There are literally thousands of sources of funding available out there for college students, from grants to loans to scholarships. For many people, a scholarship is the way to go, because (a) it can make a huge difference in the cost of your education and (b) you don't have to repay it later on, like a student loan.
Many private groups make scholarships available. The following is a list of scholarships which may be awarded to Wiccan or Pagan students. If you know of a group or individual who has a scholarship plan available to Wiccans and Pagans, please email me with information so I can add it to the list.
- Free Sprit's College Scholarship Program: One or two $500 awards given to students in an undergraduate or graduate program of higher learning. The student does not have to be pursuing a traditional program of study at a traditional college. Enrollment in a therapeutic massage program, holistic healing program or other non-traditional program qualifies.
- (link broken as of 03-26-2009) Pagan Alliance of Nurses (PAN) Scholarship: Awarded in the amount of $200 to assist nursing students, nurses, and other health care providers in financing their education. Recipients must be members of PAN or, alternatively, be the significant other or family member of a PAN member and currently enrolled in a nursing program. Applicants are asked to submit an original essay on a topic chosen by PAN in order to be considered for funding. For more info, check PAN's website.
- Carolina Spirit Quest Scholarship: Offers a $500.00 scholarship for a rising high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate. All applicants must live in NC, SC, VA or the District of Columbia. Applicants must be 17 years of age or older, have a current GPA of 2.8 or higher, be Pagan, and currently accepted in a full time course of study in any accredited four-year college or university. Application includes an essay about what being a Pagan means to you.
- Coven of the Sacred Waters: Link and email contact information appears to have vanished as of May 2008.