May Scholarships: 46 to Help Students Pay for College

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Scholarships with May Deadlines

All the May scholarships broke students need to know about this month!

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Along with flowers, May also brings the end of spring.

Warmer weather and sunnier days are ahead, which is why applying for scholarships now is imperative. Well, only if you want to have more free time to enjoy the summer months that is.

Plus even if you aren’t taking any summer classes, fall will be here before you know it!

In this post you’ll find a list of scholarships due in May 2023. Check out the video below for a quick overview of the top scholarships to apply for this month!

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May Scholarships


CollegeXpress $10,000 Scholarship

  • Award: $10,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Must be 13+ and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. or D.C.

Submit: Short online form (no essay).

Carrington-Philbert Scholarship Program

  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Applicant must be African-American and plan to attend a U.S. two-year community college or four-year college.

Submit: 250 – 500 word essay, 1 letter of recommendation from a teacher/principal/counselor, a copy of your high school transcript, and a headshot photo.

Price it Here, Inc. Scholarship Program

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: All applicants must be currently enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited US college or university for the semester that they are applying to receive the scholarship.

Submit: Copy of your school transcript and 500 word essay.

G.A. Johnston Memorial Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate students who have an interest in watercolor painting.

Submit: 500 word max. essay on your love for watercolor painting along with your intended career path and upload two samples of your watercolor paintings along with a brief explanation of what inspired you to paint them.

American Floral Endowment Scholarships

  • Award: $500 – $5,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Open to sophomore through graduate-level college students pursuing degrees in floriculture and horticulture fields only. Multiple awards available with varying requirements.

Submit: Online application, 2 letters or recommendation, resume, and transcripts.

“Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

  • Award: $25,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Open to students at any education level. Students at any education level, school, and field of study will be considered. No GPA requirement.

Submit: This no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile.

Ivey Engineering Bi-annual Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Must be a current high school senior; or be transitioning from high school to a college or university; or be already enrolled as an undergraduate in a college or university inside the United States or Canada.

Submit: 800 – 100 word essay and a headshot photo of yourself

DK Memorial Sports Broadcasting Scholarship

  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Any undergraduate or graduate students studying Sports Broadcasting or Sports Journalism with a financial need may apply.

Submit: No essay. This scholarship will be awarded based on ambition, need, and your profile.

Ashoori Law Good Deeds Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited U.S. undergraduate or graduate program with a GPA of 3.0+ and have performed an act of kindness for another person.

Submit: 750 – 1000 word essay.

There’s Space for Everyone Scholarship

  • Award: $3,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university during the fall semester are eligible to apply. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States and at least 16 years old.

Submit: Completed online form and a 500 – 800 word essay.

Eleven Scholarship

  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Any BIPOC high school senior or undergraduate student pursuing a STEM degree may apply for this scholarship. First-generation students are preferred.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay about a time when you faced a challenge, how it affected you, and what the experience taught you.

Single Mother’s Education Scholarship

  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: This scholarship is for low-income Asian or Latino undergraduate students who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Children of single moms may apply but single mothers are preferred.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on how your experience with single motherhood has impacted your career choices and what your career goals are.

Brower Youth Awards

  • Award: $3,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Open to youth environmental change leaders ages 13 to 22 (as of May 14, 2023) living in North America (including Mexico, Canada, some Caribbean Islands) and US “Territories”.

Submit: An online application and a photograph of yourself.

Renaissance Scholars Program

  • Award: up to $16,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: U.S. citizenship is not required. All applicants must plan to earn a bachelor’s from a 4-year college; be the first in their family to attend a 4-year college; and have 3.0 GPA or higher.

High school applicants must be one of the following: a high school senior in OR or IL – OR – a high school senior in any location, planning to attend one of the partner HBCUs (Elizabeth City State University, Stillman College, and North Carolina Central University).

Current college student applicants must be one of the following: a student at 4-year school in OR or IL; current community college student in OR or IL, planning to transfer to any 4-year school; OR current college student at one of the three partner HBCUs, or planning to transfer to one.

Submit: Online application, (2) essays of 500-1000 words each, most recent transcripts, and (2) letters of recommendation.

NY Ramblers Scholarship

  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: All applicants must open and self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex person; or a demonstrated and committed ally; an athlete; between the ages of 15 and 22; and a graduating high school student who plans to attend a recognized undergraduate college or university in the United States OR is an already matriculated US undergraduate college student.

Submit: Completed application, (5) brief essays, (2) letters of recommendation, copy of transcripts, and list of relevant honors and extracurricular activities.

James Michael Morris Family Scholarship

  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: Students of any educational level are eligible to apply if they are pursuing a career in Ophthalmic professions such as Opticians, Contact Lens Examiners and Technical Practitioners.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on how you plan to make a positive impact through your career in Ophthalmic Support Services.

