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Private Scholarships

Last Updated: June 8, 2015

Private Scholarships are offered through various organizations, corporations, and government agencies. Each organization has their own criteria to be eligible for these scholarships. Students must apply for these scholarships on their own. If additional information is required, an application is usually sent to the institution for completion. All scholarship funds are a part of the students’ financial aid package.

Check back here often to see updates of these privately funded scholarships.

Please note: If a deadline has passed these awards are typically offered annually and you may be able to apply later.

Women's Press Club of New York

The Women's Press Club of New York State, Inc. is offering an annual scholarship award for a qualified student interested in resuming or continuing his or her studies toward a career in communications or a related field. Students must be matriculated no later than the start of the Fall semester in a field that fosters the development of communication skills. Applications must be postmarked by April 15th. The Women’s Press Club of New York State

Association of Information Technology Professionals

Deadline: April 25, 2015

The Board of the AITPLI chapter takes pleasure in announcing that, once again this year, will be awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled college students who are children or grandchildren of active AITPLI members. Over the past 35 years, the AITP has awarded over $90,000 in scholarships to deserving students. This year's application can, again, be submitted online.

Previous AITP scholarship recipients are not eligible.

An AITP member may sponsor only one student application annually.

Nada Anid, Ph.D. has offered to sponsor an eligible student as the Dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.

Submit your 2015 AITPLI Scholarship Application Form online

Metropolitan Club Chapter of the Association of Old Crows

There are three scholarships being awarded: $4,500 $4,000 and $3,500. Dr. Anid, Dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences will be nominating two students. If you meet the eligibility requirements below and wish to be considered, please contact the Dean’s office. Once nominated all paperwork will need to be submitted by the September 2015 deadline (exact date to be announced).

Eligibility Requirements include:

  • That the student be a U.S. citizen seeking a baccalaureate degree in the field of electrical engineering, computer science, or other related technical fields.
  • That the student shall have successfully completed two or more years towards his/her selected degree.
  • That the student has a permanent residence in the greater New York City area. The student shall also be enrolled in an accredited college or university within that geographical boundary.
  • That the student not be denied a scholarship award based on race, color, creed, sex, national origin, or physical handicap.
  • That the student shall be selected based on academic achievements and/or financial need.
  • That the student selection be made by the educational institution in which the student is enrolled. No individuals involved in the selection process shall be a member of the Association of Old Crows.
  • The educational institution shall publicly announce the availability of the scholarship award of the Metropolitan Club. The publicity afforded this scholarship program shall be the same as that afforded all other scholarship programs administered by the educational institution.
  • The attached student data form, or equivalent shall be used by the educational institution for scholarship applicants to assure nondiscriminatory evaluation of student applications.
  • Scholarship awards shall be paid to the financial institution for transfer to the students account. The award shall be used to satisfy tuition and educational fee obligations only. The award shall be granted to the recipient over and above any other scholarship award in effect. If for any reason the selected student cannot use the scholarship award for satisfying the stated obligations or no longer satisfies the eligibility requirements, the educational institution shall return the remaining funds to the Metropolitan Club for subsequent award.
  • The educational institution shall notify the Metropolitan Club whom they have selected as a scholarship candidate and shall provide the club with biographical information.

Columbus Citizens Foundation

The Foundation awards scholarships to students of Italian heritage who can demonstrate financial need and who we believe have the potential to be successful in life, both professionally and by being involved with their communities. Because our goals are longterm, we reward qualified students with multiyear scholarships. Our scholarships, while generous, provide assistance towards a school’s tuition but do not cover payment for all school costs. Please visit Columbus Citizens Foundation.

PanHellenic Scholarship

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is proud to announce that its 2014/15 application is now available for eligible Greek American college students to apply. On June 20, 2015, the Foundation will distribute $250,000 in scholarship awards to 40 deserving undergraduates, as follows:

  • Twenty (20) Awards of $10,000 based on academic achievement and financial need
  • Twenty (20) Awards of $2,500 based solely on academic achievement

All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Must be of Hellenic descent
  • Must be a fulltime undergraduate student at an accredited 4year College/University
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  • Must be 25 years of age or less

Please visit: PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

SMART Scholarship

SMART – Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Learn More at SMART – Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation – About.

Eligibility Requirements:

All awardees must be:

  • a U.S. citizen at time of application
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2015
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories
  • willing to accept postgraduate employment with the DoD
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page

In addition:

Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply.

Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2015 term.

Students who are currently Freshman or enrolled in a First Year Associate’s Program applicants must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score. Subject tests are not required. In addition, individuals who apply during their Freshman/First Year must obtain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the fall academic term of their Freshman/First Year. Freshman/First Year Associate's Program applicants will be required to submit an official transcript reflecting their fall academic term grades to establish compliance with this requirement.

Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE and test scores must be reportable by ETS. Subject tests are not required.

Vermont Incentive Grant

Any Vermonter accepted or enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program that will be attending college fulltime, and does not already have a bachelor's degree, is eligible to apply for a Vermont Incentive Grant. These need based grants can be used at schools either within Vermont or out of state. To apply, complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Vermont Grant Application. Go to VASC – Vermont Student Assistance Corp. and complete an application as soon as possible because this grant is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Hispanic College Fund Scholarship

To apply for a scholarship, please visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • be Hispanic
  • maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • reside in the U.S. or Puerto Rico
  • be a current or rising undergraduate (some programs accept graduate students) student or a high school senior enrolling at a college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico
  • demonstrate financial need
  • be enrolled full time

Some HCF Programs also require that a student be pursuing a certain area of study.

