Non-institutional scholarships can be based on a variety of criteria including but not limited to academic merit, financial need, community service, area of study, organizational affiliation, place of residence or employment, and ethnic or religious background.
One thing to keep in mind is that non-institutional scholarships may affect the amount of need-based financial aid you are allowed to receive in your total financial aid award. Information about non-institutional scholarships and scholarship sponsors are usually available online and in books at your public library.
Use Caution on Scholarship Sites
The scholarship search websites to which we provide links do not charge for the search. However, some websites may sell your name to other companies. When you register to participate in the search, you should consider whether you want to receive mailings from groups who may buy your name and address from the website owners.
American Association on Health and Disability Scholarship Program
AAHD's scholarship program supports students with disabilities in higher education. Preference is given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in public health, health promotion or disability studies, including disability policy and disability research.
American Indian College Fund
This organization provides information about resources for Native Americans.
Archibald Rutledge Scholarship
The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship encourages and recognizes academic and artistic excellence; students compete for scholarships in creative writing, drama, music and visual arts. High school seniors enrolled in a South Carolina public school and planning to attend a state college or university are eligible to participate in the scholarship competition. Students receiving the scholarships must be United States citizens who have attended the state's public schools for the past two consecutive years.
Coca-Cola Scholarships are awarded based on character, personal merit and commitment.
Gates Millennium Scholars
This scholarship is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students further their education as well as expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. There is no specific course of study or major required.
Hispanic College Fund
This organization provides information for funding resources for Hispanic Americans.
James F. Byrnes Scholars Scholarship
All applicants must have lost one or both parents by death, have financial need and plan to pursue a bachelor's degree.
The J.E. Sirrine Scholarship Program
J.E. Sirrine Scholarships are available to high school graduates in the school district of Greenville County (South Carolina) and are based on financial need and academic ability.
United Negro College Fund
This link provides a list of some of the scholarship available from the UNCF.
The Watson-Brown Foundation Inc. awards $3,000 and $5,000 renewable scholarships to high school seniors and current college undergraduates. To be eligible, students must be from Burke, Columbia, Elbert, Glascock, Hart, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren or Wilkes counties in Georgia or Aiken, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenville, McCormick or Spartanburg counties in South Carolina and plan to attend any four-year, accredited college in the country.
Non-Institutional Scholarship Databases and Search Engines
Center for Scholarship Administration
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College Board Scholarship Search
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