For many students, college may seem out of reach due to financial considerations. However, a number of full ride scholarships exist to help students with financial need and high achieving students fund their education. Thus, it is possible to graduate without taking out loans! Some full ride scholarships are offered through individual universities while others are offered through other scholarship mechanisms. While the list below is not exhaustive, it will provide a stating point on where students can look for full ride scholarships.

A number of universities offer something called university or presidential scholarships. These awards cover the full cost of tuition for all four years of school. Below are some specific schools that offer a full ride scholarship:

presidential scholars program

Boston College: The Presidential Scholars Program provides complete tuition coverage for up to 15 students per year. Students must be invited to apply for this scholarship.

Robertson Scholars

Duke University: The Robertson Scholars award provides students with funding for four years of room and board, tuition, and tuition for three summer semesters. Students must demonstrate leadership and collaboration.

Stamps Leadership Scholarship

University of Notre Dame: The Stamps Leadership Scholarship provides complete tuition coverage as well as an additional $12,000 called enrichment funds. In addition to the financial benefit, awardees are provided with mentors on the faculty and in the professional area.

Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America: The Archdiocesan Scholarship provides full tuition to students what have a GPA of at least 3.8 and an SAT score of at leas 1450.

Other companies and foundations provide hefty scholarships to undergraduate students in an effort to give back to the community. Typically these awards are reserved for the students who demonstrate high academic achievement and/or financial need. Below are some of the best awards for undergrads:

Gates Millennium Scholars: The amount of the award varies, depending on the student’s level of financial need. However, full ride scholarships are available to students who are minority students, demonstrate financial need, and have demonstrated leadership skills.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program: Soda giant Coca-Cola funds $20,000 scholarships for fifty students each year and $10,000 scholarships for 400 students. These awards are renewable and are open to students who plan to major in government, education, the arts, or business.

National Merit Scholarships

National Merit Scholarships: These awards are given to top scoring students who take the Pre-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Intel Science Talent Search: Provides a scholarship worth up to $100,000 for students who win a pre-college science competition.

Dell Scholars Program

The Dell Scholars Program: Provides scholarships for students worth $20,000 to financially needy students.

Google Scholarships

Google Scholarships: Google offers a number of different scholarship opportunities. Up to $10,000 per year is awarded to winners.

Rhodes Scholars

Rhodes Scholars: These prestigious awards provide funding for students to study for 2-3 years at the University of Oxford in England. In addition to receiving coverage of all costs related to education, students also receive a stipend to support them during non-school time. Students must be between 18 to 24 years of age and the amount of the award varies.