Scholarships for women are readily available for female students to use their girl power for extra tuition help.
Since sex segregation ended at most state universities in the 1970s, women have occupied the majority of seats in college classrooms. In the 2015-16 school year, females accounted for 11.5 million of the 20.2 million college students in America. Women are now 21 percent more likely than men to attain at least a bachelor’s degree.
Yet women still experience gender inequality in higher education. On average, female students receive $1,400 less financial aid than their male peers. Women’s scholarships are growing in numbers to help ladies cover college expenses in our “man’s world.”
Below we’ve highlighted 20 great scholarships for women at the undergraduate and graduate level.
1. AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships
Deadline: January 10th
Since 1970, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has provided the Selected Professions Fellowships for $18,000 to $30,000 for outstanding females enrolling full-time at an accredited U.S. institution for master’s degrees in STEM disciplines. Minority women can also apply for the third year of a doctoral program in law or medicine. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have completed one full graduate year, and display high standards of academic excellence. (See: 20 Best Deals on Small Colleges for STEM)
AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships
1111 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
2. Army Women’s Legacy Scholarships
Deadline: January 15th
The Army Women’s Foundation has created the Legacy Scholarships to award $1,000 to $2,500 to female soldiers who are pursuing a degree or certificate at an accredited community college, university, or graduate school. Qualified candidates must have served honorably in the U.S. Army or U.S. Army Reserve, be high school graduates, currently attend post-secondary education full-time, have completed at least 30 college credits, and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
Army Women’s Legacy Scholarships
P.O. Box 5030
Fort Lee, VA 3078
3. Caitlin Brondolo Golf Scholarship
Deadline: May 31st
In memory of a bright 12-year-old girl who died tragically from carbon monoxide poisoning, the Caitlin Brondolo Golf Scholarship is granted for $2,500 annually to two female high school seniors who will be pursuing undergraduate studies at an accredited U.S. institution. To qualify, applicants must have played at least two years on a high school golf team, carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, plan to play competitive collegiate golf, and submit two letters of recommendation.
Caitlin Brondolo Golf Scholarship
P.O. Box 811794
Boca Raton, FL 33481
4. Christine Reed Memorial Flight Scholarship
Deadline: November 1st
As one of 98 women’s scholarships offered by the Women in Aviation International, the Christine Reed Memorial Flight Scholarship is valued at $2,500. Eligible women from 16 to 30 years old must have soloed in the last six months and be pursuing flight training at an accredited U.S. school for private pilot certification. Preference is given to New Jersey, Illinois, and Arizona residents. Applicants must write a one-page essay titled “Why I Love to Fly.”
Christine Reed Memorial Flight Scholarship
3647 Route 503 South
West Alexandria, OH 45381
5. Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship
Deadline: March 1st
Sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club (NANBPWC), the Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship is gifted for $1,000 to African American female students enrolled in their sophomore or junior year. Qualified applicants must attend an accredited U.S. college and major in journalism, economics, public policy, creative writing, or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Writing a 1,000-word essay titled “Black Women’s Hands Can Rock the World” is required.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship
1806 New Hampshire Avenue
Washington, DC 20009
6. Executive Women International Scholarships
Ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 apiece, the Executive Women International Scholarships are presented each year to high-achieving female high school seniors in the United States and Canada who are pursuing careers in any business discipline. Eligible young women must be accepted at an accredited college, exhibit financial need, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, demonstrate leadership potential, live within 50 miles of an EWI chapter, and be actively involves in extra-curricular activities.
Executive Women International Scholarships
3860 South 2300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
7. Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: April 1st
The American Federal for the Blind (AFB) has created the Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship to award $1,000 to outstanding blind or visually impaired women who are studying classical or religious music at an accredited U.S. college. Applications must be submitted online with proof of legal blindness, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a three-part essay, and music performance on CD. Female music majors could also receive the R.L. Gillette Scholarship.
Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
2 Penn Plaza Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
8. Helene M. Overly Graduate Scholarship
Deadline: November 13th
In honor of their first Executive Secretary, the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) offers the Helene M. Overly Graduate Scholarship for $10,000 to female students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in a transportation-related field. Majors can include trade, transportation management, engineering, urban planning, logistics, and aviation. Eligible women must possess a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be active on a WTS chapter, submit a letter of recommendation, and have transportation-related career goals.
Helene M. Overly Graduate Scholarship
1701 K Street NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
9. ISC2 Foundation Women’s Scholarships
Deadline: March 15th
Funded by Raytheon, the ISC2 Foundation Women’s Scholarships are bestowed for $5,000 each year to eight female undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree related to information assurance, information security, or cybersecurity. Applicants must have completed at least two semesters, attend an accredited college on-campus or online, carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2, and display financial need. These scholarships for women are open to citizens of any country.
ISC2 Foundation Women’s Scholarships
311 Park Place Blvd. Suite 400
Clearwater, FL 33759
10. Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship
Deadline: March 18th
The Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship program has gifted over 750 need-based awards to extraordinary female students aged 35 or older who are pursuing their first technical, associate, or bachelor’s degree. Eligible recipients must be U.S. citizens or legal residents, attend a regionally or ACICS accredited college, fall below maximum household income requirements, and maintain good standing. Applications must include an acceptance letter, official transcript, tax return, and two letters of recommendation.
