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Largest Dollar Amount Scholarships

When searching for scholarships, many students believe that they are unlikely to find money for college. While it seems that most scholarships reward only $100 to $200, there are scholarships that far surpass that value. Numerous scholarship awards are higher in value, and for students who are selective, ambitious, or pressed for time, we have compiled a list of some of the largest dollar amount scholarships. These prizes will likely pay tuition and then some and are available from one to four years of enrollment. The largest dollar amount scholarships have some of the stiffest competition and the longest lists of selection criteria. However, you should not automatically discount these competitions. Take a few minutes and read the scholarship information provided below. You may have a shot at winning scholarships that will go a long way towards funding your education.

This section contains some of the largest dollar amounts available. We recommend you conduct a free college scholarship search to find all the scholarships for which you qualify, in addition to those worth $20,000 or more. Explore some of these opportunities by clicking on the links below.

AQHF Youth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $32,000
  • To be considered for a Foundation scholarship, please complete and return the current scholarship application and include the requested support materials required for submission. Applicants will submit a nonspecific application which will be evaluated against the scholarship criteria. Application materials must be postmarked. Applications sent by fax or email will not be accepted. For more [...] More

ASNT Fellowship Award

  • Application Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The ASNT Fellowship Award is a cash award, currently up to $20,000 per award, granted to an ABET-accredited educational institution to fund specific research in NDT at the postgraduate level (MS or Ph.D). The application should be in the form of a proposal for a graduate level research project from the university outlining what the program or graduate study activity will consist of and how long [...] More

Boren Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Boren Scholarships, a prestigious initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for [...] More

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/31/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Applicants must be current high school/home-schooled seniors attending school in the U.S, anticipating completion of a [...] More

Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Daughters of the Cincinnati have contributed generously to the scholarship fund for over a century. Applicants must be daughters of career commissioned officers in the United States military. If you are eligible, you must apply during your senior year in high school. The application process includes an essay, secondary school report, a letter of recommendation from a member of the applicant’s [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2021
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a [...] More

Dell Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Dell Scholars Program places greater emphasis on a student's determination to succeed than just academic record and test scores. We reward low-income, highly motivated students who are better than their numbers indicate and demonstrate the drive to succeed despite personal obstacles. Students must participate in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program in grades 11 [...] More

Doodle 4 Google Competition

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2021
  • Amount: $30,000
  • Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what kindness means to you. Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg. The National Winner's artwork will be displayed on Google.com for one day. He or she will also receive a $30,000 [...] More

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen. The Elks National Foundation will award 500 prestigious, four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the competition. Applicants cannot be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately. For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More

EMU Presidential Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2020
  • Amount: $73,600
  • The EMU Presidential Scholarship is only available to incoming freshmen who have competed in the Presidential Scholarship Competition. Students must complete an EMU Admission Application as well as a separate application for the Competition. These applications are available at high schools beginning each September. This is a four-year award that pays 30 credit hours per year (15 per semester) of [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or environmental disciplines that support these sciences. You must be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time, second-year student in a four-year [...] More

Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts Tuition Support Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $40,800
  • George Washington's Program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts (EE/JCA), the only master's program of its kind in the United States, offers an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education, and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, [...] More

Greenhouse Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 12/2/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Greenhouse Scholars provides a four-year renewable, need-based college scholarship of up to $5,000 per year.
    Qualified applicants must have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher, demonstrate financial need, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as well as a high school senior in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois or North Carolina planning to attend a four-year accredited institution. Household income [...] More

Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Applicants for the Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship must be a Maryland resident and demonstrate financial need. Must be fully admitted and enrolled at a Maryland college or university as a full-time or part-time graduate student in a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN, MS) program, post-graduate certificate program in nursing education, Doctorate (PhD, DNP, EdD) program or [...] More

Hanover College Crowe Scholars Award

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Crowe Scholars Award is given to top applicants in Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Letters and Undecided majors are invited to compete for a renewable, stackable scholarship ranging from $2,500 - $5,000. To qualify for consideration, you must have been admitted to Hanover College, with a 3.3 cumulative high school GPA. You also must be able to attend the scholarship [...] More

Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/14/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Since its inception, the IRA Educational Foundation has awarded almost $2.8 million to deserving students pursuing Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in college. To qualify for a scholarship, you must be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois (under the age of 30); be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college, or university; be enrolled as a full-time or [...] More

