50 Scholarships for Girls & Women | Class of 2019-2020

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The path to a college degree can be an expensive one. With so many students taking out student loans, the need for affordable solutions is everywhere. Grants and scholarships are great ways to alleviate the financial burden of student loan debt. That’s why Colleges of Distinction is committed to finding scholarships for students to make higher education as accessible as possible.

Women face significant challenges when it comes to college. Oftentimes, paying off student loan debt takes longer than it would for their male counterparts.  Year after year, reports prove that women often make less than men in the workplace. Regardless of equal degrees, credentials, and experience, women are continually paid less than their male counterparts, making it more difficult to pay off student loan debt. A scholarship can reduce the initial cost of education while alleviating financial burden in the future.

Colleges of Distinction has created a list of scholarships just for women to help them bridge the gap and chip away at that glass ceiling. Good luck!

Women in Architecture Scholarship

Overview: Houzz is offering a scholarship to support and encourage female students that are studying architecture/architectural engineering at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Deadline: June 30, 2019


Women in Skilled Trades Scholarship Program

Overview: The Women in Skilled Trades Scholarship Program is a need-based scholarship program that offers assistance to eligible female students with demonstrated financial need. The recipient will be selected without regard to race, color, creed, religious preference, age, national origin, or disability.

Deadline: See Website


AMWA Medical Education Scholarship

Overview: The AMWA Medical Education Scholarship is offering four scholarship awards of $500 to women currently enrolled in medical school. Awardees will be chosen based on the embodiment of the goals of AMWA. Financial need, though not a requirement, is also considered.

Deadline: September 30, 2019 (Application Cycle 1) & December 31, 2019 (Application Cycle 2)


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Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship

Overview: The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF) honors the legacy of  an American woman of incredible spirit and determination Jeannette Rankin, a proponent of women’s rights and devoted her life to help women and children and stand up for social justice and the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress in 1916.

Deadline: Applications will open in November 2019


P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

Overview: The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education is a need based grant program that provides one-time financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that improves their marketable skills for employment to support themselves and/or their families.

Deadline: See Website


The Lew Williams & Leila Sulkes Scholarships

Overview: Scholarships of $2000 from the Freehold Branch of the AAUW, for the academic year 2019-2020 are available for qualified applicants. Named for outstanding volunteers, funding for the Lew Williams and Leila Sulkes Scholarships is contingent upon the amounts raised by the annual June AAUW Book Sale in Freehold, NJ.

Deadline: July 31, 2019


Rae Lee Siporin Scholarship for Women

Overview: The Rae Lee Siporin Scholarship for Women will make awards to those women who are continuing or returning to college/university for their first undergraduate degree and need financial assistance for their senior year of school. This program encourages applications from women who have taken a break(s) in their educational career and are wanting to return to complete their senior year and graduate.

Deadline: June 6, 2019


Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation Education Scholarship

Overview: Scholarships are awarded to female, North American citizens, with a passion for a career or advancement in the automotive and its related industries. While AWAF members and family members are encouraged to apply for scholarships, applicants who are not affiliated with the organization are encouraged to apply as well. To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants should already be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited collegiate program, with a 3.0 or higher GPA and a citizen within North America.

Deadline: June 20, 2019


Beazley Ambassador Scholarship

Overview: Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the field of insurance or insurance-related fields. They also invite all recipients to apply for a local internship and they will be given priority interviews.

Deadline: June 1, 2019


Gals Go Fish Scholarship

Overview: A book scholarship will be awarded to a woman who is pursuing a career in an area of study that is directly related to the environment and conservation. The work of this individual would become an extension of our Gals Go Fish group mission.

Deadline: July 15, 2019


Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund

Overview: Foreman Fleisher established this fund in memory of his mother, Ida Fleisher, to help talented women become professionals. The fund provides scholarships for women, preferably Jewish, who wish to pursue a graduate degree. Eligibility is limited to women who have a hometown or attend school in the Greater Philadelphia area, including New Jersey and Delaware.

