Scholarships for Women

Where it was once rare to see women in higher education, there are currently more women than men attending college. Despite the progress, there are still inequalities between genders. On average, most women earn less than men and occupy a smaller percentage of high-paying jobs than men. While the majority of enrolled students are women, organizations are still seeking to close the gap in gender inequity through academic scholarships. Scholarships are great motivators in seeking higher career opportunities, or following academic endeavors without taking many student loans.

Female-based scholarships have a specific goal in mind, whether it is placing females in leadership positions, doctoral programs, or male-dominated industries and companies. Many scholarships for women are intended to encourage female students to not only attend college, but to succeed thereafter. A number of scholarships for women award students who demonstrate leadership abilities or entrepreneurial spirit prior to attending college. Others reward women who have been out of school and are now planning to return. Similarly, scholarship opportunities encourage women excelling as undergraduate students to consider graduate work, professorships, and other highly-skilled positions. Many scholarships encourage women to seek fields such as math, science, and technology, which house a very small percentage of female workers. For example, several scholarships exist to entice women into careers such as engineering and business. Specific companies such as IBM and Microsoft also offer scholarships for women to encourage recipients for post-graduation application.

Check out the scholarships and fellowships listed below for award options you may be eligible for. For additional information about scholarships, grants, internships and fellowships that cater to women, try conducting a free scholarship search.

AAUW Lew Williams Scholarship and Leila Sulkes Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 31, Annually
The Freehold Branch of AAUW will award two $2,000 scholarships - the Lew Williams Scholarship and the Leila Sulkes Scholarship - for the upcoming academic year. To be eligible for this award, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Female 25 years of age or older - Resides in one of the following communities: Colts Neck, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, [...] More

ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women
Application Deadlines: May 10, Annually
The ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women is exclusively for female students who are members of a parish of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America.The ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women was offered for the first time in 1994. Two scholarships, each for $1000.00, will be awarded to selected students who have successfully completed their first year of an undergraduate program. [...] More

Association for Women in Communications Scholarship - Springfield, IL Chapter
Application Deadlines: March 29, Annually
The Association for Women in Communications (AWC), Springfield (IL) Chapter, seeks promising communications students for its annual scholarship award. The $1,000 scholarship is made possible by an initial grant from the Sara Lee Corp., and is maintained by the Springfield Chapter. The award symbolizes the commitment of the chapter to education and continuing high professional standards for the [...] More

Caitlin Brondolo Charitable Foundation Golf Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
A charitable Foundation has been established to honor the memory of Caitlin Brondolo. Caitlin lost her life tragically at the age of 12, on May 31, 2009. Caitlin had a passion for golf, and always strived for academic excellence. Caitlin started playing competitive golf at age eight and hoped one day to play collegiate golf. The objective of the Caitling Brondolo Foundation Scholarship is to [...] More

Camden County American Association of University Women
Application Deadlines: July 31, Annually
The Camden County Branch of the American Association of University Women is offering scholarships to women who: - have completed at least one year of post-secondary (high school) work - are currently enrolled in a program - are residents of Camden or Burlington counties in New Jersey Primary consideration is given to students who have returned to school after a break in their education. All [...] More

Capture the Dream, Inc.'s Single Parent Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 30, Annually
In hopes of encouraging single California parents to pursue higher education, Capture the Dream, Inc. ("CTD") announced the introduction of its Single Parent Scholarship Fund offering college-bound students with a $1,000 scholarship to support their goal of obtaining a four-year degree. Low-income, single parents who are Bay Area residents and will be enrolled full or part-time at a two- or [...] 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 years [...] More

Central California Asian Pacific Women Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
Central California Asian Pacific Women announces scholarships are available for the coming academic year. The purpose of the scholarship awards is to provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander women residing in Fresno County. The selection criteria include academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and financial need. Applicants may be entering, continuing undergraduate or [...] More

Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT) Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 20, Annually
CWIT is offering two $3,000 scholarships for students currently attending colleges/universities and two $1,500 scholarships for high school seniors accepted to attend colleges/universities. All students (females and males) who demonstrate a serious interest in pursuing a higher education degree specific to international trade or a related course of study are eligible to apply. Applicants must [...] More

ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
In 2007, the ESA Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009, we extended this opportunity to graduating high school seniors and doubled the amount of awards granted from 15 to 30. The scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges [...] More

Fellowship on Women and Public Policy
Application Deadlines: September 01, Annually
The Fellowship on Women & Public Policy is a premiere, intensive leadership development, skill building and educational program designed to encourage highly qualified graduate and post graduate women to pursue careers in public policy. More than 300 women have now completed the program and form an extensive alumni network that stretches across New York State, the United States and around the [...] More

Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship in Statistics for Women
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The American Statistical Association Committee on Women in Statistics and the Caucus for Women in Statistics sponsor the Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship, which was established in 1989 to encourage more women to enter statistically-oriented professions. Application is limited to women who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada, and who are admitted to full-time study in a [...] More

Girls Impact the World Film Festival Green IS Award
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Do you know a Girl Greening Up the World? The Ian Somerhalder (IS) Foundation & Girls Impact the World have partnered to present the inaugural GITW/Green IS Award! Students submit your 3–5 minute film on environmental issues that either: 1. Propose solutions to environmental issues that impact women and girls - OR - 2. Create awareness about environmental issues that impact women and [...] More

Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
The Girls Impact the World Film Festival, presented by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) and Connecther, is a film festival and scholarship program in which high school and undergraduate college students submit 3-5 minute short films that focus on a variety of global women's issues, including maternal health, microfinance initiatives, child-marriage, sex-trafficking, [...] More

Ladies of the Podium Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Ladies of the Podium scholarships are endowed for the Women Band Directors International by Betty Jo and Kathy Schmidt. Women who are studying band music education at the undergrad or graduate level are encouraged to apply for one of four $500 scholarships. Scholarship deadline is December 1st of each year. Recipients will be notified by January 15th. Scholarships are possibly renewable, [...] More

Laurels Fund Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Laurels Fund was established in 1978 for the purpose of providing scholarships to female students who are pursuing advanced degrees in accounting. Scholarships may be awarded up to $5,000 to deserving Ph.D. students who have completed comprehensive exams prior to the previous fall semester. The selection of award recipients is based on: - Scholarship, involving academic achievements in [...] More

Lex Mathews Scholarships for Women
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The Diocesan ECW administers and helps finance the Lex Mathews Scholarship Program, begun more than two decades ago by family and friends of the Rev. Lex Mathews. It is geared toward women of the diocese, age 23 and older, seeking either specialized training in vocational or technical skills, a degree or certification below the masters or doctorate level, or continuing education courses for [...] More

M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics consists of an award of up to $45,000 to enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers for family reasons. The applicant must currently be a legal resident or resident alien of the United States or Canada. She must be currently in Canada or the United States and must have an affiliation with [...] More

Nashville Athena Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students
Application Deadlines: March 27, Annually
Since 1991, the ATHENA Award and Scholarship Program has been honoring outstanding women of Nashville for their skills in business, leadership and service to their community. The ATHENA Awards for Non-Traditional Students are given to enable the recipient to continue her education to pursue her career ambition. Awards are given to women who reside in Davidson, Wilson, Williamson, Robertson, [...] More

Nashville ATHENA Scholarships for Traditional Students
Application Deadlines: December 06, Annually
The purpose of the Nashville ATHENA Scholarships for Traditional Students is to enable the recipient to continue her education to pursue her career ambition. Two scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who live in or attend schools located in Davidson and contiguous counties. The winning award will be for $5,000, with the runners-up receiving $2,500. Scholarship recipients will be [...] More

National Hispanic Business Women Association Educational Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA) is a non-profit organization in Orange County, California established in 1997. NHBWA’s purpose is to empower and encourage women and business owners to develop and increase their business through educational seminars and speakers, by offering mutual support, the sharing of information, business referrals and networking. We are committed to [...] More

