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Scholarship Searches

There are several Online scholarship search programs available to students. It is important to realize that these databases only identify scholarships that the student would potentially be qualified to apply for. The student must follow-up on their own to actually submit a scholarship application to the appropriate agency or sponsor.



Web address: http://www.scholarships.com
Time for search criteria: 10 minutes
Information required: Student information, academic information, artistic/athletic information, background information, organizations.
Results organized by: You can customize the way you sort the scholarships.
Overall review: This sites main forte is scholarships, and its a good place to search for them.  Being able to order your search results by relevance to you is very helpful. There is also an area for 'Scholarship Sweepstakes' and 'Contests'.

 

Web address: http://apps.collegeboard.com
Time for search criteria: 5 minutes
Information required: Student information, background information, school information, military relations.
Results organized by: Sorts are in alphabetical order. The display shows the sponsor of scholarship, type of award, and deadline. You must click on each award to find its amount and requirements..
Overall review: Collegeboard.com is a great site to search for scholarships.  It is geared toward high school students. The scholarship search gives lots of results, and the only draw back is having to click on each scholarship to find out its amount and requirements.

 

Web address: http://www.collegeanswer.com
Time for search criteria: 3 minutes for account (required to do search), 15-20 minutes for scholarship search
Information required: Student information (very detailed), school information, activities/jobs.
Results organized by: Sorts are based on deadline and only the name of the scholarship is available. You must click on each one to get information about them.
Overall review: This is a good site generating more specific results.  Collegeanswer.com does not produce a lengthy list of results, however based on more extensive search criteria the results are more relevant than other sites.  If you have the time to click on each scholarship, there is a detailed description of each one, including contact information. 

 

Web address: http://www.fastweb.com
Time for search criteria: 10-15 minutes for profile. You must register to do the search.
Information required: Student information, academic information, student activities, and parent/family information.
Results organized by: Read/unread scholarships, name, amount, or deadline.
Overall review: Fastweb.com is the most well-known and a very good site to start your scholarship search.  It has detailed information page with links to the sponsors Website.  It has lots of scholarships and it keeps an updated list of scholarships.  The site will send you an email when new scholarships are available and when deadlines are approaching.  Be prepared for pop-ups and advertisements.

 

Web address: http://www.petersons.com
Time for search criteria: 10 minutes. You must complete a profile to start the search.
Information required: Student information, high school information, activities/awards, college information..
Results organized by: Name.
Overall review: This is a good site and displays deadlines, amount, and type of award for each scholarship. Clicking on the scholarship will give you detailed information including the requirements. You can save the scholarships that you like to your own list, so you can go back to them any time.

 

Web address: http://www.collegetoolkit.com
Time for search criteria: <1 minute for sign up (required).  10 minutes for profile.
Information required: Student information, academic information, extracurricular, affiliations, and miscellaneous.
Results organized by: Name, Amount, Deadline, or Number of awards available.
Overall review: Formerly known as Lunch-Money.com.  One nice feature is that you can do searches based on only part of the criteria that you entered; for example just geographic information, or just heritage/religious information entered.  Click on the scholarships you want to save and they are added to your briefcase, where you can look back on them at any time.  You can also apply for some scholarships right from your scholarship search. 

 

Web address: http://www.brokescholar.com
Time for search criteria: 8 minutes.  Automatically creates an account for you.
Information required: Student information, school/academic information, activities/interests.
Results organized by: Rating. Scale of 1-4 Stars.
Overall review: This is a great site with lots of information displayed about each scholarship (name, type, amount, deadline, and rating).  You can pick scholarships to save to your own list, and that list can be organized by name, amount or deadline.  Another really nice feature is that it keeps a calendar of deadlines for the scholarships you have selected.  You can also choose to have emails sent to you when scholarship deadlines are approaching. 

 

Web address: http://www.collegedata.com
Time for search criteria: 10-15 minutes.
Information required: Personal information, college plans, and academic information.
Results organized by: Random.
Overall review: The beginning of this page gives very clear and basic instructions on how to use their scholarship search.   The results on this page are listed in a well organized way and there is an easy to read chart.  There are many results listed. Clicking on the individual scholarships provides a more detailed description and additional information.  Overall, this site is easy to navigate and returns a respectable number of scholarships.