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Scholarships for Communications Majors

From professional associations and nonprofit organizations, to universities and private corporations, scholarships meant to advance the study of communications are widely available – but can be a challenge to find.

We know what it’s like trying to locate additional sources of funding for school and not knowing where to turn for help. Having been there ourselves, the staff here at decided to develop the kind of resource we wished was available when we made the decision to major in communications.

Here you’ll find our top picks for national scholarships available in the fields of journalism, writing, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting, as well as scholarships available through some of the nation’s top schools of communication.

Whether you’re looking to start a career in journalism and need a full ride, or you’re a cash-strapped public relations student that just needs a little extra money to cover expenses, you’ll find scholarships and grants here that are an exact fit for your situation.

American Copy Editors Society, Education Fund of the American Copy Editors Society

Benefits: Five scholarships totaling $6,500

Eligibility: Must be a junior, senior, or graduate student

Details: Top award is $2,500, with four other awards valued at $1,000 each

Asian American Journalists Association

Benefits: Eight scholarships available, ranging from $500 to $5,000


  • Sports Journalism Institute: Eight-week paid sports journalism internship and a $500 scholarship
  • Stanford Chen Internship Grant: $1,750 available to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students in journalism.
  • Print and Online News Internship Grant: $1,000 is available to support students and recent grads to have secured a print or online news internship for the summer.
  • CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship: $5,000 to graduating high school seniors and college students who have a passion for journalism.
  • Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship: Up to $2,000 available to current college students or graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship: $500 available to current student journalists; must write an essay about the legacy of Vincent Chin.

Details: All scholarships have varying deadlines.

Association for Women in Sports Media

Benefits: $1,000 and a paid internship

Details: Winners are chosen in each of the following categories: print/online, magazine, broadcast reporting, broadcast production, and public relations,

National Association of Black Journalists, NABJ Scholarships

Benefits: $1,500 – $2,500 (7 scholarships available)

Details: Scholarships include:

  • Allison E. Fisher Scholarship: $2,500
  • Carole Simpson Scholarship: $2,500
  • DeWayne Wickham Founder’s High School Scholarship: $2,500
  • Larry Whiteside Scholarship: $2,500
  • Les Payne Founder’s Scholarship: $2,500
  • NABJ Scholarship: $2,500
  • Visual Task Force Scholarship: $1,500

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Benefits: $1,000 – $2,000 (3 scholarships available)


  • NAHJ General Scholarships Ruben Salazar Fund: Awarded to college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast, or online journalism
  • NAHJ Ford Motor Company Fund Scholarships: Up to $2,000 awarded to students pursuing careers in print, broadcast, online, and visual journalism; college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students are eligible, provided they have a 2.5 GPA.
  • NAHJ PepsiCo Scholarships: Up to $2,000 awarded to students pursuing careers in print, broadcast, online, and visual journalism; college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students are eligible, provided they have a 2.5 GPA
  • NAHJ Sports Journalism Scholarship: A $2,000 scholarship for students pursuing a career in sports journalism; college undergraduates and graduates with a GPA of 2.5 are eligible

Overseas Press Club Foundation

Benefits: $2,000 – $3,000

Details: Eight scholarships available:

  • David R. Schweisberg Memorial Scholarship
  • Harper’s Magazine Scholarship
  • Irene Corbally Kuhn Scholarship
  • Emanuel R. Freedman Scholarship
  • Theo Wilson Scholarship
  • Roy Rowan Scholarship
  • Standard & Poor’s Award for Economic and Business Reporting
  • Nathan S. Beinstock Memorial Scholarship

National Institute for Labor Relations Research, William B. Ruggles Journalist Scholarship

Benefits: $2,000


  • Must be enrolled in an accredited journalism program
  • Must submit an essay of 500 words that demonstrates an understanding of the principles of voluntary unionism and the economic and social problems of compulsory unionism

Details: Scholarship awarded on the basis of scholastic ability and a demonstrated interest in the work of the Institute.

