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Scholarships for Women

The Boise State University Women’s Center is unable to offer any scholarship funds to Boise State students. The list of scholarships below is not associated with the Women’s Center and is offered simply as service to our students.

Please refer to each scholarship’s website for the most accurate information. Also, please check deadlines since different scholarships accept applications at different times of the year.

If you have any additions or corrections pertaining to this list, please e-mail us at womenscenter@boisestate.edu. Thank you.


Scholarships for Women

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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Single Mother Scholarship

We are awarding two scholarships to single mother’s enrolled in a US under-graduate and law school. Applicants must have a 3.0 gpa or higher and submit a 500 word essay detailing how motherhood has prepared them for the challenges they encounter in school. Submissions are to be emailed to: jonathan@rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com with a subject of ‘Scholarship’.

More information on the program can be found here: http://www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com/articles/single-mother-scholarship

Business Research Guide Scholarship for Women Entrepreneurs:  Business Plan Contest

This scholarship is designed to support promising women entrepreneurs as they pursue a higher education degree. Awardee will be selected based on the strength of their written business plan as determined by the scholarship committee at Business Research Guide

Eligibility: Available to U.S. citizens who have been accepted to or are enrolled at an accredited college or university in the U.S. Available to undergraduate and master’s students in all majors and disciplines, with particular consideration given to women studying entrepreneurship, business management, or a closely related field.

Additional Application Materials:

The Essay: Applicants must submit a written business plan of 500-1000 words. The plan must be 100% original. Judges are looking for innovative, viable business plans that are well thought-out and clearly described. For more information please visit:   http://www.businessresearchguide.com/scholarship-for-women-entrepreneurs-business-plan-contest/

Boise State University General Scholarships for Women or Single Parents

  • You must complete the Supplemental Scholarship Application. Check all the scholarships for which you qualify.
    • Heidi Toomey – Single Mother Scholarship for single mothers with dependent child(ren) and 28 years of age or older.
    • Shirley Johnson Memorial Scholarship for single parents
    • Steve Schmidt Scholarship – Female Parent

Boise State University College and Department Scholarships for women or single parents

