Women are the majority of students at most colleges but they remain underrepresented in many high-paying fields. An abundance of scholarships and grants geared toward female students might help narrow this gap, especially those that are specific to certain areas of study, such as engineering or science.

Regardless of what field of study you want to pursue, if you are a woman seeking for ways to fund your education, you will probably find plenty of choices when choosing scholarships. Below you will find information to help you sort through your options with a comprehensive list of scholarships and grants for women and tips on how to apply and where to get started.

Scholarships for Women

Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
Science Ambassador Scholarship Full-Tuition Women pursuing degrees in science, engineering or math. Recipients serve as ambassadors for their fields. Dec. 1st View
Jane M. Klausman Women In Business Scholarship $1,000-$7,000 Women pursuing business related programs who can demonstrate outstanding potential. Dec. 1/Sept. 1 View
Influenster Code Like a Girl Scholarship $1,000 Female students with a passion for coding who are in their third, fourth or fifth years of undergraduate study. A GPA of at least 3.4 and a major in computer science, information science, engineering or a related field. Nov. 1 View
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program $42,000 Master’s and doctoral students pursuing oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology or related fields. Requires full-time student status and a GPA of 3.3 or higher. December View
American Association of University Women Scholarships $5,000-$8,000 Female students who have achieved high standards of academic excellence and show promise in their respective fields. Differs by region View
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship $10,000 Women with strong academic backgrounds and demonstrated leadership. Recipients are invited to the annual Google Scholars Retreat in Mountain View, Calif. Dec. 1 View
Emerge Scholarships $2,000-$5,000 Women whose education was delayed or interrupted. Requires demonstrated community service. Not for recent high school graduates or women who are eligible for financial aid. April 1 View
M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship $45,000 Women returning to physics research careers. Applicants have to have completed work toward a Ph.D. June 1 View
Women’s Independence Scholarship Program $250-$5,000 Survivors of intimate partner abuse who are full or part-time students. Special consideration is given to those interested in using their education to further the rights and options of women and girls. None View
PEO Program for Continuing Education $3,000 Women whose educations have been interrupted; who are returning to school to complete a degree or certification; and who demonstrate financial need. None View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
The American Association of University Women $2,000 Women accepted into an accredited college or technical program who have above-average previous academic standing. Varies View
The Lillian Moller Gilbreth Engineering Scholarship $11,000 Women with GPA’s of at least 3.0 who are pursuing chemical engineering Feb. 16 View
Science Ambassador Scholarship Fulltuition Women seeking undergraduate degrees in science, engineering or math. The recipients serve as ambassadors for their field Dec. 1 View
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship $10,000 Applicants are chosen based on their academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients are invited to the Annual Google Scholars Retreat in Mountain View, Calif. Dec. 1 View
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program $42,000 Full-time master’s and doctoral students in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and related fields, with GPAs of at least 3.3. December View
The A.O.E. National Foundation Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarship Varies. Female undergraduate students majoring in engineering or technical science, with GPAs of 3.0 0 or equivalent. None? View
Buick Achievers Scholarship Up to $25,000 High school or undergraduate students pursuing STEM degrees. Feb.? View
Intertek Engineering Scholarship $10,000 Recipients win both scholarships and Intertek internships.. Open to STEM undergraduates with GPAs of at least 3.2. None View
Microsoft STEM Scholarship Most awards go to underrepresented female minorities and those with disabilities. Students pursuing STEM degrees with at least 3.0 GPAs are eligible. Oct. 1- Jan. 31 View
Women in Aviation Scholarship $5,000 For students pursuing degrees in aeronautical, electrical, or mechanical engineering with the intention of in the airline or aviation fields. May 15 View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship $1,500 – $3,500 Undergraduates and first or second year graduate students studying or researching invertebrates at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station. Early winter. View
The Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship $1,500 Undergraduate chemistry majors in their junior or senior years, with GPAs of at least 3.5. May 1 View
Michigan Council of Women in Technology $15,000 – $20,000 Women actively pursuing degrees in technology related fields. October View
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program $42,000 Master’s and doctoral students in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and related fields, with GPAs of at least 33. December View
Dept. of Defense Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Full-tuition Students pursuing a variety f science disciplines are eligible, but recipients must be willing to work for the DoD upon graduation. GPA of 3.0 is required. Dec. 1 View
The Women’s Environmental Council Scholarship $1,000 Undergrad and graduates students in environmental fields, with minimum GPAs of 3.0. None View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
NCTM’s Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships Up to $10,000 Full-time college sophomores who are pursuing degrees as mathematics teachers for grades 7-12. NCTM also offers grants for classroom teachers. May View
Siemens Competition: Math, Science Technology $1,000 – $100,000 Students compete in science fairs to win a college scholarship. All students chosen to compete in the regional and national events receive awards. May View
Dept. of Defense Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Full-tuition Students pursuing a variety of science disciplines, who are wiling to work for the DoD upon graduation. GPA of 3.0 is required. Dec. 1 View
Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarships $6,000 – $30,000 Graduate and post-graduate students in STEM fields. Nov. 15 View
Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Course Work Scholarship $3,000 Full-time students in their junior years pursuing degrees in math. May 6 View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
Yukiko Howell Memorial S.T.E.M. Scholarship $1,500 Female members of The Washington State Chapter of Women in Aviation who are pursuing degrees in STEM. Candidates must be volunteers in STEM or aviation related events or activities. Nov. 16 View
Delta Air Lines Engineering Scholarship $5,000 Undergraduates in aerospace/aeronautical, electrical, or mechanical engineering. The award also includes a trip to the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. N/A View
Alaska Airlines Scholarship $2,500 College junior or seniors, with GPAs of at least 3.0, who are pursuing professional airline pilot careers.. N/A View
AOPA Student Pilot Scholarship $3,000 Women in Aviation members pursuing private, recreational, or sport pilot certificates. Recipients are chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set and achieve goals, involvement in general aviation, and commitment to completing flight training. N/A View
Bunny M. Connors Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Women in Aviation members pursuing private pilot certificate or instrument rating. Flight training has to be completed in 12 months. NA View
The Christine Reed Memorial Flight Scholarship $2,500 Women ages 16-30 who have soloed within the last six months and are working towards a sport pilot, or private pilot certificate. N/A View
Dare to Dream Scholarship $3,000 Women earning instrument or multiengine rating, commercial or CFI certificates. Merit, career aspirations and dedication are also required. N/A/ View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program Up to $20,000 Students with GPAs of at least 3.3, who are willing to comply with at least two NIH service obligations. March View
Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association Scholarship $1,000 to $7,500 Students enrolled in state-approved schools of nursing or pre-nursing in associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, master’s or doctorate, programs. Funds are not available for graduate study unless it is for a first degree in nursing. Jan. 29, 2016 View
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Full tuition Requirements are set by the U.S. government, depending on the needs of healthcare facilities that have critical staffing shortages. May View
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship $5,000 Nursing students enrolled in nursing schools affiliated with CertifiedBackground.com. or have submitted an application through the nursing profession’s centralized application service, NursingCAS. December 31, March 31, June 30, and September 30 View
Hurst Reviews/AACN Nursing Scholarship $2,500 Students in pre-licensing nursing programs. Jan. 15, July 15 View
Uniform Advantage-GNSA Scholarship $2,500 Graduate nursing students who are positively impacting the future of healthcare. One scholarship is awarded in the fall and another in the spring. Requires a minimum GPA of 3.5 and member of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy. Jan. 31 View
Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship Varies Minority nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty; must be enrolled in a full-time doctoral nursing program or clinically-focused master’s degree program. May View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
