Scholarships, are YOU applying?
Everyone knows scholarships are a great way to fund post-secondary education. They considered "free money", making it easier for students to lower the cost of higher education. Here are some tips for scholarship searches.
1. Start Applying for Scholarship Fall of Senior Year (or sooner!!) - Students find there is less competition for scholarships in the fall, as most of their classmates and seniors accross the country are more focused on college applications.
2. Deadlines Approach Fast! - Deadlines vary from scholarship to scholarship. Be sure to keep them organized!
3. Taking Advantage of Holiday Breaks - Students need to use this time wisely. We all need to reset during the holidays, but it can be a great time to get some extra scholarship searches and applications completed.
4. Ask the College or University - many schools have their own scholarships application. Check with Admission and Financial Aid offices to determine if they have a seperate scholarship application.
5. Apply, Apply, Apply - You should you apply for every scholarship you are eligible for no matter how small or large the amount. Every little bit helps!
State and Local Scholarship Opportunities
All our state and local scholarship opportunities can be found in the Financial Aid section of Career Cruising. Students may access the state and local scholarship using the instructions below. Parents may also access state and local scholarships through their Career Cruising Portal. Click here for Instructions.
How to Find Local Scholarships on Career Cruising - Student Instruction
National Scholarship Search Engines and Programs
The Financial Aid Selector is a great place for students to start their scholarship search. Students will create a student profile, which allows the program to customize a scholarship list based on the students answers. Additionally, students can save and track their scholarship applications through their Career Cruising Account. See instructions below for how to start your Financial Aid Selector.
Additional Search Engines
www.fastweb.com – create a profile and let fastweb do the research for you
www.myscholly.com – mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college
www.cashcourse.org – information for college students to stay financially informed
www.cksf.org – educational & scholarship opportunities for students of all levels
www.cappex.com – free website where you learn which colleges want you, before you apply
www.scholarships.com – free college scholarship search and financial aid information
www.scholarshipamerica.org – provides information and resources for your scholarship search
www.meritaid.com – free source for $11 billion in merit aid scholarships from 1,000s of colleges
www.brokescholar.com – find scholarships and use tools to stay organized and make the process easier
www.knowhow2go.org – complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors
www.hsf.net – largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students
www.latinocollegedollars.org – scholarship information for Latino students
www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net – provide scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
www.gmsp.org – The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose
www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)
www.collegefund.org – provides Native students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities
www.dellscholars.org – Dell Scholars Program recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance
www.uncf.org – awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board
www.zinch.com – connect with scholarships and learn about colleges