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Most students know that they must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to find out their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is a relative measurement of the student's ability to pay for school, and this number is often used to determine the amount of federal and state assistance available. This is a good start, but the true Cost of Attendance (COA) is often different than the sticker price. Most students have expenses beyond tuition, including room and board, books, and other costs. Before turning to student loans, students with financial need can look for scholarships to help close the gap between their EFC and COA. Our Scholarship Directory for need-based scholarships is a great place to start.

Inger Lawrence-M.R. Bauer Foundation Nursing Studies Scholarship

U.S. students who are enrolled in or accepted to a degree program in nursing are eligible for this award. Students must reside and attend school in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, or Ventura counties in California.

Total: $2000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Sophie Greenstadt Scholarship for Mid-Life Women

This scholarship is open to U.S. women who are 35 years of age or older and are re-entering or continuing school in order to learn a marketable skill which will lead to economic self-sufficiency. Students must reside and attend school in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, or Ventura counties in California.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Susan Schulman Begley Memorial Scholarship

This award is open to women who are establishing themselves as a head of household and a single parent, and due to extreme circumstances following the dissolution of an abusive or emotionally traumatic relationship, have no other adequate financial means, and require funds to meet immediate needs for themselves and their children, including rent & food. Students must reside in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and Ventura counties in California.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  November 1
2019

June Miller Nursing Education Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who are accepted or enrolled in a degree program in nursing. Students must reside and attend college/university in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, or Ventura counties in California.

Total: $2000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Dodell Women's Empowerment Scholarship

U.S. women who are 35 years of age or older and are re-entering or continuing school n order to learn a marketable skill which will lead to economic self-sufficiency are eligible for this award. Students must live and attend school in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, or Ventura counties in California.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Sherman & Frances L. Teller Teacher Credential Scholarship

The Sherman & Frances L. Teller Teacher Credential Scholarship is provided to K-12 educators pursuing a teaching credential (includes special education and ESL) at a University of California or California State University campus in the greater Los Angeles area. Students must also reside in the greater Los Angeles area (includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and Ventura counties).

Total: $2000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Stephen L. Teller & Richard Hotson TV and Cinema Scholarship

U.S. students who are enrolled in a community college film, television, cinema, or theater program and have completed at least 12 credits in their program are eligible for this award. Students must reside and attend school in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, or Ventura counties.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Singerman - Nosseck Memorial Childcare Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who enroll in a trade school program that leads to certification, in order to learn a marketable skill which will lead to economic self-sufficiency. Students must reside in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, or Ventura counties in California; students must also attend a school in these counties, unless attending an online school.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Lax Scholarship

This award is available to openly gay men from the five-county metropolitan Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties) studying anywhere in the U.S., or openly gay men from anywhere in the U.S. who are studying in the five-county metropolitan Philadelphia region.

Total: $10000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship for Migrant Farmworkers

Students who are 16 years of age or older who are interested in pursuing the development of their talents in an art discipline may apply for this award. Students must have a history of movement to obtain work in agriculture.

Total: $2500 Awards:  10
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Kansas Foster and Adoptive Children Scholarship Fund

The Kansas Foster and Adoptive Children Scholarship Fund is available for foster children and adoptees in Kansas who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Click here to learn more about eligibility and how to apply today!

Total: $1000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Arcadia University Campus Achievement Award For Returning Students

U.S. undergraduate students attending Arcadia University in Pennsylvania are eligible for this award. Students must demonstrate financial need, campus involvement and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $3000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  November 1
2019