Most students are amazed to learn just how many scholarships are available. The best place to start is the college or university you plan to attend, as they offer their own scholarships based on merit, field of study, and financial need. But be creative and resourceful in looking for additional financial help.
Be sure to check with your church, your high school, the nonprofits in your community, professional organizations, and the workplaces of your parents and relatives. For example, many hospitals and healthcare companies offer scholarships to employees’ children who plan to pursue a healthcare career. It’s the same for many businesses and industrial fields. If you have been involved in a scouting or volunteer group, you may find opportunities there as well. And if you are an athlete, be sure to talk with your coach about sports scholarships.
Here are just a few ways to “think outside the scholarship box.”
Young women who are interested in engineering should check out: swe.org
Do you love math? Go to: m3challenge.siam.org
Religious or volunteer groups
For Catholic students, check out the Knights of Columbus: worldscholarshipforum.com/knights-columbus-scholarships
United Methodist Church: Gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund: hsf.net
National Italian American Foundation: Niaf.org/programs/scholarships
United Negro College Fund: Uncf.org
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer: Ulmanfoundation.org/scholarships
If you are attending a historically black college or university (HBCU), go here: Uncf.org/scholarships
Groups such as the All-State Sugar Bowl and the Louisiana High School Coaches Association award scholarships to deserving Louisiana high school athletes: www.lhsca.org/scholarships or https://allstatesugarbowl.org