top of page

Best College Scholarships for 2023-2024

Updated: Dec 13, 2023

By Laura Whitmore

Many colleges have adopted a test-optional approach, meaning you can choose whether to submit your SAT or ACT scores during the application process. But even if you're applying to test-optional schools, a commendable SAT or ACT score can open doors to numerous scholarship opportunities, including full rides to four-year schools! This article lists several scholarships that prioritize strong SAT scores, and we've included details on those that are automatic based on your credentials.

For a full and comprehensive list of schools who offer automatic scholarships for strong scores, go here :

I. Large Scholarships Open to All Students

These scholarships, available to both national and international students, are highly competitive, but with great rewards:

1. Davidson Fellows Scholarship by College Board

  • Requirements: 1500 SAT, 3.5 GPA, and a significant accomplishment.

  • Reward: $10,000; $25,000; and $50,000 scholarships.

  • Access here

  • Deadline: Mid-February

This scholarship rewards those with outstanding achievements in STEM, literature, music, philosophy, and innovative thinking.

2. Stamps Scholarship Program

  • Requirements: 1300 SAT, 3.5 GPA, and a personal statement.

  • Reward: Awards ranging from $21,600 - $300,000 over four years.

  • Access here

  • Deadline: Varies per partner school.

3. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

  • Requirements: 1350 SAT and a 3.5 GPA.

  • Reward: Up to $160,000 across four years.

  • Access here

  • Deadline: November 16th

4. QuestBridge National College Match Program

  • Requirements: SAT between 1290-1460, top 10% of class, and an annual household income below $65,000.

  • Reward: Comprehensive four-year scholarship.

  • Access here

  • Deadline: September 26th

5. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

  • Requirements: 1280 SAT, 3.0 GPA

  • Reward: $20,000

  • Access here

  • Deadline: October 31st

II. Regional Scholarships

You only qualify for these scholarships if you live in a certain region. If you do not see your region on this list, you may still have regional merit scholarships available. Check with your guidance counselor.

1. Bradford Barnes Memorial Scholarship:

  • For Delaware residents studying full-time at the University of Delaware.

  • Requirements: 3.0 GPA and 1290 SAT or equivalent ACT.

  • Reward: Full tuition, room, board, fees, and books for four years.

  • Deadline: December to February.

2. Edmund F. Maxwell Foundation Scholarship:

  • For Western Washington high school seniors.

  • Requirements: Minimum 1200 SAT or 26 ACT.

  • Reward: Up to $5,000.

  • Application opens: January 2023.

3. University of Georgia Foundation Fellowship:

  • Requirements: 3.9 GPA (non-weighted), 1460 SAT or 33 ACT.

  • Reward: Varies based on residency status.

  • Access here

4. Mizzou Scholars Award:

  • For Missouri residents.

  • Requirements: 1450-1600 SAT or 33–36 ACT.

  • Reward: Up to $44,000.

  • Apply here

  • Deadline: December 1st.

III. Automatic Scholarships

If you apply to these schools, you will automatically receive a scholarship if you meet the requirements:

1. Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant

  • Eligibility: First-year applicants must have attended high school in Mississippi, a minimum GPA of 3.5, and either a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1350, or be named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Students must enroll at an approved postsecondary institution in Mississippi.

  • Deadline: September 15

  • Reward: Varies, up to $2,500 per year

2. University of Missouri

  • Eligibility: Various automatic scholarships based on scores. Residents need a minimum ACT score of 21 or SAT score of 1060, while nonresidents need a minimum ACT score of 23 or SAT score of 1130.

  • Reward: $1,000 up to full tuition and fees

3. University of Tennessee Knoxville

  • Eligibility: Minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT score of 1300.

  • Reward: $3,000-$9,000 for in-state students and $10,000-$18,000 for out-of-state students

4. Texas Tech

  • Eligibility: Merit scholarships based on class rank and SAT or ACT scores. Minimum required SAT or ACT scores are 1000 and 19, respectively.

  • Reward: $1,000 up to the full federally approved cost of attendance

5. The University of Mississippi

  • Eligibility: GPA of 3.0 or above. In-state applicants need a minimum ACT score of 23 or SAT score of 1130, while out-of-state students require an ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1200.

  • Reward: $1,000-$13,072 for in-state students and $1,500-$26,292 for out-of-state students

6. University of Texas Arlington

  • Eligibility: Top 50% of class rank, GPA of 3.5 or over, and an SAT score of 1100 or an ACT score of 22.

  • Reward: $1,000-$12,000 per year

7. Utah State University

  • Eligibility: Awards vary based on state residence. Minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 960 and a GPA of 2.7.

  • Reward: $600 per year up to full tuition and fees

8. Florida Gulf Coast University

  • Eligibility: GPA of 3.5 and an ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1220.

  • Reward: $500 up to the full cost of attendance after other financial aid

9. Middle Tennessee State University

  • Eligibility: GPA of 3.5 and an ACT score of 23 or an SAT score of 1130.

  • Reward: Varies by year

10. The University of Oklahoma

  • Eligibility: GPA of 3.25 and an ACT score of 24 or SAT score of 1160.

  • Reward: $8,000-$69,100

11. Louisiana Tech University

  • Eligibility: GPA of 3.0 and an ACT score of 22 or SAT score of 1030.

  • Reward: $1,000-$9,500, renewed annually

IV. Quirky Scholarships

Studying the ordinary is, well, ordinary. Why not take the quirkier route? Here are some offbeat scholarships that add a twist to the typical (please note that these do not require an SAT score):

1. $2,000 Minecraft Scholarship

  • Deadline: End of July

  • Award: $2,000

  • How to apply: Minecraft Scholarship Application

  • Details: For the block-building champions of high school and college! If you’re a U.S. resident, with a GPA of 3.0 or more and can craft a 500-word essay about Minecraft's influence on education and career, this is your pickaxe to success. Worried about your SAT score? Don’t be. They understand that zombies and Creepers might have kept you up a few nights.

2. Frozen Dessert Supplies 15 Second Video Scholarship

  • Deadline: August

  • Award: $500

  • How to Apply

  • Details: Hey, dessert fanatics! Shoot a 15-second video that's either amusing, motivational, intriguing, or artistic involving a frozen treat or coffee. Prove that you can be short and sweet!

3. Race to Inspire Essay Contest

  • Deadline: August

  • Award: $500

  • How to Apply

  • Details: Laced up your running shoes lately? This one's for those who've raced – be it a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or a full marathon. Pen down a 1000-2000 word essay about your running journey – the highs, the lows, and every step in between.

4. RealtyHop Scholarship

  • Deadline: End of August

  • Award: $1,000

  • How to Apply

  • Details: Fast forward a decade and imagine your dream life post-college. Find a listing on RealtyHop that aligns with this vision, pick your favorite room or feature, and write a 500-word piece on why it's significant to your imagined future.

5. Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest

  • Deadline: March

  • Award: $10,000

  • How to Apply

  • Details: To all the budding artists and designers aged 14 or above, here's your canvas! Create an authentic design for a greeting card, be it for Christmas, a birthday, or any occasion. Just ensure it's your masterpiece!


Strong SAT scores can be your ticket to numerous scholarship opportunities. While many universities have adopted test-optional policies, if you have an impressive SAT score, showcasing it can still be beneficial. If you're considering prepping for the SAT, our team of expert instructors is here to assist.

Request a Consultation and take the first step towards securing your dream college and scholarship!


bottom of page