Outside Scholarship Program
Organizations other than schools exist which sponsor student scholarships. Students are responsible for researching and applying for “outside” grants and scholarships. This section contains random selection of scholarships that we identified by doing a simple search on Google to help get you started.
Many organizations offer scholarship opportunities for college students. You may search for scholarships and fellowships in a library's reference section, through online searches, by asking local organizations, or by using a personalized search. Some good resources include:
- FastWeb’s scholarship search program, which compares your background with a database of awards
- Federal Student Aid’s website lists a number of useful resources at https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships ;
- Edvisors’ webpage on Finding and Winning Scholarships
- Outside College Scholarships for Minority Students
We are so used to communicating electronically with each other that writing “traditional” letters may be hard for many of us.
- Check out a sample scholarship inquiry letter on the left-menu bar.
- Ten Steps to a Strong Scholarship application.
- If you are lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship from an organization, be sure to send them a “thank you” note.
- Remember, you have to notify the financial aid office if you receive any aid from any outside source.
To make sure a web search service is reputable, call the National Fraud Information Center (800.876.7060) or visit them online at http://www.fraud.org /. To file a complaint about scholarship scams, or for free information about scholarship scams, students or parents should call 1.877.FTC.HELP (1.877.382.4357) or visit: http://www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams.