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Best Online Scholarships

1. Undergraduate Distance Learning Degrees Academic Scholarship 

Amount: $500

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is awarded annually to any student pursuing an undergraduate degree online, regardless of their area of study.

2. Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarship 

Amount: $500

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is awarded to students who are cancer survivors or have immediate family members who battled with cancer; special consideration is given to those entering a medical or law enforcement degree program.

3. Get Educated Online College Scholarship Program 

Amount: $1,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: Any student enrolled in an accredited online college is eligible for this scholarship provided that they can write a 500-word essay, as well as provide transcripts and tax information. 

4. College Raptor Scholarship 

Amount: $2,500

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is awarded to students who are enrolled or are enrolling in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning. Must be a resident of the United States, District of Columbia, or a U.S. Territory and at least 16 years old.

5. $1,000 All Star Verified Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

How Often: Three times a year

Who It’s For: All high school, college, graduate, or adult students and parents of high school and college students enrolled in or planning to enroll in college. You have three opportunities per year to apply. Fill out the online form and answer the question, “What is the best or worst part about finding or applying to scholarships?” 

6. College JumpStart Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

How Often: Twice a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is provided to recognize students who are committed to bettering their lives through education and is open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students.

7. Luigi Iori Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,800

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: Arizona State University students with a demonstrated financial need. Must be pursuing your first undergraduate degree in civil engineering.

8. Amanda Creation $1000 Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is available to any resident or nonresident attending or planning to attend Arizona State University. Applications will need to submit an essay on “How do you convey the value of art and music education to those who wish to discontinue these subjects in school?“ 

9. AAUW’s Re-Entry Scholarship 

Amount: $2,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is intended to help women over the age of 23 who are returning to school to complete their education. It is awarded once a year to three female students.

10 . Berklee Online Music Scholarships 

Amount: $1,479

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is for students who are pursuing a certificate at Berklee, and it is sponsored by several celebrities; you must have a GPA of 3.7, as well as have a recommendation from your instructor.

11. Niche’s $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship™

 Amount: $2,000

How Often: Once a month

Who It’s For: All students who register for an account on niche.com are entered and eligible to win this $2,000 scholarship with no other strings attached; this is awarded monthly, and you can enter each time.

12. Western Governors University Master Your Future Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship provided by Western Governors University is awarded to aspiring graduate students pursuing one of several degrees and programs offered through the school. It is awarded to 20 students each year.

13. WGU Back to School Scholarship 

Amount: $2,500

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship provided by Western Governors University is awarded to new students in any of the more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered at the school.

14. WGU Resiliency Grant

Amount: $4,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is for students at the Western Governors University WGU Teachers College, College of Business, College of Information Technology, and the College of Health ProfessionsBusiness. Multiple grants are awarded based on the student’s academic record, financial need, and readiness for online study at WGU.

15. Career Education Scholarship Fund 

Amount: $500 to $2,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: Applicants must be currently enrolled or scheduled for future enrollment at Colorado Technical University to receive this need-based scholarship; you can apply at any time through the school’s financial aid office.

16. HelpTeaching.com Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This is a one-time scholarship awarded to a high school or college student who can write a short story or informational article (400-800 words) for children. A winner is then chosen by a team from HelpTeaching.com. 

17. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship 

Amount: $1,000 to $2,500

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is for women who are serving or have served honorably in the US Army, or the daughters of a woman who has served. They are based on merit, academic potential, a personal essay, letters of recommendation, community service, and financial need.

18. Christian College Scholarship 

Amount: $2,500

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: First-time students enrolling in a Christian college can use this website to look for information about different schools and will be automatically entered to win this scholarship.

19. AFCEA STEM Major Scholarships for Undergraduates

Amount: $2,500 to $5,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is for undergraduate candidates. You must be at least a second-year college student enrolled as a sophomore or junior full-time in a four-year college or university at the time of application. It is specifically for those who are active duty or honorably discharged from the military and pursuing a degree in a STEM field.

20. AL Diablo Valley Community College Scholarships

Amount: $500 to $6,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: Students must be residents of Contra Costa County, California to be eligible for these scholarships offered by the Assistance League Diablo Valley. They are for graduating high school seniors applying to four-year colleges, community college students transferring with junior-level status to four-year colleges, and to current and former foster youth applying to four-year colleges,  community colleges or vocational training programs. There are several scholarships available.

21. Amish Descendant Scholarship

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: The Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students coming from Amish communities who want to pursue a higher education. Students need to have their GED or high school diploma provide proof of enrollment/acceptance into a community college or a university

22. Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship 

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is provided to students who have shown exemplary effort in fostering diversity, ending bullying, and fighting against discrimination of LGBTQ+ students in their schools and communities. It is only available to students in New England.

23. James H. Davis Memorial Scholarship 

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is awarded to Florida residents striving for a horticultural degree or similar pursuit; it is aimed at those students who have a passion for the field who are without many financial resources. Similar scholarships for students in horticulture are also featured on the website.

24. Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship 

Amount: $4,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This is awarded to students in good academic standing who have a financial need and have demonstrated strength and dedication to their future; applicants must have directly battled cancer, or have a family member who has battled cancer (not limited to Mesothelioma).

25. ACS Scholars Program 

Amount: $5,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is for underrepresented minorities such as African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans that are pursuing a degree in a chemistry-related field.

26. PHCC Educational Foundation Scholarship 

Amount: $1.000 to $10,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a degree in a field directly related to the plumbing-heating-cooling industry. There are dozens of scholarships available from various donors. 

27. Nitro College Scholarship 

Amount: $5,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: Nitro is a website that is dedicated to helping students learn as much as possible about loans and other means of financing their education; they award this scholarship to any US student that applies, and you can also participate in their referral program for additional opportunities.

28. Education Matters Scholarship 

Amount: $5,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship can be awarded to any citizen of the United States that will be enrolled before Fall of 2023; applicants must write an essay about why education is important to them.

29. American Indian Science and Engineering Society 

Amount: $5,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is for Indigenous students who are interested in an aerospace career and are pursuing an associates, bachelors, or graduate degree in the state of Washington. Assistance is also available for students with dependent children.

30. eQuality Scholarship 

Amount: $6,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is awarded to California students that have demonstrated exemplary service to the LGBTQ+ community, students of any orientation and gender are eligible.

31. The JSSA Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: JSSA offers need-based scholarships awarded to students who have completed their high school’s community service requirements as well as participated in volunteer service within the Jewish community. Several scholarships are featured each year. To stay up-to-date, join the organization’s mailing list.

32. CITe Incoming Student Tuition Scholarship

Amount:  $1,000 – $2,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is for outstanding students who want to enroll in the University of Akron’s Information Systems program. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and an ACT score of at least 22 or SAT score of at least 1010, and be an Information Systems major.

33. Sacramento Press Club Journalism Scholarships 

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: The Sacramento Press Club provides this scholarship once annually to several students who are from, or now reside or study in the Sacramento region of California; the recipient is selected based on academic achievement, and career promise.

34. Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)

Amount: $500 to $2,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is provided to single mothers who are survivors of abusive relationships and who want to pursue higher education.  Funds are provided for tuition, books and fees are are paid directly to an accredited educational institution

35. The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program, Inc.

Amount: up to $5,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: High school seniors, high school graduates, and current undergraduate students who are United States citizens or permanent residents. You must be accepted to or enrolled in a full-time STEM program at an accredited, non-profit public or private four-year college or university in the US. 

36. Pride Foundation Scholarship 

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: LGBTQ+ students or allies that reside or plan to study in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington can complete one application to be considered for over 60 scholarships.

37. Unigo $10K Scholarship 

Amount: $10,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is awarded yearly to the selected applicant; all you have to do is write a 250 word (or less!) essay and be a legal resident of the United States enrolling before Fall of 2023.

38. Adobe Research Women in Technology Scholarship 

Amount: $10,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is for female full-time undergraduate students studying in the field of computer science, computer engineering, or another related area of study.

39. Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities 

Amount: $10,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is intended to help students with a disability either visible or invisible pursue a degree in the field of computer science; the selected applicant also receives an invitation to the Google Scholars’ Retreat.

40. Raytheon Patriot Scholarship 

Amount: $10,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship will be awarded to a veteran of the US Army or active-duty member that is in good standing with your branch; to be selected, you must demonstrate passion in your field, and be an example of leadership. There will be two recipients of the award.

41. Cancer for College General Scholarship

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is awarded to current or former cancer patients, on a one-time or recurring basis; these scholarships range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

42. Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship 

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: Students preparing to enter your freshman year of college that live in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois or North Carolina can apply for this renewable need-based scholarship. Applicants must possess excellent leadership skills, an ability to persevere through difficult circumstances, and a strong interest in and commitment to their community.

43. Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois 

Amount: up to $23,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This scholarship is awarded to a vast array of students throughout Illinois that are aspiring teachers. The idea of the scholarship is to promote ethnic diversity among the teaching community.

44. Gordon Hay Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: This is a merit-based scholarship for students in the Charlotte Region who are pursuing a  non-performing career in theater. Examples of eligible programs include set/lighting/sound/costume design, stage management, arts administration, arts education, etc.

45. Scholarships Through the University of Maryland Global Campus

Amount: Varies

How Often: Varies

Who It’s For: The University of Maryland Global Campus offers several scholarship opportunities for students who want to pursue one of the school’s many remote programs. Programs change frequently, so check back often.

46. Soil and Water Stewardship Scholarship

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: Formerly known as the Leopold Education Project Scholarship, this opportunity is for students who are pursuing a career in a natural resource field and live in a varied selection of counties throughout Illinois. It is available once a year. 

47. Colorado Garden Show Scholarships 

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: Colorado Garden Show Inc. awards a number of different scholarships to students attending a college or university that is based in Colorado to study fields relative to horticulture and agriculture each year; these scholarships are generally a full ride for one year, with one being a four-year award.

48. Cal Grant A & B Competitive Award Program 

Amount: Varies

How Often: Once a year

Who It’s For: These grants are intended to help students that are attending or planning to attend a Cal Grant qualifying post-secondary school; they can exceed $15,000 for some recipients.

49. Penn State’s World Campus Student Fund 

Amount: Varies

How Often: Varies

Who It’s For: Penn State has a wide selection of scholarships available to all students. Each scholarship has its own eligibility criteria. 

50. K-State Global Campus Scholarships 

Amount: Varies

How Often: Varies

Who It’s For: Kansas State University offers a variety of need- and merit-based scholarships specifically to their distance-learning undergraduates.

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