Originally Posted: Feb 16, 2016
Last Updated: May 27, 2020
A scholarship search can be very fruitful if you’re patient enough. First, figure out what scholarships you should look for by making a list of criteria relevant to you (everything from your intended major to hobbies to ethnic background); you’ll find helpful advice on making your scholarship lists here and here. You can also dive in by looking at the big national scholarships (ones that pay $10,000 or more). These will be the most competitive and time consuming to apply for but can possibly pay for a year or more of college tuition and fees. Next, look at scholarships offered by your intended colleges. Finally, do research into smaller scholarships that match your search criteria. Always read the qualifications first; if you don’t meet the requirements, write the name of the scholarship on an itemized list so you don’t accidentally look at it again later on. You may find that there is an amalgam of scholarships that you can win worth $100–$1,000, well worth the time to fill out an application or write an essay. (And you can start your scholarship search here!)
Director of Admissions
North Central University
Set aside a designated time each week to search out and apply for scholarships. Don’t limit yourself to just online scholarship websites. Contact local and national businesses, corporations, and organizations directly to inquire about any they may offer. For those who are fortunate enough to not have to work, make it your part-time job. It’ll pay off big time in the end.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Grand View University
Scholarships will not come directly to you; you will need to do some digging. Talk to your high school counselor, your pastor at church, your parents’ workplaces, etc. Apply like crazy to outside scholarships, and keep an eye on those deadlines!