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
Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT) Scholarship
January 23, Annually
CWIT is offering two $3,000 scholarships for students currently attending colleges/universities and two $1,500 scholarships for high school seniors accepted to attend colleges/universities.
All students (females and males) who demonstrate a serious interest in pursuing a higher education degree specific to international trade or a related course of study are eligible to apply. Applicants must [...] More
Jeannette Rankin Fund Scholarships
March 01, Annually
Each fall, Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund 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 or [...] 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
National Foundation for Women Legislators/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest
September 15, Annually
If you are a female High School junior or senior, you are eligible to participate. The six contest winners will receive: (1) a $3,000 unrestricted scholarship to use towards college tuition at any U.S. college or university; and (2) an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL's Annual Conference, taking place in November at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. Here, you will meet women lawmakers from across [...] More
Glamour's Top 10 College Women Competition
September 15, Annually
If you’ll be a junior in the fall, enter Glamour’s Top 10 College Women Competition. We’ll award one grand prize of $20,000 and nine $3,000 prizes to young women who excel on campus and off.
All winners will receive a trip to New York City and recognition in Glamour. Applicants must apply both online and via mail; please review our website for additional criteria and necessary [...] 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 06, 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
M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics
June 01, Annually
The M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics consists of an award of up to $45,000 to enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers for family reasons. The applicant must currently be a legal resident or resident alien of the United States or Canada. She must be currently in Canada or the United States and must have an affiliation with [...] 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
ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women
May 10, Annually
The ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women is exclusively for female students who are members of a parish of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America.The ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women was offered for the first time in 1994. Two scholarships, each for $1000.00, will be awarded to selected students who have successfully completed their first year of an undergraduate program. [...] 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
Association for Women in Communications Scholarship - Springfield, IL Chapter
March 29, Annually
The Association for Women in Communications (AWC), Springfield (IL) Chapter, seeks promising communications students for its annual scholarship award. The $1,000 scholarship is made possible by an initial grant from the Sara Lee Corp., and is maintained by the Springfield Chapter. The award symbolizes the commitment of the chapter to education and continuing high professional standards for the [...] More
Camden County American Association of University Women
July 15, Annually
The Camden County Branch of the American Association of University Women is offering scholarships to women who:
- have completed at least one year of post-secondary (high school) work
- are currently enrolled in a program
- are residents of Camden or Burlington counties in New Jersey
Primary consideration is given to students who have returned to school after a break in their education. All [...] More
Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program at UMBC
January 15, Annually
The Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is a merit scholarship program for talented undergraduates majoring in computer science, information systems, business technology administration, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical/biochemical/environmental engineering or a related program at UMBC.
CWIT Scholars receive four years [...] 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
Lex Mathews Scholarships for Women
March 15, Annually
The Diocesan ECW administers and helps finance the Lex Mathews Scholarship Program, begun more than two decades ago by family and friends of the Rev. Lex Mathews. It is geared toward women of the diocese, age 23 and older, seeking either specialized training in vocational or technical skills, a degree or certification below the masters or doctorate level, or continuing education courses for [...] More
Fellowship on Women and Public Policy
September 01, Annually
The Fellowship on Women & Public Policy is a premiere, intensive leadership development, skill building and educational program designed to encourage highly qualified graduate and post graduate women to pursue careers in public policy. More than 300 women have now completed the program and form an extensive alumni network that stretches across New York State, the United States and around the [...] 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
National Hispanic Business Women Association Educational Scholarship
March 23, Annually
The National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA) is a non-profit organization in Orange County, California established in 1997. NHBWA’s purpose is to empower and encourage women and business owners to develop and increase their business through educational seminars and speakers, by offering mutual support, the sharing of information, business referrals and networking. We are committed to [...] More
Ohio University Women's Club Freshman Scholarship
February 15, Annually
The Ohio University Women's Club Freshman Scholarship is for a female high school senior entering Ohio University as a freshman in the fall. Scholarship applicants must also be from a high school in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area. This scholarship ranges up to full tuition value. Since 1951, more than 100 such scholarships have been awarded to OU-bound women!
In order to be eligible for this [...] 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 06, 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
Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award
December 01, Annually
The Women's Opportunity Awards program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
Each year, more than $1.5 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,000 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence [...] More
Women's Re-Entry Scholarship
March 31, Annually
The Women's Re-Entry Scholarship is awarded by the Poway-Penasquitos Branch of the American Association of University Women and is intended for a woman who is returning to school of higher education to complete her education.
To be eligible for this award, applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Female high school graduate without a bachelor’s degree
- Re-entry student who has not [...] More
WJA Womens Jewelry Scholarship
January 31, Annually
To empower both its female members and students in the jewelry, watch and related industries, the Women's Jewelry Association offers two types of educational financial aid, student scholarship and member grants.
Student scholarships, in varying amounts starting at $500 and as high as $7,000, are available to female students (including WJA members) who are enrolled in fine jewelry and watch [...] More
Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado Scholarships
November 04, Annually
To encourage women pursuing careers in transportation (such as transportation/civil engineering, planning, construction management, finance, or logistics) at Colorado and Wyoming schools, WTS Colorado is excited to offer two annual graduate-level scholarships, two undergraduate-level scholarships, a community college/trade school and high school level scholarship:
- [...] More
Women in Service to Appalachia Scholarship
July 15, Annually
Women in Service to Appalachia (WSA) is pleased to offer a scholarship of $500 for an undergraduate or a graduate student. The scholarship is intended to benefit students who are involved in community service.
Please submit the following with this application:
- Completed scholarship application form-typed
- Two letters of reference, on organization letterhead, from adults who can speak to [...] More