Nearly every college or university offers at least one scholarship award, especially for their students. These scholarships tend to be fairly generous- occasionally covering as much as a student’s full cost of attendance. While some of these awards are well-publicized, others are harder to find. The largest school-specific awards tend to come from major universities with large endowments, though this is not always the case, as some small liberal arts colleges are also committed to offering generous financial aid.
It is a good idea to take a minute researching and reviewing scholarship opportunities at each school as a major part of your college search. Find out if local universities have scholarships for students from your hometown. These are becoming an increasingly popular form of local scholarships. Additionally, many major universities are offering full-tuition scholarships or other substantial awards to the high-qualifying students, either in the form of need-based or academic scholarships for college.
Finding a good university scholarship can be an instrumental part of choosing a college, especially if you find one you can win. Competition tends to be fierce, and applications are often due early in the academic calendar. The sooner you are aware of deadlines and expectations, the better off you will be. Below is a list of a few of the university scholarships that are available. For more information on these awards and these schools, check out our scholarship search and college search tools.
The Hatterscheidt Scholarship is for high school seniors who are South Dakota residents, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
CCU awards academic scholarships to new freshmen who meet specific academic requirements and are guaranteed for up to eight semesters as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and is continuously enrolled in CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies. Academic scholarships can be applied only to tuition charges for on-campus enrollment. Applicants must have a inimum 3.4 [...] More
The CCU Grant is given to students with financial need. Eligibility and amount vary annually based on need as determined by federal methodology. A student must apply for federal aid to be considered for this award. The CCU Grant is available for students enrolled in the College of Undergraduate Studies. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
The Legacy Scholarship is designed to assist children and/or siblings of CCU alumni and current students to continue the CCU tradition. Applicants must be the child of a graduate of CCU or a CCU heritage institution; or the child of a currently enrolled CCU student; or the sibling of a graduate of CCU or a CCU heritage institution; or the sibling of a currently enrolled CCU student. The Legacy [...] More
Partners in Christian Education (PICE) is a partnership between Colorado Christian University and select Christian high schools nationwide. The PICE scholarship is available for new freshman and transfer students who currently attend one of the partnering Christian high schools. The annual award is renewable up to eight semesters. Students must apply and be accepted to CCU's Undergraduate School [...] More
CCU awards academic scholarships to new freshmen who meet specific academic requirements and are guaranteed for up to eight semesters as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and is continuously enrolled in CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies. Academic scholarships can be applied only to tuition charges for on-campus enrollment.
Scholarships are available to those who wish to major or minor in music or theatre, and to those highly qualified non-majors who participate in select ensembles or theatre. To be considered for a School of Music Scholarship award, you must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, be enrolled as a full-time student and demonstrate a high level of musical ability/talent and have developing musical theatre skills. A [...] More
CCU awards academic scholarships to new freshmen who meet specific academic requirements and are guaranteed for up to eight semesters as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and is continuously enrolled in CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies. Academic scholarships can be applied only to tuition charges for on-campus enrollment. In order to qualify for the [...] More
CMU's Academic Achievement Award is valued at $1,250 per academic year ($625 per semester). Initial eligibility requirements: Applicants must be incoming freshmen with a 3.20 GPA, be in the top 20% of their class, and have a minimum 22 ACT or 1040 combined SAT.
The scholarship can be renewed for a maximum of 120 credit hours as long as the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA and full-time [...] More
CMU's Legacy Scholarship is valued at $1,000 per academic year ($500 per semester). This award is available to all incoming, undergraduate students who are the son or daughter of a parent or court-ordered legal guardian who earned an associate, bachelor or graduate degree from CMU (formerly Mesa State College). Additionally, the applicant must be a full-time student and have earned a minimum 3.0 [...] More
Colorado Mesa University offers small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities, and expert faculty who take an interest in your success. A CMU education is a great value, and we stand by our commitment to keep higher education affordable. Last year, we awarded more than $73 million in financial aid and scholarships to 75 percent of the student body.
