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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
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.
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.
General Scholarships and Grants
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
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.
The Blogging Scholarship
This $1,000 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.
Islamic Scholarship Fund
Academic scholarships are given to Muslim students in the United States who pursue college and post-graduate degrees in liberal arts, humanities, social sciences, and law.
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) is offered to 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 $2,000 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 training or first bachelor's degree at an accredited institution.
Anne Ford Scholarship
The Anne Ford Scholarship program awards $10,000 each year to a graduating high school senior with documented learning disabilities who plans to pursue a bachelor's degree full time.
Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship
Like the Anne Ford Scholarship, this award is granted by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship awards $2,500 to a learning-disabled graduating high school senior pursuing an associate's degree or a technical college award.
Scholarships by Major
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
One of the nation's longest-running programs, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program provides high school students with millions of dollars in scholarships. The awards are open to artists and writers in several different categories.
AACE International Competitive Scholarship
This organization awards scholarships to full-time students enrolled in degree programs aligned with the cost management and cost engineering fields, including business, quantity surveying and computer technology, among others.
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 prospective graduate students who are committed to careers in the government or nonprofit sectors.
The National Conference of CPA Practitioners Grant
This $500 merit award is given to high school seniors who hold a bachelor's degree and have taken the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) national exam.
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 Future Care Scholarships
Every year, Tylenol gives away hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scholarships to students pursuing healthcare degrees.
Foundation for Information Technology Scholarships
The foundation sponsors several different scholarships for information technology students. Some are national scholarships, while others are regional.