Scholarships for Women

The economy gets tough on occasion. When it does, many adults choose to return to school alongside graduating high school seniors. Both types of students enter higher education for one purpose: to better their chances of getting a job that will help them through the hard times, or to get their dream job they have wanted to do for most of their lives.

In some cases, they may not have had the opportunity to do so, having instead taken time out to marry and raise a family or enter another type of occupation in order to make ends meet. The reasons for wanting to go to college are as numerous as the people who make the choice to do so.

A major part of those students are female. Women represent over half the undergraduate class for Caucasians, and 62 percent of African American undergrads, but any ethnicity has the same slant between women and men. Some of these young ladies are fresh-faced eighteen-year-olds straight from high school with ambition to change the world, but others may have had to put their lives on hold in order to raise a child. Some women may be furthering their education at the graduate level too.

Because women are coming to college in such great numbers, the need to pay for that education becomes a requirement that can make or break the decision to stay.

How to Pay for College

Paying for a better education can be done in three typical ways: loans, grants, and scholarships. Loans must be paid back, usually with interest, to the institution that awarded them (banks and/or the federal government, as a rule).

Grants are a type of financial aid that does not require payback, and the same is true for scholarships. For many people, the desire to get grants and scholarships comes first, as it should be: the more money a student gets from these two methods, the less they have to rely on expensive loans.

Differences between Scholarships and Grants

At times, the words “scholarship” and “grant” are used interchangeably as if one means the same as the other. That is not the entire truth, however. Scholarships and grants have key differences to them.

A grant is money that is given by a non-profit organization that will generally be tax-exempt. Sometimes this organization may be the government, but in many cases it can also be a public or private corporation. Grants will generally be given for a project and the student will be expected to report back to the donor as they work through said project so the donor knows how their money is being spent.

In other cases, a grant may be awarded to individuals outside of an educational sphere, such as for starting up a business or researching certain subjects. Fellowships and some internships may fall under the heading of “grant” given they often have similar requirements.

About Scholarships

Scholarships are money that is given by the same types of entities as grants: governments and organizations. Unlike grants, a scholarship is specifically geared towards students who are attending college in order to finance their education. It may cover a part of their expenses or it may pay the entire cost of a student’s tuition.

Scholarships tend to have certain requirements that students must meet both before and after they’ve obtained their awards. Most of these scholarships will require students to have a minimum GPA (though not all of them), and they may also require them to take a certain number of credit hours within the first two semesters.

While some scholarships are based on gender, others are based on the field the student is majoring in. The key difference between scholarships and grants is that scholarships tend to have more rigid requirements for selection, and they are specifically geared towards those who are entering college.

The scholarships listed here are focused solely on women at all stages of life and all ethnicities, as well as a large body of majors. Some of the awards may be for certain aspects of education such as outside expenses, child-care, or travel funds while others will be more traditional and focus on tuition and board. The one thing they all have in common is that they are available to women – and in many cases, available only to women.

A. Financial Need

These scholarships are more general than others. Some of them simply have no heading to fall under in this list, while others may not be particular enough to need one. The one thing they all have in common is that the applicant must have significant financial need in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

1. AARP Foundation

  • Name: AARP Women’s Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: February to March
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Two-Year, Vocational
  • Restrictions: None.
  • URL: www.aarp.org

Award Information

AARP has long been the standard for quality care for adults over fifty. In order to help take back opportunities for low-income women in this demographic, the AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program has been created. The goal of this program is to fund the education, training, and skills improvements for women that may offer superior job opportunities and increased economic stability. Since 2007, The AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to more than 800 eligible women and has facilitated their entry or re-entry into educational programs otherwise financially out of reach, thereby aiding them in their desire to beat the recession.

Requirements

An applicant for the AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program must be a woman, age 50+ by March 30 of the year applied, low-income, pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree, and enrolled in a U.S. Department of Education accredited school or technical program within 6 months of the scholarship award date.

Scholarship winners are chosen by an independent selection committee established by the AARP Foundation. Priority is given to women who have been unemployed for more than one year, are in low-paying jobs with no career opportunities, are raising the children of another family member, and/or are women veterans. In addition, the committee considers financial need, personal circumstances and achievements, educational and career goals, challenges faced in life, and the impact of the scholarship.

2. Association of Romanian Orthodox Ladies’ Auxiliaries in America

  • Name: ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women
  • Deadline: May 15
  • Subject Areas: Any.
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the Romanian Orthodox Church
  • URL: roea.org

Award Information

The ARFORA (Association of Romanian Orthodox Ladies’ Auxiliaries in America) offers the ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women to the members of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The first scholarship was offered in 1994 and has since continued to enrich the lives of Orthodox Romanian women in their pursuit for a higher education. Two scholarships, each for $1,000, may be awarded annually to selected students who have successfully completed the first year of their chosen undergraduate program.

Requirements

The applicant must be a voting member of a parish of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. She must have successfully completed her first year in an accredited university or college. She must be registered in an accredited undergraduate university or college for her next year of study.

Three letters of recommendation must be mailed, sealed, directly to the attention of the ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship Committee at the listed address of the website: one from the parish priest and two from individuals not related to the applicant, attesting to her character. A photograph must be included with the above-specified information.

A formal letter projecting the applicant’s plans, including personal goals, projected use of degree, church and community involvement, honors and awards, shall constitute formal application.

3. National Federation of Republican Women

  • Name: Betty Rendel Scholarship
  • Deadline: June 1
  • Subject Areas: Political Science, Government, Economics
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Scholarship winners may not reapply. Applicants may only apply for one NFRW scholarship per year.
  • URL: www.nfrw.org

Award Information

Politics is not just a man’s arena. Women have always had some influence in the sphere and that influence has grown in the last century. The National Federation of Republican Women, aware of the growing number of young women who may be interested in politics and the educational ladder leading to a successful career within it, offers several scholarships to female students.

In September 1995, the Federation created the Betty Rendel Scholarship Fund to honor one of their past presidents who had extraordinary leadership skills and dedication to the Republican Party both locally and at the national level. The three annual scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to female undergraduates who are majoring in political science, government or economics and have successfully completed at least two years of college coursework. The recipients are chosen from applicants from across the nation.

Requirements

A complete application must include an official application form with sections A-F fully completed; three letters of recommendation, including telephone numbers of authors for follow-up; an official copy of your most recent college transcript; a one-page typed essay stating the reason why the applicant should be considered for the scholarship; a one-page typed essay on career goals; an optional photograph; and State Federation President Certification. Applications are available online.

4. CAPPEX, Inc.

  • Name: A GPA Isn’t Everything Scholarship
  • Deadline: Varies. Current is March for Winter II.
  • Subject Areas: All.
  • Level(s): All.
  • Restrictions: Must sign up for website.
  • URL: www.cappex.com

Award Information

Not every student is top of their graduating class when it comes to GPAs, and many of them are overlooked when it comes time to hand out scholarship money. These same students may have accomplishments outside of their test scores, however. Cappex, Inc., recognizes these students with a scholarship tailored specifically for their hard work. It’s called the $1,000 “A GPA Isn’t Everything” Scholarship. There are no essays or tedious forms required.

CAPPEX stands for college application exchange. It empowers students by helping them find colleges where they will succeed and offering information on various scholarships. Though not strictly for women, it does offer another method of winning a scholarship.

Requirements

To be eligible for the scholarship, the participant must create a Cappex profile. If the participant already has one, then they are already eligible as one profile makes them eligible to apply for many different scholarships. Once done, the participant should write about his or her extracurricular, leadership, and volunteer activities in the profile itself. The applicant should then click on the scholarships tab, click on “Cappex Scholarships,” find the “GPA Isn’t Everything” scholarship in the list and click “apply.”

5. Awarding Institution: Women in Defense

  • Name: HORIZONS Scholarship
  • Deadline: July 1
  • Subject Areas: National security and defense
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: wid.ndia.org

Award Information

Through the HORIZONS Scholarship, established in 1988, Women in Defense encourages women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States and to provide development opportunities to women already working in national security and defense fields. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas. (This is not law enforcement or criminal justice.)

The amount of the awards varies each year. The focus of the scholarship is on the following preferred fields of study: security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, and economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense.

Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part- time. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible; undergraduates must have attained at least junior-level status (60 credits). She must demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense. She must demonstrate financial need. She must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25. She must be a woman. She must be a citizen of the United States.

Recipients of past awards may apply for future financial assistance. Awards will be based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of objectives, recommendations, and financial need.

6. Little People of America (LPA)

  • Name: LPA Scholarships
  • Deadline: April of the year attending school
  • Subject Areas: All
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: None.
  • URL: www.lpaonline.org

Award Information

As several popular television shows have illustrated, the lives of little people can be drastically improved with only the smallest of aids. They are people who have been diagnosed or otherwise live with some form of genetic problem known as dwarfism. There are over 200 forms of this dwarfism currently recognized by the medical profession, some more common than others.

Little People of America, Inc., is a national non-profit organization that provides support and information to these people and their families. As part of LPA’s service to people with dwarfism and the community at large, the organization offers educational scholarships to prospective and current students attending college or vocational school in the United States. Awards can range from $250 to $1,000 (and sometimes more).

A scholarship committee, headed by LPA’s Vice President of Programs, will selectively review all scholarship application packets. LPA scholarship awards shall be limited to two awards for undergraduate studies and one for graduate studies.

Requirements

Scholarships are given, in order of preference, to members of LPA who have a medically diagnosed form of dwarfism, immediate family members of dwarfs who are also paid members of LPA, and people with dwarfism who are not members of LPA. Contact your local LPA chapter president, district director, or national officer to obtain scholarship applications. (This information can be found on the website.)

7. The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation

  • Name: The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must go to Cabrillo, Hartnell or Monterey Peninsula Colleges in CA
  • URL: www.baskinfoundation.org

Award Information

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship seeks out bright, highly motivated, underprivileged women attending Cabrillo College, Hartnell College or Monterey Peninsula College with a strong potential for making a difference. This includes women who are re-entering the work force.

The program provides one or more students from each participating college with a $20,000 scholarship over two years. Students must be enrolled in one of the aforementioned community colleges and dedicated to enrolling in and completing their junior and senior years of their college education at a University of California campus.

Requirements

Award decisions are made by the Board of Directors of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation based on the recommendation of the president of the applicant’s community college.

To become eligible for a scholarship from the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation, recipients must be participants for at least one full year at Cabrillo College, Hartnell College or Monterey Peninsula College. Students must enroll as full-time students at a University of California campus and use all scholarship funds within two years of community college graduation.

Applicants must be female, have a history of outstanding academic and extracurricular success despite socioeconomic hardship, and be a California resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen with an Alien Registration Number. They must be current students at one of the following community colleges: Cabrillo, Hartnell or Monterey Peninsula.

They must be eligible for financial aid and not currently in default on a Title IV student loan. They must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be eligible for fall admission to a UC campus as a new junior-level transfer student, and have been nominated to the “Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship” by the president of the respective community college.

8. Zinch, Inc.

  • Name: Weekly “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship
  • Deadline: Weekly on Monday
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): All
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: www.zinch.com

Award Information

Most scholarships rely on tests, grades, GPAs, and other numerical scores that hardly tell much about the student himself. Zinch believes that students are “More Than a Test Score.” They also recognize that college is expensive – too expensive, and getting worse every year. They therefore strive to do fun, meaningful, and different things to help students pay for their college education.

From this desire, their weekly “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship was born. The prize is $1,000 for each week’s question and the questions will vary from week to week. 280 characters, basically two- to three-sentence answers, are required. The weekly winner receives the scholarship.

Requirements

All US high school and college students are eligible. Registration with the site is required. Other scholarships may be available on the website.

9. The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

  • Name: Women in Need
  • Deadline: April 30
  • Subject Areas: Accounting
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: You may apply for more than one scholarship, with the exception of Women in Transition and Women in Need.
  • URL: www.efwa.org

Award Information

This scholarship is similar to Women in Transition except that is for a woman who is completing her sophomore year in accounting or finance, and it is awarded in the amount of $2,000 per year for two years.

Requirements

Eligible applicants for this scholarship must be female. They must show commitment to the goal of pursuing a degree in accounting in preparation for a career as an accounting or finance professional. They must demonstrate aptitude in accounting and business. They must provide clear evidence that goals and a plan for achieving those goals, both personal and professional, have been established. They must also prove they have financial need. The application is online.

10. The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

  • Name: Women in Transition
  • Deadline: April 30
  • Subject Areas: Accounting
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: You may apply for more than one scholarship, with the exception of Women in Transition and Women in Need.
  • URL: www.efwa.org

Award Information

The Women in Transition scholarship was created to aid women looking to join the accounting or finance community. Women who are the primary source of support for their families, who are enrolling as incoming freshmen at a college, to transition into a better occupation with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, are the targets for this scholarship. It is awarded for up to $16,000 over four years as determined by the Board of Trustees.

Requirements

Eligible applicants for this scholarship must be female. They must show commitment to the goal of pursuing a degree in accounting in preparation for a career as an accounting or finance professional. They must demonstrate aptitude in accounting and business. They must provide clear evidence that goals and a plan for achieving those goals, both personal and professional, have been established. They must also prove they have financial need. The application is online.

11. SR Education Group

  • Name: Women’s Scholarship
  • Deadline: April
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Rhode Island, Guam, and Puerto Rico residents are ineligible.
  • URL: www.sreducationgroup.org

Award Information

SR Education Group is awarding a need-based scholarship of $2,000 to female college students. SR Education Group understands that raising the funds necessary for an education can be difficult. As a result, they would like to lend a hand.

