It wasn't always easy to find scholarships for women, but today there are many sources for free financial aid for women who want to pursue higher education. In fact, currently there are more women than men attending college and opportunities abound for women across many schools and majors. Most noteably, there are some fields where women are considered to be underrepresented - such as in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. If you happen to be a woman who excels at and is interested in a scientific major or concentration, this could be a great opportunity for you as technical schools work to get more female students on campus and in their labs. Additionally, there are many philanthropic organizations who are specifically targeting this demographic and offer scholarships for women aspiring to careers in engineering, computer science and many other similar fields.
Many scholarships are created with a specific purpose - whether it is placing females in science programs, leadership positions or advanced degree programs. Many scholarships are intended to encourage female students to not only attend college, but to succeed thereafter. A number of them 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 try their hand at what might be considered "counter-culture" 50 or 60 years ago when many women didn't even pursue higher education, much less become doctors and engineers.
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.
The 1,000 Dreams Scholarship provides one-time educational assistance for currently enrolled high school or college-aged women of up to $1,000. This scholarship is not for tuition, but rather expenses beyond the classroom and can include assistance for needs including but not exclusive to: educational conferences, instructional programs related to creative or artistic pursuits, graduate exam [...] More
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the [...] More
To support the continuation of fellows' work after they return home, AAUW awards AAUW International Project Grants that benefit women and girls in the fellow's home country. The applicant must have successfully completed an AAUW International Fellowship, all reporting requirements for the fellowship, and the academic program for which they received the fellowship by June 30 and be a citizen of a [...] More
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. In order to apply, you must be a female at least 25 years of age; reside in one of the following communities: Colts Neck, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell, Manalapan, Marlboro, Morganville; and have a [...] More
The American Association of University Women - Reading PA Branch has established a Graduate Scholarship Fund to annually award scholarships of up to $2,000 to Berks County women who are pursuing full or part-time graduate study. Candidates must be Berks County natives or residents. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
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 a school of higher education to complete her education. Applicants must be female, high school grads or GED recipient 23 years of age or older without a bachelor's or advanced degree. Must live or attend a school in north San [...] More
The Rae Lee Siporin Scholarship for Women will make awards to those women who are continuing or returning to college/university for their first undergraduate degree and need financial assistance for their senior year of school. Applicants must have completed their freshmen, sophomore, and junior years of college and will attend a New Mexico college/university for a minimum of one semester during [...] More
The objective of the Alabama Golf Association Women's Scholarship Fund is to grant scholarships to deserving young women from the State of Alabama who have an interest in golf and are pursuing a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university within the State of Alabama. This is an academic scholarship and not based on athletic ability.
In order to be eligible for the Alumnae Panhellenic Association of Washington DC Scholarship, the applicant must be a member in good standing of a fully participating sorority of the National Panhellenic Conference; a rising sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in the fall; and from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area or attending school in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. For [...] More
We are offering this scholarship in memory of Amber Huber, who was diagnosed with an atypical T-cell Lymphoma in March of 2003.She went through intensive chemotherapy at the University of Iowa Medical Center. While there she won the hearts of the staff with her positive attitude. Amber passed away on September 4th, 2003.