Women in Technology Scholarship $2,500 College-bound women pursuing careers in computer science, information technology, management information systems, computer engineering and related fields. Candidates are evaluated on a number of factors including academic performance, community involvement and leadership qualities. March View
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship $10,000 Students with strong academic backgrounds and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients are invited to the Annual Google Scholars Retreat in Mountain View, Calif. Dec. 1 View
Palentir Scholarship for Women in Technology $1,500 – $10,000 Undergraduate women who have completed at least one full academic year and demonstrate a strong focus in computer science or a STEM field. August View
Michigan Council of Women in Technology $15,000 – $20,000 Women actively pursuing degrees in a technology related fields. October View
Microsoft STEM Scholarship The majority of awards go to underrepresented female minorities and those with disabilities. Students pursing a STEM degree who maintain a 3.0 are eligible. Oct. 1- Jan. 31 View
Influenster Code Like a Girl Scholarship $1,000 Female students with a passion for coding who are in their third, fourth or fifth years. A GPA of at least 3.4 and a major in computer science, information science, engineering or a related field. Nov. 1 View
Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship $20,000 Graduate students who are studying computer science, electrical engineering or mathematics. Participating universities nominate candidates during their first year of graduate studies. Through the school View
Buick Achievers Scholarship Up to $25,000 High school or undergraduate students pursuing STEM degrees. Feb. View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Fund $15,000 Law school students who participate in pro bono projects and volunteer activities. March View
The American Association of University Women’s Selected Professions for Fellowships for African-American Women $5,000 – $18,000 Graduate students fields in which women traditionally have been underrepresented: The business, law or medicine. Jan. 10 View
The Equal Justice America Scholarship $1,500 Law students who work for non-profit public interest firms that benefit indigent and impoverished populations. The student has to secure a position at a public interest firm for a semester. Applicants considered on rolling basis View
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Varies American Legal Scholars who advance the study and use of law to build mutual understanding between U.S. individuals and others outside the country. View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
Dr. Bessie Elizabeth Delaney Award for Female Students $10,000 Dental students enrolled in a postgraduate dental degree. Must be a National Dental Association Foundation member. May 15 View
The Scott A. Gunder, MD, DCMS Presidential Scholarship Fund $1,500 Pennsylvania residents (for 12 months prior) enrolled full-time at Penn State College of Medicine. Applicants must be second-year medical students. April 15 View
Mark B. Holzman Scholarship Trust $2,000 Delaware residents enrolled in full-time graduate-level program of medicine, law, dentistry or the ministry. N/A View
The American School Health Association Scholarship: William A. Howe Award $1,000 Students who have demonstrated significant accomplishments and contributions in the field of school health over an extended span of time. May View
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship $5,000 – $10,000 Graduate students in public health, health education, medical school, nursing or pharmacy degree programs and have one or more years of school left. June 30 View
Florence P Kendall Doctoral Scholarship $5,000 Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants working toward doctorates. Candidates must exhibit outstanding performance within their first years of the post-professional doctoral program. December View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship $20,000 Doctoral students in science, math, engineering, technology or gender studies who have an approved research proposals and who have completed all coursework and exams. November View
American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Fellowship $30,000 Scholars with research Ph.D.’s in all fields of study. Tenured professors are not eligible. November View
Jane M. Klausman Women In Business Scholarship $1,000 – $7,000 Business students with outstanding potential. Dec. 1/Sept. 1 View
M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship $45,000 Women returning to physics research careers, who have partially completed PhD. Programs. June 1 View
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program $42,000 Full-time master’s and doctoral students in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and other related fields. A GPA of 3.3 or higher is required. December View
Amelia Earhart Fellowship $10,000 Women pursuing graduate Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and engineering. Nov. 15 View
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship $10,000 Students with strong academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients are invited to the Annual Google Scholas’ Retreat in Mountain View, Calif. Dec. 1 View

