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Private Scholarships

Last Updated: February 2, 2016


Private Scholarships are offered through various organizations, corporations, and government agencies. Each organization has their own criteria to be eligible for these scholarships. Students must apply for these scholarships on their own. If additional information is required, an application is usually sent to the institution for completion. All scholarship funds are a part of the students’ financial aid package.


Check back here often to see updates of these privately funded scholarships.


Please note: If a deadline has passed these awards are typically offered annually and you may be able to apply later.


2016 AITP-LI Charlene Smallwood Brown Scholarship

The Board of the AITP-LI chapter takes pleasure in announcing that, once again this year, will be awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled college students who are children or grandchildren of active AITP-LI members.  Over the past 35 years, the AITP has awarded over $90,000 in scholarships to deserving students.  This year’s application can now be submitted online. To qualify, applicants must be full time students at an accredited college or must be high school seniors already accepted by an accredited college. Previous AITP scholarship recipients are not eligible. An AITP member may sponsor only one student application annually.


Submit your 2016 Scholarship Application Form online (http://aitp-li.org/scholarship).  The deadline date for submission is April 24th, 2016. Questions may be addressed to: scholarship@aitp-li.org or call our Education Committee Co-Chair, Dr. Ying Liu at (718) 990-2035 or Debra Wakefield at (631)451-4503 


American Public Power Association DEED (Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments) Scholarship

DEED offers four types of scholarships top full-time students accepted or enrolled in vocational schools or accredited colleges and universities, encompassing high school seniors through graduate students. The four scholarships are: 1. Educational Scholarships, 2. Student Research grants, 3. Student Internships, and 4.Technical Design Projects.


The scholarships are designed to create public power-focused learning opportunities for DEED scholarship recipients and to foster mentoring opportunities between scholarship recipients and staff at DEED-member utilities. The scholarship support energy-focused research projects, senior technical design projects, utility internships, and students studying in technical programs and majors in short supply and high demand by the utility industry. DEED recommends all applicants review the funding area of the DEED website at www.publicpower.org/DEED for the most up-to-date scholarship instructions and requirements.


B.Davis Scholarship

This is a sponsored scholarship that is available to all high school juniors and seniors, as well as all students currently registered in any postsecondary institution. There is no age restriction. To apply to this scholarship, you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the following topic: “Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.”


View the website for additional information and scholarship opportunities. Your submissions must be sent to them by email at awards@studentawardsearch.com.


Association of Information Technology Professionals

The Board of the AITPLI chapter takes pleasure in announcing that they will be awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled college students who are children or grandchildren of active AITPLI members. Over the past 35 years, the AITP has awarded over $90,000 in scholarships to deserving students. Previous AITP scholarship recipients are not eligible. An AITP member may sponsor only one student application annually. Nada Anid, Ph.D. has offered to sponsor an eligible student as the Dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.


Please review the AITP website for scholarship applications and information, as they have a number of scholarships available.  Applications for 2015-2016 are now closed. Applications for 2016-2017 will be accepted between January and May 2016.

Columbus Citizens Foundation

The Foundation awards scholarships to students of Italian heritage who can demonstrate financial need and who we believe have the potential to be successful in life, both professionally and by being involved with their communities. Because our goals are long-term, we reward qualified students with multiyear scholarships. Our scholarships, while generous, provide assistance towards a school’s tuition but do not cover payment for all school costs. Please visit Columbus Citizens Foundation for more information.


PanHellenic Scholarship

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is proud to announce that its 2015/16 application is now available for eligible Greek American college students to apply. The Foundation will distribute $250,000 in scholarship awards to 40 deserving undergraduates, as follows: Twenty (20) Awards of $10,000 based on academic achievement and financial need AND Twenty (20) Awards of $2,500 based solely on academic achievement.


All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: 1. Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident between the ages of 18-25, 2. Must be of Hellenic descent, 3. Must be a fulltime undergraduate student at an accredited 4year College/University, and 4. Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.


Please visit the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation website for additional information.

Vermont Incentive Grant

Any Vermonter accepted or enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program that will be attending college fulltime, and does not already have a bachelor's degree, is eligible to apply for a Vermont Incentive Grant. These need based grants can be used at schools either within Vermont or out of state. To apply, complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Vermont Grant Application. Go to VASC – Vermont Student Assistance Corp and complete an application as soon as possible because this grant is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.