To provide the scholarship judges with a true understanding of each applicant, she must answer three open-ended, personal, and thought-provoking questions. The students whose responses are the most persuasive, compelling, and well-written, as judged by that panel, will be considered finalists.

Requirements

In order to apply, applicants must be at least 16 years old, a legal resident of the United States, enrolled full-time at an accredited post-secondary institution, and answer three open-ended short essay questions (300-500 words). After making it to the final round, each applicant must submit a copy of his or her FAFSA to demonstrate financial need. The application and questions are available online.

B. First-Time Freshmen

Going to college for the first time, fresh out of high school, can be both exciting and frightening for many young women. The scholarships listed beneath this heading are for high school girls from many different walks of life. The majority of scholarships for both boys and girls tend to fall into this category.

1. Distinguished Young Women

  • Name: Cash and College Scholarships
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must apply and compete.
  • URL: www.ajm.org

Award Information

Distinguished Young Women is proud to be the oldest and largest scholarship program for graduating high school girls in the nation. Since 1958, the program has awarded more than $93 million in cash scholarships to participants across the nation. In addition, almost 200 colleges and universities offer college-granted scholarships to program participants.

In 2010, more than $108 million in scholarship opportunities were available to those who took part in a local or state program. Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future. They offer cash and college scholarships to competing members.

Requirements

Participants in any Distinguished Young Women program should be prepared to compete in thee areas of scholastics, interview, talent, fitness, and self-expression. In addition, participants must be a legal citizen of the United States, have never been married, and have never been pregnant.

2. Royal Neighbors of America

  • Name: Making A Difference Scholarships
  • Deadline: April
  • Subject Areas: Any.
  • Level(s): Undergraduate.
  • Restrictions: Must be a Royal Neighbors beneficial member.
  • URL: www.royalneighbors.org

Award Information

This traditional scholarship is designed to help students graduating from high school between January 1 and June 30 each year. Ten $2,000 renewable four-year grants are awarded annually to female and male beneficial members.

Requirements

Applicants must be ranked in the upper quarter of their class, show an outstanding record of volunteerism, and plan to enroll as a full-time student in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college, university, or junior college. More information and applications are online.

3. Royal Neighbors of America

  • Name: Making A Difference Leader Scholarship
  • Deadline: April
  • Subject Areas: Any.
  • Level(s): Undergraduate.
  • Restrictions: Must be a Royal Neighbors beneficial member.
  • URL: www.royalneighbors.org

Award Information

This second traditional scholarship from Royal Neighbors is also designed to help students graduating from high school between January 1 and June 30 each year. One $5,000 renewable four-year scholarship is awarded annually to the most outstanding female high school senior from the pool of qualified Making A Difference applicants (see the second entry in this heading).

Requirements

As with the first scholarship, applicants must be ranked in the upper quarter of their class, show an outstanding record of volunteerism, and plan to enroll as a full-time student in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college, university, or junior college. More information and applications are online.

4. Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.)

  • Name: P.E.O. STAR Scholarship
  • Deadline: November 30
  • Subject Areas: Any.
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be 20 years of age or under.
  • URL: www.peointernational.org

Award Information

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide scholarships for exceptional high school senior women to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the United States or Canada in the next academic year.

Requirements

An eligible candidates exhibits excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success. She must be 20 years of age or under by the application deadline and in the final academic year of secondary education at time of application deadline (senior year of high school).

The applicant must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. She must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada with plans to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States or Canada full-time or part-time in the fall of the academic year after graduation. She must also be recommended by a P.E.O. chapter. The application is online.

5. Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

  • Name: Reach for the Gold Scholarship
  • Deadline: Unknown
  • Subject Areas: All
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a minority woman
  • URL: www.omegaphibeta.org

Award Information

As the cost of attending college increases, financial hardship often serves as a barrier to gaining a college degree. The cost of tuition, room and board, and books can be overwhelming for college-bound students, particularly first-generation college students. For over ten years the Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship has recognized academic and benevolent achievement among young women of color, and supported continued success through the first year of college.

The Alumnae Association of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, awards one scholarship annually. The Reach for the Gold Book Scholarships targets a woman of color who is a college-bound high school senior. The scholarship is an grant of $1,000 and is applied to the high costs of college textbooks in the first year of college.

Requirements

All requirements and eligibility information is available via email. Check the website for details.

6. George Snow Scholarship Fund

  • Name: Various Scholarships. Examples: American Association of Caregiving Youth Scholarship, Brown Music Scholarship, ITWomen Charitable Foundation Scholarship, Kiwanis Club of Boca Raton Scholarship, others (see website for full list).
  • Deadline: March 14
  • Subject Areas: Any. Some unlisted scholarships are specifically for medicine, nursing, pharmacy, engineering, visual or performing arts, photojournalism, culinary arts; also, some are for 1/8 Italian ethnicity, Limestone Creek Elementary graduate, vocational or technical school attendee, feminists, and orphans.
  • Level(s): Undergraduate.
  • Restrictions: Graduates from a Palm Beach County High School or graduating from either Pompano High School or Blanche Ely High School in Broward County, Florida.
  • URL: www.scholarship.org

Award Information

The George Snow Scholarship Fund is named after George Snow, a math teacher who moved to Boca Raton, Florida, in 1958, and lost his life in a helicopter crash in 1980. His desire to help those who wanted to help themselves inspired the creation of the Fund. The Fund also administers the awarding of several local private scholarships to deserving students. Awards are $500 to $1,500 a year for four years.

Requirements

According to the website, eligibility is decided on financial need, school and community activity, educational and career goals, and self-motivation. Scholarships are awarded to seniors just entering the post-secondary institution of their choice all over the country. Applicants must apply online.

C. Graduate and Post-Graduate Degrees

Not every woman who chooses to go to college stops after two or four years with her Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Some may well choose to continue their education to a Master’s or even Doctorate. Funding for graduate and post-graduate degrees has long been the area of grants rather than scholarships; however, scholarships do exist for women looking to apply for them.

1. Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA)

  • Name: David Risling Emergency Aid Scholarships
  • Deadline: Between October and May
  • Subject Areas: None
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a legally documented Native American
  • URL: www.indian-affairs.org

Award Information

The Association on American Indian Affairs offers David Risling Emergency Aid Scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students from federally recognized and non-recognized tribes in amounts ranging from $100-400 for acute, temporary emergencies.

Disregarding extenuating circumstance, only eviction, daycare dismissal, utility disconnections, or significant car repairs for commuting students will be covered. Tuition, books, computers, gas and expected expenses are not considered emergencies.

Emergency aid funding is extremely limited and funding is not guaranteed. Scholarship disbursement is based on availability of funds. If awarded, turnaround time is approximately 2 weeks. The website offers other methods of dealing financially with emergencies.

Requirements

The application process for emergency aid is not the same as for the regular AAIA scholarships. Please use the information on the website to call to verify that funding is available, that the emergency situation qualifies, and to get a list of the required documentation. Applications for this scholarship are accepted for emergencies that occur between October and May only. Students may not apply for funding due to circumstances which occurred during the summer.

2. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Name: Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Marine biology, Maritime archaeology, Oceanography
  • Level(s): Graduate
  • Restrictions: None.
  • URL: fosterscholars.noaa.gov

Award Information

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate-level research in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology, particularly by women and members of minority groups.

The scholarships carry a 12-month stipend for each student of $30,000 and an annual cost-of-education allowance of up to $12,000 and up to $10,000 support for a four-to-six-week research collaboration at a NOAA facility. Masters students may be supported for up to two years, and doctoral students for up to four years. Depending on funding, three to four scholarships are awarded each year.

Requirements

Those eligible to apply are United States citizens currently pursuing or intending to pursue a masters or doctoral level degree in oceanography, maritime archaeology (including the curation, preservation, and display of maritime artifacts) or marine biology (including all science, engineering, and resource management of ocean and coastal areas).

In addition, students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative and term grade point average of 3.0 and maintain full-time student status for every term, and the duration of their award. Universities or other organizations may not apply on behalf of an individual.

Prospective scholars do not need to be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application, but must be admitted to a graduate level program in order to be awarded this scholarship. Eligibility must be maintained for each succeeding year of support and annual reporting requirements, to be specified at a later date, will apply. Registration with grants.gov is required in order to apply.

3. NCAA

  • Name: Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarships
  • Deadline: December
  • Subject Areas: Computer science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics
  • Level(s): Graduate
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: www.ncaa.org

Award Information

NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarships provide sixteen minority and sixteen women’s scholarships (three of each reserved for Division III athletes) worth $6,000 for minority or female college graduates who will be entering their first year of post-graduate studies in a sports-related field.

Requirements

The applicant must be a graduating college student who will be entering the first year of their initial postgraduate studies. They must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports-administration or related program that will assist the applicant in obtaining a career in intercollegiate athletics (athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics). Registration on the website is required to view information regarding this and other scholarships handled by the NCAA as well as to apply.

4. Evangelical Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

  • Name: Irene Drinkall Franke, Mary Seeley Knudstrup Opportunity Scholarships for Lutheran Laywomen
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Occupations in Christian Service
  • Level(s): Graduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the ELCA
  • URL: www.elca.org

Award Information

The purpose of the Opportunity Scholarships for Lutheran Laywomen is to provide assistance to women studying for a career other than ordained ministry. The specific purpose of the Irene Drinkall Franke, Mary Seeley Knudstrup Funds is to assist ELCA women as they take graduate courses preparing them for occupations in Christian service.

Funds awarded from the Mary Seeley Knudstrup Fund come from the interest on endowment funds given by LCA (Lutheran Church in America) women to the organization; some date back to UELC (United Evangelical Lutheran Church) women. Funds awarded from the Irene Drinkall Franke Fund come from the interest on a gift donated by Irene’s family in December 2000, to honor her 80th birthday. The average award is $1,000. The recipient is eligible to reapply and receive assistance for a maximum of two years.

Requirements

The applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America. She must hold membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and be at least 21 years old. She must have experienced an interruption in education of two or more years since completion of high school. The committee will consider, along with the application, essay, and references, clearly stated, attainable goals and involvement in Women of the ELCA.

5. Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

  • Name: Laurels Fund
  • Deadline: April 30
  • Subject Areas: Accounting
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: You may apply for more than one scholarship, with the exception of Women in Transition and Women in Need. Accounting degrees only.
  • URL: www.efwa.org

Award Information

The Laurels Fund was established in 1978 for the purpose of providing one-year scholarships to female students who are pursuing advanced degrees in Accounting. Scholarships may be awarded up to $5,000 to deserving Ph.D. students who have completed comprehensive exams prior to the previous Fall semester.

Requirements

The committee makes its decision based on the eligible student’s scholarship, particularly where they have involved academic achievements in course work and research activities. They look at the student’s service, including any volunteer work to which the applicant has made significant or long-term commitments. They look at the student’s financial need, curriculum vitae, and official transcript from the college.

They must see one copy of the abstract and citations of articles published and/or presented at academic conferences by the applicant. They require one copy of any cases or materials the student may have developed, either single- or co-authored. One letter of reference based on scholarship, addressing both scholarship and teaching potential, is required as is a second letter of reference on character and leadership potential. The applicant must include a statement of personal and career goals and objectives. Application is online.

6. Association of Romanian Orthodox Ladies’ Auxiliaries in America

  • Name: Martha Gavrila Scholarship for Women
  • Deadline: May 15
  • Subject Areas: Any.
  • Level(s): Post-Graduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the Romanian Orthodox church
  • URL: roea.org

Award Information

The ARFORA (Association of Romanian Orthodox Ladies’ Auxiliaries in America) looks forward to offering the ARFORA / Martha Gavrila Scholarship for Women for yet another year. The first scholarship was awarded at the 1985 ARFORA Congress held at Saint Mary Romanian Orthodox Church, Chicago, Illinois. This scholarship is offered to women in any post-graduate studies. The sum of $1,000 may be awarded annually to a selected student.

Requirements

The applicant must be a voting member of a parish of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. She must be a graduate of a duly accredited university or college. She must be accepted by a graduate school or a duly accredited university and specify her course of study.

Three letters of recommendation must be mailed sealed, directly to the attention of the Scholarship Committee at the listed address of the website: one from the parish priest and two from individuals not related to the applicant, attesting to her character. A photograph must be included with the above-specified information. A formal letter projecting the applicant’s plans, including personal goals, projected use of degree, church and community involvement, honors and awards, shall constitute formal application.

7. Microsoft, Inc.

  • Name: Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship
  • Deadline: October
  • Subject Areas: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics
  • Level(s): Graduate
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: research.microsoft.com

Award Information

The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies. Women who are interested in this scholarship must apply during their first year of graduate studies.

Scholarships are granted by Microsoft Research at the discretion of Microsoft. The scholarship recipient award includes $15,000 for the academic year. A conference and travel allowance of $2,000 is provided for recipients to attend a conference in their field of study.

Scholarships are awarded to recipients for one academic year only and are not available for extension or renewal. The recipient must remain an active, full-time student, enrolled in graduate programming during the academic year of the award or forfeit the award.

Requirements

Nominees for the Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship Program must be nominated by their universities, and their nominations must be confirmed by the office of the chair of the department. Direct applications from students are not accepted.

The student must attend a U.S. or Canadian university and be enrolled as a full-time graduate student in the Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics departments (if a department is within the scope of these areas, but is titled differently, the student is eligible). Students must be enrolled in their first year in a graduate program in the above-listed fields.

