Private Outside Awards

Financial Aid: Private Awards

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

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.


March Deadlines

Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust

Application available 2021-2022

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 15, 2021

April Deadlines

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.

Application available in 2021

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 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: April 2021

Application available in 2021

May Deadlines

Earnest Scholarship

Earnest is pleased to announce our $250,000 Earnest Scholarship! Fifty students will each win a $5000 scholarship.

Who can apply for the Earnest Scholarship?

  • Applicants must be enrolled, or soon be enrolled, as a full-time student at a Title IV accredited, not for profit U.S. college or university for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • There are no minimum GPA, residency, or major requirements to apply!
  • Applicants can be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (including DACA students).

Deadline: May 31, 2020



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:


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


Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law Good Works Scholarship

The Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law Good Works Scholarship is a great opportunity for students who actively participate and display leadership in community service programs or any projects that involve volunteer work and giving back to the community.

This is a general one-time $500 scholarship that is available for incoming college freshman and all undergraduate, community college, and graduate school students. To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and submit a 750-word personal statement about how they have demonstrated leadership and dedication in giving back to the community. Eligibility criteria, application requirements, and an application cover sheet are all available at


The Kush Arora Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship

The Kush Arora Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship is a great opportunity for students with an interest in criminal justice reform.

This is a general one-time $500 scholarship for incoming college freshman and all undergraduate, community college, and graduate students. Eligibility criteria, application requirements, and an application cover sheet are all available at


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:


National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)


  • Scholarship of up to $20,000 per academic year

  • Research Training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD

  • Employment after Graduation

Interested students should apply if they:

  • Are committed to a career in biomedical research;

  • Are from a disadvantaged background;

  • Have a GPA of at least 3.5 or are in the top 5 percent of their class;

  • Are a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident;

  • Are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at a qualified accredited institution

For more information contact the UGSP at:
Phone: 1-800-528-7689
TTY: 1-888-352-3001

Applications available on-line


The Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management

Planning to enroll or currently enrolled in an MS or higher degree program that has concentration in the theory and application of statistical inference, statistical design making, experimental design, analysis and interpretation of data, quality control, statistical process control, quality assurance, quality improvement, quality management and related fields.

Must have a 3.25 or higher GPA in any field of undergraduate study.

Questions and requests for applications should be directed to:

Dr. Lynne B. Hare
Director, Applied Statistics
Nabisco, Inc.
200 DeForest Avenue
East Hanover, NJ 07936
Phone: 973-503-4154
Fax: 973-503-4221

Forms may also be downloaded from the Internet at:


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Service connected scholarship to support the career development of biomedical health researchers for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident who comes from disadvantaged background

  • Registered full-time student

  • Minimum 3.5 GPA

  • Pursuing degree in life sciences to support career in biomedical research

More information can be obtained by contacting Financial Aid Office, St. Thomas 401; Dean Dreisbach, CAS , STT304, or visit the Internet at:


Graduate Research Fellowships

Support Graduate Study in Science, Mathematics and Engineering

Information via e-mail: With, access only to Internet electronic mail, you can have the Program Announcement and application forms sent to you via electronic mail. Each application form is available in two versions: a PDF printable blank form and a Word for Windows (6.0 or newer version) on-line form.

Send an electronic mail message to: Leave the subject line blank. In the body of the message enter:

  • getfmgfkitp.txt (for instructions to access the PDF files)

  • getfmgfkitp.pdf (for the PDF Application Forms Kit)

  • getfmgfkitd.txt (for instructions to access the Word for Windows files

  • getfmgfkitd.doc (for the Word for Windows Forms Kit)

The Forms Kit instructions detail how to receive a single application form file.



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Tony Munter Whistleblower Attorney Transparency Scholarship

The Tony Munter Whistleblower Attorney Transparency Scholarship is an opportunity for students who believe that transparency and accountability are critical virtues in either the private or the public sector.

This is a general one-time $500 scholarship for incoming college freshman and all undergraduate, community college, and law school students. Eligibility criteria include a 750-word essay on the importance of transparency and accountability in the student's current, desired, or future career. More details and an application cover sheet are available at


The University Writing Scholarship

  • Scholarship opportunity provided by Elder & Leemaur Publishers

  • The University Writing Scholarship (UWS) is designed to continue the development of young authors, and bring awareness of the employment opportunities in the field of writing.

  • Scholarship criteria: There are a number of scholarships available. Recipients of the scholarships will be determined based only on quality of work submitted.

    For further details, visit


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:


  • CASHE: College Aid Sources for Higher Education (CASHE) can be accessed on the Internet to see how it can help students pay for their education.
  • Fastweb: A Scholarship database and information about loans and summer jobs.
  • FinAid: Information on scholarships, financial aid calculators, loan calculators, glossary of terms, and links to other financial aid Web sites.