General Scholarships and Grants for Women
Just as there are many scholarships designated for certain categories of students, there are also scholarships that really don’t fit into any particular niche. That’s what this section is all about. You are going to find scholarships here that require not so great to really great grades. There are ones for students who live in a particular state, or those for students of a certain age. You’ll find a couple for great cooks, and even one for an artist who shows great promise for the future. Whichever kind of funding you are searching for – this is the place to start. Remember to apply, apply, and then apply again! The secret is persistence. Good luck!
Note: Should you need proof of financial need, go to https://fafsa.ed.gov and fill out the free application online. Upon completion you will receive your SAR score which you may submit as proof of your financial situation on any application that requires it.
Amaranth Fund Awards
These scholarships are given to women under the age of 21 who both live and attend school in California. Eligibility is dependent on financial need, academic record, goals, and recommendation letters. Application deadlines vary. If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, visit freemason.org/scholarships/ for complete details or contact the foundation at
California Mason Foundation
1111 California St.
San Francisco CA 4109
American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Selected Professional Fellowships
These awards are directed toward full-time, female students, who are pursuing degrees in fields where women are under-represented. Examples of such fields would include engineering, math, architecture, some areas of computer science, and many areas of scientific study. You can find more information at www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/selected-professions-fellowships/. Deadline is January 10.
Additional fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in the fields of business administration (2nd year only), law (3rd year only), and medicine (M.D. or D.O.) (3rd or 4th year) If you have any questions please direct them to the Iowa City office, NOT the AAUW office in Washington, D.C., or location branches for application information. Please call (800) 326-2289, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out their "contact us" form at http://www.aauw.org/contact-us/
Association for Women in Science
The Women in Science Education Foundation offers scholarships to female students in several categories, including a number of them for high school seniors in the amount of $2,000. One of the most recent additions to their catalogue of awards is the Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award (Deadline: February 15) for college sophomores or juniors majoring in physics or geoscience. If you would like to hear more about the AWIS and the awards they offer you can visit their website at http://www.awis.org or contact them by writing or calling them at:
Association for Women in Science
1667 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
Society of Women Engineers including the Brill Family Scholarship
The SWE Society Scholarship Program offers multiple scholarship opportunities each year to women admitted to baccalaureate or graduate programs, to prepare them for careers in aeronautical engineering, biomedical engineering, engineering technology or computer science. Last year, SWE awarded 220 new and renewed scholarships to women totaling over $660,000. The Brill Family Scholarship is just one example of the awards available and it is given each year in the amount of $1,500. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in a 4.0 system is required. To find complete information regarding awards go to societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/scholarships and click on your class status for individual scholarships and their requirements.
Freshmen: March 1 - May 15
Sophomores through Graduate Students: December 1 - February 17
Blanche E. Colman Foundation
Female art students in the New England states may apply for the Blanch E. Colman Trust Scholarship. In addition, the Blanche E. Colman Foundation offers annual grants to New England Artist Women who have completed their formal education and have exhibited considerable talent in the area of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and photography. Students are not eligible to apply. Artists in film, performance art, video and crafts are not eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted beginning November 1st and the deadline is March 1st of each year. For more information regarding these scholarships for women write:
The Blanche E. Colman Awards
The Blanche E Colman Foundation
Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company
One Boston Place
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 722-3891
CIA Scholarships and Financial Aid
Even if you have always been an outstanding student, you may have never thought about a merit-based scholarship for a culinary school. Well, the CIA is looking for students who have a track record of high academic achievement, as well as proven leadership abilities. Grade point requirement is a minimum of 3.2. ACT and SAT scores are also considered, requiring a Math score of at least 550 or better, and the same in Reading. If applicable, ACT score must be a 20 or better. There are several additional categories of scholarships for women available under this heading including one for culinary writing. For complete information, go the ciachef.edu/scholarships-by-campus/.
Scholarship opportunities vary depending on campus and program. Please select the appropriate campus to learn more about the scholarships available for your program of interest. There is also a link available for the many outside sources for funding available to CIA students.
