Well this is the section that everyone is going to be most interested
in. Finding someone else to pay for your education for you.
Scholarships vary widely in form and function. There are three broad
categories of scholarships:
Here are a few hints about searching for scholarships:
State scholarships. These scholarships are offered by the state or
an office within the state. Some of these you will be able to recieve
if you attend a public or private university. However, some of these
will require that you be a citizen of and attend a public university in
University scholarships. These scholarships are offered to the student
either by the whole university or an organization within the university
(the English department) or a group that has close ties to the university
(the alumni association). The scholarships may have additional requirements
like student's major or volunteer hours. All university scholarships
can only be taken if you attend the university that offered them to you.
Organizational scholarships. Thesre are scholarships that are offered
to students by private organizations or businesses. Most of these
organizations send the funds directly to the university of your choice
for release. These scholarships may have essentially any requirements
that they wish and may descriminate in any way they wish.
Don't pay any organization to do the search for scholarships for you or
put you into consideration for a scholarship. They are almost all
shady and despite any promises to the contrary they cannot guarantee you
scholarships there are quite a few free search engines and scholarship
data searches out there (they make their money by advertising on their
site. Here are a few sites to try out:
This site is on about.com and takes a rather wholistic approach to college
applications. It has links to quite a few scholarship search engines
in its scholarships section.
-- The national merit foundation is a scholarship foundation that offers
some very nice scholarship packages and many colleges will often offer
additional scholarships to recipients. It says that you must
be working towards a high school diploma but it is possible for homeschooled
students to access this scholarship. This scholarship is based
on the PSAT for any chance of consideration you must take the PSAT.
-- This site offers a list of scholarships and fellowships offered by various
The government has a free database scholarship search called fastweb.com
give it a try. It allows you to log in with a personal profile and
search for scholarships based on established criteria.
Check with organizations that you and your parents are part of (many of
these scholarships will be smaller but they can add up):
Employment that you have had or that your parents have.
Fraternal organziations that your parents are part of are were part of
either in college or out of college.
County or City that you live in (check with local business organizations,
county seat office, city seat office it might take a bit of searching to
utilize this source unless you already know about it. The advantage
to this is there may be fewer applicants)
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