8 College Scholarships for Women

With every passing decade, the number of women enrolled in college increases. Where women were once given the option of nursing or teaching, they are now able to choose from every major under the sun. However, as options have increased, so have tuition costs.

Here are some great scholarship options for women.

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1. SWE Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2020 (Freshmen); TBD for Sophomores and Above (Opens December 1, 2020)

The SWE Scholarship program is a great option for those planning on studying some form of engineering. Through multiple scholarship opportunities for different age groups, majors, as well as colleges, SWE offers over $600,000 in scholarship money yearly.

2. Dina Shore Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: TBD for 2021

The LPGA Foundation awards the Dina Shore Scholarship each year to a female high school senior who played golf in high school but will not be playing competitively in college. The award, which honors the late Dina Shore who was an honorary LPGA member, is a $5,000 non-renewable scholarship.

3. Women in Technology Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 15, 2020 (Spring)

Women have struggled with finding their place in the field of technology since the invention of the computer. Yet more and more women are finding that they are more than capable of excelling in the tech world each year and programs are popping up all over the country to instill a feeling of confidence in female coders. The Women in Technology Scholarships are $2,500 amounts awarded twice a year to those currently enrolled in a Product Design, Interaction Design, User Experience Design, Engineering, or Computer Science degree program.

4. Distinguished Young Women Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

As one of the oldest women scholarships, the Distinguished Young Women scholarship has helped countless women fund their college education. Through cash and college granted scholarships, Distinguished Young Women made $820 million available across the US.

5. P.E.O. Star Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: 30 days after receiving application

Established in 2009, the PEO Star Scholarship helps female students in their senior year of high school. The $2,500 scholarship, used during the following academic year, is non-renewable. The scholarship awards a student with a record of excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service, as well as having at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Local PEO chapters must recommend a student for the award.

6. AWG Minority Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: June 30

The Association of Women Geoscientists offers a $6,000 scholarship to African-American, Hispanic, or Native American women each summer. Winners then use the scholarship in the upcoming academic year. Applicants must be full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the geosciences. Recipients of the award show that they are contributing to the larger world community through academic and personal strengths.

7. Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15

To honor the late Aysen Tunca and support women in STEM, the Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship awards $2,000 to a woman currently studying in a STEM field. The scholarship gives preference to disadvantaged women and first-generation students.

8. Science Ambassador Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: TBD for 2021 (Opens Fall) 

Those majoring in STEM fields can apply for the Science Ambassador Scholarship funded by Cards Against Humanity. This 4-year, full-tuition scholarship is awarded to a woman who is passionate about their field and the discoveries to be made. Applicants submit a video on a scientific topic they are passionate about. Ten video finalists are then chosen by a board of 50 women in science to submit more materials and one award winner is chosen from that group.

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