Funding (for Students)

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

AAUW is a leader in advancing education for women both nationally and internationally.  They annually offer fellowship and grant programs designed to help women gain greater access to educational and economic opportunities. The AAUW Community Action Grants Program provides funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.  The program’s one-year grants ($2,000 to $7,000 each over one year) provide seed money for new projects. Two-year grants ($5,000 to $10,000 each over two years) provide start-up funds for long-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Topic areas are unrestricted but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls.

Due: Multiple due dates for varying grants and fellowships, make sure to double check with their website.

Adelante US Education Leadership Fund

In 1993, Miller Brewing Company and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) established the ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund. The ¡Adelante! Fund is designed to address the educational needs of the growing Hispanic population. Program areas focus on Leadership & Career Development and Scholarships.  The ¡Adelante! Fund is a national non-profit based in San Antonio, Texas. The organization uses a holistic approach to prepare college students for leadership roles upon entry into the workforce.  Since its designation as a 501c3 in 1997, ¡Adelante! Fund has awarded over one million dollars in scholarships to undergraduate students across the nation.

Due: Some time in the spring, make sure to double check with their website.

AmeriCorps National

AmeriCorps National grants are made directly by the Corporation to public or private nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities within states or territories, Indian Tribes, and consortia of the aforementioned. Organizations operating solely within the state of South Dakota are also eligible for an AmeriCorps National grant. AmeriCorps National programs engage AmeriCorps members in providing direct service to address unmet community needs. Programs design service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time for up to one year. Priority service areas identified include Education, Healthy Futures, Clean Energy / Environment, Veterans and Opportunity. Members also help to recruit community volunteers to expand the reach and effectiveness of the organization where they serve.

AmeriCorps NCCC

Each year, AmeriCorps NCCC engages teams of members in projects in communities across the United States. Service projects, which typically last from six to eight weeks, address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs.

AmeriCorps State

The organizations that receive grants are responsible for recruiting, selecting, and supervising AmeriCorps members to serve in their programs. Organizations seeking AmeriCorps funding to operate a program within only one state can apply. State Service Commissions select which applications to fund or to forward to compete in a national pool.

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA members spend one year in full-time service to address the needs of low-income communities. All projects focus on building permanent infrastructure in organizations to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Project sponsors must be able to direct the project, supervise the AmeriCorps VISTAs, and provide necessary administrative support to complete the goals and objectives of the project. The goals and objectives must be clearly defined and directed toward alleviating problems of low-income communities, and meet the regulations of the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

Autry Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates interested in careers in social justice. It provides an opportunity to work for one year at MDC as a full-time, paid staff member. MDC’s work is primarily in the American South, where a history of inequality and exclusion has trapped millions in circumstances below their potential.  The Autry Fellowship supports MDC’s mission—to help organizations and communities close the gaps that separate people from opportunity—by developing a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit this region.

Due: Some time in the winter, make sure to double check with their website.

Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program

The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program brings talented college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy issues, with a focus on issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities. Through the eleven-week program (May through August), Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to gaining experience in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research memo that addresses a problem of concern to disadvantaged populations.

Due: Some time in the winter, make sure to double check with their website.

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) Scholarship

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) has three Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) scholarships administered by CCA:
* Alexander Fraser Laidlaw Fellowship  (graduate students only)
* Amy and Tim Dauphinee Scholarship (graduate students only)
* Lemaire Co-operative Studies Award (undergraduate or graduate students)

In addition to the monetary awards, winners of all three scholarships are awarded a free one-year membership in the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) as well as free registration at the 2012 CASC conference.

Due: Varying deadlines dependent on grants and fellowships, make sure to double check with their website.

Center for Responsible Funding (CRF)

Founded in 1980, CRF has serviced the fundraising needs of various nonprofit organizations in the Delaware Valley. It advocates for the reform of philanthropy to equalize the distribution of resources received by organizations working for social and economic justice. It plays a leadership role nationally in workplace fundraising issues.  Their mission is to expand the funding base of organizations working for social and economic justice through a variety of means including:

*Expanding the opportunities of these organizations to raise money in workplace campaigns including solicitations, matching funds and volunteer programs
* Promoting public awareness of activities, needs and contributions of the nonprofit sector

To read more about funding for your non-profit click the link below.

Due: Varying deadlines dependent on program, make sure to double check with their website.

Dell Social Innovation Competition

The Dell Social Innovation Competition provides funding to competitive student ideas and organizations.  They grant awards to at least five winning teams who work towards social progress in areas such as environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, or global health.  Cash prizes total more than $100,000, and will also be flown to participate in an expenses-paid Finalist-Weekend.  Teams who do not qualify as finalists will have the opportunity to win fellowships in social entrepreneurship and one-on-one mentoring.

Due: TBA, make sure to double check with their website.

ECHOING GREEN: social entrepreneurship grant

Whether you’re a social entrepreneur with a breakthrough idea to address a stubborn, deeply-entrenched problem, a young person ready to build a career with impact, a conscious investor who wants to support innovative solutions, or simply someone who wants to make a difference by joining the social innovation movement, Echoing Green provides a springboard for realizing your contribution to solving the world’s biggest problems. Echoing Green’s world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs.

Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is on the frontlines of social change around the world, working with visionary leaders and organizations to change social structures and institutions—so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and have a voice in decisions that affect them.  When they make grants, they look for fresh thinking and for innovative people and organizations. They set benchmarks to measure success and monitor progress to ensure that goals are being met.

Due: Multiple due dates for varying grants and fellowships, make sure to double check with their website.

Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS)

GMS will select 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. They provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through their leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.  They have four separate programs: GMS/UNCF (United Negro College Fund) office (877-690-4677) has extended hours as follows in Eastern Standard Time: GMS/UNCF (United Negro College Fund);  GMS/Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF); GMS/American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS) and GMS/Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF).

Due: Some time in the winter make sure to double check with their website.

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Hispanic Internship Program

Since 1992 the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) has recruited college students for paid summer- and semester-long internships at federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. These ten and fifteen-week internship programs give college students direct experience in a diverse array of careers in the federal and corporate sectors.  Over the past fifteen years, HNIP has placed over 7,000 college students in rewarding and challenging internships matching their majors and career goals. Interns have enhanced their professional skills through placements in departments of public affairs, accounting, human resources and information technology, as well as laboratories, hospitals, airports, and national forests and parks, among others. Some intern assignments have included completing and analyzing research, writing speeches, conducting audits, performing land surveys, creating web pages, conducting community health surveys and developing outreach strategies for under-served populations.

Due: Some time in the winter, make sure to double check with their website.

Jack Kent Cook Foundation Young Scholars, Undergraduate & Graduate Scholars Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was established in 2000 through the will of prominent businessman, sportsman, and philanthropist Jack Kent Cooke.  A self-made billionaire, Mr. Cooke described himself as “an indomitable optimist” who always had a will to succeed.  In his own life, Mr. Cooke overcame financial obstacles to achieve tremendous success.  When he died in 1997, Mr. Cooke left the bulk of his fortune to establish a foundation dedicated to supporting individuals of exceptional promise – those who work hard, stay focused, and defy the stereotype that poverty precludes high achievement.

Due: Multiple due dates for varying scholarships, grants and fellowships, make sure to double check with their website.

John L. Carey Accounting Scholarship

The AICPA Minority Scholarship awards outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. Funding is provided by the AICPA Foundation, with contributions from the New Jersey Society of CPAs and Robert Half International. For four decades, this program has provided over $14 .6 million in scholarships to approximately 8,000 accounting scholars.

Due: Some time in the spring, make sure to double check with their website.

Kaiser Media Internships in Health Reporting

The Kaiser Media Internships Program, established in 1994, is an intensive 12-week summer internship for young journalists interested in specializing in health reporting, with a particular commitment to coverage of health issues affecting diverse and immigrant communities.  The Media Internships Program provides an initial week-long briefing on health issues and health reporting in Washington, D.C.  Interns are then based for ten weeks at their newspaper, online, or radio/TV station, typically under the direction of the Health or Metro Editor/News Director, where they report on health issues.  The program ends with a 3-day meeting in Boston to hear critiques from senior journalists and to go on final site visits. The aim is to provide young journalists or journalism college graduates with an in-depth introduction to and practical experience on the specialist health beat, with a particular focus on diverse and immigrant communities.

