Five Tips for Scoring College Scholarships (Consumer Reports)
Scholarship search websites- Please do NOT pay anyone to do scholarship searches for you. All they’ll do is use these same search engines that you can use for free. Here are some of the websites available to help you with your scholarship search:
- College Board Scholarship Search
- College Greenlight
- Super College
- Scholar Site
- School Soup
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- United Negro College Fund
- Financial Aid for Minority Students
- Ron Brown Scholar Program
- 4BlackYouth Scholarship
- Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
- Equal Chance for Education Scholarship
- Scholarships open to students who are undocumented
- Scholarship Guidance
- LGBTQ Scholarships
These scholarships are from local community organizations, corporations, and other sources. Qualifications, award amounts, and deadlines vary by scholarship. Scholarships are sorted by the date posted and NOT by the scholarship deadline.
Tennessee Relocation Council Scholarship: The Tennessee Relocation Council (TRC) is proud to announce the Peter Hiro Memorial Scholarship for current high school seniors who have relocated into the Middle Tennessee area over the course of their high school career. For more info and application, visit http://www.tennesseerelocationcouncil.org/Scholarship-Program. Deadline is March 1, 2018.
Sigma Gamma Rho Scholarship: Sigma Gamma Rho’s Scholarship for young women: Sigma Gamma Rho – Scholarship Letter to School Counselors 2017 and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Upsilon Sigma Chapter 2018 Scholarship Application. Deadline is February 19, 2018.
Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants Scholarships The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution. AWARD VALUE: $1,000. Students are asked to submit an essay focused on educational and career life goals. Visit our website http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm to learn more about this opportunity. Deadline is June 14, 2018.
JUNIORS! Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarships PCA awards scholarships of $1,000-$2,000 (depending on location) to high school athletes, based on their essays explaining how they meet the standard defined in Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor by PCA Founder Jim Thompson. See the website for more info: PositiveCoach This scholarship will be open for application on January 1, 2018.
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Volunteer State Community College Scholarship These are private donor scholarships that can be granted in addition to the TNPromise scholarship. It will not lower the recipient’s TNPromise scholarship which means this money can be used to pay for books and other necessities for college. This year we awarded 180 scholarships totaling $292,000. The application is now available at: http://volstate.edu/Foundation/Scholarship.php. There is no published deadline, but they give out awards in April, so apply now.
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While we work hard to make sure this scholarship information is complete and up to date, you should always confirm all information, including due dates, amounts, and restrictions/requirements. The best way to do this is to contact the organization directly or visit their website.
MG Law Scholarship See http://www.mg4law.com/scholarship/ for more details. Deadline is July 1, 2018.
Jackie Robinson Scholarship The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of minority students who aspire to attend college but also to guide them through the process of higher education. See http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/ for more info. Deadline is February 1, 2018.
Nashville Sounds Scholarship The Nashville Sounds Foundation will award $2,500 scholarships to four graduating high school seniors who plan to attend college in fall of 2018. Interested seniors must complete the application process at www.nashvillesounds.com. The deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018.
Hendrix Scholarship Competition- Bethel University offers a great opportunity for qualifying students to come and experience campus life, while competing for scholarships! For the Hendrix competition students have the opportunity to stay in a dorm on campus, eat in the cafeteria, and have first-hand experience to life at Bethel. The competition consists of an interview, test, and essay. All students interested in this opportunity can apply at: https://eportal.bethelu.edu/studentapplication/
The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program Through participation in The American Legion Oratorical Contest, high school students can earn needed education money. By writing and presenting an original speech focused on the United States Constitution, students also develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the country’s guiding document. Students have a chance to win up to $18,000 in scholarships. Information specific to the 2018 contest can be found here: The American Legion Oratorical Contest Certification deadline is January 9, 2018.
BigSun Scholarship The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official. The deadline is June 19, 2018 and the amount of award is $500.00. The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community. Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply. Deadline is June 19, 2018.
