The Top 150 Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships for Women – Ultimate Guide

Last year, 9.4 million women — 56 percent of all U.S. undergrads — enrolled in college classes. By 2028, it’s expected that 9.7 million females will be taking undergraduate college courses.

One of the greatest challenges facing today’s female students is the rising cost of college tuition. Across the nation, students and graduates carry $1.56 trillion in total student loan debt.

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Scholarships for Women [2019 to 2020 Edition]

With the right combination of scholarships, grants, and fellowships, your desire to graduate from college without student loan debt can be more than just a dream. Make it your reality!

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Comprehensive Scholarship Guide for Women

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With over 150 scholarships, grants, and fellowships geared specifically for women, there’s no shortage of financial aid available to you!

With this portion of the guide, we will answer frequently asked questions and help walk you through the process of applying for scholarships and student aid.

Whether your educational goals are set or you are just beginning to consider your options, it’s never too early to begin looking at the scholarships available to you.

Scholarships for Women in the Arts & Humanities

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Whether you’re a writer, a visual artist, a filmmaker or a communicator, you’ll find a variety of female scholarship opportunities. The organizations that grant these scholarships believe in the arts’ power to better the world.

Rank University Featured Image tbl-programs Location mdgtbl-description
1 Agnes F. Vaghi Scholarship Fund
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,500 – $12,000
DEADLINEMarch 1
The National Italian American Foundation gives this scholarship to one female undergraduate each year. To qualify, you must be Italian American, and you or a family member must belong to NIAF. In addition, you must have a GPA of at least 3.5, and your major must be literature, journalism, English or Italian.
2 Cottey College Fine Arts Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
Students in one of the fine arts programs at Cottey College in Missouri are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Awards are granted to students in the dance, art, theater and speech, and music departments. Your application must include information about your plans in the field of fine arts.
3 Katherine L. Hall Prize
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEJanuary 31
Undergraduate women at Ohio State University’s Columbus campus may have the opportunity to earn the Katherine L. Hall Prize. You can apply during your junior year if you are studying in one of the humanities departments, such as linguistics, religious studies or world literature.
4 Patricia O’Connell Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEJanuary 31
New York Women in Communications awards this scholarship to a female student who is pursuing a journalism degree. To be a strong applicant, you must be able to demonstrate your commitment journalistic integrity, and you must be a resident of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania.

Scholarships for Women in Aviation

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Women have made major contributions to the field of aviation since the first flight of the Wright Brothers in 1903. There are scholarships available to help you reach your goals and make your dreams possible.

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1 Aero Femme Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$500
DEADLINENovember 12
To help your future take flight, consider applying for a scholarship from Aero Femme and Women in Aviation, International. The money can help you become a licensed pilot, study airport management or pursue a career as an air traffic controller. Women aged 16 and up may apply.
2 Bay Cities Chapter of the 99s Flight Training Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEApril 7
This scholarship can help you fulfill your dreams of becoming a pilot. The award money is intended for women who are working on Private or Sport initial flight rating, and it can be applied toward training, exams, course materials or other related expenses. To apply, you must live near the Oakland Airport in California.
3 Dottie Sanders Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEJune 30
To help you advance your flight training, you can apply for the Sanders Memorial Scholarship from the San Diego Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. To apply, you must belong to the Southwest Section of the Ninety-Nines or live in select counties of Southern California. This award must be used within 90 days of receiving it.
4 Student Pilot Flight Training Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINESeptember 30
Do you want to earn your Private Pilot certification? This scholarship from the San Diego Chapter of the Ninety-Nines can help cover your costs. The award is available for female students who live in San Diego County. You must use the funds within 90 days of receiving the scholarship.

Scholarships for Women in Business, Accounting, or Finance

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Although the number of women in business programs is rising, most business schools still have more men among their ranks. Scholarships for female business students aim to boost the number of women in this field.

Rank University Featured Image tbl-programs Location mdgtbl-description
1 Institute of Management Accountants Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEApril 30
The Institute of Management Accountants and the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting sponsor this one-time award for a woman who is beginning her graduate studies in the accounting field. If you win, you’ll also receive a year-long IMA membership, and the scholarship will cover your CMA exam fees.
2 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,000-$8,000
DEADLINEJuly 1
Zonta International Foundation offers the JMK Scholarship to women who are pursuing a business major in school. The award is for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Zonta gives out about 40 of these renewable scholarships each year, and you could win one at the district/region level or the international level.
3 Laurels Fund
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$1,000-$5,000
DEADLINEMay 15
The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting manages the Laurels Fund to help women achieve their PhDs in this field. To apply for this one-time scholarship, you’ll need to submit your curriculum vitae, multiple letters of reference, and copies of your academic research or published articles.
4 Mary Macey Scholarship Program
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEApril 15
Women pursuing a career in the grocery industry can receive college tuition help through the Mary Macey Scholarship Program. This award, which is given by the NGA Foundation and Women Grocers of America, is designed to help you gain the necessary education for launching your grocery career.
5 Michele L. McDonald Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEApril 30
Are you a nontraditional student who is returning to accounting school after a break from education? Whether you had a job or were raising a family, the McDonald Memorial Scholarship from the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting may be able to help you afford your accounting degree.
6 Mildred C. Hanson SIOR Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$4,000
DEADLINEJuly 31
If commercial real estate is your calling, then you might benefit from the Hanson award from the SIOR Foundation. This scholarship is given to benefit women in their junior or senior years of finance, real estate or business programs. The scholarship is named for Millie Hansen, a pioneer among female commercial realtors.
7 Moss Adams Foundation Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEMarch 16
This award from the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting may help you complete your undergraduate degree in accounting. Being a minority woman, studying as a junior or a senior, or completing a fifth year of study may help you be chosen for this scholarship.
8 NEWH Women Leaders Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$5,000
DEADLINEJuly 16
The Women Leaders program from NEWH and Boutique Design Group is for female college students who are pursuing degrees in the field of hospitality management. To receive this award, you must accept it person at Boutique Design’s industry event, which is held in New York City.
9 Rhonda J. B. O’Leary Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEApril 30
Pursuing a degree in accounting from a school in Washington state may qualify you for the O’Leary Memorial Scholarship from the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for this one-time scholarship.
10 Women In Need
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEApril 30
The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting provides a need-based scholarship for female accounting students who are responsible for financially supporting their families. You can first receive this award during your sophomore year, and with a satisfactory GPA, you can receive it again during your junior year.
11 Women in Transition Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$4,000
DEADLINEApril 30
If you are your family’s primary breadwinner, you might find it challenging to afford a college accounting program. The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting can help as you begin your freshman year. This scholarship may be renewable for all four years of your program.

Scholarships for Women in Education & Teaching

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Organizations that believe in the power of education offer scholarships to women who want to become teachers. These scholarship programs may leave you with fewer loans to repay on a starting teacher’s salary.

Some scholarship programs outline expectations for their recipients after graduation. For example, you may need to commit to teaching in a low-income area or among a particular group of students for a set length of time. Read the fine print carefully to determine whether a scholarship’s requirements will be a good fit for you.

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1 A. Myrtle Hensor Teaching Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMarch 1
Female students from Princeton Regional High School in New Jersey who desire to become teachers can apply for the Hensor Teaching Scholarship. This one-time scholarship is given in memory of A. Myrtle Hensor, a member of Princeton Business and Professional Women, Inc.
2 American Montessori Society Teacher Education Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMay 1
Each year, AMS has multiple scholarships available for teachers-to-be. You may be a good candidate for this scholarship program if you aspire for your teaching practice to be shaped by Montessori philosophies. Your school’s education program must be affiliated with AMS.
3 Barbara Lotze Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEDecember 1
Women who want to become high school physics teachers can apply for the Lotze Scholarship from the American Association of Physics Teachers. This award is renewable for a maximum of four years. The scholarship includes a one-year student membership in AAPT.
4 Isabel M. Herson Scholarship in Education
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500-1,000
DEADLINEJanuary 1
Women who are pursuing a degree in elementary or secondary education can receive the Herson Scholarship from the National Education Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta (ZNEF). This prize can be used for studies at the undergraduate or graduate levels. You do not need to be a member of Zeta Phi Beta to qualify.
5 Loretta J. Belval Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEMarch 4
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is for women who plan to pursue a career in education. You may qualify to apply if you are a high school senior from select areas of Massachusetts. This is a one-time award that can help fund your freshman year of teaching studies.

