Policies

There are many private (external) scholarships you may apply for that may or may not be need-based, which are determined on various factors, such as academics, career goals, etc. To look for a scholarship that matches your interests and qualifications, you can access free scholarship information online at www.collegeboard.com, www.college.net, www.fastweb.com, or www.gocollege.com. You can also check out scholarship handbooks at the library or see the list of external scholarships maintained at Lehigh (below).

In most instances there is no charge to apply for scholarships and no guarantee provided that you will receive a scholarship. In fact, we strongly recommend you avoid scholarships that require payment to apply. Be sure to carefully research the organization and be wary of scholarship scams. Each private scholarship has its own criteria and application process.

External Scholarship Policy

The Financial Aid Office receives information from private organizations offering scholarship opportunities. The amounts of these funds vary, and it is the student's responsibility to obtain the necessary materials. Completed applications are sent directly to the organization for review and fund distribution.

In addition to the scholarships listed below, the Office of Fellowship Advising at Lehigh is dedicated to guiding undergraduate students through the process of applying for national fellowships and scholarships. Please visit their website for additional aid opportunities.

Students are encouraged to seek additional resources to assist with college expenses. The additional award may affect need based packages, but also helps reduce loans. Students are asked to contact our office upon receipt of any outside scholarships.

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Listed below are various outside scholarship opportunities:
United Way - Frances Hesselbein Scholarship

The Frances Hesselbein scholarship is offering a $3,000 scholarship to African American, Latin, Asian or Native American female undergraduate students who are committed to community service in the Lehigh Valley.  Additional Women’s Leadership Council of United Way scholarships of $1,000 to $3,000 will be awarded.  Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2014.  Please click on link.

Henrietta A. Treen Scholarship

Wells Fargo has partnered with the Center of Scholarship Administration to offer the Henrietta S. Treen scholarship.  Applicants must be preparing themselves for a profession in Ministry, the practice of Law, or the practice of Medicine at one of the named universities.  Deadline to submit applications is April 3, 2014.  For more information and an application, please visit www.csascholars.org.

Penny Stocks Lab Biannual Scholarship Contest

Penny Stocks i offering a $1,000 biannual scholarship to students with an interest in finance, penny stocks, investing, or trading.  Students must be enrolled at an accredited US college or university.  Deadline to submit application is April 30, 2014.  For more information and to complete essay, please visit http://pennystocks.la/scholarships.

Collegeclasses.com Scholarships

Collegeclasses.com is now offering $500 scholarships that vary by academic subject.  A full listing of their scholarship opportunities is available at http://www.collegeclasses.com/The application deadline for all awards is May 1, 2014. 

Yellow Pages United Mark Smith Scholarship

Yellow Pages United is offering a $2,500 scholarship to students majoring in marketing, graphic design, or related majors enrolled at an accredited university.  Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to apply.  Deadline to submit an entry is May 31, 2014.  For more information and application, please visit http://www.yellowpagesunited.co/yellow-pages-united-mark-smith-scholarship/.

Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council

Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council is offering ten $1,000 scholarships opportunities.  Applicants must be children and un-remarried spouses of military personnel killed in action, children of veterans, or high school seniors enrolling in higher educational institution ROTC program with the intention of entering military service.  Deadline to submit application is May 15, 2014.  For more information and application, please visit http://www.lv-mac.org/info-for-you-2/scholarship-program.

BigSun Scholarship 2014

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do their part, they are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute. Application Deadline is June 20, 2014.  For additional information, please visit this website.

Campus Discovery Scholarship

Campusdiscovery.com is offering a $5000 scholarship to a college student who completes an online survey about their college experiences.  You must include a short essay on the following topic: “Assume you could go back in time and talk to yourself as a high school senior.  Knowing what you know now about college life and making the transition, what advice would you give yourself.” (max 200 words).  This scholarship opportunity is open to U.S. citizens or legal residents who are enrolled at any 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States.  Application deadline is March 31, 2014.  For additional information, please visit this website.

Education-Portal.com Scholarships

Education-Portal.com, has established several new undergraduate academic awards for the upcoming 2014 academic year!   Applicants are reviewed by our selection committee and a top applicant is chosen for each award after the April 1st, 2014 deadline.

Architecture and Drafting Degrees — Undergraduate Academic Award
A $500 award will be given to a student pursuing an associate or bachelor degree program emphasizing Architecture, Architectural Drafting or Design, & Architectural Engineering.  The application deadline is April 1, 2014.  For more information, please visit this website.

Liberal Arts and General Studies Degrees — Undergraduate Academic Award
A $500 award will be given to a student pursuing an associate or bachelor degree program emphasizing Liberal Arts, General Studies, or Humanities. The application deadline is April 1, 2010.  For more information, please visit this website.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) - Scholarship Programs

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers different scholarship programs for Hispanic American students enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited, Title IV eligible institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam. The Application deadlines vary based on the scholarship program. For more information and applications please visit the website.

Knundson Churchill Scholarship

The Knudson Churchill Scholarship is designed to promote and support education in the fields of print journalism or automotive technology. Endowed by the New England MG T Register, the program will present the best applicant with a monetary award to an, accredited, post-secondary school of winner’s choice in order to study in one of these two areas. The award may be used for any educational expense in one of these fields. Application available at http://www.nemgtr.org.

Institute for Humane Studies Scholarship

For over forty years, the Institute for Humane Studies has dedicated itself to helping bright undergraduate and graduate students interested in individual liberty pursue their intellectual interests. Applications are currently available for paid internships in multiple fields and disciplines and for scholarships of up to $12,000 for undergraduate and graduate students. For additional information, please visit the Institute for Humane Studies Scholarship website.

Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship Programs

The Sallie Mae Fund offers different scholarships for students enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program. The Application deadlines vary based on the scholarship program. More details about each scholarship and the applications are available at the Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship Programs website.

ScholarshipExperts.com Scholarships

ScholarshipExperts.com has been helping parents and students find free money for college since 2001. It constantly updates its database of college scholarships and grad school scholarships to provide the most accurate scholarship information available. The Application deadlines vary based on the scholarship program. To register to receive information regarding these scholarships, please visit ScholarshipExperts.com.

STEM Scholarship

NSHSS Foundation STEM scholarships are created to help reduce financial barriers for high school seniors interested in entering college to pursue STEM majors — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These $1,000 scholarships are for entering college freshmen who belong to the following underrepresented groups in STEM careers: African American, Hispanic, Native American, and females. For application information, please visit the NSHSS website.

United Negro College Fund

The United Negro College Fund provides scholarship/internship opportunities to minority students — African Americans, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. The UNCF's goal is to expand the minority workforce of corporations throughout the United States. There are numerous scholarships available through this fund. Please go to the website and select scholarships. The Application deadlines vary based on the scholarship. To find out more information, please visit the United Negro College Fund website.

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