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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 Stafford 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.

Scholarships

Deadline

Communication Majors Scholarships

New York Women in Communication Varies by scholarship
StraightForward Media Scholarships: 4 awards and deadlines per year Varies by scholarship
Public Relations Student Society of America Varies by scholarship
IFEC Communications Scholarships Postmarked by March 15, 2014
HubShout Scholarship November 1, 2014

Health Field Majors Scholarships

Tylenol Scholarship Check website

Journalism Majors Scholarships

The Institute for Humane Studies: multiple scholarships available Rolling deadline
King Family Scholarship March 15: yearly
Charles B. Decker Memorial Scholarship: NY Tri-Lakes region residents only Varies by scholarship
Massachusetts Broadcasters Association March 28, 2014
Radio Television Digital News Association Scholarships May 2, 2014

Visual and Media Arts Majors Scholarships

National Press Photographers Foundation: multiple scholarships available March 1: yearly
American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest June 1, 2014
Lyon Scholarships - Film Students March 15, 2014

Theatre & Writing Majors Scholarships

Poets and Writers: multiple scholarships available Varies by Scholarship
IFEC Communications Scholarships Postmarked by March 15, 2014

Graduate Scholarships

The Institute for Humane Studies: multiple scholarships available Rolling deadline
Mister Rogers Memorial Scholasrhip January 14, 2014
New York Women in Communication Check website 
National Press Photographers Foundation: multiple scholarships available Check website 
Charles B. Decker Memorial Scholarship: NY Tri-Lakes region residents only Varies by scholarship

Multicultural Scholarships

The Lagrant Foundation February 28, 2014
Ron Brown Scholarship November 1: yearly
Asian Cultural Council November 1: yearly
Hispanic College Fund: multiple scholarships available February 28, 2014
Sallie Mae Fund: multiple scholarships available Varies by scholarship
Association of American Indian Affairs Check website 
Gates Millennium Scholarship Program January 15, 2014

Scholarships for Women

New York Women in Communication Check website 
Glamour Top 10 College Women: juniors only September 15, 2013

Study Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman Internations Scholarship March 4, 2014

Miscellaneous Scholarships

Citizens Bank: TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship April 1, 2014
The Blogging Scholarship November 13, 2013
Aspen Community Foundation March 3, 2014
Foot Locker Scholar Athletes December 19, 2013
BNY Mellon: Henry Francis Barrows Scholarship April 15, 2014
Burger King Scholars Program January 10, 2014
City of Boston Scholarship Fund April 4, 2014
Coca-Cola Scholars Program October 31, 2014
Connecticut Broadcasters Scholarship March 14, 2014
Coventry Scholarship Foundation March 15, 2014
Dells Scholars Program January 15, 2014
Families of Freedom Scholarship Foundation Varies by scholarship
George Snow Scholarship Foundation February 1, 2014
Hood Sportsmanship Foundation March 3, 2014
Miss America-Eugenia Vellner Fischer Award  June 30, 2014
KFC Colonel's Scholars Program March 15, 2014
Connecticut Community Foundation Scholarship March 14, 2014
Massachusetts Broadcasters Association March 28, 2014
National Scholarships and Horatio Alger State Scholarship Program check website
Paul & Carol David Foundation April 15, 2014
The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund May 1, 2014
Ronald McDonald House Charities: African American Future Achievers January 21, 2014
Ronald McDonald House Charities: Asia January 21, 2014
Ronald McDonald House Charities: Hacer January 21, 2014
Ronald McDonald House Charities: Scholars January 21, 2014
Robert T. Kenney Scholarship March 31, 2014
Santa Barbara Scholarship January 31, 2014
Sertoma Scholarship Varies by scholarship
The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation March 15, 2014
The CIRI Foundation Varies by scholarship
The Jackie Robison Foundation February 15, 2014
The National Italian American Foundation Scholarship Program March 1, 2014
Nordstrom Scholarship Program March 1, 2014
The Roothbert Scholarship Fund January 31, 2014
GSN Digital Game Innovators Scholarship November 1, 2013
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award January 18, 2014
Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship February 20, 2014
Reading Scholarship Foundation: Reading, MA residents only March 7, 2014
National Federation of the Blind: multiple scholarships available March 31, 2014
John Gyles Education Awards Check website 
Mass Mutual Scholarship May 2, 2014
Sussle  Varies by Scholarships
AES Engineers (open to all majors) October 6, 2014
The Charles Shafae' Scholarship Decemeber 31, 2013
Dr. Pepper Check website
Americans Best Blogging Scholarship Decemeber 31, 2013
Proof Reading Scholarship November 1, 2014
Kate Herzog Scholarship March 27, 2014
The Academy of Motion Picture October 1, 2014
National Association of Hispanic Journalists March 31, 2014
American Fire Sprinkler Association April 2, 2014
KLI Academic Award June 1: yearly
Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants June 14, 2014
Starfleet Academy Scholarships June 15, 2014
Beverly Rotary Club April 11, 2014
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation Varies by scholarship
1800wheelchair Scholarship May  15, 2014
Direct2TV Scholarship April 1, 2014
Spokeo Connections Scholarship November 20, 2013
Scholarship America - Dream Award Check website 
Reading Scholarship Foundation March 7, 2014
Edwards Scholarship Fund March 15, 2014
Lifeshield Smart Home Scholarship December 31, 2013
Study Abroad Scholarships Varies by scholarship
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
Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship Check website
Point Foundation Check website 
StudentScholarships.org Varies by scholarship
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Varies by scholarship
Student Scholarships Varies by scholarship
GMR Transcription College Academic Scholarship March 15, June 15, Sept 15, Dec 15 yearly
Account Control Technology Foundation Second-Year Scholarship March 31, 2014
PeopleSmart Scholarship April 30, 2014
Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship April 30, 2014
Varsity Tutor Scholarships Monthly
Community Foundation of Broward Scholarships April 11, 2014
Mesothelioma Scholarships varies
Graduate Programs Scholarship varies

Scholarship Search Engines

FastWeb Scholarship Search Varies by scholarship
CollegeBoard Fund Finder Varies by scholarship
Nelnet College Planning Varies by scholarship
College Scholarships.org Varies by scholarship
ScholarshipExperts.com Varies by scholarship
Scholarships4students.com Varies by scholarship
Scholarship America.org Varies by scholarship
College Affordability for Minority Students Varies by Scholarship
School Soup Scholarship Search 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. Student Financial Services 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