February Deadlines

Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund

Applications are available January – March each year.

Awards: More than 400 students from across 27 regions will win scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500. From this pool of 400, the top students in each region have the chance to win two additional awards:

  • Six students will win an additional $5,000 through the FEEA-NTEU Scholarship. Read more
  • Additional money is awarded through the Cooke Memorial Scholarship. Read more

Who is Eligible?

  • Current civilian federal and postal employees with at least three years of federal service, their children and spouses
  • Dependent applicants may first apply as high school seniors
  • Dependents must be full-time students; employees may be part-time
  • Enrolled (or plan to enroll) in an accredited post-secondary school
  • Course of study that leads to a two-year, four-year or graduate degree
  • 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale

Have questions about your eligibility? Read scholarship FAQs here>.

What’s Required?

  • Complete high school or college transcripts
  • One written recommendation/letter of reference
  • A short essay (topic changes annually)
  • A list of community service, extracurricular activities and awards
  • A copy of the employee sponsor’s most recent SF-50

Specific instructions and any additional requirements are listed on each year’s application.

Partner Programs: Students whose parents are members of selected federal management associations, unions, and agencies may be eligible for additional awards. FEEA accepts applications from more than a dozen partner organizations as if they were our own. You only have to fill out one application. Find out if you are eligible here>


Taylor Michaels Scholarship


The Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program, founded in 1998, is aptly named after Taylor Michaels, the inspiring Chief Operating Officer for Magic Johnson Enterprises who passed away during that year.  Throughout her life, Taylor displayed an intense passion and commitment to youth development. For 14 years, MJF has carried her passion forward via our program.

Each year we select approximately 30 Scholars who demonstrate a strong potential for academic achievement, but face socioeconomic challenges hindering their full expression. MJF commits to holistically supporting each TMSP Scholar throughout their entire undergraduate career.


  • $2,000-5,000 annual tuition assistance-renewable up to 5 years•
  • An annual Life Skills Leadership Conference•
  • Comprehensive Career Development Rubric curriculum•
  • Laptop computers Freshman Year•
  • 1:1 career, academic, and life skills counseling throughout the year•
  • Access to internships and mentors


Held each summer in Los Angeles, our annual Leadership Conference provides the tools and resources to support the Career and Character Development of our undergraduate Scholars. Leadership development is integral  to the mission of MJF. The Foundation views leadership as a tool for creating progressive and proactive change within underserved minority communities.


  • Applicants must be a graduating high school senior.
  • Applicants must have and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (C+) on a 4.0 system.
  • Applicants must reside in the Metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Lansing, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, New York or Los Angeles County.
  • Applicants must be attending a four-year college/university in the fall.
  • Applications will be judged on the following criteria: compelling essay, academic achievement, evidence of leadership, community service and letters of recommendation


  • Essays must specificallyaddress each question below.]
  • ESSAY #1- PERSONAL STATEMENT. Please tell us about yourself. What is your definition of leadership? Describe your personal achievements and accomplishments. Explain any obstacles you have overcome in your life and how they have made an impact.
  • ESSAY #2- COLLEGE PLAN. Why do you wish to attend college? What field of study do you intend to pursue? How do you plan to distinguish yourself as a leader in the future?

Deadline: February

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships

Undergraduate (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors ONLY!) applicants meeting the following criteria and completing the application will be considered for The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) scholarship in the amount of $5,000:


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native American/American Indian
  • Must be a full-time student at a four-year, accredited institution, carrying a total of 12 units or more per semester/quarter
  • *Must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA (if you do not meet this requirement, please see the application checklist below)
  • MUST major in a field of study that has an emphasis on public relations, marketing or advertising or must minor in communications with desire to pursue a career in public relations, marketing or advertising
  • Must have at least one year to complete his/her degree from the time the scholarships are awarded
  • Recipients who attend a college/university east of Chicago MUST be available Saturday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 21. Recipients who attend a college/university west of Chicago MUST be available Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, May 31. If chosen, the applicant MUST attend TLF’s career development workshop AND awards reception to receive the scholarship. The applicant must make a one-year commitment to maintain contact with TLF to receive professional guidance and academic support


ChairScholars Foundation Scholarship

Available to students in every state in the continental U.S., the ChairScholars National Scholarship Program provides eligible high school seniors and college undergrads up to $20,000 for tuition to attend the college or university of their choice.

