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

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

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.

Visual and Media Arts Scholarships

For undergraduate and graduate students pursuing photojournalism.

For graduate students pursuing filmmaking.

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 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.

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.

$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.

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

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 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 and graduate students who have been personally affected by Leukemia.

Income-Based Scholarships

For students receiving the Federal Pell Grant to study abroad.

Study Abroad Scholarships

For students receiving the Federal Pell Grant to study abroad.

Varies by Scholarship

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.

District of Columbia

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

Florida

Multiple scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students from Florida.

Maine

Multiple scholarships for Maine residents.

New York

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

Rhode Island

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

International Student Scholarships

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

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who've participated in volunteer work.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field. 

General Scholarships

Miscellaneous Scholarships

Kapuza Lighty Scholarship

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue any field.

HomeClean Brighter Future Scholarship

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field.

Crown & Caliber Scholarship

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field.

MusicAuthority's Annual Music Lover's Scholarship

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field. Open to international students.

BrightStar Systems Future Technologies Scholarship

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field. Open to international students.

KompareIt Higher Education Scholarship

For undergraduate and graduate students who have lost a parent or guardian.

CareerFitter's Scholarship

For undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field. Open to international students.

Ownage's 'Make Us Laugh Scholarship 2019

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field.

Insignia SEO College Scholarship

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field.

Worgul, Sarna, & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC Scholarship

$5,000 award for incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field. 

Krist Law Firm, P.C. National Scholarship

$10,000 scholarship for incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field.

ABC Fundraising Volunteer Recognition Scholarship

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who've participated in volunteer work.

Lawntrepreneur Scholarship

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about entrepreneurship.

Varsity Tutor Scholarships

Multiple essay contests for undergraduate and graduate students.

National Speakers Association Scholarship

Multiple scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing any form of public speaking.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

For students pursuing any field.

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.