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Distance Learning Scholarships

Despite the scholarship myths you may have heard of, distance learning scholarships are available to students attending classes online. Whether you are enrolled in an online degree university or taking distance learning classes at a college or university on-campus, there are many scholarship opportunities. By taking time out of your busy schedule to search for scholarships online, you can help pay for your college education.

If you are enrolled in an accredited distance learning program and working towards a degree, you essentially have the same eligibility for scholarships as traditional students. A college student is a college student, regardless of where you are physically are. As long as you meet other scholarship requirements, you should be eligible for most monetary rewards. Additionally, there may be scholarship awards specifically for students enrolled in online courses.

Often, students who choose distance learning programs are in the most need for scholarship money. Since distance learning is one of the most inexpensive and time-saving ways of attending college, especially while working full-time or taking care of children, students who cannot easily afford college are often drawn to them. Students who are taking online classes are encouraged to research financial aid options thoroughly, especially need-based aid, scholarships for minorities, and scholarships for women if applicable. There are scholarship programs for single mothers and returning students.Scholarships are awarded based on numerous criteria, so searching is the best way to gain more knowledge.

To start finding out about the myriad distance learning scholarships and other college scholarships for which you may be eligible, simply conduct a free scholarship search on Scholarships.com. You will receive a list of search results based your unique, personal information, as well as all of the resources needed to make the proper scholarship selection, and start the scholarship application process. If you are interested in distance learning, scholarships can help you achieve your college goals without breaking the bank.

AAUW's Re-Entry Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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 a school of higher education to complete her education. Applicants must be female, high school grads or GED recipient 23 years of age or older without a bachelor's or advanced degree. Must live or attend a school in north San [...] More

ACHE Junior & Community College Performing Arts Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) offers the Junior & Community College Performing Arts Scholarship Program. Awards are based on demonstrated talent determined through competitive auditions. Awards are not based on financial needs. This award is for full-time students attending public junior and community colleges in Alabama. Contact the financial aid office at any public junior [...] More

ACS Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ACS awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields.African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander (excluding Asian) or American Indian high school seniors or college freshman, sophomores, or juniors pursuing a college degree in the chemical sciences or chemical technology are eligible to apply. Eligibility: [...] More

AFCEA Washington, DC Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $12,000
  • In order to apply for the AFCEA Washington, DC Chapter Scholarship, you must be a resident within the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Acceptable majors include computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, cybersecurity, and management information systems; and command, control, communications, computers and Intelligence (C4I)-related fields of study including [...] More

AL Diablo Valley Community College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/23/2021
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The scholarship philanthropic project of Assistance League of Diablo Valley aids students with college expenses based upon their need and/or significant volunteer contribution to their community. Eligible applicants must be a resident of Contra Costa County, be a community college graduate transferring to junior level status at a four-year college or university, demonstrate financial need, be [...] More

Amish Descendant Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/25/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund (ADSF) was founded to provide financial assistance and support to those coming from an Amish upbringing who have decided to pursue a higher education. You must have your GED or high school diploma before you can apply and be able to provide proof of enrollment/acceptance into a community college or a university. For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More

Arizona BPW Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Arizona Business and Professional Women's Foundation promotes the advancement of Arizona's working women through scholarships, research, and education. Scholarships are awarded to women 21 years or older who are returning to school at a community college to acquire better job opportunities or advance their current careers. All scholarship recipients are required to attend one Arizona BPW [...] More

Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/2/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Army Women's Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. The Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals. The Legacy Scholarship Program offers financial support in four areas: [...] More

Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in an associate degree program to develop leadership potential through participation in Phi Theta Kappa programs. Of these 200 awards, 25 scholarships are earmarked for current members of the military or military veterans. Applicants [...] More

Colorado Garden Show Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • Applicants of the Colorado Garden Show Scholarships must major in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, biology (as it applies to horticulture/agriculture sciences), forestry, agronomy, conservation, plant pathology, environmental concerns, city planning and/or other related subjects. For more information and to apply for one of these scholarships, visit the website above. [...] More

CSAC Cal Grants

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • Amount: $14,242
  • Cal Grants Cal Grants are for students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or vocational or career training, and do not have to be repaid. In addition to meeting the financial criteria and Cal Grant requirements, applicants must submit the FAFSA or CADAA application by the deadline, be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen who is a California resident for at least 1 year, attend a [...] More

eQuality Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $6,000
  • eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBT+ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible. Awards are available to graduating high school seniors, community [...] More

FNGA National Foliage Foundation/James H. Davis Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2021
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The James H. Davis Memorial Scholarship was created to encourage students to pursue careers in Florida's horticulture industry and related pursuits by providing financial assistance for undergraduate, postgraduate, or other advanced education programs in Florida. Applicant must be an incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student planning to attend a community college, college, [...] More

