Private Scholarship Information

Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship Program
The Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship Program was created by the Massachusetts Legislature to encourage degree completion in high demand disciplines that will help address the workforce needs of the Commonwealth. To be eligible, a student must: be enrolled in a designated high need STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program of study at a Massachusetts State University. The completed application with the list of all required attachments can be found on www.osfa.mass.edu.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Community Foundation Administers scholarships and no-interest loans for students who live in Western Massachusetts. Last year alone, the program attracted around 2,500 applications and awarded approximately $2 million to over 700 recipients and is recognized as one of the largest programs of the 700 plus community foundations in the country. The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year is January 1 - March 31, 2021. The application is only available online. http://communityfoundation.org/scholarships/

Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Greater Worcester Community Foundation offers many college scholarships, ranging in size from $300 to $5,000 that help local students continue their education after high school. Roughly, half of them were renewable for subsequent years of study. The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year is January 5 - March 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Recipients are announced in June. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year beginning in September. The application is available online.  www.greaterworcester.org/Scholarships

Greater Lowell Community Foundation
Since their inception in 1997, hundreds of local students have received financial support through the Community Foundation’s scholarship programs to pursue higher education. Under the Community Foundation’s Donor Involved Scholarship Programs, donors or organizations partner with Community Foundation to oversee the selection and awarding process while the Community Foundation ensures compliance with IRS regulations and handles award processing. Under the GLCF’s managed scholarship fund the Community Foundation administers the application, selection and award process with the help of staff and community volunteers. Please see http://www.glcfoundation.org/parents-students/scholarships/ for information and links to the scholarship applications.

Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts
The Community Foundation has moved to an online application format for those scholarships selected by the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee. The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year is January 1 - March 1, 2021. You must register and log in at http://www.cfsema.org/scholarships.

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
There are several different scholarship opportunities and applications for each of the Southeast, Norwich, and Windham County sections of the Community Foundation's 42-town territory. Applications for 2021-2022 academic year are available February 1 - March 22, 2021. Please see https://www.cfect.org/ for more information.

The Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship
This scholarship will award $20,000 to four current and future graduate students for their graduate or professional degree. Applications can be submitted at SallieMae.com/BridgingtheDreamGrad.

Essex County Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is honored to have a variety of scholarship funds established by individuals and groups of donors for the purposes of helping young people further their education. The Foundation does not accept scholarship applications, but works with scholarship selection committees that screen and recommend candidates to the ECCF Board of Trustees for approval. For information on how to be considered, please see http://www.eccf.org/scholarships

Community Foundation of Hudson Valley
A majority of the Foundation’s scholarships use an Online Application. Most of these funds have very specific eligibility criteria. For more information, please visit https://communityfoundationshv.org/Scholarships-(1)

Gallagher Health Careers Scholarship

The Gallagher Health Careers Scholarship program awards  six (6) $7,500  scholarships to qualified students. For more information, please visit https://www.gallagherstudent.com/scholarship/

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fun
Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Since 2003, APIASF has distributed nearly $90 million in scholarships to AAPI students across the country and in the Pacific Islands. APIASF manages three scholarship programs. For more information and to apply, please visit https://apiascholars.org/scholarship/

New England Employee Benefits Council
The New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC), is offering three to four scholarships up to $5,000,to undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled in any accredited public or private New England college or university, who have completed a minimum of one semester of classes, and who have a demonstrated interest in the benefits field. Scholarships are merit based. For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.neebc.org/scholarship-program

Discover Student Loans Scholarship Sweepstakes
Discover Student Loans gave away $50,000 in scholarships to high school and undergraduate students. Students are automatically entered to win a $5,000 scholarship when they signed up. To learn more visit https://www.discover.com/student-loans/college-planning/scholarships/award

Zonta International
Zonta International is pleased to offer the Jane M. Klausman Scholarship to women of any age, pursuing a business or business-related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field and are living or studying in a Zonta district/region. The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship offers up to 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district/region level. Students must be enrolled full-time in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master's program at the time the application is submitted to the local Zonta club The deadline to apply for the 2021 scholarship varies by club, but is typically between April and June. For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.zonta.org/Web/Our_Programs/Education/Women_in_Business_Scholarship/Web/Programs/Education/Women_in_Business_Scholarship.aspx?hkey=5fb4f07a-f30d-42ad-bb53-7cb802f1eb7c

