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Like grants, scholarships are financial aid you don’t pay back. Scholarships can come from many places including your state government, private organizations like churches or local clubs, and colleges. Sometimes scholarships are based on academic or athletic talent. Other times scholarships may be based on your interest in a specific subject or career. It’s important to remember that scholarships include a separate application process outside both the regular application process to college and the financial aid application process.

Things to be aware of with scholarships

  • You should never have to pay to apply for a reputable scholarship, nor should you have to pay for a scholarship search.
  • Since scholarship searches are very popular, there are many websites and services that try to scam students. It’s important to be aware of these scams. Please visit FindAid for more information.
  • Be sure to ask your college’s financial aid office about its scholarship process. This is crucial since some colleges and universities will reduce other financial aid they’ve given you if you are awarded an outside scholarship. You must always report any outside scholarships to your college.
  • Remember, some scholarships are taxable, and if you are awarded a scholarship, it is up to you to read all the fine print!
  • Many scholarships are not renewable. For scholarships that are renewable for multiple years, you’ll often have to meet certain requirements like keeping good grades. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of any scholarship offer before you sign on the dotted line.

Scholarship Lists & Search Engines

Start creating your scholarship list by using a scholarship search engine. Scholarship search engines help you find scholarships you may qualify for by having you enter your demographic information. The search engine takes that information and sifts through thousands of scholarships and only shows you the ones you might be qualified to receive. Some search engines will even send you emails when a new scholarship match is found.

 

Popular Scholarship Search Websites 

Fastweb - After you create a simple profile, Fastweb offers a curated list of scholarship matches, as well as the ability to sort scholarships into Interested, Applied, I’ve Won!, and Not Interested categories.

Scholarships Dot Com - In order to access the scholarship search tool, you must make an account. Scholarships.com also includes a scholarship directory available to casual browsers.

JLV Counseling Scholarship Lists - This simple hidden gem of a site is a fan favorite. While it doesn’t offer a searchable database, it does offer a myriad of scholarship lists based on identities like military status, athlete, gender, and more. You can also take a bird’s eye view of all the scholarships listed on the site sorted by deadline.

Cappex - In addition to offering scholarship matches, it also helps students find the right college for them. While Cappex offers a little teaser of potential scholarships without an account, you absolutely need one in order to view scholarship details and to start applying. Once you create an account, your scholarship matches are neatly laid out in a table that tells you the scholarship name, amount, how much effort the scholarship will take, and how much competition you’re up against.

GoingMerry The "Common App" of scholarships, you can search and apply to dozens of scholarships at once using one common application. Includes national, local, and school-specific scholarships.

 

Other Scholarship Lists & Search Engines

10,000 Degrees 

Center for Cyber Saftey & Education

Chegg

College Greenlight

CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarships

East Bay College Fund Scholarships

Educators for Fair Consideration Scholarship List

Fastweb: Crazy-Weird Scholarships

Geneseo Migrant Center (for students who have had to move often due to agricultural work)

GoodCall

MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide 2016-2017

My Scholly

Niche

Nursing Scholarship Database

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Raise.me (earn micro-scholarships for things you do in high school)

Scholarship Academy

Scholarships360

Scholarship Resource List

The Scholarship Workshop

UNCF

Unigo