Scholarships

Scholarship header depicting three students celebrating their academics.

Mat-Su College is committed to recruiting and retaining motivated, diverse, and veteran students. Scholarship opportunities are one of the ways we aim to keep our students working towards a degree. Scholarships come from several sources, including university scholarships, individual college or departmental awards, and many private organizations offer scholarship opportunities, based on special interest, Alaska Residence, and affiliation with a Native Alaskan tribe. 

Mat-Su College Scholarships


Title Dates Apply 

Opportunities Start Here

Open to new first-time students preparing to attend Mat-Su College in fall 2021. Award waives 24 credits of tuition applicable to Mat-Su College courses only (up to 12 credits each semester) during the fall 2021 semester and spring 2022 semester.

To be eligible, applicants must:
1)Must be a new incoming freshman to Mat-Su College.
2)Must be an Alaskan resident.
3)Have earned a high school GPA of 2.75 or higher.
4)Have applied for admission to Mat-Su College or the University of Alaska Anchorage(UAA).
5)Be registered or be planning to register for classes at Mat-Su College for the fall 2021semester
Preference is given to students planning to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Arts degree from Mat-Su College.
Please attach 1-2 typed pages that address the following questions:
1)What are your career and educational goals? Please explain how Mat-Su College fits into your plans for your future career. Explain why you are requesting financial assistance.

2)What classes did you take in high school that helped you prepare for your chosen career field? Explain why you think these will help you in college and your career.

3)Describe your involvement in community or school organizations, sports, activities, volunteer projects, honors, or awards you have received. Tell us how your involvement contributed to your school or organization and how your involvement sets you apart from other applicants.

4)Describe your (paid or volunteer) work experience.

Due April 2nd, 2021 Fillable PDF

CTSO

Open to high school seniors graduating in May 2021 and preparing to attend Mat‐Su College of the University of Alaska Anchorage during the 2021‐2022 academic year. Award waives 24 credits of tuition applicable to Mat‐Su College courses only (up to 12 credits each semester for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022).

To be eligible, applicants must:
1)Be a high school senior graduating in May 2021 and a member of an Alaska Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO). These include BPA, DECA, FCCLA, EdRising, FFA, HOSA, & SkillsUSA. 2)Have earned a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher in high school3)Be registered or planning to register for classes at Mat‐Su College for the fall 2021 semester

To apply:
1)Apply for admission as an Undergraduate to any degree program offered by Mat‐Su College 2) Submit an official high school transcript. 3)Complete the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Application form by the deadline.

Due April 2nd, 2021 Fillable PDF

Alvin S. and Gloria M. Okeson Endowed Scholarship

To provide financial assistance for tuition and other related educational expenses to students attending the Matanuska-Susitna College of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

  • Recipients must originate at Matanuska-Susitna College, but may go on to take classes at UAA to complete their degree are eligible.
  • Recipient must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Preference will be given to non-traditional students.
  • Preference will be given to degree-seeking students and may include students enrolled in developmental courses.  Supplemental Question:  Can you be defined as a non-traditional student?

Due October 1st - February 15th

 Website

Dr. Betty J. Boyd-Beu and Edwin G. Beu Jr. Scholarship

To provide scholarships for full-time, part-time, non-traditional students at Mat-Su College. Recipient must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Student must have worked prior to enrolling or returning to college. Student must have a minimum of two years since high school graduation.
Supplemental Questions:

  • Did you work prior to enrolling or returning to college?
  • Can you be defined as a nontraditional student? Please answer all that apply to you.
  • Has it been at least two years since high school graduation or obtaining a GED?

Due October 1st - February 15th

 Website

Frank and Jennie Clark Memorial Scholarship

To provide financial assistance for tuition and other related educational expenses to University of Alaska students residing in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and majoring in nursing or education.

  • Recipient must be a full-time student.
  • Recipient must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.
  • Recipient must plan to remain in Alaska.

First preference is for students who consider Matanuska-Susitna College their home campus and are admitted as a nursing (pre-major included) or an elementary education student.
Other health-related fields may be considered if there are no eligible students in nursing or education programs.
If there are no eligible University of Alaska Anchorage students, other University of Alaska students may be considered, as long as they meet the requirements.

Due October 1st - February 15th

Website

Glenn Massay Endowed Scholarship

To provide financial assistance for tuition and other related educational expenses to full-time or part-time, nontraditional students seeking either an associate or a bachelor degree at the Matanuska-Susitna College. This assistance is for students demonstrating financial need. The intent of the donor is to provide assistance to students who “have their hands full” due to responsibilities they may have outside the classroom. Recipient must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. Supplemental Question: Can you be defined as a nontraditional student?

