National Merit Scholarship ProgramOffering a number of scholarships, but particularly in STEM subjects, this organization rewards academic excellence in high school students looking to go to college and university to train as math teachers and as an applied science. In order to be eligible, a student must take the preliminary SAT, the result of which will form part of the application process. They must also be planning to enroll at college the same fall season of the year of application and be either a US Citizen or qualifying Permanent Resident. The standard Merit Scholarship is worth $2,500 but they have other programs with varying amounts. Deadlines vary so check the website for individual program details.

Sallie Mae -

AXA Achievement Scholarships- $1.4 million in scholarships for 50 states and USA territories.

Mass Mutual Scholarshcips-  -  Thirty  plus scholarships for approximately $150K.

For Grade School Students

Raytheon MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship program- Awards 150 middle school students nationwide $1,000 scholarships to attend math and science camps and programs, or to save for college. Raytheon also donates a $1,000 matching grant to each winning student's middle school.

New York Women in Communications Scholarship Program - NYWIC offers between 15-20 scholarships for young women in high school, college, or graduate school in the northeast (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). Students mush be majoring or planning to major in a communications field, and graduate students must be members of the NYWIC. Applicants must fill out an online application and send a resume, essay, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Amount: $2500

Henry David Thoreau Foundation Scholarship - The Henry David Thoreau Foundation Scholarship offers a impressive $20,000 4-year scholarship to 8-10 graduating high school seniors in Massachusetts who plan to study interdisciplinary environmental programs in college. To apply, students must be graduating from a Massachusetts high school and entering college in an environmental major at an accredited institution. Winners will provide a yearly report of their environmental activities as well as a transcript proving academic success. Amount: $20,000

Hollister Co. Anti-Bullying Scholarship - The Hollister Co. scholarship is open to high school students throughout the US. Applicants must complete an essay of 500 words or less describing their personal experience with bullying, or their efforts to combat bullying in their school and community, along with transcripts, a recommendation from a teacher, and a resume detailing their academic awards and honors, community service, and other achievements. The award is $2500 and renewable for their 4 years of undergraduate studies. Amount: $2500

Optimist International - The Optimist Club offers scholarships as prizes for three contests administered at the level of local Optimist Clubs: the Essay Contest, the Oratorical Contest, and the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. A plaque and scholarship of $2500 will be awarded to the winner (the Oratorical Contest may have two winners). Students age 19 and younger who have not entered college are eligible to take part in the contests; those interested in participating should contact their local Optimist Club chapters. Amount: $2500

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship - The State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship is dedicates to students who need financial assistance and may not qualify for other kinds of financial aid. The Good Neighbor Scholarship selects 50 graduating high school students who are intending to attend college, technical school, or vocational programs. This award pays for one year of tuition at the students’ college of choice, with some restrictions.

Bill of Rights Institute “We the Students” Essay Contest - Rather than a conventional scholarship, the Bill of Rights Institute awards prizes for the “We the Students” Essay Contest, a national writing contest open to all American students between the ages of 14 and 19. Each essay contest has a prompt and educational materials to guide the student. Prizes are awarded up to $5000 for the national winner, with runners up and honorable mention receiving $1250 and $500, respectively.

National Geographic Bee Scholarship - The national winner receives a $50,000 scholarship, along with other prizes (including lifetime membership in the National Geographic society, a trip, and $500 cash). The 2nd-place winner receives a $25,000 scholarship; 3rd place receives a $10,000 scholarship; all 4th-10th place runners-up receive $500 cash. The National Geographic Bee is highly competitive and open to all states and US territories, and qualifying to compete is an honor in itself.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship - The Davidson Fellows Scholarship is offered for students 18 years old and younger who demonstrate a an advanced level of knowledge in their chosen field, defined as a graduate-student level of engagement with research in STEM, Humanities, or interdisciplinary studies. Applicants must be nominated and apply online with a title and description of their projects. Entries are categorized and evaluated by experts in the field, who determine whether the student’s work qualifies for a $10,000, $25,000, or $50,000 scholarship.