Deadline: May 15, 2019

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Larry F. Ball Memorial Scholarship

Overview: The Larry F. Ball Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 as a tribute to the memory of Larry Ball by his family. He was proud to call himself an Ohio State Buckeye and believed in the power of education, thus inspiring this scholarship fund. This $4000.00 scholarship will be awarded annually to a female student who is a resident of Ohio. Furthermore, the applicant will be committed to completing a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year university/college.

Deadline: May 31, 2019


Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Scholarship

Overview: In 2019, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. Awards are disbursed in two separate installments (one each semester) over the academic year, and may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program.

Deadline: Information on the  2019-20 education support award process and online application will be made available on this website on May 1, 2019


The Woman’s Century Club Scholarship

Overview: Since its founding in 1891, the Woman’s Century Club has provided annual scholarship support to deserving women through local colleges and universities. The club continues that tradition by awarding a scholarship each year to an outstanding junior woman student, at a Seattle-area college or university, who exemplifies the traditions of female leadership and service that our club’s founders sought to encourage. The scholarship is for $2,000 and the recipient also receives a one-year membership in the club.

Deadline June 30, 2019


The Women in Aerospace Foundation Scholarship

Overview: The WIA Foundation Scholarship provides scholarships to women who study engineering, math or science at the undergraduate level to encourage women to enter careers in the aerospace field, expand women’s opportunities for leadership in aerospace, and increase women’s visibility in the aerospace community. The WIA Foundation will award a $2,000 scholarship per year to a woman who is a rising senior in college studying engineering, math or science.

Deadline: June 18, 2019


Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

Overview: This award will be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year in the amount of $1,500.00 & will be paid at the beginning of the fall semester (2019).

Deadline: May 31, 2019


Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC’ Annual Single Mother Scholarship

Overview: To apply for a scholarship from RIL, write a 500+ word essay on the advantages of going back to school while caring for your children as a mother. How do you believe motherhood has helped prepare you for the challenges that you will face as a student? Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC will review applications and award 2 applicants with a $1,000 scholarship each. The scholarship may be used to cover school-related expenses, such as tuition fees, registration costs, supplies and books.

Deadline: December 5, 2019


Arizona Business & Professional Women’s Foundation Scholarship

Overview: The Arizona Business and Professional Women’s Foundation promotes the advancement of Arizona’s working women through scholarships, research, and education. Scholarships are awarded to women 21 years or older who are returning to school at a community college to acquire better job opportunities or advance their current careers. All scholarship recipients are required to attend one Arizona BPW Foundation event per year.

Deadline: May 1, 2019


Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Overview: Because Zonta International believes in gender equality, the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom.

Deadline: See Website


Ronald D. and Kathleen A. Krausse STEM Scholarship

Overview: The Ronald D. and Kathleen A. Krausse STEM Scholarship ($1,500) will be awarded to a female resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in a STEM major.

Deadline: June 1, 2019

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Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship

Overview: The Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship ($2,500) will be awarded to a female resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Deadline: June 1, 2019


Mary Lou McDowell Scholarship

Overview: The Mary Lou McDowell Scholarship ($1,000) will be awarded to a female resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of an associate or bachelor’s degree.

Deadline: June 1, 2019


Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

Overview: The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. Scholarships are typically awarded in July (freshmen and reentry students) for use during the following academic year. Recipients are notified when they are awarded, and are announced to SWE members in September.

Deadline: May 1, 2019


Santa Rosa Ninety-Nines Aviation Scholarship

Overview: Each year the Santa Rosa chapter of the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots awards a scholarship to a local woman pilot. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide funds to be used for a specific rating or certificate in flight training and/or continuing education to further the recipient’s pursuit of a career in aviation.

Deadline: May 1, 2019


Fresh Start Scholarship

Overview: The Fresh Start Scholarship provides a financial incentive through a renewable annual scholarship and offer mentoring assistance and networking opportunities to a woman returning to school to improve her life and opportunities. The number and amount of the awards will be determined annually prior to the fall semester but will in no event exceed the costs of tuition, fees, books and other direct educational expenses. Awards will be paid directly to the college prior to the beginning of each semester.

