External Funding

Scholarships by Gender

American Association of University Women:  Offers fellowships and grants to women pursing graduate and postgraduate degrees in order to advance careers, change careers, re-enter the work-force, work in professions where women are underrepresented, or promote education and disseminate research on gender and equity for women and girls. Follow the Fellowships/Grants/Awards tab or go to the Fellowships and Grants page.

Business and Professional Women USA Foundation: Offers scholarships to women, age 25 and older, who demonstrate critical financial need and are seeking to further their education, specifically those who wish to advance their careers or those who will soon enter or re-enter the workforce.

CREW Network Scholarship Program:  Offers ten $10,000 scholarships annually to junior and senior level undergraduate students to cover the costs of tuition and books.

Executive Women International (EWI):  Offers scholarships to students participating in one of two programs for high school juniors or adults students at transitional points in their lives.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund:  Offers female students from developing countries who, within two years after the completion of their degree, plan to return to their country or another underdeveloped country to perform at least two years of service. The scholarships range from $12,000 to $15,000.

Point Foundation:  Offers various scholarships at differing amounts to students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity.

Pride Foundation:  Offers over 40 different scholarships to residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington, who are self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), members of LGBT families, or straight-allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBT community.

Jeannette Rankin Foundation:  Offers scholarships to women, age 35 or older pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree, and who are low-income according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Lower Living Standard.

Soroptimist: Best for Women:  Offers scholarships to women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training or undergraduate degree program.

VIP: Women in Technology (WTS) Scholarship Program:  Offers multiple scholarship awards of up to $2500 to women who are planning a career in information technology or a related field. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into a two or four year U.S. college or university. Follow the "News & Events" tab. 

Scholarships by Major

Aerospace States Association

Offers two $1500 scholarships to students pursuing an aerospace-related degree in a second year technical or associate degree program or with sophomore or junior status in a bachelor degree program.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE):  Offers scholarships to both graduate and undergraduate students interested in a career in mechanical engineering, HVAC&R engineering or engineering technology.

ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering College Scholarship:  Offers two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines for undergraduate and graduate study.

Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs:  Offers scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students planning a career in the field of Petroleum, Energy and Allied Industries.

Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship Program:  Offers fellowships to women and members of minority groups currently underrepresented in the sciences who will be pursuing full-time doctorial studies in specific science, math, engineering and technology fields.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program:  Offers $25,000 a year to 100 incoming students and $2000 a year to 1,000 incoming freshman or current college students who are pursuing degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math as well as design, marketing, accounting, finance and business.

Engineering for the Earth:  Offers scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students, from any discipline of engineering, who are driven to help balance the designed and the natural worlds. Undergraduate applicants must be in their Junior or Senior year and all applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Force & Motion Foundation:  Offers two $10,000 scholarships to graduate students in the fields related to multi-axis force measurement and testing.

Microsoft Tuition Scholarships:  Offers technical scholarships, designed to encourage study in computer science and related technical disciplines, to current undergraduate female students, underrepresented minority students or students with disabilities who are currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program.

Morgan Supply on Demand:  Offers scholarships to graduating seniors who are studying Supply Chain, Transportation and Logistics Management or related undergraduate programs.

Mortgage Refinance Rates Construction & Engineering Scholarship:  Offers a $1,000 a year scholarship to a student, who is 17 or older, and is currently accepted into an engineering, construction, or architecture related degree seeking program at an accredited university or college.

National Cattlemen’s Foundation:  Offers twenty $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate students in the areas of education, communications, production, research or any other area involved with the beef industry. Also, offers two $12,000 graduate scholarships to students pursuing degrees in animal science, environmental science (water) or agriculture.

SMART: Department of Defense Scholarship for Service Program:  Offers scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students with demonstrated ability and special aptitude in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and United States citizens enrolled at a U.S. college or university.

Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists:  Offers scholarships to upper-division and graduate students majoring in any Earth Science or Petroleum Engineering field. Students must be currently enrolled with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

Murray Wise Foundation Agriculture Scholarship:  Offers scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduate students in a course of study related to agriculture or agribusiness. Awards are for a minimum of $1,000 per year and may be renewed for up to four years. 

Scholarships for Minorities

Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program:  Offers scholarships to to improve Hispanic student access to higher education and degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for high school seniors and college STEM majors.

American Indian College Fund:  Offers scholarships and internships to American Indian students who are enrolled or are planning to enroll in either tribal colleges or selected mainstream colleges or universities.

