The Financial Aid Office (FAO) is often notified of scholarship opportunities outside of the BW community. As we become aware of these opportunities, we will update the list below.
- New and returning students are encouraged to complete the Scholarship & Special Award Application found on our forms page. (Be sure to use the correct one for the appropriate academic year.)
- If you are an incoming freshman, be sure to check with your high school guidance office, as they may be aware of opportunities.
- All students are encouraged to check with family members as their employers or membership organizations may provide scholarship opportunities.
In addition to the individual scholarship opportunities listed below, there are a number of websites that offer free scholarship database searches. These resources are listed for your benefit. You should check each one thoroughly before providing any personal information.
- Scholarlink (database search) from The Columbus Foundation (Ohio-based scholarships)
- FastWeb (click here for TIPS for maximizing FastWeb)
- College Answer
- 8 Steps to Winning a Scholarship
- Top Ten Myths About Scholarships
- College Resource Network (free scholarship search engine and college planning website)
- SchoolSoup (free scholarship directory)
While there are plenty of free resources available to students for free, some do require a fee. These types of resources may be scams. Before paying for anything related to scholarships, find out if they are legitimate. Additional scholarship search tips can be found here.
Outside scholarship policy:
Federal regulations require you to report any outside scholarship you receive to the FAO. We will apply your outside scholarship to your unmet need first by reducing Parent PLUS Loans or alternative loan eligibility. When necessary, we will reduce self-help portions of your financial aid package (Stafford loans, federal work-study) rather than reducing grants or other scholarships. In rare cases, some grants and scholarships may be reduced if the amount of an outside scholarship is such that all self-help aid has been eliminated from a student's financial aid package.
Outside scholarships are credited to your account after the FAO receives the funds, processes a revised Award Letter for you, and forwards the funds to the Cashier's Office. They are included in your financial aid reward on a "hold" status but will not help reduce the amount of your bill with the Cashier's Office until they have been received and processed.
Scholarships are listed by application deadline date, with the most immediate deadlines listed first. Please note: since these opportunities are outside of BW, eligibility requirements and application deadlines may change without our knowledge. We are providing this information as a courtesy to you.
**Please check back often. We will update this page as new scholarship opportunities become available.** Scholarships are listed in order of earliest deadline date. Last updated: 12/10/13.
|Working Parent College Scholarship from Job-Applications.com - deadline 12/15/13. Write a 600-1000-word essay that clearly outlines three keys to successfully balancing parenthood, working, and excelling in school. Click here for more info.|
|2013 Savvy Saver Scholarship - deadline 12/15/13. Write an essay on the following topic: How can college students use the Internet as a method of saving money on school expenses? Click here for more details.|
|2013 Foreclosure.com Scholarship - deadline 12/15/13. Who can apply: currently enrolled college students (graduate students, law students, and/or high school seniors are not eligible). Freshmen entering Fall 2013 are eligible once they have received student identification numbers. Application instructions and more info can be found here.|
|Rock Hound Scholarship - deadline 12/25/13. Who can apply? Currently enrolled college students or alumni who resides in the US. Complete a short survey and write a 500-word essay. Click here for more info.|
|The Rising Star Internship Competition, sponsored by American Advertising Federation of Cleveland's Education Foundation - deadline 12/31/13. Available to students who are pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree with a communication/marketing-related major such as advertising, marketing, graphic design, digital media, web design, photography, interactive marketing, copywriting, public relations, media planning, etc. who will be entering their JUNIOR year during the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications must be enrolled full-time (12 credits) and hold a current minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Click here for more information.|
|Go Red for Women Scholarship - deadline 12/31/13. Applicants must be a female of Hispanic, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or other minority origin; be a citizen/permanent resident of the continental United States or Hawaii/Alaska; be currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or allied health institution in the US; have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; complete an essay and submit two letters of recommendation with the application. Click here for more info.|
|2014 Talbots Women's Scholarship - deadline 1/20/14. Applicants to the 2014 Talbots Women's Scholarship Program must: be women currently residing in the US; be women who have earned a high school diploma or their GED on or before September 2004; be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full- or part-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or vocational-technical school; be attending the full 2014-15 academic year and receiving a degree no earlier than May 2015; have at least 2 semesters (24 credit hours or more) remaining to complete an undergraduate degree as of the beginning of the 2014 fall academic term. Click here for more info.|
|Express Metrix IT Asset Management Scholarship - deadline 1/25/14. One $5000 scholarship will be awarded to a student interested in pursuing a career in IT management. Applications will be evaluated based on an essay (500-1000 words) describing, in specific terms, how you hope to use your IT management education/background to make a positive impact in the business world. Click here for more info.|
|Drive to Learn Scholarship by Shift Insurance - deadline 3/1/14. Full-time students can apply (graduate and undergraduate). Write a 750-1000 word response to one of the posted prompts. Click here for more info.|
|College Club West Scholarship - deadline 3/14/14. Available to women whose official home residence is within the counties of Cuyahoga, Medina, and Lorain. Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any area of study. The scholarships will be awarded to women 25 years of age and older based on financial need, goals, and academic record. Click here for more info.|
