New Jersey Scholarships and Grants

If someone told you there was a bag of money out there with your name on it, you’d go for it! Well, there just might be, if you meet the qualifications, which are varied and diverse, for scholarships available to high school seniors in our state. There is a wide range of college scholarships available for eligible students, and there just might be one for you! Take a look at some of the opportunities listed below and apply! You’ll never find your pot of gold unless you apply.

Past President’s Parley Nurses’ Scholarship

If you always wanted to grow up and be a nurse, now’s your chance!!! You must live in New Hampshire, and be the child or grandchild of an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. military. For further details, go see your high school guidance counselor, or contact:
American Legion Auxiliary, Department of New Jersey
Department Secretary
1540 Kuser Road, Suite A-8
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Phone: 609-581-9580
Fax: 609-581-8429
There is no website noted for this scholarship.

Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies

This scholarship, administered by the Garden Club of America, is aimed at the student who intends to major in environmental science and attend college in the garden state of New Jersey. Along with the application you will need to submit letters of recommendation and an essay. The award is in the amount of $2,000. If you would like more information, go to the website

Horatio Alger New Jersey

If you are a high school senior who has already faced and overcome great obstacles in your life, you need to take a closer look at this program.

Other requirements include New Jersey residency; that you be able to demonstrate financial need; that you have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and have a record of high academic achievement; that you are serious-minded in your approach to your future; and, that you are service orientated. Along with your completed application you will need to submit an essay, copy of your transcript, a letter of support, and an income statement. The scholarship may be used for full time undergraduate study at any accredited 2 or 4-year college in the United States. There is no specified major field of study. Please visit this website for an application: These scholarships are for $5,000.

Los Padres Foundation College Tuition Assistance Program

This is a renewable scholarship targeting in-state graduating high school seniors who are of Mexican American, Hispanic American or Puerto Rican descent. To be eligible you must have a GPA of 3.0, and be able to prove your need for financial assistance to continue your education. You must also have completed at least 100 hours of community service by June 1 of your freshman year in college. Your high school guidance counselor or the financial aid office at your chosen college should have further information regarding this generous scholarship of $2,000 per year. You may also get on line at for more details.

Dana Christmas Scholarship for Heroism

If you have ever been recognized for an act of heroism – read on. This scholarship honors young residents of New Jersey by providing funds for their college educations. The amount of this award is $5,000. If you qualify, you can obtain an application by calling HESAA at 1-800-792-8670, or visiting the website:

New Jersey World Trade Center

If you reside in New Jersey, and are a dependent of a person lost in the World Trade Center on 9/11/01, you may be qualified for this scholarship. Included also are dependents of first responders and rescue workers who later died of illness caused by their work at that time. Awards are in the amount of $6,500. For more information, get on line at

New Jersey Urban Scholars

This is a scholarship aimed at you students who, despite the hardships of growing up in urban and economically distressed circumstances, have worked hard and have achieved outstanding records of scholastic achievement. To be eligible you must have a GPA of at least 3.0, and you must be in the top 10% of your high school class. Amount of the award is $1,000. For more information, visit your high school guidance counselor. You will also find more information at the website: