Calendar Graphic2016-2017 FAFSA

The 2016-2017 FAFSA is now available. The priority deadline for new, incoming students is February 15 and the priority deadline for current students is March 15. See our FAFSA webpage for more information.

Outside Scholarships

Some scholarships are awarded by a high school, club, or community group. These scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic merit or some special talent, such as athletic or musical ability. You can find information about outside scholarships by using some of the free scholarship searches on the Internet and researching scholarships available in your local area.

Follow helpful search strategies (below) that include using some of the free scholarship searches on the Internet and researching scholarships available in your local area. Most small, local organizations usually do not publicize their scholarships on the Internet, so the competition for their scholarship dollars is often less vigorous. Finding local organizations that offer scholarships can take a lot of work, but the effort usually pays off!

Outside Scholarship Search Strategies

Use Free Scholarship Searches Online:

Fastweb »

Fastweb is a free financial aid and scholarship search engine for parents, students, and providers. Search for scholarships based on many criteria.

EDU »

Sponsored by U.S.News & World Report, EDU provides an article index, best values schools, scholarship search, award comparisons, college cost prediction, loan repayment calculator, deciphering your award letter, ask advisers, federal aid, and newsletter.

Big Future »

Sponsored by the College Board Association, Big Future helps locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match education level, talents, and background. A student-provided profile is compared against a database of 2,000 financial aid opportunities.

Research Local Opportunities:

  • Check with your high school guidance counselor and the college financial aid office. Both offices are often familiar with local agencies that have awarded scholarships to students in the past and these offices can give you contact information for local scholarship providers.
  • Contact local service clubs, such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Women's Leagues, Elks, etc., to see if they offer scholarships for college.
  • If you have a special talent, check with organizations related to that talent. For example, students who excel in public speaking may want to check with local Toastmaster clubs to see if scholarships are offered.
  • If you plan to major in a certain field of study, check with professional organizations related to that field of study. Many professional organizations offer scholarships to assist students with earning degrees. To find professional organizations, students could check the local phone directory, check with the college academic department, or do a general web search.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Do not waste money on scholarship searches that charge a fee. Often these searches use the same Internet databases students may use without charge.
  • If a scholarship seems too good to be true, it probably is! Learn to recognize and avoid common scholarship scams.
  • Remember, you should not have to pay money to win a scholarship!

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

This outside scholarship list includes opportunities for all types of students (i.e. high school, undergraduate, graduate, international); you will need to review the scholarship criteria to determine your eligibility. These scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic merit or some special talent, such as athletic or musical ability.

If a scholarship deadline has passed, please check back because there is a good possibility the scholarship will be available again the following year.

Revised 2-8-15
Name Deadline Amount Criteria Where to Get Applications
Aaron Seever Sales Scholarship

Varies (Fall and Spring)

$500 and iPad mini

Available to all students attending accredited universities and colleges. Students must demonstrate a proven record of high quality sales.

bulwarkpestcontrol.com/scholarship.php

The Actuarial Foundation Scholarships

Varies

Varies

Please see website for the different scholarship opportunities.

actuarialfoundation.org/programs/actuarial/scholarships.shtml

Allied Construction Industries

Varies

$1,000–$5,000

Available to students majoring in construction or a related field such as Architecture or Engineering. See applications for more specifications.

aci-construction.org/scholarship.htm

Americorps/City Year

None

$4,725

City Year is looking for students between the ages of 17 to 24 who are willing to spend 10 months working in community service, leadership development, and civic engagement. After the 10 months, student will be given the amount shown to help pay pack any student loans or costs.

cityyear.org
You can apply by contacting the headquarters nearest to the city where you would like to work.

