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: