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Every year these scholarships become available. Mark then in your calendar and be ready to apply

Disclosure: Not all programs are accelerated, available in all locations, or in both online and on-campus formats. The transferability of credits is subject to each school's transfer credit policy. Financial aid including grants, scholarships and loans may be available to those who qualify. Program lengths and outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed. 


See If You Qualify for a Grant Worth Up to $6,195 to Help Pay for College. Request Free Info From Schools and Learn More About Your Financial Aid Eligibility.

In order to receive any government grants or student loans you need to complete the FAFSA which is a free online application to determine your eligibility.
Repayment not required. You may qualify for school grants depending on a few different factors, including income and financial need.
According to the 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12): Student Financial Aid Estimates for 2011-12, the number of full-time students who received Pell grants in families with incomes between $60,000 to $80,000 increased to 18% in 2011-12 from 2% in 2007-08. Source:

For the 2019-20 award year (July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020), the Federal Pell Grant is an annual award up to $6,195 and is usually given to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. In some cases however, a student enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Source:

Occasionally you might have to pay back part or all of a grant if, for example, you withdraw from school before finishing an enrollment period such as a semester. Source:


Repayment not required. Scholarships often require academic excellence, athletic skill, or other unique personal characteristics, but there are some based on need as well.

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NEWH South Florida Chapter Hospitality Scholarships
  • Deadline: September 24 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Varies
  • Description: NEWH has awarded more than 6 million in scholarships and is the premier networking resource for the hospitality industry, providing scholarships, education, leadership development, recognition of excellence, and business development opportunities. Access jobs, internships, mentoring opportunities, events with hospitality professionals, increase your visibility and connect with industry leaders.

LAAIA Scholarship Award
  • Deadline: September 30 
  • Document:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,000
  • Description: LAAIA Scholarship Foundation was established as of 2018 and it’s intended for 3 recipients to receive a scholarship of up to $1,000 each to assist in the funding of their studies within the insurance industry.


The McDonald’s HACER Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: opens October 2019
  • Website: More about The McDonald’s HACER Scholarship Program
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $100,000 ($25,000 per year paid over 4 years)
  • Description: There’s a lot more to McDonald’s than the Big Mac. The McDonald’s HACER scholarship program grants scholarships and college resources for eligible Hispanic students. With opportunities on national levels, HACER is one of the largest programs committed to college scholarships for Hispanics. So what are you waiting for? This is your moment.

Burger King Scholarship
  • Deadline: opens October 15 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $50,000
  • Description: Created in memory of BURGER KING Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the BURGER KING Scholars program has awarded $35 million in scholarships to more than 33,000 high school students, BK employees and their families across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since 2000. In 2018 alone, the Foundation awarded $3.7 million to more than 3,400 students in North America. Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.

Scholarship America Dream Award
  • Deadline: October 15 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $15,000
  • Description: Too often, student scholarship support dries up after freshman year. Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund for students in their sophomore year and beyond — with growing, renewable awards that help ensure talented students can afford to complete the degree programs they’ve started. In the last five years, Scholarship America has awarded over $1 million in Dream Awards to 54 students, with scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 based on the individual student’s financial need.

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway
  • Deadline: October 17 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $100,000 in tuition
  • Description: Every student deserves a chance to realize their potential. That’s why Dr Pepper gave away over $1,000,000 in tuition last year to help students across the country pursue their dreams. Since 2008, the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway Promotion and Contest has changed lives by giving away millions of dollars in tuition. With the challenges of rising tuition costs and studying full-time, Dr Pepper takes pride in helping students achieve their goals. If you’re a student between the ages of 18-24, you can submit your goal and upload a video at Dr Pepper will select finalists for a chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition at a college football conference championship game this December.

Horatio Alger Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: October 25 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $25,000
  • Description: As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.


TheDream.Us National Scholarship
  • Deadline: opens November 1 
  • Website: More about TheDream.Us National Scholarship
  • Scholarship Amount: Varies
  • Description: TheDream.US scholarships are for highly motivated DREAMers who want nothing more than to get a college education but are unable to afford the cost. They have no access to federal aid, limited access to state aid, and they sometimes face paying out-of-state tuition.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
  • Deadline: November 20 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $40,000
  • Description: The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow scholars.


