Scholarships for Women

Many scholarships for women are available, but finding them can be daunting. Browse our list of the best scholarships for women by field and degree.

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Published on July 30, 2021 · Updated on May 6, 2022

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Scholarships for Women


College and university attendance for women is at an all-time high. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were about four women for every three men enrolled in college in the U.S. in 2018. And a 2020 report by the National Student Clearinghouse projected that there would be about three women for every two men enrolled in U.S. colleges in 2020.

This demographic shift has been building for decades, and college scholarships for women are increasing to match the trend.

Scholarships for women range from STEM to business to arts and humanities, as well as graduate studies and scholarships for women of color. Here you'll find some of the top grants, fellowships, and scholarships for women across fields. Scholarships within categories are organized by application deadline.

STEM Scholarships for Women

Women made up only 34% of the STEM workforce in 2019, despite representing about 47% of the total workforce that year. The gender gap is greatest in math-intensive STEM majors, engineering, and leadership positions. While STEM is a historically male-dominated field, these scholarships for women in STEM are helping to shift the balance.

true Connie Konatsotis Scholarship

Who's eligible? Applicants can be female high school seniors, undergraduates, or graduate students who wish to pursue a STEAM degree.

Deadline: February 15, 2022

Award amount: $1,000 each for two winners

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true Young Women in STEM Scholarship

Who's eligible? Applicants can be female high school seniors and female undergraduates in STEM fields.

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Award amount: $10,000 each for three winners

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true Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to female undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited North American university. Applicants should plan to major in computer science, software engineering, or a related field.

Deadline: March 17, 2022

Award amount: $7,000

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Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship

Who's eligible? Applicants can be female undergraduate students enrolled in a four-year accredited college majoring engineering, math, or physical or biological sciences.

Deadline: April 1, 2022

Award amount: $4,000 each for four winners

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"Fight for Equality" Women in STEM Scholarship

Who's eligible? Applicants must be female high school students who wish to pursue STEM fields in college. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Deadline: April 16, 2022

Award amount: $500

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Learner Education Women in Mathematics Scholarship

Who's eligible? Applicants must be enrolled in undergraduate mathematics in a two-year or four-year college or technical school in the United States. High school seniors intending to study mathematics or related fields may also apply. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

Deadline: August 1, 2022

Award amount: $1,000 awarded every six months

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BHW Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is available to women pursuing an undergraduate or master's degree in STEM fields. Applicants must attend a college or university based in the United States.

Deadline: April 15, 2022

Award amount: $3,000

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Scholarships for Women in Liberal Arts and Humanities

Women pursuing a degree in liberal arts or humanities fields can also find scholarships to apply for. Popular majors include visual and performing arts, English and foreign languages, theology, philosophy, history, and religious studies.

Careers in some humanities fields are on the rise, such as media and communications jobs, and many Americans value the soft skills gained in a liberal arts program.

Liberal arts scholarships are available to provide women greater opportunities in these essential fields.

true Stephanie Ann Cronin Make a Difference Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to female high school seniors and college students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Deadline: February 14, 2022

Award amount: $3,500

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true Newsette No-Essay Leadership Scholarship for Women

Who's eligible? This scholarship is available to female readers of Newsette who want to build their dream careers.

Deadline: March 1, 2022 for first priority. There is a rolling monthly deadline until the scholarship is awarded on June 1, 2022.

Award amount: $1,000

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true Agnes F. Vaghi Scholarship Fund

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to female Italian American undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Italian, English, literature, or journalism. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Award amount: $2,500

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Lillian's and Ruby's Way Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to all women between the ages of 18 and 30 who are pursuing their desired career field, even on an unusual timeline.

Deadline: April 2, 2022

Award amount: $500

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P.E.O. Star Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is available to high school seniors who plan to attend a university in the United States or Canada. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate exceptional academics, leadership, community service, and potential for success. Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Award amount: $2,500

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Scholarships for Women in Medicine

While women lag behind men in STEM fields, medicine is the exception. More women than men are currently enrolled in medical school. Popular medical specialties for women include obstetrics and gynecology, allergy and immunology, pediatrics, and medical genetics and genomics.

Financial support is available for aspiring female medical professionals. Here are some of the best scholarships for women in medicine.

true Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is available to two applicants pursuing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor or psychiatric nurse at the graduate level. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required. This scholarship is renewable.

