Where to begin your scholarship search?
More and more college-bound students are using scholarships to pay for escalating college costs. However, many students don't know where to look for them. There are millions of scholarship dollars available from a variety of sources, but contrary to popular belief, the dollars are usually fully awarded each year.
Scholarship search tips
- Be wary of scholarship search companies (and software) that charge a fee
- There are many free credible college scholarship search companies, and they will usually inform you what they can or cannot deliver before asking you to enter into an agreement
- Contact your high school guidance office to learn about local and regional private scholarship sources. These are often handled through high schools, local organizations and foundations, and generally will not appear in any national database
- Contact your parents' employers, since many companies establish scholarships to aid the children of employees
- Contact the financial aid office at the college where you're applying for admission to find out if they have special scholarships based on academic merit, special talents or athletic skills that are not awarded on a need basis