Scholarship Searches

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Searching for scholarships takes time and energy, but remember: It's free money. If you spend five hours applying for scholarships and receive only one $500 scholarship, that's the same as earning $100 an hour—not bad!

The Internet

Many websites have large scholarship databases that will do the grunt work for you. Enter your criteria and they return a list of scholarships that match. Most sites are free and only require you to register to use their services. There are also many organizations that provide scholarships and/or links to scholarship resources. Some sites to check out are:

Scholarship Guides

Your local library or your high school guidance counselor should have a number of these books. Again, scholarships are listed by criteria. While most guides will share some scholarships in common, there will be many that are unique to each guide, so be sure to look through more than one. You can find these guides in bookstores and libraries:

  • How to Get Money for College , by Woodburn Press
  • Cash for College , by NASFAA
  • How to Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families , by Gen and Kelly Tanabe
  • The A's and B's of Academic Scholarships, by Anna Leider and Anna Schimke
  • The Black Student's Guide to Scholarships
  • The Scholarship Book, by National Scholarship Research Service
  • The Scholarship Advisor, by Christopher Vuturo
  • Winning Scholarships for College: An Insider's Guide
  • Peterson's College Money Handbook
  • Paying for College without Going for Broke, by Kalman Chany and Geoff Martz
  • Peterson's Winning Money for College

Other Sources

There are a number of organizations that will pay all or part of your way through college in return for a two- to four-year commitment when you graduate. These include: