Online Scholarships

Isn’t the Internet great? It’s truly one of the most versatile inventions in history, capable of assisting the average person with virtually any task. In a typical evening, you can search for apartments, buy virtually anything, catch up on an entire season of your favorite TV show, play tons of addictive games, upload and caption pictures of your cats, and chat for free with friends across the globe, all without leaving your desk. In addition to communicating, shopping, and being entertained, you can also work, attend college, and even find ways to pay for school online.

Online scholarship opportunities are abundant, as are online scholarship searches. There are even scholarship programs specifically for students who also attend class online. Technological advances and marked increases in access to the Internet have revolutionized the scholarship world, allowing all kinds of college students and college-bound students more access to money for college than ever before. Of course, in addition to offering a host of scholarship information, application, and awards, the online world can also propagate scholarship myths and scams.

Avoiding Scams

So how can you tell what scholarship information is legitimate and what isn’t? Read up on the telltale signs of scholarship scams, search only through free and reputable scholarship websites, and when in doubt, research the company offering the scholarship or search service. Look for Better Business Bureau complaints and ties to known or suspected scammers. Check out their privacy policies and professional affiliations, as well. There are definitely sources of valuable scholarship information online, but if someone’s offering you something that sounds entirely too good to be true or trying to charge you a fee to access information, be wary.

Additionally, if a scholarship provider is offering you a small award for a fee, asking for credit card or banking information, guaranteeing you’ll win, or otherwise sounding less than legitimate, watch out. Do your research and make sure that the scholarships you’re spending time on are offered by real organizations with real intentions of helping real students attend college. One quick and easy way to protect yourself from scholarship scams is to use a free scholarship search, like the one provided by, that reviews each award listed in its database to make sure users don’t get scammed.

Applying Online

So you’ve discovered that in addition to finding scholarships online, you can also apply for scholarships without wasting paper or stamps. Being able to type and electronically submit your application increases convenience and cuts down on the possibility of error, provided you take a few basic steps to ensure that your scholarship application process goes smoothly.

While some online scholarship applications allow you to save your work and come back to it later, this is not the case with every form. So before beginning the application, spend some time getting organized and making sure you have everything you’ll need to submit written out and saved on your computer, especially if the scholarship provider requires an essay. That way you can take your time to review your online scholarship application before you submit it, without having to worry about losing all your progress if the application page times out or your connection drops while you’re in the middle of applying. Then, when you have everything ready, you’ll just need to upload your saved work, e-mail it as an attachment, or copy and paste it into the appropriate forms as instructed by the scholarship provider.

To increase your chances of winning scholarships, it’s also good to run all application materials through a spellchecker (and by at least one other human being, as well) before you hit the submit button. That way you can avoid embarrassing typos or other mistakes likely to dissuade scholarship reviewers from awarding you any scholarship money. When you have access to numerous free spellchecking tools, dictionaries, thesauruses, and guides to modern English grammar at your fingertips, there’s no excuse for obvious errors in a scholarship application. Even when penmanship isn’t a factor, sloppy writing and poor formatting can still disqualify you from a scholarship competition.

Getting More Information

To start finding online scholarships, conduct a free college scholarship search on Also be sure to check out the fourteen $1000 Area of Study College Scholarships offered by, all of which are available online. Scholarships, grants, and other financial aid can all be found online if you know where and how to look. Check out our other college resources for more information on how to create success by finding online scholarships and other financial aid for college.

$1,000 College JumpStart Scholarship
Application Deadlines: October 17, Annually
The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition that is open to 10th, 11th and 12th graders and college students and non-traditional students. The goal is to recognize students who are committed to using education to better their life and that of their family and/or community.

