In today’s economy, paying for a college degree program can be challenging. Thankfully there is a host of public and private scholarships to help you secure a top-quality education. Explore some of the most interesting and valuable college scholarships below. Some of the scholarships are IT-specific, but many apply to all disciplines and career paths.
New scholarships are added and updated continually. Discover and apply to the best contests, sweepstakes and merit-based tuition assistance programs for you, then connect with an admissions advisor at an accredited school for free help building a personalized learning plan and financial aid strategy.
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The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program was established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The SMART Scholarship program aims to increase the number of gifted civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Additional benefits include college tuition reimbursement, paid summer internships, and government job placement after graduation.
Multiple awards ranging from $25,000 to $38,000 per year
December 1, 2020
Citizen of USA, UK, Australia, Canada, or New Zealand / 18 years old / Enrolled in a US college / Security clearance eligibility
Foot Locker Scholarship
The Foot Locker Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in academics, on the sports field and in their community. Twenty (20) winners, a.k.a. "scholar athletes," will receive a $20,000 scholarship to use towards the tuition at an accredited college or university.
To enter the Foot Locker Scholarship Contest, submit the short registration form and a written recommendation from a non-family member. You will also have the option to submit additional materials, such as additional recommendations, pictures and videos.
Know a student athlete who's deserving of the Foot Locker Scholarship? Go to the application page and nominate them.
Twenty (20) $20,000 scholarships (each to be dispersed evenly over 4-year period)
January 8, 2021
- GPA higher than 3.0
- U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
- Entering college next Fall as undergraduate Freshman
- Involvement in high school, community-based or intramural sports
- Applicants and their families cannot be affiliated with Foot Locker
Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship provides deserving students of all ages with scholarships that can be used to pay for college or graduate school. The scholarship is a merit-based program so financial need is not considered. The Gen and Kelly Tanabe scholarship winner is chosen based on the quality of a 250-word personal statement you must submit to enter. The award may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or any related educational expense. Past academic performance is not considered as the goal is to create a level playing field.
The Scholarship is named after Gen and Kelly Tanabe who are the award-winning authors of eleven books on admission and scholarships. Together the Tanabes were accepted to all of the Ivy League colleges and won more than $100,000 in merit-based scholarships to graduate from Harvard debt-free. Gen and Kelly Tanabe tour the nation speaking about college planning and have served as expert sources for USA Today, The New York Times, CNN and US News & World Report.
December 31, 2020
Legal U.S. Resident / 9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate student including adult students who are currently in school or planning to start school within the next 12 months
College JumpStart Scholarship
The College JumpStart Scholarship is an semi-annual, merit-based scholarship open to high-school sophomores, juniors & seniors, college students, and non-traditional students. Financial need is not considered for the College JumpStart Scholarship; the main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education (by answering one of the following questions).
There are numerous awards for College JumpStart Scholarship winners, including a $1,000 scholarship for first place.
To apply for the College JumpStart Scholarship simply answer one of these questions in 250 words or less:
- What are your educational goals?
- How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals?
- Write about a time when "hard work" paid off.
- Explain your community service/volunteering experience and how it has affected your life and outlook.
1st Place = $1,000
April 15, 2021
High school 10th-12th grader, college student, or non-traditional student / U.S. citizen or legal resident / plan to attend an accredited school
Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway
The Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway is an exciting contest in which Dr Pepper is giving away over $2,000,000 in college scholarships for the current school year! Prizes range from $5,000 to $125,000 in tuition payments. One of the neatest features of Dr. Pepper's scholarship is that your award can be used toward future college tuition AND to pay off previously incurred student loans -- students with college loan debt should definitely pursue this syrupy sweet opportunity!
To enter for your chance to win the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway, simply visit the link below and tell Dr. Pepper your One-of-a-Kind Goal. You can even nominate your friends for this award! You and your peers will vote on the winners and track votes in real-time on their leader board. Once you reach 50 votes you will be asked to submit a video for the final leg of the contest. Good luck!
Three (3) $125,000 tuition prizes, three (3) $75,000 tuition scholarships, and other prizes
October 18, 2020
U.S. resident ages 18 - 24 | Applicants of 25+ yrs are still eligible for $5,000 awards, just not the grand prize.
"Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest
The "Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest is not your typical college scholarship; there are no long forms to complete or long list of eligibility requirements. Sponsored by diploma framing company Church Hill Classics, the "Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest is a fun and creative way to earn scholarship money.
To enter, applicants must submit an original creation with one image (in JPEG or PNG format) that expresses what you hope to achieve in your personal and professional life after college. Some entry ideas include: photograph, poem, short typed explanation, collage, drawing, graphic design, painting, or anything else you can dream of and capture with a single image. Your entry must be your original work and must follow the theme - This is how I "Frame My Future."
Three scholarship prizes. All winners receive a custom frame from DiplomaFrame.com as well.
- Grand prize = $5,000
- 1st Runner-Up = $1,000
- 2nd Runner-Up = $500
April 1, 2021
Students attending a US college or university full time (community college, undergraduate or graduate school) / Legal US Resident