Cognizant Accelerate Diversity Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: December 13 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: $5,000
  • Description: Cognizant’s Accelerate Diversity scholarship program addresses the conundrum that, while the future has never looked brighter for STEM careers, there is evidence that these exciting careers are failing to attract broad segments of our population. This unique $5,000 scholarship program is designed from a Cognizant perspective to identify and develop diverse talent for the Future of Work. Current sophomores or juniors at accredited 4-year colleges are invited to apply, if they are enrolled as a STEM or Business major with a focus on pursuing a career in IT and related business services. Applicants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States, and must be able to demonstrate commitment to the value of diversity. To access the application and scholarship guidelines visit Cognizant’s Social Responsibility site and click “Educational Programs.”

AXA Achievement Scholarship
  • Deadline: December 15 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $25,000
  • Description: The AXA Achievement Scholarship, sponsored by the AXA Foundation, provides scholarship awards of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000, with recipients in every state nationwide. In addition, every recipient’s high school will receive a grant of $1,000. The program is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents and must have demonstrated ambition and self-drive as evidenced by an outstanding achievement in a school, community, or workplace activity. Scholarship
  • Deadline: December 31 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: $500
  • Description: which offers discounted parking at Miami International Airport recognizes that education is the foundation to a successful career but may not be financially achievable for many students and their families. For this reason, is excited to offer two annual $500 Scholarships. is passionate about sparking the creative genius in students and would recognizes those outstanding students who have a made a difference in the world around them by inspiring others to always do their best!


HACU Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: opens January 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Varies
  • Description: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is pleased to be the administrator of scholarship opportunities provided by our partners to assist in defraying some of your college expenditures. Please review each scholarship’s criteria carefully to see if you qualify, since each partner may have differing requirements.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Deadline: opens January 1 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Description: The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to: High school seniors, Undergraduate students (all years), Community college students transferring to four year universities, and Graduate Students. Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.


James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program
  • Deadline: March 1 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: $24,000
  • Description: The James Madison Memorial Fellowship is a federal program that offers secondary level teachers (both pre-service and in-service) of history and government up to $24,000 to complete a master’s degree in history, political science, or related fields. To be eligible, you must be, or plan to become, a teacher of American history, American government, or any other social studies class, teaching topics on the Constitution at the secondary school level (grades 7–12). In addition, you must be a U.S. citizen and either possess a bachelor’s degree, or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.


Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholarship for Cancer Survivors
  • Deadline: April 1 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Description: The Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholarship For Cancer Survivors provides assistance to cancer survivors who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Applicants must be cancer survivors, age 25 and under, who are high school seniors or graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduates. To be eligible, you must be planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year. Up to 25 students will receive $10,000 scholarship awards. (Funds for this scholarship were provided by a donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb.) Awards are not renewable, but you may reapply each year that you meet eligibility requirements.

Church Mutual Religious Scholar Program
  • Deadline: April 15 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: $5,000
  • Description: The Church Mutual Religious Scholars Program, established by CM CARES, is offering 50 scholarships of $5,000 each to the religious leaders of tomorrow, totaling $250,000 to assist students pursuing an advanced degree in religious studies. To apply, students must be enrolled in a full-time, advanced degree religious studies program at an accredited theological seminary, college or university of higher learning in the United States for the entire 2019-20 academic year. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), and must demonstrate personal impact through their education, work experiences, and volunteerism. In addition, applicants must be committed to entering the practice of full-time ministry in the United States following completion of studies — including leading a denominational congregation, or worship group, or serving in religious leadership at a house of worship. Religious students of all denominations are encouraged to apply. Up to fifty (50) awards will be granted; awards are one-time only and not renewable.


