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Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships include any funding from sources outside of Avila University, the State of Missouri, or the federal government. Awards from companies, foundations, civic and religious organizations, and employer tuition benefits are common examples of outside scholarships.

They can affect a student’s aid eligibility, so they must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Outside scholarships help meet a student’s college costs, so we are required take these awards into account when determining eligibility for other aid programs.

If we have to adjust other sources of aid — which may be required under state and federal regulations — we always reduce need-based loans or work-study before reducing any gift aid, like need-based scholarships or grants.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are listed below in order or monthly deadline. Those at the Bottom have multiple deadlines.


The Tarlton & Polk Justice Seekers Scholarship

Create a Blog post that explores “Justice” in the United States of America. You can define justice, provide examples of justice (or injustice) you’ve encountered in your life or in news headlines, or explore the importance of justice in our society.

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Dolman Law Group College Scholarship Video Essay

In order to participate in the essay contest, applicants must present a 2-minute video essay discussing the following issue:

Explaining, Preventing, and Persuing Discrimination in the Workplace.

Many times, people in the workplace suffer from harassment, retaliation, and illegal discrimination. This can lead to depression, anxiety, lost wages, and even job loss. What ways can employees and their employers work together to provide a safe, fun, and discrimination-free working environment?

Deadline: December 29, 2018

Amount: $1,100

Digital Media Scholarship

Provide a thoughtful answer to the following three (3) questions:

How has digital technology and media such as social media and smartphones contributed to your success as a student?

How are you incorporating digital media into your everyday life?

What are 3 expectations you have for digital technology and social media in the near future?

Deadline: December 7, 2018

Amount: $1500



Pioletti & Pioletti Scholarship

This will be awarded to someone who has a strong interest in the legal industry. Essay: 1,000-word max.

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Amount: $1,000

$2,500 College Scholarship Opportunity

Prompt: What are 3 ideas on how to better educate college students on the importance of STD awareness? 

Send a 500+ word essay answering the prompt above to as a word document or PDF attachment. in the body of the email, include the following information: Full name, address, email, phone number, college name, and major of study.  

Deadline: December 1, 2018 

Amount: $2,500

Scroggins Family Law Scholarship

 What past experiences have informed your desire to help families who have to deal with family law proceedings? How does your current education plan align with your future education, career, and/or volunteer goals and aspirations? 1,000-word essay.

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Internet Marketing Scholarship 2018 

To participate in this scholarship program, you have to write an article on. "What in your opinion will be the most popular internet marketing trends in 2019? discuss your reasoning?" 

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Bradford Legal Scholarship

Complete an essay of 1,200 words about standing up against injustice – A person who stood up against injustice in their time.

Deadline: December 4, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Darras Law America's Top Disability Firm

Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited United States college or university during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Preference will be given to applicants with a disabled parent or guardian.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Los Angeles DUI Attorney Diabetes Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to support one hardworking, high achieving college student who lives with disabilities. 

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amount: $1,000

The Newsome Melton $1,500 Student Leadership Scholarship

Submit a resume documenting leadership experience, training and accomplishments. Be sure to read the terms and conditions before you agree to them. Choose an essay topic from the ones provided on their site. The essay must be 500 to 1,000 words.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amount: $1,500

The Newsome Melton $1,500 Student Leadership Scholarship

Must have a history of leadership and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. To be considered you need to be currently enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college or university.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amount: $1,500

John W. Tumelty 2018 Cancer Survivor College Scholarship

Write an essay over the following topics. What would you tell a person who just yesterday learned of their cancer diagnosis? What was the most powerful piece of advice you received during the time your family was dealing with cancer? what is one way that cancer has reshaped or altered your plans for the future? 

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amount: $1,000 

Medical Malpractice Help Community Service Scholarship

Write an essay on community service.  Must have a 3.0 GPA.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amount: $1,500

Unique Ways to Market a Business for Sale $500 Scholarship Offer

Come up with a unique way to market a business for sale in an essay of no more than 1,500 words. Be creative!

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amount: $500

The Drs. Black & Kletz Allergy Scholarship

Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Must be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Amount: $1,000

$1,000 Antiques Scholarship

Students need to submit a piece of article that makes them proud (up to 1000 words). This can be any type of submission including (but not limited to) Topics Given above or a decent content matching the theme of our website.