National Press Club

Benefits: $2,000 – $5,000 (two scholarships available)

Details: Scholarships include:

  • Scholarship for Journalism Diversity: One $2,000 scholarship that can be renewed for up to three years at $2,500 per year
  • Richard G. Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship: Award of $5,000 for high school senior who wants to pursue a career in journalism

Radio Television Digital News Association, Ed Bradley Scholarship

Benefits: Varies


  • Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the time the scholarship is awarded
  • Must be pursuing a career in radio, television, or digital journalism
  • Must provide 3 to 5 work samples
  • Must submit a resume

Association of LGBT Journalists

Benefits: Varies

Eligibility: Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in journalism and demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession; selection is based on journalistic and scholastic ability

Details: Two scholarships available:

  • Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship
  • Kay Longscope Scholarship

Marketing Edge

Benefits: Varies


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be currently enrolled in a four-year institution
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must show a commitment to pursuing a career in marketing

Details: Nine scholarships are available:

  • Mike Buoncristiano Memorial Fund
  • Collegiate ECHO Marketing Scholarships
  • Robert DeLay Scholarship Fund
  • Mark Duda Scholarship Fund
  • Lee Epstein Fund
  • Dave Florence Fund
  • Don Kuhn Memorial Fund
  • Richard Montesi Scholarship Fund
  • Lorraine Zitone Memorial Fund

American Marketing Association Foundation, Valuing Diversity PhD Scholarships

Benefits: unknown


  • Must be African American, Hispanic American, or Native American
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Must be enrolled full-time in an AACSB-accredited marketing doctoral program
  • Must submit a 500-word essay
  • Must submit two letters of recommendation

American Marketing Association, AMA EBSCO Marketing Scholar Award

Benefits: $2,000 – $5,000


  • Must be current student members of the AMA and members of an active AMA collegiate chapter
  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student with at least a junior standing
  • Must possess a GPA of 3.5 or better

Details: Applicants must submit a current resume, a 400-700 word essay, and a current transcript.

Society of Marketing Professional Services, Ron Garikes Student Scholarship

Benefits: $2,500

Eligibility: Applicants must be students planning a career in professional services marketing in the architecture, engineering, or construction industry

Details: Scholarship awarded at the SMPA annual conference.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, WC&C Scholarship Competition

Benefits: $500 (3 scholarships available)

Eligibility: For emerging writers who want to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency

National Writers Association Foundation Educational Scholarships

Benefits: $1,000

Eligibility: For talented young writers and young adults to attend the NWAF Conference

Public Relations Student Society of America

Benefits: Varies

Eligibility: Academic achievement scholarships through the PRSSA include:

  • Robin M. Urbanski Memorial Scholarship: Must be junior or senior in a four-year accredited college; must show a commitment to public relations
  • Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award: Must be a public relations junior; must be of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander ancestry
  • Neumeier Family Leadership Award: Open to all undergraduate and graduate PRSSA members
  • Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence: Must be a graduate student studying public relations, journalism, or a related field, with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship: Must be a public relations senior
  • Lawrence G. Foster Award: Open to all PRSSA members
  • John D. Graham Scholarship: Open to all public relations seniors; winners selected on academic achievement, leadership, practical experience, and overall commitment to public relations
  • Stephen D. Pisinski Memorial Scholarship: Must be a junior or senior majoring in public relations, journalism, or communications
  • Betsy Plank/PRSSA Scholarship: Must be a public relations junior or senior
  • PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship: Must be of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander ancestry and possess a GPA of 3.0
  • Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award: Must be a minority student heading into the senior year; must be able to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to public relations
  • Gary Yoshimura Scholarship: Reserved for students in need of financial assistance
  • LAGRANT Foundation: Reserved for undergraduate students of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander ancestry

AXIA Public Relations, AXIA Public Relations Scholarship

Benefits: $2,000

Eligibility: Must be a junior or senior in good academic standing at an accredited university; students majoring in public relations are preferred, although students in other communications majors are also accepted

Details: Previous public relations and related experience through volunteering, employment, or an internship is also required.

Broadcast Education Association, National Scholarships in Broadcast & Electronic Media

Benefits: $1,500 – $5,000

Eligibility: Applicants must be able to show substantial evidence of superior academic performance and potential to be an outstanding electronic media professional.

Details: Six scholarships are available:

  • Walter S. Patterson Award: $1,750
  • BEA Founders Award: $1,500
  • Abe Voron Award: $5,000 (two scholarships available)
  • Vincent T. Wasilewski Award: $4,000; graduate students only
  • John Bayliss Scholarship Award: $2,000
  • Richard Eaton Foundation Award: $2,000

National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation Scholars Program

Benefits: $5,000 a year for a student’s junior and senior years

Eligibility: Reserved for outstanding communications students with financial need from diverse backgrounds

Details: The NAB teams up with participating universities to offer the scholarships.

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Benefits: up to $40,000

Eligibility: Granted to outstanding high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in any aspect of the television industry

Details: Three scholarships are available at the national level: $40,000 Trustees Scholarship and two $10,000 scholarships honoring legendary broadcasters Mike Wallace and Jim McKay. Chapter scholarships are also available.

