Outside Scholarships

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.

Other large scholarship databases are available on the FinAid! websiteScholarship Experts website, and Scholarship America.


Outside Scholarship Information Received by Oberlin

GreenPal Business Scholarship

GreenPal believes small businesses are the backbone of our country's economy.

Our CEO started his first company, a small lawn mowing business, in high school and grew the company while attending college, ultimately scaling the organization to over 100 employees. Having recently guided that company through acquisition by a respected national organization he wants to assist aspiring entrepreneurs attending college while starting or running a small business.

The purpose of The GreenPal Small Business Scholarship is to assist a motivated, driven student and future business leader. We believe that the generation of today's students are the future employers of tomorrow. The future of our county will be forged by the entrepreneurial spirit of today's generation.

If you currently run a small business while attending college or have a small business idea to start while you plan to attend college, see below for the instructions and criteria for applying for the GreenPal scholarship.

  1. We will open up the 2015 application entry period November 1st, 2014
  2. Refer to criteria below for eligibility requirements
  3. Refer to application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed (i.e., evidence of GPA.) Incomplete applications will not be considered
  4. Submissions are to be submitted through the online application process below
  5. Scholarship winner will be announced May 30th, 2015
  6. This is an evergreen scholarship and will be renewed and funded each year by GreenPal Co.

Scholarship funds will be awarded to the student's institution, upon evidence of registration in classes. This includes student identification number and correct address of school's Bursar's Office.

Who is eligible to receive the awards? In the spirt of our founder, who founded his own lawn care company GreenPal's scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior, college freshman or sophomore who owns and operates his/her own small business, or has put together a business plan to start a business while in college. Additionally, the student must enter their freshman year at an accredited two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute during the Fall of 2014.

GreenPal will publish all essays to the GreenPal blog. Social Media shares will serve as a method of voting and will be used as a component for picking the annual scholarship recipient.

Award Components:

Scholarship is $2,000 paid equally over (4) semesters, This scholarship will be renewed each year with a new winner. Each winner will receive (4) awards of $500 for each semester completed.

  1. Applicant must be graduating High School's Senior Class in 2015 or currently enrolled in a college of business with a 3.0 or higher GPA
  2. Applicant must demonstrate high ambition and desire to be an entrepreneur or business owner
  3. Applicant must have a declared major or minor in the college of Business, Economics, or Finance.
  4. Funds must be used for full-time enrollment at accredited two or four-year colleges, Universities, vocational or technical schools in the United States

To apply for the GreenPal Scholarship, email your essay (500-1000 words) along with a photo to scholarship @yourgreenpal.com . Winners will be announced on the GreenPal Scholarship page by May 30th, 2015.   http://www.yourgreenpal.com/scholarship

Bricker and Eckler LLP Endowed Scholarship Program
Pre-law student (applicant’s intent, not necessarily major)
Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
Home residence in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, or Dayton area
Senior class rank in 2015-16

Deloitte & Touche Scholarship Program
Open to all accounting majors who intend to complete coursework required to sit for the CPA exam
Planning on a career as a Certified Public Accountant
Minimum 3.3 GPA, preference for 3.5 or higher
SO, JR, or SR in 2015-16

Earl F. Morris Memorial Scholarship
Pre-law student (applicant’s intent, not necessarily major)
Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
Senior class rank in 2015-16

Nordson BUILDS
Studying manufacturing operations, supply chain management, information technology, engineering, STEM, or business
Aspiration to have a career in manufacturing and/or Corporate America
Minimum 3.0 GPA

Sherwin-Williams Scholarship Program
Preparing for a career in Accounting or Finance
Minimum 2.8 GPA
JR or SR class rank in 2015-16
Preference for students from Cleveland and the surrounding area

USPostmail.org Scholarship

USPostmail.org will be awarding its annual Post Office Locator Scholarship for students enrolling in the upcoming 2015 Fall Semester. Both incoming and current students who are US citizens are eligible and urged to apply.

