Financial Aid

Private Scholarships

Various organizations, private agencies, foundations, community-based organizations, and civic groups award scholarships to help worthy students meet the cost of attending college.

Receiving a Private Scholarship

If you are awarded a private scholarship, you must include all private scholarships in your financial aid package. Emerson will adjust packages accordingly; any unmet need will be filled. Next, Federal Work Study, Perkins and/or No Interest Loans are reduced. The Emerson Grant funds are adjusted. And lastly, we will adjust the Subsidized/Unsubsidized Direct loans if necessary.

Private Scholarships

Below is a list of private scholarships, gathered for your convenience. Many more opportunities may be found online or through high school guidance offices and libraries. Since these scholarships are not offered through Emerson College, any questions should be directed to the corresponding scholarship association.



Communication Majors Scholarships

New York Women in Communication Varies by scholarship
Public Relations Student Society of America Varies by scholarship
IFEC Communications Scholarships March 15, 2015
HubShout Scholarship November 1; March 1
Sertoma Communicative Disorders Scholarship March 30; yearly

Journalism Majors Scholarships

The Institute for Humane Studies: multiple scholarships available Check Website
King Family Scholarship March 15: yearly
Adirondack Foundation: NY Tri-Lakes region residents only Varies by scholarship
Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Check Website
Radio Television Digital News Association: Multiple Scholarships Check Website
Connecticut Broadcasters Scholarship Check Website
National Association of Hispanic Journalists Check Website

Visual and Media Arts Majors Scholarships

National Press Photographers Foundation : multiple scholarships available Check Website
American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest Check Website
Lyon Scholarships - Film Students March 15, 2015

Theatre & Writing Majors Scholarships

IFEC Communications Scholarships March 15, 2015

Graduate Scholarships

The Institute for Humane Studies: multiple scholarships available Rolling deadline
Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship Check Website
New York Women in Communication Check Website 
National Press Photographers Foundation: multiple scholarships available Check Website 
Adirondack Foundation: NY Tri-Lakes region residents only Varies by scholarship

Multicultural Scholarships

The Lagrant Foundation Check Website
Ron Brown Scholarship November 1: yearly
Asian Cultural Council November 1: yearly
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: multiple scholarships available Check Website
Sallie Mae Fund: multiple scholarships available Varies by scholarship
Association of American Indian Affairs Check website 
Gates Millennium Scholarship Program January 14, 2015

Scholarships for Women

New York Women in Communication Check website 
Glamour Top 10 College Women: juniors only Check Website

Study Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman Internations Scholarship October 7, 2014
Study Abroad Scholarships Varies by Scholarship

Miscellaneous Scholarships

Citizens Bank: TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship Check Website
Burger King Scholars Program Check Website
City of Boston Scholarship Fund Check Website
Coca-Cola Scholars Program October 31, 2014
Coventry, CT Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Check Website
Dell Scholars Program Check Website
Families of Freedom Scholarship Foundation Varies by scholarship
George Snow Scholarship Foundation Check Website
Hood Sportsmanship Foundation Check Website
Miss America-Eugenia Vellner Fischer Award  June 30; yearly
KFC Colonel's Scholars Program Check Website
Connecticut Community Foundation Scholarship March 14, 2015
National Scholarships and Horatio Alger State Scholarship Program October 25, 2014
Paul & Carol David Foundation April 15, 2015
The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund Check Website
Ronald McDonald House Charities Check Website
Robert T. Kenney Scholarship March 31, 2015
Santa Barbara Scholarship Check Website
Sertoma Hard of Hearing Scholarship May 1; yearly
The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Check Website
The CIRI Foundation December 1, 2014
The Jackie Robinson Foundation February 15, 2015
The National Italian American Foundation Scholarship Program November 1, 2014
Nordstrom Scholarship Program Check Website
The Roothbert Scholarship Fund Check Website
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award January 19, 2015
Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship February 20, 2015
Reading Scholarship Foundation: Reading, MA residents only Check Website
National Federation of the Blind: multiple scholarships available March 31, 2015
Mass Mutual Scholarship Check Website
Sussle Scholarship Check Website
AES Engineers (open to all majors) October 6, 2014
The Charles Shafae Scholarship Check Website
Dr. Pepper Check website
Proof Reading Scholarship November 1, 2014
Kate Herzog Scholarship March 27, 2015
American Fire Sprinkler Association August 27, 2014
Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants June 15, 2015
Starfleet Academy Scholarships July 15, 2015
Beverly Rotary Club: for residents of Beverly, MA Check Website
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation Varies by scholarship
1800wheelchair Scholarship Check Website
Direct2TV Scholarship Check Website
Spokeo Connections Scholarship Check Website
Scholarship America - Dream Award Check website 
Edwards Scholarship Fund March 15, 2015
Lifeshield Smart Home Scholarship Check Website
Americorps Varies by scholarship
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation: NH residents only Varies by scholarship
The Rhode Island Foundation: Rhode Island residents only Varies by scholarship
Point Foundation for LGBTQ Students Check website 
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts March 31, 2015
Account Control Technology Foundation Check Website
PeopleSmart Scholarship Check Website
Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship Check Website
Varsity Tutor Scholarships Monthly
Community Foundation of Broward Scholarships Check Website
Mesothelioma Scholarships October 7, 2014
The Bridgat Scholarship Program December 31, 2014 Scholarship Contest Check Website
The SEO Scholarship September 5, 2014

Scholarship Search Engines

FastWeb Scholarship Search Varies by scholarship
CollegeBoard Scholarship Search Varies by scholarship
College Varies by scholarship Varies by scholarship Varies by scholarship
Scholarship Varies by scholarship
College Affordability for Minority Students Varies by Scholarship
School Soup Scholarship Search Varies by Scholarship
Student Scholarships Varies by Scholarship
* Please note that any information you provide is subject to terms of use and privacy statements of each site.

Be Cautious

Emerson does not guarantee the validity of the following information or agencies. As with any scholarship you apply for, beware of scams. The Office of FInancial Aid warns students to be cautious of scholarship search firms that have any of these elements:

  • You have to pay a fee
  • Money-Back Guarantee
  • Credit Card / Bank Account Information Required
  • Offers Exclusive Information
  • Promises cash if you pay a registration fee
  • Pay a fee and they guarantee you'll win awards
  • Pay a fee and receive a low interest rate education loan
  • Promises to replace loans with grant if you pay a processing fee

Contact us if you have any further questions. Also, you can report scholarship scams to the National Fraud Information Center (NFIC) and file a report online; call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-876-7060 or write to:

National Fraud Information Center
PO BOX 65868
Washington, DC 20035