Applicants must be high school sophomores, juniors or seniors or adult students. Applicants [...] More

AACE International Competitive Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 07, Annually
AACE International offers competitive and matching funds scholarships to US, Canadian, and International students pursuing a program related to cost engineering/cost management. The competitive scholarships are awarded by the AACE International Education Board. AACE International Sections may also offer scholarships through the matching funds scholarship program. Applications received for the [...] More

Adobe Research Women in Technology Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 31, Annually
Here at Adobe Research we create innovative technologies for our software products to better serve consumers, creative professionals, developers, and enterprises. We bring together the smartest, most driven people we can find, and we give them the freedom to nurture their intellectual curiosity, while providing them the necessary resources and support to shape their ideas into tangible results.
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Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology School Scholarship
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Alice Madden Barton was the mother of Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen and Great Clips Chairman Ray Barton. In her honor, Great Clips has established the Great Scholarship Program to give to individuals who exhibit her qualities of determination, care and integrity. Current students, high school students and anyone interested in cosmetology or barbering as a career can apply for a scholarship through [...] More

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give the opportunity to work closely with [...] More

Army ROTC Green to Gold Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Green to Gold Scholarship Option winners receive:
-Tuition or room and board support
-Additional money for textbooks, supplies, and equipment
-A monthly stipend for up to 10 months each school year that increases each year based on your Military Science Class
-Pay for attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) between the junior and senior years of college
-If qualified, [...] More

Augustana College Transfer Scholarships
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The scholarship program at Augustana is made possible by the generous support from alumni, special friends of the University, corporations, and foundations. Through their dedication and generosity, students are realizing their dreams of a liberal arts education.

To be considered for scholarships at Augustana based on academic performance and/or talent requires a completed Application for [...] More

Biotech ThirdBio's Jam Scholarship
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The purpose of the Jeff & Jack Morhet Scholarship Fund (JAM) is to provide scholarships for students majoring in Bio Sciences or related fields and attending an Arizona University.

-Be attending a college or university as an undergraduate as of September 1 of the school year for which the scholarship award is to be made.
-Applicants must be attending a college or university in [...] More

Bright Futures Scholarship for Early Childhood Teachers
Application Deadlines: June 10, Annually
Our Bright Future's Scholarship Program supports the field of early childhood education by offering financial assistance for future teachers. We believe the profession of early childhood education deserves more respect and support. It is our hope that this program will be a way to encourage students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of caring and teaching young children.

We [...] More

Confucius Institute Scholarship Program
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The Confucius Institute Scholarship Program is provided by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. This program is open to international students and Chinese language teachers to further their studies in China. The applications will be accepted each year from February through May.

The program will offer financial support for students in the following academic areas:
-Teaching Chinese to [...] More

Eagle Scout Scholarship - Northern Star Council
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Northern Star Council Eagle Scout Scholarship Application consists of both an online application and supplemental hard copy information. Graduating senior Eagles may apply for over thirty council scholarships.

-Applicant is currently registered with Northern Star Council, BSA
-The Scout must complete all application elements (Online information, Eligibility Statement, and [...] More

ECS Biannual Meeting Travel Grants
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Many ECS divisions and sections offer travel grants to undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and young professionals & faculty presenting papers at ECS biannual meetings. Applications must be received no later than submission deadlines. Divisions/Sections may have additional application requirements. Please review the additional requirements for each division/section prior [...] More

Firefighter/EMS Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 05, Annually

Congratulations on your interest in applying for the Margate-Coconut Creek Firefighters Benevolent Scholarship, focused on improving the fire service through the perpetuation of study in the areas of fire science and emergency medical services.

The Margate-Coconut Creek Firefighters Benevolent Scholarship is awarded twice a year to individuals looking for a career as a Firefighter, [...] More

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
Application Deadlines: December 06, Annually
At Google, we believe information should be universally accessible. Our education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. As part of our commitment, we've partnered with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities while [...] More

Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship
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Mission: We’re here to ensure that low-income students who have demonstrated the values of leadership, community, accountability, and relentlessness in high school continue to thrive during college and beyond. Our support helps our Scholars be catalysts for permanent change - successfully navigating the college experience, excelling as leaders on campus and off, and becoming outstanding [...] More

HEEF Architecture and Engineering Scholarships
Application Deadlines: January 19, Annually
HEEF scholarships are based on a combination of low-income family background, academic achievement, and involvement in extracurricular activities, community volunteer work, church service or work-employment. Graduating high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who have been accepted into an accredited four- or five-year program in architecture or engineering may apply. Second-year community [...] More

HEEF Arts Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 19, Annually
Students must enroll in a four-year college and major in: art, dance, drama, music, performance art, video, visual arts, new media or related major. May be renewable based on available funding.

