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Financial Aid: Keeping USF Affordable
Financial Aid: Understanding the Cost of Tuition

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.

2014-15 Scholarships

Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards Program Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to an Undergraduate degree program. Application deadline is November 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.

QuikshipToner.com Scholarship Any student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program during Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 at an accredited American college, university or trade school is eligible to apply. Applicants may write an essay of 1000 words or more for a chance to win a $1500 award. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2014 for Spring 2015.

Savvy Saver Scholarship Students attending an accredited two or four year institution who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and are 18 years or older are eligible to apply for this $2500 scholarship. This year's essay topic is: "How or where did you learn to be financially responsible?" The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2014.

Low VA Rates Military College Scholarship LowVARates.com will award two $1,250 scholarships per year. There is no age requirement and applicants or nominees must be active military or children with a parent serving in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants do not have to be currently enrolled, however, the award can only be used towards tuition and books at an accredited college or university. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2014.

Best Price Nutrition & Health Scholarship Best Price Nutrition is offering one $1000 scholarship for the 2014 school year. If an alumni wins this scholarship, the award will be donated to the graduating institution. As a bonus, the winner will also win $250 in supplements from Empyrean Nutrition. Applicants must fill out the online survey and answer the essay question provided in 750 words or less. Surveys and essays must be completed by December 31, 2014. .

Reeves Law Group Scholarship Contest The contest is open to both high school seniors who are looking to enter college at the start of the next school year, as well as students currently enrolled in a college or university. Applicants must tell a story about a time that you stood up for someone who could not stand-up for himself or herself, and how that experience has impacted your life and the lives of the person or persons you may have helped. Your submission may be a traditional essay, or other media such as a video, Power Point or Prezi presentation, blog or social media post, or any other creative way! The $1000 scholarship winner will be announced on January 15, 2015. Applications are due by December 31, 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.

Student Debt Relief Scholarship High school students enrolling in college as of Fall 2015, as well as currently enrolled Undergraduate and Grad students are eligible to apply for this $2000 award. Applicants are invited to write an article up to 1,500 words on what you will do or have done before, during, and after college to keep your student loan debt to a minimum. Submissions are being accepted between December 1st - December 31, 2014.

Military VA Loan Disability Awareness Scholarship Students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are accepted to or attending an accredited institution of higher education are eligible to apply for this $1000 award. Applicants should submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words about how they or someone they knew overcame disability to do something great. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2015.

TravelNursing.org Nursing Education Scholarship Interested applicants 17 years of age or older are invited to submit an essay of 500-1000 words explaining what it is they hope to accomplish during their career in the medical field for a chance to win a $1000 award. Students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are accepted to and attending a full-time medicine related program at an accredited institution of learning are eligible to apply. Applications are due by January 10, 2015.

RMHC U.S. Scholarships Current high school seniors who plan to attend college, university or technical/vocational school who have a minimum 2.7 GPA, leadership skills and community involvement are eligible to apply. Applicants must live within the boundaries of a regional participating chapter of RMHC. The application deadline is January 20, 2015. .

The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions  is offering total awards valued at up to $35,000 during undergraduate students' junior and senior years. Students major in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission are welcome to apply. Competitive applications: (i) address the NOAA mission; (ii) have resume and personal statements that are crafted to be relevant to the NOAA mission, and (iii) have recommendations that are well developed and made relevant to the NOAA mission. The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2015.

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.

Union Plus Scholarship Current and retired union members with at least one year or membership who are participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children are eligible to apply. Applicants must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college, university, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. The application deadline 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.

LM Scholarship Program U.S. and Canadian residents with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who are currently enrolled in a degree program of two years or longer may complete a short essay for a chance to win a $1000 scholarship. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2015.

Caretenders Scholarship Program Students attending an accredited university, college, trades or technical school in the U.S. or Canada during Fall 2015 may apply. Complete a brief essay and application for a chance to win a $500 scholarship. The application deadline is May 31, 2015.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship High School Juniors and Seniors, as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution may write an essay of 500-1000 words for a chance to win a $1000 award. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2015.

Discount Park and Ride's Paving The Future Scholarship Applicants must submit a business proposal (700 word minimum) to win a $2500 award. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2015.

SweatBlock Social Confidence Scholarship U.S. citizens who are enrolled full-time, or planning to enroll full-time in an accredited institution of higher education are eligible to apply for this $2000 scholarship. Please submit a 500-1000 word essay on one of the three topics listed on the website and an official statement of your current academic status by the July 15, 2015 deadline.

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.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship High School Juniors and Seniors, as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution may write an essay of 500-1000 words for a chance to win a $1000 award. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2015.

BestColleges.com provides scholarship database to find scholarships relevant to students' studies. The application deadlines are vary depend on each scholarship.

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.

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.

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.