All About Student Scholarship Opportunities
By Michele Wyan
, last updated January 10, 2012
If you or your dependents plan to attend college, you will want to learn all about student scholarship opportunities. The cost of higher education makes it imperative for many students to seek financial aid. A lot of corporations, institutions, and organizations offer scholarships. You can get a scholarship for academic achievements, extracurricular activities, memberships in various organizations, or even your ethnicity or gender. Below are some places to search for scholarship opportunities.
Your College or University
Start your search with your school’s financial aid office. Every college or university offers scholarships. The University of Cincinnati's scholarships, for example, include one for members of Phi Theta Kappa, one for transfer students, and one for students with bleeding disorders.
Your Community and Your Parents
Local civic groups often offer scholarships for students in their communities. Check with your local Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, and other community groups to see what opportunities they sponsor. Your high school guidance counselor can also provide information on local scholarship opportunities. In addition, many companies offer scholarships for their employees’ dependents. Walmart, for example, offers a $13,000 scholarship for their associates’ dependents. Check with the companies for which your parents work to see if they sponsor scholarships. Your parents’ professions or jobs may also qualify you for scholarships. In addition, check for scholarship opportunities provided by any social, civic, or religious organizations to which you or your parents belong.
Print and Online Sources
Check your local library or bookstore for print sources of scholarship information like The College Board Scholarship Handbook and Peterson's Scholarships, Grants and Prizes. These books provide essay writing and application tips as well as scholarship resources. Search online databases like Fastweb.com for scholarships, too. You’ll find corporate scholarships like the KFC Colonel Scholar’s Program, which offers up to $5,000 per year for college expenses. Students don't have to repay scholarships. Spend a little time searching, and you’ll find numerous sources of free money for your college education.