Outside Scholarships

The financial aid office has gathered these resources and information for outside scholarships to help you in your search. Please research any scholarship offered outside of the university, and keep in mind that scholarship applications should be free.

Scholarship search engines

Adventures in Education Scholarship Search

We help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, we help you to plan and pay for college, find a career, and manage your money.

Career One Stop

Career One Stop is your source for career exploration, training and jobs. They offer a scholarship finder with more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants and other financial aid award opportunities searchable by your level of study, award type, location and more.

College Resource Network

Our mission is to provide you with the best college resources and information available on the internet. We provide you with useful resources and college planning tools so you can make informed decisions about your college education. We guide you through the college planning process and connect you with thousands of hand-picked scholarship opportunities.

We work by matching the information in your completed profile to scholarships from our database of over 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion. Whether you’re a high school freshman or a returning adult we’ve got scholarships and information to help you find ways to pay for school.

International Education Financial Aid

We are a premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. We provide comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

My College Scholarship

We explain how college funding works, the types of college scholarships available, how to find a scholarship, and how to apply for one.

Scholarship America

Our mission is to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary success possible for all students. We do this through core programs and businesses that support students in their education journey.


We are a student-driven resource that helps you learn more about what colleges are really like so you can make informed decisions. In addition to aiding you with the college search, stats, and reviews, we provide information regarding financing options, internships, scholarships, and jobs, as well as opportunities for test prep, roommate matching services, and options for buying and selling textbooks.

General scholarships

Adventographer Travel Scholarship

Deadline: Sept. 1 for fall & Feb. 1 for spring
Award amount: $1,500

Biannual (twice a year) scholarship open to any student who is enrolled in full-time studies at their institutions.

Bader Family Charitable Trust Scholarship (PDF application)

Deadline: Mar. 15 annually for application; official transcripts by Mar. 31.
Award amount: up to $10,000 per year (renewable for three successive periods)

Students from the Louisville Metro area who are the first generation in their families to attend college are eligible to apply.

Blue Grass Community Foundation

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

There are various scholarships, many specific to areas of the Blue Grass region of Kentucky.

Business and Professional Women of Kentucky Grant

Deadline: April 30 and Oct. 31 each year
Award amount: varies

The grant application process is open to male & female students who are residents of Kentucky, at least 18 years of age, currently in or planning a career in the Kentucky workforce, and attending a Kentucky college or university.

Community Foundation of Louisville

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

Community Foundation of Louisville manages more than 100 scholarships of varying awards.

Chairish Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 30 and Jan. 1 each year
Award amount: $2,500

A scholarship designed to support students from diverse backgrounds and students who are majoring in design-related fields such as architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering fields.

Courage to Grow Scholarship

Deadline: monthly
Award amount: $500

Any junior or senior in high school or college student with a minimum 2.5 GPA may apply for this scholarship.

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Deadline: rolling
Award amount: varies

Up to $125,000 in tuition dollars available to 18-24 years old who plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year school.

Harrison County Community Foundation

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

Applicants from Harrison County, Indiana, may apply online for several different scholarship programs.

Illustrator of the Future Contest

Deadline: Opens quarterly on Oct. 1, Jan. 1, April 1 and July 1.
Award amount: $500-$1,000

These quarterly contests are open to new and amateur science fiction and fantasy artists through Sept 30 annually.

Kids Chance of Kentucky

Deadline: April 15 (fall & spring semester scholarship)  & Oct. 30 (spring only scholarship)
Award amount: varies

The applicant must be the natural, adopted, step-child or full dependent of a worker killed or permanently injured in a compensable work-related accident during the course and scope of employment with a Kentucky-based employer and entitled to receive benefits under the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act. The applicant must be between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of the application and demonstrate substantial financial need. Academic achievement, aptitude and community service of the applicant are considered.

Lavina Michl Wright Scholarship

Application Opens: 02/02/23
Award amount: varies

Be a high school senior or current undergraduate. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Demonstrate academic achievement, leadership ability, financial need, and contributions to school and community. Plan to attend full-time.

