External Scholarships

As scholarships funded from sources outside the University of Dayton become known to us, we'll post the opportunities here.

We have put together some considerations that will be helpful for any process requiring the submission of personal information:

  • Start with your local community - the candidate pool is smaller, which may increase your chance of receiving an award
  • Take caution when an application requires any personal information that does not pertain to the scholarship, such as social security numbers or access to social media accounts
  • Pay attention to the timeline for award selection - some might take up to a year or more
  • Find niche scholarships that pertain to who you are as an individual and what your interests are
  • Avoid applying for any scholarship that charges an application fee

Be sure to review all eligibility and deadline requirements before applying. And remember, you can use Porches to notify us of scholarships you receive. All scholarship payments should be mailed to:

The Office of Financial Aid
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH  45469-1672

We also encourage you to utilize one of the many free scholarship search services on the Internet. These agencies scan their database of award opportunities and notify you to apply for those which match up against your personal profile. Some of the more popular ones are listed below. 

Looking for funding to assist you with your graduate education, international studies or research project? University of Dayton students may be eligible to apply for several national fellowships and scholarships specifically geared towards these areas.

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2016-2017 Academic Year Scholarships

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship (varies)
Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university, with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA, who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. 

BestColleges.com Scholarships for Education Majors (varies)
Students can apply for scholarships based on their background, field of study, and financial need. Requirements and application criteria vary between awards, which narrows who can win specific scholarships.

Center for Online Education, Scholarship Resources for Minority Students (varies)
This scholarship and financial aid guide should act as a hub for significant scholarship and other unique opportunities available today for minority students. Each resource includes key information, application dates, and the eligibility requirements for online programs.

Scholarships for Military and Veterans (varies)
This guide provides a thorough overview of grants and scholarships that are available to service members and families from every branch of the military, as well as information on available GI benefits, guidance on FAFSA, and other financial aid resources.

Redfin Scholarship ($2,500) Apply by January 31
Short essay contest. Applicant must be a legal U.S. resident with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.  

PFLAG Dayton Scholarship ($2,000) Apply by February 1
The PFLAG scholarship program is designed to recognize outstanding students and to contribute toward their continuing education, as well as celebrate the achievement of individuals who represent PFLAG and the LGBT Center values. 

Ohio Contractors Association Scholarship (up to $3,000) Apply by February 3
The award will be based on the applicant’s merit potential and demonstrated interest in the construction industry. The award will be made by a Scholarship Committee comprised of several members of the Executive Committee for the Dayton Chapter of OCA. The Scholarship Committee will determine the dollar amount to be awarded;up to $3000.00 total scholarship money will be awarded, based upon the application.

Augsburg Memorial Scholarship (1,000) Apply by February 10
Applicants must be outstanding continuing college students who are already attending a school of higher education in the southwestern Ohio area and who will attain a minimum sophomore status by fall 2017. Applicant must enrolled in a field of study relating to some form of financial/systems management. Two letters of recommendation are required and must include one from an academic dean and one from a college instructor. A statement of career and academic goals along with a official college transcrip must be submitted with the application. 

Kristen Yarger Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) Apply by February 17
Applicants should be pursuing a degree in business, org development, org design or human resources with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program (up to $10,000) Apply by February 28
Scholarships of up to $7,000 per year are renewable and each year's award will increase by $1,000 to encourage program completion. Applicants must be an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. military or the spouse of a disabled veteran, be currently enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited college, university, or technical school, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. 

Cyberbullying Prevention Scholarship ($1,000) Apply by February 28
Essay contest. Student must be a U.S. citizen and currently attending or planning to attend a U.S. college or university for undergraduate or graduate studies.

Discover Student Loans Scholarship ($2,500) Apply through February 28
Applicants must be 16 years of age or older and seniors in high school who are planning to attend an accredited, non-profit, four-year college or university in the U.S. at time of entry and prize notification; OR 16 years of age or older and are current college students who are planning on continuing to attend an accredited, non-profit, four-year undergraduate college or university in the U.S. at time of entry and prize notification. 

ABODO I Heart My School Scholarship ($500) Apply by February 28
Essay contest. Write about what makes your school, the campus and the surrounding neighborhoods so awesome. Include a few pictures for bonus points.

Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation (1,000 renewed up to four years) Apply by March 1
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, must a career goal in the crude oil and natural gas industry or related energy field, must be an Ohio resident or a student attending or planning to attend an accredited Ohio colle university, technical, or trade school, and must have and maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Mansfield Noon Optimist Club Scholarship ($1,000) Apply by March 20
Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and a permanent home address in Richland County, Ohio. 

Kerala Tourism Scholarship (2,000) Apply March 31
Applicants must be above 18 years of age and are presently enrolled in college or a university. Applicants must submit a 550= word essay on the following topic: "How Travel Broadens The Mind And Widens Our Horizons".

Bluehost Scholarship ($1,500) Apply by April 1
Essay contest. Applicants must be enrolled in an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or graduate-level program at an accredited two-year college or four-year university during the 2016–2017 academic year. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply.

Compare.com Scholarship ($5,000) Apply by April 20
Essay contest. Applicant must be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll at a university or a student who is already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the upcoming academic year, and must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

HiLine Coffee Scholarship ($1,000) Apply by May 15
Essay contest. Applicant must be currently residing in the United States or Canada and planning on, or currently, attending college or university during the winter of 2016 or fall of 2017.

Nazareth Association Scholarship ($2,000) Apply by June 1
In keeping with our dedication to education and service, the Nazareth Association established a scholarship program in 1994.  This program was established in recognition of over a century of dedication to high quality education and service so generously designed and offered by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The association has established several $1000 scholarships which are offered on a rotating basis and are renewable for one year, providing the student continues to meet the established criteria.

The 10th Circle Project (1,000) Apply by June 1
Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student that is attending a college or university degree program either full or part-time. A 600-1000 word essay is required answering the flowing question: How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?

Self-Defense Scholarship ($1,000) Apply by June 16
Essay contest. Applicant must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a college, university, or trade school.

Theater Masks Bi-Annual Scholarship ($500) Apply by July 1
Applicants will write an essay about why they appreciate fine arts and what motivated them to study fine arts. Essay will be a minimum of 600 words. Use careful grammar and punctuation.

Best Book Light Scholarship ($1,000) Apply by June 12
Essay contest. Student must be either enrolled in a school, college or university in the US.

QASymphony Software Testing Scholarship ($1,000) Apply by November 1
The QASymphony Software Testing Scholarship was created to help students interested in software development/testing reach their goal of attending college or university. Each applicant will be asked to submit a short (min 500 words) essay about why software development and/or software testing is important.