Private Outside Awards

Financial Aid: Private Awards

  • The University of Scranton Outside Gift Policy
  • Scholarship Searches on the World Web
  • Private Scholarship Announcements

Many private scholarships are offered by local civic, church, club and high school organizations. Consult your high school guidance department to determine which programs you mail be eligible for and apply to them. It is recommended that you keep photocopies of all applications and documents filed. Finally, students should respond in a timely manner to requests for corrections or additional information.


Students should notify the Financial Aid Office if they are receiving any privately funded scholarships or grants by submitting a photocopy of any scholarship notifications and information on the availability of these funds for subsequent years. The University will then be able to notify students of any impact on their financial aid package.

In recognition of its students' efforts in securing grants and scholarships from private organizations, the University has developed a gift aid policy that attempts to treat recipients in an equitable manner. The University will measure outside aid recipients' unmet financial need before adjusting any financial aid award package. Private grants/scholarships may be used to replace up to one-half of a student's remaining financial need. If no remaining need exists, University need based aid will be reduced by one-half the amount of the outside award. When a PA State Grant and/or Title IV aid composes any part of a student's package, state and federal overaward procedures will be followed even after the above policy is applied.

Scholarship Search Engines

Addictions Scholarship

 Are you a full-time college student in the U.S.? Do you have a passion for raising awareness about the dangers associated with substance abuse and addiction?

If you answered “yes” to both questions, you’ll want to enter the Scholarship Contest. Five scholarships will be awarded to qualified college students who write the winning essays (for first, second, third, fourth, and fifth places).

By providing financial assistance to help pay for books, tuition, or daily expenses, we hope to encourage more students to get involved and become advocates who will raise awareness about the risks and dangers of addiction.


  • Review Eligibility: Before entering the contest, review the Terms/Conditions requirements and the rules and regulations below to make sure you qualify.
  • Complete Application: Complete the contest application form below providing all required information.
  • Submit: Once your essay is written, save as a Word Doc or PDF and submit with your scholarship contest application.

 Deadline: 1/31/2023

Award Announcement: 2/15/2023

 Essay Topic and Guidelines

Essay must be submitted with the application, which should include the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, college (including the date of graduation), and student ID number.

  • All entries must be typed, double-spaced, and saved as a Word Doc or PDF.
  • Do not add pictures or graphics
  • Essays that do not meet the word count requirement will be eliminated. (The essay title or added references / footnotes do not contribute to the total word count.)
  • A contestant’s teacher, counselor, or parent may check the essay for punctuation, grammar, and/or spelling, but the essay MUST BE the original work of the student making the submission.
  • Contestants will be judged based solely on their essay.

 More details can be found at

Discover Student Loan Scholarship Award

 Visit this website for more information on a $5,000 Discover scholarship.

Undergraduate and graduate students (and their parents) can enter to win 1 of 12 monthly scholarships worth $5,000 each. No essay or lengthy application required

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust

Please see application for full requirements

  • Preference will be given to Wyoming, Lackawanna, and Luzerne County Students
  • Awarded based upon a combination of financial need, academic merit and community service/extra-curricular activities


Deadline: March 1, 2022


James F. Swift Scholarship Program

Please see Website for requirements.

Deadline: March 14, 2022

Kiwanis Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to two students who meet the following criteria:

  • Resident of Lackawanna County,
  • Graduate of Lackawanna County secondary school – public or private,
  • Accepted in a 4 year degree program at the University of Scranton, Marywood University or Keystone College,
  • Demonstrated academic excellence and financial need.


Scholarship winners will receive $750 per semester from the Kiwanis Club of Scranton for up to 8 semesters so long as they maintain a “B” average.  The $750 award will be matched by the respective college, making the total value of the scholarship, $12,000.


The Dr. Arthur J. and Helen Horvat Foundation Scholarship

provides scholarships for deserving students.  Truist is the facilitator of the scholarship fund.



• Applicants must be high school seniors, current college students, or graduate students.
• Applicants must have resided within the boundary limits of Duryea, Avoca, Dupont, Pittston City, Pittston Township, Jenkins Township, Yatesville, Hughestown, Suscon, Old Forge, Taylor, Moosic and Ransom Township for at least one year prior to graduating high school and/or completing an application for the Horvat Foundation Scholarship. Addresses will be checked closely for eligibility.
• Applicants must be science students. By science students, it is meant a field of study in chemistry, physics, biology, the life sciences, or some other related major leading to a career in the medical or health profession.
• High school senior applicants must maintain grades that fall within the top 10% of their class and be participating in an academic curriculum which would qualify them for acceptance into a sciencerelated field.
• College applicants must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
• Family income of qualifying students cannot exceed amounts set by Trustees. Current adjusted gross income limitations are: $77,535 for one dependent, $82,183 for two dependents and $86,750 for three or more dependents


Deadline: May 16, 2022

Please scan and email your application packet to

For privacy reasons, please black out the social security numbers on your parents’ tax return.  If you have any questions regarding the amended application process please call Kristin Coggins at 919-716-9457.

