Free scholarships for College Students

Most of us are confused as if when should we start applying for a scholarship to college. The answer to this is RIGHT NOW as if you will start finding and applying for a scholarship from now onwards then only you can find a scholarship from which you can have the most benefits.

Updated by Akshay Nair P R on 5th July 2018

Free scholarships for College Students

If you are planning for a scholarship for your college, you must know that there are a lot of scholarship available and if you would do the right kind of research and apply for the scholarship that suits your area.

Then it is certain that you would be going to college with a scholarship and this would make a world of difference in the way you would approach your college life.

A popular myth around scholarship is that you need to be a topper of your class to secure a scholarship.

The truth is that scholarship is not only merit-based, but they can be need-based or even based on your hobbies, ethnicity, the field of study, social work or community service done, religion and many more.

Where to find information about Scholarships

There are a number of trustworthy sources from where you can find information about the scholarship like:

  • A counsellor at your High School

  • Financial Aid office at colleges

  • Federal agencies

  • Organizations related to your field of interest

  • Online Scholarship tools

Since scholarship can be treated as a gift; so don't feel shy and apply for as much as possible.

List of Some Free Scholarships for College Students

Adobe Research Women in Technology Scholarship The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship
Eagle Scout Scholarship - Northern Star Council The Cal Aggie Alumni Association Scholarships
Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities SSWA Outstanding Service Award
Kappa Kappa Gamma Scholarships Southern Scholarship Foundation
Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship Sachs Foundation University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Scholarship
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Raytheon Patriot Scholarship

Details about some of these Scholarship has been explained below:

Adobe Research Women in Technology Scholarship  

  • Awards Available: Variable

  • Deadline: October 31, 2018

  • Female students from any part of the world can apply who are studying in a technical field, the applicant should not have a close relative working in Adobe

  • Scholarship amount: $10,000

Eagle Scout Scholarship - Northern Star Council  

  • Awards Available: Variable

  • Deadline: January 31, 2019

  • Applicant should be registered in Northern Star Council, should have an Eagle Scout Rank, should be graduating high school and entering post-secondary school

  • Scholarship amount: $1,000

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities  

  • Awards Available: Variable

  • Deadline: December 10, 2018

  • Applicant should have a visible or invisible disability, enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate in US or Canada, and degree should be in a technical field

  • Scholarship amount: $10,000

Kappa Kappa Gamma Scholarships  

  • Awards Available: Variable

  • Deadline: February 1, 2019

  • Applicant should be a member of this society should have completed undergraduate and have enrolled for graduate studies

  • Scholarship amount: $3,000

Raytheon Patriot Scholarship  

  • Awards Available: 3

  • Deadline: March 31, 2019

  • Supports US Army veterans children who are doing undergraduate or graduate program, the applicant must have a good leadership skill as well as should demonstrate good community service

  • Scholarship amount: $10,000

The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship

  • Awards Available: 4

  • Deadline: April 01, 2019

  • Applicant must be a US Citizen, this scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students who are blind or visually impaired

  • Scholarship amount: $2,500

Avoiding Scams

One of the most important things to consider before applying for a scholarship. Is to check for its authenticity. Below are few things that you can check before applying for a scholarship in order to save yourself from any type of scam.

  • Check the privacy policy and professional affiliations of your scholarship provider

  • Search only through reputable scholarship websites

  • If your scholarship provider is offering something too good to be true, check for their authenticity

  • If you are charger any fee, asking for bank or credit card details then be wary 


Scholarships are very important for any college students as it gives them a feeling that they are responsible, and they can now be somewhat independent. It provides them with confidence that will help them to tackle the new hurdles that they have to face in their college life.


  1) What percent of students are granted with scholarships?

Approximately 57 percent of financial aid awarded to undergraduates was in the form of Scholarship/grants. About two-thirds of full-time students paid for college with the help of financial aid in the form of scholarship. 

  2) How do I get a free scholarship? 

All scholarships provided by any Scholarship providing Foundation or institute are free. You don't have to pay the money back to the Institute or the foundation. Scholarships are basically free or gift money which is only to be used to pay your college tuition fee including other education-related expenses, but this depends upon the type of scholarship you are applying for. 

  3) What is the eligibility criteria for a full scholarship?

A full Scholarship includes the amount for your tuition fees, accommodation, books and other expenses. To be eligible for a full scholarship, you need to fulfill the following requirements: 

  • Your Academic achievements.

  • Your SAP scores. 

  • You should meet with the required grade point average (GPA) or class ranking standards. 

The full scholarships are need as well as excellence based, hence you need to prove your need for the scholarship or excellence while applying for a full scholarship.  

  4) What would be the reason for not granting a scholarship to an applicant?

There can be many reasons behind a rejected scholarship application. Maybe the appliers application was not complete or maybe the applicant was not eligible for the scholarship he/she was applying for. While submitting the scholarship application one should be very careful and should provide the required documents asked on the scholarship application. You should be eligible for the scholarship, to check that you can go the scholarship providers website and check your eligibility. The applicant should fulfill every requirement asked on the scholarship application before applying for it. 

  5) Can I apply for a scholarship if I'm not currently enrolled in a college?

Yes, you can apply for scholarships if you are not yet enrolled in a college. If you haven’t decided which school/college you’d like to attend, you can select schools in which you are interested while completing your profile. If you receive a scholarship, the sponsor may ask for eligibility verification. This may include, among other things, proof of college enrollment. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements for each scholarship before applying.