Daughters of the American Revolution - Richard and Elizabeth Dean Scholarship - A DAR program open to any American student attending or planning to attend an accredited higher education institution in the US. As a merit scholarship, applicants must have a 4.0 high school GPA and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA in college. The $5000 scholarship is renewable for four years of college. Two scholarships are awarded each year, and while DAR membership is not required, students may be mentored by a DAR member.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
- Program works to address the needs of minority college students by awarding as many as 60 scholarships per year and providing comprehensive mentoring to students across the US. In addition to awards for graduating high school seniors, the foundation offers awards for study abroad and graduate schooling. Applicants must send an application and two letters of recommendation highlighting educational merit and community service. Amount: $7500 (annual; up to $28,000 for four years)

Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund - Three awards are offered for each military branch (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard), in the amount of $5000 each. Winners are chosen based on academic achievement, community service, work experience, family circumstances, and other criteria, as well as significant financial need.  Entries are managed and reviewed by Scholarship America.

UNCF/Anthem Corporate Scholars Program - An applicant for the Corporate Scholars Program must be a minority student at an accredited college or university in their junior year, majoring in business, communications, computing, or some related field. In addition to displaying strong problem-solving and communication skills, students must be capable of fulfilling an internship in areas including Atlanta, GA, St. Louis, MO, and others (see website for specific cities). Applicants may also qualify for internships with Anthem, Inc. Amount: $5000

American Sleep Medicine Foundation High School Video Contest - The ASMF sponsors an annual High School Video Contest which awards winners with $1000 (split between the winner and their school). Any American high school student may enter, and videos are evaluated in quality, originality, and relevance to young people. Amount: $1000

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship - The VRG $5000 College Scholarship is available to students who work to promote vegetarianism and veganism in their schools and communities. Three winners are chosen each years: one $10,000 winner, and two $5000 winners.

UNCF STEM Scholars Program - The UNCF STEM Scholars Program works to help minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs, where minorities are notoriously under-represented and still face significant challenges, including educational access and systemic bias. The program provides scholarships for 500 black high school students preparing to major in a STEM field in college; $2500 for freshmen and sophomores, $5000 for juniors and seniors, and $5000 more for students in a 5-year program.

Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award - As a sweepstakes, the Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award permits students to earn up to 3 additional bonus entries by sharing the sweepstakes on social media or encouraging a friend to enter the sweepstakes. Random drawings of 10 entrants are conducted four times a year for a total of 40 winners, each of whom receives a $2500 scholarship to apply to their studies.

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation/American Academy of Chefs - The ACF Education Foundation and the AAC have come together to offer scholarships to high school and college students interested in culinary careers, as well as for working chefs preparing for further schooling. Ten culinary students are awarded $2500 scholarships each year.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program - Open to high school students, graduates, and college undergraduates in the US majoring in Engineering, Technology, or Design programs and displaying a career interest in some facet of the automotive industry. The award is based on achievement, financial need, and public service, and is renewable for up to five years for qualifying engineering majors. Amount: $25,000

Engebretson Scholarship Foundation - High school students across the US are eligible for the Engebretson Scholarship, with no restrictions on major or career plans. Applicants must need financial aid and be attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university; a recommendation from a teacher is required. The award is annual, $5000 per semester, and winners may reapply each year to continue the scholarship.

Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships - Eligible applicants must be entering freshmen at a Catholic institution and a member (or the child of a member) of the Knights of Columbus. Awards are $1500 and are renewable for the four years of college.

Microsoft Corporation Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarships - Designed to help close a distressing gap in people of African descent in the tech industry and increase opportunities for black students. The BAM Scholarship is for black high school students in the US (including African-Americans and African immigrants and their children) who intend to enter technology, engineering, or tech-related business careers. Amount: $5000 (renewable four years)

Phi Theta Kappa-International Scholar Laureate Program Scholarship - One of the benefits the PTK Honor Society offers is the International Scholar Laureate Program, a tuition scholarship dedicated to study-abroad programs offered by the International Scholar Laureate. Eligible programs include business, diplomacy, engineering, and health care. Applications are judged according to financial need, academic excellence, and community service. Amount: $1000

The Gallery Collection Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship - Students 14 years old and older in any US state or territory are eligible, including high school and college students. Applicants will submit their design online, where they will be posted on a monthly basis for voting by Gallery Collection customers and fans; the top 10 designs will be evaluated by a panel of judges to determine one winner based on aesthetic appeal, creativity, appropriateness to a greeting card, and other factors. Amount: $10,000

The Dream US National Scholarship - Provides financial aid for DREAMers with with insurmountable financial need. Applicants are considered based on conventional merit such as GPA and test scores, but also on their proven capacity to overcome the adversity undocumented status causes. This continuously renewable award will cover full tuition and fees up to $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree at one of Dream US’s partner institutions.

