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Everyone knows that college can be a huge expense for any student. Today students and families need to start saving years in advance in order to minimalize debt. For those of you thinking about college, you may not need to worry much longer. Here is a list of scholarships for students in the Cincinnati area.

Scholarships for African American High School Students in the Cincinnati Area

Doris Larkin McAdams Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: January
Description/Criteria: Female high school senior graduating from a Greater Cincinnati area attending an accredited 4-year college or university.

Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship
Deadline: January
Criteria/Description: Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky high school female, 3.0 GPA.

American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarships
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: High school senior who has applied to college with a major in STEM programs.

Delta Sigma Theta Scholastic Achievement Award
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Female high school seniors preferably of African American decent with a 2.75 GPA and community service.

Rising Stars Scholarship Program
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Male high school senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with a strong commitment to continual education and community service. Must demonstrate financial need.

Fred Heisel Jr. Grant
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Male high school student with a 2.8 GPA and letter acceptance to higher institution.

Gloria A. Byrd Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: African American female high school graduation senior  who resides in the Princeton (OH) or Winton Woods (OH) school district with a 2.5 GPA or higher. This person must also demonstrate community leadership and service.

Archbishop Alter Scholarship
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: Demonstrate economic need, academic potential, leadership potential, parish involvement, community involvement, career goals and motivation.

Caleb Brown Jr. Scholarship
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: Male high school graduate of Cincinnati-area school.

L. Ross Love Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: Must be an African American CPS high school graduating senior with at least a 3.2 GPA and enrolling into an accredited institution the same year. Also, needs to demonstrate leadership, community service, and financial need.


Marvin Lewis Community Fund
Deadline: April
Criteria/Description: Candidates are evaluated based on a 1,000 word essay, established criteria of a minimum 2.75 grade point average, financial need, proven commitment to the community, and a varsity letter in any sport.

Minority Empowerment Initiative Trust Scholarship
Deadline: April
Criteria/Description: Black high school graduates living in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, who have been admitted to an accredited school or program of advanced learning are eligible to apply for a grant. Priority is given to those students with the greatest economic need, as judged by the MEIT board.

Red Rose Scholarship Senior Award
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: High school senior with good community service and academic achievement.

Tommie Lewis Sr. Scholarship Fund
Deadline:  June
Description/Criteria:  African American students that excel in academic life, and who have also demonstrated a strong interest in pursuing an education and/or career in chemistry, engineering or scientific technology.


Scholarships for Local Law Students:

Shanda L. Spurlock Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: For students attending either University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, or University of Dayton law school who has demonstrated leadership potential and dedication to community.

Theodore M. Berry Scholarship
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: For students who attends University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Williams A. McClain Scholarship
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: For students and Hamilton County, Ohio residents attending any ABA-accredited law school who demonstrates leadership potential and dedication to community.


National Scholarships for High School Students:


Gates Millennium Undergraduate Scholars Program
Deadline: January
Description/Criteria: Must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American; a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the U.S.; have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED; will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall of 2014 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student; have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities; and meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. 

Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Deadline: January
Description/Criteria: Must have a GPA of 3.0 on a four-point scale and demonstrate a sincere aptitude for and pursuit of a career in aviation, aerospace technology or research.

Generation Google Scholarship
Application: February
Description/Criteria: The Generation Google scholarship for blacks is for students majoring in computer engineering, computer science, or software engineering. Graduate or undergraduate degree.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: High school senior approved for a four-year institution within the United Stated with evidence of financial need.

National FFA Scholarships
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Must be a high school senior or currently enrolled full-time in college, less than 23 years of age at time of application, a current FFA member unless otherwise stated, plan to attend post-secondary school in the U.S., Eligibility varies among sponsors.

National Peace Essay Contest
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Must be a student in grades 9-12 attending a public, private or parochial school or equivalent in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. Territories or a U.S. citizen attending high school abroad..

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: High school senior planning to attend a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems or a business program with a GPS of 3.3 or higher.

Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarships for Blacks
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Scholarships are for high school seniors, recent high school graduates and college freshmen dedicated to advancing the cause of civil rights. Academic excellence, leadership potential, service to others and financial need are considered.

Jack and Jill African American Scholarships
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Offered to African American high school seniors planning to attend a 4 year college full time, in any state. Must have a GPA 3.0 or better. Funds may be used for tuition or board. Dependents of member of Jack and Jill are not eligible.

National Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: For high school seniors of ethnic background and with US citizenship who have been accepted into an ABET-accredited engineering program at a four year college or university. For undergraduates with US citizenship who attend an AEBT-accredited engineering program at a four-year college or university.

American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: Applicants must be high school seniors who plan to attend a U.S. college, university or certified trade school. Applicants receive one entry in the scholarship drawing for each question answered correctly. 

Job Application Scholarship
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: Scholarship is open to all students who will be enrolled in an Educational Institution by the award date.

Penguin Books Signet Essay Competition
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: Applicants must be a junior or senior and complete an essay on one of five given topics regarding the book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Essays must be submitted by an English teacher on behalf of the interested students.

Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: Applicant must submit a short (2-3 minute) video on the importance of US leadership for a nuclear weapons-free world. Please visit their website for more information.


Anthony Munoz Scholarship
Deadline: May
Description/Criteria: One must be currently attending a high school in Greater Cincinnati and be enrolled or entering an eligible Greater Cincinnati/Tri-State college or university. One must also display a desire to overcome adversity and demonstrate a financial need.

Best Mattress Sleep Scholarship
Deadline: May
Description/Criteria: Applicants must be current high school seniors attending school in the United States OR current college students already studying at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution with a current 3.0 GPA.

HiLine Coffee Scholarship
Deadline: May
Description/Criteria: Available to individuals who are planning on attending college or university. Must reside in the United States or Canada. Also, must complete a 500 word essay on “How coffee makes a better person”. 

Mary Margaret Kellogg Scholarship
Deadline: May
Description/Criteria: Must be an Episcopal student active in their church and attending one of the Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and Universities: St. Augustine’s in Raleigh, North Carolina and Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. 

StudySoup Scholarship
Deadline: May
Description/Criteria: Currently attending high school (or equivalent) and will be attending an accredited university or college in the next academic year.

Adam Greenman American Dream Scholarship
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: Scholarship is open to incoming or current college students. Applicant must submit an essay describe the career they want to pursue and how their education can contribute to the American Dream.

Ankin Law Undergraduate Need-Based Scholarship
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: Scholarship is open to students who will be enrolled in an undergraduate college or university during the 2016-2017 year. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to social safety.

Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who intend to purse an animation related field at an accredited post-secondary school or college.

Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: Scholarship is open high school seniors or current college students who are current or former high school or college athletes. Applicant must submit an essay on the lessons they have learned playing sports.

CURE – Cancer Support Scholarship
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: Scholarship is open to students who were diagnosed with cancer in childhood and whose disease and related treatments placed a significant financial burden on them and their families.

Debt.com Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: Applicant must send proof they have applied to other scholarships, as well as a letter explaining why they need the scholarship and their experience applying for scholarships.

DRS Guardianship Scholarship Fund
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: DRS Technologies and the National Guard Educational Foundation have established The DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund, which will provide college scholarships to the children of National Guardsmen killed during service to their country. Eligible High School Juniors and Seniors can apply for up to $25,000 paid over a four-year college education.

Education is Power Scholarship
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: Scholarship is open to students entering or attending a community college, junior college, four-year college, university, or vocational school in the fall of 2016. Applicant must have a bleeding disorder.  

SpearGearStore Scholarship
Deadline: July & December
Description/Criteria: Must be a at least 18 years-old, current high school senior with a 3.0 GPA at time of application.

Horatio Alger Scholarships
Deadline: October
Description/Criteria: The Horatio Alger Association provides scholarships for students who have demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. Other selection criteria include strength of character, financial need, a good academic record (a GPA of 2.0 or higher), and a desire to contribute to society.

InnoReviews Scholarship
Deadline: October
Description/Criteria: Must be a US student currently enrolled (or accepted) in a United States college. The applicant will need to submit an essay on the required topic with a minimum of 1000 words.

National Achievement Scholarships Program
Deadline: October
Criteria/Description: You must take the PSAT/NMSQT® in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational patter, be enrolled as a high school student (traditional or homeschooled), progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school; planning to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following completion of high school; and be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Deadline: November

Description/Criteria: Must have volunteered within the past year.

First Freedom Student Competition(s)
Deadline: November
Description/Criteria: Open to high-school students (9th – 12th) in the United States and U.S. territories, to American students living outside of the U.S., non-American students attending American and international schools outside of the U.S., foreign exchange students studying in the U.S., and American home-schooled students. 

Intel Science Talent Search
Deadline: November
Description/Criteria: The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. It honors exceptional high school seniors for their scientific research and their potential as future leaders in the scientific community.

MigVapor Scholarships
Deadline: November & May
Description/Criteria: To raise awareness about the hazards of smoking, students submit an essay with a viable solution to help the smokers make a positive change in their lives. The winning candidates for the first, second and third places will receive scholarships.

Most Valuable Student Competition – Elks National Foundation
Deadline: December
Description/Criteria: For high school seniors who are citizens of the U.S. and plan to attend full-time a four-year U.S. college or university.

James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship
Deadline: December
Description/Criteria: For high school seniors who are highly qualified students and demonstrate leadership, substantial work experience and financial need. They also must plan to attend full-time a four-year U.S. college, university, or vocational-technical institute. 

Facebook Scholarship
Deadline: December
Description/Criteria: 18-25 year old student must be currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the US. Average GPA must be 2.0 or higher. Student must create a video pitch for a company they would like to start.

SiW Internet Marketing Scholarship
Deadline: December
Description/Criteria: Student should currently be pursuing their education with a 2.5 GPA.  


National Scholarships for College Students:

African American Episcopal Historical Collection Grant
Deadline: January
Description/Criteria: 
The AAEHC is a joint project of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and the Virginia Theological Seminary.   Through documents, institutional records, oral histories, personal papers, and photographs, the collection documents the experiences of African American Episcopalians.  Individual collections contain significant references to religious faith and involvement in the Episcopal Church, particularly at the regional, diocesan, and local levels. Travel reimbursement grants are available to individuals who would like to use the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) for research.  Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, independent researchers, and Episcopal clergy and laypersons are encouraged to apply.  Funds may be used for transportation, meals, lodging, photocopying, and other research costs. 

Hertz Fellowship

Deadline: January
Description/Criteria: Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency. College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply. Fields of interest include: Aeronautics/Astronautics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth and Geo Sciences, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science, Quantitative Biology and Bio-Engineering.

AlcoRehab Scholarship
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Applicants must be 18-years-old, enrolled in a full-time U.S. institution and a U.S. citizen.

AMS Minority Scholarship
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: For women, minorities, and disabled students who are traditionally underrepresented in the atmospheric and related oceanic sciences.

American Physical Society Minority Scholarship
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Engineering physics and applied physics majors also welcome to apply.

Buick Achievers Scholarship
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Full – time entering freshmen and current undergraduate students.You must be majoring in a specified course of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design, or another program of study related to the automotive industry to be eligible for this award.

LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Open to undergraduate students with minimum GPA of 2.75 and graduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Must be an ethnic minority studying public relations, marketing, journalism, or advertising.  Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Must be a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Must be a full- or part-time upper-division undergraduate or graduate student in public administration, governmental accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration. Must be a minority who is a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada. Cannot be a past winner of a GFOA scholarship.

Summer Research Diversity Fellowships
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Must be an American citizen or lawful permanent resident. For sophomores and juniors majoring in social sciences or humanities with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Rising Stars Scholarship Program
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Male with a degree from an accredited college/university.  Must have a strong commitment to continual education and community service. This person will also need to demonstrate financial need.  

Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Female college freshmen through college seniors ages 35 and over with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Available to college sophomores and juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

NANBPWC National Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Must be a graduating high school seniors of African-American heritage with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

National Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: For high school seniors of ethnic background and with US citizenship who have been accepted into an ABET-accredited engineering program at a four year college or university.  For undergraduates with US citizenship who attend an AEBT-accredited engineering program at a four-year college or university.

Society of Exploration Geophysics Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Must be a high school student planning on entering college next fall or an undergraduate or graduate college student whose grades are above average and intends to pursue a career in applied geophysics or a closely related field.

The Agnes Jones Johnson Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Current member of the NAACP under the age of 25 who demonstrates financial need based on federal poverty guidelines with a grade point average of 2.5.

Hair Scholarship Program
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: The scholarship is open to the Graduates, Post Graduates students who are studying Beauty courses, have an interest in Beauty and aim to take Beauty as a career. A 1500-word essay is also required.

UBS/PaineWebber Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Must attend a UNCF Institution. Must be a college sophomore, junior, or senior. Must possess a minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be majoring in one of the following: Business, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Marketing, Banking, Management, Business Administration.

Value of Being Fit Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Student must currently be enrolled in a college, university or high school. Students of any stream/branch of education are eligible to apply for this scholarship.  Applicants must have attained age of 18 years as on last date of scholarship.

Akademos/TextbookX.com Scholarship Contest
Deadline: April & October
Description/Criteria: Akademos Inc. offers spring and fall scholarship essay contests to help publicize the TextbookX.com web site, a source of new and used textbooks. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gregurublog Scholarship
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: Student must be in an undergraduate or masters program to apply. They will need to submit a 600-800 word essay on how to prepare for the GRE exam.

The Spangenberg Law Firm Video PSA Scholarship Contest
Deadline: April
Criteria/Description: Must be currently attending or planning to attend a college or university during the 2016-2017 academic year, be in good academic standing at current educational institution, and submit all required material.

Italissimmo Scholarship
Deadline: May
Description/Criteria: Students must be currently attending an accredited college, university, junior college, high school, or trade school in the U.S. or Canada. All applicants must submit an essay describing: “How household appliances make our lives easier”.

MigVapor Scholarship
Deadline: May
Description/Criteria: MigVapor offers scholarship awards for the students who present their well-researched and evidence-based essay to encourage smokers to kick their addiction. This scholarship is offered nationwide to United States Citizens. To apply, you must be a full-time student at an accredited four-year or two-year university, community college or junior college, or graduate degree program. You have to be at least 18 years old.

NASA (Harriet G. Jerkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program)
Deadline: May
Description/Criteria: Must be a member of an underrepresented group, which includes women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline. Must either be within the first 3 years of a graduate program at an accredited, U.S. university OR be in the process of applying to an accredited STEM graduate program.

StudySoup Scholarship
Deadline: May
Description/Criteria: Currently attending an accredited university or college (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible).

Earl Warren Scholarship
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in their final year of college/university or their first year of law school. Applicant must be studying law.

Gadget Review Scholarship
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: Applicants must be within the ages of 18 to 25 and currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States. There is also a 700-1500-word essay to complete.

Sump Pump Guide Scholarship
Deadline: June
Description/Criteria: Scholarship is over to current high school seniors or college students under the age of 24 years old. A 1000-1500-word essay is required.

SpearGearStore Scholarship
Deadline: July & December
Description/Criteria: Must be a at least 18 years-old, currently enrolled in a college or university high with a 3.0 GPA at time of application.

Tobacco-Free Life Academic Scholarship
Deadline: September
Description/Criteria: Tobacco-Free Life is offering scholarship awards to the students who best demonstrate their skills in encouraging smokers to break free of their addiction by creating a well-researched and evidence-based 1,000-1,500 word essay offering advice to tobacco users. Must be 18 years or older undergraduate or graduate student to participate.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
Deadline: September
Description/Criteria: Full time student enrolled in four-year institution with need for financial expenses.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Deadline: October
Description/Criteria: Students must be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a US campus, and by fall 2016 have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent).

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities
Deadline: November
Description/Criteria: All citizens or nationals of the United States with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as GPA, class rank, honors or other designations). Must be enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution and committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Cannot have earned a prior doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

The Dow Jones News Fund Internship Programs
Deadline: November
Description/Criteria: For college juniors, seniors and graduate students interested in press, communications, and editing.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
Deadline: December
Description/Criteria: Open to full-time juniors and seniors in college or university.

Google Lime Scholarship
Deadline: December
Description/Criteria: 
A current undergraduate, graduate or PhD student enrolled at a university in the U.S. or Canada pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree. Applicant must maintain a strong academic performance and have either a visible or invisible disability.

Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship
Deadline: December
Description/Criteria: Students must be nominated by the dean of his/her school in order to be considered (contact the career center or student affairs office for an application and details for procedures within your school).

QUITDAY.ORG Scholarship
Deadline: December
Description/Criteria: The QuitDay Scholarship essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are 18 years old or older. Applicants must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in a college or university located within the United States or in the District of Columbia. Only one (1) submission per student is allowed.

International Scholarships for College Students:

Emily Woodward Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Description/Criteria: Must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled full-time or part-time in an accredited post-secondary education institute by the time the winner of the annual scholarship is announced. You must also possess a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Winner announcements will take place on July 31, 2017. Only one entry per applicant. Scholarship is available to students worldwide.

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