Diversity Scholarships

The following list is just a small sample of the many scholarship opportunities available at Kent State University, in the College of Communication and Information, and through outside organizations. Our students with diverse identities and backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply for all scholarships available to them. This list only highlights the university and outside scholarships that were created specifically to assist our diverse students.

Please click through each scholarship category for more information and to apply. 

Scholarship Categories

African American and Black Students

Academic Library Association of Ohio Diversity Scholarship Award
ALAO values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. A qualified candidate will demonstrate diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability. 

AIGA Scholarship
AIGA Worldstudio scholarships benefit students with demonstrated financial need who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Though not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions. AIGA considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience when reviewing minority status.

Akron Urban League Kent State University Scholarship
This is available to minority students (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) from the Akron or Barberton public school systems.

Albert E. Fitzpatrick Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to a minority Journalism student in their sophomore, junior or senior year. Preference will be given to those demonstrating leadership on campus or in the community.

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship
Spectrum specifically addresses the underrepresentation of librarians of color within the current workforce. Applicant must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. The iSchool at Kent State will make an additional financial contribution to the students who are awarded this scholarship.

Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship
This is awarded to African-American undergraduate students with high level of participation and involvement in community service activities.

Bragg Family Scholarship
This scholarship was created by the Bragg Family to award one scholarship per year to a well deserving Kent State University student. Preference is given to current African American students.

Chandler Second Chance Scholarship
This is a four-year renewable scholarship available to incoming freshmen from Oakland, California. Eligible students will be male and African American who demonstrate financial need. Their parent or guardian will have an annual income of $30,000 or less. Eligible students will be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Rehabilitated students are encouraged to apply.

Clarence D. Rogers Diversity Scholarship Fund
To be considered for this scholarship, recipients must have a minimum 2.5 GPA based on a 4.0 GPA scale. Preference will be given to students expressing an interest in labor management or labor relations management. The scholarship shall be awarded to an under-represented student. To be considered for the scholarship, individuals must complete the online Kent State University Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application.

Devin C.G. Moore Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to an underrepresented minority student pursuing a degree in journalism, with first preference to a student interested in broadcast journalism.

Dr. Blancca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship
The candidate for this scholarship must be an African-American female aged 35+, be an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university, possess a GPA of 3.0 or above, and must be United States citizen.

First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Scholarship
$2500 scholarships will be awarded to students of color (African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist and/or secular. 

iSchool Alumni & Friends Council Endowed Minority Scholarship
The Alumni & Friends Council scholarship is based on capacity to achieve academic and professional goals and potential for leadership on campus or in the community. Preference will be given to ethnic minority students (i.e., African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian American).

Kent State University/Akron Branch of NAACP Scholarship
This is available to incoming freshmen minority students (African American, Hispanic or Native American), who are currently attending high school within the Akron Public School District, or a student who lives within the Akron Public School District and attends a private or parochial school.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships
Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible if they are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient. Students must be African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/Alaska Native. Students must major in advertising, marketing, or public relations.

Lewis & Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to a Visual Communication Design or Photography student. Preference will be given to students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian.

LIN Television Corporation Minority Scholarship & Training Program
This is a scholarship program designed to help educate and train outstanding minority candidates who seek to enter the television broadcast field.

Medical Mutual of Ohio Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students.

National Association of Black Journalists
To be eligible, you must be a current NABJ member ($40 for membership), have at least one year of school remaining at the time of the application submission, and be majoring in journalism, media, or a communications-related discipline with interest of pursuing a career in journalism or media.

Ohio Newspaper Association Minority Scholarship
The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a scholarship to a minority high school senior in Ohio who plans to major in a field relevant to the newspaper industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program at an Ohio college or university.

Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship
The Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship is a merit-based, Kent Campus scholarship available to incoming freshmen who are a member of an underrepresented population in higher education (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American).

Petta and Ron Khouw Scholarship
This scholarship goes to an underrepresented minority MLIS student with focus in Reference Librarians or Academic Librarians-Reference Services.

Portage County NAACP / Kent State University Scholarship
This is awarded to a graduating senior from a Portage County, Ohio high school who is a member of an underrepresented population in higher education (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American).

Robert G. McGruder Minority Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to a minority student planning a career in newspaper, magazines, broadcast news or photojournalism. Based on academic achievement, professional promise and need.

School of Information iSeed Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is available to students who are veterans and/or are from underrepresented groups in their first semester of the MLIS or MS program in the School of Information at Kent State. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be admitted to the Kent State University MLIS or MS program. Applications can be made at any time, but will not be reviewed until after admission. 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation
This is awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited four-year institution.

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship
The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship for Studies in Journalism encourages further diversity in journalism and includes a one-time $500 book stipend.

The Ron Brown Scholarship
This is available to talented and economically-challenged high school African American seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship.

Women of Substance Scholarship
The candidate for this scholarship must be an African-American female aged 35+, be an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university, possess a GPA of 3.0 or above, and must be a United States citizen.

Appalachian Students

Bob Evans and Wayne F. White Legacy Scholarship
Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or possess a GED and currently live and attend school within the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. Priority will be given to those with financial need, demonstrate desire to succeed and overcome obstacles, students with outstanding character, academic excellence, participate in extracurricular activities.

FAO Scholarships
FAO provides 16 scholarships in house to students who reside in Appalachian regions in Ohio. The scholarships have different requirements and are posted on their website. They also provide a list of scholarships they provide, the requirements and other external scholarships that are Appalachia specific and otherwise. The link for these is also on their main page.

Jenny Cornelius-Woltz Memorial Scholarship 
Applicants must be graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited post-secondary institution offering nursing programs or training within the fields of medicine. Priority will be given to those with financial need, ethical character, participation in extracurricular activities, and demonstrates commitment and desire to achieve professional goals in the area of nursing or related medical fields.

Asian and Pacific Islander Students

Academic Library Association of Ohio Diversity Scholarship Award
ALAO values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. A qualified candidate will demonstrate diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability. 

AIGA Scholarship
AIGA Worldstudio scholarships benefit students with demonstrated financial need who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Though not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions. AIGA considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience when reviewing minority status.

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship
Spectrum specifically addresses the underrepresentation of librarians of color within the current workforce. Applicant must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. The iSchool at Kent State will make an additional financial contribution to the students who are awarded this scholarship.

First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Scholarship
$2500 scholarships will be awarded to students of color (African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist and/or secular. 

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship
You must be attending in a post-secondary institution in the United States in the fall of 2019. We invite high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students to apply. The application is open to students who attend community college, university, and trade/vocational school. Applicants should have a strong history of activism within the API and/or LGBTQ communities; however, applicants do not need to identify as either to apply.

Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship
The Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college seniors and graduate students who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow and changing lives in the Asian American community.