The McLean Scholarship


  • Full-time undergraduate student enrolled in Nursing or Physician Assistant Program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00
    *Ideal candidates are campus leaders and community volunteers

Deadline: June 3, 2022


Earnest Scholarship Fund

Eligibility:  To participate in The Earnest $250,000 Scholarship Fund sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) you must be a legal resident of and physically located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and at least 17 years of age or older at time of entry. To be eligible to receive a scholarship, entrant must be pursuing a Bachelor or Graduate degree, and be enrolled as a full-time student at a 4-year, not-for-profit, Title IV accredited U.S. college or university for the Fall 2022 semester at time of notification. If selected as a winner, you will be required to provide proof of enrollment

Deadline: July 31, 2022

For more information visit the website Winners will also be posted to this website on October 1, 2022.

Completing the Dream Scholarship Program

The Sallie Mae Fund’s Completing the Dream Scholarship Program helps minority students and others from historically underserved communities complete their post-secondary education.

Students in their final year who are facing financial challenges may apply to receive a one-time scholarship of up to $2,500 to help complete their post-secondary education program.

Scholarship applications for AY 2021-22 will be accepted on a rolling basis until 8/31/22 or until all scholarship dollars have been awarded.

visit the website at

Young Republican Undergraduate Scholarship


  • Resident of Luzerne County
  • Registered member of the Republican party
  • Enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Grades are not a factor, but you must have good class standing

Deadline: November 1, 2022




Must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a U.S. college — program, interested in or seeking a law degree.
Essay must contain your name, address, phone number, current major and college.
Email your essay to be a pdf.

Deadline is December 31, 2022.

We will announce the winner on our website on January 31, 2023.

Essay Topic

Personal injury lawyers help shape new laws and regulations regarding public safety with each case they take. How do you think personal injury lawyers influence public safety regulations? What law(s) would you try to change or implement to better public safety and why?


  • Maximum 1500 words.
  • Answer only the questions asked.
  • Use caselaw and online articles to support your essay.
  • Use proper grammar, citation format, and spelling.
  • No plagiarism.

Bronx Injury Lawyers P.C. Essay Contest $500 Scholarship 2022

Bronx truck accident lawyers are known for getting high settlements for their truck accident clients. We want to help the next generation of Bronx truck accident lawyers pay for their education by awarding an annual $500 scholarship. Our scholarship will be based on a written essay contest with a concentration on truck accident law.


  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a U.S. college program, interested in or seeking a law degree.
  • Essay must contain your name, address, phone number, current major and college.
  • Email your essay to
  • Must be a pdf.
  • Deadline is December 31, 2022.
  • We will announce the winner on our website on January 31, 2023.

Essay Topic

Due to Covid, the U.S. has seen many shortages – one of those shortages being truck drivers. In 2022, the U.S. enacted new laws in an attempt to attract more truck drivers. Some of those laws include the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule, allowing those under 21 to be Interstate Truck Drivers, and changes to the Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Do you think these new regulations will lead to more or less accidents? Why or why not? What would you change, if anything, to these new laws and why?


  • No more than 1500 words
  • Answer only the questions asked.
  • Use caselaw and online articles to support your essay.
  • Use proper grammar, citation format, and spelling.
  • No plagiarism.



Brooklyn construction accident lawyers are known for getting the best settlement for their construction accident clients. We want to help the next generation of Brooklyn construction accident lawyers fund their education by providing a yearly $500 scholarship. Our Scholarship is based on an essay competition focused on construction accident law.


 Must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a U.S. college program, interested in or seeking a law degree.

  • Essay must contain your name, address, phone number, current major and college.
  • Email your essay to
  • Must be a pdf.
  • Deadline is December 31, 2022.
  • We will announce the winner on our website on January 31, 2022.

 Essay Topic

One of the newest developments in the construction industry are industrial robots. These robots are designed to work alongside industrial workers to help with every day tasks. How could these robots shape construction site safety standards? How could they affect construction accident laws and injuries going forward?


  • Maximum 1500 words.
  • Answer only the questions asked.
  • Use caselaw and online articles to support your essay.
  • Use proper grammar, citation format, and spelling.
  • No plagiarism.


Visit our website at for more information

Citizens Scholarship

Give your College Fund A Lift With Just One Easy Form.  Enter To Win!

Enter now at

  • No essays, no contests, no sweat
  • Entries for a $2,500 monthly prize roll over to the $15,000 annual grand prize
  • Undergrads, grads, and parents: if you pay tuition, you could win
  • Additionally, each quarter a student who meets the required criteria for the Minority Scholarship Prize will be eligible to win a $2,500 quarterly prize.  See official rules for details.


