Family Life Cycle Essay Scholarships

College Scholarship Opportunities

The Family Credit Union is proud to offer scholarships to help students continue their education and to better themselves.

Keith Ruefer Memorial Scholarship

The Keith Ruefer Memorial Scholarship is given to one credit union member or family member entering or attending the University of Iowa. The yearly deadline is April and the gift is paid in July. Submit the application via email or to any Family Credit Union office.

Kevin Post Memorial Scholarship

The Kevin Post Memorial Scholarship is given to one credit union member or family member entering or attending an accredited University or College. The yearly deadline is April and the gift is paid in July. Submit the application via email or to any Family Credit Union office.

The Family Scholarship for Hispanic Students

The Family Scholarship is given to one credit union member or family member of Hispanic heritage entering or attending an accredited University or College. The yearly deadline is April and the gift is paid in August. Submit the application via email or to any Family Credit Union office.

The awards of these scholarships are based on:

  • Need
  • Academics
  • Extracurricular Activities

Warren A. Morrow Scholarship

The Family Involvement Board (FIB) scholarship program, through the Iowa Credit Union Foundation, provides six scholarships to young adults and non-traditional students to further their education. Essay questions are designed to encourage learning about the credit union movement and its mission. Applications are due each February and scholarship winners are notified in late April. Complete Online Application.

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

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

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

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

How to Pay for College

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

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

Differences between Scholarships and Grants

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

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

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

About Scholarships

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

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

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

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

A. Financial Need

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

1. AARP Foundation

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

2. Association of Romanian Orthodox Ladies’ Auxiliaries in America

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

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

3. National Federation of Republican Women

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

4. CAPPEX, Inc.

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

5. Awarding Institution: Women in Defense

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

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

6. Little People of America (LPA)

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

Award Information

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

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

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

Requirements

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

7. The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

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

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

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

8. Zinch, Inc.

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

9. The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

10. The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

11. SR Education Group

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

B. First-Time Freshmen

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

1. Distinguished Young Women

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

2. Royal Neighbors of America

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

3. Royal Neighbors of America

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

5. Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

6. George Snow Scholarship Fund

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

C. Graduate and Post-Graduate Degrees

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

1. Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA)

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

Award Information

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

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

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

Requirements

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

2. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

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

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

3. NCAA

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

5. Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

6. Association of Romanian Orthodox Ladies’ Auxiliaries in America

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

7. Microsoft, Inc.

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

Award Information

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

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

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

Requirements

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

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

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

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

8. National Federation of Republican Women

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

9. National Women’s Studies Association

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

Application must be done online.

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

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

11. George Snow Scholarship Fund

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

D. Minority Women

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

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

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

2. American Physical Society

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

3. American Indian Science and Engineering Society

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

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

4. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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

Award Information

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

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

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

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

Requirements

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

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

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

5. Indian Health Service

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

6. Indian Health Service

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

7. Indian Health Service

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

8. American Planning Association

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

9. National Black Nurses Association

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

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

10. Association for Women Geoscientists

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

11. NASA/Spelman College

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

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

E. Returning to School

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

1. Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

2. Chrysalis Scholarship Committee

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

4. American Nuclear Society

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

5. Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA)

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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

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

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

6. Royal Neighbors of America

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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7. Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

8. Royal Neighbors of America

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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9. Royal Neighbors of America

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

Award Information

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

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

Requirements

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10. Brookhaven Women in Science

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

11. The Talbots Charitable Foundation

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

Award Information

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

Requirements

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

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

F. Single Mothers

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

1. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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

Award Information

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