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:

  • Go Grad - resource for graduate students with disabilities 
  • Going Merry - service that expedites the outside scholarship application process

Outside scholarships available to SHU students:

 

October Deadline 

Apartment Guide Scholarship 

  • $2500 award
  • Apply by October 31, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or a legal resident
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Applicant must submit a 500-600 word essay on the following topic: What makes a home a home? Is it the presence of loved ones? A close-knit neighborhood community? The memories you've made in a city or small town?
  • More information

The Clutch Prep Engineering Scholarship 

  • $500 award
  • Apply by October 31, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must demonstrate passion & extraordinary commitment to the field of engineering
  • Applicant must submit 200-500 word essays on the following: 
    • What engineering degree do you want to pursue and why?
    • In your opinion, what is an engineering invention that will benefit the world within the next 10 years?
  • More information

November Deadline 

The HomeLight Scholarship 

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

Requirements

  • Applicant must have interest in at least one of the following areas of study: 
    • Designing Homes - Interior Design, Architecture
    • Building Homes - Construction, Urban Planning
    • Placing People in Homes - Real Estate, Business, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology
    • Housing & Economic Studies - Economics, Sociology
  • In 500-800 words, the applicant must answer the following questions: 
    • Why are you interested in real estate?
    • How will your career help more people find their dream homes?
    • What impact have you had on homes or homelessness in your community?
  • More information

The Pro Skills Basketball Scholarship 

  • $1,500 award
  • Apply by November 16, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Applicant must submit essay of at least 500 words answering the following question: What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?
  • More information

December Deadline 

BadCredit.org Wealth Wise Scholarship

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by December 31, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a major that supports a career in the finance industry (e.g. finance, business, accounting, mathematics, management, etc.). 
  • Applicant must submit a 500-900 word MLA-cited essay entitled How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved that will explore current issues in today's credit landscape and the various ways to offset the negative implications that affect many Americans' ability to access capital
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Applicant must be a U.S. resident
  • More information

The Clutch Prep Business Scholarship 

  • $500 award
  • Apply by December 31, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must demonstrate passion & extraordinary commitment to their business education
  • Applicant must submit 200-500 word essays on the following: 
    • What business degree do you want to pursue and why?
    • Who is someone in your life that has inspired you to pursue your passion in business?
  • More information

Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship

  • Full tuition scholarship, annual stipend, summer research internships, job after graduating in the recipient's STEM field at a cutting edge Department of Defense facility
  • Apply by December 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) 
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen and at least 18 years of age
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • More information

Summit Digital Marketing Scholarship

  • $500 award
  • Apply by December 15, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a degree in marketing or business OR currently working for a marketing company 
  • Applicant must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • More information

January Deadline 

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by January 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must submit essay of 500 words or less describing their ideal future life and how they plan to achieve that dream: 
    • What is your ideal future career?
    • What motivates you to achieve that goal?
    • What obstacles will you have to overcome?
    • What are some of the things you will have to learn, people you will need to meet, or places you will need to go in order to achieve your goals? 
  • Applicants pursuing design or engineering-related fields will be given preference over other applicants
  • Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • More information

DECASO Future Quest Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by January 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll 
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Application is open to students from all underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. students from racial minorities typically underrepresented in higher education, first generation college students, women pursuing a degree in STEM or typically male-dominated industries, students with disabilities, etc.)
  • Applicant must submit a 500-word essay designing their ideal future and what the student plans to do in order to achieve that dream
  • More information

The Vandomian Scholarship for Women

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by January 5, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit proof of enrollment (e.g. transcript, tuition receipt, etc.) 
  • Applicant must write a 1,000-1,500 word essay addressing the following questions: 
    • What is female empowerment to you?
    • What things can we do every day to empower the women around us?
    • Considering current events taking place that are affecting immigrant women, how can we work to empower them through difficult situations?
  • More information

February Deadline 

The Briggs Cook Scholarship 

  • $500 award
  • Apply by February 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a degree in one of the following fields: childcare, health sciences, life sciences, medicine, nursing, or psychology
  • Applicant must submit a 500-word essay explaining how they plan to use their degree to better our world
  • More information

 

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

  • $1000 award
  • Apply by February 21, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit first chapter (1500 to 7500 words) of an original novel they are currently writing or have written but not yet published
  • More information

March Deadline 

DevTeam.Space STEM Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by March 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit a 500+ word essay on the following topic: How will STEM careers affect the world in the next 50 years?
  • More information 

