25 Scholarships for Guys | Class of 2020-2021

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Paying for college is no easy feat. From application fees to unexpected expenses, the cost can quickly become overwhelming, leaving students to take out massive loans and ending up in debt. The best advice for leaving college debt-free? Take advantage of free money! Scholarships are a great resource college students can use to help pay tuition and room & board. Whether you dedicate time to extracurricular activities or community service, there are scholarships that want to reward your efforts. This list of scholarships was specifically curated to offer the best opportunities for guys heading to college, no matter their academic background. A shift in college enrollment statistics has revealed that women now make up the majority of student bodies. Financial need could be limiting men from entering college classrooms, so Colleges of Distinction rounded up scholarships just for them. 

Colleges of Distinction has developed a list of scholarships for men to help them make college more affordable. Good luck! 

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USA Gymnastics Men’s Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020

Award Amount: See Website

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Overview: On September 28, 1999, the Men’s Junior Olympic Program Committee (JOPC) took a bold step for the future of men’s gymnastics by adopting a Men’s Scholarship Program at the Junior Level. The scholarship program mandates that a one-dollar donation be collected for every athlete participating in a men’s USA Gymnastics sanctioned event where a fee is charged. This one-dollar per athlete fee will be donated to the National Gymnastics Foundation Men’s Scholastic Scholarship Program.


Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: Considering the background and criteria of this scholarship, why are you the best candidate? Discuss how you share Era’s values, including the importance of family, service to your community and the compassionate treatment of others.


Tau Kappa Epsilon Scholarships

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: Each fraternity promotes a set of ideals that are to be held true by its members throughout their lives. TKE challenges members to live up to the standard of excellence defined by our Declaration of Principles on a daily basis. These principles provide an environment where members are encouraged to develop strong skills for scholarship, character, leadership, teamwork service and brotherhood—the attributes that build success and happiness throughout life. To further develop these principles, Tau Kappa Epsilon has established a series of educational conferences and programs to ensure each member’s success fraternally, professionally and personally.


Mental Note: Take Time For Yourself

Deadline: March 30, 2020

Award: $2,500

Overview: Research shows that men are less likely than women to have conversations about their mental health. With the cards you give the guys in your life, they’ll set aside time to do a quick mental health check-in and be connected to clutch mental health resources for especially tough times. You’ll also enter to win a $2,500 scholarship from DoSomething.org.


Men of Principle Scholarship

Deadline: April 15

Award Amount: $500

Overview: Each chapter can apply for a $500 grant to conduct The Men of Principle Scholarship recognizing outstanding gentlemen, leaders and scholars on their campus. The scholarship is awarded to non-Greek male students who possess the qualities and characteristics desired by Beta members. Further, applicants are not required to join Beta Theta Pi.


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Nathaniel Martin “Sacred Man Can’t Win” Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: This award was created to recognize the memory of Nathaniel Martin and to provide educational resources to African American men.


Sigma Alpha Epsilon Scholarships

Deadline: March 1

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation awards merit-based academic scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students. This academic year, $90,000 will be awarded, thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends who have established these scholarships.


edFUND African American Male Scholarship

Deadline: March 5, 2020 (Application Opens: January 2020)

Award Amount: $1,500/year for four years

Overview: The Ed Fund believes everyone deserves the chance to go to college. Research shows that a college education significantly changes the trajectory of a student’s life. A college education is a difference-maker for many students. Students who attend college are more likely to enjoy greater career opportunities. From increasing annual earnings to creating our next leaders, a college education makes an impact on students, their families, and our community.

The Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship for Male Students

Deadline: May 2020

Award: Up to $3,000

Overview: The Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship for Male Students is awarded annually to a male, US citizen who attends an accredited institution in the United States and is majoring in one of the following fields: Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematical Sciences.


Kanders Churchill Scholarship

Deadline: October 2020

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States launched the Kanders Churchill Scholarship in Science Policy in 2017, for attendance at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, in the 2018-19 academic year. The Kanders Churchill Scholarship was created to address the growing divide between science and science policy.


Sigma Nu Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The purpose of the Founders General Scholarship shall be to promote the ideals of Sigma Nu Fraternity by providing financial support for members of the Fraternity who best embody the founding principles of Love, Honor, and Truth in their home communities. Multiple scholarships will be available to qualified applicants each academic year through an annual disbursement.