The APIASF Scholarship

TBD

Varies

Available to students of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.7.

apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html

ASCO Numatics Engineering Scholarship

Varies

$5,000

Available to students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation discipline. At the time of the application, students must have at least completed their sophomore year and have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

asconumatics.com/scholarship

ASHRAE Scholarship Program

Varies

Varies

Please see website for full details.

ashrae.org/scholarships

Blaze Wifi Rural Scholarship

TBD

$500

Available to students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate level degree program at a college or university located in the United States. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S, have a current GPA of 3.0 or higher and not an employee or related to an employee of Blaze Wifi.

blazewifi.com/scholarship

Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation

April 30, 2016

Varies

Please visit website for eligibility criteria.

www.cincinnatischolarshipfoundation.org

Cohen & Cohen Civil Justice Scholarship

April 1, 2016

$500

Must possess an interest in social justice, as demonstrated by past and present volunteer, professional, and educational experiences.

cohenandcohen.net/civil-justice-scholarship-2016

College Club West

March 12, 2016

$2,000 or more

Available to women age 25 or older that has a home residence within the counties of Cuyahoga, Medina, and Lorain. Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any field. Based on financial need, goals, and academic records.

collegeclubwest.org/

College Resource Network

Varies

Varies

Please see website for full details.

collegeresourcenetwork.com/scholarships/

CreditRepair.com Scholarship

August 31, 2016

$5,000

Available to any current, full-time student of an accredited U.S. college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

creditrepair.com/#scholarship

The Gallery Collection – Create-A-Greeting-Card Contest

February 25, 2016

$10,000

Submit original photo, artwork, or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card. Must be 14 years or older at the time of entry and be enrolled in high school, college, university, or homeschool.

gallerycollection.com/greetingcardscontests.htm

Garden Club of America

TBD

Varies

Please visit website for full details.

gcamerica.org/scholarships

Government Finance Officers Association

Varies

Varies

Available to full- and part-time undergraduate or graduate students who are preparing for a career in state and local government finance.

gfoa.org

Hamilton Community Foundation

February 5, 2016

Varies

See website for full details.

hamiltonfoundation.org/index.php/for-students/

Hartford Technology Rental Scholarship

December 15 and May 15 Annually

$1,000

Available to students enrolled in a full-time U.S. university, must be majoring in information technology or an IT related field, and hold a minimum of a 3.0.

hartfordrents.com/scholarship

iModules Scholarship Program

April 1, 2016

$1,500

Available to students that will be full-time in Fall 2016, and must have a “C” grade point average. Students attending high school or higher education undergraduate and graduate programs are welcome to apply. Scholarship is not need-based, merit-based, or tied to specific educational interest.

scholarships.imodules.com/s/891/update/start.aspx

INROADS Internships

Varies

Varies

Available to outstanding students of color. They include: graduating high school seniors, and college freshmen and sophomores with a grade point average of a B or better, and a combined SAT score of at least 1000 or an ACT score of 20 or better. These students must be pursuing a major in business, engineering, the applied sciences, computer science, or liberal arts.

inroads.org

International Education Financial Aid

Varies

Varies

This site offers information about a variety of study abroad scholarships.

iefa.org

Jack and Jill Foundation Scholarship

TBD

$1,500–$2,500

Available to African-American students who are or will be attending an accredited four year institution on a full-time basis. See website for more details.

jackandjillfoundation.org/scholarships/

The John Foy & Associates Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship

June 15, 2016

Varies

Available to students who have been affected by or has a loved one affected by leukemia.

johnfoy.com/strong-arm-leukemia-scholarship

Kids' Chance of Ohio Scholarship

No later than one month before the semester begins

$500–$5,000

Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are between the ages of 16 and 25 and are the child of an Ohio employee who has been declared to be permanently and totally disabled or who was fatally injured as result of a work-related injury or occupational disease.

kidschanceohio.org/

Knapp & Roberts Scholarship for students with Autistic Sibling(s)

April 30, 2016

$2,500

Available to students graduating high school or enrolled in an accredited college or university in the U.S. Have a sibling or siblings with a diagnosis of autism.

knappandroberts.com/scholarship

La Unidad Latina Foundation, Scholarships and Grants

Varies

Varies

The site offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for Latino students. Eligibility requirements will vary.

lulfoundation.org/

The Law Offices of Kenneth P. Carp Scholarship

TBD

$1,000

Available to any individual planning to attend or currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. In order to participate, applicants must submit a 500-word essay.

kcarplaw.com/scholarship/

Lexington Law Scholarship Award February 29, 2016

$10,000

Available to any current, full-time student of an accredited U.S. university or college with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

lexingtonlaw.com

Loganix Scholarship

TBD

$1,000

Available for any student enrolled full-time at an accredited university.

loganix.net/scholarship/

Martha Kidd Foundation Scholarship

TBD

$2,000

Available to current high school seniors who will be attending a post-secondary institution upon graduation. Applicants must have financial need.

mkiddfoundation.org/scholarships-grants-1/

MassMutual Scholars Program

March 31, 2016

$5,000

Available to high-achieving African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic students interested in careers in the insurance and financial services industry.

massmutual.scholarsapply.org

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship

March 31, 2016

$4,000

Available to a student that has dealt with cancer, personally or within their family. Students must be in good academic standing and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

mesothelioma.com/scholarship/

Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Survivor Scholarship

May 1, 2016

$500

Available to students who have suffered from a car accident and are currently enrolled in college. Applicants must have above a 2.75 GPA and must submit an essay.

michiganautolaw.com/car-accidents/injury-scholarship

National Association of Women in Construction

February 28, 2016

$1,000

Available to students majoring in a construction-related field of study. Students can be male or female. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

nawic.org/nawic/NFSF.asp

National Merit Scholarship

Varies

Varies

Please visit website for full details.

nationalmerit.org

Navy Health Services Collegiate Program

None

Up to $42,000

Available to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher that are working toward a degree as a dentist, environmental health specialist, health care administrator, industrial hygienist, optometrist, physician’s assistant, physical therapist, pharmacist, or occupational therapist.

navy.com
or call 1-800-USA-NAVY

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation

TBD

$3,000–$5,000

Available to both graduate and undergraduate students. Requirements vary by scholarship.

soyohio.org/council/about-us/osc-foundation/scholarships/

Payne, Nickles & Company, CPAs Scholarship

May 1, 2016

$1,500

Available to fourth and fifth year students with Accounting majors and is intended to assist the student in meeting the 150-hour requirement to take the CPA exam.

pncpa.biz/Careers/AccountingScholarship.aspx

Point Foundation Scholarship

TBD

Varies

Available to students who are intending to enroll or are currently enrolled at an accredited university. Students must have a proven track record of leadership and community involvement, strong academic achievement, working to better the LGBTQ community, and financial need.

pointfoundation.org

Scandinavian Society of Cincinnati Foundation Scholarship

None listed

Up to $1,000

Available to students from the Cincinnati area that are planning to continue their studies at a school in one of the Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden). Also available to students from any one of these countries who plan to continue their studies at a school in the Cincinnati area.

Mrs. Hilma Schlanser
5448 Sheits Road
Cincinnati, OH 45252

School Soup

Varies

Varies

Available to varying major of varying years. This site is appropriate for general searches as well as narrowing down a scholarship search. This is a tool for finding scholarships.

schoolsoup.com/scholarship-directory/

SOACDF Educational Assistance Program

TBD

Up to $3,000

Available to tobacco farming families and their dependents. Eligible applicants will receive the education and training needed to acquire skills for new or supplemental income-generating occupations.

http://soacdf.net/

Spangenberg Law Firm Video PSA Scholarship Contest

April 15, 2016

Up to $2,000

Available to students who share a passion about important societal issues.

spanglaw.com/scholarship

The Tree Center

March 20, June 20, September 20, and December 20

$500

Available to students enrolled at a high school or collegiate level with a 3.0 minimum GPA.

thetreecenter.com/scholarship/

U.S. Bank Scholarship

TBD

$1,000

Available to all students who are currently attending a four-year college or university. Applicants will be selected through a random drawing.

usbank.com/studentloans

Virginia Wagner Award

Varies

Up to $2,500

Available to all female students residing in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin who are attending college. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, financial need and extracurricular activities among other things.

middletownsoroptimist.org/scholarship.html