Academics

Scholarships

The following are Scholarships that we have found that might be of interest to students who are innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

  • BlueVine Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship
    • Description: If you’re a student dreaming of eventually starting your own business, BlueVine wants to help you succeed. BlueVine, which helps small businesses address their working capital needs with access to fast funding, is offering two $5,000 scholarships to college or graduate students interested in pursuing careers as entrepreneurs. The BlueVine Young Entrepreneurs scholarship program aims to motivate and support aspiring business owners in undergraduate and graduate programs related to entrepreneurship. The scholarships will be offered in the spring and fall semesters.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Deadline: February 1, 2017; September 1, 2017
  • Innovation in Education Scholarship
    • Description: One way to showcase your creativity is to innovate either by solving a problem, by designing something that helps others solve problems, or by enhancing our relationship with whatever matters to us. Innovation is what brings our technical skills and our hopes together in unique ways. It also provides opportunities for gaining real-working experience in a chosen field, and gives students the chance to connect with adults outside their circle who might be able to help students get into their top choice college or get an internship. In the end, innovation makes people look at the bigger picture, which is the best preparation for college and for life.
    • Amount:$500
    • Deadline: Each month by the 20th
  • Fred. S. Bailey Scholarship, University YMCA
    • Description: All undergraduate students who will be enrolled at UIUC throughout the upcoming term are eligible to apply for an award of $3000. Students who have previously received an award may reapply for the scholarship each year but must demonstrate a continued commitment to service and/or activism, academic achievement, and personal development. 
    • Amount:$3,000
    • Deadline: February 21, 2017
  • Barbara Wiedner & Dorothy Vandercook Memorial Scholarship Foundation
    • Description: If you are a college freshman and have demonstrated leadership and/or personal initiative in activities or in an organization (including volunteer of paid work) relating to peace and social justice, nuclear disarmament, and/or conflict resolution, the Barbara Wiedner & Dortohy Vanercook Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is the scholarship for you.
    • Amount:$250-$500
    • Deadline: March 1, 2017
  • Young Women in Public Affairs Award
    • Description: The Award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.Recognizing that to bring about sustainable changes that benefit all of humanity, women must have equal participation in the decision-making process, Zonta International established the Young Women in Public Affairs Award in 1990.
    • Amount:$1,000 - $4,000
    • Deadline: March 7, 2017
  • FormSwift Scholarship Program
    • Description: This Scholarship Program is for driven, up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are ready to commit to building a better world through their business ideas. By creating a unique business plan infographic for their scholarship entries, young business dreamers can build upon and practice the skills that will be required of them at their jobs after college. FormSwift envision our Scholarship Program as not only an award that will help students in the present, but a test that will help them hone in on their future career paths.
    • Amount:$1,000
    • Deadline: March 15, 2017
  • Harper Entrepreneurship Scholarship 
    • Description: Harper is a proud supporter of the entrepreneurial spirit of college students across the country. Both Harper cofounders grew up in families of small business owners and witnessed firsthand the drive and tenacity it takes to run your own company. As such, we intend to give back to the next generation of ambitious entrepreneurs with the Harper Entrepreneurship Scholarship.
    • Amount:$500
    • Deadline: March 31, 2017
  • Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship 
    • Description: Founded by two entrepreneurs, Grasshopper has been making it easier to start and grow a small business since 2003. Back then, we started as just two guys with a dream and to date have served over 250,000 entrepreneurs (and we're still growing). Today our commitment to helping entrepreneurs is stronger than ever, and to that end we are proud to introduce the Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship, designed to help young entrepreneurs afford the rising cost of education and help them along the road to entrepreneurship.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • GreenPal Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneur
    • Description: GreenPal believes small businesses are the backbone of our country's economy. Our CEO started his first company, a small lawn mowing business, in high school and grew the company while attending college, ultimately scaling the organization to over 100 employees. Having recently guided that company through acquisition by a respected national organization he wants to assist aspiring entrepreneurs attending college while starting or running a small business. The purpose of The GreenPal Small Business Scholarship is to assist a motivated, driven student and future business leader. We believe that the generation of today's students are the future employers of tomorrow. The future of our county will be forged by the entrepreneurial spirit of today's generation.
