Gates Cambridge Scholarships: The Gates Cambridge Scholars Program was established in 2000, by a substantial gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its aim is to create a network of outstanding scholars from around the world who will become leaders in addressing global problems related to health, social equity, technology, and learning. The scholarships cover fees at Cambridge, living costs and other necessities as well as a contribution toward airfare. The annual value of the scholarship is in excess of $30,000 and may be renewed for four years for students wishing to obtain a Ph.D.
Scholarship candidates are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic and intellectual achievement and are students who “have leadership potential and a commitment to serve their communities.” Candidates may study for a graduate degree in any field or a second bachelor’s degree but should have a convincing academic reason for pursuing their studies at Cambridge. In addition, candidates must be admitted to Cambridge University through the normal admissions procedures. There is no citizenship requirement for this award.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship
Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards approximately 50 scholarships for graduate study to outstanding students each year. Beginning in 2010 the Foundation will no longer accept college and university nominations for this scholarship. Going forward Scholars will be chosen from the Foundation’s undergraduate and transfer scholarship recipients and the selection will be done internally.
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship: Each year the Foundation awards approximately 50 scholarships to students attending community colleges or two year institutions in the US who plan to transfer to four-year institutions. Each award covers a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, fees and books for the final two or three years of undergraduate study. Award amounts vary depending on the cost of attendance, the length of the program and the amount of aid received from other sources. The maximum award is $40,000 per year. Students must have sophomore status by December of the year in which they apply and must be nominated by the campus Jack Kent Cooke Foundation representative. Students may not apply directly to the Foundation.
Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE)-Que Llueva Café Scholarship: This Scholarship was founded with the intent to help undocumented students continue on their academic path. This scholarship is a response to the lack of financial assistance provided to students, who do not have the legal documentation, that attend college in the United States. The “Que Llueva Café” Scholarship aims to support the dreams, hopes and aspirations of college bound undocumented students so that they can earn their college education and allow for all of their hard work and sacrifice to persevere.
- Must be of Chicano/Latino descent.
- Must be an undocumented student, defined as someone who was born outside of the U.S. and lives here without legal permission of the federal government.
- Must be or will be a high school or GED graduate who will enroll for the first time in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the academic year.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX): The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a reciprocal exchange program between the United States and Germany, designed to strengthen ties and understanding between the people of both countries. The fellowship annually provides to 75 Americans with the opportunity to participate in a program of cultural immersion that includes two months intensive German language training, semester of study at a German college or university, five-month internship with a German company, accommodations, transatlantic airfare, monthly stipends, and insurance.
- S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents
- Between 18 and 24 years old
- A high school diploma, Undergraduate or recent graduate
- Students in all career fields
For more information: https://www.cbyx.info/
The DREAM.US Scholarships: TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated students who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. The scholarships will help cover the tuition and fees for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of the organization’s Partner Colleges.
- Scholarships for first time College Students
This scholarship is available to high school seniors or high school graduates with demonstrated financial need who are first time college students and seek to earn a career-ready associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges. Students who are currently enrolled in college are not eligible.
- Scholarships for Community College Graduates
The Community College Graduate Scholarship is available to community college students with demonstrated financial need who have earned their associate’s degrees and seek to complete their bachelor’s degrees at one of the four-year Partner Colleges. Students who are currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program are not eligible.
- Note: for both scholarships, the applicants must:
- Have come to the United States before reaching the 16th birthday;
- Be DACA or TPS eligible and have applied for or received DACA or TPS approval; and
For more information about eligibility and application, please visit – http://www.thedream.us/scholarships/
Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship: Named after a former New York City Housing Authority resident and employee, this $1,000.00 scholarship honors the academic achievements of NYCHA residents with disabilities who are enrolled full-time in CUNY colleges and have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA): The Institute of International Education (IIE) today announced the relaunch of Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) to help American undergraduates study in East or Southeast Asia. Students can apply online starting February 1st for awards to study abroad beginning in summer 2016. Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. For more information about eligibility and deadlines, please visit:
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA): It was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010 to address the need for an independent study abroad scholarship provider. FEA is expanding access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships of up to $10,000.
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. (as of May 2015, we welcome applications from DACA students)
- Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S.
- Study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution
- Study abroad program must include at least 4 weeks (30 days) in country/countries
FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Those groups include, but are not limited to: minorities, first-generation college students, community college students, students with disabilities, student Athletes, veterans, and returning learners.
