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Financial Aid: Keeping USF Affordable
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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

National Black Nurses Association Scholarship Students who are members of NBNA, enrolled in an accredited School of Nursing and have at least one full year of study remaining are invited to apply for this $1000-$5000 scholarship opportunity. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2014.

The HotelsCheap Scholarship Program High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are invited to apply for this $1,500 scholarship opportunity. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2014.

Contra Costa Association of Realtors Scholarship The foundation is offering scholarships range from $1,500 to $2,500 to residents of Central Contra Costa County that have completed one year of full-time college, completed courses with emphasis on real estate, finance and/or business and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2014.

Active Data Scholarship All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to enter the contest for a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must write a response (between 500-1000 words) to answer the company's questions: "Why knowing what’s happening on campus is vital to your success as a student." The essay response must be posted on the applicant's own web site, and the URL must be submitted to the company. The deadline for submissions is April 23, 2014.

Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) SF Bay Area Chapter  Full time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in marketing, business, graphic design, public relations, communications, or related field, currently have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and are interested in Professional Services Marketing are encouraged to apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Applicants also need to submit two letters of recommendation. The deadline for submissions is April 25, 2014.

Penny Stocks Lab Biannual Scholarship Contest  All students with an interest in finance, penny stocks, investing, or trading are encouraged to enter the essay contest for a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must write a short essay of 1,000 words or less.The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014.

Anything But Law School Graduate Scholarship Willens Law Offices is offering a $1,000 scholarship awards. Undergraduate students entering graduate school in 2014 are welcome to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens accepted to or currently attending an accredited school within the United States and have a cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA. All applicants must submit a one page essay describing reasons for choosing a particular program of study and why the job prospects appear to be good after graduation. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014.

Orchids Made Easy The company is offering three $500 scholarship awards. Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a program in Botany, Horticulture, Environmental Science, Conservation, or related field, with a focus on orchids are welcome to apply. All applicants must submit an essay Response (2 pages or less): "Please tell us about the specific research or project you are working on to advance the study orchids. How will the funds be used if awarded?" The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014.

CollegeClasses.com 2014 Scholarship Award Program The company is offering five $500 scholarship awards. Students who are currently enrolled or applying for enrollment in a degree program at an accredited college or university may apply. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014.

DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship The company is offering three $500 scholarship awards. Applicants must enroll as a full time student, be a U.S. citizen, have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0, and have applied for federal financial aid (FAFSA) in 2013. Applicants must complete application forms and submit a 750 word essay. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014.

The Future of Technology Scholarship by Vandelay Web the company is offering two $1000 scholarships. All students are welcome to enter this essay competition. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age at the time of entry, currently enrolled as a senior in high school or as a student in a college, university, technical or trade school located in the United States or Canada, and must be a United States or Canadian citizen or hold a current student visa. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014.

WyzAnt College Scholarships All students can compete in this contest for a $2,000 - $10,000 scholarship. Applicants must submit a 300 word or less to answer the company's question: "If you could teach everyone in the world one thing, what would it be?" Finalists will be determined by popular vote from email and social media. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014.

Mango Salute Hello Scholarship Applicants must be at least 16 years old, and be accepted or currently enrolled in a college to compete in this contest for a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must submit a 500-1000 word essay on "The way we say hello and how it has developed in space and time." The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014.

Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund is offering five scholarships to eligible students. The award amount is between $5,000 to $10,000. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2014.

Scholarship from Heart On Your Wrist All undergraduate students can enter the contest to win a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled full time, and must submit an essay (500 words maximum) to answer the company's question: "What innovative ways do you see social media changing the way people buy jewelry?" The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2014.

Scholarship Opportunity from SES Advisors All students can enter the contest to win a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must submit a 500 word essay to answer the company's question: "What is the future of employee ownership in America, and how can we broaden its reach?" The deadline for submissions is May 16, 2014.

Silicon Valley Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association is offering three scholarships in $5,000, $4,000, and $3,000. Students must be pursuing a construction related career or a career in accounting/finance and must have a permanent address in the greater Bay Area. The deadline for submissions is May 16, 2014.

Corcentric Accounting Software Scholarship All undergraduate students can enter the contest to win a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be full time students, and must submit a 500 word essay to answer the company's question: "Today, with online banking, debit cards, and Paypal payments, managing your personal finances may seem easier. But with no actual cash changing hands, tracking your account balances becomes increasingly important. If you were teaching a course on managing personal finances, using your own experiences as an example, how would you instruct your students to take charge and manage their finances effectively?" The deadline for submissions is May 23, 2014.

Liljegren Law Group Military Family Scholarship 2014 Applicants must be 17 years of age or older, be currently enrolled in undergraduate level in the U.S., be a military member, veteran, or have a parent or spouse who is or was in the military, and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to compete in this contest for a $500-$1,000 scholarship. Applicants must submit a 300-500 word essay on "how the military has helped prepare you for college." The deadline for submissions is June 5, 2014.

QuikshipToner.com Student 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 any 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 June 15, 2014 for Fall 2014.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship High School Juniors and Seniors, as well as 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 application deadline is June 15, 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.