How do I find a scholarship?

Scholarships are funds awarded to students based on a variety of factors such as their academic achievement, certain talents, characteristics or circumstances and range from the straightforward to the unusual.  Given the high volume of scholarships and scholarship websites out there, it is important to know how to find a legitimate scholarship that you might qualify for.

Who Offers Scholarships?
The most legitimate scholarships can be found by the following:

  1. Federal Government
  2. Private Organizations (here’s a list of private scholarships that you might be interested in)
  3. Non-profit Organizations

Where to Research:
One simple and obvious way to research scholarship opportunities is on the internet.  To avoid the many scholarship scam sites that exist, it is best to look at websites of public benefits organizations such as the United Negro College Fund or the U.S. Department of Education.  You can also look for legitimate scholarships at not for profit financial aid websites.

Visit your local or college library to find material listing scholarships that you may be eligible for.  Be sure to take advantage of other information resources, especially human resources, such as the librarian.

Financial Aid Office
Another great place to get scholarship, as well as other types of financial aid information is your college financial aid office or website.  There you can find the most accurate information plus find out deadline, requirements and other scholarship details.

Tips to Remember
Scholarships are financial awards given to students, they are not a business and not for profit.  If there is a fee to apply for a scholarship, it is not likely to be legitimate.
Scholarships are not given away like a sweepstakes, if you did not apply for a scholarship and you are told that you “won” a scholarship, be sure to learn for certain the legitimacy of the organization offering it.