If a student has already completed graduate-level coursework in any subject area, prior to their first year in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics, then the student is not eligible for the Scholarship program. A maximum of three applicants per department, per university will be accepted. The recipient must remain enrolled in a graduate program during the academic year or forfeit the award.

Applications must include the applicant’s curriculum vitae, a copy of the student’s undergraduate transcript, and three letters of reference from established researchers familiar with the applicant’s research. Of these letters, one letter of recommendation should come from the student’s graduate advisor, one letter of recommendation should come from the student’s undergraduate advisor or another academic familiar with the student’s undergraduate work, and one letter should come from another academic within the nominating institution.

8. National Federation of Republican Women

  • Name: National Pathfinder Scholarship
  • Deadline: June 1
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: None.
  • URL: www.nfrw.org

Award Information

To involve more young women in the political process and to provide educational opportunities, the National Federation of Republican Women offers several scholarships and internships to female students. The National Federation of Republican Women established the National Pathfinder Scholarship Fund in 1985 in honor of First Lady Nancy Reagan. The three annual scholarships of $2,500 provide financial assistance and support to women seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as students enrolled in a master’s degree program, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Recent high school graduates and undergraduate freshmen are not eligible. Scholarship winners may not reapply. Applicants may only apply for one NFRW scholarship per year.

Requirements

A complete application must include an official application form with sections A-H fully completed; three letters of recommendation, including telephone numbers of authors for follow-up; an official copy of the student’s most recent college transcript; a one-page typed essay stating the reason why the applicant should be considered for the scholarship; a one-page typed essay on career goals; an optional photograph; and State Federation President Certification. Applications may be found online.

9. National Women’s Studies Association

  • Name: NWSA Graduate Scholarship
  • Deadline: May 15
  • Subject Areas: Women’s Studies
  • Level(s): Graduate
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: www.nwsa.org

Award Information

The National Women’s Studies Association offers three annual scholarships and awards through its communities and offers conference registration scholarships. They will award $1,000 to a student who, in the fall of the year of the award, will be engaged in the research or writing stages of a Master’s Thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women’s studies. The research project must be on women and must enhance the NWSA mission.

Requirements

Application must be done online.

10. Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.)

  • Name: P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
  • Deadline: January 31
  • Subject Areas: Any.
  • Level(s): Graduate.
  • Restrictions: A student holding citizenship or permanent residency of the United States or Canada is ineligible. Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working on dissertations only are not eligible as first-time applicants.
  • URL: www.peointernational.org

Award Information

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund was established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international female students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada. The maximum amount awarded to a student is $10,000. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs. The scholarship is based upon demonstrated need; however, the award is not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses.

At the time of application, the applicant is required to confirm additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants and other scholarships. The scholarship can be renewed once.

Requirements

In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, and be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year. The application will not be offered until all eligibility is proven. Request more information via website.

11. George Snow Scholarship Fund

  • Name: Snow Scholar Graduate School Scholarship
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Subject Areas: Any.
  • Level(s): Graduate.
  • Restrictions: Must have been a George Snow Scholarship recipient. Must have already been accepted into or currently enrolled in a graduate program or have completed the application process for graduate school. Previous recipients of the Graduate School Scholarship are not eligible.
  • URL: www.scholarship.org

Award Information

The George Snow Scholarship Fund is named after George Snow, a math teacher who moved to Boca Raton, Florida, in 1958, and lost his life in a helicopter crash in 1980. His desire to help those who wanted to help themselves inspired the creation of the Fund. The Fund also administers the awarding of several local private scholarships to deserving students. The Fund along with Snow alumni developed a graduate scholarship for Snow Scholars to continue their education should they desire. Awards are $500 to $1500 a year for four years.

Requirements

Eligible candidates must send in an application with required essay and noted letter of recommendation. They must be a Snow Scholar undergraduate recipient to be eligible. Applications are online.

D. Minority Women

If not every woman going to college is fresh from high school; they are also not always one color or creed. Minorities are often under-represented in many fields of study, with minority women the most under-represented of all. Many scholarships are available to women of color for a rainbow of different fields: ministry, science, nursing, and beyond.

1. Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
(ELCA)

  • Name: Amelia Kemp Opportunity Scholarship for Lutheran Laywomen
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional, Vocational
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the ELCA. Must be a woman of color.
  • URL: www.elca.org

Award Information

The purpose of the Opportunity Scholarships for Lutheran Laywomen is to provide assistance to women studying for a career other than ordained ministry. The specific purpose of the Amelia Kemp Fund is to assist ELCA women of color in undergraduate, graduate, professional, or vocational courses of study.

Funds awarded from the Amelia Kemp fund come from the interest on endowment funds given by LCA (Lutheran Church in America) women to the organization; some date back to UELC (United Evangelical Lutheran Church) women. The average award is $600-$1,000. Recipient is eligible to reapply and receive assistance for a maximum of two years.

Requirements

The applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America. She must hold membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and be at least 21 years old. She must have experienced an interruption in education of two or more years since completion of high school. The committee will consider, along with the application, essay, and references, clearly stated, attainable goals and involvement in Women of the ELCA.

2. American Physical Society

  • Name: APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Physics
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: www.aps.org

Award Information

The APS Minority Scholarship helps increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in physics. The scholarship provides funding and mentoring to minority physics students, helping them enhance their education and for successfully prepare for a variety of careers.

Through the generosity of corporate and individual donors, the APS has been able to offer the APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors (formerly known as the Corporate-Sponsored Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Students Who Major in Physics). This program, which began in 1980, has graduated students who have received their PhD’s in physics and are now working as physics faculty members in universities, as well as research scientists at corporations and national labs. Some past scholars have also become high school physics teachers.

Requirements

Each year, the APS Committee on Minorities in Physics (COM) acts as the selection committee for this scholarship which attracts many excellent applicants. Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore, is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Engineering physics and applied physics majors also welcome to apply. Particulars regarding eligibility and requirements can be found by contacting the scholarship program committee online.

3. American Indian Science and Engineering Society

  • Name: A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
  • Deadline: June 15
  • Subject Areas: The sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, and math
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: Must be in noted fields and an AISES member
  • URL: www.aises.org

Award Information

The A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship program was established by AISES in 1983 in memory of A.T. Anderson, a chemical engineer and an AISES founder. Annual scholarships are awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) college students pursuing academic degrees in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, and math.

The A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship program is a cornerstone of AISES’ scholarship activity. Over 28 years, AISES has awarded $8,723,250 cumulatively in scholarship support to 4,934 AI/AN students. This merit-based scholarship program plays an important role in helping remove financial barriers to higher education among Native undergraduates and graduates majoring in the STEM fields.

Requirements

Applicants must have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA). They must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four-year college/university, or a full-time student at a two-year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree.

They must be a member of an American Indian tribe, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or otherwise considered to be an American Indian by the tribe with which affiliation is claimed; or at least 1/4 American Indian blood; or at least 1/4 Alaskan Native; or considered to be an Alaskan Native by an Alaskan Native group to which affiliation is claimed. They must be a current AISES member.

4. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Name: The Gates Millennium Scholarship Award
  • Deadline: January
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: Graduate students may only reapply for the scholarship if they are in Computer science, Education, Engineering, Library science, Mathematics, Public health or Science programs
  • URL: www.gmsp.org

Award Information

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program will select 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. They provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by reducing financial barriers. Target populations are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need.

The goal of GMS is increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented; developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; and providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.

The GMS Scholarship Award provides support in several areas: the cost of education, by covering unmet need and self-help aid; in renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress; in graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science; and in leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.

Requirements

In order to be eligible to be considered for the GMS scholarship, all three following forms must be submitted online by the due date: the Student Application (Nominee Personal Information Form), the Educator’s evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form), and the Evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form).

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American. They must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States and have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED.

They will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student. First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients. They must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities, and meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.

5. Indian Health Service

  • Name: Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: April (extension), March (normal)
  • Subject Areas: Nursing and Medicine
  • Level(s): Preparatory
  • Restrictions: An enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe, a descendent of an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe, within two generations, or a state recognized Indian (according to state laws).
  • URL: www.ihs.gov

Award Information

The Preparatory scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition and required fees for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally or state-recognized tribes) to enroll in undergraduate prerequisite or preparatory courses in preparation for entry to health professional schools, such as nursing, pharmacy and others as needed.

Preparatory courses are those required to improve science, mathematics or other basic skills and knowledge. Undergraduate prerequisite courses are pre-professional studies required in order to qualify for admission to a health or allied health professions program. This scholarship appears to now be open to both genders.

Requirements

Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment or have applied for enrollment in a compensatory pre-professional general education course or curriculum and be one of the “priority categories” published annually in the Federal Register. They must be a citizen of the United States at the time they apply for an IHS scholarship. Permanent resident aliens and other noncitizens are not eligible to apply.

6. Indian Health Service

  • Name: Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: April (extension), March (normal)
  • Subject Areas: Nursing and Medicine
  • Level(s): Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate.
  • Restrictions: An enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe, a descendent of an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe, within two generations, or a state-recognized Indian (according to state laws).
  • URL: www.ihs.gov

Award Information

The Pre-Graduate scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition and required fees for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally or state-recognized tribes) to enroll in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in specific pre-professional areas, such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry and others as needed by Indian health programs. This scholarship appears to now be open to both genders.

Requirements

Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment or have applied for enrollment in a Health Professions Pregraduate baccalaureate degree program and be one of the “priority categories” published annually in the Federal Register. They must be a citizen of the United States at the time they apply for an IHS scholarship. Permanent resident aliens and other noncitizens are not eligible to apply.

7. Indian Health Service

  • Name: Health Professions Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: March (normal)
  • Subject Areas: Nursing and Medicine
  • Level(s): Graduate/Post-graduate
  • Restrictions: An enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe. A repayment clause comes with this scholarship.
  • URL: www.ihs.gov

Award Information

The Health Professions scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition, required fees and other educational and living expenses for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students (members of federally recognized tribes only) applying to, accepted by or enrolled in health professions programs.

Students incur service obligations and payback requirements on acceptance of their scholarship award. Graduate students and junior- and senior-level students receive priority unless otherwise specified. You must be a citizen of the United States at the time you apply for an IHS scholarship. Permanent resident aliens and other noncitizens are not eligible to apply. This scholarship appears to now be open to both genders.

Requirements

Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment or have applied for enrollment in a study program leading to a degree in a health related professions school within the United States for one of the “priority categories” published annually in the Federal Register. They must be a citizen of the United States at the time they apply for an IHS scholarship. Permanent resident aliens and other noncitizens are not eligible to apply.

8. American Planning Association

  • Name: Judith McManus Price Scholarship
  • Deadline: April 30
  • Subject Areas: Planning program
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: Women and minorities
  • URL: www.planning.org

Award Information

Judith McManus Price, a planner for more than 30 years before her death in 2001, was an exceptional woman with extraordinary talents that she freely shared, not only with her family and friends, but also with her community, her colleagues, and her profession. The scholarship is meant to celebrate planning by providing partial funding for women and minority (African American, Hispanic American, or Native American) students. This scholarship ranges from $2,000 to $4,000. The award includes a paid one-year student membership to APA.

Requirements

Eligible students are United States citizens, enrolled in Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) accredited planning programs, intending to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector (which includes local, state & federal government and not-for-profit careers) and are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need. Students must be women and members of one of the following minority groups: African American, Hispanic American or Native American. The application is available online.

9. National Black Nurses Association

  • Name: The National Black Nurses Association Scholarships
  • Deadline: April
  • Subject Areas: Nursing
  • Level(s): Post-graduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the NBNA.
  • URL: www.nbna.org

Award Information

The association is dedicated to excellence in healthcare and conducts continuing education classes for healthcare professionals as well as sponsoring scholarships to encourage growth of the nursing profession. Eleven awards are available. Each of these awards, ranging in amounts from $500 to $2,000, is awarded to nursing students who are members of the National Black Nurses Association.

Requirements

The candidate must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter (if one exists in the candidate’s area). She must be currently enrolled in a nursing program (B.S.N., A.D., Diploma or L.P.N./L.V.N.) and in good scholastic standing at the time of application.

The applicant must have at least one full year of school remaining. She must provide official transcript(s) from an accredited School of Nursing, a two-page written essay, and two letters of recommendation (one from the applicant’s school of nursing and one from the local chapter, or a nurse in the area if a local chapter does not exist). The letters of recommendation and essay must be attached to the application.

Additional items to accompany the application in support of the candidate’s eligibility and desirability may include documented evidence of participation in student nurse activities and involvement in the African American community, i.e. letters, news clippings, awards, certificates, etc.

10. Association for Women Geoscientists

  • Name: The William Rucker Greenwood Scholarship
  • Deadline: April 30
  • Subject Areas: Geoscience
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: Only available to students at Delaware, DC, Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia colleges
  • URL: www.awg.org

Award Information

The William Rucker Greenwood Scholarship is awarded each year by AWG-Potomac Chapter through the AWG Foundation to honor and provide support for outstanding minority women geoscience students. Bill Greenwood was one of AWG’s more cherished members. During his life, he worked to improve the status of women and minorities in the geosciences. As Associate Chief Geologist at the U.S. Geologist Survey, he was instrumental in forming the USGS Women’s Advisory Committee that addresses issues that are important to women.

Requirements

Eligible candidates must be minority women who are currently enrolled as full-time, graduate or undergraduate geoscience majors in an accredited, degree-granting college or university in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia. The candidate must demonstrate academic excellence by a grade-point average not lower than 3.0/4.0 scale, awareness of the importance of community outreach by participation in geoscience or earth-science education activities that reflect AWG’s goals, and potential for leadership as a future geoscience professional.

