Outside Scholarships

Winning scholarship contests takes both luck and strategy. The USF Financial Aid Office regularly researches private scholarship opportunities for new and continuing students. Private scholarships can help you reduce the net cost of your education and limit student loan debt.

If you are a newly admitted or current student, and you are the winner of a private scholarship contest, follow these steps to make sure that your private scholarship is included in your financial aid award package.

FebruaryGovernment Finance Officers Association Scholarships recognize and encourage outstanding performances by various students who are interested in a career in government finance.$8,000 - $13,000
FebruaryLAGRANT Foundation Scholarship applicants who are enrolled and active college or university students are required to submit a 600-1000 word essay.$1,000
March, June, September and December of each yearThe AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship is open to applicants seeking a baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree in nursing who are already enrolled (not just accepted). Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator, students completing an RN-BSN or RN-MSN program, and those in an accelerated program.$2,500
AprilThe Teacher.org "Inspire Our Future" Scholarship is open to students who are 18 years of age or older, currently enrolled in certain teaching degrees at an accredited U.S. institution, and who have a 3.5 GPA or above.$2,500
AprilThe Tungsten Rings & Co. Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents of at least 16 years of age and who are currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary academic institution in the U.S.$1,000
April and November each yearThe Best Hospitality Degrees Scholarship is open to undergraduate students enrolled in hospitality majors at community colleges and universities, who are U.S. citizens with a minimum 3.0 GPA.$1,500
June and December each yearThe Giva Student Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled and active college or university students. Applicants are required to submit a 600-1000 word essay.$1,000
JuneThe Abbott & Fenner Scholarship is offered to high school juniors and seniors, as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. Applicants must submit an essay of 500-1000 words.$1,000
July and November each yearAuger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award applicants who are U.S. citizens and undergraduates with a minimum 2.8 GPA must submit their transcripts and write an essay of 500-1000 words on one of the topics provided on the application.$1,000
NovemberThe Health Wonk Scholarship is open to Graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, ethnically underrepresented, enrolled in 12 units or more per semester in an accredited U.S. institution with a 2.75 (UG) to 3.2 (Grad) GPA, and majoring in advertising, marketing or public relations. Winners must be willing to travel and participate in career-building activities.$1,500-$2,500
DecemberThe Insureon Small Business Scholarship is open to any student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and will be enrolled in 2 or 4-year public or private university within the U.S.$2,500
DecemberThe Savvy Saver Scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents who are at least 18 years old and are attending a 2 or 4 year college or university in the U.S. are eligible to submit an essay about the best way to save money as a college student.$2,500
DecemberElie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity applicants must be registered undergraduate, full-time juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the U.S., and must submit an essay of 3000-4000 words on the chosen topic each year.$500-$5,000
DecemberThe Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is intended for students with Sophomore status by 12/31/15 who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited baccalaureate program in Fall 2016, have a 3.5 or above GPA, financial need, and have not previously attended a 4-year institution.Varies

Tips & Strategies

  1. A higher High School or College GPA will make you eligible for more scholarships and increase your chances of winning an award.
  2. Begin your search at least one year prior to the time when you will need scholarship funds to be paid.
  3. Consistently dedicate at least one-to-three hours per week to searching and applying for private scholarships.
  4. Search the internet with Google, using the keyword "scholarship" and different combinations of other keywords related to your heritage/ethnicity, background, extracurricular activities, intended major/career, etc.
  5. Review all eligibility and application requirements carefully and make sure to submit all required documents.
  6. Do not apply for scholarships that require application fees or payments of any kind. Learn more about scholarship scams.


Use the following resources and scholarship search engines to find awards that more closely match your background, major, and career aspirations. You may also find scholarship opportunities through your family's professional associations, local government, or religious institutions to which you belong.

  • BigFuture
  • Fastweb
  • GoArmy ROTC
  • Petersons
  • Scholarships.com
  • Student Scholarship Search
  • Unigo