Scholarships and Grants

This listing will provide search engines and scholarship or grant opportunities to research There are many good search engines you can use. Remember to check the weekly WHAT email newsletter for other scholarship opportunities and deadlines.  Page updated on December 18, 2012

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The US Department of Education has a wealth of information about paying for college.  This is about the most unbiased information you will get anywhere, and it explains the difference between scholarships, grants, and loans.  This is the first place you should go to make sure you are an informed customer.  Visit them at

Created in 1963 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Pennsylvania Higher Ed Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has evolved into one of the nation’s leading student aid organizations. Today, PHEAA is a national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial aid processing, outreach, and other student aid programs. PHEAA’s earnings are used to support its public service mission and to pay its operating costs, including administration of the Pennsylvania State Grant and other state-funded student aid programs. PHEAA continues to devote its energy, resources, and imagination to developing innovative ways to ease the financial burden of higher education for students, families, schools, and taxpayers. PHEAA conducts its student loan servicing activities nationally as American Education Services (AES) and FedLoan Servicing.

Scholarship Search Engines

Most of these search engines are run by for-profit entities and there are different ways they make their money.  In most cases, it’s by very annoying advertising that you must physically dismiss in order to get the information you seek.  Watch out for companies that use the information you give them to search for scholarships to try to sell you other stuff; oftentimes there will be a an ad that you have to click through to get to the next step, and the default will actually send you to the ad instead of the next stop.  Fill out the forms carefully, paying attention to the ads, and consider creating a temporary “scholarship” email address at one of the free email services (yahoo, hotmail, etc) so your regular email doesn’t get spammed too much.  Just remember to check that email address occasionally in case someone sends you actual scholarship information!

You will also want to read the scholarships carefully to make sure they really are legitimate scholarships and not just excuses to collect your information to sell you something later.  If you’ve never heard of the sponsor, check them out in a search engine to make sure it’s legitimate.  In NO case should you have to pay an application fee–if you’re asked to pay even a small fee, there’s a good chance it’s just a scam.

With those caveats, these can still be easy and valuable ways to start your search for money to help pay for college. one is run by the US Department of Labor, so no advertising and less chance of scams!

Temple Undergraduate Scholarships

Temple University has a number of scholarships and grants available for both incoming and continuing students.  Some are administered directly from Student Financial Services, some by the Russell Conwell Center, and some require a separate application to be considered.  The Student Financial Services maintains a list of these scholarships at

Study Abroad Scholarships

Temple’s Education Abroad Office has a list of scholarships just for students who want to study abroad.  For more details about these specific scholarships just for study abroad, see their website at

General Scholarship Opportunities

The following scholarships are sponsored by organizations outside of Tyler/Temple.  Students will need to research their own eligibility, and pay careful attention to application deadlines, which are typically anywhere between November to March for the next academic year.  Some scholarships will require a letter(s) of recommendation.  It is customary and polite to ask people you would like to write letters for you before you assume that they will, and in any case, allow no less than 2 weeks, but ideally at least 4 weeks before the deadline to ask for your letter, and provide your writers all they need (addressed, stamped envelopes, if traditional letters).

Pennsylvania State Grant

The Pennsylvania State Grant is open to eligible Pennsylvania residents who are able to sufficiently demonstrate financial need. To be considered for the award, you must be enrolled at least half-time in a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved undergraduate program of study and have a high school diploma (or a GED). Though you do not necessarily have to be attending a school in Pennsylvania, your chances of receiving more aid are significantly higher if you attend an institution within the state. Students attending postsecondary schools in Maryland, New Jersey or New York are not eligible.  For details, see

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship is open to students who can demonstrate noteworthy achievements through the creation of a “significant piece of work” aimed at improving the lives of others in the areas of science, technology, mathematics, music, literature, philosophy and outside the box. A “significant piece of work” is defined as an exceptionally creative application of existing knowledge; a new idea with high impact; an innovative solution with broad-range implications; an important advancement that can be replicated and built upon; an interdisciplinary discovery; an exemplary performance; and/or another demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment. You must also be under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2009 and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent U.S. resident, residing in the United States to be eligible for this award. Awards Available: Varies $10000 – $50000.

Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education

The Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education provides interest-free loans to undergraduate and postgraduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and financial need. You must be a U.S. citizen, have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $4,000 or less and attend school in the state in which you reside. You must also have an outstanding combination of standardized test scores (ranking in the top 10% of scores nationally) and grades. Law students or pre-law students are not eligible to apply. High school seniors may apply. Awards Available: Varies$5000 – $15000.