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/13/2020
  • Amount: $40,000
  • The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is a prestigious undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Students must plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in the spring, intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college [...] More

James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2020
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The McLamore Family Foundation created the James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship awards students who have graduated from high school within the last three years or full-time students who are seniors at a high school or home school. A minimum 3.3 GPA is required, along with a minimum 25 ACT score or 1220 SAT score. Students must have demonstrated an active leadership role in community service, [...] More

Jesse L. Jackson-Fellows Toyota Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Jesse Jackson Fellows-Toyota Scholarship is a renewable scholarship that awards up to $25,000 dollars annually to deserving African-American college sophomores. Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, be a business or STEM (Science, technology, engineering and/or math) major that can be applied to the automotive industry, [...] More

Leonard Bernstein Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $82,000
  • The Leonard Bernstein Fellowship is a distinctive and highly selective instrumental chamber music program. The fellowship provides a small number of accomplished instrumentalists the benefits of private lessons, additional performance opportunities, and a $20,500 renewable scholarship. Leonard Bernstein Fellows receive a renewable scholarship for up to a maximum of eight semesters; private [...] More

Levine Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 10/19/2020
  • Amount: $155,000
  • The Levine Scholars Program is UNC Charlotte's most prestigious merit scholarship program that was established by benefactors Sandra and Leon Levine. Levine Scholarships are awarded to extraordinary high school seniors based on scholarship, ethical leadership, and civic engagement. Students must be nominated online by their school counselor or college advisor at their current high school. There [...] More

Loyola University New Orleans Ignatian Scholarships for Academic Excellence

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ignatian Scholarship is the most prestigious award given to an exclusive group of incoming freshman. Scholarship are identified by the admissions staff via the application process. We encourage applicants to submit supplemental resumes, personal statements, and/or activity listings to highlight their community involvement, demonstrated leadership and history of service throughout high school. [...] More

Mercatus MA Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021
  • 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 jobs in research, communications or outreach are ideal candidates for [...] More

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Students must have developed a distinctive solution to a problem faced by their school, community, or family; or has solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in new or unusual ways; or has developed an innovative way to save the [...] More

Minority Serving Institute Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The NROTC has a limited number of scholarships available for students to attend MSI schools, which encompass Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), High Hispanic Enrollment (HHE) schools, and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). Must be a Navy Option applicant (Marine Corps and Nurse Corps Option applicants are not eligible), and must successfully receive nomination from MSI [...] More

MSU Moorhead Freshman Honors Apprentice Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • High school seniors with an ACT composite score of 28 or higher and a 3.75 GPA are eligible for a MSU Moorhead Freshman Honors Apprentice Scholarship. A separate application is mailed to eligible high school seniors. Opportunities to apprentice in an area of academic interest under the supervision of a faculty member are available. If awarded, the HA Scholarship replaces the Distinguished Dragon [...] More

New Mexico Tech Freshmen Gold Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $24,000
  • New Mexico Tech gives academic scholarships, or merit-based aid, solely on the basis of academic achievement. Although family financial evaluations have no effect on academic scholarship decisions at Tech, many scholarship students also qualify for need-based financial aid. All first-time scholarships require the student to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and be enrolled full time (12 [...] More

New Mexico Tech Freshmen Silver Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • New Mexico Tech gives academic scholarships, or merit-based aid, solely on the basis of academic achievement. All first-time scholarships require the student to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and be enrolled full time (12 hours or more per semester). The Silver Scholarship is $5,000/year and renewable for up to four years for a total of $20,000. Students must be a National Merit [...] More

New York Senate Graduate Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 6/24/2020
  • Amount: $33,000
  • All Senate fellowships are on-site in Albany, New York. Fellowships are not financial aid for academic work, on-campus or classroom study. Housing in Albany is the responsibility of the Fellow. A Grant-in-Study Stipend is awarded distributed in biweekly installments prorated from the first day to the last day of enrollment. Some benefit options are available (health, dental, vision, life [...] More

Niagara University Grants

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $10,000
  • All of Niagara University's merit-based scholarships, achievement awards and grants for incoming, first-year students are based on your cumulative high school average and standardized test scores. Best of all, these awards are for each of your four years at NU, providing that you are either a citizen of the United States or are an eligible non-citizen, maintain full-time status and possess the [...] More

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/18/2021
  • Amount: $80,000
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive, prestigious scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH [...] More

