Recently there have been a lot of questions pertaining to searching for scholarships for college, thus we wanted to devote another BLOG Post to this topic. Although many seniors in high school may be focusing now on their college admission applications, they also should be focusing on the search for outside scholarships. Outside scholarships are available through foundations, businesses, civic organizations, employers, and many large and small companies all looking to support students in financing their college degree.
In addition to the related articles on outside scholarships found on this site, we wanted to mention a few helpful tidbits related to scholarship searches that will hopefully help streamline the process.
The process of looking for outside scholarships is tedious and time consuming, however, for those that put the time in both searching for scholarships and completing the required applications, it can be very fruitful. First, to look for scholarships, be sure to use a reputable and recognized search engine, such as fastweb.com. Students can use this site, build a custom profile for themselves, and secure a list of appropriate scholarships. Each scholarship will require its own application from, and in some cases a copy of the Student Aid Report, transcripts, and letters of recommendation – to name a few items that are often requested. Students should approach the scholarship search process just as they do the admission process – stay organized, track required data, meet all deadlines, and submit a neat and complete application. Tracking sheets are available in the appendices of Financial Aid Sense and we also devote an entire chapter to the scholarship search process filled with helpful information related to scholarship searches.
One thing to be sure of, plenty of information on scholarships is available for FREE, yes free! Please do not pay a company to do a scholarship search for you as one can secure the same scholarship leads themselves by using fast.web. There are many companies out there that take people’s money for a scholarship search that the family can do themselves. For more on scholarship search scams see the article on this site.
If you are awarded an outside scholarship, please be sure to find out if it is renewable in future years, and if so note what is required for renewal. Colleges typically will take into consideration scholarship monies that are received and will expect the money to be used towards educational expenses, so be prepared to disclose the amount of scholarships received to the college’s financial aid office.
More info on scholarships can be found in Financial Aid Sense.
Best of luck in your search!