There is a world of scholarships out there. Here’s how to find the right ones for you. Take the time to do your research and see what you can apply for.
1. Search for scholarships
There are various free online scholarship search engines. Make sure you answer all questions thoroughly and accurately.
2. Keep track of your apps
Use a spreadsheet to stay organized. Include columns for due dates, criteria and anything else that will help you organize your apps.
3. Set up a system
It is important to put the scholarships in which you are interested in some sort of order and to decide for which scholarships you should apply. To start, apply for the scholarships that have the highest amounts. Choose awards that are well suited to you and appeal to you the most. You may want to keep notes on your progress for inspiration and to stay organized.
4. Complete and submit applications
Complete applications according to directions. Take care that you have provided all required information and that it is complete. Be sure to note each application you submit on a spreadsheet.
5. Do It Again (and again and again)
Looking for scholarships is not unlike looking for a job. You have to keep at it to be successful. Once you start college, you may want to continue your scholarship search to help pay for your education, even graduate school. Remember, the more scholarships you have, the less money you need to borrow. Be sure to keep your GPA high and keep track of any recurring scholarships and their requirements. Indicate any scholarships you have won on your spreadsheet and add those for which you want to apply.
There are many sources of outside scholarships. Check out the links below for trusted websites and information that shows you how to make your application stand out from the crowd.
The outside scholarships listed below are available to students at Delaware Valley University. If you have questions regarding these scholarships from other sources, please contact the sponsor directly or the Office of Financial Aid.
Information about outside scholarships will also be sent periodically to your delval.edu email address from Scholarships@delval.edu.
This is an academic scholarship program that awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors enrolling in agriculture-related, four-year degree programs across the nation. Qualifying recipients will be entered into the AFA’s leader development program and will be eligible to receive an academic scholarship for the freshman year of college.
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen enrolled full time as a high school senior with a commitment to pursue a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution. Student must have critical financial need, be involved in co-curricular and community activities and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. The scholarship award and number of scholarships available per academic year vary.
Bucks County Bank Future Business Leaders Scholarship
The recipient of this $2,500 scholarship will be a second-, third- or fourth-year student at Delaware Valley University with a 3.0 GPA, demonstrated financial need, is active in the community, and enrolled in one of the following programs of study within the Department of Business Administration: accounting, entrepreneurship, financial services, general business administration, and management.
The M. Verna Butterer Educational Scholarships/Loans are intended for individuals who demonstrate financial need for educational purposes as determined by the Trustees of M. Verna Butterer Educational Trust. Candidates may be graduating high school seniors or other persons pursuing post higher education. Candidates must be U.S. citizens who are residents of Bucks County, Pa. There is a two-year residency requirement. The scholarship award is up to $12,000; the amount of scholarships available per academic year varies.
Bucks County Foundation Happ Grover Trust
Applicant must be a resident of the Central Bucks School District and attend either Delaware Valley University or Bucks County Community College, be deserving and have financial need. Awards are renewable to each recipient until graduation, provided he/she remains qualified. The scholarship award and number of scholarships available vary.
Clemens Family Corporation Scholarship
Students must be a junior or senior with financial need majoring in Large Animal Science with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The scholarship award and number of scholarships available per academic year vary. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program
- Deadline: January 19
- Applicants must be a student attending a community college or two-year institution in the US and be planning to transfer to a four-year institution. There are approximately 50 scholarships with awards up to $30,000 available per academic year.
Delaware Valley Unit Herb Society of America - Pennsylvania Heartland Unit Scholarship
The Pennsylvania Heartland Unit of The Herb Society of America, a group dedicated to the purpose of studying and actively sharing horticulture history and the use of herbs, offers a scholarship in the amount of $1,500. This scholarship is available to a third- or fourth-year student within the study of horticulture. It will be awarded to a student living in the Heartland area (Berks, Montgomery, York, Lancaster and Schuykill counties). The department chairperson will nominate recipient. One scholarship is available per academic year; the scholarship award amount varies.
Edith F. Willson Scholarship
This student must be a junior or senior majoring in agronomy/environmental science, ornamental horticulture/environmental design or horticulture with an exceptional academic record. Bucks County,Pa., residents preferred. The scholarship award and number of scholarships available per academic year vary. Department recommendation.