Scholarships for Special Groups of Women

Women with disabilities or economic hardships may face many barriers when trying to pursue a post-secondary education. Aiming to relieve some of this burden, nonprofit organizations and other types of institutions provide a number of scholarships, grants and awards for these students each year. Some of these help women returning to college, while others are geared toward moms. Women who served in the military and ones over 40 also can find programs geared towards them.

Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
Emerge Scholarships $2,000-$5,000 Women whose education was delayed or interrupted, who also have strong records of community service. Not intended for recent high school graduates or women who are eligible for financial aid. April 1 View
M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship $45,000 Women returning to complete Ph.D.’s in physics. June 1 View
Soroptimist Live Your Dreams Award $3,000 – $10,000 Nontraditional students who face economic, social or physical challenges. Nov. 15 View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
Renate W. Chasman Scholarship $1,000 Women graduate students who perform research at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in the STEM disciplines. Nov. 30 View
Sophie Greenstadt Scholarship for Mid-Life Women $1,000 Women at least age 35 who are re-entering or continuing school to gain economic independence. May 1 View
The Osher Reentry Scholarship Program Up to $50,000 Undergraduate students ages 25 to 50, who have experienced a gap in their educations of at least five years. September View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship $1,000 – $2,500 Women serving in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard or children of women who served honorably. Applicants must have GPAs of 2.5 and must be enrolled in a community college or certificate-granting institution. Jan. 15 View
Women Marines Association Scholarship $1,500 – $3,000 Women who served or are serving in the U.S. Marine Corps or Reserve or who have completed two years in the Marine Corps JROTC program. Feb. View
Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Full-tuition Women enrolled in accredited graduate institutions for health. Professions. N/A View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation $500 – $2,000 Women who have physical disabilities; are graduate students; are attending accredited universities in the U.S.; and who are involved in national, local or state disability organizations. June 1 View
Anne Ford Scholarship Learning-disabled candidates of all backgrounds are eligible, but women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must have GPAs of 3.0 or more. Dec. 15 View
Allegra Ford Scholarship $2,500 High school graduates who have been diagnosed with a learning disability; are enrolled in a technical training program, vocational school or community college; and who participate in community and school activities. Dec. 15 View
Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
The Women’s Opportunity Award $2,000 Women demonstrating financial need who provide the primary financial support for their families and who are currently enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational training program or undergraduate degree programs. Nov. 15 View
Patsy Takemoto Mink Scholarship Up to $5,000 Low-income women, especially mothers who are pursuing post-secondary educations. April View

They Give Scholarships for That?

There is a scholarship for everyone, really. Here are some interesting and unusual scholarships that you may want to try applying for. At the very least, you’ll have some fun applying for them.

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Scholarship Contest Award: $2,000

Requirements: The applicant with the best duck call wins.

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Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship Award: Varies

Requirements: For high school grads of Mount Carmel Public high school who stay away from drugs, alcohol, tobacco and don’t participate in strenuous athletic contests.

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Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship Award: $1,500

Requirements: Recipients have to have an interest in sheep from an academic perspective.

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Zinch Weekly Three-Sentence Essay Scholarship Award: $1,000 each week

Requirements: For students who hate writing essays.

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The Starfleet Academy Scholarship Award: $500

Requirements: Have to be a member of Starfleet, an organization for Star Trek fans.

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Scholarships for Minority Women

Female students who also belong to a minority group have additional options when looking for scholarships or grants. Here are some of the main scholarships we have identified for minority women.

Program Amount Who qualifies Deadline Where to apply
Hispanic Scholarship Fund $500-$5,000 People of Hispanic heritage who have GPAs of at least 3.0 and who and plan to enroll in four-year universities or graduate schools. January View
LULAC National Scholarship Fund $250-$2,000 Youth in under-served communities; applicant must have GPAs of at least 3.5; a 29 or higher on the ACT test or 1350 or higher on the SAT Test; and proven community involvement. . March View
The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship $8,000 African-American undergraduates with financial need; record of academic achievement; and demonstrated public service. May View
The National Association of Black Journalists Awards $1,500-$5,000 African-American women studying journalism. January View
The Ron Brown Scholarship $40,000 African-American high school seniors likely to make an impact on society. Applicants are assessed on academic performance; leadership; community service; and financial need. Nov. 1, Jan. 9 View
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society Intel Scholarship $5,000-$10,000 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian AISES members who are pursuing degrees in the fields of science and engineering, with GPAs of at least 3.0. Must be a member of an American Indian tribe, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or otherwise considered to be an American Indian by the tribe/community with which affiliation is claimed. May View
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Scholarship Varies African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with significant financial need. Jan. 13 View
Accenture Undergraduate Scholarships $20,000 American Indians seeking higher education; with GPAs of at least 3.25; with financial need. N/A View
The UNCF/Dell Corporate Scholars Program $5,000 Minority students with GPAs of at least 3.0; who are sophomores or juniors during the application process and whose academic focus is in one of these fields: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, accounting, finance, marketing, business, business operations, computer information systems, computer science, and software development. October View

Winning a Great Scholarship

It can take some searching to find the scholarships that seem to be most worthwhile for you.

