scholarships for girls

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

This one-time, highly competitive merit award recognizes outstanding young high school women in the U.S. and Canada who are all-around student leaders. Successful applicants exhibit strong academic performance, dedicate volunteer hours to their community, passionately pursue their extracurricular activities, and have established clear professional goals for their future.

Scholarship: Star Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO International)

Amount: $2,500

Eligible Students: Female high school seniors who are 20 years old or younger, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and plan to attend college immediately after graduating from high school. Eligible students must be legal residents of the United States or Canada. Students must be voted on by their local PEO Chapter. To find a local chapter, visit:

How to Apply: Complete the online application. Students will be notified after being recommended by their local PEO Chapter and given further instructions. Next steps include setting up a STAR profile, providing information on extracurricular activities, and writing a 700-word essay detailing future career plans. Letters of reference and a current high school transcript must also be provided.

Application Period: Recommendation forms from local chapters must be submitted between August and October 15


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.

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Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.