Searching for Scholarships

Tips to maximize your scholarship search!<br>

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Did you know scholarships are just waiting to be claimed? We’re serious! But finding those scholarships can be a pain. We want to make sure you have the knowledge you need to dive into a scholarship search. Here are key searches to help you be as specific as possible.


Local Chapters– Do you have a local Rotary Club or Kiwanis Club? Try looking online for one in your community. The pools for those scholarships are much smaller since it’s for local students. Check out our other article on how to search locally for scholarships.


Majors – Do you already know what you’re going to major in? Good news! There are tons of scholarships that are major specific. No matter if you’re a science genius or a history buff, there’s a scholarship out there for you.


Colleges – Some universities give out scholarships to their incoming freshmen. Check out your potential college sites and see if they offer any. If they do, find out how they are awarded so you can be on top of it.


Culture – Many scholarships are based on your ethnicity, race, gender, or what languages you speak. You’ll be surprised how many are out there so definitely try and apply to those that reflect your background.


Parents’ workplace – Many companies, especially big companies, give out scholarships to their employees’ children. Search to see if your parents’/guardian’s company has any scholarship opportunities.


Academic/Merit-Based – If you have a great GPA, then look for merit-based scholarships. They usually are looking for students who have a 3.0 and above.


Military – There are tons of scholarship opportunities for children and even grandchildren of veterans and current military personnel. Some scholarships can be specific to military branches or an individual troop.


Hobbies/Creative – Do you love to paint, take pictures, or like to design prom dresses out of duct tape? There’s a scholarship for that.


First-generation to attend college – There are scholarships out there specifically for those students who are the first in their family to go to college. Not only do organizations give these out, but many colleges do as well. Check out your potential schools to see if they offer it.


Legacy – Did you know some colleges have legacy scholarships? Legacy scholarships mean if one of your parents or grandparents attended a particular college, that school could offer you a scholarship if you decide to attend. If you fall under this category, search your school and see if they offer that.


Storytelling – You’d be surprised how many scholarships just want you to tell a great story. If you love to write, these are the scholarships for you!


Community Service – If you’re part of any community service club at school, check the official organization to see if they offer any scholarships. Big national clubs usually do.


Popular Scholarships – Don’t be intimidated by big scholarships like the Gates Scholarship or the Doodle 4 Google Scholarship. You never know until you try!