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51 Top Scholarships by State

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Samantha Rose
Samantha Rose covers financial literacy for the educational arm of OppLoans. Her work focuses on providing hands-on resources for high school and college-age students in addition to their parents and educators.
Updated on March 18, 2021
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Merit. Athletic ability. Financial need. The criteria for college scholarships is endless.

But did you know certain scholarships are awarded based on location? 

Students may qualify for local scholarships based on their state of residence or the location of their college. And many state-based scholarships boast large awards and receive relatively few applications — increasing your chances to win big.

Sound good? Here are some of the best top-dollar scholarships in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.

No. 1: Alabama — University of Alabama Tuscaloosa Coca-Cola First-Generation Scholarship

Award: $20,000

Deadline: December 15 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa Coca-Cola First-Generation Scholarship.

Eligibility: Incoming college freshmen

Description: The University of Alabama offers a $20,000 Coca-Cola scholarship to incoming freshmen who are residents of Alabama. Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA, have demonstrated financial need, and be first-generation college students.

No. 2: Alaska — JJ Klein Scholarship

Award: $10,000

Deadline: March 31 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the JJ Klein Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The JJ Klein Scholarship, granted by the Alaska Community Foundation, is a $10,000 award to college-bound high school seniors. Applicants must show an unrelenting motivation to succeed despite facing financial adversity.

No. 3: Arizona — AWS John C. Lincoln Memorial Scholarship

Award: $14,000

Deadline: February 15 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the AWS John C. Lincoln Memorial Scholarship.

Eligibility: College students

Description: The John C. Lincoln Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the American Welding Society to an undergraduate college student pursuing a degree in welding engineering or welding engineering technology. Applicants must reside in or attend school in Arizona or Ohio.

No. 4: Arkansas — Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship

Award: $40,000

Deadline: February 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship is merit-based and awarded to students residing in Arkansas. Applicants must be graduating seniors with a 3.5 GPA and a 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT.

No. 5: California — The Achievement Award Program

Award: $24,000

Deadline: May 3 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Achievement Award Program.

Eligibility: Incoming college freshmen or incoming junior transfers

Description: The Achievement Award Program provides financial aid to low-income students enrolled at the University of California Berkeley. Recipients must demonstrate financial need, be full-time students, and must participate in academic advising throughout the school year.

No. 6: Colorado — Greenhouse Scholars Program

Award: $20,000

Deadline: December 2 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Greenhouse Scholars Program.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: Greenhouse Scholars offers a need-based $20,000 award to students in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, and North Carolina. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a 3.5 GPA, and attend a four-year college.

No. 7: Connecticut — Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

Award: $20,000

Deadline: June 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity.

Eligibility: High school and college students

Description: The Milton Fisher Scholarship is open to innovative and creative high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen. Applicants must either reside in Connecticut or the New York City metro area or attend college in those areas. To apply, students must develop a solution to a problem faced by their family, school, or community.

No. 8: Delaware — John Bernard Lynch Scholarship

Award: $10,000

Deadline: March 15 annually

How to Apply: Submit an essay to the John Bernard Lynch Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school and college students

Description: The JBL Scholarship Foundation awards $10,000 to a Delaware student based on the submission of a 500-word personal essay. Applicants must respond to a topic about achieving success through adversity.

No. 9: District of Columbia — AFCEA Washington, D.C. Chapter Scholarship

Award: $12,000

Deadline: May 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the AFCEA Washington, D.C. Chapter Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The AFCEA scholarship promotes education and career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Applicants must reside within the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and be accepted to a four-year college or university with an approved STEM curriculum.

No. 10: Florida — Bright Futures Scholarships

Award: Up to 100% of tuition and fees

Deadline: August 31 annually

How to Apply: Learn more about the Bright Futures Scholarships.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: Funded by the Florida lottery, the Bright Futures Scholarships are three scholarship programs available to Florida residents who attend a Florida high school and plan to attend an eligible Florida college or university. The programs include: Florida Academic Scholars, Florida Medallion Scholars, and the Gold Seal Vocational Scholars. Eligibility is merit-based.

No. 11: Georgia — Georgia Tech President’s Scholarship

Award: $152,000

Deadline: October 15 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Georgia Tech President’s Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Georgia Tech President’s Scholarship is intended for high school seniors with high grades and scores who plan to attend Georgia Tech. The award provides funds for tuition, fees, room and board, books, and a computer.

No. 12: Hawaii — Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation

Award: $20,000

Deadline: February 22 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation.