Please submit a letter of nomination from a current geoscience professor or the geoscience department chairperson, an additional letter of recommendation from geoscience faculty or geoscience employers, a letter of application from the candidate, and an academic transcript. Candidates must include their school and home addresses. Applications are available online.

11. NASA/Spelman College

  • Name: Women in Science and Engineering Scholars Program (WISE)
  • Deadline: January 31
  • Subject Areas: Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Other Science (must be related to NASA missions)
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a student at Spelman College
  • URL: www.spelman.edu

Award Information

Through a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Spelman is sponsoring the Women in Science and Engineering Scholars Program (WISE). The program provides an opportunity for scientifically talented students from underrepresented groups to pursue undergraduate studies in the science and engineering fields. These students also experience research training with the professional staff at NASA centers during the summer.

The program’s goal is to increase the number of minorities with PhDs in science and engineering careers. Accepted scholars will receive assistance that covers 50% of the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, including room and board. A stipend will be provided during the summer research experience at designated NASA center.

Requirements

Applicants must be a high school senior with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. She must belong to a minority group that is under-represented in scientific and engineering fields. She must have a combined SAT score of 1100 or a composite score of at least 25 on ACT. She must desire to major in engineering, mathematics, physics or other science related to the mission of NASA.

Scholars accepted into the program must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. They must also follow a curriculum as described and maintain an interest in a career with NASA. Students are required to participate in academic support and enrichment activities that are a part of the program. First-time scholars will attend the Summer Science and Engineering Program at Spelman.

E. Returning to School

The most important aspect for many women is their family. This is especially true if they happen to be older women. For ladies who have taken time to raise a family either before they entered college or sometime after they did, returning to school to better themselves and their job prospects can become expensive in a hurry. One of the main reasons why many non-traditional students cannot finish is due to financial hardship. Scholarships for returning students exist at many levels and are worth the investigation.

1. Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

  • Name: Career Advancement Scholarships
  • Deadline: Varies.
  • Subject Areas: Varies annually.
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Only applicants seeking a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university are eligible to receive a $10,000 award. Women must have earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago.
  • URL: www.bpwfoundation.org

Award Information

Since 1969, The Business and Professional Women’s Foundation has funded scholarships for women who can demonstrate critical financial need. Generally speaking, to apply for this award the applicant must be 25 years of age or older and be on schedule to graduate within 12-24 months of receiving the award. The applicant’s plans should include adding additional skills or training for a new career path or to re-enter the job market.

The scholarship’s funds may be used for full or part-time study. These awards range from $500 to $1,000 each. The application and selection process is handled by the BPW Foundation Legacy Partners and scholarships are awarded to women in their specific geographic areas (veterans included). Women seeking scholarships should contact the BPW Legacy Partners directly to see if they are participating in the program and to obtain information about timing, rules and applications.

Requirements

Requirements will vary with each Legacy Partner. The URL given lists the Legacy Partners for each U.S. state.

2. Chrysalis Scholarship Committee

  • Name: Chrysalis Scholarship Fund
  • Deadline: March 31
  • Subject Areas: Geoscience
  • Level(s): Graduate
  • Restrictions: None.
  • URL: www.awg.org

Award Information

The Chrysalis Scholarship provides degree-completion funding for female geoscience graduate students whose education has been significantly interrupted by life circumstances. The awards are intended to cover costs associated with completion of her thesis/dissertation, beyond what is traditionally covered by primary research funding. Such costs can include drafting expenses, child-care, defense travel, late-stage research and analyses, or anything necessary to assist a degree candidate during those critical, final days. The award amount varies up to $2,000.

Requirements

The applicant must be a student who has contributed and will continue to contribute to both the geosciences and the larger world community through her academic and personal strengths. She should include a letter of application, in which the applicant describes her background, career goals and objectives, how the scholarship will be used, and the nature and length of the interruption to her education. She will also need letters of reference from the applicant’s thesis advisor and another scientist of her choice. Both letters should specifically address the criteria in #1 above.

3. Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

  • Name: Cronk, First Triennium Board, General, Mehring, Paepke, Piero/Wade/Wade, Edwin/Edna Robeck Opportunity Scholarship for Lutheran Laywomen
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Any other than ordained ministry
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the ELCA.
  • URL: www.elca.org

Award Information

The purpose of the Cronk, First Triennium Board, General, Mehring, Paepke, Piero/Wade/Wade, Edwin/Edna Robeck Opportunity Scholarships for Lutheran Laywomen is to provide assistance to women studying for a career other than ordained ministry. These funds are from the interest earned on endowment funds given by the LCA (Lutheran Church in America) women to the organization; some date back to UELC (United Evangelical Lutheran Church) women. The average award is $1,000. Recipient is eligible to reapply and receive assistance for a maximum of two years.

Requirements

The applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America. She must hold membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and be at least 21 years old. She must have experienced an interruption in education of two or more years since completion of high school. The committee will consider, along with the application, essay, and references, clearly stated, attainable goals and involvement in Women of the ELCA.

4. American Nuclear Society

  • Name: Delayed Education Scholarship for Women
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Subject Areas: Nuclear science fields
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a mature woman returning to undergrad work in a nuclear related field.
  • URL: www.new.ans.org

Award Information

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) plays an important role in helping students complete their post-high school education and prepare for careers in nuclear science and technology (NS&T). Among the programs available is the long list of ANS Scholarships for those looking for funding opportunities. One scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to a mature woman whose undergraduate studies in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a nuclear-related field have been delayed. Applicants must check the appropriate box on the Landis Scholarship form.

Requirements

Applicants should be planning a career in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a nuclear-related field and be enrolled or planning to enroll in a college or university located in the United States, but need not be U.S. citizens. (Qualified high school seniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship.) They should fill in the Landis Scholarship form, which must be requested via online contact information.

5. Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA)

  • Name: Displaced Homemaker Scholarships
  • Deadline: June
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a legally recognized American Indian.
  • URL: www.indian-affairs.org

Award Information

The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Displaced Homemaker Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each to those men and women who would not otherwise be able to complete their educational goals due to family responsibilities. Applicants are advised to include all family responsibilities/situations in their essay.

The prize is $750 per semester. Funds may be used to assist with childcare, transportation and basic living expenses in addition to educational costs. Spring disbursement requires a copy of the fall semester’s satisfactory grades and a full-time spring semester class schedule. This scholarship does not automatically renew. Students are eligible to apply on a yearly basis.

Requirements

Generally speaking, the phrase “displaced homemaker” refers to an older woman or man at least 35 years old who has never attended college due to family responsibilities, and who is entering college for the first time. Their children may be entering elementary school or may be grown and out of the house.

Another type of “displaced homemaker” is an older adult who had attended college when they were younger but put school on hold to care for their children and never received their degree; they are now returning to finish school.

All required documents must be included. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Specifics can be found with the application online.

6. Royal Neighbors of America

  • Name: Life Enrichment Scholarships
  • Deadline: April
  • Subject Areas: Business, Industry, Skilled Training (Semi-professional)
  • Level(s): Professional
  • Restrictions: Must be a Royal Neighbors beneficial member. Must not be enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program.
  • URL: www.royalneighbors.org

Award Information

Five non-renewable grants of up to $500 are awarded annually to beneficial members who are seeking training for semi-professional occupations in business and industry or programs to provide skilled training. These scholarships are not intended for students enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program. In many cases these individuals are returning to school to either complete a degree or to begin training to switch careers. Applicants must be beneficial members (which means they are insured or own an annuity with Royal Neighbors) who are 18 years of age or older and who have previously graduated from high school.

Requirements

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7. Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

  • Name: Michele L. McDonald Memorial
  • Deadline: April 30
  • Subject Areas: Accounting
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: You may apply for more than one scholarship, with the exception of Women in Transition and Women in Need.
  • URL: www.efwa.org

Award Information

The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting recognizes that returning to college after raising a family, or going the first time to improve fiscal stability, can be both daunting and expensive. With this in mind, EFWA offers an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 with preference given to a woman returning to college from the work force or after raising children.

Requirements

Eligible applicants must show commitment to the goal of pursuing a degree in accounting in preparation for a career as an accounting or finance professional. They must have demonstrated aptitude in accounting and business. They must provide clear evidence that goals and a plan for achieving those goals, both personal and professional, have been established. They must, of course, prove they have financial need. The application is online.

8. Royal Neighbors of America

  • Name: New Horizons Leader Scholarship
  • Deadline: April
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate/Graduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a Royal Neighbors beneficial member.
  • URL: www.royalneighbors.org

Award Information

Royal Neighbors, an outstanding insurance company, grants one annual award of up to $5,000 a year for up to four consecutive years to the most outstanding female from the pool of qualified New Horizons applicants.

Requirements

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9. Royal Neighbors of America

  • Name: New Horizons Scholarships
  • Deadline: April
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate/Graduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a Royal Neighbors beneficial member.
  • URL: www.royalneighbors.org

Award Information

Royal Neighbors of America knows how hard returning to college can be, and therefore offers scholarships to its loyal members. Ten non-renewable grants of up to $5,000 are awarded annually to beneficial members of Royal Neighbors who plan to enroll as a part-time or full-time students in pursuit of a degree at an accredited college, university, or junior college.

Applicants must be beneficial members (which means they are insured or own an annuity with Royal Neighbors) who are 18 years of age or older and who have previously graduated from high school.

Requirements

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10. Brookhaven Women in Science

  • Name: Renate W. Chasman Scholarship
  • Deadline: April
  • Subject Areas: Natural sciences, Engineering or Mathematics
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: Applicant must be a resident of Long Island in New York State.
  • URL: www.bnl.gov

Award Information

Sponsored by the Brookhaven Women in Science organization of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), the Renate W. Chasman Scholarship encourages women to pursue a career in the areas of natural sciences, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The award honors the late Renate Chasman, a noted woman physicist at BNL. The Chasman Award consists of a one-time $2,000 award presented in July of each year to be used for tuition and other educational fees.

Requirements

Applicants must be women returning to school after a break in their education, and pursuing formal education in the natural sciences, engineering or mathematics, at the junior or senior undergraduate level or first-year graduate level at any accredited institution, planning at least half-time study in the upcoming academic year (must be accepted for or currently enrolled in a degree-oriented program), residents of Long Island in New York State, i.e., Nassau County, Suffolk County, Brooklyn or Queens, and U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens. Application is available online for download.

11. The Talbots Charitable Foundation

  • Name: Talbots Women’s Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: Check the website in the fall for a scholarship the following year.
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Vocational
  • Restrictions: Only applicants seeking a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university are eligible to receive a $10,000 award. Women must have earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago.
  • URL: www.talbots.com

Award Information

Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund, a program of the Talbots Charitable Foundation, will award scholarships to women determined to finally get that college degree after an extended absence. Since its inception in 1997, the program has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. Seventeen women will each be awarded $10,000 scholarships, and one woman will be awarded a $30,000 Nancy Talbot Scholarship Award. All applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school.

Requirements

Scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and previous achievements. Entrants must reside in the U.S. or Canada, be women who have earned a high school diploma or their GED on or before September ten years previously, and be enrolled or plan to enroll in a full or part-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university.

They must be attending the next full academic year and receive a degree no earlier than May of that next year. They must have at least two semesters (24 credit hours or more) remaining to complete an undergraduate degree as of the beginning of the next fall academic term.

F. Single Mothers

Whereas a returning student may be an older woman with a family, the equation is not both ways for a single mother. Single mothers may be incoming freshmen juggling their first child and a need to better themselves, or they may be older returning students. A single mother has no partner to depend upon while managing her life. Many scholarships exist for single parents to use in order to help defray the costs associated with getting a degree, or even for use outside of school for child-care and living expenses.

1. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

  • Name: Agnes Drexler Kujawa Memorial Scholarship
  • Deadline: February 15
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate or Graduate
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • URL: www.uwosh.edu

Award Information

Agnes Drexler Kujawa was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where she lived until her marriage to Harry J. Kujawa in 1933. Because of family circumstances and the lack of educational opportunities for women at that time, she was unable to pursue a college education. Instead, she cared for her invalid father while her mother worked to support a family of four daughters. After her father’s death, her mother continued to maintain the family as a single parent.

The family of Agnes Drexler Kujawa has established this scholarship in her memory to make it possible for other women with family responsibilities to obtain an education so they may prepare themselves for employment opportunities that will allow them to better provide for themselves and their children. Up to $5,000 in scholarship awards will be granted. The maximum individual award is $1,000.

Requirements

Eligible applicants must be female single parents having legal physical custody of one or more minor children. Applicants must be legally separated, divorced, widowed or never married. Applicants must have applied and been accepted for admission to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Applicants must be enrolled for at least six undergraduate credits or three graduate credits per semester. Applications for this scholarship are available in the Financial Aid Office at UW Oshkosh. Previous recipients may apply.

2. The Ford Family Foundation

  • Name: The Ford Opportunity Program
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must live in Oregon or Siskiyou County, CA
  • URL: www.tfff.org

Award Information

The Ford Opportunity Program is designed specifically for single parents who are heads of households and who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree and do not have the support of a domestic partner. This program is offered in both Oregon and Siskiyou County, California.

In 1996, Hallie E. Ford established the Ford Opportunity Program to help single parents obtain a bachelor’s degree. She realized that students who are parents have many extra responsibilities. She was determined to help them by providing financial assistance and encouragement.