Deadline: February 15, 2022

Award amount: $5,000

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true Lynn Adamson Memorial Scholarship

Who's eligible? This one-time scholarship is awarded to a female graduate-level student pursuing a career in healthcare. Priority is given to applicants who demonstrate ability to address key challenges in healthcare. Applicants must also be a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Deadline: April 1, 2022

Award amount: $5,000

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true Medical Education Scholarship

Who's eligible? This one-time scholarship, offered by the American Women's Medical Association, is awarded to four female students currently enrolled in medical school.

Deadline: Scholarship is offered twice yearly. Application cycles run from August 1-September 15 and from September 16-October 31.

Award amount: $500 each to four winners

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Leslie Andree Hanna Medical Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is available to one female U.S. citizen who is attending medical school at an accredited U.S. college or university. Scholarship is awarded on academic merit. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 GPA.

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Award amount: $5,000

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Scholarships for Women in Education

Female educators can have a powerful impact on the next generation, inspiring students to confidently pursue educational and career goals. According to UNESCO, women make up 94% of pre-primary educators but only about half of upper secondary school educators worldwide. These scholarships aim to help more women become educators at all levels.

true Ena Harris Berger Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is offered by Central Washington University's department of education for unmarried female freshmen or transfer students. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. There is a preference for Native American students.

Deadline: February 1, 2022

Award amount: $693

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true Loretta J. Belval Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to female high school seniors who are residents of Grafton, Mendon, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton or Uxbridge, Massachusetts who plan to pursue a career in teaching or education.

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Award amount: $1500

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true Noyce Austin College STEM Education Leadership Scholars Program

Who's eligible? Applicants must be college juniors or seniors who intend to complete a master of arts teaching degree at Austin College. Priority is given to female and minority applicants.

Deadline: March 5, 2021

Award amount: Varies

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Future Female Educators Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to female high school seniors, undergraduates, or graduate students studying education. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Deadline: April 30, 2022

Award amount: $1000

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Teaching Indiana's Future Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is for female education students aged 21 and older who are doing a semester of student teaching. Applicants must be residents of Indiana for at least one year prior to application.

Deadline: February 15, 2022

Award amount: Varies

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Scholarships for Women in Business

Women's enrollment in business education programs has been increasing. According to the Forte Foundation, 41% of MBA students were female in 2021 — a higher total than previous years. MBA scholarships for women aim to build on that momentum. These scholarships help women earn business degrees and close the gender gap.

true Institute of Management Accountants IMA® Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to female undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor degree in accounting. Applicants must be U.S citizens.

Deadline: April 30, 2022

Award amount: $2,000 each for two winners

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true Michele L. McDonald Memorial Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to women earning a degree in accounting. Preference is given to women returning to school after working or raising children. Applicants must be U.S citizens.

Deadline: April 30, 2022

Award amount: $1,000 annual award

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true The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is for female students pursuing a degree in a business at a licensed, accredited, or state-approved institution. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Deadline: May 15, 2022

Award amount: Varies

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Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is available to women pursuing a business or management degree at the graduate or undergraduate level.

Deadline: 2022 application information will be available end of February

Award amount: $2,000 each to 32 winners; $8,000 each to six international winners

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Ellen M. Cherry-Delawder Memorial Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is for female students pursuing a degree in a business-related field. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Preference will be given to women with dependent children.

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Award amount: Varies

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Scholarships for Women of Color

Fewer students of color attend universities than white students, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. And women of color may face unique challenges when it comes to getting the support they need in college. These scholarships seek to address the need to combat historical disparities and provide financial support for women of color in college.

true Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley Spirit of Achievement Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to African-American high school seniors currently attending classes in the Tarrant County area of Texas. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.

Deadline: February 14, 2022

Award amount: $3,000

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true Wynetta A. Frazier "Sister-to-Sister" Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to African American women whose education was interrupted by family obligations. Applicants must be 21 years or older and a returning student.

Deadline: February 28, 2022

Award amount: $500 each to two winners

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true Latinas in STEM Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to first generation Latina students. Applicants can be high school seniors or undergraduate students interested in pursuing a STEM degree.

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Award amount: $2,500

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The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to female students who plan to play collegiate golf while studying at an accredited college or university in the U.S. Applicants must be high school seniors from a recognized minority background.

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Award amount: $5,000

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Hispanic Women in Wildlife Conservation Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to any female graduate or undergraduate hispanic student. Applicants should be working or volunteering in wildlife care.

