Scholarships for Women
While it was once rare to see women in higher education, now more women than men are attending college. Though a lot of progress has been made, inequalities still exist between men and women. Women still typically earn less than men and occupy a smaller percentage of high-paying jobs than men. So while women may be the majority of college students today, there are still many reasons for organizations to offer scholarships for women to try to close these gaps. Such scholarships can be great news for female students, as they can help you pursue a career you may not have originally considered, or to follow your dreams without taking out a lot of student loans.
Often, scholarships for women have a specific goal in mind, whether it is to get women into leadership positions, doctoral programs, or currently male-dominated industries or companies. Many scholarships for women are intended to encourage female students to not just attend college, but to succeed afterwards. A number of scholarships for women award students who demonstrate leadership abilities or entrepreneurial spirit before attending college. Others reward women who have been out of school for awhile and want to return to advance their careers. Similarly, scholarship opportunities exist to encourage women already excelling as undergraduate students to consider graduate work and eventual professorships or other highly skilled positions. A large number of scholarships for women strive to propel women into fields like math, science, and technology which still have a very small percentage of female workers. For example, several scholarships exist to entice women into careers in engineering and business. Specific companies such as IBM and Microsoft also offer scholarships for women to encourage recipients to apply for jobs with them after graduation.
Check out the scholarships and fellowships listed below for award options you may be eligible to receive. To find additional information about scholarships, grants, internships and fellowships that can help women attend their colleges of choice, try conducting a free college scholarship search.
Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation Golf Scholarship
May 31, Annually
A charitable Foundation has been established to honor the memory of Caitlin Brondolo. Caitlin lost her life tragically at the age of 12, on May 31, 2009. Caitlin had a passion for golf, and always strived for academic excellence. Caitlin started playing competitive golf at age eight and hoped one day to play collegiate golf. The objective of the Caitling Brondolo Foundation Scholarship is to [...] More
VIP Women In Technology Scholarship
April 30, Annually
Applications are now being accepted for the Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) Women In Technology Scholarship WITS) program. As in past years, WITS will support promising women who are enrolled at, or are accepted into, a two or four year college or university in the United States for the current school year.
WITS will offer multiple scholarship awards with values up to $2,500 per [...] More
Women in Marketing Scholarship
October 31, Annually
Blue Soda Promo is an eCommerce promotional products company based out of the Chicagoland area. We specialize in branded merchandise, imprinting school and company logos onto our selection of promotional items. BSP also is a full scaled marketing firm gears to help small business to Fortune 500 companies with their promotional needs.
As a certified WBENC (Women's Business Enterprise) member, [...] More
Central California Asian Pacific Women Scholarship
May 15, Annually
Central California Asian Pacific Women announces scholarships are available for the coming academic year. The purpose of the scholarship awards is to provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander women residing in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced or Tulare counties. The selection criteria include academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and financial need. [...] More
Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarships
March 01, Annually
Each fall, Jeannette Rankin Foundation awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who have a vision of how a college education will benefit themselves, their families and their communities. The scholarships are open to students pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree or a first bachelor's degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Applications are [...] More
National Foundation for Women Legislators/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest
July 31, Annually
Essay Topic: The Impact of the First Amendment on Women Leaders and Social Media
This year, the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) are sponsoring the annual nationwide Bill of Rights Essay Contest. The focus this year will be on describing the rise of social media and what it means for the future of democracy and the interaction between [...] More
Cary Woman's Club Continuing Ed. Mature Woman Scholarship
May 01, Annually
For a mature woman age 22 or older or out of school for 4 years or more who wishes to further her education. The applicant may be pursuing an education in either a technical or academic course of study. Priority will be given to those candidates seeking an undergraduate degree over those studying for advanced degrees.
Financial need must be demonstrated in order for the applicant to qualify [...] More
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship
May 15, Annually
In 2007, the ESA Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009 we extended this opportunity to graduating high school seniors and doubled the amount of awards granted from 15 to 30.
The scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges [...] More
Technical Womens Organization Scholarship
May 21, Annually
In keeping with Technical Women’s Organization (TWO) national goals, TWO, an Employee Association(EA)of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),encourages studies that will advance or enhance an individual’s career within a technical field.
TWO offers five scholarships every year to individuals who are in or are pursuing a technical career. Four of these scholarships go to those within the [...] More
Nashville Athena Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students
December 07, Annually
Since 1991, the ATHENA Award and Scholarship Program has been honoring outstanding women of Nashville for their skills in business, leadership and service to their community.
The ATHENA Awards for Non-Traditional Students are given to enable the recipient to continue her education to pursue her career ambition. Awards are given to women who reside in middle Tennessee only.
Two scholarships [...] More
USBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow
December 01, Annually
The Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award annually recognizes star qualities in a female USBC Youth
member who competes in the sport of bowling. Star qualities include distinguished certified bowling performances on the
local, state and national level, academic achievement and extra-curricular activities. The award winner will receive a $6,000 scholarship. This scholarship will be formally [...] More
AAUW Reading Branch Graduate Scholarship
May 29, Annually
The American Association of University Women–Reading PA Branch has established a Graduate Scholarship Fund to annually award scholarships of up to $2,000 to Berks County women who are pursuing full or part-time graduate study. Candidates must be Berks County natives or residents.
Scholarships are for the upcoming academic year and can be for full or part-time study. Academic excellence is [...] More
Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship in Statistics for Women
April 01, Annually
The American Statistical Association Committee on Women in Statistics and the Caucus for Women in Statistics sponsor the Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship, which was established in 1989 to encourage more women to enter statistically oriented professions.
