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For U.S. Permanent Residents

AFSA Scholarship
  • For U.S. citizens and legal residents. Sponsored by the American Fire Sprinkler Association.  Must take online multiple choice quiz after reading essay on fire sprinklers.  Not based on financial need.
  • Award: 10 $2,000 scholarships for high school seniors; 3 $1,000 "Second Chance" scholarships for those who have already graduated high school.
AmeriCorps
  • AmeriCorps is a national network of programs that engages more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation. AmeriCorps offers several ways to get involved, from part-time local service programs to full-time residential programs. Members receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.
  • Award: ranging in value from $1,000 to $4,725, which may be used only to pay college costs or to repay student loans.
Amgen Scholars Program
  • For undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors (will be returning to undergraduate studies in the fall). A minimum GPA of 3.2 and an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. are also required. Participants take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science; interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the world’s leading academic scientists; and attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events.
  • Award: Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Details vary by host university. See each university's summer research program website for more information.
  • Graduating seniors or recent graduates with a strong background in an Asian language and a career objective that involves its regular use. For U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Award: A stipend that covers a year of advanced language study in an approved study abroad program.
Christianson Grant
  • For U.S. citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 28 who have already arranged to participate in a minimum 6-month work, internship, or volunteer abroad program. The grant program does not support independent research projects, academic study abroad programs, missionary work, or religious programs.
  • Award: Ranges between $2,500 and $10,000.
College JumpStart Scholarship
  • Open to all U.S. citizens or legal residents. Only a short essay is required for entry.
  • Award: $1,500 first place, $750 second place, $250 honorable mentions.
Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship
  • For all students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Requires a short essay about cyberbullying.
  • Award: Two awards of $1,500.
Department of Energy - Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
  • For seniors or graduate students studying engineering, mathematics, or the physical, computer, or life sciences and planning to work full-time towards a PhD. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students must be enrolled at a department that certifies that either: no more than one term of teaching, grading, or other departmental support activities are required of students in the applicant's department, or, if there are requirements to teach, grade or provide other departmental support for more than one term, they will be waived for the DOE CSGF fellow.
  • Award: A yearly stipend of $36,000; full tuition and required fees paid during the appointment period; a $5,000 academic allowance in the first fellowship year and a $1,000 allowance each renewed year (to be used for the purchase of a computer workstation or for research / professional development expenses); the potential to renew the fellowship for up to four years of total support.
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are undergraduates pursuing their first Bachelor's degree. Requires a minimum 2.8 GPA. Applicants must have applied or been accepted to a study-abroad program in Asia (see website for more details). Also requires that applicants submit a FAFSA and be able to demonstrate financial need.
  • Award: Up to $7,000 for a full academic year of study; up to $5,000 for the fall or spring semester; up to $3,000 for the summer semester.
Frugal Dad Scholarship
  • For undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents and at least 16 years of age. Requires an essay. Selection will be based on academic history, extracurricular involvement, and ingenuity of essay entries.
  • Award: $5,000
Islamic Scholarship Fund
  • For Muslim students who are juniors or seniors and citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Applicants must be majoring in one of the following fields: humanities, social sciences, liberal arts, or law. Minimum 3.4 GPA required. Applicants should also be active within their communities.
  • Award: Up to $10,000
Life Lessons Scholarship Program
  • Open to all students between the ages of 17 and 24 who have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian, and who are a legal resident of the United States (including Puerto Rico).  Applicant must submit an essay or video about how the death of their parent or legal guardian effected their life.
  • Award: Grand prize of $10,000 to the best video or essay; 7 awards of $5,000 to the first runners-up; 6 awards of $2,500 to the second runners-up; 45 awards of $1,000 to the third runners-up.  See website for more details.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Various scholarships available for Latino students can be found through this aggregating website.
  • Award: Varies depending on the scholarship.
Mensa U.S. Scholarship Program
  • For U.S. citizens and permanent residents. A local Mensa group in the applicant's area must be participating in the scholarship program; applicants can check this on the website. Requires a maximum 550 word essay explaining the applicant's career, academic and/or vocational goals.
  • Award: Range from $300 to $1,000.
National Bureau of Asian Research - Next Generation Fellowship
  • For U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will complete a Master's degree before the start of the fellowship. No specific major is required, although the fellowship has attracted many students from the fields of international relations, business, public health, and law. Participants serve a one-year fellowship in Seattle, Washington and gain further knowledge of Asia and an understanding of the U.S. foreign policymaking process by: supporting NBR research projects; conducting independent research under the guidance of NBR fellowship staff and two NBR affiliated scholars; co-managing the NBR Alumni Network blog; arranging seminars and discussion forums hosting Asia experts; and traveling to Washington, D.C., to participate an orientation and the briefing of research findings to relevant constituents within the policy community.
  • Award: $32,500 stipend. Fellows must arrange and pay for their own housing.
  • Undergraduate students under age 30 and graduate students under age 40 who demonstrate financial need, academic ability, and exemplary character may apply. Requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 and an interview in NYC.
  • Award: Up to $8,500, with possibility to apply for renewal for additional years.
  • For graduating seniors and recent graduates who are new Americans, including resident aliens, naturalized citizens, or children of naturalized citizens.  Applicants must demonstrate a strong academic record, creativity, initiative, capacity for accomplishment, and a commitment to the values and ideals of American citizenship. Applicants must be 30 years old or younger as of the application deadline.
  • Award: Thirty fellowships each provide up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported, a total of as much as $90,000.
  • Graduating seniors from all backgrounds with at least a 2.5 GPA and an interest in teaching in critical needs schools. Candidates must show evidence of leadership, perseverance, and the ability to motivate others. Must be a U.S. citizen or have national/permanent resident status.
  • Award: Placement as a full-time teacher for two years at full pay. Includes transition grants and $4,725 educational award at the end of each of the two years of service.
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
  • For U.S. residents pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing, public health, health education, or medicine. Applicants must have completed at least one full year of school at the time of the application, and must have at least one year remaining.
  • Award: Multiple awards of up to $10,000.

