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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 women students.

Here are 10 of the best scholarships for women:

Live Nation 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 3

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

Toptal Scholarships for Women

Toptal’s Scholarships for Women offer financial support for female students who demonstrate outstanding leadership ability and potential. Students in all fields of study may apply. Toptal’s scholarship program aims to nurture the next generation of women CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs, and world and industry leaders. In addition to a scholarship worth $10,000 to be applied to their studies, award winners will also receive a year of mentorship from a Toptal expert. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Five students are awarded internationally each year, one from each of the following regions: Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

To apply, interested students must submit an online application. Applicants must write a blog post of at least 1,000 words on their chosen idea to change the world. The blog post must include the following sections: your vision to change the world, how you believe you can accomplish your goals, support and mentorship you need to accomplish your goals, a clear reference to Toptal Scholarships. Students must also provide a link to their Linkedin profile or to an online resume. Students must also write a response of no more than 2,000 words on how they would use the $10,000 they earned from the scholarship.

Application Deadline: Deadlines vary by region (Americas, June 7; Asia, February 4; Europe, March 13; Oceania, January 21; Africa, November 7)

Award: $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must be age 16 or older
  • Must be a legal resident or citizen of your country of residence
  • Must apply to the region for which country you are a legal resident
  • Due to legal restrictions, residents and citizens of the following countries/regions are ineligible: the Crimea region of the Ukraine, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria
  • Must not have previously received a Toptal scholarship or grant
  • Toptal employees, freelancers, and their immediate families and household members are not eligible

SWSIS Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security

The Computing Research Association Widening Participation (CRA-WP) and Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) jointly offer scholarships of up to $10,000 for women studying toward careers in information security. Since the program’s inception in 2011, over 90 women have been awarded scholarships.

To apply, applicants must provide an essay describing their interest and background in the information security field, a current transcript, a resume or CV, multiple letters of reference from faculty members, and their university name and class status.

Application Deadline: February 1

Award Amount: Up to $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must be studying information security
  • Must be an undergraduate in their junior or senior year or in a master’s program during the upcoming academic year
  • Must attend an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

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

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: December 4

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

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

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 two female students in English, media studies, journalism, communications, and related fields. Students are selected based on the strength of a supplemental essay on a suggested topic. Award recipients also get the opportunity to write two blog posts for the Alliance for Women in Media.

To apply, interested students must submit a letter of recommendation from a professor in their area of study, a copy of their student ID or transcript to serve as proof of enrollment, and write one 300-500 word essay on a prompt provided during the application period.

Application Deadline: May 8

Award Amount: Winner receives $3,000; runner-up receives $1,000

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. Two students are awarded each year. 

To apply, interested students must submit an application including the following materials: a recommendation letter from a professor in their area of study, an essay profiling a female mentor, a copy of their student ID or transcript to act as proof of enrollment.

Application Deadline: May 1

Award Amount: Winner receives $3,000; runner-up receives $2,000

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

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

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