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ABA Diversity Scholarship

The Diversity Scholarship Program offers 21 $5,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Graduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 30, 2024
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$5,000
21 Award Winners
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$5,000
1 Award Winner

ACS Scholars Program

The American Chemical Society offers the ACS Scholars Program of $5,000 to full-time undergraduate minority students in need pursuing a degree in the chemical sciences.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – College Junior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
April 30, 2024
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$5,000
1 Award Winner
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$1,000–$3,000
2,500 Award Winners

California Dream Act Scholarships

The California Dream Act allows undocumented students, students with valid or expired DACA, U visa holders, and students with Temporary Protected Status to receive certain types of financial aid.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 2, 2024
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$1,000–$3,000
2,500 Award Winners
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$1,000
1 Award Winner

AIChE Minority Scholarship Awards

This scholarship aims to support underrepresented undergraduate students from minority groups in the United States, specifically African Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Alaskan Natives, and Hispanics.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – College Senior
Application Open Date
April 1, 2024
Application Deadline
June 15, 2024
Open
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$5,000
25 Award Winners

El Cafe Del Futuro Scholarship

Café Bustelo offers the El Cafe Del Futuro Scholarship to 25 Hispanic students, worth $5,000 each. Students enrolled in a HACU member institution for graduate studies can apply.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Graduate
Application Open Date
March 18, 2024
Application Deadline
June 30, 2024
Open
$5,000
25 Award Winners
Open
$1,000–$2,000
1 Award Winner

Hawaii Promise Scholarship

The University of Hawaii Community College offers the Hawaii Promise Scholarship of up to $2,000 to deserving undergraduate Native Hawaiian students to further their education. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2023
Application Deadline
June 30, 2024
Open
$1,000–$2,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$6,700–$7,500
1 Award Winner

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

South Carolina State offers the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, ranging from $6,700 to $7,500, to exceptional high school students pursuing undergraduate studies of their choice at the University of South Carolina.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
June 30, 2024
Open
$6,700–$7,500
1 Award Winner
Open
$1,000
1 Award Winner

Clubs of America Scholarship Award

The Clubs of America organization annually offers the Clubs of America Scholarship Award to college students at any accredited institution to further their education in the studies of their choice.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – College Senior
Application Open Date
September 1, 2023
Application Deadline
August 31, 2024
Open
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$1,000–$4,000
1 Award Winner

William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education offers the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to minority students who intend to become teachers in Indiana.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
August 31, 2024
Open
$1,000–$4,000
1 Award Winner
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$7,500
2 Award Winners

Shumaker Diversity Scholarships

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP offers its Shumaker Diversity Scholarship to exceptional undergraduate law students to complete their degrees at ABA-accredited law school and have participated in the firm’s summer program.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
May 1, 2024
Application Deadline
August 15, 2024
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$7,500
2 Award Winners
Closed
$20,000–$60,000
1 Award Winner

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program

Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) partners with 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities to offer up to 36 National Scholars Program awards to current or incoming students.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 15, 2023
Closed
$20,000–$60,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$20,000–$60,000
400 Award Winners

Kamehameha Schools Pauahi Foundation Scholarship

The Kamehameha Schools Pauahi Foundation Scholarship is awarded to deserving undergraduate students of Hawaii to advance their education in education, Hawaiian studies, or the Hawaiian language.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 17, 2023
Closed
$20,000–$60,000
400 Award Winners
Closed
$3,200
1 Award Winner

Jay Charles Levine Scholarship

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) awards the Jay Charles Levine Scholarship of $3,200 to full-time college freshmen enrolled in a UNCF member school in any field of study in Michigan.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman
Application Open Date
October 25, 2022
Application Deadline
February 21, 2023
Closed
$3,200
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,500
30 Award Winners

LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

Thirty (30) ethnic minority undergraduate students will receive $2,500 scholarships and a trip to New York City, New York, for career-building activities as part of the LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship Program.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Closed
$2,500
30 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000–$3,000
1 Award Winner

Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance Grant

The Howard P. Rawlings EA Grant is offered to high school seniors or degree-seeking undergraduates in Maryland to fund their studies at any post-secondary institution in Maryland.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
September 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$1,000–$3,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
2 Award Winners

Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship

The Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship awards undergraduate students pursuing accessibility- or universal design-related degree courses in the United States.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$3,700
1 Award Winner

Near Completer Grant

The Near Completer Grant is an award to students who were previously enrolled in associate or bachelor's degree programs but did not finish them and intend to re-enroll.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
August 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$3,700
1 Award Winner
Closed
$3,400–$13,600
1 Award Winner

UT Chancellor Academic Scholarship

Utah Tech University awards newly enrolled freshmen the UT Utah Chancellor Academic Scholarship of $13,600 to complete their undergraduate study of choice if admitted before March 1.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$3,400–$13,600
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500–$6,000
1 Award Winner

UT Dean’s Academic Scholarship

Utah Tech University awards newly enrolled freshmen the UT Utah Dean’s Academic Scholarship of $6,000 to complete their undergraduate study of choice if admitted before March 1.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$1,500–$6,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,400–$9,600
1 Award Winner

UT Trustees Academic Scholarship

Utah Tech University awards newly enrolled freshmen the UT Trustees Academic Scholarship of $9,600 to complete their undergraduate study of choice if admitted before March 1.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$2,400–$9,600
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000–$4,000
1 Award Winner

UT Utah Merit Academic Scholarship

Utah Tech University awards newly enrolled freshmen the UT Utah Merit Academic Scholarship worth up to $4,000 to complete their undergraduate study of choice if admitted before March 1.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$1,000–$4,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Procter & Gamble General Scholarship

UNCF offers the Procter & Gamble General Scholarship to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in the fields of business, information technology, and public relations among others in the U.S.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 9, 2023
Application Deadline
March 9, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Procter & Gamble STEM Scholarship

Each year, Procter & Gamble offers the Procter & Gamble STEM Scholarship to assist undergraduate students headed toward careers in STEM industries. Preference is given to an African American male student.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 9, 2023
Application Deadline
March 9, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500–$6,000
6 Award Winners

Foodservice Communications Scholarships

The scholarship, administered by the Foodservice Editorial Council, aims to help students who want to work in the food/foodservice industry as writers, editors, public relations practitioners, and related fields.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – College Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
Closed
$1,500–$6,000
6 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

John Lennon Endowed Scholarship

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) offers the John Lennon Endowed Scholarship to deserving students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at one of the 37 UNCF member institutions who demonstrate financial need.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
March 18, 2023
Application Deadline
March 20, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

About College Freshmen

Finally, you’ve made it to college. It’s your first year, and you’re excited to start your post-high school journey. This is a great stage of your life – college can be a truly profound and enriching experience for many. Maybe you already know exactly what you want to major in or maybe you’re still undecided and want to explore your options, either way, the shadow of tuition looms large. Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but unfortunately, we have to talk about the cost of college. We all know that college is expensive and because of this many students graduate with student debt. Often, to pay for college, students take out loans to cover the cost of tuition, fees, textbooks, and accommodation. This means that once they graduate they then have the financial burden of having to repay their loans, which can take several years. While it may be impossible to avoid student loans, there are ways to lower the amount you borrow. Applying for any federal or state aid that you are eligible for, attending school in-state is often cheaper too, and of course, applying for scholarships. Scholarships are a great way to pay for college – you can apply for as many as you are eligible for to get as much funding as possible. The best part is that you don’t have to repay the funds.

Focusing on college freshman scholarships is an important part of the preparation for attending a postsecondary institution. These scholarships are typically awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence or displayed special talents and abilities and can assist with covering tuition costs and other expenses associated with college attendance. College freshman scholarships may be merit-based, need-based, or based on a combination of both. In addition, there may be awards available from local and national organizations, as well as departmental or program-specific scholarships offered by the college itself. It is important to research all scholarship opportunities early on and apply for them before the deadline so that students can get the best chance at receiving financial assistance to help make their college experience more affordable.