-Latino/a who has lived in Orange County (OC), CA for the past six (6) years
-An OC public or private high school graduate who enrolls full-time at a four-year college or an OC community [...] More

HEEF Mike Corona Foundation Law Enforcement Scholarships
Application Deadlines: January 19, Annually
HEEF scholarships are based on a combination of low-income family background, academic achievement, and involvement in extracurricular activities, community volunteer work, church service or work-employment. The HEEF Mike Corona Foundation Law Enforcement Scholarships are intended to provide support for graduating Orange County high school seniors or transfer students interested in pursuing a [...] More

Jain Foundation LGMD Awareness Merit-Based Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 25, Annually
The LGMD Awareness Scholarship was designed to reward students who teach others about Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies, often referred to as LGMDs.

The Jain Foundation is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to cure muscular dystrophies caused by dysferlin protein deficiency, which includes the clinical presentations Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2B (LGMD2B) and Miyoshi muscular [...] More

Jain Foundation Social Media Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 25, Annually
The LGMD Awareness Scholarship was designed to spread awareness of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies, collectively known as LGMDs. To apply, follow the instructions and submit a post to spread disease awareness.

How to apply:
-Write a post on the Jain Foundation Facebook Scholarship tab or fill out the form above to teach your friends about LGMDs that includes one LGMD fact of your choice. [...] More

Janet Logan Daily Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Offered exclusively to New Jersey graduating high school seniors, the Janet Logan Daily Foundation Scholarship recognizes students from varying academic backgrounds who have routinely demonstrated maturity and integrity within and beyond the classroom.

-Must be a graduating high school senior from New Jersey enrolling full-time in an accredited university or college within the [...] More

Kappa Kappa Gamma Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Every Kappa sister should have the opportunity to complete her education. That is the philosophy behind the scholarship efforts of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.

Most scholarships are available to all applicants. Some do have restrictions or preferences as requested by donors. Applicants will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.

Scholarship details: [...] More

Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 08, Annually
This scholarship, in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America's foremost invertebrate zoologists, provides assistance to students to take courses or to carry on research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater or terrestrial field station.

The Hyman Scholarship is intended to help support a first meaningful field station experience for a 1st or 2nd year graduate student or an advanced [...] More

Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship
Application Deadlines: October 19, Annually
The Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award was designed to encourage graduate students to pursue crystallographically-oriented research. To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program with a major interest in crystallography.

Submission materials:
-Curriculum vitae
-A one-page summary describing the type of crystallographic research being pursued
-Expected date [...] More

Prospective Educator Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The PDK Educational Foundation awards more than 30 scholarships each year to prospective educators who have a connection to PDK by having a family member or teacher who is a PDK member, or through membership in Educators Rising. All scholarships are available under a single application.

Individuals who meet one of the following criteria may apply directly to PDK International through the [...] More

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Application Deadlines: November 08, Annually
Te Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

The Spirit [...] More

Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 19, Annually
The Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship Fund, Inc. was established in 1997. It was originally funded by a donation from Carolyn Jalbert in memory of her partner, Donna Tennant, one of the founding members of RBPA. Today we fund the annual scholarships from generous donations made by RBPA members, sponsorships, contributors in the community throughout the year, and through our [...] More

Raytheon Patriot Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 04, Annually
Student Veterans of America and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems have partnered to provide a scholarship to veterans pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited four-year college or university. The Raytheon Patriot Scholarship will support U.S Army student veterans. This partnership will enable returning soldiers to pursue their education goals and position them for success [...] More

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, Inc.
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With education costs spiraling ever higher, a college education is beyond the financial reach of many outstanding students. The RMHC Scholarship Program opens the door to higher education for graduating high school seniors who face limited access to educational and career opportunities.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, Inc., (RMHC-NEO) will award 60 scholarships for [...] More