    • Amount: $2,000
    • Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • Kitchen Cabinet Kings Entrepreneur Scholarship 
    • Description: Kitchen Cabinet Kings was founded by two entrepreneurs and is a leading supplier of kitchen and bathroom cabinets nationwide. In 2010, we started as just two guys with a dream to disrupt the cabinet industry and today we’re fortunate to have thousands of satisfied customers throughout the country.  As members of the Young Entrepreneur Council, we provide entrepreneurs with the resources and social capital they need to succeed. Today, our commitment to helping entrepreneurs is stronger than ever, and to that end we are proud to introduce the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Entrepreneur Scholarship, designed to help young entrepreneurs afford the rising costs of education.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • StudySoup Future Innovator Scholarship Program
    • Description: As a company driven to help students succeed, we know that college is an important step along many career paths, but it can be expensive. Students can upload notes to StudySoup to lighten their financial burden. However, we still felt like we could do more to give back to the future leaders of the world. Therefore, we are offering a $2,000 scholarship each semester to outstanding students who exemplify one or more of StudySoup’s core values: Be a Knight, Make an Impact, Succeed Together
    • Amount: $2,000
    • Deadline: May 1, 2017
  • Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship
    • Description: At Website Properties, we having been working as internet entrepreneurs for over 19 years. By building our own eCommerce businesses or by helping our clients’ sell theirs, we have always been a part of the fast changing, innovative landscape of the internet; arguably one of this generation’s greatest hotbeds for exercising the entrepreneurial spirit. We’d like to pay our good fortune forward and help you get yours started!
    • Amount: $750, $125
    • Deadline: May 31, 2017
  • Fundera College Scholarship 
    • Description: Today, Fundera's commitment to helping aspiring entrepreneurs while raising awareness about small business issues is stronger than ever. We are proud to introduce the Fundera College Scholarship, designed to help young entrepreneurs afford the rising cost of education.
    • Amount: $2,000
    • Deadline: June 1, 2017
  • Quality Formations Startup Grant
    • Description: We fully appreciate how challenging it can be to start a new business – particularly for those who are also studying at university or college. That’s why we have decided to launch a new programme devoted exclusively to helping aspiring young entrepreneurs get their business ideas off of the ground. Whether you would like to attend a trade show, invest in new materials for a prototype or you simply need some financial help to set up your first company, our scholarship seeks to provide you with all the support you need to succeed.
    • Amount: $1,250
    • Deadline: June 30, 2017
  • Restoration USA Academic Entrepreneur Reward 
    • Description: College can be expensive. Here at Restoration USA we understand the value that education can provide. Restoration USA is proud to offer a scholarship to young entrepreneurs to help alleviate some of those expenses. We wish all participants the best of luck, And may the odds be ever in your favor!
    • Amount: $500
    • Deadline: June 30, 2017
  • RenegadeWorks Annual Innovation Scholarship 
    • Description: Technology plays a major role in all of our lives. As a technology and software company, RenegadeWorks wants to invest in America’s future innovators and technology leaders that will help to drive us all forward. We have created the RenegadeWorks Annual Innovation Scholarship to do this.
    • Amount: $1,000, $500, $250
    • Deadline: July 31, 2017
  • Out-of-the-Box Thinking Scholarship
    • Description: AutoPets is dedicated to the design and manufacture of highly functional, easy-to-use products with a modern aesthetic, that make caring for your pet more enjoyable. We understand that pets are more than just animals; they are parts of our lives and members of the family. Our company takes a fresh-eyes, open-minded approach to everything we do. AutoPets is pet care, reimagined. Essay Requirements: Imagine you work on developing new products for AutoPets. What product could you bring to market to fulfill a need in an innovative way? Why is it needed? Who is the target market? What would be the marketing strategy? retail strategy? What else would help sell your idea? We encourage you to include drawings or graphics to illustrate your idea. Also include what inspired you. Outline the thinking process and how the product was conceptualized.