Scholarships For Freshman In College

Are you are college freshman and need some financial assistance? Try these scholarships.
Got A Spine Scholarship
Gilman Scholarship
Review It Scholarship
American Pavilion Annual General Education Scholarship

Scholarships For First-Year College Students

If this is your first year in college and you need some financial aid, try these scholarships
Stephen J Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Foreclosure.com Scholarship

Scholarships For Incoming College Freshmen

If you’re an incoming freshman, probably a graduating high school senior, you’re looking for some funding for college. Here are some great scholarships for you.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
Stuck at Prom
Exceptional Youth Scholarship
Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity
Goodrich Scholarship Program

Scholarships For Current College Students

If you’ve already enrolled in college and are looking for funding, here are some scholarships that may suit you.
Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship
U.S. Bank Scholarship Program
R. Harper Brown Scholarship
Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship

Merit Scholarships For College Freshmen

If you’re a highly academic freshman who earns good grades, you may be eligible for a merit scholarship. Merit scholarships award students who achieve good results in school. Check with your school’s financial aid office to see if they offer any merit scholarships. Here are a few great merit scholarships that you can apply to.
Golden Door Scholars
Marshall Scholarship
Mccormick Leadership Scholarship
Good Deeds Scholarship
Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Private College Scholarships For Freshmen

If you’re attending a private college, you’ll be aware that your tuition and fees are a bit higher than most public institutions. If you need financial assistance for this consider applying for scholarships. Scholarships are a great way for you to get funding without the burden of student loan debt. We’ve got plenty of scholarship opportunities for you to search through, so start your scholarship journey now.

First-Time Student Scholarships

As a first-time college student, chances are you need plenty of financial aid to help cover the expense of attending college. There are so many opportunities available to students it can be difficult to narrow down the perfect scholarships for you. Well, we’ve made it easier by gathering and sorting them so you can easily search for the opportunities that suit you. Sign up now and start saving scholarships now.

Scholarships For Undecided Majors

Some people just know exactly what they want to study and start on that path from the get-go, but if that’s not you, don’t worry you’re not alone. If you have not yet chosen a major, there are still scholarship opportunities available for you. Check these opportunities.
Prudential Emerging Visionaries Scholarship
Global Citizen Scholarship
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

How to Win College Freshmen Scholarships

There are so many scholarship opportunities available to incoming freshmen as well as current college students. Here’s how to make the most out of all those opportunities.

How to Apply

Applying for scholarships is an easy process. And Schoalroo has made it easier by gathering computer science scholarships for you. You can save all the scholarships that you are eligible for by creating a Scholaroo account and also track your saved scholarships.

Here are the basics of applying for scholarships:
1. Check eligibility: You don’t want to waste your time applying for a scholarship that you’re not even eligible for. So make sure that you’ve read through all the criteria before you start the application. If you’re unsure about anything don’t hesitate to reach out to the organization for clarification.

2. Read and understand the application requirements: Some applications are straightforward, and all you have to do is fill out a form, but most require a bit more than that. You’ll need to submit several documents. These are the usual requirements:
Scholarship Application Form: Scholarship application is unique for each scholarship and is a must to be considered as an applicant. It usually asks for general information about the application like their name, date of birth, education, address, and so on. It may also contain a few short answer questions relevant to the scholarship.
Essay: Many scholarships require an essay along with the application form. Applicants can make themselves stand out via their essays. Therefore, you should take proper time and put in good effort when writing one. It’s important that your essay is original, and represents your personality and opinions.
Letters of Recommendation: A letter of recommendation can be written by your personal or professional references. Some scholarships specifically demand letters of recommendation from teachers. The letter contains reasons for why the applicant is a deserving one. It assesses the applicant’s qualities, characteristics, strengths, capabilities, and academic performance, which kind of acts as a character certificate when applying for scholarships.
Grade Transcripts: Many scholarships whether they are merit-based or need-based usually require school transcripts that show the academic performance of an individual. You can get a copy through your school’s website or the office and attach it to the application form.
Resume: A resume is where an applicant can highlight their skills and accomplishments. It does not have to have work experiences only but can also include mentions of any societies or extra-curricular activities that you have been a part of, and any special courses that you have completed that equipped you with a certain skill.
Financial Information: Many need-based scholarships may ask you to provide financial information that may include information about your family income and any financial aid that you may have received.
FAFSA: Some scholarships require applicants to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for them. These are mainly need-based scholarships.
Portfolio or Video Submission: There are a few scholarships that ask for video or portfolio submissions. This usually applies to art major scholarships as videos and portfolios are how an applicant can show their skills. Some scholarships do not have other requirements and are like a contest where participants have to make a project and provide a picture or video of it to enter and win.
School Verification: A school verification letter verifies which school the candidate is attending or has attended, the dates when they started and finished a program, and also includes a list of any certificates or degrees earned.
Standardized Test Scores: Occasionally, you may need to provide a copy of your SAT or ACT scores These are standardized test scores that most colleges and universities require for admission.

