- Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships. TMCF scholarships have provided support to help fund an education at one of our nation's public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). TMCF provides merit-based scholarships to students seeking financial assistance to complete their education. Award Amount: Varies Deadline: Usually in May.
"College graduates make 98 percent more per hour than people without a degree and nearly two-thirds of all new jobs in the next 6 years will require some training beyond high school, and 35 percent will require at least a bachelor's degree."
- "One Path to Debt-Free College", Huffingtonpost.com (7/9/15)
The NHF Program Head, Carla Conway will help you find and fill out scholarships.
To find out about colleges that might fit your needs, one of the best resources is the College Board website: Bigfuture.collegeboard.org. It has wonderful match programs.
Students with exceptional grades should look at the "Ivy League" Colleges because if you get accepted your tuition, room and board will be paid for. Don't be intimidated. These colleges are heavily funded and looking for students who are low-income and smart. Apply. It's free!
Every dollar you receive in scholarships means one less dollar you have to pay towards your education, or repay later as a loan.
These are the government resources available to help with the college search and application process as well as obtaining scholarships and grants to pay for your college education. It is well worth your time to browse these web pages.
College.gov: Your first stop to learn about how to prepare for college, types of aid you can receive if you qualify, how to apply for aid and how to manage your loans. This site is provided by the U.S. government.
CT State Office of Higher Education: Provides information about financing your college education including information about all major sources of financial aid in CT. This site is provided by the State of Connecticut.
Searchable Scholarship Databases
- United Negro College Fund: Online guide to scholarships for African American students.
- Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the largest U.S. designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.
- Chegg: Gives students access to 5,000+ school profiles and $2 billion in scholarships. Based on individual student profiles, students are matched with scholarships; and given the opportunity to learn about, interact with, and get recruited by schools from around the world. Chegg also connects students to other students and provides parents and counselors with free downloadable financial aid information guides.
- Unigo: Provides students and parents with free and organized scholarship search results without comprising their privacy. These results are customized to match profiles created by student users, and are consistently updated by a team of scholarship researchers that works closely with scholarship providers. The Application Request Tool allows users to request detailed scholarship application information for specific scholarships from their search results.
- Scholarships.com: Free scholarship search results and financial aid information resources. The site contains 2.7 million frequently updated scholarships and its own scholarship awards. Many scholarship results are based on characteristics like financial need, intended field of study and community service, rather than academic achievement.
- College Board Scholarship Search: Provides users with access to information about more than 2,300 sources of college scholarships, internships, loans, and grants. Results from the site are tailored to students' educational level, talents, and backgrounds; and are acquired through the College Board's Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs.
- FastWeb: Provides students with a scholarship directory searchable by the college, year of study, extracurricular activities, academic interest, and race. Once you create a personal profile, you are matched with scholarships from a database of over 1.5 million scholarships. The site also offers advice on the college admission process, financial aid, and student life; while providing tools such as discussion boards, checklists, and financial aid calculators.
- Find Tuition: Free search tool through which users can research, target, and manage scholarship opportunities by the college, athletic interest, and prospective major. Site services include a free scholarship search from a database containing over $7 billion in aid, a specific loan search, an online college search, and detailed information on thousands of schools.
- BlackScholarships.org: The Online Guide to Scholarships, Financial Aid and More for African American Students.
Local Scholarship Programs
- Norwalk Community College Foundation Scholarships. Deadline: varies. Contact NCC Foundation for information and applications.
- The League of Women Voters of Norwalk has a scholarship program. One college-bound graduating senior from each of Norwalk's three public high schools will receive a monetary award and a one-year League membership for him/herself and two family members or friends. Students who are first in their family to attend college are eligible to apply, and awards are determined based on high school transcript, out-of-school activities and responsibilities, financial need, and an essay. Please contact the NHF scholarship director or Galen Wells at the League for more information. The application is due May 1st.
- The Greater Fairfield County Foundation's Link Scholarship offers 4 scholarships, $3000 each. It is awarded to current h.s. seniors in need of financial assistance, and who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA. Email Marjorie Bernard, NHA Scholarship Director, for the (paper) application, due February 18th.
- The Fairfield County Community Fund provides three different types of scholarships:
- Designated scholarships for specific high schools (including NHS, BMHS and Briggs) Applications for these scholarships are available in February from the guidance departments of your high school.
- Competitive scholarships for graduating high school seniors Application Deadline: March 21st.
- Competitive scholarships for current college students Application Deadline: March 21st.
- Designated scholarships for specific high schools (including NHS, BMHS and Briggs) Applications for these scholarships are available in February from the guidance departments of your high school.