    • Amount: $1500, $1000, $500
    • Deadline: Opens Feb 1, 2017 and closes August 1, 2017
  • Rapid Formations Entrepreneur Scholarship Programme 
    • Description: Rapid Formations provides professional and affordable UK company formation services to scores of budding and established business owners from across the globe. Now in its second year, our Entrepreneur Scholarship Programme is open to all individuals who are currently undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate study at an officially-recognised higher learning institution in the UK or the US. The aim of the award is to assist with the financial costs of study, through which the acquisition and development of skills will potentially culminate in a successful enterprise. Up to 20 scholarships of £500 ($750) will be awarded on a competitive basis to candidates who can clearly demonstrate academic excellence and/or entrepreneurial potential. The funding may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of study.
    • Amount: $750
    • Deadline: August 25, 2017
  • Design Thinking Scholarship 
    • Description: American Graphics Institute offers multiple scholarships to encourage the use of design and creative thinking across various disciplines and fields. The American Graphic Institute Design Thinking scholarship is offered to both part-time and full-time students enrolled in degree programs at any accredited college or university in the United States. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded twice annually, in January and August of each year. The goal of the scholarship is to encourage design thinking across various disciplines.
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Deadline: mid-September and mid-January 2017
  • Women in Tech Scholarship 
    • Description: Sleep Cupid is pleased to announce our annual scholarship aimed at helping to grow the number of women working in technology. College and university education is critical for women who are intending to work in new and evolving technology industries. As a technology focused company, we understand the value of education and knowledge. With education costs always increasing, Sleep Cupid feels it is more important than ever to help women achieve their dreams.  So towards that goal we are offering the Sleep Cupid Women in Tech Scholarship to 3 students every year.
    • Amount: $1,500
    • Deadline: October 30, 2017
  • Customer Bloom 
    • Description: CustomerBloom wants to support the young new leaders in the digital agency market and help people of influence who bring ideas and guidance into the industry. The goal is to provide support to build on the collective experience of these individuals on how to implement better ways of improving business, life, and wealth! We are putting together a special scholarship contest to help inspire creativity and self-development. Every Year, The Customerblooms Scholarship Contest will require students to think outside the box and strategize how to STEP UP in the real world. The contest requires you to create a Short 2-5 minute video of yourself talking about how ideas help shape the world around us, why education is a critical element to future success, and touching on why you strive for greatness ” what motivates you”? Real world examples of what you have done to help provide guidance and navigation into maximizing your potential in the business world of Marketing and today’s generation of online success.
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Deadline: November 2017
  • PlasticPlace Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship Award
    • Description: re you a tight-budgeted student, with a passion for starting a business who works hard in school, maintaining a high GPA? PlasticPlace offers financial incentives by sponsoring a scholarship to help you pay for school and fund your dreams. We recognize the importance of diversity on college campuses and in the business sector, and we are committed to encouraging minority and female students to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors. To that end, we have created The PlasticPlace Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship for students who have the aptitude to become America’s future entrepreneurs —primarily those who belong to any underrepresented minority demographic.
    • Amount: $1,500
    • Deadline: November 1, 2017
  • Vol & Tier Digital Entrepreneurial Scholarship
    • Description: Toronto-based digital marketing company, Vol & Tier provides one $4,000 annual scholarship to an undergraduate student enrolled in an academic institution (College or University) with both a high level of business acumen and a strong entrepreneurial mindset. Applicants cannot be in their final year of study and must be enrolled full-time. Students should apply at Vol & Tier’s Scholarship page outlining their past, present and future entrepreneurial plans in the designated field. Extra credit is given to applicants who have already shown some business success within their local community. Please fill out the form below and provide, in 1,000 words or less, how you have demonstrated a strong entrepreneurial mindset. The scholarship is limited to Canadian and U.S. residents only.
    • Amount: $4,000
    • Deadline: November 21, 2017
  • Chassis Leadership in Engineering Scholarship
    • Description: The Chassis Plans’ Leadership in Engineering Scholarship was founded to assist future engineers in pursuing their degree in an effort to continue America’s leadership in innovation. As an engineering-centric company providing rugged computing solutions to industry and the military, we recognize that today’s engineering students will be the driving force for continued leadership in the future.
    • Amount: $1,500
    • Deadline: TBA

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