PNC Student Lending Scholarship Sweepstakes

Register Now for Financial Literacy Tools, Resources and Enter to Win a $2,000 PNC Student Lending Scholarship.

Please visit the website at

  • Free to enter.
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States who is 18 years of age.
  • Once you have created the account, have opted into the scholarship sweepstakes and have agreed to the official rules, you will be eligible for the subsequent two drawings within 12 months of registration. You will need to log into your account every 12 months to opt-in and enter into future scholarship sweepstakes drawings.
  • After you have established an account, you are free to explore the Financial Literacy tools and resources at any time whether or not you opt-in to the scholarship sweepstakes drawing.

Drawing will be December 1st


Health Administration Scholarship

We are a free educational resource for people looking to learn about careers and education in the business side of healthcare.




If you aspire to a doctoral degree and a career in the physical sciences and related fields, you are a potential National Science Consortium Fellow - with a great future ahead.

To learn more and to apply online, go to


Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program

The Air Force offers a Health Professions Scholarship Program to qualified candidates. The scholarship is for three or four-year periods. The scholarship pays full tuition and all required fees. This includes reimbursement for text-books,small equipment items and supplies needed for study.

Qualified recipients will also receive a monthly allowance for living expenses. Eligible candidates must be a U.S. citizen enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an approved school of medicine or osteopathy. Selection is very competitive.

While on scholarship the recipient must spend 45 days each year on active duty in the Air Force. Plus, the recipient will serve four years on active duty in the Air Force as a second lieutenant., or three years on active duty for a three-year scholarship. The active duty obligation begins after completion of the internship and residency training.

To find out more call 1-800-423-USAF or visit the Air Force web site at


American Meteorological Society

Graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships pursuing degrees in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

More information can be secured by contacting Donna Fernandez, Fellowship/Scholarship Coordinator at 617-227-2425, ext. 246;


Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund


  • Applicants must be dependent children or spouses of persons who were killed or are permanently disabled as a direct result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

  • Applicants may be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the United States.

Scholarships will be offered to applicants who demonstrate financial need. School costs, family's ability to pay expenses and other aid will be considered.

Students may submit applications for assistance each year they will be enrolled in undergraduate study. Students may receive assistance a maximum of four years or until a bachelor's degree is earned whichever and occurs first.

Students may apply in the spring of their senior year in high school or at any time as undergraduates.

Questions? Please contact:
Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
505 Riverview Road
P.O. Box 297
St. Peter, MN 56082

Toll-free phone: 1-877-862-0136


Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences

Fellowship program of the NATIONAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE CONSORTIUM (NPSA) is again open for receipt of applications at

Questions and requests should be submitted to:

3716 South Hope Street, Suite 348
Los Angeles, CA 90007

213-743-2409 · 800-854-NPSC · Fax 213-743-2407 ·


Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Dante Commission on Education/Culture

The Order sons of Italy in America awards close to one million dollars annually in scholarships to deserving students through our various state and local lodges. In addition, the Sons of Italy Foundation annually awards several National Leadership Grants.

For information and applications, please contact the Grand Lodge office at 1-800-621-0062.


John Gyles Education Awards

  • Available to students in both Canada and the United States

  • Full Canadian or American citizenship required

  • Minimum GPA 2.7

  • Academic ability and financial need

  • Selected students will receive up to $3,000

To receive an application students must send only a stamped self-addressed envelope to:

John Gyles Education Awards
Attention: The Secretary
P.O. Box 4808, 712 Riverside Drive
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Canada, E3B 5G4


National Research Council Associateship Programs

The National Research Council of the National Academies is pleased to announce the Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs for 2011.

Detailed program information, including instructions on how to submit online applications, a list of laboratories and their locations, and areas of research, can be located at Applicants are invited to contact NRC directly at (202)334-2760 or if additional information or assistance is needed.



Provides qualified students who meet the Navy's physical requirements with $54,000 to complete their education. The money is sent directly to the student. To spend on tuition, room and board, books-even purchasing a computer.

After graduating, they will step directly into a management role as an Officer of the Navy. They will real the benefits of on-the-job training and enjoy the responsibilities of a leadership position. While growing their career, they'll earn a competitive salary with outstanding benefits.

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College EDUCATION: Up to $30,000
Police Officers EXPERIENCE: PAID


Contact the U.S. Department of Justice:




James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Graduate-Level Fellowship Worth up to $24,000

If you're a secondary school teacher of social studies or American history - or planning to become one - you may be eligible to apply for a graduate fellowship program that emphasizes the study of the U.S. Constitution.

Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States for either a Master of Arts (MA); a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT); or a Master of Education (MEd) with an emphasis on American history, government, or political science.

For an application or additional information about the fellowship program, please call 1-800-525-6928 or visit the Foundation's website:


Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: