Want free scholarship information? Is it time to line up money for college? Here are 5 great resources you can check, and pointers on how to use them. Find and apply for more scholarships, and win more money.
As you get ready to find free scholarship information, and free money, get in the right frame of mind. You have a lot to offer, and you can finish your education. When you find a scholarship that you can qualify for, even with some work on your part, you’ll apply and make the effort.
The best way to win more free money is applying for more scholarships and grants, filling out the forms, writing the scholarship essays (link) and pursuing those awards. Good grades can win some, but so will a good essay, as well as applying to more places.
Now let’s take a look at various places you can look for scholarships that will bring in the money. I’ll also give you some pointers at the end of the article for finding more money that you may not have thought of. Those pointers won’t be the easy ones, though.
Each of these will require only a small amount of time to find out if a scholarship fits you. This could be the most valuable time you spend preparing for school.
1. The Student Aid Scholarship Search Engine You can do this search for free without registration. I explain it more on this page about searching using this engine , including some results and how to start your search.
When you search on this engine, it may bring back pages and pages of results. Instead of reading all of them immediately, either save the page as a web archive document using your browser (a .mht file) or print out all the results so you can cross off each one as you go.
For another similar engine, also free, try
. You have to register for this service.
2. Your University or College Financial Aid Office Nearly every school has a financial aid office to help you find free scholarship information. The trick you need to know: they typically only know about a few scholarships.
Most schools have their own in-house scholarships, money given just to their students for use at their school. Like the Carnegie scholarship; you use the money at Carnegie-Mellon.
But the office should also have their own books and lists of scholarships that you can look at if you will take the time. You may even be able to check out the books and bring them home for serious searching. Be persistent and follow through to find the money.
3. Government Sources of Scholarships You might be surprised how much money the government gives away in scholarships and grants. I’m nearly certain you’ve heard of the Pell grant program. It just got a big boost recently, and works well. But the federal and state governments have many more scholarship programs for you.
New York has the TAP program, California the Cal Grant and many others. Texas has a bunch, as do Florida and Illinois. Even Puerto Rico and Washington DC have their own programs. In fact, when you include state college programs, every state has something for their own residents.
You can find some federal programs at the studentaid website state programs at the state’s higher education website, or I have a free ebook with links to all the state higher education sites, and a bunch of federal programs.
4. Your Local Library I know, you have the web. But libraries have the full text books with scholarship listings. Of course, you can also look at web searches, but many will charge. The library is free.
5.Chambers of Commerce Local businesses may advertise their scholarships with the chamber of commerce. Most have their own websites, and their own news pages. Give them a call to see if they have heard anything lately. And some chambers offer their own scholarships as well.
Here are a couple of more difficult suggestions that can pay big rewards and free scholarship information. And remember the mindset – apply more, win more.
Ask your club for money Are you in a large club? Ask if it has a scholarship or a national organization. Can you join another club that would offer more scholarships?
Ask Local Businesses Do you have any local successful businesses? Call their public relations offices, or go see them. Take a nice picture of yourself and a resume or other write up of your accomplishments, perhaps your college application. Tell them what you plan to do with your education. Offer to pose with their president for a newspaper picture – beg for money. Don’t be shy. People ask for money all the time, because it works.
Who knows? Maybe they will write you a check, or start a scholarship competition because you asked.
You might benefit from these programs as well:
See if you can find a job that will help you pay for tuition as a job benefit. Tuition Reimbursement is a great way to get help.
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