The scholarship award is not a set amount, but is calculated to cover 90% ($1,000 minimum/$25,000 maximum per academic year) of each student’s college costs that are not covered by other resources (such as grants and scholarships), and his or her expected family contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA. The scholarship can be renewed annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Requirements

Applicants must be residents of Oregon who are single parents of dependent children and considered heads of household, and must have high school diplomas or GED certificates, be about to complete high school, or be continuing college students. Applicants must plan to earn a bachelor’s degree and to enroll full-time in the fall of the application year at a public or private, accredited, Title IV-eligible, non-profit Oregon college.

Students with existing bachelor’s degrees are not eligible to be recipients of Ford Family Scholarships. The applicant must demonstrate financial need. Each applicant must file a FAFSA and not exceed the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) limit, as established by the Foundation. Scholarship offers may be rescinded if an applicant’s FAFSA changes prior to fall term of the application year and he or she no longer meets the financial need criteria.

The FAFSA should be filed early in January and must not have a rejected status at the time of the scholarship application review (mid-March). The applicant must demonstrate leadership skills and leadership roles in school and community activities, a concern for others and a contribution of time and energy to volunteer projects and/or service organizations.

The applicant must make a contribution to personal success through paid work experience. She must have an ability to clearly communicate about personal strengths and goals and to present ideas clearly and concisely in both the essays and the required individual interview with a Foundation selection committee. She must show an ability to succeed in college as demonstrated by a high school or college GPA of 3.00 or higher, or a GED score of at least 2650. Applicants with less than a 3.00 cumulative GPA or 2650 GED score must have a school counselor, advisor, or teacher submit a Special Recommendation as part of the online application.

3. Utah State Chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood

  • Name: Gump & Ayers Scholarship Fund (GASF)
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must live in Utah
  • URL: www.diversity.utah.edu

Award Information

The Gump & Ayers Scholarship Fund (GASF), established in 1996 in memory of Marjorie B. Gump, provides a one-time scholarship to a Utah woman who is a high-school graduate and who is a single mother enrolled in higher education.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood has a mission to provide tools for the financial security and support of women and their families when the woman has decided to better her education. The recipient must be a Utah resident. Applications are distributed to Utah colleges and universities annually in November and are due February 1. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic educational organization which promotes educational opportunities for women. The GASF is administered by the P.E.O. Foundation and Utah State Chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Requirements

The applicant must be a single mother. She must be a resident of Utah at the time of application, be a graduate of an accredited high school or have equivalent educational training and display high scholastic standards and seriousness of purpose. She must provide a current transcript from an accredited college or university in Utah or proof of acceptance to such an institution. She must have realistic and obtainable educational objectives, demonstrate financial need for the GASF to pursue educational goals, and provide a total of two letters of personal recommendation, one from a teacher or professor.

Scholarship recipients shall be selected on the basis of current scholastic achievement, potential for success, personal integrity, and financial need. Former recipients or relatives of current GASF Committee members are not eligible.

The application must include the GASF Application, GASF Financial Statement of Income and Expense, a letter from the applicant stating her educational background, financial need, career goal, and educational objectives specific to achieving this goal. Applicant must also provide a current transcript or letter of acceptance from an accredited college or university in Utah, and a total of two letters of personal recommendations, at least one from an educator on school letterhead. A letter from a P.E.O. Chapter is recommended, but not required.

4. Berks County Community Foundation

  • Name: Helen M. Clymer Scholarship
  • Deadline: January 15 – April 1
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Any
  • Restrictions: Must be living in Berks County, Pennsylvania
  • URL: www.bccf.org

Award Information

This scholarship was established in memory of Helen M. Clymer to award scholarships annually to single mothers from Berks County, PA, who seek post-secondary education at a college or university located in Berks County. One or more scholarships will be distributed annually to single mothers who are residents of Berks County who are furthering their education at a 2-year or 4-year college or university located in Berks County.

For the purposes of this fund, a single mother is defined as a woman who has sole guardianship for one or more natural children. One or more of her children must be 17 years of age or younger in order for the mother to receive awards from this fund.

Requirements

Eligible applicants must send in a one-page essay that describes their career aspirations and why they qualify and have a need for a scholarship from this fund. The essay must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point font. The essay will be judged on appearance, content, spelling and grammar.

The applicant must include a copy of her high school transcript or a copy of her transcript from any post-secondary institution she has attended. The transcript can be unofficial. She must include one letter of recommendation from someone who is not related to her. This letter should be from a teacher, school official, employer, advisor, community leader or other person who knows her well. She must also include an acceptance letter from the school she will attend. The application is online.

5. Linda Lael Miller

  • Name: Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women
  • Deadline: September
  • Subject Areas: Any.
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be 25 years of age or older as of May 1.
  • URL: www.lindalaelmiller.com

Award Information

These scholarships are awarded each year to women who are 25 years or older, who are non-traditional students who have a difficult time finding scholarships for which they qualify. For 2012, the total available money to give out is $10,000. Funds provided may be used for tuition, books, childcare, transportation and other expenses. This program is personally funded by talented author and public speaker Linda Lael Miller in her belief that an educated woman has the power to influence the future.

Requirements

Candidate must be a legal resident of the U.S. or Canada attending a U.S. or Canadian college or university. She must be 25 years of age or older as of May 1 the year she applies. Essays will be judged on readability, demonstration of commitment to the applicant’s education and/or career, and the possible impact of the scholarship on the life of the recipient, her family and/or her community. Finalists may be asked to provide proof of enrollment, documentation of coursework, educational acceptance, and/or other information related to the essay.

6. Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children

  • Name: Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Support Award
  • Deadline: Applications available in April 2012.
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Vocational, Two-Year, Graduate, Post-graduate, Professional
  • Restrictions: Must be a low-income mother of at least one minor child.
  • URL: www.patsyminkfoundation.org

Award Information

Patsy Takemoto Mink served in the U.S. Congress twice, where she represented Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District. The first woman of color elected to the US House of Representatives, she worked tirelessly for civil rights, women’s rights, economic justice, civil liberties, peace, and the integrity of the democratic process.

Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation aims to carry on some of Congresswoman Mink’s most ardent commitments: educational access, support, and opportunity for low-income women, especially mothers, and educational enrichment for children. In 2012, the Foundation offered five Education Support Awards of up to $2,000 each to assist low-income women, with children, who are pursuing education or training. Education Support Awards may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while the student is enrolled in an educational program.

Requirements

Applicant must be a woman, at least 17 years of age. She must be a mother with minor children (under age 18). She must be enrolled in a skills training, ESL, or a GED program; or pursuing a technical/vocational degree, an associate’s degree, a first bachelor’s degree, or a professional/master’s/doctoral degree. She must be enrolled in an accredited program during the appropriate academic year. She must have a low-income background.

7. Soroptimist International of the Americas

  • Name: Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards
  • Deadline: December 1
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Vocational
  • Restrictions: Must be living in one of the Soroptimist International countries.
  • URL: www.soroptimist.org

Award Information

The Women’s Opportunity Awards program is Soroptimist’s major women’s education project. Through the program, clubs in 19 countries and territories assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families. Soroptimist does this by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Recipients of the Women’s Opportunity Awards may use the awards to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare and transportation.

Requirements

Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families (including spouses, children, siblings, and/or parents), and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ 19 member countries and territories are eligible to apply. They are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan Province of China, United States of America, and Venezuela.

Applicants cannot previously have been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award and are not a Soroptimist member, employee or immediate family of either. References are required. Application information is online.

8. OnlineColleges.Org/Education Aid, Inc.

  • Name: Support a Student Scholarship for Single Parents
  • Deadline: November 1
  • Subject Areas: Non-tuition expenses
  • Level(s): Any
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: www.onlinecolleges.org

Award Information

The “Support a Student” Program was created by Education Aid and funded by OnlineColleges.org to help economically disadvantaged students who are at risk of dropping out of school due to lack of financial support.

Many students do not receive enough financial support to complete their education goals. They must work and go to school at the same time, and cannot handle the pressure of doing both; or they simply can’t come up with enough money to pay for non-tuition related expenses such as rent, childcare, and groceries while going to school.

It is the goal of the program to change the lives of students around the country by providing them with financial support they need to complete their education. The mission of Online Colleges.org is to help people further their education and career goals. By partnering with Education Aid, Online Colleges.org is able to further this mission by financially supporting a student who is working towards a college degree.

Support a Student Scholarship for Single Parents awards a $10,000 scholarship to an economically disadvantaged single parent who is enrolled in an accredited online post-secondary institution. The $10,000 scholarship is exclusively created for single parents to help them pay for non-tuition related living expenses: rent, childcare, internet, books and school supplies, groceries, etc.

Requirements

Eligible candidates for the scholarship are those attending an accredited post-secondary institution, participating in an online degree program or a campus-based degree program with a significant online component to it (such as online lectures or quizzes), receiving some type of financial aid, and a single parent. The student will be required to provide relevant supporting documentation necessary to validate any expenses being paid for on her behalf.

9. Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc.

  • Name: Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)
  • Deadline: Ongoing annually. No deadline.
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Vocational, Two-Year
  • Restrictions: Applicant must be female and a direct survivor of “intimate partner” abuse. Applicant must have been parted from said abusive partner for a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years.
  • URL: www.wispinc.org

Award Information

The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) was created in 1999 to help formerly battered women overcome barriers to the education necessary for their becoming employable and financially stable. The primary intent is to help single mothers with young children who have the greatest financial challenges to gain work skills so they can support their families.

The program’s funds target women who are in desperate financial situations and absolutely must have both an education and WISP funds to assist them. The awards have no specific dollar amount set; however they are usually for around $2,000. This scholarship may be renewed.

Requirements

Special consideration will be given to those interested in using their education to further the rights of, and options for, women and girls.

The applicant must otherwise have survived intimate partner abuse and have been separated from their abuser a minimum of one year; be a citizen or legal resident of the United States; have applied to or be officially accepted into an accredited course of study at a United States institution; demonstrate a critical need for financial assistance; exhibit a strong desire and the ability to complete a training and/or academic program; have a definite plan to use the desired training to upgrade skills for career advancement, to train for a new career field, or to enter or reenter the job market; and have sought services from a non-profit, domestic violence agency for a minimum of 6 consecutive months, with this agency willing to act as sponsor by mentoring and providing support to the student throughout her educational experience.

G. Specific Majors

Some scholarships require that a student be majoring in a particular subject area. One of the biggest places to find scholarship money right now for women is in the STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Even if none of these areas suit someone, scholarships for other majors are out there.

Please note: these scholarships are listed alphabetically by Subject Area/Major.

1. American Society of Women Accountants Educational Foundation

  • Name: ASWAEF Scholarships
  • Deadline: March, all scholarships
  • Subject Areas: Accounting
  • Level(s): Undergraduate/Associate’s Degree
  • Restrictions: 2-Year Scholarships are for Associate’s Degrees and Community college students only.
  • URL: www.aswaseattle.org

Award Information

The American Society of Women Accountants Educational Foundation offers two awards to eligible students. These two awards are for two different sets of people: the first are those looking for a two-year Associate’s degree, and the second for undergrads of sophomore level and above. In either case, the student must be getting a degree in accounting-related fields.

Requirements

For a two-year scholarship, the candidates must be community college students entering their second year of an Associate’s Degree Program who have completed 15 semester hours or the equivalent. They must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship candidates will be reviewed on leadership, character, communication skills, scholastic average and financial need.

For the undergraduate scholarship, the candidates must have completed their sophomore year of college (or 60 semester hours or the equivalent by time of scholarship award), and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants for this scholarship will also be reviewed on the same things as two-year students. Both scholarships have one online application to print out and complete, along with an essay. Transcripts are required for both scholarships.

2. Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)

  • Name: Arne Administrative Scholarship for Women Administrators
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Administration
  • Level(s): Professional
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the ELCA.
  • URL: www.elca.org

Award Information

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to women interested in reaching the top of their field as an administrator. The additional education may be pursued through full-time school attendance, evening/part-time attendance, or summer session attendance.

This scholarship was established in 1998 by Esther Arne, who served on the Women of the ELCA churchwide executive board in its first triennium. The average award has been $500. Recipient is eligible to reapply and receive assistance for a maximum of two years.

Requirements

The applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America. She must hold membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She must have at least a bachelor’s degree. She must also provide the following: records of any academic or professional courses taken since being awarded a bachelor’s degree; examples of being a decision maker; and evidence of ability and willingness to study. The scholarship committee will also consider the applicant’s involvement in Women of the ELCA.

3. Evangelical Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

  • Name: Belmer/Flora Prince, Kahler, Vickers/Raup, Wettstein Opportunity Scholarship for Lutheran Laywomen
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Any (health-related fields especially considered)
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Vocational
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the ELCA
  • URL: www.elca.org

Award Information

The purpose of the Opportunity Scholarships for Lutheran Laywomen is to provide assistance to women studying for a career other than ordained ministry. The specific purpose of the Belmer, Kahler, Vickers/Raup Funds is to assist ELCA women as they prepare for ELCA service abroad, either in general or in health professions.

These funds are from the interest on endowment funds given by LCA (Lutheran Church in America) women to the organization; some date back to UELC (United Evangelical Lutheran Church) women. The average award is between $800 and $1,000. Recipient is eligible to reapply and receive assistance for a maximum of two years.

Requirements

The applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America. She must hold membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and be at least 21 years old. She must have experienced an interruption in education of two or more years since completion of high school. The committee will consider, along with the application, essay, and references, clearly stated, attainable goals and involvement in Women of the ELCA.

4. Worldstudio Foundation

Award Information

Each year, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships receives hundreds of applications from young people in the art field desperate to influence the world with their amazing talents but without the financial means to do so. Fortunately, with the support of generous individuals, organizations and corporations, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only to realize their artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities.

