Scholarship Resources

Here are some resources and tips to help you in your search for scholarships and financial aid.

 

Local Resources

Government Resources

The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid program ensures all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. Students must file a FAFSA each year to determine their eligibility for federal aid. Here are resources to help:

  • Sign up for a Federal Student Aid PIN, which allows you to electronically apply for federal student aid and access your records online.
  • Use the Federal School Code Search to search for colleges you are interested in including on your FAFSA

National Resources

ACT

Affordable Colleges | Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities

A Guide on How to Pay for Your MBA

Annuity.org Scholarship Essay Contest

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Ayn Rand Essay Contest

Best Colleges - Financial Aid for Minority Students

Best Colleges - LGBT Students

Caring.com Scholarship

Calculators and Interest Rates

College Affordability Guide

College Board 

College Raptor Scholarship

College Simply

College Scorecard 

Comparite - Advice on Scholarship Scams

Discover Business -  40 Business Degree Scholarships for College Students

Education Corner

Fastweb

FinAid

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Minorities

Free Scholarship Searches

Golden Doors Scholars 

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

Kids' Chance

KnowHow2Go

Maryville University - Financial Aid Guide

MBA Scholarships

McDonald's - HACER

Medical Field Careers 

Michigan State University Grants for Individuals

MoneyGeek - Smarter Financial Decisions

Nav Entrepreneur Scholarship

Online Colleges Database

Open Education Database - African American Grants

RN Careers - Registered Nursing

RN Careers - Nurse Practitioner APRN

Rover Scholarship

Scholarship America

Scholarship America Scholarships

Scholarships to Help International Students Afford U.S. Colleges

Scholarships4Students 

Scholarships.com

ScholarshipExperts.com

SHPE Foundation

StudentMentor.org

TheDream.US

UNCF

Veterans of Foreign Wars Youth Scholarship

ZipRecruiter Scholarship

Tips for Scholarship Seekers

  • Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies. Use a site such as FastWeb to find scholarships based on your club affiliations, academic accomplishments and more. You can also use a simple Google search to find scholarships geared toward your interests (ex: “4-H scholarships”).
  • Take the time to write essays. Often, scholarships that require students to submit an essay have fewer applicants, meaning your chances of being selected are higher. It’s worth the extra effort.
  • Avoid scams. Be wary of any site that charges a fee to search its database of scholarships or sign up. There are lots of free sites that have access to the same scholarships.
  • Avoid online writing services. Students who use paid services to write or edit their scholarship essays are less likely to be chosen because schools will notice a marked difference between their application and essay. These services also do not show the scholarship administrator a genuine version of who you are.
  • However, DO ask a friend or teacher to read your essay and application for any mistakes that you may have missed.
  • When filling out paper applications, be sure to use neat, legible handwriting.
  • Talk to your guidance counselor about scholarships available through the school that you might qualify for.
  • Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.).
  • Stay organized and know the deadline for each scholarship you are applying for.
  • Search locally – look for scholarships offered through area banks, schools, churches, clubs and businesses.


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