Summer break is coming to an end, and the fall semester is knocking at the door. If you’re a college student looking to secure a bit of extra financial aid, we suggest checking out private scholarships. Offered by an endless array of organizations around the nation, these scholarships can help pay for tuition, books, and other fees. All you have to do is qualify and apply! But application deadlines are coming up in September, so don’t wait. Now is the time to get cracking so you can receive funding before school starts up again!
Tips When Applying To These Scholarships
As you review our list of September scholarships, the first thing you should do is screen for the qualifications, either in our description or on the sponsor’s website. Skip straight to the eligibility section and read to make sure you can qualify for the scholarship in question.
If you are eligible and want to give it a go, then review the rest of the scholarship description very carefully. Pay attention to the sponsor’s reason for giving out awards. If there are past winners listed, find out what you can learn about their application. Then fill yours out as thoughtfully as possible, making sure to demonstrate how the scholarship will not only help you but empower you to make a difference in the world after you graduate.
Last but not least, you have to stay on top of deadlines. Most of these scholarships receive numerous applications, so there is no flexibility when it comes to making the cutoff. If you’re going to apply to multiple scholarships, keep track of the names and dates on a notebook, phone app, or Excel spreadsheet! Staying organized will improve your odds of success!
20 Scholarships Due September 2021 You Should Apply For
The New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Higher Education offers scholarships for Orphans of Veterans in amounts up to $2,500 to help cover the cost of rent, books, and other school supplies. Their site notes that “children of veterans that lost their lives in wars and are also residents of the state can obtain free tuition to the University System of New Hampshire colleges and universities and the Community College System of New Hampshire.”
In partnership with the Oncology Nursing Foundation, Sigma grants up to $25,000 to “stimulate clinically related oncology nursing research.” Applicants must be registered nurses holding a PhD or DNSc and working in an area related to cancer patient care, education, or research. Preference goes to Sigma members, in the event of a tie.
The Oncology Nursing Foundation’s Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Award is given out to ONS frontline nurses, teams, and leaders who went the extra mile to help cancer patients and their families. Awards are for $500 and are given out at the Annual Congress conference gathering, to which the winners receive travel reimbursement.
The American Health Information Management Association Foundation sponsors a scholarship program featuring several awards for current members enrolled in at least six credit hours of courses. Awards are given to students working towards their associate ($1,000), bachelor’s ($1,500), master’s ($2,000), or doctoral degree ($2,500). Applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
The American Association of School Administrators’ Educational Administration Scholarships has been around since 1949, helping grad students who want to become school superintendents. Applicants are recommended by their School of Education chair. The entry forms are available on the organization’s website. Past award amounts have been for $2,500.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) offers a minority scholarship award funded by the Henry T. & Melinda C. Brown Endowment for the Education of Underrepresented Minority Chemical Engineers. This annual award of $1,000 is given to minority groups of undergraduate students who are under-represented in the field.
The popular William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition attracts up to 3,000 writers each year. Awards ranging from $1,000 for short stories to $7,500 for novels. Here are the categories:
- Short Story
- Poetry Collection
- Single Poem
- Short Story by a High School Student
Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation receives funding from the state lottery to offer the Foster Child Tuition Grant. This award is given to students who spent at least a year in Child Services custody after age 14. Students in public colleges are eligible for the grant, which will not exceed the average state tuition/fees.
Also funded from Tennessee’s state lottery proceeds, the Helping Heroes award supports veterans and former or current members of the Tennessee National Guard or Reserve. Students taking between 6 – 11 credit hours of courses are eligible for $500 awards; those enrolled in 12 or more may receive up to $1,000 per semester.
Unigo is an online service matching students with colleges and scholarships. Its Shout It Out scholarship offers $1,500 to US resident students age 14 and up. To apply, students submit a short essay response to the question: “If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?”
Want to demonstrate Digital Responsibility and get free money? The Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship offers $1,000 awards to US citizen students in high school or college. Applicants will first submit a 140-character message about texting while driving. Finalists will be asked to send in an essay between 500 – 1,000 words.
Established by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Bright Futures Scholarship pays up to $10,000 to students with solid educational records plus financial need. There are numerous eligibility requirements for applicants to meet, including being a student of color and having at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Preference is given to those living in the California Bay Area.
Besides offering cash for cars, Clunker Junker gives out college scholarships of $1,000 to girls interested in automotive technology careers. Female students studying automotive technology at an accredited institution can apply by emailing in a 500-word essay explaining the candidate’s interest in automotive tech, their career goals, and why they’re the best candidate.
