Scholarships for Private Schools

Instructor: Bill Sands
If you're looking to attend a private school, you may require additional financial aid. Read on to discover a handful of scholarships available to private school students.

Private School Scholarships

If you're looking for additional forms of financial aid outside of what your private school has already offered, there are a number of scholarships available at the state level. The following list contains a few examples of coalitions and organizations that offer assistance to private school students.

Roy J. Carver Scholars Program (Iowa)

Students in Iowa might want to consider applying for the Carver scholarship, which is awarded on an annual basis to sophomore students who are currently enrolled in or plan on transferring to one of the 22 private schools belonging to the Iowa College Foundation. In order to be considered eligible for this scholarship, students must:

  • Be enrolled on a full-time basis (a minimum of 12 hours)
  • Possess a GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a United States citizen and an Iowa resident
  • Demonstrate financial need (typically done via the FAFSA)

Students of all majors may apply for the scholarship. The amount awarded varies from one recipient to the next, but the average amount given to private school students is $7,600.

Phillips Scholars Program (Minnesota)

This scholarship was created to recognize and support students who strive to make an impact in their local communities. It is open to any student attending one of the 16 member schools in the Minnesota Private College Council. Current sophomores may apply, and recipients will receive $16,500 spread out over the course of their final two years in college. However, they must complete a summer project to receive funding for their senior year of study.

In order to be considered for the Phillips Scholars Program, applicants will need a GPA of at least 2.75 and demonstrated financial need. In addition to these standard qualifications, candidates will also need to have been involved in campus activities and must be willing to participate in community outreach and volunteer programs.

Aid for Part-Time Study (New York)

While most scholarships are available only to full-time students, there are options for part-time students as well. One such example is the Aid for Part-Time Study, which is available through New York's Higher Education Services Corporation. This scholarship typically awards enough to cover the cost of a student's annual part-time tuition or a lump sum of $2,000, whichever is lower. The aid is available to students who are taking between three and 11 credits per semester. Recipients for this scholarship are chosen based on their demonstrated financial need.

Private Illinois Colleges & Universities

PICU is a coalition of 50 private schools in Illinois. As part of its mission to help college students earn their bachelor' degree, the organization awards scholarships to students transferring to one of the member schools. Eligible candidates must be current Illinois community college students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least 30 credits' worth of completed coursework. Candidates must send in a copy of their transcript, along with a personal statement detailing academic goals. PICU awards at least two scholarships per semester: one worth $500, and another worth $1,000.

Scholarship Applications & College Planning has multiple resources that provide information on the application process and college planning in general. This Guide to College Planning can help you select the best college and contains information on finding financial aid. This How to Apply for College Scholarships course offers a detailed walkthrough that will be useful if you choose to apply for the scholarships listed above and any other scholarships you may find.

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