CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Value Colleges (, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate education, is pleased to share their online guide for prospective college students, “Apply Now: Top 50 College Scholarships for 2017-2018 School Year” at

The cost of a college education has been going up for quite a while, but in the 21st century the average college tuition, even at public universities, has grown much faster than the rate of inflation. This has caused headaches and anxieties for many students and prevented some prospective students from taking the plunge into a higher degree that could help improve their career opportunities and earnings in the long run.

For students looking for help paying for college from any and every source, Value Colleges has put together the Top 50 College Scholarships to guide students to some overlooked, unusual, or exceptionally helpful scholarship programs and awards that have the potential to secure financial assistance in time for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Top 50 College Scholarships guide is not a ranking, but a listing of scholarship programs Value Colleges believes will be of interest to its readers, especially working adult, minority, and low-income students.

The full list, in alphabetical order, reads as follows:

  1. American Culinary Federation Education Foundation/American Academy of Chefs
  2. American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest
  3. American Legion - National High School Oratorical Contest
  4. American Sleep Medicine Foundation High School Video Contest
  5. Arborjet Taking Root Scholarship
  6. Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests
  7. Becas Univision Scholarship Program
  8. BHW Group Women in STEM Scholarship
  9. Bill of Rights Institute “We the Students” Essay Contest
  10. Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
  11. Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship
  12. Davidson Fellows Scholarship
  13. Daughters of the American Revolution - Richard and Elizabeth Dean Scholarship
  14. Digital Responsibility E-Waste Scholarship
  15. Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award
  16. The Dream US National Scholarship
  17. Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
  18. Engebretson Scholarship Foundation
  19. Fleet Reserve Association Education Foundation Scholarships
  20. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Scholarships
  21. The Gallery Collection Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship
  22. Henry David Thoreau Foundation Scholarship
  23. Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  24. Hollister Co. Anti-Bullying Scholarship
  25. ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund
  26. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
  27. Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships
  28. LendingTree Scholarship
  29. Microsoft Corporation Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarships
  30. Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund
  31. National Coalition Against Censorship - Youth Free Expression Film Contest
  32. National Geographic Bee Scholarship
  33. New York Women in Communications Scholarship Program
  34. Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship
  35. Optimist International
  36. Penguin Random House - Annual Signet Classics Scholarship Essay Contest
  37. PFLAG Chapters Scholarship Programs
  38. Phi Theta Kappa-International Scholar Laureate Program Scholarship
  39. The Point Foundation Scholarships
  40. Queer Foundation High School Seniors English Essay Contest
  41. Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship
  42. Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
  43. State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship
  44. UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Fund
  45. UNCF/Anthem Corporate Scholars Program
  46. UNCF General Scholarship Program
  47. UNCF STEM Scholars Program
  48. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
  49. Walmart Associate and Dependent Scholarships
  50. Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

The unprecedented rise in tuition rates in the last two decades, according to lead editor Carrie Sealey-Morris, “affects some segments of students more than others. First-generation college students, non-traditional students (that is, older, working adults), minority, and low-income students face the biggest challenges when it comes to paying for college.” Sealey-Morris goes on to explain, “This difficulty only serves to increase the education gap between the middle class and the rest of Americans.”

There are, however, a multitude of scholarship programs and contests which are little known to many because they are either too hidden, obscure, or specialized for the majority. But a great number of options are available, many of which target a specific demographic. “The best of all,” says Sealey-Morris, “are the little known scholarships, because they give applicants a higher chance of winning.”


Value Colleges has a mission to help future students-whether they are working professionals, new graduates, minority and first-generation students, or others - to find residential and online degree programs that will help them make their goals a reality. Value Colleges is independent and unbiased, ranking degree programs, providing guides for the complex financial and professional questions of college students, and offering honest facts about the potential and pitfalls of a college education.

Media Contact:
Carrie Sealey-Morris, editor
Value Colleges


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