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Top 50 scholarships for College Seniors in September 2022
If you are a rising or current college senior, you are approaching the end of your college journey! For many students, senior year is a particularly busy year: you are likely taking your most rigorous classes, applying for jobs or graduate school. You might also be in leadership positions for the clubs and associations you are involved in. Students should also remember that there are some great scholarships for college seniors.
Whether you are looking to pay for your senior year of college or graduate school, scholarships for college seniors can earn you some serious money and eliminate student loan debt.
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- How to win scholarships for college seniors
- Frequently asked questions
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50 scholarships for College Seniors in September 2022
The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:
- The scholarship requires a fee to apply
- The scholarship requires paid membership in an organization (with certain exceptions for reputable trade organizations and others)
- Student are required to sign up for a site or service to apply*
- The scholarship seems primarily used for lead generation** or idea harvesting purposes***
- The scholarship website has many grammatical errors and/or advertisements
- The scholarship or scholarship providing organization seem untrustworthy
- There is no evidence the scholarship was previously awarded
- The scholarship has not been awarded in the past 12 months
- There is no available contact information
If you believe a scholarship has been published in error, please reach out to [email protected] and we’ll take a look!
* There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
** Lead generation scholarships will require students to sign up for an app or website and require minimal (if any) application requirements.
***Idea harvesting scholarships will require students to submit blog posts or other materials that companies may use for marketing purposes.
“Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship
Open to all postsecondary students, regardless of the type of training/education they are pursuing.
Sloane Stephens Doc & Glo Scholarship
Open to high school and college students who need support in paying for their education and following their dreams.
Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship
Open to any student who has lost a loved one and submits an essay on how that loss influences what you want to "fight" to achieve in life.
George J. Mitchell Scholarship
Offered by US-Ireland Alliance
Open to 18 - 30 year old postsecondary students and graduates who are passionate about public service and wish to study in Ireland.
Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
Offered by Digital Responsibility
Open to students who write a 140-character blurb about the dangers of texting while driving.
Paliwal Club of 100 Scholarship
Offered by 1,000 Dreams Fund & Ila and Dinesh Paliwal Foundation
Open to female college and graduate students who plan to major in science, technology, engineering, the arts, or math.
HostingAdvice.com Future Web Developers Scholarship
Offered by HostingAdvice.com
Open to incoming and current college students majoring in computer science related fields.
Raymond Davis Scholarship
Offered by Society for Imaging Science and Technology
Open to advanced-level undergraduates or graduate students with academic and/or research focuses in a field related to imaging.
“Scholar Dollars” Essay Scholarship for Black Students
Open to Black students in their senior year of high school to their last year of graduate school.
Forget Your Student Debt No-Essay Grant
Open to anyone with student debt. Adults who have started their careers and are no longer in school are fully eligible.
How to win scholarships for college seniors
Now that you’ve got a list of opportunities to apply for, it’s time to craft your applications. Luckily, we can help you through the process. Check out our guides on how to start a scholarship essay, how to write an essay about yourself, and how to use your essay to show rather than tell. We can also help you tailor your essay to 250 or 500 word limits. If you’re still left with questions, try some of these resources:
- How to write a “Why do you deserve this scholarship?” essay
- How to write a scholarship resume
- Guide to winning local scholarships
Frequently asked questions
Is senior year of college too late to apply for scholarships?
It’s never too late to apply for scholarships! You can apply for scholarships during your senior year to finance any program you may enroll in afterwards, and you can even try to fund your second semester if you find the right opportunity.
Can I receive federal financial aid when I go to grad school?
If you are planning to go to grad school, your federal financial aid options will change once you enroll. You will not be eligible for the Pell Grant or Subsidized Direct Loans, but you will be able to take out a much higher quantity of other types of federal loans. These include PLUS loans and Direct Unsubsidized.
Remember, you’ll qualify for these opportunities the same way you did in undergrad – by filling out the FAFSA. Make sure to submit it well before the deadline to ensure that you file in time for any first-come first-served state grants.
Will scholarships affect my financial aid package?
In some situations, scholarships from outside sources can impact your financial aid package. It’s a good idea to reach out to your school’s financial aid office before applying to scholarships to see how your need-based aid might change as a result of new outside scholarship funds.