Scholarships

Reducing the number of credits your teen has to take BEFORE they enroll will ALWAYS save you the most money.  But even families with a robust Homeschooling for College Credit plan should try to bring their out-of-pocket costs down to zero!

When I suggest your family start applying for scholarships, I don’t mean googling a couple and pumping out an essay the year before college starts – I mean WEEKLY and consistently applying every week for as long as your teen is enrolled!! Most scholarships are open to prospective AND enrolled students.  Once you’ve stopped Homeschooling for College Credit, your new job is to apply, apply, and apply for scholarships!

My recipe for the MINIMUM number of applications they should fill out each year is based on the cost they need to cover that year.  For every $100 your teen needs for this year,  apply for 1 scholarship.

This year’s need $100 = apply for 1 scholarship

This year’s need $1,000 = apply for 10 scholarships

This year’s need $10,000 = apply for 100 scholarships

Every. Single. Year.  These are the minimums!

Personal story:  all of my college-aged kids have earned scholarships in some amount and none are academic rock-stars!  

Please visit and subscribe to Jessica’s site JLV College Counseling.  Jessica is a former college admissions professional dedicated to sharing free resources.  It’s my favorite place to find scholarships for my own sons.  She’s an expert in this area, and my mini-list comes from her site!

Deadlines between now -June 2021

Sample of selected scholarships from JLV College Counseling

Earliest deadlines posted first

Elmhurst Garden Club Scholarship
Sponsor: Elmhurst Garden Club
Amount: Varies
Closing DateMay 1, 2020 – extended to June 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to Illinois residents who are college juniors, seniors or graduate students majoring in Horticulture, Environmental Studies, Biology, Botany and/or other related sciences.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity
Sponsor: Renee B. Fisher Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing DateMay 1, 2020 – extended to June 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors, as well as any person entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall after the application deadline. Applicant must be a Connecticut or New York City metropolitan area resident planning to attend or attending an institution of higher education anywhere in the United States, or a resident of any part of the U.S. planning to attend or attending an institution of higher education in Connecticut or New York City.

SIT Scholarships
Sponsor: SIT Study Abroad
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing DateMay 15, 2020 – extended to June 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are applying to a SIT Study Abroad program for the Fall.

Study Abroad Scholarships
Sponsor: IES Abroad
Amount: Varies
Closing DateMay 1, 2020 – extended to June 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who will be studying abroad for the fall or full academic year and have financial need.

Thomas J. Seefred Trust Scholarship
Sponsor: Thomas J. Seefred Trust
Amount: Up to $3,000
Closing DateMay 1, 2020 – extended to June 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students between the ages of 18-25 years of age who are Ohio residents and have been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.

Kay Longcope Scholarship Award
Sponsor: National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association (NLGJA)
Amount: Up to $3,000
Closing DateMay 29, 2020 – extended to June 5, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to LGBT individuals of color planning to pursue a career in journalism and are able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession.

Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award
Sponsor: National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association (NLGJA)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing DateMay 29, 2020 – extended to June 5, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to current or incoming undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited journalism or mass communications field. Applicant must also demonstrate an awareness of the issues facing the LGBT community and the importance of fair and accurate news coverage.

AWAF Scholarship
Sponsor: Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF)
Amount: Varies
Closing DateMay 29, 2020 – extended to June 12, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to female, North American citizens, with a passion for a career or advancement in the automotive industry or a related industry. Applicant must be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited collegiate program with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Pfizer Hemophilia
Amount: Up to $4,000
Closing DateMay 8, 2020 – extended to June 12, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students who have been diagnosed with hemophilia A or hemophilia B.

Evelyn Paige Parker Scholarship
Sponsor: Poise Foundation
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing DateMay 17, 2020 – extended to June 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are currently enrolled in a nursing program (ADN, BSN, Diploma, Graduate or Advanced Practice Nursing education) and who live in the Pittsburgh area.

Lewis C. Hoffman Scholarship
Sponsor: American Ceramic Society
Amount: $2,000
Closing DateMay 15, 2020 – extended to June 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to junior and senior college students who are studying ceramics/material science and engineering.

BIAW Education Program
Sponsor: Building Industry Association of Washington
Amount: Varies
Closing DateMay 15, 2020 – extended to June 19, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to Washington state residents who will be attending post-secondary education with an emphasis in the construction-related industry.

APWU Scholarships
Sponsor: American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
Amount: Up to $8,000 ($2,000 annually)
Closing DateMarch 31, 2020 – extended to June 30, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to high school seniors who are children or grandchildren (including stepchildren or legally adopted children) of an active member, Retirees Department member, or deceased member of the American Postal Workers Union.

Earnest Scholarship
Sponsor: Earnest
Amount: $5,000
Closing DateMay 31, 2020 – extended to June 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled, or soon to be enrolled, as a full-time student at a Title IV accredited, not for profit U.S. college or university for the Fall 2020 semester. Applicants can be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA students.

Lamey Wellehan Maine Difference Scholarship
Sponsor: Lamey-Wellehan
Amount: $1,000
Closing DateMay 30, 2020 – extended to June 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to Maine high school seniors who will graduate in the spring and who will enter a Maine college in the fall OR a graduate of a Maine high school in one of the four years preceding the current year who will be enrolled in a Maine college in the fall. Applicant studies should be on the ecology and economics of Maine.

Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund Scholarship
Sponsor: Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund
Amount: $1,000
Closing DateMay 31, 2020 – extended to June 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who will be enrolled in the fall. Applicant must have had a parent or guardian who has passed away due alcohol, drug, or prescription drug abuse.

Affinity Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Affinity Federal Credit Union
Amount: $1,000
Closing DateMay 2, 2020 – extended to July 1, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to incoming and current college students who are Affinity Federal Credit Union (New Jersey) student members.

UFCW International Scholarship Program
Sponsor: United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Charity Foundation
Amount: Up to $8,000
Closing Date: May 10, 2020 – extended to July 10, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to UFCW members who have been active since January 1, 2019 or children/dependents of active members if they are unmarried and under the age of 20 on May 31, 2020.

This page updates monthly! Check back often for more scholarships.