Outside Scholarships-The Inside Story

Outside scholarships refers to financial aid provided by non-governmental organizations. This aid is distinct from the one provided by Universities and other government owned institutions. The obvious advantage of outside scholarships is their diversity. There is no shortage of choice but the student must thoroughly research the credibility of the institution and the eligibility criteria. Let us take a look at some of the options available for various fields.


  • ‘Caretoon contest’ provided by National Liberty Museum offers an amount of $1,000 to contestants of all ages who can make cartoons in the ‘abbyak’ theme.
  • ‘Princess Grace Awards Program’ provided by the Princess Grace Foundation offers an amount of $5,000-$25,000 to theater, dance or film majors. The applicants must be US residents and must be nominated by the Dean or Chairperson of their Departments.
  • ‘Student Academy Awards’ provided by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences offers financial aid to filmmaker with no previous experience.


  • ‘The Collegiate Inventors Competition’ provided by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundations offers an amount of $15,000-$25,000. The award money is provided to an inventor with an original idea.
  • ‘Elmer Carvey  Memorial Scholarship’ provided by the American Vacuum Society offers an amount of $3,000 to current undergraduates or entering students in the field of chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, etc.

Health Sciences:

  • Allied Health-care Scholarship Program provides an amount of up to $4,500 to students enrolled in various healthcare disciplines. Visit http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HPEF/AHS.html for details.
  • Dr. Amanda Perez Scholarship by the Latino Medical Student Association is awarded to students committed to a career in medicine and desirous to serve the Latino community.

Gender based:

  • Men of Principle Scholarship by the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity offer an amount of $500 to male Undergraduate students attending the University of California Irvine.
  • The Sara’s wish scholarship fund provides a variable amount of money to female undergraduate students for work or study abroad.

Merit based:

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Merit Scholarship provides a funding of $750 to $2,500 to full time college sophomores with a minimum CGPA of 3.0.
  • William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students offers an amount of $2,500 – $5,000 to highly motivated individuals from an underrepresented community. The academic record of the candidates must be excellent.

These were some of the options that are available as far as the outside scholarships are concerned. There are many more opportunities to look for. Conduct some online research and take your pick. Goodluck.