Scholarships are money for college that does not have to be repaid, which is awarded for merit or achievement to help pay for education expenses. Eligibility for scholarships can be based on many criteria, including academics, athletics, ethnicity, religious affiliation, and special interests.
There are many scholarship databases available online but before tackling the search online start with some basic localized and personal searches.
- Always start your search at your guidance office. Guidance counselors have lists of scholarships that are available to graduating seniors that are localized and specific.
- Check out scholarships offered by your credit union. Many credit unions offer scholarships to members graduating high school or children of members.
- Your parent’s employer. Many employers offer scholarship opportunities to the children of employees. Ask your parents and have them speak to the Human Resources Department.
- Find a non-profit, service organization or church group. Many associations and groups offer scholarships to students who meet service requirements.
- Call colleges. Many student aid offices will have lists of available scholarships. Make sure you have an open dialogue with the student aid office of the colleges you have considered attending.
- Find government scholarships. Check out the scholarships offered on the federal and state level by visiting StudentAid.Ed.gov or clicking here. You can also visit the US Department of Labor’s official scholarship website.
- Search online. There are many online portals for scholarships. Be mindful of a website that asks you to pay large fees to access the database. Find scholarships online by visiting:
Find government scholarships online