- The Susan Fund is dedicated to assisting Fairfield County residents, who have been diagnosed with cancer, to pursue their educational goals through scholarship grants. Criteria for Considering Scholarships: Financial Status, Academic performance, Community involvement, and Interview.
- American Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents' Parley Education Grant. A $500.00 maximum grant will be awarded to assist a child, grandchild or great-grandchild that is associated with the American Legion Family in Connecticut. Preference will be given to applicants related to an ex-servicewoman. At least one Grant will be awarded to a Nursing Student. Must not be over 23 years of age. See NHA Scholarship Director for an application. Deadline: Must be postmarked no later than February 24th.
- Person to Person Scholarships: P2P offers several scholarships to local students. The Scholarship application process begins April 1 and ends June 1. Students are encouraged to apply for as many of the special Scholarships for which they qualify. However, only one Scholarship will be awarded to a student. Call Person to Person at: 203.655.0048 with questions regarding the application process. Deadline: June 1st.
For High Seniors Only
- PHADA Scholarship Program: In order to encourage academic excellence and community responsibility among high school students, PHADA has implemented a scholarship program for graduating seniors who are preparing to enter college. PHADA will award three scholarships to deserving youth currently residing in a PHADA member agency.
- The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) This is a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year). High school senior applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. Application Deadline: January 9th.
- Roberta Willis Scholarship Awarded by the CT Board of Regents for Higher Education. Up to $5,000 a year for students in a four-year program of study, and up to $3,500 a year for students in a two-year program of study. Recipients must complete the FAFSA each year by April 30. The Governor's Scholarship Program provides state grants to help talented and needy students pay for college. It is not a merit program; priority is given to those who are least able to contribute to college costs. You must apply through your high school guidance department. Applications due February 15th.
- Coca-Cola Scholars Program: Seniors in high schools throughout the United States who meet the eligibility requirements may apply each year for one of 250 four-year, achievement-based scholarships. Approximately 2,200 applicants will be selected as Semifinalists in mid-November and notified by mail and email. Semifinalists must then complete a secondary application, including essays, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Semifinalist applications will be due by mid-January. Our Program Review Committee will select 250 Finalists to advance to the final interview phase. Notifications are sent mid-February. Award Amount: $10,000-$20,000 Deadline: Usually in October.
The Live Out Loud Educational Scholarship was created to provide financial support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth who are pursuing a college degree. Students must be graduating high school seniors from the Tri-State area including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Awards are based on leadership, community service/involvement, academic achievement, personal essay, letters of recommendation, interview, financial need, and future goals. For more information or to apply, contact Live Out Loud via Email, or call 212.378.4091
- National Black Police Association Scholarships - It is our desire that through this financial award a student (male or female) might be afforded the opportunity to have higher educational training in the academics of law enforcement, or other related areas, for the betterment of the Criminal Justice system. Applicants must be a senior in high school, must be U.S. citizens. Deadline: Usually in June.
- Allan R. Andrews Scholarship (NERC-NAHRO) Public Housing Residents Scholarship - Minimum award of a $1,000 scholarship. Public housing residents, Section 8 voucher, or state funded rental assistance residents of a public housing authority holding a current NERC/NAHRO agency or individual membership are eligible to apply. Deadline: Usually in April.
- Housing Authority Insurance Group Scholarship offers 12 scholarships worth $6,000.00 each, with the opportunity to be a potential scholarship winner for up to four consecutive years! In order to be eligible to apply, each applicant must meet the following criteria: Must be a current public housing, Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), or affordable housing resident. Deadline: March 30th.
- NAHMA Educational Foundation Grant Eligibility for the program requires that an applicant be a resident in good standing at an AHMA-affiliated multifamily community and be either a high school senior with a minimum 2.5 GPA or a matriculated student with a minimum 2.3 GPA at an accredited community college, college, university or trade/technical school. Deadline: May 25th.
- Brien McMahon High School Scholarship Program. This is a common app for numerous BMHS-specific scholarships. Form available in your high school guidance office. Check Naviance for deadline.
- Norwalk High School Scholarship Program. This is a common app for numerous NHS-specific scholarships. Form available in your high school guidance office. Due February 15th.
For Hispanic Students
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF): Works to make higher education more accessible to Hispanic Americans. HSF awards scholarships to Hispanic American high school students and community college graduates with plans of attending a full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university. Application Deadline: March 30th.
- Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education High School Seniors or GED equivalent or Undergraduate College Students, Limited to Latino students from Connecticut. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, must demonstrate financial need, and have demonstrated community service within the Latino community.
