Scholarships & Financial Aid
FinAid - A comprehensive website for students looking for ways to finance their education
Student Guide - Financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education
FAFSA on the Web - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
International Education Financial Aid - Resource for financial aid, scholarship and grant information for international students wishing to study abroad. Free scholarship search and financial aid information
NYS Higher Education Services - Grants, scholarships, and loan programs
Scholarships -Free scholarship search service and financial aid information
Big Future - Scholarship search through College Board
- New Visions Scholarship Opportunities - a guide designed to help NYC students find scholarships that fit their interest and qualifications
TheDreamUS Scholarship provides college scholarships to DREAMers who would like to get a college education but cannot afford it. Deadlines vary.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition Students compete for this award by writing and recording an audio essay on a patriotic theme. The theme for the 2018-19 contest is "Why My Vote Matters." The first-place winner gets a grand prize of $30,000 as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC. The program gives out a total of $2.1 million in awards and incentives each year. Due October 31, 2018
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Coca-Cola Scholars are judged primarily on their academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, and community service. This scholarship program gives out 150 awards of $20,000 each. Due October 31, 2018
Horatio Alger Scholarship Award This need-based scholarship is geared toward students who have faced and overcome great obstacles. To be considered eligible, your gross adjusted family income must be at or below $55,000. At the national level, there are 106 $25,000 awards; there are also state scholarships that range between $6,000 and $10,000. Due October 25, 2018
Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship Submit an online written response to the question: "Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive." (250 words or less) One winner will receive $2000. Due October 31, 2018
Burger King Scholars Program Applicants to this scholarship are judged on their GPA, work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service. Award amounts range from those as small as $1,000 to those as large as $50,000. Due December 2018
Dell Scholars offers financial support of $20,000, a laptop, and textbook credits in addition to services and solutions to address individual and systemic issues that can create major barriers to student success. Due December 1, 2018
The Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity offers a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to a student whose work of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, or other creative written expression (lyrics, plays, scripts, etc.) best reflects the originality, artistry, and dynamism embodied in Broadway's play, Hamilton. Due January 1, 2019
Profiles in Courage Essay Contest is open to High School students in grades 9-12. Students must describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917. First place winner will receive $10,000, second place receives $1,000, 5 finalists receive $500. Due January 18, 2019
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. This program provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships - up to $40,000. Due January 4, 2019
Ron Brown Scholar Program offers scholarships in the amount of $40,000 to African American college bound high school seniors. Due January 9, 2019
APIASF General Scholarship (The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund) offers applicants scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Due January 10, 2019
The Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student interested in public relations who would be able to fulfill a paid summer internship at the company's New York City headquarters. Award is $10,000. Due January 26, 2019
UFT / Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund is open to graduating NYC public school students. Students may be eligible for a $5,000 award (spread over 4 years). Due January 31, 2019
Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes and rewards students who have had a significant positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities through their volunteer efforts. Award is $1,000. Due January 31, 2019
Ascend Educational Fund awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school to attend public or private colleges and universities, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. Due February 2, 2019
Scholarship Plus offers students a college scholarship of up to $8,000 a year plus individualized support. Each scholarship is renewable for up to four years of study. Includes paid internships, academic counseling, summer job support, career advice, mentoring, and personal guidance. Due February 1, 2019
Jackie Robinson's Foundation Scholarship Program provides scholarships of up to $28,000 to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need. Due February 1, 2019
WACE Scholarship provides a co-op scholarship to high school senior who apply to at least one of the nine WACE partner institutions (Clarkson University, Drexel University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Oswego, University of Toledo, University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Due February 15, 2019
LULAC National Scholarship Fund rewards students of Hispanic descent who are planning to enroll in accredited colleges or universities with $2,000. Application opens February 2019
Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships awards a $5,000 scholarship (renewable for up to four years) to 2 high school seniors of African descent who plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following graduation. You must major in technology to be considered. Due February 15, 2019
Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship rewards scholarship money to graduating high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and communities. First prize winner will receive $10,000 and two runner-ups will receive $5,000. Due February 20, 2019
Live Out Loud Educational Scholarship was created to provide financial support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth who are pursuing a college degree. Award is $10,000. Due March 1, 2019
(ISC)² Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship for students pursuing or planning to pursue a degree with a focus on cybersecurity or information assurance. Award is $5,000. Due March 1, 2019
Engebretson Foundation Scholarship This need-based scholarship is awarded to one student each year who demonstrates not only financial need but also impressive academic performance and leadership ability. The annual award winner receives $5,000 per semester of college. Due March 1, 2019
Create a Greeting Card Scholarship Contest Students compete for this award by submitting a photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic to be used on the front of a greeting card. The winner will receive $10,000, and the winner's school will also get an award of $1,000. Due March 1, 2019
Gallery Collection Scholarship rewards $10,000 to the student who wins this contest. Students submit original
photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card. Due March 1, 2019
Fountainhead Essay Contest awards a $10,000 first prize, 5 second prizes of $2,000, 10 third prizes of $1,000, 45 finalists of $100, and 175 semi-finalists of $50. Students must write a 800-1,600 word essay. Due April 25, 2019
HENAAC Scholarshp Scholarships of $10,000 for Hispanic/Latinx students who demonstrate leadership within their community and who are pursuing or intend to pursue a degree in STEM. Due April 30, 2019
Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity provides a 4-year scholarship of up to $20,000 to students who demonstrate they are unusually innovative and creative problem-solvers. Due May 1, 2019
Live Mas Scholarship Submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that tells us the story of your life’s passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. Awards up to $25,000. Due May 2019
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