Equitable Excellence Scholarship®

Equitable Excellence Scholarship® is the flagship program of Equitable Foundation, the company’s charitable-giving arm.The enhanced scholarship program includes renewable scholarships and engagement to create pathways to opportunities for aspiring college students.

Equitable Foundation has a renewed focus to recognize students who demonstrate ambition and self-drive to be a force for good in their school, local community, or work activities. The next application period will open in the fall of 2024. Please check back then to learn more about our 2025 Equitable Excellence Scholarship® program. 

In alignment with Equitable’s own mission of helping people achieve financial security so that they can face the future with confidence, the Equitable Excellence Scholarship® places an emphasis on empowering students’ future plans so that they can continue to have positive impacts in their community.

To support students throughout their academic journeys, Equitable will provide 100 $5,000 annual scholarships that will be renewed to award recipients each academic year for four years, for a total of $20,000 per recipient. The company will also award 100 one-time $2,500 scholarships that can help students to underwrite immediate costs associated with higher education such as tuition, books or room and board.

As the largest 403(b) provider for educators across the country, we realize that our clients are facing hardships inside the classroom. To make an even bigger impact directly to educators, we ask each recipient to identify a teacher who made a significant difference in his or her academic career. To express our gratitude, Equitable will provide a $500 gift card to each identified educator to help combat rising costs within their classroom. 

In addition to providing monetary scholarships, Equitable will offer award recipients with development opportunities and engagement programs to support their onboarding into their first year of college. Programs will include a strong emphasis on mental health as well as other workshop opportunities that focus on mentoring, networking, and professional skill-building programs with Equitable’s own workforce and executive leadership teams. 

The Equitable Excellence Scholarship® is supported through new strategic partnerships between Equitable and Scholarship America, CommonApp and the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) to assist students who apply for the scholarship and are seeking resources to support the college application process.


We’re committed to students who show potential. Those with the courage to pursue what’s possible; display strength in managing challenges; share wisdom with others. The Equitable Excellence Scholarship® is our promise to those individuals dedicated to achieving their dreams. 

  • Be a current high school senior that resides in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive to be a force for good in school, community, or work activities.
  • Be willing to provide a release to publicize their identities and information about their plans or achievements along with photographs for use in Program promotion/information.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/D/V. Equitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Equitable and Equitable Advisors. Equitable Excellence® is a service mark of the Equitable Foundation. Equitable is the brand name of the retirement and protection subsidiaries of Equitable Holdings, Inc., including Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company (Equitable Financial) (NY, NY), Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company of America (Equitable America), an AZ stock company, and Equitable Distributors, LLC.  Equitable Advisors is the brand name of Equitable Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) (Equitable Financial Advisors in MI and TN).

GE- 5970955.1 (09/2023) (Exp. 09/2025)