Scholarships for Women

Women outnumber men on college campuses and may soon represent the majority of the U.S. college-educated workforce. But in many areas, the gender gap is still far from closing. Women represent only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs and men still outearn women by approximately $10,000 on average. Women are also underrepresented in some of the highest-paying and fastest-growing fields, including STEM fields and law. Furthermore, many women, including low-income women, minority women, older women, and women with children, face major financial, institutional, and situational barriers to earning a degree.

In order to help close the gender gap further and put more women in positions of leadership, many companies and non-profit organizations offer scholarships for female students.

In this article, we highlight the upcoming scholarships for women that TUN helped create as well as other scholarships that we think present some of the best opportunities out there for women. 

Scholarships Available Only Through TUN

The Prysmian Group Women in STEM Scholarship

Prysmian Group is currently accepting applications for its Prysmian Group Women in STEM Scholarship

The company is looking to award six $2,500 scholarships.

To apply, those interested must either post on social media or write a 200-word essay about why they have chosen to pursue a STEM-related field. 

Application Deadline: March 31, 2022

Award: $5,000 each (6 awards)

Eligibility: 

  • Must be high school seniors and high school graduates who will be applying to college for the 2022-23 academic year, and current undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited U.S. college or university 
  • Must identify as female
  • Must reside in the United States
  • Must be pursuing a STEM-related field

Click here to apply for the Prysmian Group Women in STEM Scholarship.

The Forrester Law Firm Women in Criminal Defense Scholarship

The Forrester Law Firm is accepting applications for its Women in Criminal Defense Scholarship.

The firm will award a $2,000 scholarship to a student who will be in the third-year of law school in the 2022-23 academic year.

To apply, interested students must submit an essay of 500 words or more on what has inspired them to pursue a career in criminal defense.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2022

Award: $2,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be rising 3-L students in accredited U.S. law schools
  • Must identify as female
  • Must reside in the United States
  • Must be interested in pursuing a career in criminal defense

Click here to apply for the scholarship.

Other Scholarships

Tiffany Green Operator Scholarship

Live Nation, a California-based events and venue promoter, offers a scholarship for women interested in working in live entertainment. Applicants may study a variety of fields in the entertainment industry, such as event operations or management, music engineering, or production. Award recipients are required to submit an end-of-year essay updating Music Forward on how the award supported their academic and professional goals.

To apply, interested students must complete a scholarship application form, provide a copy of their college transcripts confirming their GPA, submit a resume, provide proof of enrollment, provide two letters of recommendation from industry professionals or instructors, and write an essay of no longer than 500 words on the value that women bring to the live entertainment industry and their long-term professional goals. 


Application Deadline: March 31, 2021

Award: $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student with a minimum of 60 earned credits
  • Must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in the coming fall semester
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be studying a field related to the live entertainment industry

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship

Named for the first woman to hold federal office in the United States, the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to low-income women. In order to qualify, applicants must be defined as low-income, according to the Department of Labor’s income guidelines, and must be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree or technical/vocational education.

To apply, interested students must complete an online application for either the Jeannette Rankin Fund Scholarship or Emerge Scholarship. Applicants must submit proof of their income for the previous year (e.g., a tax return), their most recent transcript and/or letter of acceptance to college, and two letters of recommendation. 

Application Deadline: February 26, 2022

Award: $2,000 per year for up to 5 years

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must be age 35+ older for the Jeannette Rankin Fund Scholarship and age 25+ for the Emerge Scholarship
  • Must be defined as low-income
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree

Adobe Research Women in Technology Scholarship

Adobe Research offers a scholarship for women working toward careers in technology. The scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in tech fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, computer science, and mobile and web development.

To apply, interested students must submit an online application including a resume, an academic resume from a current or past institution, three letters of recommendation, and four short essays responding to prompts given during the time of application. Applicants are also encouraged to submit an optional 60-second video or multimedia project describing their dream career.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2021

Award: $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must be a student currently enrolled as an undergraduate (2nd year or above) or master’s student at a North American university for the upcoming academic year
  • Must have completed at least one year of undergraduate university education
  • Must intend to be enrolled in full-time study (undergraduate or graduate) two academic years from the application deadline
  • Must major in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field
  • Must have demonstrated leadership in school and extracurricular/community activities
  • Must maintain a strong academic record
  • Must have no relatives who work for Adobe

AAUW International Fellowships

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers international fellowships to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The awards are granted for full-time graduate or postgraduate study at U.S. institutions of higher education. Awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the interests of women and girls. 

