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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.

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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 Atlanta

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2022
  • Amount: $40,000
  • 5 Strong gives scholars the support they need to succeed at HBCUs. 5 Strong is about the potential, the genius, the leadership of our young people. Together, we can make students’ lives better, make their colleges better, and make our country better. Applicants must be a promising student leader that's a graduating high school senior, have a minimum 2.8 GPA and a minimum ACT: 19/ SAT: 980 (verbal [...] More

Augustana University Distinguished Scholar Competition

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
  • 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. Eligible applicants must have an ACT of 27 or SAT of 1260, and a 3.5 GPA. The competition requires an essay [...] More

Case Western Theater Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2023
  • 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 $10,000 scholarships to students who intend on minoring in theater, or those interested in pursuing theater as an extracurricular activity at CWRU. For the [...] More

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

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2023
  • Amount: $22,000
  • The Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is a merit-based scholarship program for talented female undergraduates majoring in computer science, information systems, business technology administration (with a technical focus), computer engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical/biochemical/environmental engineering, or a related program at [...] More

Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship - UChicago

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • UChicago Promise is the University of Chicago’s multi-pronged initiative to help increase college access and readiness for Chicago high school students. UChicago Promise offers special scholarships for students from the Chicago area and also includes resources to help guide Chicago high schoolers to selective four-year institutions, including an Admissions Academy, mentorship, and extensive [...] More

Clark University Presidential LEEP Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Awarded to approximately five students each year, the Presidential LEEP Scholarship is a prestigious award for students whose academic record and leadership potential places them at the very top of Clark’s applicant pool. This award covers full-tuition, on-campus room and board for all four years, regardless of a family’s financial need. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

Colorado Garden Show Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Colorado Garden Foundation is proud to offer its scholarship programs from proceeds generated from the annual Colorado Garden & Home Show and Colorado Fall Home Show, to provide financial aid to students attending a college or university in Colorado. Applicants must major in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, biology (as it applies to horticulture/agriculture sciences), [...] More

Colorado Mesa University's Distinguished Scholar Award

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2022
  • Amount: $24,000
  • Colorado Mesa University's Distinguished Scholar Award is the most prestigious academic award for incoming freshmen and is valued at full tuition and fees for Colorado Residents and $6,000 per academic year for out-of-state students. To qualify, applicants must satisfy two of the three following criteria: 3.75 GPA, top 5% of graduating class, or a 29 ACT/1340 combined SAT. The scholarship can be [...] More

Disciples Leadership Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/10/2023
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The Disciples Leadership Program 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. DOC students discerning a call to ordained ministry are encouraged to apply, but all qualified DOC students with exceptional leadership and service will be equally considered. Applicants chosen as DLP [...] More

JWU DECA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • A college education is becoming a requirement for many jobs worldwide -- but it comes with a cost. Yet there are many more ways to afford a college degree than you might think, and JWU is here to help guide you through them. At Johnson & Wales, education goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Here, you can embrace your curiosity, discover your interests, and dive deep into real-world [...] More

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

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • A college education is becoming a requirement for many jobs worldwide -- but it comes with a cost. Yet there are many more ways to afford a college degree than you might think, and JWU is here to help guide you through them. At Johnson & Wales, education goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Here, you can embrace your curiosity, discover your interests, and dive deep into real-world [...] More

JWU Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • A college education is becoming a requirement for many jobs worldwide -- but it comes with a cost. Yet there are many more ways to afford a college degree than you might think, and JWU is here to help guide you through them. At Johnson & Wales, education goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Here, you can embrace your curiosity, discover your interests, and dive deep into real-world [...] More

JWU Junior Achievement Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $8,000
  • A college education is becoming a requirement for many jobs worldwide -- but it comes with a cost. Yet there are many more ways to afford a college degree than you might think, and JWU is here to help guide you through them. At Johnson & Wales, education goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Here, you can embrace your curiosity, discover your interests, and dive deep into real-world [...] More

JWU SkillsUSA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • A college education is becoming a requirement for many jobs worldwide -- but it comes with a cost. Yet there are many more ways to afford a college degree than you might think, and JWU is here to help guide you through them. At Johnson & Wales, education goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Here, you can embrace your curiosity, discover your interests, and dive deep into real-world [...] More

JWU Technology Student Association (TSA) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $30,000
  • A college education is becoming a requirement for many jobs worldwide -- but it comes with a cost. Yet there are many more ways to afford a college degree than you might think, and JWU is here to help guide you through them. At Johnson & Wales, education goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Here, you can embrace your curiosity, discover your interests, and dive deep into real-world [...] More

McConnell Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2022
  • Amount: Varies
  • The McConnell Scholars Program is a prestigious enrichment program aimed at Kentucky residents who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and are committed to the principles of scholarship, leadership, and service. There are 10 awards given each year, and the program has produced more than 200 successful alumni. The program is open to Kentucky high school graduates with a minimum 3.5 [...] More

Mercatus MA Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2023
  • 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. The total award of up to $80,000 (over two years) includes a monthly stipend, full tuition support (nine credits per [...] More

Mount Mercy University Holland Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Supercharge your curiosity, and your whole world will open up at Mount Mercy. You'll get more than just well-rounded academic preparation. Mount Mercy is all about you. It's about providing a college experience that enriches your life intellectually, professionally and personally. We make the application process as simple as possible. The cost of your education is an important factor to you—and [...] More

Posse Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Posse model works for both students and college campuses and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for individual and community development. As the United States becomes an increasingly multicultural society, Posse believes that the leaders of the 21st century should reflect the country’s rich [...] More

Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Ripon College’s extensive scholarship program is designed to recognize and reward applicants for their talents and abilities. We are confident you will find a Ripon education more affordable than many similar private colleges and in some cases state universities. We provide 100 percent of our students with financial assistance and make it our mission to ensure a great economic and educational [...] More

Starbucks College Achievement Plan

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Starbucks is committed to the success of their partners (employees). Every eligible U.S. partner working part- or full-time receives 100% tuition coverage for a first-time bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University’s online program. Choose from over 100 diverse undergraduate degree programs, and have their support every step of the way. Throughout their generosity, Starbucks is offering [...] More

The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2023
  • Amount: $160,000
  • The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program, funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for STEM students. The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program enhances the DoD civilian workforce with innovative scientists, engineers and researchers across the United States. SMART creates a [...] More

ULINE Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/6/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Uline Scholarship awards four $5,000 tuition-specific awards to academically-talented college sophomores and college juniors majoring attending Marquette University in any of the following: all majors under the college of business, computer science, advertising, communication studies, or corporate communication majors. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Preference is given to students with past [...] More

West Virginia PROMISE Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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 will provide each eligible West Virginia high school graduate a full tuition scholarship to a state college or university in West Virginia or an equivalent [...] More

WGA Evans Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 10/30/2023
  • Amount: $120,000
  • The Evans Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for high-achieving caddies with limited financial means. To qualify, caddies must meet the requirements of having a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. Scholarship applications are accepted at the beginning of an applicant’s senior year of high school, as well as [...] More
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