Below you will find a small selection of scholarships available to women.  Although many of these scholarship deadlines may have passed, you are welcome to use this list as a reference guide for finding other opportunities for scholarship and consider applying during their next cycle.  For additional scholarship information, please visit the UC Berkeley Scholarship Connection.

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is also a valuable resource when looking for ways to help cover the costs of attending UC Berkeley.

American Association of University Women

AAUW is a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in everything we do — through advocacy, education, and research, we advance equity for women and girls.

  • Deadline: Check Webiste
  • Awards: Check Webiste

American Association of Japanese University Women

The American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW) was founded to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to U.S. - Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. Every year, since the founding of the organization, scholarships have been awarded to outstanding female students.

  • Deadline: Once a Year
  • Awards: $1,500

American Association of University Women Scholarships, Danville-Alamo Branch

The Danville-Alamo branch of the American Association of University Women awards scholarships ($500-1,000) to college women on the basis of scholarship, achievement, educational goals, financial need, and campus or community involvement. Applicants must be permanent residents of or graduated from a high school in the San Ramon Valley area.

  • Deadline: TBA (see website)
  • Awards: $500-1000

American Business Women's Association, Dumbarton Bridge Chapter

American Business Woman's Association is a national organization dedicated to promoting education and assisting women in developing business acumen. Contact at

  • Deadline: TBA
  • Awards: $2000

American Meteorological Society (AMS) Undergraduate Scholarships

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) offers eleven different scholarships to full-time students majoring in atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic science. Applicants must show clear intent to make the atmospheric or related sciences their career. AMS encourages applications from women, minorities, and disabled students who are traditionally underrepresented in the atmospheric and related oceanic sciences.

  • Deadline: 02/08/2009
  • Awards: $5,000

AT&T Labs Fellowship Program

The AT&T Labs Fellowship programs provides educational expenses, including tuition, fees, and books, a stipend for living expenses, support for scientific conferences, an AT&T staff mentor, and in some cases, summer employment at the AT&T labs.

  • Deadline: 1/31/2010
  • Awards: Stipend & Tuition Assistance

Biology Fellows Program Spring Semester Research Grants

The purpose of these grants is to provide research opportunities for undergraduates in the biological sciences during the academic year, especially for students whose financial need would make such work difficult on an unpaid basis. The emphasis of this program has been to increase the number of students from underrepresented ethnic groups and women doing research. However, all qualified undergraduates are encouraged to apply and have an equal chance for awards based on ability and drive.  Offered to UCB students only.

  • Deadline: TBA
  • Awards: $1800

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarships

The purpose of the Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Fund is to assist Latina students in completing their undergraduate and graduate college education. All candidates must have demonstrated leadership and civic/community involvement.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $1500

Desk and Derrick Educational Trust

The Associations of Desk and Derrick Clubs created the Educational Trust to award scholarships to undergraduates with financial need pursuing college degrees in subjects related to the petroleum and allied industries. Also eligible are those students seeking degrees in Research and Development of alternative resources such as coals, solar, wind, hydroelectric, nuclear, etc. Five of the proposed scholarships are awarded to female students; other unrestricted scholarships are also awarded. Application materials must be submitted to Scholarship Connection for verification by the deadline date.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $1500

Free Scholarship Searches

A website focused on the search of scholarships.

  • Deadline: N/A
  • Awards: Depends

Anita Borg Scholarship

The Google Anita Borg Scholarship is designed to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated leadership.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $10,000

Rankin Foundation Scholarship

Named for the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, the Jeanette Rankin Foundation awards grants to women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $2000

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund Grants

These grants, administered by the World Bank, support the education of women from developing countries during their studies in the United States. Applicants must have a record of service to women and/or children in their country, attend an accredited U.S. educational institution, and plan to return to a developing country within two years. Students must mail or fax in request form in order to receive an application packet. The form can be downloaded off of the World Bank website listed below.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $2800

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to motivate and prepare low-income, first generation college and underrepresented students from all disciplines for doctoral study. Scholars are selected for their intellectual curiosity and vigor, their interest in earning doctoral degrees, and their ability to pursue rigorous and substantive research. Scholars participate in academic year and summer activities. Applications will be available in early Fall 2006. Offered to UCB students only.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $2800

Mildred Jordan Sharp Alumni Scholarship

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $500-1500

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: Full tuition, required fees, 3-year stipend

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships

NSF Fellowships support up to three years of graduate study in the mathematical, physical, biological, or social sciences; engineering; science education; and history/philosophy of science. Some (but not all) awards are reserved for minority students and women.

