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Over 45 May Scholarship Opportunities to Apply For

The scholarship search never really ends, even as the school year winds down! Take a look at these awards with May deadlines for all education levels.

The academic year may be winding down for students, but that doesn’t mean the scholarship search should. If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands, that’s the perfect opportunity to be looking and applying for awards! Whether you’re heading off to college soon, in the middle of your undergraduate studies, or gearing up for a graduate program, there are scholarships out there that you’re eligible for. You’re only doing your future finances a favor by winning awards now, so start applying using this list of scholarships that have deadlines coming up this month—including many that celebrate Asian American/Pacific Islander heritage.

Scholarships for middle and high school students

  • FMC Skaters Scholarship: High school seniors from New England who participate in ice skating, figure skating, or recreational skating at an FMC arena are eligible for this award. Applicants must write a 500-word essay on how skating has had an impact on their lives. Award: Amount not disclosed; Deadline: May 1 (if received after, must be postmarked by April 28)
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program: This opportunity is open to high-performing seventh grade students with demonstrated financial need. The program provides extensive support for multiple years, including academic and college advising, financial support starting in ninth grade, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, and other enrichment opportunities. Multiple scholarships are awarded each year. Awards: Amount not disclosed; Deadline: May 11
  • UMPS Care Charities All-Star College Scholarship: This is a great opportunity for high school seniors who were adopted at age 13 or older, are interested in baseball, and plan to attend college in the fall. Applicants must answer four short-essay questions and demonstrate financial need. In addition to the monetary award, the winner will be mentored throughout their college journey by an MLB umpire. The recipient must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA throughout college to renew the scholarship. Award: $5,000 per semester, renewable for up to four years; Deadline: May 12
  • OptimizeMyFirm Legal Marketing Scholarship: High school seniors with a 3.0 GPA who are planning to attend an accredited US institution in the fall are eligible for this scholarship, which is awarded to two students. Applicants must pretend they are a personal injury lawyer and create a TikTok video to try to capture the attention of prospective future clients. Awards: $500; Deadline: May 15
  • Cameron Impact Scholarship: Sponsored by the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation, this award is available for high school seniors with a minimum 3.7 GPA who are US citizens and plan to make a significant impact on the world. This is not a need-based scholarship. Award: Full tuition for four years; Deadline: May 19 (early applications; regular deadline: September 8)
  • CBSMF Scholarship: Sponsored by the Charles B. Staats Memorial Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors who are also swim coaches. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, at least two years of coaching experience, and proof of acceptance to a four-year college. Award: $2,500; Deadline: May 27

Scholarships for high school and undergraduate students

  • Employment BOOST Academic Scholarship: This scholarship is open to US high school seniors as well as two- and four-year college students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher. Applicants may be pursuing any major, but one of two scholarships will be given to a student pursuing Business or STEM fields. An essay of 500–1,000 words is required. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: None; applications accepted year-round on a rolling basis
  • Agota M. Bardos Award: This scholarship is open to high school seniors and first-year college students who are first- or second-generation immigrants residing in the United States with a commitment to their community and visual arts or music. Four awards will be given to students based on a variety of academic and personal factors. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: May 1
  • NASRA Foundation ScholarshipStudents of Asian-Indian descent who are graduating high school seniors enrolling in college in the fall or current undergraduate students can apply for this scholarship. Applicants must meet certain requirements for financial aid based on income, and up to 10 winners will be chosen. Awards: $2,500; Deadline: May 1
  • New York Ramblers Scholarship: Members of the LBGTQ+ community and their allies are eligible for this award. Applicants must also be student-athletes between the ages of 15–22 who are graduating high school this year and planning to enroll at a recognized US institution or are already attending college. Five brief essays and two recommendation letters are required, and up to two scholarships are available. Awards: $2,500; Deadline: May 1
  • IEI $1,000 Annual Scholarship Essay Contest: This scholarship from Ivey Engineering is offered to high school seniors who will be attending college in the fall as well as current undergraduate students. Applicants don’t need to be pursuing Engineering, but they must submit an essay of 800–1,000 words on one of three provided topics. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1
  • Price It Here Scholarship Program: If you’re planning to enroll or are currently enrolled full-time at a US college or university and pursuing Business, Business Management, Advertising, Sales, Marketing, or related fields, this scholarship is for you. There’s no GPA requirement, but applicants must submit an essay of 500 words or fewer. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1
  • Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity: Offered to high school juniors and seniors as well as first-year college students, this scholarship is awarded to those who have solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in a new or unusual way or have found a solution to a problem faced by their school, community, or family. This four-year renewable scholarship is awarded to five to eight students from New York or Connecticut who are attending college anywhere in the country, plus students from anywhere in the country who are attending college in New York or Connecticut. Awards: Up to $20,000; Deadline: May 5
  • Aging Matters Scholarship: This scholarship is available for two- and four-year college undergraduates and enrolling high school seniors. Applicants must be currently caring for an aging loved one, work within the senior community, or aspire to work in a role that assists the elderly population. A 1,000-word essay on why aging matters is also required. Award: $1,500; Deadline: May 15
  • The Trotter Project ScholarshipsOffering three different scholarships, the Trotter Project is looking for high school seniors and current college students who are pursuing Agriculture, Baking & Pastry, Culinary Arts, or Hospitality Management programs with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants must submit a video response on how they pursue excellence and what their long-term goals are in the culinary industry. Awards: Up to $10,000; Deadline: May 15
  • ProStart Scholarships: Multiple scholarships from ProStart are available for current and admitted New York and Vermont college students pursuing Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, or a related field. For most awards, applicants must be current or former ProStart students to be eligible. Awards: Up to $2,500; Deadline: May 26

Scholarships for undergraduate students

  • Betty Stevens Frecknall Scholarship: Current undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Computer Science or Information Technology with a minimum 3.0 GPA should apply for this award. Applicants must be enrolled full-time, have completed one full semester of college, and be a US citizen or permanent resident. Award: Amount not disclosed; Deadline: May 31

Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students

  • SBB Research Group STEM ScholarshipStudents enrolled in undergraduate and graduate STEM programs full-time at a college or university are eligible for this scholarship, including international students. Applicants must submit an essay of 500 words or fewer on their most significant STEM experiences and how they'll use STEM principles to improve the world. A total of 12 scholarships are available throughout the year, with one awarded each month. Awards: $2,500; Deadline: None; applications accepted year-round on a rolling basis
  • Florin|Roebig Scholarship Essay ContestThe law firm of Florin|Roebig offers an essay scholarship contest with first, second, and third place awards. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at a secondary or post-secondary academic institution in the US and at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Essays should be a maximum of 1,200 words and adhere to the topic of “Ensuring Equal Voting Rights for All.” Awards: Up to $750; Deadline: May 1
  • Octillo Women's Cybersecurity Scholarship: Female undergraduate and graduate students pursuing or planning to pursue a degree with a focus on Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, or a similar field should apply for this award. Several short essays and a letter of recommendation are required. The scholarship may be paid all at once or spread out over multiple semesters, including summer sessions. Award: $4,000; Deadline: May 1
  • International Essential Tremor Foundation Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school graduates of any age who have been diagnosed with essential tremor, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and are attending a licensed accredited institution. An essay of up to 500 words is required, and applicants may reapply with a new essay if they have previously won. Up to six awards will be distributed. Awards: $3,000; Deadline: May 1
  • Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships: In partnership with the American Indian College Fund, these scholarships are offered to Native American and Alaskan Native students in full-time associate, bachelor’s, and graduate programs. Applicants must be directly recognized as a citizen member of their Tribe, which may be federally or non-federally recognized. Multiple scholarship programs are offered, including the Full Circle Scholarship and Tribal College & University Scholarship. Awards: Amounts vary; Deadline: May 31
  • AIAS Foundation ScholarshipSponsored by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Foundation, this award is for full-time undergraduate and graduate students or early professionals pursuing a career in any aspect of game development, including art, engineering, law, and more. Applicants must be 21 or older, have a minimum 3.3 GPA, and include a personal statement. Any major is eligible, and applicants do not need to be US citizens or permanent residents to apply. Award: Amount not disclosed; Deadline: May 31
  • Girls for Gaming Scholarship: Also sponsored by the AIAS Foundation, this scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students as well as young professionals within their first two years of employment who are pursuing careers in any aspect of the business of game development, including but not limited to law, public relations/marketing, business management, and human resources. Applicants must submit an essay on gender diversity and empowering young women in the gaming industry. Award: Amount not disclosed; Deadline: May 31
  • WomenIn Scholarship: Sponsored by the AIAS Foundation and Intel, this award is open to any student identifying as a woman who is also a full-time undergraduate, graduate student, or young professional pursuing a career in game development, including art, animation, programming, and engineering. Applicants must have a minimum 3.3 GPA and be 21 years or older. Award: Amount not disclosed; Deadline: May 31
  • Leon Bradley Scholarship Program: Sponsored by the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, this program offers minority students pursuing degrees in Teaching or Educational Leadership a chance to win money for school. Applicants must be completing their final year of certification or endorsement requirements. Two scholarships are available. Awards: $3,500; Deadline: May 31
  • NAAMLP Scholarship: Sponsored by the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs, this scholarship is available for undergraduate and graduate students who intend to work as scientists, engineers, or technicians in the fields of mine reclamation, environmental sciences, or remediation. Awards are generally given to three undergraduates and one graduate student. Awards: $2,500; Deadline: May 31
  • Sila Foundation Post-Secondary Scholarship: Students enrolled in a post-secondary school who are pursuing careers in insurance, compliance, or risk management; finance, accounting, or actuarial science; business information; or information technology should apply for this program, which offers 12 awards. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and may be enrolled full- or part-time, but part-time students must also be employed full- or part-time. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: May 31
  • Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship: This fund awards one female student who is a member of the US armed forces, is enrolled in an ROTC program, has been honorably discharged, or is a direct descendant of an honorably discharged veteran or AFCEA member. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents residing in or attending a four-year school or community college in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, or Alabama. Full-time enrollment in a STEM program is also required. Award: $1,500 Deadline: May 31
  • 1st Financial Bank Financial Goals ScholarshipThis monthly scholarship is open to US residents who are 18 or older and planning to enroll (or are currently enrolled) in a college degree program. Though it’s a random drawing, it does require applicants to submit a short essay of 500 words or fewer. Awards: $2,000; Deadline: May 31 (last day of every month)