General Scholarships for Women

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Female students in any field can apply for scholarships that are available to all women. If you aren’t yet sure of your field of study or simply want to pursue as many opportunities as possible, be sure to look into these scholarships.

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1 1,000 Dreams Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEVaries
A well-rounded college experience often incurs expenses beyond the basic tuition costs. The 1,000 Dreams Scholarship from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation is designed to help fund some of those extras. Given as a one-time gift, you can use the scholarship money for books, trips, clinics, exams or other extracurricular expenses.
2 A.R.F.O.R.A. Undergraduate Scholarship for Women
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMay 10
Women who belong to a Romanian Orthodox Episcopate Church of America congregation can apply for the A.R.F.O.R.A. scholarship. To apply, you must have completed your freshman year and be registered for a second year at your university. Qualifications include strong character and religious commitment.
3 Alabama Golf Association Women’s Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$20,000
DEADLINEMarch 1
If you are a strong female student who cares about golf, the AGA wants to help reduce the financial burden of your college studies. This eight-semester award is granted for academic skill rather than athletic talent, so you don’t need to be a top-rated golfer to be selected.
4 Altrusa Club of Wenatchee Scholarship
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMarch 1
Did you begin your college studies with a two-year degree at Wenatchee Valley College? If so, you may be able to earn a scholarship for your four-year program. This scholarship is administered through a partnership with the Community Foundation of NCW.
5 Betty Hansen National Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEMarch 1
If you or a family member belongs to the Danish Sisterhood of America, you can apply for one of six Hansen Scholarships that are given out each year. This one-time award is for undergraduate and graduate students. Students may have the opportunity to choose whether to study in the United States or Denmark.
6 Colorado Women’s Education Foundation Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMay 31
Adult learners in Colorado can get financial help from CWEF. For this scholarship, you must be a female student who is at least 25 years old. You can be enrolled at any level of higher education, including certificate programs.
7 Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$250
DEADLINEJune 1
If you are a high school senior who belongs to DUV, you can apply for the organization’s annual scholarship. The application requirements include school transcripts, a summary of community and extracurricular activities, and a personal statement about future career plans.
8 Dorothy Prewitt Pohlman / AAUW Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,800
DEADLINEMarch 1
If you began your college studies at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington, the Pohlman Scholarship from the American Association of University can help you pursue bachelor-level studies at a four-year school. You may have the opportunity to win this award more than once.
9 Greater Kansas City Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Fund
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEFebruary 1
Sorority women can earn a scholarship from GKCCF if they went to high school in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and now go to college in Kansas or Missouri. If you win, you can use the award during your senior year or graduate studies. Multiple recipients are selected each year.
10 Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$10,000
DEADLINEVaries
Advancing Women in Transportation issues one Overly Scholarship each year. This award is for female graduate students who are studying a topic related to transportation, such as logistics. This scholarship is given in memory of the organization’s first Executive Secretary.
11 Kappa Kappa Gamma Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
Women who belong to Kappa Kappa Gamma can apply for a scholarship from the sorority’s Foundation. You may be a good candidate for this one-time award if you excel in your studies, invest time in helping others and carry leadership responsibilities in your chapter.
12 National Pathfinder Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEJune 1
Each year, the National Federation of Republican Women gives out three National Pathfinder Scholarships as a way to honor Nancy Reagan. To apply, you must be at least a college sophomore, and graduate students are accepted as well.
13 NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEAugust 2
The National Foundation for Women Legislators selects scholarship recipients on the basis of their essay submissions. For a chance at receiving this award, you must be a high school junior or senior and receive a nomination from a member of your community. If you win, you’ll receive scholarship money, a trip to the NFWL Annual Conference and personal mentoring.
14 NRA Foundation Women’s Wildlife Management Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$5,000
DEADLINENovember 1
Women who are in their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies in wildlife management or conservation can apply for this award from The NRA Foundation and the Women of the NRA. This is a one-year scholarship, but if you win, you may have the opportunity to renew your award.
15 P.E.O. STAR Scholarship (STAR)
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEDecember 1
The STAR award is granted to female high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics and leadership. You do not need to be a member of P.E.O. to apply, but pursuing this one-time award may give you opportunities to be mentored by P.E.O. members.
16 Presbyterian Women Leadership Development Grant Program
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNTUp to $500
DEADLINEAt least 90 days
prior to need
Your college education may help develop your leadership skills. If you are a Presbyterian female who is learning more about leadership, you may be able to apply for this grant from Presbyterian Women to your tuition costs. After receiving a grant, you will need to submit a report of your experiences to the organization.
17 Rae Lee Siporin Scholarship for Women
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEJune 6
If you were close to graduating college but had to take a break before completing your studies, the Siporin Scholarship from the Albuquerque Community Foundation can be a valuable source of funding. You’ll have the best chance of receiving this award if you face financial hardship and attend school in New Mexico.
18 Society of Professional Women in Petroleum Scholarship Program
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$10,000
DEADLINEFebruary 4
High school seniors from the Houston area can apply for this award if they plan to continue their education at a Texas college. To apply, you must submit test scores, transcripts, an essay and letters of reference. If you are named a finalist, the next step of the decision process will involve an interview.
19 Tobi Cares Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEDecember 31
Fashion label Tobi supports women through an annual scholarship program. The essay portion of the application may require you to make connections between fashion and your life. If you win, you’ll receive a one-time scholarship and a Tobi gift card.
20 Worthy Women’s Professional Scholarship
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$1,000-$2,500
DEADLINEDecember 2
Would earning a college degree help you reinvent yourself after age 30? If so, the Worthy Women’s Professional Scholarship might be for you. Recipients are chosen based on their essay responses, and three awards of varying values are distributed each year.

Graduate School Scholarships for Women

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Now that you have your undergraduate degree, its time to consider your graduate school options. Don’t allow the high cost of graduate school deter you. There are a number of scholarships that could help you with tuition cost, books and even housing.

Rank University Featured Image tbl-programs Location mdgtbl-description
1 AAUW Educational Foundation International Fellowships
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$18,000-$20,000
DEADLINENovember 15
International women who intend to complete graduate or post-graduate studies in the United States can pursue a fellowship from AAUW. You should plan to use your education to make a positive impact in your home country. This is typically a one-year award, but a select few fellows are granted a second year in the program.
2 ABC Humane Wildlife Academic Scholarship Women in STEM

