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14 Top Nationwide Scholarships for Women

July 19, 2012
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Looking for scholarships for women? You’re not alone!

Scholarships for women are always in high demand, but fortunately a plethora of awards are available annually, and some of them are even renewable for multiple academic years. Here are a  few of our favorite awards that are available to students across the country.

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Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Google offers the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in honor of the founder of the Institute for Women and Technology. Carrying on Borg’s vision, Google hopes to promote leadership and excellence in women in computing and technology. Both graduate and undergraduate applicants are chosen based on academic achievement and leadership. Winners are invited to attend a networking retreat at Google.

Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Scholarship

USBC Youth created this scholarship in honor of seven-term president of the Women’s International Bowling Conference Alberta Crowe. The $6,000 scholarship is awarded to female competitors in the sport of bowling who demonstrate academic excellence and extra-circular participation. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors and USBC Youth members.

Society of Women Engineers DuPont Scholarship

The Society of Women Engineers provides financial assistance to female graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in engineering, engineering technology and computer science programs. The SWE granted and renewed a generous $540,000 in scholarships in 2011. Scholarships are open to everyone from freshmen to grad students, and winners are announced during summer and early fall.

NSPE Auxiliary Legacy Scholarship

The National Society of Professional Engineers rewards $2,000 annually to a female undergraduate entering her junior year in a 4-year ABET-accredited engineering program. Applicants are evaluated based on GPA, internships and activity participation, honors and awards and a 500-word essay on career goals. You must be an NSPE member to apply.

Jeannette Rankin Scholarship

Created in honor of the first U.S. congresswoman, the Jeannette Ranking Scholarship is awarded to low-income, non-traditional female students pursuing technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree or first bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be women at least 35 years of age. In 2011, there were over 800 applicants, of which 40 received scholarships.

Women’s Overseas Service League (WOSL) Scholarship

The Women’s Overseas Service League awards an annual scholarship to women committed to advancement in military or other public service careers. Applicants must have already completed at least 12 credit hours with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,000, renewable once with continued academic success.

Edwin G. & Lauretta M. Michael Scholarship

Created by Reverend Edwin Michael and his wife Lauretta, this scholarship is awarded to ministers’ wives who had to sacrifice basic education for their husbands theological pursuits. Up to $1,000 a year is available to women who demonstrate financial need and have husbands who have completed basic theological education. Priority is given to applicants attending accredited institutions.

NSCA Foundation Women’s Scholarship

The National Strength and Conditioning Association offers this scholarship to encourage women to enter the field of strength and conditioning. Applicants must be NSCA members by the applicant submission deadline and prove acceptance into an accredited program. Scholarships are worth $1,500.

CREW Network Scholarship

The CREW Network is committed to supporting the achievements of women in commercial real estate. CREW’s scholarship program evaluates applicants based on academic achievement and interest in a career in real estate. Scholarships are no less than $5,000. Recipients will participate in an internship at a brokerage firm and a 12-month eMentoring program.

ESA Foundation Computer & Video Game Scholarship Program

The Entertainment Software Association offers a scholarship to women and minority students pursuing a degree in video game arts. Every year, 30 scholarships worth $3,000 are awarded. Half go to graduating high school students, and half go to current undergraduate applicants. You must have at least a 2.75 GPA to be considered.

National Pathfinder Scholarship

The National Federation of Republican Women offer this scholarship in honor of First Lady Nancy Reagan. Every year, the organization awards three scholarships worth $2,500 apiece. College sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible (freshman and high school seniors need not apply). Applications require three letters of recommendation and a 1-page essay.

Allman Medical Scholarship

This scholarship is offered in honor of David B. Allman, past president of the Miss America Pageant and the American Medical Association. The scholarship is open to women who are pursuing a career in medicine and have competed in a Miss America Pageant on the local, state or national level (regardless of awards won). Financial need, involvement in Miss America and academic achievement, including MCAT score, are taken into consideration.

Women In Defense HORIZONS Scholarship

Women in Defense, a national security organization, offers the HORIZON scholarship to encourage young women to pursue careers in national security and defense in the United States. To apply, you must be enrolled in an accredited university part- or full-time. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply, though undergrads must have at least 60 completed credit hours.

Helen Copeland Scholarship

The United States Association of Blind Athletes offers the Helen Copeland Scholarship to members of the association who are legally blind and have participated in USABA sports programs. Scholarships are worth $500, and preference is given to students with high levels of academic achievement and extra-curricular participation.

More ways to pay

The scholarships on this list are all great ways to help pay for college. But be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid so you get other sources of financial aid, too. The FAFSA is the key to unlocking grants, work-study opportunities and even additional private scholarships. Learn more about the FAFSA.

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