IspirASIAN Scholarship
InspirASIAN makes a difference in our community by supporting graduating high school seniors with their college education through our scholarship awards. InspirASIAN awards national scholarships to students residing in any state with a local InspirASIAN chapter. All students who apply will be considered for the national scholarships awards. Students who are not awarded national scholarships will be considered for state scholarships as supported by local InspirASIAN chapters.

iSchool Alumni & Friends Council Endowed Minority Scholarship
The Alumni & Friends Council scholarship is based on capacity to achieve academic and professional goals and potential for leadership on campus or in the community. Preference will be given to ethnic minority students (i.e., African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American).

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships
Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible if they are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient. Students must be African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/Alaska Native. Students must major in advertising, marketing, or public relations.

Lewis & Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to a Visual Communication Design or Photography student. Preference will be given to students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian.

Saja Scholarship Program
The South Asian Journalists Association is pleased to announce the following winners for this year’s student scholarship fund. SAJA will be awarding $2,000 to each scholarship winner. The goal is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate-level students to pursue their journalistic education.

Seed Foundation Scholarships
The SEED Foundation's SEED Scholar Program is proud to support Indian youth with scholarships for higher education. The SEED Scholar program has now developed into one of the largest scholarship programs run by Indians for Indian youth. To date, SEED has awarded $363,000 to 53 young men and women.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation
This is awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited four-year institution.

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship
The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship for Studies in Journalism encourages further diversity in journalism and includes a one-time $500 book stipend.

First-Generation (First in your family to go to college) Students

Crans Family Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Crans Family Scholarship is available to a full-time Kent Campus student majoring in any STEM field, an entrepreneurial major, or a student majoring in construction management. Preference will be given to a student from the southwest quarter of the State of Pennsylvania. Preference should also be given to first-generation college students.

David C. Lizarraga Fellowship
This scholarship is available to first generation college students. Sponsored by Toyota this scholarship is intended to support business and engineering majors, but all majors are welcome to apply. In order to qualify, students must have a 2.5 GPA, be a resident of California, and be enrolled full-time.

First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Scholarship
$2500 scholarships will be awarded to students of color (African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist and/or secular. Preference is given to students who are the first in their family to go to college. 

Garmon-Murvay Scholarship
This is a scholarship for School of Communication Studies students with junior standing with 60 hours or higher completed and an overall gap of 3.0. Applicant will submit an essay with their application that responds to the following questions. 1. How being a student at KU has influenced him/her in his/her view of the world beyond Kent, Ohio. 2. The importance of communication studies as a discipline, especially when considering gender communication and cultural communication in a diverse and changing world. 3. Indicate if the student is a first-generation student to attend college.

Layton Family Foundation Scholarship
The Community Foundation of Shelby County, OH has numerous scholarships for both graduating high school seniors and current college students. Specifically, the Layton Family Foundation Scholarship is designed to assist first generation college students who are from Shelby County, Ohio.

Rene Hernandez Scholarship
This scholarship was set up by Rene Hernandez honoring his education and the support he received throughout his school years. The scholarship will be offered to Hispanic graduating seniors in Travis and Williamson counties who are first generation to attend college. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale or 4.0 GPA on 5.0 scale.

The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation
This scholarship is for high school seniors and students who will be attending a college or university in the United States as a freshman. Applicants who are currently not seniors in high school (e.g., students who are taking a gap year or adults returning to school), but applicants who will be considered incoming freshmen are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be noted for applicants: who have parents that are United States veterans or are currently in the U.S. military; with a demonstrated financial need; with parents who did not attend college; or, with a documented significant disability.

The Pittsburgh Foundation
The Pittsburgh Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for students from the area. Several of them are specifically available for students who are the first in their family to attend college. Amounts vary and there is more information available on the website.

Foster Youth and Adopted Students

Adoption Star
Through its academic scholarship program, Adoption STAR recognizes college bound individuals who were adopted by providing academic scholarships. Adoption STAR will award two to six academic scholarships ($500 – $1,500) to college bound individuals.

All-Star Scholarship
Applicants must have been adopted at or after the age of 13, demonstrate financial need, and be graduating high school seniors.

Dorothy & Robert Debolt Scholarship
The DeBolts raised 20 children, including 14 who were adopted. Holding a steadfast belief that all children are adoptable, the DeBolts were pioneers in promoting the adoption of children with a wide range of abilities and challenges. They founded AASK in 1973, helped establish other like agencies across the United States and effected positive legislation in support of adoptive families. Must be a California resident, have been adopted from foster care in California as a dependent of the court, have been accepted to an accredited college, university or trade school, and be no older than age 25.

Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption
This is an organization offering three scholarships, supporting students adopted from the 32 former Soviet bloc countries. You must be a member of FRUA to apply. There is one for high school seniors, one for students already enrolled in college, and one for students in the vocational and arts fields.

Foster Care Alumni of America
The majority of scholarships for foster care alumni limit selection to students younger than 25 and do not fund graduate programs. Foster Care Alumni of America has launched a scholarship program for foster care alumni 25 and over, to help fill a gap in educational opportunities for older alumni. Applicants must have lived at least 12 months in foster care, be least 25 years old or older, be enrolled at an accredited college, have completed at least 60 college credits and be a member of FCAA.

Foster Care to Success Scholarships
Applicants must have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th  birthday; OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday and not subsequently adopted, be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year, have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States, an undergraduate, and have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or postsecondary school. U.S. citizenship not required.

From Foster Care to College Scholarships
This website contains information for several scholarships that can benefit foster youth.

Holt Adoptee Scholarship
Three adoptees will each win $500, thanks to the generous contributions of donors.This opportunity is open to any adoptee who is a 2019 high school graduate planning to attend higher education, or any adoptee currently enrolled in a university, trade school, technical training program or other eligible educational pursuit.

International Student Foundation
This is a private, charitable organization, which helps youth who have been orphaned or aged out of foster care pursue a college education. ISF provides scholarships, mentoring, and leadership development to students accepted into its program. Must be under the age of 24, have aged or will age out of foster care and be enrolling/have enrolled as a full time undergraduate or trade school student.

Junior League of Cleveland Scholarship
Applicants must be non-traditional women students who have overcome obstacles to resume their education. Applicants must be permanent residents of the following Ohio counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, or Trumbull.

National Foster Parent Association Scholarship
The National Foster Parent Association offers scholarships to NFPA members whose birth, foster and US adopted youth wish to further their education beyond high school, including college or university studies, vocational/technical school or junior college. 

Oregon Chafee Education and Training Grant
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Independent Living Program (ILP) has received Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funding to help current or former foster care youth with postsecondary education and training. Those who were in foster care in Oregon or another state are eligible.

The Adoption Network Law Center
This scholarship started in an effort to give back to the adoption community and to show support to Birth Parents and Adoptees who are interested in pursuing higher education. You must be a Birth Parent or an Adopted Child and have been accepted to a university, vocational, technical or trade school. This is a video submission with a short application as well.

Hispanic and Latinx Students

Academic Library Association of Ohio Diversity Scholarship Award
ALAO values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. A qualified candidate will demonstrate diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability. 

