Employer Sponsored Scholarship Programs and Employer Foundations, Begin Your Search; Also, exploring for more scholarships

Employer Sponsored Scholarship Programs and Employer Foundations

Where do you work? Where do your parents work? Write these places down or find out.

“Why?” you may ask. Simple. Sometimes your employer will have scholarships to give its employees, or the employers of your parents will have scholarships available not only to your parents, but to their dependents. You or your parent can often contact the Human Resources department to find out if there are any scholarships or tuition reimbursements available. Also, this information may be available on the employer’s website.

Sometimes your employer will have a foundation which gives out scholarships. For example, Burger King has a foundation that gives out scholarships to high school seniors and scholarships for Burger King employees:

Burger King Scholars McLamore Foundation


selected from webpage: The BURGER KING℠ Scholars program assists employees, employees’ spouses or domestic partners, employees’ children and high school seniors in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada in continuing their education. To date, the program has awarded more than $28.3 million in scholarships and the program continues to grow. Last year alone $3 million in scholarships were awarded.”

The application period for the 2018-2019 school year begins on Oct. 15, 2017 and closes Dec. 15, 2017.

The requirements to become a BURGER KING℠ Scholar are simple. You must apply within the application period, and fit the prerequisites below:

  • Have a strong academic record with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5,
  • Be passionate about serving the community, and
  • Be a high school senior, BURGER KING® employee, spouse/domestic partner or child of an employee.”

Sometimes your employer will be a part of a trade group or an association that gives out scholarships.

If you are a nontraditional student with one degree already wishing to seek a second degree, such as Tennessee State University’s new Executive MBA program http://tnstatenewsroom.com/archives/19985 , allowing you to receive an MBA in a year, then you can explore whether your employer offers tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement.

If you cannot finish in a year, you might be able to take classes over the course of a year or two, having your employer reimburse the costs or pay for it.

Also, those seeking first degrees, tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement may be included in your benefits. Research this.

Chevron International REACH Scholarship

An example of an employer sponsored scholarship to help dependents of employees is the Chevron International REACH Scholarship.


Selected information from webpage:

“What is the Chevron International REACH Scholarship?

The Chevron International REACH (Recognizing Excellence and Achievement) Scholarship Program is sponsored by Chevron for the sons and daughters of its employees and retirees. The program was established to recognize and assist outstanding children who plan to pursue post-secondary education.

Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time undergraduate study at colleges, universities, and vocational schools. The scholarships for children of non-U.S.-payroll employees are managed by the San Francisco office of the Institute of International Education

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must be children of active employees (including retirees) of Chevron and its wholly owned subsidiaries as of the application due date.

What benefits does the scholarship provide?

Scholarship awards will range from $500 to $2,500 per year. A limited number of one-time, non-renewable $1,500 honorariums will be granted to students who demonstrate high merit but not relative financial need as outlined in our Benefits section.”

One thing leads to another: This was found on the IIE Website, which by clicking around, I found this database:


From webpage: “IIE manages more than 200 programs with participants from more than 185 countries. In the last year alone, more than 27,000 people participated in IIE managed programs. Use our program finder to explore opportunities.”



I found the above scholarship at the following website:


Employer and Employee Scholarships at Scholarships.com  (be wary of the ads that dot this page; the information around the ads is good, but the “$10,000 Mom Scholarship ads” are not!)

I didn’t find a direct link for the Chevron Scholarship, so I had to google the title; I cut and pasted it into another browser window.

There are many more employer sponsored scholarships on this page, but buried deep within are also foundation scholarships not attached to employees but given to students.

EXPLORING THE WEB (How I discover scholarships and where they hide)

When I am typing up and creating blog posts, I will often first explore ideas that are aimed to help students. For example, this search was first started when a person contacted me looking for a way to pay for a second degree at Tennessee State University. I first thought, “Let’s see what’s out there, and then, ‘Perhaps her employer will have some type of program.’”

Since this person never emailed me, there was no way I could contact her to set up a scholarship coaching session, where I could ask her questions such as “Who is your employer? How old are you? What is your current degree? Do you belong to any professional organizations?


With these answers, we could begin a search for scholarships pertaining to her situation.

Below, I have created a PDF out of links and other areas that would set me looking. One thought leads to another.


I didn’t have time to write all this up, so it is food for many other blog posts, or the posts may never get written up and created.

Some ideas and links I didn’t get a chance to explore are Financial Aid for older and nontraditional students, look to parents’ employers for college scholarships, employer tuition assistance, student aid and scholarships for second degree students, H & R Block Budget Challenge (a contest for student teams in high schools which carry scholarships; teams must be led by a teacher), and an article about re-considering co-signing student loans. And there are more.


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