Students applying for admission to Colorado [...] More
Awards are offered to graduates of Catholic high schools who are entering DeSales University in the Fall. Graduates of Catholic Home Schooling agencies do not qualify for the Catholic Schools Grant. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
The Office of Admissions automatically considers accepted freshmen for academic merit-based scholarships. A separate application is not required. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit (combination of grades and test scores). The Freshmen Scholarship is awarded based on high school grades and test scores. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
The Furman Scholars program seeks to honor high school juniors who exhibit strong academic potential, demonstrate leadership potential, and show significant involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. High school guidance counselors nominate current juniors to participate in the program. Students selected as Furman Scholars are eligible to receive at least $7,500 in [...] More
To qualify for the Heidelberg University Academic Scholarships are available for first time freshmen, attending Heidelberg University, who meet one of the following GPA/Test Score combinations: minimum 2.7 GPA with at least a 25 ACT composite or 1130 SAT reading/math; 2.7-2.99 GPA with at an ACT composite between 18-24 or SAT reading/math between 860-1120; minimum 3.0 GPA with at least an 18 ACT [...] More
The Heidelberg University Faculty Scholarship is for incoming freshmen with outstanding academic merit who have one of the following GPA/Test Score combinations: 2.7-2.99 GPA with a minimum ACT Composite score between 25-26 or SAT reading/math score between 1200-11250. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
To receive the Heidelberg University Grant, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have exceptional need and attend Heidelberg University. Heidelberg scholarships and grants are awarded to first-year students and based on their seventh semester high school GPA and standardized tests taken in or before February.
Heidelberg gift aid cannot exceed current [...] More
In order to qualify for the Heidelberg University Out Of State Grant, applicants must be either first-time freshmen or transfer students, planning to attend Heidelberg University, who are not Ohio state residents. This grant is renewable for four (4) years as long as the student is making satisfactory academic progress. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
To qualify a student must attend Heidelberg University and be a member of the United Church of Christ. A letter of recommendation is required from the church minister. The award is renewable for four years. This award is open to both first-time freshmen and transfer students. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
The Scout Award is for incoming freshmen who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Silver Award, Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award, Trail Life Freedom Award, GSUSA Gold Award, Ambassador Award, or American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes Award are awarded $2,500 per year. Proof of scouting award is required. Recipients must live on-campus and maintain a 3.0 GPA. The Scout Award is [...] More
The Catholic Heritage Award, (awarded for four years of consecutive, full-time enrollment) is made to new freshmen graduating from a Catholic high school within the Archdiocese of Chicago or the Diocese of Joliet. This award is restricted to tuition. Students graduating from a Jesuit high school in Chicago will be awarded the Jesuit Heritage Award instead. For more information or to apply, please [...] More
Students attending Cristo Rey Network schools around the country are invited to apply to join the next class of Cristo Rey Scholars at Loyola University Chicago. Starting the summer before entering Loyola, Cristo Rey Scholars engage in a dynamic program to enrich their academic, social, spiritual, community, and professional experiences in college.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship [...] More
The Wm. Zolp Scholarship is an endowed scholarship available to pay toward tuition to any Catholic student by the last name of Zolp who attends Loyola University Chicago. A copy of a birth certificate and a baptismal or confirmation certificate confirming the last name of Zolp and that the applicant is Catholic must be filed with the Financial Aid Office. Prospective candidates must be admitted [...] More
The Matching Dollar Scholarship Program, developed by WAA and funded by the UW Foundation, matches donations from local alumni and friends. Scholarships are generally awarded in the spring, but each chapter operates its own scholarship program, so find the chapter nearest your hometown to find out more about its particular program. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More
The Graduate Assistantship Program provides a $10,000 per year ($5,000 per semester) stipend for the fall and spring semesters. The stipend is disbursed twice monthly, on the 15th and 30th. Over 90 assistant-ships are offered each year to graduate students.
