Scholarship Information

Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

What kinds of scholarships are available?
How do I find scholarships?
When do I apply for scholarships?
How do I apply for scholarships?
How do I get my scholarship money?
How does a scholarship affect my other student aid?

What kinds of scholarships are available?

Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.

Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. And some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families).

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it's worth applying for, because it'll help reduce the cost of your education.

How do I find scholarships?

You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful. Make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate; and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. Check out our information on how to avoid scams.

Try these free sources of information about scholarships:

  • the financial aid office at a college or career school
  • a high school or TRIO counselor
  • the U.S. Department of Labor's FREE scholarship search tool
  • federal agencies
  • your state grant agency
  • your library's reference section
  • foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
  • organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
  • ethnicity-based organizations
  • your employer or your parents' employers


When do I apply for scholarships?

That depends on each scholarship's deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you're in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years. But if you've missed that window, don't give up! Look at scholarship information to see which ones you can still apply for now.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship's website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadline.

How do I get my scholarship money?

That depends on the scholarship. The money might go directly to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, and then any leftover funds given to you. Or it might be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you've been awarded the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.

How does a scholarship affect my other student aid?

A scholarship will affect your other student aid because all your student aid added together can't be more than your cost of attendance at your college or career school. So, you'll need to let your school know if you've been awarded a scholarship so that the financial aid office can subtract that amount from your cost of attendance (and from certain other aid, such as loans, that you might have been offered). Then, any amount left can be covered by other financial aid for which you're eligible. Questions? Ask your financial aid office.


Scholarships Available for Foundations and Philanthropies from around the Web.

Western Indiana Community Foundation Announces Lilly Endowment CommunityScholarship Winner
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

A high school senior in Indiana has become the state's latest recipient of a prestigious scholarship. Luke Foxworthy, a student at Fountain Central High School in Covington, was awarded the Lilly...more

Trull Foundation Donates $28000 To Support Internships, Nursing
Foundation: Trull Foundation

Students at the University of Houston-Victoria in Texas can now get paid internships thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Trull Foundation, the Houston Chronicle reports. Many degree programs at the...more

$650000+ In Scholarships Available At Truman Heartland Community Foundation
Foundation: Truman Heartland Community Foundation

The Truman Heartland Community Foundation is offering more than $650,000 in scholarships for the 2022-23 school year. Whether you are a high school senior, a current college student, or an adult...more

MCHS Senior Adams Named Lilly Scholar
Foundation: Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County, Lilly Endowment

A high school senior in Indiana has been named the 2023 recipient of a $50,000 scholarship from the Lilly Endowment. John Mitchell Adams, a senior at Madison Consolidated High School in Madison,...more

Perry County Community Foundation Community Scholarship program now accepting applications
Foundation: Community Foundation Alliance, Perry County Community Foundation

If you're planning on attending college in the fall, now's the time to get in touch with the Perry County Community Foundation. The nonprofit is accepting scholarship applications through Feb. 1,...more

Kochi Couple's Social Startup Opens Avenues Of Opportunities For Kids

When Ashwathy Venugopal was in Class 8, her teachers told her about events her school was participating in, but she couldn't attend because she wasn't old enough.That's how the Indian woman felt...more

Scholarships Available To South Haven High School Students

High school seniors in South Haven, Mich., can now apply for nearly $80,000 in scholarships. The South Haven Area Community Foundation, in a partnership with the South Haven Public Schools, is...more

South Haven College Scholarship Applications Streamlined Under One Application Process

"This is a student's best opportunity to be awarded scholarship money as these scholarships are only available to seniors attending South Haven High School." That's the message from the South...more

Grant Funding Received For Jay Tennis Courts

A community in Maine is getting new tennis courts in the name of a man who died in the sinking of the El Faro. The HollandStrong Community Foundation has been awarded a $206,624 grant from the...more

Nathan Fillenwarth Wins Lilly Scholarship
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

An Indiana high school senior has been named the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar for 2023, receiving a full scholarship to study to become a veterinarian. Nathan Fillenwarth of DeKalb High...more

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