If you are currently in high school, mine the career center and school library for specialty resources and guides that can help you narrow down the universe of options to a manageable list. Career counselors and college financial aid officers often can direct you to specific websites, scholarship sources and information that might not be obvious via online search. Once you are accepted to a college, be sure to ask its financial aid staff about additional scholarships for current students. You can also check out the U.S. Department of Labor grant search tool for more resources and additional scholarship options.

Harvesting the Most You Can from Scholarships

To maximize the amount of money you can get from scholarships you will have to apply for multiple awards. Be organized, strategic and smart.

First, create a list or chart of the best bets, the deadlines for those scholarship applications, and the unique criteria for each. Prioritize them according to how much each organization gives to students like you. Spend the most time, effort and creativity on the richest scholarships, and pace your energy and time for the others accordingly.

To maximize your time get all your paperwork in order ahead of time. That means gathering transcripts, test scores, achievement awards, references and letters of recommendation.

Don’t forget to build in reminders on your calendar about deadlines, giving yourself plenty of time to complete the applications, write essays, edit the essays, and to have someone else proofread them. Don’t wait until the last minute: websites sometimes crash under the crush of applicants rushing for the deadline.

Remember that the bigger the prize, the greater the competition. Expect that many other well-qualified students will also be going for the same scholarships. Sometimes, the details make all the difference. Make sure that you have complied with all the technical requirements of the application; have a friend or teacher edit and proof your essay and cover letter; and polish your writing to make a strong first – and lasting – impression.

Tips: How to Write an Essay for a Scholarship Application

  • Most scholarship applications require all or most of these basic elements:
    • Transcripts of your grades and academic performance

    • Letters of recommendation

    • A cover letter

    • An essay that shows why you will succeed at your studies – and why you are a great investment

    The essay is your chance to shine. Lots of applicants will have good grades, but the essay is where you show how you are different – and, presumably, better.

  • Proven essay themes include:
    • Personal experiences that show why you deserve this scholarship

    • Challenges you have overcome

    • Misconceptions that you have grappled with

    • Humorous experiences changed your perspective

  • Proven essay structures include:
    • Opening with a short example or anecdote

    • Leading with a strong observation or opinion

    • Summarizing your key point in a paragraph either early or at the end

    • Discussing your process – not just what you think but how you arrived at your opinions

    • Drawing in a few statistics from outside research and challenging those facts, either proving or disproving them

    • Showing how a seemingly unrelated experience gave you insight about your career or life direction

    • Snippets of conversations that show how you collaborate with others

    • Ending with a ‘forward spin’ that shows the scholarship committee that you have not just vision, but a plan to achieve it.

    Consider writing a couple of template essays or personal statements that you can quickly customize for each scholarship application. And include details about your interest, experience, service and intentions for the career or field you hope to pursue. Scholarship committees want to see that you are already on your way; showing what you have already accomplished demonstrates motivation and focus.

Other People’s Words: How to Get A Glowing Letter of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation can be a tip factor. While you can’t put words on other people’s letters, you can work with your recommenders to craft a truthful and positive message about what you’ve done and where you are headed.

First, line up several potential recommenders. Ask them only for recommendations for scholarships relevant to your experience with them. For instance, ask science instructors for recommendations for science scholarships, and nonprofit leaders for letters relating to your volunteer experience with their organizations. The better the match, the most sincere and relevant the letter.

Additional tips for eliciting warm, on-point recommendations:

  • Ask early. Many recommenders receive numerous requests.