Ada & Roger Fidler Scholarship
This is for a Journalism student born in a Latin American country or having at least one grandparent who was born in a Latin American country. Preference will be given to students who speak Spanish and who have an interest in reporting about Latin American social or environmental issues.

AIGA Scholarship
AIGA Worldstudio scholarships benefit students with demonstrated financial need who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Though not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions. AIGA considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience when reviewing minority status.

Akron Urban League Kent State University Scholarship
This is available to minority students (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) from the Akron or Barberton public school systems.

Albert E. Fitzpatrick Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to a minority Journalism student in their sophomore, junior or senior year. Preference will be given to those demonstrating leadership on campus or in the community.

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship
Spectrum specifically addresses the underrepresentation of librarians of color within the current workforce. Applicant must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. The iSchool at Kent State will make an additional financial contribution to the students who are awarded this scholarship.

Clarence D. Rogers Diversity Scholarship Fund
To be considered for this scholarship, recipients must have a minimum 2.5 GPA based on a 4.0 GPA scale. Preference will be given to students expressing an interest in labor management or labor relations management. The scholarship shall be awarded to an under-represented student. To be considered for the scholarship, individuals must complete the online Kent State University Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application.

Devin C.G. Moore Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to an underrepresented minority student pursuing a degree in journalism, with first preference to a student interested in broadcast journalism.

Esperanza Kent State University Matching Scholarship
Kent State University students who are selected to receive a scholarship from Esperanza, Inc. (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education for Hispanic Americans) will receive a matching scholarship from Kent State University.

First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Scholarship
$2500 scholarships will be awarded to students of color (African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist and/or secular. 

HACER Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship
This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible Hispanic high school seniors who face financial obstacles as they prepare to attend college. 

HENACC Scholarship
The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) distributes multiple scholarships each year; some require U.S. citizenship but many do not. Applicants should be entering a STEM field at the undergraduate or graduate level, have a 3.0 GPA, have strong ties to the Hispanic community, and show leadership at the community or campus level. Scholarship winners could receive $500-$10,000.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available to full-time undergraduate students (all years) attending a four-year university and graduate students.

iSchool Alumni & Friends Council Endowed Minority Scholarship
The Alumni & Friends Council scholarship is based on capacity to achieve academic and professional goals and potential for leadership on campus or in the community. Preference will be given to ethnic minority students (i.e., African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian American).

Kent State University/Akron Branch of NAACP Scholarship
This is available to incoming freshmen minority students (African American, Hispanic or Native American), who are currently attending high school within the Akron Public School District, or a student who lives within the Akron Public School District and attends a private or parochial school.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships
Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible if they are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient. Students must be African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/Alaska Native. Students must major in advertising, marketing, or public relations.

LIN Television Corporation Minority Scholarship & Training Program
This is a scholarship program designed to help educate and train outstanding minority candidates who seek to enter the television broadcast field.

Lewis & Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to a Visual Communication Design or Photography student. Preference will be given to students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian.

LULAC National Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was created to help youth in underserved Latino communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality. 

Medical Mutual of Ohio Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students.

Ohio Newspaper Association Minority Scholarship
The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a scholarship to a minority high school senior in Ohio who plans to major in a field relevant to the newspaper industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program at an Ohio college or university.

Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship
The Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship is a merit-based, Kent Campus scholarship available to incoming freshmen who are a member of an underrepresented population in higher education (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American).

Petta and Ron Khouw Scholarship
This scholarship goes to an underrepresented minority MLIS student with focus in Reference Librarians or Academic Librarians-Reference Services.

Portage County NAACP / Kent State University Scholarship
This is awarded to a graduating senior from a Portage County, Ohio high school who is a member of an underrepresented population in higher education (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American).

Robert G. McGruder Minority Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to a minority student planning a career in newspaper, magazines, broadcast news or photojournalism. Based on academic achievement, professional promise and need.

School of Information iSeed Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is available to students who are veterans and/or are from underrepresented groups in their first semester of the MLIS or MS program in the School of Information at Kent State. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be admitted to the Kent State University MLIS or MS program. Applications can be made at any time, but will not be reviewed until after admission. 

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Scholarships
Membership in SHPE is a prerequisite for earning any of the society’s scholarships, but citizenship or legal status is not required except for some corporate-funded awards. SHPE provides separate awards for graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate students, working students and doctoral candidates. Each award requires students to hold a 2.75 GPA and be pursuing a degree in a STEM field. Scholarship decisions and funding amounts depend on academic merit and financial need.

The Chesnes Family Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student of junior or senior class standing who is enrolled in one of the following majors: Sciences, Mathematics, Technology, Computer Sciences, or Computer Information. Preference will be given to a Latino / Hispanic student. 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation
This is awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited four-year institution.

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship
The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship for Studies in Journalism encourages further diversity in journalism and includes a one-time $500 book stipend.

International Students

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Awards
AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. This site lists several options for grants and fellowships for graduate students. 

D. Ray and Susanne E. Heisey Endowed International Scholarship
This scholarship is for Masters-level international students in the School of Communication Studies, who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

International Education Financial Aid Awards
This website allows you to search for scholarships based on what you are studying, where you are studying, and where you are from. Fill in your intended major and home country, with Ohio as your place of study, to find scholarships that can go toward your Kent State degree.

International Scholarships
This includes financial aid, college scholarship, and international scholarship resources for students wishing to study abroad. Includes a comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.  

International Scholarships to Study in the US
This website contains a selection of US scholarships for international students; some funded by the US government, some funded by private organizations, and some funded by specific institutions. 

International Student Loan Center
The International Student Loan Center provides international students and study abroad students with access to a range of loan products to help fund their education abroad.

International Student & Study Abroad Scholarship Search
This site provides a free, up-to-date, comprehensive list of scholarships, grants, and other awards that are available to international students from around the world. If you find an award you are interested in, you can then apply directly to the school or organization that offers the award. 

JSA Digital Marketing Scholarship Program
International students are welcome to apply for this program. Available to Kent and regional campuses. All class standings are able to apply. Open to all schools/colleges. Open to all majors.

Scholarships for Development
This site is an updated listing of international scholarships specifically for people from developing countries, people who would like to pursue development-related fields, and people who seek global and national development through further education.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally Students

Academic Library Association of Ohio Diversity Scholarship Award
ALAO values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. A qualified candidate will demonstrate diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability. 

AIGA Scholarship
AIGA Worldstudio scholarships benefit students with demonstrated financial need who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Though not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions. AIGA considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience when reviewing minority status.

Curry and Myers LGBT Studies Minor Endowment Fund
The Curry and Myers LGBT Studies Endowment Fund provides financial assistance to selected students in good standing at Kent State University, who are minoring in LGBT Studies.

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship
You must be attending in a post-secondary institution in the United States in the fall of 2019. We invite high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students to apply. The application is open to students who attend community college, university, and trade/vocational school. Applicants should have a strong history of activism within the API and/or LGBTQ communities; however, applicants do not need to identify as either to apply.