Deadline: May 15, 2019


Ruby Ennis Maynard Scholarship

Overview: As Ruby Ennis Maynard encouraged and aided her own children to pursue education for career goals and personal fulfillment, so shall this scholarship created in her honor aid deserving, mature, women to fulfill their educational goals. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage women to strive to improve their lives, and consequently the lives of their children, through education.

Deadline: May 15, 2019

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Professional Women of Winston-Salem (PWWS) Scholarship

Overview: In 2000 Professional Women of Winston-Salem (PWWS) established a scholarship fund for single mothers in or attending school in Forsyth County. The scholarship is intended to help single mothers complete their education while juggling the demands of family, work and school; all the while demonstrating a strong commitment to their academic studies. The PWWS Scholarship Fund will provide $2,000 for tuition and books for one semester or quarter of study at an accredited institution. Qualifying students may apply for more than one semester or quarter; however, an application packet must be completed each time.

Deadline: May 31, 2019


Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship

Overview: Helen Lansdowne is a creative powerhouse and the industry’s first female copywriter. The scholarship is for registered students at an undergraduate, graduate, and/or portfolio school in a course of study like Art Direction, Copywriting, Design, Experiential Design, Sculpture, Film, etc. with at least 12 months of school left as of May 20, 2019. It offers up to $10,000 towards your education, an internship at a Wunderman Thompson office, one-on-one mentorship, and first-look placement at Wunderman Thompson after graduation.

Deadline: May 31, 2019


Rhode Island Commission on Women/Freda Goldman Education Award

Overview: The education award assists Rhode Island women that are pursuing an education or job training beyond high school with transportation, child-care, tutoring, educational materials, and/or other support services. Previous winners may apply.

Deadline: 5 p.m. (EST) on May 10, 2019


The Annual GameAuthority Scholarships

Overview: Are you an undergraduate student that is using gaming or simulation programs to better your education in your studies? We’d love to hear how it’s advancing your learning experience and setting you up for success. If you think you can take on the challenge, please elaborate on your educational gaming experience in an essay! The student that best expresses their thoughts will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Deadline: April 15, 2019



Overview: The Irene Winifred Eno Grant provides financial assistance to individuals or groups developing an educational program(s) or project that is dedicated to health, safety, and welfare. This grant will be evaluated on the strength of the project proposal, budget, promotion plan, and expected outcome. The grant is open to students, educators, interior design practitioners, institutions, and an interior design related group.

Deadline: April 17, 2019



Overview: The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is designed to meet the needs and qualifications of a variety of students. At the time of submission, scholarship applicants must: have graduated no earlier than 2017 with an acceptable design-oriented degree OR be 1) enrolled or accepted for enrollment in undergraduate or graduate studies for six or more credits at an accredited college or university, and 2) pursuing an acceptable design-oriented degree.

Deadline: August 29, 2019


Creative Biolabs Scholarship Program

Overview: As a leading custom service provider specialized in the field of antibody production and engineering, Creative Biolabs is always happy to support young and ambitious talents in our field. In an effort to further support their research and higher education in the medical and science-related field, Creative Biolabs is proud to announce its 2019 Scholarship Program for awarding $1,000 to an outstanding college student.

Deadline: The two rounds submission will end on June 15, 2019 and July 20, 2019, respectively

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Women Forward in Technology Scholarship Program

Overview: Distil Networks strongly believe in education and improving diversity within the tech-startup community. Applicants must write an essay in 1,000 words or less about the topic: Which current female leader in technology inspires you and why? Female leaders can include CEOs, engineers, developers or anything in between as long as they are involved in STEM.

Deadline: June 15th, 2019


Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship

Overview: The SAWF Scholarship Program, introduced in 2011, provides financial assistance to women enrolled or enrolling in a STEM field at an accredited two-year technical program, four-year undergraduate program or a graduate program to be used for a career in the automotive industry. The amount of each scholarship is dependent upon the number of applicants and ranges from $1,250 to $5,000 each.

Deadline: June 1, 2019


James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Overview: The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDPRB), through Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), annually awards up to eleven $2,500 scholarships to eligible undergraduate students (sophomore through senior) enrolled in college/university programs that emphasize dairy. Majors include: communications/public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science, and Ag education. In addition, the NDPRB awards a $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship to the outstanding scholarship recipient.

