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Outside Scholarships

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The following scholarship opportunities, administered by outside entities, may be of interest to you.  If you have questions about these scholarships, please contact the agencies or businesses offering them directly.

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants

$1,000 A & F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors, as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. Requires a short essay, the topic of which can be found at the A & F Web site.

AES Engineers

The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.
To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site. Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.

Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics

$1,000 scholarships are awarded to junior-/senior-level undergraduate students. An applicant must be mathematics major with an education minor, or an education major with an official mathematics emphasis seeking initial teacher licensure in grades 6–12 mathematics. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required.

American Business Women’s Association

Several different scholarships are available with varying deadlines.  See the site for more information.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships

A number of scholarship opportunities are listed at this site. Of particular interest is the $5,000 John L. Carey scholarship for liberal arts degree-holders pursuing graduate studies in accounting. Applicants must be accepted into or be in the process of applying to graduate programs in accounting.  Students who are already actively participating in graduate accounting programs are not eligible for the scholarship.


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BigSun Athletic Organization

Student-athletes are eligible for this $500 scholarship, regardless of the sport in which they are engaged. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institution. To apply, send a short essay answering this question: How has your participation in sports affected who you are and how you relate to others? Include the affects on personal relations with peers and others.

Bluefire Broadband

A scholarship of $500 to the winner of the company’s Annual Rural Scholarship Essay Contest. The purpose of this scholarship is to help promote higher education and improve internet literacy and connectivity in small towns and rural cities across America.

College Prowler’s $2,000 No Essay Scholarship

We were all college students once writing essay after essay for scholarships. College Prowler wanted to create the easiest scholarship possible to help students with the high cost of education!

College Prowler’s $1,000 Student Survey Scholarship

College Prowler is the largest source of student written college reviews on the Web. To gather these reviews from students, we offer this scholarship as an incentive. It’s also important to get the opinions of students every year to adequately capture changes on campus. Open to all college and graduate students and recent alumni.  User must currently attend the school he/she is reviewing or have attended the school in the last two years.

B. Davis Scholarship

The creators of Student Award Search Aid are offering a $1,000 scholarship, available to high school juniors and seniors and to  students who are registered at any post-secondary institution.

Dr. Zelia Stephens Evans Trust

A Scholarship Trust is established with Regions Bank under the Will of Dr. Zelia Stephens Evans. Funds are available to all individuals pursuing a “course of study leading to an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate degree and will be awarded based on financial need and educational objectives.” Application forms and guidelines are available by request and must be completed and returned by January 15, 2014. Each applicant will be notified in writing of the Scholarship Committee’s decision. To obtain an application, call Regions Trust Department at 334-230-6130.

Elevation Scholars Scholarships

Entertainment Blogging Scholarship

Create a USDish Facebook page post and answer which TV character would you most like to have as a college roommate and why?  You could earn $1,000 toward tuition.

Flex Scholar Scholarship

Various essay topics.

The FreeLegalAid.com Entrepreneurship Scholarship:

A scholarship offered to the student who writes the best short essay on access to law per the guidelines set forth on www.freelegalaid.com/scholarship Free Legal Aid is one of the oldest websites offering completely free legal resources. This scholarship requires an easy application form submitted through email. See the website for details.

General Board of Higher Education & Ministry

The United Methodist Scholarship and Loan Programs are a church-wide educational service providing scholarships and loans to help supplement the financial needs of today’s students. Funding for these scholarships and loans is provided through offerings, wills, annuities, and other designated gifts. Through the Loan Program, students may borrow up to $5,000 per year at 5 percent interest. The 146-year-old United Methodist Student Loan Fund is the oldest student loan fund in the United States. www.gbhem.org

The GetinBusiness.com Entrepreneurship Scholarship: 

GetinBusiness! is a resource site for entrepreneurs, offering information on how to incorporate and other business start-up tools. The company offers a scholarship to the student who writes the best short essay on entrepreneurship per the guidelines set forth onwww.getinbusiness.com/blog/scholarship This scholarship requires an easy application form submitted through email. See the website for details.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

This program is open to students of Hispanic background.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Undergraduate scholarships are available to children (and, in some cases, grandchildren) of Marines and U.S. Navy Corpsmen. A minimum GPA of 2.0 and an annual family income less than $91,000 are required for consideration.


The Textbooks for a Year Scholarship essay contest was established to help students cope with the rising cost of education by giving them the opportunity to win enough to pay for textbooks for a year.

National Association of Women in Construction

The NAWIC offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500. Applicants must be in construction-related programs.

Joanna F. Reed Medical Scholarship

Residents of Alabama and Northwest Florida are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Joanna F. Reed Medical Scholarship Fund. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in pre-medicine at a private university.  Applicant selection is based on academic performance, recommendations from instructors, and financial need. Contact: Joanna F. Reed Medical Scholarship Trust, c/o BankTrust, Attention: Elaine Catoe, PO Box 469, Brewton, Alabama 36427-0469. Deadline: May 15, 2014.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Wildlife Leadership Awards are presented to undergraduate students of junior or senior standing who are enrolled in wildlife-related natural resource programs at  four-year colleges or universities in the United States or Canada. Each award carries a $2,000 scholarship.

Soroptimist International of the Americas

The Women’s Opportunity Awards program provides women with cash grants of varying amounts (including three $10,000 awards). An applicant must provide the primary financial support for her family (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents), be enrolled in or accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program, and demonstrate financial need.

The Techlaw LLP Entrepreneurship Scholarship:

Techlaw LLP is a boutique intellectual property law firm, handling trademarks, copyrights and patents. A scholarship offered to the student who writes the best short essay on intellectual property law per the guidelines set forth on www.TechLawLLP.com/scholarship This scholarship requires an easy application form submitted through email. See the website for details.

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation

The UMHEF provides a number of endowed scholarships to Methodist students. Elibility requirements and award amounts vary among scholarships. Visit their Web site for more information.


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Wells Fargo’s CollegeSTEPSTM Sweepstakes

High school and college students are automatically entered into the CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes for a chance to win $1,000 for college, when they enroll for education resources.