GCEF Scholarship Fund
The Gay Community Endowment Fund established the GCEF Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to LGBTQ+ and Ally students who live or attend school in the geographic area served by the fund (Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Wayne counties). 

Harry E. Jackson LGBT Endowment Fund
The Harry E. Jackson LGBT Endowment Fund provides financial assistance to selected students in good standing and whom identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or as an ally to the LGBTQ community at Kent State University.

PFLAG Akron Scholarship
The PFLAG-LGBT Studies Endowment Fund provides financial assistance to selected students in good standing at Kent State University, who are minoring in LGBT Studies.

PFLAG Cincinnati Scholarship
This scholarship exists to recognize outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and straight supportive students in the local community, to encourage continuing education for individuals involved with the LGBTQ community, and to foster a positive image of these people in society. Must be a resident of or attending college in the Greater Cincinnati area. 

PFLAG Dayton Scholarship
The PFLAG scholarship program, including the Greater Dayton LGBT scholarship, is designed to recognize outstanding students and to contribute toward their continuing education. All applicants must be a resident of or attending school in the Miami Valley area at the time of application.

Point Foundation National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
Point Scholars agree to maintain a high level of academic performance and give back to the LGBTQ community through the completion of an individual community service project each year. After graduating, Point Scholars become part of the organization’s alumni network, connecting them with caring individuals and professional contacts throughout the nation.

Pride Scholarship
The Pride Scholarship will be awarded annually to two (2) eligible applicants between the age of 17-25, who are residents of Ohio, and are seeking scholarship money to any university, community college, technical school, art school, or para-professional program.

The Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA) Scholarship
Applicants must be an LGBTQ individual of color planning to pursue a career in journalism and be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession. Applicants must be NLGJA members in good standing.

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship
The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship for Studies in Journalism encourages further diversity in journalism and includes a one-time $500 book stipend.

Military and Veteran Students

American Legion Legacy Scholarship
The American Legion’s Legacy Scholarship provides college scholarship money to biological or legally adopted children of post-9/11 veterans who died on active duty, or have a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater.

Ankin Law Office Scholarship for Military Veterans
This scholarship is open to military veterans of the United States Armed Forces and immediate family members (parents, children) who will be enrolled full-time in an accredited community college or university (undergraduate or graduate).

Army Woman’s Legacy Scholarship Program
The Legacy Scholarship Program offers financial support in four areas: Certificate programs, Community College coursework, Undergraduate Degrees, and Graduate Degrees. Applicant must be a woman who has served or is serving honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Army National Guard or the child of a woman who served honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Folds of Honor Scholarship 
Applicants must be spouses or children of U.S. service members who were killed in action, lost a limb, died while on active duty, or who have at least a 10% combined service-connected evaluation. Students must be currently attending or recently accepted into an accredited degree program or vocation program. 

FRA's Education Foundation Scholarships
This site lists 12+ scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students. You may apply for FRA Education Foundation Scholarships if you are affiliated with the USN, USMC or USCG through your own service or that of your spouse, parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent. 

School of Information iSeed Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is available to students who are veterans and/or are from underrepresented groups in their first semester of the MLIS or MS program in the School of Information at Kent State. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be admitted to the Kent State University MLIS or MS program. Applications can be made at any time, but will not be reviewed until after admission. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Awareness in Veterans Scholarship
This is available to any veteran or direct family member of a veteran that is an undergraduate student, graduate student, or soon to be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the U.S.

Native American Students

Academic Library Association of Ohio Diversity Scholarship Award
ALAO values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. A qualified candidate will demonstrate diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability. 

AIGA Scholarship
AIGA Worldstudio scholarships benefit students with demonstrated financial need who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Though not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions. AIGA considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience when reviewing minority status.

Akron Urban League Kent State University Scholarship
This is available to minority students (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) from the Akron or Barberton public school systems.

Albert E. Fitzpatrick Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to a minority Journalism student in their sophomore, junior or senior year. Preference will be given to those demonstrating leadership on campus or in the community.

American Indian Services Scholarship
Students must be enrolled in a university, college, junior college or technical school and at least One-Quarter (1/4) enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe. Students must complete the FAFSA and must include a photo and a certificate of Indian blood or proof of Indian heritage.

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship
Spectrum specifically addresses the underrepresentation of librarians of color within the current workforce. Applicant must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. The iSchool at Kent State will make an additional financial contribution to the students who are awarded this scholarship.

Clarence D. Rogers Diversity Scholarship Fund
To be considered for this scholarship, recipients must have a minimum 2.5 GPA based on a 4.0 GPA scale. Preference will be given to students expressing an interest in labor management or labor relations management. The scholarship shall be awarded to an under-represented student. To be considered for the scholarship, individuals must complete the online Kent State University Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application.

Devin C.G. Moore Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to an underrepresented minority student pursuing a degree in journalism, with first preference to a student interested in broadcast journalism.

First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Scholarship
$2500 scholarships will be awarded to students of color (African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist and/or secular. 

iSchool Alumni & Friends Council Endowed Minority Scholarship
The Alumni & Friends Council scholarship is based on capacity to achieve academic and professional goals and potential for leadership on campus or in the community. Preference will be given to ethnic minority students (i.e., African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian American).

Kent State University/Akron Branch of NAACP Scholarship
This is available to incoming freshmen minority students (African American, Hispanic or Native American), who are currently attending high school within the Akron Public School District, or a student who lives within the Akron Public School District and attends a private or parochial school.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships
Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible if they are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient. Students must be African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/Alaska Native. Students must major in advertising, marketing, or public relations.

Lewis & Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to a Visual Communication Design or Photography student. Preference will be given to students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian.

LIN Television Corporation Minority Scholarship & Training Program
This is a scholarship program designed to help educate and train outstanding minority candidates who seek to enter the television broadcast field.

Medical Mutual of Ohio Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students.

Ohio Newspaper Association Minority Scholarship
The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a scholarship to a minority high school senior in Ohio who plans to major in a field relevant to the newspaper industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program at an Ohio college or university.

Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship
The Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship is a merit-based, Kent Campus scholarship available to incoming freshmen who are a member of an underrepresented population in higher education (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American).

Petta and Ron Khouw Scholarship
This scholarship goes to an underrepresented minority MLIS student with focus in Reference Librarians or Academic Librarians-Reference Services.

Portage County NAACP / Kent State University Scholarship
This is awarded to a graduating senior from a Portage County, Ohio high school who is a member of an underrepresented population in higher education (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American).

Robert G. McGruder Minority Endowed Scholarship
This is awarded to a minority student planning a career in newspaper, magazines, broadcast news or photojournalism. Based on academic achievement, professional promise and need.

School of Information iSeed Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is available to students who are veterans and/or are from underrepresented groups in their first semester of the MLIS or MS program in the School of Information at Kent State. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be admitted to the Kent State University MLIS or MS program. Applications can be made at any time, but will not be reviewed until after admission. 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation
This is awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited four-year institution.

