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Outside Scholarships

Caution: Scholarship applications that require payment or personal account information are generally scams and should be avoided. Avila University does not endorse any of the following scholarships.

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Federal Government Scholarship Search

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Scholarships

Hispanic College Fund

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search Tool

Scholarship America



SuperCollege.com: Scholarship Search

UNCF.org for Students



Outside Scholarships


February 2016


Zeiger Firm Scholarship--deadline February 15, 2016

Prepare a 500 word essay on the following:

The right to a trial by jury is a fundamental tenet of our legal system which is enshrined in the United States Constitution. Under current law, however, only people accused of serious crimes that are punishable by more than six months prison have an absolute right to a jury trial. Do you agree with the current state of the law? Why or why not.

Amount of Award: $1000



Adult Students in Scholastic Transition Program--deadline February 19, 2016

Criteria to submit an application to include the following:

  • Financial need
  • Socially, physically and economically challenged adults
  • Preference is given to those individuals with children residing in the home

Amount of Award: $1500


The PayScale Scholarship--deadline February 29, 2016

Complete a 300 to 500 word essay on a sected topic found on the webpage. Student must be enrolled in a science, technology, engineering or math related major.

Amount of Award: $ 2000


The Create Your Space Scholarship--deadline February 29, 2016

To be eligible the student must be a current freshman or incoming freshman for the Spring 2016 semester. In a 600-word essay, share what you would do with an extra 100 square feet of space in your dorm room.

Amount of Award: $500



One Tri Student Triathlete Scholarship--deadline February 29, 2016


Have you ever participated in a triathlon (of any length), a marathon, or a half-marathon? All you have to do is send in acceptable proof of participation to apply and you could win!

Amountof Award: $500




March 2016


Price Benowitz Social Justice Scholarship--deadline March 1, 2016

Open to college seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students! Write A 750-word essay responding to the following prompt: What are some significant challenges people with disabilities encounter on a regular basis? What are some practicable public policies that could address these challenges? Feel free to speak about the challenges you have experienced or witnessed in a loved-one’s life.

Amount of Award: $500




The Artists Frame Scholarship--deadline March 1, 2016

Prepare a 500 + word essay on What art means to you.

Also must use a visual representation in the medium of your choice.

Amount of Award: $1000


Steve Duckett Local Conservation Scholarship--deadline March 1, 2016

Write a 500 word essay on the 2016 essay prompt

Please see website for this.

Amount of Award: $500


Seth Okin Good Deeds Scholarship--deadline March 1, 2016

Submit a resume, transcript along with a 500 word essay that responds to the following question:

With so many people and organizations in today's world in need of volunteers and financial assistance, how should people decide to direct their time and donations?

Amount of Award: $500


Unplag Student Scholarship--deadline March 1, 2016

In at least 500 words create your own essay topic describing plagiarism in acadmia issues or write about one of the provided prompts.

Amount of Award: $2000


Edward Tayter Outstanding Citizenship Scholarship--deadline March 1, 2016

Submit a resume, transcript along with a 500 word essay that answers the following question:

What is one of the most important ways an individual can serve his community, and how have you served your community in this way?

Amount of Award: $500


The School of SEO Scholarship--deadline March 5, 2016

This scholarship is for management and marketing majors.  Please see website for entry.

Amount of Award: $250


Essay.ws Scholarship--deadline March 10, 2016

Create a 900-1000 word essay on one of ten topics listed on the webpage.

Amount of Award: $500


Damore, Delgado, Romanik & Rawlins Scholarship--deadline March 15, 2015

Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA. Write and submit a 500 word minimum essay on one of three provided topics.

Amount of Award: $500


Couponing in College--deadline March 25, 2016

Publish a 500+ word essay providing tips and strategies for utilizing coupons of any type (physical, digital, mobile) to save money while in collge. The essay should be published on a blog or website which allows the publication of articles.