Due October 1st - February 15th

Website

Kathy Lynn Lynch Veterinary Sciences Scholarship

To provide financial assistance for tuition and other education expenses to veterinary sciences students enrolled at Matanuska-Susitna College within the University of Alaska Anchorage. Recipients must demonstrate financial need, so the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required. Recipient must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Minimum enrollment 6 credits

Due October 1st - February 15th

Website

Marie Narhi Shiesl Scholarship

To provide financial assistance for tuition and other related educational expenses to students at the Matanuska-Susitna College. Recipient must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Preference will be given to students majoring in health-related fields, such as nursing, paramedic technology, and other medical majors. Preference will be given to students attending face-to-face courses at Matanuska-Susitna College.

Due October 1st - February 15th Website

Snodgrass Scholarship

To provide financial assistance for educational purposes to students majoring in Applied Studies at the Matanuska-Susitna College (Mat-Su College). Recipient must be of good moral character and conduct. Recipient must carry at least 6 credit hours. Recipient must have completed 20 credit hours before award may be given. Recipient must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Recipient must be enrolled at least half-time.

Due October 1st - February 15th Website

Dr. Ping-Tung Chang Scholarship

To provide financial assistance for tuition and other educational expenses to full-time students currently enrolled in any degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage or Matanuska-Susitna College.
Recipients must submit a brief essay (approx. 250 words) detailing what receiving a scholarship would mean to them in the pursuit of their educational goals.
Recipient must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Recipient must be enrolled full-time.
Recipient must be a resident of Alaska.
Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.
Supplemental Questions:
-What would receiving this scholarship mean to the pursuit of your educational goals?

Due October 1st - February 15th Website

LifeMed Alaska Scholarships

To provide financial assistance for tuition and other related educational expenses to paramedical technology and nursing students enrolled at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Nursing Scholarship: Recipients must be a major in nursing at UAA.
Paramedic Scholarship: Recipients must be a major in paramedical technology at UAA.
Recipients are encouraged to participate in the one-day-ride-along on a LifeMed Alaska aircraft that is offered to all recipients of this scholarship. Recipients must submit an essay that describes in 250 words or less what the word legacy means to them and what they would like their legacy to be. Recipient must be a resident of Alaska.
Supplemental Questions:
-What does the word legacy mean to you?
-What do you want your legacy to be?
-If you receive this scholarship, would you be interested in participating in a one-day-ride-along on a LifeMed Alaska aircraft?

Due October 1st - February 15th Website

 

University of Alaska Anchorage Scholarships


Title Dates Apply 

UAA Scholarships

Below is a listing of financial aid opportunities that are available to students enrolled or accepted within the University of Alaska. If you are admitted to a degree program at Mat-Su College and meet any additional requirements of a particular scholarship, you are eligible to apply. The list includes basic information about the scholarship, such as qualifications and application procedures. You can filter scholarships by college or department by clicking on the Show Filters button.
Submit your general application and automatically you will be connected with opportunities campus-wide. Some scholarships may require a separate application, so be sure to log on occasionally to watch as opportunities open. Requirements vary between scholarships, multiple available.

Varies, most deadlines are October 1st - February 15th, but some extend out until a close date of 05/01/2022

 Website

Diversity Action Council Student Diversity Awards

The UAA Diversity Action Council seeks to recognize and empower students to lead change in the community by offering tuition awards of up to $1,000. This Student Diversity Award is designed to recognize student who significantly contribute to enhancing diversity at UAA by: increasing visibility of diverse people, cultures, and/or perspectives; creating a welcoming environment; and/or representing diverse student voices through advocacy and participation in UAA student organizations. The UAA Diversity Action Council will review applications and grant tuition of up to $1,000 to the top applicants. Students from the UAA Anchorage campus and community campuses are eligible. Award recipients must meet eligibility criteria including a 2.5 cumulative GPA, Satisfactory Academic Progress and admitted to a UAA certificate or degree program.
-Your contact information.
-Answers to these essay questions (limit of 200 words for each answer):
• Describe how you promote a welcoming environment that is inclusive of diverse people and cultures/perspectives. Please include specific examples.
• Describe how you take a leadership role and provide a student voice in diversity related issues. Please include specific examples.
• Describe how you advance social justice and diversity within the larger community. Please include specific examples.
* It is recommended that you first write your answers in another program like Word, where you can save your work and then copy and paste your answers into the application.
-The name and title of the University or community professional providing you a letter of reference.
-You will need to upload your letter of reference to the application.

Due October 1st - February 15th

 Website

Feminist Scholarship and Award

Feminist Scholarship and Award - To provide scholarships and awards to students and/or programs that support or promote feminist principles. If multiple requests for support are received and there are not enough spendable funds available to fulfill all requests, the awards will be made based on the following hierarchy: Purpose A: To provide student scholarships to assist with tuition and other financial needs to female students who show a feminist perspective through their studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Purpose B: To provide awards to students, employees and any departments to support original research or other creative activity which promotes feminist principles.
Recipient must be directly engaged in research or other creative activity, which promotes feminist principles. Recipient must submit two letters to support that they are directly engaged in research or other creative activity, which promotes feminist principles. Recipient must be a current student or adjunct faculty member at UAA.
Supplemental Questions:
  • Please request two recommendations from a professor, course instructor, or other person with knowledge of your direct engagement in research or other creative activity which promotes feminist principles.
  • Please provide the name and email of a professor, course instructor, or other person that will provide your recommendation.