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship
The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship for Studies in Journalism encourages further diversity in journalism and includes a one-time $500 book stipend.

Zuni Tribal Scholarship
Students must be an enrolled member of the Zuni Tribe. Current college students must be in good academic and financial aid standing with their college/university. Students must have demonstrated financial need.

Non-Traditional Students

AIGA Scholarship
AIGA Worldstudio scholarships benefit students with demonstrated financial need who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Though not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions. AIGA considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience when reviewing minority status.

ASIST Scholarship
The ASIST scholarship is available to adults facing economic, social, or physical challenges, who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities. 

Bethel Foundation Grace Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Grace Scholarship is to provide supplemental financial assistance to single mothers who are pursuing a course of instruction that will improve their income-earning potential.

College JumpStart Scholarship
This is a scholarship awarded to a high school 10th-12th grader, college student, or non-traditional student U.S. citizen planning to attend 2-year, 4-year, or vocational/trade school in the U.S. Student must be committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community.

Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship
The candidate for this scholarship must be an African American female aged 35+, be an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university, possess a GPA of 3.0 or above, and must be United States citizen.

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
This is awarded to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents pursuing an undergraduate education at an accredited college or university in the United States.

Junior League of Cleveland Scholarship
Applicants must be non-traditional women students who have overcome obstacles to resume their education. Applicants must be permanent residents of the following Ohio counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina or Trumbull.

Paula Slimack Scholarship
This is available to any JMC major. Must be a non-traditional student who knows the importance of juggling work and studies and who increasingly will understand the value of free speech. 

Professional Women of Kent State University Carol A. Cartwright Scholarship
This is awarded to a female who is 25 years of age or older and is pursuing an undergraduate degree.

The Florence Allen Endowment Scholarship
The Florence Allen Scholarship program was established in 1924 to honor Judge Florence Ellinwood Allen, Ohio’s first woman Supreme Court justice. Both traditional and non-traditional students are eligible for scholarships. Open to all schools/colleges and majors.

TopProducts Single Mothers Scholarship
This is awarded to a single parent with custodial care of at least one child under 18 who is a U.S. resident and is enrolled to a two or four year institution or has a high school diploma/GED and has been accepted to a two or four year institution.

Women of Substance Scholarship
The candidate for this scholarship must be an African American female aged 35+, be an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university, possess a GPA of 3.0 or above, and must be a United States citizen.

Students with Ability Differences or Accessibility Needs

Academic Library Association of Ohio Diversity Scholarship Award
ALAO values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. A qualified candidate will demonstrate diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability. 

AIGA Scholarship
AIGA Worldstudio scholarships benefit students with demonstrated financial need who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Though not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions. AIGA considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience when reviewing minority status.

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship
The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.

Buckfire and Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship Program
This is awarded to a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States who has a disability diagnosis with a minimum 3.0 GPA and has completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university.

Gabriel’s Foundation of Hope
Scholarships are available to students living with a diagnosed disability, students desiring to work in a field that will benefit people with disabilities, or immediate family members related to a person living with a disability who wish to further their education.

National Center for Learning Disabilities Anne Ford Scholarship
Applicant must be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a four-year bachelor’s degree program in the fall and have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale (or equivalent). Applicant must provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability and/or ADHD (e.g., psycho-educational report, neuropsychological evaluation, IEP or 504 plan) and has utilized services, supports, and/or accommodations. LD and ADHD can co-occur with other issues such as speech/language, hearing and vision, and autism spectrum disorders; to be eligible candidates must provide documentation of a specific LD and/or ADHD.

National Siblings of Autism Scholarship
Siblings of Autism distributes scholarships for education and other defined needs for those that have a sibling on the spectrum.

Organization for Autism Research
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) offers a scholarship program for students on the autism spectrum in addition to grant opportunities for professionals in the field of applied autism research. Four scholarships are listed on the site for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Perecman Firm Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship For Autism
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. offers a scholarship for a student living with autism, or whose loved one is living with autism. You can qualify if either you or a close family member has been diagnosed with a form of autism, and the applicant must be an enrolled student at an accredited college, university, or vocational school, or be accepted to begin school at an accredited college, university, or vocational school in the semester for which the application is being offered.

Richard T. Cunningham Spinal Cord Injury Scholarship
This is awarded to an enrolled student with a spinal cord injury.

RiSE Scholarship
The RiSE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. was established in 2010 to award and recognize students with learning disabilities, who have shown determination, self-advocacy, and success in overcoming their difficulties and are pursuing post-secondary education. In order to qualify, applicant must be a current high school, college bound senior who is actively applying to an accredited college or university for the fall semester after they graduate high school. Must be a U.S. citizen. Must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4 point scale (or equivalent). Must have a documented learning disability, and or an ASD diagnosis.

Students with Religious and Spiritual Beliefs

Atheism

American Atheists O'Hair Award
American Atheists awards the $1,000 O’Hair Scholarship and four $500 President’s Scholarships to atheist students attending graduate, law, college, university, or vocational school in the United States.

American Atheists Chinn Scholarship
American Atheists is proud to award two Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism. These scholarships recognize activism in the area of LGBT equality. You do not have to be a member of the LGBT community to receive this scholarship; allies are encouraged to apply.

Black Skeptics Los Angeles’s First in the Family Humanist Scholarship
$2500 scholarships will be awarded to students of color (African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist and/or secular. 

Freedom From Religion Foundation Student Scholarship Essays
This website offers four essay competitions for students, including incoming freshmen, undergraduates, graduates, and students of color. 


Baptist

ABHMS Scholarship
This scholarship is for American Baptist students who reside in the United States or Puerto Rico and are enrolled at an accredited four year college/university or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico with a minimum GPA of 2.75. 

American Baptist Financial Aid Program
The Office of Financial Aid for Studies, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), administers the American Baptist Financial Aid Program that supports college students, graduate students and seminarians.

National Baptist Congress Scholarship Program
The National Baptist Congress of Christian Education Scholarship Program is an innovative program that offers opportunities for high school seniors and college students in each state to submit scholarship applications. 

Shiloh Baptist Church Scholarships
The Scholarship Foundation recognizes and administers scholarships to high school, graduating seniors and continuing undergraduate students. 

Women's Missionary Union Scholarships
The WMU Foundation has multiple scholarships and assists Baptist students, including the children of Baptist missionaries, and those preparing for Baptist missions service. Individuals with no Baptist connection cannot be considered for a scholarship. 


Buddhism

Ashoka Grants
The Ashoka Grants Committee considers applications from a broad array of promising organizations and individuals who are actively engaged in projects related to Buddhism. 

Sangha Scholarship
Each year, the LV Buddhist Sangha awards up to $1,000 to Sangha members who are graduating high school seniors for outstanding scholarship, community service, leadership, and participation in Sangha activities.

