25 Grants and Scholarships for College Students
Don't let student loans take over your life! Grants and scholarships offer a great way to help pay for college without accruing more debt. Keep reading to learn where to find millions of dollars in federal grants, merit awards, need-based scholarships and awards based on demographics and academic major.
- Federal Pell Grant - This need-based grant is awarded to low-income undergraduate students and some post-baccalaureate students. The grant can be used at most accredited postsecondary institutions and is awarded based on your FAFSA.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant - This federal grant is awarded to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need. Students can get $100 to $4,000 each school year and eligibility is also determined with the FAFSA.
- Academic Competitiveness Grant - This supplemental grant is awarded to first and second year students who demonstrate academic merit and were also awarded a Federal Pell Grant. Students can get $750 for their first year of study and another $1,300 for their second year.
- National SMART Grant - The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant is a supplementary grant awarded to science, math, computer, technology and engineering students who are in their third or fourth year of study. This $4,000 grant is awarded to students who are eligible for Pell grants.
- TEACH Grant - This $4,000 grant is awarded to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students who promise to teach in an elementary or secondary school (public or private) that caters to low income students.
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - This foundation offers competitive scholarships to 7th grade students, undergraduates and graduate students who demonstrate high academic merit and financial need. Undergrads who are transferring from community colleges to 4-year institutions can be awarded up to $30,000 per year to finish their studies.
- Imagine America Scholarships - This organization provides three different scholarships to students pursuing career-oriented education: 'Imagine America' for military personnel, high school students and adults enrolled in skills education programs.
- AXA Achievement Scholarship - This scholarship program awards $670,000 in annual scholarships to high school seniors. Fifty-two winners (one from each state, one from the District of Columbia and one from Puerto Rico) receive $10,000 scholarships, and ten students receive an additional $15,000.
- Unmet Need Scholarship - Awarded by Sallie Mae to families with a combined income of $30,000 or less, the Unmet Need Scholarship is designed for students who need at least $1,000 to add to their financial aid package. Unmet Need Scholarships are between $1,000 and $3,800.
- USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship - Open to high school seniors, this scholarship program awards $1,500 scholarships to students with adjusted gross family incomes of $35,000 or less.
- The Blogging Scholarship - This $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to college students with unique and interesting blogs. Students must be enrolled in a full-time program.
- Ron Brown Scholar Program - This merit scholarship is awarded to African-American high school seniors. At least ten eligible students receive $10,000 annually for four years.
- The Jackie Robinson Foundation's Scholarship Program - This program awards scholarships of up to $7,500 annually to minority high school students. Scholarships are meant for four-year college students who can demonstrate financial need and leadership potential.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund - The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) offers for current college students, community college transfer students, and high school students who plan to enroll in a college or university the following year. All applicants must be of Hispanic/Latino descent.
- Fisher House Foundation - This foundation offers $1,500 scholarships to the children of current, retired or deceased military service members. Applicants must be unmarried, under 23 and still qualify as dependents.
- Jeanette Rankin Foundation - The Jeanette Rankin Foundation offers scholarships for low-income women over the age of 35 who are pursuing an associate's degree, vocational program or first bachelor's degree at an accredited institution.
- Anne & Allegra Ford Scholarship - This program offers two $10,000 awards each year to graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities who plan to pursue undergraduate study.
Scholarships by Major
- Scholastic Art and Writing Awards - One of the nation's longest-running programs, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards provide high school students with millions of dollars in scholarships. The awards are open to artists and writers in several different categories.
- Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program - For more than 20 years, this program has awarded annual scholarships to college students intending to pursue an education in engineering, mathematics or science.
- Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - This federally-managed program awards scholarships to college juniors who are committed to careers in the government or nonprofit sectors. The funds can be used for both undergraduate and graduate study.
- NcCPAp/AICPA Scholarships - Administered by the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, this scholarship program provides $1,000 merit awards to high school seniors who are interested in pursuing an accounting education.
- American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Scholarship Program - The ASNE program awards scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Undergraduates receive $3,000 scholarships and graduates receive $4,000 scholarships.
- Tylenol Scholarships - Every year, Tylenol gives away hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scholarships to students who are studying health professions.
- Foundation for Information Technology Scholarships - The foundation sponsors several different scholarships for information technology students. Some are national scholarships; others are regional.
- Overseas Press Club Foundation - This scholarship/internship program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in becoming foreign correspondents. The OPC awards twelve $2,000 scholarships each year.