NJCU Honors Program in Finance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The New Jersey City University Business Honors Program in Finance is a challenging program for highly-prepared incoming freshman who seek to pursue finance related careers. Selected recipients will receive four-year full-tuition scholarships, a free laptop computer, study abroad experiences, workplace internships, personalized advisement from expert faculty and priority registration. For more [...] More

Principia College Dean's Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Dean's Scholarship is a four-year scholarship valued at 1/4 of tuition each year, awarded to both first-time freshmen and transfer students. To apply, you must have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.6 in solid academic courses, and, for transfer students, a cumulative college GPA from all colleges attended of 3.3. Applicants must also have earned a cumulative SAT [...] More

Principia College President's Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $36,500
  • The President's Scholarship is an academic four-year scholarship awarded to first-time freshmen in the fall or winter quarter. To apply, you must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.7 in solid academic courses. Applicants must also have earned a cumulative SAT I score of at least 1340 or a composite ACT score of 28. This scholarship is renewable each year for students who maintain [...] More

Ron Brown Scholar Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/9/2021
  • Amount: $40,000
  • The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year). High school senior applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership [...] More

SOM Foundation Structural Engineering Research Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 12/10/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship is a $20,000 award that aims to foster an appreciation of the aesthetic potential in the structural design of buildings and bridges by enabling a gifted graduate to experience works of architecture and engineering first hand. The Foundation hopes that the Fellow will in turn influence the practice and teaching of structural engineering in the future. [...] More

South Carolina Teaching Fellows

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $24,000
  • The Fellowship is awarded each year to as many as 175 high school seniors. Fellows receive up to $24,000 in funds while they complete a degree leading to teacher licensure. A Fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he or she receives the fellowship. For information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Texas A&M University - Century Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Century Scholars Program (CSP) is a partnership between Texas A&M University and 108 high schools throughout the state of Texas. The program serves as a four-year learning community in which its students are developed holistically and prepared for the rigors of the academic and professional arenas. Students selected as Century Scholars are awarded $20,000 over four years, as well as a $1,000 [...] More

The Collegiate Inventors Competition

  • Application Deadline: 6/14/2020
  • Amount: $100,000
  • The Collegiate Inventors Competition, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Invent Now, is a national competition that recognizes and rewards innovations, discoveries, and research by college and university students and their faculty advisers. Students frequently come from science, engineering, mathematics, and technology studies, but creative invention can emerge from any course [...] More

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/7/2021
  • Amount: $30,000
  • The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards students who are a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree. "Junior" refers to a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree the following year or is in their third year of collegiate study expects to graduate during the same year. They [...] More

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship For New Americans

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans are for up to two years graduate study in the professions and academic disciplines at any institution of higher learning in the United States. The prestigious Fellowships are funded by a trust established by Paul and Daisy Soros. In order to apply, you must be a New American who is 30 or younger as of the application deadline; must be a [...] More

The Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies

  • Application Deadline: 1/3/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies welcomes applications from Ph.D. and post-doc candidates from around the world for funding for the September through the following August academic year. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

The Thiel Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $100,000
  • Founded by technology entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel in 2011, the Thiel Fellowship is a two-year program for young people who want to build new things. Thiel Fellows skip or stop out of college to receive a $100,000 grant and support from the Thiel Foundation's network of founders, investors, and scientists. Between 20-30 Fellows are selected annually. You do not need a pitch deck to [...] More

U.S. Navy Loan Repayment Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $65,000
  • The Loan Repayment Program is one of several Navy enlistment education incentive programs designed to pay federally guaranteed student loans (up to $65,000) through three annual payments during a Sailor's first three years of service.
    The loan must be entered into before going joining the military. This program is currently only available to eligible personnel in the delayed entry program who [...] More

VFW Voice of Democracy Competition

  • Application Deadline: 10/31/2020
  • Amount: $30,000
  • The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or [...] More

Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2021
  • Amount: $24,000
  • In 1988, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program as a means of recognizing the contributions of the former executive director through encouraging excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete annually will be awarded a postgraduate scholarship in recognition of [...] More

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $32,000
  • The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals, with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Pennsylvania. The Fellowship has also prepared over a thousand teachers in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, [...] More

Zonta Club of Madison Young Women in Public Affairs Award

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2020
  • Amount: $40,000
  • The Young Women in Public Affairs Program is a monetary award program that encourages young college bound women to participate in public and political life. Award levels are $500 local, $1,000 district and $4,000 international.
    Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women. The awards [...] More

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