Ford Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ford Scholars Program offers a comprehensive scholarship to help students succeed in college and beyond. In addition to a generous financial award, Scholars receive academic guidance, leadership development, personal and professional support, and access to the Ford Family alumni network. Up to 130 renewable scholarships are awarded each year to students from Oregon and Siskiyou County, CA. [...] More

Incight Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Our Incight Scholarship Program is a long-term commitment to students with disabilities entering and attending college. It functions to help reduce the barriers of education advancement and completion by providing the necessary skills for youth with disabilities. Scholarship recipients are matched with an eMentor and are provided with internship placement experience as well. Applicants must have [...] More

Kids' Chance of Michigan

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Kids’ Chance of Michigan is dedicated to helping Michigan kids who need it most – those who need assistance for college or vocational education because a parent has been killed or catastrophically injured in a work-related accident. Applicant must be a Michigan resident between the ages of 17-22, and must demonstrate financial need related to the parent's injury/death. Funds may be used at any [...] More

Leopold Education Project Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Leopold Education Project Scholarship Program provides educational resources for students pursuing a degree in a natural resource field. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or high school graduate (diploma or G.E.D. certificate) who is enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time course of study at an accredited two- or four-year community college, college or university. [...] More

Martin Honors Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/6/2021
  • Amount: $36,000
  • To be eligible for the Martin Honors Scholarship, applicants must: be residents of Washington state; be currently attending or have attended a community college in the state of Washington; have earned a minimum of 36 credits at a Washington State community college by the time they matriculate at the University of Washington (thus have sophomore or junior status); have a high school diploma or [...] More

Melissa Anne Centrella Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • Each year, Melissa's Hope awards several scholarships to New Jersey students pursuing careers in nursing, medical sciences, or a medical technical field. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Ohio EPA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Ohio EPA Scholarship is offered to undergraduate students admitted to Ohio state or private colleges and universities who can demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to careers in environmental sciences or environmental engineering (though majoring in it is not required). Eligible applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, and be entering their junior or senior year. For more information or to apply, [...] More

Palo Alto Rotary Club Vocational Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Rotary Club of Palo Alto vocational scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to students who will enroll in an accredited career program or vocational program at a community college in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Eligible students will enroll in a program leading to a certificate or degree, and will plan to go directly into employment in that field upon completion of [...] More

Pennsylvania Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Postsecondary Education Gratuity Program honors individuals who lost their lives protecting the citizens of Pennsylvania by helping their children fund their education. This program provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and room and board costs charged by public post-secondary institutions. This waiver is only applied to charges that remain after all other grants (federal, state and outside [...] More

PHCC Educational Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The PHCC Educational Foundation Scholarships are designed to provide educational opportunities to deserving students pursuing a major directly related to the plumbing-heating-cooling (PHC) industry. Scholarships are available to students who are enrolled in a PHCC-approved plumbing or HVACR apprenticeship program, a full-time certificate or degree program at an accredited two-year community [...] More

Pride Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Pride Foundation offers scholarships to support LGBTQ+ and allied students living in the Northwest. Students must either be residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington (but may study anywhere) or be attending school in one of those five states. Applicants must also be pursuing a post-secondary education of any kind. Current college students and those individuals planning to [...] More

Public Relations Professionals of Long Island Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Public Relations Professionals of Long Island Scholarship Program (PRPLI) is open to full-time college juniors, seniors and post-graduate students at four-year colleges/universities, and full-time sophomores attending community colleges whose career objective is to work in the area of public relations, communications and/or marketing. Applicant's permanent residence must be on Long Island [...] More

Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • Amount: $500
  • Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarships are awarded to students who are cancer survivors or have an immediate family member that is a cancer survivor or has passed away due to cancer. Special consideration will be given to those students enrolled in a health occupation or law enforcement program. Candidates must be a resident of Alpena County, enrolled at ACC for a minimum of six credit hours per [...] More

Sacramento Press Club Journalism Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The Sacramento Press Club will be awarding seven scholarships this year, ranging from $4000-$8000. Students must submit a single application to be considered for all of the scholarships. Eligibility: applicants must be college students who will be juniors, seniors, or graduate students for at least one term in the upcoming academic year; and, applicants must have a connection to the 9-county [...] More

Southeastern Community College Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Generous donors make it possible for the SCC Foundation to provide scholarships to eligible students enrolling at Southeastern Community College in Iowa. Eligibility criteria vary among scholarships, so take the time and effort to set yourself apart from other applicants. Deadlines are March 1 by 4:30 p.m. CST for Full-Year awards (Fall/Spring) and October 1 by 4:30 p.m. CST for Spring-Only [...] More