Deadline: 2022 deadline to be announced

Award amount: $500

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Graduate Scholarships for Women

Nearly 60% of all graduate students are women. Women also outnumber men in seven major doctoral degree categories. Popular graduate degrees for women include arts and humanities, biological and agricultural sciences, education, health sciences, medicine, and public administration. These graduate scholarships for women will help women earn higher degrees with less financial burden.

true Lydia I. Pickup Memorial Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is offered through the Society of Women Engineers. It is open to students studying engineering or engineering technology. Preference is given to graduate students.

Deadline: February 15, 2022

Award amount: $3,500

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true Susan E. Stutz McDonald Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to female graduate students pursuing a degree in water or wastewater management. Areas of focus include chemical, civil or environmental engineering focused on water/wastewater engineering. Must be a U.S. citizen and attend a U.S. university. A minimum 3.5 GPA is required.

Deadline: February 15, 2022

Award amount: $6,500

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true Chrysalis Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to female geoscientists whose education was interrupted by life circumstances. The award is intended to support completion of a dissertation or thesis beyond traditional research funding.

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Award amount: $2,000

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Institute of Management Accounts IMA Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is offered through The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting for one female student beginning graduate studies. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Deadline: April 30, 2022

Award amount: $1,000

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The Women in Finance Scholarship

Who's eligible? This scholarship is open to females worldwide who are enrolled in a postgraduate program in finance at an accredited university. Preference is given to women pursuing careers in financial risk management, market risk management, and derivatives within the capital markets.

Deadline: 2022 deadline to be announced

Award amount: $20,000 (half is awarded to the student, half to the institution)

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Grants for Women

true Career Development Grants

Who's eligible? This grant is available to women with a bachelor degree planning to change careers or reenter the workforce. Priority is given to women of color, women pursuing their first advanced degree, or women pursuing a degree in a nontraditional field. Grants are available for women pursuing degrees in education, health and medical sciences, or social sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must have received their last degree before June 30, 2014.

Deadline: November 15, 2022

Grant amount: $2,000-$12,000

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true International Projects Grants

Who's eligible? The American Association of University Women awards this grant to graduates of the International Fellowships program to allow them to build on their academic work. Emphasis is on community-based projects that improve the lives of women and girls.

Deadline: November 1, 2022

Grant amount: $5,000-$7,000

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true Research Publication Grants

Who's eligible? These American Association of University Women grants are available for women scholars conducting research in engineering, medicine, or the physical or biological sciences. Applicants must hold a doctorate degree in one of those fields and plan to publish their research in a scholarly journal.

Deadline: December 2022

Grant amount: $10,000 to $35,000

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Amber Grants

Who's eligible? WomensNet awards a monthly grant to one winner and five finalists to create their business dreams. Must be a woman-owned business or startup. Additional grants are available quarterly and annually.

Deadline: Monthly application deadlines

Grant amount: $10,000 for one winner and $1,000 each for five finalists

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Boston Women's Fund Grants

Who's eligible? These grants aim to amplify the voices of women and girls. Grants are awarded in two categories: movement building and community investment. Multi-year grants are possible.

Deadline: 2022 application deadline to be announced

Grant amount: $25,000 to three organizations

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Fellowships for Women

true The American Fellowship Program

Who's eligible? This fellowship through the American Association of University Women supports women researching or studying full time. Accepted activities include full-time study to complete dissertations, full-time postdoctoral research, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Deadline: November 1, 2022

Fellowship amount: $6,000-$30,000

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true International Fellowships

Who's eligible? This fellowship is for women pursuing full time graduate or postdoctoral study. Applicants cannot be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should plan to return to their home country after graduation for a professional career.

Deadline: November 15, 2022

Fellowship amount: $18,000 for a master degree or first professional degree; $20,000 for a doctoral degree; $30,000 for a postdoctoral degree

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true Selected Professions Fellowships from the American Association of University Women

Who's eligible? Women pursuing graduate degrees in architecture, computer and information sciences, engineering, mathematics, and statistics can apply. In addition, fellowships for women of color are available in business administration, medicine, and law.

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Fellowship amount: $5000 to $18,000

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Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Who's eligible? This fellowship is awarded to 35 women pursuing Ph.D. degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. Applicants must graduate in or after April 2023 from their doctoral program.

Deadline: November 15, 2022

Fellowship amount: $10,000 each to 35 fellows

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Forté Fellows Program

Who's eligible? This fellowship is awarded to women pursuing an MBA at participating business schools. Applicants can be full-time or part-time students.

Deadline: Rolling deadline

Fellowship amount: up to $10,000

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