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEJuly 1
If you want to use your STEM studies to help make the world a better place, then the scholarship from ABC Humane Wildlife may be for you. The goal of this program is to help more women pursue majors and careers in STEM fields.
3 Ada I. Pressman Memorial Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$5,200
DEADLINEFebruary 15;
May 1
The Society of Women Engineers selects multiple women each year to win the Pressman Memorial Scholarship. If you are granted this award, you can renew it for up to five years of study. To be eligible, you must be an upperclassman or a grad student.
4 Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$10,000
DEADLINESeptember 27
In pursuit of gender diversity in technology fields, Adobe Research offers the Women-in-Technology Scholarship for female students at the undergraduate and master’s levels. If you win this award, you’ll receive scholarship money and a mentor from Adobe Research. You may even be able to land an internship with the company.
5 Altrusa Club of Wenatchee Scholarship
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMarch 1
Did you begin your college studies with a two-year degree at Wenatchee Valley College? If so, you may be able to earn a scholarship for your four-year program. This scholarship is administered through a partnership with the Community Foundation of NCW.
6 American Montessori Society Teacher Education Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMay 1
Each year, AMS has multiple scholarships available for teachers-to-be. You may be a good candidate for this scholarship program if you aspire for your teaching practice to be shaped by Montessori philosophies. Your school’s education program must be affiliated with AMS.
7 AMWA Medical Education Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500
DEADLINESeptember 30;
December 31
The American Medical Women’s Association helps female medical students by granting four scholarships each year. To be eligible, you must be in medical school and have a student membership to AMWA. Students facing financial hardships may have a greater chance of receiving this scholarship.
8 Asian American Women’s Alliance (AAWA) Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAsian
AMOUNT$500
DEADLINESeptember 13
The AAWA gives out four scholarships to Asian American women each year. You can receive this scholarship if you are currently in high school, college or graduate school. To be presented with the award, you must attend the organization’s yearly banquet.
9 Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation Education Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEOngoing
Women pursuing automotive studies at any level — from associate’s degrees to doctoral programs — can apply for a scholarship from AWA. These scholarships are given away throughout the year, and you may have the opportunity to apply for repeated awards.
10 Bay Cities Chapter of the 99s Flight Training Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEApril 7
This scholarship can help you fulfill your dreams of becoming a pilot. The award money is intended for women who are working on Private or Sport initial flight rating, and it can be applied toward training, exams, course materials or other related expenses. To apply, you must live near the Oakland Airport in California.
11 Betty Hansen National Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEMarch 1
If you or a family member belongs to the Danish Sisterhood of America, you can apply for one of six Hansen Scholarships that are given out each year. This one-time award is for undergraduate and graduate students. Students may have the opportunity to choose whether to study in the United States or Denmark.
12 Buildium Women in Technology Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEMarch 1
Can you identify a female STEM leader who has inspired your educational goals? If so, then you may be an excellent candidate for this scholarship from Buildium. The purpose of the scholarship program is to help more women successfully pursue STEM training.
13 Colorado Women’s Education Foundation Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMay 31
Adult learners in Colorado can get financial help from CWEF. For this scholarship, you must be a female student who is at least 25 years old. You can be enrolled at any level of higher education, including certificate programs.
14 Dottie Sanders Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEJune 30
To help you advance your flight training, you can apply for the Sanders Memorial Scholarship from the San Diego Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. To apply, you must belong to the Southwest Section of the Ninety-Nines or live in select counties of Southern California. This award must be used within 90 days of receiving it.
15 Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
African-American women can apply for the Boswell Scholarship from the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. Multiple awards are granted each year. If you win this scholarship, you may receive mentoring from a member of the organization.
16 Dwyer Group Women in the Trades Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEMarch 31;
September 30
To help fund your education at a technical or trade school, apply for the Women in the Trades Scholarship from Neighborly (previously Dwyer Group). Examples of trades that you could study with these funds include HVAC, landscaping, plumbing and home maintenance. Six students receive this scholarship each year.
17 Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship

 

PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEFebruary 23
Women studying statistics at the graduate level are encouraged to apply for the Cox Scholarship from the American Statistical Association. Two winners are selected each year. Even if you do not win, you may be recognized with an honorable mention and receive a certificate.
18 Greater Kansas City Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Fund

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEFebruary 1
Sorority women can earn a scholarship from GKCCF if they went to high school in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and now go to college in Kansas or Missouri. If you win, you can use the award during your senior year or graduate studies. Multiple recipients are selected each year.
19 Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship

 

PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$10,000
DEADLINEVaries
Advancing Women in Transportation issues one Overly Scholarship each year. This award is for female graduate students who are studying a topic related to transportation, such as logistics. This scholarship is given in memory of the organization’s first Executive Secretary.
20 Isabel M. Herson Scholarship in Education

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500-$1,000
DEADLINEJanuary 1
Women who are pursuing a degree in elementary or secondary education can receive the Herson Scholarship from the National Education Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta (ZNEF). This prize can be used for studies at the undergraduate or graduate levels. You do not need to be a member of Zeta Phi Beta to qualify.
21 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,000-$8,000
DEADLINEJuly 1
Zonta International Foundation offers the JMK Scholarship to women who are pursuing a business major in school. The award is for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Zonta gives out about 40 of these renewable scholarships each year, and you could win one at the district/region level or the international level.
22 Kappa Kappa Gamma Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
Women who belong to Kappa Kappa Gamma can apply for a scholarship from the sorority’s Foundation. You may be a good candidate for this one-time award if you excel in your studies, invest time in helping others and carry leadership responsibilities in your chapter.
23 Laurels Fund

 

PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$1,000-$5,000
DEADLINEMay 15
The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting manages the Laurels Fund to help women achieve their PhDs in this field. To apply for this one-time scholarship, you’ll need to submit your curriculum vitae, multiple letters of reference, and copies of your academic research or published articles.
24 Lullellia W. Harrison Counseling Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500-$1,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
The National Education Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta wants to help you fulfill your dreams of becoming a counselor. You don’t have to be a sorority member to apply for this one-time scholarship, and you can use your winnings for undergraduate or graduate studies in counseling.
25 Mary Macey Scholarship Program

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEApril 15
Women pursuing a career in the grocery industry can receive college tuition help through the Mary Macey Scholarship Program. This award, which is given by the NGA Foundation and Women Grocers of America, is designed to help you gain the necessary education for launching your grocery career.
26 National Pathfinder Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEJune 1
Each year, the National Federation of Republican Women gives out three National Pathfinder Scholarships as a way to honor Nancy Reagan. To apply, you must be at least a college sophomore, and graduate students are accepted as well.
27 NSCA Women’s Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEOctober 15
If you are a female member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, you can apply for the organization’s Women’s Scholarship. To win this one-time scholarship, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program related to strength and conditioning.
28 Rhonda J. B. O’Leary Memorial Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEApril 30
Pursuing a degree in accounting from a school in Washington state may qualify you for the O’Leary Memorial Scholarship from the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for this one-time scholarship.
29 S. Evelyn Lewis Memorial Medical Health Science Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500-$1,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
Whether you want to go to medical school or study public health, you may be eligible for the Health Science Scholarship from Zeta Phi Beta’s National Education Foundation. This award is for undergraduate and graduate students, and you don’t need to be a sorority member to apply.
30 Student Pilot Flight Training Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINESeptember 30
Do you want to earn your Private Pilot certification? This scholarship from the San Diego Chapter of the Ninety-Nines can help cover your costs. The award is available for female students who live in San Diego County. You must use the funds within 90 days of receiving the scholarship.
31 Women in Architecture Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEJune 30
Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student in architecture, you can apply for this scholarship from Houzz. Your future career plans should involve residential architecture. To apply, you must have a Houzz student profile that can serve as a portfolio of your work.
32 Women in International Trade Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEApril 1
The Association of Women in International Trade distributes scholarships to female students twice each year. To win, you must be in your junior or senior year of undergraduate studies or be in grad school. In addition to funds, winners receive mentoring opportunities and a year-long WIIT membership.
33 Women in Skilled Trades Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEVaries
If you attend The Refrigeration School, you can apply for the school’s Women in Skilled Trades Scholarship. This award is given to students who can demonstrate that they need financial assistance to attend this trade school.
34 WomenLead Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEApril 30
Christian women who are in graduate school may qualify for WomenLead Scholarship from the InFaith Community Foundation. To apply for this grant, you must have plans to use your education in service to others through ministry, government work or other means.
35 Worthy Women’s Professional Scholarship

 

PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$1,000-$2,500
DEADLINEDecember 2
Would earning a college degree help you reinvent yourself after age 30? If so, the Worthy Women’s Professional Scholarship might be for you. Recipients are chosen based on their essay responses, and three awards of varying values are distributed each year.

Scholarships for International Students

international student with laptop at desk

It may be overwhelming to not only find a school abroad but also make it cost effective. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to find a scholarship that may fit your needs and help you reach your educational goals.