Culinary Scholarships – American Academy of Chefs
If you have always been a stellar cook, and have decided to take it to the next level and become a professional, there is money out there to help you. Click on this link – http://www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Education/Scholarships/ACF/Education/Scholarships/ -- to find all the information about the American Academy of Chefs annual Scholarship Program. These scholarships may be applied for by high school students, college students, and professional chefs who require more training. You can find additional details and an application on the website. Applications must be submitted with all supporting documentation by the deadline listed on the application. Only complete applications will be considered by the AAC Scholarship Committee. Applications may be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095
Application deadlines vary so check for your classification on the website.
Delta Gamma Foundation
If you are an initiated member of Delta Gamma with a GPA of 3.0 accumulated over at least three semesters or four quarters, you may be eligible to take advantage of this opportunity. Need for financial aid must be substantiated to qualify. There should also be a record of previous community service. The specified field of study is science. This award may be used for undergraduate or post-graduate study. The application deadline is March 1st (May 1st for Need-based). Full details can be found at the website: https://www.deltagamma.org/foundation/applications
For more information on Delta Gamma Foundation scholarships, please contact Director of Scholarships and Fellowships at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact the Director of Scholarships and Fellowships inquiring about the status of your application or supporting materials. You will be notified by the Scholarship Committee once your online application has been submitted.
Dr. Nancy Foster
This graduate school scholarship is presented to a student – preferably female – who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and graduate level research in the fields of marine biology, oceanography, or maritime archaeology. Minimum GPA to be considered for this award is 3.0. It is a renewable award of up to $20,000. Instruction for how to apply may be found on the website. Applications must be received through http://grants.gov. Further information about the scholarship and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries research priorities can be found at the web sites: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/science/assessment, http://fosterscholars.noaa.gov, respectively. Information in hard copy may be requested from:
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor Rm 11423
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Information contact(s): Send requests for information via e-mail to email@example.com
Girl Scouts of America
If you have ever been a girl scout, no matter what state you reside in, you may be eligible for one of the many, many scholarships offered by the Girl Scouts of America. Some require reaching a certain level within scouting. Some are school or state specific. If you think you fit into this category, simply go to the website http://www.girlscouts.org/en/our-program/scholarships.html for an example of what they have to offer, or Google Scholarships, Girl Scouts of America for the many opportunities they offer. You will be amazed by the extensive list of scholarships available.
Glamour’s Top 10 College Women Competition
Each year this prestigious magazine awards one grand prize of $20,000 and nine $3,000 prizes to junior college women who have proven themselves both academically and in leadership roles. Along with the award each recipient is recognized in the magazine, is given an expense-paid trip to New York City where the awards are presented and the opportunity to network with professional women currently working at the publication. Deadline for applications is September 15. For more information visit Glamour website at http://www.glamour.com/about/top-10-college-women and download an application form. Send in typed or handwritten responses to required fields and mail them to:
Glamour’s Top 10 College Women Competition
1 World Trade Center, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Google Anita Borg Memorial
This scholarship was created to encourage excellence in female university seniors and graduate students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related area of study in a technical field. Each scholarship is in the amount of $10,000, but all finalists receive an award of $1,000. In addition, all scholarship recipients and finalists are invited to attend a 3-day retreat at Google featuring social events, networking, workshops, and breakout sessions. Selection of recipients is based on academic achievement and the student’s individual leadership qualities. For more information, go to: http://www.google.com/anitaborg/, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is February 6th each year.
