If you or someone you know is planning on attending college anytime soon the search for a scholarship should begin now. The variety of scholarships available is somewhat mind-boggling, so below we’ve accumulated some of the top paying scholarships that are available.

  1. Davidson Fellows Scholarship – This scholarship was developed to support the needs of extraordinarily gifted children under the age of 18 who have completed an original piece of work that potentially could help others. The Davidson Fellows scholarship was started in 2001 and gives the recipient awards in the amounts of $50,000, $25,000, or $10,000 dollars. Since inception the program has awarded over $5 million dollars.
  2. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – At the urging of both his wife and his father, famous software developer Bill Gates started his foundation and is one of the largest in the world. The foundation was started with the goals of globally reducing extreme poverty and enhancing healthcare. In America the foundation goals are to expand education to all who seek it. Along with several grants to libraries, the Gates Foundation has provided $122 million dollars to low income Washington D.C. students so they can attend college, $1.5 billion dollars to The United Negro College Fund providing scholarships to high achieving students, as well as funding five full scholarships to the University Of Washington School Of Law. Recipients of this particular scholarship agree upon graduation to work for five years in public service legal positions.
  3. The United Negro College Fund – Started in 1944, the United Negro College Fund provides scholarship funds to black students as well as several black colleges and universities. Approximately 60,000 students are able to attend college with the help of the UNCF, and the scholarships are open to students of all ethnicities. The largest of their scholarship funds is for the Merek Undergraduate Science Research scholarship which awards packages from $35,000 to $85,000 dollars for those in biotechnology and bioscience.
  4. Miss America – One of the most well known and also one of the largest scholarship foundations in the world, the Miss America contestants between ages 17 and 24 compete for both college and graduate school scholarships. There are several different scholarships available through the Miss American Program including the Miss America Community Service Scholarship, Miss America Scholar, the Eugenia Vellner Fischer Award for the Performing Arts, the Quality of Life Awards, and the Dr. and Mrs. David B. Allman Scholarship.
  5. Siemens Math, Science and Technology Award Scholarship – The first prize of $100,000 dollars is awarded to the high school student who wins their regional competition in science, held at prestigious universities around the United States. A rigorous admission process determines who competes in the competitions and awards start at the $10,000 dollar range.
  6. The Horatio Alger Scholarship Award – The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans was founded in 1947, and honors the performance of those who succeed despite their circumstances. With a focus on higher education, the foundation grants scholarships at both the state and national levels, with the national winners receiving $20,000 dollars.
  7. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Scholarships – This scholarship is unusual in that it awards scholarships to those already attending local colleges with the intent to transfer to a university. The awards can range from $1,000 to $7,500 dollars and the fund boasts over $87 million dollars in scholarship opportunities.


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