Top Scholarships

Most Common Application Mistakes

  • Missing deadlines
  • Failing to proofread the application
  • Failing to follow directions (essay length, number of recommendations)
  • Omitting required information
  • Applying for an award when you don’t qualify
  • Failing to apply for an award for which you are eligible
  • Failing to tailor the application to the sponsor
  • Writing a boring essay

Top Ten Most Unusual Scholarships

  1. Scholarship for Left-Handed Students
  2. Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck at Prom Contest
  3. David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship
  4. Zolp Scholarships
  5. Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship
  6. Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year Award
  7. National Marbles Tournament Scholarships
  8. Klingon Language Institute Scholarship
  9. National Beef Ambassador Program
  10. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Prestigious Scholarships

  1. Marshall Scholarships
  2. Rhodes Scholarship
  3. Winston Churchill Scholarship Program
  4. Harry S. Truman Scholarships
  5. Henry Luce Foundation Scholarship
  6. Morris K. Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
  7. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  8. Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
  9. National Merit Scholarship Corporation

 

Top Ten Most Generous Scholarships

  1. Intel Science Talent Search
  2. Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology
  3. NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
  4. Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition
  5. Davidson Fellows
  6. Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
  7. Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
  8. Collegiate Inventors Competition
  9. Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
  10. Gates Millennium Scholars

Top Ten Scholarships for Community Services

  1. Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  2. The Do Something Awards
  3. Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship
  4. Discover Card Tribute Award
  5. Echoing Green Fellowship
  6. The Heart of America Christopher Reeve Award
  7. Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program
  8. Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
  9. National Caring Award
  10. Youth Action Net

 

Top Ten Scholarships that Don’t Need an “A”

 

  1. US Department of Education
  2. AXA Achievement Scholarship Program
  3. Horatio Alger Association Scholarships
  4. Ayn Rand Institute
  5. Girls Going Places Scholarship
  6. Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest
  7. Americanism Essay Contest
  8. AFSA National Scholarship Essay Contest
  9. Red Vines Drawing Contest
  10. Community Foundation Scholarships

 

Key Scholarship Resources

  • www.fastweb.com
  • www.finaid.org/scholarships
  • www.finaid.org/websearch
  • www.finaid.org/scholarshipscams
  • www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams
  • www.finaid.org/taxbenefits
  • www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf