Top 25 Scholarships for Online Students

Going to school, even an online school, can be a very expensive venture. Grants and loans help with costs, but scholarships are the best way to pay for school because they do not have to be paid back or owed to anyone. There are many online college scholarships, but we have narrowed down 25 of the best scholarship options for online students.

1. Distance Learning Scholarship
This scholarship is provided to distance learning students to help them be able to have a more affordable education. This scholarship is awarded twice a year, in April and October. It is awarded based on merit as well as financial needs. This scholarship can be used at any accredited online learning college and does not have to be from a specific list of online learning colleges. Requirements for this scholarship include a 500-word essay, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and applicants must be United States citizens currently enrolled in an accredited online college.

2. The SR Education Group Scholarships
There are four different types of scholarships available from this organizations including a specific scholarship for students that are attending online learning colleges. These scholarships are given out based on merit, but minorities are generally given preference. These scholarships have different requirements depending on the year and time the scholarship is applied for, but most require a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an essay of at least 500 words. This scholarship is only available to United States citizens and can only be used at an accredited online learning college.

3. Scholars for Development International Distance Learning Scholarship
Many of the scholarships on this list are for US citizens only. This scholarship opportunity is available for international citizens as well as United States citizens. It focuses on improving the world as a whole by providing scholarship opportunities for individuals that would thrive in a college environment and may not have an opportunity to attend without a scholarship. There are specific requirements for the scholarship depending on what country the student is applying for, but the scholarship is awarded on both merit and financial need basis. It provides up to $1,000 for an online college education.

4. Western Illinois Distance Learning Scholarship
There are many opportunities for students attending the Western Illinois University distance learning program; this one is specifically for students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies program. There are alumni scholarship funds as well as personal funds to help students with up to $500 per semester in scholarship help. These scholarships are given out on a merit and financial need basis and are determined by the entities that represent the scholarship type. There are certain requirements including a minimum GPA of 3.0 and both scholarships require essays of varying lengths on several topics.

5. Christian Distance Learning Scholarship
This scholarship is unique in that it pertains only to distance learning students as well as Christian-based schools and students looking to participate in a Christian-based learning experience. Unlike many scholarships, this one is not need or merit based. It is simply earned by filling out a form on the Christian distance learning website and being automatically entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 scholarship towards an accredited Christian distance learning education. No essays, minimum grade point averages or financial need identifying information required.

6. AFCEA Education Foundation
The AFCEA Distance Learning Scholarship is awarded to second year students that are pursuing a Bachelor or Master of science degree. The scholarship awards $2,000 for distance learning financial assistance at any accredited online college. There are several requirements that need to be met including a minimum grade point average, a minimum number of credits signifying that the student is at least a second year student, US citizenship and recommendation letters from at least two different professors. This scholarship is a strictly merit based scholarship that allows students to exhibit their academic potential in the field of science and earn a scholarship for doing so.

7. Penn State World Campus Scholarship
World Campus, Penn State’s online distance learning program offers various scholarships for students wishing to pursue a Penn State degree through online learning. These scholarships are awarded on both merit and financial need, and they are generally available to all students that are pursuing a Penn State World Campus degree regardless of degree type. These students must meet certain qualifications for scholarship opportunities including US citizenship, minimum grade point averages and specific paperwork sent into the various scholarship foundations to determine eligibility for the scholarship. They vary in amounts from $500 to $3,000.

8. Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships
Commonwealth distance learning scholarships allow online college students the opportunity to study for a United Kingdom Master’s degree while remaining in their home country. These scholarships are given out on a strictly merit basis and have much different requirements than many United States based scholarship opportunities. The application process is more like a college application process and may require some documentation that is not generally used when applying for a United States scholarship. These are available to any student throughout the world wishing to pursue a Master’s degree through a United Kingdom online learning program.

9. Distance Ed Scholarships
The University of Alaska in Fairbanks provides many different scholarship opportunities for students wishing to pursue a degree from the university. They offer, among other scholarships, an distance education scholarship. This scholarship is awarded twice a year, in April and October. It is based on merit and need. It is preferential to students that show above average qualities and a promising outlook on their distance learning education. This scholarship requires applicants be a United States citizen, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, write a minimum 500-word essay and submit various financial information.

10. SHRM Scholarship
Current members of SHRM can apply for their distance learning scholarship to help cover the cost of pursuing a degree or certification in various business fields. This scholarship is available only to active members of SHRM and has certain requirements including ability to excel in an education environment. It is a need and merit based scholarship that provides $750 towards an online or distance learning education in a specific field. It is available only to United States citizens that are, and have been, members of SHRM. It is important to note that individuals with extensive work and volunteer experience will receive preference over those who have no experience.

11. Education Portal Distance Learning Scholarship
Education Portal offers a scholarship program for students that is based on merit only. Students applying for the scholarship must meet certain criteria including a minimum grade point average, a minimum graduation date and they must consent to a digital photo being submitted to accompany an excerpt from the essay that is to be written in conjunction with the application. The scholarship is for students pursuing a distance learning degree in any field of study and will help with $500 towards the online education.

12. Texas Tech Distance Learning
Texas Tech has set aside certain funds for its distance learning program and accompanying scholarships. These scholarships are both need and merit based to allow distance learning students of Texas Tech an opportunity at scholarships. They are available for nearly every online program of study. Distance learning scholarships greatly vary in their requirements for the scholarship. Most scholarships for Texas Tech require that students be United States citizens, maintain an average grade point average and exhibit features that are consistent with what Texas Tech considers consistent with its values, as well as community service and work experience hours.

13. GIA Scholarships
GIA provides many different scholarships for distance learning students to pursue various classes consistent with GIA’s focus in the world. Students must be United States citizens, must be enrolled in a distance learning program and must maintain a steady GPA of 3.0 to remain eligible for the scholarship. These scholarships range anywhere from $500 to $3000 and are awarded on need, merit and combination basis. These scholarships are available to apply to from March to April and June to October. Earlier applications will receive priority over applications that are submitted at a later date.

14. Kingston University Distance Learning Scholarships
Kingston University in London wants to give students from around the world an opportunity at a Kingston education. They do this by providing scholarships for online learning students and allow students from around the world to participate in degree programs while still remaining in their home country. These scholarships are given out of the United Kingdom and have specific requirements depending on the degree type. They require application and minimum work and volunteer experience. The scholarships are based on both merit and financial need to determine whether a student will be an eligible fit for a Kingston scholarship.

15. The Thomas L. and Jane D. Russell Distance Learning Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded to students of the State University of New York Potsdam distance learning campus. It is provided to students on a merit and financial need basis and can be awarded more than once. Students must have completed at least one course through distance learning, and must be enrolled in another distance learning course. Although all State University of New York students are considered for the scholarship, Crane School of Music majors are given preference. This is a private scholarship offered by its namesake.

16. Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Members of the Greek Phi Theta Kappa can qualify for a $1,000 scholarship for online or distance learning programs. These scholarships are not specific to anyone school, only specific to members. The scholarship is one that can be renewed for 3 years and requires only a minimum GPA of 2.0. It is available based on merit and financial need and higher preference is given to applicants that have demonstrated proficient academic achievements or have excelled philanthropically. This scholarship is awarded by a private entity and has nearly no limitations who it is awarded to within the organization.

17. Dawn Drake Excellence in Education Scholarship
The University of Wisconsin Platteville offers a distance learning scholarship specific to online students pursuing an educational degree. It is offered by a private entity and can be awarded to nearly any online student participating in the specific degree program. The scholarship is based solely on financial need with a preference going to minorities and individuals that exhibit higher than average academic success. It is also preferential to students that succeeded in many different areas in high school including sports, philanthropy and extracurricular activities.

18. Tulane University Distance Learning Scholarship
The Tulane University provides scholarship opportunities for students pursuing public health degrees in occupational and environmental health. These scholarships are not given out from the actual university, but are awarded from various organizations that work together with the university to provide online students the opportunity to succeed in one of these fields. These organizations also offer post-university opportunities for students that participated in the scholarship programs. These scholarships are both need and merit based; they are given to students that exhibit exceptional environmental and occupational health knowledge and to students that have a willingness to help the community.

19. Southern Illinois Distance Extended Campus Distance Learning Scholarship
The Southern Illinois University offers scholarships for its distance learning extended campus program. The scholarship is a financial need only based scholarship and is designed to help students reach their career goals. The scholarship requires a minimum GPA and a two paragraph essay on why the scholarship will help the student achieve their specific academic and career goals. There are two scholarships offered at each distance learning campus and are provided for students in any degree program. The scholarship awards $250 to the students that it chooses for the financial need scholarship program.

20. Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning Scholarship
The Christian based Moody Bible Institute offers a variety of scholarships for its distance learning students. These scholarships vary greatly, but are designed to help students succeed at nearly any degree path they have chosen to pursue through online courses. Moody Bible Institute has specific requirements including that students must be United States citizens, they must maintain a grade point average and they must uphold the standards that are set into place by the Christian based institute, whether on or off campus. The scholarships are awarded in amounts from $500 up to a full scholarship for the entire degree program.

21. UNICAF MBA Scholarships
The UNICAF scholarship provides opportunities for underprivileged African students. It is a a financial need based scholarship, but students must demonstrate their merit in order to earn the scholarship. Certain requirements, including GPA maintenance and philanthropic endeavors must be upheld in order for the scholarship to remain active. This scholarship is a large scale one and will help with between $8,000 and $10,000 of the education. This large amount will help students by only having them pay around $2,000 for their entire college education.

22. The University of Alabama Continuing Studies Distance Learning Scholarships
The University wants its Bama by Distance students to succeed with their distance learning needs. It offers over 20 different scholarships for students participating in online studies that are all in partnership with private entities. These scholarships are designed to help nearly anyone be able to afford an education at The University of Alabama through distance learning. The requirements generally include United States citizenship, GPA maintenance and some sort of philanthropic work. The scholarships are given out on both merit and financial need basis; awardees of the scholarships will be determined by the private scholarship foundations.

23. Bemidji State Distance Learning Scholarships
Bemidji State in Minnesota offers scholarship opportunities for online and distance learning students. These scholarships are given out on both need and merit basis. The scholarships are specific to online learning students. These students will not be in competition with physical campus students. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $2000. There are certain requirements which must be met including an essay about why the scholarship will be helpful, a minimum grade point average and maintenance of good standing with the college campus.

24. Haywood Community College Scholarships
There are many community colleges that do not offer in house scholarship opportunities for their distance learning students; Haywood Community College does. These scholarships are awarded on a financial need basis for students participating in online courses through the community college. They are funded by private entities and businesses but are awarded by the college. Scholarships range from $250 to complete education payment for the specific online degree the student is enrolled in.

25. Open University of Mauritius Distance Learning Scholarships
The Open University provides scholarships to both merit and financial need based students. These scholarships are dependent upon various things including citizenship, grade point averages and willingness to participate in distance learning. The scholarships are awarded to exceptional individuals. Priority is given to minorities and students that are within the poverty income brackets to ensure equal opportunity.