18 Summer Scholarships for 2021

While many scholarships have deadlines in the Fall/Winter, there are still many opportunities to apply for (and win!) scholarship awards over the summer.

In addition to financial aid, scholarships help you reduce the overall amount you need to pay for college (or how much you need to borrow in expensive student loans).

Here are 18 summer scholarships to apply for in 2021.

Note that these are broad-eligibility scholarships that might apply to you, but you can sign up for Going Merry to get a full personalized list of “matched scholarships” you’re 100% eligible for.

1. Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award

The winnings: $5000

Due on: June 5

What it is: This scholarship is for an LGBTQ student who plans to pursue a career in journalism, and supports the mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community. The applicant must demonstrate understanding of issues facing the LGBTQ community, include five work samples, and publish a multimedia news story to Tumblr as part of the application. 

2. Sharon C. Ryan Memorial Scholarship

The winnings: $1000

Due on: Jun 15

What it is: For a student with GPA 3.0+ who plans to major in business, statistics, hospitality, or spa management, to pursue a career in hospitality. The student will need to write an essay related to family vacations, hospitality, or their career plans and include two letters of recommendation. 

3. Providian Medical Scholarships

The winnings: $500, 2 awards

Due on: June 21

What it is: For students with GPA 3.0+, an essay contest on the topic: “How medical equipment technology has changed college coursework/curriculum.” Applications must be sent via postal mail. 

4. Design a Better Future Scholarship

The winnings: $10,000, 5 awards

Due on: Jun 28

What it is: Students must design and implement a community improvement project, and submit multimedia (photos, videos, interviews, and write-ups) about the process and its impact. Five students will receive $10k tuition scholarships, and the top winner will receive an additional $5k towards the community project.

5. School’s Out Scholarship

The winnings: $150

Due on: June 30

What it is: Broad eligibility scholarship that requires just one short essay (100-300 words) reflecting on what the student has accomplished this school year and what their ambitions are for the school year to come. 

6. MyBioSource Learning Disabilities Scholarship 

The winnings: $1000, 2 awards.

Due on: June 30

What it is: Supports students with documented learning disabilities.

7. Beauty & Wellness Scholarship for Women 

The winnings: $500-$1000, 2 awards.

Due on: June 30

What it is: Essay contest on why the female applicant is committed to a healthy lifestyle, how they maintain physical and mental wellness, and whether it’s been difficult to make healthy choices

8. Korean American Scholarship 

The winnings: $500-$5000, multiple awards.

Due on: June 30

What it is: Awards Korean-American students who have academic/personal achievement and are engaged in community/civic service.

9. El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

The winnings: $1500

Due on: June 30

What it is: Scholarship for students with GPA 3.0+, with the application essay question: “Why is having a higher education important?” Students must also submit financial info, a resumé, recommendation letters, and a transcript.

10. Lily Pabilona Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship

The winnings: $1,000-$5,000, Multiple awards

Due on: June 30

What it is: Scholarship for Asian American students pursuing careers in entrepreneurship. 

11. Solar Scholarship 

The winnings: $1000, multiple awards.

Due on: July 1

What it is: Essay contest (500-1000 words) on what excites you most about the future of solar. Open to students with GPAs of 3.2+.

12. AIChE Minority Scholarship Award

Winnings: $1,000, 15 awards

Due on: July 15

What it is: Scholarships for minority students underrepresented in chemical engineering. Applicants must plan to enroll in a four-year college and major in a science or engineering degree (with preference given for chemical engineering students). 

 13. Dolphin Galleries Scholarship for the Visual & Creative Arts 

The winnings: $1000, 1 award.

Due on: July 20

What it is: Supports a student who plans to pursue an arts-related major or minor. 

14. Phylis J. McCarthy Scholarship for Excellence in Writing 

The winnings: $500-$1000, 3 awards.

Due on: July 23

What it is: Essay contest for HS juniors and seniors, of up to 3000 words. 

15. Global Perspectives Scholarship

The winnings: $250 -$1,000, 3 awards

Due on: Aug 1

What it is: Scholarship for high school or college students who care about making a positive impact. Applicants must write an essay on: “What kind of global impact project is most critical for you to focus on and why, and what is your plan to make that impact in the next year and beyond?”

16. Cirilo McSween Scholarship for Business or Accounting Students

The winnings: $5000, multiple awards

Due on: August 31

What is it: Scholarship for incoming freshmen planning to major in business or accounting. Winners must show academic success and active participation in their communities (via extracurriculars or community service). Scholarships are given in honor of New York Life’s first African American agent, Cirilo A. McSween, who became an agent in 1957.

17. Environmental Awareness Scholarship 

The winnings: $1000, 2 awards.

Due on: Sept 1

What it is: Essay contest on how you think climate change will impact future generations.

18. Be the Boss Scholarship for Female Entrepreneurs

The winnings: $2000, 2 awards.

Due on: Sept 15

What it is: For a female student who wants to start her own online business. Financial need and academic performance are not important. 


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