6 Places to Look for Scholarships

Scholarships are used to help pay for your college education. There are generally two types of scholarships: merit-based and need-based. Merit-based scholarships are given for academic achievement, whereas need-based scholarships are given to students with great financial need.

Here are 6 Places to Look for Scholarships:

1. Your High School Guidance Counselor. If you’re a high school student, talk to your guidance office about what career may be right for you; which schools are a good match for your college goals, career goals, and budget; and which federal grants and private scholarships you may qualify for.

2. Financial Aid Office of Your College, University, or Career School. If you’re an independent adult student currently in school or returning to school, talk to the financial aid offices of the school or schools you want to apply to. Finding out which scholarships they can offer you may help you decide which school to enroll in. Many scholarships for financially disadvantaged students, nontraditional students, and single parents are offered at the school level. Scholarships and grants are available for graduate students, too.

3. Your Employer. Many large corporations have benefits or charitable foundations that provide scholarships for employees and children of employees. For example, Amtrak, Coca-Cola, Dunkin’ Donuts, ExxonMobil, Goodyear, Hanes, Kmart, McDonald’s, NASA, Nestlé USA, Outback Steakhouse, Papa John’s, Philips, Sears, 3M, Tyson, Verizon, Walt Disney, and Whirlpool all have employee scholarship programs.

4. Industry Trade Associations.. Many industry trade associations have charitable foundations that offer scholarships to students pursuing education for industry-related careers. There are hundreds of U.S. industry trade associations and many have lobbyists – which means they have money.

5. Labor Unions. Many major labor unions offer scholarships for members and their dependent children.

6. Local Businesses & Nonprofit Community Organizations. You may find scholarship opportunities at your hometown independent bank or with nonprofit community, church, or civic organizations. By meeting local scholarship providers face to face, you may get an edge over other applicants. National nonprofit organizations also offer scholarships.

Check out StudentAdvisor.com’s Scholarship Secrets Guide for more tips!

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