Over 40 October Scholarship Opportunities to Apply For

Anytime is a good time to search and apply for scholarships! Check out this collection of 40+ awards with October deadlines for students of all grade levels.

Happy October! It’s a great month to apply to some scholarships to help pay for college. Here you’ll find more than 40 scholarship opportunities with October deadlines for high school students, undergraduate students, vocational school students, graduate school students, and adult students. Consider applying to some of these great awards before the deadlines pass—some of them are coming up soon!

Scholarships for high school students

  • Web Design Scholarship: Sponsored by the company Lounge Lizard, this scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll in college within six months of the application as well as current college students in the US. You must submit a web design file for consideration. Award: $1,000; Deadlines: October 3 (and February 19)
  • Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program: This scholarship is open to high school seniors in Wisconsin. Applicants will be evaluated on leadership, citizenship, academics, and community involvement. Award: $10,000; Deadline: October 12
  • Evans Scholars Foundation: This scholarship from Western Golf Association is for high school seniors who have caddied for at least two years, have a GPA of at least 3.3, and have limited financial means. Award: Up to $120,000 (covering full tuition and housing); Deadline: October 30
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation: These scholarship awards are open to high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are leaders making an impact in their communities. Awards: Up to $20,000; Deadline: October 31
  • National Rice Month Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, and Texas (the six main US rice-growing states). Applicants must create a video of three minutes or less about US-grown rice and upload it to social media. Awards: Up to $5,000; Deadline: October 31
  • Voice of Democracy Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school and middle school students in the US who are passionate about democracy. Applicants must submit a recorded essay. Awards: Up to $30,000; Deadline: October 31

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Scholarships for high school students and current undergraduates

  • Employment BOOST Academic Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors as well as two- and four-year college students in the US with a 3.6 GPA or higher. Two scholarships are given: one to a student pursuing any major and one to a student pursuing Business or STEM fields. Awards: $1,000; Deadlines: October 1 (as well as January 1, April 1, and July 1)
  • Save a Life Scholarship: Sponsored by the American Academy of CPR and First Aid, this scholarship is open to high school seniors or current college students pursuing careers in either health care or education. Award: $1,500; Deadlines: October 1 (and May 1)
  • AES Engineering Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students pursuing any field of study. Applicants must submit a short essay on what success looks like for them in 30 years. Award: $500;  Deadline: October 8
  • AmericanTrucks Scholarship: This scholarship is open to 18-year-old high school seniors and full-time students at US technical institutes or in two- or four-year programs for traditional building trades such as carpentry, HVAC, and electrical or related fields of study. (Certificate programs are eligible.) Awards: $2,500; Deadlines: October 15 (and June 15)
  • ExtremeTerrain Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors and undergraduate students pursuing fields in environmental studies, ecology, land use, earth and atmospheric sciences, sustainable land management, environmental biology, sustainable agricultural systems, and parks and recreation. Award: $2,500; Deadlines: October 15 (June 15)
  • Innovation in Education Scholarship: This monthly scholarship is open to US and Canadian high school and college students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others. Award: $500; Deadline: October 20
  • CARiD Scholarship: This scholarship is open to US students ages 16–20 who are enrolled in post-secondary education. Applicants must submit a photo inspired by any aspect of the automotive industry. Award: $1,000: Deadlines: October 31 (and April 30)
  • CME Beef Industry Scholarships: Offered by the National Cattlemen's Foundation, this scholarship program is open to high school seniors and undergraduate students pursuing careers in the beef industry. Awards: $1,500; Deadline: October 31
  • MyMozaic Scholarship: This monthly scholarship is a sweepstakes drawing that only requires your email to apply. It’s open to US citizens ages 13 and older. Award: $1,000; Deadline: October 31 

Scholarships for undergraduate students

  • Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame Scholarship: This scholarship is open to students enrolled in a Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management program and is renewable yearly. Award: $500; Deadline: October 1
  • Paramount Builders, Inc. Scholarship: This scholarship is open to full-time US undergraduate college students pursuing Business Management, Marketing, Sales, or related fields who have a GPA minimum of 3.5. Award: $1,000; Deadline: October 1
  • Bill Kane Undergraduate Scholarship: Sponsored by SHAPE America, this scholarship is open to undergraduate students at US colleges and universities majoring in Health Education with a minimum GPA of 3.25. Award: $1,000; Deadline: October 15
  • ISA with World Strides Scholarships: Multiple opportunities are available for studying abroad or opting to travel during a gap year. Students can have immersive experiences in Australia, England, New Zealand, South Korea, and Spain. Award: $5,000; Deadlines: October 30 (as well as February 28 and April 30; depends on location)
  • American Bullion Scholarship: This scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate students in the US who are pursuing any field of study. Applicants must answer an essay question with a maximum of 1,000 words. Award: $1,000; Deadline: October 31
  • Dyslexia/Auditory Processing Disorder Scholarship: This scholarship is open to US and Canadian students with dyslexia and/or auditory processing disorder who are enrolled in an undergraduate college program. Award: $1,000; Deadline: October 31
  • Emergency Educational Grants from Elks National Foundation: These renewable opportunities are open to undergraduate students who are children of a disabled or deceased Elks member and who demonstrate financial need. Awards: $5,000; Deadline: October 31
  • IFA Foundation Scholarships: These scholarships are open to US college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are studying Business, Entrepreneurship, Franchise Management, and Hospitality. Awards: Up to $2,500; Deadline: October 31
  • International Essential Tremor Foundation: These scholarships are open to high school graduates of any age who have been diagnosed with ET and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Awards: $1,000; Deadlines: October 31 (and May 1) 