Louisville Metro Housing Scholarship

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2021
Award amount: varies

To participate, students must live in a public housing development or receive Section 8 assistance from the Louisville Metro Housing Authority. Scholarships are awarded based upon a student’s GPA, financial need, other financial aid, written essay and an interview process. College students must maintain at least a 2.5 and must be enrolled full time.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

We conduct the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Oldham County Community Scholarships (OCCS)

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

Oldham County Community Scholarships list includes a number of different scholarships of varying amounts.

OppU Achievers Scholarship

Deadline: Sept. 30, Dec. 31, Mar 31 and June 30
Award amount: $2,500

To be eligible for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, a student must: be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school, and possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Scholarship Guidance

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

A wide range of scholarships available with varying award amounts.

Source Data Bi-Annual Scholarship

Deadline: Feb. 15 & July 15
Award amount: $500

Essay-based bi-annual (twice per year) scholarship provides college and university students an opportunity to earn money to further their education.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA)

Our aim is to encourage and enable clinicians in the health professions to work in underserved areas. We accomplish this by offering loan repayment, scholarship and loan programs. We also provide funds to schools, which enables them to make scholarships available to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Varsity Tutors Scholarship

Deadline: monthly
Award amount: varies

Various essay-based contests with scholarship awards.

William Cullen Colburn Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 2022
Award amount: varies

Undergraduate that attends an accredited university full-time.

Accounting/business/communications scholarships

American Ad Federation Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: June 1
Award amount: $2.500

Essay-based scholarship for students pursuing a college major, degree, or certificate, relating to advertising or marketing communications (including communications, mass communications, journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing, business communications, graphic arts, computer design, multi-media, and English) with the intent of pursuing a career in the field. The essay should reveal your understanding of and need for a more diverse and inclusive workforce for the benefit of the community and the Louisville advertising and communications industry.

Fisher Investments “Invest in your Future”

Deadline: Jan. 31 & June 30
Award amount: $5,000

Bi-annual (twice per year) essay-based scholarship for students who meet eligibility requirements and are pursuing a degree in a field that promotes financial literacy such as business, law, finance, accounting or economics.

Stephen L. Keller Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Award amount: $1,500

Open to undergrads majoring in business who are residents of Eastern Kentucky. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Athletic scholarships
USBC (bowling) scholarships

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

USBC website offers several scholarship opportunities for bowlers.

Education scholarships

Empowered Future Teachers Scholarship

Deadline:June 30 and Jan. 1 each year
Award amount: $10,000

For any qualified applicant pursuing a career as a preschool-5th grade teacher.

Marvin Dodson-Carl Perkins Scholarship

Deadline: Jan. 18 each year
Award amount: up to $6,000

Annual award for a college junior, senior, post-baccalaureate student seeking a Teaching Endorsement or Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidates in a Kentucky college or university, 3.0 GPA, must be a member of the Ky. Education Assoc. (KEA) and must plan to teach in Kentucky.

Health & Natural Sciences scholarships

American Association of College of Nursing Scholarships

Deadline: varies – some are twice a year
Award amount: varies

Scholarships for students at various levels of nursing education.

Auxillary Nursing Care Scholarship

Application Opens: 02/06/23
Award amount: varies

Be a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student. Major in a field directly related to nursing. Demonstrate financial need. Attend or plan to attend full time at the university.

Coursey Enterprises, INC. Student Scholarship

Deadline: Feb. 1-May 1 for fall; Sept. 1-Dec. 1 for spring
Award amount: $250

Applicants must be first year nursing students who are earning either their RN or LPN degree, are U.S. citizens, and have written a 200 word essay answering “Why I want to be a nurse.”

Eight & Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Fund

Deadline: May 15 each year
Award amount: $5,000

The Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship was established to assist registered nurses with advanced preparation for positions in supervision, administration or teaching. Students must have employment prospects in specific positions in hospitals, clinics or health departments upon completion of their education, and the position must have a full-time and direct relationship to pediatric lung and respiratory control. Applicants must have a current registered nurse license.

