- Colleges and Universities: The largest scholarships are awarded by the school itself and are merit-based. Each school’s requirements for merit scholarships can be found on the university’s website.
- Your High School: The guidance department at your high school can be a wealth of information about college, and scholarships are no exception.
- Local scholarships from community organizations/civic clubs: If you or your parents belong to a local service organization, be sure to check with them to find any possible scholarship opportunities.
- Your Employer: There may be scholarships available from parent’s employer, or even from your own! For example, McDonald’s offers the McDonald’s Educates Scholarship for outstanding student employees.
- Free online scholarship search engines: You probably know about FastWeb, Chegg and other search engines (these can be time consuming, but can pay off!). But here’s a pro tip: to save yourself from having to fill out so many applications in duplicate, check out Scholarship Owl, which fills out forms for you automatically, and Apply.ME, a scholarship app that lets you simply swipe right to apply.
Bonus: Check your credit union, insurance company, and other service providers’ websites for possible scholarship opportunities. For example, Max Federal Credit Union awards 10 scholarships in the amount of $2500 to qualifying students who bank with them.