For British Citizens

Alfa Fellowship Program
  • For American and British citizens who will be between 25 and 35 years of age on the application deadline. Requires a graduate degree or equivalent work experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or government, and at least two years of relevant work experience. Russian language proficiency is preferred, but qualified candidates with fluency in a second language may be considered. Participants serve an 11-month fellowship during which they receive extensive Russian language training, seminar programs, and professional experience in the U.K./U.S. and Moscow.
  • Award: All programs are covered, as well as travel and housing expenses. A monthly stipend and insurance are provided.
St. Andrew's Society Scholarship
  • Applicant must be able to cite their Scottish descent, have a meritorious academic record, and be able to demonstrate financial need. Applicant must be enrolled in an United States or Scottish institution for the third or fourth year of college or university or full-time graduate study. British applicants must have been born in Scotland, American citizens must maintain permanent residence in the Mid-Atlantic Region (defined as Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Virginia). Special consideration to those whose work contributes toward enhancing knowledge of Scottish history or culture.
  • Award: Minimum: $500.00; Average: $2,000.00; Maximum: $2,500.00.

For Canadian Citizens

John Gyles Education Center Scholarship
  • For full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. or Canadian citizens with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Application requires a 1,500 word book report.
  • Award: $500
Odenza Marketing Scholarship
  • For U.S. or Canadian citizens who will be 25 or under as of March 30, 2012, will not graduate until May 2013 or later, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Requires two essays (see website for more details).
  • Award: $500