Due October 1st - February 15th

Website

University of Alaska Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students attending any campus in the UA system. Applications and details are available online.

Due October 1st - February 15th

Website

University of Alaska Scholars Program

The UA Scholars Award is a four-year scholarship offered to Alaskan high school students in the top 10% of their graduating class as determined by qualifying high schools. Determination is based on class standing at the end of the junior year. Contact the UA Scholars Program:
Phone: (907) 474-5105
Toll Free: (877) 257-2465
Email: scholars@alaska.edu

UA Scholar Admissions Application Deadline 05/01

Website

 

Local and State Scholarship


Title Dates Apply 

The Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS)

The APS is a merit-based scholarship that provides an opportunity for any future Alaska high school graduate who meets a core set of requirements to receive funding to pursue college and/or career training in Alaska. Visit APS to find out more.

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after October 1, the fall BEFORE the semester starts, for every year you want to use the award.

 Website

Alaska Community Foundation

Supports Alaskan communities through philanthropy. Requirements vary between scholarships, multiple available.

Varies

 Website

Alaska Peace Officers Association

The Mat-Su Chapter of the Alaska Peace Officers Association (APOA) is an organization made up of local, state, and federal criminal justice professionals. To contribute to the continued improvement of our profession and the community we serve, we are offering competitive academic scholarships.
We will award up to two $1500 scholarships to students pursuing educational goals with a career in the criminal justice field as the objective. Previous recipients may apply but are not accorded an advantage in the selection process.
The Scholarship Committee will consider the following criteria when selecting recipients:
  • Information submitted on a completed Scholarship Application Form and accompanying essay.
  • Current academic grade point average.
  • Enrollment at a post-secondary institution (both the UAF Law Enforcement Academy and the UAS Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy are eligible programs). You may apply before
  • being accepted to a college, but scholarship awards will only be sent to the institution’s financial aid office.
  • References provided by each applicant.
  • Financial need.
  • Mat-Su Borough residency will be given preference.

Applications accepted January 1-March 31st 

Website

Alaska State Fair Scholarship

The 2021 scholarship awards include $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, $1,000 for third place, and two honorable mentions of $500 each. Every student who submits a completed application will also receive two free admissions to the 2021 Fair, which is scheduled for August 26 – September 6.
Applications should include:

  • Cover letter including student’s name, address, phone and email, school name and phone, counselor’s name, and the name of the college or vocational school he or she plans to attend
  • Extracurricular resume including interests, clubs, community service and/or employment
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A photo that may be used for publicity purposes
  • Written essay (1,000 words or less) or creative project (audio, video, performance or visual arts, business plan, social media campaign, arts and crafts, photography, etc.).

The written essay or creative project should address one of the following topics:

  • In 2020, the Fair made the difficult decision to cancel the annual 12-day event. What impact has this had on the community, both socially and economically?
  • In 2021, the Fair is eager for a successful event. The Fair has taken many steps to make its events safe and COVID conscious for the community. What precautions would you recommend to mitigate the effects of COVID for a safe and fun event?
  • In light of the Fair’s mission statement, how can the Fair have a greater benefit on your community or in the state of Alaska?
  • The Alaska State Fair is always looking for innovative and fun events, activities and contests that are free with fair admission to fair-goers. Create a new event, activity or contest that has minimal cost for the Fair.
  • The Alaska State Fair’s primary purpose is to educate fair-goers. How could the Fair improve its educational programming to be more relevant to youth?
  • How would you use a 12-foot by 12-foot booth space at the Fair to start your own business or to sell goods or services?

Due April 2 at 4:30pm

Website

Filipino American Community of Mat-Su

We offer educational resources by conducting workshops that promotes community awareness and prevention programs and educational opportunity such as scholarships, raising money for classroom needs and other school activities.

Updates coming in March 2021

 

The Matanuska-Susitna Schools Foundation

MSSF supports excellence in the Matanuska Susitna School District by providing supplemental funding for education. Children are our future. Therefore, investments in improving educational opportunities for kids are investments in our community and society as a whole. Scholarships will be awarded after reviewing the following criteria:
An essay about your education and career goals. What do you want to do with your life?
How will your college experience strengthen our community when you return?
Your extracurricular school and community service activities
Your financial plan to complete your education
All applicants must:
1. Submit completed application by 5PM 4/1/21.
2. Have a current minimum GPA of 2.5.
3. Upload two letters of recommendation from community members.
4. Upload a current transcript. (Unofficial transcripts may be submitted.)
5. Provide a letter of acceptance from the college, university or vocational school.

Due 5PM Thursday April 1st, 2021

Website

Matanuska Electric Association

The MEA Scholarship is designed to encourage individuals who are first-time college students, returning students, students participating in a vocational program, or students pursuing professional development that leads to a degree or certification. Three scholarship awards are given. Applicants must be active members of MEA or a dependent of an active MEA member. MEA Scholarship Committee members or their dependents may not apply. The applicants and/or their parents/legal guardians must be active MEA members. MEA is a proponent of vocational education and strive to award at least one scholarship to a student seeking a vocational certificate or degree.

