Parents and students ask me all the time, “Where can we find scholarships to apply for?”
Here are some places to look for scholarships—starting right now.
1. To get access to 1.5 million scholarships right now, get your hands on the best-selling scholarship book, The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2022.
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.
Parents, this is a thick book. My suggestion? Help your kids out in the following way: use the instructions in the book to go online and use the book’s internet search feature to land on a list of scholarships your child might qualify for. Do this for your child if you can—and you’ll greatly increase the odds of success with scholarships.
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 a good 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. Minority students, don’t miss the Pearson resource guide for students of color.
This resource, available here, includes a list of scholarships specifically for people of color.
6. Read these posts I’ve written on finding and applying for scholarships. There’s a ton of good information here:
Your kid doesn’t want to fill out scholarship applications?
Lots of parents are in the same boat as you! Do what many of them are doing—use this genius idea for making kids eager to fill out scholarship applications.
And please—don’t worry about the scholarship essays!
I know the essays are a pain to write—but I can offer you more than sympathy on this topic.
Below, learn the fastest, easiest way to fill out large numbers of scholarship applications.
Take my 3-hour video class MAKE THEM SAY WOW: How to Write One Brilliant Scholarship Application Essay and Use it Over and Over Again
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Here’s a growing list of scholarships I, personally, love.
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- For Minnesota Residents —Catch a Break Scholarship
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Finally, learn every way possible to keep college costs down without scholarships.
Getting scholarships is a relatively small part of the picture when it comes to getting kids through college debt-free. There are many, many other strategies that parents can use that can end up being easier and more effective—even if they can’t save up a penny.
Learn about all the debt-free college strategies that have nothing to do with scholarships in my book:
It’s a reference book, so nobody reads the whole thing cover to cover. Pick out what you need to read in it using the fast-paced, 10-minute video instructions here.
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You can see why financial advising professionals love LAUNCH, here.
You can see the top 9 questions parents are asking me about LAUNCH, here.
Read just one chapter of LAUNCH every 1–3 months while your child’s in middle school and high school, and you’ll know every viable strategy for debt-free college at exactly the right time to implement it.
And if your child’s already well past middle school? That’s OK; you can run to catch up. But the process of getting your kids through college debt-free goes more smoothly the earlier you start it—especially if you’re not planning to save up any money to pay for college.
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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?
Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26, their parents, and the professionals who serve them. 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, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.
This article was originally published on this blog on August 22nd, 2016. It was most recently updated on November 16th, 2020.