Are you a current college student who is planning to transfer to another college or university? If so, you may be interested in reading about various scholarships for transfer students. These scholarships were created to help defray tuition at the student’s new institution. Some of these scholarships were created specifically for students enrolled in a community college who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution. Other funding opportunities were created for students changing from four-year colleges to a different four-year college. See below for a list of transfer scholarships:
4 Scholarships for Transfer Students
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
This scholarship provides up to $40,000 per year to students who are transferring from a community college to a top notch college or university. Students may use this scholarship money for tuition, textbooks, living expenses, and student fees. Students of any major are considered and winners are considered for the Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Scholarship. Applicants are selected based on financial need and academic excellence. In addition, critical thinking, curiosity, and letters of recommendation are considered. More information about this award can be found on their website.
Zinch.com offers transfer students scholarships of up to $2,000. Students must create a profile online and attend a college or university that has a partnership with Zinch. Currently, over 5,000 institutions are affiliated with this program.
Transfer Times Magazine
Transfer Times magazine is open to all community college students in the United States. In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled in a two-year community college. This scholarship does not take into account financial need or academic excellence. Transfer Times awards two $6,000 scholarships per year to two-year students who are transferring to a four-year institution that advertises with Transfer Times (or $2,000 if the student chooses another four-year school to attend). There are ten finalists, chosen at random, who are given the opportunity to submit answers to essay questions. See the online form for contest rules.
Tau Sigma National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Tau Sigma National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society each award thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to transfer students. If you are a member of one of these Honor Societies, you may want to consider applying. Additionally, students may want to check with other Honor Societies in which they are a student member as there may be funding available to transfer students.
In addition to these awards, individual colleges and universities offer scholarships geared towards transfer students. For example, Arizona State University maintains a list of awards ranging from a couple hundred to over $10,000 for transfer students. Other state schools, such as UCLA also maintain lists of scholarships for transfer students.
Furthermore, transfer students may want to consider filling out the FAFSA to determine whether they are eligible for any federal or state tuition assistance. After completing the FAFSA, students can inquire at the financial aid office at their college or university to determine whether there is any funding specific to transfer students. Lastly, many students may not realize that individual academic departments maintain their own budget. As such, they may have additional scholarships for transfer students, so it is worth asking the department chair about such opportunities!
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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