African American Students
- USDA/1890 National Scholars Program: This program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who are seeking a bachelor's degree at one of the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University to study agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors. The program helps to strengthen the partnership between USDA and the 1890 institutions; helps to increase the number of students studying agriculture and related disciplines; and offers career opportunities at USDA. National Scholars are required to study in the following or related disciplines: Agriculture; Agricultural Business/Management; Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics, Agricultural Production and Technology; Agronomy or Crop Science; Animal Sciences; Botany; Farm and Range Management; Fish, Game, or Wildlife Management; Food Sciences/Technology; Forestry and Related Sciences; Home Economics/Nutrition/Human Development; Horticulture; Natural Resources Management; Soil Conservation/Soil Science; and other related disciplines, (e.g., biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine, computer science). Application Deadline: January 31st.
- Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships TMCF scholarships have provided support to help fund an education at one of our nation's public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). TMCF provides merit-based scholarships to students seeking financial assistance to complete their education. Award Amount: Varies Deadline: Usually in May.
- United Negro College Fund Scholarships UNCF helps promising students attend college and graduate by administering 400 scholarship and internship programs so that even students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board. Award Amount: $500 - $10,000
For Asian & Pacific Islanders
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF): Awards scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or with significant leadership and community service experience in high school. Application Deadline: January 11th
Misc. Scholarship Programs
- The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program. This program was established to provide outstanding low-income minority students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. In addition to increasing access to higher education for these underrepresented groups, GMS also provides leadership training. Through participation in a comprehensive leadership development program, Scholars enhance academic and leadership skills, which prepare them to assume important roles in their professions and in their communities. Deadline: Usually in January
- The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund. The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity. Award Amount: Up to $10,00 Deadline: Usually in April.
- NAHMA Scholarships: The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA)'s Educational Foundation gives scholarships to over 120 students/residents of public housing each year. Application Deadline: May 25th.
- Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship. Applicants must be academic high-achievers (3.0 or better GPA). Applicants must be US citizens or visa-holding Permanent Residents of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent. They must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in any of the following technical fields: Chemistry, Information Management, Computing & Software Systems, Material Science, Printing Management Science, Laser Optics, Physics, Material Science, and Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Imaging, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Optical, or Software). Award Amount: $1,000 - $10,000. Deadline: Usually in September.
- Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program. Provides merit-based scholarships to minority students pursuing studies in business, finance, economics, accounting, information technology, or the liberal arts. To be considered, you must be entering your senior year of college in the fall; be a member of a racial minority, be pursuing studies in business, finance, economics, accounting, information technology, or the liberal arts; have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Recipients will be required to report other awards granted and supply their school's financial aid award letters. Deadline: Usually in November. Award Amount: $10,000.
- U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program. In order to be eligible, a student must be a high school senior planning to enroll or current college freshman, sophomore or junior at an eligible four-year college or university participating in the U.S. Bank No Fee Education Loan Program. Deadline: Usually In March. Award Amount: $1,000.
- USDA/1890 National Scholars Program. This program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who are seeking a bachelor's degree at one of the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University to study agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors. The program helps to strengthen the partnership between USDA and the 1890 institutions; helps to increase the number of students studying agriculture and related disciplines; and offers career opportunities at USDA. National Scholars are required to study in the following or related disciplines: Agriculture; Agricultural Business/Management; Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics, Agricultural Production and Technology; Agronomy or Crop Science; Animal Sciences; Botany; Farm and Range Management; Fish, Game, or Wildlife Management; Food Sciences/Technology; Forestry and Related Sciences; Home Economics/Nutrition/Human Development; Horticulture; Natural Resources Management; Soil Conservation/Soil Science; and other related disciplines, (e.g., biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine, computer science). Application Deadline: January 31st.
- National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program. NIH, or the National Institutes of Health, is the world's largest biomedical research institution. The program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. For each full or partial scholarship year, you are committed to two NIH service obligations - a 10-week summer laboratory experience and employment at NIH after graduation. Award Amount: Up to $20,000 Deadline: Usually In March.
- National SMART Grant. The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant is available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study to full-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who are majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering or in a foreign language determined critical to national security. The student must also be enrolled in the courses necessary to complete the degree program and to fulfill the requirements of the intended eligible major in addition to maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in coursework required for the major. The National SMART Grant award is in addition to the student's Pell Grant award. Deadline: Varies Award Amount: $4,000.
- Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship. Applicants are evaluated for their potential to successfully complete school, their financial need, and their commitment to a long-term career in cosmetology. Award Amount: $1,000 Deadline: Usually in June.
- 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. Deadline: February 1st.
- Tylenol Scholarship. 170 winning students will be granted scholarships. Applicants will be judged on leadership qualities and academic performance. Award Amount: Up to $10,000 Deadline: Usually in May.