The Montesi Scholarship The Law Office of Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi in Memphis is offering a $2,500 scholarship for 2018. It will be awarded to a student from Tennessee that has been accepted to or have an active enrollment in undergrad school. There are more details about the scholarship and its qualifications here: http:/www.gkbm.com/montesi-scholarship/ The deadline is May 30, 2018.
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) General Scholarship Program APIASF offers scholarship opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander students with financial need to increase their access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal, and professional success. The APIASF General Scholarship Program offers a range of scholarships from one-time $2,500 awards to multiyear $20,000 awards, offers awards that can be used to cover the total cost of attendance, not just tuition, room, and board, focuses on students who are representative of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community’s geographic and ethnic diversity
For more information and deadline requirements visit the APIASF website.
B. Davis Scholarship-The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a $1,000 scholarship for 2018. Please visit their website to learn more and apply for the scholarship. Their website was developed for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships! The deadline for applications is May 22, 2018
University of Memphis-First Scholars Scholarship-The First Scholars program is for incoming freshmen who will be First Generation college students. The program provides peer mentor support from students who are involved in various facets on campus, as well as networking opportunities with prominent faculty and staff. This scholarship program includes an annual $5,000 scholarship. Apply here. Scholarship deadline is February 1, 2018.
UT Martin-The Call Me Mister Program is currently recruiting its first cohort members. Applicants must agree to teach in a TN school for each year of assistance they receive from UT Martin. Participation in the program includes free room & board and paid summer internships! For application requirements and more information click here
AFS Project Change Scholarship-Win a full scholarship to embark on a life-changing experience—designed by you. Submit your idea for a community service project and travel to your top destination. Adventuresome high school students wishing to study abroad w/without scholarships with AFS-USA need to go to www.afsusa.org/study-abroad and www.afsusa.org/scholarships. Deadline is December 18, 2017.
Nursing Scholarship-Each year the Tennessee Elks continue to fund varying levels of scholarships to students. This program is administered by the Tennessee Elks Benevolent Trust (TEBT). This scholarship is intended to be used by individuals pursuing a 4-year nursing degree for more information click here.
Trade Scholarship- The Trade Scholarship is an innovative scholarship intended to help those students that are often overlooked for financial aid. The Trade Scholarship is for graduating seniors as well as non-traditional students (those changing career fields or those needing additional education to progress in their current career) who will be pursuing a trade or certificate program. For more information click here.
Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship- The Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is accepting applications for scholarship funds awarded by the Education Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to African-American high school males who have demonstrated academic promise and financial need, and will pursue post-secondary education at an accredited college/university in the United States. More information and application: Alpha Phi Alpha -Tau Lambda Chp 2017-18 Scholarship Application Due February 1, 2018.
ATHENA Scholarship – This scholarship is for female students in Nashville. See the flyer for more information: ATHENA_Scholarship Due January 11, 2018.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship – This scholarship is for African American female students in Nashville. See the application for more information: Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Application Due Feb 19 2018 Due February 19, 2018.
The largest scholarships come from the colleges/universities themselves. Please contact the financial aid offices at the colleges you wish to attend and ask for scholarship information, application processes, and deadlines. There are way too many of those to post them all here.
Tips for using this resource:
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2. You can download the data in several different formats. There is also a Print option.
3. You may find it useful to sort records by application deadline. Click the arrows next to the heading to change the order. Important: Deadlines may vary from year to year. Check the website to verify the deadline.