The following list is a sampling of the private scholarships available to students of schools of communication within universities/colleges:

University of Iowa, School of Journalism and Mass Communication:

  • Philip D. Adler Journalist Scholarship
  • Leon Barnes Community Journalism Scholarship
  • Ruth Baty and Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship
  • Lester Benz Memorial Scholarship

University of South Florida, School of Mass Communications –Some of the scholarships available include:

  • Garner Rose O’Brien Halderman Endowed Scholarship
  • Tom McEwen Endowed Scholarships
  • Adele Tyre Memorial Scholarship
  • Tampa Bay Times Endowed Scholarship
  • Robert L. Hudson Endowed Scholarship
  • Jack Harris Endowed Scholarship in Broadcasting

Kent State University, School of Journalism and Mass Communications – Some of the scholarships available include:

  • Robert Burdock Award
  • Ronald Dean Clark Scholarship in Editorial Writing
  • Walton D. Clarke Endowed Scholarship
  • Cleveland Press Club Scholarship
  • Edward Cliney Award

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Journalism and Mass Communications –Some of the scholarships available include:

  • Michael K. and Christie Cater Nelson Dream Big Fund
  • Deb Fiddelke Scholarship Fund
  • Kris Malkoski Scholarship Fund
  • Steve Davis Jump Start Fund

University of South Carolina, College of Information and Communications:

  • Freshman scholarships
  • Children of alumni freshman scholarships
  • McClatchy Minority Scholarship and Fellowship
  • Continuing students scholarships

University of Minnesota, Journalism & Mass Communication –Some of the scholarships available include:

  • Brian E. Anderson Scholarship
  • James Barden Scholarship
  • Thomas Barnhart Scholarship
  • Elliot M. Baron Scholarship
  • Thomas Bartikoski Memorial Scholarship

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Journalism and Mass Communication – Some of the scholarships available include:

  • Matt Werner Scholarship
  • Aaron J. Mace Scholarship Fund
  • Alberita Richards Semrad Scholarship Fund
  • Ann Hengstenberg Memorial Prize Fund
  • Berbee/Walsh Journalism Scholarship

University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication –Some of the scholarships available include:

  • Marcus Ashley Stern Memorial Scholarship
  • George A. Kirksey Memorial Scholarships
  • Jack Gallagher Memorial Scholarships
  • Morris Frank Memorial Scholarship

Northwest Oklahoma State University, Department of Communication:

  • Wayne Layne Scholarship
  • Todd Wesley Dayton Scholarship
  • Noel & Ruth Taylor and E.M. Barker Scholarship
  • Dean Linder Broadcast Scholarship

Ohio State University, School of Communication – Some of the scholarships available include:

  • Annette and Gary T. Fazio Foundation Scholarship
  • Charles W. Durfey Memorial Scholarship
  • Donald L. Kidwell Memorial Scholarship
  • George E. Hammond Scholarship Fund in Communication
  • James E. Pollard Memorial Scholarship

Purdue University, Brian Lamb School of Communication – Some of the scholarships available include:

  • Bruce Kendall Award for Excellence in Communication
  • Communication Service Award
  • Distinguished New Communication Major Scholarship

Fresno State University, Mass Communication and Journalism – Some of the scholarships available include:

  • Darrell Copeland III Mass Communication and Journalism Scholarship
  • Roberta Asahina Scholarship
  • ABC30 Journalism Scholarship
  • Nathan Hathaway Collegian Scholarship
  • Lotus Communications Scholarship

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Jackie Robinson Scholarship Program:  This year Seniors will be the last to receive the scholarship in its current form so this truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity!!!! is now available at  The JRF application is the vehicle through which more than 3,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Jackie Robinson.  To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating, minority high school senior
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States
  • Show leadership potential
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service
  • Present evidence of financial need
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4-year college when applying for the scholarship  


The purpose of the GFB Foundation for Agriculture Scholarship for Agriculture is to assist outstanding students who plan to pursue a career focusing on agriculture and who exhibit leadership skills for active involvement in the agriculture sector. The Foundation will award five scholarships of $3,000 each and seven scholarships of $1,500 each.

To be eligible, applicant must: be a Georgia resident; be majoring in agriculture and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agriculture field; finish high school within the year student is applying for the scholarship; be engaged in leadership activities in high school; must be planning to enroll in a unit of The University System of Georgia, Berry College or Emmanuel College, OR any accredited college/university in Georgia with an agriculture program during the 2017-2018 academic year; and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

A listing of schools within the University System of Georgia, and a sampling of eligible academic areas of study, can be found here.