Other Scholarships for women or single parents

  • American Legion Auxilary’s Non-Traditional Student Scholarship: Applicant must be a member of The American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion and shall have paid dues for the two preceding years and for the calendar year in which application is made. The applicant also must be a student who has had at least one year of college and is in need of financial assistance to pursue an undergraduate degree.
  • Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize: The Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) accepts nominations for the Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize to be awarded to an undergraduate woman for excellence in mathematics. All members of the mathematical community are invited to submit nominations for the Prize. She must either be a U.S. citizen or have a school address in the United States.
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS):The AWIS Educational Awards Committee is pleased to offer awards to support women planning a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Established by AWIS in 1974 as the Educational Foundation, funds are provided by contributions from AWIS members and other donors. Awards are offered for undergraduate and pre-doctoral students.
    • Pre-Doctoral Awards
      • Barbara Filner Award for a student also mentoring or otherwise helping women advance in STEM fields
      • Ruth Satter Award, a graduate fellowship for an outstanding graduate student who interrupted her education for at least three years to raise a family.
  • The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting awards scholarships to women who are pursuing Accounting degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels.
  • Google Anita Borg Scholarships for Women In Computer Science: Open to full-time women students entering their senior year of undergraduate study or those enrolled in a graduate program. Applicants should be Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely related technical field as a full-time student and must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in their current program.
  • Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: USA for First Years: A group of female scholars will be awarded based on the strength of their academic background, passion for computer science, community service and leadership.
    • Recipients of the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for First Years will each receive a $10,000 award for the 2011-2012 academic year. Scholars will also be invited to apply for the Google FUSEnetworking retreat in Summer 2012.Note: Scholarship Payment is contingent on the student attending a university with a Computer Science department, and taking at least one computer science course during their first year.
  • Inez Robb Memorial Scholarship: The Boise Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers a scholarship to a selected undergraduate student at Boise State University. This is an Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) scholarship. Please download the ICF Scholarship Application to apply. http://www.idcomfdn.org/Scholarships
  • Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund: The Jeannette Rankin Foundation honors the name and legacy of an American woman who was a proponent of women’s rights and was the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress in 1916. This scholarship is open to women who are U.S. citizens, age 35 or older, enrolled in, or accepted to, a regionally or ACICS accredited school, pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree, and who is low income.
  • Microsoft Scholarships: Microsoft encourages student populations currently underrepresented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees. A large majority of our student scholarships are awarded to women, minorities, and the disabled. Minority applicants must belong to one of the following groups underrepresented in the software field: African-American, Hispanic, or Native American.
    • The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies. Women who are interested in this scholarship must apply during first year of graduate studies. Scholarships are granted by Microsoft Research at the discretion of Microsoft.
  • National Women’s Studies Association: The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) offers three annual scholarships and awards through its communities and offers conference registration scholarships. You must be a member to apply. If you are not a member, but your institution is, ask them to add you as one of their Institutional student members. Three student memberships are included with Institutional membership and there is no charge.
    • NWSA Graduate Scholarship Award $1,000
    • NWSA Lesbian Caucus Scholarship $500.00
    • NWSA WOMEN OF COLOR CAUCUS AWARDS: (Four Awards)
      • Graduate Students of African descent
      • Graduate Students of Latina descent
      • Graduate Students of Asian/Asian-American/Pacific-Islander/ Arab/Middle East Asian descent
      • Graduate Students of African Native American/American Indian/Alaskan Native descent
    • NWSA Conference Registration Scholarship/Travel Grant: NWSA is able to offer 100 Conference Registration grants to presenters. Students, scholars and activists with a demonstrated need for financial assistance are encouraged to apply.
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation: Provides financial assistance to low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. Education Support Awards may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program.
    • Applications for 2011 Education Support Awards will be accepted beginning on, but not before, May 1, 2011. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2011. Awardees will be notified by phone or email in October.
  • P.E.O. Scholarships/Philanthropies: P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.
    • Educational Loan Fund (ELF), established in 1907, makes loans available to qualified women who desire higher education and are in need of financial assistance. An applicant must be recommended by a local chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and be within two years of completing her course of study. The current maximum loan is $10,000 at 3% interest and due six years from the date of issue. Following the graduation date originally stated on the application, interest will begin accruing and will be billed on an annual basis. Interest accruals and payments will not be deferred if the student continues with further study.
    • P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund was established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada.
    • P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) was established in 1973 to provide need based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families.
    • P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are either pursuing a doctoral level degree or are engaged in postdoctoral research at an accredited college, university or institution.
    • The STAR Scholarship provides a $2,500 award to high school senior women who wish to pursue post-secondary education.
  • Society of Women Engineers: Provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. Grants are announced in the summer (sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students) and late summer/early fall (freshmen and reentry students) for use during the following academic year.
  • Soroptimist International Women’s Opportunity Awards: Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and cannot have already earned an undergraduate degree.
  • Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund: The Talbots Charitable Foundation is proud to present the Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund and the Nancy Talbot Scholarship Award for perseverance and ingenuity, which is presented in memory of the founder of Talbots. Up to ten (10) scholarships of $15,000 and one (1) $30,000 scholarship will be awarded. Only applicants seeking a bachelor’s degree are eligible to receive the Nancy Talbot Scholarship Award. Awards are one-time only, are not renewable, and are paid in U.S. currency. Awards are for undergraduate study only.
  • USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship: Need-based scholarship program open to students enrolled in graduate or undergraduate coursework. Participants are selected based on leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, career and educational aspirations and goals, and unusual personal or family circumstances.
  • Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP): The objective of the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program is to help survivors of intimate partner abuse obtain an education that will in turn offer them the chance to secure employment, personal independence, and self sufficiency.
  • Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships provides scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying design and arts disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarship recipients are selected not only for their ability and need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to positive change in the larger community through their work.