The following information is to help you find scholarships
be available for school. Start with the free resources first.
I. Internet resources that are free:
Smart Student guide to financial aid
Sallie Mae Cashe
4. Internet application for scholarships
and other free money that may this site looks like a sweepstakes site. No money is
required to enter daily and monthly scholarship drawings, but beware: Sites like this also
sell lists of e-mail addresses, possibly making you a "spam" target.
this site is a wonderful tool for searching scholarships offered in each state. This site is
free and highly recommended.
An all around education portal for first time students, returning students.
8. MOLIS Scholarship/Fellowship
Scholarships for minority students.
9. Arts Deadline List
Scholarships, grants and programs in the art field.
10. College Board scholarships search
A collection of resources in searching for scholarships.
By Petersen's Publishing -offers information about colleges and scholarships.
Education, funding, and grants.
MACH25 By College Net
Free scholarship search which also helps you create letters to apply for scholarships.
Sallie Mae Scholarships
Federal Loan's Program's own scholarship search.
Bills itself as "World's largest FREE online scholarship database".
16. InternationalStudent. com
An excellent information page for international students interested in studying in the
United States with a link to an affiliated site with information about scholarships for
17. Scholarship-page .com
Free scholarship search service.
FreSch...a free scholarship service as well as college and career recommendations.
19. rams. com
Scholarship resource network
Another pretty comprehensive information page for college students, with a free
II. Fee based Internet resources.
[fee-based] scholarships grants college
$19.95 for book
These require some amount of payment:
financial aid Alpha Two publishing -they offer a report, which you must pay for, which
gives how-to's on scholarships, grants, loans, other financial aid.
$19.95 for report
$12.97 for book (plus shipping & handling)
III. Other resources:
Report on "Paying for college: loans, grants, scholarships & scams"
this is a list of books and publications at the library. This was put on line by the Rancho
Cucamonga Public library
3. There is at least one group on Onelist that deals primarily searching for free money for
school. www.onelist.com check for it through their search engine (used "scholarships
4. Any public library, check your school library, check with librarian.
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
INFORMATION ABOUT FINANCIAL AID:
1. www.ed.gov/studentaid This is the department of education website and can be a
useful start into discovering the world of federal aid.
2. www.fafsa.ed.gov The application to federal aid can be found in this site. Every
January 1st the new application is issued. A big hint is to apply for a pin number early
and always keep a copy of your Student Aid Report, worksheets and taxes in one file.
3. www.ftc.govlbcp/conlineledcamslscholarshiplindex.html This is the Federal Trade
Commission site. Very good information for parents and students regarding scholarship
fraud. Also a good site to report scholarship scams.
4. www.salIiemae.com Information about college loans and also get pre-approved for a
Parent PLUS loan.
5. www.scholarshipcoach.com A fun and inspirational site by Ken Kaplan. Articles
about what he had learned looking for scholarship. Worth taking a look at his advise.
More SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITES:
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
2.www.aasa.org (high school juniors)
5. www.target.com (search "scholarship" in the search box; also available to under grads)
MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS SITES
1. www.hsf.net The Hispanic Scholarship Fund
2. www.gmsp.org The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
3. www.uncf.org The United Negro College Fund
4. www.ocanatl.org The Organization of Chinese Americans
5. www.indian-affairs.org The Association on American Indian Affairs
6. www.nativearts.org The Native American Art Studies Association
7. www.uspaacc.com The US Pan American Chamber of Commerce
8. www.jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League
9. www.rmhc.com The Ronald McDonald House Charities
ADVICE TO EVERYONE
1.Do not pay anyone for a scholarship search or to apply for a scholarship. Do not give
out your credit card information.
2. Essay contests, art contest and general contests are great ways to find funding and
exposure but be aware of how your information is used in the contests.
3. Establish an e-mail address strictly for scholarships so that your regular e-mail address
do not get overloaded if you accept any offers for information. Create a new address that
reflects a professional attitude.
4. Know the social affiliations of your parents and grandparents. Many local and national
clubs will hold scholarships for members, relatives and member nominees.
5. Corporate scholarships are starling to be administered by the company. Use the search
mode to look for scholarship within the site. Pick a common household brand and start
6. Take a look at your state grants. Some states will let students take the grants into
another state. Take a look at the deadlines of the different states in front of the FAFSA.
Know your state's residency requirements.
7,Follow directions carefully. The people processing the information will not stop and
call you because you forgot something real simple.
8. Dress your application for success. Spend a little time to make sure your application is
in a format that works well and looks good. First impression counts.
9. Keep copies of all your information and obtain a Certificate of Mailing from the post
10.Let people who you might want to ask for recommendations know what you are
planning on doing as early as possible. They can start formulating something in their
head about you. Communicate with the person if you plan to read their recommendation
or you just want the sealed envelope. Keep in mind to also send a thank you note for their
time. You may need them to generate the same letter for another scholarship.
11.Take advantage of scholarships search engine that will print out request letters.
12.Understand your scholarship award letter. You may have to turn in something once
you are in school to certify that you are a full-time student or have made academic
progress. Keep a contact person at the scholarship site for any questions and additional
help you may require.
12. Be aware of your credit history. Avoid signing up for credit cards because they are
offering discounts or giveaways. Build up a credit history, keep it clean, and/or fix your
13.Visit the library or the bookstore and look up scholarships on books. You do not have
to buy the books from the bookstore. Just bring a notepad and write down the websites or
14. Keep looking for scholarships regardless of what year in college you are attending.
15. Do not put working part-time out of the question in helping to pay for college.
16. Send a Thank You card to everybody (the scholarship office, your schools. the people
who wrote your recommendations)
More Online Scholarships
http://www.finaid.org -A guide to student loans, scholarships, and military aid.
Includes helpful information about how to recognize scholarship scams!
http://www.fastweb.com -A free scholarship search, with a database of over 400,000
scholarships. You have to fill out a lengthy personal profile, but you immediately receive
a list of available scholarships, and any new ones that match your profile will be emailed
http://www.freschinfo.com -A free scholarship search. The web site also includes
information and tips to help increase your chances of winning a scholarship.
http://www.srnexpress.com -A free scholarship search. It gives you the option of
whether you'd like to do a custom scholarship search, or a quick search, based on your
major or location.
http://www.gocollege.com -This search has a database of 500,000 available
scholarships. You can either search in 'lite' mode (tree), which will give you random
access to one-third of the database, or in 'full' mode, for a $9 fee.
http://search.cashe.com –A free scholarship search. This site also requires you to fill
out a lot of information.
http://www.embark.com –A free scholarship search. Rather confusing but it is free so
it might be worth your time.
http://dir.yahoo.comleducation/financial_ aid/scholarship -programs -Listing of
many organizations that provide scholarships.
http://www.wvmccd.cc.ca.us/wvc/pat/scholar.html -Links to sources of scholarship
Scholarship Search Sites & General
Scholarships for Women:
Network of Executive Women in
Girls Going Places Scholarship
*For girls up to 18 years of age
http://www.guardianlife.com/womenschannel/girls going places/girlsgoing places.html
Scholarships for Native Americans:
American Indian College Fund
American Indian Endowed
Scholarships for Hispanic Americans:
First in My Family Scholarship
Hispanic College Fund
Scholarships for African Americans
American Dream Scholarship
The Straightforward Media
American Society of Interior
Gates Millennium Scholars
Scholarships for High School Students:
Horatio Alger Association
Patricia M. McNamara Memorial Scholarship
AXA Achievement Scholarship Program
Community service Scholarships:
Target All-Around Scholarship
http://target.com/target group/community giving/scholarship rules.jhtml