  • Deadline: Varies according to discipline
  • Awards: $15,000 for up to 3yrs

National Women's/Gender Studies Scholarship

NWSA will award $1,000 to a student who, in the fall of the year of the award, will be engaged in the research or writing stages of a Master's Thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies.  NWSA also offers a Women of Color Scholarship as well as NWSA Conference Registration Scholarships.

  • Deadline: 01/01/2010
  • Awards: $1000

Goldman Family Fund Scholarships

The Marin Education Fund Goldman Family Fund Scholarships assist students with high academic achievement and financial need who are majoring in either the social sciences, human services, health-related fields, or public service. Applicants need not be residents of Marin County to apply. Students who come from financially and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, including women, immigrants, and students of color, are especially encouraged to apply. Previous recipients of the Scholarships are encouraged to apply to assist in graduate school funding. Additionally, the foundation will pay for graduate school application fees and entrance examinations (i.e. GRE, MCAT, LSAT etc.)

  • Deadline: Check website
  • Awards: $7000

Prytnean Scholarship

The Prytanean Society was founded at Berkeley in 1901 to recognize women students who demonstrate faith, service, and loyalty to the University of California. The Prytanean Prize is awarded to a junior woman in recognition of campus and community service as well as academic excellence.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $500

Sara's Wish Foundation

Sara's Wish Foundation Scholarships are awarded to extraordinary young women committed to making the world a better place by fully participating in it. We are proud to have offered financial assistance to more than 20 young women who exhibit qualities of leadership, service, and adventure.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $1000-2000

Scholarship for Women Studying Finance at San Francisco Bay Area Schools

The purpose of the Financial Leadership Scholarships is to encourage leadership and provide opportunities for Bay Area women in the field of finance. The Financial Women's Association makes annual awards in the spring to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a career in Finance at an accredited college or university located within one of the nine bay area counties. Scholarship selection criteria is based on leadership skills through academic achievement and honors, work experience, extracurricular activities, communication skills, and financial need.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: Grad Students $10,000 / Undergrad Students $5000

Society of Women Engineers: Santa Clara Valley Section Scholarship

The Santa Clara Valley Section (SCVS) provides scholarships to qualified women high school graduates, college undergraduates, graduates, and re-entry students. Scholarships will be awarded primarily on the basis of scholastic achievement.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: Varies

Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Scholarship

The Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP) is a need-based education assistance program designed to provide spouses of active duty and retired Army Soldiers, and widows(ers) of Army Soldiers who died either on active duty or in a retired status, and residing in the United States, with financial assistance in pursuing educational goals. The purpose of the program is to assist spouses/widows(ers) in gaining the education required to allow them to qualify for increased occupational opportunities. Individuals who receive free tuition as a result of their employment will not receive tuition assistance from AER. However, they may apply for assistance for fees, supplies or books (no duplicates) for classes in which they are enrolled.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $2700

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation invites talented and highly-motivated graduating seniors and recent graduates to apply for this program. Applicants must plan to enroll in a two-year, full-time master's degree program in the 2004-2005 academic year and should have a strong interest in becoming Foreign Services Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Fellows will serve a minimum of three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. Fellows receive full tuition and a living stipend for the first and second year of graduate study. They will also receive stipends for one domestic and one overseas internship within the Department of State. Women, underrepresented minorities, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: Full tuition, fees, and living stipend

Women's Opportunity Awards

The Women's Opportunity Awards program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: Check Website

Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships

Fellowships for women to pursue graduate study in aerospace-related science and engineering.

  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Awards: $6000