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1 AAUW Educational Foundation International Fellowships
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$18,000-$20,000
DEADLINENovember 15
International women who intend to complete graduate or post-graduate studies in the United States can pursue a fellowship from AAUW. You should plan to use your education to make a positive impact in your home country. This is typically a one-year award, but a select few fellows are granted a second year in the program.
2 Catherine T. McNamee International Student Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$29,500
DEADLINEMarch 15
Students who come from out of the country to attend St. Catherine University in Minnesota can apply for this scholarship, which can be used during all four years of study. To apply, you should be an international student who does well in school and cares about social justice issues.
3 Margaret McNamara Education Grants
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNTUp to $15,000
DEADLINEJanuary 15
Women from developing countries who attend college in the United States or Canada may be eligible for the MMEG program. For this one-time grant, you must be a current full-time college student with at least one year of school left, and you must be at least 25 years old.

Scholarships for Women in Law

Two female lawyers talking

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1 ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$15,000
DEADLINEVaries
The American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants ten to twenty incoming diverse law students with financial aid over the course of their three years in law school.
2 HNBA Legal Education Fund
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEVaries
Scholarships will be awarded based on a number of objective criteria such as undergraduate and graduate grade point averages.
3 Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship Program
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$10,000
DEADLINEJune 13
The LMJ scholarship is open to women who have been accepted into law school on a full-time basis. In addition, applicants should have a strong academic record, an interest in corporate law, and demonstrated leadership abilities.
4 AAJ Women for Justice Education: Mike Eidson Scholarship
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$5,000
DEADLINEMay 31
The AAJ scholarship is awarded each year to a rising 3L female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer.
5 American Association of University Women Fellowships
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$5,000-$18,000
DEADLINEJanuary 11
The AAUW fellowship program provides funds to advance education, research and self-development for women, and to foster equity and positive societal change. Fellowships awarded to women in a Law program (J.D.) are restricted to women of color.
6 Leadership Institute for Women Of Color Attorneys in Law and Business
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEDecember 28
This scholarship is open to women of color law students who have finished at least one year of law school. In addition, you must demonstrate a commitment to the legal profession and have a 2.5 GPA or better.
7 P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEVaries
This scholarship is open to female international students.
8 Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers’ Single Mother Scholarship
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEDecember 1
Scholarship applicant must be a mother attending an accredited university in the U.S. with a GPA of 3.0.

Scholarships for Women in Medicine, Health, & Nursing

female doctor practicing medicine

Whether you want to work directly with patients or would prefer to serve in an administrative capacity, you can find scholarships to help with your health or medical training. After graduation, you’ll be equipped to help people overcome injuries or illnesses and live healthy lives.

Some medical scholarships require you to serve among a low-income or disadvantaged population for a set length of time after completing your schooling. Before applying, consider carefully whether you’ll be willing to spend your post-college years fulfilling those requirements.

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1 AMWA Medical Education Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500
DEADLINESeptember 30;
December 31
The American Medical Women’s Association helps female medical students by granting four scholarships each year. To be eligible, you must be in medical school and have a student membership to AMWA. Students facing financial hardships may have a greater chance of receiving this scholarship.
2 Louise Maas Allied Health Professions Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMarch 1
Princeton Regional High School students who are going into health professions, such as nursing, can apply for this award from the Princeton Area Community Foundation in New Jersey. You must be a female graduating senior to pursue this award. The scholarship funds can be used at vocational schools and colleges.
3 NSCA Women’s Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEOctober 15
If you are a female member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, you can apply for the organization’s Women’s Scholarship. To win this one-time scholarship, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program related to strength and conditioning.
4 S. Evelyn Lewis Memorial Medical Health Science Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500-$1,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
Whether you want to go to medical school or study public health, you may be eligible for the Health Science Scholarship from Zeta Phi Beta’s National Education Foundation. This award is for undergraduate and graduate students, and you don’t need to be a sorority member to apply.

Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students

Working mom paying for college

There are many of us women who did not start our college education immediately after high school. Often as time passes you develop more responsibilities whether with a growing family or full time work and going back to school sounds like an impossibility. You are not the only one. Check out the scholarships that may be available to you to help make the financial burden lighter.

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1 ANS Delayed Education Scholarship for Women
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$5,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
The American Nuclear Society grants scholarships to students who are enrolled in nuclear science or nuclear engineering programs. The Delayed Education Scholarship is specifically for women who face significant financial hardship and have put their schooling off for at least one year.
2 Judy Wendland-Young College Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNTUp to $20,000
DEADLINEVaries
If you are a woman older than 35 who is getting ready to attend a four-year college for the first time, you may want to apply for the Wendland-Young Scholarship. The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay grants this award, but women of any faith are welcome to apply.
3 Live Your Dream Awards
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000-$10,000
DEADLINENovember 15
If you are responsible for financially supporting your family, you may be eligible for a Live Your Dream scholarship from Soroptimist International of the Americas. Over 1,000 women benefit from this scholarship each year. The award can be used in an undergraduate college program or at a trade school.
4 Michele L. McDonald Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEApril 30
Are you a nontraditional student who is returning to accounting school after a break from education? Whether you had a job or were raising a family, the McDonald Memorial Scholarship from the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting may be able to help you afford your accounting degree.
5 SPROWT Scholarship for Women
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEAugust 30
Nontraditional students often face many educational obstacles. If you live in California and have one or more characteristics that make you a non-traditional student, you may be able to benefit from the SPROWT Scholarship. Qualifying characteristics include being a single parent, returning to school as an adult or attending school part-time.
6 Women In Need
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEApril 30
The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting provides a need-based scholarship for female accounting students who are responsible for financially supporting their families. You can first receive this award during your sophomore year, and with a satisfactory GPA, you can receive it again during your junior year.
7 Women in Transition Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$4,000
DEADLINEApril 30
If you are your family’s primary breadwinner, you might find it challenging to afford a college accounting program. The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting can help as you begin your freshman year. This scholarship may be renewable for all four years of your program.
8 Women’s Another Chance Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNTUp to $4,000
DEADLINEApril 1
If you’re a single mother who lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area, you might be eligible for the WAC scholarship. You must be your family’s main financial support and be at least 24 years of age. The award is renewable for a second year.
9 Women’s Club of South County Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEApril 1
Women who live in Washington County, Rhode Island, can apply for a scholarship from GFWC Women’s Club of South County. The scholarship funds can be used for your first college program, whether that’s an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree or a vocational certificate.
10 Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINE2 months before
start of program
Women who have come out of an abusive relationship may be able to receive financial help from WISP. You must have financial need and the support of a mentoring agency. If you qualify, you can use your scholarship money at a trade school or a degree-granting college.
11 Women’s Service League of Wenatchee Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEApril 1
If you didn’t complete a college degree within a few years of graduating high school, the Women’s Service League of North Central Washington may have funds that can help you go back to school. Three scholarships are awarded to nontraditional female students each year.

Scholarships for Women in Public & Social Services

graduate social worker talking to needy woman

Spending your career helping others is a noble goal, so some organizations invest their scholarship dollars in women who want to go into government work, help with community programs or serve with humanitarian organizations.

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1 Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEJune 14;
November 17
To increase female representation in sports and entertainment, the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation grants scholarship funds to eight women each year. To be considered, you must be a current full-time college student pursuing a public relations, journalism, communications, marketing or media studies major.
2 Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$5,000
DEADLINEJanuary 20
If you are a filmmaker, your skills could earn you a scholarship from Girls Impact the World. To apply, you must make one or two short original films that address an issue that affects girls or women. A People’s Choice Award is selected based on online votes from Facebook users.
3 Roberta Cline Frasier Anderson Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMarch 2
The Department of Sociology at Washington State University gives this award to women in their undergraduate department who are returning to school after a break. To be considered, you must be able to articulate how you plan to use your college education to improve others’ lives.
4 Women in International Trade Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEApril 1
The Association of Women in International Trade distributes scholarships to female students twice each year. To win, you must be in your junior or senior year of undergraduate studies or be in grad school. In addition to funds, winners receive mentoring opportunities and a year-long WIIT membership.
5 WomenLead Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEApril 30
Christian women who are in graduate school may qualify for WomenLead Scholarship from the InFaith Community Foundation. To apply for this grant, you must have plans to use your education in service to others through ministry, government work or other means.