The Tzu Chi USA Scholarship
This is a scholarship program funded by Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize and provide financial assistance to outstanding college-bound high school graduates and continuing undergraduate students in selected areas of the United States. Each Scholar will receive an award of US$1,000.


Catholicism

Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship
Students applying for this scholarship must be Roman Catholic and have a Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent that is a member of the “Italian Catholic Federation.”

Catholic United Financial
A scholarship award is a one-time member benefit. While the average scholarship recipient is a recent high school graduate, Catholic United members of any age pursuing a degree, diploma or certification can apply for a scholarship. Students MUST be a member of Catholic United for at least 2 years prior to application deadline.


Christianity

Evangelical Press Association
Candidates for these scholarships must be majoring or minoring in journalism or communications. Preference is given to — but not restricted to — students with an interest in the field of Christian journalism. 

Harvey Fellowship
An individual must be enrolled in or have applied to a full-time graduate program. All persons receiving support must demonstrate personal faith in Jesus Christ and desire to serve and witness in his name. 

Playing with a Purpose Scholarship
This scholarship is aimed to support Christian Student-Athletes.

Roothbert Fund Scholarships
Roothbert Fund scholarships are open to all in the United States regardless of sex, age, color, nationality or religious background. While the Fund does not emphasize any particular form of religious practice or worship, it seeks to provide support to persons motivated by spiritual values. 

The ACCU Scholarship Program
It is part of the mission at America's Christian Credit Union to support the next generation of leaders in their pursuit to make a difference in the world through Christ-centered education. Must be a member of America’s Christian Credit Union.

The Harold H. Wilke Scholarship
Applicants shall be an active member of a United Church of Christ congregation. Applicants shall be a person with a disability or a person that ministers to those with disabilities. Applicant shall exhibit considerable potential for leadership and have supporting letters so testifying and be engaging in study which leads to a degree or certification training shall be in an area related culturally to the home country of the applicant.

UCC Undergraduate Scholarship
Students must be a member of a United Church of Christ congregation. Applicant must be enrolled in a four-year accredited university or college in the United States, under age 25, and a rising sophomore, junior or senior.

Young Christian Leaders Scholarship
YCL was created to support the next generation of dedicated, Christian professionals who will use their talents to impact their families, communities, and the world. Young people under the age of 24 who are either high school seniors entering college or are currently full-time undergraduates are eligible to apply.


Episcopalian

ECF Fellowships Scholarship
Applicants may be lay or ordained, but they do not have to be considering ordained ministry to be an ECF Fellow. Applicants may be Episcopalians or members from any member church of the Anglican Communion.

Episcopal Church Education Scholarships
Scholarships are available for educational training for ethnic communities, children of missionaries, bishops and clergy, and other groups, covering a wide range of eligibility. There is a large list of 40+ scholarships specifically aimed towards Episcopal churchgoers in the United States.


Hinduism

Hindu Jain Temple Scholarship
This scholarship is for members of the Hindu Jain Temple where applicant or parent(s) should have been temple members or trustees for at least the past 2 years.

The Hindu Temple Educational Scholarship Program
These scholarships are for graduating senior students from the Hindu Temple membership families.


Islam

Amir and Shaheda Khan Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund provides annual scholarships for students of the Islamic faith who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in journalism, communications (which may include concentration in broadcasting, media, film or public relations), business, accounting, finance, economics or related degree at an accredited institution.

Fadel Educational Foundation
The Fadel Educational Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit educational foundation supporting education for non-incarcerated Muslim U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The awards are distributed on a need/merit basis.

ISF National Scholarship for Journalism Students
Applicants must be Muslim or an active member of the Muslim community. Enrollment at an accredited university in the U.S. Major in an ISF supported major. Maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA. A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing (includes PhD).

ISNA Scholarships
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) provides a variety of scholarships for Muslim American students pursuing a college education in the United States.

The Islamic Scholarship Fund Film Grant
This grant specifically aims to facilitate and support Muslims entering the world of film, who intend to create artistic, engaging and positive stories about Muslims.

United Muslim Association of Toledo Scholarship
This organization provides annual scholarships for Muslim students who are pursuing a degree at an accredited post-secondary U.S. institution. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be of the Muslim faith.


Jainism

Jaina Academic Scholarship Program
These scholarships are for any bright, hard-working, goal-oriented, practicing Jain youth in North America to be able to afford to attend an institution of higher learning.

Hindu Jain Temple Scholarship
This scholarship is for members of the Hindu Jain Temple where applicant or parent(s) should have been temple members or trustees for at least the past 2 years.

The College Education Loan (CEL)
Applicants must be born into a Jain Family or actively practicing Jainism, and they must be a U.S. High School Senior graduating this year OR a U.S. Undergraduate or Associate Degree College Student. Repayment of the loan shall begin six months after graduation and must be paid within seven years.

The Loan Scholarship for Graduate Students
This is a one-time loan scholarship to needy Jain students arriving in USA for further studies. This is an interest free loan scholarship and is expected to be repaid within two years after completion of the studies.


Judaism

Hillel International Jewish Scholarships
This website provides an easy search for hundreds of Jewish-specific scholarships for students all over the United States, and for all levels of study.

Kent State Jewish Studies Scholarships
The Jewish Studies program at Kent State University has scholarships for: 1) students enrolled in a Jewish Studies minor, and 2) students of Jewish Heritage who demonstrate need as reported on the FAFSA. Open to all schools & colleges as well as all majors.


Latter-Day Saints

LDS Bookstore Scholarship
This scholarship is open to any student that will be enrolled in an accredited college or university and is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 


Lutheran

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Lutheran Student Scholastic & Service Scholarship
Scholarships will be awarded to junior and senior students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any academic area that will prepare them to serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Bethesda Lutheran Scholarship
Applicants who are accepted to an accredited educational institution and are an active member of a Bethesda Lutheran Church are eligible.


Methodist

E. Craig Brandenburg Scholarship 
This scholarship is for applicants over age 35 pursuing any degree level. Applicant must be an active, full member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year.

HANA Scholarship
This scholarship is for persons of Hispanic, Asian, and/or Native American ethnicity, with at least Junior standing, and a minimum 3-year membership in the UMC.

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students
The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a scholarship for undergraduate studies of religion, journalism, or communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university.

Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship
The Stoody-West Fellowship in religious journalism is awarded to assist a United Methodist student who intends on pursuing a career in religious journalism.

The Rev. Dr. Karen Layman GIFT OF HOPE Scholarship
This scholarship is for undergraduate students who have a minimum 3-year membership in the UMC and are very active in UMC leadership.

UMC Ethnic Scholarship
This scholarship is for racial-ethnic minority undergraduates, who have been a member of UMC for at least one year.


Orthodox Affiliations

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
This organization provides many scholarships for various types of students belonging to churches within the Orthodox Archdiocese in North America.

Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America Educational Financial Aid Program
The FOCA provides scholarship opportunities to members who are entering freshman or enrolled in undergraduate studies in a two-year, four-year, certificate-granting institution or Seminary. Graduate students and military academy students are also eligible.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Scholarships
The Malta Scholarship is for undergraduate studies, and the Paleologos Scholarship is awarded for graduate work of a non-theological nature. 

