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Over 45 May Scholarship Opportunities to Apply For

As you find yourself less busy at the end of the school year, take some time to apply for scholarships like these ones with deadlines in May.

The academic year may be winding down for high school and college students, but that doesn’t mean the scholarship search should. In fact, the perfect time to be looking and applying for awards is when you’re less busy and have some time on your hands! Whether you’re a high school underclassman, heading off to college in the fall, 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 with all these scholarships that have deadlines coming up this month!

Scholarships for high school students

  • Carrington-Philbert Scholarship Program: This scholarship is open to African American high school students who plan to attend a two- or four-year college. Applicants must submit an essay as well as a letter of recommendation from a teacher or principal. Award: $2,500; Deadline: May 1
  • 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
  • Countdown to College Scholarship: This scholarship drawing is open to students in grades nine through 12. There are no test, GPA, or class rank requirements, but applicants must subscribe to C2C eNews. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 5
  • CGCS Bernard Harris Scholarship: Black and Hispanic high school seniors from districts of the Council of the Great City Schools who are pursuing STEM fields can apply to this program. Four scholarships are awarded to two males and two females. Award: $5,000; Deadline: May 6
  • Achievers in Technology Program: Sankofatech is offering high school seniors of African descent more than just a scholarship. Winners will receive the monetary award in annual increments as well as personalized career mentorship, job readiness training, networking opportunities, site visits to tech companies, virtual webinar development training, and academic project opportunities. Applicants must be pursuing a tech career, come from a low-income household, and be a first-year college student for the 2022–2023 academic year. Award: Up to $2,000; Deadline: May 7
  • 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 winner must meet certain grades to maintain this renewable scholarship. Award: $5,000 per semester, up to four years; Deadline: May 13
  • 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. Being interested in marketing, business, or law helps, as this application requires students to write a marketing campaign essay for a fake personal injury law firm. Award: $500; Deadline: May 15
  • Cameron Impact Scholarship: Sponsored by the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation, this award is available for high school Class of 2023 students 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 20 (early applications; regular deadline: September 9)
  • 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
  • Heartland Goldens and Mini Goldendoodles Veterinarian Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing degrees in Animal Science, Animal Nutrition, Animal Breeding & Genetics, Biological Sciences, Pre-vet Services, or Veterinary Medicine. Award: $500; Deadline: May 30

Scholarships for high school and undergraduate students

  • 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. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1
  • NASRA Foundation: Students of 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 be graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students and are asked to write five brief essays. Awards: $2,500; Deadline: May 1
  • Save a Life Scholarship: Sponsored by the American Academy of CPR and First Aid, this scholarship targets high school seniors and current undergraduates who are pursuing careers in either health care or education. Applicants must be 18 years or older and are required to submit a 750–1,000-word essay. Award: $1,500; Deadline: May 1 (and October 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 fields, but they must submit an essay of 800–1,000 words. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: May 1
  • Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity: Offered to high school juniors and seniors as well as college freshmen, this scholarship is for students 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 is a renewable scholarship 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 3
  • RISE Financial Progress Scholarship: RISE awards five scholarships to students who will be enrolled in a trade school, college, or university full- or part-time in the upcoming semester. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, complete the RISE Financial Program Course, and write an essay on what they learned and how they plan to use it in their life. Awards: $2,500; Deadline: May 3
  • com 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 elder population. A 1,000-word essay on why aging matters is also required. Award: $1,500; Deadline: May 15
  • The Trotter Project’s Scholarship: Offering three different scholarships, the Trotter Project is looking for high school seniors or current college students who are pursuing Agriculture, Baking & Pastry, Culinary Arts, or Hospitality Management 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. Award: Up to $10,000; Deadline: May 15
  • Walter J. Travis Society Scholarship: The Walter J. Travis Society offers five awards to high school and college 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. Awards: $1,000; 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 $2,000; Deadline: May 27
  • 1st Financial Bank Financial Goals Scholarship: This is a monthly scholarship open to US residents who are 18 or older and planning to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college degree program. This is a random drawing, but it does require you to submit a short essay of 500 words or fewer. Award:$2,000; Deadline: May 31 (last day of every month)