KF&B Academic Scholarship
  • Deadline: May 1 
  • Website:  
  • Scholarship Amount: $1,000
  • Description: The KF&B Scholarship was created to help students reach their educational goals as they make their journey into adulthood. The Tampa personal injury attorneys at the KF&B law firm understand how expensive it can be to pay for higher learning. The goal of this scholarship is to help one student per year to lessen the burden of paying for school by awarding them $1,000 to go towards their educational expenses.


Arborjet Taking Root Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: June 12 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Varies
  • Description: Arborjet has established its Taking Root Scholarship Program to encourage and enable bright and promising young students to fulfill their dreams of entering careers in the arboriculture industry. Scholarships are offered for students looking to pursue full-time studies in Forestry, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Entomology, Environmental Science or a related major at an accredited two- or four-year college or university of the student’s choice.
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The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME)  Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: October 31 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: $1000
  • Description: The Council of College and Military Educators has established its CCME scholarship each year for United States Service members (active duty/veterans) and spouses of Service members who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees.

Army ROTC Scholarships
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Varies  
  • Description:  If you're interested in enrolling in Army ROTC and you are in college, you can start by taking an Army ROTC basic elective course. If you have at least two or more years remaining toward your undergraduate degree but not enough time to complete the Basic Course, you can enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course by completing the Leader's Training Course held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer. Talk to your campus Military Science department about other ways to join Army ROTC and incentives available, including opportunities to compete for two-, three-, or four-year scholarships.

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Website: 
  • Scholarship Amount: Varies
  • Description: The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 left the nation and the world in shock. Through the generosity of individuals and corporations, more than $108 million has been raised to fund this long-term scholarship program. Along with Lumina Foundation, Scholarship America created the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund to provide education assistance for postsecondary study to financially needy dependents of those killed or permanently disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Scholarship America will administer the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund to eligible families through the year 2030.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $6,095
  • Description: If your parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan, you may be eligible for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Like other federal grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants provide money to college or career school students to help pay their education expenses. However, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants have special eligibility criteria. For additional information, please click the above link.

Publix Tuition Reimbursement
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $3,200 per year; 4 year maximum
  • Description: Our tuition reimbursement program not only covers traditional graduate and undergraduate degree-seeking students in appropriate areas of study, it also covers some individual courses, online programs, and technical training. Publix does not limit participation to full-time associates. Any associate with six months of continuous service who works an average of 10 hours a week is eligible to participate with his or her manager's approval.

SFEFCU’s Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Website:      
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,000
  • Description: All MDC students who are South Florida Educational FCU members are eligible to win our MDC Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded at the end of the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

TEACH Grant 
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: $4,000
  • Description: A TEACH Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area. A Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is different from other federal student grants because it requires you to take certain kinds of classes in order to get the grant, and then do a certain kind of job to keep the grant from turning into a loan. For additional information, please click the above link.

UNCF Scholarships
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Varies
  • Description: Welcome to the UNCF scholarships, programs, internships and fellowships website. UNCF manages various scholarship programs and 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).

Walmart Associate Scholarships
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Varies
  • Description: The Walmart Foundation offers scholarship programs that benefit qualified Walmart associates and their high school senior dependents.

Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grants
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,000
  • Description: For college students, an unexpected financial setback can be a major disruption on the path to a degree. The Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grants are designed to help U.S. military veterans who are enrolled in postsecondary education meet their household expenses, ensuring that they are able to stay in school without creating undue financial hardship for themselves or their families. The Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program makes immediate grants available to eligible veterans who are pursuing a postsecondary degree, and who experience unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out of school. One-time grants up to $1,000 will be awarded on an ongoing basis while funds are available; grant amounts will be determined based on the cost of the emergency need.

Women's Independence Scholarship Program 
  • Deadline: Ongoing 
  • Website:
  • Scholarship Amount: Up to $2,000
  • Description: Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) was established in 1999 as a project of The Sunshine Lady Foundation.  In 2008, we were spun off from SLF to focus solely on scholarships for survivors of intimate partner abuse.  We're excited to launch the on-line application process this year and are looking forward to your submissions!

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Must be repaid after graduation. Some government loans defer interest until you finish school, but the smartest way to pay for college is with a grant or scholarship.

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