Eligibility: High school and college students

Description: The Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation awards $20,000 to encourage high-achieving students to enter a career in business. Applicants must have graduated from a public, private, or charter high school in Hawaii.

No. 13: Idaho — Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship

Award: $12,000

Deadline: February 15 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship offers 25 awards to Idaho high school seniors in order to attend an Idaho college or university. Applicants must have a 2.8 GPA, demonstrate public service, and take the ACT or SAT.

No. 14: Illinois — Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

Award: $23,000

Deadline: April 12 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois.

Eligibility: High school and college students

Description: The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a tuition assistance program to prepare aspiring teachers. Applicants must be high school seniors or first- or second-year college students. They must reside in Illinois and plan to teach in an Illinois school-of-need for five years within seven years of graduation.

No. 15: Indiana — Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

Award: 100% of tuition and fees

Deadline: Varies

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program supports educational attainment for residents in Indiana. Applicants are selected based on achievements and extracurriculars. They must attend a public or private four-year college or university in Indiana.

No. 16: Iowa — Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award

Award: $11,500

Deadline: March 15 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award.

Eligibility: High school juniors

Description: The Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award provides up to 15 Iowa high school juniors with $11,500. Applicants must propose and execute a project of their own design. Grades, test scores, essays, and financial need aren’t considered in the application.

No. 17: Kansas — Rudd Scholarship

Award: Up to 100% of tuition and fees

Deadline: March 11 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Rudd Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Rudd Scholarship program is a four-year award that pays the remaining costs associated with tuition, fees, books, and room and board after other grants and scholarships. Applicants must be Kansas residents who plan to achieve an undergraduate degree from Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, or Wichita State University. 

No. 18: Kentucky — The Hagan Scholarship

Award: $48,000

Deadline: November 15 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Hagan Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Hagan Scholarship is a need-based merit scholarship to aid high-achieving students. Applicants must be a resident of an eligible state, such as Kentucky. Students must graduate from a public high school with fewer than 100 students in the graduating class, or graduate from a large public high school located in a country with fewer than 50,000 residents.

No. 19: Louisiana — Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship

Award: $12,000

Deadline: July 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship.

Eligibility: College students

Description: The Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for college students interested in environmental majors. Applicants must be a Louisiana resident for at least one year prior to July 1st of the scholarship award year. Applicants must also be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a Louisiana college or university majoring in forestry, wildlife, or marine science. 

No. 20: Maine — Maine’s Top Scholar

Award: 100% of tuition and fees

Deadline: March 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to Maine’s Top Scholar.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Maine’s Top Scholar award provides a full ride to the University of Maine for high-achieving students who reside in the state. Selection is based on a variety of factors, including GPA, test scores, program of interest, and community service.

No 21: Maryland — The Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship

Award: $20,000

Deadline: April 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Esperanza Education Fund awards scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 based on financial need. Applicants must reside in Maryland; Washington, D.C.; or Virginia. They must also be born outside of the United States. or have two parents born outside of the country.

No. 22: Massachusetts — The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund

Award: $60,000

Deadline: December 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund.

Eligibility: High school and college students

Description: The Ouimet Scholarship ranges from $1,500 to $15,000 annually over four years. Applicants must have committed at least two years to golf in Massachusetts as a caddie, helper, or superintendent. Applicants are evaluated based on golf service, academic achievement, character, and demonstrated financial need.

No. 23: Michigan — The Gerber Foundation Dan Gerber Sr. Medallion Scholarship

Award: $10,600

Deadline: February 28 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Gerber Foundation Dan Gerber Sr. Medallion Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Gerber Foundation Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving seniors graduating from school districts in Newaygo County, Michigan. Qualifying high schools include Fremont High School, Grant High School, Hesperia High School, Newaygo High School, and White Cloud High School.

No. 24: Minnesota — Minnesota Indian Scholarship

Award: $60,000

Deadline: July 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Minnesota Indian Scholarship.

Eligibility: College students

Description: The Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program offers financial aid to eligible Minnesota students who are one-quarter or more American Indian ancestry. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and enroll in a Minnesota college or university.

No. 25: Mississippi — Nissan Scholarship

Award: 100% of tuition and fees

Deadline: March 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Nissan Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: Nissan North America, Inc. awards an annual scholarship covering full tuition, fees, and a book allowance to Mississippi high school seniors. Applicants must be residents who plan to attend a Mississippi public two-year or four-year college or university. Selection is based on academic achievement, extracurriculars, an essay, and financial need.