FEA has two types of scholarships – General Scholarships (for students who meet the general eligibility requirements) and Dedicated Scholarships (for students who meet the general requirements and indicate their interest through their application forms). For more information, please visit:
The Humanity in Action Fellowship: Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.
Program Dates May 24 – June 26, 2016 (US Fellows only)*
May 27 – June 26, 2014 (All Fellows)
Location Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw
Eligibility Students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States
International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Summer Fellows Program: The Summer Fellowship Program, the most notable student out-reach effort of IRTS, teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an expense-paid fellowship, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice. Each year college juniors, seniors and graduate students are selected nationwide to participate in the nine-week Summer Fellowship Program. Travel, housing, and living allowance included.
Eligibility: Extremely competitive. Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students. Accomplished students from all majors (including math, computer science, business, marketing, communications, etc.) are encouraged to apply.
For more information regarding the application, please go to: http://irtsfoundation.org/summer-fellowship-program/
Kaplan Leadership Associate’s Degree Scholarship: Established in 2006, The Kaplan Leadership Associate’s Degree Scholarship offers financial and academic support, including individualized academic advising, transfer counseling, college tours, mentoring opportunities, leadership training and development etc. to high potential associate degree students with unmet financial need who are also members of underrepresented populations in higher education. Scholarships for associate’s degree candidates can be up to $3,000.
Two letters of reference are required, one of which must be from a college professor or high school teacher who has taught the student in the last two years. Applicants must be members of Black/African American (or) Hispanic/Latino (or) Native Amiercan ethnicity. There is also an optional nomination form that must be completed by a member of the faculty, staff or administration at the student’s current college. The minimum GPA to qualify for the Kaplan Leadership Program is 3.5. If the student’s GPA is lower, there will be an option to provide an explanation on the application.
Josephine de Karman Fellowship: The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by Dr. Theodore von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in memory of his sister Josephine. The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize and support students whose scholastic achievements reflect professor von Karman’s high standards.
De Karman Fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college in the United States. Approximately eight (8) fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters or the equivalent where the quarterly system prevails), paid through the fellowship office of the university in which the recipient is enrolled for study in the United States. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed and is highly competitive.
NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program: This scholarship, sponsored by the New York City Housing Authority, annually awards a $1,000.00 scholarship to ten qualifying NYCHA residents who are enrolled full-time in a degree-earning program of the City University of New York. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) Awards: The MMMF awards grants to women from developing and middle-income countries to further their education and strengthen the professional and leadership skills they need to improve the lives of women and children. Women applying for the MMMF grant must meet all of the following criteria:
- Demonstrate a commitment to working to empower women and children in developing countries.
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Intend to return to a developing country within two years of completing degree or intend to remain in developing country at least two years to work towards empowerment of women and children.
- Are 25 years old at time of application deadline.
- Demonstrate satisfactory academic performance.
- Be a national of a country listed on the MMMF Country Eligibility List.
- Be enrolled at an accredited academic institution at time of application and plan to be enrolled for a full academic year upon receipt of grant.
- Not be a relative of a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund or Inter-American Development Bank staff or his/her spouse.
- Have not received a MMMF grant previously.
- Must be enrolled as a full time student with relevant student visa.
- May not hold: US citizenship or permanent residency (green card) or Canadian citizenship or Canadian landed immigrant status.
For more information, please visit: http://www.mmmf-grants.org/home/grants-home
Mexican-American Dream Scholarship: Since 2008, (Council of Mexican Federations) COFEM and its affiliated federations, as well as sponsoring partners, have come together to provide scholarships to outstanding students, who are immigrants, sons and daughters of immigrants, and AB-540 or DACA students pursuing their dream of completing a higher education degree.
Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a four-year accredited University or a two-year program at a Community College. Through a fundraising and matching collaborative, this scholarship program seeks to award scholarships of $500 to Community College students and $1,000 to undergraduate students attending four-year colleges or universities.
The Point Foundation LGBT Scholars: Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.Point provides scholarship support. Point scholarships are awarded on a “last provider” basis. Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc. It is the responsibility of the Point Scholar to secure as much outside funding as possible. Point is not intended to be, and cannot be, the sole source of support because there is no guarantee that the financial support will be the same each year, or will be provided each year.
