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By Sergei Klebnikov
Updated: August 9, 2019 2:31 PM ET | Originally published: July 10, 2017

Need help paying for college?

Check out the following scholarships, which are provided by GetSchooled and grouped by topic. Then browse MONEY’s Best Colleges rankings and college news.

Big Money Scholarships Offering $10,000 or More

Cameron Impact Scholarship

Scholarships for students with high academic achievement who have a stated goal of public service and/or demonstrated active participation in community service.

  • Amount: Up to $50,000 per year (intended to cover tuition, fees, course related expenses, books, supplies and equipment)
  • Deadline: September 13

James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship Program

Scholarships for students who demonstrate an active leadership role in community service, athletics, etc.

  • Amount: Up to $50,000
  • Deadline: December 15

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Scholarships based on students’ capacity to lead, succeed in school, and make an impact on their schools and communities.

  • Amount: $20,000
  • Deadline: October 31

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition

Scholarships focused on academic strength, demonstrated community leadership, and financial need.

  • Amount: Up to $50,000
  • Deadline: November 5

The Gates Scholarship

Scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Awarded to 300 top student leaders with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

  • Amount: Funding for the student’s full cost of attendance (including fees, books, housing and meals) for all 4 years of college.
  • Deadline: September 15

Ron Brown Scholar Program

The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: January 9, 2019

Dell Scholars

Scholarships for students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education. The Dell Scholars program offers personalized, multifaceted support to our Scholars that extends beyond the financial support of $20,000, a laptop, and textbook credits. Dell offers students and their families services and solutions to address individual and systemic issues that can create major barriers to student success.

  • Amount: $20,000, a laptop and textbook credits
  • Deadline: December 1

ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship

A free quarterly drawing for college scholarship money. To become eligible, become a ScholarshipPoints member and log in.

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: September 15

Voice of America Scholarship

Applicants must write and record an essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year, that’s “What Makes America Great.”

  • Amount: Up to $30,000
  • Deadline: October 31

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Full-time students can spend their summer breaks working with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., doing meaningful work related to their major. Requires 3.0 GPA, 1000 SAT/21 ACT, and sufficient financial need.

  • Amount: Salary up to $40,485 and tuition assistance up to $18,000
  • Deadline: Early 2020

Last-Minute Scholarships

Students can apply to these even in August (or later!) for the coming academic year.

Zale Parry Scholarship

Financial support for individuals seeking to advance their knowledge or to enter professional careers in any of the following fields: ocean exploration, diving equipment technology, hyperbaric research, marine conservation.

  • Amount: $6,500
  • Deadline: September 15

iVein Health and Wellness Scholarship

Write an 800- to 1,000-word essay about how to approach living a healthy lifestyle as a college student, and how to sustain healthy habits over a lifetime.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: August 31 for fall semester, December 31 for winter/spring

Striving For Greatness Accounting and Finance Scholarship

Scholarship aimed towards well-rounded individuals who display both academic excellence in accounting and/or finance as well as an involvement in their community.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: December 2019

Course Hero Academic Hero 2019

Create a free Course Hero account and write a 500-word essay on the following question:

“Nowadays people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey

Do you think this is true of today? Has this changed since Oscar Wilde wrote it in 1890? If so, what changed? Please provide examples to support your position.

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: October 31

Love Your Career Scholarship

Submit an essay of at least 1,000 words describing at least three steps that you plan to take in the next year to start a path towards having a career that you love in order to qualify for this award. Then interview a professional in that field.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: September 10 (January 7 for the winter semester)

Scholarships That Don’t Require You to Demonstrate Financial Need

“Inspire Our Future” Scholarship

Scholarships for students studying to become a teacher, or pursuing a career in direct student education.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: April 1, 2020

Richard and Elizabeth Dean Scholarship

Scholarships based on academic merit, with an initial minimum GPA of 4.0 and renewal conditional upon maintenance of a 3.25 GPA.