No. 26: Missouri — Mizzou Scholars Award

Award: $10,000

Deadline: December 1 annually

How to Apply: Learn more about the Mizzou Scholars Award.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The University of Missouri offers several scholarships to high-achieving students, including the Mizzou Scholars Award for Missouri high school students. Applicants must be residents of the state, attend the University of Missouri, and meet test score criteria. 

No. 27: Montana — Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation

Award: $10,000

Deadline: March 16 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation was established to support survivors of childhood cancer in their post-secondary education. The award provides $10,000 to current high school graduates who had childhood cancer and reside in Montana or Colorado. 

No. 28: Nebraska — The Regents Scholar Tuition Commitment

Award: Up to 100% of tuition and fees

Deadline: June 1 annually

How to Apply: Learn more about the Regents Scholar Tuition Commitment.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Regents Scholar Tuition program is offered to Nebraska high school seniors. Applicants must be a resident of the state and meet test score and GPA requirements.

No. 29: Nevada — Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship

Award: $10,000

Deadline: April 23 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship.

Eligibility: College students

Description: The Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship awards four college students entering their senior year, majoring in elementary or secondary education. Applicants must attend an eligible college or university and must teach in Nevada after graduation.

No. 30: New Hampshire — Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund

Award: $18,000

Deadline: May 2 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Eligibility: High school and college students

Description: The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund provides $18,000 in financial assistance to students with financial need who are high academic performers. Applicants must be permanent residents of a New England state, including New Hampshire.

No. 31: New Jersey — NJ STARS Scholarship

Award: $12,500

Deadline: Varies

How to Apply: Learn more about the NJ STARS Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship provides high-achieving New Jersey students with free tuition to their home county community college. Applicants must reside in New Jersey and rank in the top 15% of their graduating class.

No. 32: New Mexico — Aggie Achiever Scholarship

Award: $26,000

Deadline: March 1 annually

How to Apply: Learn more about the Aggie Achiever Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Aggie Achiever Scholarship is a merit-based award for incoming freshmen at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces campus. Applicants must be New Mexico residents who graduated from a New Mexico high school. The $6,500 scholarship is refundable for four years, totaling $26,000. 

No. 33: New York — Ascend Educational Fund Scholarship

Award: $20,000

Deadline: February 2 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Ascend Educational Fund Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Ascend Educational Fund supports immigrant students and children of immigrants who graduate from a New York City high school. Applicants must be a graduating senior at a high school in the boroughs of NYC

No. 34: North Carolina — Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarships

Award: $12,000

Deadline: January 31 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarships.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship is available to high school seniors from the 14-county area of North Carolina. Applicants must reside and attend high school in Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Swain, or Warren counties. They must also enroll at N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, or UNC-Greensboro. 

No. 35: North Dakota — CHI Nursing Scholarship

Award: Up to $13,000

Deadline: Annually

How to Apply: Submit a letter of intent to the CHI Nursing Scholarship.

Eligibility: College students

Description: The CHI Nursing Scholarship is offered to college students enrolled in the University of Mary Nursing Program at the Bismarck, North Dakota campus. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and plan to seek employment with any nationwide CHI healthcare organization. Recipients are awarded up to $13,000 toward senior year tuition.

No. 36: Ohio — Lee E. Schauer Scholarship

Award: $48,000

Deadline: April 3 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Lee E. Schauer Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Lee E. Schauer Scholarship awards the average student who may not qualify for other financial aid. Applicants must participate in the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA for three years prior to the application year. Students must demonstrate community service, caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in their community.

No. 37: Oklahoma — State Regents’ Academic Scholars 

Award: $5,500

Deadline: Varies

How to Apply: Submit an application to the State Regents’ Academic Scholars.

Eligibility: High school and college students

Description: The Oklahoma State Regents’ Academic Scholars Program offers scholarships to high-achieving Oklahoma students. Applicants must be a National Merit Scholars, National Merit Finalist, United States Presidential Scholar, or score above the 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT. They must also enroll at an Oklahoma college or university.

No. 38: Oregon — Presidential Scholarship

Award: $40,000

Deadline: February 1 annually

How to Apply: Learn more about the Presidential Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Presidential Scholarship is Oregon State University’s most prestigious award. It rewards academic excellence with a renewable $10,000 scholarship, for a total of up to $40,000. Applicants must be current Oregon high school seniors and residents of the state. Students who meet the minimum requirements and apply for admission to Oregon State University are automatically considered for the scholarship.

No. 39: Pennsylvania — The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship

Award: $20,000

Deadline: May 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school and college students

Description: The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship requires applicants to live in the city of Pittsburgh continuously for four years of high school. Applicants must also maintain a 2.5 GPA; 90% attendance record; and enroll in a college, university, or trade school in Pennsylvania.