Scholarships for Women in Social Sciences and Government

government worker in a meeting

From communications to psychology, the field of social science deals with the study of relationships and social structures. If you’re a woman interested in government, economics, history, linguistics, psychology, public health or other branches of social science, then these scholarships might be for you.

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1 Betty Rendel Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEJune 1
The National Federation of Republican Women gives the Rendel Scholarship to women who are in their junior or senior years of studying economics, government or political science. One finalist is chosen from each state; from those finalists, the national selection committee picks three women to receive that year’s scholarship funds.
2 HORIZONS Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEMarch 15
Women in Defense awards the HORIZONS Scholarship to females who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. To qualify, your career plans should involve defending the United States or protecting national security. The scholarship recipients are asked to provide reports on how the scholarship has benefitted them.
3 Lullellia W. Harrison Counseling Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500-$1,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
The National Education Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta wants to help you fulfill your dreams of becoming a counselor. You don’t have to be a sorority member to apply for this one-time scholarship, and you can use your winnings for undergraduate or graduate studies in counseling.
4 Women in Public Finance Award & Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEJune 15
If you are considering a career in finance, you may want to apply for this scholarship from Women in Public Finance. The award is given to high schoolers that plan on enrolling in a college finance program after graduation. Up to 10 scholarships are awarded annually.

Scholarships for Women in STEM

Female stem student at her desk

Although progress has been made toward equality for women in STEM fields, there is still more work to be done. Scholarships for female STEM students can help you pursue your educational dreams and break down barriers to your success in these disciplines.

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1 ABC Humane Wildlife Academic Scholarship – Women In STEM
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEJuly 1
If you want to use your STEM studies to help make the world a better place, then the scholarship from ABC Humane Wildlife may be for you. The goal of this program is to help more women pursue majors and careers in STEM fields.
2 Ada I. Pressman Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$5,200
DEADLINEFebruary 15;
May 1
The Society of Women Engineers selects multiple women each year to win the Pressman Memorial Scholarship. If you are granted this award, you can renew it for up to five years of study. To be eligible, you must be an upperclassman or a grad student.
3 Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Memorial Scholarships
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,700
DEADLINEMay 15
Each year, the Society of Women Engineers gives a few scholarships to women beginning their first year in college. To qualify for this one-time award, you must have a high school GPA of at least 3.5, and you must plan to major in computer engineering or computer science.
4 Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$10,000
DEADLINESeptember 27
In pursuit of gender diversity in technology fields, Adobe Research offers the Women-in-Technology Scholarship for female students at the undergraduate and master’s levels. If you win this award, you’ll receive scholarship money and a mentor from Adobe Research. You may even be able to land an internship with the company.
5 Advancing Women in Technology Scholarship Program
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$5,000
DEADLINESeptember 15
Women studying in a technology field are encouraged to apply for scholarship funds from AWT. Receiving this award requires that you be enrolled in a qualifying tech major, such as computer science, coding, robotics or hardware engineering, at a California college. Scholarship checks are distributed at an annual fall fundraising event.
6 American Transmission Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,125
DEADLINEFebruary 15;
May 1
The Society of Women Engineers gives one-time scholarships to women who are majoring in computer engineering or electrical engineering. To be eligible, you must be entering your sophomore, junior or senior year of college. Veterans and minority groups may be given preference for this award.
7 Anne Maureen Whitney Barrow Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$8,000
DEADLINEFebruary 15;
May 1
One female undergraduate student at a time receives this memorial scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers. If you win, you can renew the award for a maximum benefit period of five years.
8 ANS Delayed Education Scholarship for Women
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$5,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
The American Nuclear Society grants scholarships to students who are enrolled in nuclear science or nuclear engineering programs. The Delayed Education Scholarship is specifically for women who face significant financial hardship and have put their schooling off for at least one year.
9 Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation Education Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINESeptember 9
Women pursuing automotive studies at any level — from associate’s degrees to doctoral programs — can apply for a scholarship from AWA. These scholarships are given away throughout the year, and you may have the opportunity to apply for repeated awards.
10 Auxiliary Legacy Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEMarch 1
Women who belong to the National Society of Professional Engineers can apply for the NSPE Auxiliary Legacy Scholarship. To receive this award, you must be getting ready to start your junior year in a program that is approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
11 AWIS Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEMarch 15
The Society of Physics Students gives an annual scholarship to female sophomores or juniors who are majoring in a branch of physics. The scholarship committee makes its decision based on applicants’ academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and ability to rise above adversity.
12 Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEMarch 15
Have you faced hardship in your life, or are you the first person in your family to go to college? If so, you may be eligible for the Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship from the Society of Physics Students. This one-time scholarship goes to female SPS members who are enrolled in undergraduate STEM programs.
13 Barbara Lotze Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEDecember 1
Women who want to become high school physics teachers can apply for the Lotze Scholarship from the American Association of Physics Teachers. This award is renewable for a maximum of four years. The scholarship includes a one-year student membership in AAPT.
14 Betty Ruth Hollander Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$5,000
DEADLINEFebruary 15
If you are studying an engineering topic at Ohio State University, Drexel University, the University of California Irvine or Fairfield University, consider applying for the Hollander Scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers. To apply, you must be a member of SWE and have a 3.5 or higher GPA. Minority students and those facing financial need may be given preference.
15 Brill Family Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEFebruary 15
Each year, the Society of Women Engineers grants one Brill Family Scholarship. This award, which goes to sophomores, juniors or seniors, is specifically for females who are studying aerospace engineering or biomedical engineering.
16 Buildium Women in Technology Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINENovember 1
Can you identify a female STEM leader who has inspired your educational goals? If so, then you may be an excellent candidate for this scholarship from Buildium. The purpose of the scholarship program is to help more women successfully pursue STEM training.
17 Carol Stephens SWE Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEFebruary 15
The Society of Women Engineers established the Stephens Scholarship in 2012. This one-time award is available for sophomores through seniors and those studying at the graduate level. Preference is given to women in the organization’s Region F.
18 Dawn Blackledge Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,400
DEADLINEMarch 1
To apply for the Blackledge Scholarship, you must attend the University of North Florida, study in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, and belong to the Society of Women Engineers. The award is renewable for a total of eight semesters. Preference is given to nontraditional students and those with financial need.
19 Dronethusiast Women in Science UAV Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$500
DEADLINEDecember 1
Share your ideas for using drones for environmental purposes, and you could win a scholarship from Dronethusiast. This scholarship is intended to help increase the number of women in science fields, but females of any major can apply.
20 Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship
PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEFebruary 23
Women studying statistics at the graduate level are encouraged to apply for the Cox Scholarship from the American Statistical Association. Two winners are selected each year. Even if you do not win, you may be recognized with an honorable mention and receive a certificate.
21 ITWomen Scholarship Program
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$8,000
DEADLINEMarch 15
Multiple high school seniors receive scholarships from ITWomen each year. If you’re a female who lives in the Tri-County area of South Florida, you may qualify for this renewable award. You must be planning to enter an engineering or information technology bachelor’s program.
22 M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNTUp to $45,000
DEADLINEJune 3
Often, women have to put their studies or careers on hold for family or other responsibilities. If you’re returning to the physics field after an extended break, then this scholarship from the American Physical Society may be able to help. The scholarship can be used for tuition, childcare, travel and other expenses.
23 NRA Foundation Women’s Wildlife Management Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$5,000
DEADLINENovember 1
Women who are in their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies in wildlife management or conservation can apply for this award from The NRA Foundation and the Women of the NRA. This is a one-year scholarship, but if you win, you may have the opportunity to renew your award.
24 UPS Scholarship for Female Students
PROGRAMUUndergraduate
AMOUNT$4,000
DEADLINENovember 15
The Institute of Industrial Systems and Engineers supports engineering students through scholarship programs. If you are a female engineering student and IISE member who is nominated for another IISE scholarship, you can apply for the UPS Scholarship for Female Students as well. Your prize will include a trip to the IISE Annual Conference.
25 Women in Architecture Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEJune 30
Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student in architecture, you can apply for this scholarship from Houzz. Your future career plans should involve residential architecture. To apply, you must have a Houzz student profile that can serve as a portfolio of your work.

