The Financial Aid Office (FAO) is often notified of scholarship opportunities outside of the BW community. As we become aware of these opportunities, we will update the list below.
- New and returning students are encouraged to complete the Scholarship & Special Award Application found on our forms page. (Be sure to use the correct one for the appropriate academic year.)
- If you are an incoming freshman, be sure to check with your high school guidance office, as they may be aware of opportunities.
- All students are encouraged to check with family members as their employers or membership organizations may provide scholarship opportunities.
In addition to the individual scholarship opportunities listed below, there are a number of websites that offer free scholarship database searches. These resources are listed for your benefit. You should check each one thoroughly before providing any personal information.
- Scholarlink (database search) from The Columbus Foundation (Ohio-based scholarships)
- Minority Students: A Guide to College Affordability
- FastWeb (click here for TIPS for maximizing FastWeb)
- College Answer
- 8 Steps to Winning a Scholarship
- Top Ten Myths About Scholarships
- College Resource Network (free scholarship search engine and college planning website)
- SchoolSoup (free scholarship directory)
While there are plenty of free resources available to students for free, some do require a fee. These types of resources may be scams. Before paying for anything related to scholarships, find out if they are legitimate. Additional scholarship search tips can be found here.
Outside scholarship policy:
Federal regulations require you to report any outside scholarship you receive to the FAO. We will apply your outside scholarship to your unmet need first by reducing Parent PLUS Loans or alternative loan eligibility. When necessary, we will reduce self-help portions of your financial aid package (Stafford loans, federal work-study) rather than reducing grants or other scholarships. In rare cases, some grants and scholarships may be reduced if the amount of an outside scholarship is such that all self-help aid has been eliminated from a student's financial aid package.
Outside scholarships are credited to your account after the FAO receives the funds, processes a revised Award Letter for you, and forwards the funds to the Cashier's Office. They are included in your financial aid reward on a "hold" status but will not help reduce the amount of your bill with the Cashier's Office until they have been received and processed.
Scholarships are listed by application deadline date, with the most immediate deadlines listed first. Please note: since these opportunities are outside of BW, eligibility requirements and application deadlines may change without our knowledge. We are providing this information as a courtesy to you.
**Please check back often. We will update this page as new scholarship opportunities become available.** Scholarships are listed in order of earliest deadline date. Last updated: 4/17/14.
|Wayne Community Foundation scholarships - deadlines are varied. See the entire list here.|
|Sports Unlimited 2014 Scholarship - deadline 4/20/14. Describe a mentor you've looked up to in 500-1000 words and answer a quick survey. Click here for more info.|
|The Three Arts Club of Lakewood - deadline 4/21/14. Scholarships available to current high school seniors and undergraduate college students who will be attending college full-time during the 2014-15 academic year, seeking a degree in the musical arts. The eligible music categories include: piano/organ, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, and music theater. A candidate, or his/her parent(s) must reside in the Cuyahoga or Lorain counties of Ohio. In-person auditions are required and will be held on June 9, 2014 at the Rocky River United Methodist Church. Application forms may be requested via email - email@example.com or call Twyla Sales at 440-333-6023.|
|Delta Kappa Gamma - Beta Gamma Gamma Scholarship - deadline 4/25/14. This $500 scholarship is available to a current college student who is preparing for a career in any field of education. To be eligible, applicants must reside in Lorain County, be preparing to enter the field of education at any level, and must have 60 semester hours or higher by fall of 2014. Applicants can be pursuing studies on a full- or part-time basis. Click here for the application packet.|
|Emergency University $1000 Scholarship - deadline 4/30/14. Create an emergency response plan (ERP) for one of the scenarios listed here.|
|HR Scholarship from HR Payroll Systems - deadline 4/30/14. If you are a current student pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in Human Resources or an HR-related program, you can apply for this scholarship. Click here for more info.|
|Ohio Academy of Science Scholarship/Ohio Environmental Education Fund of the Ohio EPA - deadline 5/1/14. Students who can demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to careers in environmental sciences or environmental engineering should apply. Click here for more info.|
|Jane E. Hunger Scholarship - deadline 5/1/14. Who can apply? Females who are continuing their education by attending college. Minimum cumulative GPA must be 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or 2800 on the GED test. Click here for the application.|
|AWeber Email Marketing Scholarship - deadline 5/1/14. How has communication evolved over generations? Click here for more details.|
|Vandelay Web Scholarship - deadline 5/1/14. If you are at least 16 years of age, currently enrolled as a senior in high school or a student in college, and are a US citizen, a Canadian citizen, and/or hold a current student visa, you can enter this essay contest. Click here for the details.|
|MassMutual Scholarships - deadline 5/2/14. Eligible students of all majors will be considered - must have an interest in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry. Click here for more information.|
|Charter One TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship - deadline 5/6/14. Click here for more info.|
|Marketing EDGE Scholarships for 2014 - deadline 5/9/14. MarketingEDGE offers specialized scholarships to deserving full- and part-time students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels who have an interest in marketing careers. Click here for the full list of scholarships!|
|Americans of Italian Heritage Scholarships - deadline 5/16/14. (Four scholarships of $2000 each!) Scholarships will be awarded within three categories: GREEN (GPA 2.5-2.99); WHITE (GPA 3.0-3.5); and RED (GPA above 3.5). at least one parent must be of Italian descent. The student applicant must be either a graduating high school senior or a full-time undergraduate student. Students must be residents of one of the following Ohio counties: Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga, or Ashtabula. Click here for the more information and the scholarship application.|
|Stark County Retired Teachers Association - deadline 5/20/14. Applicants must be a graduate or a high school located within Stark County, be enrolled in Fall 2014 classes as a junior or senior, be in the field of education, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. There are no age limitations. Click here for an application.|
|The Cotillion Society of Cleveland Scholarships - deadline 5/23/14. This is an annual scholarship of $2,000 per student. Recipients are eligible in succeeding years for a total of $8,000 over a four-year period. Renewal is based upon continuing financial need, credible college record, and college/university recommendation that aid continues. Applicants must be from the Greater Cleveland area who is an incoming freshmen with good scholastic records and potential of achievement in college. Click here for more information and the application.|
|B. Davis Scholarship - deadline 5/26/14. This scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as students currently registered in any post-secondary institution. Award value: $1,000. To apply, write an essay of 1000 words or less on the topic posted here.|
|NAVEX Global Policy and Procedure Management Software Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. Click here for more info.|
|Big Fish Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. Write a 500-word essay on the mobile games industry. Click here for more info.|
|Goldstein Hayes Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. Describe a time in your life when you have persisted in spite of great adversity. The student with the best response to the essay will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The essay must be under 750 words. Applicants must be high school students accepted into a college/university or a student already in college/university. Click here for more information.|
|Nuvation Engineering Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. Click here for more details.|
|IssueTrak Help Desk Software Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. What is the future of help desk software? Answer that, and you could win this scholarship. Click here for more info.|
|PicMonkey $1000 Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. Take photos! Win a scholarship! Click here for more info.|
|Free Country Principles Scholarship Essay Contest - deadline 5/31/14. Write about something you truly believe in... Click here for more info.|
|Cash Store Scholarship - deadline 5/31/14. Applicants who are 25 years of age or older can apply for this scholarship. Other criteria apply. Click here for more info.|
|Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship - deadline 6/1/14. Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school within the US or at an accredited undergraduate university planning to attend law school; must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, and must submit an official copy of transcript. Click here for more info.|
|The Lee Steinberg, PC Law Scholarship - deadline 6/1/14. Applicants must be a current undergraduate student at an accredited college or university in the US; must have a minimum 3.0 GPA; must submit an essay and a copy of college transcript. Click here for more info.|
|Sunoco Rewards Scholarship - deadline 6/1/14. For the creative types! Two different scholarships - Creative Design and Digital Marketing. Click here for more info.|
|Abbott & Fenner Scholarships - deadline 6/14/14. The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school junior and seniors as well as students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on one of the topics found here. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words.|
|AlgaeCal Scholarship - deadline 6/30/14. Applicants must be currently attending a post-secondary institution in the US with at least a 3.0 GPA. Click here for more info.|
|Clark County Association for Homemakers & Community Education Scholarship - 7/1/14. Scholarships are offered to students majoring in Family & Consumer Sciences/Home Economics, Social Work, or Social Services. Applicants must be from Clark County, Ohio. Click here for the application form.|
|The Kaplan Group Annual Scholarship - deadline 7/27/14. Minimum GPA requirement: 2.50. Eligible fields of study: MBA, finance, accounting, law, management, entrepreneurship, economics, business administration. Click here for more info.|
|Thermo-Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award - deadline 8/1/14 @ 3 pm. Thermo Fisher Scientific is offering future science scholars an opportunity to win $10,000 in scholarship funding for the 2014-15 fall semester. Graduate or undergraduate students must be enrolled in an accredited college for Fall 2014 to qualify. More details and the application can be found here.|
