Top College Scholarship Programs Serving America


Our college scholarship focus sometimes is on very specific awards for students pursuing a particular degree of study, but we realize that emphasis leaves out the majority of our readers. Not everyone is an engineering, education, or technology major and many students don’t qualify for scholarships based on grades, ethnicity, income level, or other reasons.

Big Players

college studentSo instead of looking at such a narrow pool, we’ve decided to look at some of the most generous scholarship providers including those corporations, foundations, groups, and individuals who offer hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars in college scholarship money each year. Some who made our list our household names while others not so much. Yes, one or two with restrictions slipped in, but they’re so huge we didn’t want you to miss out!

Let’s take a look at some of the movers and shakers in the world of higher education philanthropy including contact information:

Coca−Cola Scholars Program

The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation supports over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs on behalf of the Coca−Cola System.

Coca−Cola Scholars Program

Hispanic College Fund

In 2009, the Hispanic College Fund awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to over 600 Latino students.

Hispanic College Fund, Inc.
1301 K Street NW, Suite 450-A West
Washington, D.C. 20005
(800) 644-4223

The Jackie Robinson Foundation

Baseball great Jackie Robinson lives on in the hearts and lives of many who have benefited since the foundation bearing his name was launched in 1973. Down through the years, more than $21 million in college scholarship monies have been awarded to under-served college bound youth:

The Jackie Robinson Foundation
One Hudson Square
75 Varick Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013-1917
(212) 290-8600

Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) annually bestows approximately $1 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible students from NYC public schools.

United Federation of Teachers
50/52 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
(212) 529-2110

The New York Times College Scholarship Program

Scholarship jurors consist of Times writers and editors who annually choose Times Scholars, students who have overcome exceptional hardship to achieve excellence in NYC high schools. Scholarship recipients receive a four-year college scholarship, mentoring and summer employment.

The New York Times Company Foundation, Inc.
620 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10018-1405
(212) 556-1091

American Dream Scholarship Program

Since 2001, The Sallie Mae Fund has awarded more than $15.5 million in scholarships to 6,300 students at 1,000 schools.

The Sallie Mae Fund
12061 Bluemont Way
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 984-6208

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

He started Microsoft Corporation and later married Melinda. Now retired from Microsoft, Bill Gates and his wife are the top philanthropists in the country, perhaps the world. The foundation plans to help 27,000 low income high school grads get to college by 2016.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
PO Box 23350
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 709-3140


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