College Scholarships for Young Women

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    Science Scholarships

    • Science-related fields do not typically employ a lot of women. To encourage more women to pursue careers in the fields of science, organizations such as the Association for Women in Science (awis.org) provide scholarships for women. AWIS offers the Undergraduate Award and Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award for sophomores and juniors in college, which provides $500-$1,000 in scholarships. College seniors enrolled in a computer science or computer engineering programs are eligible to apply for Google's Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Recipients receive a $10,000 award. High school seniors can apply for the Scholarship for First Years to receive a $10,000 scholarship through the same program.

    Athletic Scholarships

    • When it comes to college sports, the male-dominated sports such as football and basketball are given the most publicity, but colleges are required to offer equal opportunities for men and women to play sports. To attract women to participate in their women's sports program, many colleges offer scholarships to female athletes sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). These scholarships are not limited to traditional sports such as softball and basketball. Athletes in emerging sports, such as rugby, bowling and sand volleyball, are eligible for scholarships as well. Students should contact their college's athletic department to inquire about scholarships.

    Minority Scholarships

    • Although females make up the majority of college students, minority females are still typically underrepresented. Black Women in Sisterhood for Action (bisa-hq.org) offers scholarships worth $1,000 per year for undergraduate African-American young women. The Latin American Professional Women's Foundation Scholarship provides $500 scholarships to Latin-American and Hispanic young women planning on attending college. Females of Asian and Pacific Islander descent are eligible to apply for numerous scholarships through the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (apiasf.org).

    Other Scholarships

    • Sororities and other organizations focused on women offer their own scholarships. The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority provides scholarships between $500 and $1,000 for female undergraduate students. Women studying counseling, medical health sciences and education are eligible to apply for additional scholarships through the organization. Through the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Sisterhood, female high school seniors are eligible to apply for a $2,500 scholarship. Current undergraduates can receive a $10,000 college loan with a 3 percent interest rate from the P.E.O. Sisterhood, which is repaid after graduation.

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