Applications must be postmarked back to MEA no later than March 19, 2021. Website

Matanuska Telephone Association

The MTA Foundation’s Scholarship Program is designed to encourage individuals to pursue a variety of educational goals for not only first-time college students, but also returning students, students participating in a vocational program or homeschool program, or students pursuing professional development that leads to a degree or certification. Applicant must be enrolled or accepted as a part-time student (at least 6 credit hours per semester or 4 hours per quarter) or full-time student in an accredited school. The applicant must be pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree at an accredited school. The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the most recent educational institution attended. Please note that preference will be given to students pursuing a future in entrepreneurship, technology, or the economic development of the MTA service area.

January 8 to March 19 Website

Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF)

The goal of the MSHF scholarship program is to increase the health and human services workforce in the Mat-Su. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on career choice and financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). MSHF academic scholarships help defray the cost of higher education in degree programs in the fields of health and human services. MSHF Academic Scholarship eligibility requirements include the following:

  • United States citizenship or lawful permanent residency.
  • Mat-Su Borough residency for minimum of one year at the time of application.
  • Minimum half-time student status at an accredited college, university, or medical training program.
  • Interest in the fields of health care or human services as demonstrated by the applicant’s responses to questions posed in the application.
  • Successful completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). *Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required for Vocational Scholarship applicants.
  • For first time applicants, there is no minimum GPA requirements. Note: While a threshold GPA is not required for first-time applicants, GPA is considered as a variable in scoring applications.
  • For previous scholarship recipients, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Previous scholarship recipients must provide an unofficial transcript of any college courses they have completed.
3/31/2021 for the Academic Scholarship and Vocational Scholarship applications are open year round. Website

Solid Waste Association of North America

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has established the Grant H. Flint Scholarship Awards Program in an effort to promote education and professional development. These annual scholarships were named for the individual in Southern California who was the driving force in the formation of SWANA. Category III Award Requirements – Currently enrolled in full-time college or university students who are entering their sophomore undergraduate year in a junior college or four-year college/university program in any field or students entering a trade, vocational or certification program.

Due May 1st, 2021 Website

 

Program Scholarships


Title Dates Apply 

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Scholarships are awarded based on the following and for the academic year following the application deadline beginning with the fall semester.  Re-applications will be accepted from former scholarship applicants and recipients provided they meet current scholarship criteria. Students may only receive one Society scholarship in any given year.

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale where 4.0 is the highest and/or a class standing of no less than the top 30% evidenced by an official transcript of grades or written statement from a school administrator.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an instructor or faculty advisor, a current or past employer, and another character reference.  In the case of schools with an ASHRAE student branch, a letter from the faculty advisor of that branch may be one of the three letters of recommendation.
    Visit https://www.ashrae.org/communities/student-zone/student-branches  for a list of ASHRAE student branches.
  • Potential service to the HVAC and/or refrigeration profession.
  • Financial need
  • Excellence, Character, Leadership (Fully describe academic achievement and other leadership roles)
  • Service to community & others (Detail participation in the arts/music, athletics, volunteerism, environmental/humanitarian groups, or other service organizations)

Varies

 Website

National Organization for Human Services

The National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) is a nonprofit organization representing Human Service practitioners, educators, students and future Human Service Professionals. NOHS works to support all Human Service Professionals in our primary purpose to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in all major domains of living. Requirements vary between scholarships, multiple available.

Due July 31st

 Website

Nursing Scholarships

A nursing degree is highly valued in the job market, but getting that degree isn't cheap: the average nursing student debt is more than $23,000 for a bachelor's degree and $47,000 for a graduate degree. Scholarships can help keep those debt levels lower.
Scholarships are the best way to pay for nursing school because you don't have to repay them. While you may be able to receive this free aid from your school, numerous other scholarships for nursing students are available. Here are a few worth considering. Requirements vary between scholarships, multiple available.

Varies

Website

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship

Each year, Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents pursuing an undergraduate education or a trade skills certification at an accredited college or university in the United States. Scholarships are renewable for up to 5 years and distributed directly to the recipient. Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
An applicant for a JRF Scholarship must be:

  • A woman, age 35 or older
  • Low-income (based on income guidelines listed below)
  • A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
  • Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate degree, or a first bachelor's degree.
  • Enrolled in or accepted to a not-for-profit, regionally accredited institution.

Selection Factors:

  • Your Goals
  • Your plan for reaching your goals.
  • How will you use your education to give back to the community?

Income Guidelines:
JRF's low-income eligibility is based on the student's estimated household income for the coming year. Our income guidelines come from the Department of Labor's Lower Living Standard. The figures below are updated each year by January 1st.

