Private Awards & Outside Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Assistance encourages students to research outside sources of financial aid whether it be from civic organizations, corporations, or within their high school. The individual scholarships listed below provide a snapshot of requirements, contact information, and award amounts. Although these resources are recommended, students should use their own discretion when sharing any personal information. 

The Office of Student Financial Assistance recommends the following scholarship search websites:

  • Best Colleges - scholarship searches by demographic and major 
  • Learn How to Become - resource for students with disabilities, veterans, online students and more! 
  • MoneyGeek - resource for homeless and/or low income students 

Outside scholarships available to SHU students:

 

No Deadline

Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program - available to eligible veterans who have experienced unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out from school

  • $1,000 maximum award

Requirements

  • Applicant must be an honorably-discharged veteran or a spouse of a disabled veteran who has served in the United States military, including the Reserves and National Guard, and have received a Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs or another document of service
  • Applicant must use any military education benefits for which they are eligible
  • Applicant must submit a FAFSA and be considered PELL-eligible
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled
  • More information

April Deadline

Clutch Prep STEM Scholarship

  • $1500 award
  • Apply by April 30, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) 
  • Applicant must demonstrate passion and extraordinary commitment to the STEM field
  • More information

RDW Group, Inc. Minority Scholarship for Communications

  • Awards vary 
  • Apply by 5:00pm EST on April 20, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a Rhode Island minority student who identifies as one or more of the following: Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Applicant must plan to study any of the following: advertising, business communication, communications, content marketing, digital communication, digital marketing, marketing, marketing automation, marketing strategy, media, public relations, SEM, SEO, or social media
  • Applicant may be asked to submit essay(s) 
  • More information

May Deadline

The Barry Kasdan Scholarship by Bridges Healthcare

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by May 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a Bridges employee, or a spouse, child, or grandchild of a Bridges employee OR a resident of Ansonia, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, or Woodbridge, CT.
  • Applicant must be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in Human Services
  • Applicant must have successfully completed at least two semesters of college
  • To request an application please contact Bridges' Board Chair, Shaun M. Mee, at smee@bridgesmilford.org

2018 CAPFAA Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by May 15, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a maximum Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 6,000 or less per the student's most recent FAFSA submission in 2018-2019, and be eligible to receive federal financial assistance
  • Applicant must have performed unpaid community service or volunteer activities in the past 12 months not related to educational credit
  • Applicant must not be a prior CAPFAA Scholarship winner, CAPFAA member, or an immediate relative of a CAPFAA member
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • 2018 CAPFAA Scholarship Application

The Gallagher Health Careers Scholarship Program 

  • $7,500 award
  • Apply by May 7, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be in their 3rd or 4th year of their first Bachelor's Degree
  • Applicant must submit essay of 500 words (max) describing themself, their interests, their reasons for pursuing a career in healthcare and how the scholarship would help them achieve their goals
  • More information

The Healthline & NORD Stronger Scholarship

  • $5,000 award
  • Apply by May 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. resident
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Applicant must demonstrate involvement in the advancement of rare and/or chronic disease(s), either through research, patient advocacy, raising awareness, or community building
  • More information

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

  • 4-Year Scholarship of up to $20,000
  • Apply by May 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be an exceptionally innovative and creative high school junior, senior, or college freshmen
  • Applicant must be a CT or New York City metro area resident and plan to attend/or currently attend college anywhere in the United States OR be a United States resident and plan to attend/or currently attend college in CT or NYC
  • Applicant must have either come up with a distinctive solution to a problem faced by their family, school, community, or the world OR have solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in a new or unusual way
  • More information

June Deadline 

The ABC Fundraising Volunteer Recognition College Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by June 30, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must have participated in or currently be participating in consistent volunteer work
  • Applicant must write an 800-1,000 word essay reflecting on their volunteer and fundraising experience; essays may include photos, charts, or infographics where appropriate 
  • More information 

