Top Need-Based Scholarships
While some scholarships are focused on supporting students based on specific talents or achievements, other need-based scholarships aim to support students who simply have financial need. If you are a student who has demonstrated financial need, we recommend that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. The FAFSA will help you access grants and loans from specific colleges, states, and also the federal government. In addition to college-specific need based financial aid, there are also a number of private need based scholarships that students can apply for!
Here are the top need-based scholarships for students that are open now:
- Dell Scholars Program
- Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
- James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship
- Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
- Questbridge College Search Scholarship
- Questbridge National College Match Scholarship
- Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship
For information on eligibility, the award amount, and application links for these scholarships for students with demonstrated financial need, please keep reading!
- Eligibility: High school juniors and seniors who are participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program.
- Deadline December 1st
- Amount: $20,000, a laptop credit, textbook credit, and on-going mentoring
- Eligibility: Open to high school seniors with demonstrated financial need
- Deadline: November 13th (Applications open August 1)
- Amount: Full funding (including tuition, living expenses, books, and other required fees for four years)
- Eligibility: The high school senior sons, daughters, and financial dependents of Teamster members
- Deadline: April 14 (Applications open at the end of November)
- Amount: Up to $10,000
- Eligibility: Open to minority students who are high school seniors or currently attending college. Applicants must be interested in studying criminal justice.
- Deadline: June 1st
- Amount: Up to $2,000
- Eligibility: Open to high school juniors
- Deadline: April 21 (Opens late August)
- Amount: Varies
- Eligibility: Open to high school seniors
- Deadline: September 26th
- Amount: Full funding (including tuition, room, and board) for four years
- Eligibility: Open to students in New England with financial need
- Deadline: May 1st (Opens every January)
- Amount: up to $15,000