Due October 1st - February 15th

Website

 

Native Corporation Scholarships


Title Dates Apply 

Association on American Indian Affairs

The Association on American Indian Affairs has been providing Native American student scholarships since 1947 and provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are citizens/ members of their Tribal Nation – whether or not their Nation is recognized by the federal government. Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be enrolled with your respective Tribe, either federally recognized or non-federally recognized Tribe, from the continental US or Alaska.
  • Submit a copy of Tribal enrollment (there is no minimum blood quantum requirement for eligibility). This can be a copy of the student's Tribal I.D. card or a copy of an official letter from the Tribe. You must be directly recognized as a citizen or member of your Tribal Nation.
  • Be enrolled as full-time student.
  • ​Have a minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA.
  • Submit a current class schedule and transcript.
  • Attend an accredited institution seeking an Associate Degree or higher (the Association does not fund certificate programs or seminaries).
  • Provide essays described in the application that show the student’s connection to their Tribal Nation and Indian Country.

February 1 to May 31, 2021

 Website

Indian Health Services (IHS) Scholarship Program

The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs. We strive to develop our next generation of leaders, as well as help make the pursuit of a meaningful career in Indian health attainable for American Indian and Alaska Native students.
Preparatory Scholarship
Our Preparatory scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students. Recipients must be members or descendants of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes enrolled in preparatory courses or prerequisite courses leading to enrollment in an eligible health professions degree program.
Pre-Graduate Scholarship
Our Pre-Graduate scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students. Recipients must be members or descendants of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes enrolled in courses leading to a bachelor's degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry and other subjects needed by the Indian health programs.
Health Professions Scholarship
Our Health Professions scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate- and graduate-level students. Recipients must be members of federally recognized Tribes and enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program. In exchange for financial aid, scholarship recipients agree to fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice upon completion of their academic or post-graduate clinical training. Applicants must also meet specific eligibility requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • Be capable of completing a health profession degree program.
  • Intend to serve Indian people as a health professional in your chosen discipline.

February 28, 2021, 7:00 pm (Eastern Time)

 Website

Knik Tribal Council

Knik Tribal Council is dedicated to helping our tribal members reach and achieve education and job goals. That’s because at KTC we believe there’s no greater resource than our people. No matter where you go in your career, we’re here for you every step of the way. Please complete and/or gather the following items in order for your application to be processed and reviewed by the Employment and Training Director. (Reapplying applicants for the spring semester(from last semester) only need to provide the following items: Last semester grades, financial aid received documentation for college or university, updated contact information, and new class schedule.) -Completed KT Higher Education Scholarship Application.

  • Complete all information, or indicate N/A if it does not apply. Failure to provide information my cause your application to be delayed or denied.
  • Must be a member of Knik Tribe and have a current ID 
  • Two (2) page Essay, typed and single spaced
  • Explain world view as an Alaska Native/American Indian, how funding will assist you and your community and future goals. Include any community service as well.
  • Letter of Admission from the school you plan on attending
  • Grades for last term or High School Transcript/GED
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation Class Schedule and Course Costs
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) - Merit Scoring criteria for applications - Field of study, Graduate/undergraduate, Financial need, Letter of Support, Community Service involvement. Higher Education only – Report generated via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Must apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov or mail in paper application.

Application must be COMPLETE and received or postmarked by August 15th for Fall Semester and
January 4th for Spring Semester

Website

Native Student Services

is a great resource for all Alaska Native and Native American students. Please click on the following links for scholarship resources and information. Resources are organized by region. Requirements vary between scholarships, multiple available.

Varies

Website

American Indian Education Fund

The mission of our Scholarship service is to give more American Indians and Alaskan Natives the resources and encouragement they need to learn and succeed. By harnessing the power of knowledge, these future leaders can bring about positive changes in their own lives and in their communities.

April 4th, 2021

Website

American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund supports American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking technical, undergraduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges and other nonprofit, accredited schools. Any Native American U.S. citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe with at least a 2.0 grade point average, and enrolled as a full-time student can apply for a scholarship.

The Application Opens February 1st, and the Deadline to Apply is May 31st. Website

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America has provided scholarship awards since 1928 to assist students of American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian heritage pursuing degrees in nursing or in the field of health care. Eligible students receive $1,500 per semester and the money is to
be used strictly for tuition, books or fees applicable to the student’s approved program. The grant is sent
to the school and credited to the student’s account. Once a student is accepted, they may re-apply for
continued funds each semester as long as the student remains in academic good standing. To be eligible
for a scholarship, the candidate must be:

  • Enrolled in a tribe or village. If not enrolled, the student may be considered if he or she can
    prove direct tribal ancestry.
  • A high school graduate, in the last semester of high school, or have equivalent education
  • Enrolled in an accredited school
  • Enrolled in the health professional program, having achieved good scholastic standing in pre-nursing, pre-med; or, enrolled in a health care or health education program
  • Expected to graduate two years after enrollment if in an Associate Degree program
  • Expected to graduate in four years if pursuing a Bachelor of Science
  • Post graduate students are also eligible
  • Maintaining the scholastic average required by the school
  • Recommended by their counselor, teacher or other school official
  • In need of financial assistance
  • Focused on a career goal directly related to the healthcare needs of the American Indian, Alaskan
    Native, or Hawaiian Native community


In addition to the above, an official transcript, small photograph and biographical statement including
educational background, financial need, career goals, special achievements or other pertinent
information must accompany the application.