More information about the GFB Scholarship for Agriculture scholarship and an official application are available here in a PDF document, and here in a Microsoft Word document.

Application deadline is February 3, 2017.


The purpose of the GFB Foundation for Agriculture Rising College Junior/Senior Scholarship for Agriculture is to assist outstanding students who have been pursuing an academic career focusing on agriculture and who have exhibited leadership skills for active involvement in the agriculture sector while in college. The Foundation will award ten scholarships of $2,000 each.

Students submitting an application must be a Georgia resident majoring in agriculture and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agriculture field. They must be a sophomore or junior with at least two semesters of college work remaining to receive their undergraduate degree from a unit of The University System of Georgia, Berry College or Emmanuel College, OR any accredited college/university in Georgia with an agriculture program. Applicants must be engaged in leadership activities in college, and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

More information about the Rising College Junior / Senior Scholarship and an official application are available here in a PDF document, and here in a Microsoft Word document.

Application deadline is February 3, 2017.


The purpose of the GFB Foundation for Agriculture UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship is to assist outstanding students who have elected to focus on the area of large animal / food animal practice. The Foundation will award two scholarships of $2,500 each.

Students submitting an application must be a Georgia resident, and a current Veterinary Medicine student specializing in large animal / food animal practice, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

More information about the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship and an official application are available here in a PDF document, and here in a Microsoft Word document.

Application deadline is February 3, 2017.


The purpose of the GFB Foundation for Agriculture Technical College Scholarship for Agriculture is to assist outstanding students who plan to pursue a career focusing on agriculture from a technical school or program. The Foundation will award ten scholarships of $1,000 each.

To be eligible, applicant must: be a Georgia resident; be majoring in an area of agriculture or agriculturally related field of study; must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a Georgia accredited technical college during the 2017-2018 academic year; and have a minimum 2.8 GPA.

More information about the Technical College Scholarship and an official application are available here in a PDF document, and here in a Microsoft Word document.

A listing of schools within the Technical College System of Georgia, and a sampling of eligible academic areas of study, can be found here.

Application deadline is February 3, 2017.

2017 Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is an opportunity for students to learn more about the importance of community banking and what it represents in the community. Please share with students today! The Hester Scholarship is open to Georgia high school seniors who will be entering a Georgia college, university or technical school (two-year program or more) in the fall semester of 2017. Four winning recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Students can download the scholarship packet by clicking here. Applications must be submitted to the Community Bankers Association of Georgia through a CBA member bank. Interested students can visit CBA's website,, to obtain a listing of member community banks in their area. Students can search for a community bank near them by bank name, city or zip code.Click here to access bank listings. The student will then contact the bank and ask for sponsorship. Bankers are encouraged to provide the student with as much information on community banking as possible, so they can write their essay efficiently.  Judging & Deadlines: Applications should be submitted to a CBA member bank no later than Monday, April 3, 2017. The announcement of the winners is May 2016. If you have any questions, please contact

Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship:  This is a $1,000 scholarship for students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit this link and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it. 

Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program. This is the 5th year we are awarding this scholarship for We are offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship.  This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. We ask that you have interested students visit our website, to find eligibility information along with the online application. 

Lyceum Scholars Program at Clemson University. $10,000 scholarship distributed out over the students 4 years at Clemson Deadline Dec. 8th. Visit:

The George C. Brooks Scholarship - University of Missouri: for underrepresented ethnic groups at Mizzou $7,500/year, plus a nonresident fee waiver Deadline: December 15.  Visit:

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program Deadline: October 17, 2016 through January 5, 2017
This program acknowledges and rewards America’s foremost young leaders who demonstrate the leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship exhibited by President Reagan throughout his life. Like President Reagan, candidates use the formative experiences of their youth to lead, serve, and pursue a life of purpose and significance, both individually and for their communities. Each year, roughly 20 Scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship that is renewable and may be used over a period of six (6) consecutive years from the initial award date for a total award of $40,000.  Visit:

HABLA is dedicated to recognizing the achievements and successes of the Hispanic business & civic communities. The HABLA Scholarship will be awarded to one deserving Hispanic high school senior or college freshman in metro Atlanta.   Visit:

Science Ambassador Scholarship: Provided by: Cards against Humanity Award 100% of tuition. DEADLINE: December 1, 2015.  The Science Ambassador Scholarship is open to women who are seeking an undergraduate degree in a STEM field. You must submit a video of yourself explaining a topic in science that you are passionate about in order to be considered for this award. Ideal candidates will be ambassadors for their field that are passionate about their discoveries and who will share their excitement with others. Get more information on the Science Ambassador Scholarship.  December 11th, 2016 at midnight central time

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 9th year. We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year. Scholarship Deadline - June 10, 2016. Application Process: Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: Full details are available on our site.

