Scholarships for Women

Eligibility for most scholarships is not restricted by the gender of the recipient. However, there are some scholarships specifically targeted at women in fields where women are under-represented, especially at the graduate school level.

Based on data from the 2011-2012 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), women are more likely than men to win private scholarships, but the average award amount is lower by $300 to $400. Of undergraduate students, 7.2% of men and 8.4% of women win private scholarships, with average scholarship amounts of $3,610 and $3,314, respectively. Among undergraduate students enrolled in Bachelor’s degree programs, 10.6% of men and 13.1% of women win private scholarships, with average scholarship amounts of $4,244 and $3,829, respectively. Women represent 57.0% of all undergraduate students and 60.6% of undergraduate scholarship recipients.

The most generous and prestigious national scholarships for female students include:

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