140 Scholarship Opportunities for Women

Last updated: March 19, 2018

In 1960, women made up almost 38 percent of the college enrollment. Today, female students outnumber their male counterparts (at 56 percent), and are projected to outpace male enrollment growth into 2026, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Since women represent over half of enrollment and the cost of higher education is at an all time high, the need for financial assistance is a familiar concept for millions. Fortunately there are thousands of scholarships and fellowships catered to women, so the cost of college shouldn’t deter anyone from earning an undergraduate or graduate degree.

To learn more about how you can pay for college, follow this guide and use our interactive tool to sort through the scholarship opportunities for women that you qualify for. But first, let’s not forget how far women have come since the 19th century beginning with the first coeducational college in the U.S., Oberlin College.

Evolution of Women & Education

Scholarships and student loans impact the success of American female leaders who have contributed to technological and medical advances, economic progress, the prosperity of our country and more. The former First Lady, Michelle Obama, partly attributes her success to the help of scholarships and financial aid, based on a speech given by former President Barack Obama:

“Michelle and I, we're only where we are today because scholarships and student loans gave us a shot at a great education. 
— Barack Obama, 44th U.S. President

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, there are many opportunities available to help you pay for college—find the combination that works best for you.

 

How to Pay for College

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Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for women, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
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Grants

Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.

 
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Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
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Student Loans

You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.

 
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Federal Work-Study Program

Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.

 
 

If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.

Scholarship Application Preparation

Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your high school education to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Although there are scholarship opportunities that aren’t merit-based, it’s valuable to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests in case it’s a scholarship qualification.
Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or bosses, so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements and goals as well.
 
Whether you’re the valedictorian or have earned average grades, there are hundreds of scholarships to choose from. Below are a few types of scholarships you can look for.

Scholarships for Women

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by your intended major, award amount or if you’re looking for need-based aid. Click the box for a larger view.

Hit the Books Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: August 25, 2018

Students who are between the ages of 18 and 25 enrolled in an accredited university are eligible to apply. Winners will be selected based on a 500-word essay about the importance of education.

Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 1, 2018

Awards are given to current female undergraduate candidates who excel in mathematics and are pursuing a career in mathematics. Candidates can be freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time of their application.

Women in the Winners Circle Project Podium Grant

Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Applicant must have a minimum of three years racing experience and must provide a racing resume. Applicant must provide driver/team personnel, vendor/supplier/racing series, and sponsorship information as well as two letters of recommendation and a 250 word essay.

Adobe Research Women In Technology Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: September 28, 2018

Applicants must be female undergraduate students enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university and have at least one more year of undergraduate work to complete. Must maintain a strong academic record.

Live Your Dream Scholarship

Amount: $3,000-$10,000

Deadline: November 15, 2018

This scholarship awards women pursuing a degree who also provide primary financial support for themselves and their dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents. Must demonstrate financial need, motivation towards career/goals and must be enrolled into an undergraduate/vocational program for consideration.

Kabis Memorial Internship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Applicants for this internship at the National Federation of Republican Women headquarters must be at least a junior in college or a college student 21 years of age or older. Due to the nature of the internship, applicants should have a solid foundation of government knowledge with a keen interest in politics.

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 11, 2018

Females enrolled in an accredited STEM program in the U.S. or Canada are eligible for this award. Must demonstrate strong academics and leadership for women in computer science to be considered.

The Helen Laughlin AM Mode Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Women attending or planning to attend a four year college or university are eligible. Preference is given to amateur radio operators performing at a high academic level and those who are residents of the states of Texas and Arkansas, along with those from the ARRL West Gulf region.

Kappa Kappa Gamma Scholarships

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Initiated members of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority are eligible to apply for awards toward an undergraduate or graduate education. Students should have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Howard G. Buffett Fund For Women Journalists

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists offers scholarship awards to aspiring women journalists. Application periods run twice per year. Current eligibility requirements can be found on the scholarship's website.

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc.

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Grants are available to fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, visual artists and mixed-genre categories (illustration and text) to feminist women in the arts. Two application periods are available each year.

YoungArts

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

YoungArts offers female aspiring artists in grades 10-12 the ability to grow their abilities through mentorships, national recognition and other opportunities related to the pursuit of a career in the arts.

Journalism Education Association

Amount: $1,000

Deadline:

The Journalism Education Association offers scholarships to those who desire to teach journalism. Students must be current undergraduate or graduate students.

WIIT Charitable Trust Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,500

Deadline:

Currently enrolled women of an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited U.S. educational institution can apply for this award. Applicants must meet the age requirements on the current application and show proven interest in international relations, international trade, international development, international business or international economics.

ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Grants are available to 10th and 11th graders in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The leadership fellowship allows young women to put their ideas into action.

Judy Wendland-Young College Scholarship

Amount: $20,000

Deadline:

Applicants must be women 35 years old or older who have not previously attended an accredited university offering bachelor's degrees. Candidates must be admitted to an accredited institution offering bachelor's degrees.

Betty Hansen Continuing Education/Cultural-Heritage Grant

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Candidates must be enrolled at least part-time at an educational, accredited or approved school, or be in a workshop, course or seminar, or language class relating to Danish heritage or culture. This scholarship is awarded to women by the Danish Sisterhood of America.