Seniors should apply for the University of North Georgia ROTC scholarship now!  Why? Because the first board meets in October.  Army ROTC scholarships are awarded by a national selection board at Ft. Knox, KY. Tentative dates:

Deadline to begin NEW application for ROTC Scholarship: 10-Jan-2017
Final deadline to submit application (must have started an application prior to 10-Jan-2017): 28-Feb-2017 

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education.

The DAR Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion or sex. All applicants must be United States citizens. All multi-year scholarships, typically renewable up to four years, must be for consecutive years of attendance at an accredited college or university in the United States. The only exception is the American Indian Scholarship that is available for students pursuing vocational training.

AES Scholarship Deadline Is Approaching
The deadline for the 10th annual AES Scholarship is October 6, 2016.  Visit and please encourage your students to apply.  We wish them all good luck! The winner(s) will be announced within 2 weeks of the deadline. Each winner will be personally notified by email.If you wish to discontinue receipt of these notices, please reply to this email and type "unsubscribe" in the subject line or in the body of the email.

Register here for the Test Prep Challenge. On October 10th, come to your local C2 Test Prep Challenge venue for the event and take the test of your choice. (Not sure where yours is? Click on the link below!) The high score on each test, per venue, wins.* Winners will be announced by October 26th! And there’s more! Even if you register now but can’t attend the event, you’ll still get 5% off C2 tuition at your local C2 venue. Parents are invited to attend workshops at the event to learn more about financial planning, test prep, college admissions and much more! REGISTER NOW!
*Ties will be broken via essay contest judged by C2 national personnel. No purchase necessary. 

Campus Exploreris giving away a $1,000 scholarship EVERY MONTH for college-bound students.  This is a great opportunity for high school juniors and seniors, who need financial assistance during their college search. Click on and apply for the latest scholarship every month.

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students with at least a 2.5 GPA can apply for this $1,000 scholarship that chooses one winner per quarter.

AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund

This fund awards quarterly scholarships of $2,500 to students enrolled at an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) member institution. Awards can be used toward bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in nursing. The selection committee gives special consideration to students in a graduate program to become a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program.

CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

Wells Fargo sponsors this award, which is open to high school seniors and all undergraduate levels. Applicants are selected throughout the year via random drawing to win 40 awards of $1,000 each.

4.        Courage to Grow

This monthly scholarship award of $500 is available to juniors or seniors in high school as well as college students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. You’ll have to submit a short essay. Entries are due on the last day of each month.

5.         United States Senate Youth Program

High school juniors and seniors who are involved in student government can apply to win up to $5,000. A principal or teacher nomination is required, and this scholarship includes a trip to Washington, D.C. for the Washington Week program. Deadlines range from July to November, depending on your state.

6.         Chegg $1,000 Monthly Scholarship

Answer a brief essay question to apply for this monthly drawing for a $1,000 scholarship.

7.         “No Essay” College Scholarship

Yes, there’s a scholarship you can win without writing an essay! offers this monthly drawing, which is open to all students planning to enroll in college within 12 months. Enter once each month to win $2,000.

8.          $1,000 Local Survey Sweepstakes

Tell about your neighborhood and be entered into a monthly drawing for $1,000. Submit a new entry each month for a better chance of winning.


9.         CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship

High school and junior college students who play sports and plan to attend a four-year college can apply for this $2,000 award. You’ll need to be active on social media to have a better chance at one of the quarterly prizes.

10.       Jacob Frydman Scholarship Fund

Scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 are awarded six times throughout the year. Apply with a 700-word essay on how you plan to invest in your future.

11.        The Festivus Scholarship

Students returning to school after a gap in their education can earn $250 by winning four rounds of quizzes on common knowledge facts. Enter by registering at the Common Knowledge Scholarship Fund and entering the fall quiz (begins in early September) and spring quiz (Starts in early January).

12. Campaign Scholarships

Volunteer your time for any of’s campaigns (examples include hosting a canned food drive or sharing ways to combat bullying) and you could win $10,000. Submit pictures of your campaign work to be entered. also draws a seasonal scholarship four times each year for your second chance to win $10,000.

13. “Hit the Books” Scholarship

Enrolled college students between the ages of 18 and 25 can enter to win $500. Enter by writing a 500-word essay on why your education is important to you; you might get bonus points if you can work your love of coffee into your essay. One winner is chosen each spring (apply by January 31) and fall (apply by September 30.

