Scholarship Search Tips

Begin your scholarship search by talking to friends, family, and academic advisors, admissions counselors, and financial aid advisors. Investigate all prospective aid resources or sponsors of aid as soon as you identify them. Looking for free money for college is going to take as much time, energy and effort as a part-time job. It is worth it.

  • Start your scholarship search early.
  • Block out time in your schedule to search and apply for scholarships.
  • Use free scholarship search engines and answer all profile questions to get the best search results.
  • Read newspapers, school announcements and bulletins for local scholarship opportunities.
  • Make sure your high school guidance counselor knows who you are and that you are looking for scholarship opportunities. The counselors often know what is available in your local community
  • Contact business and industry groups and organizations that provide services or products in your major or career field. They may award scholarships to students who are entering that profession.
  • Check with your church, synagogue, or other religious affiliation for possible financial resources.
  • Your employer may offer scholarships. Check with your and your parent’s HR department.
  • Contact your local community leaders or chamber of commerce to determine if the community is sponsoring students in specific professions (medical students, engineers, teachers, etc.).
  • Contact national organizations which may offer scholarships to individuals with your cultural background, personal circumstances, interests, and skills.
  • Ask everyone at about scholarship opportunities – Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Advisors, faculty members, and other students.
  • Be aware of application deadline dates.
  • Never give up looking for scholarships.