SVGS Foundation Walker Williams Wilson Scholarship

Deadline: March 21, 2020

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The SVGS Foundation, and Walker-Williams-Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund, were established in 2018. The mission of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance, empower, educate and encourage deserving and committed African American male scholars to attend a Historically Black College and Universities. The SVGS Foundation through the Walker-Williams-Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund principally targets high school seniors entering their first year of post-secondary education and those scholars continuing their undergraduate education. However, consideration is also given to current full-time graduate students currently enrolled at an HBCU.

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NESA Cooke Academic Scholarships

Deadline: July 15, 2020

Award: $2,500 – $48,000

Overview: Available to Eagle Scouts who are members of the National Eagle Scout Association. NESA academic scholarships are awarded to Eagle Scouts based on school and Scouting participation, academic performance, and financial need.


Alpha Gamma Rho Educational Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: All applications must be submitted between March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020.

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The Educational Foundation of Alpha Gamma Rho offers scholarships to the undergraduate Brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho. Criteria for eligibility for each scholarship differs but is based on the individual’s pursuit of excellence in scholarship and leadership, and for his contributions to community and Fraternity.



Kappa Delta Rho Commerford B. Martin Engineering Scholarship

Deadline: Rolling Deadline

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: Applicant must be an unmarried member in good standing of Kappa Delta Rho with a minimum grade average of “B.” Selection is based upon academics, financial need, and chapter, campus, and community involvement. Black and white photo of applicant in coat and tie required.

Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award Amount: Awards Vary

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Overview: In 1963, the 60th anniversary year of Mu Phi Epsilon, the Mu Phi Epsilon Memorial Foundation was registered in the state of Nebraska as a nonprofit corporation, authorized and established by the Fraternity for charitable and educational purposes.


Alpha Chi Rho Educational Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: Alpha Chi Rho cultivates a lifelong brotherhood where men challenge and inspire each other, through Character, Honor, and Integrity, to improve themselves, their Fraternity, and society. The mission of this foundation is to provide the Fraternity of Alpha Chi Rho, its members, Chapters and other students with the financial and organizational support necessary to attain their educational goals.


Triple A Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2020 and July 15, 2020

Award Amount: $250

Overview: The Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation provides scholarships to brothers awarded on the basis of need for financial assistance, merit, leadership, and citizenship. Scholarship awards must be applied to tuition and tuition related expenses as defined by the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Such expenses include tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at the educational organization and fees, books, supplies and equipment required for courses of instruction.


American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year 

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award: $2,500 – $10,000

Overview: “The Eagle Scout who best meets the qualifications outlined in the nomination application will be selected as the American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year by the National Americanism Commission. The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will join the youth champion delegation and participate in the annual National Convention.”

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Churchill Scholarship

Deadline: Early October 2020

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: In the 1950s, as the establishment of Churchill College in Cambridge was becoming a reality, Sir Winston Churchill met with American friends to ask them to create a way for young Americans to study there. The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States accepts nominations for the Churchill Scholarship from a limited number of Participating Institutions. If you are interested in applying, you should first contact the scholarship office at your undergraduate institution.


Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award: $2,000 – $5,000

Overview: To honor Mr. Emmett J. Doerr, who was a dedicated Catholic Scouter and a very active member of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS). He was the first recipient of the Brother Barnabas Founders Award. His other honors include the Silver Antelope, Silver Beaver and the St. George medals. The Doerr family and the NCCS are continuing his legacy by offering this scholarship in his name to six (6) distinguished Catholic Scouts.


Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi Scholarship  

Deadline: March 29, 2020

Award: Varies

Overview: The Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi provides scholarships to brothers pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees who demonstrate outstanding academic performance; service to the Fraternity, school and community; leadership activities; financial need; and clear personal and career goals and objectives.

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Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: March 31

Award: $1,000 – $2,500

Overview: The Gamma Mu Scholarships Program provides support to gay men who want to further their education at a college, university, or vocational or professional training program. In addition, effective 2016, the Gamma Mu Scholarship Program will award one scholarship annually (“The Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship in Memory of Ray Williams”) to a student from the broader LGBT community. These programs support a wide range of educational options, including vocational and technical training, associate, bachelors and graduate degrees.


ACE Grants

Deadline: December 9, 2020

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant provides financial assistance to young men and women who aspire to earn a college golf scholarship through competitive junior golf.


Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Deadline: April 10, 2020

Award Amount: $20,000

Overview:  Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. Applicants for the Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship must be high-school seniors of African descent (for example, African-American, African, or Ethiopian); must plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing). A minimum 3.3 GPA and financial need is required. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.


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