Healthcare Academic Scholarship

Deadline: May 1 for spring & Nov. 1 for fall
Award amount: $500

An essay-based scholarship for students in a qualified healthcare related program. Can only apply once per year.

The Healthline and The Nature Conservancy Stronger Scholarship

Deadline: April 22, 2022
Award amount: $5,000 (4 awards)

This award is for students who are committed to making a difference at the intersection of health and climate change through their studies, extracurriculars, and career goals. Applicants must be college juniors, college seniors, or graduate students at an accredited U.S. institution as of fall 2022. There is no GPA requirement, however an essay is required in order to explain the work you are doing through your extracurriculars and experiences related to health and climate change.

Loren Richards Elder Care Scholarship

Deadline: March 4, 2022 (5 p.m. EST)
Award amount: $2,000 (renewable for one additional year of undergraduate study)

Established in 2008 by the children of Loren Richards in memory of their father. The scholarship is offered to students pursuing a degree in a field of study (i.e., nursing, medicine, science, nutrition, physical therapy, etc.) that will prepare them for a career that will have direct impact on the elderly population.


  • Must have a career goal of providing competent, compassionate care to the elderly
  • Must be a current undergraduate student who will be enrolled full-time as a junior or senior in the upcoming academic year at an accredited four-year college or university in Kentucky
  • Must be pursuing a four-year degree that will prepare them for a career that will have direct impact on the elderly population (including, but not limited to, nursing, medicine, science, nutrition, physical therapy, social work, etc.)
  • Must meet one or more of the following qualifications:
    •  First-generation college student
    • Single Parent
    • Nontraditional student (student has taken time off high school before attending college and is older than 23)
  • Must be a full-time resident of Kentucky
  • Must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

The website offers a variety of scholarships offered to nurses in the oncology field.

Prevounce Health Scholarship

Deadline: Opens June 2021
Award amount: $1,500 undergraduates, $2,500 graduate students

Annual scholarship for an undergraduate pursing a career in healthcare and a graduate student pursuing a career in medicine, nursing, and/or public health.

Sara Jean Parks Pendleton Scholarship

Deadline: August 31, 2022
Award amount: varies

Applicants Must:

  • Be female residents of the State of Kentucky
  • Have a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must intend to work in the medical profession
  • Be planning to attend full-time any accredited college, university, technical, trade or professional school, located in the United States

SGNA RN Advancing Education Scholarship (Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Assoc)

Deadline: varies
Award amount: $1,000- $2,500

Applicant must be a member of SGNA, and a registered nurse currently enrolled full- or part-time for a minimum of one semester in an accredited advance degree program pursuing a BSN, MSN, or PhD with a GPA of at least 3.0.

Military scholarships

Air Force Association Scholarships

Deadline: accepts applications between Dec. 1 and Apr. 30
Award amount: varies

Various scholarships for active duty Air Force, full-time Air National Guard or full-time Air Force Reserve (officer or enlisted).

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: application opens Jan.1, closes Mar. 1
Award amount: varies

The son or daughter of one of the following: Active duty, reserve or veteran U.S. Marine who has served at least 90 days and has received an Honorable or Medical Discharge or was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.Active duty or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who is currently attached to a Marine unit, or was attached to a Marine unit and has received an Honorable or Medical Discharge or was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy. Graduating from high school or currently attending college. Scholarships limited to undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. Maxium family adjusted gross income must not exceed $90,000.Must have at least a 2.0 GPA.

VFW “Sports Clips Help a Hero”

Deadline: Jan. 1 – Apr. 30 for fall, Aug. 1 – Nov. 15 for spring
Award amount: up to $5,000

Provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt.

Minority and ethnic student scholarships

American Indian College Fund

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

We provide American Indians with scholarships and programs to support academic readiness and success. We assist with scholarships, internships, leadership training, career readiness, and more. We select recipients based on academic success, financial need, community involvement, and commitment to their tribal communities.


Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

Scholarship search for minority scholarships as well as general scholarships and scholarships by profession.