The BRIC Language Systems Go Global Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by June 30, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Applicant must currently be studying a foreign language
  • Applicant must have experience or the desire to study abroad
  • Applicant must submit a 500-1,000 word essay describing their personal language experience, their desire for international study, and why they feel language learning will be a necessity within the next 10 years
  • More information

The HRACC Jim Roberts Scholarship

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by June 30, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be entering their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year of college in the Fall of 2018
  • Applicant should demonstrate an interest in Human Resources as their career path
  • Applicant must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • More information

August Deadline 

The FamilyAssets 2018 Scholarship

  • $3,000 award
  • Apply by August 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicant must have experience with providing elderly care either in a community setting or within the home
  • Applicant must submit 1500-word essay that addresses the following questions: 
    • What is the most important lesson you have learned from providing elderly care?
    • How has working with seniors changed your outlook on life?
    • In your opinion, what can society do to improve the quality of life for seniors receiving care?
  • More information

The Opulent Jewelers Scholarship

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by August 15, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit a 1,000 word essay answering the following questions: 
    • When considering businesses in an oversaturated market, what do you think are important methods of gaining and keeping customer interest?
    • How do you think social media will affect future business platforms in relation to selling and advertising?
    • Considering your own purchasing habits, please outline what method of advertising you feel has the most impact on your purchasing decisions. 
  • More information

Pro Stock Hockey Student Athlete Scholarship

  • $250-$1,000 awards
  • Apply by August 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must play for the University's hockey team
  • Applicant must be resident of the United States
  • More information

September Deadline 

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by September 21, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, Canada, or Australia
  • Applicant must submit the first chapter (1500-7500 words) of an original novel they are currently writing or have written but have not yet published
  • More information

 

April Deadline

Clutch Prep STEM Scholarship

  • $1500 award
  • Apply by April 30, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) 
  • Applicant must demonstrate passion and extraordinary commitment to the STEM field
  • More information

RDW Group, Inc. Minority Scholarship for Communication

  • Awards vary 
  • Apply by 5:00pm EST on April 20, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a Rhode Island minority student who identifies as one or more of the following: Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Applicant must plan to study any of the following: advertising, business communication, communications, content marketing, digital communication, digital marketing, marketing, marketing automation, marketing strategy, media, public relations, SEM, SEO, or social media
  • Applicant may be asked to submit essay(s) 
  • More information

May Deadline

The Barry Kasdan Scholarship by Bridges Healthcare

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by May 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a Bridges employee, or a spouse, child, or grandchild of a Bridges employee OR a resident of Ansonia, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, or Woodbridge, CT.
  • Applicant must be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in Human Services
  • Applicant must have successfully completed at least two semesters of college
  • To request an application please contact Bridges' Board Chair, Shaun M. Mee, at smee@bridgesmilford.org

The Healthline & NORD Stronger Scholarship

  • $5,000 award
  • Apply by May 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. resident
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Applicant must demonstrate involvement in the advancement of rare and/or chronic disease(s), either through research, patient advocacy, raising awareness, or community building
  • More information

June Deadline 

The ABC Fundraising Volunteer Recognition College Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by June 30, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must have participated in or currently be participating in consistent volunteer work
  • Applicant must write an 800-1,000 word essay reflecting on their volunteer and fundraising experience; essays may include photos, charts, or infographics where appropriate 
  • More information 

The BRIC Language Systems Go Global Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by June 30, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Applicant must currently be studying a foreign language
  • Applicant must have experience or the desire to study abroad
  • Applicant must submit a 500-1,000 word essay describing their personal language experience, their desire for international study, and why they feel language learning will be a necessity within the next 10 years
  • More information

August Deadline 

The FamilyAssets 2018 Scholarship

  • $3,000 award
  • Apply by August 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicant must have experience with providing elderly care either in a community setting or within the home
  • Applicant must submit 1500-word essay that addresses the following questions: 
    • What is the most important lesson you have learned from providing elderly care?
    • How has working with seniors changed your outlook on life?
    • In your opinion, what can society do to improve the quality of life for seniors receiving care?
  • More information

