Private/Outside Scholarships

Every semester, national scholarship search programs help thousands of students pay for school by matching them to scholarships, grants, and internships. These national scholarship search programs are free, so make sure you apply far and wide! You could win a scholarship for a number of reasons, including grades, athletics, volunteer work, ethnicity, personal interests, and more. Since you do not have to pay back a scholarship, it is the best type of aid to help you pay for college. And don’t think that just because the award is only a couple hundred bucks it’s not worth applying. A bunch of little ones combined can make a huge difference in covering college costs.

You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting thOffice of Financial Aid and checking information in a public library. Your parent's employer, online, your high school guidance office, or community organizations are other good places to inquire.

Be cautious when searching for scholarships. All legitimate scholarship searches should be free and should not ask you to provide any credit card or bank information. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a scholarship offer or search, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Better Business Bureau.

Any outside scholarship that a student receives will be applied first to any unmet financial need. If there is no unmet financial need, we will first reduce federal work study, then loan(s), and lastly grant money. Most financial aid professionals and guidance counselors recommend students use FastWeb when searching for outside scholarships online. This website is free for students and does a nationwide search for scholarships.

Below is a list of sites providing scholarship information:
www.americorps.gov
www.cityyear.org
www.collegeboard.org/
www.fastweb.com

www.finaid.org/scholarships/
www.jobcorps.gov
www.publicservicedegrees.org
www.risla.com/college-planning/scholarships
www.scholarships.com
www.scholarshipamerica.org