Gates Millennium Scholars

We provide opportunities for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. We provide support by covering unmet need and self-help aid; graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science; and leadership development programs.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

Offers a broad range of scholarships for Hispanic students. Hispanic Scholarship Fund empowers students and parents with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing support services and scholarships to as many exceptional students, HSF Scholars, and alumni as possible.

Japanese American Citizens League National Scholarship Program

We help students achieve their educational dreams by offering scholarship awards to qualified students nationwide. We offer scholarships to entering freshman, undergraduates and graduates for law, creative & performing arts, and general financial need.

United Negro College Fund

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

We are the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. We enable minority students to attend college and get the education they need by awarding scholarships and internships for students from low- and moderate-income families.

Occupational therapy scholarships

American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)

Deadline: Oct. 1
Award amount: varies

AOTF awards more than 50 scholarships annually to students enrolled in accredited or developing occupational therapy programs in the United States. Scholarships are awarded based on selection criteria that include academic achievement, service and evidence of leadership through activities and written recommendations.

Social work scholarships
Senior Planning Social Work & Eldercare Award

Deadline: July 31 for fall & Dec. 15 for spring
Award amount: varies

Open to US citizen or permanent resident, high school senior or undergrad with less than 90 credit hours who plans a career in the social work field focusing on seniors.

Special circumstances scholarships

National Foster Parent Association Youth scholarship and continuing ed scholarship

Deadline: Apr. 4, 2021
Award amount: $500

Scholarships for birth, foster, kinship, and youth adopted through foster care wishing to further their education beyond high school, and a former foster youth wishing to continue their college or technical school enrollment beyond the first year.

Third-party pay (hospital) scholarships
The Knowledge Program – Baptist Health Louisville

Deadline: March 15, June 15 and October 15
Award amount: $5000-$15,000 per year depending on program

RN Nursing (BSN only); first RN degree only; for every $2,500 in assistance given, a six month commitment of employment as a full time employee is required upon graduation, loan is forgiven after employment requirement is completed, some taxes apply.

Norton Scholar Program

Norton Scholars is a loan forgiveness program that provides educational assistance to students pursuing or continuing a healthcare-related degree in a specified area of workforce need. The amount of funding received per calendar year is based on the degree program. This is a highly competitive program, and not all candidates will be accepted.

Women's scholarships


Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

Various scholarships and grants for both undergrad and grad level minority women.

Go Skills

Deadline: Sept. 15 for fall, Mar. 15 for spring
Award amount: $2,000

Any female high school or college student who wants to start her own online business.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Deadline: varies
Award amount: $1,000 – $7,000

This scholarship hosted by Zonta International awards domestic and international scholarships to women pursuing business or business-related degrees. Awards made to up to 32 domestic and 12 international women.

Kentucky Federation of Business and Professional Women

Deadline: April 30 and Oct. 31 each year
Award amount: varies

Citizen of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, minimum 18 years of age, currently in or planning a career in the Kentucky workforce, attending a school, college, institution/organization or not-for-profit entity. Must complete the grant application form, with requested additional information.

Open Education Database Scholarships for Women

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

Helpful resources were available to females who are hoping to minimize the gender gap and pursue equality amidst their male counterparts.

Open Education Database Single Mother Grant

Deadline: varies
Award amount: varies

Helpful resources and school grants for single mothers.

Red Thread Foundation for Women

Deadline: April 30 and Oct. 31 each year
Award amount: varies

Women of an international background including foreign students, immigrants or first-generation Americans who are first-year entrants into a U. S. college or university, with no GPA or U.S. residency requirements.

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)

Deadline: rolling
Award amount: varies

A woman who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply: Survived intimate partner abuse; Is a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States; Is officially accepted into an accredited course of study at a United States institution; Demonstrates a critical need for financial assistance; Exhibits strong desire, ability and determination to complete a training and/or academic program; Has a definite plan to use the desired training to upgrade skills for career advancement, to train for a new career field or to enter or reenter the job market; and Is sponsored by a non-profit, domestic violence service agency willing to provide mentoring support for the student throughout her educational experience.