Where to find scholarships
With an estimated 1.7 million scholarships worth $46 billion up for grabs each year in the United States, applying for a college scholarship seems like an easy decision. Nevertheless, only 7% of students receive a scholarship, and $100 million in scholarships is left unclaimed annually.
Why does this money remain on the table? The answer is complex, but for many scholarships, it is simply going unclaimed due to lack of applicants. To get a scholarship, you need to cast a wide net, using internet databases and local resources to search and apply for as many scholarships as you can.
Use our database to put together a list of scholarship options that match your criteria and circumstances. Don’t leave your scholarship on the table.
Narrow your results: 5,765 Results
Imagine America High School ScholarshipScholarship
Imagine America FoundationScholarship
Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP) ScholarshipScholarship
Imagine America FoundationScholarship
Army (ROTC) Reserve Officers Training Corps Two-, Three-, Four-Year Campus-Based ScholarshipsScholarship
Department of the ArmyScholarship
Amount: $10,000 – $120,000
BURGER KING Scholars ProgramScholarship
Burger King McLamore FoundationScholarship
Amount: $1,000 – $5,000
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for WomenPrize
Soroptimist International of the AmericasPrize
Amount: $500 – $10,000
How to look for scholarships
Scholarships can be accessed through your college or university and various organizations. The best place to find scholarships could even be in your own community, as small businesses and church groups sometimes offer local scholarships as well. Students with different interests, skills, cultural backgrounds, and socioeconomic profiles can find scholarships specifically suited to them.
Common places students find scholarships are:
- School (ask your guidance counselor!)
- Online databases
- Private organizations
- Local sponsors
When looking for scholarships, think about what you might qualify for, in addition to where your interests lie.
Remember to investigate what scholarships are offered by the schools you are applying to. Check with local service clubs and organizations, as well as at local businesses like banks and credit unions. Investigate major retailers to see if they have a local scholarship program, and remember that your high school may have resources as well.
» Read: 30 of the best scholarships for college students you should know about
Scholarships by subject and demographic
We also provide lists of scholarships based on study fields and demographics, including options for deaf or hard of hearing students and non-traditional students.
Other places to search for scholarships
There are many scholarship databases out there. A few of the largest ones include:
Use all available tools and databases when you search, as this could increase your chance of being awarded a scholarship. Also remember to fill out FAFSA and CSS applications so that you don’t miss out on potential grant money.
Applying for scholarships
To apply for a scholarship, start by looking at an official scholarship website and making note of what the awarding agency is stipulating for applications. Some agencies ask for a short Instagram post while others ask for a 2,000-word personal essay. Proof of ethnicity, military service, or disability are sometimes required, as is evidence of community involvement.
Many scholarship applications require an essay from the applicant. As daunting as this may seem, it is made easier with a little research and following our strategy for writing an effective scholarship essay.
How do you qualify for scholarships?
Each scholarship has its own requirements. In general, though, you are required to meet certain academic requirements or meet a certain level of competence in sports or arts. Check to see the criteria for a scholarship before you apply.
What is the best website to apply for scholarships?
There are many websites you can visit to find scholarships. Make sure you fill out the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. You can also use the database at DegreeChoices.com.
Is a small scholarship or a big scholarship better?
Depending on your strategy, small scholarships can work well. You might be better able to get several scholarships to help you pay for your costs. On the other hand, if you think you qualify for a big scholarship, it can pay for everything at once. Big scholarships are generally more competitive, have more stringent requirements, and more rigorous application processes.