April Deadline 

The HomeLight Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by April 15, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must have interest in at least one of the following areas of study: 
    • Designing Homes - Interior Design, Architecture
    • Building Homes - Construction, Urban Planning
    • Placing People in Homes - Real Estate, Business, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology
    • Housing & Economic Studies - Economics, Sociology
  • In 500-800 words, the applicant must answer the following questions: 
    • Why are you interested in real estate?
    • How will your career help more people find their dream homes?
    • What impact have you had on homes or homelessness in your community?
  • More information

June Deadline 

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by June 30, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must submit essay of 500 words or less describing their ideal future life and how they plan to achieve that dream: 
    • What is your ideal future career?
    • What motivates you to achieve that goal?
    • What obstacles will you have to overcome?
    • What are some of the things you will have to learn, people you will need to meet, or places you will need to go in order to achieve your goals? 
  • Applicants pursuing design or engineering-related fields will be given preference over other applicants
  • Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • More information

September Deadline 

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

  • $1000 award
  • Apply by September 21, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit first chapter (1500 to 7500 words) of an original novel they are currently writing or have written but not yet published
  • More information

 

January Deadline 

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by January 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must submit essay of 500 words or less describing their ideal future life and how they plan to achieve that dream: 
    • What is your ideal future career?
    • What motivates you to achieve that goal?
    • What obstacles will you have to overcome?
    • What are some of the things you will have to learn, people you will need to meet, or places you will need to go in order to achieve your goals? 
  • Applicants pursuing design or engineering-related fields will be given preference over other applicants
  • Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • More information

DECASO Future Quest Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by January 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll 
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Application is open to students from all underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. students from racial minorities typically underrepresented in higher education, first generation college students, women pursuing a degree in STEM or typically male-dominated industries, students with disabilities, etc.)
  • Applicant must submit a 500-word essay designing their ideal future and what the student plans to do in order to achieve that dream
  • More information

February Deadline 

The Briggs Cook Scholarship 

  • $500 award
  • Apply by February 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a degree in one of the following fields: childcare, health sciences, life sciences, medicine, nursing, or psychology
  • Applicant must submit a 500-word essay explaining how they plan to use their degree to better our world
  • More information

 

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

  • $1000 award
  • Apply by February 21, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit first chapter (1500 to 7500 words) of an original novel they are currently writing or have written but not yet published
  • More information

March Deadline 

DevTeam.Space STEM Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by March 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit a 500+ word essay on the following topic: How will STEM careers affect the world in the next 50 years?
  • More information 

June Deadline

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by June 30, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must submit essay of 500 words or less describing their ideal future life and how they plan to achieve that dream: 
    • What is your ideal future career?
    • What motivates you to achieve that goal?
    • What obstacles will you have to overcome?
    • What are some of the things you will have to learn, people you will need to meet, or places you will need to go in order to achieve your goals? 
  • Applicants pursuing design or engineering-related fields will be given preference over other applicants
  • Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • More information

September Deadline

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

  • $1000 award
  • Apply by September 21, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit first chapter (1500 to 7500 words) of an original novel they are currently writing or have written but not yet published
  • More information

 

December Deadline 

BadCredit.org Wealth Wise Scholarship

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by December 31, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a major that supports a career in the finance industry (e.g. finance, business, accounting, mathematics, management, etc.). 
  • Applicant must submit a 500-900 word MLA-cited essay entitled How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved that will explore current issues in today's credit landscape and the various ways to offset the negative implications that affect many Americans' ability to access capital
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Applicant must be a U.S. resident
  • More information

Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship

  • Full tuition scholarship, annual stipend, summer research internships, job after graduating in the recipient's STEM field at a cutting edge Department of Defense facility
  • Apply by December 1, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) 
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen and at least 18 years of age
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • More information

Summit Digital Marketing Scholarship

  • $500 award
  • Apply by December 15, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a degree in marketing or business OR currently working for a marketing company 
  • Applicant must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • More information

January Deadline 

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by January 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must submit essay of 500 words or less describing their ideal future life and how they plan to achieve that dream: 
    • What is your ideal future career?
    • What motivates you to achieve that goal?
    • What obstacles will you have to overcome?
    • What are some of the things you will have to learn, people you will need to meet, or places you will need to go in order to achieve your goals? 
  • Applicants pursuing design or engineering-related fields will be given preference over other applicants
  • Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • More information