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Scholarships
This organization offers multiple scholarships for students pursuing their undergraduate degree. Candidates must be active in their local Greek Orthodox parish and preference is given to those of Greek descent.

John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation Scholarship
To be eligible, a student must be actively involved in their Eastern Orthodox faith and a member of a parish in one of the following jurisdictions: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, or American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA.

Panhellenic Scholarships
These scholarship awards are offered annually to recognize and reward Hellene students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance, as well as to provide meaningful support to those with great financial need.

The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Scholarships
This website provides 7 scholarships for Romanian Orthodox students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.


PAGANISM

Michigan Pagan College Scholarship
The Michigan Pagan Scholarship purpose is to recognize and encourage young Pagans. Winners must demonstrate evidence of leadership and engagement in community service.

Sisters of the Moon Scholarship
Though not specifically for Pagans or for college, this foundation was started by witches and aims to help out women in financial need. They offer 15 scholarships to women. 


Presbyterian

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarships 
The Student Opportunity Scholarship program serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, first-degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Student Opportunity Scholarship applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to explore with mentors and peers. This program requires that students maintain an active involvement in a worshiping community or campus ministry program while they are attending college. Preference in this program is extended to racial/ethnic students in order to promote diversity.


Sikhism

5 Rivers Scholarship Program
To be eligible, an applicant must be a believer of the Sikh religion and a U.S. citizen or person that has the requisite legal status for living in or attending school in the U.S.

International Institute of Gurmat Studies Scholarship
These scholarships are open to any Sikh student studying in the USA or Canada that is under the age of 22.

Saanjh Scholarship
Saanjh accepts scholarship inquiries on an individual needs basis from Sikh students. 

The Sikh Education Fund (SEF)
The purpose of this fund is to make higher education more affordable for Sikh students in America by funding a portion of their studies. 


Unitarian Universalist

Children of Unitarian Universalist Ministers
This scholarship is available to children of Unitarian Universalist Ministers to defray undergraduate college expenses. 

Children Of Unitarian Universalist Religious Professionals College Grant
This scholarship is available to children of Unitarian Universalist Ministers, Credentialed Religious Professionals, and Certified Musicians who are attending college. Assistance is available for undergraduate studies only. 

Marion Barr Stanfield Art Scholarship
The Marion Barr Stanfield Art Scholarship is for either graduate or undergraduate Unitarian Universalist students studying painting, drawing, photography, and/or sculpture.

Pauly D'Orlando Memorial Art Scholarship
The Pauly D'Orlando Memorial Art Scholarship is for either graduate or undergraduate Unitarian Universalist students studying painting, drawing, photography, and/or sculpture.

Roothbert Fund
These scholarships may only be applied to study at an accredited institution based in the United States. The Fund seeks candidates who are "motivated by spiritual values," and works to foster fellowship among them. There are around 20 awards each year.

The Rev. Chuck and Nancy Thomas Scholarship
This scholarship serves Unitarian Universalism, and individual Unitarian Universalists like Chuck and Nancy Thomas, by valuing a history of service and leadership as critical elements of a call toward professional theological training. Each year it supports a student in the first year of seminary or in preparatory academic work. Scholars qualify for the award by demonstrating their outstanding commitment to Unitarian Universalism as lay leaders. Those who wish to submit a nomination should write a letter of recommendation showing a connection between the individual's ministry and their life goals along with examples of their strong leadership skills.

Students with Unique Family Circumstances

Children of deceased parents

LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program
Qualified entrants who submit essays or videos about how the death of a parent impacted their lives are eligible for scholarship money. The Life Lessons Scholarship Program is open only to legal residents of 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, who are between 17 and 24 years of age, have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian, and are currently enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a college, university or trade school within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.

W. H. "Howie" McClennan Scholarship
The McClennan Scholarship is for the children (biological or legally adopted) of IAFF members who were killed in the line of duty. In order to qualify, the applicant’s parent must have been a member in good standing of the International Association of Fire Fighters at the time of death.

Children of Incarcerated Parents

Children Impacted by Crime Scholarship Fund
You must be 18 to apply. This scholarship is fo those impacted by crime; either as a child of an inmate or victimized by crime- either themselves or a member of their immediate family. Maintain a 2.5 GPA or provide documentation explaining circumstances if GPA is lower than 2.5.

Creative Corrections Education Foundation Scholarship
The Creative Corrections Education Foundation was established to support equal opportunities for students whose parent and/or guardian is incarcerated/paroled.

Q Foundation Scholarship Fund (QFSF)
The mission of the Q Foundation Scholarship Fund (QFSF) is to award annual college or trade school scholarships to qualified children of incarcerated parent(s). Applicants must be a US citizen, must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (C+) on a 4.0 scale, must demonstrate financial need and socio-economical disadvantages in pursuit of their Trade Certification, Associates and/or Bachelor’s Degree.

ScholarCHIPS for Children of Incarcerated Parents
ScholarCHIPS provides college scholarships, mentoring, and a peer support network to children of incarcerated parents, inspiring them to complete their college education.

CHILDREN OF INJURED OR ILL PARENTS/FAMILY MEMBERS

Jackie Spellman Foundation Scholarships
The Jackie Spellman Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who have been impacted in some way by leukemia or lymphoma, either as survivors, individuals diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma, or individuals who have a member of his or her immediate family who have or had leukemia or lymphoma while living in the same household. 

Kids’ Chance Scholarships
The applicant must be the child of an employee who has been declared to be permanently and totally disabled or who was fatally injured as a result of a work-related injury or occupational disease. The death or injury or illness must have occurred as a result of work activities performed for an Ohio employer covered by the Ohio workers’ compensation law. The website also includes similar scholarships for other states. 

Children of single parents

Child of Single Parent Scholarships
This website includes several award options for students who are from a single parent household. Some are specific to a certain institution or region, but many are available for all students at any college or university. 

25 Great Scholarships for Children of Single Parents
This website includes several award options for students who are from a single parent household. Some are specific to a certain institution or region, but many are available for all students at any college or university. 

Study Abroad for Diverse Students

APIA Abroad Scholarships
There are multiple scholarships available for students who have been accepted to an APIA Study Abroad program. There are general scholarships; however, many are targeted at underrepresented students such as minority students, DACA students, students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, students involved in college sports, and more.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, be an undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions), be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship, and be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country and eligible for credit from the student’s home institution.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation
The Foundation supports undergraduate college/university Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts who plan to study abroad with the Scholarship to Study Abroad, irrespective of major/minor. There is also the Study a Foreign Language Scholarship that allows Silver or Gold Girl Scouts who plan to or are currently pursuing a major OR minor in foreign language at a four year college/university. The Foreign Language Scholarship may be renewed three times.

