Many students today fund a portion of their college expenses through scholarships given by private agencies, civic groups, companies, and other independent organizations. When the Office of Financial Aid receives information about such outside scholarships, it is posted online. Several good Internet search engines can also help students identify scholarship opportunities.
For information on how outside scholarships affect financial aid awards, see Financial Aid Policies.
Outside Scholarship Search Engines
With more than $3 billion in scholarships, the FastWeb scholarship search and www.scholarships.com are the largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship databases. If you supply an e-mail address, they will notify you when new awards that match your profile are added to the database.
Outside Scholarship Information Received by Oberlin
The Ornament Shop
The Ornament Shop of Findlay, Ohio, a leading secondary dealer in Hallmark ornaments for the last 20 years is offering a $500 annual scholarship to university students. The scholarship will be decided based on an essay and is available to any student who is a United States citizen with any major area of study carrying a GPA of 3.0 or above. Payment will be made directly to the college/university where the winning student is enrolled.
The details about the scholarship and entry requirements can be found on our website at http://www.ornament-shop.com/
Applicants to the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program must:
Be high school seniors, high school graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduate students.
Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the entire 2014-15 academic year. Proprietary and online schools are not eligible.
Plan to major in a course of study that focuses on Engineering/Technology or select Design and Business related programs of study. See the list of eligible majors.
Demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries using these areas of study.
Be U.S. citizens and have permanent residence in the United States or Puerto Rico.
Excluded from consideration are employees and relatives of employees of Scholarship Management Services, Scholarship America and their affiliates and subcontractors, and GM Foundation Directors, Officers, and staff and their relatives. Although GM employees are not eligible, relatives of General Motors employees are eligible.
Scholarship recipients are selected based on the following factors:
Interested students can begin the electronic application process by clicking on the Login/Register link at the top of this page. You must supply a unique and valid email address and create a password.
The application must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 28, 2014.
Hartford Technology Rentals
Hartford Technology Rentals has been in the short term technology rental business for over 25 years. We feel that it is important to give back.
We are offering two $1000 scholarships that are available to students studying in the IT or related fields. Simply fill out the form and tell us about yourself and what you hope to do with your IT degree in the short essay form. One scholarship will be awarded in December and one in May. You may apply for both scholarships separately. More information on the application process can be found at http://hartfordrents.com/scholarship
College Club West
Scholarship Information for 2014-15 Academic Year
Thank you for your interest in applying for a College Club West Scholarship grant for up to $2,000 for academic Year 2014 – 2015.
Note: This site is not secure. All requested financial information must be sent via US Mail.
Women 25 years of age or older may apply.
You must be enrolled in an educational program leading to a graduate or undergraduate degree. Associate degree candidates are only eligible if they are currently accepted into a bachelor’s degree program.
You must live in the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga, Lorain or Medina.
Members of College Club West and their relatives are not eligible.
Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, scholarship, career goals and community service.
Each individual applicant may only submit one application a year. Applicants can apply again each year for a College Club West Scholarship as long as they are eligible.
Each Scholarship application will require the following materials:
Scholarship Application Form – This form may be found on this website. It must be completed as instructed and submitted online.
Financial Form – Download and print the form as found on this website. Complete as instructed.
Personal Essay – Complete as instructed on the Scholarship/Financial Form.
Copy of your 2013 Federal Income Tax return. Remove or black out all social security numbers.
Official transcripts must be received directly from all colleges and universities that you have attended. (Not a copy issued to a student.)
Two Letters of Recommendation must be received from your professors, academic advisors, former teachers, employers, business associates or clergy, but not from any family members or close friends. See Main Menu for a printable copy of the Recommendation Form. Please ask the people who will be recommending you to use this form.
The Letters of Recommendation must include the recommender’s a. printed name, professional title(s), address and telephone number.
The Letters of Recommendation must be sent directly to the mailing address by the person writing the recommendation, not the applicant.
Note: Items 1, 2, 3, 4 are to be sent by the applicant to the Official Mailing Address listed below. Items 5 and 6 are to be mailed separately from the parties indicated above to the Official Mailing Address listed below.
Official College Club West Mailing Address for Scholarship Applications:
363 Pinewood Drive
Bay Village, OH 44140-1338
Due Date for All Application Materials: March 14, 2014.
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program
Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 7th year.
We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.
Scholarship Deadline - June 14, 2014.
Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm
Full details are available on our site.
Please encourage your students to apply.
Stamps Family Charitable Foundation
Oberlin College & Conservatory is proud to partner with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation (http://www.stampsfoundation.org) to offer Stamps Leadership Scholarships. Up to five awards are offered to incoming new first year students who show excellence in academic and/or musical talent. All students who are admitted to Oberlin College will be considered for this award based on admission application materials. This generous award provides four years of scholarship along with enrichment funding for travel, conferences, and training. The deadline to apply to Oberlin College & Conservatory for scholarship consideration is Jan. 1.
The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Inc. supports more than 420 Stamps Leadership Scholars through partnerships at three dozen universities and colleges. As one of the country's most prestigious awards, the Stamps Leadership Scholarship typically provides four years of generous support, with additional funding available for enrichment experiences, such as study abroad, academic research, and leadership training. The awards are made on the basis of leadership, scholarship, perseverance, innovation, and service. The 170 Stamps Leadership Scholars who entered the program in 2013 were selected from more than 543,000 applicants from across the nation.
SFCF Twitter Account: @stamps_scholars
SFCF Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StampsFoundation
C.R. Meyers Memorial Scholarship
This is an annual scholarship for college-bound high school seniors and college enrolled students with a declared major in environmental sciences or environmental education. Each year, one student is selected to receive the $1,000.00 scholarship. The individual must reside in an OALPRP member community. (Note: Residency is determined by the applicant’s home address, not the school address.) The application must be completed and emailed by April 15 or postmarked by April 15. The recipient of the scholarship will be announced in June. The recipient will be invited to a formal presentation at the OALPRP Summer Conference luncheon on Thursday, June 20, in Darke County.
To apply for the C.R. Meyers Memorial Scholarship, download application form. Email or mail all requirements to the scholarship chair. A complete application include application form, letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor or academic advisor that includes your current GPA reference, resume of your school and community involvement, and a one-page essay of approximately 500 words, describing your attitude toward litter prevention, recycling, and environmental stewardship.
If you have any questions or would like to check if your application is complete, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Three Arts Club of Lakewood is pleased to announce several performing arts scholarship grants
The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges is pleased to announce the new Sherwin Williams Scholarship Program for students planning on careers in Accounting or Finance (not necessarily planning on becoming CPAs). Scholars will be notified of internship and work-study opportunities with Sherwin Williams during their college careers; participation in these opportunities is not required to receive the scholarship.
For a full description of the program and access to the online application, use the following link and credentials:
User name – sherwin
password – SWsmr2013
OFIC/Bricker & Eckler Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship program was created in 2011 with Bricker & Eckler awarding The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, the prestigious Bricker & Eckler Anniversary Gift. With this endowed gift, the donors' intent is to distribute annually the fund earnings as scholarships to promising and dedicated pre-law students.
One scholarship is available for students preparing for a legal career. These awards are for undergraduate study at any OFIC college in the 2013-2014 academic year. Students must meet the criteria listed below. Awards may replace loans, but not grants.
For a full description of the program and access to the online application use the following link and credentials: (these are case sensitive)
Sustainable LawnCare Leaders Scholarship
$500 scholarship to be applied to fall 2013 semester tuition. Applicants must be undergraduate students, US citizens or legal residents, enrolled full-time, and be committed to pursuing a career in horticulture, landscape architecture, or a related environmental field. The ideal applicant will display a passion for sustainable practices in his/her industry through experience, field of study, and/or the written response. Application period is February 13-July 1, 2013.
Details & application instructions can be found at http://www.lawncare.net/
Dating & Relationship Psychology Scholarship
Annual scholarship awards $1,000 to U.S. undergraduates and graduates majoring in Psychology who seek a career in relationship counseling or a related field. Applicants will be judged based on academic achievement (minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA) and a minimum 500- to maximum 900-word essay entitled "The Psychology of Online Dating." The essay should address the psychological issues and challenges facing singles given the growing popularity of online dating, and how relationship professionals can help online daters navigate these challenges. See more details at: http://www.datingadvice.com/scholarship
Mail official transcript and original essay to:
c/o Digital Brands Inc.