Applications for fall term must be submitted by June 1st. Applications for the spring must be submitted by
December 1st.
Website

American Indian Services

The AIS Scholarship program is to help undergraduate Native American students with financial support to attend college, maintain enrollment and graduate through scholarships. Awards are based on up to one-half of tuition and need for the term the student is applying for and are allocated directly to the school for the student. Students will need to have their own email account in order to apply.                                                                                            

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Enrolled or will enroll as a matriculated student in a university, college, junior college or technical school (incoming freshman accepted) located in the United States.
  • At least One-Quarter (1/4) enrolled member of a U.S. Federally Recognized Native American Tribe, or descendant of an enrolled member, with possession of at least one-fourth degree Indian blood. Visit here to find out how to contact your tribe, apply for enrollment, and/or apply for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood.
  • Undergraduate student with no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits. First bachelor’s degree only. Graduate studies NOT eligible.
  • Full-time or part-time status – excluding non-credit courses (minimum of 6 credits).
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 must be established and maintained after the first semester/quarter of college.
  • Completed Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Varies Website

Intertribal Timber Council

ITC award annually Truman D. Picard Scholarships to outstanding students studying natural resources, and the Earle R. Wilcox Memorial Awards for excellence in Indian natural resource management. Requirements vary between scholarships, multiple available.

Varies Website

 

Scholarships for Students of Color


Title Dates Apply 

The Actuarial Foundation

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Latinx, Native North American and Pacific Islander students. The scholarship award recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession. Scholarships range from $1,000-$4,000. Each applicant must fulfill all the requirements listed below:
Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups:
Black/African American,
Latinx,
Native North American,
Pacific Islander.
Enrolling as or enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), emphasis on math or actuarial courses.
Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 620.
Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession.

November 1st, 2020 – June 15th, 2021

 Website

American Chemical Society

American Chemical Society - ACS sponsors scholarship programs for qualified applicants who want to enter the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology and teaching. The programs aim to encourage diversity among applicants and build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in science and technology. Requirements vary between scholarships, multiple available.

Various

 Website

Asian Pacific Fund

We coordinate 10 scholarship programs that provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students. Each program is tailored to reflect the donor’s personal interests, whether targeted to specific ethnicities, career paths (e.g. engineering, business, accounting), or backgrounds (e.g. children of farm or restaurant workers).

Various

Website

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation

USPAACC strongly believes in investing in our future leaders. Since 1989, over two million dollars in scholarship benefits have been awarded through USPAACC.

Various

Website

The William Orr Dingwall Foundation

At least seven new Korean Ancestry Grants, with a maximum grant of $10,000 will be available for the 2019-2020 academic year. The exact number of Korean Ancestry Grants will be decided both by the number of exceptional candidates and by the amount of available Foundation funds. Applicants must be of Asian ancestry, with at least one Asian grandparent. There is a strong preference for applicants of Korean ancestry.
-The minimum GPA to apply is 3.50.
-The grant is for undergraduate study only.
To apply for a Korean Ancestry Grant from The William Orr Dingwall Foundation, an applicant must submit the following information:
-A well-written statement in support of the applicant’s application, not to exceed 1,000 words.
-Two or three letters of recommendation from professors/teachers who know the applicant well and are able to provide significant insight into the applicant’s academic strengths and weaknesses. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online. Your recommendation writers will receive a link with instructions detailing how they can submit your recommendation letter.
-An official transcript of the grades earned by the applicant at any undergraduate college or university he or she is currently attending or may have previously attended. In the case of an applicant who will be commencing his or her undergraduate education at the beginning of the next academic semester, a transcript of the grades he or she has earned in secondary school may be substituted.
-An academic resume/CV

April 1st

Website

 

Latino and Hispanic Scholarships


Title Dates Apply 

Latino Community Credit Union

In 2016, we began our scholarship program with the goal of increasing our members’ access to higher education. Since then, we have awarded $350,000 in scholarship funding to support our members on their academic journeys. Scholarship recipients have launched professional careers in a variety of areas including health care, public policy, technology, the arts, and more. At LCCU, we take great pride in empowering our members to achieve their dreams and give back to their communities. The scholarship is for members of LCCU pursuing higher education at any technical college or university in the U.S. In order to qualify, you must: ~Currently attend or plan to enroll in any accredited post-secondary educational or technical institution in the U. S. to pursue an associate or bachelor's degree. ~Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. ~Demonstrate qualities of distinguished character and leadership. Extra consideration will be given to applicants who themselves and/or their parents/legal guardians use LCCU as their primary financial institution. Former applicants/winners are encouraged to apply.

The application window for our scholarship program will reopen in spring of 2021.