On a mission to help students with their decision processes, College Raptor awards scholarships of up to $2,500 to US residents aged 16 and up. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited college or university. As noted, College Raptor is “looking for eligible Applicants who follow directions and submit Applications that are well-written and clearly and creatively address [the topic listed on the website].”
This essay-based scholarship is open to students at any accredited college and awards $1,500 to the winner. Applicants send their 1500-2000 word essay about how email verification can change the world. Note, this scholarship opportunity may be outdated, so please confirm with Mailcheck to ensure they are still offering it!
The ultimate scholarship for haiku poets! Simply send in your haiku on the essence of the word “Cultivate” and you might win a $500 scholarship from Direct Textbook, a company that helps parents and students find the best prices for expensive college textbooks. Applicants should be high school graduates with a 2.5 GPA or better.
California-based A+ Construction & Remodeling offers $1,000 scholarship awards to students who are interested in construction careers. Applicants should be full-time college students with a 3.0 GPA. To apply, simply send in a 2,000-word essay related to construction technology or how home remodeling helps families.
The Hartford Public Library in Connecticut offers a $4,000 annual scholarship through the Caroline M. Hewins Scholarship Fund. This award goes to a deserving applicant preferably pursuing a career in public library service, and who is attending or has applied to a college accredited by the American Library Association.
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation sponsors the Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Fellowship to offer up to $5,000 to students researching foreign policy of the Kennedy administration or related subject matter. Applicants should include a brief proposal listing details of their project, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, resume/CV, and budget.
20. Zeta Scholarship
Phi Sigma Kappa International offers several annual scholarships, including the George H. Duarte Zeta Scholarship, given through the Zeta Chapter Alumni Association. This scholarship is for direct descendants of Zeta Chapter alumni in good standing. Applicants should be enrolled or admitted into an accredited college. Amounts vary and funds are issued directly to the award winners’ schools.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities This Month
- Abba P. Schwartz Fellowships – up to $3,100 from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
- Abe Fellowship Program – from the Social Science Research Council, IDRF Program
- ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars – $95,000 from the American Antiquarian Society
- AGA-Pfizer Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease – $30,000 from the American Gastroenterological Association Research Foundation
- Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship – from the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund
- Allegheny County Medical Society Medical Student Scholarship – up to $4,000 from the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
- Alsandor Law Firm Scholarship Contest – $1,000 from Alsandor Law Firm
- Alumni Student Assistance Program – from the Central Council, Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
- Amy G Law Firm Access to Education Scholarship – $1,000 from Gaiennie Law Office
- Back to School Nursing Scholarship Program – $1,000 from BestNursingDegree.com
- Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships – from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
- Bill Mason Scholarship Fund – $1,000 from Paddle Canada
- Blair County Medical Society Scholarship – $2,500 from The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
- Bonsai Finance Veteran‚Äôs Scholarship – $1,000 from Bonsai Finance
- Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship – $1,000 from the Horticultural Research Institute
- California Emergency Nurses Association Scholarship – up to $1,000 from the California Emergency Nurses Association
- Canada Iceland Foundation Scholarship Program – from the Canada Iceland Foundation Inc. Scholarships
- Career Development Program-Fellow Awards – $60,000 from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Career Development Program-Scholar Awards – $120,000 from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship – $5,000 from the Horticultural Research Institute
- Celgene’s Sol J. Barer Scholarship for Life Sciences – $2,500 from the Independent College Fund of New Jersey
- College Photographer of the Year Competition – up to $5,000 from the College Photographer of the Year
- Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation – $40,000 from the American Philosophical Society
- DDSRank Dental Scholarship – $500 from DDSRank
- ECS Korea Section Student Award – up to $500 from The Electrochemical Society
- Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent Scholarship – $3,000 from the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
- Eric J. Gennuso and LeRoy D. (Bud) Loy, Jr. Scholarship Program – $2,500 from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA)
- Frederick V. Hunt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Acoustics – $60,000 from the Acoustical Society of America
- Fruits Industries Scholarships – from the Michigan State Horticultural Society
- George J. Mitchell Scholarship – from the George Mitchell Scholarships/U.S.-Ireland Alliance
- GGFOA Annual College Scholarship – up to $1,500 from the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association
- Graduate Nursing Scholarship – from the Alabama Board of Nursing
- H.H. Dow Memorial Student Achievement Award of the Industrial Electrolysis and Electrochemical Engineering Division of the Electrochemical Society Inc – $1,000 from the Electrochemical Society
- Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada New Investigator – from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
- HOPE Aspire Award – up to $1,500 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
- HOPE with General Assembly Merit Scholarship – $500 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
- Intermediaries and Reinsurance Underwriters Association Scholarships – from the Intermediaries and Reinsurance Underwriters Association
- Kelley & Canterbury, LLC Alaska Curiosity Scholarship – $1,500 from Kelley & Canterbury, LLC
- Labroots STEM Scholarship – $2,000 from Labroots Inc.
- Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya Denver Safe Driver Scholarship – $1,000 from the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya LLC
- Lebanese American Heritage Club’s Scholarship Program – up to $3,000 from the Arab American Scholarship Foundation
- Lechner Scholarship – $1,200 from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
- Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary’s Scholarship and Educational Fund – $2,500 from The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
- Lycoming County Medical Society Scholarship – $3,000 from the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
- MacColl Johnson Fellowships – $25,000 from the Rhode Island Foundation
- Marjorie Kovler Fellowship – up to $2,500 from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
- McCraw Law Group First Responders Scholarship – $1,000 from McCraw Law Group
- Michigan Society of Fellows Fellowship – from the Michigan Society of Fellows
- Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant – up to $2,500 from the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid
- Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers & Firemen Scholarship – from the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid
- Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant – up to $1,000 from the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid
- Money Metals Exchange Scholarship Program – $2,000 from the Sound Money Defense League
- Montgomery County Medical Society William W. Lander, MD, Medical Student Scholarship – $2,000 from The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
- Mugget Scholarship – up to $1,000 from the Horticultural Research Institute
- Myrtle Siegfried, MD, and Michael Vigilante, MD, Scholarship – up to $2,000 from The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
- NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships – up to $7,500 from the NAPABA Law Foundation
- National PELRA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarships – $3,000 from the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association Foundation
- Nicholas A. Pennipede Memorial Scholarship – $1,000 from Eye Associates
- North Carolina Vending Association Academic Scholarships – $1,500 from the North Carolina Vending Association
- Oncology Nursing Society/Distinguished Researcher Award – $2,000 from the Oncology Nursing Foundation
- OnlinePsychologyDegrees.com Education Scholarships – $1,000 from OnlinePsychologyDegrees.com
- Presidio La Bahia Award – up to $2,000 from the Sons of the Republic of Texas
- Price Benowitz Make a Difference Scholarship – $1,000 from Price Benowitz LLP
- Resident Research Scholarships – $30,000 from the American College of Surgeons
- Robert W. Young Award for Undergraduate Student Research in Acoustics – from the Acoustical Society of America
- Scholar Clinical Research – $125,000 from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Scott A. Gunder, MD, DCMS Presidential Scholarship – $1,500 from The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
- Sigma/Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Nurses Grant – from Sigma Theta Tau International
- Sigma/Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Grant – from the Sigma Theta Tau International
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowships – from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
- South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship – $1,300 from the South Dakota Board of Regents
- Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship – $3,500 from the Horticultural Research Institute
- Student Achievement Awards of the Industrial Electrolysis and Electrochemical Engineering Division of the Electrochemical Society Inc. – $1,000 from the Electrochemical Society
- Susie and Bruce Usrey Education Scholarship – $500 from the Horticultural Research Institute
- Teacher Grants – up to $1,000 from the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education
- Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant – from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
- Tennessee HOPE Access Grant – up to $2,500 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
- Tennessee HOPE Scholarship for Nontraditional Students – up to $4,500 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
- Tennessee HOPE Scholarship – up to $4,500 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
- Theodore C. Sorensen Fellowship – $3,600 from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
- The United Health Foundation/NMF Diverse Medical Scholars Program – $7,000 from the National Medical Fellowships Inc.
- Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship – $3,000 from the Horticultural Research Institute
- TrophyCentral Sportsmanship and Compassion Scholarship Award – $1,000 from TrophyCentral Inc.
- UltrasoundTechnicianSchools.com Scholarship – from $1,000 from UltrasoundTechnicianSchools.com
- UNCF-Ralph Lauren Scholarship – from the United Negro College Fund
- Usrey Family Scholarship – $1,000 from the Horticultural Research Institute
- Vistakon Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care – $1,000 from the American Optometric Foundation
- William L. Mitchell Prize – up to $1,000 from the Bibliographical Society of America
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