Scholarship Grants are offered to individuals to pay for educational opportunities. Any individual can apply for scholarship grants if they meet the eligibility requirements. The best way to learn about which foundations give scholarship grants is to go to your local library and conduct research. Local libraries have many foundation directories and resources available to use at no charge. Many libraries have access to the Foundation Directory Online so that you can do a search on Scholarship Grants. The Foundation Directory Online allows you to search for Grants or for Foundations. It is a good idea to use both search engines. There are at least 1,039 foundations in the United States that give scholarship grants to individuals and over 2,000 foundations that give to scholarship funds. According to the Foundation Directory Online, the top seven foundations that give the most in scholarship grants to individuals are:
- The Starr Foundation – $188,856,235
- Walton Family Foundation, Inc. – $106,902,909
- Wal-Mart Foundation – $100,998,323
- Open Society Institute- $80,033,357
- Greater Kansas City Community Foundation – $73,434,915
- The San Francisco Foundation – $65,295,022
- Verizon Foundation – $61,294,961
Other big scholarship grantors to individuals include the Marin Community Foundation, MBNA Foundation, Peninsula Community Foundation, The Sidney Kimmel Foundation, and the Saint Paul Foundation.
When conducting a search for scholarship grants, also search for grants awarded for student aid. Many colleges and universities receive grants to provide student aid to individuals. For example, The Duke Endowment consistently provides funding to Duke University for student aid.
In 2004, The Starr Foundation gave $5,000,000 to Temple University in Pennsylvania for student aid and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region gave $5,000,000 to the Posse Foundation in New York.
U.S.G.G. offers two-day grant writing seminars that teach participants the process for writing good grant proposals. Often students seeking scholarship grants attend these workshops and find them very helpful in identifying foundations that give scholarship grants, as well helping them understand how to apply for the grants.
Schools interested in hosting a two-day workshop to help their students apply for scholarship funding should contact Beverly Santicola, President of U.S.G.G. The cost of the two-day workshop is $2,500 plus travel expenses, but as many as 40 students may participant in the workshop. Santicola will also work with the school to identify potential funders to pay for future workshops.
Beverly Santicola has over 25 years of experience in management, including 15 years within the non-profit sector. She has generated over $7 million dollars in grant funding over the last seven years for elementary and secondary education, technology, economic development, labor-management cooperation, and health care. Since 2001 Santicola has authored more than 40 award winning grant proposals. Her services as a professional grant writer, as well as a training consultant, are highly sought out. She currently works on local and national projects and collaborates with Resource Development Specialists on international interests.