Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Private Scholarships

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UM-Dearborn Private Scholarship Check Policy

Adams, Donna W. Scholarship
For students who graduated from eastside Detroit (east of Woodward Avenue) graduating from Detroit Public High Schools.  Applicants must  demonstrate desire, ability, good grades, and financial need. Deadline: April 15.

Arab American Women's Business Council Scholarship  NEW!!!
The AAWBC established this scholarship fund to provide educational opportunities to females of Arab decent in the state of Michigan. Open to all disciplines and must demonstrate need and merit. Up to 5 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.  
Deadline: October 23.

AES Engineers Scholarship
Funded by the consulting firm of AES Engineers based on character demonstrated by completing one of the essay questions on their website.  Deadline: October 7.

AICPA Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students
Provides awards to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as the major. Available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Successful progress in program of study with an emphasis on grade point average are important.

Abbott and Fenner Annual Scholarship
This annual scholarship awards a $1,000 scholarship for high school juniors and seniors as well as current college students  Deadline June10.

Alumni LEAD
UM-Dearborn students have received from $2,500-$8,000 in scholarships towards tuition by the University of Michigan Alumni Association. The scholarship will be offered to a highly qualified, admitted student who can enhance diversity at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in terms of race, gender, ethnicity or national origin.

American Chemical Society
Scholarships are available to high school seniors and college students who are committed to the study of chemistry and related fields to encourage African-American, Hispanic and Native American students to pursue undergraduate degrees. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. Students planning to pursue medical careers are not eligible.

Arab American Institute Scholarship
Scholarships awarded to qualified high school seniors or college students with special consideration given to mass communications majors. Applicants must be of Arab descent and U.S. citizens or U.S. residents, and must also be Michigan residents. Applicants must maintain full-time enrollment and have at least a 3.5 GPA. Financial need will be considered.

Arab American Scholarship Foundation Program
Scholarships valued at up to $3,000 are awarded to  full-time students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average who are high school seniors or attending college (undergraduate and graduate) full-time.  Applicants must live in the state of Michigan and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Deadline is April 6.

Arab American Women's Business Council Scholarship
Up to five scholarships are awarded to women of Middle Eastern descent.  Scholarships are available for high school and current college students (undergraduate and graduate)

Armstrong, Ethel Louise Scholarship Foundation
Scholarships target women with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a college or university graduate program in the United States.  Deadline is June 1.

Asian American Journalists
Each year, AAJA offers scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must show a commitment to journalism, sensitivity to Asian American issues as demonstrated by community involvement, journalistic ability, and financial need.

Anita Borg Memorial Google Scholarship
To encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders. Candidates must be full-time, entering their senior year of undergraduate study or be enrolled in a graduate program, majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related technical field majors.

ASCO Numatics Engineering College Scholarship
Two merit-based scholarships for U.S. engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines, as well as two $1,000 for the engineering departments of the colleges at which the winners are enrolled.  Deadline: March 31.

Bigard, James R. Scholarship Fund
The Michigan Oil & Gas Producers Education Foundation awards 5 scholarships of $500 to Michigan high school seniors accepted at a Michigan college or university, demonstrating financial need and will pursue a degree in teaching with the specialty in science.

Birmingham Unitarian Church Goldsmith Scholarship
Provides one renewable scholarship for the graduates of Pontiac High School and Pontiac Central and Northern High Schools.  Candidates should have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate leadership and financial need. Deadline: April 15.

Brown, Ron Scholar Program
Provides at least 10 renewable scholarships to students who will make significant contributions to society with an emphasis on African-Americans. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential, make an impact on their communities through their service to others and demonstrate financial need.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
The GM Foundation provides renewable scholarships for full-time freshmen who will major in science, technology, engineering, math, business administration, finance, marketing or design.  Applicants should be interested in automotive or related industries.  Deadline is February 28.

Canton Community Foundation
The Canton Community Foundation sponsors grants and scholarships for residents of Canton, Plymouth and Plymouth Township accepted at a post-high school educational institution. Additional requirements are specific to each award.

Casey Family Scholars
Scholarships are provided to young people, under the age of 25, who have spent at least 12 months in foster care and were not subsequently adopted.  The scholarships are awarded for post-secondary education, including vocational/technical training, and are renewable each year based on satisfactory academic progress and financial need.

CEO of Tomorrow
Scholarship for $2,500 awarded with a deadline of July 1.

B. Davis Scholarship
The B. Davis Scholarship awards $1,000 scholarship to high school juniors and seniors and currently enrolled college students based on an essay, "Pick a controversial problem on high school or college/university campuses and suggest a solution".  Deadline: May 26.

DePaolis, Dick Memorial Scholarship
Provides a one-time scholarship of $500 for graduates of North Farmington High School who will major in liberal studies in college.