Scholarships for Women with a Vocation / Trade Focus

female vocational worker training

Maybe you are a woman who has always been interested in home maintenance and learning a hands on trade.

There are scholarships available for you to purse studies in HVAC, plumbing, electric work and more.

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1 Dwyer Group Women in the Trades Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEMarch 31;
September 30
To help fund your education at a technical or trade school, apply for the Women in the Trades Scholarship from Neighborly (previously Dwyer Group). Examples of trades that you could study with these funds include HVAC, landscaping, plumbing and home maintenance. Six students receive this scholarship each year.
2 Women in HVACR (WHVACR) Scholarship Program
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEJune 1
Women in HVARC issue annual scholarships to female students who are entering this field. Different scholarships are available for trade school students and women who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees, but the requirements for the two scholarships are similar.
3 Women in Skilled Trades Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEVaries
If you attend The Refrigeration School, you can apply for the school’s Women in Skilled Trades Scholarship. This award is given to students who can demonstrate that they need financial assistance to attend this trade school.

Scholarships for All Minority Women

women of minority sitting in college classroom

College enrollment and graduation rates are lower among some minority groups than they are among white students. Furthermore, minority students who attend college often take on more debt than their white peers. Scholarships for minority women can help bridge that gap.

Not all minority scholarships are specifically for particular demographic groups. If you are a minority woman, you may want to apply for scholarships for women from any minority group as well as ones that are for your specific racial or ethnic background. Diversifying your applications in this way may increase your chances of landing valuable scholarships.

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1 Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship
PROGRAMAfrican-American
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
African-American women can apply for the Boswell Scholarship from the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. Multiple awards are granted each year. If you win this scholarship, you may receive mentoring from a member of the organization.
2 Asian American Women’s Alliance (AAWA) Scholarship
PROGRAMAsian
AMOUNT$500
DEADLINESeptember 13
The AAWA gives out four scholarships to Asian American women each year. You can receive this scholarship if you are currently in high school, college or graduate school. To be presented with the award, you must attend the organization’s yearly banquet.
3 Illustrating Awesomeness Scholarships
PROGRAMAfrican-American
AMOUNT$750
DEADLINEDecember 1
For a chance at winning the Illustrating Awesomeness Scholarship from Next Day Animations, you must write an essay or make a video that communicates your ideas about being a world-changer. This opportunity is open to women and gender non-conforming applicants, but only the first 150 submissions are accepted for consideration each year.
4 Moss Adams Foundation Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEMarch 16
This award from the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting may help you complete your undergraduate degree in accounting. Being a minority woman, studying as a junior or a senior, or completing a fifth year of study may help you be chosen for this scholarship.
5 WomenLead Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$3,000
DEADLINEApril 30
Christian women who are in graduate school may qualify for WomenLead Scholarship from the InFaith Community Foundation. To apply for this grant, you must have plans to use your education in service to others through ministry, government work or other means.

Scholarships for African-American Women

African American scholarships for women

Over 65 percent of African American college students are responsible for their tuition and living expenses without the assistance of parents or other adults.

Whether or not you’re in that situation, scholarships for black women can help reduce your overall college costs.

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1 Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
African-American women can apply for the Boswell Scholarship from the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. Multiple awards are granted each year. If you win this scholarship, you may receive mentoring from a member of the organization.
2 Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEApril 1
NANBPWC, Inc. offers the Woman of Substance Scholarship to help nontraditional students attend college. To apply, you must be an African-American female who is at least 35 years old. Your application must include an essay about the challenges of going to college as an adult.
3 Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEFebruary 1
If you are an African-American woman who lives in Illinois’ Winnebago County, consider applying for the Ware Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship aims to help women who are starting college for the first time. To qualify, you must be getting ready to graduate high school or have recently earned your GED.
4 Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier “Sister-to-Sister” Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEMarch 1
Sometimes, students must put their education on hold so they can focus on other responsibilities. If you are an African-American woman who is going back to school as an adult, you may be able to get assistance from the National Hook-up of Black Women, Inc.’s Sister-to-Sister scholarship.
5 Illustrating Awesomeness Scholarships
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$750
DEADLINEDecember 1
For a chance at winning the Illustrating Awesomeness Scholarship from Next Day Animations, you must write an essay or make a video that communicates your ideas about being a world-changer. This opportunity is open to women and gender non-conforming applicants, but only the first 150 submissions are accepted for consideration each year.
6 Peola Smith-Smith Educational Leadership Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEApril 1
African-American women who plan to become teachers may want to apply for the Educational Leadership Scholarship. To qualify, you must be a member of NANBPWC, Inc. You can apply during your senior year of high school or at any point during your undergraduate studies in education.

Scholarships for Asian Women

Asian women scholarships

About 65 percent of Asian American youths enroll in college, and nearly two-thirds of Asian students who begin a bachelor’s program graduate within six years.

To help you become one of those graduates, look into scholarships specifically for Asian women.

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1 American Association of Japanese University Women
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,000
DEADLINEOctober 31
AAJUW awards scholarships to women of Japanese descent who attend college in California. Many recipients choose to major in Japanese language or culture, but that is not a requirement for this scholarship. If sufficient funds are available, multiple awards may be given each year.
2 Asian American Women’s Alliance (AAWA) Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500
DEADLINESeptember 13
The AAWA gives out four scholarships to Asian American women each year. You can receive this scholarship if you are currently in high school, college or graduate school. To be presented with the award, you must attend the organization’s yearly banquet.
3 Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Sisters Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEFebruary 10
APIQWTC Scholarships are given to people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent who identify with the lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender community. Two awards are given each year. You can apply for this scholarship before graduating from high school or while you are in an undergraduate or graduate program.
4 Asian Women In Business Scholarship
PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINEOctober 25
Female students with leadership or entrepreneurial skills can apply for the Asian Women in Business Scholarship. To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. Funds permitting, this one-time scholarship is given out on an annual basis.
5 Central California Asian Pacific Women Scholarship
PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500
DEADLINEApril 30
First-generation students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels can apply for a General Scholarship from CCAPW. To qualify, you must be a woman of Asian Pacific descent from one of five select California counties. Leadership skills and school achievement may help you earn this award.

Scholarships for Hispanic / Latina Women

woman working at computer

Approximately 36 percent of Hispanic young adults enroll in college programs. To help increase that figure, some organizations offer scholarships specifically for Latina women.

If you are a Hispanic woman, consider offsetting your college costs by applying for one of these scholarships.