Hispanic College Fund Scholarship

Some HCF Programs also require that a student be pursuing a certain area of study. Students studying computer science, computer engineering, pharmacy, or nursing are highly encouraged to apply. To apply for a scholarship, please visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.


Eligibility Requirements are as follows: be Hispanic, maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale), be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident , reside in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, be a current or rising undergraduate (some programs accept graduate students) student or a high school senior enrolling at a college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, demonstrate financial need,  and be enrolled full time.


Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics

Juniors and seniors who are enrolled fulltime should submit a 3,000-4,000 word original essay that deals with an ethical dilemma or question. For official rules, deadlines, and directions please visit The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

Rhode Island State Grant Program

If you are a Rhode Island resident and are attending college at least halftime for your first bachelor's degree, you may be eligible for this needbased grant. Visit this website for further information and application instructions, after you have filed a FAFSA: RIHEAA – Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority

Boomer Esiason Foundation Scholarship Program

The Boomer Esiason Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who have cystic fibrosis. For more information, visit: BEF – Boomer Esiason Foundation

UJA Federation Rose Biller Scholarship Program

This program provides approximately $1.4 million in scholarships to Jewish men and women with significant financial need in the New York Metropolitan Area. The Hebrew Free Loan Society administers the program. Both men and women can apply for scholarships of up to $5,000. Please note that women who are also eligible for the JFEW Émigrés in the Health Sciences Scholarship will automatically be considered for both, though limited to one award. They need to fill out only one application. For more information and to apply, visit Hebrew Free Loan Society.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships

This association offers fifteen scholarships to minorities who are majoring fulltime in advertising, marketing, or public relations. Undergraduates must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 while graduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. For application instructions, additional information, and deadlines please visit Lagrant Foundation.


Cleveland Foundation Scholarships

The Cleveland Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to eligible applicants with varied and diverse criteria. They strongly encourage students to view the various scholarship funds to learn more about the specific purpose the donor had in mind in establishing the scholarship; any special eligibility criteria or additional requirements for consideration; the type of award (one-time, multi-year or renewable); and the online application method and/or contact information for external applications. Detailed descriptions, application deadlines, and how to apply can be found by visiting The Cleveland Foundation Scholarship webpage.


UNCF Scholarships

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) manages various scholarship programs and each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documentation. Students can also win other noncash awards. Students must be a high school senior currently to apply. Applicant must have at least a 2.0 GPA. Student needs to write an essay about how the evolution of wireless technology has changed the world in which we live. To apply for a UNCF scholarship, you must apply through the on-line application process.

National Society of Black Engineers

The society offers a variety of NSBE and Corporate sponsored scholarship and award opportunities to our precollege, collegiate undergraduate and graduate student, and technical professional members. Our scholarship packages range in value from $500 to $10,500. Please visit NSBE – National Society of Black Engineers.

Sanders Firm Scholarship

This is a $1,000 essay-based scholarship that will be awarded to one student. Open to students who have demonstrated a meaningful commitment to his/her local community across the country. The eligibility requirements for scholarship candidates are that the student needs to be:

·         Accepted or enrolled in a 4-year college or university program, OR

·         Accepted, or enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school

·         AND have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA at their current education institution

You can find more information about deadlines, eligibility requirements, and the application process and deadline for this scholarship on the Sanders Law Firm webpage.


Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program rewards students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom – and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. It’s a reward for what you’ve made of yourself and the difference you are making for others. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is offering up to $25,000 per year for 50 first-time freshmen or existing college students, renewable for up to four years and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program. For scholarship guidelines, criteria, and to apply, please visit the Buick Achievers Scholarship website. The deadline is February 29, 2016.


Help Save Lives Don’t Text and Drive College Scholarship

The Kevin P. Landry Law Firm offers a $1,000.00 scholarship to all students seeking a post-secondary education in the United States. For this scholarship, the law firm would like you to address the issue of texting and driving, and was to prevent it, in a 500 word essay. To see if you’re a qualified applicant, as well as the application process and awarding of the scholarship, please review Kevin P. Landry’s Law Firm webpage. Submission deadline is April 1.

Communications Scholarship

This Communication Scholarship is a $2,000 Cash Award/Optional Internship. It’s open to College Juniors, Seniors, or Post Graduates who are studying Journalism, Marketing/Communication, Health Care Administration, and must be a resident of Nassau or Suffolk County. The application deadline is May 20 of each year. For application and qualification requirements contact:

Janine Logan
Ann Marie Brown Memorial Scholarship Coordinator
Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council
1383 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 26
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone: 631.963.4156

Email Janine Logan or visit NassauSuffolk Hospital Council, Inc.