Required Supplemental Materials (for Semi-Finalists only): 2-3 letters of recommendation, transcripts, verification of test scores that are submitted in the application, resume/CV, financial aid award, essay
Eligibility:individuals who receive a Point Scholarship Award and support are expected to be “out” as a person who identifies within the LGBTQ spectrum—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer. Each person who applies for a Point Scholarship is evaluated on the totality of their situation. Academic achievement, personal merit, leadership, involvement in the LGBTQ community, professional experiences, financial need, marginalization, personal and future goals are all taken into consideration.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: This fellowships program provides grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Each fellow receives tuition and living expenses that can total as much as $90,000 over two academic years. A Fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any field including law and medicine. Applications are accepted from candidates who have not yet begun their graduate studies and from candidates in their first or second year of graduate study as well. For the purpose of this fellowship, a New American is defined as an individual who is either a resident alien, a naturalized citizen, or is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.
PFLAG National Scholarship Program: This program is a critical component of PFLAG National’s highly successful Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All program, rewarding hard work and next generation leadership by youth who identify within the LGBTQ family, or as allies. The program, now in its 15th year, awards more than $75,000 in scholarships each year, and each year the recipients become more diverse, as do the scholarships themselves. In addition to PFLAG National scholarships, many PFLAG chapters have scholarship programs as well. Students are eligible to receive scholarships from both their local chapter and PFLAG National.
Eligibility Requirements for PFLAG National scholarships
- Must be a graduating senior entering higher education for the first time, this calendar year (if students graduated in the past year and took time off, they are still eligible to apply).
- Self identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer…or anywhere within the LGBTQ “family,” or as an ally.
- Demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBTQ community.
- Have applied to an accredited U.S. higher education institution. Cannot be receiving full tuition remission from other sources to fund the education (e.g., other full-tuition scholarships, established college trust fund, etc.).
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards: This award is provided by Soroptimist, a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse, to use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.
- Has financial need.
- Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
- Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
- Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
- Does not have a graduate degree.
- Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
- Has a Social Security number or Tax ID number. (This is required for tax purposes and is only necessary if you are a resident of the United States. You will not be asked to share this information unless you have been given an award.)
For more information, please visit: http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/live-your-dream-awards.html
Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship: The Watson Fellowship is a program of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. The Fellowships are named in honor of the founder of the Watson Foundation, Jeannette K. Watson whose husband, Thomas J. Watson, founded IBM. Candidates must be either second semester freshmen or sophomores at one of the 12 parter colleges and must have at least four semesters of full-time academic work remaining after the term in which they apply. Students must be registered in a liberal arts track, demonstrate competence in college work, be no older than 21 years old and be either American citizens or green card holders. The participating CUNY colleges are Brooklyn College, The City College, College of Staten Island, Hunter College, Lehman College, and Queens College. Each invited college may nominate up to four candidates to be considered by the Citywide Selection Panel.
The Watson fellows are expected to attend the award reception (April) and the three day orientation (late May), engage in three summers of diverse internships (each 8-10 weeks), complete weekly journals, engage in weekly summer seminars and events, participate in several term-time events, attend an annual campus visit (fall), and attend the Finale following the third summer. The stipend for the first summer is $5,000.00 and $6,000.00 for the second and third summers respectively.
Women’s Forum of New York Education Fund Awards: The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum of New York provides annual awards to encourage mature women of need to fulfill their potential through the pursuit of an undergraduate college education and to enhance their capacities to provide productive and supportive service to their communities. Since 1987, the Women’s Forum Education Fund has provided Awards to help mature Women of 35 and older pursue educational goals.
Eligibility: The Award ($10,000 each) will be given to women of 35 and over, who have faced and overcome adversity and now, after an interruption in their education, have resumed the pursuit of their first Associate or Bachelor Degree.
- Be 35 years old by the time of the application
- Resident of New York City
- Be pursuing her First Associate or Bachelor Degree, have earned at least 12 credits in good standing
- Have attended a college in New York City during the application academic year and be enrolled for at least 6 credits
- Have at least 6 credits remaining to complete graduation requirements
- If completing an Associate degree, provide evidence of intention to continue to Bachelor degree program
- Awardee must complete her second semester within twelve months of receiving the award
- Demonstrate noteworthy promise and resilience in the face of challenges
- Demonstrate a commitment to helping others and to making a difference in their community, large or small, when their own career goals are achieved
- Financial need is not primary determining factor in the section or recipients, although true financial need should be in evidence
- Submit an official Transcript with the application