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Ron Brown Scholarships—Go to: The award: Leadership, community service, all fields. The deadline is usually in January. This is a most prestigious scholarships and it is very, very competitive.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship—Go to: . The award: $6,000 per year. Number of winners about 100. It is renewable. Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. Deadline is usually in April.

United Negro College Fund Scholarships—Go to: The UNCF is a major scholarship gateway. The awards are of varying amounts, and there are a great many under different names and requirements (Grandmet, Duracell, for example). The deadline is usually December.

Intel Science Talent Search—Go to: The award is from $5,000 to $100,000. There are approximately 40 awards in this prestigious competition. You must present a scientific research project. Deadline is usually December.

NACME Scholarships—(National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering). Go to: The award amounts to $20,000 and many are awarded. This is a major engineering scholarship gateway. You must be an engineering student. The deadline is usually in February.

Gates Millennium Scholarships—Go to: The Gates Millennium Scholarship is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need. The scholarship will cover room, board and tuition for at least 1,000 high school students a year. Deadline: March 15.

NSBE Scholarships—(National Society of Black Engineers)—Go to: Award amounts generally range from $1,500 to $3,000 for members of NSBE. Number of awards varies. This is primarily for engineering students, and others majoring in related disciplines. Deadlines vary.

ARMY ROTC Scholarships—(for Historically Black Colleges)—Go to: Students looking to enroll at a HBCU must enroll in the Army ROTC. Award amount to full-tuition. Many awards. Must have minimum 920 on SAT or 19 ACT score. Deadline is November 15.

American Institute Of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships (AICPA)—Go to: For undergraduates studying accounting at a U.S. college with at least 30 credits completed. Awards up to $5,000 with about 300 winners annually. Deadline is in July.

Developmental Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Scholarships—Go to Award amount: $2,000 and renewable. Several scholarships granted. This is for science or engineering students at HBCUs. Deadline is June 15.

Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarships—Go to: This is a major competition with hundreds of over 250 awards going to “scholars,” with academic, leadership, and talent qualities. The award amount is from $4,000 to $20,000. You can apply on-line. The deadline is October 31.

Ambassadorial Scholarships—Go to: This is the prestigious “Rotary” organization scholarship for students who can speak another language and want to study abroad in the “host” country of that language. Award amounts are from $10,000 to $23,000 for a 3 month to full year of study abroad. You should have completed at least 2 years of college work.

Xerox Technology Minority Scholarship—Go to and type in “Scholarship” in the search engine. This is a good scholarship for strong minority scholarships for students studying in areas like chemistry, engineering, physics, and “tech” areas. The award amount is up to $4,000 for undergraduates and more for graduate students. The deadline is September 15.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships—Go to: The link is to the Chicago headquarters and the gateway of scholarships. Note that there are over 700 AKA Chapters. You would be wise to contact a sorority in your local vicinity. Scholarship opportunities abound. The deadline at AKA headquarters is February 15. Applications (at the website) must be sent between December 1st and January 30th each year.

NCAA Scholarships—(National Collegiate Athletic Association) Go to: This is the major NCAA sports association with which student-athletes are associated. Awards are given in all sports categories, amounts from $3,000 to $12,500. Awards are also available for sports-related study (such as sports journalism). Deadlines vary, as do the number of awards each year.

National Alliance for Excellence Scholarships—Go to: Student competitors can be seniors or already in college. They must submit an application that can include recommendations (academics), art (slides), dance (tapes), photographs, or other materials that point to talent and achievement in all areas. The awards are for a minimum of one year, and over 100 are granted. Applications can be submitted at any time. The selection process is ongoing.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship—Go to: This one of the most prestigious scholarships for students who intend to pursue a career targeted to public service or government. Graduate study should be a goal, with a portion of the funds directed there. You must be at least a junior, and your college must nominate you. A “nomination package” must be created.  The awards can reach as high as $30,000 over the years.  Generally about 80 students are selected. The deadline is February 1st.

National Association of Hispanic Journalist—Go to: Awards from $1000 – $5000 Students interested in journalism as a career can apply. Deadline is February 28th.

National Association of Black Journalists—Go to: O ffers 10 scholarships. It is a $2,500 award. Students should be attending a four-year University. They must present three letters of recommendation from a school adviser, dean or a faculty member. Also, a 500-800 word article on a Black journalist must be presented. A grade point average of 3.0 is desirable. Eligible students must be majoring in journalism-print, photography, radio or television. One of those should be a career goal. Deadline is March 31.

Hispanic College Fund Scholarships—Go to: Major site for Hispanic students majoring in business-related areas, A to Z (accounting, human resources, communications, and more). The award amount varies. Over 140 awards granted. Deadline: April.

Arts Recognition And Talent Search Awards—Go to: These awards are granted to high school or college students (17, 18 years of age) who show talent in dance, voice, music, art, photography, jazz, visual arts, writing, or other creative areas. You must audition or submit a portfolio or tape. The award is to be used for freshman year in college. Award amounts from $100 to $3,000. Deadline is June 1 or April 1 (for registration in specific regions).

Society of Women Engineer Scholarships—Go to: These scholarships are targeted for women who are majoring in engineering or computer science.  Award amount are from $200 to $5,000, and at least 90 are granted. The deadline for students already in college is February 1st but is May 15 for high school seniors entering an “accredited” program.

American Institute of Architects Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship—Go to: This scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen who plan to study architecture in an NAAB-accredited program . The scholarship was established in 1970 by a grant from the Ford Foundation to aid students who would not otherwise have an opportunity to enter a professional degree program. Twenty awards per year are made and may be renewed for two additional years, ideally maintaining 60 students in the program in any given year. Scholarship amounts range between $500 and $2,500 and are determined by evaluation of financial need information provided by the student and the school. This is a scholarship for minority students enrolling in architecture programs. Awards are from $500 to $3,000. Generally 20 students are selected. Deadline is December 6.

Noncommissioned Officers AssociationGo to: Children and spouses of members of the Noncommissioned Officers Association. Awards not limited by race, color, creed, national origin or sex. For undergraduate study at accredited colleges and universities. Children of members must be under age 25 to receive initial grant.

TROA: The Retired Officers’ Association—Go to: The 2002-2003 school year application for a TROA Scholarship Fund interest-free loan is now available on this website.  Applicants for our programs must be planning to attend an accredited college or university during the 2002-2003 school year as a full-time student. All loans, grants and scholarships are for students seeking their first undergraduate degree.

“NEED A LIFT”—Go to: For a complete listing of other possible sources of financial aid, send for a copy to The American Legion, National Emblem Sales, P. O. Box 1050, Indianapolis, IN 46206.

ALASKAN SEA SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Applicant must be a legal resident of the State of Alaska. Alaska Sea Service Scholarship Fund, c/o U.S. Navy League Council 55-151, P.O. Box 201510, Anchorage, AK 99520-1510.

AMERICAN LOGISTICS ASSOCIATION NEW YORK CHAPTER: One dependent from each of the five uniformed services. Commanding Officer (Code N005), Naval Station New York, 355 Front Street, Staten Island, NY 10304. Due March 29th.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NAVAL ENGINEERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS: Candidates must be in final one/two years of full time or coop undergraduate or one year graduate program in engineering or physical science, and U.S. Citizen. The American Society of Naval Engineers, 1452 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. (703) 836-6727.

BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION, KATHERN F. GRUBER SCHOLARSHIP: Children/spouses of legally blinded veterans. Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program, Blinded Veterans Association, 477 H. Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. Due 15 April.

CAPTAIN CALIENDO COLLEGE ASSISTANCE FUND: Children of regular, reserve, retired, or deceased enlisted personnel in pay grade E-6 or below. U. S. Coast Guard Petty Officers Association, 5520 G. Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA 22151, phone: 703-941-0395. Due 1 June of each year.

COMMANDER WILLIAM STUHR SCHOLARSHIP: Senior High School Military Dependents of all services. One award of $4,500, paid annually for 4 years. Must be a high school senior with Junior or Senior yea (1st half year) average grades in top 10% of his/her class; having financial need. Must be planning to attend accredited college (no geographic limitations). Executive Director, CMDR Stuhr Scholarship Fund, 1200 5th Ave, Suite 9-D, New York, New York 10029.

DAUGHTERS OF THE CINCINNATI SCHOLARSHIPS: Must be a daughter of Commissioned Officer in the regular Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marines, (active, retired or deceased) and a high school senior at the time of application. Send parent’s rank and branch of service with request for application. Selection is based upon merit, and the amount of award is based on need. Daughters of the Cincinnati, Scholarship Program, 122 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022. Due March 15.

EXCEPTIONAL FINANCIAL NEED (EFN) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS (SDS)—Full-time students with exceptional financial need pursuing degree in medicine, dentistry, or osteopathic medicine. Division of Student Assistance, BHPr/HRSA, Student and Institutional Support Branch, Parklawn Bldg, Room 8-34, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Phone: 301-443-4776.

FISHER, ZACHARY AND ELIZABETH M. ARMED SERVICES FOUNDATION: Children of active or reserve service members. Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, Armed Services Foundation, Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, 12th Ave. and West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036. Due February 1 st.

FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS I, II, III, AND IV: Dependent children/spouses of members in good standing. FRA Scholarship Administrator c/o 400 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50398. 1-800-424-1120. Due April 15 th .

FORT MEADE ARMY OFFICERS WIVES CLUB: Children of member’s of the Ft. Meade Officers Wives Club in good standing. Applications accepted between the beginning of January and the end of March of each year. Scholarships awarded each April. For additional information, write Ft. Meade OWC, P. O. Box 280, Fort Meade, MD 20755.

FRATERNAL ORDER UDT/SEAL EDUCATION GRANT: Sons/daughters of regular members in good standing. Chairman, Scholarship Committee, Fraternal Order of UDT/SEAL, Inc., P.O. Box 5365, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Due April 15 th.

LADIES AUXILIARY OF THE FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION: Children of members in good standing. LAFRA Scholarship Administrator, c/o 400 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50398. 800-424-1120. Due April 15th.

MARIANAS NAVAL OFFICERS’ WIVES’ CLUB SCHOLARSHIP: Children/spouses of regular/reserve Navy, Marine or Coast Guard members on active duty, retired or deceased. Scholarship Chairman, Marianas Naval Officers’ Wives’ Club, COMNAVMAR, Box 49, FPO AP 96630. Due April 1st.

MARINE OFFICERS’ WIVES’ CLUB OF WASHINGTON, D.C. HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AND SPOUSAL SCHOLARSHIP: Dependent children and spouses of officer/enlisted Marines residing or stationed within a 50-mile radius of Washington, D.C. Scholarship Chairman, Marine Officers’ Wives’ Club, 9418 Mt. Vernon Circle, Alexandria, VA 22309. Due March 1st.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART (MOPH): Sons, daughters, grandchild or a member. Scholar Program, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Headquarters, 5413-B Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151. No due date.

NATIONAL SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (NSDAR): Must be a US citizen. Attend an accredited college in the U.S. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to National Society, DART, Office of Committees-Scholarships, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006-5392. Due February 1st.

NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION (NFCU) STUDENT LOANS: Available to NFCU members worldwide. Navy Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 3350, Merrifield, VA 22119-2250. No due date.

OCEANA OFFICERS’ WIVES’ CLUB SCHOLARSHIP: Children of service members residing in Tidewater area. Scholarship Chairman, Oceana Officers’ Wives’ Club, P.O. Box 8492, Virginia Beach, VA 23450. Due April 15th.

OPPENHEIMER SCHOLARSHIP TO CULVER MILITARY ACADEMY: Children of members who served a minimum of five years. The Oppenheimer Scholarship, Office of Admission, Culver Academies, Winter School, Culver, IN 46511. No due date.

PATUXENT RIVER CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS’ WIVES’ CLUB SCHOLARSHIP: Children of members in good standing. Chief Petty Officers’ Wives’ Club, Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 264, Patuxent River, MD 20670. Due April 1st.

SAN DIEGO NAVAL OFFICERS’ WIVES’ CLUB SCHOLARSHIP: Children, spouses: member must have served tour in San Diego since 1985. Naval Officers’ Wives’ Club, Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 18-2104, Coronado, CA 92118. Due April 15th.

USO/ANHEUSER-BUSCH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: Family members (including spouses) of active duty personnel who graduated from high school within last four years. USO World Headquarters Scholarship Program, 601 Indiana Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, or visit local USO. Due March 1st.

USO-METRO SATO TRAVEL ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP: Sponsored by SATO Travel, valued at $2000. Applicant must be the spouse of an active duty enlisted service member E-5 or below, based (applicant and spouse) in greater Washington area (Baltimore to Quantico), a high school grad or GED equivalent, at least 17 years old, must type 30 words per minute. Upon successful completion of 9-week course or 14 week course (evenings), the awardee will receive a diploma certifying graduation from a professional travel academy. The academy will provide job placement and career counseling. Contact USO-Metro for more information at 703-696-2628.

NAVY COLLEGE FUND—Go to: In combination with the MGIB, the Navy College Fund can offer upwards to $50,000 to those interested in pursuing mission-critical positions.

NAVY COLLEGE ASSISTANCE/STUDENT HEADSTART PROGRAM (NAVY-CASH)—Go to: The Navy-CASH Program is the newest Navy program available for motivated college students who qualify for the Nuclear Field.  For those who qualify, this program allows you to get paid and have Navy benefits while attending college full time.

CPO SCHOLARSHIPS—Go to: The CPO Scholarship Fund offers annual educational awards for spouses and children (natural born, adopted, or stepchildren) of active, reserve, retired, and deceased Navy chief petty officers. Currently the program applies to active, reserve and retired Navy CPO’s and their dependents that are not on active duty.

NAVAL ACADEMY PREPARATORY SCHOOL (NAPS)—Go to: The mission of NAPS is to prepare selected candidates for admission who are judged to need additional academic preparation so that they will be able to perform successfully as midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, or as cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  The 10-month course of instruction at NAPS, lasting from August through May, emphasizes preparation in English Composition, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Information Technology.

NAVAL RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS (NROTC)—Go to: Selected applicants for the NROTC Scholarship Program are awarded scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process, and receive full tuition, books, fees and other financial benefits at many of the country’s leading colleges and universities. Upon graduation, midshipmen are commissioned as officers in the unrestricted line Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve.

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY—Go to: The Naval Academy’s curriculum blends professional development courses with required and elective courses similar to those offered at leading civilian colleges.  Upon successful completion of the graduation requirements, you are commissioned as a Navy ensign or a Marine Corps second lieutenant and are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree regardless of your major because of the technical content of the core curriculum.

UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY—Go to: This provides you with a bachelor of science degree, merchant marine license, and a commissioning as an officer on reserve or active duty in the United States Armed Forces.  The brunt of tuition is paid for by the government, but midshipmen are required to make a few small purchases, such as calculator and computer.

UNITED STATES CIVIL ENGINEERS CORPS—Go to: A student can join the Civil Engineer Corps Officer Candidate School either two years prior to achieving a Bachelor’s degree or one year prior to receiving a Master’s degree.  If selected, the student will be placed on reserve duty, and given money while still in school.  Following graduation students receive training at Officer Candidate School and a commission.

UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES—Go to: Medical School, graduate schools in nursing and in biomedical sciences.

NATIONAL WAR COLLEGE—Go to: NWC’s mission is to prepare future leaders of the Armed Forces, State Department, and other civilian agencies for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities by conducting a senior-level course of study in national security strategy and national security policy process.  The National War College focuses on national security policy and strategy, and emphasizes the joint and interagency perspective.


MARINE CORPS UNIVERSITY—Go to: The Marine Corps established its formal schools at Quantico, Virginia, early in the twentieth century in response to a recognized need to institutionalize professional education and intellectual development among military leaders. The formal establishment of the Marine Corps University in 1989 ensures the enhancement of both knowledge based skills and meaningful assessment of student outcomes from first level Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy through graduate level Command and Staff College and Marine Corps War College education programs.

MARINE CORPS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION—Go to: U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation – One year, renewable, scholarships for the children of active duty and retired marines.

THE RETIRED ENLISTED ASSOCIATION (TREA) SCHOLARSHIP—Go to: All applicants must be dependents, with a parent or grandparent who is a member in good standing of TREA or TREA’s National Auxiliary.

WOMEN MARINES ASSOCIATION—Go to: WMA offers scholarships to high school and college students based on grades and SAT/ACT scores.  Applicants must be sponsored by a member of WMA and either be a current or former service member in the Marine Corps or Reserve, a descendant by blood, legal adoption, or stepchild of a current or former member of the Marine Corps or Reserve, a sibling or  descendant of a sibling current or former member of the Marine Corps or Reserve, or have completed two years in a Marine Corps JROTC program.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid—Go to: There is a  website at ( NOT the official FAFSA site at ) which is currently charging students costly fees to complete their FASFA’s online ($49.99 for renewal and $79.99 for new applications–and even higher fees for automatic yearly filing).  Since the first “F” in FAFSA stands for “Free,” we at the Higher Education Information Center feel obliged to remind all prospective and returning students that the process of filing the FAFSA is always free of charge . Furthermore, many organizations, including our own, offer skilled professional assistance in completing the FAFSA that is always 100% free. Higher Education Information Center, at

Student Loans—Go to:

Access Group—Go to: Private and federal loans to graduate and professional school students.

Scholarship Resource Network Express—Go to: Financial Aid database.

US Department of Education —Go to:

US Environmental Protection Agency—Go to:

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program—Go to:

Information on how not to get scammed from the Federal Trade Commission—Go to:
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Siemens Foundation—Go to: Siemens Foundation – Science and Technology Competition and Advanced Placement Awards for outstanding high school students and educators.

National Merit—Go to: National Merit – An independent not-for-profit organization offering scholarship assistance.

National Academy of American Scholars—Go to: National Academy of American Scholars – A private organization that awards financial aid and academic scholarships to high school seniors and college freshman.

Scholarship America—Go to: Features information and resources for community, partnership, and corporations based scholarships.

Scholastic, Inc.—Go to: The Scholastic, Inc. Art and Writing Awards – Information on one a prestigious arts recognition program in the country. Over 1,000 awards given annually.

College Scholarships and Fellowships for Minorities and Women List of Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants—Go to:

College, Graduate School and Postgraduate Financial Aid for African Americans, Aleuts, Eskimos, Hispanics, Micronesians, Native Americans, Polynesians, and Women

Children’s Scholarship Fund Children’s Scholarship Fund—Go to: Offers scholarships for private education for low income families.

United States Army Cadet Command Headquarters—Go to:

US Department of Education—Go to:

Mach 25 Scholarship Search—Go to:

College Quest—Go to:

Embark—Has useful tools to plan for both undergraduate and graduate education.  This site covers finding a school, completing applications, and applying for financial assistance.  Registration to use this site is free.

College View—Offers hundreds of virtual tours, financial aid and scholarship information, and profiles of over 3,800 colleges.