For All International Students

  • All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.  500-1000 word essay on a specific topic required with application.
  • Award: $1,000
  • Open to all students; requires an essay.
  • Award: $500
  • For undergraduate, graduate, or professional students who like to knit or crochet and who will be attending college for the 2012-3 school year.  Applicants must provide a photo of themselves holding their original knitting/crochet design or finished project.
  • Award: Five awards of $2,250.
  • For all current students. To win, applicant must make a post somewhere on the internet that discusses recycling, and links to Castle Ink's website. The applicant that drives the most traffic to the website wins the scholarship.
  • Award: $2,500
Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program
  • For all students, including recent graduates and international students. Total program length is 10 weeks, including an 8-week paid public policy internship and two career and policy seminars.
  • Award: $1,500 stipend, housing assistance, limited number of travel scholarships.
The Charles Shafae Scholarship Program
  • For all undergraduates taking at least 12 credits per semester with a minimum 3.2 GPA. Scholarship entry requires a minimum 1,000 word essay on a question posted on the scholarship website. See website for more details. U.S. citizenship not required.
  • Award: One $500 award per semester.
Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest
  • Submit your original artwork, photo, or computer graphic to be placed on the front of a greeting card. For graduate or undergraduate students. For citizens and legal residents of the U.S., including international students with a valid student visa.
  • Award: $10,000
Department of Bioethics Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships
  • Pre-doctoral fellowships are for students with an undergraduate degree who intend to pursue post-graduate work. Post-doctoral fellowships are for applicants with a PhD, MD, JD, or other advanced degree in a relevant field. Both types of fellowships are for two years and are open to international students. Fellows participate in the activities and the intellectual life of the department and study ethical issues related to conduct of research, clinical practice, genetics and health policy. For a typical fellow, this research yields multiple publications in premier academic journals. Fellows conduct their research under the guidance of senior faculty, participate in weekly bioethics seminars, case conferences, ethics consultations, IRB deliberations, and have access to multiple educational opportunities at the NIH.
  • Award: A stipend for the duration of the fellowship.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • For seniors and graduate students of any major interested in graduate-level study at the University of Cambridge. Applicants must have a 3.7 GPA, significant leadership experience, and the desire to use their knowledge to improve the lives of others.  Applicants may be citizens of any country other than the U.K.
  • Award: Covers tuition, living expenses and international transportation.
Google Policy Fellowship
  • For all students who are interested in Internet and technology policy. Participants have the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. Fellows spend the summer working at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more. Participating organizations are based in either Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Ottawa or Toronto, Canada. Open to international students with a current U.S. or Canadian student visa.
  • Award: A total stipend of $7,500 for the 10 week summer program, disbursed in three parts throughout the summer.
Hit the Books Scholarship
  • For all students between the ages of 18 and 25. Requires a maximum 500 word essay on the topic of importance of education in the applicant's life and how the scholarship money will assist in accomplishing the applicant's goals. Bonus points will be awarded to those students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic
  • Award: Up to $500. Winners are required to submit receipts for the educational materials acquired as a result of the scholarship award.
  • Outstanding juniors, seniors, and graduate students interested in researching the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society.  Criteria: academic performance, potential for success in scholarly field, and relevance of work to fellowship mission. Requires a $25 application fee.  Fellowships usually go to students who are citizens of or are studying in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
  • Award: More than 100 awards provide up to $12,000 for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad.
Idex Fellowship
  • For citizens of any country who will have earned their Bachelor's degree by June 2012 and are 21 years of age or older. Ideal applicants will have demonstrated interest and knowledge of social enterprise; demonstrated leadership in a professional or academic setting; a professional or academic background in business, economics, development, international affairs, education, or a related fields; and international travel experience, preferably in the developing world. Participants serve a 10-month fellowship in India during which they experience cultural and social immersion into the field of social enterprise.
  • Award: A monthly stipend to cover living and housing expenses, paid vacation time, emergency medical insurance, and options for possible deferment of student loans. Participants must cover the cost of travel to their fellowship location.
iOme Challenge Essay and Video Contest
  • For all students. Combination essay and video entries must be made by a team of students assisted by a faculty adviser. This year's entries must address the following topic: widespread agreement among economists and public policy experts indicates that individuals and especially Americans have not engaged in long term financial savings at the rate they should to secure their financial futures. This poses significant long-term problems, in particular: 1) citizens may not be adequately prepared financially for their future; and 2) it may put a substantial burden on governmental budgets, especially social benefit programs in the future. International students are welcome to participate, but the team leader must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Award: The winning student team will receive $10,000, and their faculty adviser $2,000. Honorable mention teams will receive $2,000, and their faculty advisers $500.