Diversity in Education Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship was created to ensure that diverse students have access to a level of financial assistance that will assist them in achieving a study abroad experience. Diverse students may include, but are not limited to ethnic/racial minorities, students with disAbilities and registered with the Student Accessibility Services office, students with high financial need, first-generation college students, LGBTQ students, underrepresented academic majors within study abroad, and student athletes. 

Fund for Education Abroad
The FEA invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S., study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s home institution and study abroad program must be at least 4 weeks (28 days) in country/countries. FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. These groups include, but are not limited to: First-generation college students, minority students, and community college students.

Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Program, under the direction of the U.S. Department of State, aims to work with students to make scholarship experiences a success. This scholarship is designed for those who have received a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship.

Study Abroad for Minority Students Scholarship
These scholarships are awarded to full-time undergraduate and graduate students in good standing who have been accepted to a language program or university study abroad program in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), or Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Applicants should also be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Eligible students will receive between $500 and $2,000 to use toward the cost of studying abroad. Scholarships will be awarded for programs lasting for the summer, one semester, or an academic year, as well as for university/college sponsored study tours and programs spent studying the country's language. As American minority students are largely underrepresented in study abroad programs, these scholarships are designed to expand study abroad opportunities for such students and foster a greater understanding about diversity in America as well as the perspectives, challenges, and opportunities of different American minorities.

Undocumented and DACA Students

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Although not specifically for undocumented students, this award does not discriminate on the basis of national identity—quite the opposite. The Davis-Putter Scholarship goes to undergraduate and graduate students working for social or economic justice in their communities. In addition to transcripts, applicants submit a personal statement, letters of recommendation that attest to their progressivism, and financial information. Activism is the key criteria. Scholarship winner receives $10,000.

Golden Door Scholarship
Any aspiring undergrad with DACA or TPS status can apply for this award, but the scholarship committee prioritizes students in states that bar DACA students from receiving in-state tuition benefits. Scholarships are distributed on the basis of academic merit and leadership abilities. To maintain funding, scholarship recipients must earn a 3.0 GPA.

HENACC Scholarship
The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) distributes multiple scholarships each year; some require U.S. citizenship but many do not. Applicants should be entering a STEM field at the undergraduate or graduate level, have a 3.0 GPA, have strong ties to the Hispanic community, and show leadership at the community or campus level. Scholarship winners could receive $500-$10,000.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Scholarship
DACA students of Hispanic heritage are eligible for HSF funds, whether they’re off to community college or grad school. Merit is the main factor in who receives funding, while financial need determines how much. High school graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are considered; current college students need a 2.5 to be eligible. Scholarship winners could receive $500-$5,000.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships
Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible if they are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient. Students must be African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/Alaska Native. Students must major in advertising, marketing, or public relations.

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship
Just one of the awards offered by the Geneseo Migrant Center, the Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship goes to students who have already completed one year of higher education and need financial help to complete the last three. Applicants submit three letters of recommendation, a personal essay, college transcripts, financial documents and agricultural migrant status documentation. Scholarship winners could receive up to $20,000.

Que Llueva Café Scholarship
Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE) gives this award to undocumented high school graduates of Chicano and Latino descent who are getting ready to enroll in a U.S. college. Scholarships are granted based on the candidate’s personal narrative, extracurricular activities and academic potential.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Scholarships
Membership in SHPE is a prerequisite for earning any of the society’s scholarships, but citizenship or legal status is not required except for some corporate-funded awards. SHPE provides separate awards for graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate students, working students and doctoral candidates. Each award requires students to hold a 2.75 GPA and be pursuing a degree in a STEM field. Scholarship decisions and funding amounts depend on academic merit and financial need.

TheDream.Us National Scholarship
The National Scholarship helps students who are eligible for in-state tuition attend one of 75 colleges that partner with TheDream.Us. To receive the award —worth $12,500 toward an associate or $25,000 toward a bachelor’s degree — students must hold a high school or community college degree but not be currently enrolled in college; must demonstrate significant financial need; and must have applied for or received DACA status. (Scholarship applicants need only be eligible for DACA, but to actually receive the award they will need to seek DACA status.) Applicants submit two essays, household income statements, a reference and DACA documentation. Full-time students who earn a 3.0 can renew the award. Scholarship winners could receive $12,500-$25,000.

TheDream.Us Opportunity Scholarship
This award from TheDream.Us is for students from 15 states who aren’t eligible for in-state tuition or admission to a public college. The Opportunity Scholarship helps them work toward a baccalaureate at one of 5 out-of-state colleges that partner with TheDream.Us. To receive the award, students must be currently unenrolled in college, be DACA-eligible, demonstrate significant financial need, and hold a high school diploma and 2.8 GPA. Applicants submit two essays, household income statements, a reference and DACA documentation. Full-time students who earn a 3.0 can renew the award. Scholarship winners could receive up to $20,000.

Women and Female-identifying Students

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Awards
AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women
The ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women is exclusively for female students who are members of a parish of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. Students must be a voting member of a parish of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, have successfully completed their first year in an accredited university or college and be registered/enrolled for the next academic year.

Bethel Foundation Grace Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Grace Scholarship is to provide supplemental financial assistance to single mothers who are pursuing a course of instruction that will improve their income-earning potential.

Dr. Blancca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship
The candidate for this scholarship must be an African-American female aged 35+, be an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university, possess a GPA of 3.0 or above, and must be United States citizen.

Frances B. Murphey Scholarship
This is awarded to young women interested in pursuing a career in news.

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
This is awarded to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents pursuing an undergraduate education at an accredited college or university in the United States. 

Junior League of Cleveland Scholarship
Applicants must be non-traditional women students who have overcome obstacles to resume their education. Applicants must be permanent residents of the following Ohio counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, or Trumbull.

Professional Women of Kent State University Carol A. Cartwright Scholarship
This is awarded to a female who is 25 years of age or older and is pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Scholarships & Financial Aid for Women
This website provides a great overview of the financial assistance opportunities for female students and how to optimize them. They are presented in a super-useful search tool which helps the reader find relevant ones to apply for. There’s also valuable advice about how to ace the application process.

The Florence Allen Endowment Scholarship
The Florence Allen Scholarship program was established in 1924 to honor Judge Florence Ellinwood Allen, Ohio’s first woman Supreme Court justice. Both Traditional and Non-traditional students are eligible for scholarships. Open to all schools/colleges and majors.

TopProducts Single Mothers Scholarship
This is awarded to a single parent with custodial care of at least one child under 18 who is a U.S. resident and is enrolled to a two or four year institution or has a high school diploma/GED and has been accepted to a two or four year institution.

Women of Substance Scholarship
The candidate for this scholarship must be an African-American female aged 35+, be an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university, possess a GPA of 3.0 or above, and must be a United States citizen.

Women’s Guide to Paying for College
This website provides a list of scholarships available to women with the goal of helping women pursue and achieve their goals. Visit the link to find a variety of available scholarships, especially for women in technology fields and women pursuing a graduate degree. Open to all schools/colleges and majors.