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)
- 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)
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: 5/20/13.
|Accounting Software Scholarship by Corcentric - deadline 5/24/13. To apply, write an essay that addresses the question found here.|
|2013-14 B. Davis Scholarship - deadline 5/27/13. Applicants will submit an essay on this topic: Discuss, in less than 1000 words, what you would consider to be the most important issue that society has to deal with in the next 10 or 20 years. Why do you think this issue is so important? For more information, click here.|
|Caretenders Scholarship Program - deadline 5/31/13. Click here for the application.|
|US Bank Scholarships - deadline 5/31/13. Available to current high school seniors or currently enrolled college students. Winners are selected randomly. Click here for more info.|
|LM Scholarship Program - deadline 5/31/13. If you plan to be enrolled in a degree program by September 2013 and you have at least a 3.0 GPA, consider checking out the essay topic to apply for this scholarship.|
|Big Fish Scholarship (online games) - deadline 5/31/13. Select one of two topics, then write a collective essay of at least 500 words. For more details, click here.|
|Waterfilters.net Solution Scholarship - deadline 6/1/13. Write a 400-600 word essay describing your solution to the clean drinking water problem. Submit it online.|
|NEO RIMS Scholarship - deadline 6/1/13. If you have at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale, are majoring in risk management, insurance, or related field with the intent of working in the insurance or risk management industry, AND you maintain a permanent resident in any of the following counties, you should apply for this scholarship. Click here for the application. (Required Ohio counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Columbiana, Erie, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne.)|
|Rogers Community Volunteer Scholarship - deadline 6/1/13. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be attending school on a full-time basis during the Fall of 2013 and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at any level. Additionally, you must have contributed a minimum of 10 hours of non-paid, volunteer service within your community during the last 12 months and have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Click here for more info.|
|ClickInks.com Scholarship - deadline 6/3/13. Choose one of four essay topics and write 1000 words. Click here for more information.|
|Abbott & Fenner Scholarship Program - deadline 6/14/13. Applicants will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page on our website.|
|Sedary & Associates Scholarship - deadline 6/15/13. If you're between the ages of 16-22 by 6/15/13 and you will be enrolled in a college, university, trades, or technical school by no later than Fall 2013, click here for more information on this scholarship opportunity.|
|Sunoco Rewards Scholarship - deadline 6/15/13. In 500-1000 words, respond to the following essay: "Companies will often use different marketing strategies to cultivate loyal customers; however, brand loyalty is a huge challenge in the fuel and convenience store industry. Most consumers choose their stops based on price or location. What are three creative ways to build a loyal following in the fuel and convenience store industry?" For more details, and to submit your essay and scholarship application, click here.|
|Shop Smart Scholarship - deadline 6/16/13. Five finalists will receive a $2,000 scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year. Two requirements: write an essay and break down your college costs. More information can be found here.|
|BigSun Organization Scholarship - deadline 6/21/13. The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they participate in. For more information, click here.|
|The Company Corporation Business Plan Contest - deadline 6/30/13. This scholarship is geared towards young entrepreneurs and business majors but is open to students in any field at both the undergraduate or graduate level. To enter, submit an original business plan. Click here for more info.|
|Life Parts Express Scholarship - deadline 6/30/13. If you're a current HS senior or a freshman or sophomore in college, consider applying for this scholarship. Click here for more info.|
|Future Counselors of America Scholarship - deadline 6/30/13. Who can apply: undergraduate & graduate students who are psychology majors and seek a career in relationship counseling or related field. Applicants will be judged on academic achievement (minimum 3.5 GPA) and a 500-900 word essay entitled "The Psychology of Online Dating." For more details, click here.|
|Clark County Association for Homemakers & Community Education - deadline 7/1/13. If you are a Clark County (Ohio) resident and are majoring in family/consumer sciences (home economics), social work, or social services, you may want to apply for this scholarship. Click this link to see what areas fall under the family & consumer sciences umbrella. Click here for additional info and the scholarship application.|
|LawnCare.net - deadline 7/1/13. $500 to an undergraduate student pursuing a career in sustainable botany, horticulture, landscape architecture, or a related field. Applicants must be enrolled full-time and be citizens or legal residents of the US. Click here for more info.|
|MyAlarmCenter.com Scholarship (law enforcement, criminal justice or related fields ONLY) - deadline 7/1/13. Write an essay (500-1000 words) on one of two topics, found here.|
|Language Learning Scholarship - deadline 7/31/13. A $1000 scholarship awarded to one qualifying student with the most thought-provoking and well-reasoned essay as judged by a panel. Click here for more info.|
|ThermoScientific Pierce Scholarship Program - deadline 7/31/13. Two $10000 scholarships and four $5000 scholarships. Who can apply? Any undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled at an accredited US college or university for Fall 2013 AND has a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life science field AND has a GPA of 3.0. Click here for more info.|
|2013-14 CouponCommunity.com Scholarship - deadline 7/31/13. One $2000 scholarship will be awarded. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, currently attending a college or university, or will be attending in the fall of 2013, and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA based on the previous school year's academic performance. Complete the application and attach your 400-word essay on how to save money in college here.|
|HubShout Online Marketing Scholarship - deadline 11/1/13. Complete a brief online scholarship application here.|
American Association for Health Education - deadline 11/15/13. Several different scholarships for different types of students. Click here for more info and the link to the applications.
|2013 Savvy Saver Scholarship - deadline 12/15/13. Write an essay on the following topic: How can college students use the Internet as a method of saving money on school expenses? Click here for more details.|
|2013 Foreclosure.com Scholarship - deadline 12/15/13. Who can apply: currently enrolled college students (graduate students, law students, and/or high school seniors are not eligible). Freshmen entering Fall 2013 are eligible once they have received student identification numbers. Application instructions and more info can be found here.|
|Rock Hound Scholarship - deadline 12/25/13. Who can apply? Currently enrolled college students or alumni who resides in the US. Complete a short survey and write a 500-word essay. 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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