|Healthy Home Scholarship - deadline 8/15/14. Eligibility requirements: US students who are 16 years of age or older. High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are all encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.|
|Xero Accounting or Finance Scholarship - deadline 8/30/14. Click here for more information.|
|K Alliance Scholarship - deadline 8/31/14. If you are currently enrolled, you can apply for this scholarship. Click here for more info.|
|AES Engineers Scholarship - deadline 10/6/14. Complete one of the essay questions located here.|
|Global English Editing Scholarship - deadline 11/21/14. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria: full-time student (minimum 12 semester credits) at an accredited university in the US; maintain a GPA of at least 3.5; be a citizen of the US or have a valid green card. Click here for more info.|
|Giva Student Scholarship - deadline 12/1 each year. Giva will award $1000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who write thoughtful essays, answering the following questions: How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals? Why? The essay needs to be between 500-1000 words, and must be submitted to Giva. A current resume must be included. For more information, click here.|
|Job-Applications.com Scholarship Programs - deadline 12/14/14. Requirements: 600-1000 word essay. Clearly outline three keys to successfully balancing parenthood, working, and excelling in school. Eligibility: full- or part-time student who is in an accredited US post-secondary educational institution; has a current cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; has worked an average of at least 12 hours for each of the previous 4 weeks at the time of applying; is a residential parent of at least one minor child; is a legal resident of the US; is 18 years or older. Click here for more info.|
|ADT Scholarship - deadline 12/31/14. Answer an essay question in 400-600 words and submit by the deadline. Click here for more info.|
|Smiles in Los Angeles Scholarship - deadline 2/18/15. Submit a 1000 word response to the essay question on the website. Include your name, phone number, and mailing address. Click here for the essay question and more info.|
|The Company Corporation's Quarterly Business Plan Contest - (ongoing). Complete a business plan executive summary. Click here for more info.|
|Autodesk Scholarships and Competitions (ongoing). Various design competitions. Click here for more info.|
|Campus Explorer scholarships (ongoing). The Campus Explorer Exclusive Scholarship is a monthly $1,000 giveaway designed to help students pay for their higher education expenses. Every month, Campus Explorer will announce a new scholarship - and a new way to win. Winners will be randomly selected from the participants. Click here for more information.|
|Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Application deadlines vary by scholarship type.
College Student Scholarships - must be a community college, undergraduate, or graduate student; be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen; have plans to enroll full-time in a degree-seeking program at a two- or four-year US-accredited institution in the upcoming academic year; be pursuing first undergraduate or graduate degree.
Community College Transfer Student Scholarships - must be enrolled part-time or full-time at a community college; be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen; have plans to transfer and enroll full-time in a degree-seeking program at a 4-year US-accredited institution in Fall 2009.
High School Student scholarships - must be a graduating high school senior; US citizen or eligible non-citizen; have plans to enroll full-time in a degree-seeking program at a two- or four-year US-accredited institution in the upcoming academic year.
Gates Millennium Scholars - must be a graduating high school senior; be enrolling for the first time at a college or university as a full-time degree-seeking freshman in the fall; be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen; have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; demonstrate leadership skills, and significant financial need (Pell Grant eligible).
Kids' Chance of Ohio. (no deadline)
The mission of Kids' Chance of Ohio is to provide financial support to further the education of the children of Ohio workers who have been killed or declared permanently and totally disabled as a result of work-related injuries or occupational diseases. Specific requirements of the scholarship program are as follows: the student must be the child of an Ohio worker declared permanently and total disabled or killed; the worker must have an Ohio workers' compensation claim; the student must show financial need. There are several documents required to apply for this scholarship program. Please review each of the following:
Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. (no deadline)
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund was established to provide education assistance for postsecondary study to members of families impacted by events of September 11, 2001. Contributors to the Fund want to ensure that the children and spouses of those who died or were permanently disabled will have the opportunity to continue their education.
|The United Methodist Church - General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. (various deadlines, undergraduate and graduate students) Various scholarships are available for active, full members of The United Methodist Church for at least one year. Applicants must be pursuing a degree program at any accredited institution. High school students may apply if they will be college students in the fall term. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to be full-time students according to their school's standards for the program in which they are enrolled.|
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