Deadline: December 20, 2018

Amount: $1,000

$3500 Car Seat Scholarship program

You must be a high school graduate at the time of the award, failure to complete a high school curriculum will result in the disqualification and revocation of the reward.

Deadline: December 28, 2018

Amount: $3,500

Kratom Box Scholarship

Write an essay of 1,000 words answering the statement, "Why Kratom Shouldn’t Be Outlawed in the US".

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Amount: $1,000


Must be 18 years or older, enrolled as a student at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States, and a legal resident of one of the 50 United States of District of Columbia.

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Amount: $3,000

The Kindley Firm APC Scholarship

Respond to the essay in 1,000 words in a Word Document: How our Legal System Could be Improved or Employed to make our Society a Better Place?

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Amount: $500

Amount: $1,000

The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo Scholarship

Respond to the prompt question: How the Law can be Used to Make our Country a Better Place for Everyone to Live In?

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Paradise Ridge Dentistry Free Scholarship

Answer the essay prompt with 500-750 words. Must be a current college of high school(senior) student. Provide verification of enrollment for fall 2018.

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Amount: $1,000

JustFundraising Scholarship

All entries that meet the proper requirements will automatically receive $25. Write a 500 words essay about a fundraiser that you were involved in and had a significant impact on you or the cause of the fundraiser.  

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Amount: $500

Digital Marketing Scholarship Program

The candidate must be currently enrolled in or attending a College/University. Write an essay from one of the four topics connected to the link for this scholarship. 

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: December 31, of every year.

Direct Energy's Live Brighter scholarship

The candidate must be a registered college student for the 2018-2019 school year. Write a 500-word essay responding to prompt, or create a video submission.

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: December 31, 2018


2019-2020 Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship

Qualifying students must be of Hispanic decent. Program awards college scholarships to full time students from the Greater Kansas City area. 

Amount: $500-$6,000

Deadline: March 1, 2019


The Davinci Body Sculpting Women in STEM scholarship 

Candidate can be an undergraduate female from any major. Must be full-time student at an accredited US college/university.

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 30,2019


Scholarship Program for Marketing 

Create content for content marketing or make a video for product advertising.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 15, 2019


The $500 Think Einstein HR Knowledge Scholarship 

Each applicant must submit a persuasive essay describing why they deserve to be awarded the scholarship. 

Amount: $500

Deadline: June 15, 2019

Multiple Deadlines

Custody X Change Scholarship

The Custody X Change Giving Program awards three scholarships to single parents each year.

Term Amount Deadline Awarded By
Spring $1000 Dec 31 Jan 31
Summer $500 Apr 30 May 31
Fall $1000 Aug 31 Sep 30

The scholarship application window is open all year; each semester's application window opens right after the previous semester's deadline.

Where to Mail Outside Scholarship Awards

If you have received a scholarship from an outside donor, please use the following address:

Avila University
Business Office

Outside Scholarship
11901 Wornall Rd

Kansas City, MO 64145

Please request that outside scholarship checks are made payable to Avila University

Be sure to give your donor your student identification number and ask them to include it with your award

It's helpful if the donor includes a letter explaining the award terms when they send the award check to campus

Avoid Scams

Every year students and their families lose money to scam artists posing as legitimate scholarship funding agencies. To avoid being defrauded, be cautious about suspicious scholarship offers.

It might be a scam if:

  • You have to spend money to get money. Legitimate scholarship providers don't charge application fees, "redemption" fees or up-front taxes; nor do they ask students to make investments.
  • They want bank account or credit card information. Trustworthy donors won't ask for a credit card number to "hold" your award.
  • It's guaranteed. No one can guarantee that you'll receive a scholarship, and any promise of a money-back guarantee is a red flag.
  • You can't find the information anywhere else. Scholarship agencies don't keep information secret; they want to award scholarships. If a service promises to provide funds no one else knows about, be suspicious. 
  • You win a contest you don't remember entering. If you receive a message saying you've been selected for an award or you're a finalist in a competition you've never heard of, it might be a scam.
  • It sounds too good to be true. Trust your instincts. If you're suspicious about an offer, you probably have a good reason.

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  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • up to $1,000 Travel Award


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