15 Scholarships for Students Already in College

With the cost of college rising every year, paying for school can be challenging. The good news is that even when you’re already enrolled in college you can still find scholarships and fellowships to help you pay for next semester, next year, graduate school, or even continuing education classes. There are a lot of great scholarships out there–and many of them don’t require you to be a straight A student.

Check out the 15 grants below and let us know if you apply for any of them!

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The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship – a three year program that provides summer internships, mentoring, community, and growth to promising undergraduate students from 12 New York City partner institutions.

Campus Discovery $5,000 Scholarship – open to students enrolled at an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university in the U.S. OR graduated in 2012-2015 with a certificate or Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree from an accredited 2 or 4-year institution.

DoSomething.org Seasonal Scholarships – if you’re under the age of 26, you can apply for two types of $10,000 campaign scholarships which will be used to defray education costs at a college or graduate school of the winner’s choice–2 and 4-year institutions are acceptable.

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships – with a mission is to increase diversity in the creative professions, this scholarship (typically $2,000 – $3,000) is open to undergraduate or graduate art students from minority or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Uniplaces Living the Dream Scholarship – do a random act of kindness for another student – and film it! The 5 chosen winners won’t have to pay rent for a whole semester. Open to full-time undergraduate or postgraduate students.

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The Beinecke Scholarship Program – open to students interested in graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans – open to green card holders, naturalized citizens, or citizens whose parents were both born abroad. Provides tuition and up to $25,000 for up to two years of graduate study in the U.S. in any professional field/discipline.

Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship – scholarships up to $20,000 will be awarded to full-time students from low-income households. Applicants can be current high school seniors entering college or students currently attending a college or university.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship – offers $30,000 for graduate study. Open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who demonstrate significant leadership and a commitment to public service. 55-65 scholarships are awarded annually.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship – offers scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or internships abroad. Over 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded each year.

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship – makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually.

Minerva’s National Scholarship – open to aspiring business women from all areas of study currently enrolled in college. Entrants submit an essay on the most creative way they have overcome prejudice in a school, social, work or professional setting. The awarded $2,000 can be used for tuition and book costs.

GotChosen Scholarship – open to all fields of study for U.S., international students, and alumni, this $5,000 scholarship must be used for educational expenses: tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment required for study or towards repayment of outstanding student loans.

The Cash Store Continuing Education Scholarship – this $5,000 scholarship is open to individuals 25 years or older and enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two year or four year college or university.

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship – a one-year grant for purposeful, independent study outside the United States, awarded to graduating college seniors nominated by one of 40 partner colleges.

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Still want more scholarships? Google can lead you to many more! That said, be aware that there are a lot of scholarship scams out there. Do not pay a fee to compete for a scholarship unless you are confident it’s legitimate. Be sure to read up on how to avoid falling prey to a scam and report scams you come across to the FTC.

Have you applied for any scholarships, fellowships, or other grants? Let us know in the comments!

Disclaimer: Please note that the inclusion of the grants listed above does not imply endorsement or support of any of the linked information, services, products, or providers.  

About the Author

Marny Smith was the VP and Director of Community of FindSpark for 2.5 years. She is a FindSpark Advisor, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Diversity Advocate, and Employment Specialist connecting young adults with developmental disabilities with supportive employers. Interested in learning more about hiring individuals with disabilities? Feel free to reach out: msmith@jccmanhattan.org

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