When it comes to financing your college education, one of the best ways is to win scholarships.
Why are scholarships so great?
They are readily available.
Millions of dollars are up for grabs.
The money you receive does not have to be paid back.
You can start early and apply for many at the same time.
There are scholarships available all year round - keep applying!
They are offered by many companies and organizations.
What kind of scholarships are available?
Need-Based Scholarships - Financial need, family unable to assist in paying tuition
Merit Scholarships - Students with an impressive grade point average, leadership roles in the school or community, and stand out from their peer group
No Essay Scholarships - Most scholarships require an essay, not this one. Sometimes a simple questionnaire or a an artistic task or drawing may be required
Athletic Scholarships - Provides student athletes with the opportunity to further their education in the classroom and advance their careers on the playing field as well. Limited availability. Competition is fierce.
Artistic Scholarships - Offers students with creative minds and skills an opportunity to receive tuition money to pursue their dreams.
Minority Scholarships - Scholarships for students who identify with a smaller group, based on ethnicity, background, gender, religious orientation
International Student Scholarships - Scholarships specifically for foreign students to encourage them to study in America. These awards often also cover supplies and living expenses in addition to classes.
Unusual Scholarships are designed for students with hidden talents or unique accomplishments. Scholarships for left-handed people, people who can use duck calls or make prom dresses out of Duck Tape.
Where to find scholarships
Your High School Guidance Counselor
The first place to look for scholarships is for you to visit your high school counselor. Chance is that he or she has already found scholarships for many students who graduated before you. The advantage is that you may be very familiar with the counselor, having spent the past 4 years in high school with them. Many high schools have programs where money is raised by the local PTA, local businesses and even fellow students. The counselor can provide both instate and out of state information and your school may organize college fairs or have information of college fairs in the region. Some high schools may have special programs for students who want to learn and earn - they may be able to connect you with employers who are looking for new graduates and will train them while paying for them to get an education. Check out our article about Businesses Offering Tuition Reimbursement.
Your Selected College/University
The second place to look for scholarships is for you to visit the website of the college or university you intend to attend. Many are offering multiple scholarships to their students. Some colleges require you to apply for these scholarships separately, some colleges automatically submit you for consideration of the scholarships when you apply for or enroll in their program.
Here are some websites that provide access to numerous scholarships. Most are free. Some charge a nominal fee. Avoid sites which promise you a guaranteed scholarship and charge a large amount for their services.
Free access to more than 11 Billion in scholarships from colleges, universities, private companies, foundations and more. You can find out which ones are the best match for you by filling out a free profile. With one click you will be able to apply for the special Cappex scholarships. This site also provides a college search and college reviews.
This is your connection to scholarships, financial aid and more. After filling out your online profile you will get matched with more than 1.5 million scholarships, grants and internships with companies like Apple, Google, Dreamworks and even Nasa.
Some of the scholarships are very easy to qualify for and are as simple as filling out your contact information. You do not have to write essays for each of them.
There are scholarships based on your strengths, interests, skills, background and circumstances.
It is easy to keep track of the scholarships you are interested in, the ones you aren’t and the ones you already have completed by using the dashboard.
According to their site hundreds of thousands of students and families have been able to use MyScholly to find over $70 million in scholarship money to go to the colleges of their dreams.You may have seen information about this site and app on Sharktank. It is both an app and a website that now requires a monthly subscription of $2.99. At less than the price of a Big Mac it provides easy access to millions of dollars in scholarships that are specifically matched with you.
You can also search for college scholarships by academic major, athletics, art, ethnicity, first in family, GPA, minority, music, state, name or type.
Offers a paid service where you complete an application, they search for compatible scholarships and they apply for you. In addition they provide essay writing help, free financial aid consultation and more.