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Fund - The UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Fund is open to US students who live with epilepsy or provide care for family members with epilepsy. Thirty $5000 scholarships are awarded each year to students demonstrating academic excellence and personal achievements, while 2 $10,000 Epilepsy Leader scholarships are awarded to students showing exceptional community service, advocacy, or inspirational leadership. Applicants must submit an essay, 3 recommendations, and a medical history, as well as an optional artistic presentation.

American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest - The AFS National High School Essay Contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12; public and private-school students in the US or US territories, and US citizens living in foreign countries, are eligible. Students are encouraged to think and write about pressing international issues such as the refugee crisis, and the winner of the contest receives $2500, a visit to Washington DC, a meeting with the Secretary of State, and a scholarship to a Semester at Sea.

ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund - The ICMA-RC offers the Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund, an opportunity reserved for the children of those who have died in public service, such as police officers, firefighters, and other city, county, and state employees. Applicants must provide documentation proving their eligibility, and be enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited higher education institution, including 2 and 4-year colleges and universities. Winners may reapply for up to $10,000 over the course of their schooling.

National Coalition Against Censorship - Youth Free Expression Film Contest - Challenges young filmmakers 19 years old and under to make a 4 minute video addressing a free speech topic. Applicants will post their film to YouTube and write a short essay explaining their intentions; all work must be original. The winning contestant will receive a $5000 scholarship to the New York Film Academy; runners-up will receive prizes of $1000, $500, and $250 in cash.

American Legion - National High School Oratorical Contest - One such educational program is the National High School Oratorical Contest, an annual event encouraging high school students to speak for 8-10 minutes on the US Constitution. The contest is open to high school students 19 years old and under, US citizens or legal residents. National winners receive an $18,000 prize, $16,000 for second place, and $14,000 for third place; all contestants who make it to the national level of competition will receive a $1500 prize.

UNCF General Scholarship Program - The UNCF General Scholarship Program is open to any student currently enrolled in a UNCF Member College, made up of 36 HBCUs, including institutions in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and more. The General Scholarship is need-based, and students must fill out a FAFSA form to demonstrate need, as well as maintain a 2.5 GPA. Individual awards up to $5000 are available.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Scholarships - The FBLA-PBL offers numerous scholarship opportunities through its member institutions, which includes nationally-competitive, career-focused colleges and universities like Arizona State, Southern New Hampshire University, and Johnson & Wales University. These scholarships range in amount from $1000 to as much as $10,000, depending on the institution’s awards.

Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests - A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the Objectivist philosophy of author Ayn Rand. As the Center for the Advancement of Objectivism, the ARI is primarily concerned with educational efforts such as providing Rand’s books to schools and students, organizing lectures and courses, and providing a voice for Objectivism in the media. Amount: $50-$20,000

Becas Univision Scholarship Program - The HSF provides scholarship awards for high school, community college, undergraduate, and graduate students of Hispanic descent, largely need-based scholarships ranging from $500 to $5000 dollars. Applicants must be Latino in origin (including US citizens, permanent legal residents, and DACA or otherwise eligible non-citizens), complete a FAFSA application to prove financial need, and demonstrate a solid GPA of 3.0.

Walmart Associate and Dependent Scholarships - Offers two scholarship funds for their associates and their associates’ dependents. Walmart employees who wish to return to school, can apply for the Associate Scholarship Program to receive benefits for an accredited college, university, or community college, or to pursue a degree through Walmart’s partnership with American Public University. The children and dependents of Walmart employees can apply for the Dependent Scholarship Program and obtain up to $13,000 over four years for a college education.

Penguin Random House - Annual Signet Classics Scholarship Essay Contest - The Signet Classics Scholarship Essay Contest is one such initiative. Now in its 21st year, the Signet essay contest gives high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to win one of five $1000 scholarships. Contestants are judged by a panel on their performance on a short, 2-3 page essay on a selected topic (in 2017, one of five prompts about William Shakespeare’s The Tempest). The winning students’ school or public libraries will also be awarded the full library of Signet Classics editions.

