Go Local for Scholarships

Go Local

Great Scholarship Hunters Go Local

Many students believe scholarships are too competitive. While some scholarships are quite competitive, such as the prestigious Gates Foundation Millennium Scholars Program, many scholarships have fewer applicants. We advise you to look for local scholarships first—funding organizations from where you live or in the area where your college is located. Literally thousands of local scholarships are available for students like you, with less competition.

Begin by asking relatives and family friends if they belong to any clubs, unions, or organizations. Find out where they work and ask if their employers offer scholarships. Large and small companies alike have scholarships available for employees’ family members. Taking careful notes will help you remember everything you learn in these conversations. You can also refer back to your notes months later to remember which uncle is in which union. Gathering this information will also help you when searching for scholarships using Google Alerts and online scholarship search engines.

Look locally for scholarships from:

  • Civic Organizations like Rotary, Masons, Lions, Elks, VFW, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Women’s Clubs
  • Activities you already participate in such as fish & game clubs, ski clubs, Arts organizations, 4H, scouting
  • Employers (yours and those of your parents and other relatives)
  • Unions like Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Teachers, Teamsters
  • Local Banks and Credit Unions
  • Local Churches, Temples, Mosques, Religious or Spiritual Organizations
  • Community Foundations (search for these using the name of your county or state or a large city in your target areas)
  • Professional or Industry Organizations (search for those in your major as well as those that relatives and family friends belong to)

We suggest that you begin looking for local scholarships while still in High School (or even Middle School). Why? Because many local scholarships target High School seniors. Yes, your senior year is jam-packed with college-related activities such as visiting schools, completing applications, selecting a college, and taking standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, you’ll never have as many scholarship opportunities as you do during your senior year. This is the only year you can double-dip in the scholarship pool. What we mean by this is that you can apply for scholarships that are for High School seniors AND college undergraduates. Our research indicates that as a High School student, you are eligible for far more scholarships that you will be as an undergraduate. Local scholarships lean heavily toward funding local High School students over college undergraduates. So, start looking locally!

 

Scholarships for Women Who Golf

LPGALPGA Scholarships

According to their website: “The LPGA Foundation supports women and young people through programs and initiatives aimed at empowering them through the game of golf. Since its founding, The LPGA Foundation has touched more than 100,000 lives through various scholarship and financial assistance programs, along with its flagship junior golf program, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.”

If you’d like to help support the LPGA Foundation’s mission and scholarship programs, you can donate here: https://www.girlsgolf.org/donate-foundation

The Dinah Shore Scholarship

http://www.lpgafoundation.org/scholarships/dinahshore or http://www.lpgafoundation.org/ (“Scholarships” Link)

Contact Info: The Dinah Shore Scholarship, The LPGA Foundation, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124-1082; phone: 386.274.6200; email: [email protected]

Deadline: May 15

Award Amount: $5,000 (1 Awarded)

Eligibility: Female high school student who played golf in high school and is pursuing a college education, but will not be playing collegiate golf. Must be a US citizen or legal resident, planning to attend college full-time, and have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Applicant must have played in a minimum of 50% of a high school golf team’s scheduled events or have played golf “regularly” for the past two years.

Requirements: Online Application, Official High School Transcript, Essay, and 3 Letters of Recommendation

Application Link: http://www.lpgafoundation.org/scholarships/dinahshore

The Marilynn Smith Scholarship

http://www.lpgafoundation.org/scholarships/marilynnsmith or http://www.lpgafoundation.org/ (“Scholarships” Link)

Contact Info: The Marilynn Smith Scholarship, The LPGA Foundation, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124-1082; phone: 386.274.6200; email: [email protected]

Deadline: May 15

Award Amount: $5,000 (10 Awarded)

Eligibility: Female high school students who have played golf in high school or in organized junior golf programs, and are planning to play competitive golf in college. Must be a US citizen or legal resident, planning to attend college full-time, and have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Applicant must have played in a minimum of 50% of a high school golf team’s scheduled events or have played competitive junior golf “regularly” for the past two years.

Requirements: Online Application, Official High School Transcript, Essay, and 3 Letters of Recommendation

Application Link: http://www.lpgafoundation.org/scholarships/marilynnsmith

LPGA Golf Scholarship for Minority Women

LPGALPGA Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship

According to the LPGA Foundation’s website:

The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is granted annually through The LPGA Foundation and the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship Fund. Established in 2006, the objective of the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is to provide a need-based scholarship to a female high school senior from a recognized minority background who will be pursuing a full-time course of study and playing collegiate golf at an accredited college or university in the United States.

The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is a need-based award to a high school senior from a recognized minority background who will be playing golf at the collegiate level. Qualifications for all scholarships include strong academic programs, community service and recommendations. One $1,250 scholarship will be awarded in 2014.

http://www.lpgafoundation.org/scholarships/phyllismeekins or http://www.lpgafoundation.org/home (“Scholarships” link)

Contact Info: The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship, The LPGA Foundation, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124-1082; phone: 386.274.6200; email: [email protected]

Deadline: May 15

Award Amount: $1,250 (1 Awarded)

Eligibility: Female high school student from a recognized minority background (African-American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic) who will be playing golf at the collegiate level. Must be a US citizen or legal resident, planning to attend college full-time, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. Applicant must have a background in golf and plan to play competitive golf at college.

Requirements: Online Application, Official High School Transcript, Essay, and 3 Letters of Recommendation

Application Link: http://www.lpgafoundation.org/scholarships/phyllismeekins

Don’t qualify? Don’t worry. The LPGA Foundation has other scholarships available for women who golf. Check their website link above for more information.

ESA Foundation Scholarship

ESA Foundation ScholarshipThe Entertainment Software Association’s ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

The Entertainment Software Association Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009 they extended this opportunity to graduating High School Seniors and doubled the number of awards granted from 15 to 30 (15 to graduating High School Seniors and 15 to current undergraduates).

http://www.esafoundation.org/scholarship.asp or http://www.esafoundation.org/ (“Scholarship Program” link)

Contact Info: 317 Madison Avenue, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10017; phone: 917.522.3250

Deadline: May 15

Award Amount: $3,000 (30 Awarded)

Eligibility: Women or minority students pursuing a degree leading to a career in computer and video game arts (High School Seniors and Undergraduates can apply; High School Seniors must already be accepted into a program). Must be a US citizen. Must maintain a 2.75 GPA. Must be enrolling or enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at a 4-year college or university in the US.

Requirements: Online Application. Other documents may be required so be sure to visit their application page, check their status on Facebook, or send them a tweet.

Application Link: http://www.esafoundation.org/scholarship.asp or https://aim.applyists.net/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fesaf

Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship

Sunflower Initiative Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship

The Sunflower Initiative’s Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship

http://www.thesunflowerinitiative.com/scholarship/ or http://www.thesunflowerinitiative.com/ (“Scholarship” tab)

Contact Info: The Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship, The Sunflower Initiative, c/o Lee Calizo, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250; email: [email protected]

Deadline: March 1

Award Amount: $10,000 (Renewable)

Eligibility: Female graduating high school seniors, women who have matriculated at college, but left prior to the completion of the first semester, and early college applicants. Women who have completed one semester of college or more are NOT eligible. Women planning to attend a woman’s college.

Requirements: Online Application, Essay, Official Test Scores, Official Transcript, 3 Letters of Recommendation, and Resume (optional)

Application Link: http://www.thesunflowerinitiative.com/scholarship/