CheapScholar’s FREE Scholarship Database serves as a wonderful resource that helps to connect
students with scholarship opportunities. You have the ability to filter your
search results by gender, state, career goals, interests, religious affiliation
and much more. No login is required.
College Board’s Scholarship Search is an online tool to help you locate scholarships,
internships, grants, and loans that match your education level, talents, and
background. Complete the brief questionnaire and Scholarship Search will find
potential opportunities from their database of more than 2,300 sources of
college funding, totaling nearly $3 Billion in available aid!
MeritAid.com has taken the time to put together a scholarship database
representing over 1,800 colleges nationwide. This database houses nearly 23,000
merit based scholarship programs and claims the combined value to be about $11
Sallie Mae Scholarship Database boasts having over 3 million different scholarships with an
estimated value of nearly 16 billion dollars. You have to set up an account but
Sallie Mae guarantees that its superior search technology will be sure to
generate a number of scholarship leads matching your qualifications.
Scholarships360.org is a great resource for students and families that are
looking for outside scholarships to help defray college costs. The best part
about Scholarships360 is that you don’t have to work hard to find scholarships
– they deliver them directly to you, via your email, every day of the year.
Searching for scholarships has never been easier!
Zinch.com has served as a reliable resource for helping to match high
school students to the dream college of their choosing. Now they are helping
those same students by providing a comprehensive (and interactive) scholarship
database that connects students with dollars that they can use to pay for
Fastweb.com is the nation’s leading scholarship search database. The
best part about using their web-based scholarship service is that it is FREE!
Sign-up is easy and searching their scholarship database is even simpler. The
only downside is that a good number of people are looking for the same
scholarship dollars that you are seeking. So, you will want to sign up sooner
than later for Fastweb and apply for all of the scholarship programs that you
qualify for because the early bird truly does get the worm when it comes to
most of these scholarship programs.
As I find other reputable
scholarship search databases, I will be sure to add them here — so bookmark
Local Scholarship Programs
Another great resource for
additional scholarship dollars lies within your community. You just have to go
out and find it. Easier said than done though… You will want to check with
local not-for-profit groups and clubs to see if they have any scholarship
monies available. Most of the students/families I have talked with have had
great success with Kiwanis, Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, Private Foundation’s,
etc… Chances are that most of these scholarship opportunities will be one shot
deals (meaning that you receive the scholarship for your first semester or
first year of college), however, some of these scholarship programs may be
renewable and you need to inquire about the requirements for getting the funds
for subsequent years/semesters. The competition for these local dollars are
usually not as overwhelming as you will find on the national scholarship
programs, so any effort you put in locating these scholarship programs are sure
to provide benefit to you in paying for college.
Talk To Your Financial Aid Office
If you already know which College or
University you will be attending, you will want to make friends with the Financial
Aid Office before you even hit campus. Universities and Colleges receive money
from donors for the purpose of awarding scholarships to attending students.
However, sometimes these donors put restrictions on who can receive the funds.
Usually the restrictions are limited to a certain area of study, someone
graduating from a particular high school, or someone that has a specific
extra-curricular interest. It may take a little research but if you find that
you match one of these donor’s requirements, you may be able to score extra