20 Best Scholarships for College Students

Whether you’re an incoming freshman or rising senior, undergraduate scholarships can go a long way towards reducing the burden of college tuition.

The College Board estimates that undergraduates pay an average of $9,410 at public, in-state colleges and $32,405 at private, nonprofit universities each year.

Affording a four-year bachelor’s degree is a requirement for many in-demand careers, such as biomedical engineering, actuarial science, healthcare management, and network administration. Competing in the job market is tough without an undergraduate education, especially since over 1.7 million bachelor’s degrees are conferred yearly.

Hone the knowledge and skills employers seek with the assistance of these scholarships for bachelor’s degrees.

Reviewing the Best Undergraduate Scholarships

1. Alpha Kappa Alpha Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: April 15th

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Education Foundation (AKAEF) offers merit- and need-based Undergraduate Scholarships of up to $2,500 for full-time sophomores, juniors, or seniors. The one-time awards require being currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting college, holding a minimum 2.5 GPA, engage in civic or community service, and demonstrate significant financial need or academic achievement. AKA Sorority members could also qualify for the Youth Partners Accessing Capital (PAC) Scholarship.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Undergraduate Scholarships
5656 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(800) 653-6528
Scholarship Link

2. Anne Ford Scholarship Program

Deadline: December 15th

Since 2002, the Anne Ford Scholarship Program has been funded by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) to provide $10,000 bachelor’s degree scholarships to incoming freshmen with a documented learning disability. Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens, enroll at an accredited university full-time, carry a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need, have realistic career aspirations, and excel as role models for others with LD.


Anne Ford Scholarship Program
32 Laight Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013
(888) 575-7373
Scholarship Link

3. AXA Achievement Scholarships

Deadline: December 15th

For $10,000 each, the AXA Achievement Scholarships are awarded annually to 52 high school seniors from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to financially support their entry into an accredited two-year or four-year undergraduate program. Eligible U.S. citizens or legal residents must exhibit ambition, determination, self-drive, respect, community service involvement, and academic promise. 10 national winners will be selected for additional $15,000 college scholarships.


AXA Achievement Scholarships
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104
(212) 554-1234
Scholarship Link

4. Betty Rendel Scholarship Fund

Deadline: June 1st

Established in 1995 in honor of the Past President’s leadership, the Betty Rendel Scholarship Fund from the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) gifts $1,000 annually to three undergraduate women studying economics, government, politics, or public policy. Scholarship winners must be U.S. citizens, have achieved junior or senior standing, and exhibit academic merit. Completed applications will include three letters of recommendation, an unofficial transcript, Federation President certification, and a one-page typed essay.


Betty Rendel Scholarship Fund
124 North Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-9688
Scholarship Link

5. Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarships

Deadline: October 31st

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program supports over 1,400 students with over $3.4 million in annual undergraduate scholarships. For up to $20,000 in funding, candidates must anticipate completing a high school diploma, be U.S. citizens or nationals, plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution, and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. The online application requires listing grades, school/community activities, and work history, but there isn’t an essay.


Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarships
P.O. Box 442
Atlanta, GA 30301
(800) 306-2653
Scholarship Link

6. DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: January 31st

The Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) offers its Undergraduate Scholarship to current sophomores and juniors enrolled full-time at accredited North American colleges who wish to study or intern abroad in Germany. Eligible recipients must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree, have outstanding academic records, demonstrate an interest in European affairs, and pass a German language evaluation. Scholarships can be granted to cover tuition for four to 10 months with a €650 monthly stipend.


DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
(212) 758-3223
Scholarship Link

7. Fisher House Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: February 12th

Annually, the Fisher House Foundation Scholarships are bestowed for $2,000 upon 700 military children who are the sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or veteran U.S. Armed Forces members. To qualify, unmarried applicants under 23 years old must be enrolling full-time at an accredited two- or four-year undergraduate institution with a minimum grade point of average of 3.0. Students who have a full scholarship or appointment to a U.S. military academy shouldn’t apply.


Fisher House Foundation Scholarships
111 Rockville Pike Suite 420
Rockville, MD 20850
(888) 294-8560
Scholarship Link

8. Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Deadline: January 13th

With an average award amount of $12,492, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support African American, Native American, Asian American, and Hispanic American students pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time. Eligible minority applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, meet Pell Grant guidelines, have a high school diploma, possess a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, and exhibit leadership potential.


Gates Millennium Scholars Program
1805 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(877) 690-4677
Scholarship Link

9. Hans P. Loewen Scholarship Fund

Deadline: February 1st

Named for a vibrant midshipman third class at the U.S. Naval Academy who died at 20, the Hans P. Loewen Scholarship Fund presents one $2,000 award annually through the American Nuclear Society (ANS). Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled as freshmen or sophomore at an ABET-accredited college with any STEM-related major. Applications must include a 500-word essay describing students’ leadership qualities and aspirations in nuclear science.


Hans P. Loewen Scholarship Fund
555 North Kensington Avenue
LaGrange Park, IL 60526
(708) 352-6611
Scholarship Link

10. Horatio Alger National Scholarships

Deadline: April 15th

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans awards 106 National Scholarships for $22,000 apiece to assist high school seniors who have overcome great obstacles to begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree this fall. Eligible undergraduates must be admitted to accredited, non-profit colleges, have U.S. citizenship, hold a minimum 2.0 GPA, show involvement in extra-curricular activities, display perseverance in conquering adversity, and have an adjusted gross family income under $55,000.


