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Top Scholarships and Grants for College Students

Student Loans November 22, 2012

Are you letting student loans control your life? There are many scholarships and grants that help you pay your way through college without having to rely on debt. In this article, we will look at twenty-five top scholarships and grants in alphabetical order, including scholarships by major, general, demographic scholarships and federal grants.

Academic Competitiveness Grant – First and second year students who received the Federal Pell Grant and demonstrated academic merit are eligible for this supplemental grant which works out to $750 during the first year of study and $1,300 for the second year.

American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Scholarship Program – Engineering students — both undergraduate and graduate — are eligible for the ASNE scholarships program, with the eligibility limited to $3,000 and $4,000 respectively for undergraduates and graduates.

Anne & Allegra Ford Scholarship – Graduating high school seniors planning to pursue undergraduate studies and have documented learning disabilities is eligible for two annual awards of $10,000 under the program.

AXA Achievement Scholarship – High school seniors are awarded $670,000 under this program, $10,000 will be awarded to 52 winners, one from each state and one each from DC and Puerto Rico, apart from 10 others who receive $15,000 each.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program – For over 20 years, college students aspiring to complete courses in science, mathematics or engineering have been awarded scholarships annually under this program.

Federal Pell Grant – Post-baccalaureate students and low-income undergrads are eligible for this need-based grant awarded on the basis of a student’s FAFSA for use at most accredited postsecondary institutions.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant – Undergraduates in exceptional financial needs are eligible for this grant awarded on the basis of the FAFSA and entitles the awardees to $100 to $4000 for every academic year.

Fisher House Foundation – Kids of deceased, retired and current military personnel — unmarried dependents below 23 years old — are eligible for this scholarship, which they will receive $1,500.

Foundation for Information Technology Scholarships – Information technology students are eligible for scholarships under this program, including both national and regional ones.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund – High school students, community college transfer students, and current college students (all of Latino/ Hispanic descent) planning to enroll in a university or college in the succeeding year are eligible for this award

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation – College juniors that are in either graduate or undergraduate programs who have committed themselves to pursue careers in the government or in nonprofits are eligible for scholarships under this federally-managed program.

Imagine America Scholarships – Adults who enrolled in skilled education courses are eligible for this scholarship as are military personnel and high school students who pursue similar programs.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – Graduates and undergraduates who are in financial need and demonstrate high academic merit are awarded competitive scholarships by this foundation. As much as $30,000 per annum is awarded to finish 4-year courses after getting transferred from community colleges.

Jeanette Rankin Foundation – Low income women over thirty-five years old who enrolled in their first bachelor degree, vocational program, or associate degree courses at an accredited school are eligible for this award.

National SMART Grant – Engineering, computer technology, math and science students who are eligible for Pell Grants are eligible for the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, a supplementary $4000 grant given to third and fourth year students.

NcCPAp/AICPA Scholarships – High school seniors committed to pursuing an accounting program are eligible for this $1000 scholarship run by the National Conference of CPA Practitioners.

Overseas Press Club Foundation – Undergraduate and graduate students interested in becoming foreign correspondents are eligible for this scholarship/internship course with twelve $2,000 scholarships given annually.

Ron Brown Scholar Program – African American high school seniors are eligible for this merit scholarship whereby ten students get $10,000 per annum for four years.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – High school students who are artists and writers in various categories are awarded millions of dollars every year under the program that is one of the oldest.

TEACH Grant – Graduate and undergraduate students are awarded $4,000 grants. They have to pursue a teaching degree in a secondary or elementary school meant for low income students.

The Blogging Scholarship – College students enrolled in a full time program who have interesting and unique blogs are eligible for this $10,000 annually awarded scholarship.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Scholarship Program – Minority high school students who receive a scholarship of $7500 per annum are eligible for the awards under this program, the awardees should be four-year college students with demonstrable leadership potential and financial need.

Tylenol Scholarships – Those studying health professions receive scholarships totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars annually under this program.

Unmet Need Scholarship – Families with a combined income not exceeding $30,000 are eligible for this award by Sallie Mae. The award ranges from $1,000 to $3,800 are geared towards students in need of an addition minimum of $1000 to their aid package.

USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship – High school seniors from families with an adjusted income not exceeding $35,000 receives $1,500 each under this scholarship program.

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