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1 Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEMarch 31
Chicana and Latina women who live in select California counties are encouraged to apply for the CLF Scholarship. The award can be used for community colleges, four-year schools and graduate programs. If you win, you must attend two CLF Leadership Institutes and volunteer for the organization.
2 Hispanic Women’s League (HWL) Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$6,000
DEADLINEAugust 31
You can demonstrate your commitment to the Hispanic community by applying for the HWL Scholarship and getting involved with the organization. If you win, you’ll receive a free one-year membership to the group. As a scholarship recipient, you’ll be expected to attend the award ceremony and participate in HWL activities.
3 Hispanic Women’s Council (HWC) Scholarship Program

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500-$2,000
DEADLINEJune 7
If you are a resident of New Mexico who attends the University of New Mexico or Central New Mexico Community College, you may be able to earn the HWC Scholarship. To apply, you must be a Hispanic woman who has already earned some college credits. The scholarship may be renewable.
4 Latina Leadership Network of the California Community Colleges

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$500
DEADLINEFebruary 1
Six Latina women who are enrolled in the California Community Colleges network can earn scholarships from LLN each year. Two awards are given for each of the state’s three regions. Applicants must have earned at least 24 college credits and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Recipients are invited to the organization’s annual conference.
5 Shirley Rodriguez Remeneski Public Policy Scholarship

 

PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEDecember 20
Latina women who attend a CUNY Community College may qualify for this scholarship from 100 Hispanic Women. The award is for students who are working on a two-year degree in a field focused on public service. If your grades remain satisfactory, you will receive this scholarship for two years.
6 Young Latinas Leadership Institute (YLLI)

 

PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEDecember 14
If you are a Latina attending a four-year school, particularly a City University of New York college, then you are encouraged to apply for 100 Hispanic Women’s YLLI award. You must submit your application during your freshman year. The award is renewable for four years of study.

Scholarships for Native American Women

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Perhaps because only 1 percent of university students come from Native American backgrounds, scholarships for Native American students are somewhat limited.

Even still, various organizations do offer helpful scholarships just for Native American women.

Rank University Featured Image tbl-programs Location mdgtbl-description
1 AAIA Owanah Anderson ​Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,500
DEADLINEJuly 1
Multiple students receive this scholarship from the Association on American Indian Affairs each year. You can apply if you are of Native American or Alaska Native descent. In addition, you must be a full-time student earning an associate’s degree or higher. This award is renewable each semester.
2 Eleanor Keuter Law Scholarship

 

PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEVaries
Women who attend the School of Law at the University of South Dakota may qualify for this scholarship. You must belong to a Native American tribe, preferably a South Dakota tribe, to apply. This scholarship is intended for students with financial hardship and is renewable for three years of study.
3 Elizabeth Furber Fellowship

 

PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEJuly 15
If you apply for a fellowship from the American Indian Graduate Center, you might be selected for a supplemental fellowship as well. The Elizabeth Furber Fellowship is given to a female graduate student of American Indian or Alaska Native descent who is working toward a degree in fine arts.
4 Lonnie Lee and Maria Elena Abernethy Endowment for Native Americans in Engineering Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,900
DEADLINEFebruary 15
The Society of Women Engineers gives two of these renewable awards to Native American students each year. You must be a New Mexico resident who is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of New Mexico or New Mexico State University to qualify. Preference is given to SWE members.
5 Mary Ball Carrera Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$2,500
DEADLINESeptember 30
Female Native American medical students can apply for the Mary Ball Carrera Scholarship from National Medical Fellowships. To apply for this award, your post-graduation plans must include serving in communities where there is a shortage of medical professionals. Current community service can help demonstrate your commitment to this cause.
6 Native Women in Science Scholarship

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEMarch 1
This scholarship is designed especially for science students at Colorado State University. You can be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, but you must be a woman of Native American heritage or from a North American indigenous tribe. Preference is given to women who demonstrate high academic aptitude.

Grants for Women

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Like a scholarship, a grant is a form of gift aid. That means that you don’t have to repay it at the end of your studies.

Grants are often distributed to those in financial need rather than based on merit. If you are having a hard time paying for school, grant money can provide welcome relief.

Where to Find Grants for Women

You may be able to obtain grants from:

  • Government. The federal government is one of the primary sources of grant money. To find out how much you qualify for in federal grants, you’ll need to fill out and submit the FAFSA. Your state may have grant programs for which you qualify as well.
  • Schools. In the interest of improving access to higher education, many universities have grant programs for low-income students. As with government grants, your qualification for these grants may be determined by the information on your FAFSA.
  • Private Foundations. Individual organizations may offer grants to deserving students who can demonstrate financial need. Some of these grants may be available specifically for female scholars.
  • Businesses. Because companies benefit when employees gain further education, your employer may assume some or all of your college tuition costs.

By compiling money-saving grants from multiple sources, you may be able to significantly reduce the financial burden of your college education.

Rank University Featured Image tbl-programs Location mdgtbl-description
1 AAUW Career Development Grants

 

PROGRAMGraduate
AMOUNT$2,000-$12,000
DEADLINENovember 15
Do you want to switch jobs, relaunch your career or earn a more advanced degree? The Career Development Grant from the American Association of University Women may be able to help with the cost of your schooling. Women from minority groups may be given preference for this scholarship.
2 GoGirl! Grants

 

PROGRAMUndergraduate
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEJune 15;
December 15
Girlfriend Factor supports adult learners in the Coachella Valley, California, area through GoGirl! Grants. To qualify, you must be female, at least 25 years old and a local resident. In addition, you must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate college program or a certificate program. Applications are accepted twice each year.
3 Monticello College Foundation Grant

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNTVaries
DEADLINEAugust 31
If you have a plan for ensuring that women have access to high-quality education, the Monticello College Foundation may be able to help you achieve that goal. This grant program is designed for groups, so you must apply as a tax-exempt organization rather than as an individual.
4 NSF-AWM Mathematics Mentoring Travel Grant

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$5,000
DEADLINEFebruary 1
If you are an untenured female mathematician, the Mentoring Travel Grant from the Association for Women in Mathematics may be able to help you progress in your career. Winning this grant will cover the costs for you to spend one month performing research with a more experienced mathematician.
5 Women in Physics Group Grants

 

PROGRAMAny
AMOUNT$1,000
DEADLINEVaries
If you are part of a Women in Physics group at your school, consider applying for a grant from the American Physical Society. Winning the grant could enable your group to host an educational program, encourage younger students to get involved in physics, or launch a support network.

Whether you’re studying for your bachelor’s, your master’s or your doctorate, grants may be a valuable option for you.

Graduate Fellowships for Women

graduate fellowships for women

Similar to scholarships, fellowships are educational gift money that is granted to students based on merit.

Typically, you can expect to gain work experience as well as financial help from programs like these. Fellowships may cover more than just tuition such as research projects, travels or other scholarly activities.

Where to Find Graduate Fellowships for Women

You can get assistance in finding graduate fellowships through:

  • Your university. A university’s financial aid office is a good starting point when you’re searching for fellowship opportunities for women.
  • Professional Organizations. You can also directly contact professional organizations in your field to inquire whether they offer any fellowships.
  • Your Network. If you know any current or recent fellows, you can ask them for insight about how to procure fellowships.

This type of educational funding is most frequently available at the graduate level.

How to Pay for College

women listening and thinking

5 Ways to Pay For College

Financial aid comes in multiple forms:

  1. Loans. You can borrow money to pay for school. You’ll need to pay it back with interest after graduation. Loans may come from government programs or private sources.
  2. Grants. If you are identified as having financial need, you may receive government or private funding that you don’t have to pay back.
  3. Scholarships. Free education money that you receive based on your merit is typically known as a scholarship. You may earn scholarships for your academic prowess, athletic talent, personal achievements, community service, field of study or distinctive characteristics.
  4. Work-Study. The Federal Work-Study program matches you with a part-time job at your school or off campus. Your earnings can help you pay for school.
  5. Graduate Fellowships. When you get matched with a fellowship program, you’ll gain experience in your field and receive funds to help with tuition, research and other components of your graduate education.

Mixing several different types of aid can help you afford your college education.

What Are Scholarships?

A college scholarship is like a gift of money. It’s a form of financial aid that you won’t be obligated to pay back at the end of your time in school.

Female college students

Scholarships are similar to grants, but there are differences:

  • Grants are usually given out based on your financial need.
  • Scholarships are typically based on your merit or your qualifications. For example, you might receive scholarships because of your grades or your interests.

In some cases, you can qualify for both grants and scholarships.

Where to Find Scholarships

woman searching for scholarships on laptop

You may be able to find scholarship opportunities though the following resources:

  • Community Clubs. Looking around your town is a great way to begin your scholarship search. There is often lower demand for local scholarships than national ones, and several small scholarships can really add up. Check with service clubs, religious groups and local businesses.
  • School Resources. Universities often have multiple scholarships that they hand out to incoming or current students. The financial aid office may be able to provide information about school-wide or department-specific scholarship opportunities. In addition, if you’re going straight from high school to college, you may be able to get scholarships from groups within your high school.
  • Women’s Groups. Pro-female groups love to see women succeed in college, so they distribute money to encourage their educational pursuits. In particular, you may have good luck finding scholarships from female groups that are specific to your industry or field of study.
  • Your Employer. If you’re going back to school as an adult, you may be able to receive a scholarship from your company. Those still in high school may be able to get a scholarship from a parent’s employer.
  • Local or National Foundations. Some organizations are dedicated primarily to giving away money. Their gifts may be in honor of a memorable person, or they might be focused on helping people who are facing hardships get ahead.

There are more organizations with education money to give away than you might think!

Common Scholarship Requirements

scholarship requirements for female students

The first step to securing a scholarship is to go through the application process. While each scholarship committee sets its own application requirements, the following components are fairly standard:

1. Personal Statement

Written essays provide opportunities for scholarship committees to get to know you, your ambitions and your strengths. You may be asked to write about specific topics, such as a person who inspires you or where you see yourself 10 years from now.

2. Your Transcripts

Transcripts from your previous high school or college programs show what sort of grades you earned and whether you graduated.

3. Letters of Reference

Recommendation letters from personal, professional or academic references help committees learn whether you are a worthy candidate for their financial assistance.

For a complete application that a scholarship committee will take seriously, it’s important to gather all of the requested materials.

8 Tips on Applying for Scholarships

Woman completing scholarship application

Scholarships are undeniably helpful, but earning them isn’t always easy. The following tips can help you improve your chances of landing these financial gifts.

1. Do Your Research

The sooner you start looking for scholarships, the more options you will have. If possible, begin searching for scholarship opportunities a few years before you plan to start school.

Once it’s time to start your college-enrollment process, you’ll know exactly which scholarships you want to apply for.

2. Consider Your Community

When looking for scholarships, start close to home. Because the applicant pool for local scholarships is smaller, you may have a better opportunity for landing an award.

Of course, it’s not a bad idea to submit applications for a few national scholarships as well.

3. Apply for Financial Aid

In most cases, scholarships won’t cover your full tuition costs, so you’ll probably need other forms of financial assistance too.

Not only will filling out the FAFSA show what government assistance you qualify for, but it may also be a requirement for some need-based scholarships.

4. Plan Ahead

If you wait until the night before the deadline to gather your scholarship materials, you may end up making silly mistakes on your application or leaving out important documents.

You can alleviate this stress by starting the process early.

scholarship quote

5. Complete Each Application Individually

A scholarship essay shouldn’t sound like a form letter. Although it will take more time, writing a fresh personal statement for each application is the way to go. Decision committees appreciate essays that are tailored specifically to their unique scholarships.

6. Use Your Computer

When it comes to scholarship applications, handwritten is not better. Typed essays and letters of recommendation are easier to read and more professional.

If possible, fill out the application form digitally as well.

7. Mark Your Calendar

If you want your request for a scholarship to be considered, timely submission is essential. Turning in an application late may convey the impression that you aren’t serious about the scholarship or your college career.

January, February and March are some of the most common months for materials to be due.

8. Double-check Your Applications

Before sealing the envelope or clicking the “submit” button, take a few minutes to review your application one last time.

Be sure that you have included all of the required components, signed your name where necessary, and looked through your responses for typos or other mistakes.

7 Common Scholarship Pitfalls

Woman reading application for financial aid

Small application slip-ups can cost you big time. When you’re pursuing college scholarships, be sure to steer clear of the following mistakes.

1. Giving the Wrong Impression

Your online presence can say a lot about who you are. Scholarship committees may check out your social media profiles when considering you for their awards.

Before you start filling out applications, consider cleaning up your accounts to remove anything that might be seen as unacceptable for a scholarship recipient.

While you’re at it, make sure that you have a professional-sounding email address at which scholarship organizations can contact you.

female students texting

2. Applying for Too Many or Too Few Scholarships

Wearing yourself out with one application after another may not do you much good, especially if you don’t really meet the requirements for those scholarships.

Of course, you shouldn’t rest all of your hopes on just one or two applications either. Rather, try to find a middle ground by putting your best effort into a variety of scholarships that are the best match for you.

3. Treating References as an Afterthought

The best letters of recommendation:

  • Come from people who know you well in a professional or academic context
  • Articulate specific reasons why you would be a worthy recipient
  • Are written by people who care about your success

What others say about you often carries a great deal of weight in the selection process, so you need to choose your references carefully.

scholarship essays

4. Mass Printing Your Essay

In the same way that you want your references to provide personalized letters of recommendation, scholarship committees want to see that you gave their applications individual attention. You can’t type up one essay and submit it for every scholarship.

Instead, you should draft a new essay each time. If you do choose to reuse an essay now and then, its important to take the time to add new information that specifically addresses your current application.

5. Relying Too Heavily on Someone Else

You may have friends or family members who are skilled writers or detail-oriented people. They can be great resources during the application process, but you shouldn’t let them do all the work for you.

Scholarship committees want to know details about you, and you’re the best one to provide that information. No one else can talk about your goals, your experiences and your opinions quite as you can.

6. Paying to Apply

Reputable scholarships don’t charge application fees.

If an opportunity requires you to send in a payment with your forms, then it’s probably not an actual scholarship. Even if the instructions guarantee that you’ll receive money for school in return, you shouldn’t do it.

Scams, not scholarships, charge money upfront.

7. Submitting Your Applications at the Last Minute

A mad rush to complete your applications may lead to mistakes. It’s much better to give yourself a buffer of time so that you can carefully double-check your work before submission.

Besides, turning in your materials early may convey a sense of ambition to the decision committee. Conversely, sending your items off at the very last minute could hurt your chances of winning the award.

Challenges Faced By Female Students

Challenges for women students

Last year, the average four-year undergraduate school charged $26,120 for tuition, housing and other fees. However, the average woman received only $17,950 in aid. This assistance came in the form of grants and loans from both federal and non-federal sources.

In other words, you may face a gap of over $8,000 between the cost of school and your financial aid package each year.

Although that thought may be overwhelming, take heart. Scholarships for women can help you afford the cost of a college education. Female enrollment in college classes is a great thing, but it comes at a cost. University tuition is expensive, and taking out loans can leave women with significant debt after graduation.

student talking

As of this year, U.S. women collectively owe approximately $929 billion in student debt. That’s somewhere around two-thirds of the country’s total student debt.

Right out of school, women’s earnings may not provide much in the way of disposable income. Without money for extras beyond food and housing, quickly repaying school loans can be a challenge. Four years post-graduation, the average woman still carries nearly 70 percent of her student debt.

Qualifying for scholarships can help reduce your overall financial responsibility during your college years.

As a result, you may need to take out fewer loans — or possibly no loans at all!

Key Takeaways

young woman smiling

Do you dream of securing a job with satisfying responsibilities and a comfortable salary?

A college education can be the key to achieving that dream, and receiving financial assistance can help. Although aid comes in many forms, scholarships may be among the best.

These financial gifts will go directly toward your tuition costs, and you’ll never have to pay them back. Instead, you’ll be able to enter the post-graduation workforce with less debt and greater freedom to pay it forward for the next generation of college students.

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