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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.

Abbey Road Green Ticket Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
Our Green Ticket Community Service Scholarships are designed to reward students who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the environment and their local communities. Abbey Road offers one full Green Ticket Community Service Scholarship (full tuition paid) and two partial Green Ticket Community Service Scholarships (airfare or the equivalent thereof paid) to any Abbey Road summer [...] More

Angier B. Duke Merit Scholarship
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The Angier B. Duke Memorial is one of a number of merit scholarships awarded to select undergraduate students attending Duke University. The award was established in 1925 to recognize students with academic and personal potentioal. It was created in memory of Angier Buchanan Duke, the son of Benjamin Newton Duke, a Duke University Founder.

Students who apply to the university will [...] More

Augustana College Distinguished Scholar Competition
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
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 $36,000 to full tuition over four years. In addition, 20 stipends will be [...] More

Case Western Theater Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The university has made merit-based scholarships available for first year theater students. For students who wish to major in theater at CWRU, we have FOUR FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS to offer. We also have TWO $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPS for those who wish to minor in theater or pursue theater as an extracurricular at CWRU.

To compete for one of these scholarships, the prospective student must apply [...] More

Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program at UMBC
Application Deadlines: 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 [...] More

Chantell Cooley Scholarship for Women
Application Deadlines: December 12, Annually
The Chantell Cooley Leadership Scholarship for Women provides financial assistance to young women seeking a residential degree at Waldorf College. These full tuition scholarships will be awarded to women based on their leadership potential and membership in specific, co-curricular campus organizations.

These co-curricular organizations include:
-Campus Ministry
-Service [...] More

Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies that is renewable for up to four years. Each year, more than 800 deserving caddies across the country attend college on a four-year scholarship from the Evans Scholars Foundation. Selected applicants must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated [...] More

Clark University LEEP Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
Clark University (Worcester, MA) is pioneering a new model of education, Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP), to better prepare its students for fulfilling lives measured by personal, professional and civic accomplishment. In celebration, up to five students will be selected for the LEEP Scholars program and receive full tuition, room, and board for four years, as well as a chance to [...] More

Colorado Garden Show Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
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

Furman University Herman W. Lay Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 20, Annually
The Herman W. Lay Scholarships are awarded to up to four incoming students each year who have displayed exceptional academic achievement and distinctive personal accomplishment. Full tuition, weighted average room costs, board and student fees are [...] More

GeoKids LINKS Graduate Fellowship in Biology
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
This program places Biology graduate students into schools as a part of their training in science. Graduate LINKS Fellows receive 12-month stipends of up to $18,000 and a full tuition scholarship. Fellows work with children's educators from the Wagner Free Institute of Science and elementary school teachers to develop and present science lessons that include Environmental Science themes to [...] More

Georgia HOPE Grant Program
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Georgia's HOPE Grant (a separate program from the HOPE Scholarship) is available to legal residents of Georgia who are attending a Georgia public technical college or public college or university to earn a certificate or diploma regardless of high school graduation date or grade point average. To qualify for HOPE Grant funding, the certificate or diploma program must be approved by the Georgia [...] More

Lake Erie College Twins Scholarship
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The Twins Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship (up to 18 credit hours per semester), is awarded 50/50 if both are enrolled full-time at Lake Erie College. In essence, both twins can attend LEC for the tuition cost of only one.

For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at Lake Erie [...] More

McConnell Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
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 Master's Fellowship
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The Mercatus Center’s MA Fellowship Program is a competitive fellowship program for students in George Mason University’s MA economics program who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in applied economics in preparation for a career in public policy. Our MA fellows take specialized courses which provide analytic training in applying economic ideas to solve problems in the world.

The [...] More

Mercer University Presidential Scholarships
Application Deadlines: November 01, Annually
Several top-level scholarships are awarded through Scholars Weekend, an annual competition held each fall for the most talented early applicants to Mercer University. Students who wish to be considered for this competition must apply for Early Action admission to Mercer.