Scholarships for graduate students

  • Byron Hanke Fellowship Scholarship: Master’s, doctoral, and law students seeking to implement projects related to the development, management, and governance of common interest communities and community associations should consider applying for this award. Sponsored by the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR), this opportunity is a research grant with a limited range of topics for the recipient’s study. Awards: Up to $5,000 over one year; Deadline: May 1
  • WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program: This scholarship is available for nurses seeking a master's, doctorate degree, or Nurse Practitioner certificate. Applicants must be accepted to a WOC Nursing Education Program accredited by the WOCN Society. Awards: Amount not disclosed; Deadline: May 1 (and November 1)
  • EFWA Postgraduate Scholarships: This opportunity is open to women pursuing a PhD in Accounting. There are no age restrictions; selection is based on academic achievement, volunteer service, and financial need. Two letters of reference and a statement of personal and career goals and objectives are required. Awards: Up to $5,000; Deadline: May 15
  • Hsiao Memorial Sciences Scholarship: Graduate-level students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who demonstrate financial need are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in Social Sciences, with a preference given to Economics. Preference is also given to applicants of Asian descent, although there is no official race requirement. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 16

Scholarships for (basically) everyone

  • CollegeXpress $10,000 Scholarship: Just create a free profile on to enter this annual contest. Once you’ve completed registration, you’re officially entered. A winner is chosen at random every spring. Open to first-time undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students, this scholarship must be used at one of CollegeXpress’s member schools. Award: $10,000; Deadline: May 1
  • Ashoori Law Good Deeds Scholarship: This scholarship is open to admitted high school students as well as enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated an act of kindness for another person or have an ongoing history of doing good for others. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit an essay explaining their acts of kindness. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1
  • Raytheon Technologies Underrepresented Minorities in Cybersecurity Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to three individuals from historically underrepresented minority groups in STEM, including but not limited to women, Black, Native American, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Hispanic, LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students (except for PhD candidates) are welcome to apply but must be pursuing a degree in Cybersecurity, Information Security, or a similar field either full- or part-time, in person or online. A minimum 3.3 GPA, recommendation letter, and several essay questions are required. Award: $10,000; Deadline: May 1
  • Faith Hope and Love Jesus Inc. Scholarship: Students who are childhood cancer and blood disorder survivors can write an essay on any topic for a chance to win one of two scholarships. High school students accepted to US institutions as well as current undergraduates and graduate students are eligible but must be US citizens. Awards: $500; Deadline: May 1
  • Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership: Students ages 13–22 who have been environmental change leaders are encouraged to apply for this opportunity sponsored by the Earth Island Institute. Six students from the US, Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico will be awarded a cash prize and a trip to California. Awards: $3,000; Deadline: May 1
  • Walter J. Travis Memorial ScholarshipsThe Walter J. Travis Society offers five awards to high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in landscape design/golf course architecture, golf course turf grass management/golf course superintendent, professional golf management, club professional, or sports journalism with a special interest in golf. Outstanding amateur golfers will also be given serious consideration based on their competitive records. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: May 15