Applicant must be a graduating senior female from Byron High School who [...] More
The Haffizulla Family Scholarship Fund was founded by former AMWA President Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla. This scholarship is meant to perpetuate the involvement of young leaders in disease prevention and national health and wellness. A maximum of two scholarships each in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded by Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla or her designee during the annual AMWA awards luncheon held at the [...] More
National AMWA is partnered with Kaplan to provide scholarships for Kaplan Medical Test Prep. Each scholarship can be used towards Kaplan Test Prep for the USMLE or COMLEX exams. Awardees must be national AMWA members and will be chosen based on the embodiment of the goals of AMWA. Financial need, though not a requirement, is also considered. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More
A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Anna B. Spangler by five of her nieces. The proceeds from the endowed scholarship fund will create a scholarship for upper-level, preferably female, student pursuing a four-year degree in the Business curriculum. The recipient of this scholarship must be a resident of the state of North Dakota. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More
The Arizona Business and Professional Women's Foundation promotes the advancement of Arizona's working women through scholarships, research, and education. Scholarships are awarded to women 21 years or older who are attending a community college in Arizona to acquire better job opportunities or to advance their current careers. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required. For fall semester opportunities, [...] More
Scholarships are at the root of our purpose in Automotive Women's Alliance Foundation (AWAF). As an active professional foundation dedicated to supporting the advancement of automotive professionals, AWAF strives to motivate current and future students studying an automotive-related field. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to apply. For additional information and to access the [...] More
Applicant must be a female graduating senior from Boone or Winnebago County who is planning to enter the teaching profession. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
To be eligible for the Betty Hansen National Scholarship, applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and be full-time students enrolled in, or entering an accredited four-year college/university as an undergraduate or graduate student. Must be a member of the Danish Sisterhood of America for a minimum of 12 months prior to the scholarship deadline. This scholarship may be used for study in Denmark upon [...] More
Due To the generosity of our CAP membership, CAP is able to offer flight scholarships to help cadets attain a private pilot's license. In order to apply, you must be a current female CAP cadet; must have earned the Wright Brothers Award (does not require the Billy Mitchell Award); you must be at least 15 years old by June 1 and you will be required to obtain a Third Class Medical Certificate to [...] More
If you are a female Colorado resident between the ages of 18-22, of Hispanic descent, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and are interested in scholarship money for the Colorado institution of higher learning of your choice; the CSF Fiesta Committee invites you to compete in the Colorado State Fair (CSF) Fiesta Pageant. The CSF Fiesta Committee will award a grand prize scholarship in the amount [...] More
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
This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has attained a minimum 2.0 GPA and is pursuing a program of study in a business-related field. Preference will be given to female students with dependent children. Students must show financial need. Along with the application, students must write a 500-word essay defining career and educational goals, and the benefits of a college education. For [...] More
Alta Associates is a premier executive recruitment firm specializing in Information Security, IT Audit, Risk Management and Privacy. In 2003, Alta Associates organized the first ever Executive Women's Forum on Information Security for leaders in information security, privacy and risk management, and it has been holding annual forums since that time. The EWF is a group of over 200 of the most [...] More
A scholarship with a minimum award of $500 per year. Funded by the children of Frances Dunn. Professors Antonen, Lee and Shirley have generously agreed to act as a screening committee to evaluate candidates for the scholarship. Awarded to a deserving non-trad single mother in the IS program (must be a sophomore, junior, or senior). Students who have earned at least a 2.5 GPA and who wish to [...] More
The FWSF Scholarship Fund provides graduate and undergraduate scholarships to San Francisco Bay Area women pursuing careers in finance and financial services. Beyond financial support, FWSF scholarship recipients have the opportunity to be mentored by FWSF members and attend career development and networking events.
Undergraduate scholarships are awarded to women who will be juniors or seniors [...] More
The Cox Scholarship, sponsored by the ASA Committee on Women in Statistics and Caucus for Women in Statistics, was established in 1989 to encourage more women to enter statistically oriented professions. Two scholarship recipients are selected each year: one woman in or entering the early stages of graduate training (MS or PhD) and one woman in a more advanced stage of training. Scholarship [...] More
Eligibility: Woman maintaining legal residence in Massachusetts for a minimum of 5 years. Applicant must submit a personal statement (500 words) addressing professional goals and financial needs. Must also provide reference letter from a college department chair or recent employer and have a personal interview (if selected as a finalist). For more information and to apply, please visit the [...] More
The Girls Impact the World Film Festival provides a powerful platform for young storytellers to highlight critical issues facing women and girls. Students submit original short (3-6-minute) films focused on issues such as girls’ education and advancement, ending violence against women, and poverty alleviation.
