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The U.S. Department of Education has forecast that STEM-related occupations will grow as much as 60% by 2020. While women and minorities have long been underrepresented in the field, now is an excellent time to help change that. Here is a newly created guide: The Best Colleges for STEM Students. It’s a comprehensive and easy search.

STEM pages covering licenses and professional certifications can be found at, and

Here we have compiled a comprehensive and inclusive list of scholarships that aims to provide information about opportunities for students at all educational levels.

Throughout this list, however, are several external databases that we suggest you search. These sites are populated with thousands of scholarships with combined values of millions of dollars.

Often, these sites allow you to customize your search and determine which scholarships you are eligible for. These sites typically provide other helpful information regarding the scholarship application process.

These databases exist within some of the more specific categories in this list so that you can maximize your opportunities. Keep in mind that the scholarships in this list are dedicated to offering opportunities to students with all backgrounds and interests.

This does not only include STEM scholarships. As you explore this list, please consider all categories that may apply to your needs!

On another note, if you have not filled out your FAFSA yet, please do! For many scholarships, this will demonstrate your financial need. This also opens up opportunities for you to receive federal grants. Here is the link:

FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form & Info)
Prefer a mobile app? The 2020–21 and 2019–20 FAFSA forms are on the myStudentAid app, available on the App Store (iOS) or on Google Play (Android).

The FAFSA Process graphic—Walks through the process of preparing for, completing, and submitting a FAFSA form. Includes info on what happens after the form is submitted.

General External Scholarship Databases: 
College Board
Scholarship America Scholarships
Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities
FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid scholarships

STEM Scholarship Opportunities:

Sabre STEM Scholarship Program – The Sabre Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Scholarship is designed to support graduating high school seniors planning to further their education in one of the STEM disciplines.

SMART Scholarships – Given out by the Department of Defense, this scholarship covers full tuition for students pursuing STEM degrees. Each Summer, students will be given paid summer internships in DoD labs and will be given a job after graduation. No military service is required.

AFCEA Scholarships List – Available to any college student majoring in a STEM field.

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service – A unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning. Additionally, participants receive stipends of up to $8,000 for undergraduate and $12,000 for graduate students.

Microsoft Scholarship Program
Student Inventors Scholarships

 Harford County Scholarship Opportunities:

Harford County Chamber of Commerce 
Harford County Public Schools – HCPS provides a list of local scholarships on its website. The scholarships vary in award amount and are open to high school students studying various subjects.

General Minority Scholarship Resources:

Thanks to 6th grader Alyssa, and her encouraging grandmother, for alerting us to this website.
Financial Aid, Minority Students, comprehensive scholarship list includes financial aid opportunities exclusively reserved for African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and other specific minority groups, as well as more generalized awards made available to applicants from any underrepresented demographic.
Graduate Fellowships For Minorities Nationwide
Minority Scholarships Specially designed resource for minorities that includes comprehensive content and multiple in-depth guides on scholarships, grants, and financial aid for minorities, veterans, and students with disabilities.
UNCF Scholarships – Offers three scholarships for African American students majoring in engineering.
Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
Gates Millennium Scholarships (major)

African American/Black:
Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways 25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Visual Arts Scholarship
United Negro College Fund Scholarships
National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)

League of United Latin American Citizens Scholarships

Native American and Scholarships for Indigenous Students:

Who is Eligible for Native American Scholarships?

Eligibility for scholarships is determined by the institution offering a given bursary. Generally speaking, there are specific eligibility requirements for Native American higher education scholarships. Typically, these scholarships are only open to individuals registered as members of a federally recognized tribe or ethnicity. Some scholarships are available to descendants of registered members if they retain strong cultural ties to a specific tribe or nation. Fortunately, many scholarships are open to all Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native applicants.


Asian American/Pacific Islander:


International Students:
A Guide to Scholarships for International Students
International Students Scholarships & Aid Help

LGBTQ Oriented Scholarships List

NCAA Scholarships and Grants

ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) – Each military branch (Navy, Army, and Air Force) offers scholarships in exchange for becoming an officer in that branch after graduation.

Unique Opportunities:
Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships
Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship
Green Home Improvement Scholarship
Burger King
“No Essay” College Scholarship
Student Video Scholarships

Additional helpful links

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