National ChairScholar recipients have been accepted at some of the nation’s most respected colleges and universities including Penn State University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin, Yale University, New York University, University of Florida and Tulane among others. Our scholarship recipients are bright and ambitious students, who have overcome the challenge of their disability by focusing on the goal to excel academically, and become instrumental members of their communities. They are the next generation of leaders.

To date, the ChairScholars Foundation has awarded 304 National Scholarships throughout the United States.

To qualify for a National Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. The student must have a serious physical challenge and may or may not use a wheelchair for mobility. The physical challenge must be significant and affect activities of daily living. No minor disability will be considered.
  2. Must have verifiable unmet financial need.
  3. Must have at least a B average.
  4. Must be a high school senior or college undergrad. We do not fund graduate studies.
  5. The applicant must show some form of significant community service or social contribution in the past.


Fifteen to twenty new students are taken yearly and are given $1,000-5,000 per year for each college year to a maximum of $20,000 total.

You must include:

  • A good quality recent photograph, full body shot as opposed to head shot.
  • A 300 500 word essay outlining :
    • How you became physically challenged.
    • How your situation has affected you and your family.
    • Your goals and aspirations for the future.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Include your Parent’s or Guardian’s Federal income tax return from last year. If you are on SSI or some other form of aid you must inform us. If your parents are divorced, please send both tax returns.
  • Send your High School transcripts, including your SAT and ACT scores and any honors or achievements you have earned.
  • Physician’s documentation of your disability.
  • If you have obtained any other scholarships already you MUST inform us of that fact.

National Institutes of Health Scholarships

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers:

  • Scholarship support
  • Paid research training at the NIH during the summer
  • Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation


The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.


For each full or partial scholarship year, you are committed to two NIH service obligations. The obligations are actually benefits of the UGSP, providing you with invaluable research training and experience at the NIH.

  1. 10-week Summer Laboratory Experience. After each year of scholarship support, you will train for 10 weeks as a paid summer research employee in an NIH research laboratory. This employment occurs after the receipt of the scholarship award. Each scholar will be assigned to an NIH researcher and an NIH postdoctoral fellow, who will serve as mentors. You will also attend formal seminars and participate in a variety of programs.
  2. Employment at the NIH after Graduation. After graduation, you will continue your training as a full-time employee in an NIH research laboratory. You must serve 1 year of full-time employment for each year of scholarship.


You must meet all of these requirements in order to be eligible for admission into the UGSP.

  • U.S.A. citizen or U.S.A. permanent resident
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States of America
  • Undergraduate University Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or within the top 5 percent of your class
  • Having ‘Exceptional Financial Need’ as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships. This is the foundation’s first educational program. The CBC Spouses Education scholarship is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. The Educational Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 and has experienced substantial growth. Recipients for this program are selected through volunteers in the district offices of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). CBC Members work through local scholarship committees to award money to academically talented and highly motivated students.
Deadline: April

CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship

This scholarship program focusing on health was established in 1998 as the CBC partnered with the naming sponsor, General Mills, to increase the number of minority students pursuing degrees in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition and other health-related professions. Since the inception of the program, General Mills has invested more than $1,000,000 to underwrite this initiative. The General Mills Health Scholarship has served hundreds of students over the years, and has helped to create leaders in the medical and health related fields.
Deadline: February

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship

Established in the year 2000, the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts scholarship program was developed in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure that students pursuing a career in the performing arts receive the financial assistance to achieve their goals.
Deadline: May

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006 for students who are pursuing a career in the visual arts.
Deadline: May

CBCF Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program

The Louis Stokes Health Scholars program, sponsored by the United Health Foundation, seeks to increase the number of qualified, yet underrepresented, college students entering the health workforce. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest to work in underserved communities. Students currently attending two-year institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Deadline: May