High school and undergraduate students aged 25 or under (all genders) are eligible [...] More
Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually, primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career. To be eligible for the Hackett Family Scholarship, students must be seniors at, or have graduated from any Grand Rapids public high school in Grand Rapids Michigan and will be an undergraduate student attending an accredited [...] More
Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career. To be eligible for the Lavina Laible Scholarship, applicants must be female students entering the third year or above of undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. Students must be Kent County residents, have [...] More
The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships are awarded to women studying business at the undergraduate level who have demonstrated outstanding potential in the field. Zonta International offers up to 32 scholarships of $2,000 each at the district/region level and 6 international scholarships in the amount of $8,000.
Applicants must be female students undertaking a business and/or [...] More
Each fall, Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who have a vision of how a college education will benefit themselves, their families and their communities. The scholarships are open to students pursuing technical or vocational education, an associate's degree or a first bachelor's degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or [...] More
The Judy Wendland-Young Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to women who are 35 years old or older, have been admitted to an accredited university offering bachelor's degrees located in the United States and have not previously attended college. Awards may only be granted towards the first year at the currently admitted university. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More
Women in Defense Michigan established the Junior Horizon Award in 2009 to encourage high school women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States.
Applicants Applicants must be a female, be a citizen of the United States, be a resident of Michigan, be a high school senior (grade 12) [...] More
The Foundation's scholarship program awards annual grants for the education of deserving female students with financial need at more than 200 accredited educational institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. In accordance with the will that established the Foundation, grantee institutions use Lettie Pate Whitehead [...] More
The Ventura County Chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction offers scholarships to students in our local educational institutions who may be interested in pursuing careers in the construction industry. Scholarships are available to all students, regardless of gender, in any area related to the construction industry. Scholarships have been awarded to students in architecture, [...] More
The Danish Sisterhood of America is very proud of its Scholarship and Grant Program. Our Scholarship and Grant Program is made possible through generous endowments and memorial funds and are being supplemented by donations from individual members, lodges, and districts of the Danish Sisterhood.
To be eligible for the Olga Christensen National Scholarship, applicants must have a 2.5 GPA on a [...] More
Awarded to a high school senior pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business management, farm & ranch management, livestock management or agricultural sales and marketing. Applicant must be female, live on family farm in the Continental United States and demonstrate an interest in managing a farm. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale required. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More
Women of an international background, including foreign students, immigrants, or first-generation Americans, who are first year entrants to a U.S. college or university program in the upcoming fall are eligible to apply for the Red Thread Fellowship Program. There are no GPA or U.S. residency requirements. We will select a short list of candidates to interview by phone. Interviews will be 30-45 [...] More
The Santa Rosa 99s Aviation Scholarship awards a local woman pilot who holds at least a current private license, a current medical and a current flight review. Applicants should be planning a career in any area of aviation, with flight training or education in mind and must reside within 150 miles of Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, CA. The minimum age required is 17 years old. For more [...] More
Since 2001, a major focus of SWE-LV has been to distribute scholarships for high school senior women who intend to major in engineering at their respective college or university. Scholarship funds are provided by area businesses and all of the work for administration of the program is provided by SWE volunteers. Evaluation is based on academic achievement, extracurricular and leadership [...] More
Women who are returning to school to pursue a career in engineering might be able to receive a scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). They offer various scholarships for women with two just for non-traditional students who are returning to college after at least two years of being out of school and the workforce. To qualify, women must be working toward a degree in engineering and [...] More
SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States. For a complete list of scholarship for sophomore-graduate students, please visit the host website.
