Below are twelve college scholarships available for new and returning college students. While it is not a complete list obviously, these are well-established programs that offer financial support to students who meet their requirements.
AXA Achievement Community College Scholarship
Sponsored by the AXA Foundation, this program offers scholarships of $2,000 each. It is open to high school seniors who will enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in their school, community, or workplace. You can find more information at the AXA Foundation website.
Buick Achievers College Scholarship Program
The Buick Achievers Scholarship is open to high school seniors or college undergraduates who plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on Engineering, Technology, or selected Design and Business-related programs of study.
Scholarships are awarded based on participation and leadership in community and school activities, interest in the automotive industry and financial need. Special consideration will be given to first-generation college students, women, minority applicants, military veterans or their dependents. Visit buickachievers.com for more information.
Cargill Global Scholars Program
Cargill offers scholarships worth $2500 to freshman and sophomore students who demonstrate high academic performance and leadership who have decided to attend one of their partner universities.
Special consideration will be given to students majoring in agriculture-related fields, business, computer science, economics, engineering, food science, international relations, political science, and public policy. Consideration will also be given to disabled students, first generation college students, minority applicants, women and veterans.
Get more information on the Cargill Global Scholars Program.
Catch a Break! College Scholarship
The Catch a Break! Scholarship Program offers scholarships up to $10,000 per academic year. It’s intention is to allow recipients to graduate debt-free after four years. It is open to Minnesota residents who demonstrate academic potential and financial need who plan on attending a four-year public college or university in Minnesota.
For more information, please visit sms.scholarshipamerica.org/catchabreak.
CBCF General Mills Health College Scholarship Program
This General Mills sponsored program is open to students living in a Congressional Black Caucus district who plan to continue their education in the fields of engineering, medicine, nutrition or another health-related field and have financial need. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates or be current postsecondary undergraduates or graduate level students who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
Applicants must also have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. You can find out more information at sms.scholarshipamerica.org/cbcfgeneralmillshealth/.
Edison Scholars Program
Sponsored by Edison International, this program is offered to aspiring scientists, mathematicians and engineers to pursue their education at a four-year college or university. Graduating high school seniors who show potential for success in college and have financial need are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Eligible students must live in or attend a public or private high school in areas serviced by Southern California Edison (SCE) or attend an eligible high school in the designated area surrounding SCE’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Thirty scholarships of $10,000 per academic year up are awarded annually.
Detailed information and a list of eligible high schools can be found at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/edisonscholars/
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program is open to African – American, American Indian / Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S.
Applicants must be a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student and have a minimum 3.3 GPA; or have earned a GED to be considered for this award. They must also demonstrate significant financial need (meet the federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria) and exhibit leadership abilities through community service, extracurricular, or other activities.
You can review the requirements at the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
This program is sponsored by The Ronald Reagan Foundation and General Electric. It offers $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors in the United States and is open to students who demonstrate the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship similar to those exhibited by our 40th President. Like President Reagan, candidates use the experiences of their youth to lead, serve, and pursue a life of purpose and significance for themselves and their community. These renewable scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited four-year program of study in the United States. For more information, visit www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships.
ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund
The ICMA-RC Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to the surviving children and spouses of US city, county, and state public employees who have died in service to their communities. Applicants must enroll in and attend an accredited college, university, or vocational-technical school on a full-time basis. High school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply.
Awards are determined based on merit and financial need and are for tuition and fees only. You can find out more at vantagescholar.org.
ING Unsung Heroes
The ING Unsung Heroes program annually provides grants to K-12 teachers using new methods and techniques of teaching to improve learning. Applicants can submit grant applications describing projects they have started or would like to pursue at their school. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students. One hundred educators are selected annually to receive $2,000 each to help fund their projects. The top three recipients are selected to receive additional awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000.
More information is available at the ING Unsung Heroes website.
Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund
The New York Chapter of the American Logistics Association sponsors up to 15 $5,000 scholarships for dependent children of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States military who hold valid Exchange & Commissary shopping privileges at the time of application. All applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll for the first time in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is required.
Recipients are selected based on their academic record, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, financial need and any unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. You can view more information at sms.scholarshipamerica.org/militarycommanders.
Rent-A-Center Make A Difference Scholarship
This program is open to current Rent-A-Center customers, customers of the past two years in good standing, their immediate family members (spouse or dependent children living in the customer’s household) and dependent children (age 25 or younger) of current employees of Rent-A-Center, Get It Now!, Home Choice, RAC Acceptance, RAC National Product Service or RAC Field Support Center who have been continuously employed for at least one year — and who live in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
All applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical/vocational school in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. More information can be viewed at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/makeadifference.