Amount of Award: $2500



The Sleeklens Academic Scholarship Program--deadline March 31, 2016

Write an essay that is between 1000 and 1600 words about some of the ways that you could use social media to get a job after college and the advantages and disadvantages of using social media to do so.

Amount of Award: $2000



Sleepopolis Scholarship--deadline March 31, 2016


Create a short video that answers the following questions:

How has the internet changed the way you research and buy products?

How has it changed old-school industries?

If you could change an established industry for the better using the internet, which would it be and what would you do?

Amount of Award: $1000


Dr. Kezian Scholarship--deadline March 31, 2017

Write a 1 to 2 page essay on why you deserve Dr. Kezian Scholarship.  Must also submit a resume or CV, official trascript and 1 minute video clip introducing yourself.

Amount of Award: $1200


Insureon's Small Business, Big Impact Scholarship--deadline March 2016

Submit a 500-700 word essay about your favorite small business and why you love it.

Amount of Award: $2500


The Web Development of Tomorrow Scholarship--deadline March 31, 2016

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be a member of the LGBTQ community, and have declared a major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics [STEM] field. Submit a letter of recommendation with an original 600-8000word essay on what emerging web technoly you feel is the wave of the future and why.

Amount of Award: $1000



Nathaniel B. Preston Scholarship for Lyme Disease--deadline March 31, 2016

This scholarship is only available to those who have spent a great deal of money in medical expenses for the treatment of chronic Lyme disease. Applicants must submit an essay of 500-1000 words describing how Lyme disease has affected their life, especially in regards to their values and educational and career goals.

Amount of Award: $1000



April 2016


Low Budget Movers Scholarship--deadline April 1, 2016

This is open to students of all majors who are currently in their last year of high school, and all the way up to a Junior in college. In at least 300 words, describe how yo have shown leadership qualities and have made a impact on a person, people, at your school, or in your community.

Amount of Award: $500




Michigan Injury Lawyers Scholarship--deadline April 15, 2016

Prepare a 500 word essay on a given topic.  Please see website for topic.

Amount of Award: $500


Logistics Scholarship Competition--deadline April 15, 2016

Complete a 400 to 800 word essay detailing why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your major of choice.

Amount of Award: $500


The HotelsCheap Scholarship Program--deadline April 15, 2016

Please see website for 4 thought-provoking questions.

Amount of Award: $1500


Digital Marketing Scholarship--deadline April 30, 2016

Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and be seeking a degree in marketing, business, advertising, or a related field. You must write a 1000-1500 word essay in response to the following prompt: "We’ve seen marketing evolve from traditional print and tv/radio ads, to a digital world full of social media pages and mobile-friendly websites. What do you think might be the next innovative approach in marketing for businesses?"

Amount of Award: $1000


May 2016


Writing Explained Annual Essay Scholarship--deadline May 1**

The requirements include being a full time student, having a 3.5 GPA or higher and submitting a 750-word essay. The topic of the essay for the 2016-2017 academic school year is "How does good writing lead to clarity in thought?"

Amount of Award: $500



WyzAnt College Scholarship--deadline May 1, 2016

Submit an essay online of 150-300 words describing a person who inpires you. Get votes by sharing!

Amount of Award: $10000 (1st place), $3000 (2nd place), $2000 ( 3rd place)



Inbound Marketing Scholarship--deadline May 1, 2016

Prepare a 300-500 word blog on one of the topics.  Please see website for numerous topics.

Amount of Award : $500


David Ghozland Scholarship Program--deadline May 1, 2016

Submit a 1000 word essay on what contribution you will make to the medical world once you graduate.

Any student pursuing a 4 year degree is eligible to apply.

Amount of Award: $1000



Kush Arora Federal Justice Reform Scholarship--deadline May 1, 2016

Submit a transcript along with a 1000 word essay on the following prompt:

Provide a well-reasoned argument about whether a specific policy in the criminal justice system (your choice) is unjust and requires reform, or is just and should stay the same.