Detroit College Promise
Provides scholarships for all Detroit Public School graduates who reside in Detroit continuously through graduation and apply by December 1st of their ninth grade year.

Detroit Tigers Willie Horton Scholarship
Non-renewable scholarship awarded annually to a graduating senior at Northwestern High School in Detroit who demonstrates leadership and character as well as academic attainment. Deadline: April 15.

Disability Awareness Scholarship
Applicants should submit an essay of 500-1000 words about how they or another person they know overcame a disability to do something great for a $1,000 scholarship.  Deadline: February 10. Scholarships
Provides a scholarship resource that rewards students who take roles in addressing important social issues with action: anti-bullying, helping homeless teens and domestic abuse survivors and improving the environment with simple steps.

Doss, Lawrence P. Scholarship
Provides five scholarships of $5,000 for up to four years for graduating seniors from Detroit Public Schools, pursuing a career in accounting, finance, management or business, record of community service, financial need and a commitment to return to Detroit for four years following graduation.

Eckert, Jeanne Scholarship: Taylor Garden Club
Scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior or college student who has chosen a career in environmental studies, conservation, botany, horticulture, or landscape design.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Selects 1,000 talented high school seniors each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.  Students must be African-American, American-Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic who demonstrate strong academic skills and are Federal Pell Grant eligible.  Deadline is January 15.

GIVA, INC. $1,000 Corporate Scholarship
All students, regardless of major, currently attending college at full- or part-time are encouraged to apply.  The award is tuition restricted. Deadlines are June 1 and December 1.

Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship
Grasshopper awards one $5,000 scholarship for a student enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate degree program in the calendar year 2016.  Applicants must write an essay from 1,000-2,000 words on the topic of "What is your vision for the future of entrepreneurship and how will you contribute to making that happen?".  Deadline:  April 30.

Great Lakes National Scholarship Program
Great Lakes National Scholarship Program provides up to 750 scholarships of $2,500 to high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students.  Student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75, demonstrate financial need, and major in math, natural science, biological or agriculture science, engineering and engineering technology or computer or information sciences.  Deadline is April 5.

Goldberg, Daniel B. Scholarship
The Government Finance Officers Association awards an $11,000 to a full-time graduate student who is pursuing an advanced degree preparing for a career in state or local government finance.  Deadline:  February 21.

Greathouse, Frank L. Government Accounting Scholarship
The Government Finance Officers Association offers two $6,000 scholarships to full- time undergraduates of at least junior standing or graduate students preparing for a career in state and local government finance.  Deadline February 21.

Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. governmentís flagship program in international educational exchange. Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, including university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Both U.S. and Visiting Scholars lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields ranging from journalism and urban planning to music, philosophy, business administration, and zoology. Applications generally due a year in advance of program of study.

Gillman, Benjamin A. International Scholarship
The Gilman International Scholarship assists students who are studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country, who are U.S. citizen undergraduates, receiving Pell Grant during the study abroad.   Deadline is March 1 for Summer.

Google-SVA Scholarships
Student Veterans of America has partnered with Google that will award eight $10,000 scholarships for student veterans pursuing computer science or related degrees. Deadline is March 15.

Great Lakes National Scholarship
Great provides support for up to 750 awards of $2,500 to help eligible students in a STEM major (science, technology, engineering or math).  Available to new and continuing students who are enrolled full-time with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and demonstrate financial need.

Howard, Tony Scholarship
The Energy Education for Michigan, Inc. awards a renewable scholarship of $500 to full-time students who are Michigan residents demonstrating financial need and maintaining a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.  Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a course of study that will allow full-time employment in the crude oil or natural gas industry.  Deadline: July 15.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers different scholarship program for students of Hispanic heritage who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents for high school seniors, community college transfer students and students pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degree.

Hoffa, James R. Memorial Scholarship Fund: International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Scholarships are awarded to the children or other dependents of eligible Teamster members and range from $1,000-$10,000 in value.  Deadline:  March 31.

Holmes, Robert Scholarship
Applicants must be the dependents of eligible Michigan Teamsters and high school seniors who will attend a Michigan college or university in the fall as a full-time student. This is a one-time award.   Deadline: April 15.

Japanese-American Citizens League
The National Scholarship Program offers  scholarships in varying amounts of aid to active JACL members at all levels . Students of  any ethnic background can apply, but must be a JACL member.

Jebail, Bint Cultural Center
Offers up to 50 scholarships to high school students in Michigan.Good personal conduct, a minimum grade point average of 3.5, and must attend banquet dinner are criteria for eligibility. 

Leonard, Butcher and Smeltzer Scholarship Program
Renewable scholarship awarded to graduating seniors at John Glenn High School and Wayne Memorial High School. Deadline: April 15.

