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Scholarships for Women

Boise State University College and Department Scholarships

  • Gender Studies Pat Dorman Scholarship is for upper-division Boise State University students who have taken coursework relating to Women’s Studies and have declared a minor in Gender Studies. Applicants must also have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Other Scholarships for women

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW): Since being founded in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political. This is an opportunity for a career development grants to provided assistance to women who are seeking to advance professionally or making career changes. Primary consideration given to women of color, women pursuing credentials in nontraditional fields, and women who do not currently hold an advanced 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.
  •’s Women in STEM: This website contains a list of scholarships for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Check individual scholarships for due dates.
  • Business Research Guide for Women Entrepreneurs: Business Plan Contest: This scholarship is designed to support promising women entrepreneurs as they pursue a higher education degree. The awardees will be selected based on strength of their written business plan as determined by the scholarship committee at Business Research Guide.
      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. Recipients will be invited to the Google Scholar’s Retreat Program. 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.
  • 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 Dissertion Grant Program 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.
  • BHW’s Women in STEM Academic Scholarship: Women who are pursuing an undergraduate or masters degree and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics during the 2018 school year. Applications are due each April 15 and the winner will be announced May 15.
  • PayScale’s Women in STEM Scholarship: Are you a woman pursuing a degree in the STEM areas? PayScale knows that one of the most effective ways to close the gender wage gap is to encourage an support more women pursuing STEM careers. The scholarship amount is $2,000.
  • 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 Live Your Dream 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.
  • Ignite AG Customer Advisory Board Scholarship: The ignite Advisory Group is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a current undergraduate or graduate (e.g. MBA) student seeking to enter a marketing field focused around customer engagement or research.  The purpose of this scholarship is to inspire future marketing leaders to consider the querying of and direction from customers in regards to marketing planning and campaigning, and the role that customer advisory boards can play in gathering key input, engendering customer loyalty and increasing revenue.

Other Resources

Affordable Colleges Online. The resource is a no-cost guide that helps to identify and secure college scholarships and grants and find key financial aid information and resources in one place. The guide also includes interviews with a college admissions expert who specializes in funding higher education for women.

Affordable Colleges Online – Women in Stem.  This resource provides information about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) positions.  The guide serves as a resource for girls and young women who are interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field. In hopes of promoting financial literacy for women, has created a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide on financial literacy for women online. Their page covers topics like setting a budget, how to use credit responsibly, planning for retirement and much more.

Computer Science Online.  This resource is to help current and prospective computer science students – and their families – understand financial aid options. This guide shows students what to look for in a scholarship, how and when to apply, and what to expect.

Financial Guide for underrepresented students.  In recent years, a nationwide emphasis on the importance of diversity (particularly on college campuses) has generated many scholarships and grants for students who belong to underrepresented minority groups. This resource also includes information about financial aid, opportunities exclusively for African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and other specific minority groups as well as more generalized awards that are made available to applicants belonging to any underrepresented demographic.