There are a lot of ways to fund a college education. One large and under-used source is non-institutional scholarships. Check our glossary to learn about the different available sources and then keep scrolling to see a sample of some of the more than 13,000 non-institutional scholarships documents and makes available to subscribers.

Institutional Scholarships are awarded by higher education institutions. These scholarships and amounts are usually based on academic merit and/or need.

Non-Institutional Scholarships are awarded through the private sector. This includes non-profit organizations, corporations, employers, religious organizations, ethnic or minority organizations, talent competitions, and civic organizations. Usually the scholarship will be paid directly to the college or university. The availability of these scholarships does require research because they are not always easy to find. Colleges are not required to tell prospective students about these scholarships. And sometimes there are stipulations: in or out-of-state residences, community services, essay submissions, students’ interests and talents, or availability only to non-traditional students.

Federal Grants are available and do not need to be repaid. Federal Grants are based on FAFSA information and are time sensitive and limited. Federal Grants include: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Teacher Education Assistance, and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.

Financial Aid is money that does not have to be paid back if it is awarded as a scholarship, grant, or federal work-study. In some cases, financial aid assistance will have to be paid back; but the stipulations are always clear from the onset.

Loans, whether government or private, are required to be paid back over time. Government loans are more lenient with grace periods, interest rates, interest schedules, and payment schedules than private lenders.

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Alice T. Larsen Memorial ScholarshipAmerican Choral Directors Association (MN)MinnesotaMusic
Alyssa Otremba ScholarshipPublic Education FoundationNevadaMusic
Amanda Shaw Foundation Orchestrating Dreams ScholarshipThe Amanda Shaw FoundationLouisianaMusic, Dance, Theater, General
American Harp Society National CompetitionAmerican Harp SocietyMassachusettsMusic
American Legion Music Committee ScholarshipAmerican Legion State HeadquartersKansasMusic
Arizona ASTA Solo CompetitionArizona American String Teachers AssociationArizonaMusic
Astrid Thalheimer Memorial Vocal ScholarshipThe A Cappella Singers of Metrowest BostonMassachusettsMusic
Bach Organ and Keyboard Music ScholarshipOrgan & Keyboard Music Scholarship at The Rhode Island FoundationRhode IslandMusic
Basic Academy Music ScholarshipPublic Education FoundationNevadaMusic
Bel Canto Vocal Competition ScholarshipVocal Scholarship FoundationRhode IslandMusic
Bill & Ruth Powers Education AwardGrand Rapids Area Community FoundationMinnesotaGeneral, Music, Dance, Theater
BMI Student Composer AwardBMI Student Composer AwardsNew YorkMusic
BPO Guild Voice AwardButler Philharmonic Orchestra and ChorusOhioMusic
Byrdis W. Danfelser Piano ScholarshipProfessional Music Teachers of New MexicoNew MexicoMusic
Chopin Piano CompetitionChopin Piano Competition Kosciuszko FoundationNew YorkMusic
Choral Excellence Award in honor of Gary & Myra MorrisArkansas Choral Directors AssociationArkansasMusic
Christian Regalado Memorial ScholarshipPublic Education FoundationNevadaMusic
Davidson FellowshipDavidson Institute for Talent DevelopmentNevadaGeneral, Music
Don & Joanne Corbett ScholarshipKansas Music Educators AssociationKansasMusic
Dr. Lou Fischer JEN Co-Founder ScholarshipJazz Education NetworkIllinoisMusic
Edward Miller Memorial Music ScholarshipNassau Music Educators’ AssociationNew YorkMusic
Evelyn D. Springstead Senior ScholarshipVermont All State Music FestivalVermontMusic
Fellowship Of United Methodists in Music & Worship Arts Memorial ScholarshipsFellowship ScholarshipsIndianaMusic
Ferris Burtis Scholarship FundBerkshire Taconic Community FoundationMassachusettsMusic
Fred Hoey Memorial ScholarshipPercussive Arts SocietyIndianaMusic
Future Band Director ScholarshipPhi Beta Mu – Iota ChapterKansasMusic
Gay Meeks ScholarshipIndiana Music Education AssociationIndianaMusic
GCYO Association Summer Studies ScholarshipGreenville County Youth OrchestrasSouth CarolinaMusic
Glenn Miller Scholarship CompetitionGlenn Miller Birthplace SocietyIowaMusic
Golden Key Visual And Performing Arts Achievement AwardsGolden Key International Honor SocietyGeorgiaMusic
Grace K. Bishop Fine Arts ScholarshipCentral Alabama Community FoundationAlabamaTheater, Dance, Music
Harold and George “Elbert” Newton Memorial Music ScholarshipBlack Hills Area Community FoundationSouth DakotaMusic
Hillary Case Memorial Reno Pops ScholarshipCommunity Foundation of Western NevadaNevadaMusic
Idaho Gwladys Comstock Award for Music CampNational Federation of Music ClubsIdahoMusic
Illinois ACDA Choral Composition ContestIllinois American Choral Directors AssocationIllinoisMusic
IMEA High School Senior Music ScholarshipIdaho Music Education AssociationIdahoMusic
IMEA Weston Noble Scholarship for Music EducationIowa Music Education AssociationIowaMusic
International Violin Competition of IndianapolisThe International Violin Competition of IndianapolisIndianaMusic
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Artists AwardJack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award ProgramMassachusettsMusic
James E. Bugley Scholarship – The Jamie FundBerkshire Taconic Community FoundationMassachusettsMusic, General
John Lennon ScholarshipJohn Lennon Scholarship CompetitionNew YorkMusic
John Philip Sousa National Young Artist CompetitionThe John Philip Sousa FoundationAlabamaMusic
Jon “J.D.” Sakamoto Memorial Scholarship FundHawai’i Community FoundationHawaiiMusic
Jonathan Family Scholarship FundThe Community Foundation of Mendocino CountyCaliforniaMusic
June M. Hinckley Music Education ScholarshipFlorida Music Education AssociationFloridaMusic
Kathy Bundock Moore Memorial ScholarshipAmerican Harp Society FoundationCaliforniaMusic
KHS America ScholarshipJupiter.USA KHS MusicTennesseeMusic
Leone Pooler Guthrie Scholarship FundBenton Community FoundationOregonMusic
Lucas D’Richards Memorial Music ScholarshipPublic Education FoundationNevadaMusic
Lucy Becker Memorial ScholarshipMusic in the MountainsCaliforniaMusic
LYSO College ScholarshipLynchburg Symphony Youth OrchestraVirginiaMusic
