Various organizations, private agencies, foundations, community-based organizations, and civic groups award scholarships to help worthy students meet the cost of attending college. If you are awarded private scholarships, you must report them to the Office of Financial Aid.

Below is a list of private scholarships, gathered for your convenience. It is updated approximately once per month. This is not an exhaustive list of private scholarships that may be available. 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. Any scholarships in this list that are available to graduate students will be noted in their descriptions.

Scholarships for Specific Programs of Study

Communication Disorders, Communication Studies And Marketing Communication Scholarships

 For women interested in pursuing or furthering a career in communications.

​Multiple scholarships for students pursuing communications.

For students interested in communications in the food service industry.

For students with at least one year of college who are pursuing internet marketing.

For graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in audiology or speech-language pathology.

For undergraduate students pursuing marketing degrees.

For undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing communications, media, or entertainment.

For incoming and current undergraduate students pursuing marketing, communications, or business.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue marketing/digital marketing.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue marketing, communications, or business.

For incoming and current undergraduate students pursuing marketing or another business-related field.

For undergraduate juniors and seniors who are members of the United Methodist Church, identify as ethnic minority students, and plan to pursue communications.

For current undergraduate students pursuing a career working with youth (social work, education, medical, etc).

For incoming and current undergraduate students who plan to use their education to make a social impact. Open to International Students and non-U.S. citizens studying at U.S. schools.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue marketing, journalism, or communications.

$10,000 award for students pursuing a career in live entertainment.

$5,000 award for current undergraduate students to pursue any communications-related field.

Journalism Scholarships

For students pursuing broadcast or digital journalism.

For undergraduate and graduate students pursuing photojournalism.

For students pursuing a career in journalism.

For Massachusetts residents pursuing over-the-air broadcasting.

For undergraduate and graduate students pursuing journalism with a focus on LGBT issues.

For incoming and current undergraduate students who are residents of New Hampshire and plan to pursue broadcasting.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue marketing, journalism, or communications.

Visual and Media Arts Majors Scholarships

For undergraduate students pursuing TV, film, and related fields.

For undergraduate and graduate students pursuing photojournalism.

For graduate students pursuing filmmaking.

Multiple scholarships for incoming and current undergraduate students pursuing art and design.

For incoming and current undergraduate students pursuing visual arts.

For current undergraduate and graduate students pursuing photography or visual media.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue film and media.

For incoming and current undergraduate students who have a passion for game design.

For incoming and current undergraduate students pursuing visual/media arts, performing arts, or design.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue visual art.

For incoming and current undergraduate students with an interest in the 3D industry. Open to International Students.

$10,000 award for junior and senior undergraduate students who identify as female, to pursue a career in any aspect of live entertainment.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who identify as part of an underrepresented group (including but not limited to first-generation, racial or ethnic minority, disability status, economic status, gender, or sexual orientation) to pursue any field, with special preference given to students who plan to pursue any sort of design work.

$10,000 award for students pursuing a career in live entertainment.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who are studying film, video production, or a related subject.

Writing, Literature, and Publishing Scholarships

Multiple scholarship contests for screenplays and short stories.

For graduate students pursuing poetry.

Multiple scholarships for students pursuing creative writing and poetry.

For students pursuing creative writing.

For incoming and current undergraduate students with a passion for creative writing, to pursue any field.

For incoming and current undergraduate students pursuing creative writing. Must submit a chapter of an original novel.

For incoming and current undergraduate students with an interest in writing.

Performing Arts Scholarships

For students from Charlotte, North Carolina to pursue a career in performing arts, technical theatre, and teaching.

For incoming and current undergraduate students whose life, academic goal, or work has been influenced by music.

For undergraduate students pursuing a career working with youth (including the field of education).

For incoming and current undergraduate students pursuing visual/media arts, performing arts, or design.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue the field of performing arts.

$10,000 award for students pursuing a career in live entertainment.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who identify as part of an underrepresented group (including but not limited to first-generation, racial or ethnic minority, disability status, economic status, gender, or sexual orientation) to pursue any field, with special preference given to students who plan to pursue any sort of design work.

$10,000 award for junior and senior undergraduate students who identify as female, to pursue a career in any aspect of live entertainment.

 

Scholarships for Special Interests

Cultural Scholarships

For ethnically diverse undergraduate and graduate students pursuing marketing, advertising, or PR.

Mentorship, leadership, and scholarship program for African American Students.

Multiple scholarships for students of Asian and/or Pacific Islander Heritage.

Multiple scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic Heritage.

For women pursuing communications.

Multiple scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students of Native American Heritage.

Multiple scholarships for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students.

For LGBT undergraduate and graduate students pursuing journalism with a focus on LGBT issues.

For ethnically diverse undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in education.

For students with clinically significant bilateral hearing loss.

For undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities to pursue communications, media, or entertainment.

For female students pursuing creative writing.

For undergraduate and graduate students pursuing journalism with a focus on LGBT issues.

For students with mobility disabilities.

Multiple scholarships for students of Alaska Native Heritage

Multiple scholarships for students of Italian American descent.

For students who are legally blind.

For LGBTQ undergraduate and graduate students.

For students with mobility disabilities.

Multiple scholarships for students of all ethnic backgrounds.

For undergraduate and graduate students who are surviving spouses or children of a deceased Veteran.

For incoming and current undergraduate students age 19 and under who identify as Jewish and are deeply involved in community service work.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who are British citizens and plan to study film, TV, or media arts. *International students with British citizenship may apply.

For women who are incoming or current undergraduate students planning to pursue entrepreneurship or a creative business venture.

For college sophomores and juniors with demonstrated leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or the environment.

For undergraduate juniors and seniors who are members of the United Methodist Church, identify as ethnic minority students, and plan to pursue communications.

For juniors in college who plan to attend graduate school to pursue careers in community service, education, public advocacy, or other community-serving work.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who identify as part of an underrepresented group (including but not limited to first-generation; racial or ethnic minority; disability status; economic status; gender; or sexual orientation) to pursue any field, with special preference given to students who plan to pursue design work.

$10,000 award for undergraduate juniors and seniors who identify as female, to pursue a career in any aspect of live entertainment.

$10,000 award for incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students whose lives have been impacted by knowing someone who was injured due to someone else's negligence.

For incoming and current undergraduate students who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

For incoming and current undergraduate students who have a parent who has been convicted of a felony. 

For incoming and current undergraduate students who are familiar with the challenges military families face.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who have been personally affected by Leukemia.

Income-Based Scholarships

For students receiving the Federal Pell Grant to study abroad.

Multiple scholarships for incoming and current undergraduate students with financial need. Contact local chapters for eligibility requirements.

For undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and excellent academic potential.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to cover the costs of attending college and/or costs of a study abroad program.

For incoming and current undergraduate students who are Boston residents and demonstrate financial need.

For incoming undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need, leadership potential, and a dedication to community service.

For incoming undergraduate students who identify as Black or African American and who demonstrate academic excellence, community leadership interest, and financial need.

Study Abroad Scholarships

For students receiving the Federal Pell Grant to study abroad.

Varies by Scholarship

For incoming and current undergraduate students to cover college costs and/or costs of study abroad programs.

For current undergraduate students who plan to travel or study abroad. Open to International Students and non-U.S. citizens studying at U.S. schools.

Veterans Scholarships

State-Based Scholarships

California

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who attended high school in Santa Barbara County, and who demonstrate financial need.

For incoming and current undergraduate students who are residents of San Diego County.

Colorado

Multiple scholarships for incoming and current undergraduate students from the Roaring Fork Valley area.

Connecticut

For incoming and current undergraduate students from Connecticut.

For graduating high school seniors from Connecticut.

District of Columbia

For incoming and current undergraduate students from the District of Columbia.

Florida

Multiple scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students from Florida.

For graduating high school seniors from Palm Beach County and Northern Broward County, Florida.

Maine

Multiple scholarships for Maine residents.

Massachusetts

For incoming undergraduate students from Western Massachusetts.

For incoming undergraduate students from Beverly, Massachusetts.

For incoming and current undergraduate students who live in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

For incoming and current undergraduate students who are Boston residents and demonstrate financial need.

For incoming and current undergraduate students from Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket counties.

New Hampshire

For incoming undergraduate students from New Hampshire.

For incoming and current undergraduate students who are residents of New Hampshire and plan to pursue broadcasting.

Multiple scholarships for incoming and current undergraduate students who attended Laconia, Gilford, or Belmont High School, and who are residents of Laconia, Gilford, or Belmont.

New York

Multiple scholarships for students from the Adirondack region of New York.

North Carolina

For graduating high school seniors from Charlotte, North Carolina who demonstrate promise and plan to pursue a career in the performing arts, technical theatre, or education.

Ohio

For graduating high school seniors from Stark County, Ohio.

Rhode Island

For incoming and current undergraduate students from Rhode Island.

Multiple scholarships for incoming and current undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.

For current undergraduate students who are permanent residents of Rhode Island to pursue nontraditional academic advancement through travel, internships, or public service programs.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students pursuing communications who are Rhode Island residents and who identify as one or more of the following: Hispanic, Latino, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black, African American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

Receiving a Private Scholarship

If you are awarded private scholarships, you must report them to the Office of Financial Aid. Emerson will then adjust your financial aid package accordingly. Your private scholarships will be used to fill any unmet need. If there are additional scholarship funds remaining after your need is met, your aid package will be adjusted in the following order:

  • Federal Work Study, Perkins Loans, No Interest Loans
  • Emerson Grant Funds
  • Any Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans

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 (NFIC)
PO BOX 65868
Washington, DC 20035

Some or all of your award may be subject to taxation in accordance with federal, state and other regulations. For general guidance, you may refer to federal regulations included in IRS Publication 970, available at:

If you are not a U.S. resident, Emerson College may be required to withhold taxes from your award. Please contact either the Payroll Office or Accounts Payable who will instruct you on the documentation needed to determine if you are eligible for any treaty benefits.

Please consult with an outside tax advisor if you are uncertain of the implications of this award on your personal tax situation. Emerson College is not responsible for any taxes that may arise from this award, and does not provide tax advice.