External Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid regularly receives information on fellowship and scholarship programs administered and managed by organizations and institutions external to William Paterson University. We want to give your scholarship search a jump-start with a categorized, easy-to-browse list. We provide a link to each scholarship application or website, the award amount, and the application deadline. For full details on eligibility requirements and directions on how to apply, you must click on the link provided and read through the instructions carefully

Our directory is categorized according to program of study:

Scholarships offered regardless of program of study may be found on the General Requirements page. Below, you may browse through our list of Scholarship Searches and Local Scholarships.

Please note that a link to an external website does not constitute an endorsement by William Paterson University. The information is simply being provided as a resource for students and their families. We encourage you to carefully read through all instructions before providing information to an external scholarship website. You should never be asked to provide confidential information such as a Social Security Number, or be asked to pay for a scholarship service.

For information on scholarships provided by William Paterson University, visit the following links: Institutional Scholarships, Departmental Scholarships and Foundation Scholarships


Scholarship Searches
Local Scholarships

Note: Some scholarships have not yet renewed for the 2019-2020 school year, but most renew annually. 

  • Fist Generation Scholarship from Self Lawyer This scholarship is for first-generation immigrants. Applicants must be enrolled in a US accredited university or college for any school or program. This is a one time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for the academic year. Apply online by December 31, 2020. 
  • The New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC) Scholarships & AwardsNJACAC offers three $1,250 scholarships annually: (1) High School Scholarship Award, (2) Community College Scholarship Award, and (3) Graduate Student Scholarship Award. Apply by January 9th.
  • AAUW Mountain Lakes (NJ) Branch ScholarshipsScholarships for women in higher education. Applicants must be female residents of Morris County who have completed their sophomore year at an accredited college or university, or are in matriculation in a Master’s program. Apply by April 1st.
  • Vincent D. Pavese ScholarshipThere will be two scholarships of $1,500 each awarded to two Passaic County high school seniors who have exhibited a commitment to community service and who plan to pursue a career in public service such as government, social work, health care, and education. Apply by April 1st.
  • AAUW Greater Wayne Area (NJ) Branch ScholarshipsAnnual scholarships for women returning to college to complete their first undergraduate degree. Eligible applicants must be female NJ residents, living in Bergen, Morris, Essex, Passaic, Sussex, Hudson, Union or Warren County, at least twenty-five years old, and enrolled at an accredited college or university seeking an initial undergraduate degree. Apply by April 10th.
  • AAUW Medford (NJ) Branch ScholarshipsThe AAUW Medford Branch Scholarship Committee will award a $1,000 scholarship for a non-traditional female college student in May 2018. Applicants must be residents of Burlington County, NJ, enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Apply by March 31st. 
  • The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation: Grants and scholarships established by this New Jersey non-profit. Awards are up $10,000. Apply by April 15th. 
  • The Governor’s STEM Scholars: The program selects student leaders who are interested in STEM. Through a series of four conferences held during the school year, as well as trips to STEM organizations across the state, the Governor’s STEM Scholars provides students with opportunities to closely interact with New Jersey STEM professionals, research organizations, and state policymakers. Apply by May 25th.
  • The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) Scholarship Fund:The NJCPA Scholarship Fund provides scholarship funds for High School Seniors, College Juniors and Seniors, and Minority College Students. Awards range from $6,000 to $7,000 and are given based on academic achievement. Applicants must be enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, an accounting program. Apply by December 11th (for high school students) and January 5th (for current college students).
  • New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Caddie Scholarship Foundation: Caddie scholars are selected based on their academic performance, financial need, and length and quality of service as a caddie. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study. Apply by March 1st.
  • Polish Cultural Foundation Scholarship: $2,000 scholarship offered by a local non-profit, located in Clark, NJ. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of Polish descent, residing in NJ, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Apply by March 31st. Click here for the application form.
  • UNICO National Scholarships: Unico National offers a variety of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. The Rutherford chapter of UNICO is now accepting applications. Applicant must be a high school student of Italian descent, who is a resident of Rutherford. Apply by April 15th for most scholarship offerings (or by March 1st for the DiMattio Celli Family Study Abroad Scholarship). Click here for a letter from the Rutherford Chapter. Or click here for their scholarship webpage. 
  • Zonta Club of Northern Valley, NJ - Adult Scholarship:The Zonta Club of Northern Valley, NJ is offering two scholarships of $1,750 each to single-parent female adults who are returning to school or who are continuing their education. Apply by March 23rd.