M. Louise Miller ScholarshipAmerican Guild of Organists Greater Bridgeport ChapterConnecticutMusic
Martin Luther King Jr., Community Choir San Diego ScholarshipMartin Luther King Jr., Community Choir San DiegoCaliforniaMusic, Dance, Theater
Matthew Cox Memorial ScholarshipPublic Education FoundationNevadaMusic, Theater, Dance
Miriam Hoffman ScholarshipUnited Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Office of Loans and ScholarshipsTennesseeMusic
Morton Gould Young Composer AwardThe ASCAP Foundation / Morton Gould Young Composer AwardsNew YorkMusic
MTNA Senior Performance CompetitionsNCTM Bryan CollegeOhioMusic
MTNA Young Artists Performance CompetitionsMTNA Young ArtistsNew MexicoMusic
National Association of Pastoral MusiciansNPM ScholarshipsMarylandMusic
Nebraska State Bandmasters Assoc Bob Palensky ScholarshipPhi Beta Mu – Alpha Theta ChapterNebraskaMusic
Nebraska State Bandmasters Assoc College Student ScholarshipPhi Beta Mu – Alpha Theta ChapterNebraskaMusic
New Jersey Young Composers CompositionNew Jersey Music Educators AssociationNew JerseyMusic
NFCM Benzinger/Valentin Junior Music for the Blind Performance AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsMississippiMusic
NFCM Stillman Kelley National Instrumental AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsVirginiaMusic
NFMC Beyer Young Composers AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsOhioMusic
NFMC Biennial Ellis Duo Piano AwardsNational Federation of Music ClubsArkansasMusic
NFMC Biennial Student/Collegiate AwardsNational Federation of Music ClubsTexasMusic
NFMC Biennial Young Artist Competition – Women’s VocalNational Federation of Music ClubsIndianaMusic
NFMC Biennial Young Artist Competition- StringsNational Federation of Music ClubsIndianaMusic
NFMC Carey Wilson Music Therapy ScholarshipNational Federation of Music ClubsAlabamaMusic
NFMC Carolyn Nelson Double Reed AwardsNational Federation of Music ClubsNorth DakotaMusic
NFMC Claire Ulrich Whitehurst (Flanagan) Piano AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsFloridaMusic
NFMC Dorothy Dann Bullock Music Therapy ScholarshipNational Federation of Music ClubsAlabamaMusic
NFMC Elizabeth Grieger Viegand Sacred Music of the Faiths AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsMichiganMusic
NFMC Ernest A. Bluhm Flute AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsWashingtonMusic
NFMC Gretchen E. Van Roy Music Education ScholarshipNational Federation of Music ClubsMinnesotaMusic
NFMC Hatz Special Recognition AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsOhioMusic
NFMC Herman & Mary Neumann Award Interlochen Arts CampInterlochen Arts CampMichiganMusic
NFMC Herman & Mary Neumann Award to Interlochen Arts AcademyInterlochen Arts AcademyMichiganMusic
NFMC Herman & Mary Neumann ScholarshipNational Federation of Music ClubsIndianaMusic
NFMC Joyce Walsh Junior Disability AwardsNational Federation of Music ClubsArkansasMusic
NFMC Lana M. Bailey Piano Concerto AwardsNational Federation of Music ClubsKansasMusic
NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Award in Piano PedagogyNational Federation of Music ClubsFloridaMusic
NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsFloridaMusic
NFMC Marion Richter American Music Composition AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsOhioMusic
NFMC Martha Marcks Mack Junior Vocal AwardNational Federation of Music ClubsPennsylvaniaMusic
NFMC Mary Alice Cox AwardsNational Federation of Music ClubsWisconsinMusic
OCDA Graduate ScholarshipOklahoma Choral Directors AssociationOklahomaMusic
Oklahoma Bandmasters Association ScholarshipOklahoma Bandmasters AssociationOklahomaMusic
PA ACDA Undergraduate Conducting CompetitionACDA PAPennsylvaniaMusic
Patrick T., Ellen M., and Patrick B. Roche Memorial ScholarshipsPublic Education FoundationNevadaDance, Theater, Music
Phi Beta Mu – Alpha Gamma Chapter ScholarshipPhi Beta Mu – Alpha Gamma ChapterNorth DakotaMusic
Richard & Elaine T Aune Music ScholarshipGrand Rapids Area Community FoundationMinnesotaMusic
Ron Bright Scholarship FundHawai’i Community FoundationHawaiiTheater, Music, Dance
Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship FundMemorial Scholarship Committee of Choristers GuildTexasMusic
Sphinx College-Bound ProgramSphinx Music CoMichiganMusic
St. Andrew’s Society ScholarshipOregon Community FoundationOregonMusic, Dance
Tobias Mishel Memorial ScholarshipPublic Education FoundationNevadaMusic
United States Marine Band Concerto Competition ScholarshipPublic Affairs Office, United States Marine Band, Marine Barracks WashingtonMusic
VSA Arts International Young Soloists AwardVSA Arts International Young Soloists AwardMusic