14.        $2222 Scholarship Sweepstakes

Share your resume with others at for a chance to win — you guessed it — $2,222. You must be over 13 to enter this monthly drawing.

15.        Odenza Marketing Scholarship

If you have at least a 2.5 GPA, submit two short essays on given topics to be considered for a $500 scholarship. Enter by March 31 for the spring scholarship contest; there’s also another round in the fall. This scholarship is open to American and Canadian students between the ages of 16 and 25.


16.       Gates Millenium Scholars Program

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awards 1,000 scholarships each year to extraordinary students. The average award is about $12,000, and these substantial awards are designed to last throughout the winner’s college experience. The deadline usually falls in mid-January.


17. Scholarship Program

Show academic achievement and write a topical essay in MLA format to win this $1,500 prize, which can be used toward full-time undergraduate studies. Apply by January 23, 2016.

18. Scholarship Prize

If sleep disorders affect your life, write a short essay to enter to win one of four scholarships of up to $1,500. Apply by January 31, 2016. If you’re already enrolled in college, you’ll need to show a 2.0 or better GPA.

19.       Optimist International Essay Contest

High school seniors can apply for a $2,000 scholarship in each of Optimist International’s 49 districts. Local club deadlines may vary, but winning local essays are handed off to districts in February.

20.       ARRL General Fund Scholarship

Students with any active amateur radio license may apply for this $2,000 award. Transcripts are required, but students in any field of study may apply. Deadline: February 13.

21.        Carole R. Streeter, KB9JBR, Scholarship

Students with any active amateur radio license and basic Morse code knowledge may apply for this $1,000 award. Preference is given to students in a health-related major. Apply by February 13.

22.       EDSA Minority Scholarship

The Landscape Architecture Foundation awards $5,000 to one student who is either in the final two years of undergraduate study, or working toward a graduate degree in landscape architecture. Provide a resume, two recommendations, a 500-word essay and work samples to enter by February 15.

23.       Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

By completing one application, women in engineering, engineering technology or computer science in the U.S. or Mexico can apply for a host of scholarships from SWE. Undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible. Awards range from about $1,000 to $10,000. Apply by February 15.

24.       Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award

Minority high school students may apply for awards of up to $7,500 per year (for up to four years) to attend a four-year college. Scholarships also come with mentoring, leadership development and internship opportunities. Apply by February 15.

25.        AWS Foundation National Scholarship Program

The American Welding Society offers more than 30 national scholarships to students in the U.S. and Canada who plan to pursue careers in welding. Awards tend to be for $2,500 or more, and many are open to students in two- and four-year programs. Students can create one profile online through AWS to be matched with scholarship options. Apply by February 15.


26.       Young Naturalist Awards

The American Museum of Natural History invites students in grades 7 through 12 to submit their science experiments from the natural world. Cash prizes range from $500 for the 7th-grade winners to $2,500 for high school seniors. Two winners from each grade level are selected. Enter by March 1.

27.        Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Entering first-year law students can apply for this award from the American Bar Association. Full-time and part-time students are eligible; 20 winners receive $15,000 over three years of law school. Deadline: March 1.

28.       ACS Scholars Award

The American Chemical Society offers scholarships to African American, Native American and Hispanic students planning to study a chemically related field before a career in the chemical sciences. $2,500 is awarded to an incoming freshman; $3,000 goes to a sophomore; and $5,000 is up for grabs among juniors and seniors. Apply by March 1 with official transcripts, standardized test scores, two recommendation letters and your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).

29.       American Legion Auxiliary National Presidents Scholarship

High school seniors who show leadership, patriotism, service and financial need, plus academic achievement, may apply. Five $3,500 scholarships are awarded annually, along with five $3,000 scholarships and five $2,500 awards. Deadline: March 1.

30.       American Legion Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

The American Legion also offers five scholarships each year to students returning to school after an interruption; or who is starting higher education later in life. Apply by March 1 to be considered for an award of $2,000.

31.       Frame My Future Scholarship Contest

High school seniors or current college students can apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Submit a piece of art: a photograph, collage, poem, painting or other creative piece, along with a short essay about your professional goals. Apply by the beginning of March.

32.       Bodie McDowell Scholarship

Junior and senior undergraduates studying communications or journalism may apply, along with graduate students. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, and there are three or more awards given each year. Apply by March 2.

33.        Life Lessons Scholarship Program

Applicants must submit an essay or short video about the effect of losing a parent during childhood. The grand prize is $15,000; apply by March 3.