No. 40: Rhode Island — Antonio Cirino Memorial Fellowship

Award: $12,000

Deadline: Varies

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Antonio Cirino Memorial Fellowship.

Eligibility: Graduate students

Description: The Antonio Cirino Memorial Fellowship is a need-based award offered to a graduate student studying arts education. Preference is given to Rhode Island residents. Applicants must be involved in the arts and intend to teach after graduation. Graduate students of the Rhode Island School of Design are ineligible.

No. 41: South Carolina — The Reverend Pinckney Scholarship

Award: $40,000

Deadline: March 16 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Reverend Pinckney Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program increases access to college for African American students through financial aid. Applicants must be Afircan American high school seniors residing in Beaufort, Charleston, or Jasper counties in South Carolina. In addition to monetary support, the foundation provides pre-college training for recipients of the scholarship.

No. 42: South Dakota — Anna Sorensen Crowley-Lennox Scholarship

Award: $10,000

Deadline: December 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Anna Sorensen Crowley-Lennox Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Anna Sorensen Crowley-Lennox Scholarship awards a graduating high school senior from Lennox High School in South Dakota. Applicants must exhibit academic excellence through test scores and GPA. Students must also attend the University of South Dakota.

No. 43: Tennessee — Monsignor Horrigan Scholarship

Award: $14,000

Deadline: February 1 annually

How to Apply: Learn more about the Monsignor Horrigan Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: Sponsored by Bellarmine University, the Monsignor Horrigan Scholarship awards incoming freshmen students based on their admissions application. Applicants must attend Bellarmine University, which is located in Louisville, Kentucky. Credentials are based on test scores and GPA.

No. 44: Texas — George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Scholarship

Award: $18,000

Deadline: February 17 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Hamman Foundation awards 70 Houston-area high school seniors with $18,000 for college. Applicants must be from the Houston counties of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller.

No. 45: Utah — New Century Scholarship

Award: Up to $7,500

Deadline: February 1 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the New Century Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The New Century Scholarship awards Utah high school students who are simultaneously enrolled in an associate’s degree program. Applicants must complete an associates degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA by the time they graduate. The scholarship is eligible for a four-year college or university in Utah.

No. 46: Vermont — Green and Gold Scholars Award

Award: 100% of tuition and fees

Deadline: Varies

How to Apply: Learn more about the Green and Gold Scholars Award.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Green and Gold Scholars Award recognizes the highest-achieving student at each eligible Vermont high school. Recipients win full in-state tuition to a Vermont college or university. Selection is based on academic merit, including GPA. 

No. 47: Virginia — Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program

Award: $10,000

Deadline: Varies

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program.

Eligibility: College students

Description: The Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program provides financial aid to students interested in pursuing a teaching career in one of the ten critical shortage teaching areas. Applicants must be enrolled in a Virginia undergraduate or graduate teacher education program with at least a 2.7 GPA.

No. 48: Washington — Martin Honors Scholarship

Award: $36,000

Deadline: July 6 annually

How to Apply: Submit an application to the Martin Honors Scholarship.

Eligibility: College students

Description: The Martin Honors Scholarship funds scholarships for students attending Washington community colleges who desire to attend the University of Washington Seattle. Applicants must be residents of Washington state, and currently attending or have attended a community college in Washington. 

No. 49: West Virginia — PROMISE Scholarship

Award: Up to $18,000

Deadline: March 1 annually

How to Apply: Learn more about the PROMISE Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The PROMISE Scholarship is offered to West Virginia high-achieving students. Applicants must reside in the state and have graduated from a West Virginia public or private high school. 

No. 50: Wisconsin — Technical Excellence Scholarship

Award: $13,500

Deadline: February 27 annually

How to Apply: Request consideration from the Technical Excellence Scholarship.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The Wisconsin TES is intended for Wisconsin residents who are interested in technical career paths. Applicants must be high school seniors who plan to attend a school within the Wisconsin Technical College System.

No. 51: Wyoming — Hathaway Scholarships

Award: Up to $13,440

Deadline: March 1 annually

How to Apply: Learn more about the Hathaway Scholarships.

Eligibility: High school seniors

Description: The state of Wyoming has a generous scholarship program, named after the former Governor Stan Hathaway. There are three reward levels of the Hathaway Scholarship: Opportunity, Performance, and Honors. Applicants must be Wyoming residents who plan to attend the University of Wyoming or a state community college.

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