Yanmar/SAE Scholarship

This scholarship is for students pursuing an engineering or related science degree through an ABET accredited program, or students pursuing a course of study or research related to the conservation of energy in transportation, agriculture & construction, and power generation. Emphasis will be placed on research or study related to the internal combustion engine. Applications will be judged on the basis of previous scholastic performance. Additional consideration given for special study or honors in the field of the award, and for leadership achievement related to engineering or science. A student who applies for this scholarship must be a US citizen, as well as a full-time college junior or post-graduate. To view terms of the scholarship, selections processes, and to apply, please review the Yanmar/SAE Scholarship webpage. Please review the SAE International scholarships webpage for additional scholarship information.


EB Industries Scholarship

EB Industries will hereby establish the EB Industries Scholarship. An initial scholarship of $500 will be awarded to a New York student from the counties of Nassau or Suffolk and attending a four year college. Scholarship applications will be available approximately February 1, with a deadline date of April1.  Selections will be made in the beginning of May.  Disbursement of the scholarship will be sent directly to the student’s college or university’s Bursar office in June. For more information about the scholarship criteria, please view their website. Please forward your application to info@ebindustries.com  or email to our main address:

Attn: EB Indutries Scholarship

90 Carolyn Boulevard
Farmingdale, NY 11735


Tungsten Rings & Company Scholarship

Tungsten Rings & Co. is proud to offer need-based scholarships to students, age 16 and older, attending high school or enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and vocational programs in the US. To apply, you need to answer three questions and provide your academic information. The application deadline for Fall is October 15 and for Spring is April 15. For more information about the scholarship and rules, please visit the Tungsten Rings and Company website.


ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship

ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest publicly traded International oil & gas companies, has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowships in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for Hispanic college students. Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated college students across the country, with a passion for Engineering and Science. This opportunity through the LOFT program is available to Hispanic students. Others interested should contact the company's website directly.


Selected students will be exposed to a top quality company by participating in this signature mentoring program. Each student will be paired up with one of ExxonMobil engineers/scientists to learn how their knowledge is applied in a corporate setting.


Fellowship Components
The Fellowship consists of: five 1hour meetings with mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (online), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to the organization and company career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, there exists the possibility to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/fulltime) upon successful completion of the Fellowship.


Fellowship Requirements
This opportunity is highly competitive and open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students attending a 4 year college or university. Fellowship applicants with the following majors will be given priority: Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. Applicants with these majors will be considered also: Computer Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Geology, Industrial Engineering, Material Sciences, Mathematics, Materials Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Physics.


Other requirements student must meet: plan to pursue a career in the fields/majors listed above; have a GPA of 3.5 or higher; be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I551 (not expired).


All interested candidates apply and send resume to: Julian@hispanicheritage.org. Candidates must use "ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship" in subject line. Apply now for the EXXON Loft Scholarship. The Application will close on April 15, 2016.


2016 NYSACAC Scholarship

Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to three deserving students who have overcome barriers, succeeded with limited resources or is under-represented. 


Eligible students must meet all of the following criteria:
•    Be a resident of New York State
•    Have/Will Be:
               º Graduated from a New York State public or private secondary school; or
               º Completed a home-schooled program in New York State; or
               º Obtained a GED
•    Be nominated by a NYSACAC member
•    Enroll in a 2 or 4-year undergraduate program beginning Fall of 2016 at a NYSACAC member college or university within New York State (the award recipient will be expected to provide official proof of matriculation)
•    Have submitted an application and essay by Friday May 6, 2016.


To learn more about the NYSACAC Scholarship, please contact our Scholarship Committee at scholarship@nysacac.org.


MassMutual Scholars Program

A national scholarship program for high achieving college students interested in pursuing careers in the insurance and financial services industry. The MassMutual Scholars Program is funded by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and is focused on expanding access and opportunity of higher education and employment to students who reflect the rich cultural diversity of our nation. In 2016, MassMutual looks forward to offering $150,000 in total funding; assisting at least 30 students entering their sophomore, junior, senior, or fifth year of undergraduate coursework with a scholarship worth up to $5,000. Students must complete and submit for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial industry

Application Submission Deadline: March 31, 2016 by 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.