Outside Scholarships

Office of Financial Aid
(440) 826-2108
(877) 826-1600 (toll-free)
(440) 826-8048 (fax)

BW's Federal ID Code: 003014

The Financial Aid Office (FAO) maintains a list of scholarships and resources outside of the BW community on this page. Students should also do the following:

  • Complete the Scholarship & Special Award Application each year.

  • Check with family members to see if their employers or membership organizations offer scholarship opportunities.

  • Incoming freshman should also check with their high school guidance office which may be aware of opportunities.


Many websites offer free scholarship searches while some do require a fee. Fee-based resources may be scams. Before paying for anything related to scholarships, find out if they are legitimate. Always check out a site thoroughly before providing any personal information.


Federal regulations require you to report any outside scholarship you receive to the FAO. The FAO will apply your outside scholarship to your unmet need first by reducing Parent PLUS loans or alternative loan eligibility. When necessary, the FAO will reduce self-help portions of your financial aid package (Direct 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 award on a "hold" status but will not 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. Since these opportunities are outside of BW, eligibility requirements and application deadlines may change without notice.

**Check back often. This list is updated as new scholarships become available.**

Name of Scholarship
(click for more information)
DeadlineOther Info
Excellence in Print & Design Marketing Scholarship11/30 annuallyGraphic Arts & Design or a related field
Giva Student Scholarship12/1 annually 
Collegiate Scholarship6/30/15essay
Scholarship for Science Majors7/10/15 
High School Achievement Scholarship7/15/15Applicant must display high achievement in grades and extracurricular activities during his/her senior year in high school.
Medical Student/Field Scholarship7/15/15Essay question
Social Confidence Scholarship7/15/15Essay question (3 choices)
College Book Scholarships7/15/15 
A Better Chicago Scholarship8/1/15Essay about Chicago
Growing Up With Glasses Scholarship8/1/15Poetry contest
Business Scholarship8/1/15Essay
"Healthy" Scholarship8/15/15 
U.S. Bank Scholarship Program9/17/15Applicants must be a high school senior or current undergraduate college student enrolled by September 1, 2015
Customer Engagement-Focused Marketing Scholarship10/1/15Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate school education (MBA/LAW/Ph.D). Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
2015 Clark Scholarship12/15/15Essay
Healthcare/Life Sciences Scholarship12/31/15Essay
A Better America Scholarship12/31/15Essay
Quarterly Business Plan Contestongoing 
Scholarships and CompetitionsongoingVarious design competitions
Campus Explorer Scholarshipsongoing 
Cuyahoga County Educational Assistance Program30-60 days before semesterApplicant must be a resident of Cuyahoga County and at least (18) years of age.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund – College Studentvaried 
Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Community College Transfer Studentvaried 
Hispanic Scholarship Fund – High School Studentvaried 
Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Gates Millenium Scholarsvaried 
Kids' Chance of Ohiono deadline 
Families of Freedom Scholarship Fundno deadline 
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Higher Education and Ministryvaried 
Northeast Ohio Education Scholarship    n/aAvailable to spouse/children of military (former or present)
The Daily Scholarshipnone 
The Graduate Programs Pre-Grad Scholarshipnone givenFor current undergrads or recent grads thinking about graduate school; must agree to receive email from the website and its partners
Senior Planning Social Work & Eldercare Awardnone given