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

To first qualify for any award, candidates must participate in a Distinguished Young Women event. College-granted and cash tuition scholarships are available. See scholarship website for various details and application requirements.

Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Women who plan to attend or currently attend an accredited institution in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee are eligible to apply. The Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship Program funds annual awards for various institutions and degree programs. See the program's website for details and participating colleges.

Lifetime Adoption Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Due to the Lifetime Adoption Foundation Scholarship's nature and mission, applicants must be a birth mother that placed a child for adoption after 1990. Applicants need to provide proof of part-time or full-time enrollment at an educational institution or trade school. Students must have a C or higher GPA.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Women over the age of 25 who are not citizens of the U.S. or Canada but attend institutions in those countries are eligible to apply. Some scholarships provide up to $12,000, while others offer funding for study abroad experiences. See the website for current awards and eligibility requirements.

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

This scholarship is for women who are the primary financial support for themselves and their dependents (see scholarship website for dependent qualifications). Applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in a skills training, vocational training or undergraduate degree program.

Talbot's Women's Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

To be eligible, candidates must be seeking an undergraduate degree from a two or four year university or college, or a technical/vocational school. For more details, see the Talbot's Women's Scholarship Fund website.

S. Evelyn Lewis Memorial Medical Health Science Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Undergraduate and graduate women enrolled in a medical or health field are eligible to apply. Students do not need to be members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

CTU International Women's Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

The International Women's Scholarship supports lay women who come from developing countries who are seeking Roman Catholic ministry credentials. Applicants must agree to work in their country after program completion.

Women In Defense HORIZONS Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

To be eligible for awards, women must be currently enrolled at a college or university pursuing an undergraduate degree at the junior level or higher, or be enrolled in a graduate program. Successful candidates demonstrate interest and intent to pursue a career related to national defense or security.

Presbyterian Women Leadership Development Grant Program

Amount: $500

Deadline:

Women active in the U.S. Presbyterian Church who wish to develop their leadership skills are eligible to apply. Scholarships are granted to those who wish to further the mission of Presbyterian Women.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Women of any age, pursuing an accredited business or business-related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field, are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Association for Women in Sports Media Scholarships

Amount: $1,000

Deadline:

Scholarships are open to full-time female students who are pursuing a career in sports media. Eligible majors include public relations, writing, copy editing and broadcasting.

Isabel M. Herson Scholarship in Education

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program for primary or secondary education. Students do not need to be members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Lullellia W. Harrison Counseling Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program for counseling are eligible to apply. Students do not need to be Zeta Phi Beta Sorority members.

Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,250

Deadline:

Candidates must be female undergraduate students at an accredited four year institution, with a major in math, engineering, or biological or physical sciences. Candidates may be the residents of any country.

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

Amount: $3,000

Deadline:

The P.E.O. Program supports women whose education was interrupted. Candidates must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program and be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Candidates are female survivors of intimate partner abuse who are now separated from their abuser who are in critical need of financial assistance. Applicants must accepted to or enrolled in a course of study at an accredited U.S. institution.

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

High school sophomore and juniors in high school are eligible to apply for the free 7-week program in their respective location. Candidates must have a U.S. address and be able to commute to and from the Girls Who Code program.

UPS Scholarship for Female Students

Amount: $4,000

Deadline:

Eligible students are female undergraduates attending an accredited institution for industrial engineering. Schools may be located in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

American Airlines Engineering Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 12, 2018

If you want to pursue a degree in aeronautical, electrical, or mechanical engineering with a passion to work in the airline/aviation industry apply to American Airlines Engineering Scholarship. The applicant must be US citizen or permanent resident minimum 16 years old and member of WAI to be eligible for scholarship.

AWIS Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

This merit-based scholarship program wants to encourage undergraduate female students who are majoring in physics, including space physics and geophysics, or geoscience. Interested applicants must be undergraduate members of the SPS national organization and intend to continue scholastic development in physics.

Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

This merit-based scholarship program wants to encourage undergraduate female students who are majoring in STEM fields. Interested applicants must be US citizens and members of the SPS national organization. While awarding this scholarship, preference will be given to a student with a disadvantaged economic background or someone who overcame significant obstacles in her life or someone who is the first person in her family to go to college or major in a STEM field.

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) Underrepresented Student Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The scholarship wants to encourage the study of physics among the groups that are underrepresented in science and engineering. U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are undergraduate student members of the SPS national organization are eligible to apply. The program awards students who are majoring in physics or a related science and intend for continued scholastic development in physics in future.

The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline:

The scholarship aims to support a woman studying architecture within a NAAB-accredited bachelor or master’s degree program. Applicant must be a US citizen who is a rising 3rd or 4th-year undergraduate or graduate student in the NAAB-accredited architecture program.

Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline:

The scholarship is offered to a female veterinary student in her 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of veterinary school. The recipient of this award will be selected based on her story of how she achieved her veterinary goals with the strength and determination of Dr. McGrath.

WSCGA Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The WSCGA Foundation wants to support the athletic dreams of young golfers through scholarship awards. The applicant must have completed high school, be a female Golfer and be a Southern California resident. The awards are allocated on merit basis.