20 Potential Scholarships for the Top 10 Academic Majors

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With 16.8 million undergraduate students, competition is inevitable when choosing your college major— and finding scholarships can be even more competitive. We’ve developed a list of scholarships for the top 10 academic majors to give students in competitive majors an edge when it comes to finding scholarships.

Computer science, engineering, communications, business, and economics require strong academics to be admitted and often lead to a lucrative career after college. You’ll want to minimize the student loans you take out so you can make the most of that big paycheck.

If you’re majoring in English, use your writing skills to fund your way to graduating and writing the next big screenplay or novel.

For the science-oriented, biology, nursing, or psychology might be your future home in college. Use this list to help save you money for graduate and medical school — six to ten years of education doesn’t come cheap.

Maybe you’ve set your sights on the Oval Office and you’re majoring in government. To get there, you’ll need to be able to raise a lot of money for a good cause. Practice on one of these scholarships.

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The Kingsley & Kingsley Winter 2019 Scholarship Program

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Award Amount: $1,000


The Kingsley & Kingsley Scholarship was created for students pursuing a career in the legal industry. This scholarship involves an essay application that will be evaluated on both originality and quality. This scholarship asks students to respond to the question: “If you could change one law to help those in need, what would it be? How would your solution improve on the status quo?”. The applicant must be accepted to or attending an accredited university in the United States and must be a law school student or an undergraduate with a declared major related to law.

Computer Science

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

Deadline: September 6, 2019

Award Amount: $9,250

Overview: Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies’ committee, board, or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy.  An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.


Build U. Scholarship

Deadline: November 1, 2019 (Application Opens: October 1, 2019)

Award Amount: $2,500

Overview: Great companies are built on a shared set of values. Over time, those values may evolve and grow, but the underlying message stays the same: create a great product that customers love. Think you’re up for the challenge?


2019 Computer Science Major Scholarships

Bill Kane Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: The award is a $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to an undergraduate health education major student. Recipients may spend the award in any manner they desire. Recipients will also receive a one-year complimentary student membership in SHAPE America.


SMART Scholarship Program

Deadline: See Website (Application Opens: August 1, 2019)

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program was established as a concentrated effort to enhance the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce with talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers. For over a decade, SMART Scholars have been working within labs and agencies of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Additional DoD to support the warfighter and create an impact to secure our nation.


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PSEG Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: For more than 115 years, PSEG and its employees has been giving back to the communities where we live and work.  The PSEG Foundation supports this mission with impact grants in the areas of sustainable neighborhoods, safety and STEM education.



PILOT Media Technology and Innovation Scholarships2019 Communications Major Scholarships

Deadline: October 14, 2019

Award Amount: Five $5,000 awards

Overview: PILOT, an NAB technology innovation initiative, has announced it will offer up to 5 scholarships of $5,000 each to current college sophomores, juniors, seniors entering graduate school and continuing graduate students, for pursuit of studies related to media technology and innovation during the 2020-21 academic year. The scholarships are being administered in partnership with BEA.


The Walt Disney Company UNCF Corporate Scholars Program

Deadline: August 19, 2019

Award Amount: 100 awards of up to $2,500

Overview: The goals of The Walt Disney Company UNCF Corporate Scholars Program are to help create a diverse pipeline of college educated professionals poised to assume fulfilling off-camera careers in entertainment, and to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities employed in the entertainment industry. Please note applications submitted for this program will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply early.


2019 Government / Political Science Major Scholarships

Government / Political Science 

CFRW President Ronald Reagan Scholarship

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Award Amount: $2,000

Overview: The California Federation of Republican Women is offering a scholarship in honor of President Ronald Reagan. The annual scholarship of $2,000 is being offered to an undergraduate registered Republican woman who is majoring in political science, communication, or directed toward law.



CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Business Scholarship

Deadline: August 29, 2019

Award Amount: $5,000

Overview: CVS Caremark has a commitment to widening the net of student scholars in business. As such, they have partnered with UNCF to create scholarships for students studying Business (and business related fields). Selected students will receive an up to $5,000 scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year.

2019 Business Major Scholarships

GreenPal Business Scholarship

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Award Amount: $2,000

Overview: The purpose of The GreenPal Small Business Scholarship is to assist a motivated, driven student and future business leader. We believe that the generation of today’s students are the future employers of tomorrow. The future of our county will be forged by the entrepreneurial spirit of today’s generation.


Frederic S. Lee Heterodox Economics Scholarship Fund

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Award Amount: Award Varies

Overview: The purpose of the Fund shall be to provide scholarships for tuition and fees, up to three classes per semester, for doctoral heterodox economics students.

2019 Economics Major Scholarships

E.C. Harwood Visiting Research Fellowships

Deadline: July 1, 2019 and October 1, 2019

Award Amount: Various Awards

Overview: AIER works closely with scholars in the fields of economics, political science, philosophy, history, and law. Those involved in other disciplines are also considered. Our visiting scholars include professors, post-doctoral fellows, PhD students, and masters students. Applications from independent researchers and authors are also welcome.

