Private Scholarship Information

Private scholarships are an excellent source of funding for qualified students. We encourage all students to apply for outside scholarships as any fund that is awarded will help to reduce out-of-pocket expenses today, or loan repayment in the future.

We advise students and families to be very wary of any scholarship foundation or company that requires an application fee, investment, processing fee etc. You may wish to read the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warning about potential scholarship scams about scholarship search services.

The scholarship application "season" is usually January through March for the following academic year, but there can be variation from one fund to another. The following are legitimate sources of scholarships, but this list does not include every possible source of scholarship funds. If you are a graduating high school senior, your high school guidance counselor is an excellent source of information regarding those scholarships which are restricted to graduating high school seniors. Also, your employer, or your parents' employers, church, public service, and civic organizations are all potential sources of scholarships. We encourage you to check back here periodically for new or updated scholarships information.

The following organizations have submitted scholarship information to us for your consideration.  Every effort is made to verify the validity of the scholarship source, however listing on our site is not an endorsement of the scholarship source.

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 The due date is January 25, 2019.

Cory J Garwacki Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolling in an accredited college in the fall of 2018, who has proven exceptional community service and/or volunteer work. Preference will be given to, but not limited to, students studying in the field of communication. We are excited this year to be offering a $1,000 scholarship in each of the following categories: A high school senior, a Westfield State University student, and a transplant recipient. The completed application with all required attachments, must be postmarked by March 16, 2018. Cory J Garwacki Foundation Scholarship Application.

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 2018-2019 academic year is January 1 - March 31, 2018. The application is only available online.

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. Applications were open on January 5, 2018 and the deadline for first-time applicants for the 2018-19 academic year is March 7. Recipients are announced in June. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year beginning in September. The application is available online.

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 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. For those scholarships that are selected by committees other than the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee, please contact your school’s guidance counselor’s office for applications and further details. You must register and log in at The application period for 2018-2019 is January 15 - April 1, 2018.

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. Please see for more information. Applications for 2018-2019 are available February 1, 2018 for the April 6, 2018 deadline. 

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. Registration is from January 4, 2019 – February 15, 2019. Students must share their unique path to graduate school and the dreams they hope to accomplish with your degree. Applications can be submitted at

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

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. The deadline is April 1 unless a special deadline is indicated for a specific fund. For more information, please see,-Forms-Information

Gallagher Health Careers Scholarship

The Gallagher Health Careers Scholarship program awards  six (6) $7,500  scholarships to qualified students. In order to be notified when the 2018 Scholarship application is released (early March), please click the link.

Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education
To apply for the Student Achievement Scholarship, submit a completed application, an essay describing how Public Higher Education has provided access to your educational goals, an unofficial* academic transcript, and a minimum of two references from a faculty or staff member describing the applicant’s background, barriers overcome, and achievements. Women who are currently enrolled, are matriculated in an academic program and have completed at least 3 courses in their major at a Massachusetts public college or university with a documented cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher are eligible. Essay should include future goals including educational goals and aspirations of the student. The deadline for the 2018 SASA application is March 15, 2018. For more information, please see

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 see

New England Employee Benefits Council
The New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC), is offering three to four scholarships of $1,000 to $3,000 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. Applications must be postmarked by April 1. For more information, and to find an application, please see

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 $2,500 scholarship when they signed up January 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018 to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college. No purchase or student loan necessary for students to enter or win. To learn more visit

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 deadeline for submission of the application is
deadline determined by the district.

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. Applications were obtained at the Zonta Club of Springfield's website at during the application season. The deadline is April 15, 2018 and notification is sent by June 15, 2018. The Melba Corliss Scholarship is made possible through the Melba Corliss Endowment Fund of the Zonta Club of Springfield. The Fund is a trust to expand opportunities for women and girls that continues the vision of Melba Corliss. Melba was a long time active member and president of the Zonta Club of Springfield. The fund that was established upon her death in 1998 has given scholarships for over 10 years and has contributed to local service projects.

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 deadline for 2018-2019 is March 16, 2018. The application can be downloaded at under Resource Center

Zonta Club of Berkshire County
The Zonta Club of Berkshire County is now accepting applications for its 2019 Scholarship.  Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2019. Applicants must meet the following qualifications:  be a graduate of a Berkshire County High School and be presently enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore or junior in a four -year college or university.  Applications must include all of the following:  a cover letter including your name and contact information, high school name and year of graduation, a list of college extracurricular activities including any community service and/or volunteer work, a 250 word essay stating current or intended college major and goals upon graduation, and an official college transcript. Zonta is a nonprofit organization committed to a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to reach her full potential. In such a world, every woman is literate and has access to education, health care, legal and economic resources on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

Father Robert F. Wagner Memorial Scholarship

JERICHO – the Bureau for Exceptional Children & Adults in Holyoke is pleased to announce availability of the Father Robert F. Wagner Memorial Scholarship. Two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded annually to students who are residents of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin or Berkshire County. Eligible candidates 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. All materials must be postmarked by March 31, 2018. Information for 2018-2019 is available online.

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 for more information. 

The NEWiRE Educational Foundation
The CREW Boston Educational Foundation, established in 2009 as a 501(c) (3) charitable foundation of New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE), is an endowed fund that will support the CREW Boston Educational Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a female student entering her junior or senior year of undergraduate school or entering or enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited college or university based in New England.  The student must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the commercial real estate industry through her course studies and/or internships in a commercial real estate firm. The 2018 scholarship will be at least one $10,000 scholarship. The applicant must submit the application for consideration by February 28, 2018. To access the application, please see

Scholarship America
Scholarship America mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. The movement began in 1958 with the first Dollars for Scholars chapters. We became a national organization in 1961—and since then, we've helped nearly 2 million students follow their dream of getting to college. As we enter our second half-century of helping students, we invite you to come and be a part of our mission. See open scholarships under Students and Parents.

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. As many of the UNCF scholarships require that the scholarship recipient apply for Federal Student Aid, it is recommended that applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc
Massachusetts - Ten $5,000 Scholarships Awarded, Funded through the generosity of Association Member Sidney D. Wolk.
The Horatio Alger Massachusetts Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of Massachusetts who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.

National - 106 $20,000 Scholarships Awarded, Funded through the generosity of the Members of the Association.
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.

The Horace Smith Fund
A scholarship fund designated for residents of Hampden County. The application deadline is  March 1, 2018.

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. The application deadline is January 26, 2018. For more information, please see, under "Student Opportunities."

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship of $9000 is available for award in 2018 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. The application deadline is January 26, 2018. For more information, please see

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. All application materials must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2018. For more information, please see Click on Community then Scholarships to download an application.

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 please see

Vital Impact
Vital Impact distributes scholarships annually to mature women over age 35, living in Massachusetts, who are embarking on a career transition. Questions can be addressed to, or 781-534-9190. Visit for application deadlines and details.

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