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Private Scholarships

Last Updated: November 5, 2015


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.


American Council of Engineering Companies Scholarship

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) offers a number of scholarship opportunities for third-year students in a four-year program and fourth-year students in a five-year program. The applicant’s degree would have to be taken in one of the following fields: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Technology or Surveying. Applicants must receive their Bachelors degree in of the before-mentioned programs by June 2017.


Please visit the ACEC website for more information and to complete the scholarship application. The deadline is December 18, 2015.


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.


Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship

This new scholarship will award $6000 to a current STEM college student who demonstrates financial need. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a woman who: 1. Is currently enrolled as a full-time college student in the US, 2. Has completed at least one full academic year of college with a GPA of 3.0 or above, 3. Is pursuing a degree related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and 4. Has clearly expressed financial need to support educational goals.


Applications will be available until December 31. Please view Zenefit’s website for more details and to apply.


Women’s Forum of New York Education Fund

The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum provides annual Awards to encourage mature women of need to fulfill their potential through the pursuit of an undergraduate college education and to enhance their capacities to provide productive and supportive service to their communities. For more information regarding this award and application completion, please view the 2016 Women’s Forum Education Award Information Sheet and the application.

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.

SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.


To be eligible, all awardees must be: 1. a U.S. citizen at time of application, 2. 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2015, 3. able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories, 4. willing to accept postgraduate employment with the DoD, 5. a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and 6. pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.


In addition:

1. Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply.

2. Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the Fall 2015 term. Also, Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE and test scores must be reportable by ETS. Subject tests are not required.

3. Students who are currently Freshman or enrolled in a First Year Associate’s Program applicants must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score. Subject tests are not required. Also, individuals who apply during their Freshman/First Year must obtain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the Fall academic term of their Freshman/First Year. Freshman/First Year Associate's Program applicants will be required to submit an official transcript reflecting their fall academic term grades to establish compliance with this requirement.


Scholarship Deadline: December 1, 2015

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.

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.


Lawstreet Capital Scholarship

Lawstreet Capital is the proud sponsor of a new scholarship to help single mothers in their quest to complete their college and graduate level education. To become eligible for this opportunity, all candidates must be single mothers and accepted to or enrolled in any of the following programs: a 4- year, US college program a junior college program with plans to complete a 4-year degree, or Graduate school. High school students with plans to attend college are also welcome to apply for this scholarship. All applicants must provide a copy of their most recent school transcript reflecting a 3.0 minimum GPA. The application deadline is December 31. To view the application process, additional requirements, the application, and where to submit the application, please view the Lawstreet Capital Scholarship webpage.


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.


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.


JWL Healthcare Scholarship

The Junior Welfare League of Huntington, Inc., has been offering Diane Cook Memorial Healthcare Scholarship for local residents of Huntington since 1956. The criteria of the scholarship read as the following:

·         Be a Resident of Huntington Township

·         Nursing or Physician Assistant Applicants or Students

·         Occupational or Physical Therapy Applicants or Students

·         Dental Hygiene Students


Please review, complete, and return the application by January 19, 2016 at the address below or email to igellerman@gmail.com.  They will notify the recipient by end of February.


Junior Welfare League of Huntington

Att: Dr. Inna Gellerman

165 Main Street

Huntington, NY 11743


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: Elisa@hispanicheritage.org. Must use "ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship" in subject line. Apply now for the EXXON Loft Scholarship. The Application will close on April 15, 2017.


Hometeam Homecare Scholarship

The new Hometeam homecare and nursing scholarship program provides $2000.00 in support to outstanding students. Eligible applicants must be admitted or enrolled in a nursing school or home care certification program. They also accept students, who are currently enrolled in a high school program, but have been accepted in a nursing or home health aide program.

Deadline for application completion is February 1st, 2016. Please review additional information and the scholarship application the Hometeam Homecare website.

Thumbtack School-to-Skills Scholarship

Thumbtack is an online marketplace that connects people with experienced professionals to help them accomplish more than 5 million projects each year. This scholarship is for student chasing their passion to learn a new trade that they can turn into a business, learning fundamental business skills such as marketing and accounting, or deepening their knowledge and capabilities to improve public policy and foster an environment that better serves small business owners and independent professionals. For scholarship term and condition, details, eligibility, and how to apply, please visit their website. Deadline is January 31, 2016.