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.

2015-2016 Scholarships

Academy Foundation Scholarships  The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences is offering multiple scholarships to students with a career interest in the business and/ or development of interactive entertainment. Applicants must be full time graduate students or undergraduates starting their second year or beyond, who have a minimum GPA of 3.3. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2015 .

NFBPA Scholarship  The National Forum for Black Public Administrators' Oakland/SF Bay Area chapter is offering one $2500 award for the 2015-16 school year. Applicants must be graduate students who either reside or attend school in the Bay Area, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and are members of a racial or ethnic minority group. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate career objectives in the field of public administration. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2015 .

LendingTree Scholarship High school seniors who are U.S. citizens with a minimum GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply for this $2500 award. Applications require an essay of no more than 200 words, to be submitted online no later than July 15, 2015 .

The Loewy Law Firm Passion for Civil Rights Scholarship  is a $1,000 scholarship intended to help support promising law students who have a passion for civil rights, and a core belief in social justice and equality. Applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited law school within the United States, or a college or university within the United States with the intention to go on to law school, and have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Applications require an essay of 500-1000 words, to be submitted online no later than July 31, 2015 .

ARC Immigrant Scholar Award  Graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students with a GPA of at least 2.5 who are U.S. immigrants are invited to write an essay for a chance to with this $1000 scholarship. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2015 .

Insureon is offering a $2,500 scholarship. Applicants must complete an essay between 500 and 750 words words on a selected topic. The deadlines for submissions are March 31, July 31 and December 1st 2015.

American Graphics Institute Design Thinking Scholarship  Students enrolled in a degree-granting program at an accredited two or four year college or university in the United States may write a 500-1500 word essay for the chance to win this $1000 award. The deadlines for submissions are July 31 and December 1st 2015.

Cleaning Checklist Design Scholarship  Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited institution are invited to create a cleaning checklist that would be useful to someone moving out of a dorm or apartment for a chance to win this $1500 award. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2015.

Hotel.com.au Online Travel and Tourism Scholarship  Undergraduate, graduate or vocational students enrolled at least part time in an accredited institution are invited to write a 1500 word essay for a chance to with this $1000 scholarship. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2015.

The Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center Scholarship  is going to award one high school student and one college student from California a $250 prize each semester to help the student defray the cost of tuition and books. To qualify, the student will write an essay of no more than 800 words on why college education is important despite the immense resources that can be found on the Internet. The application deadlines are April 1, 2015 and October 1, 2015.

Pelican Water Systems College Scholarship  Undergraduate and Graduate students who are legal U.S. residents enrolled full time in an accredited institution, and who have a GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible to apply. Applicants will submit one letter of recommendation and an essay response to this question: "What are some ways to instill a greater sense of urgency with water conservation in young people and what would be the marketing slogan Pelican Water would use to highlight the new campaign?" Applications are accepted bi-annually, and are due by April 17th and October 16th, 2015.

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation is awarding $2000-$3000 scholarships with an application deadline of June 15, 2015, and community grants up to $5000 with an application deadline of July 15, 2015. All students and prospective students including citizens, LPR or undocumented individuals are welcome to apply regardless of immigration status.

The Plastic Place Green Scholarship is offering $1,500 scholarship. Applicants must be US Citizens, and have an average SAT score of 1070 and average GPA of 3.5 or above. Applicants must submit an essay (between 80 and 1,500 words). The essay topic is "The Health and Safety of Landfills."The deadline for submissions is July 1, 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.

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Latin Heritage Law Student Scholarship Applicants must have at least 2.8 GPA to apply for this $1000 scholarship, and must submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words to enter the competition. The submission deadline is July 31

Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award Applicants must have at least 2.8 GPA to apply for this $1000 scholarship, and must submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words to enter the competition. The submission deadlines are: July 31st for Fall semester ; November 30th for Spring semester.

Ignite AG Customer Advisory Board Scholarship is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a current undergraduate or graduate (e.g. MBA) student seeking to enter a marketing field focused around customer engagement or research. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of: 3.0 or higher, and must submit a 300-500 word essay on the required topic listed on the website. The submission deadline is October 1, 2015

The ProDental Scholarship Applicants must be California residents, and be current university students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours in the upcoming two semesters to apply for this $250 scholarship. Please submit an essay to answer the questions: Why is it important for you to continue your schooling, and what do you think is the biggest benefit to attending a university? The submission deadlines are: April 1, 2015 for Spring; October 1, 2015 for Fall deadline.

Tungsten Rings & Co. Scholarship Program offers two - need-based scholarships per year, valued at $1,000 USD each. Students enrolled in a two year, four year, graduate or vocational program may apply. The Fall 2015 deadline is October 15, 2015 .

Reservation Counter College Scholarship is offering two ongoing need-based scholarships per year, valued at $1,500 USD each. Fall 2015 deadline is October 15, 2015 .

Best Hospitality Degrees Scholarship is offering two $1500 scholarships each year to deserving individuals pursuing a two-year associate’s or four-year bachelor’s degree in hospitality at accredited colleges. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadlines are  April 30 and November 30, 2015 .

Discover Student Loans is providing NEW Discover Student Loans Scholarship Sweepstakes, and is giving away $50,000 in scholarships to high school and undergraduate students.Students are automatically entered to win a $2,500 scholarship when they sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college. Five winners will be randomly drawn on: June 8, 2015; September 7, 2015; December 7, 2015; and March 7, 2016. The submission deadline is February 29, 2016.

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.

California Strawberry Scholarships are available for the children of California strawberry field workers. The application deadline is February 15.

Caltrans.org and the California Transportation Foundation are both offering multiple scholarships for engineering, math, human resources as well as students interested in a career in transportation.

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.

Lagrant Foundation Lagrant Foundation offers scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students.The current scholarship award amount is between $2,500 and $5,000

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.

Scholarship Search Resources

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Study Abroad Students

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

Scholarship Scams

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