Application is limited to women who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada, and who are admitted to full-time study in a [...] More
Andersen Nontraditional Scholarship for Women's Education and Retraining (ANSWER)
March 01, Annually
The Andersen Nontraditional Scholarship for Women's Education and Retraining (ANSWER) provides financial support and encouragement to adult women age 25 and older who are raising school-age children (grades K-12) and are seeking to earn a two-year nursing degree or a four-year undergraduate degree in the field of their choice.
All applicants must:
- Be a “nontraditional” female student age 25 [...] More
The Asian Women In Business Scholarship
August 01, Annually
The Asian Women In Business Scholarship encourages and promotes exceptional Asian female students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, community service and/ or entrepreneurship. The AWIB Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to students who have the attributes to be our next generation of leaders.
Candidates for the scholarship must be female of Asian (includes those who [...] More
The Dinah Shore Scholarship
May 15, Annually
The Dinah Shore Scholarship was established in 1994 by The LPGA Foundation to honor the late Dinah Shore, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, a Hollywood entertainer, and an honorary member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. The Dinah Shore Scholarship is granted annually to a female high school senior who played golf during high school and is pursuing a college education, but will not be playing on [...] More
Fellowship on Women and Public Policy
September 01, Annually
The fellowship program is an intensive leadership development program designed to promote equity and excellence in public service and encourage government to be more responsive to the needs of women, children, families, and communities in New York State. By offering policy-related placements in New York State agencies, the Legislature and statewide nonprofit advocacy organizations, the fellowship [...] More
AAUW Lew Williams Scholarship and Leila Sulkes Scholarship
July 31, Annually
The Freehold Branch of AAUW will award two $2,000 scholarships - the Lew Williams Scholarship and the Leila Sulkes Scholarship - for the upcoming academic year.
To be eligible for this award, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Female 25 years of age or older
- Resides in one of the following communities: Colts Neck, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, [...] More
Wilmington Women in Business Fresh Start Scholarship
May 31, Annually
The Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, was established by the Wilmington Women in Business in 1996 to provide financial incentive and mentoring assistance to a woman returning to school to improve her life and opportunities. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, disability, or national origin.
- Be female.
- Be a U.S. [...] More
Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship
December 31, Annually
The Girls Impact the World Film Festival, presented by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) and Connecther, is a film festival and scholarship program in which high school and undergraduate college students submit 3-5 minute short films that focus on a variety of global women's issues, including maternal health, microfinance initiatives, child-marriage, sex-trafficking, [...] More
Ladies of the Podium Scholarship
December 01, Annually
The Ladies of the Podium scholarships are endowed for the Women Band Directors International by Betty Jo and Kathy Schmidt. Women who are studying band music education at the undergrad or graduate level are encouraged to apply for one of four $500 scholarships.
Scholarship deadline is December 1st of each year. Recipients will be notified by January 15th. Scholarships are possibly renewable, [...] More
Laurels Fund Scholarships
May 15, Annually
The Laurels Fund was established in 1978 for the purpose of providing scholarships to female students who are pursuing advanced degrees in accounting.
Scholarships may be awarded up to $5,000 to deserving Ph.D. students who have completed comprehensive exams prior to the previous fall semester.
The selection of award recipients is based on:
- Scholarship, involving academic achievements in [...] More
The Marilynn Smith Scholarship
May 15, Annually
The Marilynn Smith Scholarship is granted annually through The LPGA Foundation and the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund. Established in 1999 by Marilynn with the proceeds of a golf tournament she organized, the objective of the Marilynn Smith Scholarship is to provide a scholarship to a female high school senior who has played golf in high school or in her community, and is planning to play golf [...] More
America's Junior Miss Scholarship Program
The mission of America's Junior Miss is to emphasize education by providing scholarship opportunities to outstanding, college-bound high school girls, and to encourage personal development in all young people. Participants in the program begin at the local levels of competition and compete in 5 categories: scholastics, interview, fitness, talent and self-expression. Scholarships are awarded at [...] More
Princess Closet Scholarship
June 01, Annually
The Princess Closet was established in 2010 for the young ladies in high schools across the state of Illinois. We like to think of ourselves as their fairy godmothers, providing them with the means to fulfill a dream that will remain a bright and beautiful memory for many years beyond graduation. In addition to providing all the prom attire and accessories needed to transform hundreds of young [...] More
LTA Lambda Eta - Ladies Taking Action Scholarship
May 20, Annually
The purpose of Lambda Theta Alpha has been to provide a sisterhood based on unity, love, and respect. To develop strong leaders who will then provide and practice political, social and cultural activities; promoting unity through charitable and educational programs maintain a higher standard of learning and serve as a voice for all students.
The desire to progress, dedication to their community, [...] More
Nashville ATHENA Scholarships for Traditional Students
December 05, Annually
The purpose of the Nashville ATHENA Scholarships for Traditional Students is to enable the recipient to continue her education to pursue her career ambition.
Two scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who live in or attend schools located in Davidson and contiguous counties. The winning award will be for $5,000, with the runners-up receiving $2,500.
Scholarship recipients will be [...] More
Southern Automotive Womens Forum Scholarship
The SAWF Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to an accredited two-year technical/career program, four-year undergraduate program, or graduate program in preparation for or in furtherance of a career in the automotive industry. The amount of each scholarship is dependent upon the number of applicants and generally ranges from $500 to $2,500 each.
Scholarships are [...] More
SWE Scholarship Program
February 15, Annually
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to ABET/CSAB accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.
Grants are announced in the summer (sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students) and late summer/early fall (freshmen and reentry students) for use during the following [...] More
The Woman's Century Club Scholarship
June 30, Annually
The Woman’s Century Club is a social club for women. We connect Seattle-area women interested in women's history, and seek to honor the graces of the past while investing in the young women of the future.
The club was founded in Seattle in 1891 by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt and other female path-breakers, including Seattle's first woman superintendent of schools and the first woman to [...] More