|Education-Portal.com Scholarship - deadline 4/1/14. Several scholarship opportunities available, including: undergraduate: criminal justice/law, liberal arts/general studies, computer science/computer engineering; graduate: business administration, engineering, nursing/health, public administration/public policy. For more information, visit the website.|
|OZ Moving & Storage Scholarship - deadline 4/4/14. Choose one of the two essay questions. Click here for more info.|
|Sports Unlimited 2014 Scholarship - deadline 4/20/14. Describe a mentor you've looked up to in 500-1000 words and answer a quick survey. Click here for more info.|
|Emergency University $1000 Scholarship - deadline 4/30/14. Create an emergency response plan (ERP) for one of the scenarios listed here.|
|AWeber Email Marketing Scholarship - deadline 5/1/14. How has communication evolved over generations? Click here for more details.|
|Marketing EDGE Scholarships for 2014 - deadline 5/9/14. MarketingEDGE offers specialized scholarships to deserving full- and part-time students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels who have an interest in marketing careers. Click here for the full list of scholarships!|
|NAVEX Global Policy and Procedure Management Software Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. Click here for more info.|
|Big Fish Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. Write a 500-word essay on the mobile games industry. Click here for more info.|
|Abbott & Fenner Scholarships - deadline 6/14/14. The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school junior and seniors as well as students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on one of the topics found here. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words.|
|Nuvation Engineering Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. Click here for more details.|
|IssueTrak Help Desk Software Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. What is the future of help desk software? Answer that, and you could win this scholarship. Click here for more info.|
|PicMonkey $1000 Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. Take photos! Win a scholarship! Click here for more info.|
|Free Country Principles Scholarship Essay Contest - deadline 5/31/14. Write about something you truly believe in... Click here for more info.|
|Sunoco Rewards Scholarship - deadline 6/1/14. For the creative types! Two different scholarships - Creative Design and Digital Marketing. Click here for more info.|
|AlgaeCal Scholarship - deadline 6/30/14. Applicants must be currently attending a post-secondary institution in the US with at least a 3.0 GPA. Click here for more info.|
|Giva Student Scholarship - deadline 12/1 each year. Giva will award $1000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who write thoughtful essays, answering the following questions: How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals? Why? The essay needs to be between 500-1000 words, and must be submitted to Giva. A current resume must be included. For more information, click here.|
|The Company Corporation's Quarterly Business Plan Contest - (ongoing). Complete a business plan executive summary. Click here for more info.|
|Autodesk Scholarships and Competitions (ongoing). Various design competitions. Click here for more info.|
|Campus Explorer scholarships (ongoing). The Campus Explorer Exclusive Scholarship is a monthly $1,000 giveaway designed to help students pay for their higher education expenses. Every month, Campus Explorer will announce a new scholarship - and a new way to win. Winners will be randomly selected from the participants. Click here for more information.|
|Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Application deadlines vary by scholarship type.
College Student Scholarships - must be a community college, undergraduate, or graduate student; be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen; have plans to enroll full-time in a degree-seeking program at a two- or four-year US-accredited institution in the upcoming academic year; be pursuing first undergraduate or graduate degree.
Community College Transfer Student Scholarships - must be enrolled part-time or full-time at a community college; be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen; have plans to transfer and enroll full-time in a degree-seeking program at a 4-year US-accredited institution in Fall 2009.
High School Student scholarships - must be a graduating high school senior; US citizen or eligible non-citizen; have plans to enroll full-time in a degree-seeking program at a two- or four-year US-accredited institution in the upcoming academic year.
Gates Millennium Scholars - must be a graduating high school senior; be enrolling for the first time at a college or university as a full-time degree-seeking freshman in the fall; be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen; have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; demonstrate leadership skills, and significant financial need (Pell Grant eligible).
Kids' Chance of Ohio. (no deadline)
The mission of Kids' Chance of Ohio is to provide financial support to further the education of the children of Ohio workers who have been killed or declared permanently and totally disabled as a result of work-related injuries or occupational diseases. Specific requirements of the scholarship program are as follows: the student must be the child of an Ohio worker declared permanently and total disabled or killed; the worker must have an Ohio workers' compensation claim; the student must show financial need. There are several documents required to apply for this scholarship program. Please review each of the following:
Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. (no deadline)
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund was established to provide education assistance for postsecondary study to members of families impacted by events of September 11, 2001. Contributors to the Fund want to ensure that the children and spouses of those who died or were permanently disabled will have the opportunity to continue their education.
|The United Methodist Church - General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. (various deadlines, undergraduate and graduate students) Various scholarships are available for active, full members of The United Methodist Church for at least one year. Applicants must be pursuing a degree program at any accredited institution. High school students may apply if they will be college students in the fall term. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to be full-time students according to their school's standards for the program in which they are enrolled.|
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