  • Young Ambassador Scholarship in Memory of Christopher Nordquist: This scholarship is open to students residing in New York City, Long Island, and Lower Hudson Valley counties of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, and Orange. Applicants must be under 25 years old and enrolled in a two- or four-year college, university, trade school, or technical school for the current year. An essay describing an educational or public service initiative in which the student participated that promoted eye, organ, and tissue donation is required. Award: $3,000 Deadline: May 15
  • The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration STEM Scholarship: This is another opportunity for students who reside in New York City, Long Island, and the lower Hudson Valley. Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in a STEM undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the current academic year. A 1,000-word essay about a method in which STEM may help increase the number of eye, organ, and/or tissue donations is required. Award: $3,000 Deadline: May 15
  • Innovation in Education Scholarship: This monthly scholarship is open to high school, college, and graduate students who write an essay on an innovative project they’ve designed that makes a difference in the lives of others. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be a US or Canadian citizen. Award: $500; Deadline: May 20 (same date every month)
  • Charlotte Pride Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to high school seniors intending to enroll in college or current higher education students from the Charlotte Metro area with a 3.0 GPA who are members or allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Applicants must demonstrate service or a strong desire to serve this community as well as financial need. You must also be from one of the following counties in the Carolinas: Mecklenburg, York, Union, Gaston, Cabarrus, Iredell, Rowan, Cleveland, Lancaster, Lincoln, Stanly, Chester, Catawba, Chesterfield, Alexander, or Anson. Award: Up to $10,000; Deadline: May 26
  • Make the World Better Scholarship: Sponsored by the Atlanta law firm Butler Kahn, this award is for students who want to do good in the world. Applicants must film a video no longer than 10 minutes explaining how they want to make the world a better place. Students must also be in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 GPA. Award: Up to $1,000; Deadline: May 26
  • #LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is open to Asian American high school students as well as students enrolled in full-time vocational, technical, two-year, four-year, or graduate degree programs in Fashion or Graphic Design. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate leadership abilities through community service, extracurriculars, or other activities. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 31
  • MyMozaic ScholarshipThis monthly scholarship sweepstakes is open to US citizens who are 13 years and older. All you have to do is provide your email address to apply. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 31 (last day of every month)
  • There’s Space for Everyone Scholarship: Sponsored by Extra Space Storage, this scholarship asks applicants to write about how they’ll use their education and experiences to make their communities more inclusive. Graduating high school seniors enrolling in college in the fall and current undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Eight scholarships are available, including three awarded to Extra Space Storage employees or their immediate family members. Awards: $3,000; Deadline: May 31
  • Lily Pabilona Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship: Asian American and Pacific Islander high school seniors and undergraduate or graduate students who have a 3.0 GPA and are pursuing Entrepreneurship should apply for this award. Applicants must be at least 25% Asian or Pacific Islander and be a US citizen or legal permanent resident. Awards: Up to $5,000; Deadline: May 31
  • CollegeXpress Book Recommendation Scholarship: Sign up or log back in to starting May 1 to enter our latest easy monthly scholarship contest. All you have to do is answer this question in one sentence: What is a good book you’d recommend to a friend for the summer? Award: $1,300; Deadline: May 31

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