4. Note that you can enter keywords to search the database.
|Horatio Alger (Arkansas)||https://www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/program_arkansas.cfm||AR||10/25 (?)||$6,000||2.0||Yes: < 55,000||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Adversity|
|Single Parent Scholarships||http://www.aspsf.org/students_spscholarships.html||AR||varies||NS||Yes: Pell Eligible||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Single head of household with dependent(s)|
|R. Preston Woodruff, Jr. Scholarship||http://www.asla.info/collegeplanning/woodruffscholarship.aspx||AR||4/1||$1,000||NS||Drawing for Scholarship||NS||Any Major|
|AASFAA Scholarship||http://aasfaa.net/HighSchoolCounselors/Downloads.aspx||AR||4/1||$1,000||NS||Drawing for Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Attend AASFAA Member School||DATES: Note that dates were for previous year deadlines, which may change from year to year. Check the website to verify the deadline.|
|Arkansas Governor's Scholarship||http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_govscholars.aspx||AR||2/1||$4,000||3.5||27||No||Scholarship||NS||Any Major|
|Arkansas Community Foundation||http://www.arcf.org/Scholarships/Overview/tabid/201/Default.aspx||AR||Varies||Varies||NS||Scholarship||NS||Any Major|
|Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship||http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_acs.aspx||AR||6/1||$2,000||2.5||19||No||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||2.5 GPA or 19 ACT|
|Arkansas GO! Grant||http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_gogrant.aspx||AR||6/1||$1,000||Yes: FAFSA required||Grant||NA||Any Major|
|HWH Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship||Paper app from Lula Orsby-Jones||Local||4/1||unknown||3.0||Required||NS||Scholarship||NS||Unknown||870-572-1226|
|Lee County Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship||?||Local||4/4||unknown||NS||Scholarship||NS||Unknown|
|Retired Teachers Scholarship||?||Local|
|Profile in Courage Essay Contest, JFK Foundation||http://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx||National||1/5||$10,000||NS||Essay||NS||Any Major|
|Burger King Scholars Program||http://www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProgram||National||1/10||1000-50000||NS||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Related to Burger King employee|
|Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.||http://www.taisf.org/scholar.htm||National||1/12||$1,500||3.0||Requires Tax Info||Scholarship||NS||STEM|
|Gates Millennium Scholars||http://www.gmsp.org/||National||1/15||Full||3.3||Yes: Pell Eligible||Scholarship||Minority||Any Major|
|Dell Scholars Program||http://www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/||National||1/15||NS||2.4||Yes: FAFSA required||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Participated in approved program (includes KIPP) http://www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/college-readiness-programs/|
|SAE Engineering Scholarships||http://students.sae.org/awdscholar/scholarships/hsengineering.htm||National||1/15||Varies||3.0||90th%||NS||Scholarship||NS||STEM|
|Point Foundation||http://www.pointfoundation.org/eligibility||National||1/21||Varies||NS||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Identify with LGBTQ(A)|
|Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholars||http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships||National||1/21||1000-full||2.7||NS||Scholarship||NS||Any Major|
|RMHC African American Future Achievers||http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships||National||1/21||1000-full||2.7||NS||Scholarship||African American||Any Major|
|RMHC Asia||http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships||National||1/21||1000-full||2.7||NS||Scholarship||Asian||Any Major|
|RMHC HACER||http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships||National||1/21||1000-full||2.7||NS||Scholarship||Hispanic/Latino||Any Major|
|Bank of America Student Leaders Program||http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/student-leaders.html#fbid=bTOemtSxnCf||National||1/25||Paid Internship||NS||Paid Internship (Summer)||NS||Any Major||Passion for improving Community|
|Princeton Prize in Race Relations||http://www.princeton.edu/pprize/overview/||National||1/31||$1,000||NS||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Community Service|
|Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests||http://www.emmabowenfoundation.com/||National||1/31||Varies||3.0||NS||Paid Internship (Summer)||Minority||Media|
|USDA/1890 National Scholars Program||http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda_1890_national_scholars_high_school_application.pdf||National||2/1||Full||3.0||21||NS||Scholarship||NS||Natural Sciences||HBCU land-grant & must commit to work for USDA|