Amount of Award: $500



The Weisblatt Law Firm, LLC Scholarship--deadline May 12, 2016

Available to both undergraduate and graduate students. To apply, submit a 750+ word essay on the following topic: "Would you rather venture into B2B (Business to Business) serviced based company or a service based B2C (Business to Consumer) company? Why?"

Amount of Award: $1000



Steamers Carpet Care Scholarship--deadline May 12, 2016

Write a 400-600 essay detainling your reasoning and motivation for pursuing higher education.

Amount of Award: $500



Senior Care Aging Matters Scholarship--deadline May 15, 2016

Complete a 800-1000 word essay on why aging matters to you.

Amount of Award: $1500


Healthy Life Scholarship--deadline May 15, 2016

Create a 300-500 word essay on one of the three topics found on the webpage.  Submit the essay through websites blog section.

Amount of Award: $1000



Student Award Search Scholarship--deadline May 23, 2016

Prepare an essay (1000 words or less) on the topic below.

Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important .

Amount of Award: $1000



Park Plaza Dental Scholarship--deadline May 25, 2016

Open to students of any major or academic pursuit! Name a medical advancement expected to be developed within the next 10 years that you believe will have the largest impact in the field. Specifically describe your selection and reasoning with clear details. Include a personal introductory paragraph in your response.  The paper should be no more than 1,200 words in length.

Amount of Award: $500



Source Supply Scholarship--deadline May 31, 2016

To apply for the 2016 Source Supply Scholarship, respond to the following essay prompt in 1,000 words:

 "Please discuss the importance of keeping the environment clean. How does recycling make an impact on the environment? And how can the systems we, as a nation, have in place be improved?"

Amount of Award: $1000


Golden Asp College Scholarship Essay Contest--deadline May 31, 2016

To apply for the 2015-2016 Golden Asp Scholarship, respond to the following essay prompt in 1000 words:

Please discuss what feminism means to you? How, in your opinion, has or hasn't the definition of feminism evolved? Do you consider yourself a feminist - why or why not?

Amount of Award: $1000



Peck Law Firm Scholarship--deadline May 31, 2016

This scholarship is open to all law-related college, graduate school, or law school degree students. In an essay of 1,500 words or less answer the following:

"What effects will the legalization of gay marriage have on religion, culture, and/or family law in America?"

Amount of Award: $2000



BathOutlet Scholarship--deadline May 31, 2016

This is open to students of all majors who are currently in their last year of high school, and all the way up to a Junior in college. In 1000 words a business you would create, the plan to create it, and why.

Amount of Award: $1000


Garden Variety Scholarship--deadline May 31, 2016

Submit a design on the common houshold item, the tabletop planter box.  Please see website for further instructions

Amount of Award: $1000


Garchia, Artigliere & Medby Scholarship--deadline May 31, 2016

This is only available to those pursuing law and nursuing. Submit an essay of up to 1,000 words answering one of two questions about improving the elderly community.

Amount of Award: $1000



DeviceLab Scholarship Program--deadline May 31, 2016

Applicants must be pursuing studies in STEM or the medical field.  Submit an essay of up to 1,000 words answering the following quesiton: "How are you driven to innovate, inspire, or make a positive impact to your community using your degree?"

Amount of Award: $1000



Scantronix Scholarship--deadline May 31, 2016

This scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Submit an essay of up to 1,000 words by answering the following question: "What changes are you making as an effort to become more environmentally responsible."

Amount of Award: $1000



Addiction Resource Scholarship--deadline May 31, 2016

Submit a typed essay that is 1000-1500 words answering questions about addiction.

Amount of Award: $2000 (1st place), $700 (2nd place), $300 (3rd place)



June 2016


Aspiring Welding Professional Scholarhsip Program---deadline June 1, 2016

Submit a 500-750 word essay on why you are passionate about welding or pusuing a career in welding.