Eligible applicants will be required to write a short, 500-1000 word essay which will be judged on how well-written, compelling, and persuasive they are. Applications are due April 15, 2015 and finalists will be notified of selection on May 30, 2015.

This is an annual scholarship and the dates will remain the same year after year. More details of our scholarship, rules and application eligibility requirements may be found at: www.uspostmail.org/scholarship


On November 1, Point Foundation launched its online scholarship application. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend higher educational institutions across the nation.

Point is currently supporting 80 full-time undergraduate and graduate scholars during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Each scholar is paired with a mentor who advises the scholar on education and career decisions, and also helps guide them through the completion of an annual community service project.

Point’s online scholarship application in now open and will be available until January 20, 2015. The Point Scholarship application is ONLY available online through our website:  https://www.pointfoundation.org/OnlineApplicationInfo   

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pointfoundation


5055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 501 | Los Angeles, CA 90036

applications@pointfoundation.org | Tel (323) 933-1234 | Fax (323) 933-3232

JVS Scholarship Program

JVS Scholarship Program is a need-based program providing scholarships for college and graduate school for Jewish students who are permanent residents of Los Angeles CountyThe online application period for the 2015-2016 academic year begins January 15, 2015, and closes March 15, 2015.

Since 1972, Jewish Vocational Service has awarded over $6.5 million to more than     4,000 financially challenged Jewish students from Los Angeles pursuing higher education.  This year alone, JVS is distributing $582,000 to 169 deserving recipients attending colleges and graduate schools around the country.  More information is available on our website, www.jvsla.org


soccerloco has partnered with the American Business Women’s Association to launch a national scholarship fund and is holding an essay contest to determine the most qualified candidate.  The winner of the contest will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship through the ABWA Scholarship Fund.

To enter the scholarship competition you must submit your 500-700 word essay on how your athletic career has helped you to become a better teammate, leader and person.

Students are encouraged to focus on how their sporting career has helped them gain critical life experiences that will transfer to their academic and professional careers.  We encourage using specific stories and sharing how these experiences have helped you to grow as a person.

You must also include along with your essay your full name, email address, mailing address, college, year to graduate, phone number and a brief bio about yourself. Please limit your bio to 150 words or less.

The essay and accompanying information must be submitted to scholarships@soccerloco.com no later than December 19, 2014 by 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST).


The deadline to submit an essay is December 19, 2014 by 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST) . Essays will be read and evaluated and the winner will be selected by January 20, 2015 and contacted via email and phone. Scholarship money must be used for tuition or books. Scholarship is not renewable (meaning that it is good for only this cycle and a second scholarship will not be awarded to the same recipient in the subsequent year). Selection will be made by the Board of Trustees of ABWA’s educational scholarship fund. For the scholarship to be awarded, we must have a minimum of 3 qualified applicants that have completed the entire process. Checks not cashed will not be reissued and scholarship will be returned to the general SBMEF fund. (This is a rare occurrence but has happened).


Any further questions an applicant has can be directed to scholarships@soccerloco.com

* The $2,000 award will only be usable for tuition and book costs. The check will be written to the winner’s school of choice and credited to your academic costs.

* Essays must be received no later than December 19, 2014 by 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST).

* Submit your essay to scholarships@soccerloco.com

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/scholarship.html.

Buick Achievers


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 2015-16 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.

Award Criteria:

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.

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 2015-15 Academic Year

Thank you for your interest in applying for a College Club West Scholarship grant for up to $2,000 for academic Year 2015 – 2016.

Note: This site is not secure. All requested financial information must be sent via US Mail.

Eligibility Requirements:

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.

Application Requirements:
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 2014 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:

Kimberly Moore
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.

Application Process

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.

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: sschlather@clarkcountyohio.gov

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)


Username: brickereckler

Password: BEschol2013

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/scholarship

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:
DatingAdvice.com Scholarship
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
DatingAdvice.com (http://www.datingadvice.com/)
* 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

Ohio residents

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

No essays

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

3.0 GPA

Leadership skills


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.

Ohio residents

Polish ancestry

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