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Scholarships for current undergraduates and grad students

  • Dream Big Scholarship: Offered by the company RentLingo, this scholarship is open to all students (including international) ages 18+ who are attending a college or university. Applicants must write a short essay about their dream job. Awards: $1,000; Deadlines: October 1 (and March 1)
  • Lithuanian Foundation Scholarship: This scholarship is open to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students of Lithuanian heritage. Winners may reapply each year. Awards: Up to $5,000; Deadline: October 1
  • Student Loan Hero Scholarship: This scholarship from Student Loan Hero is open to students ages 18 and up who are enrolled at a college or university in the US. Applicants must submit a short essay for this biannual scholarship. Awards: Up to $5,000; Deadlines: October 4 (and April 16)
  • Black Students in Tech Grant: This opportunity is open to Black college students or recent graduates in any major and at any education level who are pursuing or plan to pursue a career in the tech industry. Award: $1,000; Deadline: October 11
  • Fulbright US Student Program: This is an extremely prestigious program open to senior college students, graduate students, and young professionals with up to five years of professional study or experience in their field. The award covers all expenses, including travel and a living stipend for open study/research, serving as an English Teaching Assistant, or in public health or National Geographic storytelling. Awards: Vary by country; Deadline: October 12
  • BEA Scholarships: These scholarships are open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in broadcasting and media. Eight different awards are offered. Awards: Up to $4,000; Deadline: October 15
  • AIST Foundation Scholarships: These scholarships are open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students from the US, Canada, or Mexico who are pursuing Engineering Technology in the following disciplines: metallurgy, materials science, chemical, electrical, mechanical, industrial, environmental, computer science, and safety. Awards: $6,000; Deadline: October 31
  • Alma Exley Scholarship Program: This scholarship is open to BIPOC undergraduate juniors and seniors as well as graduate students pursuing a Teaching degree at a college or university in Connecticut. Award: $5,000; Deadline: October 31
  • CREW Chicago Scholarship: This scholarship is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors as well as graduate students pursuing careers in real estate, construction, urban planning, or other related fields who have an interest in building a future in commercial real estate in the Chicago area. Award: $5,000; Deadline: October 31 

Scholarships for graduate students

  • AWWA Academic Achievement Award: Offered by the American Water Works Association, these scholarships are open to graduate students writing master’s theses or doctoral dissertations on water supply. Awards: Up to $3,000; Deadline: October 1
  • Rhodes Scholarships for the United States of America: Established in 1902, this is the oldest international scholarship program open to students ages 18–24 who’ve completed an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.7. The program enables students to study at Oxford University by covering tuition, all fees, and a living stipend. One-hundred scholarships are awarded each year. Award:  All expenses paid to attend Oxford; Deadline: October 6
  • Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship: This scholarship program is open to graduate-level students pursuing crystallography-related fields. Applicants must submit a research proposal with their application. Awards: $2,500; Deadline: October 14
  • ASNT Fellowship Grant: This award is open to master’s and doctoral students pursuing science or technology research. Applicants must submit a research proposal with their application. Award: $20,000 (cash award); Deadline: October 15
  • Barbara A. Cooley Master’s Scholarship: This scholarship from SHAPE America is open to graduate-level students attending US colleges and universities who are majoring in Health Education with a minimum 3.0 GPA . Applicants must submit a narrative essay. Award: $1,000: Deadline: October 15
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans: This scholarship is open to New Americans, immigrants, or children of immigrants under the age of 31 who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Awards: Up to $90,000; Deadline: October 28
  • AOTF Scholarship: This scholarship is open to full-time students pursuing Occupational Therapy programs. Applicants must have completed at least one full year of coursework related to occupational therapy and answer a short essay question. Awards: Up to $5,000; Deadline: October 29

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Scholarships for (basically) everyone

  • NSCA Foundation Scholarships: These scholarships sponsored by the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation are open internationally to high school seniors, undergraduates (including community college), and graduate students pursuing a career in the strength and conditioning field. Various related majors may apply. Award: $2,000; Deadline: October 15
  • Prevounce Preventive Health Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in health care, medicine, nursing, or public health in the US. Applicants must answer a short essay question. Award: $2,500; Deadline: October 15
  • Sphinx Competition: This scholarship is open to Black and Latinx classical string players who are US citizens. The Junior Division competition is open to musicians under the age of 17, and the Senior Division is open to musicians up to the age of 30. Awards: Up to $50,000; Deadline: October 20
  • Janie Moore Greene Scholarship: This scholarship is open to admitted or currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students pursuing programs in Photography. Applicants must submit a video presentation. Award: $2,000; Deadline: October 30
  • Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship: This scholarship is open to students age 14 and older and asks applicants to write a short essay of 250 words or fewer about the five things they’d bring to stay alive in a zombie apocalypse. Award: $2,000; Deadline: October 31

This list wasn’t long enough, you say? You’re looking for even more scholarships to apply for?! No problem! You can find them right here with our Scholarship Search tool.

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