Due: Print Media: Some time in December – Broadcast: Some time in January, make sure to double check with their website.

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship

The La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship is available to Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students. You must have a GPA between 2.8 and 3.6 to be eligible for this award. Undergraduate students must have completed at least one full-time year of study and may be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in any field. Graduate students must have completed at least one full-time semester of study and must be pursuing a master’s degree in one of the following areas: Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Public Administration/Policy, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, and Master of Divinity.

Due: October 15 and February 15 Annually, make sure to check with their website.

LGBT Scholarships

The program is open to self-identified Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender graduating high school seniors meeting the prescribed criteria.  The scholarships are open to graduating seniors in high school that are United States who will be attending an acreditted college, university or vocational school within the United States.  The LEAGUE Foundation has 3 awards for consideration and each student application is automatically reviewed for each.

The three awards are:
* The Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship (1 award annually)
* The Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship (1 award annually)
* The LEAGUE Foundation Scholarship (up to 5 awards annually)

Due: accepted from January through April, make sure to double check with their website.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization.  It is often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”.  MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. This organization has both educational and leadership scholarships and programs.

Due: Multiple due dates for varying scholarships and programs, make sure to double check with their website.

Microsoft Scholarships

A Microsoft scholarship provides a leg up so you can pursue undergraduate studies in computer science and related technical disciplines. You will join a community of scholarship recipients from the United States, Canada and Mexico who share your passion for technology and academic excellence. It all adds up to achieving your primary goal—making a real difference in the software industry.  Microsoft is offering four different types of technical scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year to current undergraduate students: General Scholarships, Women’s Scholarships, Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities.

Due: Some time in February, make sure to double check with their website.

Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Established by Congress in 1992 to honor Morris K. Udall’s 30 years of service in the House of Representatives and enhanced by Congressional action in 2009 to honor Stewart L. Udall’s vast public service, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation is dedicated to educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs focused on environmental and Native American issues.  The Udall Foundation is also committed to promoting the principles and practices of environmental conflict resolution.  There are four Awards and Education related concepts:

* Udall Scholarship
* Native American Internship
* Dissertation Fellowship
* Parks in Focus

Due: Multiple due dates for varying scholarships, grants and fellowships, make sure to double check with their website.

NACME Scholars Program

The centerpiece of their efforts is the NACME Scholars Program. They distribute more than $4 million annually through block grants to partner universities and as individual awards.  Since their founding, NACME has given more than $114 million in scholarship and program support to 22,000 students, thus increasing the flow of talent entering the science, technology, engineering, and math professions.  Among NACME’s latest efforts is the creation of a network of Academy of Engineering with partner organizations Project Lead The Way and the National Academy Foundation. These high-school academies will seek to ensure that urban students are thoroughly prepared to study engineering in college.  Other efforts include national symposia and galas, mentoring for middle school students, and publications such as the NACME Guide to Engineering Colleges.

Due: Multiple due dates for varying scholarships and fellowships, make sure to double check with their website.

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)

With support from The Lemelson Foundation, the NCIIA awards approximately 2 million dollars in grants annually to U.S. colleges and universities in support of technology innovation and entrepreneurship with a positive social impact.

* Advanced E-Team Grants support commercial outcomes by moving technology innovations from the idea stage to prototype and eventually to market. Award amounts are up to $20,000.
Due: Annual Proposals in May and December

* Course and Program Grants are awarded to colleges and universities to improve existing programs or build new programs in invention, innovation, and technology entrepreneurship. Award amounts are up to $50,000.

Due: Annual Proposals in May and December, make sure to double check with their website.

*Sustainable Vision funds and supports transformational educational programs where breakthrough technologies are created and commercialized for the benefit of people living in poverty in the US and abroad.  Sustainable Vision VentureLab is a 5-day highly experiential workshop designed to enhance the success of your venture.
* Faculty Development. Attend Sustainable Vision TeachingLab to expand your knowledge, teaching, and venture engagement in projects that serve emerging markets.

Date: Some time in June, Colorado State University. Make sure to double check with their website.

National Hispanic Professional Organization (NOPHNRCSE) Scholarship

The National Hispanic Professional Organization is interested in any Student who is pursuing a degree in the fields of Agriculture and its related Sciences in the US and its Territories.  NOPHNRCSE will award two $1,000.00 academic scholarships this year.  To learn more about NOPHNRCSE or USDA-NRCS please explore their webpages: or

For more information on careers with NRCS in Michigan or opportunities for students in Michigan please contact Heather Simeneta, District Conservationist in the Grand Haven field office with NRCS. Her email address is

Due: Some time in February, make sure to check with their website.

National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART Grant)

The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant, also known as the National SMART Grant, is available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study (or fifth year of a five-year program) to at least half-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who are majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering or a critical foreign language, or non-major single liberal arts programs. Students must also maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in course work required for the major. The National SMART Grant award is in addition to the student’s Pell Grant award.

Due: Apply when submitting the FAFSA

RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin invites graduate students from across the country to apply for a unique academic opportunity to critically examine issues in the nonprofit sector. The program will explore pressing issues in the world of nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and international civil society.  Students selected for the program agree to participate in an intensive four-week seminar and expand and refine their research papers to become part of RGK Center’s working papers series.
A $3000(US) stipends will be awarded to students selected to participate and housing will be arranged and paid for through the RGK Center.

The RGK Center Summer Fellowship Program
Date: Some time in June, make sure to check with their website.
Due: March – Application form
– Email the completed application form, draft research paper and current resume to

Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship

Established in partnership with the United Negro College Fund, the American Dream Scholarship Program is open to African Americans with financial need. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, with a minimum 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), who meet Pell Grant eligibility criteria, and are enrolled full time at approved, accredited, undergraduate institutions. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000.

Due: Currently Unavailable, check with their website.

Soroptomist Scholarship for Women

The Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.  Each year, Soroptimist clubs in 19 countries and territories assist women in overcoming personal difficulties and bettering their lives through education and skills training. The women may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including books, childcare and transportation. The program begins on the local club level, where award amounts vary. Club recipients become eligible to receive region-level awards, which are granted through Soroptimist’s 28 geographic regions. Currently, each Soroptimist region grants one first-place award for $5,000. (Note: most regions grant additional $3,000 awards.) The 28 first–place recipients then become eligible to receive one of three $10,000 finalist awards.

Due: December 15 Annually, make sure to double check with their website.

Soros Fellowship

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields.  The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States.  Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported, a total of as much as $90,000.

Due: Some time in November, make sure to double check with their website.

UCLA Post-Doctorate:  Social Science in Practice

The Social Sciences in Practice (SSIP) Postdoctoral Fellowship is a new Dean initiative that brings together exceptional young scholars from different disciplines within the Social Sciences. The Dean will offer up to six, two-year postdoctoral fellowships. The Fellows are selected based on their interest and excellence in research that focuses on contemporary societal problems and solutions. Each SSIP fellow has two UCLA faculty sponsors. During their residence at UCLA the fellows are encouraged to join and contribute to our community in various ways. Each fellow teaches two courses in their host department or program. The fellows participate in a weekly workshop and organize a speaker series that brings together scholars interested in the practical implications of theories and findings in the Social Sciences. The fellows also engage in an outreach program designed to introduce high school students from disadvantaged communities to the Social Sciences at UCLA and help promote a college-going culture and identity. The SSIP fellowship program is directed by Dr. Tamar Kremer-Sadlik, Director of Programs in the Division of Social Sciences.

Due: Some time in February, make sure to double check with their website.

Women’s Funding Alliance

Economic Opportunity grants support efforts focused on increasing wages, assets and overall economic well-being of low-income and underemployed women, particularly single female heads of households and women from marginalized communities. Grants in this category fund programs, policy and/or social change awareness-building activities.

WFA’s specific interests:

* Creating Better Jobs
* Building Entrepreneurship
* Increasing Assets and Financial Literacy
* Investing in
* Providing a Solid Foundation
* Other Policy, Advocacy or Media Activities

Due: Multiple due dates for varying grants and fellowships, make sure to check with their website.

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