These scholarships benefit minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying the design/arts disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Some of the scholarships’ primary aims are to increase diversity in the creative professions, and to foster social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers, and studios of tomorrow. To this end, scholarship recipients are selected not only for their ability and their need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community through their work.

Basic scholarships are awarded in the amount of $2,000-$3,000. Grand Prize awards are also given each year in amounts up to $6,000 at the jury’s discretion. In addition, Honorable Mention prizes in the amount of $500 cash are awarded.

Requirements

Applicants must be citizens of the United States or be in possession of a Green Card (formally known as a Permanent Resident Card or Form I-551). They must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the listed areas on the site (they may change annually) and plan to enter a career in the creative professions.

Applicants must be matriculated (or planning to matriculate) at accredited colleges and universities in the United States for the coming academic year and intend on maintaining full-time status for that entire year. Incoming students who have yet to enroll must submit proof of acceptance from their school of choice.

Minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA. Scholarships are only awarded to those students who are in financial need. Applicants must, therefore, provide complete Financial Aid information on the scholarship form and have the form signed by his/her Financial Aid Officer.

5. Women in Aviation International (WAI)

  • Name: Women in Aviation International Scholarships
  • Deadline: November
  • Subject Areas: Aviation
  • Level(s): Professional
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of WAI.
  • URL: www.wai.org

Award Information

Women in Aviation International funds the dreams of women. The organization began in 1990 and was formally established in 1994 to encourage women to seek opportunities in aviation. WAI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. The scholarships awarded are a major part of the organization’s mission.

In the past 22 years, Women in Aviation International has disbursed millions of dollars to its members so they can advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have worked hard to obtain. These scholarships aid teachers by providing them with the resources they need to introduce aviation into the classrooms or to enhance their skills.

The organization’s membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others.

Requirements

All applications must include three stapled sets of the following information: official WAI application form, two one-page recommendation letters, a typed, descriptive 500-word essay, professional résumé, and copies of all aviation and medical certificates and the last three pages of your pilot logbook, if applicable.

The descriptive essay or résumé should address your aviation history and goals, what you have done for yourself to achieve your goals, where you see yourself in five and ten years, how the scholarship will help you achieve your objective and your present financial need, flight or other training/education for which you need assistance, how your previous training was financed, educational scholarships, awards and honors, where you would obtain the training and the hourly rate for the instructor, aircraft, and simulators, or other costs (if applying for cash scholarship), demonstrated involvement in aviation activities, and other applicable information as requested for each specific scholarship.

International applicants must meet the above requirements. In addition, you must include your country’s pilot, mechanic or other requirements and the equivalent copies of licenses and medicals.

6. Zonta International

  • Name: Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
  • Deadline: May
  • Subject Areas: Business Management
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: Must live in a Zonta International region.
  • URL: www.zonta.org

Award Information

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships are awarded to women undertaking business studies who have demonstrated outstanding potential in the field. Zonta International offers scholarships of $1,000 each at the district level and twelve international scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. Any woman undertaking a business and/or business-related program at an accredited university/college/institute, in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a master’s program at the time the application is submitted, is eligible to apply.

The scholarship may be used at any university, college or institute offering accredited courses and degrees. Previous International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship recipients may not apply to renew the Scholarship for a second year. Since the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 275 scholarships to women from 42 countries.

Requirements

Applicants must be undertaking a business and/or business-related program at an accredited university/college/institute. They must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a master’s program at the time the application is submitted (applicants must still be attending school to receive this award). They must have achieved an outstanding academic record during their academic studies, including business-related subjects. They must have demonstrated initiative, ambition and commitment to pursuing a career in business. They must be living or studying in a Zonta region/district. Application requirements are included with the online application.

7. Women of ACM (Association for Computer Machinery)

  • Name: ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Subject Areas: Computer science
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: women.acm.org

Award Information

ACM-W, with funding from Wipro Technologies, provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Exposure to the CS research world can be an important factor in encouraging a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to PhD, PhD to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends.

As of 2011, twenty ACM-W/Wipro scholarships will be funded annually: ten scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded for intra-continental conference travel, and ten scholarships of up to $1,200 will be awarded for intercontinental conference travel.

Requirements

Eligible applicants must complete the online application form, including discussion of why she wants to attend the conference and what she hopes to gain from doing so. Applicants are strongly urged to upload a letter of support from their advisor, chair, or dean. In order for an application to be considered for award, it is necessary that all sections be completed, including details of the conference the candidate plans to attend. Each applicant must set up a free ACM web account in order to complete the application.

8. Google

  • Name: Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
  • Deadline: February 12, 2012 (extension)
  • Subject Areas: Computing and Technology Fields
  • Level(s): Late Undergraduate and Graduate.
  • Restrictions: Must be female, upperclassman, working toward a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related tech field. Full time student. GPA of 3.5/4.0 or 4.5/5.0 scale.
  • URL: www.google.com/anitaborg

Award Information

Named after tech guru and rebel Anita Borg, the memorial scholarship is intended to keep alive her desire to break down barriers that hold back women and minorities from entering the computing and tech fields.

In 1997, Borg founded The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Though she died in 2003, her legacy lives on via the institute and Google’s global scholarship awards. Past applicants and finalists are welcome to reapply. The amount listed is $10,000, with finalists receiving $1,000 each.

Requirements

Eligible candidates must include their academic background and demonstrated leadership. The application is online at the URL. This scholarship is available in several countries: the U.S., Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Candidates must send their resume, application, essay response, transcripts, and referrer information.

9. American Academy of Chefs

  • Name: American Academy of Chefs Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: Varies (see website)
  • Subject Areas: Culinary
  • Level(s): All
  • Restrictions: None.
  • URL: www.acfchefs.org

Award Information

The American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), offers educational scholarships to high school students, college students, professional chefs looking to further their education or become certified and student culinary teams currently competing at ACF Regional and National conferences. High school seniors and college students may apply for the ACF scholarship program. Scholarships also exist for particular schools within the ACF family.

Requirements

Generally, applicants will be required to submit the usual paperwork with their application. They must also have or maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, be currently accepted to an accredited, postsecondary college, with a major in either culinary or pastry arts, or be an ACF registered apprentice. They must have a career goal of becoming a chef or pastry chef. Evaluation procedures and specific information regarding these entrants and others may be found on the website.

10. Association of Romanian Orthodox Ladies’ Auxiliaries in America

  • Name: Helen Muntean Education Scholarship for Women
  • Deadline: May 15
  • Subject Areas: Education
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the Romanian Orthodox church
  • URL: roea.org

Award Information

The ARFORA (Association of Romanian Orthodox Ladies’ Auxiliaries in America) understands how expensive college can be. As a result, they are offering the ARFORA/Helen Muntean Education Scholarship for Women to members of the Romanian Orthodox church.

A $1,000 scholarship may be awarded annually to a woman who has completed the first year of a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university. She must be enrolled in the School of Education for the purpose of becoming a teacher and must be registered for the next year of her program of studies. She must be a communicant member of the ROEA.

Requirements

The applicant must be a voting member of a parish of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. She must have successfully completed her first year in an accredited university or college. She must be registered in an accredited undergraduate university or college for her next year of study.

Three letters of recommendation must be mailed sealed, directly to the attention of the ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship Committee at the listed address of the website: one from the parish priest and two from individuals not related to the applicant, attesting to her character. A photograph must be included with the above specified information. A formal letter projecting the applicant’s plans, including personal goals, projected use of degree, church and community involvement, honors and awards, shall constitute formal application.

11. Society of Women Engineers

  • Name: Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Subject Areas: Engineering
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: None.
  • URL: societyofwomenengineers.swe.org

Award Information

The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. There are several SWE-approved programs at four universities. Applicants complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Returning students have scholarships available on the website also. Also available at the website is a section for local SWE-related scholarships that may be applied to.

Requirements

Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a baccalaureate ABET-accredited engineering or computer science degree program, or be accepted for enrollment in a baccalaureate ABET-accredited engineering or computer science degree program. The applicant must be in a position to accept the scholarship in the school year for which it is being awarded. The minimum GPA is 3.5/4.0 (unweighted) for incoming freshman applicants.

The applicant must be a full-time student. The applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US for some scholarships. The applicant must not be receiving full funding for education from another organization (e.g. members of the Armed Services attending US Military Academies, students receiving full reimbursement from an employer). Resumes, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc., are required with the online application.

Sophomores through graduate students must have the minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 and not be a current recipient of a renewable SWE Scholarship (i.e. cannot already receive a SWE scholarship payment in the coming academic year.) The applicant must be a full-time student, except for reentry applicants. All other requirements are the same.

12. Vanguard

  • Name: The Vanguard Women in Information Technology Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: November 30
  • Subject Areas: Information Technology (IT) related fields
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org

Award Information

The Vanguard Women in Information Technology Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to female students entering their junior or senior year of college during the 2012 school year.

The program’s goal is to remove financial barriers for female students who demonstrate academic excellence and are pursuing studies in computer science, computer engineering, web design or other IT-related disciplines. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. Since introducing this program in 2004, Vanguard has awarded approximately $250,000 to deserving college students.

Vanguard, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is one of the world’s largest investment management companies and a leading provider of employer-sponsored retirement plans. Vanguard manages nearly $1.6 trillion in U.S. mutual fund assets (as of February 2011). Vanguard offers more than 170 funds to U.S. investors plus additional funds in non-U.S. markets.

Requirements

Applicants to the Vanguard Women in Information Technology Scholarship Program must be female college students entering their junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2012. They must be currently enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college or university in the United States and remain enrolled for the entire 2012-2013 academic year. They must be pursuing a major in computer science, computer engineering, web design or other IT-related disciplines. They must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. They must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Children of Vanguard employees are not eligible to apply to this program.

13. Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)

  • Name: Schmieder Leadership Scholarship for Women Faculty at ELCA Colleges and Seminaries
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Leadership and Management Training
  • Level(s): Professional
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the ELCA
  • URL: www.elca.org

Award Information

The purpose of this scholarship is to develop and promote women’s leadership at ELCA colleges and seminaries by assisting women administrators and faculty to participate in a leadership and management training institute (such as the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College).

This scholarship was begun by Charlotte Fiechter, the second executive director of Women of the ELCA, to encourage academic and administrative leadership among women on our ELCA college, university, and seminary faculties and staffs. The funds for this scholarship are from interest on the Schmieder Endowment Fund.

To date, 22 women have attended summer institutes, each receiving between $2,000 and $4,000, with additional monetary assistance from her college, university, or seminary

Requirements

The applicant must be nominated by the president of her institution. She may attend the institute of her choice, provided that the program includes work in governance, financial management, administration, and professional development. She must gain admission to the institute of her choice and provide written confirmation of admission to the institute before the scholarship is disbursed. She must show that her institution is sharing the cost of the summer institute by providing financial support in a variety of ways, such as transportation, staff support as necessary, and so forth.

Furthermore, the committee considers that the applicant’s expectations from the institute are clearly stated and attainable. Preference is given to applicants who have the terminal degree in their discipline and with at least three years experience in teaching or administration. The committee also considers the applicant’s involvement in Women of the ELCA.

14. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

  • Name: Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Deadline: January
  • Subject Areas: Mathematics, Natural sciences, and Engineering
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: www.act.org

Award Information

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, in the spring of each year for use during the coming academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students – those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the coming academic year – who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official online nomination process on the Foundation’s website. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.

Requirements

To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the current academic year. They must have a college grade point average of at least “B” (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.

Applicants must be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national. Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee’s intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card).

They must also be nominated by one of their school faculty. Nominees are evaluated on demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, and outstanding academic performance.

15. American Medical Women’s Association

  • Name: Medical Education Scholarships
  • Deadline: August 1-September 30 and December 15-January 31
  • Subject Areas: Medicine
  • Level(s): Graduate, Post-graduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of the AMWA
  • URL: www.amwa-doc.org

Award Information

Throughout its 94-year history, AMWA has been dedicated to a dual mission: advancing women in medicine and promoting women’s health. AMWA continues to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of outstanding women in medicine and encourage the promising young medical professionals of tomorrow through its many award, grant and scholarship programs.

AMWA is proud to use its modest resources making a difference in the lives of women every day — providing grants to AMWA student chapters; supporting physicians-in-training overseas; and rewarding students for outstanding service and merit. AMWA is familiar with the high cost of a medical education as a daunting and sometimes frightening prospect. Supporting a student’s medical education is important to the institution, and in this light, AMWA awards four $1,000 scholarships to women currently enrolled in medical school.

Requirements

Awardees will be chosen based on the embodiment of the goals of AMWA. Financial need, though not a requirement, is also considered. Applicants should send completed applications via email. Candidates must include the name and phone number of a financial aid director who can verify their financial status, and also have one recommendation letter sent directly to the e-mail address on the website. Applications are available online.

16. Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Name: Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Nursing
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: None.
  • URL: www.dar.org

Award Information

The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who are in financial need and are accepted and enrolled into an accredited school of nursing. It is a one-time award of $1,000. Only one properly submitted application is necessary for consideration for any nursing award or for the Madeline Picket Halbert Cogswell Nursing Scholarship.

Requirements

All applicants must be citizens of the United States and must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. DAR chapter sponsorship is not required; however, a chapter or state chairman may work with the applicant to put the information together to send to the DAR Scholarship Committee.

Awards are based on academic merit, commitment to the field of study and financial need. No affiliation with DAR is necessary unless specified. Application is online.

17. Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)

  • Name: Herbert W. and Corinne Chilstrom Scholarship for Women Preparing for Ordained Ministry
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Ordained Ministry
  • Level(s): Professional, Vocational
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of ELCA.
  • URL: www.elca.org

Award Information

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to Lutheran women who are second-career students entering their final year at an ELCA seminary. This scholarship was established in 1996 to honor the first bishop of the ELCA, Bishop Herbert W. Chilstrom, and his wife, the Rev. Corinne Chilstrom. It was intentionally begun during the 25th anniversary year of the ordination of women in the predecessor ELCA bodies. The average award has been between $600 and $1,000, and is awarded to women who are working toward ordained ministry.

Requirements

The applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America. She must hold membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She must have experienced an interruption in education of at least five years since college graduation. She must be endorsed by her synodical candidacy committee and be preparing for ordained ministry in the ELCA. The scholarship committee will also consider the applicant’s involvement in Women of the ELCA.

18. The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation

  • Name: Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety
  • Deadline: December
  • Subject Areas: Safety Engineering/Environment
  • Level(s): Graduate
  • Restrictions: None
  • URL: www.asse.org

Award Information

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession.

Since the Foundation’s inception, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to more than 500 students and professional education grants to more than 125 working professionals. Their scholarship and grant program has awarded nearly $1.2 million to deserving students and professionals. The Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety is for one award at $1,000.

Requirements

U.S. citizenship is not required, though in some cases, it is preferred. The same application should be used for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Applicants should fill out the information that is relevant to their status. Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified. Applicants must graduate in May of the award year or later to be eligible for any of these awards. Previous recipients of ASSE Foundation scholarship awards are eligible to receive subsequent awards. ASSE student membership is preferred and costs $15 per year.

19. American Water Works Association

  • Name: Holly A. Cornell Scholarship
  • Deadline: January
  • Subject Areas: Water supply and treatment
  • Level(s): Graduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a member of AWWA
  • URL: www.awwa.org

Award Information

The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship, created in 1990 by CH2M Hill, Inc., honors the name of Holly A. Cornell, co-founder of CH2M Hill. It is meant to encourage and support outstanding female and/or minority students pursuing advanced training in the field of water supply and treatment. Students who have been accepted into graduate school but have not yet begun graduate study are encouraged to apply.

CH2M Hill will assist the recipient with travel costs to the AWWA annual conference where the award will be presented. This award is a $7,500 one-time grant.

Requirements

Check website in the fall for information.

H. State and Local Scholarships

There simply is not room to list every scholarship offered at the state and local level. Many of these scholarships can be found by going directly to the websites of universities, local businesses, or state agencies to search for them. These scholarships are alphabetically listed by State or Local area. Washington, D.C., is listed according to the District of Columbia instead of the city name.

1. American Association of University Women (AAUW)

  • Name: Branch and State Local Scholarships
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): All
  • Restrictions: None.
  • URL: www.aauw.org

Award Information

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners. AAUW branches and states provide funding for local scholarship programs across the U.S. for women students seeking educational funding. Participating branches and states determine their scholarship amounts and eligibility criteria, and applicants apply directly to the opportunities for which they are qualified.

Requirements

Varies. Information regarding submitting an application may be requested by contacting the AAUW Branch or State that sponsors the scholarship. Information regarding local scholarships in your area not listed may be found by contacting your local AAUW branch. Information is NOT available from the AAUW National Office. The website lists branch and local offices.

2. Helping Hands for Single Moms

  • Name: Helping Hands for Single Moms Scholarship
  • Deadline: As available.
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): Any.
  • Restrictions: Must live in the Phoenix, AZ metro area.
  • URL: helpinghandsforsinglemoms.org

Award Information

Helping Hands for Single Moms is a community-based non-profit organization offering unrestricted scholarships of up to $270 each month to help impoverished single mothers who live in the Phoenix metro area pursue college degree and achieve financial independence.

When a single mom first enrolls in college, her family situation often becomes worse before it gets better. In addition to midterms, finals and term papers, the single mom must attempt to live on inadequate financial resources while maintaining a household, managing transportation challenges, and nurturing her children. She is juggling school, family and work while facing loneliness, isolation, and low self-esteem. Together, these are significant challenges that often converge and can lead to dropping out of school.

In order to facilitate success, Helping Hands for Single Moms provides a supportive program. The program benefits for our moms include an unrestricted scholarship for $270 per month, AAA towing, assistance with auto repairs, emergency funds, tech assistance for computers and software, limited dental and medical care for mom, hair cut and style, holiday gifts, carpet cleaning, budget management, optional mentoring and tutoring, textbook purchase assistance, Single Moms Network monthly meetings, professional counseling, legal counsel, and a life insurance policy.

Requirements

This scholarship requires that the applicant live in the Phoenix metro area. To be eligible, candidates must attend college, have U.S. citizenship and reside in Maricopa County, AZ. She must carry a minimum of nine credit hours per semester, maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA or better, have at least one child under age 11 living with her, attend and participate in the Single Moms Network meetings each month, be a responsible and responsive program participant, and not reside with a domestic partner.

3. Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

  • Name: Arkansas Single Parent Scholarships
  • Deadline: Varies by county
  • Subject Areas: All
  • Level(s): All
  • Restrictions: Must live in Arkansas
  • URL: www.aspsf.org

Award Information

The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund was established in 1990 in recognition of the severe impoverishment of single-parent families in Arkansas. The purpose of these Single Parent Scholarships is to provide supplemental financial assistance to those single parents living in Arkansas who are pursuing a course of instruction that will improve their income-earning potential.

In most cases, scholarships may be used for tuition, books, utility bills, car maintenance, childcare, or any other financial need that contributes to the recipients’ success in school. However, the guidelines for the manner in which the scholarship may be used are at the discretion of each scholarship provider.

Nearly one in five Arkansas families is led by single parents, of which 80% are single mothers. An estimated 43% of single-parent families were officially below the poverty line (2008-2010 American Community Survey) in 2010.

ASPSF believes that single-parent families that are led by skilled and educated mothers and fathers have a much greater opportunity to achieve self sufficiency and a better quality of life, generation after generation. A skilled workforce also helps the economic condition of our communities and boosts our state’s ability to compete in the global market.

Requirements

The Single Parent Scholarship is not a state grant and cannot be applied for using the Universal Application online. To apply, use the website to contact the closest local Single Parent Scholarship Fund affiliate.

Single Parent Scholarship Fund application forms and scholarship deadlines vary by county, so be sure to use the application provided by the Scholarship that serves the correct home county. Most applications will require a basic 2.5 or higher GPA, application to the Pell Grant, and proof of education level. Many scholarships may be renewable.

4. The Culinary Institute of America

  • Name: CIA Scholarships
  • Deadline: Varies with school
  • Subject Areas: Culinary Arts
  • Level(s): Bachelor’s and Two-Year
  • Restrictions: Must be on one of the three CIA campuses in California, New York, or Texas
  • URL: www.ciachef.edu

Award Information

For more than six decades, the Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education. The CIA has inspired excellence throughout the food world by leading the way: in the education of students, in the elevation of the culinary profession, through the innovation of thought leadership, and through collaborations on critical food and industry issues. In all these ways, the college has truly changed the way the world looks at food. Each of the three U.S. campuses has different scholarships available.

Requirements

Eligible applicants must be enrolled at the Hyde Park, NY; Helena, CA, or San Antonio, TX campus. Applications with all listed requirements are available online.

5. Association for Women Geoscientists

  • Name: The Penelope Hanshaw Scholarship
  • Deadline: April 30
  • Subject Areas: Geoscience
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Restrictions: Only available to students at Delaware, DC, Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia colleges
  • URL: www.awg.org

Award Information

The Penelope Hanshaw Scholarship is awarded each year by AWG-Potomac Chapter through the AWG Foundation. The scholarship was created in 1991 to honor the work of Penny Hanshaw, a founding member of AWG-Potomac Chapter. AWG’s goals are to encourage the participation of women in the geosciences, to exchange educational, technical, and professional information, and to enhance the professional growth and advancement of women in the geosciences. The scholarship is for one award of $500.

Requirements

Eligible candidates are women who are currently enrolled as full-time, graduate or undergraduate geoscience majors in an accredited, degree-granting college or university in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia. The candidate must demonstrate academic excellence by a grade point average not lower than 3.0/4.0 scale, awareness of the importance of community outreach by participation in geoscience or earth-science education activities that reflect AWG’s goals, and potential for leadership as a future geoscience professional.

Please submit a letter of nomination from a current geoscience professor or the geoscience department chairperson, an additional letter of recommendation from geoscience faculty or geoscience employers, a letter of application from the candidate, and an academic transcript. Candidates must include their school and home addresses. Applications are available online.

6. The Association for Women in Communications

  • Name: AWC-DC Matrix Scholarship
  • Deadline: April
  • Subject Areas: Communications fields
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a student in Washington, D.C.
  • URL: www.awcdc.net

Award Information

Founded in 1909, The Association for Women in Communications is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious professional communications organizations in the country. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a deserving college student each year at the annual AWC-DC Matrix Awards event in May.

Requirements

Eligible applicants must be a current sophomore or junior female undergraduate student, full- or part-time, attending a Washington D.C. consortium school studying communications, advertising, journalism, public relations, marketing, or graphic arts for a bachelor’s degree. They must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, work experience in communications or a related field, and be active in extra-curricular activities including family obligations, volunteer work, and club and organization involvement that show versatility and commitment.

They must also be available to attend the Matrix Scholarship and Professional Awards Event at the National Press Club. Consortium schools are American University, The Catholic University of America, Corcoran College Of Art + Design, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, The George Washington University, Howard University, Marymount University, Southeastern University, Trinity University, University of the District of Columbia, and University of Maryland (College Park and University College). Application is online.

7. Emerge Scholarships, Inc.

  • Name: Emerge Scholarships
  • Deadline: January
  • Subject Areas: Any
  • Level(s): All
  • Restrictions: None. Preference given to Georgia applicants. Cannot be a recent high school graduate.
  • URL: emergescholarships.org

Award Information

The Emerge Scholarships Inc. (Emerge) scholarship program has awarded nearly a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships since its founding year in 2001.

The selection committee is focused on identifying a special class of women: nontraditional students whose education was delayed or interrupted, individuals with a vision to succeed regardless of any obstacles that life has put in their way. This may include women who are returning to school after a hiatus, changing careers, seeking advancement in their career or work life, and/or stay-at-home moms entering the work place and in need of additional education/training.

The exact amount of each scholarship and the total number of scholarships to be awarded will vary from year to year (10 scholarships were awarded in 2011). The approximate value of each award for 2012 will be $2,000-$5,000 (amount is subject to change).

Requirements

Scholarship applicants must be accepted into a program of study at an educational institution, as evidenced by a proof of acceptance – either an acceptance letter or a current school transcript. Applicants must be at least 25 years of age as of the date of the postmark of the application.

Preference is given to women who are pursuing their educational endeavors in the state of Georgia. This scholarship is not intended for recent high school graduates or women who are eligible for or who have already received other significant financial aid.

The primary selection criteria the committee will consider are financial need (based upon employment, family contribution, other scholarship funding, other income, etc.); personal vision (alignment of goals with life journey); community service; and future plans, i.e., how the applicant plans to apply her education. Please see the website for detailed information on selection criteria and application requirements.

8. Association for Women in Computing – Ann Arbor (AWC-AA)

  • Name: AWC Scholarship Fund for Women in Computing
  • Deadline: April
  • Subject Areas: Technology and Computing
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be a student in Washtenaw County, Michigan
  • URL: www.aaacf.org

Award Information

Established in 2003 by the Ann Arbor chapter of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC-AA). The organization’s goal is to increase the number and influence of women in technology and computing and to encourage interest among women in learning about and utilizing these skills to further their professional development. Two awards of $1,000 each are available.

Requirements

Eligible applicants must be pursuing a career in a computer or technology-related field and must have at least two semesters of coursework remaining. Applicants must register with eGrants to apply online. Applications require the latest transcript, one letter of recommendation, resume or CV, and essays answering three questions.

9. New York Women in Communications Foundation

  • Name: New York Women in Communications Foundation Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: January
  • Subject Areas: Communications
  • Level(s): All
  • Restrictions: Must be a permanent resident of NY, NJ, CT, or PA
  • URL: www.nywici.org

Award Information

Each year, the New York Women in Communications Foundation awards 15-20 scholarships to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, need, and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications.

New York Women in Communications and its Foundation are committed to inclusion and diversity. Scholarships are generally in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000. The distribution varies from year to year, but in 2011 they awarded $103,000 in scholarships to 18 students: two graduating high school seniors, 11 undergraduates, and five graduate students.

Requirements

Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens who are permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT, or PA. They must be high school seniors who are permanent residents of and attend a high school in one of these states and will graduate in 2012, or college undergraduate and graduate students who are permanent residents of one of these states.

Graduate students must also be members of New York Women in Communications in good standing (i.e. dues for the current year paid in full before applying – no exceptions). An applicant must be majoring – or, for high school seniors, declaring a major – or pursuing an advanced degree in a communications-related field including, but not limited to, advertising, broadcasting, communications, English, film, journalism, marketing, digital media, or public relations at an accredited college/university, in the U.S., and have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better (or the recalculated high school equivalent).

Past scholarship winners who are reapplying must be NYWICI members in good standing (i.e. dues for the current year paid in full, if applicable). No individual can receive the same named scholarship twice or more than two scholarships in total through the NYWICI Foundation.