Letendre Education Fund Scholarships   
A miniumum of two $2,000 scholarships youth under 21 who are homeless or have experienced homelessness for $1,500 (not renewable).  Applicants may be high school seniors, enrolled in a GED or alternative education program, or college students with no more than two years of college. 

Lobring, Virgil K. Scholarship Program
Scholarship awarded annually to the mostly improved student who has attended secondary school years at Western International High School in Detroit.  Deadline:  April 15.

Michigan Council of Women in Technology
Sponsors scholarships for women pursuing a degree in a technology-related program in a Michigan college or university who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and Michigan residents.

Michigan Oil & Gas Producers Education Foundation Scholarship
Sponsors a scholarship program for Michigan high school seniors accepted at a Michigan university or college, demonstrating financial need and majoring in a program that will allow them to obtain full-time employment in the crude oil and natural gas industry.  Scholarship amount is $500.  Deadline: April 2.

Michigan Society of Professional Engineers
Multiple scholarships available for engineering students.

Mink, Patsy Takemoto Education Foundation
Targets low income women with children pursuing education or training at an accredited college or university.  Up to five $2,000 scholarships are provided.  Applications are available in April.

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
The Government Finance Officers Association awards two $6,000 to full- or part-time undergraduates of at least junior standing or graduate students enrolled in public administration (governmental) accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or non-profit management). 

National Association of Black Journalists
The NABJ annually awards more than $100,000 in scholarships to African American college students who are interested in becoming journalists. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate an interest in some of the following ways: journalism degree program, staff position on school newspaper and/or work with campus television, radio, or web site. All scholarship winners must become a NABJ member.

National Merit Scholarship Competition
To participate in this national competition, students must take the PSAT/NMSQT no later than the third year in grades 9-12 and progressing normally in high school toward graduation with the plan to enter college no later than the fall following graduation. Participants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (or have applied for permanent residency) and will seek to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.

National Scholars Honor Society
The society grants scholarships to qualified achievers from all academic pursuits who are new or current members of the society. Scholarship eligibility is determined for each applicant at the time of acceptance, and is reviewed biannually. The total number and amounts of scholarships granted are based upon funds available to the scholarship committee each academic year. Students apply online.

Nielsen, George A. Public Investor Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to support the studies of full or part-time students interested in the efficient and productive investment of public funds. Graduate and undergraduate students majoring in public administration, finance, business administration or a related field are eligible to apply. Must be employed at least one year by a state or local government, or other public entity, and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.

Nordstrom Scholarship Program
Will award 80 $10,000 ($2,500 over four years) to high school juniors who live in states where Nordstrom currently has a full-time store.  Grade point average and community service are considerations.  Deadline: May 1.

Ordonez Family Scholarship
Will award a renewable scholarship to high school seniors who are residents of southwest Detroit attending a southwest Detroit high school for their entire secondary education.  Students must demonstrate financial need. Deadline: April 15.

Overseas Press Club
Scholarships are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students aspiring to become foreign correspondents. Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens. Recipients are expected to attend the Foundation scholarship luncheon in New York City in late January 2005.

Palmer, George L. Scholarship Program
Scholarship awarded annually to a graduating senior at Chelsea High School who will pursue post-secondary degree in a trade or vocation or an associate degree at a non-profit college or university. Deadline: April 15.

Parks, Rosa Scholarship
Provides up to 40 non-renewable scholarships of $2,000 for seniors attending a public or private Michigan high school and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Pipe Dream Fund
Awards one to two $2,000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled at University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University or Washtenaw Community College who Polish nationals in the US with a visa, the children of Polish parents, are non-smokers and have a 3.0 GPA. 

(A) Place for Mom Senior Care Innovation Scholarships  
Five $1,000 scholarships are offered to students who are interested in gerontology and aging. The scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate student who are in a nursing, medical, or social sciences related major.  Deadline: April 15.

Plante Moran Sons and Daughters Scholarship
Annual scholarship for the undergraduate dependents under 25 of P & M Holding Group, LLP.  Must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  Both high school seniors and undergraduate college students may apply and receive the scholarship for up to two years.  Deadline: April 15.

Rand, Ayn  Essay Scholarships 
The Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships provide awards ranging from $50 to $10,000 based on selected publications. Entrants can range from 8th graders  to graduate students.

Rankin, Jeannette Foundation Grant
Grants are available for low-income women who are U.S. citizens, aged 35 or older, accepted to or attending an accredited college or university pursuing a first bachelorís degree. While financial need is a primary criterion, applicants must be able to articulate realistic goals and the ability to accomplish goals.

Rosenthal, Jean and Tom Scholarship Program
Two-year scholarship awarded annually to a senior at Pontiac High School who demonstrates leadership and character through community service.  Deadline: April 15.