 Website

League of United Latin American Citizens

The scholarship award of $5,000 will be divided into two equal disbursements of $2,500 made in the fall and spring. Scholarships are non-renewable. Recipients are required to enroll as a full-time student and maintain a cumulative college grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent to be eligible for the second scholarship disbursement.
After completion of the fall semester, recipients must submit a copy of their grade report and enrollment verification for the spring semester to the national office in order to receive the spring check disbursement. Scholarship awards are sent directly to the recipient’s college or university and deposited in the recipient’s name. The funds will be allocated toward the payment of tuition and academic fees, and the purchase of required educational materials and books. The school is the custodian of the funds and will disburse the award consistent with the purpose of this program.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Must be a college sophomore or junior enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.
  • Must be a U. S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident.
  • Must have an interest in the media and entertainment industry; all majors are welcome.

The NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship program is currently closed. Check back soon for updates.

 Website

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Multiple scholarship opportunities available. ScholarSHPE provides opportunities for:
~Graduating high school seniors beginning a STEM undergraduate career at a community college or 4-year university.
~Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in STEM at any stage of their undergraduate career. Students must be enrolled full-time at a community college or 4-year university.
~Students or professionals pursuing technical certificates or graduate-level professional education that increase their professional competencies with select institutions.
~Graduate students pursuing a master's or doctoral STEM degree program at an accredited university. Our minimum requirements for all scholarships are as follows:
~Active SHPE Member (To become an active member, please visit shpe.org and select “Join” in the top right hand corner of the webpage.)
~Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75 (This is a cumulative GPA as listed on the transcript of your latest academic institution.)
~Plan to pursue a STEM degree
~Attending an academic institution in the United States or Puerto Rico

Various

Website

College Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students

This is a search engine for college scholarships for minority students. Requirements vary between scholarships, multiple available.

Various

Website

 

LGBTQ Scholarships


 

Title Dates Apply 

Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award

-Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in journalism, be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession. Selection will be based on journalistic and scholastic ability. Applicants also must demonstrate an awareness of the issues facing the LGBTQ community and the importance of fair and accurate news coverage.
-For undergraduates, a declared major in journalism and/or communications is desirable but not required. Non-journalism majors may demonstrate their commitment to a journalism career through work samples, internships, and work on a school news publication, online news service or broadcast affiliate.
-Graduate students must be enrolled in a journalism program.
-Applicants must be NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists members in good standing.
Who Can Apply
Current or incoming undergrad students enrolled in a U.S. community college or four-year university. Proof of acceptance or current enrollment required.
Current or incoming graduate students enrolled in an accredited journalism or mass communications field. Proof of acceptance or current enrollment required.

June 5th

 Website

Gamma Mu Foundation

Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need and the desire to pursue additional training through academic or vocational endeavors. The applicant must be a gay man (with the exception of the “Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship In Memory of Ray Williams” and the "Phil Papel Memorial Scholarship" which will be awarded to two LGBT students) under 35 years of age, have completed high school (or GED) by June of the current year, and be a U.S. citizen. Preference is given to 1) students who are living in, have come from, or plan to attend school in a rural and/or underserved area; 2) students who have overcome issues of discrimination and/or marginalization within their community; 3) students who demonstrate leadership qualities and pursue goals to benefit the LGBT community; and 4) students who demonstrate a strong academic performance. All of these key factors are taken into consideration in evaluating scholarship applications. To qualify for a scholarship, students must:
-Submit a completed application online no later than March 31.
-Have completed high school or the GED by June of the application year.
-Be admitted to an accredited college, university, or vocational institution for fall of the current year or spring of the following year.
-Be a citizen of the United States.
-Be a gay male (or LGBT student for the “Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship" and the "Phil Papel Memorial Scholarship") under 35 years of age at time of application.

March 1 through March 31

 Website

Hampton Roads Pride

Applications for Hampton Roads Pride scholarships are open to high school students and persons who are attending, or are accepted to, an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States and who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ+), or identify with an affiliated community (including, but not limited to, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Two-spirit, Non-binary, Agender and Genderqueer) as well as LGBTQ+ allies (those who do not identify as LGBTQ+, but who are allied with and support the LGBTQ+ community).
-Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above, and provide official transcripts from their educational institutions.

