dcsimg
You are here:

How to Find the Right Scholarship

Are you looking for scholarships but don't know where to start? Finding the right scholarship for your situation can be a very tricky business. There are millions of them out there, and it is up to you to do your research and find the ones that apply to your status of course of study. You will need to approach this process with patience and determination.

The first step in finding the right scholarship is knowing how scholarships vary from one another. All scholarships will fall into one of four sources: federal government, state government, post-high school institutions, and private funders. Knowing which scholarship to go after and when, will allow you to organize your search process into a more structured experience.

The next step in the process would be to come up with some possible sources for each category. For the federal and state scholarships, check out sites like FinAid.org or fafsa.ed.gov for an extensive list of scholarship options. If you're like most students however, filling out the FAFSA is going to be the extent of your government scholarship/grant experience. The remaining categories, institution and private funders, are more likely to capture your attention, so make sure you don't cut any corners! Make a list of businesses, clubs, and organizations that either you or your family are connected to. Churches, jobs, parents' companies, recreation centers, community service clubs, and fraternal organizations, all hand out millions of academic dollars every year. Within the actual schools, don't forget to check scholarships offered on both the campus wide level as well as departmental financial support. Many scholarships are exclusively available for specific majors and minors, not to mention first year freshmen.

Your academic record - specifically your GPA will be one of the biggest factors in whether or not you will be qualified for a scholarship. If your grades weren't tip top, make sure you include any interests and extracurricular activities in you application. Many scholarships look for qualifications other than GPA. Some seek candidates who are involved in community service, social groups, music, or even specific clubs. Most importantly, make sure your essay specifically pertains to the scholarship that you are applying for, and that your application is 100% complete.

Search Schools

      
Matching School Ads
  • Baker College Online

    Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.

    Programs

    • Elementary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement - Certificate
    • Business Intelligence - MBA (Master's)
    • Information Technology and Security - Bachelor
    • More...
    Location:
    Willis: 4500 Enterprise Dr. Allen Park,, Willis MI 48191
    Baker College Online Request Info »
  • Penn Foster Schools

    Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

    Programs

    • Bookkeeping
    • Veterinary Assistant
    • HVACR Technician
    • More...
    Location:
    Scranton: , Scranton PA 18515
    Penn Foster Schools Request Info »
  • Stratford Career Institute

    Earn Your Diploma from Home!

    Programs

    • Drug & Alcohol Treatment Specialist
    • Funeral Service Education
    • French as a Second Language
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Stratford Career Institute Request Info »
  • Northern Arizona University Online

    #1 Best Online College

     

    Northern Arizona University understands the need for flexibility in your learning journey.

    Programs

    • Computer Information Technology - BS/BA
    • Small Business Administration - BBA
    • Liberal Arts - BS/BA
    • More...
    Location:
    Flagstaff: , Flagstaff AZ 86001
    Northern Arizona University Online Request Info »
  • Animal Behavior College

    Interested in a career as a professional dog trainer? Animal Behavior College is the place to start.

    Programs

    • Veterinary Assistant
    • Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course
    • Grooming Instruction

    Location: Online

    Animal Behavior College Request Info »
  • UT - Arlington

    About The University of Texas at Arlington

    Programs

    • M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
    • Master of Science in Nursing - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education
    • More...
    Location:
    Arlington: , Arlington TX 76019
    UT - Arlington Request Info »
  • Fremont College

    Fremont College traces its roots to Platt College’s founding in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1879, and the Southern California branch campus was established in 1986.

    Programs

    • AA - Healthcare Information Technology
    • Diploma - Massage
    • AA - Paralegal Studies
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Fremont College Request Info »
  • Baylor University

    About Baylor University

    Baylor is nationally-ranked as a research and academic institution by both U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger’s.

    Programs

    • Master of Business Administration
    Location:
    Waco: , Waco TX 76798
    Baylor University Request Info »
  • University of North Carolina - Wilmington

    About University of North Carolina Wilmington

     

    To meet today’s high demand for nursing professionals UNCW is offering an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program completely online.

    Programs

    • MSN Nurse Educator
    • RN to BSN

    Location: Online

    University of North Carolina - Wilmington Request Info »
  • Blue Cliff College - Online

    You’ve expressed interest in Blue Cliff College before, now we have online programs to better fit your busy lifestyle. Enroll now!

    Programs

    • Health Information/Medical Billing & Coding

    Location: Online

    Blue Cliff College - Online Request Info »
  • Matching School Ads

    Quick School Search

    College & Career Search Tools

    • Careers: Unsure about your career path? Study profiles of hundreds of professions.

    • Interviews: Professors and deans sit down with our team to give you unique insights on college life.

    • Military Education: Find only Military friendly online schools and campuses.

    • Student Reviews: Know before you go. Read student reviews on over 2000 accredited colleges. Write your own experience.