DECASO Future Quest Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by January 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll 
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Application is open to students from all underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. students from racial minorities typically underrepresented in higher education, first generation college students, women pursuing a degree in STEM or typically male-dominated industries, students with disabilities, etc.)
  • Applicant must submit a 500-word essay designing their ideal future and what the student plans to do in order to achieve that dream
  • More information

February Deadline 

The Briggs Cook Scholarship 

  • $500 award
  • Apply by February 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a degree in one of the following fields: childcare, health sciences, life sciences, medicine, nursing, or psychology
  • Applicant must submit a 500-word essay explaining how they plan to use their degree to better our world
  • More information

 

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

  • $1000 award
  • Apply by February 21, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit first chapter (1500 to 7500 words) of an original novel they are currently writing or have written but not yet published
  • More information

March Deadline 

DevTeam.Space STEM Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by March 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit a 500+ word essay on the following topic: How will STEM careers affect the world in the next 50 years?
  • More information 

June Deadline

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by January 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must submit essay of 500 words or less describing their ideal future life and how they plan to achieve that dream: 
    • What is your ideal future career?
    • What motivates you to achieve that goal?
    • What obstacles will you have to overcome?
    • What are some of the things you will have to learn, people you will need to meet, or places you will need to go in order to achieve your goals? 
  • Applicants pursuing design or engineering-related fields will be given preference over other applicants
  • Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • More information

September Deadline

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

  • $1000 award
  • Apply by September 21, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit first chapter (1500 to 7500 words) of an original novel they are currently writing or have written but not yet published
  • More information

 

December Deadline 

The RN-to-BSN Scholarship by Nursing Schools Almanac

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by December 31, 2018

Requirements

  • Applicant must be currently enrolled in a RN-to-BSN program or plan to matriculate into a RN-to-BSN program by the Fall of 2019 AND must already possess a valid RN license or be on track to graduate from an accredited prelicensure program by the Summer of 2019
  • Applicant should demonstrate a track record of prior academic excellence in a prelicensure RN program and a passion for leadership in nursing and the overall field of healthcare
  • Applicant must submit a 500-word essay explaining why they are passionate about earning their BSN degree and how they will take a leadership role in healthcare upon graduation
  • More information

January Deadline 

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by January 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must submit essay of 500 words or less describing their ideal future life and how they plan to achieve that dream: 
    • What is your ideal future career?
    • What motivates you to achieve that goal?
    • What obstacles will you have to overcome?
    • What are some of the things you will have to learn, people you will need to meet, or places you will need to go in order to achieve your goals? 
  • Applicants pursuing design or engineering-related fields will be given preference over other applicants
  • Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • More information

DECASO Future Quest Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by January 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll 
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Application is open to students from all underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. students from racial minorities typically underrepresented in higher education, first generation college students, women pursuing a degree in STEM or typically male-dominated industries, students with disabilities, etc.)
  • Applicant must submit a 500-word essay designing their ideal future and what the student plans to do in order to achieve that dream
  • More information

The Vandomian Scholarship for Women

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by January 5, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit proof of enrollment (e.g. transcript, tuition receipt, etc.) 
  • Applicant must write a 1,000-1,500 word essay addressing the following questions: 
    • What is female empowerment to you?
    • What things can we do every day to empower the women around us?
    • Considering current events taking place that are affecting immigrant women, how can we work to empower them through difficult situations?
  • More information

February Deadline 

The Briggs Cook Scholarship 

  • $500 award
  • Apply by February 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must be pursuing a degree in one of the following fields: childcare, health sciences, life sciences, medicine, nursing, or psychology
  • Applicant must submit a 500-word essay explaining how they plan to use their degree to better our world
  • More information

March Deadline 

DevTeam.Space STEM Scholarship 

  • $1,000 award
  • Apply by March 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must submit a 500+ word essay on the following topic: How will STEM careers affect the world in the next 50 years?
  • More information 

June Deadline

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

  • $2,500 award
  • Apply by June 30, 2019

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must submit essay of 500 words or less describing their ideal future life and how they plan to achieve that dream: 
    • What is your ideal future career?
    • What motivates you to achieve that goal?
    • What obstacles will you have to overcome?
    • What are some of the things you will have to learn, people you will need to meet, or places you will need to go in order to achieve your goals? 
  • Applicants pursuing design or engineering-related fields will be given preference over other applicants
  • Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • More information