Going for the Gold: Scholarships Worth $25,000 or More

on February 2, 2017

Students often want to apply to the most generous scholarships, where winning is like finding a golden ticket in a chocolate bar. There are few scholarships, however, that cover all or most college costs. These private scholarships are extremely competitive.


You can find these scholarships, and many others, by searching the Cappex database of scholarships for free. The Cappex scholarship database matches you with all the scholarships you are eligible for, not just the most lucrative ones.


Smaller scholarships can be easier to win. In addition to other generous scholarships, there also are more than 250 colleges that provide academic scholarships that cover full tuition for students with great grades and test scores.


Here’s a look at some of the scholarships with the biggest dollar amounts.


Scholarship Name



Scholarship Amount

Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS)



Breakthrough Junior Challenge



Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Transfer Students


Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Change the World


Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology



NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program



Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)



Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Foreign Service


Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator Scholarships



Burger King Scholars Program



Davidson Fellows Scholarships

STEM, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box


Elks Most Valuable Student Competition



Google Science Fair



New Cosmic Frontiers International Science Essay Competition

Astronomy and Cosmology


Sphinx Competition



National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Scholarship



SME Education Foundation



Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarships



Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Scholarship

Change the World, Jewish


Doodle 4 Google



Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Public Service


Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program



NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Oceanic and Atmospheric Science and Technology


AXA Achievement Scholarship



Duck Brand Duct Tape "Stuck at Prom" Scholarship Contest



Ford ReStart Program

Age 25 or Older


Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

Success in Spite of Adversity


NAE Engineering For You 2 Video Contest



National Retail Federation (NRF) Ray Greenly Scholarship

Digital Retail


Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development

Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Chemistry


Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships

Asian, African-American, Hispanic


Taco Bell Foundation Live Más Scholarship

Innovators, Creators and Dreamers


Cameron Impact Scholarship

Leadership, Community Service, Greater Good

Full Tuition

QuestBridge National College Match Scholarships

Low-Income Students

Full Cost of Attendance


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards merit scholarships sponsored by colleges and universities that are worth up to full tuition. Two additional noteworthy scholarships are the prestigious DoSomething.org Scholarships and the Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship.


Note: The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program and Gates Millennium Scholars Program are no longer awarding scholarships to new applicants.

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