  • Amount: $5,000 renewable each year for a total of $20,000
  • Deadline: February 15, 2020

DAR Scholarships for Political Science, History, Government and Economics

Scholarships for students interested in studying political science, history or economics.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: February 15, 2020

American Bullion Scholarship

Submit a 500- to 1000-word essay that answers the following question: “Can gold go to $2,000 or higher following the next stock market crash?”

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: October 31

Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

Submit a 500- to 1000-word essay describing the impact you have made in the life of a rescue animal or animal welfare cause in general. You must also submit two to three photos of your volunteer efforts.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: February 1, 2020

Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team College Scholarship

Have a minimum 2.8 GPA and submit a 500- to 750-word essay to qualify for this award. The essay should detail how you are driven to innovate, how you plan to influence progress on any level in any space or how you have already affected positive change with creative thinking.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: December 1

Scholarships for STEM Students

Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering

Scholarships for college students who are AIAA members and studying to enter the aeronautics industry.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: January 31, 2020

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

Scholarship for students in a STEM major from an ethnic group underrepresented in their field of study.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: September 30

Environmental Studies/Natural Science Scholarship Program

Scholarships for Environmental Studies/Natural Science college students in certain Illinois counties. Write a brief essay on a provided topic to apply.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: March 31, 2020

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in STEM disciplines that support NOAA’s mission.

  • Amount: $45,000
  • Deadline: January 2020

GMiS California Medical Scholarship Program

Scholarships for Hispanic/Latinx students who demonstrate leadership within their community and who are pursuing or intend to pursue a degree in STEM.

  • Amount: up to $5,000
  • Deadline: October 15

Scholarships for Women

Women in Aviation Scholarships

Scholarships for members of the Women in Aviation association who have a passion for aviation.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: November 12

Advancement of Women in Sports and Entertainment Scholarship

Scholarships for women pursuing a degree in Communication Studies, Marketing, Public Relations, Media Studies or Journalism.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: November 17

BHW Scholarship

Scholarships for women who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM.

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: April 15, 2020

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship

Scholarship for female students who have participated in a Distinguished Young Women program.

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Continuous

Scholarships for Members of Minority Groups

Carrington-Philbert Scholarship

A one-time scholarship for entering African American U.S. college freshmen. Applicants may be attending a community college or 4-year college.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 1

Chips Quinn Scholars Program

Program offers training and financial support intended to open doors to news and information careers and bring greater diversity to the newsrooms of the U.S.

College juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates with majors in journalism or career goals in journalism are eligible to apply.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: October 15

Out to Protect Scholarship

Scholarships for LGBT students who are currently enrolled in a basic law enforcement training program.

  • Amount: Up to $1,000
  • Deadline: November 29

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

Scholarship for students and young professionals seeking experience in HIV-related public policy and government affairs.

  • Amount: $2,600 stipend per month
  • Deadline: Rolling

Michael Moody Fitness Scholarship

A college scholarship of $1,500 awarded to a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, participation and leadership in school activities and work experience, and interest in pursuing a career in the health and fitness related fields.

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline:August 1, 2020 or until 1,000 applications have been received

Scholarships That Don’t Require an Essay

US Bank Scholarship

Students enter for a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship.

  • Amount: up to $20,000
  • Deadline: October 25

“No Essay” Scholarship

Create an account with Niche for a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship.

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: August 31

CARiD Scholarship

Submit a photo inspired by any aspect of the automotive industry to qualify for this award. Submissions could be of your first car, custom modifications you’ve made, something that makes your vehicle unique, the coolest vehicle you’ve ever seen, etc.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: October 31

eCommerce Entrepreneur Scholarship

Applicants must submit a short video of less than three minutes that covers why you are passionate about being an entrepreneur, why you are drawn specifically to internet business. In addition to the scholarship award amount, winners will receive training in running an internet business.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: December 1

$5,000 VIP Voice Scholarship

Complete surveys for an opportunity to win a monthly $5,000 scholarship. The more surveys you complete, the better your odds of winning.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: Continuous

Scholarships for Students Who Have Overcome Adversity

Lighthouse Guild

For college-bound students and graduate students who are legally blind.

  • Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Deadline: March 31

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships

Scholarship recognizing outstanding high school students with learning and attention issues.

  • Amount: Up to $2,500 a year over four years
  • Deadline: Continuous

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

For students who exhibit a strong commitment to complete a career or technical program, critical financial need, and perseverance in overcoming adversity.

  • Amount: Up to $2,500
  • Deadline: Rolling

Scholarships for Students with Community Service Experience

Great Value Colleges Community Service Scholarship

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and 40 hours of community service under their belt are eligible to apply for this scholarship, which also requires two letters of recommendation and an essay.

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: July 15 and November 15

Huddle Up to Play It Forward Scholarship

DoSomething and the NFL want you to clean up—literally. Join the Huddle and remove 10 pieces of litter from a local outdoor space for a chance at the scholarship.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: September 15

Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship

Scholarship for young volunteers who have dedicated 100+ hours to serving veterans.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Deadline: February 28, 2020

Scholarships for Artsy Kids

YoungArts Scholarship

Scholarships for student artists in film, design, music, dance, photography, visual arts, theater, and writing.

  • Amount: Up to $10,000 and a master class in your artistic discipline
  • Deadline: October 11

Houzz Scholarship Program

Scholarships for students enrolled in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture programs at the undergraduate or graduate level.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: December 15 and June 30, 2020

John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund

Scholarships for students who practice classical/traditional art in the mediums of painting, drawing from figure, landscape, and composition.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: February 1, 2020

Military Family Scholarships

Samsung American Legion Scholarship

Scholarship support for high school juniors who are members of the American Legion and are direct descendants of wartime U.S military veterans who served on active duty.

  • Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Deadline: “no later than the first day of a participant’s American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program,” per its website

70th Infantry Division Association Scholarship

Scholarship for the relatives and spouses of those who have served, or are currently serving, under the colors of the 70th Infantry Division.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: August 31

Army ROTC Green to Gold Scholarship Program

For students with leadership potential within the Army ROTC program. Awards may be for two, three, or four years. Recipients will receive tuition or room and board support, additional money for textbooks, supplies, and equipment, and a monthly stipend for up to 10 months each school year

  • Amount: Tuition support + stipend (varies)
  • Deadline: November 30

Military Child of the Year Award

The Military Child of the Year Award recognizes outstanding military children who demonstrate resiliency, leadership, and achievement in their communities.

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: December 9

Study Abroad Scholarships

Christianson Grant

Grants awarded to young Americans who have arranged their own service projects abroad. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component.

  • Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Deadline: March 15, July 15, October 15

NESP David Boren Scholarships

Scholarships for students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to the U.S., including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Deadline: February 5, 2020

Gilman International Scholarship Program

Scholarship for low-income students who are interested in studying or interning abroad.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: Varies depending on term

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Includes a wide range of study/research programs available for graduating college seniors.

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Varies

AIFS HACU Scholarship

Scholarships for outstanding Latino students attending HACU schools to study abroad.

  • Amount: 50% of AIFS program fee
  • Deadline: April 15, October 1, March 1

Scholarships With Religious Affiliations

American Jewish Historical Society Scholarships

Scholarships and grants for undergraduate and graduate students interested writing about or researching topics related to Jewish history, the Jewish experience, etc.

  • Amount: Up to $6,000
  • Deadline: April 20

Hub Foundation Scholarships

This program supports the study of Islam and Muslim viewpoints and expressions with the goal of encouraging future leaders. Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Islamic studies, history, philosophy, anthropology and other fields are eligible to apply.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Deadline: Submission period begins April 15, 2020

Stanford and D’Orlando Legal and Art Scholarships

Scholarships for Unitarian Universalists interested in studying art or law.

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: February 15, 2020

“Your RoadMap” $2,000 Christian College Scholarship

Fill out a registration form that sends your personal information to a list of Christian colleges; scholarship winner will be selected from a drawing of registrants.

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: May 31

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