CBE Scholarships

Deadline: See Website

Award Amount: Up to $1,500

Overview: The NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of NABE, is pleased to announce that scholarships will be offered for courses and exam offerings through the Certified Business Economist (CBE) program in 2019. Scholarship winners may receive up to $1,500 to be used on CBE Courses and/or the CBE Exam (see course calendar ). 

English Language / Literature

ACES Aubespin Scholarship

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Award Amount: $1,000-$2,500

Overview: In honor of the former chairman, the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) has created the Merv Aubespin Scholarship to award $1,000 to $2,500 to five outstanding college students majoring in English, journalism, creative writing, or communications for a career in copy editing.

2019 English Language / Literature Scholarships


Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Award Amount: Up to $12,000

Overview: For almost half a century the Belin Arts Scholarship has funded the noble arts of painting, sculpture, photography, music, drama, dance, literature, and architecture, helping to bring success to the fortunate recipients, as well as joy to an appreciative public. 


GoG Writing Scholarships

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Award Amount: Two $1,000 awards

Overview: In alignment with our mission, Go On Girl! has supported up and coming authors since 2000 in the form of scholarships and awards. Authors of the African diaspora offer a rich perspective on life and are often missing in the mainstream promotions of literature. So, it is our honor to encourage responsible writing of this beautiful literature.


Norma Ross Walter Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Award Amount: Multiple Awards

Overview: The purpose of the Norma Ross Walter Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to female graduates of Nebraska high schools who plan to enroll as English majors in accredited colleges or universities.


2019 Psychology Major ScholarshipsPsychology

4-H Youth in Action Scholarship

Deadline: October 21, 2019 (Application Opens: August 1, 2019)

Award Amount: Four $5,000 awards

Overview: Every 4-H’er has a story, and those stories are worth telling! Sharing your 4-H story could earn you a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington D.C. for National 4-H Council’s Legacy Awards, where you’llhave the chance to tell your story while meeting 4-H celebrities and other notable alums!


BAFTX Undergraduate Award

Deadline: See Website (Application Opens: Spetember 1, 2019)

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The undergraduate award is intended for low income families and is intended to alleviate the financial burden of funding tuition fees in Texas, whether at a 4 year or a 2 year college.



Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship 

Deadline: July 31 and October 31

Award Amount: Two $5,000 awards

Overview: This scholarship program provides $5,000 in support to outstanding nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs at AACN member institutions. Eligible applicants must be admitted or enrolled in a nursing school affiliated with CastleBranch or have submitted an application through nursing’s centralized application service, NursingCAS.


AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund

Deadline: September 30, 20192019 Nursing Major Scholarships

Award Amount: $2,500

Overview: The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program.


Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship

Deadline: August 1, 2019

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: The Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship is an annual $1,000 scholarship awarded to an aspiring nurse who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate nursing program at a college or university or is a high school student who has been accepted into a school with an undergraduate nursing program. The winning applicant will provide the best 200-300 word essay on this year’s essay topic which is: “What do you hope to accomplish as a nurse?”


Future U.S. Nurse Scholarship

Deadline: October 4, 2019

Award Amount: $2,000

Overview: TravelNurseSource is awarding a $2,000.00 scholarship to a nursing student who creates a compelling selfie video that is under two minutes in length.



2019 Engineering Major Scholarships

USRA Scholarships

Deadline: August 7, 2019

Award Amount: Four awards of $5,000 each

Overview: The USRA Scholarship Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education, and aeronautics-related sciences.


National GEM Consortium Fellowships

Deadline: November 12, 2019

Award Amount: Various Awards

Overview: GEM’s fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM’s principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and PhD levels coupled with paid summer internships . GEM also offers fellowships without paid summer internships through our GEM University and Associate Fellowship programs.

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Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Medical Diversity Scholarship Program

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Award Amount: $2,000

Overview: The Medical School Diversity Scholarship, established in 2014, is part of the law firm’s initiative to recognize medical school students who do outstanding work to promote ethnic diversity in their community. The funds are to be used toward his or her continued education in medical school. The scholarship is available to all medical school students in the United States who work hard to promote ethnic diversity in their communities. 


AvaCare Medical Scholarship

2019 Biology Major Scholarships

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: The AvaCare Medical Scholarship recognizes those who are working to better the lives of our customers, students who are pursuing a degree in the medical field, with a prize of $1000 toward college tuition. This scholarship is awarded annually to one submission that tells about an inspiring act of kindness.


Medical Scrubs Collection Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: Medical Scrubs Collection is dedicated to recognizing the individuals who go above and beyond to help others every day. To show our appreciation for these hard working individuals, MSC has decided to Pay it Forward by creating an annual scholarship opportunity for students studying in any health or medical-related field. MSC’s scholarship will provide each applicant with a chance to win $1000 towards their college tuition by answering one question: What Inspired You To Pursue A Career In Helping Others?


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