11:59 P.M., April 1, 2021

Website

League Foundation

Applications are usually accepted from January through April. Decisions are usually made in July. The program is open to self-identified Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer <Questioning>, +, graduating high school seniors meeting the prescribed criteria. Family members and mentors are encouraged to work with applicants to help ensure their submissions are complete.
The applicant must:
-Be an openly self identified member of the LGBTQ+ Community
-Be graduating from high school in the year they apply for a scholarship.
-Be a United States Citizen or be a legal immigrant.
-Be attending an accredited college, university, or vocational school within the United States or Canada. Proof of acceptance is required.
-Provide an OFFICIAL copy of their high school transcript showing a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better using a 4.0 scale or equivalent. Weighted average can be used in this calculations. If the applicant’s high school does not use a numerical grading system, then a complete description of the measures of success and requirements for graduation is required.
-Complete 2 personal essays as outlined on the application form.
-Provide at least 2 letters of recommendation from non-family members.
-Prepare a detailed list of community involvement. “Extra-Credit” is given to those activities and leadership roles relating directly to the LGBTQ+ communities.
-Sign an acknowledgment form agreeing to the outlined terms and conditions of the application. (See application form)

April 15th, 2021

Website

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals

The mission of NOGLSTP Scholarships is to:
-Award scholarships to LGBTQ+ or LGBTQ-supportive students currently enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) or STEM-related teaching fields.
-Honor students who support a creative educational community that increases the visibility and the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ and supportive students
-Encourage students to be out in their careers and support diversity in the STEM workforce
Award Guidelines:
-Scholarship awards will be paid in the Fall semester/quarter only.
-Scholarship availability depends on funding, and might not be offered every year. Some years will offer more scholarships than other years
-All awards must be used in support of recipient’s education or research.
Eligibility:
-Successful completion of a minimum of two years of post-high school education at an accredited U.S. college or university
-Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on 4.0 point scale
-A declared major in an accredited STEM or STEM-related teaching field
-Be an active supporter of and participant in programs or organizations that promote LGBTQ+ inclusion and visibility
-Students must be eligible for fall term registration and must not be under disciplinary sanction.

April 1 – the First Saturday of June, 11:59 Pacific Time

Website

PFUND

As the upper Midwest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied regional community foundation, PFund Foundation recognizes that dedicated, connected and supported generations of LGBTQIA leaders are central to the resilience and health of our communities. Our grant recipients embody courage, resilience and commitment to catalyzing and building communities where LGBTQIA people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation.
We award grants to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied individuals for their commitment to leadership within their communities. Individual grants support bold leaders pursuing:
-Academic programs
-Non-scholastic leadership development opportunities
-Life expenses
-PFund Foundation’s individual grants range from $1,000 to $10,000.

January 1 - April 30 Website

Point Foundation

Point’s founders were a handful of successful business people eager to help LGBTQ students in need attain their higher education degrees, as well as provide these students with the kind of mentorship and guidance that they had benefited from in their own professional careers. Since its inception in 2001, Point has sought the partnership of philanthropic individuals, corporations, and foundations to supply financial support, professional guidance and a network of contacts for our scholars.
Point Foundation considers many factors when assessing scholarship applicants, including:
-A proven track record of leadership and community involvement
-Strong academic achievement
-Working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community
-Financial need
-Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall of 2021. Students enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university in a United States territory are NOT eligible.
-Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community.
-Must be enrolled full-time for the full academic year.
-Must be enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate/ doctoral program.
-Post-doctoral research programs are not eligible.
-Students studying at community colleges, online programs, or trade schools, are NOT eligible. [But, if you are a community college student, check out our Community College Scholarship]
-Community college students must be transferring to a four-year college or university.
-Must be at least a senior in high school.
-If selected as a finalist, the finalist must be able to record a video for the Point Selections Committee. More details provided to those who reach the finalist stage.


In addition to the above, an official transcript, small photograph and biographical statement including
educational background, financial need, career goals, special achievements or other pertinent
information must accompany the application.

November 1 - January 26th Website

Pride Foundation

Pride Foundation provides essential financial resources and community support to inspirational LGBTQ+ student leaders across the Northwest.
Since awarding our first scholarship in 1993, we have awarded more than $6 million to more than 1,800 students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
While much has changed for the LGBTQ+ community in recent years, educational support remains critical for students who face challenges on their educational journeys.
Pride Foundation Scholars are leaders in their communities with incredibly varied educational goals and lived experiences—and are oftentimes overcoming a lack of support system, tremendous societal barriers, and significant financial need in order to pursue their dreams.
Receiving a Pride Foundation Scholarship connects students to a growing community of support, providing important affirmation, encouragement, and resources to realize their dreams.
Eligibility Requirements:
-Northwest Resident (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington) AND
-Pursing Post-Secondary Education AND
-Attending or planning to attend an accredited institution or program
Opens October 11, 2021 Website

Stonewall Community Foundation

We take education seriously, knowing that it has the power to help LGBTQ people overcome complex social and economic barriers. For nearly 15 years, we have partnered with donors to create scholarships that provide unique opportunities and access to education, both in New York City and throughout the country. We strengthen the LGBTQ Movement by making smart, values-driven investments in dynamic organizations, projects, and leaders. And as a public foundation, we do so in close partnership with donors and the very people working on the front lines of progress. We fund over 100 nonprofits a year, in more than 30 issue areas. We also house five scholarship programs, including the largest in the country created to support LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers. Our grant making is complemented by intensive capacity building and training programs that equip leaders and the organizations you care about with the tools they need to be effective change agents. These include free consulting, coaching opportunities, and monthly workshops. In all we do, our priority is making sure community dollars make the greatest difference where they are needed most.

Opens March 2021 Website