Sunni E. Fagan Memorial Music Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 8

Eligibility: Any high school senior or undergraduate student who is an underrepresented minority pursuing music or music education may apply for this scholarship.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on why you’re passionate about music and how you plan to give back to the youth through your career.

Dynamic Edge Women in STEM Scholarship

  • Award: $2,000
  • Deadline: May 10

Eligibility: The Dynamic Edge Women in STEM Scholarship will award $2,000 each to two women (one in Michigan and one in Tennessee) who plan to pursue STEM degrees or certifications.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay about your favorite tech invention of the past 10 years and why or what your goals are as a Dynamic Woman in I.T.

Kyle Rairdan Memorial Aviation Scholarship

  • Award: $2,000
  • Deadline: May 10

Eligibility: Any high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who is pursuing aviation and is involved in their community is encouraged to apply.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on why you’re interested in aviation, including what you plan to do with your degree, what inspired you to pursue aviation, and how you’re involved in your community.

All-Star College Scholarship

  • Award: $5,000 per semester, for up to 4 years
  • Deadline: May 12

Eligibility: Applicants must have been adopted or exited foster care to permanent guardianship at or after the age of thirteen (13) and be incoming college freshmen under the age of twenty 21. Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Submit: Completed application that includes four short answer/essays, 3 letters of recommendation, copy of your Student Aid Report (FAFSA), copy of your adoption or legal guardianship paperwork, most recent high school transcript and a copy of first semester’s grades.

Future of Aviation Scholarship

  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 15

Eligibility: Any high school junior, senior, or undergraduate student who is interested in becoming a pilot may apply for this scholarship.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on your aviation goals and what inspired you to pursue this career.

Fresh Start Scholarship

  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 15

Eligibility: Candidates must be female, U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be at least 20 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and be a resident of Delaware OR be currently employed in Delaware for at least the past 12 months.

Submit: Completed application, official transcript, 1 letter of recommendation, 2 references, and a personal statement.

Lyndsey Scott Coding+ Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000 – $5,000
  • Deadline: May 15

Eligibility: LGBTQIA+, Women, and/or BIPOC students who are majoring in computer science and are also pursuing other interests may apply.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on your computer science goals, your non-computer science goals, and how you might combine these goals in the future.

Aging Matters Scholarship

  • Award: $1,500
  • Deadline: May 15

Eligibility: Must be an existing college student or incoming freshman (to be enrolled in the Fall of 2023 in good academic standing) and attending any 2 year or 4 year accredited college or university as a full-time student.

Submit: 1000 word essay on why aging matters to the applicant.

Walter J. Travis Society Scholarships

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 15

Eligibility: Open to students pursuing a career in one of the following professions: landscape design/golf course architecture; golf course turf grass management/golf course superintendent; professional golf management, club professional, or sports journalism with a special interest in golf.

Submit: Online Application

Debt.com Scholarship For Aggressive Scholarship Applicants

  • Award: $500
  • Deadline: May 15

Eligibility: Open to all students who apply for scholarships.

Submit: Proof that you have applied for other scholarships and a short letter about yourself.

EFWA Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Award: $1,000 – $5,000
  • Deadline: May 15

Eligibility: Open to women who are pursuing a PhD degree in accounting.

Submit: Online application, current curriculum vitae, official transcript, 2 letters of reference, statement of personal career goals, copy of any cases or materials you have developed (either single- or co-authored), and copy of the abstract and citations of articles published and/or presented at academic conferences.

Hsiao Memorial Social Sciences Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 16

Eligibility: Must be pursuing a graduate degree in the social sciences (economics preferred but not required). Minimum GPA: 3.0. Preference for Asian heritage, though not required.

Submit: Completed application by mail, 4 short essays (150 – 500 words each), most recent transcripts (unofficial okay), resume, and 2 letters of recommendation.

Stephan L. Daniels Lift As We Climb Scholarship

  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: May 19

Eligibility: Any African American high school senior or undergraduate student who is pursuing a degree in STEM may apply for this scholarship.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on why you want to pursue STEM and how you hope to help your community with your degree.

Innovation in Education Scholarship

  • Award: $500
  • Deadline: May 20

Eligibility: Open to any high school or college student within the U.S. or Canada with a cumulative GPA of 3.0+.

Submit: Online application, letter of recommendation, self-photo, and an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation (no min or max word/page count).

Young Women in STEM Scholarship

  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: May 23

Eligibility: Female high school seniors and undergraduate students that are from a low-income household and are pursuing a degree in STEM can apply.

Submit: Answer a series of short essay (250 words each) questions about yourself and your goals for the future.

Ruthie Brown Scholarship

  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: May 27

Eligibility: Any BIPOC student who is working full or part-time and has a disability (i.e physical, mental, cognitive, developmental) or is an adult learner or non-traditional student may apply for this scholarship.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on how you’re working to address your current and/or future student debt.

MyMozaic Monthly Scholarship Contest

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 29

Eligibility: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or are lawfully living in the United States and at least 13 years of age on the date of their entry.

