Scholarships You’ll Want to Consider (Undergraduate & Graduate)

Scholarship_Image_500Whether you are a high school senior, transfer, or prospective graduate student, scholarships are a great way to offset the expenses of higher education. There are both academic and non-academic scholarships available, and some are even done by lottery!


Check out the comprehensive list below of scholarships below that every students should apply for (in order of scholarship dollar amount):

NAME | Graduate Studies Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $5000
ELIGIBILITY | Doctoral program
MINIMUM GPA | 3.50
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. Apply for the Maxine Wirth Graduate Studies Endowment for your chance at another $3,000.

NAME | Maxine Wirth Graduate Studies Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $3000
ELIGIBILITY | Doctoral program
MINIMUM GPA | 3.50
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. Apply for the Graduate Studies Endowment for your chance at another $5,000.

NAME | Arlene and Dennis Schlosser Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $3,000
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 13 total awarded.

NAME | Mary Louise Smith Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $2,500
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 8 total awarded.

NAME | “No Essay” College Scholarship (Niche)
AMOUNT | $2,000
ELIGIBILITY | Age 16+
MINIMUM GPA | Not required
ESSAY REQUIRED | No
APPLICATION DEADLINE | End of every month
NOTES | Sign up for an account with niche, fill out the form, and enter every month for your chance to win $2,000.

NAME | High School Senior Scholarship Contest (AFSA Scholarships)
AMOUNT | $2,000
ELIGIBILITY | High school senior
MINIMUM GPA | Not required
ESSAY REQUIRED | No
APPLICATION DEADLINE | April 6, 2016
NOTES | Read the essay then sign up to take a 10-question test (1 correct answer = 1 entry). Winners are selected at random and will be notified 14 days after the contest ends.

NAME | ESA Foundation Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,300
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Alice & Jeanne Wagner Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,200
ELIGIBILITY | Nursing Major
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships.

NAME | Ayers & Gallatin Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,100
ELIGIBILITY | Natural born US Christian or Jewish citizen (must provide reference letter from Minister, Pastor, Priest or Rabbi)
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships.

NAME | Dorothy Dyer Vanek Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,100
ELIGIBILITY | Architecture or Interior Design major
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 4 total awarded.

NAME | Jeanne Parker Honorarium Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,100
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00 (max 3.50)
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Ruth Gregg Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,100
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | BMW Hope Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,000
ELIGIBILITY | Diagnosed with Epilepsy (must provide letter of reference)
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | College Survey Scholarship (Niche)
AMOUNT | $1,000
ELIGIBILITY | Age 16+
MINIMUM GPA | Not required
ESSAY REQUIRED | No
APPLICATION DEADLINE | End of every month
NOTES | Sign up for an account with niche, fill out the survey (every 5 questions = 1 entry), and enter every month for your chance to win $1,000.

NAME | Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
AMOUNT | $1,000
ELIGIBILITY | Age 16+; legal US resident; currently in school or planning to start school within 12 months.
MINIMUM GPA | Not required
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (250 words/3 topic choices)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | July 31, 2016
NOTES | Complete the form online. Entrants are emailed a list of winners.

NAME | General Endowment 2.00 – 2.99 GPA (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,000
MINIMUM GPA | 2.00 (max 2.99)
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | General Endowment 3.00 – 3.49 GPA (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,000
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00 (max 3.49)
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | General Endowment 3.50 Minimum GPA (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,000
MINIMUM GPA | 3.50
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | McConnel Family Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,000
ELIGIBILITY | Female; Veterinary major
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 5 total awarded.

NAME | The MoolahSPOT $1,000 Scholarship
AMOUNT | $1,000
ELIGIBILITY | Age 16+
MINIMUM GPA | Not required
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (400 words/4 topic choices)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | April 30, 2016
NOTES | Complete the form online. Winners will be notified 8 weeks after application deadline.

NAME | Worda Russell Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $1,000
ELIGIBILITY | Teaching or Education major
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Rosagene Huggins Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $800
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Floyd Gray Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $700
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00 (max 3.50)
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Charline E. McCue Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $600
ELIGIBILITY | Any of the following majors: Culinary Arts, Dance, Fashion Design, Music, Theater, Writing
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Andy Davis Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $550
ELIGIBILITY | High school senior; one parent deceased
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships.

NAME | Barbara & Clayton Campbell Breast Cancer Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | Breast Cancer Research; you must be or have family who is a breast cancer survivor
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Barbara Wilsterman Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | Interpreter for Deaf
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Charles Foy Jr. Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | Business major
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Frances C. Kilgore Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | Music or Teaching major
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | James and Betty Hartung Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | Attending a 2-year skilled trade school
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Kenneth L. Varns and Harvey D. Varns Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | Fallen or wounded military family member
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | MARC Purple Heart Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | Any child or surviving spouse of a U.S. Armed Forces Purple Heart Medal Recipient
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Margaret Jesser Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Past International Council Presidents’ Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Pat Howard Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00 (max 3.5)
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Rodger and Rhea Weaver Catastrophic Diseases Survivor Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | Must be a survivor of a Catastrophic Disease 
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00 
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Rodger and Rhea Weaver Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | Age 25+; female; confirmation you are returning to school due to life changing events
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Cancer Survivor Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Cancer survivor (must provide a letter of reference)
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Suzanne Jourdan Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
ELIGIBILITY | Single mother
MINIMUM GPA | 2.50
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Wallace and Margaret Shaw Memorial Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

NAME | Willow C. Gray Endowment (ESA)
AMOUNT | $500
MINIMUM GPA | 3.00 (max 3.50)
ESSAY REQUIRED | Yes (No limit – discuss your career goals)
APPLICATION DEADLINE | February 1, 2016
NOTES | Sign up for an account on ESA, complete your profile (includes basic and detailed information, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal essay), then you can begin applying to 30+ scholarships. 

 

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