The following scholarships are awarded to students who plan to further their education in horticulture, floriculture, landscape architecture, conservation, forestry, biology, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, city (rural/planning) planning, wildlife science, land management and/or allied subjects. Applicants must be residents of Pennsylvania and must be sponsored by a Federated Garden Club. The following scholarships are available to high school seniors, college students and post-graduate college students. Each scholarship award is a minimum of $1,000. Available scholarships include the Louise W. Dimmick Endowed Scholarship, the Marjorie E. Hamblin Annual Endowed Scholarship, the Catherine H. Kenworthy Endowed Scholarship, the Lois Dupre' Shuster Endowed Scholarship and the Mary Alice Wheeler Endowed Scholarship. The State Chairman must receive all applications by February 15.
Miriam A. Steel Scholarship
Available to a high school senior. Preference will be given to a high school gardener, FFA or 4-H member. The State Chairman must receive all applications by February 15.
Katherine L. Rieger Scholarship
Available to a college student or post-graduate college student with a GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants may apply in their sophomore year. The state winner will compete for one of the National Council Scholarships of $3500. The State Chairman must receive all applications by February 15.
Constance H. Smith Endowed Scholarship
Available to a college student or post-graduate college student each year. Applicants may apply in their freshman year. The State Chairman must receive all applications by February 15.
Jane Layman Scholarship
Available to a high school senior every four years. A 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)must be maintained to keep this scholarship enforced. By February 15, the recipient must send his/her scholastic record to the State Scholarship Chairman. Failure to comply will result in loss of the remaining money. Should the recipient forfeit by dropping out of school or not maintaining a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), a new winner will be selected the following year. The State Chairman must receive all applications by February 15.
Edith Clemmer Steinbright Endowed Scholarship
Available to high school seniors, college students and post-graduate students each year. Preference will be given to a student from the southeastern part of the state. The State Chairman must receive all applications by February 15.
Available for the amount of $500 and is available to a Federated Garden Club member, a teacher or a college student for the Audubon Camp of his/her choice. A Garden Club member may receive this scholarship once every five years. The winner is responsible for their own transportation and any increase in fees. The sponsoring Garden Club may pay additional fees. The State Chairman must receive all applications by March 15.
Doreen Dew Kauffman Scholarship
A $1,000 grant given annually for ten years, 2012-2021, to a deserving student in a horticulture-related field. This scholarship is available to high school seniors, college students and post-graduate college students each year. The State Chairman must receive all applications by February 15.
For more information for any of the Garden Club Federation scholarships, visit their wesbite or contact:
Mrs. Paul L. Dapp (Gladys)
GCFP Scholarship Chairman
2359 Hillside Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701-4268
Applicants must be current college sophomores, juniors, seniors or Master's degree candidates majoring in horticulture or related field. Preference is given to residents of IN, KY, MI, OH, PA and WV. A grade average of "B" or better is expected. A personal interview in Cleveland is required of finalists. Several scholarships of up to $3,000 are awarded annually.
For more information, visit the Garden Club of America website or contact:
The Garden Club of America
14 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
Garden Club of Somerset Valley, Inc. - Rudolf W. & Ans Van Der Goot Memorial Scholarship
Must be a resident of Somerset, Middlesex or Hunterdon County, or must be a New Jersey resident, in that order of preference. Must be enrolled full-time as a sophomore at Delaware Valley University and must have achieved outstanding academic excellence in a chosen major field of Horticulture, Plant Science or related flora areas such as a Landscape Architecture and Landscape Contracting and Management. Financial need is taken into consideration. The award and number of scholarships available per academic year varies.
Two $500 scholarships are being offered to college undergraduate students in the fields of agriculture, environmental studies, soils or natural resources. Applicants should have sophomore, junior or senior status. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of a combination of academic merit and program of study, quality of the written essay, financial need, and educational and career goals that are consistent with the SWCS mission. The SWCS strives to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. Our work targets conservation of soil, water and related natural resources on working land — land that is used to produce food, fiber and other services that improve the quality of life people experience in rural and urban communities. We work to discover, develop, implement and improve ways to use land that sustains its productive capacity and enhances the environment. The scholarships will be available in March. Successful applicants will be notified by postal mail soon after the committee has arrived at a decision. We request that winners of previous years not apply a second time.
