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Tips On Applying For Scholarships

Every scholarship is different. So you must approach each scholarship application and/or interview accordingly. The more you know about the organization, the better chance you have of winning the scholarship.

When applying for scholarships, it is important to keep several things in mind:

  • Know who created the scholarship and why
  • Find out information about the organization and what they do
  • Know something about the organization's history
  • Know past recipients and their accomplishments
  • Know who is on the selection committee for the scholarship
  • Prepare for the interview
  • Brush up on current events

Scholarship and Financial Aid Sites

  • Fastaid.com A very large and private sector scholarship database. 20 years of Scholarship Research, constantly updated.
  • Finaid.org Provides general information to students seeking help with funding undergrad and graduate school in the form of scholarships and fellowships.
  • Nationally Coveted Scholarships, Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards Specializes in information on highly competitive and prestigious awards for college, graduate school and postgraduate study.
  • College Scholarships, Loans and Government Grants,Co. Lets you search for scholarships, loans, and grants.
  • The Old School.Org Here you will find a definitive collection of free scholarship search services available on the internet. Remember, if you are offered a scholarship opportunity that seems too good to be true, it probably is!
  • 100 Top College, University and Scholarship Websites This is a great all around site for students wanting help both in targeting scholarships as well as undergrad and graduate programs of interest at particular colleges. There are also helpful links on graduate admissions tests like the GRE and GMAT etc.
  • GrantsNet This site is a great resource to help science students find funds for training in the biomedical sciences and undergraduate science education. This service is completely free.
  • Office of Indian Education Programs The purpose of the Higher Education Grant is to provide supplemental financial assistance to the eligible American Indian/Alaska Native scholar entering college seeking a baccalaureate degree.
  • CollegeNet This site is a great convenience for scholarship seekers because it combines over 1500 customized Internet admissions applications built for college and university programs. When applying to more than one program you save redundant typing since common data automatically travels from form to form.
  • Collegeboard.com This site helps you locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match your educatio level, talents, and background. Complete the questionnaire in the site and Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from a database of about 2,000 undergraduate scholarships, internships, and loan programs.
  • Scholarships, Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards for Women Searching this site is easy and free. They'll match your background against a database of over 600,000 scholarships. Most importantly they will update you when new scholarships matching your background are added to their database.
  • Internationalstudent.com It is the goal of this site to provide the international student one site with information, services and resources designed specifically for their needs. This site is an excellent resource for anyone who has ever thought about studying abroad but wasn't sure where to start or how to go about it. There is an easy to understand wealth of information here.

Good To Know Scholarship/College Info and Support Sites

  • Collegeispossible.org America's colleges and universities have prepared this site to guide you to the books, websites, and other resources that admissions and financial aid professionals consider most helpful. This site helps students to see that with the proper planning, preparation, and the right information -- college is possible for almost anyone with the dream to do it.
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