  • For students who have recently completed their undergraduate degree, as well as current graduate students. Provides students and scholars with the opportunity to conduct research at a Japanese university. Applicants must be willing to study the Japanese language if they receive an award.
  • Award: Award includes a stipend, round trip airfare, tuition, and living accommodations.
  • An 11-month fellowship program open to all majors that provides participants with the opportunity to participate directly in the legislative process in California. Open to all students who will be over 20 years old by September 1, 2012, who will have earned a bachelor's degree by that same date, and who are legally able to work in the U.S. for the duration of the program (U.S. citizenship not required). Those who have completed a higher degree or are currently in the workforce are encouraged to apply.
  • Award: Benefits of the fellowship include fully-paid graduate credits earned as part of the program, a monthly stipend of $1,972, and medical benefits.
  • A faith-based volunteer program for students 21 or older who will have received a college degree by the time they begin the program, or have applicable work experience. Participants serve as full-time volunteers for one year (domestic program) or two years (international program), living in the same communities as those they serve, including people who are low-wage earners, homeless, unemployed, refugees, diagnosed with AIDS, elderly, street youth, former gang members, abused, mentally ill, or developmentally disabled. U.S. and Canadian citizens can serve domestically or internationally; international students are eligible only for the domestic (U.S.) program.
  • Award: Most travel, including round trip airfare for those serving internationally, is covered, along with room, board, health insurance, and a small stipend.
  • One-year fellowships for students entering their senior year (current juniors) and PhD candidates who will defend their dissertation by June 2013. Fellowships are awarded to students who excel academically, submit exceptional recommendation letters, and can demonstrate their original research or scholarship. U.S. citizenship not required.
  • Award: $14,000 for undergraduates and $22,000 for graduate students.
  • For all students studying or wanting to begin studying Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, or Russian. Applicants must also submit an application to one of the Middlebury Language Schools. Intended for students with demonstrated interest in one of the following areas (although students studying other subjects are still invited to apply): international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution.
  • Award: Covers the full cost of summer language study at a Middlebury Language School, including tuition, room, and board.
Mensa International Scholarship Program
  • For non-U.S. citizens who are members of international Mensa groups and their children (age 25 or younger) who are studying in the U.S. Requires a maximum 550 word essay.
  • Award: $1,000
New Leadership New Jersey Program
  • For undergraduate women interested in becoming effective leaders in politics, public policy, and public service. Participants attend a 6-day residential program at Rutgers University in June. During the program, participants meet with successful women leaders to discuss politics, public policy and the importance of women’s leadership; participate in skills-building workshops on networking, public speaking and strategic communication; network with a diverse group of women who share a commitment to shaping the public agenda and making a difference in their communities; and practice leadership through action.
  • Award: All costs associated with the program, including housing and food, are covered.
Project Firefly Contemporary Affairs Essay Competition
  • For all students, as well as recent graduates. The essay competition includes three essay questions; applicants may submit an essay for each question. All essays should be between 800 and 1500 words. See more detailed rules on website.
  • Award: 1,000 Swiss francs (approximately $1,000).
Ronald Reagan Fellows Program
  • For juniors, seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students with 1) An active interest in public policy; 2) Strong intellectual aptitude; 3) Eagerness to work cooperatively and supportively with others; 4) Exceptional judgment and integrity; 5) An appreciation for the free enterprise system and constitutionally limited government; and 6) An interest in learning how to advance free market principles. Participants serve a semester-long fellowship, working at least three days a week at the Goldwater Institute in Arizona. Major aspects of the fellowship include policy research, staff mentoring, seminar attendance, event participation, and administrative assistance. Open to international students who are authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Award: A modest stipend based on fellowship duration and hours worked. Fellows are responsible for transportation and housing costs.
  • For graduate and undergraduate students of any major. Preference is given to those who can satisfy high scholastic requirements and are considering careers in education.
  • Award: Grants are small (averaging $2,000-$3,000) and are meant to be supplementary. Aid is given for the ensuing school year.
  • Juniors and seniors. Must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and evidence that the applicant can apply ideas and intellectual skills outside the classroom in ways that benefit society.  U.S. citizenship not required. Requires SHU nomination.
  • Award: Twenty awards each year: a trophy and $2,500.
  • Contact: Call (703) 854-5890 or e-mail allstars@usatoday.com.
  • Full time juniors or seniors interested in analyzing complex ethical issues in an essay. The website provides a list of suggested topics.
  • Award: $5,000 for first prize; $2,500 for second prize; $1,500 for third prize; $500 for two honorable mentions.
Young Women in Public Affairs Award
  • For female students age 19 or younger who can demonstrate their active commitment to volunteerism, experience in local or student government, and volunteer leadership achievements. Open to international students.
  • Award: Up to $3,000.
  • Contact: Zonta Club of Essex County for deadline information.
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