Applications are available on the Keystone website or in the Office of Financial Aid, 2nd floor Lasker Hall.
Lancaster Agriculture, Equine Research & Collaboration Center -- $2,000 Scholarship
- Must be enrolled as a full-time student in an agricultural program at Delaware Valley University
- Must be a full-time freshman, sophomore or junior in the year the award is made
- Must be a current subscriber to Lancaster Farming’s online products
- Must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.5 or better
- Must complete an essay
Applicants must be enrolled for the academic year following the award in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of post-secondary education and be a citizen or legal resident of the U. S. General awards are unrestricted as to age, race, gender, level of post secondary education, grade point average and financial need. Awards are made on the basis of an essay that describes the applicant's career, vocational or academic goals. Scholarship awards range from $300 through $1000; the number of scholarships available per academic year varies.
For more information, visit the Mensa Scholarships website or contact:
Mensa Foundation Scholarships
18 W. Felton Avenue
Ridley Park, PA 19078
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Applicants must be a FFA member planning to pursue a college degree majoring in any area of farming after graduation. Financial need will be considered and is a very important criteria. Applicants shall be residents of the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
For more information, visit the National FFA Website or contact:
National FFA Headquarters Operations
P.O. Box 1410 - Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
New Jersey Foster Care Scholars Program
Applicant must be between the ages of 16 and 22, have been in the care and custody of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) for a period of nine months or more following the youth's 16th birthday, currently reside in or have previously resided in a New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services paid placement for at least two years, be adopted through the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services after age 12 or be in a subsidized adoption at the time of application, reside in or have resided in an independent living arrangement or transitional living program for youth in out-of-home placement ( the facility or program must be established, operated or approved for payment by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, the federal government pursuant to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act or the New Jersey Homeless Youth Act ), be in possession of a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency, be granted admission to an accredited degree or certificate granting post-secondary institution and register and participate in the E-Mentoring Program through Project MY SELF while receiving any assistance through the NJFC Scholars Program. The scholarship award and number of scholarships available per academic year varies.
For more information, please contact:
Natalie Petrillo - Project Supervisor, Scholarship Programs
Foster & Adoptive Family Services
PO Box 518,
4301 Route 1 South
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
J.J. Noonan scholarship
Students must be pursuing a career in the laboratory animal sciences. Awards are based on merit, achievement and financial need. Scholarships of $800 are awarded; the number of scholarships available per academic year varies.
For more information, contact the department chair or the Office of Financial Aid.
Norristown Garden Club Scholarship
Applicants must have permanent residence in Montgomery, Bucks, Chester or Delaware Counties with the plan to further their college education in horticulture and/or related fields. These fields include the following: floriculture, landscape architecture, conservation, forestry, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control and land management. The winning candidates, selected by the committee, will be awarded a $2,000 Scholarship. This scholarship will be applied to their college tuition.
For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
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Delaware Valley University Farm Show Scholarship
Pennsylvania Farm Show scholarship recipients chosen by the selection committee will receive matching funds for the award year the scholarship was issued. The amount of the matching scholarship is $2,000.
Deadline: September 17
Pennsylvania FFA and 4-H Members: This year’s application can be found online at: https://pafsscholarshipfoundation.com/apply-for-a-scholarship/. To submit your application, please email the completed 2019 application to: email@example.com.
The Pennsylvania Heartland Unit of Herb Society of America
Includes: PA Heartland Scholarship Award for $1500 and the Linda Rider Memorial Scholarship for $1000
Home residence must be Berks, Montgomery, York, Lancaster or Schuylkill counties. Must be a junior or senior full-time horticulture student or second year of an associate degree program in horticulture. An official school transcript must be sent along with two references: one adviser or professor and one person of the student's choice. Applicants must write an essay, entitled "Why did you choose the field of horticulture and what do you plan to do with your education in the future?" If no undergraduates apply, consideration will be given to a full-time graduate student. Applicants may reapply the following year.
For more information, please contact:
Jeannette M. Lanshe, 7 Gibraltar Road, Reading, PA 19606
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W.W. Smith Charitable Trust
Includes: W.W. Scholar Award of $2000 to $5000
Student must be enrolled full time, at sophomore, junior or senior level, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and have demonstrated financial need. Must be a permanent resident of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Must also have involvement in the community.
Information available at the Office of Financial Aid.