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Scholarship Announcement: Scholarships for Women

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It’s the first week of August, which means there is going to be a brief lull in the number of scholarships with upcoming deadlines. That’s because everyone is focusing on back-to-school preparations — including the scholarship committees!

Now if you are looking for local scholarships, such as opportunities through the Kiwanis club or your local church or synagogue, you may still be in luck. But I try to focus in our weekly Scholarship Announcements on national leads, of which there are definitely fewer options this time of year.

So, instead of my regular format, today I am bringing you some wonderful scholarship opportunities for women. You will definitely want to mark your calendar for these great scholarship programs — and I’ll be sure to remind you when the deadlines are approaching.

1. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is one of the largest private sources of funding for women in higher education. If you are a teacher or activist in your local community, a woman reentering the job market, or a woman pursuing a degree in which women are underrepresented, the AAUW is a great resource. Here are just some of their fellowship and grant programs:

  • American Fellowships support doctoral candidates with research grants ranging from $6,000 to $30,000. The application deadline is November 15.
  • International Fellowships support non-U.S. citizens seeking full-time graduate study in America with awards ranging from $18,000 – $30,000. The application deadline is December 1.
  • Career Development Grants support women seeking to advance their careers by going back for a graduate degree with awards of $2,000 – $12,000. The application deadline is December 15.

2. The Google Anita Borg Scholarship provides a $10,000 renewable award to one outstanding female student in computer science or computer engineering every year. Applicants have outstanding academics and are entering their senior year of undergraduate study or planning to enroll in a graduate program. The application deadline is February 1.

3. The Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, in order to help them secure careers and break the cycle of poverty. Scholarship recipients come from diverse backgrounds, but are all unified by their motivation to succeed through higher education. The application process for 2010 will begin on November 1.

Are you interested in learning about more scholarship and grant opportunities for women? Check out our A to Z Guide to Grants for Women in Higher Education.

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