Zonta Club of Springfield Melba Corliss Scholarship
The Zonta Club of Springfield has sought applicants for their annual Melba Corliss Scholarship which is for $5000 and awarded to a woman who is already in or will be entering college or graduate school in a private or public college in Western Massachusetts. The recipient should possess an excellent academic record, participation in school activities, and participation in community service projects in conjunction with their school, church, club, or on their own. All applications must be received by June 15, 2021.For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.zontaspringfield.org/news/melba-corliss-endowment-fund-scholarship-2019/

Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley
The Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley is also pleased to offer the $1000 Young Women in Public Affairs Award for Young Women in Public Affairs. The winning application will be considered for an additional $1000 Zonta District award with the potential to compete for one of twelve $7000 international scholarships from Zonta International. The application for 2021-2022 academic year can be found at http://zontaqv.org/resources/

Zonta Club of Berkshire County
The Zonta Club of Berkshire County is now accepting applications for its 2021-2022 Scholarships. Applications must be received by March 15, 2021. For more information on verioous awards including the Young Women in Public Affairs $1,000 Scholarship, The Women in Technology $1,000 Scholarship Award, The Girls Inc. Scholarship, The Amelia Earhart $10,000 Fellowship, The Berkshire Grad. Continuing Student $1,000 Scholarship, and Jane M. Klausman $1,000 Business Scholarship please visit https://zontaberkshire.org/scholarships/

Father Robert F. Wagner Memorial Scholarship

JERICHO, the Bureau for Exceptional Children & Adults in Holyoke, is pleased to announce the availability of the Father Robert F. Wagner Memorial Scholarship. Two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded annually to students from Western Massachusetts who are graduating from high school or are enrolled at an accredited college or university and demonstrate either an intention to pursue a degree and a career dedicated to serving persons with disabilities, or be a person with a disability seeking to further his or her education. Information for the 2021-2022 Scholarship is available online at www.jerichobeca.org

Veterans United Foundation
Veterans United Foundation strives to enhance lives by recognizing the selfless contributions of service members and their families through support of such individuals in need. The program assists military service members and their families by awarding up to twenty $2,000 scholarships per semester to help pay for tuition and books. Please see http://enhancelives.com/scholarships/ for more information. 

Big Y Scholarship Program
Each year Big Y awards over 300 scholarships totaling more than $250,000. All Big Y scholarships recognize academic merit and achievement. They are awarded to the most academically outstanding students in the Big Y market area. Big Y scholarships are available to high school seniors, undergraduates, graduates, community college, and non-traditional age students. All Big Y employees are eligible regardless of their residence. For more information, please see www.bigy.com/Community/Scholarships. Click on Community then Scholarships to download an application.

Scholarship America
Scholarship America mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. Scholarship applications for 2021-2022 academic year can be found at http://scholarshipamerica.org/ 

United Negro College Fund
The UNCF Program Services Department manages various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documentation. To apply for a UNCF scholarship, you must apply through the on-line application process. Scholarship applications for 2021-2022 academic year can be found at https://www.uncf.org/scholarships

National - As one of the nation's largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is the only major scholarship effort that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many aid programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger program also seeks students who have a commitment to use their college degrees in service to others. The National Scholarship Program is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference. Scholarship applications for 2021-2022 academic year can be found at https://www.horatioalger.org

The Horace Smith Fund
The Barr Scholarships are available to students living in Hampden County seeking a college education. Applicants must be graduates of Hampden County (MA) secondary schools; fellowship applicants must be residents of Hampden County or qualified former residents. Scholarship applications for 2021-2022 academic year have a deadline of March 15, 2021. Scholarship applications can be found at www.horacesmithfund.org

Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship
This award of $9000 (each award) is available for two undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in full-time study preparing for a career in state and local government finance. The winners, if selected, will be invited to attend the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada's (GFOA) annual conference in Denver, Colorado where the awards will be presented. The GFOA will provide a complimentary annual conference registration and pay for transportation costs to Denver as well as hotel accommodations. Scholarship applications can be found at www.gfoa.org, under "Student Opportunities."

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship of $10,000 is available for award year 2021-2022 to an upper-division undergraduate or graduate student. The purpose of the Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is to recognize outstanding performance by minority students preparing for careers in state and local government finance. This scholarship is funded by Tyler Technologies. The winner, if one is selected, will be invited to attend the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada's (GFOA) annual conference in Denver, Colorado, where the award will be presented. The GFOA will provide the winner a complimentary annual conference registration, transportation costs to Denver and hotel accommodations. For more information, please see www.gfoa.org.

Polish Junior League of Massachusetts, Inc.
All funds raised in the Polish Junior League of Massachusetts Annual Fashion Show each fall are used for scholarships for college students of Polish heritage. For an application information please visit www.polishjuniorleaguema.org.

 

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