Apply for College Scholarships
Scholarships for college can be used for your tuition and books; scholarships do not have to be repaid. College scholarships are awarded by the state and federal government, public and private organizations, colleges, and universities. Scholarships can be based on a variety of qualifications such as ethic background, major, financial need, grade point average, or any number of off-the-wall requirements.
Nearly everyone is eligible for college scholarships.
College scholarships include:
- Scholarships for college freshmen (there are also scholarships for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
- College scholarships for women
- Community college scholarships
- Christian college scholarships
- Private scholarships through individuals, businesses, and local organizations
- Hispanic college scholarships
- and a lot more!
Scholarships vary in their amounts, ranging from tens of thousands of dollars to a hundred dollars. Students can receive multiple scholarships so apply for as many as possible.
Many local scholarship funds simply go untouched because students did not take the time to inquire or apply. If you spend time and effort on applying for scholarships, start by inquiring and applying for local scholarships.
Find Scholarships to Pay for College
- Start early – at least six months prior to your start semester. You can even start the summer between your Junior and Senior year.
- Ask your local college about local scholarships.
- You only receive about 10% of scholarships you apply for — don't get discouraged.
- Use the U.S. Department of Labor's Free Scholarship Search Tool (link opens in a new browser window).
- View more scholarship opportunities at FastWeb.com (link opens in a new browser window).
Scholarships Tips and Strategies
You should not have to pay to submit an application for a scholarship. If you come across a scholarship that includes an application fee it may be a scam.
Also, it is best to organize the college scholarships you are applying for. Make sure you note the deadlines for your scholarship application and read the directions carefully. Most require essays. Read the essay instructions particularly well. Since many scholarships require essays, you may find that submitting your first few scholarship applications take more time. As you apply for scholarships, you may have essays already written that you can modify for the next scholarships application.
You can start applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior year.
Ask the college you want to attend if they have scholarship opportunities - these may be easier to get.
If you'd like to track your scholarships, you can use this free scholarship tracking worksheet (pdf).