Applicants are invited based on a Freshman Index (FI) of 3200. The FI is calculated by multiplying the academic high school [...] More

National Louis University D214 Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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

New Mexico Tech Transfer Student Scholarships
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New Mexico Tech offers multiple scholarships to transfer students each year, including the following:

Phi Theta Kappa - $6,000/year - Certificate verifying PTK membership, 3.5 cumulative college GPA and 45 transfer credit hours

Transfer Excel - $5,000/year - 3.5 cumulative college GPA and 30 transfer credit hours

Tech Transfer - $4,000/year - 3.25 cumulative college GPA and 30 transfer [...] More

Ohio University Women's Club of Greater Cleveland Freshman Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
This scholarship is for high school senior women from the Greater Cleveland area who will be attending Ohio University as freshmen in the fall. Awards range from partial value to full tuition for freshmen year. Since 1951, more than 116 scholarships have been awarded to Ohio University-bound women!

-Earn an unweighted 3.5 accumulated GPA on a scale of 4.0 for six semesters [...] More

Posse Foundation Scholarship
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The Posse Foundation assists schools in identifying and recruiting exceptional groups of diverse students. Winners of the Posse scholarship will be afforded full tuition for four years to one of the Posse Foundation's partner universities. Students who are chosen to participate in the Posse Program will undergo an eight-month workshop during which they will meet for two hours per week to prepare [...] More

Professor E.A. Rogers Award
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Are you a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior hoping to attend a top college or university? Are you looking for a challenging and dynamic summer program that allows you to take college level courses while getting a preview of college life?

The Professor E.A. Rogers Award provides a full tuition scholarship to the prestigious Junior Statesmen Summer School. The program is offered [...] More

Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Program
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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 Deadlines: December 01, Annually
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

Soderquist Graduate Fellowship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Founded in 1998, the Soderquist Fellowship Program offers talented individuals the opportunity to earn a master's degree while working at the Soderquist Center for Leadership & Ethics. This model of applied academics brings students together with practitioners in a professional setting. The Soderquist Center has partnered with John Brown University to offer two degree programs: Master of Business [...] More

Starbucks College Achievement Plan
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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 Program in Germany (SP-UAS7)
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Spend a semester studying at a leading German university of applied sciences with UAS7 (Seven German Universities of Applied Science). With campuses in Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Münster and Osnabrück, you have the opportunity to study in one of Germany's most attractive cities and a wide range of academic offerings.

Successful SP applicants are eligible for a UAS7 Travel [...] More

The J.L. Weigand, Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The J.L. Weigand, Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust has been established to provide assistance to students from the State of Kansas. The scholarships provide full tuition, fees and books and a room and board allowance for selected students who have been legal residents of Kansas for at least 10 years.

The scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, religion, gender or age to [...] More

Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 17, Annually
Each year, 10 high school graduating seniors across New York City become part of the Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program. Since 1992 the Scholarship program has had an impact on over 450 students throughout the five boroughs of New York City by providing education, work-related and financial benefits.

Scholarship recipients receive a full-tuition scholarship (less financial [...] More

Tippie Elite MBA Scholar Award
Application Deadlines: July 30, Annually
This award is set aside for high-quality candidates to the Tippie Full-time MBA program, determined based on professional achievement, standardized test scores, undergraduate academics, and results from the admissions interview.

Value: Full Tuition and Partial tuition (Full-time MBA)

Eligibility: Candidates must be admitted to the Full-time MBA [...] More

University of Chicago: Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship
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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, candidates must qualify for admission to the University of Chicago and be children (or legally adopted [...] More

University of Great Falls Merit Scholarship
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Generous financial aid packages are designed by the financial aid office at the University of Great Falls. Students who have applied and been accepted to the University are automatically considered for academic merit awards. Scholarships include academic merit awards, including a UGF Scholar Award full tuition scholarship. Need-based and talent scholarships are also available.

Freshmen and [...] More

West Virginia PROMISE Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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

Last Edited: November 2015

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