Schaefer, Miriam Scholarship: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Non-renewable scholarships for junior or senior undergraduates in an elementary or secondary teacher education program with a mathematics specialty. Secondary education majors must have successfully completed the required calculus sequence. Elementary education majors must have at least a mathematics minor. Applicants must be a Michigan resident with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Schureman, Jeptha Wade
Applicants must be fatherless (defined as deceased or parental rights terminated by the court before reaching the age of majority. Must demonstrate need, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and attend a Michigan public university with a program of study leading to medicine, dentistry, law or nursing. Deadline: April 15.

Smith, Otis M. Scholarship
Applicants must be single mothers who are the residents of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and will attend Wayne State University, any campus of the University of Michigan or Catholic University Law School. Priority is given to full-time students but part-time students can also be considered. This award is not renewable but repeat applications are allowed. Deadline: April 15.

Society of Women Engineers
Provides scholarships to women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in ABET-accredited engineering programs, CSAB-accredited computer science programs and computer science at ABET-accredited colleges. With the exception of reentry students, all   students must be enrolled full-time.

Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards                                                                         Provides scholarships for women who are the primary support of their families, have financial need, reside in a member country and have not been a past recipient and are not a member, employee or a relative of either.  Deadline: December 1.    

Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Scholarship
Applicants must be high school seniors in one of the 21 communities in the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber service area who will begin full-time college enrollment in the fall. This scholarship is renewable.  Deadline: April 15.

Southfield Legacy Scholarship Programs
Multiple scholarships for high school seniors who are residents of Southfield or Lathrup Village.  Deadlines range from April 1 to April 15.

Stempel, Robert Scholarship
Awards a non-renewable scholarship for seniors at Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School, Detroit School of Arts or University Prep High School who demonstrates potential for achievement in post-secondary science and engineering.  Students must demonstrate financial need and have a strong academic performance with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Deadline: April 15.

Sweet & Simple Scholarship
Legal residents of the U.S. and District Columbia who are at least 13 years of age or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution can be considered for a $1,500 scholarship by writing a short (250 words) essay on a specific topic.  Deadline: February 

Tillman Military Scholar
Provides a renewable scholarship for veterans and active duty service members (both pre-9/11 and post-9/11) from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and spouses of active or veteran service members and surviving spouses who seek an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree as a full-time students.  Candidates must demonstrate leadership and character as well as complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

U of M Downriver President's Scholarships
The U of M Downriver Alumni Association awards several President's Scholarships to outstanding permanent residents of Downriver students who have completed their freshman year at any of the three University of Michigan campuses.

UMGALAS Scholarships
The University of Michigan Gay and Lesbian Alumni Society (UMGALAS) awards two $500 scholarships to currently enrolled students at any campus of the University of Michigan.  Awards are made to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who demonstrate leadership and support in activities that benefit the LGBT community.

Vespa, Enrico and Marie
Applicants must be eligible employees or the legal, custodial dependents of eligible employees of English Gardens Corporation who will attend an accredited school on at least a half-time basis. The scholarship is nonrenewable but repeat applications can be considered. Deadline: April 15.                          

Weier, Monsignor Herbert Scholarship Program
Awards two renewable $500 scholarships to graduating seniors at Divine Child High School who demonstrate financial need, character and good academic performance. Deadline: April 15.

Women's Independence Scholarship Program
Targets women who have survived intimate partner abuse and has been separated from their abuser for more than one year.  Applicants must have a defined plan to update skills for career advancement or to train for a new field or re-enter the job market.  Candidates must have sought services from a non-profit domestic violence agency for a minimum of six consecutive months and that the agency is willing to continue mentorship throughout her education.

Writing Awards--University of Michigan-Dearborn
UM-Dearborn students are encouraged to submit their best work to be considered for a writing award.  This year's categories are: Poetry, Fiction, Researched Writing, Creative Non-Fiction, Writing Through Image and Sound, Writing in the Public Sphere, First-Year Writing, Honors Writing, an Scientific/Techinical Writing.  Online submissions for writing.  Deadline: May 1.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarships
Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students.  Scholarships are offered ranging from $1,000-$10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.

Yemeni American Benevolent Association
Offers one-time scholarships to high school seniors of Yemeni heritage.  Contact: Yemeni American Association, 2770 Salina, Dearborn, MI 48120, (313) 842-8402.

You Like Me...You Really Like Me Facebook Scholarship
Users of are able to like the scholarship search website on Facebook and provide a comment on how this website really helped you out.  Follow instructions on Facebook privacy instructions.  Deadline: March 31.

Young, Coleman A. Foundation
Provides scholarships and mentoring to students who might not be able to attend college without this support.

Young & Free Michigan Scholarship
Scholarship opportunities for students completing the online application and creating a video to enter.  Scholarships are from $3,000, $5,000 and $10,000.