Merit-based Scholarships

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If you've got excellent grades and high SAT or ACT scores, these scholarships are for you! Merit-based scholarships seek to reward, recruit, or encourage the students who show the highest levels of academic achievement and have specific eligibility requirements based on the applicant's GPA and/or test scores.

DirectTextbook.com Haiku Contest Scholarship

This Haiku contest is open to U.S. undergraduate students who have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

Total: $500 Awards:  6
Deadline:  September 18
2019

Acorn Equality Fund McKeon Scholarship

The McKeon Scholarship is available to LGBT students, allies, and the children of LGBT parents who have a permanent residence in the Acorn Equality Fund service area (all counties in Illinois except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will). Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, as well as political involvement and advocacy for LGBT issues.

Total: $5000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  September 20
2019

Acorn Equality Fund Acorn Scholarship

The Acorn Scholarship is available to LGBT students, allies, and the children of LGBT parents who have a permanent residence in the Acorn Equality Fund service area (all counties in Illinois except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will). Applicants must demonstrate service to and advocacy for the LGBT community.

Total: $5000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  September 20
2019

Acorn Equality Fund Luke Scholarship

The Luke Scholarship is available to LGBT students, allies, and the children of LGBT parents who have a permanent residence in the Acorn Equality Fund service area (all counties in Illinois except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will). Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and unmet financial need.

Total: $5000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  September 20
2019

Rangel Graduate Fellowship

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship is available to minority students who are pursuing a graduate degree in foreign affairs. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher and demonstrate financial need.

Total: $30000 Awards:  20
Deadline:  September 24
2019

AAAEA Scholarship Program

This scholarship is available for Arab Americans who are currently majoring in the field of engineering, architecture, or computer science/information technology.

Total: $4000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  September 24
2019

QuestBridge College Match Program

The QuestBridge College Match was created to fund complete scholarships to lower-income students so they can attend a variety of top schools. The students must show a high level of academic merit to be eligible.

Total: $47000 Awards:  204
Deadline:  September 26
2019

Questbridge College Prep Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school juniors who have achieved excellent academic results and are from a low-income family.

Total: $8165 Awards:  10
Deadline:  September 27
2019

Bryce Thomson Scholarship Fund

Employees of a National Ice Cream Retailers Association member business may apply for this need-based scholarship. Applicants must be college-bound high school seniors, or current college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors.

Total: $3500 Awards:  10
Deadline:  September 27
2019

ENRE Student Fellowship Program

This fellowship is open to international and U.S. second-year graduate students who are enrolled in a PAB-accredited master's-level planning program focusing on issues related to the environment, natural resources or energy. Students must have a grade point average of B (3.0) or higher.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  September 28
2019

Eric J. Gennuso and LeRoy D. (Bud) Loy, Jr. Scholarship Program

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who will be sophomores or juniors in the upcoming academic year and are studying engineering or environmental sciences. Students must attend a college or university located in Pennsylvania or have served as an intern with a Pennsylvania office of an ACEC/PA member firm.

Total: $5000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  September 30
2019

Hurst Review Services/OADN Foundation Student Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. college sophomores who are pursuing an associate's degree in nursing. Students must be a member of a local, state, or national student nurse association and actively participate in the association, and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Total: $1000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  September 30
2019