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10 Ways to Find Scholarships

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10 Ways to Find Scholarships

By: Cristiana Salazar


Finding scholarships can be a great way to pay for your education, especially since the cost of living increases rapidly. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, rather than financial need, and can come from many different sources, including universities, nonprofit organizations, and private companies. Here are ten ways to find scholarships as a college student.


  1. Check with your school's financial aid office or academic department

Experts say that some of the best places for students to search for scholarships include their school's financial aid office or academic department. Even after you are accepted to the university and have received your financial package, call them and ask them if there is any other scholarship available for you to apply. It never hurts to ask for more!


  1. Apply for local scholarships

Applying for scholarships in your local area can be a great way to increase your chances of winning an award. Check with your high school guidance counselor or local community organizations to see what scholarships are available.


  1. Apply for scholarships with smaller awards

Scholarships with smaller awards may have fewer applicants, which can increase your chances of winning. Don't overlook these opportunities because every penny counts!


  1. Use scholarship search engines

Websites like FastWeb and Scholarship America allow you to search for scholarships based on your interests, skills, and background.


  1. Check with professional organizations

 Many professional organizations offer scholarships to students pursuing degrees in their field. Check with organizations related to your major or career interests.


  1. Look for scholarships related to your hobbies or interests

 Many scholarships are available for students who excel in areas like music, art, or athletics. Check with organizations related to your hobbies or interests to see what scholarships are available.


  1. Apply for scholarships that require essays 

Many scholarships require applicants to submit essays. While this may require more work, it can also increase your chances of winning, as there may be fewer applicants. This can also be your chance to showcase one of your skills.





  1. Apply for scholarships early

Most scholarships have early application deadlines, so it's important to start your search early and stay organized. Keep a checklist to stay organized and make sure you are doing everything required in the application. Missing some elements can make the university not consider you.


  1. Check with your employer

Check with your employer or your guardian’s employer to see what opportunities are available for you.


  1. Consider HBCU scholarships

Even though HBCUs tend to be more affordable, earning a scholarship can only be a positive thing. This article gives a detailed list of HBCUs that offer scholarships.


In conclusion, there are many ways to find scholarships. By checking with your school's financial aid office, applying for local scholarships, using scholarship search engines, and looking for scholarships related to your hobbies or interests, you can increase your chances of winning an award. Remember to start your search early, stay organized, and consider every scholarship available to maximize your opportunities. Application processes are tedious but you can save a lot of money by looking into scholarships.



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