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Full-tuition scholarships are the holy grail of college scholarships- prizes that will cover the majority of your college costs for four years. These scholarship awards can cover tuition costs to all of your living expenses, depending on the terms determined by the provider. While these scholarship opportunities are more rare than others and tend to involve tougher competition, they are readily available for application.

Universities, states, and even several cities offer full-tuition scholarships based on criteria such as merit-based academic scholarships, or on SAT or ACT scores, high school GPA, community service experience, and other criteria. Local scholarships can be funded either publicly or privately and are offered to students from certain geographic areas. Many such scholarships require students to attend a specific college or one of several colleges in a state.

Additionally, several corporate scholarships and foundation scholarship awards cover a student’s full tuition from one to four years of enrollment. Corporate and foundation scholarships typically give students more freedom to attend college where they choose, including private colleges or out-of-state schools while still receiving scholarship money to cover most, if not all, of their tuition expenses. These awards tend to have strong merit or need-based requirements. A number of scholarships for minorities fall into this category as well.

While there might not be a full-tuition scholarship opportunity for everybody, it is still worth the search. You can find full-tuition scholarships and other large dollar amount scholarships when you conduct a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. And remember, even if you do not find one full-tuition scholarship that solves all your financial woes, you should still apply for scholarships! Awards of $1000 or $2000 can add up, and every dollar you receive in scholarships is a dollar you will not have to pay back in student loans.

5 Strong Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2017
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation is a team of experienced educators that have over 30 years of experience helping minority students graduate from high school and get into college. We have teamed up to form a foundation that's going to be dedicated to building cohorts of 5 college ready scholars and placing them on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

    Eligibility:
    - [...] More

Allen Meyer Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Dallas Foundation manages a number of scholarships for students with diverse interests. The goal of the Allen Meyer Family Scholarship program is to provide full tuition assistance to students who can demonstrate moderate to significant financial need who wish to pursue an outstanding, intellectually rigorous secondary education at Parish Episcopal School.

    Applicants must:
    -Be a new or [...] More

Augustana College Distinguished Scholar Competition

  • Application Deadline: 1/25/2018
  • Amount: $60,000
  • Augustana College invites graduating high school seniors who possess strong records of academic achievement and have demonstrated exceptional leadership to their school and community to participate in the Distinguished Scholars Competition, the college's most prestigious scholarship event. Scholarship awards range from $60,000 to full tuition over four years.

    Eligibility:
    -Possess an ACT [...] More

Baptist Theological Heritage Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2017
  • Amount: $9,900
  • In order to help combat the rising cost of theological education at the undergrad and graduate levels, HBITS is awarding 350 full tuition scholarships to students meeting the criteria herein listed.

    Eligibility:
    -The student must be entering the seminary at the undergraduate level, that means taking a first associate's or bachelor's degree program
    -The student must be intending on earning [...] More

Case Western Theater Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Case Western Reserve University has made merit-based scholarships available for prospective theater students. Each year, the department of theater awards four full-tuition scholarships to students who intend on majoring in theater, and two scholarships to students who intend on minoring in theater, or those interested in pursuing theater as an extracurricular activity at CWRU.

    -Full Tuition [...] More

Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program at UMBC

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2018
  • Amount: $22,000
  • CWIT Scholars receive four-year scholarships ranging from $5,000-$15,000 per academic year for in-state students, and from $10,000-$22,000 per academic year for out-of-state students, to cover full tuition, mandatory fees, and other expenses. Each CWIT scholar participates in special courses and activities and receives mentoring from faculty and participating members of the IT and engineering [...] More

Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship - UChicago

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Full scholarships are available to children of active Chicago Fire Fighters and Police Officers.

    In honor of Chicago Fire Fighters' and Chicago Police Officers' service to the University community and the city, the University of Chicago offers full-tuition scholarships to select children of active Chicago firefighters and police officers. To be considered for a full-tuition scholarship, [...] More

Chick Evans Scholarship for Caddies

  • Application Deadline: 9/30/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible to apply for a Chick Evans Scholarship for caddies, candidates must meet the following requirements:
    1. Strong caddie record: Applicants must have caddied, successfully and regularly, for a minimum of two years and are expected to
    caddie at their sponsoring club the year they apply for the scholarship
    2. Excellent academics: Applicants must have completed their junior year of [...] More

Clark University Presidential LEEP Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • On Leap Day 2012, Clark University launched LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice), a pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts experience with authentic engagement in the world and workplace. Presidential LEEP Scholars persevere through setbacks, draw constructive ideas from diverse sources, and find creative solutions to daunting problems. They will be among our [...] More

Cleveland State University Robert J. Noyce Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $25,000
  • Full tuition fellowships awarded to highly qualified applicants committed to addressing social justice and change in Urban School and Communities.

    Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:
    -Be enrolled in the Master of Urban Secondary Teachers MUST program specializing in Math
    -Commit to teaching in either Biology and Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry, Chemistry and Physics, Physics and [...] More

Colorado Garden Show Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Colorado Garden Show, Inc. is proud to offer its scholarship programs from proceeds generated from the annual Colorado Garden & Home Show & the Colorado Fall Home Show, to provide financial aid to students attending a college or university in Colorado. Scholarship applicants must major in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, biology (as it applies to horticulture/agriculture [...] More

Colorado Mesa University's Distinguished Scholar Award

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $24,000
  • Colorado Mesa University (CMU) offers small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities, and expert faculty who take an interest in your success. A CMU education is a great value, and we stand by our commitment to keep higher education affordable.

    Colorado Mesa University's Distinguished Scholar Award is the most prestigious academic award for incoming freshmen and is valued at full tuition and [...] More

Disciples Leadership Program

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • This top-tier, competitive scholarship is awarded to first-time freshmen based on leadership, academic excellence, and the commitment to explore during college a life of faith-based servant leadership. Seminary-bound students are encouraged to apply, but all qualified DOC students with exceptional leadership and service will be equally considered. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative high [...] More

EADB Math, Science, Technology, & Engineering University Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • East African Development Bank has launched the EADB Math, Science, Technology and Engineering University Scholarship Program, in partnership with The Africa-America Institute. Scholarships will be available to experienced teachers and lecturers with a bachelor's degree in math, science, technology and engineering with an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in those fields in the United States [...] More

Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship is a merit-based program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence, a sense of civic responsibility and the potential for leadership. In line with the Foundation's Statement of Purpose, the Foundation will work to enhance these traits and skills in each Sumners Scholar by making additional, unique educational experiences available.

    The [...] More

Hyundai Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/22/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • It is anticipated that South Korean scholars will utilize their knowledge to enhance the viability of the South Korean economy through the expansion of educational technology in the fields of international business, international banking, computer science, information technology, research and development, and related fields. The program is also designed to interest American scholars in Korea and [...] More

JWU Business Professionals of America (BPA) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The JWU Business Professionals of America (BPA) Scholarship is available to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of BPA. Recipient is selected based upon participation in organization and transcripts. The award is renewable for up to four years and recipient must participate in and give support to JWU's BPA activities. Applications received before February will be [...] More

JWU DECA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The JWU DECA Scholarship is available to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of DECA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in organization and transcripts. The award is renewable for up to four years and students must participate in and give support to JWU's DECA activities. Applications received before February will be considered for full tuition.

    For [...] More

JWU Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The JWU Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Scholarship is available to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of FCCLA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in organization and transcripts. The award is renewable for up to four years and recipients must participate in and give support to JWU's FCCLA activities. Applications received before [...] More

JWU Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The JWU Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Scholarship is available to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of FBLA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in organization and transcripts. The award is renewable for up to four years and recipients must participate in and give support to JWU's FBLA activities. Applications received before February will be [...] More

JWU Junior Achievement (JA) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The JWU Junior Achievement (JA) Scholarship is available to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of JA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in organization and transcripts. The award is renewable for up to four years and recipients must participate in and give support to JWU's JA activities. Applications received before February will be considered for full [...] More

JWU SkillsUSA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The JWU SkillsUSA Scholarship is awarded to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of SkillsUSA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in SkillsUSA and their transcripts. These awards are renewable for up to four years and recipients must participate in and give support to JWU's SkillsUSA activities. Applications received before February will be considered for [...] More

JWU Technology Student Association (TSA) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The JWU Technology Student Association (TSA) Scholarship is awarded to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of TSA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in TSA and their transcripts. This award is renewable for up to four years and recipients must participate in and give support to JWU's TSA activities. Applications received before February will be considered [...] More

McConnell Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • The prestigious McConnell Scholarships are reserved for 10 Kentucky graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential. Scholarships are renewable for a total of four years.