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship
1 Huntington Road Suite 701
Athens, GA 30606
11. Loreen Arbus Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: May 1st
Valued at $2,500, the Loreen Arbus Foundation Scholarship is presented by the Alliance for Women in Media (AWMF) to deserving women who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in journalism, English, communications, media, broadcasting, and related fields. Along with an application and recommendation letter, candidates must write an essay titled “Breaking Down Stereotypes” to share stories of citizens with disabilities. Winners attend the Gracies Award Luncheon in New York City.
Loreen Arbus Foundation Scholarship
2365 Harrodsburg Road
Lexington, KY 40504
12. Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowships
Deadline: October 28th
The tech giant Microsoft has created the Research Women’s Fellowships for giving $18,000 in tuition support and a $2,000 travel stipend to female graduate students who are pursuing a PhD. Qualified women must be studying full-time at a partnering U.S. university with a declared major in computer science, electrical engineering, information technology, bioinformatics, mathematics, or a related discipline. Fellows can attend colleges like Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT.
Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowships
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98152
13. Moss Adams Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: March 31st
Through the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting (EFWA), the Moss Adams Foundation Scholarships are bestowed for $1,000 upon outstanding minority or re-entry women who are pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting. Eligible applicants must have at least junior status, attend an accredited U.S. institution, plan to fulfill the fifth year requirement for CPA certification, demonstrate financial need, have a minimum GPA of 2.75, and submit an employment record.
Moss Adams Foundation Scholarships
136 South Keowee Street
Dayton, OH 45402
14. National Pathfinder Scholarship Program
Deadline: June 1st
Established in 1985 to honor First Lady Nancy Reagan, the National Pathfinder Scholarship Program awards three $2,500 scholarships for women in their sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate year at an accredited U.S. institution. For consideration, female students must submit three letters of recommendation, an official college transcript, state federation president certification, and a one-page typed career goals essay. Women majoring in political science or government should apply for the Betty Rendel Scholarship.
National Pathfinder Scholarship Program
124 North Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
15. Owanah Anderson Scholarship Fund
Deadline: June 1st
The Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) offers the Owanah Anderson Scholarship Fund to honor a beloved Choctaw woman who protected religious freedom by serving as the Native American Ministry Officer of the Episcopal Church. For the $1,500 scholarship, women must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree, have at least junior status, attend an accredited U.S. institution, have at least one-fourth Indian blood, and be members of federally recognized tribes.
Owanah Anderson Scholarship Fund
966 Hungerford Drive Suite 12-B
Rockville, MD 20850
16. Patricia Van Kirk Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: January 11th
Started in 2007, the Patricia Van Kirk Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Pride Foundation to present $2,000 to lesbian women who are studying theatre, drama, or visual arts at an accredited U.S. college or university. Eligible candidates must have lived at least three months in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington, but may study elsewhere. Selection will be based on applicants’ leadership potential, involvement in the LGBTQ community, and commitment to social justice.
Patricia Van Kirk Memorial Scholarship
2014 East Madison Street Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98122
17. Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship
Deadline: May 26th
Each spring, the Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc. offers the Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship to grant $1,000 to women of color who are graduating from high school and beginning their first year at an accredited four-year U.S. college. Eligible women of diverse ethnic backgrounds must be U.S. citizens, carry a minimum GPA of 3.4, and achieve a combined SAT score of 1800 or higher. Applicants must write a 500-word essay describing how they’ve overcome adversity.
Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship
P.O. Box 3352
New York, NY 10163
18. Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards
Deadline: November 15th
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards are designed to assist women who are the primary source of financial support for their families by offering $3,000 to $10,000 in scholarship money. Qualified applicants must be enrolled in a vocational training or undergraduate degree program, display significant financial need, be motivated to achieve career goals. Women must reside in Soroptimist International member countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, and United States.
Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards
1709 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
19. SWE Past Presidents’ Scholarships
Deadline: February 17th
In the amount of $2,000, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Past Presidents’ Scholarships are presented annually to two female sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate students who are enrolled in an ABET-accredited program for engineering. Eligible upper-classmen must attend college full-time, have U.S. citizenship, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have unmet financial need. Valid applications must include an official transcript, acceptance letter, resume, and two reference letters.
SWE Past Presidents’ Scholarships
203 North LaSalle Street Suite 1675
Chicago, IL 60601
20. Winifred Goldring Scholarship Award
Deadline: April 15th
Administered by the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), the Winifred Goldring Award provides a $2,000 scholarship for female graduate students enrolled in a master’s or PhD program for the paleontological sciences at an accredited degree-granting institution. Being a U.S. citizen or AWG member isn’t required. Applications won’t be complete without an official transcript, detailed curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and 500-word personal statement outlining interests in paleontology.
Winifred Goldring Scholarship Award
12000 North Washington Street
Thornton, CO 80241
Finding enough funding to afford steep tuition in higher education is challenging for most women. Perhaps that’s why America’s total student loan debt has bloated to a whopping $1.2 trillion. Unlike federal and private loans, women’s scholarships can provide free gift aid that doesn’t need to be repaid with interest. It’s important to maximize your degree’s ROI by limiting debt because women face a significant pay gap. The AAUW reports that full-time working women earn just 79 percent of what men do. Make your college journey more affordable by applying for some of these 20 great scholarships for women.