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Top 25 Prestigious Scholarships of 2020

Lets get this out in the open.

Popular Unspoken Opinion: ‘Education has become a necessary evil. ‘

Education sits on the fence … on one hand it is important for growth of an individual and the community as a whole . But with the rising costs of education , it’s really difficult to transform this into reality. 

The reality which stands now is: Most of the students need financial support to pursue higher studies.

There is a call for making education free, but a lot of money is invested in this industry and free education is only possible in a Utopian world. 

However, Philanthropic ventures, both individual and through foundations have taken steps to award deserving candidates by providing them monetary grants, in return for their hard work and dedication. 

While every Scholarship is special, there are some which stand out due to Organizations who are generous enough to provide millions to college students.

From a full scholarship to a so-called ‘free-ride’ , here are the Top 25 Trending Prestigious Scholarships of 2020: 

  1. Barry Goldwater Scholarship Award

    It is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the field of natural sciences , engineering and mathematics in America.It awards prestigious scholarships worth $7500 to around 300 college students , both sophomore and juniors to pursue research careers.

  2. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

    Founded by the General Motors, they have announced scholarships worth 4.2 Million dollars to around 1100 students for students pursuing a college degree in STEM. (Science,Technology,Engineering & Maths).

  3. Winston Churchill Foundation,USA

    Awards atleast 14 prestigious scholarships for a year for graduate studies in sciences , engineering or mathematics at the University of Cambridge, to students who demonstrate exceptional academic talent and outstanding achievement in the above fields.

  4. The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

    Holds an Ethics Essay Contest for college students and has awards notable denominations for the best three entries and for two runner ups.

  5. Harry S.Truman Scholarship Foundation

    Awards about 60 scholarships of up to $30,000 to college juniors interested to  work in the govt , public interest or non profit education sector.

  6. The Henry Luce Foundation

    Awards 15  scholarships for a year in language training and professional placement to college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals who have had limited exposure to Asia and demonstrate exceptional dedication and leadership ability.

  7. Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

    Awards 40 prestigious scholarships  all expenses covered ,to deserving Americans  looking for a graduate degree in UK.

  8. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation

    Awards 700 scholarships to high school students with the highest scores on the PSAT/NMSQT.

  9. The Rhodes Trust

    Awards only 32 scholarships covering all expenses to study at Oxford to Americans with high scholarly achievements.

  10. The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation

    Awards 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 to college students in  careers in environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

  11.  Miss America Foundation

    Consists of  50 odd licensed funding groups, and is responsible for providing millions of dollars in scholarship aid at the local, state, and national level to young women in the US in STEM fields and Arts as well.

  12.  United Negro College Fund

    UNCF provides grants to 10,000 students each year. UNCF helps low- to moderate-income students attend college when they otherwise might not have been able to avail the opportunity.

  13. Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship


    UNCF has this unique scholarship program for students in bioscience and biotechnology fields.
  14. Gates Millennium Scholars Program Helps around 1,000 college students to attend college each year. It is offered through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is a $1.6 million initiative to support minorities pursuing a college education.
  15. Davidson Fellows Scholarship

    Its especially impressive for its individual high-dollar awards. It is one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the world, offering huge monetary grants  to college students who have made significant contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, and philosophy. Students may also be apply  for a separate “Outside the Box” award. 

  16. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

    Awards college scholarships of $20,000 to 150 exceptional high school seniors entering college who are academically accomplished and show potential for outstanding leadership in their schools and communities. 

  17. The Erasmus+ Programme

    Promotes International Student Mobility. The Programme provides students, teachers and institutions across Europe with €14.7 billion over the course of seven years.

  18. Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme( France)It aims at international students pursuing Masters and PhD who wish to study in France. It provides a monthly allowance as well as a return trip to their home country in addition to the social security cover.
  19. Chevening Scholarships(UK)This is the UK’s Global Sponsorship Programme applicable for a limited number of countries . The students get cover for their tuition fees and other grants such as monthly allowance and a return flight to their home country.
  20. Endeavour Postgraduate Awards

    For students looking to complete their Masters or PhD degree in Australia .It provides full financial support as well as travel and health insurance , along with numerous other facilities.

  21. Fulbright Scholarships It provides financial support for 4000 international students to pursue their studies in the USA.
  22. Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

    550 international students are granted scholarships by the Swedish Institute to pursue their Master’s Degree. It covers the entire tuition , living expenses and insurance.

  23. Joint Japan World Graduate Scholarship

    Global Scholarship offered to students from developing countries who want to do a Masters Abroad and then return and contribute to the development of their home nation. It covers all their living costs and tuition fees along with other benefits.

  24. Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants

    Aimed at students who wish to study away from their home country.Covers all academica and travel expenses ,accommodation and much more.

  25. Santander Bank

    Banco Santander grants scholarships to students as well as professionals looking for internships abroad.


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(Article contributed by Aryan Gupta, Graphics by Anulipi Debnath for Precisely)

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