15 SE 1st Ave, Suite B
Gainesville, FL 32601
Entries postmarked by: June 30th, annually
Disbursement on: July 31st, annually
* Please title your essay “The Psychology of Online Dating”
* List your full name as recognized by your educational institution
and a valid (.edu) email address
* Stay updated on scholarship award and instructions at
* Essay should be 12 point font, Times New Roman, double-
spaced, 1-inch margins
* Any resources should be cited using MLA format
* Any plagiarism or fabrication will disqualify student from award disbursement
Yellow Ribbon Project
Oberlin College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Project for post-9/11 veterans and their children. Additional financial aid funds are available to veterans and their children.
Visit www.gibill.va.gov for information about applying for funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Thomas J. Seefred Trust Scholarships
Students between the ages of 18-25
Suffering from Juvenile Diabetes
Currently enrolled at an accredited college or university
Awards of up to $3,000
Awarded based on academic promise, personal statement, recommendations and financial need
April 1 postmark deadline
Additional information and application download: www.seefredtrust.org
US Bank Scholarship Program
Available to high school seniors and college undergraduates
Forty $1,000 scholarships awarded in a random drawing
Program runs October through March
Apply online at: www.usbank.com/scholarship
Gilman International Scholarship
Enrolled as an Undergraduate student, receiving academic credit
Be a US Citizen
Participating in a study abroad program of at least 4 weeks, but not more than an academic year
Receiving a Federal Pell Grant
Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! scholarship
Maltz museum of Jewish Heritage
Scholarships of up to $50,000
Additional information available online www.mmjh.org
National Federation of the Blind Ohio
Scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $12,000 for legally blind students. High school seniors through grad school students.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships
Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident
Must be a graduate or undergraduate student
Hispanic College Fund Scholarship
Scholarships of up to $10,000 to students of Hispanic descent majoring in many different areas. To read more about each program's requirements and deadlines, please visit the website listed below.
Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences
National Physical Science Consortium
NPSC identifies tomorrow's most promising scientists and matches them with employer sponsors who support their doctoral training.
Each fellowship is worth up to $200,000 depending on the university a Fellow attends.
Top U.S. agencies, companies and laboratories as well as more than 100 public and private universities participate in the program.
Fellowships are open to all eligible students with emphasis on recruiting historically underrepresented minority and women students in the physical sciences and related engineering fields
The Point Foundation LGBT Scholarships
There are numerous scholarship opportunities for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) students. The Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity.
American Chemical Society
This scholarship is designed to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students to pursue undergraduate college degrees in the chemical sciences.
To qualify, candidates must be:
African American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian
a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
a full-time student at an accredited college or university
high academic achievers in chemistry or science (GPA 3.0)
able to demonstrate financial need via FAFSA
a high school senior, college freshmen, sophomore or junior
major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or a chemically-related science
www.chemistry.org/scholars or call 800-227-5558 ext. 6250
Polonia Foundation of Ohio
Grants ranging from $750 to $1500 will be awarded to students of Law, Medicine and Communications.
Application requests and returns can be addressed to Edward J. Jayjack at 2120 W. Pleasant Valley Road, Parma, Ohio 44134
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Scholarship Fund
Jewish, permanent and legal resident of Los Angeles County
U.S. citizen or documented Legal permanent U.S. resident
Planning to attend full-time in the U.S.
Minimum 2.7 GPA
Demonstrated and verifiable financial need
View PDF poster of scholarship criteria and scholarship
The Upakar Foundation - Geeta Rastogi Memorial Scholarship
Through a competitive process, the GRMS will recognize the most qualified student and award him/her with a $2000 scholarship per year toward their tuition. Details of the GRMS and instructions on how to apply are available at:
Deloitte & Touche Scholarship Program
The OFIC is pleased to announce the renewal of the Deloitte & Touche Scholarship Program for students planning to become CPAs. Three awards are available for undergraduate study at a college or university that is a member of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges in the 2013-14 academic year. Current scholars must re-apply. Deloitte & Touche is very interested in cultivating relationships with their scholars and they will be strongly encouraged to apply and interview for an internship or work-study program with Deloitte during their college careers, although these opportunities are not required to receive the scholarship.
Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
Students who are attending an OFIC member institution full-time.
Minimum 3.3 GPA, with a preference for 3.5 or higher.
Financial need, as verified by college's Financial Aid Director.
Planning a career as a Certified Public Accountant.
Open to all accounting majors who intend to complete the coursework required to sit for the CPA Exam.
Demonstrated leadership potential while attending college.
Recipients can be sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Deadline, May 1, 2014