Amount of Award: $1000



inSegment Boston Digital Marketing Agency Scholarship--deadline June 3, 2016

Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Submit a 500-1000 word essay about "3 digital marketing trends that have changed your perception of the industry."

Amount of Award: $1000



Leaf Filter Scholarship--deadline June 6, 2016

Attach a 350-500 word essay describing your passion and how it relates to your chosen major.

Amount of Award: $500



Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program--deadline June 10, 2016

The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution. In a 500-1000 word essay describe your educational career and life goals.  Explain your plan for achieving these goals.  Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

Amount of Award: $1000



Los Angeles DUI Attorney Diabetes Scholarship--deadline June 15, 2016**

To be elibilible you must have been diagnosed with diabetes and carry at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit an essay of 500-1000 words on one of three provided topics.

Amount of Award: $1000



The CourseMinded Online Course Scholarship--June 15, 2016

This is available for high school and college undergraduate students who are passionate about online learning. Students applying must list the online courses they've taught, have taken, or intend on taking, as well as why you're interested in online learning and what you think the future of online courses will look like.

Amount of Award: $1000



The Martin Law Office, S.C. Scholarship--deadline June 30, 2016

Submit an essay of 400-600 words describing something you have done in the past year that has made a difference in your community.

Amount of Award: $500



The Saveful Student Scholarship --deadine June 30, 2016

In 150 words or less describe the best money saving hack you have ever used.

Amount of Award: $1000


Ray Snader Scholarship--deadline June 30, 2016


Write a 500 word essay on how you have overcome the obstacle of a parent being held in custody

Amount of Award: $2000


The Morici, Figlioli and Associates Scholarship--deadline June 30, 2016

Submit a 400 word essay describing what would you like to do to change the world for the better.

Amount of Award: $500



July 2016


BrainBuxa Scholarship--deadline July 2, 2016

Write a 1000-word essay about "Building a Bright Career in Management Administration." Also, create a visual infographic to accompany your essay. Applicants must be pursuing a bachelor's degree in the field of management or in another technical discipline such as physics with an interest in the field of management.

Amount of Award: $1000



Gagne, Scherer & Associates, LLC Scholarship--deadline July 17

Submit a 500-1000 essay with your opinion on the provided prompt which talks about the special set of laws United States military are subject to.

Amount of Award: $1200


Ray Snader Scholarship--deadline June 30, 2016


Write a 500 word essay sharing your story about overcoming the obstacle of a parent being held in custody.

Amount of Award: $2000


OklahomaLawyer.com Annual Scholarship--deadline July 31, 2016

Submit a cover letter along with a 140-word essay and 140-character tweet summary about the essay. The topic of the essay will need to be about a topic related to one of their nine practice areas.


August 2016


GreenPal Business Scholarship--deadline August 1, 2016

This is open to high school seniors, college freshman or sophomores who own and operte their own small business, or has put together a business plan to start a business while in college.

Amount of Award: $1000 (paid equally over 4 semesters)



School Quran Scholarship--deadline August 1, 2016

Open to graduates, undergraduates and graduating high school seniors pursuing any field. The contest will require you to create the video of 3-5 minutes in which you have to explain how online learning is beneficial in a unique way. They want to hear what motivates you, and what you have done to help society in a positive direction.

Amount of Award: $350


Coit Stain Removal Scholarship--deadline August 1, 2016

Create a graphic that explains your genius way to remove 1-3 kinds of stains from carpet, upholstery or other surfaces.  Please see website for further details.

Amount of Award: $2000



Albertson & Davidson, LLP Scholarship--deadline August 24, 2016

Open to to individuals who are currently attending or planning on attending college or graduate school in the near future. Write a 500 word essay on the provided prompt.