Scholarships for undergraduate students

  • Betty Stevens Frecknall Scholarship: Current undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Computer Science or Information Technology with a minimum GPA of 3.0 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

  • Florin|Roebig Scholarship Essay Contest: The 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: $250–$750; Deadline: May 1
  • Golda Cook Scholarship: The American Indian Graduate Center established this merit-based scholarship in honor of the life of Golda Cook and her ongoing support of United National Indian Tribal Youth. Applicants can be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any field of study but must be a member of a Native American or Alaskan Native tribe and under 24 years old. One male and one female will be awarded. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: May 1
  • International Essential Tremor Foundation: This scholarship is open to high school graduates of any age who have been diagnosed with an essential tremor, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and are attending a licensed accredited institution. Four awards will be distributed. Awards: $1,000; Deadlines: May 1 (and October 31)
  • Full Circle Scholarship: In partnership with the Association on American Indian Affairs and the American Indian College Fund, the Full Circle Scholarship is offered to full-time Native American and Alaskan Native students in associate, bachelor’s, or graduate programs. Applicants must be directly recognized as a citizen member of their Tribe, which may be federally or non-federally recognized. Award: Amount not disclosed; Deadline: May 31
  • AIAS Foundation Scholarship: Sponsored 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 but not limited to art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, law, marketing, and business administration. Applicants must be 21 or older, have a minimum 3.3 GPA, and include a personal statement. Professional scholars will receive a travel stipend to attend a video game conference. Award: $2,500; 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
  • Law School Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to students attending or planning to attend a graduate law school in the United States. Applicants must submit an essay of 2,000–2,5000 words defending a controversial legal topic that’s recently been in the news. Award: $2,500; 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. Awards: $3,500; Deadline: May 31
  • NAAMLP Scholarship: Sponsored by the National Association of Abandoned Mind 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 10 awards. Applicants may be enrolled full- or part-time, but part-time students must also be employed full- or part-time. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 31

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 per 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; Deadlines: May 1 (and November 1)
  • EFWA Post-Graduate Scholarship: This scholarship is open to women pursuing a PhD in Accounting. There are no age restrictions for this opportunity; selection is based on academic achievements, volunteer service, and financial need. 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

  • 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
  • CollegeXpress $10,000 Scholarship: Justcreate a free profile on CollegeXpress.com 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
  • Faith Hope and Love Jesus Inc. Scholarship: Students who are childhood cancer and blood disorder survivors can write an essay on any topic to enter for a chance to win this scholarship. High school students accepted to a US institution as well as current undergraduates and graduate students are eligible. Award: $500; Deadline: May 1
  • Price It Here, Inc. 2022 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, and applicants must submit an essay of 500 words or fewer. Award: $1,000; Deadlines: May 1 (and November 1)
  • 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. Five scholarships are available, with three more awarded to Extra Space Storage employees or their immediate family members. Awards: $3,000; Deadline: May 2
  • Brower Youth Award for Environmental Leadership: Students age 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 both the cash prize and a trip to California. Awards: $3,000; Deadline: May 14
  • Innovation in Education Scholarship: This monthly scholarship is open to high school and college 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)
  • #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 ScholarshipMyMozaic’s monthly scholarship sweepstakes is open to US citizens who are 13 years and older. All you have to do is provide your email to apply. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 31 (last day of every month)
  • 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
  • Employment BOOST Academic Scholarship: This scholarship is open to US high school seniors as well as two-year and four-year college students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher. Applicants may be pursuing any major, but one of two scholarships awarded will be given to a student pursuing Business or STEM fields. Applicants must submit an essay between 500–1,000 words. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: Accepted year-round on a rolling basis

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