The Opulent Jewelers Scholarship

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by August 15, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit a 1,000 word essay answering the following questions: 
    • When considering businesses in an oversaturated market, what do you think are important methods of gaining and keeping customer interest?
    • How do you think social media will affect future business platforms in relation to selling and advertising?
    • Considering your own purchasing habits, please outline what method of advertising you feel has the most impact on your purchasing decisions. 
  • More information

September Deadline 

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by September 21, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, Canada, or Australia
  • Applicant must submit the first chapter (1500-7500 words) of an original novel they are currently writing or have written but have not yet published
  • More information

 

Various Deadlines

Go Grad - scholarships for students with disabilities 

Discover Business - scholarships for MBA students 

The Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs - Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships 

  • Various awards

Requirements

  • Applicant must qualify as one of the following: U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. permanent resident (holders of Permanent Resident Card), an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or political asylees and refugees.
  • Applicant must provide evidence of superior academic achievement (e.g. grade point average, class rank, honors, etc.
  • Applicant must be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program - available to eligible veterans who have experienced unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out from school

  • $1,000 maximum award

Requirements

  • Applicant must be an honorably-discharged veteran or a spouse of a disabled veteran who has served in the United States military, including the Reserves and National Guard, and have received a Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs or another document of service
  • Applicant must use any military education benefits for which they are eligible
  • Applicant must submit a FAFSA and be considered PELL-eligible
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled
  • More information

April Deadline

RDW Group, Inc. Minority Scholarship for Communication

  • Awards vary 
  • Apply by 5:00pm EST on April 20, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a Rhode Island minority student who identifies as one or more of the following: Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Applicant must plan to study any of the following: advertising, business communication, communications, content marketing, digital communication, digital marketing, marketing, marketing automation, marketing strategy, media, public relations, SEM, SEO, or social media
  • Applicant may be asked to submit essay(s) 
  • More information

May Deadline 

The Barry Kasdan Scholarship by Bridges Healthcare

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by May 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a Bridges employee, or a spouse, child, or grandchild of a Bridges employee OR a resident of Ansonia, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, or Woodbridge, CT.
  • Applicant must be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in Human Services
  • Applicant must have successfully completed at least two semesters of college
  • To request an application please contact Bridges' Board Chair, Shaun M. Mee, at smee@bridgesmilford.org

2018 CAPFAA Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by May 15, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a maximum Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 6,000 or less per the student's most recent FAFSA submission in 2018-2019, and be eligible to receive federal financial assistance
  • Applicant must have performed unpaid community service or volunteer activities in the past 12 months not related to educational credit
  • Applicant must not be a prior CAPFAA Scholarship winner, CAPFAA member, or an immediate relative of a CAPFAA member
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • 2018 CAPFAA Scholarship Application

June Deadline 

The ABC Fundraising Volunteer Recognition College Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by June 30, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must have participated in or currently be participating in consistent volunteer work
  • Applicant must write an 800-1,000 word essay reflecting on their volunteer and fundraising experience; essays may include photos, charts, or infographics where appropriate 
  • More information 

August Deadline 

The FamilyAssets 2018 Scholarship

  • $3,000 award
  • Apply by August 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicant must have experience with providing elderly care either in a community setting or within the home
  • Applicant must submit 1500-word essay that addresses the following questions: 
    • What is the most important lesson you have learned from providing elderly care?
    • How has working with seniors changed your outlook on life?
    • In your opinion, what can society do to improve the quality of life for seniors receiving care?
  • More information

The Opulent Jewelers Scholarship

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by August 15, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit a 1,000 word essay answering the following questions: 
    • When considering businesses in an oversaturated market, what do you think are important methods of gaining and keeping customer interest?
    • How do you think social media will affect future business platforms in relation to selling and advertising?
    • Considering your own purchasing habits, please outline what method of advertising you feel has the most impact on your purchasing decisions. 
  • More information