Amount of Award: $2500



EverSpark Autism Awareness Scholarship--deadline August 30, 2016

This scholarship is offered to make it easier on families who want to send their autistic student to college and to raise awareness for autism by encouraging students to study related fields. Their is a GPA requirement of a 2.6 minimum. Applicants must submit a video essay no longer than 2 minutes OR a written essay no longer than 1,000 on one of the provided topics.

Amount of Awared: $1000



September 2016


Karman Healthcare Scholarship--deadline September 1, 2016


Please create a presentation of how disability laws can be improved or changed.  The entries can include essays , and poems.

Amount of Award: $500


October 2016


Bella Bathrooms: Scholarship for Outstanding Business Innovation--deadline October 31, 2016**

Showcase yourself via a 3-5 minute video about a time that you showed fantastic business ingenuity.

Amount of Award: $1000






Other Scholarships



SEO Optimizers Scholarship--deadline on the 20th of each month

Upload an essay describing the goal of a particular project you created along with link access to the content such as the blog, app, etc.

Amount of Award: $500



Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to undergraduates, in good academic standing, who are applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.

Amount of Award: Up to $5000



Ernest Law Group Scholarship

The Ernst Law Group is proud to show their support of family members and caregivers of those with serious brain injuries through their annual scholarship. This scholarship is meant to help one deserving student whose life has been touched by a loved one’s injury. You must write an essay of 500-1000 words about one of the three provided prompts.

Amount of Award: $1000


Gates Millenium Scholars Program

This program selects 1,000 students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium Scholars receive personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.


Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition

These scholarships are available to assist promising young talents in any field of applied music who may be musical leaders of tomorrow, including instrumentalists and vocalists.

Amount of Award: $1000-$4000


Innovation in Education Scholarship -- deadline the 20th of every month

Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others. Write an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.

Amount of Award: $500



Reiff and Bily Legal Scholarship

This is an annual scholarship that is offered to students pursuing a degree in pre-law or paralegal studies or working towards their J.D. in any concentration related to the law. Write a 650 word essay on what goals you hope to accomplish through eventual employment in the legal field.

Amount of Award: $1000



Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Women pursuing a business or business-related degree who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field are eligible for this international scholarship.

Amount of Award: $1000 or $7000


Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship

This is a program designed to attract academically talented minority individuals into the teaching profession. Through this program, students enrolled in approved teacher education programs receive loans to assist with educational expenses. For students who meet all of the program's obligations, the loans are forgiven through conversion to a scholarship (gift aid).

Amount of Award:: up to $3000/year


Morris K. Udall & Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards up to 80 scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Amount of Award: $350-$5000


Public Relations Society of America Scholarships

These scholarships are available to students involved with PRSA, public relations, and communication-related fields. Amount of Award: $300-$5000


Rocky Mountain Mattress

Rocky Mountain Mattress is offering an annual scholarship to the winner of the Mark A. Forester essay contest.

Amount of Award: $1000


SpecialCableDeals.com Scholarship Contest

This is an essay contest, created for students to compete for a scholarship for educational expenses at an accredited college or institution of higher learning. Entry is free and eligibility is not dependent upon GPA or financial need. Interested student can write a brief essay on the selected topic.

Amount of Award: $1000


Sussle Scholarship -- deadline end of every month

Do you know a lot of stuff? It could finally pay off! This competition -- with no application and no essay -- is all about sharing what you know with the world … and your giving may just give you back a pleasant reward. Check out the website for more information!

Amount of Award: $1000


Varsity Tutors Monthly Scholarship -- deadline end of each month

A different essay topic every month means a new chance to win! Respond to the prompt, then promote your response for your chance to win.

Amount of Award: $1000 (monthly)


Wells Fargo College STEPS Sweepstakes

When you sign up to receive college tips and tools from Wells Fargo, you’ll automatically be entered in the CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes. Plus, you’ll get emails with helpful information tailored to you to keep you on track with money management and college planning. Sweepstakes winners are chosen through random drawings.

Amount of Award: $1000 (40 available)