The Fred Hooper Memorial, Logistics & Transportation Association of North America
The Fred Hooper Memorial Scholarship, awarded by Logistics & Transportation Association of North America is one of many such scholarships given by this organization dedicated to promote and support the people who make supply chain logistics work. This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate woman majoring in economics, marketing, retail, traffic or transportation who desires a career in transportation. They must have a 3.0 GPA, a history of high academic achievement, and good character. The amount of the award varies annually. Deadline: July 25th
For details about this and other scholarships offered by LTNA visit http://www.ltna.org/scholarship-application.html or email Dan Pallme at email@example.com
The Horizons Scholarship for Women in Defense
If you’ve ever thought about a career related to national security or the defense interests of the United States, there is no better time than now. This scholarship was created in 1988 to encourage young women to enter the field, and to provide resources for their education. The amounts of the awards vary each year. The selection board emphasizes that this is not intended for those majoring in law enforcement or criminal justice, and encourage the study of professions related to science, technology, education, and math. Application and eligibility requirements are specific, including suggestions for other current areas of study. The deadline is July 15. For complete details, visit the website at: http://wid.ndia.org/horizon/Pages/default.aspx
Eligibility for this scholarship is open to female students in their sophomore, junior, or senior years, or in graduate school, who are majoring in the engineering sciences. Underrepresented groups are preferred. This fund is overseen by the Society of Women Engineers and membership in that organization is required. Three awards are given of $5,000 each. Deadline is May 15th for the Freshmen application. For more information, go to their website at http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/scholarships.
Jewish Foundation -- Education of Women
Each year this organization awards scholarships to Jewish women of any age, and enrolled in any year in college, living in New York City. There is no minimum GPA specified, and awards are given in a broad range of major studies. You may get more information by calling Jewish Foundation for Education of Women at (212) 288-3931 or going to their website at www.jfew.org.
Jane M. Klausman Women in Business
If you are majoring in business and have shown an outstanding talent for the field, you’re what Zonta International is seeking in a scholarship recipient. They award over $100,000 each year to undergraduate women just like you. You can find more details about this award at their website. http://www.zonta.org/Global-Impact/Education/Women-in-Business-Scholarship.
Microsoft Research Graduate Women
This is a one year scholarship awarded to outstanding women graduate students to encourage pursuit of a PhD. If you are interested in applying you must do so during your first year of graduate school as it is intended to lend support during the second year of the program. Deadline is in October of each year. For complete details about this and other opportunities visit the website at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/academic-programs/
National Physical Science Consortium (Graduate Fellowships for Minorities and Women in the Physical Sciences)
Plan ahead for graduate school and start working on your applications now. As a female graduate student you are a member of a minority, and as such may qualify for one of these fellowships. Major fields of study include astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, material science, mathematics, or physics. You must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be planning your graduate studies at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. Awards range from $10,000 to $15,000 per year, and the fellowship is renewable for up to six years. Deadline is December 9th, but call 1-800-854-NPSC or visit www.npsc.org for complete details and to find out when applications will become available.
National Society of Black Engineers
This association, established in 1975, is dedicated to educating black women specifically in the field of engineering and science. They provide numerous scholarships each year to qualified students majoring in these areas. For a complete list of the scholarships they sponsor along with application and deadline information, visit their Scholarship Vault at http://www.nsbe.org/Programs/Scholarships.aspx.
NAWIC Founders' Scholarship Foundation
The National Association of Women in Construction Founders' Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) is a self-supporting scholarship program. It was established to assist in providing the construction industry with trained employees through higher education. The Foundation is supported and maintained through income from investments of a trust fund. Income is also obtained through voluntary contributions. Candidates must apply directly to the NAWIC Founders' Scholarship Foundation. Candidates are considered based on their interest in construction, grades, extracurricular activities, employment experience and financial need. Scholarships application deadline is February 28th of each year. For detailed information visit our website at http://www.nawic.org/nawic/nfsf.asp.
Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize -- Association for Women in Mathematics
This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate woman who has consistently demonstrated excellence in mathematics. Application is by nomination and all members of the mathematics community are encouraged to submit nominations for this prestigious award. Nomination deadline is October 1st. To qualify the nominee must be a U.S. citizen or attend school in the U.S. To find out more about this prize and the nomination process: http://sites.google.com/site/awmmath/programs/schafer-prize.
Karla Scherer Foundation
You may qualify for this award if you would like a career in the private manufacturing-based sector, and are a graduate female student at any accredited university or college majoring in finance/economics. The amount of this scholarship varies each year. For more information, write the Karla Scherer Foundation, 737 N Michigan Ave # 2330, Chicago, IL 60611. Include in your letter what school you will attend, courses you will take, and how this education will further your chosen career. Be sure to enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you would like more details prior to writing, call (312) 943-9191.
