Reporting Outside Scholarships & Other Educational Benefits

Outside scholarships and other benefits awarded for higher education expenses are funds with no affiliation to Grinnell College. However, if you receive financial aid from the College and are awarded an outside scholarship or benefit, you must report it to the Office of Financial Aid. In almost all cases, it will not impact grant or scholarship awards. Outside scholarships replace student loan and/or student employment eligibility. Need-based grant funds may be adjusted if the total amount of financial aid, including funds from outside sources, exceed demonstrated need. Financial assistance from all sources can never exceed the total cost of attendance.

Outside scholarships are also regulated by NCAA Division III rules (bylaw

Beware of Scams

Although we do our best to vet the sources, we cannot guarantee the legitimacy of every scholarship. Always use caution when applying for scholarships from an organization unfamiliar to you, and never provide your social security number.

Scam Warning Signs:

  1. Charges a fee
  2. Money-back guarantee
  3. Requires social security number, credit card number, or bank account information

Review Scholarship Scams Tip Sheet, provided by, for additional information. Another trusted and useful site is

Scholarship Search Websites

Scholarship Search websites are popular, and several are listed below. Although we can’t say for certain, the effectiveness of such sites may be minimal. As always, use caution when sharing personal information. It’s worth your time to read their privacy policies.

Additional Resources

*List of Currently Available Outside Scholarships

*Please use caution. Grinnell College is not responsible for the scholarships listed on this link. Before applying, we recommend you research them  and review the Beware of Scams section below.

Outside Scholarships
Deadline Amount Name of Scholarship Sponsoring Organization Criteria-partial listing
10/15/17 $1,000 Custom Plush Toys Scholarship Essay, U.S. citizen, transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation
10/30/17 $1,500 The Sleep Judge State of Sleep Scholarship Video submission addressing technology and sleep and assessing your quality of sleep health health.
10/31/17 $1,000 Protechlists Scholarship 500-1000 word essay on a topic related to technology, latest gadgets or IT
11/15/17 $1,200 Petronella Computer Scholarship Petronella Technology Group Power Point presentation on a topic relating to web security
11/15/17 $2,000 Ecommerce Marketing and Technology Science Scholarship Ecommerce Marketing and Technology Science Scholarship 500 word essay on marketing
11/15/17 $1,000 The RewardExpert Study Abroad Scholarship RewardExpert Two essays, official transcript, recommendation letter, and applying or accepted to a study abroad program that is eligible for credit from the student's home institution
11/15/17 $1,000 Homethods Internet Marketing Scholarship Homethods 1,000 word review of tool or product that directly relates to home improvement
11/15/17 $1,000 BedSheetAdvisor Annual Scholarship Bed Sheet Advisor 1,000 word article
11/15/17 $1,500 Stevens & McMillan Scholarship Stevens & McMillan Law 1,000 word essay 
11/28/17 or first 700 applications $2,500 Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities Wells Fargo Have an identified disability & min. 3.0 gpa
11/30/17 $1,000 Internet Marketing Scholarship Best Reviews Hunt Essay (500-1000 words) on internet marketing and its importance in society.
11/30/17 $2,500 $2,500 Annual Benefitful Scholarship Benefitful 500+ essay on the impact of internet on marketing.
11/30/17 $1,500 HostGator Website Scholarship HostGator An essay responding to the question, “How has the internet impacted your education?”
11/30/17 $1,000 Gladly "Community Story" Scholarship Gladly Essay, video, or image on "What makes a good community?" or "How should we communicate with our communities?"
11/30/17 $1,000 Matter Mattress Scholarship Matter Mattress Three minute video about technology and sleep
12/1/17 $1,000 Annual Upgraded Points Student Scholarship Essay (1000 words)
12/1/17 $1,000 The HOTH SEO Scholarship Program The HOTH Essay of 1000+ words on the topic of “How Companies Can Take Advantage of Digital Marketing”
12/1/17 $1,000 2017 Einstein Moving Scholarship Einstein Moving Co. Current college student or high-school student entering college, cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, official verification of full-time enrollment at a 4 year institution within the US
12/1/17 $1,000 Simplilearn Students Scholarship Program Simplilearn Essay (1000 words)
12/1/17 $1,000 Burning Tree Academic Excellence College Scholarship Burning Tree  500 and 750 word essay about a specific moment that influenced their decision to pursue university-level studies
12/1/17 $1,500 OvalHost Web Hosting Technology Scholarship Program 2017 OvalHost 500-1,200 words on a topic relating to technology
12/15/17 $1,000 2017 Paradigm Malibu $1,000 Annual Depression Treatment Education Scholarship Paradigm Malibu 1000 word essay on educational goals and plans for after graduation
12/15/17 $1,000 2017 Green Home Improvement Scholarship Home Advisor Essay (1000-2000 words)
12/15/17 $2,000 $2,000 Annual USA University  Chameleon John 3 short essays
12/15/17 $1,000 Scholarship from Artificial Grass Liquidators Artificial Grass Liquidators 500 word essay on educational goals and plans after graduation
12/15/17 $1,000 The Sleep Advisor $1,000 Scholarship The Sleep Advisor Create a video addressing specific prompts (see website).
12/15/17 $1,000 2017 General Education Scholarship Westwind Recovery Residences 1000+ word essay on educational goals
12/15/17 $1,000 PerzonSEO $1000 Internet Marketing Scholarship PerzonSEO 1,000 word article: “Why will Internet Marketing will be important in the future?”
12/20/17 $500 Affiliate Ignition Digital Marketing Scholarship Affiliate Ignition Portfolio on digital marketing
12/20/17 $500 Bankruptcy Law Center Scholarship Contest Bankruptcy Law Center Scholarship Essay on bankruptcy and student loans
12/29/17 $1,000 Scholarship

Essay about golf

12/31/17 $2,000 Neighborhood Involvement Scholarship Essay discussing neighborhood involvement and the role your neighborhood played in shaping who you are today. 3.5+ GPA
12/31/17 $500 Tanzania Odyssey Tanzania Odyssey CV and Cover Letter
12/31/17 $1,000 2017 Pre-Veterinary and General Animal Husbandry Education Scholarship Golden Meadows Kennell 1000 word essay on topic (see website)
12/31/17 $1,000 The Andrew D. Stine Drug Abuse Awareness 2017 Scholarship Andrew D. Stine 500 word essay 
12/31/17 $1,000 The POET Media Digital Marketing Scholarship Program POET Media 2500-3500 word essay on interfaces and search engines
12/31/17 $500 Dr. Nakul Karkare Scholarship Nakul Karkare 500-1000 word essay on improving hip and knee replacement patient satisfaction
12/31/17 $1,000 InformedMag Security Scholarship InformedMag 700 word essay on an experience with home or campus security
12/31/17 $1,000 Smart Furniture for Smart Home- Creative Essay Writing Annual Scholarship Program Smart Furniture for Smart Home (SFSH) 500 word essay describing the smart home feature you wish to have
12/31/17 $1,000 The 2017 Soccer and Rugby Youth Sports Program Scholarship Soccer and Rugby Imports Essay about participation in a youth sports program.
12/31/17 $2,000 2017 Future of Assisted Living Scholarship Essay on how your major can improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in your town and short biography.
12/31/17 $1,000 Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship Comedy Defensive Driving Design an advertisement that educates the public about the dangers of distracted driving. See website for further info.
12/31/17 $1,000 Iflexion Scholarship Iflexion Scholarship Essay on the following topic: “How Mobile Technology will change Retail in 5 years”.
12/31/17 $1,000 Pet Vacuum Lab Scholarship 500-700 word essay on "What do you see as the greatest threat to the environment today?"
12/31/17 $1,000 Annual Go Green Scholarship Seek Home Comfort 500 word essay
12/31/17 $2,000's 2017 Veteran Benefits Scholarship 500-750 word essay
12/31/17 $1,000 Smoothie Web Healthy Eating Scholarship Program 500  word or more essay on "How Green Smoothies Can Promote Healthy Eating Habits"
1/1/18 $1,000  Price4Limo Transportation Innovation Scholarship Price4Limo 600-1200 word essay on transportation innovation
1/15/18 $1,500 Cool Dehumidifier Scholarship 1,500 word essay on "Practices which improve daily life for people who suffer asthma"
1/31/18 $500 Environmental Stewardship Scholarship 500-1500 word essay about access to public lands for recreational use and any personal experiences you've had outdoors
2/10/18 $1,000 Scholarship 700-1,000 word article on shaving
2/10/18 $1,000 Hy-Vee Scholarship Hy-Vee See website for application and guidelines for eligibility.
2/28/18 $1,250 Parentinn – Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship 600-1000 word essay on cyberbullying
3/30/18 $500 OutdoorStack's Annual Financial Aid Program OutdoorStack Application on website
4/1/18 $1,000 College Success Scholarship by Essay responding to two short prompts
4/30/18 $1,000 A Voice For Cats Scholarship All About Cats Essay on ay topic relating to the All About Cats community interests
5/31/18 $1,000 Art and Design Scholarship Submit a piece of art that you them proud
5/31/18 $1,000 The SFSH Creative Writing Annual Scholarship Smart Home 500 word essay on a smart home feature you wish to have
6/1/18 $2,500 Analyzed Media Scholarship Analyzed Media Power Point Presentation on the "Importance of Digital Marketing in the Travel Industry
6/1/18 $1,000 Central Infusion Alliance Scholarship 2018 Central Infusion Alliance A story of how a healthcare worker has made a difference in your life or the life of someone near & dear to your heart
6/30/18 $1,000 Simply Pets Scholarship Simply Pets Biology major, essay, 2 letters of recommendation
7/31/18 $500 Bankruptcy Law Center Scholarship Bankruptcy Law Center Scholarship Essay on bankruptcy and student loans
Multiple Scholarship Dates $1,000 FormSwift Scholarship Program FormSwift Create a business plan infographic
Semiannually, July 31 & January 31 $2,500 Redfin Scholarship Redfin Essay of <800 words on housing policy (see website)
Ongoing Up to Full Cost Health Professions Scholarship Program U.S. Army U.S. Citizen; Bachelor's Degree
Ongoing Up to Full Cost Health Professions Scholarship Program U.S. Navy U.S. Citizen; Bachelor's Degree
Ongoing Up to Full Cost Health Professions Scholarship Program U.S. Air Force U.S. Citizen; Bachelor's Degree
Ongoing $500 Innovation in Education Scholarship LA Tutors Designed innovative project; essay; 3.0 GPA
Ongoing $1,000 James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Surviving Mesothelioma 700-1500 word essay
Ongoing $2,000 SmileTutor Quarterly College Student Scholarship SmileTutor 750-1000 word essay
Ongoing Avg. amt is $2,500 Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship U.S. Dept. of State See website for criteria