|APS Minority Scholarships (Physics)||http://www.aps.org/programs/minorities/honors/scholarship/index.cfm||National||2/7||$3,000||NS||Scholarship||Minority||STEM - Physics|
|Jackie Robinson Foundation||http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/general-applicants.php||National||2/15||$7,500||21||Yes||Scholarship||Minority||Any Major||Community Service & Leadership|
|Daughters of the American Revolution||http://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/general-info||National||2/15||Varies||Varies||Yes||Scholarship||NS||Any Major|
|Christophers' Poster Contest||http://www.christophers.org/page.aspx?pid=274||National||2/21||$1,000||NS||Poster||NS||Any Major|
|ACS Scholars Program||http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/scholarships/acsscholars/generalinformation.html||National||3/1||$5,000||3.0||Required||Yes: FAFSA required||Scholarship||Minority||STEM - Chemistry|
|Walmart Associate Scholarships||http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/associate-scholarships||National||3/14||$13,000||2.0||Yes: FAFSA required||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Dependent of Walmart Employee|
|The Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship for Male Students||http://www.poisefoundation.org/component/content/article/179.html||National||3/17||$3,000||2.5||Yes||Scholarship||African American||STEM||Male, prefer NAACP membership|
|The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship||http://www.poisefoundation.org/component/content/article/180.html||National||3/17||$2,000||2.5||Yes||Scholarship||African American||Any Major||NAACP Members only|
|LULAC Natiional Scholarship Fund||http://www.lnesc.org/site/338/Scholarships/LULAC-National-Scholarship-Fund||National||3/31||500-2000||3.0||23||NS||Scholarship||Hispanic/Latino||Any Major|
|NACME Scholarships||http://www.nacme.org/scholarships||National||4/1||$2,500||3.0||24||NS||Scholarship||Minority||STEM||Admitted to engineering school|
|Future Educators Association||http://www.futureeducators.org/scholarships/index.htm||National||4/1||varies||NS||Scholarship||NS||Education/Teacher|
|PFLAG Scholarship||http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=370||National||4/15||$5,000||NS||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Identify with LGBTQ(A)|
|Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute||http://www.chci.org/scholarships/||National||4/16||$5,000||NS||Scholarship||Hispanic/Latino||Any Major||Community Service & Leadership|
|Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers||http://www.shpefoundation.org/scholarships/||National||5/1||$5,000||2.8||Yes||Scholarship||Hispanic/Latino||STEM||Must join Jr. HSPE (free?)|
|Congressional Black Caucus Foundation||http://www.cbcfinc.org/cbcf-scholarships.html||National||5/1||varies||NS||Scholarship||African American||Multiple|
|Joe Francis||http://www.joefrancis.com/apply||National||6/1||$1,000||NS||Scholarship||NS||Cosmetology/Barber only|
|I'm First Scholarship||http://www.imfirst.org/scholarship/||National||6/2||$400||not needed||not needed||Given preference||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||First-generation college student|
|Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology||http://www.dfbsstscholarship.org/dfb_sch.html||National||6/15||$200||Given preference||Scholarship||African American||STEM||Get application from HBCU|
|Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship||http://www.genkellyscholarship.com/||National||7/31||$1,000||NS||Essay||NS||Any Major|
|Quest Bridge College Match Scholarship||http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/ncm-national-college-match||National||9/1||Full||Top 10%||27||Yes: < 60,000||Scholarship||NS||Any Major|
|Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship||http://www.xerox.com/jobs/minority-scholarships/enus.html||National||9/30||1000-10000||3.0||NS||Scholarship||Minority||STEM|
|Horatio Alger (National)||https://www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/index.cfm||National||10/25||$21,000||2.0||Yes: < 55,000||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Adversity|
|Coca Cola Scholars||http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/#.U3ZKefldU78||National||10/31||$20,000||3.0||NS||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Community Service & Leadership|
|Ron Brown Scholar Program||http://www.ronbrown.org/Home.aspx||National||11/1||$10,000||Yes||Scholarship||African American||Any Major|
|Jack Kent Cooke||http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/||National||11/1||$30,000||3.5||26||Yes: < 95,000||Scholarship||NS||Any Major|
