Scholarships

The featured sites are just a few of the many resources available for funding your educational dreams.  

General Scholarship Information

College Board  - The College Board site allows you to search for scholarships based on over two dozen criteria, including "returning adult student."

Fastweb - free site that provides scholarship matching, as well as advice on financial aid.

FreSch! - site features free scholarship search and tips for non-traditional students.

Scholarships.com -- free college scholarship search and financial aid information.

eStudent Loan -- A fast and free online search engine for instant comparisons and online applications.

FinAid! - Comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice, and tools.

IEFA - International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search

Scholarships for Tennessee Residents

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship for Non-traditional Students

Tennessee Hope Foster Child Tuition Grant

 ASPIRE Award  

College for TN.org provides information on national, state, and institution-specific scholarship funds. Type "Tennessee" in the Search box to explore the opportunities!

Christa McAuliffe Scholarship Program - this program is for Tennesseans who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in educating the youth of Tennessee.

Ned McWherter Scholars Program

General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS)

Dependent Children Scholarship Program - provides aid for Tennessee residents who are dependent children of a Tennessee law enforcement officer, fireman, or an emergency medical service technician who has been killed or disabled while performing duties within the scope of such employment.

Dual Enrollment Grant  - grant for eligible high school students interested in pursuing college credit.

Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant - available to all students enrolled at a Tennessee College of Applied Technology who are Tennessee residents 1 year prior to school term.

CollegePays - Information source about financing your college education in the state of Tennessee. Grants, scholarships, loan forgiveness, and Federal programs featured.

Scholarships for Women

AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program - provides assistance to low income women aged 50 and over.  Priority is given to women who have been unemployed for more than a year, women who are raising the children of another family member, women in low paying jobs with few career opportunities, and women who are veterans.

American Association of University Women - one of the largest providers of scholarships and grants to graduate women in the U.S.

Jeannette Rankin Foundation Women's Education Fund - this fund offers scholarship assistance to low income women 35 and older who are pursuing technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree.

The Philanthropic Education Organization - provides scholarships and loans to women to continue their education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Talbot's Women's Scholarship Fund - awards scholarships to women who earned a HS diploma/GED 10+ years ago. Awards are based upon financial need and previous achievements.  

Vanguard Women in Technology Scholarship America - this program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 for females entering their junior or senior year of college during the 2013 year. Students must have a record of academic excellence and be pursuing a career in computer science, computer engineering, web design or other IT-related fields.

Scholarships for Minorities

Educational Service Centers (League of United Latin American Citizens) - provides information on educational programming, leadership training, and scholarships for the Hispanic community.

Gates Millennium Scholarhsip Program (GMS) - provides African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, and Hispanic Americans with scholarships for study in mathematics, science, engineering, education, or library science.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund - largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation.

Minority Engineering Scholarships (NACME) - is the largest private source of scholarships for African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in engineering.

NAACP Scholarship Program - offers a variety of scholarships to help ensure that all Americans have an opportunity to pursue their educational goals.

Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) - is the leading organization in administering scholarships for Asian Pacific American students.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) - this fund has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any other entity outside of the government.

Scholarships for Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families

American Legion Auxiliary - supports a number of scholarship programs that benefit veterans, veterans' children and member of the organizations within the American Legion Family. 

American Legion Non-Traditional Student Scholarship - provides assistance for individuals who are a part of the Legion Family who are pursuing a degree later in life or are trying to pick up where they left off when their studies were interrupted.

Folds of Honor - provides immediate use scholarships and future-use scholarships. The immediate-use scholarships are for spouses and children who are currently attending or have been accepted into a 4 or 2-year degree program, or a vocational, technical or certification program. The future-use scholarships are for dependents from infancy up to and including children enrolled in the 11th grade.  

Horatio Alger Association - awarded to veterans who have served under the US Military Operation in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or Operation Iraqi Freedom beginning September 9, 2001 or later.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Fund - site provides a listing of education programs available to help eligible Navy and Marine Corps families pursue their academic goals. 

Scholarships for Military Children - awards a minimum of one $1,500 scholarship at every commissary location where qualified applications are received.  

Troops to Teachers (TTT) - provides counseling and referral services to military personnel interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teacher. The DANTES Troops to Teachers office helps applicants identify teacher certification requirements, programs leading to certification and employment opportunities.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Scholarship Program - each year over 50,000 high school students vie from across the country for a share of th $2.2M scholarships and incentives through the VFW's Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition. 

Scholarships for Government Employees and their Families

Association of Former Special Agents of the IRS - An annual $1,500 scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a degree in law enforcement or related fields such as business or accounting. To be eligible, you must be the child or grandchild of an AFSA member.

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) - is a private, non-profit corporation which provides educational benefits and emergency assistance to all civilian and postal federal employees and their dependent family members.

National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) - children, stepchildren, and grandchildren of all current NARFE members are eligible to apply for sixty $1,000 scholarships awarded annually. Applicants must be high school seniors or college students.

Other Resources

 The GI Bill Web site - Information about the GI Bill and Educational Benefits

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