Submit: Your email address. Selection is based on the quality of students’ MyMozaic profile.

Charles Cheesman’s Student Debt Reduction Scholarship

  • Award: $4,000 – $7,500
  • Deadline: May 30

Eligibility: African American or Hispanic/Latino first generation students, who are currently in college or have graduated with student loans. Workers who are no longer students but are still working to pay off student loans are eligible.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on your educational pursuits, life goals, community service, accomplishments, etc. Explain what you will do with the money you save because of this scholarship.

Book Recommendation Scholarship

  • Award: $1,300
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Must be 13+ and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. or D.C.

Submit: Quick online form and a good book you’d recommend to a friend. 

FiNCAD Women in Finance Scholarship

  • Award: $20,000
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Applications are welcomed from female citizens of all countries who are enrolled in a post-graduate program (Master’s or PhD) in Finance at an accredited university. You must be enrolled and attending the program on a full-time basis during the 2023 – 2024 academic year.

Submit: Online application.

James R. Schaaf Civil Engineering Scholarship

  • Award: $10,500
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Any undergraduate student who is majoring in civil engineering at a college or university located in California may apply for this scholarship.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on what motivated you to study civil engineering and how you envision using your engineering degree to make a positive impact on your community.

Leon Bradley Scholarship

  • Award: $3,500
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Must be a minority student in his/her final year of teacher preparations, which includes student teaching.

Submit: Completed online application, copy of your transcript, letter from the Dean of the College of Education or a designated representative and a letter from a character reference.

Full Circle Scholarship

  • Award: $10,000
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Open to any Native American U.S. citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe with at least a 2.0 GPA and enrolled as a full-time student.

Submit: Completed online application, tribal affiliation, most recent transcript, and a photo of yourself.

NAAMLP Scholarship

  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and graduate students whose intention is to work as scientists, engineers or technicians in the field of mine land reclamation.

Submit: Completed application, transcripts, and 1 letter of recommendation.

WomenIn Scholarship

  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Open to those who identify as women intending to pursue or working as an early professional in a tech career in game development including: art, animation, programming, and engineering.

Must be a full-time undergraduate student or a graduate student attending an accredited college or university during the 2023-24 academic school year OR or working as an early professional (within their first two years in the industry). GPA: 3.3 minimum on a 4.0 scale. Applicants do not need to be a US citizen or permanent resident to apply.

Submit: Online application, 2 page (maximum) personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, online transcript/proof of enrollment or proof of employment.

Girls for Gaming Scholarship

  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Applicants must discuss their impact in helping empower and educate girls and young women on the various roles within the gaming industry with the purpose of driving and normalizing gender diversity within gaming. Must also intend to pursue a career or be working as an early professional in any aspect of the business of game development.

Must be a full-time undergraduate student or a graduate student attending an accredited college or university during the 2023-24 academic school year OR or working as an early professional (within their first two years in the industry). GPA: 3.3 minimum on a 4.0 scale. Applicants do not need to be a US citizen or permanent resident to apply.

Submit: Online application, 2 page (maximum) personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, online transcript/proof of enrollment or proof of employment.

AIAS Foundation Scholarship

  • Award: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Open to those who intend to pursue a career or working as an early professional in any aspect of game development including but not limited to: art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, law, marketing, and business administration.

Must be a full-time undergraduate student or a graduate student attending an accredited college or university during the 2023-24 academic school year OR or working as an early professional (within their first two years in the industry). GPA: 3.3 minimum on a 4.0 scale. Applicants do not need to be a US citizen or permanent resident to apply.

Submit: Online application, 2 page (maximum) personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, online transcript/proof of enrollment or proof of employment.

FMA College Scholarship

  • Award: $10,000
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Undergraduate students pursuing STEM, including engineering, planning, or biological, earth and social sciences, who is or will attend a college or university in California, Nevada, or Hawaii may apply for this scholarship.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay on what you see as the main challenges to reducing the impacts of floods and how you can make a difference by addressing flood issues.

Against the Grain Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Must be of at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity; a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S.; either a high school senior or a college student currently enrolled full-time at college; and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Submit: Online application, transcript, resume, letter of recommendation, 500 word essay, and your artistic portfolio (audio/visual recording demo, pictures, sketches).

AEL Collegiate Essay Contest

  • Award: $1,000 – $2,500
  • Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: Must be a current undergraduate college or university student in an accredited four-year U.S. college or university. Incoming first-year students (i.e., high school seniors) and college students who graduate the year of the competition are eligible to apply. Must be a U.S. citizen.

Submit: Online application and 1,500 – 2,000 word essay in MLA or Chicago formatting.


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Concluding thoughts on scholarships due in May 2023

That’s what I was able to find for May scholarship opportunities being offered this year.

I sure hope you can find some to apply for and win. Everything little bit helps when you’re paying for college on your own!

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