Fleet Reserve Association Education Foundation Scholarships - The FRA sponsors more than a dozen scholarships named in honor of esteemed members and their families. Each of these scholarship awards are targeted toward different eligible groups, such as the children and dependents of medical personnel, students planning to major in engineering or aeronautics, or students going to graduate school. Most awards are $5000 and may have special requirements.

BHW Group Women in STEM Scholarship - To help close the gender gap in the tech industry, and meet the needs of young women interested in science, the BHW Group has developed a Women in STEM Scholarship program. Any woman pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics program in the US is eligible. Applicants should write a short essay of 500 to 800 words on the role of apps in their life, or what their favorite app means to them. Amount: $3000

Arborjet Taking Root Scholarship - Arborjet sponsors the “Taking Root” College Scholarship Program, which encourages high school students who are interested in plant-related college majors and careers, including horticulture, entomology, or environmental science. The scholarship provides $1000 awards to 10 graduating seniors nation-wide, giving students a leg up on entering the field.

Digital Responsibility E-Waste Scholarship - Students enter the contest by filling out an online application and providing a 140-character tweet-ready summary of why e-waste matters. Ten finalists will be chosen to write a 500-1000 word essay expanding on their short statement; one winner will then be selected and awarded a $1000 scholarship. No age limit applies, and the contest is open to any high school, homeschool, college, or graduate school student.

Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship - The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship is open to current and new Phi Theta Kappa members to provide financial help and give members the opportunity to build their leadership skills with the PTK society. Two hundred $1000 awards are given out each year, with 25 of those specifically set aside for military service members or veterans.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships - The SWE offers scholarships at two different levels: one for freshmen, and one for sophomore, upper division, and graduate students. To apply, students must be enrolled in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)-accredited program, and be studying engineering, engineering technology, or computer science. SWE also has Reentry/Non-Traditional Scholarships for women returning to college and the workforce. Amount: $1000-$15000

Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship - Applicants must be current members of Phi Theta Kappa enrolled part-time or full-time in a two-year institution and earning their first degree. Only students who are near completing their degree with at least 45 earned credit hours are eligible. The student must have encountered some unexpected financial hardship, such as sickness, natural disaster, or loss of employment to qualify. Up to 15 applicants will be awarded $1000 scholarships.

Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship - Awarded to two-year students whose interest and action in public safety warrants recognition. The scholarship is open to current PTK members in a public safety-related associate’s degree program, such as Criminal Justice, Fire Technology, Public Safety Administration, and more. Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded to the applicants whose applications are selected by the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute.

Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest - One of the stranger and more fun scholarship contests comes from Duck Brand, makers of Duck Tape. With the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest, high school students are encouraged to make their own prom wear out of Duck Brand duct tape, in both single and couple categories. Past winners have included colorful designs inspired by flowers and plants, vintage French styling, and Western formalwear.

Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes - Offers private student loans to undergraduates and graduate students, as well as loan consolidation programs. College students can sign up for free educational materials about money management and paying for college from Wells Fargo. Twelve recipients, 6 high school students and 6 college students, will be randomly drawn for awards of $5000 each.

LendingTree Scholarship - Offers a scholarship for high school seniors who place a college education as their highest priority and need financial support to reach their goals. The competition is open to US students with proven academic excellence and at least a 3.5 GPA. To apply, students must complete an online application and record a short, 30 second video about their college goals. Winner receive an award of $2500.

Redfin Scholarship - To be eligible students must be a legal U.S. resident, be a graduating senior or current college freshman, sophomore, or junior. All applicants must hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher. An 800 word essay is required along with the application. Amount: $2500 biannually

PayScale Education Data - before you make a decision on which college to attend, take a look at alumni outcomes for individual schools, degree levels, and/or major groupings.

Student Aid on the Web:  US Dept of Education website on financial aid and student loans.

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

California Student Aid Commission

College Completion

Silicon Valley Community Foundation: Scholarships Managed by the community foundation or Donor Involved Scholarship Funds

Asian Pacific Fund : Scholarships managed on behalf of donors.

Sequoia Awards offered to High School students who reside in Redwood City

FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid

SallieMae: Scholarship information, criteria, deadlines, tips for avoiding scams, and more. Scholarship search site

Student Scholarship Search: Student Resource Network searches mostly non-need based scholarships, fellowships and grants.  They have a database of more than 7,000 awards.

ExPAN:  Free database search managed by The College Board

MACH25: Database of over 500,000 private sector scholarships.  It will generate letters for you to send for more information.


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Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

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Scholarship America - Dollars for Scholars

Proof Reading, LLC Scholarship Program

Get a $1,000 Rover College Scholarship

Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship

Courage to Grow Scholarship


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United Negro College Fund - Providing the scholarship funds necessary to send more than 10,000 students to college each year. One of the best college scholarships and as the nation’s largest minority scholarship provider of more than 400 different scholarships, internships, and fellowships, UNCF helps low- to moderate-income students attend college when they otherwise might not have had the opportunity. Among the most unique UNCF scholarship programs is the Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards, with awards ranging from $35,000 to $85,000 for students in bioscience and biotechnology programs.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program - As one of the biggest scholarships provided by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF,) the Gates Millennium Scholars Program helps an average of 1,000 college students attend college each year, averaging an award of nearly $13,000 per student between 2000 and 2014. Offered alongside several post-secondary awards given through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is a $1.6 million initiative designed to support minorities pursuing a college education. Amount Awarded: $12,785 (average)

Davidson Fellows Scholarships - Although the Davidson Fellows Scholarship program does not reach annual giving goals as high as some other programs on this list, the program is especially impressive for its individual high-dollar awards. The award is one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the world, offering $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 scholarships to college students who have made significant contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, and philosophy. Students may also be eligible for a separate "Outside the Box" award. Since its inception, the Davidson Institute has given more than $6.7 million to 286 scholarship recipients.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - Each year, Coca-Cola supports more than 1,400 students by providing $3.45 million in scholarships across three national programs. The largest of these scholarships, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, awards big college scholarships of $20,000 to 150 exceptional high school seniors entering college who are academically accomplished and show potential for outstanding leadership in their schools and communities. Additional awards provided by Coca-Cola include the Community College Academic Team and the Leaders of Promise program, each selecting 200 recipients annually for awards ranging from $1,000 to $1,500.

Buick Achievers - Like Coca-Cola, American car maker Buick generously channels much of its corporate wealth back into promoting student success in higher education through corporate scholarships. Funded by the GM Corporation, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program offers large scholarships of $25,000 -- one of the biggest award amounts available -- to 50 college students each year, for up to 4 to 5 years. During the course of their entire college career, a Buick Achievers Scholarship winner can potentially receive $125,000 toward the full cost of their education. Designed to attract applicants interested in becoming the Buick car makers of the future, Buick also awards 1,000 one-time scholarships of $2,000 annually to students interested in engineering, design, and business, in addition to this single large award.

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program - Each year, Foot Locker gives twenty $20,000 scholarships to student athletes who are high school seniors planning to continue their sports career at a four-year accredited university immediately after graduation. The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program is designed to promote not only academic leadership, but also fair sportsmanship and strong moral character among its candidates. In addition to the Scholar Athletes award, one of the 20 recipients will also be awarded the Ken C. Hicks Scholarship, which adds an additional $5,000 to the total gift amount. The Scholar Athletes award of $20,000 is separated into equal annual payments over the course of four years.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship - Has provided "full-ride" scholarships for more than 1,400 Cambridge students, awarding nearly 100 new applicants each year. The award amount varies per student, but it is designed to include not only the full cost of tuition and fees relevant to the student's degree, but also childcare (if applicable), fieldwork, continuing education costs for graduate students, maternity/paternity funding, and maintaining a student visa. The award even includes a single economy airfare ticket at the beginning and end of each course.

D.C. Leadership 1000 Scholarship - Sponsored by various corporate and private benefactors aiming to support underprivileged college students in Washington, D.C., the D.C. Leadership 1000 Scholarship is unique in that its criteria can be somewhat customized on a case-by-case basis. Generally, eligibility is open to first-time and returning college students who plan to engage in full-time study in the coming fall term at a four-year institution in the D.C. area, though requirements may change slightly according to the donor of the award. Scholarships are typically $5,000 per year for up to five years of college study, totaling $25,000 over the course of the degree.

Dell Scholars Program - Sponsored by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the Dell Scholars Program is awarded annually to 300 college students who have overcome significant socioeconomic disadvantages to pursue a college degree. In addition to providing a laptop and textbook funding, Dell Scholars receive large scholarships of $20,000 to put toward their undergraduate education. Eligible candidates are high school seniors who have completed the foundation's approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12, and who are planning to attend a four-year program immediately after graduation.