Outside scholarships are not only a valuable resource, when acquired, to reduce the cost of college education. Some scholarships, if awarded, bring its recipient enormous prestige. The following list of scholarships are some of the most prestigious scholarships available to students. Becoming a recipient of any of the following awards will also gain positive recognition from undergraduate, graduate, law school, and med school admissions. The following awards are impressive additions to a professional resume.
AT&T Lab Fellowship Program
Paid 10 week research opportunity for current undergraduate, graduate and PhD students.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowships
The Sloan Research Fellowships provide support and recognition to young scientists and research faculty in physics, chemistry, mathematics, neuroscience, economics, computer science and computational and evolutionary molecular biology.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.
Bell Labs Graduate Research Program
The Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowships are available to student pursuing a PhD in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. They are sponsored by the Lucent Technologies Foundation.
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
The GM Foundation awards 100 renewable scholarships of up to $25,000 to high school seniors or current undergraduates majoring in engineering, technology or select design and business related programs of study. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, and financial need.
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarships
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program provide unique study abroad opportunities. Awards are up to $20,000 per academic year.
EPA’s STAR graduate fellowships
EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship program supports master’s and doctoral candidates in environmental studies.
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition
Awards of $4,000 - $50,000 for high school seniors are awarded each year. Applicants must have demonstrated achievement in both academics and leadership. Applicants must also have demonstrated financial need.
Ford Foundation Fellowship Program
Awards will be made for study in research based Ph.D programs for individuals committed to a career in teaching at the college and university level.
Gates Millennium Scholars
Full-ride scholarships are provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership in community service or extracurricular activities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens of African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic decent and meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship
55 – 65 scholarships for undergraduate students are awarded annually from approximately 600 applications submitted each year. This scholarship focuses on community service and public service.
Hertz Foundation Scholarships
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation provides unique financial and fellowship support to the nation’s most remarkable PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences.
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Approximately 1700 high school students from over 75 countries, regions and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4million in prizes.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support 7th grade – 12th grade, undergraduate, and graduate students.
Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships
The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship is a 3 year program that provides summer internships, mentoring, community and growth to promising undergraduate students from 12 New York City partner institutions. Stipends of $5000 to $6000 are also provided per year.
Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarships
$5,000 scholarship awarded to 80 college juniors and seniors, who are studying in fields related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care.
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
NDSEG Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in within 15 science and engineering disciplines.
All educational expenses to study at the University of Oxford for 2 years are covered for 32 Americans, who are selected annually. The award may be renewed for a 3rd year of study.
Ronald Reagan Scholarship
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation encourages the pursuit of education and self improvement by awarding scholarships to extraordinary young leaders. Applicants must be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States.
One of the highest science honors for high school students. Multiple scholarships of up to $150,000 are awarded to individuals with remarkable talent in the science, math and technology fields. Recognizes extraordinary science projects completed during high school years. Open to students in grades 9 – 12.
Winston Churchill Scholarship
The Churchill scholarship is valued at between $50,000 and $60,000. Recipients also receive living allowances and potential research grants. Currently 14 recipients receive this coveted scholarship each year to pursue Master’s study at Cambridge University in science, math or engineering.
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program
Awards of $1,000 - $10,000 are given to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.
Applicable for undergraduate and graduate students, this award recognizes applicants who can show creatively how Apps are helping students learn in unique ways outside of traditional settings.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Collegiate Inventors Competition
Applicants must be full time college students. This competition encourages innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in students who are working on cutting edge inventions.
Davidson Fellows Scholarships
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people who are 18 years old and younger. Applicants must have completed a significant piece of work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music or philosophy. There is also a “outside the box” category for unique projects. Students of any grade level are welcome to apply. There is no minimum age.
Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities.
Fulbright Scholars Program
Open to all fields of study. The purpose of these grants is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.
George Mitchell Scholarship
Up to 12 scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on scholarship, leadership and commitment to community and public service.
Henry Luce Foundation Scholarship
Candidates must be under the age of 30 and have earned a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship’s intent is to provide an immersion experience in Asia.
IBM PhD Fellowship
The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional PhD students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study.
James Madison Graduate Fellowships
The James Madison Memorial Foundation offers $24,000 to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.
Annually, up to 40 Americans are selected to study in the United Kingdom for a graduate program of their choice for 2 years. A minimum 3.75 GPA is required.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.
National Merit Scholarship
Open to U.S. citizen students who take the PSAT in high school. National Merit $2500 scholarships are selected without consideration of family financial circumstances, college choice, or major and career plans.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Recipients are young 12th grade African Americans of outstanding promise. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit leadership potential, have demonstrated financial need and have participated in community service activities. Scholars are awarded $40,000 that may be used at the college or university of their choice.
Rotary Foundation Scholarships
For young leaders who embody our belief of service above self, many local Rotary clubs provide academic scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and even international study to students in their area.