Applicants must be admitted to a graduate degree program. Conditionally admitted students are eligible for a graduate assistantship (GA) [...] More
The MSU Moorhead University Scholarship is awarded to new freshmen who are admitted with an ACT composite score of 24-25 and a high school class rank in the top 50% or new freshmen who are admitted with an ACT composite score of 21-23 and a high school class rank in the top 10%. This awarded is given on a "first-admitted, first-awarded" basis as long as funds are available. Early application for [...] More
Scholarships are available in the following sports: basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, cross country, ice hockey, golf — men and women; baseball — men; volleyball, lacrosse, softball — women. Students must demonstrate strong athletic ability and meet qualifications of the athletic department and the NCAA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
Oklahoma Christian awards more than $19 million in institutional scholarships and grants every year. Generous donors make it possible for Oklahoma Christian to offer a variety of scholarships for new and returning students majoring in preaching, Bible, ministry, vocational ministry and more.
For more information, visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office administers SJSU campus based and department based scholarships. Students should apply for as many scholarships as possible to lessen the need for loans or part-time work to attend school. Most scholarships require students complete at least one semester of full time units (12 undergraduate or 8 graduate units) at SJSU in order to be eligible for campus [...] More
The Century Scholars Program (CSP) is a partnership between Texas A&M University and 108 high schools throughout the state of Texas. The Century Scholars Program is an academic scholarship and retention program seeking to increase the number of enrolled and retained students from under-represented Texas high schools. The program serves as a four-year learning community in which its students are [...] More
The Lechner Scholarship is an academic award that is given to students with exceptional achievements. Applicants must be enrolled in the fall freshman class at Texas A&M University as a full-time student; achieve a combined SAT Math and SAT Critical Reading score of at least 1300 with a test score of at least 600 in each of these components; and achieve a composite ACT score of at least 30 with a [...] More
Texas A&M University's McFadden Scholarship is worth $2,500 and renewable for four years if eligibility requirements are met. Students must achieve a combined SAT Math and SAT Critical Reading score of at least 1360 with a test score of at least 620 in each of these components; achieve a minimum composite 30 ACT score with a test score of at least 27 in ACT Math and ACT English. Students must [...] 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 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 [...] More
The University of Great Falls is committed to providing an affordable, private college experience of exceptional value. A variety of scholarships recognizing academic achievement and talent are available.
Students are automatically considered for academic merit scholarships as part of the admission process and are notified of their award level as part of acceptance to the university. [...] More
The Ament-Brenner Scholarship is for members of a Lutheran congregation in the greater St. Louis area. Applicants must be preparing for a career in the healthcare field (e.g., nursing, physical or occupational therapy, pre-med etc.). Scholarship amounts vary, based on financial need. Applicants must complete the undergraduate admission application and file the FAFSA by the deadline. For more [...] More
Award candidates are nominated in their junior year of high school by their Lutheran high school principal. Nominations are based on academic success and leadership skills. Recipients are notified with the offer of admission. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
The Ed Voelz Endowed Scholarship is offered to graduates of St. Peter's Lutheran School in Columbus, IN. Students must complete undergraduate admission application to be considered for this award. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
Leadership awards are for Lutheran students who are actively engaged in leadership roles in their districts, synods, or Lutheran high schools. Candidates must be high school seniors nominated by leaders within a Lutheran denomination. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
The award is open to children of ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ministers with good standing to the church. Full-time enrollment is required. The candidate must apply for admission and be admitted to the university and submit official documentation from the clergy confirming the parent is ordained. This award is for one year. Students can apply for renewal. [...] More
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's engineering school will soon be called the "Grainger College of Engineering" after receiving another $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation. The Grainger donation is the largest amount ever gifted to a public university to rename a college. [...]
Thirteen parents and one coach charged in the "Operation Varsity Blues" college cheating scandal will plead guilty in accordance with plea agreements. While elite parents implicated in the admissions scandal cheated to help their children get into college, there is a growing concern about how students, in general, may be cheating their way through college; specifically by buying ghostwritten essays online. [...]