To apply, interested students must complete an online application. To do so, they must first pass an eligibility quiz to be reviewed by a selection panel. Applicants must also provide the following documentation: three recommendations from professors or professional colleagues; proof of highest degree in the form of a transcript or a letter from the institution including degree completion date; proof of enrollment (for enrolled students); proof of degrees held; proof of English proficiency; a resume or CV; academic information; and a summary of their budget.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

Award Amount: $18,000 for Masters and first professional degree students; $20,000 for doctoral students; $30,000 for postdoctoral researchers

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must have demonstrated commitment to the interests of women and girls
  • Must not have received an AAUW fellowship or grant in the past (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants)
  • Must have citizenship in a country other than the United States. or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the United States
  • Must hold an academic degree earned in the United States or abroad equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree, completed as of the application deadline
  • Must be committed full-time to academic studies or research
  • Must intend to return to her home country after completing program to pursue a professional career
  • Must be proficient in English and confirm proficiency by submitting a valid Educational Testing Service’s Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score or other verification
  • Master’s, first professional degree, and doctoral applicants must have applied by November 15 to an accredited institution of study for the period of the fellowship year
  • Postdoctoral applicants must provide proof of their doctorate degree and indicate where they will conduct their research
  • Master’s, first professional degree, and doctoral applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited institution during the fellowship year
  • Distance learning and online degrees are not supported

Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Education Support Awards

The Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation, named for the trailblazing Japanese American politician from Hawaii who was the first woman of color to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, offers five Education Support Awards of up to $5,000 to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing an education or vocational training.

To apply, interested students must complete an application form and provide the following documents: an official transcript, a student aid report (SAR), proof of admission, and a tuition statement.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2021

Award Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must be at least 17 years of age
  • Must be a mother, with minor children
  • Must be pursuing a first vocational degree/certificate; a first associate’s degree; a first bachelor’s degree’ or a first professional/master’s/doctoral degree
  • Must be enrolled in a not-for-profit, accredited institution or program in the United States during the upcoming academic year
  • Must be low-income (family income less than $20,000 for a family of 2; less than $24,000 for a family of 3; less than $28,000 for a family of four)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Ford Emerging Voices Scholarship

In collaboration with the Alliance for Women in Media, the Ford Motor Company offers a scholarship for a female student in English, media studies, journalism, communications, and related fields. Applicants are asked to create a video or audio piece, focusing on the importance of women’s voices in media. 

To apply, interested students must submit an application including a video or audio on a given topic. 

Application Deadline: For 2022 scholarship, information will be available in the spring

Award Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student studying media, journalism, English, communications, and related fields
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university during the upcoming academic year

Ford Empowering America Scholarship

The Alliance for Women in Media and the Ford Motor Company offer a second scholarship for women students. The Ford Empowering America Scholarship is offered to women in communications and media-related fields and is focused on female leadership. Scholarship applicants are asked to profile or interview a female leader in their community. The subject can be a member of the student’s family, school, city, or personal network. Subjects with ties to the media industry are given preference. 

To apply, interested students must submit an application including a profile or interview of a female leader. 


Application Deadline: For 2022 scholarship, information will be available in the spring

Award Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student studying communications, media, journalism, English, or a related field
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university during the upcoming academic year

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. Academic Scholarship

ABC Wildlife, a Chicago-based humane wildlife control corporation, offers a scholarship for women studying in STEM fields. One award of $1,000 is granted to the winning student, and up to nine other students may receive awards. Funds may be used for tuition, academic projects, medical expenses, housing, living expenses, transportation, or other education-related costs.

In order to apply, students must submit an application via email to grants@abcwildlife.com with the subject line “Women in STEM Scholarship”. Applications must submit an essay on the following prompt: “Why are you passionate about science, technology, engineering, or math, and how will your pursuit of these fields help preserve biodiversity, improve the health of our planet, or alleviate human suffering?” Applicants must also submit proof of enrollment and one letter of recommendation. 

Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

Award: Winner receives $1,000; up to nine other students may receive awards

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university
  • Must be studying or planning to study in a field of science, engineering, mathematics, or technology
  • Children of ABC Wildlife, Inc. employees are ineligible

How to find scholarships

The scholarships listed above are just some of the best scholarships we’ve found for you. There are many other scholarships out there for women.

If you’re a high school senior and know which colleges you’re interested in, check with them to see what they have in terms of scholarships. You can usually find most of the information by clicking on their “financial aid” page. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email or call their financial aid office.

If you’re a college student, check with your college to see what they offer. In addition to institutional scholarships, financial aid officers will likely have a list of other scholarships that they recommend. 

There are also outside scholarships — like the ones listed above — that are sponsored by companies, organizations, foundations and individuals as a way to give back to their communities. The awards can cover your entire tuition or a portion of it. Some scholarships have a GPA requirement or are based on financial need, while others embrace a cause or emphasize community involvement, athletic achievement, diversity, passion, and much more. For example, the Hyundai Women in STEM Scholarship supports STEM education for female students. The home furnishings company MacKenzie-Childs, which finds inspiration for its designs by observing nature, offers the Black Lives Matter Scholarship for Design, which requires applicants to submit an essay about where they find inspiration.

So, how do you find outside scholarships like these?

Start your search with TUN’s Scholarship Search Engine to find scholarships that are ideal for you. You can search by grade level, GPA, major, state of residency, scholarship name, or deadline month. You can also browse through our featured scholarships, some available only through TUN, and a collated list of scholarships for specific groups of students, including scholarships for women in STEM, female students, Black students, Black female students, Asian American students, Hispanic students, and international students

To keep on top of new scholarships as they are offered, be sure to join the TUN Community. We will let you know about scholarships that you qualify for. 

You should also check with the financial aid office of your college to see if they have a list of scholarships. They may also be in the know about local scholarships.

Your family is yet another source of scholarships. Your parents or guardians may work for a company that offers scholarships for dependents of employees

If you work while in high school or college, you may also qualify for an employee scholarship. For example, Taco Bell has an exclusive scholarship program that’s available only to its restaurant employees. McDonald’s also offers scholarships to eligible employees.

When to apply for scholarships 

To be considered for a scholarship, you must meet the deadline. 

So, start your research for scholarships early and note down the deadlines of the scholarships you’re interested in.

Use a spreadsheet to keep track of the scholarships. Grouping them by deadline will help you focus on what’s due next.

Pay attention to what’s required of you. For example, if you need a recommendation letter, you should request one way ahead of time so you have one by the time you apply. If an essay is required, start writing weeks before so you have an essay you can be proud of before the due date.

Aim to send in your application at least a few days before the due date. This way, you avoid the risk of getting sidelined by technical glitches, tests, heavy homework load, or illness. 

How to win scholarships 

Scholarships, especially ones with high awards, can be very competitive. In some cases, you may be competing against thousands of students. 

So, how do you increase your chances of winning a scholarship?

First, make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and submit all the information required of you, including recommendation letters, transcripts, and resume.

Second, try to distinguish yourself from the other applicants. Your essay, if that’s required, is what makes you unique so let your personality and creativity shine through. How do you do that? 

You can achieve that “by showing instead of telling,” according to Sarah Chomette, an eAdviser with the College Advising Corps. 

“When answering a creative prompt or inputting your personal statement, it’s important to provide the reader with a story instead of just telling them about your goals and accomplishments,” she said. “That can be kind of boring and it makes you get lost in the crowd.”

A successful essay must include four major components, Chomette explained. First, make sure that you convey your personal values. Second, be open and honest to help the reader feel a connection with you. Third, let the reader know why your story is important. Fourth, your writing must show that you put time and effort into it. 

If a scholarship asks for a video or infographic instead of an essay, the same principle applies.

To summarize, always put thought and effort into your whole application and submit your best work. There should be no obvious errors or typos. And if you need to submit a recommendation letter, reflect on who knows you best and whose recommendation would help your application the most. 

Samuel Benezra contributed to this article.

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