A few months ago, a wonderful mother wrote me, asking how she could find scholarships for two kids who are both in college right now.
My reply to her might help your family too:
I’m so glad your kids are going to be applying for scholarships while they’re in college. That’s a fantastic plan! My recommendation is that students apply for ten scholarships every year starting in 8th grade and going all the way through graduate school. 80 scholarships in total if possible!
Here are 5 great ways I can think of to find scholarships to apply for.
1. To get access to 1.5 million scholarships right now, get your hands on the best-selling scholarship book, The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2019.
Buy it here, or borrow it from your local library.
This book is a directory that contains “Information on 1.5 million scholarships, grants, and prizes.” It features “awards indexed by career goal, major, academics, public service, talent, athletics, religion, ethnicity, and more.” Each entry contains “all the necessary information for students and parents to complete the application process, including eligibility requirements, how to obtain an application, how to get more information about each award, sponsor website listings, award amounts, and key deadlines.”
Scholarships for high school, college, graduate, and adult students are included.
Plus, as owner of this particular book you can get free updates on every scholarship listed. All you have to do is go online and “enter the code for the award” that you find in your copy of the book, and you’ll get straight to the latest most updated information.
2. Check out the scholarship app Scholly.
Scholly’s “patented scholarship-matching platform will help you find free money for college by delivering a smarter, targeted list of scholarships that are uniquely suited to you.” Scholly is for “high school seniors, current undergraduates, and grad students studying in the United States.” You can find more information about Scholly here.
3. Have your college student children go to their major department secretaries and to their college financial aid offices and say this:
“Do you have a list of scholarships I can apply for?”
4. For students not yet in college, local scholarships are the best place to start.
Ask high school guidance counselors for their scholarship lists.
Ask your own guidance counselor, and then check the websites of other high schools near you as well. All you have to do is think of the name of a neighboring high school, and then google the name of that school along with the word “scholarships.” Try it!
5. Read these posts I’ve written on finding and applying for scholarships. There’s a ton of good information here:
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Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, author, speaker, and podcast host. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.