Ohio University Women's Club Freshman Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The Ohio University Women's Club Freshman Scholarship is for a female high school senior entering Ohio University as a freshman in the fall. Scholarship applicants must also be from a high school in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area. This scholarship ranges up to full tuition value. Since 1951, more than 100 such scholarships have been awarded to OU-bound women! In order to be eligible for this [...] More

Southern Automotive Womens Forum Scholarship
Application Deadlines:
The SAWF Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to an accredited two-year technical/career program, four-year undergraduate program, or graduate program in preparation for or in furtherance of a career in the automotive industry. The amount of each scholarship is dependent upon the number of applicants and generally ranges from $500 to $2,500 each. Scholarships are [...] More

SWE Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 17, Annually
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to ABET/CSAB accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. Grants are announced in the summer (sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students) and late summer/early fall (freshmen and reentry students) for use during the following [...] More

Technical Womens Organization Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 23, Annually
In keeping with Technical Women’s Organization (TWO) national goals, TWO, an Employee Association(EA)of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),encourages studies that will advance or enhance an individual’s career within a technical field. TWO offers five scholarships every year to individuals who are in or are pursuing a technical career. Four of these scholarships go to those within the [...] More

The Dinah Shore Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Dinah Shore Scholarship was established in 1994 by The LPGA Foundation to honor the late Dinah Shore, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, a Hollywood entertainer, and an honorary member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. The Dinah Shore Scholarship is granted annually to a female high school senior who played golf during high school and is pursuing a college education, but will not be playing on [...] More

The Marilynn Smith Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Marilynn Smith Scholarship is granted annually through The LPGA Foundation and the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund. Established in 1999 by Marilynn with the proceeds of a golf tournament she organized, the objective of the Marilynn Smith Scholarship is to provide a scholarship to a female high school senior who has played golf in high school or in her community, and is planning to play golf [...] More

The Woman's Century Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 30, Annually
The Woman’s Century Club is a social club for women. We connect Seattle-area women interested in women's history, and seek to honor the graces of the past while investing in the young women of the future. The club was founded in Seattle in 1891 by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt and other female path-breakers, including Seattle's first woman superintendent of schools and the first woman to [...] More

USBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award annually recognizes star qualities in a female USBC Youth member who competes in the sport of bowling. Star qualities include distinguished certified bowling performances on the local, state and national level, academic achievement and extra-curricular activities. The award winner will receive a $6,000 scholarship. This scholarship will be formally [...] More

VIP Women In Technology Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 10, Annually
Applications are now being accepted for the Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) Women In Technology Scholarship WITS) program. As in past years, WITS will support promising women who are enrolled at, or are accepted into, a two or four year college or university in the United States for the current school year. WITS will offer multiple scholarship awards with values up to $2,500 per [...] More

Wilmington Women in Business Fresh Start Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, was established by the Wilmington Women in Business in 1996 to provide financial incentive and mentoring assistance to a woman returning to school to improve her life and opportunities. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, disability, or national origin. Candidates must: - Be female. - Be a U.S. [...] More

WJA Womens Jewelry Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
To empower both its female members and students in the jewelry, watch and related industries, the Women's Jewelry Association offers two types of educational financial aid, student scholarship and member grants. Student scholarships, in varying amounts starting at $500 and as high as $7,000, are available to female students (including WJA members) who are enrolled in fine jewelry and watch [...] More

Women in Marketing Scholarship
Application Deadlines: October 31, Annually
Blue Soda Promo is an eCommerce promotional products company based out of the Chicagoland area. We specialize in branded merchandise, imprinting school and company logos onto our selection of promotional items. BSP also is a full scaled marketing firm gears to help small business to Fortune 500 companies with their promotional needs. As a certified WBENC (Women's Business Enterprise) member, [...] More

Women's Re-Entry Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Women's Re-Entry Scholarship is awarded by the Poway-Penasquitos Branch of the American Association of University Women and is intended for a woman who is returning to school of higher education to complete her education. To be eligible for this award, applicant must meet the following criteria: - Female high school graduate without a bachelor’s degree - Re-entry student who has not [...] More

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