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Outside Scholarships

The USF Financial Aid Office provides a regularly updated list of private or outside scholarship opportunities for new and continuing students. Read more about a specific scholarship using the menus below or browse our resources to search for scholarships specific to your background.

Note: You should verify actual deadlines and requirements with the scholarship organization you are applying to. Deadlines on this information page may not be honored by outside organizations if they are posted in error or if changes have occurred.

2013-14 and 2014-15 Scholarships

Spokeo Connections Scholarship Graduated high school seniors who are accepted into a two or four year institution or students currently enrolled full-time in an institution of higher education may write a 1000-1600 word essay for a chance to win a $1000 scholarship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The application deadline is July 1, 2014.

Nursing Home Abuse Prevention Scholarship The Rooth Law Firm is offering a $1,000 scholarship award. Applicants must be currently in their first or second year of nursing school, or entering nursing school in the fall of 2014, be a U.S. citizen and have an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA and above. The application deadline is July 1, 2014.

MortgageRefinanceRates.org - Construction & Engineering Scholarship  If you are currently enrolled in an engineering, construction, or architecture program, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA, you are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship. The deadline for submissions is July 12, 2014.

The Kaplan Group Annual Scholarship  Undergraduate and graduate students who have a min­i­mum GPA of 2.50, and are in the one of following eli­gi­ble fields of study are encouraged to enter the essay contest for a $1,000 scholarship: MBA, Finance, Account­ing, Law, Man­age­ment, Entre­pre­neur­ship, Eco­nom­ics, Busi­ness Administration. The deadline for submissions is July 27, 2014.

Domo Scholarship for Business Management Students who are attending or accepted to an accredited four-year institution of higher education and studying business management are eligible to apply for this $2500 award. Applicants must complete a survey and write a 500 word essay that shows an interest in analytics. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014.

Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship  Students who will be attending college or university no later than January of 2015, and have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or greater during their last academic year are eligible to apply for this $500 award. Applicants must submit answers to the company's essay questions. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014.

Future Physicians Scholarship Program Students majoring in the field of healthcare may write an essay of 300-1000 words for a chance to win a $500 award. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2014.

Job-Applications.com Scholarship Programs The organization is offering a $1,000 award to help working parents. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, have worked an average of at least twelve hours for each of the previous four weeks at the time of applying, and are residential parents of at least one minor child. Applicants also need to write a 600 to 1000 word essay: Clearly outline three keys to successfully balancing parenthood, working, and excelling in school The deadline for submissions is December 14, 2014.

Harrison & Bodell Scouting Scholarship All students are welcome to enter this essay submission contest for a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be a current or past member in good standing with The Boy Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts and must be age 17 or older. Applicants also must write an original 400-600 word essay on: “How has your time in the scouts (boyscouts, girlscouts) prepared you for college? Please describe what skills, values, or qualities that you developed from scouting that have prepared you for your future.” The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2014.

Dietspotlight.com Scholarship Program All students are welcome to enter this essay submission contest for a scholarship award between $1,000 and $3,000. Applicants must write an original 900-1500 word essay to discuss the relationship between body weight and self-esteem, and how reaching a healthy body weight might improve a person’s self-esteem. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2014.

Smith Scholarship Program 2014 The organization is offering a $1,000 award to a prospective or current college student. Applicants must write an essay to respond to the company's Essay Topic: "5 Ways A Wireless Home Security System Can Make Your Life Easier." The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.

Senior Care Innovation Scholarship The organization is offering $1,000 awarded to five individuals. Applicants must complete a letter of introduction and an essay that is between 500 and 900 words on a selected topic. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2015.

Ongoing Scholarship Programs

AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Program AACN offers eight $2500 scholarships each year to students seeking a baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree in nursing. The deadlines are March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31.

Army Health Professions Scholarship Program Scholarships that pay 100% tuition, books, and fees for graduate students enrolled full-time in health care programs.

Autodesk Student Competitions Various competitions for eligible students interested in careers in architecture, engineering and the digital arts. Awards include scholarships, internships, and other prizes.

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Each Year ACWA awards a $5,000 Clair A. Hill Scholarship to a qualified student in a water resources-related field of study. Eligible students must be California residents attending California colleges or universities full-time as a junior or senior during the year the scholarship is awarded. The deadline for submissions is February 1 each year.

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Each Year ACWA awards a $7,000 Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship to a qualified graduate student majoring in law, policy or public administration with a focus or concentration in California water resources. Eligible students must be attending a public or private graduate or law school in the U.S., carrying at least 8 units per term and planning to attend school for the complete year in which the scholarship is awarded. The deadline for submissions is April 1 each year.

Catching the Dream Scholarship Programs Undergraduate through Postdoctoral students who are 1/4 or more degree Native American and are enrolled members of a U.S. tribe are invited to apply for these awards. Applicants must be attending or planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university on a full-time basis, have excellent grades, a high ACT or SAT score, some work experience, a track record of leadership and a strong commitment to the Native American community. The application deadlines are as follows: March 15 for Summer semester, April 15 for Fall semester and September 15 for Spring semester.

Giva Students Scholarship All undergraduate and graduate students can compete in this contest for a $1000 scholarship. Applicants must submit an essay in answering the company's questions. The deadline for submissions is June 1 and December 1 of each year.

LA Tutors 123 All currently enrolled students can compete in this contest for a $500 scholarship. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.); and must submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation. The deadline for submissions is the 20th of each month.

P.E.O Sisterhood P.E.O. exists to be a source of encouragement and support for women to realize their potential.

Scholarship Points offers free college scholarships and scholarship contests to members of our program. You can win by earning points and entering them into monthly drawings for free scholarships. Members earn points by logging in each day, completing surveys and reviewing other sites and services.

Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards Program Eligible applicants are women who provided the primary financial support for her dependents, demonstrate financial need, are enrolled in undergraduate degree program, are motivated to achieve their educational and career goals, reside in one of Soroptimist International of the America's member countries or territories. The applications are due each year by December 1.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation The foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs that grant up to $40,000 to high school, undergraduate and graduate students.

The Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Program Scholarship opportunities ranging from $500 to $10,000 available to Hispanic students.

Varsity Tutors Monthly Scholarship awards $1000 scholarships to students who write the best essay in response to a monthly prompt.

Scholarships Received by USF Students

The following are scholarships that graduating high school seniors who were accepted and matriculated into USF have received within the last five years:

826 Valencia Scholarship To be eligible to be awarded a scholarship, students must be a high school graduating senior, demonstrate financial need, go to school in the Bay Area, and demonstrate intent to enroll in a vocational school, college, or university. Preference will be given to students who attend public high schools in San Francisco.

Elks National Foundation Scholarship Any graduating high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarships Every year, Comcast and the Comcast Foundation awards recipients a one-time grant of $1,000 to be used toward their pursuit of higher education.

Burger King Scholars Program The Burger King Scholars Program has awarded more than $15.4 million to high school seniors and employees across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since the program’s inception in 2000. Award amounts range from $1000-$50,000.

The following are scholarships that continuing USF students have received within the last five years:

Chi Omega Scholarships The Chi Omega Foundation awards scholarships and grants to collegiate and alumnae members. Our scholarships and grants exist to help meet the need of tuition, books and related educational expenses.

Methodist Hospital Health Career Scholarship Scholarship recipients are obligated to employment with Methodist Hospital or Methodist Hospital Union County after graduation according to the number of months funded (six months of employment for each semester funded).

Common Knowledge Scholarships CKSF offers a wide variety of scholarship quizzes throughout the year for U.S. high school, college, and graduate students. We even have some scholarships that parents can win for their children. At CKSF there are no essays, no applications, and no GPA requirements.

Zinch $1000 Weekly Scholarship Each week, Zinch will post a question at www.zinch.com/scholarships/weekly and/or http://apps.facebook.com/zinchscholarships/bediscovered and give entrants up to 280 characters to answer the question. Zinch will pick one winner with the best answer from among all entrants.

Scholarship Search Resources

Searching for outside/private scholarships? Here are links to reputable online financial aid and scholarship search web sites:

Study Abroad Students

The USF Center for Global Education provides an extensive list of scholarship resources available to students studying abroad.

Scholarship Scams

It's important to know how to tell the difference between legitimate and fraudulent scholarship organizations. Visit www.finaid.org to learn how you can protect yourself from scams.