Sachs Foundation Morris A. Esmiol, Jr. Scholarship in Engineering at UCCS
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
To apply for a Morris A. Esmiol, Jr. Scholarship, you must meet the following requirements and submit the following with your online application:

-Be African American (Applicants with mixed racial and ethnic backgrounds must demonstrate their racial identity to be predominantly Black/African-American. The Trustees will interview and make a determination as to the qualification in those cases [...] More

Sachs Foundation University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
To apply for the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Scholarship you must meet the general requirements of the scholarship, and include the following with your online application:
-A copy of your undergraduate grade transcript and if your current transcript if attending CU Dental School
-One current letter of recommendation from persons not related to you
-A recent small [...] More

SILA Post Secondary College Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
The Securities and Insurance Licensing Association Foundation, Inc. (SILA Foundation) is proud to announce the availability of ten (10) $2,500 scholarships for use at an accredited post-secondary college or university.

-Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
-Be enrolled in one of the following disciplines:
1. Insurance Studies
2. Finance or Accounting
3. Business [...] More

Southern Scholarship Foundation
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SSF is a rent-free housing scholarship foundation that helps deserving young people who lack financial resources but demonstrate excellent academic merit and good character attend institutions of higher education.

-Demonstrate financial need
-Minimum 3.0 GPA
-Has good character
-Has motivation to succeed
-Accepted to one of the participating schools
-Submit an online [...] More

SSWA Outstanding Service Award
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Outstanding Service Award will recognize students at Washington Campus Compact member institutions who are engaged in current service projects addressing critical issues.

Student service leaders submit an online application form consisting of project details, stories, photos, and videos. Students are encouraged to utilize social media to promote and highlight their work. In addition to the [...] More

The International Student Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 30, Annually
The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students studying outside of their home country with their educational expenses. American students studying abroad and international students studying in the U.S. are eligible. Complete the online application and produce a 500-word essay on what your life's goals are and how this scholarship will assist you in attaining them.

-Have [...] More

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The Cal Aggie Alumni Association has been giving out scholarships to UC Davis students since 1934. Alumni from each of 28 regions review the scholarship essays, interview candidates and select the finalists. Each year, CAAA awards over $60,000 to students in each of these regions.

Currently, scholarship awards are between $1,000-$4,000 and are not renewable. Students selected as the top [...] More

The Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens. All applications must include the following items, without exception:
-Completed online application including all sections of the essay
-Official transcripts
-Two [...] More

The Kress Foundation Conservation Fellowships
Application Deadlines: January 22, Annually
The purpose of the Kress Conservation Fellowship program is to provide a wide range of post-graduate fellowship opportunities that will help develop the skills of emerging conservators. At the crossroads of science and art, the fields of conservation and technical art history demand a complex knowledge of chemistry and materials and an extraordinary sensitivity to artistic intent, as well as [...] More

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens. All applications must include the following items, without exception:
-Completed online application including all sections of the essay
-Official transcripts
-Two [...] More

The R.L. Gillette Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens. All applications must include the following items, without exception:
-Completed online application including all sections of the essay
-Official transcripts
-Two [...] More

The Rhode Island Foundation Scholarships
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The Foundation manages over 150 scholarship funds to help Rhode Island students get an education. Many of the scholarships managed by the Foundation are administered by designated schools and organizations. Our scholarships offer assistance to students at a variety of levels, middle school to post-graduate, for scholars across Rhode Island.

For other scholarships/fellowships, the Foundation [...] More

The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens. All applications must include the following items, without exception:
-Completed online application including all sections of the essay
-Official transcripts
-Two [...] More

Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 14, Annually
RJT Criminal Defense is offering two educational scholarships annually to United States veterans with PTSD. Each of the scholarships is in the amount of $1,000, the funds to be paid for tuition for secondary education, college (or community college), or trade school. Applicants need not currently be students in order to qualify for an award. Within one year from the date of their award, the [...] More

Young Patriots Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: January 03, Annually
The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively engage with public policy and current events through the art of writing. We assign a controversial topic each year, and three winners are chosen to receive a scholarship out of hundreds of essay submissions.

Topic: "Are international free trade agreements in the best interest of the United [...] More

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