Students studying computer science, computer engineering, pharmacy, or nursing are highly encouraged to apply.

Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics

Juniors and seniors who are enrolled fulltime should submit a 3,0004,000 word original essay that deals with an ethical dilemma or question. For official rules, deadlines, and directions please visit The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

Rhode Island State Grant Program

If you are a Rhode Island resident and are attending college at least halftime for your first bachelor's degree, you may be eligible for this needbased grant. Visit this website for further information and application instructions, after you have filed a FAFSA: RIHEAA – Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority

Boomer Esiason Foundation Scholarship Program

The Boomer Esiason Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who have cystic fibrosis. For more information, visit: BEF – Boomer Esiason Foundation

Dante Scholarship

One NYIT student of Italian ancestry is selected annually to receive this award courtesy of the Dante Foundation of Nassau County.

Requirements include the following:

  • One or both parents must be of Italian ancestry
  • Student must reside in Nassau County
  • Student must have graduated from a high school located in Nassau County
  • Must be a fulltime, matriculating NYIT undergraduate in good academic standing
  • Priority given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • For more information, please contact the NYIT Office of Financial Aid.

UJA Federation Rose Biller Scholarship Program

This program provides approximately $1.4 Million in scholarships to Jewish men and women with significant financial need in the New York Metropolitan Area. The Hebrew Free Loan Society administers the program. Both men and women can apply for scholarships of up to $5,000.

Please note that women who are also eligible for the JFEW Émigrés in the Health Sciences Scholarship will automatically be considered for both, though limited to one award. They need to fill out only one application. For more information and to apply, visit Hebrew Free Loan Society.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships

This association offers fifteen scholarships to minorities who are majoring fulltime in advertising, marketing, or public relations. Undergraduates must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 while graduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. For application instructions, additional information, and deadlines please visit Lagrant Foundation.

Cleveland Foundation's Robert P. Madison Scholarship in Architecture

This scholarship fund is for AfricanAmerican undergraduates majoring in architecture. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, have parents who were born in the United States, and have financial need. Awards are limited and are estimated to be $1,000. For additional information, visit The Cleveland Foundation.

UNCF Scholarship

Students can also win other noncash awards. Student must be a high school senior currently to apply. Applicant must have at least a 2.0 GPA. Student needs to write an essay about how the evolution of wireless technology has changed the world in which we live. Please visit UNCF for more information.

National Society of Black Engineers

The society offers a variety of NSBE and Corporatesponsored scholarship and award opportunities to our precollege, collegiate undergraduate and graduate student, and technical professional members. Our scholarship packages range in value from $500 to $10,500. Please visit NSBE – National Society of Black Engineers.

Sanders Firm Scholarship

This is a $1,000 essaybased scholarship that will be awarded to one student. Open to students who have demonstrated a meaningful commitment to his or her local community across the country. You can find more information about deadlines, eligibility requirements, and the application process for this scholarship here, Sanders Law Firm.

ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship

ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest publicly traded International oil & gas companies, has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowships in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for Hispanic college students. Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated college students across the country, with a passion for Engineering and Science.

Selected students will be exposed to a top quality company by participating in this signature mentoring program. Each student will be paired up with one of ExxonMobil engineers/scientists to learn how their knowledge is applied in a corporate setting.

Fellowship Components
The Fellowship consists of: five 1hour meetings with mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the Harvardcertified ExxonMobil mentee program (online), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to the organization and company career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, there exists the possibility to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/fulltime) upon successful completion of the Fellowship.

Fellowship Requirements
This opportunity is highly competitive and open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students attending a 4 year college or university.

  • Fellowship applicants with the following majors will be given priority:
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Applicants with these majors will be considered also: Computer Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Geology, Industrial Engineering, Material Sciences, Mathematics, Materials Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Physics.

Other Requirements:

  • Must plan to pursue a career in the fields/majors listed above
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I551 (not expired).

All interested candidates apply and send resume to: Julian@hispanicheritage.org. Please use "ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship" in subject line.

Apply Now: EXXON Loft Scholarship

The Application will close on April 15, 2017 @11:59 p.m.

This opportunity available through the LOFT program are for Hispanic students. Others interested should contact the company's website directly.

Communications Scholarship

$2,000 Cash Award/Optional Internship

Open to College Juniors, Seniors, or Post Graduates studying Journalism, Marketing/Communication, Healthcare Administration.

Must be a resident of Nassau or Suffolk County.

The application deadline is May 20 of each year.

For application and qualification requirements contact:

Janine Logan
Ann Marie Brown Memorial Scholarship Coordinator
Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council
1383 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 26
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Email Janine Logan or visit NassauSuffolk Hospital Council, Inc.


Founded in 1972 by a group of visionary contractors, the AEC Electrical Scholarship & Educational Fund is a notforprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that provides scholarships to deserving New York Cityarea high school seniors who plan to study electrical engineering or a related field in college, but need financial assistance.

To apply for a scholarship, you must fill out the “AEC Scholarship Application Packet” on this web page and send it by May 22nd along with all supporting documentation to:

AEC Electrical Scholarship & Educational Fund
3636 33rd Street, Suite 402
Long Island City, NY 11106

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, students MUST:

  • Be a graduating tristate area high school senior
  • Plan to pursue a college education in Electrical Engineering or a related field in the tristate region
  • Have financial need
  • Exhibit academic achievement
  • Reside in the tristate area

Please visit: AEC Scholarship