First Command Educational Foundation Scholarship

First Command Educational Foundation (FCEF) awards scholarships each year to persons seeking associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. FCEF also awards scholarships to persons attending a trade school or seeking professional certifications. Our scholars come from diverse backgrounds and have chosen to attend a variety of higher educational institutions across the nation. Scholarship applications are not accepted from the general public; rather they are accepted through First Command Financial Planning Advisors’ matched scholarship partnerships with organizations in their local community, through FCEF partnerships with local and national agencies, and from dependents of First Command Financial Services home office employees, clients, and their dependents.More information is at

Young American Artist Tribute Scholarship

Four $2500 awards to high school seniors. Applicants must have a 3.0 gpa in high school, submit an artist statement essay defining artistic goals and describing an American artist they admire, and have a declared college or art school major in visual arts. They also must demonstrate financial need. The application and guidelines are available at 

WorldStudio AIGA Scholarship

Each year, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships receives hundreds of applications from young people in this very predicament – desperate to influence the world with their amazing talents but without the financial means to do so. Fortunately, with the support of generous individuals, organizations and corporations, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only to realize their artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities.  Deadline is usually in the spring.  For details, see

Carpe Diem Foundation Scholarship

This merit-based scholarship is awarded to college students currently in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, exceptional leadership ability and a serious commitment to community service. Grants of $2,500-5,000 per year are awarded and may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or other academic expenses. Application Deadline: Typically early May. For more information, and to confirm the deadline, visit

The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarships for Environmental Studies

The mission of GCA is, in part, to protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and actions in the field of conservation and civic improvement. GCA offers various scholarships to encourage studies and careers in the environmental field. Application Deadlines: Typically early February. For more information and applications, visit

Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program helps disadvantaged students pay for college. For more information, visit

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

General Resources

The HEATH Resource Center

The HEATH Resource Center is a web-based clearinghouse that serves as an information exchange of educational resources, support services and opportunities. The HEATH Resource Center gathers, develops and disseminates information in the form of resource papers, fact sheets, website directories, newsletters, and resource materials.  They maintain a scholarship page at, but they also have a lot of other information that might be helpful for students with disabilities.

FinAid’s Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

FinAid, one of the general scholarship search engines, has a specific page for students with disabilities.  Visit them at

Temple Specific Opportunities

Temple has a few scholarships available specifically for disabled students.  These are administered by Temple’s Office of Disability Resources and Services.  Visit their website at for more information.

Outside Temple

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Scholarships are limited to individuals who are prelingually deaf or hard of hearing and who use speech or speech reading to communicate. Visit their scholarship website at

American Foundation for the Blind

Scholarships are limited to individuals who are legally blind or visually impaired.  Visit their scholarship website at

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.  Visit their scholarship page at

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Scholarships are limited to applicants who are legally blind and are studying for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired. Visit their website at

Blinded Veterans Association
Spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans are eligible for the annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship and Thomas H. Miller Awards to assist them with their higher education tuition.  Visit (scroll down for scholarship info).

Chairscholars Foundation, Inc.

ChairScholars Foundation provides scholarships for college and vocational training to low-income students with severe physical disabilities – giving them the opportunity to pursue their dreams because “no physical impairment should deter a motivated mind.”  For information on their scholarship program, visit \

Christian Record Services, Inc.

Partial scholarships are offered to legally blind young people striving to obtain a college education.  Visit for more information.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI)

Scholarships are limited to students with low vision or who are entering the field of low vision.  Visit for more information.

Hearing Bridges Foundation

Bridges serves to unite the Deaf, the hard of hearing and the hearing communities through education, services and support, empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.  For details about their scholarship program, visit

Foundation for Science and Disability, Inc.

The Student Award Program of FSD helps to increase opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and pre‑medical/dental areas for graduate or professional students with disabilities. For more information visit

Graduate Fellowship Fund Gallaudet University Alumni Association

Gallaudet’s GFF is used to provide financial assistance to deaf graduates of Gallaudet University and other accredited colleges and universities in pursuit of graduate study at colleges and universities for people who hear normally.  For more information visit

Hydrocephalus Association

The Hydrocephalus Association is pleased offers scholarships to young adults with hydrocephalus. The scholarships are $1,000 each.  For details, visit

Immune Deficiency Foundation

The Immune Deficiency Foundation is the national patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases through advocacy, education and research.  Their scholarship program provides scholarships to undergraduate students living with primary immunodeficiency diseases who plan on completing their secondary education.  For information visit

Incight Go Getter Scholarships

Incight’s mission is to cause success in education, employment, networking, and independence for people with disabilities.  As a part of that, Incight gives out about 100 national scholarships, with a preference to west coast students, every year to individuals pursuing a post-secondary education.  For information visit

Sertoma International

Sertoma’s Scholarship for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing, is the leading funder of the scholarships for deaf and hard of hearing students since the program’s inception in 1994. Students with clinically significant bilateral hearing loss, graduating from high school, or undergraduate students pursuing four-year college degrees in any discipline are eligible for the scholarship.  Visit them at

Lighthouse, Inc.

Lighthouse International’s Scholarship and Career Awards program recognizes outstanding students for overcoming the challenges of vision loss, helps them to pursue higher education and nurtures their career aspirations.  For more information visit

Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Scholarship

Scholarship is limited to students diagnosed with bipolar, schizophrenia, schizophreniform or schizoaffective disorder.  For information visit

National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. To apply, visit

National Hemophilia Foundation

Scholarship applicants must be individuals diagnosed with either hemophilia A/or B and a high school senior, with aspirations of attending an institute of higher education (college, university or vocational-technical school) or a college student already pursuing a post-secondary education.  For details, see

National MS Society Scholarship Program

National MS Society’s scholarship program exists to help highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college.  For information visit

P. Buckley Moss Society

The P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship goes to one or more high school seniors with financial need, with certified language-related learning difference and artistic talent, who plan a career in visual arts.  For information visit

Patient Advocate Foundation

PAF offers educational scholarships to those who have suffered (or are suffering) a life threatening disease or chronic condition. These students have, despite their disease/condition, excelled academically, server the community, and desire to pursue a secondary education.  For details see

Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarship Award

Scholarship is design to help to students with epilepsy who are pursuing a college education.  For information visit

Learning Ally

Learning Ally serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Each year, the Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards (SAAs) are presented to Learning Ally members who are blind or visually impaired and have received, or will be receiving their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. The awards are given in recognition of academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and service to others.  for information, see

CFCareForward Scholarship

The CFCareForward Scholarship was created to honor young adults with cystic fibrosis as they pursue goals of higher education.  For details, see

Spina Bifida Association of America

SBA’s scholarship program was established in 1988 to enhance opportunities for persons born with Spina Bifida to achieve their full potential through higher education. Scholarships from SBA make it possible for the student to choose educational pursuits that may otherwise be outside of financial reach. For more information, visit

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is committed to helping young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.  For more information, visit

Graduate Student Scholarships

Temple Specific Awards

All accepted graduates students are automatically considered for any Temple-specific scholarships for which they are eligible.  They are awarded by Temple University based on the strength of the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and academic/professional record as documented in the graduate application. To be considered, applicants must submit the complete admission application materials by January 15.

Teaching and Technical Assistantships

These awards carry full tuition remission with an annual stipend. All applicants are automatically considered for these awards, which are renewable.

University and Presidential Fellowships

These awards carry full tuition remission and annual stipends and are renewable. They are awarded by Temple University based on the strength of the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and academic/professional record as documented in the graduate application.

Future Faculty Fellowships

The Graduate School Office administers the Future Faculty Fellowships program, the goal of which is to diversify the American professorate by supporting students from groups that have historically been underrepresented. Nominees must be admitted to a terminal degree graduate program before being considered.

Jack Malis Endowed Scholarship Fund

Awarded to graduate students who are majoring in the area of glass.

External Opportunities

AAUW Fellowships and Grants Program

One of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. For more information, visit

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program

This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. For more information, visit

Philanthropic Educational Organization

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.  They offer several scholarship and loan programs to help women complete their education.  For more information visit

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family. It honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New Americans – permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents — each year.  At the time of their selection, fellows must be college seniors or early in the graduate programs for which they request support. For more information, visit

US Department of Education Office of Post-Secondary Education

Information on grant opportunities from the US Department of Education:

Multicultural Student Scholarships

General Minority Student Scholarships

Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program includes specific scholarships for traditional minority students.

Gates Millennium Scholars

The United Negro College Fund administers the Gates Millennium Scholars Program in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Organization of Chinese Americans and the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars. UNCF’s mission is to enhance the quality of education by providing financial assistance to deserving students, raising operating funds for member colleges and universities, and increasing access to technology for students and faculty of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Latino and Hispanic Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

Hispanic College Fund, Inc. Scholarship

The Hispanic College Fund, Inc. Scholarship is open to students who are Hispanic or of Hispanic descent. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico, be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year, and be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year 2009-2010. Additionally, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Awards Available: varies. Amount $500 – $5000.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund – General College Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund – General College Scholarship is available to students who are of Hispanic citizens. You must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident and plan to be enrolled full time in a degree seeking program at a two- or four-year U.S. accredited institution. You must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA, complete a FAFSA, and be pursuing your first undergraduate or graduate degree to be eligible for this award. Awards Available: varies. Amount: $1000 – $5000. and

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships of $1,000; $2,500 and $5,000. This premier scholarship opportunity is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future.