3. Get organized: Once you’ve saved your scholarships, note their submission deadlines. Order them by those dates so you don’t miss any and start working on the ones due first. Timing is very important and the earlier you apply the better it is. It is always wise to start early too because it may take time to complete all the submission requirements like writing essays and getting letters of recommendation in hand. Time should, especially, be invested in scholarships that require an essay as it takes a lot of time, planning, and effort to write a good one.

4. Proofread and have it reviewed: Please don’t submit the first thing you wrote down. Take your time to proofread and edit your work. Remember that you want to put your best foot forward – this will be the scholarship committee’s first impression of you, so make it a good one. It’s also a good idea to have one or two people read your work and give you feedback – ask a teacher, parent, sibling, or trusted friend.

5. Finally, time to submit: Now that your application is ready, it’s time to submit. Make sure all documents are sized and formatted correctly according to the guidelines provided by the scholarship sponsors. Ensure that all your donuts are ready, legible, and correct. Luckily most applications are completed online so you don’t need a dozen copies of everything. Keep track of your application status and remember that it takes time before you’ll hear back. If it’s been too long, you can reach out and enquire with the organization.

Tips for Applying

1. Start Early: The earlier you start looking for scholarships and applying for them, the better your chances of being selected as a recipient. Start researching potential scholarship opportunities before your freshman year so that you can take advantage of all the possibilities available to you.

2. Show Your Passion: Colleges and universities have various scholarship programs that provide financial aid to students based on their interests and hobbies. Put together a portfolio that showcases your various talents, skills and passions so you can stand out from the competition.

3. Get Involved: Participating in student organizations and activities is one of the best ways to boost your chances of winning scholarships. Take part in competitions, join clubs and volunteer in your community to show that you are a well-rounded individual who is passionate about giving back. Doing so will allow you to develop new skills and make valuable connections that can help you land the scholarship of your dreams.

4. Customize Your Applications: Although you may think it’s a time-saving shortcut, using the same content for all of your applications may not work. You can reuse some parts but make sure that you adjust and tweak your responses for each application. Every scholarship committee is looking for something different so take the time to really understand the scholarship and adjust your work to suit what they’re looking for.

Frequently asked questions

Can you apply for scholarships as a freshman?

Of course. You’ll have to check the eligibility requirements for each scholarship, but there are so many scholarship opportunities for freshmen students. Sometimes these scholarships ask you to apply as a high school senior to be used for your freshman year, but some scholarships let you apply in your freshman year.

What is the average scholarship amount awarded to entering freshmen?

Honestly, this will depend on so many factors that there’s no one answer. Scholarships amounts usually match the tuition costs for the year, or award the same amount every year, for multi-year awards. You’ll have to check each scholarship to see how much they award and whether this amount is the total or split over four years. The average scholarship amount for a four-year institution is between $5,000 to $10,000 each year.

How to find scholarships for college freshmen?

There are many scholarship resources for students. The best way to find scholarships is to use multiple resources. For example, a scholarship directory like Scholaroo, asking your guidance counselor or college’s financial aid office, contacting local organizations. There are so many opportunities out there, you just have to look a little.

When can college freshmen start applying for scholarships?

As a college freshman, you hopefully started applying for funding in your senior year of high school. If however you either didn’t receive funding, already had a way to cover your tuition, or only received funding for one year, you’ll need to find the funds for the next three to four years. While most scholarships ask you to apply in your senior year, there are still many that allow college freshmen to apply.

What GPA do I need to get a scholarship?

Generally speaking, a minimum GPA of 3.0 will help you win several scholarships; however, it is not enough. Depending on the scholarship program you are applying for, your application must include your skills and extracurricular activities. Your essay and recommendation letters should be spot-on and powerful enough to make you stand out. You must impress the scholarship committee with a strong application that includes all required documents.