    Scholarship amounts will be determined by the selections committee, but typically will include full tuition and a stipend for books at the University of Louisville. In addition, each [...] More

Mercatus MA Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $80,000
  • The Mercatus MA Fellowship is a two-year, competitive, full-time fellowship program for students pursuing a master's degree in economics at George Mason University who are interested in gaining an advanced degree in applied economics in preparation for a career in public policy. Students who anticipate working in public policy are ideal candidates for this fellowship.

    MA Fellows can pursue one [...] More

Microsoft Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/26/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields of study. Because we greatly value a broad range of perspectives and contributions, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, underrepresented minority students (African-American, Hispanic or Native American etc.) or students with disabilities. We will review all applications and select final [...] More

National Louis University D214 Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $41,500
  • In preparation for the inaugural Harrison Pathways Program class at the Wheeling, IL campus, National Louis University is pleased to offer two full tuition scholarships to District 214 students. The Harrison Pathways Program is designed to be a flexible and affordable program that can lead to any of NLU's undergraduate degrees including Applied Communication, Business Administration, Human [...] More

Posse Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Students interested in applying for the scholarship will need to either nominate themselves, or be nominated by a counselor, a community foundation or a Posse alumnus. Nominated students will undergo a three-step election process. During the first step, the foundation will place them in situations that highlight their public speaking, listening, negotiation and communication skills. Those [...] More

Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Knop Science Scholarship is a prestigious four-year, full tuition scholarship based on the next academic year's tuition figures. The Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Board convenes each year at the beginning of the second semester. The mission of the board is to identify high-achieving students who show the potential to contribute greatly to the science and mathematics departments at Ripon [...] More

Sister Mary Ildephonse Holland Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Holland Scholarship is a competitive four-year, scholarship of up to full tuition for entering freshmen.

    Requirements include:
    -27 ACT or above
    -3.7 or greater high school GPA
    -Evidence of strong community service and extra-curricular activities
    -Admission process must be completed by January 30th
    -FAFSA filed by July 1st
    -Participation in Scholarship Day
    -Student required to live [...] More

SMART Scholarship for Service

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service is a scholarship for service program that provides students with a stipend (starting between $22,500 and $38,000 per year), full tuition, health coverage, book allowance of $1,000, and other education expenses.

    SMART has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support the education, [...] More

Starbucks College Achievement Plan

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Starbucks believes in the promise and pursuit of the American Dream. While more than 70 percent of our U.S. partners (employees) are students or aspiring students, we know that only half of Americans who begin college today will actually finish, largely due to financial and work/life barriers. Starbucks is proud to join with an academic institution that recognizes the need for innovation to offer [...] More

Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany - UAS7

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Internships typically last 5-6 months, but UAS7 research internships may run from 2-6 months, depending on the specifications of the project description. Recipients will receive a full tuition waiver for both semesters (enrollment is also required during the internship to maintain residency in Germany) and the benefits provided to exchange students at the host UAS. Successful SIP applicants are [...] More

The MasterCard Foundation Graduate Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The program is open to residents and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries. Students must be first-time applicants to MSU. Transfer students are not eligible for the program:

    -Prior completion of a Bachelors Degree from an African University with academic achievements suggesting continued academic success as a graduate student
    -Strong commitment to a professional path in line with an area [...] More

The Watson Middle East Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • If an applicant is unable to afford the full tuition, Watson offers a certain number of full and partial scholarships each semester. In addition, Watson offers four full ride fellowships: The Enlight China Fellowship (for applicants from greater China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong), The Enlight Women Fellowship (for applicants working to increase access and quality of women and girls [...] More

ULINE Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Uline, a family-owned business, is the leading distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging materials to businesses throughout North America. Uline is also a strategic partner of Marquette University's College of Business and is pleased to provide a scholarship for juniors and seniors in the college and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

    Four (4) $5,000 tuition-specific awards to [...] More

West Virginia PROMISE Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $4,750
  • The PROMISE (Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-State Student Excellence) Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program that is designed to make college more affordable to all qualified West Virginia students.

    The program, funded for the first time in 2001, will provide each eligible West Virginia high school graduate a full tuition scholarship to a state college or university [...] More

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