  • Help them help you. Provide details about what the scholarship is for, what the decision criteria are, and why you believe you are a good candidate.

  • Include dates and details that help your recommender be specific. For example, in your request, remind your recommender that you were a camp counselor in the summer of 2015, and that she had asked you to be the lead counselor and volleyball coach for the summer of 2016.

  • Include highlights of your career goals.

  • Add your complete contact information.

Additional Sources of Funds for School

Scholarships are a start, but you’ll find many additional sources of funds to cover tuition, living expenses and fees.

College grants typically are based on financial need more than on academic performance or extracurricular activities. Just like there are many different types of scholarships there are also a slew of grants. Grants are given from the Federal and State governments, public and private organization and professional organizations. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply for college grants.

Tuition reimbursement by employers. Many companies will pay for some or all of their employees’ college studies if the subjects are directly related to the employees’ jobs. Before you commit to a college program, check with your company’s benefits department to make sure you understand all the conditions for tuition reimbursement.

Tax credits, under some circumstances, can lower your college bills. For instance, the American Opportunity Credit can offset up to $2,500 in college expenses for some students. The Lifetime Learning Credit can provide some students with a $2,000 credit, which can be used for post-secondary education and for classes to improve job skills. Student loan Interest deductions might offset some of the cost of student loans. As with all tax credits, be sure to check with a tax professional so that you claim all that you can without counting on credits that are not relevant to your situation.

Questions and Answers About Scholarships for Women

Mark Kantrowitz

Mark Kantrowitz is a nationally-recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships and student loans offers. Here are some tips from Mark on how to succeed at your scholarship applications.

What is the best way for students to find a scholarship?

The best way is for students to use a free scholarship matching service, which can be found freely on the Web. Fill in information about your background, major, GPA, hobbies and other demographic information and the service will show you only the scholarships that you are eligible for. Not only will this show you women-only scholarships, but also gender-neutral scholarships that match your background.

How do you maximize your scholarship choices?

When using any of the matching services make sure you are thorough and complete all the questions including the optional ones. Because scholarships can be for specific causes such as cancer or swimming, skipping those optional questions can shut you out from awards. By answering every question you can double the amount of matches and thus the money you can win.

What is the best strategy to get funding?

Applying for multiple scholarships may seem daunting but applying for every one you are eligible for will increase your chances. There’s an element of chance with the selection process so if you apply for a bunch of them and lose out on one there’s a good chance you will win another one.

Should you skip essay scholarships or low funding ones?

Writing an essay may conjure up feelings of dread but skipping ones with essays or scholarships that pay out only $500 could mean you are leaving money on the table. Let’s say you don’t like competitions that involves an essay or a dollar amount of only $500. Other students like you aren’t going to enter either, making it a less competitive scholarship and thus increasing your chances of winning one of them.

How can you cut down on the time to fill out applications?

Once students get through the first half a dozen scholarship applications the process gets a lot easier. That’s because you can reuse your essays, tweaking them a little each time. Not only does that reduce the time spent but it improves the essay each time it is edited. Not to mention the scholarship essays will help prepare you for your college admissions essay.

What is a good way to write the application essay?

Instead of answering the question by writing, answer it out loud and record the answer. People can type 30 to 60 words per minute but they can speak about 200 words a minute. It will be a lot easier to get out a 300-word essay verbally and then transcribe the recording and shape it in to the essay.

Are their essay snafus that will eliminate you?

Don’t go over the word length. If the essay requires 300 words and you write 600 words that shows you are not following instructions.

How do you ensure you don’t miss the deadlines?

Get organized. Write down a list of the applications and their deadlines. Tackle the earliest deadline first and then work down your list. If you miss the deadline it is entirely your fault.

Are your chances hurt if you omit anything?

Leaving anything out of the application will result in you being eliminated. Make sure everything requested is there and that you follow the instructions correctly.

What should you do to stay on top of your applications?

Send you application package by a method that gives you proof of receipt like certified mail. That way you’ll know if the scholarship sponsor doesn’t receive you application.

Women’s Career Achievements by the Numbers

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Source: American Progress, Whitehouse.gov