Scholarship is open to women only, enrolled in or accepted for a baccalaureate or graduate [...] More
Dr. Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Recipients of The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship will each receive a $10,000 award for the upcoming academic year. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the [...] More
Ingeborg Haseltine made a gift from her estate to establish a permanent scholarship fund to support the education of women pursuing a career in the ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister. Priority is given those grantees that have [...] More
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 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 course work and [...] More
This program was established in 2007 through a generous gift from Marie A. Calderilla who believed deeply in the importance of education. The purpose of this scholarship is to enable women to pursue courses of study that they would otherwise be unable to follow due to limited financial means. The selection committee looks for academic promise, women who have demonstrated that they are committed [...] More
The Woman's Century Club connects Seattle-area women interested in learning about women's history, and provides a place of connection and inspiration for women of all generations and walks of life. We seek to honor the graces of the past while investing in the young women of the future. Each year we award a scholarship, as well as a one-year membership in the club, to an outstanding student who [...] More
The Thomas D. Urmston scholarship was established to provide scholarships to female students who are graduating high school seniors attending Harrison County High School who demonstrate significant financial need and have a cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to first-generation college students. This is a non-renewable scholarship and the award amount varies each year. For more [...] More
Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for college, or those pursuing a technical career.
To be eligible for the U-M Alumnae Club (University of Michigan) Scholarships, students must be female undergraduates or graduate level students entering their 2nd year or above at the University of Michigan, with a permanent [...] More
This award is intended for Jefferson County women who have begun but not completed their university education. Applicants must be attending accredited four-year college/university or graduate school. Payment of the award will be made to your college after you enroll. If you have not enrolled by the second term of the school year, the scholarship will be void. You must have been a resident of East [...] More
Our merit-based scholarships are awarded twice per year to support and encourage women studying International Trade and Global Development. Applicants must identify as female and be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university or college, either full-time or part-time. Applicants must be Juniors or Seniors in undergraduate or enrolled in graduate studies. Awards ($1,500) will be based [...] More
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. Candidates must be a female U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident. Be at least 20 years of age and have a high school diploma or G.E.D. Have had at [...] More
WOS Primary Provider scholarships are available to women who are the sole or primary providers of their household. Recipients of this scholarship will receive funding from Women of the South towards obtaining an associate degree from Oklahoma City Community College. Applicants must have a family income level that falls within participating ranges. A minimum 2.5 GPA is also required. For more [...] More
WomenLead recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits, and public service and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of diverse women of faith to lead change by using their talents to educate, advocate, and activate. Two educational scholarships in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded annually to women of Christian faith seeking a graduate degree that will prepare [...] More
Women's Overseas Service League scholarship assistance may be granted to women who are committed to advancement in military or other public service careers, have demonstrated such commitment through life experiences and have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester or 18 quarter hours of study in any institution of higher education in a program leading to an academic degree, associate [...] More
WTS fosters the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging new professionals and students to pursue careers in transportation. One way it does this is by awarding a scholarship to high school girls interested in the field of transportation engineering, planning, or design. The WTS Minnesota High School Scholarship is $1,000. Applicant must be a high school senior [...] More
The Zonta Club of Washington, D.C. Undergraduate Scholarship program was established to support women of any age pursuing a bachelor's degree in areas such as but not limited to business, engineering, healthcare, education, technology, mathematics, or the sciences (social or general). Scholarship awards are given annually.
Applicant must be a female student with a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrated [...] More
Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs [...] More
A Wiccan Professor at St. Bonaventure sued the university and her alma mater for discrimination, alleging that she was not allowed to advance in her career because she is a woman and a witch. The reported discrimination began around Halloween in 2011, after she was asked to conduct an interview about her Wiccan beliefs with the university's student TV station, SBU-TV. [...]
In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month this June, Scholarships.com is recognizing the success of, and providing financial aid resources to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer community and its allies through featured LGBTQ scholarships. These colorful LGBTQ scholarships are not only intended for those who identify as LBTQ or are questioning, but are available to LGBTQ parents and allies, as well. Below is a preview of LGBTQ scholarships that were created to provide economic mobility and equality for LGBTQ students and allies who may face unique challenges on their educational journeys. For even more LGBTQ scholarships, Parent LGBTQ scholarships or LGBTQ Ally scholarships, visit here. [...]
We're bringing the heat with these fiery summer scholarships for which you can apply this summer break. While scholarships are offered year-round, many students have more free time during the summer to devote to scholarship essays and applications, so we encourage you to prioritize financial aid in-between basking in the sun. [...]