34.       SanDisk Scholars Program

SanDisk awards $2,500 (renewable for four years) to students in engineering and computer science. High school seniors may apply, along with college freshman or sophomore students. A 3.0 GPA is required, and you’ll need to submit an essay plus evidence of financial need, community involvement and “entrepreneurial interests.” Apply by March 3.

35.       Simon Youth Community Scholarship

Exceptional and involved students may apply for a $1,000 scholarship to be used at junior colleges, four-year colleges and trade schools. Every Simon mall in the U.S. provides an award, but only the first 3,000 applications received each year are judged. Applicants must live within 50 miles of a Simon mall. Apply by March 5.

36.       Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

Write an essay about religious freedom to win prizes from $250 to $2,000, awarded by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Apply by March 6.

37.       AFSA National High School Essay Contest

The American Foreign Service Association sponsors this $2,500 scholarship for students interested in foreign policy. The winner also receives a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the Secretary of State, and an all-expense paid education trip from Semester at Sea. Apply by March 15.

38.       Shepherd Scholarship

If someone in your family was or is a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, you could be eligible for this $2,000 scholarship, which can be renewed for three years after being awarded. Submit a transcript and up to four letters of recommendation to be considered. Deadline: March 31.

39.       LULAC National Scholastic Achievement Awards

Anticipated or current undergraduate and graduate students may apply for this $2,000 award. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and excellent standardized test scores. This scholarship is not limited to Hispanic and Latino students. Apply by March 31.

40.        National Security Agency Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship

The NSA (yep, that one) awards $500 each spring to students in computer science, computer engineering or mathematics. You’ll need a 3.0 GPA to apply; all levels of higher education study are welcome. Apply by March 31.

41.       Unigo $10K Scholarship

Submit a 200-word essay about how you’ve defied stereotypes and you could win one of two $10,000 scholarships. You must enroll in college no later than fall of 2019. Apply by March 31.



42.       SuperCollege Scholarship

High school through graduate school and adult students planning to enroll in the next 12 months may apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Funds can be used for tuition, books, room and board, computers or other related expenses. Apply by March 31.

43.       The Dr. Arnita Y. Boswell Scholarship Award

African-American students with a 2.75 GPA or higher, who also participate in school and community activities may apply for up to $1,000. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, letters from activity organizers, an official transcript, an essay on a provided topic and a photo. Apply by March 31.

44.       Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

This $10,000 scholarship goes to a student active in the social and economic justice movements. Apply by April 1 by submitting a personal statement, two recommendations, a transcript, evidence of financial need and a photo.

45.        Tourism Cares Academic Scholarship Program

High school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students planning to study travel, tourism or hospitality may apply for one of 30 annual scholarships. Awards range from $1,000 to $4,000. U.S. and Canadian students may apply. Deadline: April 1.

46.       AFSA Scholarship Program

The American Fire and Sprinkler Association awards 10 scholarships for $2,000 to high school seniors. To apply, read an essay about fire sprinklers and complete a 10-question, open-book, multiple choice test. Each correct test answer gives you one entry into the scholarship drawing. Apply by April 1.

47.        AICPA Accountemps Student Scholarship Award

Each year, four winners are selected to win $10,000. You must be a current undergraduate or graduate-level accounting student with a GPA of at least 3.0 to apply. Deadline: April 1.

48.       Create Real ImpactYour creative entry about distracted driving could win you a $500 or $1500 prize. Apply by April 10. Along with the grand prize of $1500, the committee also chooses one Spanish-language winner and one American Sign Language winner.

49.        Gene Carte Student Paper Competition

Criminology students may submit one relevant academic paper each year to be considered for this scholarship. The first-prize winner gets $500. Submit by April 15.

50.       NDS Junior Merit Scholarship

Undergraduates In their junior year who plan to work in the dairy industry may apply for this award, which has a first prize of $1,500 and three runner-up awards of $1,000 each. Leadership, activities, and academic performance are evaluated. Apply by April 15.


51.       NDS Sophomore Merit Scholarship

The National Dairy Shrine also offers a scholarship for college sophomores pursuing a career in the dairy industry. First prize: $1,500. Leadership, activities, and academic performance are evaluated. Apply by April 15.

52.        College Jumpstart Scholarship

This annual, merit-only scholarship is open to high school, college and nontraditional students. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each spring and fall. Apply by April 15 for the spring competition. A short personal statement is required.

53.       Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship Program

Latino students with financial need may apply to receive one of three awards: $1,000 toward an associate degree, $2,500 toward an undergraduate degree and $5,000 for graduate school. Apply by April 15.