Southern California Association of Governments Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/7/2021
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The SCAG Scholarship Program offers local government and planning experience that students can use to develop long-term career goals. The scholarship will provide a $4,000 scholarship award for seven high school or community college students from the SCAG region, a two-week internship with a local planning agency or council of governments, and the opportunity to meet with elected officials and [...] More

Texas Urban Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/6/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Urban Scholarship Fund is for Texas residents who are also U.S. citizens or permanent residents, graduating high school seniors, new and/or returning college students attending any accredited non-profit public or independent two- or four-year college/university or technical school. Annual awards are $700 for community college, junior college, and technical college; $1,000 for public four-year [...] More

The Clara Abbott Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Clara Abbott Foundation offers need-based scholarships to help the dependent children of Abbott employees attend accredited colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational and trade schools. Awards are offered to students enrolled in full- or part-time studies to obtain their first undergraduate degree. Current employees must have a minimum of two years of continuous Abbott service [...] More

The Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Coca-Cola Academic Team recognizes high achieving college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Fifty students will be named Gold Scholars, fifty students will be named Silver Scholars, and fifty students will be named Bronze Scholars. A state may have [...] More

The Doyle Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Doyle Foundation offers scholarships to enable students from qualifying schools to pursue further education and training at universities, trade schools and community colleges. Applicants must be a graduating senior or graduate of the Huntington Beach Union High School District in Southern California, a graduating senior or graduate of the Washoe County School District in Northern Nevada, or a [...] More

The Governor's Urban Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Governor's Urban Scholarship is a merit-based award for students ranked within the top 5% of their high school class and who have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of their junior year. The award is renewable up to four years and provides students with a persistency bonus in their last semester before degree completion. To be eligible for this award, students must reside in (but not necessarily [...] More

The JSSA Educational Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/24/2021
  • Amount: $6,000
  • Scholarships are awarded annually to a high school senior who has completed significant volunteer services within the local Jewish community in addition to high school graduation service requirements. The JSSA Educational Scholarship Fund is awarded primarily based on financial need, and recipients are eligible for up to two years of funding. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

The Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/4/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship is for female students currently enrolled or planning to attend a college within the San Mateo County Community College District. Applicants must be female graduating high school seniors or re-entry students planning to attend Cañada College, College of San Mateo or Skyline Community College and demonstrate financial hardship. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or [...] More

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is proud to award $4,000 to one student whose life has been impacted by cancer. Applicants who have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma) are eligible to apply as well as those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer. Applicants must be enrolled [...] More

Tidewater AGC Educational Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Tidewater AGC of Virginia is offering academic scholarships for the purpose of assisting students interested in pursuing a career in engineering, design, construction and related professions. In order to apply for a Tidewater AGC Educational Scholarship, you must be one of the following: employed by a Tidewater district AGC member firm, an immediate family member of an employee of a Tidewater [...] More

Tuition and Fee Waivers for Guard Members

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Massachusetts National Guard Education Assistance Program provides a 100% tuition and fee waiver for Massachusetts National Guard soldiers attending a state college, university, or community college program. Generally, these state-supported programs are offered during the day as part of a degree program. Your assistance can continue as long as you are in good standing academically and until [...] More

Union Plus Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Members, their spouses and dependent children of AFL-CIO international labor unions participating in any of the Union Plus programs may apply for the Union Plus Scholarship. The member does not have to purchase any Union Plus products or participate in any Union Plus program to apply. Applicants from Puerto Rico, Guam the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada are eligible. Award notifications are made [...] More

Upakar Indian-American Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Upakar was founded to support the educational and career aspirations of the Indian-American community. In addition to the financial award, Upakar provides a mentoring program for our scholarship recipients. Upakar has been awarding scholarships for over 20 years and is the longest running Indian American scholarship organization.

    To be eligible for an Upakar scholarship, you must:
    - Have [...] More

Women of the South Primary Provider Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • WOS Primary Provider scholarships are available to women who are the sole or primary providers of their household. Recipients of this scholarship will receive funding from Women of the South towards obtaining an associate degree from Oklahoma City Community College. Applicants must have a family income level that falls within participating ranges. A minimum 2.5 GPA is also required. For more [...] More

Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado Chapter Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 11/2/2020
  • Amount: $4,000
  • WTS Colorado fosters the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging new professionals to undertake careers in the area of transportation. One way it does this is by awarding scholarships to women pursuing community college, undergraduate, and graduate studies in transportation or a related field. Each year the WTS Colorado Chapter supports exceptional young women as they [...] More

Wyoming Space Grant Undergraduate Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Each year, the Wyoming Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) awards fellowships to undergraduate students attending the University of Wyoming or one of Wyoming's community colleges to provide the student with the opportunity to do "real" research. Undergraduates who are interested in science, math, engineering and technology careers gain valuable experience participating in research projects, while [...] More

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