CBCF Environmental Studies Scholarship

The Environmental Studies Scholarship seeks to provide financial awards to minority and women college students pursuing a degree in environmental science or other related fields of study. Applicants should have a junior class standing in college with a declared major in environmental science or a related field, and understanding and acceptance of ServiceMaster’s core values. This scholarship offers $5,000 per semester to two students.
Deadline: July 

Louis Stokes CBCF Scholarship at Case Western University

Every year, Case Western Reserve University awards the Louis Stokes CBCF Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University to two outstanding nominees who are nominated by CBC members. Intended to help economically and educationally disadvantaged students attain an education at Case Western Reserve University, the scholarship offers a full-tuition award, renewable for up to five years; a grant of up to $2,500 to cover the purchase of a computer and books; and assistance securing a paid summer internship. This program is open to all first-year students and transfer students from community colleges. In addition to completing an application for admission into Case Western, applicants must complete an additional 250-500 word essay. For additional information, visit the Case Western Reserve Scholarship page

**Immediate relatives (defined as: one’s parents, step-parents, siblings, spouse, children, step-children, foster children, in-laws, sibling in-laws, grandparents, great grandparents, step-great grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews) are not eligible for CBCF scholarship programs**


Students may research scholarships by ethnicity, level of schooling (i.e., high school or college), major, and state. Students with the time and patience to research the various types of scholarships available will undoubtedly discover hundreds of scholarship opportunities and potentially tens of thousands of dollars in scholarhips.


Henry Arthur Callis Scholarship

Henry Arthur Callis became a practicing physician, Howard University Professor of Medicine and prolific contributor to medical journals. Often regarded as the “philosopher of the founders,” and a moving force in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s development, he was the only one of the “Cornell Seven” to become General President. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., he was a medical consultant to the Veterans Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama. Upon his death in 1974, at age 87, the Fraternity entered a time without any living Jewels. His papers were donated to Howard’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must submit the following by February 28:

  • A completed APPLICATION Click Here
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member
  • A personal essay which describes your involvement in extracurricular and community activities since 9th grade; in addition, include your academic and career goals.
  • A copy of your SAT or ACT scores
  • An up-to-date transcript and copy of your most recent report card
  • Completed FAFSA, copy of your Student Aid Report, and/or an Income Statement

Deadline: February 28th of Senior Year

Click here to learn more…


NASA Opportunity for Female High School Juniors

Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job!  Your adventure begins in 2012 with an online community and culminates with a summer experience at NASA Johnson Space Center in Summer 2012. Collaborate with girls from across the country and female NASA engineers and interns.

Applicants need to:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be a female high school junior
  • Be interested and excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Be committed to a one-year relationship with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and
  • Have access to the Internet and e-mail (at home, school, or public library)

For specific project information, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org

Deadline to apply: February 22, 2012

University of Pennsylvania Summer Research Opportunity

This program is only open to students outside the University of Pennsylvania. Penn students looking for summer research opportunities are urged to look at: http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/.

The Undergraduate Research at The Nano-Bio Interface program at Penn’s NBIC is an REU that combines a rich research experience in nanobiotechnology with structured professional development focused on cross-cultural issues.  The focus of the research is molecular interactions at the interface of physical and biological systems organized around themes of molecular motion, opto-electronic function of biomolecules, and single molecule probes.  Faculties from two universities collaborate to provide a rich research experience for undergraduate students.  Our strategy is to constitute a student body that is 50% Hispanic and 50% non Hispanic so that role-playing, communications, ethics, etc can be developed around a specific cultural example.

Interested in Applying:

The 10-week REU provides nanoscale research opportunities across a wide range of disciplines from materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, bioengineering, physiology, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering.

(application deadline February 27, 2012)

Please contact Jim McGonigle, NBIC Program Coordinator for questions regarding these programs at 215-898-5151 orjmcgon@seas.upenn.edu.

Read about the Nano/Bio Interface Center’s REU program in this article from the alumni magazine, Penn Engineering. Information about similar Penn REU program and contact information are included. document to download:PennEngNew_F07_REU.pdf