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)
- 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: 2/25/14.
|Wayne Community Foundation scholarships - deadlines are varied. See the entire list here.|
|Buick Achievers Scholarship Program - deadline 2/28/14. The following are encouraged to apply: high school seniors and current undergraduates; those who plan to enroll full-time in 2014-15; and those who plan to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry. Click here for more information.|
|JoAnne Robinson Memorial Scholarship - deadline 2/28/14. Applicants must be African-American, full-time college students majoring in broadcast journalism. Click here for the scholarship brochure.|
|Junior League of Cleveland Scholarship - deadline 3/1/14. Scholarship geared toward non-traditional women students. Click here for more info.|
|Jeannette Rankin Fund (JRF) Scholarship - deadline 3/1/14. Applicants must be women who are US citizens, age 35 or older, low-income (financial guidelines are available via the link that follows), and must be pursuing their first bachelor's degree. Click here for more information.|
|Drive to Learn Scholarship by Shift Insurance - deadline 3/1/14. Full-time students can apply (graduate and undergraduate). Write a 750-1000 word response to one of the posted prompts. Click here for more info.|
|College Club West Scholarship - deadline 3/14/14. Available to women whose official home residence is within the counties of Cuyahoga, Medina, and Lorain. Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any area of study. The scholarships will be awarded to women 25 years of age and older based on financial need, goals, and academic record. Click here for more info.|
|Delta Kappa Gamma Society International - deadline 3/16/14. Current sophomores and juniors whose home residence is located in Mentor, Eastlake, Kirtland, Wickliffe, Willoughby, or Willowick may apply. Click here to download the scholarship application.|
|SHC/The Arc of Medina County Scholarships - deadline 3/28/14. SHC members, or an unmarried child or grandchild of a member who is working toward a degree in a disability-related field can apply for the H.O.P.E. Scholarship. Non-traditional students who are seeking a degree in a disability-related field may apply for the Sharon & Kristine Dunham Scholarship. Click on the name of the scholarship for the application and more info.|
|Florence Allen Scholarships - deadline 4/1/14. These scholarships are awarded annually by The Allen Endowment to provide Ohio women with the opportunity to achieve their full potential through education. There are two categories, each with their own set of eligibility criteria: traditional student applicants and non-traditional student applicants. Click here for more info and the scholarship application.|
|The Mary Elizabeth Keller Scholarship administered by the Lorain County Retired Teachers Association - deadline 4/1/14. Applicants: must be a current Lorain County resident and/or a graduate of a high school in Lorain County; must be pursuing teacher licensure with plans to graduate by 2015 or 2016; must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours by this summer. Click here for the application packet.|
|Jeanne Squire Memorial Scholarship from the Berea Chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Association (BPW) - deadline 4/1/14. Scholarship available for a woman 30 years or over working towards her Associate or Bachelor's Degree who is attending a north central Ohio accredited college or university. Applicants must be residents of the following Ohio counties: Cuyahoga, Lorain, or Medina. More information can be found here.|
|Education-Portal.com Scholarship - deadline 4/1/14. Several scholarship opportunities available, including: undergraduate: criminal justice/law, liberal arts/general studies, computer science/computer engineering; graduate: business administration, engineering, nursing/health, public administration/public policy. For more information, visit the website.|
|Q Link Wireless "Connecting America" Scholarship Program - deadline 4/1/14. If you're enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student and have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5/4.0, this scholarship may be for you. Click here for more details.|
|OZ Moving & Storage Scholarship - deadline 4/4/14. Choose one of the two essay questions. Click here for more info.|
|Great Lakes National Scholarship for STEM Majors - deadline 4/5/14. Click here for more details and the application. (STEM Majors include math, natural science, physical science, biological/agricultural sciences, engineering/engineering technology, computer/information science.) High school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students are eligible.|
|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.|
|Emergency University $1000 Scholarship - deadline 4/30/14. Create an emergency response plan (ERP) for one of the scenarios listed here.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|AES Engineers Scholarship - deadline 10/6/14. Complete one of the essay questions located here.|
|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.|
|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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