Horatio Alger National Scholarships
99 Canal Center Plaza Suite 320
Alexandria, VA 22314
(844) 422-4200
Scholarship Link

11. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarships

Deadline: November 1st

Each year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation presents one of the most lucrative scholarships for bachelor’s degrees by awarding $40,000 to 30-40 undergraduate students. Eligible candidates must be graduating from a U.S. high school, intend to enroll full-time at an accredited four-year institution, have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher, score at least 120 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT, and possess significant financial need with parental income under $95,000.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarships
44325 Woodridge Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176
(800) 941-3300
Scholarship Link

12. JoAnne J. Trow Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

Founded in 1988, Alpha Lambda Delta awards the JoAnne J. Trow Undergraduate Scholarship for $1,000 to $6,000 for 36 outstanding full-time sophomores who have been initiated into ALD and achieved a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 at an accredited U.S. university. Applications won’t be accepted without an official collegiate transcript, two letters of recommendation, a brief resume, and a 250-word statement describing the value of the Honor Society in undergraduate education.


JoAnne J. Trow Undergraduate Scholarship
P.O. Box 444
Fairport, NY 14450
(800) 925-7421
Scholarship Link

13. LAGRANT Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: February 29th

The LAGRANT Foundation provides their $2,500 Undergraduate Scholarships to ethnic minority students of African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American descent who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in advertising, marketing, or public relations. The program is open to non-graduating undergraduates at accredited four-year U.S. colleges with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Recipients also earn a complimentary trip to Atlanta for a two-day TLF career development workshop.


LAGRANT Undergraduate Scholarships
633 West 5th Street 48th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(323) 469-8680
Scholarship Link

14. NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 14th

Valued at $20,000 per academic year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program is available for full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled at an accredited, four-year college in the United States. To be eligible, applicants must rank in the top five percent with a minimum 3.3 GPA, meet low-income levels, and agree to work for the NIH after graduation. Recipients also complete a paid 10-week summer research internship for public health.


NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 402-3831
Scholarship Link

15. Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: April 30th

Started by rapper Jay-Z and his mother Gloria, the Shawn Carter Foundation provides $10,000 scholarships for college each year to support promising students accepted at any accredited U.S. higher learning institution. Qualified applicants must be 25 years old or younger, have a high school diploma or GED certificate, maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, and fulfill community service requirements. 64 percent of scholarship winners are first-generation students and 79 percent come from single-parent households.


Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarships
P.O. Box 31-0066
Miami, FL 33231
(786) 208-8887
Scholarship Link

16. Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: June 1st

In memory of the CEO for Milliman & Robertson consulting firm, the Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship is gifted by The Actuarial Foundation for $9,000 to full-time sophomore, junior, or senior students at accredited U.S. educational institutions. Eligible candidates of any major must have passed two actuarial exams, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be pursuing an actuarial science career. There’s also the Curtis E. Huntington Memorial Scholarship.


Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship
475 North Martingale Road Suite 600
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 706-3535
Scholarship Link

17. Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship

Deadline: January 17th

Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, the Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship program awards 10 full-tuition scholarships annually for New York City residents who are graduating from high schools in the five boroughs. Eligible U.S. citizens must be accepted at participating colleges, such as Columbia University or Fordham University, for a bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, engineering, liberal arts, or social sciences. Paid internships and on-the-job training with JPMorgan Chase are included.


Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship
1321 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37217
(855) 670-4787
Scholarship Link

18. Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: March 2nd

Annually, the Morris and Stewart Udall Foundation presents at least 60 scholarships for undergraduates in their sophomore or junior year at an accredited U.S. institution. For the $7,000, candidates must display academic achievement, leadership ability, public service involvement, and a dedication to resolving issues related to Native American nations or the environment. Online applications consist of 11 questions, an 800-word essay, official college transcripts, and three recommendation letters.


Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
130 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 901-8564
Scholarship Link

19. Wells Fargo Scholarships for Undergraduates

Deadline: May 1st

Administered by the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), the Wells Fargo Scholarships for Undergraduates are available for Native American and Alaskan Native students who are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree full-time in any discipline. The $5,000 award is reserved for students attending accredited U.S. public or tribal colleges with a minimum GPA of 2.7 and membership with a federally recognized tribe. There’s also the FLINTCO Scholarship for undergraduate construction management majors.


Wells Fargo Scholarships for Undergraduates
3701 San Mateo NE Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584
Scholarship Link

20. Whitaker International Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 17th

Through the Institute for International Education (IIE), the Whitaker International Scholarship Program is offered for undergraduates enrolled in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of an accredited biomedical or bioengineering program in the United States. Recipients will receive $10,000 scholarships for participating in a year-long study abroad program outside of North America. Successful applications will include a two-page essay, reference letter, financial aid report, and official transcript.


Whitaker International Scholarship Program
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
(212) 984-5542
Scholarship Link

A bachelor’s degree is a cherished commodity in today’s economy. Many employers will automatically discard applications with less than an undergraduate education. The BLS reports that the unemployment rate is three times as high for workers without a high school diploma than those with a bachelor’s degree. Even though an associate degree can pay off in trades, bachelor’s-level professionals earn an average of $14,000 more each year. Attaining an undergraduate degree improves your credibility and resources, so the price tag reflects that. Don’t be anxious about tuition spikes because financial assistance is abundant. These are just 20 undergraduate scholarships available to finance the beginning of your academic journey.

GCD Staff


This concludes our coverage of the best scholarships for college students available.