First in My Family Scholarship Program

The First in My Family Scholarship Program, developed in partnership with the Hispanic College Fund, offers scholarships to Hispanic-American students who are the first in their family to attend college and have financial need. The program is open to Hispanic Americans who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled as full time undergraduate students at approved, accredited institutions. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000.

African American and Minority Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

Black College Dollars Scholarship Search

This free scholarship search, geared for African-American students, contains more than 300 scholarships searchable by GPA requirement, academic and career interest, and application deadline. This directory is a part of The Sallie Mae Fund’s multi-faceted African-American College Access Initiative, launched in October 2005, to improve access to higher education among African-American students. Produced by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. UNCF provides operating funds for 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.

NAACP Scholarships

NAACP hosts a variety of scholarships listed at: for members of their organization.

Jack and Jill of America Foundation’s National Scholarship

The Jack and Jill of America Foundation’s National Scholarship Program is available to high school seniors who will become and maintain full-time status at an accredited, four year post secondary institution beginning in the fall of the year working toward a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements and deadlines to qualify. Scholarship awards will be applied toward tuition and room & board ranging from $1,500 to $ 2,500.

Native American and Alaskan Native Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

American Indian Education Foundation Scholarship

The American Indian Education Foundation Scholarship is available to a student of American Indian or Alaska Native descent. You must be enrolled full time at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or technical school to qualify. Awards available: varies. Amount: equal to $2000.

American Indian Scholarship – DAR

The American Indian Scholarship is open to Native American undergraduate and graduate students. You must have a minimum 2.75 GPA, demonstrate financial need and have proof of your American Indian heritage to be considered for this award. Preference is given to undergraduate students. Awards Available: varies. Amount equal to $500.

Native American Education Grant – Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

The Native American Education Grant is available to Alaska Native or Native American students. You must be enrolled full- time at an accredited college or university and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. You must also be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to students who are members of the Presbyterian Church. Awards Available: varies. Amount $500 – $1500.

The American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships and other support for the American Indian students. Tribal colleges, the vast majority of which are located on or near reservations, provide opportunity and access to post-secondary education where once there was none. Offering accredited degrees while keeping Indian culture and tradition at the heart of their curricula, tribal colleges are changing the face of Indian education, one graduate at a time. The Fund disburses approximately 5,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through continued education. As part of its support of the tribal colleges, the Fund also provides support for other needs at the schools ranging from capital support to cultural preservation activities.

Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s largest 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) with financial need. Based in Washington, DC, APIASF was formed in 2003. /

Asian Pacific Fund

The Asian Pacific Fund helps talented and disadvantaged youth pursue their goals by offering over 10 scholarships.

Japanese American Citizens League

The Japanese American Citizens League currently offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $60,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide. The National Scholarship and Awards Program offer scholarships to students at the entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, financial need and creative & performing arts. All scholarships are one-time awards.

U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) offers scholarships for high school seniors nationwide for their post-secondary education.

Organization of Chinese Americans

For over 10 years, OCA has provided assistance to deserving APA students achieve the ultimate dream of a college education. The diverse group of scholarships are based on factor such as achievement and financial need. These scholarships are available to APA high school seniors entering their first year of college in the upcoming Fall Quarter or Semester.

Scholarships for International Students

More opportunities may be available through the International Students and Scholars Services website.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

For female students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada, the MMMF awards grants of approximately $12,000 each; grants are not renewable.  The MMMF also typically invites the recipients to Washington DC to participate in a three day Awards Program organized in their honor. See requirements at

International Peace Scholarship Fund

The P.E.O. IPS Fund has been in operation since 1949. Believing that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding, members of the P.E.O. Sisterhood contribute funds for the purpose of providing scholarships for selected women from other countries for study in the United States and Canada. Grants are awarded to women from other countries to pursue graduate degrees in the US.  More information at

Organization of American States

The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Research leading to a degree. The OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF), established in 1983, grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens and residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States.  More information at

Adult Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

The Business and Professional Women’s Foundation maintains a list of scholarships and fellowships aimed at women age 25 and over, who are going back to school to upgrade their career skills, train for a new career or re-enter the job market.

Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund

The Talbots Charitable Foundation awards five $10,000 scholarships and 50 $1,000 scholarships to women seeking an undergraduate degree who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago. The application deadline is January 15 or until the first 1,000 eligible applications have been received, whichever is earlier.

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