54.       Appraisal Institute Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship

Students who are already enrolled part- or full-time toward an associate or bachelor’s degree focusing on real estate may apply for this $1,000 award. You must demonstrate academic achievement. Submit a short personal statement, two recommendations, your transcript and your resume to apply by April 15.

55.       Signet Essay Contest

Signet Classics awards five scholarships of $1,000 to high school juniors and seniors. Applicants must write an essay about the year’s chosen literary classic from a list of provided topics; teachers then submit the essays to Signet. Entries are usually due in mid-April.

56.       ASHA Youth Scholarships

Exceptional high school students who are involved with American Saddlebred horses, may apply. Academic success, financial need, community service and recommendations are considered. Awards amounts range, but additional prizes of $2,500 and $5,000 are provided. Deadline: April 30.

57.       Grammarly $1,000 Scholarship

Register online to be entered into this scholarship drawing. If you win, you’ll have to show that you’re enrolled (or have committed to enroll). Enter by April 30, 2015.

58.       MoolahSPOT $1,000 Scholarship

MoolahSPOT’s scholarship is open to students from around the world — but your essay and application must be submitted in English. New or current students in college or graduate school may apply. Submit a 400-word essay by April 30, 2015.

59.        Freedom of Speech PSA Contest

Current undergraduate, graduate and vocational school students can enter to win up to $3,000. Apply by April 30 by submitting a 30-second audio or video public service announcement about freedom of speech.


60.        Digital Responsibility E-Waste Scholarship

Write a tweet-length statement about electronic waste recycling to enter this $1,000 contest. The top 10 finalists will be asked to write a 500-1000 word essay. Apply by April 30, 3015.

61.       Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Interested in being an actuary? African-American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students with a GPA of at least 3.0 may apply for this scholarship. Awards range from $1,000 for an incoming freshman to $4,000 for an incoming college senior who has already passed actuarial exams. Enter by May 1.

62.       The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

Students showing financial need, academic achievement and public service who are entering or transferring to a four-year college may apply. Submit a copy of your college acceptance letter, two recommendations, an essay, transcript, standardized test scores, copy of your FAFSA and a resume to be considered to win $2,000 per year for up to four years. Deadline: May 1

63. Scholarship

Submit an essay on a financial topic to win a $2,000 scholarship. High school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Enter by May 1.

64.       Nordstrom Scholarship

Nordstrom stores offer $10,000 scholarships to 80 high school juniors who maintain at least a 2.7 GPA and participate in activities. The scholarship amount is distributed over four years. Apply by May 1.

66.       PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship

The Public Relations Student Society of America gives two awards of $1,500 to minority communications students. Applicants must be full-time students with at least junior status, with at least a 3.0 GPA. PRSSA membership is not required, but applicants must submit a transcript, a letter of recommendation and a two-page essay on diversity in the public relations industry. Apply by May 22, 2015.

67.        Together We Care Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program

MinuteClinic (owned by CVS) and Johnson & Johnson offer 30 nurse practitioner scholarships for $2,500 each and five doctor of nursing practice scholarships for $5,000 each. If you’re enrolled in a nurse practitioner or doctor of nursing practice program with a GPA of at least 3.2, apply by May 29, 2015.

68.       Muggets Scholarship

Already enrolled vocational, undergraduate and graduate students in horticulture-related programs may apply for this $1,500 scholarship. Two recommendations are required. Apply by May 31.

69.       Rocket 55 Scholarship

High school seniors and undergraduates enrolled at least part-time may apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Submit an essay on a digital marketing topic and apply by May 31.


70.       Scholarship Detective Launch Scholarship

Free registration for and a 140-character statement are all you need to enter this drawing for one of two $1,000 scholarships. Deadline: May 31.

71.       C.I.P. Scholarship

College is Power awards $1,000 to entering or continuing students in full- or part-time programs. The funds can be used for tuition, books, room and board, or other related expenses. Enter by May 31.

72.       ASF Translation Awards

The American-Scandinavian Foundation offers a $2,500 award and a $2,000 award for outstanding translations of Scandinavian works by authors born before 1800. Apply by June 1.

73.        Student Translation Award

The American Translators Association invites translations of literary or science/technology works into English, but also considers translation-related projects. A faculty member must write a letter of support for the undergraduate or graduate applicant. Award: $500. Deadline: June 8.

74.       Optimist International Oratorical Contest

Would you engage with an audience from the podium? Winning speakers at the local level may earn scholarships of $2,500, $1,500 or $1,000 at the district level. Local club competition dates vary, but districts must submit their winner lists to Optimist International by June 15.

75.       Copyright Awareness Scholarship