Scholarships & Financial Aid

Individual Scholarships

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 2020-21 theme is "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?"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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020


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 December 31, 2020

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, 2020


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 $3,000, 5 finalists receive $1,000. Due January 15, 2021

APIASF General Scholarship (The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund) offers applicants scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Due January 14, 2021


AEF Scholarship awards scholarships 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. Scholarship is for $20,000. Due February 2, 2021

Reusethisbag Environmental Awareness Scholarship Environmental awareness essay scholarship. This year's essay topic is "Climate change is a hotly contested debate. Tell us about how you think climate change will impact future generations. Scholarship is for $1,000. Due February 1, 2021


American Fire Sprinkler Association Contest For high school seniors who plan to further their education at a college, university, or certified trade school in the United States. Scholarship is for $2,000. Due April 1, 2021


1 Do-Over Scholarship For students who want to reflect on past mistakes and how they could have done things differently.  Scholarship is for $1,500. Due June 30, 2021

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