|The Voice of Democracy Program||http://www.vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy/||National||11/1||$30,000||NS||Essay||NS||Any Major|
|Prudential Spirit of Community||http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc/301||National||11/5||1000-5000||NS||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Community Service|
|First Freedom Student Competition||http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/students.html||National||11/18||$2,500||NS||Essay or video contest||Any Major|
|AXA Scholarships||https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-access.html||National||12/1||2000 - 25000||NS||Scholarship||NS||Any Major||Community Service & Academics|
|Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway||http://www.drpeppertuition.com/home||National||12/13||2500-100000||NS||Video||NS||Any Major|
|Love Your Body Campaign||http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/posters/contest.html||National||12/20||$250||NS||Poster||NS||Any Major|
|Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship||http://www.genkellyscholarship.com/||National||12/31||$1,000||NS||Essay||NS||Any Major|
|Thurgood Marshall||http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/scholarship/about-scholarships-program||National||Varies||Varies||3.0||Yes: FAFSA required||Scholarship||African American||Any Major||HBCU's - Must attend member college: http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/donor/member-schools|
|Spokeo Connections Scholarship||http://www.spokeo.com/spokeo-connections-scholarship||National||7/1||$1,000||3.0||No||Essay||NS||Any Major|
|To Be Heard Scholarship Slam||http://www.powerpoetry.org/poetry-slams/be-heard-scholarship-slam||National||9/8||$1,000||No||Essay||NS||Any Major|
|Buick Achievers Scholarship||https://buickachievers.scholarshipamerica.org/reminder/||National||2/28||$25,000||NS||Scholarship||NS||Any Major|
|Wendy’s High School Heisman||https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com||10/3|
|Tennessee Economic Council on Women||9/1|
|P.E.O. STAR Scholarship||11/1||scholarship|
|NCWIT Aspirations in Computing||http://www.pixcis.com/hillsborocounseling/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ncwit-aspirations-in-computing.pdf||11/1|
|Sertoma Club essay contest||http://www.pixcis.com/hillsborocounseling/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/sertoma-club-essay-contest.pdf||12/1||essay|
|Belmont University Rose Park Scholarship||http://www.pixcis.com/hillsborocounseling/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/rose-park-belmont-scholarship.pdf||12/1||scholarship|
|TN Concrete Association essay contest||http://www.pixcis.com/hillsborocounseling/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/tn-concrete-assoc-essay-contest.pdf||12/5||essay|
|Elks National Foundation Trade Scholarship||http://tnelks.org/scholarship-programs/trade-scholarship/||12/6|
|Elks National Foundation||http://tnelks.org/scholarship-programs/trade-scholarship/||12/5|
|Scarlett Family Foundation||http://www.scarlettfoundation.org/custpage.cfm/frm/179045/sec_id/179045||12/15|
|BrokerFish 2015 Scholarship||https://www.brokerfish.com/2015-spring-university-scholarship||$1,000||scholarship|
|Elegant Ladies Scholarship application||12/31|
|Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Free Speech essay||https://www.thefire.org/student-network/essay-contest/||1/1||essay|
|Gates Millennium Scholarship||http://gmsp.org||1/14||3.3||African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic American|
|Phi Beta Kappa||http://www.pixcis.com/hillsborocounseling/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/phi-beta-kappa.pdf||1/16|
|William Henry Oliver Scholarship||http://www.pixcis.com/hillsborocounseling/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/wm-henry-oliver-scholarship.pdf||1/28|
|The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program||http://www.tennesseelegion.org/index.php?id=111||1/26|
|National Panhellenic Association Women’s Scholarship||2/13|
|American College Foundation||http://www.americancollegefoundation.org/college_planning/home.aspx||4/1|
|Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship||http://www.animationcareerreview.com/animationcareerreviewcom-aspiring-animation-professional-scholarship-program||6/1|
|Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship||http://www.fashion-schools.org/aspiring-fashion-professional-scholarship-program||6/1|
|Suntrust Off to College Scholarship||https://suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes/index.html||5/13|
|UCAA Scholarship packet||http://www.pixcis.com/hillsborocounseling/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ucaa-scholarship-packet.pdf||3/15|
|Go Cosmo Scholarship||regency.edu/GoCosmo|
|Nashville Sounds Foundation||2/15|