College expenses can add up quickly. There are millions of dollars of unclaimed scholarship money left on the table each year.  

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Tips for finding scholarship opportunities



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  • Start searching before senior year: Getting an early start on the scholarship search can increase the number of options you have. 

  • Many scholarships are specifically for high school seniors, however there are some that are available for younger students. Scholarships often have a minimum GPA requirement, so getting an early start gives students an opportunity to work toward having a higher GPA if necessary.

  • Talking to your high school guidance counselor can be a quick way to get informed about what scholarships are available to you. And local business usually tell local high schools about any scholarships they may be offering first. 

  • Check college websites: Most colleges have a page on their website listing scholarship opportunities. Since most of them are going to be to that school, make sure it's somewhere you've applied to and are considering attending. However, some colleges also list outside scholarships that are typically offered by a local business.

  • Visit the Financial Aid office: Students that already know which college they'll be attending can go to their college's financial aid office to look for scholarships. Sometimes the financial aid office has applications for local scholarships or scholarships sponsored by the school.

  • Organizations and Businesses: Businesses and organizations related to your field of study are a great place to start. They often offer scholarships to students going to college to study in a field that could be potentially useful to them in the future.

  • Ask Local Groups: It couldn't hurt to ask different foundations, religious organizations or groups in your area if they offer scholarships. Many foundations do offer scholarships and since they are typically only awarded locally there is less competition.  Civic groups, Churches and Credit Unions are a great source for local scholarships.

  • Search the web: Looking for scholarships on the internet is a great way to find tons of them. There are several scholarship search engines that make surfing the web much quicker. Searching the web provides many more options, however there is also more competition for these scholarships.

  • Be specific: When searching the web it is important to look for scholarships that apply directly to you. Typing "scholarship" into google will give you many options, but all of those options probably aren't available to you. Try searching for scholarships based on your field of study, your area, your state, your gender, etc.. Being specific allows you to find more scholarships without finding out half way through the application that you don't even qualify.

  • Non-Academic: If your grades aren't perfect there's no need to worry. Scholarships aren't just for students with a high GPA. Non-Academic scholarships are available to a wide variety of people. They can be based on community service, leadership, extra-curricular activities, hobbies, disabilities, or even wearing duct tape accessories to the prom (see, there IS something for everyone!)

  • Don't give up: Finding scholarships can be a long, time-consuming process but it is worth it. To win a lot of scholarships, you have to apply for a lot of scholarships. Many scholarships even require the same material, so saving materials from each application can be a huge time-saver.

  • Remember, it is NEVER too early for high school students to start searching and applying for college scholarships! There are scholarships given out for almost anything these days, so push your child to go out and find them!