Pro Stock Hockey Student Athlete Scholarship

  • $250-$1,000 awards
  • Apply by August 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must play for the University's hockey team
  • Applicant must be resident of the United States
  • More information

September Deadline 

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by September 21, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, Canada, or Australia
  • Applicant must submit the first chapter (1500-7500 words) of an original novel they are currently writing or have written but have not yet published
  • More information

 

Various Deadlines 

Accredited Schools Online - Nursing Scholarships

Johnson & Johnson the Campaign for Nursing's Future

Nursing License Map: Scholarships and Financial Aid 

Nursing Explorer Scholarship Search

Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program - available to eligible veterans who have experienced unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out from school

  • $1,000 maximum award

Requirements

  • Applicant must be an honorably-discharged veteran or a spouse of a disabled veteran who has served in the United States military, including the Reserves and National Guard, and have received a Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs or another document of service
  • Applicant must use any military education benefits for which they are eligible
  • Applicant must submit a FAFSA and be considered PELL-eligible
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled
  • More information

May Deadline 

The Barry Kasdan Scholarship by Bridges Healthcare

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by May 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a Bridges employee, or a spouse, child, or grandchild of a Bridges employee OR a resident of Ansonia, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, or Woodbridge, CT.
  • Applicant must be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in Human Services
  • Applicant must have successfully completed at least two semesters of college
  • To request an application please contact Bridges' Board Chair, Shaun M. Mee, at smee@bridgesmilford.org

2018 CAPFAA Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by May 15, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a maximum Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 6,000 or less per the student's most recent FAFSA submission in 2018-2019, and be eligible to receive federal financial assistance
  • Applicant must have performed unpaid community service or volunteer activities in the past 12 months not related to educational credit
  • Applicant must not be a prior CAPFAA Scholarship winner, CAPFAA member, or an immediate relative of a CAPFAA member
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • 2018 CAPFAA Scholarship Application

The Gallagher Health Careers Scholarship Program 

  • $7,500 award
  • Apply by May 7, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a full-time student in their 3rd or 4th year of their first Bachelor's Degree
  • Applicant must submit essay of 500 words (max) describing themself, their interests, their reasons for pursuing a career in healthcare and how the scholarship would help them achieve their goals
  • More information

The Healthline & NORD Stronger Scholarship

  • $5,000 award
  • Apply by May 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. resident
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Applicant must demonstrate involvement in the advancement of rare and/or chronic disease(s), either through research, patient advocacy, raising awareness, or community building
  • More information

June Deadline

The ABC Fundraising Volunteer Recognition College Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by June 30, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must have participated in or currently be participating in consistent volunteer work
  • Applicant must write an 800-1,000 word essay reflecting on their volunteer and fundraising experience; essays may include photos, charts, or infographics where appropriate 
  • More information 

August Deadline

The FamilyAssets 2018 Scholarship

  • $3,000 award
  • Apply by August 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicant must have experience with providing elderly care either in a community setting or within the home
  • Applicant must submit 1500-word essay that addresses the following questions: 
    • What is the most important lesson you have learned from providing elderly care?
    • How has working with seniors changed your outlook on life?
    • In your opinion, what can society do to improve the quality of life for seniors receiving care?
  • More information

The Opulent Jewelers Scholarship

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by August 15, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit a 1,000 word essay answering the following questions: 
    • When considering businesses in an oversaturated market, what do you think are important methods of gaining and keeping customer interest?
    • How do you think social media will affect future business platforms in relation to selling and advertising?
    • Considering your own purchasing habits, please outline what method of advertising you feel has the most impact on your purchasing decisions. 
  • More information

September Deadline 

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by September 21, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, Canada, or Australia
  • Applicant must submit the first chapter (1500-7500 words) of an original novel they are currently writing or have written but have not yet published
  • More information