships will be awarded to students in a wide variety of eligible fields; see the Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship website for detailed areas of study. 

To apply, students must be high school seniors, high school graduates (or GED equivalent) or undergraduates with less than a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and be enrolled or planning to enroll part-time or full-time in a specified area of study at an accredited vocational technical school, trade school, two-year community or state college. Finally, applicants must be pursuing an associate degree, credit-bearing certificate or industry certification in one of the specified areas of study.

With the Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship, the path to a skilled, fulfilling career can be even more affordable than you think! 

The application deadline has been extended to May 18. Apply now

The PepsiCo Foundation S.M.I.L.E. Scholarship

The PepsiCo Foundation S.M.I.L.E. Scholarship is here to help students transition from designated partner community colleges within PepsiCo communities to four-year colleges and universities. 

The PepsiCo Foundation has developed partnerships with Westchester (NY)Community College; Dallas (TX) College and the City Colleges of Chicago. If you’re at least a 3.0 GPA student at one of these schools and you identify as Black, African American, Hispanic and/or Latino, you may be eligible to apply now for the PepsiCo Foundation S.M.I.L.E. Scholarship. All applicants must have completed 45 credit hours by January 2021, and plan to transfer to an accredited four-year college or university for full-time undergraduate study next year.

Up to 25 renewable scholarships of $25,000 each are available, and scholarship recipients may use their funds for any education-related expenses, including room and board and indirect educational expenses included in the Cost of Attendance. In addition to funding, the scholarship also offers a rich series of professional development events, workforce readiness tools, and mentorship, to help recipients prepare for the transition to a successful corporate career.

What’s more, as long as you maintain satisfactory performance, your award is renewable for up to two additional years or until your bachelor’s degree is completed, whichever comes first.

Applications are open through February 25. Apply now

ICMA-RC Public Employee Scholarship

The ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund was founded in 2001 to honor the lives of our nation’s police officers, firefighters, and other local and state government employees who have died while in service to their community. In 2020, the ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship Fund expanded its reach to include employees in the mission-adjacent education, healthcare and not-for-profit industries. 

The fund provides financial assistance to the surviving spouses and children of public employees and personnel that work in the education, healthcare, and not-for-profit industries who have died in the line of duty and are planning to attend an accredited two-year community college, four-year accredited university, or vocational school full-time. High school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply. 

ICMA-RC recognizes that educators, healthcare workers, and personnel serving the not-for-profit industries are on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The ICMA-RC Scholarship Fund is an important way that the company demonstrates its commitment to the families of fallen champions.  

With any fatal disaster or catastrophe faced by potential candidates, everyone who applies for and earns the ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship has had a loved one who has made the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good. This scholarship honors the memory of these heroes and provides a brighter future for their families. 

Applications are open through March 15. Apply now