You’ve rocked your classes, nailed your test scores, and rounded it all out with a great combination of extracurricular activities. Well done.
You’ve excelled as a student and you plan to do the same in college. Since you’re obviously pretty sharp, we won’t waste your time explaining why an academic scholarship or merit scholarship would be helpful. Clearly, you can do the math:
free scholarship money = more affordable college experience.
You are probably already aware of the scholarship opportunities unique to your college(s) of choice. Perhaps you were even moved to make your final college selection based on a generous merit-based scholarship award.
Or perhaps you’re an excellent student who has chosen an alternative path to higher education, the kind that might not provide obvious scholarship opportunities to even the best students.
In either case, there is still a vast world of scholarship opportunities open to you. As with anything in life, all you have to do is ask—or apply. From small cash prizes to big money bounties, your academic excellence is worth a few bucks. As always, your eligibility may vary from one opportunity to the next.
Of course, because these are merit-based scholarships, you should have some merits. If you are considering an academic scholarship, you should have:
- Awesome grades,
- A class rank in the top five to ten percent of your graduating class,
- A strong extracurricular resume,
- Recognition from national scholar organizations, honor societies, and other prominent academic groups, and
- A ton of stamina.
That last one is critical, because no matter who you are, you should plan to fill numerous applications. You may be a great candidate, but so are a lot of other students. If you’re seeking a merit-based scholarship, you’ll be competing with the best of the best. You’ll need to bring your “A” game, of course. But you’ll also need to improve your odds by submitting applications for as many scholarships as you think might apply to you.
That said, we invite you to read on to view the ever-growing list of active academic scholarship opportunities.
As you proceed, note that deadlines pass and new opportunities emerge. If a deadline for one of the opportunities below has passed, come back and visit in a few weeks for updates and changes. And if you see anything out of place or are aware of any scholarship opportunities we might have missed, let us know. And of course, good luck in your search!
Find the opportunity that makes the most sense for you and apply today. The process of whittling down the price tag on your college education begins here:
Academic Scholarship Opportunities
$1,000 College JumpStart Scholarship
ABA Academic Merit Scholarship
Academic Competitiveness Grant
ACHE Two-Year College Academic Scholarship Program
AFSA High School Senior Merit and Community Service Awards
Ajia Matthews Educational Scholarship Fund
Alliance Pipeline Scholarship
Alpha Chi Omega Foundation Scholarship
Alumnae Panhellenic Association of Washington DC Scholarship
Annie S. Alexander Memorial Scholarship
ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship
Ashbrook Scholar Program
Ashley Soule Conroy Foundation Scholarship
Ashley Stevenson Memorial Scholarship
Augustana College Scholarships
Azalee Clements Memorial Scholarship
Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund
Baxter International Foundation Scholarship Program
Bay Area Mobility Management
Baylor University Baptist Scholarships
Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship
BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship
Bishop Thomas V. Daily Vocations Scholarship
Boys & Girls Clubs of America/Urban Scholars Program
Buffalo Wild Wings Scholarship
Cal Grant A&B Competitive Grant Program
Cameron Impact Scholarship
CAS Trust Scholarship Program
Case Western Theater Scholarship
Catharine Lealtad Scholarships
CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation CSBG Scholarship
Charles E. Mueller M.D. Scholarship
Chi Am Circle Scholarship
Church Worker Assurance Program
CIEE Language Intensive Merit Scholarship
CIRI Foundation Achievement Annual Scholarshp
CITe Incoming Student Tuition Scholarship
Clyde and Martha Aldridge Scholarship
CMAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Scholarship
College of Saint Rose Academic Scholarships
Colarado Mesa University Scholarships
Connecticut Building Congress Scholarships
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