How to Effectively Find Scholarships
Last updated December 21, 2021
One of the most important components of being successful in your scholarship hunt is having an eye for the right fit -- meaning scholarships that fit your interests, experience, and goals.
At the same time, it’s extremely common to not receive a scholarship after having done all your research, feeling confident that it fits your experiences/goals, or working hard on the essay. The reality is that most scholarships offer fewer awards than the amount of qualified they get applicants for, so rejection is unfortunately apart of the process.
As much as effective scholarship hunting involves filtering for quality scholarships, it also requires persistence. You won’t win every scholarship you apply for, and it isn’t personal when you don’t win.
With these things in mind, here are some tips on how to effectively find and start applying for scholarships!
Start your search with a good scholarship database
Thousands of organizations and companies offer scholarships every year. Some of the big name scholarships are easier to track, but in general you want to search for scholarships with a reliable database that has consistently updated scholarships with accurate deadlines, and respects your personal data.
Get Schooled recommends Scholarships360 and JLV’s scholarship databases. They don’t require creating an account to view scholarships and are completely free to use. All scholarships listed include links to applications and up-to-date scholarship deadlines. If you want to try other databases, check our list of our favorite scholarship sites here.
Find out which scholarship categories fit your interests, background, and goals
Scholarships are typically organized by category - for example, scholarships for future STEM majors, scholarships for nurses, scholarships for students active in community service, scholarships for writers and/or artistic students, etc. Figure out what categories resonate with what you’re interested or have experience in, and start picking potential scholarships accordingly. Your odds of successfully earning a scholarship increase right off the bat when you apply to a scholarship that aligns with your interests, background, and/or goals.
Have a trusted friend, teacher, family member, OR Get Schooled review your scholarship application!
It’s always extremely beneficial to have another set of eyes look over your scholarship applications. Especially if the reviewer has experience in the scholarship space. Have a friend, teacher, or family member proof-read your application and any scholarship essays for errors, coherency, and overall quality.
Get Schooled can also review your scholarship application and any essays for free! We’ll provide actionable feedback and suggestions within one week of submission :)
Want to chat with us and get connected to specific scholarships? Text #Scholarships to 33-55-77 and we’ll work with you 1:1 on your hunt for scholarships!