- Burger King Scholarship. High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners can apply to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards for the school year! High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible and must be active in their community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations. Deadline: December 15th.
- ESA Foundation Computer & Video Game Scholarship Program. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the U.S. association exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, personal computers, and the Internet. The scholarship is available to minority and female students enrolled full-time at an accredited college/university. You must be majoring in a field that will lead to a career in computer and video game arts and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 to qualify for this award. Up to 30 scholarships will be awarded annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students. Deadline: Usually in May.
- AORN Foundation Scholarship. AORN is the professional organization of perioperative registered nurses whose mission is to support other registered nurses in achieving optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. The scholarship offers financial support to students enrolled in nursing schools and perioperative nurses pursuing bachelors, masters, or doctoral degrees. Award Amount: Up to $20,000 Deadline: Usually in June.
- New England Employee Benefits Council Scholarship Program was established to further the aims of those aspiring to careers in employee benefits. In order to be eligible, a student must be a full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate) studying in an accredited academic program leading to a degree, residing either in New England, or enrolled in a college in New England. The student must also demonstrate an interest in a career in the employee benefits field through either course of study or work experience.
- ZipRecruiter Scholarship:Student must be 18+ years old and enrolled in classes by deadline date; Scholarship Award: $3,000; Deadlines: June 30th & December 31st; Entry Rules: 500-800 word essay that addresses both prompts; Prompts: Describe a job you previously held - or hold. Describe your ideal post-graduate job.
- HBCU Study Abroad Scholarships. With more than 80 programs in 31 cities, IES Abroad is dedicated to broadening their global reach and continuing their commitment to offering students outstanding academic options coupled with every-day opportunities for cultural immersion. IES is committed to providing opportunities for students of color who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. As part of this effort, special scholarships and financial aid are available and we encourage all students who qualify to apply for this assistance. A guaranteed $2,000 scholarship will be awarded as follows: $1,500 credit toward the IES program fee; PLUS $500 toward the purchase of an overseas airline ticket for the IES program (upon receipt of a valid, overseas airline ticket receipt). Award Amount: $2,000 Deadline: Usually November
For Specific Universities
There are often scholarships available specifically for students at the college you are attending or plan to attend. Go to your college's financial aid website or ask your academic advisor about where to look for these opportunities. Here are a few examples:
- Key Award (Elmira College). Presented to outstanding students their junior year of high school. The winner receives an $80,000 scholarship over a 4-year period, $20,000 per year, upon enrolling at Elmira College you must ask someone to nominate you. Deadline in April each year.
- The John M. Belk Scholarships (Davidson). A candidates record and recommendations must demonstrate academic excellence and purposeful engagement in the classroom, with student and civic organizations, on the athletic field, or in the arts. Guidance counselors, heads of school, or principals may make nominations. Deadline: November 10.
- Trustee Scholarship (Boston University). Student must rank at the top of their class and demonstrate exceptional leadership in the school and community. The Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees for 4 years. Deadline: December 1.
- Light the Way Scholarship (Assumption College). A $25,000/year scholarship awarded to up to 50 students impacting the world in a positive way. The application includes a brief essay from the student on how they are contributing to make the world a better place, letter of recommendation, a visual representation of their work. Deadline: December 15.
- Presidential Scholarship (Boston University). This four-year $20,000 scholarship is awarded to students with exceptional academic achievements. No additional application materials are required-all students need to do to be considered is apply for admission by the deadline.
- Leadership in Service Scholarship (University of Dayton). School officials can nominate a graduating senior with a passion for personal development and a commitment to service. The scholarship is worth $10,000 ($2,500 per year for 4 years). The scholarship is not awarded based on GPA and test scores.
- Rider University Brodsky Competition
Specifically For Returning Adult Students
- Hallie Q. Brown Scholarships For Women. The National Association of Colored Women's Club (NACWC) has the objective to obtain for African American women the opportunity of reaching the highest levels in all fields of human endeavor. This is done through their annual Hallie Q. Brown Scholarships, which are awarded biennially to students who are recommended by an active member of NACWC. Applicants must be a high school graduate with a minimum C average and must be in need of financial assistance and submit with application family income, sources of income and number in household. Deadline: Usually in March.
- Grants for Returning Adult Students
- AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program. For women 40+ seeking new job skills, training, and educational opportunities to support themselves.
- Scholarships for Women - Free resources to help women you discover college scholarships.
- Jeanette Rankin Women's Scholarship - Awards scholarships annually to low-income women 35 years of age and older who are in an undergraduate or vocational training program and have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves, their families and their communities. The application cycle for the school year is now open and will close on March 1st.
Managing your money while in college
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