10. AWG Pacific Northwest Chapter

  • Name: Janet Cullen Tanaka Scholarship
  • Deadline: December
  • Subject Areas: Geoscience
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Only available to students in Oregon and Washington State colleges
  • URL: www.awg.org

Award Information

The Association for Women Geoscientists began as a means to further the influence of women in the geosciences. The association’s goals are to encourage the participation of women in the geosciences; to exchange education, technical, and professional information; and to enhance the professional growth and advancement of women in the geosciences. To this extent, the Janet Cullen Tanaka Scholarship was created in 1989 to help female students further their educational goals in the geosciences. The award is for $1,000.

Requirements

Eligible candidates must be undergraduate women committed to completing a Bachelor’s Degree and pursuing a career or graduate work in the geosciences, including: Geology, environmental/engineering geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology or hydrology. They must be sophomore, junior, or senior women enrolled in a university or 2-year college in Oregon or Washington State. They must have a minimum of 3.2 GPA (or equivalent academic achievement).

Applicants will be judged on their potential for professional success, academic achievements, and financial need. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

11. Awarding Institution: The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

  • Name: Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Business
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Must be working or going to school in the Greater Philadelphia area
  • URL: www.greaterphilachamber.com

Award Information

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Paradigm Award is presented annually to a singular woman in business whose outstanding professional and personal achievements serve as a model for success. A nominee for the Paradigm Award is distinguished as an influential executive of a profit-making enterprise with a strong local economic impact. Her leadership and dedication to a variety of interests contribute significantly to the socio-economic prosperity of the Greater Philadelphia region. She is respected in her profession and throughout the community for her commitment to excellence and her vision for women and future generations.

Through the generosity and determination of many individuals and corporations, the Paradigm Award program has grown to include the Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women. To enhance and benefit the career aspirations of working women in the Greater Philadelphia area, this merit scholarship is awarded annually to women who wish to complete their undergraduate degrees while working full-time for Chamber member companies.

Recipients receive up to $5,000 that must be used for tuition and/or books within a two-year period. Scholarship recipients are announced at the Paradigm Award celebration each year in March.

Requirements

Applicants for the Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women must be a full-time employee, working at least 30 hours per week for a Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce member company. She must have completed at least one full year of college and must be currently enrolled (within the last 18 months) at a two- or four-year accredited institution working towards an undergraduate degree. She must have a minimum of five years full-time work experience and hold an exemplary work record.

Applications require an official copy of the college transcript, two letters of recommendation including one from a supervisor at current employer, a 200-word essay on why you should be selected as a recipient of the Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women, and a copy of your employer’s tuition reimbursement policy. Other factors are considered when selecting scholarship recipients, such as current enrollment, need, and potential for future success. Applications are available online.

12. Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

  • Name: Bernice Murray Scholarship
  • Deadline: March
  • Subject Areas: None.
  • Level(s): Undergraduate, Two-Year
  • Restrictions: Must live in or attend school in Vermont.
  • URL: services.vsac.org

Award Information

The Bernice Murray Scholarship Foundation was created by U.S. Senator James Jeffords along with family and friends of Bernice Murray, long-time aide to Senator Jeffords. The scholarship was established to honor her unselfish contributions to improving the lives of Vermonters.

The aim of the foundation is to make a difference in the lives of Vermont families, as Bernice Murray helped make a positive difference in the lives of so many human beings during her short life. The award is one or more scholarships totaling $2,000 to be used for payment of child care expenses.

Requirements

The eligible applicant must attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans). She must be a single parent with primary custody of at least one child 12 years of age or younger. She must demonstrate financial need. Selection will be based on demonstrated financial need, recommendation letter, essays, and a personal interview (for finalists only).

13. American Society of Women Accountants

  • Name: ASWA Seattle Chapter Scholarship
  • Deadline: May 2012
  • Subject Areas: Accounting
  • Level(s): Undergraduate/Graduate/Associate’s
  • Restrictions: Must be female and in school for accounting in the state of Washington.
  • URL: www.aswaseattle.org

Award Information

The American Society of Women Accountants offers several scholarships via their local chapters. The Seattle Chapter Scholarship is a one-year scholarship for an amount up to $2,000 that will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student attending an accredited school within the State of Washington. Non-members of ASWA in Washington State are welcome to apply.

Requirements

The applicant must be a part-time or full-time student, pursuing either an Associate’s of Applied Science, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Accounting. She must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours within four weeks of the application deadline. She must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.05 overall and 3.0 in Accounting.

The Committee considers career goals, communication skills, financial need and circumstances, personal circumstances, and GPA when making its decision. Application is available online.

14. Awarding Institution: Microsoft

  • Name: Women at Microsoft Scholarship
  • Deadline: February
  • Subject Areas: Technology/Computers
  • Level(s): Undergraduate
  • Restrictions: Washingon State area only
  • URL: careers.microsoft.com

Award Information

A Microsoft scholarship provides a leg up for women to pursue undergraduate studies in computer science and related technical disciplines. The student will join a community of scholarship recipients from the United States, Canada and Mexico who share her passion for technology and academic excellence. It all adds up to achieving her primary goal—making a real difference in the software industry.

As a recipient of one of our scholarships, the student will enjoy the benefits for one academic year. The winner may use the funds for tuition only, not for other costs listed on the bursar bill, such as room and board. She will also need to apply for a summer internship and if offered an internship, complete the salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington.

Requirements

Microsoft selects final candidates based on eligibility, quality of application, displayed interest in the software industry, commitment to leadership, and financial need. To be eligible, the candidate must be enrolled full-time in a Bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time she submits the application. She will need to include transcripts so that Microsoft can see that she’s making satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, math, or physics — and that she demonstrates an interest in computer science.

Because the scholarship is merit-based, the applicant must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0. The application must include six items: a resume, transcript(s), application details, answers to essay questions, letter of referral, and printed Confirmation Page from the Online Application to the Microsoft Internship Program when it comes up. Mark the application for consideration for Women’s Scholarships. See the online application for more information.

24 Responses to “Scholarships for Women”
  1. Sonya Cabral
    05.19.2012

    I am 48 yrs old and I would like to go to a Trade School and Becoma either a Teachers Aide, Dental Assistant or a Medical Assistant but I can’t afford it out of my pocket and I was wondering how and what I need to do to get a Scholarship.. Please let me know

    Thanks
    Sonya Cabral

    • Jennifer
      07.14.2012

      There isn’t much for trade schools but try to find a displaced home makers program or anything for single parents, or Helping Hands for single moms as mentioned above. Consider at least a 2 year degree in something such as Medical Technology from maybe Ivey Tech or another college. I recieved an A.S. in Medical Technology in 1995 and was a single parent working as a nursing assistant. Irecieved help from the financial aid department with grants and school loans and also help from Displaced Homemaker’s program which helped with gas and babysitters. I now work in hospitals and have for 17 yrs. worked as a Medical Technician, I make over $24.00 an hr. I love my job. It is a secure field to get into and beginning salaries range from $16.00 to $18.00 an hr. The schools offer a lot of help and you should go talk with an advisor. Jennifer

  2. Olga
    06.01.2012

    I am a female of 33 years old. I am just wondering if there are scholarships for Africans. I am from a country called Swaziland, in Southern Africa. I would like to do my degree in Travel and Tourism or any other related course eg. Business Administration. Please help because I do not have the money to do my studies..

    Olga.

  3. Roxanne Sims
    06.05.2012

    I am a junior at the University of Washington Tacoma looking for a scholarship to complete my Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences degree with a concentration in Global Studies and a minor in Urban Studies. Due to my attendance in school beyond 6 years i am no longer eligible for the Pell Grant therefore, I am in need of scholarship assistances. If you could inform me of the scholarships available due to my current need I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

  4. Linda Outlaw
    06.09.2012

    I am a 41yr old female just going back to school takeing up early education.At the same time 2 of my sons will be attending college also, i was wondering if there is any help out there i’m on a fix income which makes it hard to help them .And myself including the younger ones i have in middel school.If you know anyone that could help us with college will you please let me know.

  5. zahraa
    06.19.2012

    hi, I’m Zahraa from lebanon, I would like to continue studying either in USA or Canada, am graduated Bussiness Adminstration, and i like to continue something related to psychology or medical things , i cannot affordable the costs & fees , could help us with college will you please let me know,
    Thank you,

  6. Paris A Eaddy
    07.03.2012

    Hi My name is Paris I am 21 I am looking for scholarships to help me pay for tuition while I’m n nursing school.

  7. CRB
    08.09.2012

    I am a mother of two girls and other than a small amount of money from a part time job doing after school care I have been a stay at home Mom. I am 35. My husband is going to need dialysis and a kidney transplant. We are looking at a window of about 18 months. I have done medical billing in the past and like it and plan to enroll in a certification course at a local college. The cost is 20K. I need financial help. Any thing you can point me to would be appreciated. I will get a little aide but currently am looking at having to get student loans which will be a burden because we look to have medical bills on top of everything else.

  8. Charlotte Simpson
    08.12.2012

    45 year old woman looking to go back to school for a masters degree in engineering, cyber security, or computer science looking for scholarships and grants to help with college tution expenses.

  9. Imelda
    08.17.2012

    Hi I am 46 years single mother from international country-Namibia I am looking for scholarship or any financial aid to persuade my Master degree in Nursing

  10. angelina
    08.31.2012

    50 year old african american female seekimg funding to present at a conference – any advice?

  11. Phouthasone
    02.03.2013

    Anybody can support fee for my education master degree ? Urgen by this year. Please help me. contact me by reaching detial to my request sphouthasone@yahoo.com. Thanks

  12. Ying
    02.18.2013

    Hello,

    My name is Ying, I am 28 year old (female). I am from Shan State, Burma. I am one of the Shan ethic people. Now, I am trying to find scholarship for continue my further education. Anyone can support me because went I was in my country I didn’t have a chance to study as I hope. Currently, I am working for my community people. And at the same time I need to improve my skill to support my work more successful.

    thank you very much
    looking forward to seeing someone support for my scholarship.

    best regards,
    ying

  13. Marian McCleese
    02.26.2013

    My name is Marian and I am trying to support my husband, son, and self. I would love to go to school and get my associates in RN to be able to do that.
    I am a very strong willed person, however the funds are not available for me to prove myself. I have a 3.84 GPA and I just know I can do this if I can get a scholarship to help me threw college.
    What a difference this could make in a person’s life.
    I have a passion in helping patients and I’m hard worker as well. I take pride in the medical field. God Bless.

  14. mbabazi biira evelyn
    03.19.2013

    hi
    my name is mbabazi. i struggled and completed my form six through hardships believing God would not leave me alone. 2012 i was pregnanted and gave birth, now i want to go for my bachelors degree. i would like a heavenly sent person to wipe away my tears and hear my cry in order to fulfill my dream. I am from Uganda.
    Thank you

  15. Merhawit Teklay Tsegay
    03.26.2013

    Hi
    Name Merhawit Teklay i am disable i live Ethiopia i am 21 yeas old i need scholarship pleas help any cores
    i am diploma marketing management and any more cress. Thank you…………

  16. Meredith Peterson
    03.27.2013

    How do I get money for massage therapy school?

  17. lisa freeman
    07.06.2013

    How do I get money , for college i am Environmental Science I need grants and scholarships. and my age 51 and it should not make a difference how old you are.

  18. Silres da silva soares
    10.07.2013

    I am 37 yrs old and I would like to go to a Trade School and Becoma either a Teachers or to get a diploma on English teacher, but I can’t afford it out of my pocket and I was wondering how and what I need to do to get a Scholarship.. Please let me know

    Thanks
    xana

  19. Janice Marquis
    10.19.2013

    Hi. I have worked in the admin field of medial transcription and legal most of my life since my mid-20s. I am now 49. All the office work has been automated by technology including medical transcription. This forced me from a job at 24 an hour to welfare in 2008. I am someone who worked since age 15. I am single. I want to retrain for a short course that I know will give me lots of work (nail technology) but I am broke. The government in ontario wont give me a government student loan as its too short. My credit is not good enough to get another type of loan. I know where I want to take the course, its in another city, so I would also need help for moving expenses its 600 miles east in the new year. I am living with a person and its someone its because I have no place to live here and he is very difficult and controlling. I cant get family help. I really need someone to help me with a small loan. I need 2000 at least….

  20. Janice Marquis
    10.19.2013

    Just to advise, I am a 16th generation canadian woman. Also, the last time I went to college was in toronto at george brown college and I graduated with Honors in health records management in 1993. I self taught myself medical transcription back in the 80s. I used to go to the library and study medical terms from nursing books. I can transcibe all specialties of medicine at a fast rate of speed.

    I have been looking for work in canada for over 2 years now in the capital city, ottawa….. Thank you!!!

  21. Mia Seunatrine
    11.15.2013

    I am an Engineering student and I have been kicked out of classes for funds. Please help me to get back to classes, i am falling behind.
    I am a sophomore at Tulane University. Biomedical Engineering is my major. i am a Pine View graduate, Please help me. Thank You.
    Mia

  22. drema montgomery
    02.06.2014

    i am looking for scholarship or grant for graduate in art. have 3.8 average. i am single income.

  23. Sheila Bartrellai
    02.14.2014

    I’m trying to attend online education with the Interior Design Institute which is currently priced at $1099.00, in which, $100.00 has to be paid by the end of February. I’m currently unemployed. I just submitted my FAFSA to be enrolled in Michigan’s College of Beauty as a Esthetician. This course will begin in April, which will allow time to obtain my C.I.D. Diploma.
    My reason for these two occupations is due to my wanting to become licensed as a Interior Designer, but also pursuing my resources into developing my skin care line.


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