State Nursing Association
Every state has a nursing association, and all of them offer scholarships. To find yours, get online and Google your state’s organization. In addition to scholarship and grant information, they will have lots of other useful information to guide you in your search.
State Teachers’ Associations
There are both national and state associations for teachers that offer scholarships. Go to your state’s site and see what they have to offer.
Vanguard Women in Technology Scholarship America
This scholarship program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 female students entering their junior or senior year of college. Students must have a record of academic excellence and be pursuing a career in computer science, computer engineering, web design or other IT-related fields. Funds are designated for tuition, books, fees, and supplies. For further information about the Vanguard company, as well as more details about the application process, visit the Vanguard website at http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/vanguardwomenintechnology/
The Women at Microsoft (WAM)
To be eligible you must be a full-time female student currently enrolled at an accredited university or college in the state of Washington, majoring in computer science. You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to apply. Award is in the amount of $2,500. For more information, go to the website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/academic-programs/. This is only one of many opportunities listed on this site.
Women in Aviation International
If you’ve dreamt of ‘flying off into the wild blue yonder’ as your chosen career path, you may find financial support from Women in Aviation, International. This organization is full of dreamers, just like you, and over the last twenty years they have awarded millions of dollars and helped students attain their aviation or aerospace career goals. You must be a licensed pilot, a woman, and a member of WAI to apply for one of these scholarships. Scholarship deadline: November 16th. https://www.wai.org/education/scholarships.
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
This organization funds scholarships each year in four categories: for Lutheran Laywomen, for Administrative Leadership, for Ordained Ministry, and ELCA College and Seminary Leadership. The awards available category designated for Lutheran Laywomen are designated to provide assistance to those studying for a career other than in the ordained ministry. Specific scholarships include:
- Amelia Kemp Scholarships for ELCA women of color in undergraduate, graduate, professional or vocational courses of study
- Belmer/Flora Prince and Kahler, Vickers/Raup, Wettstein Scholarships for ELCA women studying for ELCA service abroad, either in general or in health professions associated with ELCA projects abroad
- Drinkall Franke/Seeley Knudstrup Scholarships for ELCA women in graduate courses of study preparing for occupations in Christian service
- Cronk Memorial, First Triennium Board, General, Mehring, Paepke, Piero/Wade/Wade, Edwin/Edna Robeck Scholarships for ELCA women in undergraduate, graduate, professional, or vocational courses of study
Complete application information may be found on line at the ELCA scholarship website http://www.womenoftheelca.org/scholarships-pages-57.php.
Grants for Women
Most applications for grants in this category will require that you complete the FAFSA application. To get you going, go to https://fafsa.ed.gov. There you will find the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance to fill out. Upon completion you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) based upon the results of your application. You will need these results to apply for grants and scholarships based on financial need.
Pell grants can award up to $5,000 in college dollars that you will never have to pay back. It can be used for tuition, or if that’s already taken care of, it can be used for books, fees, or other expenses. President Obama strongly believes it is a priority that “Moms Return to School” in order to provide a better life for their children, and applying for a Pell grant is your first step in the process. First, decide where you would like to attend school, and find out if they accept Pell Grants. Then complete the FAFSA application noted above and have the results sent to the school where you have applied. That’s all there is to it. Try it – you’ll never know unless you do!
Academic Competitive Grant (ACG)
If you are a first or second year student who had an excellent academic record in high school, you may be eligible for this federal grant. Award is in the amount of $750 if you are a first-year student and $1,300 if you are in your second year. You must complete the FSFSA noted above to apply. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Again, to qualify for this grant you must first complete the FSFSA. These are awarded on the basis of who has the most substantial need for financial assistance, and are in the amount of $100 to $4,000. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/fseog.
Due to the numbers of moms returning to school, many local colleges and universities are now offering grants to students attending their institutions. You will have to complete the FSFSA application on line to qualify. Inquire at your school’s Financial Aid Office.
Individual states also offer specific grants to women, moms and single moms. Go to your state government education website and see what they have listed.