American Indian Graduate Center:  Offers scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate American Indian students who will be attending accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Follow "Undergraduate Scholarships" link or "Graduate Scholarships" link for information about scholarships and graduate fellowship programs.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society 

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund:  Offers scholarships to Asian and/or Pacific Islander Americans attending college for the first time. Must enroll full-time in a two or four-year program at a U.S. accredited college or university in the U.S., Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Follow "Scholarship Application" link for application instructions.

Asian Women In Business Scholarship Fund:  Offers six $2,500 scholarships to Asian female students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, community service and/or entrepreneurship, are enrolled full-time, and carry a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. from an accredited four year undergraduate program in the U.S.

Black Excel: The College Help Network

Gates Millennium Scholars 

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities:  Offers scholarships of $500-$2000 per year to students attending a HACU Member or Partner college or university, that meet all additional criteria for the program to which they are applying. HACU Program criteria varies based on the requirements of the funding organization, e.g., specific major, level of study, college/university, region of the country, etc. Scholarship amounts also vary depending on the program.

Hispanic College Fund:  Offers scholarships to Hispanic students that demonstrate both academic merit and financial need.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund:  Offers a variety of scholarships to Hispanic students at different points in their academic careers. Follow "Scholarships" link.

Korean American Scholarship Foundation:  Offers various scholarships from $1,000 to Korean American students in fields specified by individual and corporate donors.

La Unidad Latina Foundation:  Offers scholarships ranging from $250 to $1000 to Hispanic students currently enrolled in an eligible bachelor’s or master’s degree program at an accredited four-year college or university.

Latin American Educational Foundation:  Offers scholarships to Colorado residents who are of Hispanic heritage and/or actively involved in the Hispanic community.

LULAC National Educational Service Center:  Offers scholarships to qualified Hispanic students who are enrolled or are planning to enroll in accredited colleges or universities. Under "Our Programs", follow "Scholarships" link.

Morris K. Udall Foundation:  Offers eighty scholarships of up to $5,000 and fifty honorable mentions to students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.

National Society of Black Engineers

Ritoch-Powell & Associates Native American Scholarship: Available to all Native American students enrolled in a curriculum leading to a profession in civil engineering and land surveying. 

United Negro College Fund:  Administers over 400 scholarship and fellowship programs with varied criteria, deadlines and requirements that support students at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Apply online. 

Miscellaneous Scholarships

American Road and Transportation Builders Association:  Offers scholarships to students whose parent or guardian was permanently disabled or killed while on duty in a roadway construction zone accident. The applicant’s parent or guardian must have been employed by a transportation firm or transportation public agency at the time of the accident.

AMERICORPS:  Offers monetary awards for program service to be used in paying for college or to pay back qualified student loans.

Apogee Search Scholarship Program:  Offers a $1,000 scholarship to the essay contest winner who best explains how Google's evolution will affect the Internet and those in the Search Engine Marketing industry.

Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association Scholarship:  Offers a $2,000 scholarship to encourage the study of environmental and occupational health, safety and related disciplines. Full-time undergraduate and graduate students in all majors and disciplines are eligible to apply.

Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations:  Offers up to four $1,000 scholarships to students attending member institutions of the Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organization.

Fleetwood Memorial Foundation:  Offers grants for dependent children of firemen or peace officers having suffered injury or are killed in the line of duty.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Scholars Program:  Offers scholarships of up to $4,000 to HIAS-assisted immigrants, resettled in the United States, who are pursuing a college or graduate degree and show financial need.

Jimmy Beans Wool Beans for Brains Scholarship Program:  Offers merit-based scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in any course of study who know how to knit or crochet.

Mensa Education & Research Foundation:  Offers scholarships based entirely on essays written by applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need.

MyBookBuyer.com Textbooks for a Year Scholarship:  Offers one grand prize and two runner-up scholarship awards to applicants who submit an essay in response to the scholarship topic.

The National Association for Campus Activities Foundation:  Offers various scholarships to undergraduate and graduate student leaders.  

Orphan Foundation of America:  Offers graduate and undergraduate scholarships to students who have been in foster care, adopted, or taken into legal guardianship before the age of 18. Eligible applicants must be 25 or under and submit specific documentation regarding their orphan status. Follow the "Programs" tab.

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarships for Survivors Program:  Offers 10 $3,000 scholarships to students under the age of 25, who are survivors of, or who are currently battling cancer or a critical or life threatening disease.

Sell Used Books College Essay Contest:  Offers a $1,000 grand prize cash award to a current college/university student 18 years and older who is a legal resident of the United States. Applicants must submit a 300-500 word essay on why they should win this scholarship.

YourLocalSecurity.com: The Home Security Scholarship:  Offers a $1,000 scholarship to incoming freshman or currently enrolled students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Legal Residents of the United States. Selection is based primarily on the applicant's ability to write an effective, compelling, and creative essay on the selected topic. 

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