Deadline: April 26, 2019



Overview: You can donate formal wear and accessories to benefit a local student.There is one $2000 scholarship awarded at the end of every month.

Deadline: Every Month until June 30, 2019



Overview: With scams, fraud, and misinformation, the internet can be a treacherous place for both younger and older generations. The good news is, we can foster intergenerational conversations and empower each other to be our best selves online. Take our quiz to find your strengths online. Based on your results, we’ll give you a customized action guide to start the conversation with an adult about being safe and responsible online. Take action by April 30 and you could even win a $5,000 scholarship!

Deadline: April 30, 2019



Overview: This spring and summer, DoSomething and the NFL are powering the largest, national youth-led food drive to keep kids across the country active, energized, fueled, and healthy. Complete the campaign, send us a photo, and be entered to win a $2,500 scholarship, as well as other great prizes through the NFL Huddle for 100 sweepstakes!

Deadline: See Website


Financial Plus Credit Union Scholarship

Overview: Financial Plus Credit Union will award two scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 to a Michigan resident that is currently a high school student graduating in 2019 with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or a current full-time college or university student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and able to provide current school transcript of grades.

Deadline: May 3, 2019 by 5:00 P.M EST



“You Will Be Found” College Essay Writing Challenge

Overview: The “You Will Be Found” College Essay Writing Challenge inspired by the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen offers a $1,500 scholarship to the college of choice sponsored by Stacey Mindich, Producer. The committee invites 11th-grade and 12th-grade students in New York City to write a college-application style essay (no longer than 650-words) that describes how “You Will Be Found” resonates with and inspires them.

More Prizes:

  • $1,500 cash scholarship to the college or educational institution of choice
  • A free six-week teen creative writing class from Gotham Writers Workshop (value from $309 to $350).
  • Four (4) tickets to see Dear Evan Hansen starring Andrew Barth Feldman, the 2018 Roger Rees Awards and The Jimmy Awards Best Actor.
  • The winning essay will be published on the Gotham website.
  • Recognition of winner on Dear Evan Hansen social channels.

Deadline: Entries must be made online and received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday, April 29th, 2019.


Voice of Democracy

Overview: The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

Deadline: All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31. 


Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest

Overview: Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarship prize money.

ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. This year we will award over 230 prizes, totaling more than $70,000.

Deadline: There are two Anthem contests for two sets of grade levels with deadlines set for April 25, 2019, & April 18, 2018.


Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program

Overview: In order to provide educational opportunities for future generations of science scholars, we’re offering $40,000 in scholarship funding to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited college for the upcoming semester.*

Apply now to win one of two $10,000 awards, or one of four $5,000 awards. See below for eligibility information, official rules, and profiles of past award winners.

Deadline: May 20, 2019


A Voice for Animals Contest

Overview: The Humane Education Network in partnership with the Animal Welfare Institute is pleased to announce its 27th Annual A Voice for Animals High School Contest. Participants must currently be attending middle or high school, or be home-schooled and under 19 years of age on the date the contest opens for entries. The contest is open to all otherwise eligible students worldwide regardless of nationality, citizenship or country of residence. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

Award: Prizes up to a total of $5900* will be awarded to high school students whose entries best promote the humane treatment of animals.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 (11:59 pm PDT)


Project Paradigm Contest

Overview: All it takes is a one idea. Use your creativity to win up to $100,000 and change the world. The students who submit the top idea in each age division (4-8, 9-13, and 14-18) will attend the Ceremony and compete for The Paradigm Challenge Prize!

Deadline: May 1, 2019


The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Overview: The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students. The scholarship award recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession. Each applicant must fulfill all the requirements listed below:

  • Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups:
  • Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, Pacific Islander.
  • Enrolling as or enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), emphasis on math or actuarial courses.
  • Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 620.
  • Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession.
  • Only applicants interested in becoming actuaries will be reviewed.
Award: $1,000- Freshman; $2,000- Sophomore; $3,000- Junior; $4,000- Senior
Deadline: 3/31/2019


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