Five easy steps to access nearly a BILLION DOLLARS in Scholarships and Financial Aide targeting Latinos, African Americans, American Indians, and others. There’s over 1,000 scholarship sources for students who will be in EACH of the following: a college Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior next school year. Further there’s over 500 scholarships for Graduate Students. Finally there’s over 100 sources of funding for students as young as the eighth grade to start preparing for college.
Step One: LEVEL Choose the college grade level that you will be at for the school year you are seeking funds.
Step Two: DIVERSITY Choose the Diversity Category that best fits you. You can do another search later for additional categories if you fit more than one. Everyone should sort on the Overall Diverse and the Open to All categories.
Step Three: CAREER FIELD Choose the Career Field you are in or considering and see the scholarships specifically for that field. For some fields number of potential scholarships is less. In many career fields such as Agriculture, Arts & Entertainment, Fashion, Food & Hospitality, Law, Liberal Studies, and Teaching we list under a 100 scholarship funds for each of them. Please keep in mind that each scholarship fund gives out both varying
numbers of scholarships and various amounts of total dollars in scholarships. One fund mind only give 10 scholarships, but each is for $20,000. Another might give out 300 scholarships, each for $2,000. In our mind, no scholarship fund should be overlooked. Please do the research.
Fields like Business, Communications and Health all have over 100 scholarships listed in those fields, and tens of millions in resources behind them. It is no mystery that the hottest career field right now, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, is also the one with the most specific scholarship moneys going into it. Our database includes over 250 STEM scholarships. Please keep in mind that for each of the fields above there are additional opportunities within the VARIOUS grouping of scholarships. For instance, more than one scholarship fund is for the Business and Engineering field.
STEP FOUR: CITIZENSHIP STATUS This is a key category with some scholarships. For over 350 scholarships you need to be a citizen of the United States. Another 1,400+ scholarships require that you be a citizen OR have permanent resident status in the USA. We even have some that are only open to people who do not have ANY status in the USA. Finally we have another 350+ that your legal status does NOT matter in applying for those scholarships. Basically, if you are a citizen you DON’T need to include this field in your search.
STEP FIVE: NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP Use this field to search for scholarships by the name of the scholarship.
STEP ONE: Grade level you are seeking funding for (choose one):
STEP TWO: Diversity Category that fits you (choose one per search):
STEP THREE: Field of Study (choose one per search):
STEP FOUR: Citizenship Status, if any (choose one if you want):
STEP FIVE: Name of the scholarship
If you have decent grades, and well rounded activities and letters of support, odds are that you will find a scholarship or another form of financial aid from one source or another. The key if finding that source. We have worked hard to find as many appropriate sources as possible.
We have been doing our scholarship directories since 1997 and have heard hundreds of success stories from our users. The typical user spend 10 to 30 hours researching and applying for scholarships or other financial aid, and in return they get, on average, several scholarships.
The average individual scholarship in this database is $1,400. So if you spend 20 hours researching and applying, and end up getting $7,600 in funding, that comes down to $380 per hour spent on the pursuit. I'd say that is a good return. We'd like to hear your success stories.
Here's some key parts of the Directory (see corresponding numbers on the "sample listing" on the next page).
1. Type of Organization. we've divided organizations into 7 categories: Businesses, College, Foundations, Government, Nonprofits, Tribes, and Other. Each has different types of programs. For instance, collages normally only give to students at their college.
2. Types of Programs. This is key to understand the differences. While 75% of the programs in this Directory are Scholarships, we also have over a hundred Awards (often competitions); 150+ Fellowships (often for graduate work); 50+ Grants; 50+ Internships (see a helpful article on interships under Internships); and 170+ Programs (some are for before college and others are for during college).
3. Websites. Probably 90% of all scholarship information and interactions are conducted via the internet today, so having the right website is key. Inevitably web domains addresses change. Recently all the federal government financial aid addresses change – often with no forwarding from the old domain. If the domain we list is invalid, please keep searching.
4. Annual Opportunities. While this is a good way to see the major opportunities, don’t overlook smaller scholarships that often don’t get enough applicants.
5. Field of Study. Helpful field for helping you find opportunities in your field of study.
6. Target Audiences, Aimed At. Very important field for targeting appropriate ones to go after. Don’t overlook the Women field for you women and the Overall Diverse field for all people of color (450+ listings and $225+ million in opportunities).
7. College Level. Another key field for targeting opportunities.
8. Area Served. This is always key: you need to make sure the scholarship is available to you and where you live and/or where you want to go to college. This is a key starting point.
9. Citizenship Status. If you were born in another country you will find this field very useful in finding appropriate opportunities.
10. Basis for Award. We all have strengths and weaknesses and this is a good way to find opportunities that fit our strengths.