External Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Resources: Tips for Scholarship Searches

Getting Started

  • Start with scholarship matching search engines (see sidebar for suggestions)
  • Search for scholarships affiliated with groups that you're a part of (ethnicity, religion, industrial background)
  • Check with your current employment to see if they have programs to help pay for grad school
  • Search for companies that sponsor scholarships/ education for students

Essay Advice

  • Brainstorm and Create a detailed outline
  • Pick a couple of ideas that can be well elaborated upon and are unique to you (make sure what you’re writing about is specific)
  • Formulate responses based on values/ attributes that the scholarship seeks
  • Write a rough draft following the outline
  • Make sure that your essay is focused (no extraneous sentences or words) and answer all optional prompts
  • Spell Check (avoid contractions and slang--> watch grammar): PROOF READ, PROOF READ, PROOF READ!!!

Things to Remember

  • Deadlines
  • Required forms (transcripts, recommendations, resumes, etc.)
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Make sure you have answered all questions on your application

 Detecting Scams

  • Scholarships that guarantee a prize
  • Programs/ counselors that ask for your financial information (credit card number, banking account number etc.)
  • Organizations that claim you won a scholarship to which you didn’t apply
  • Financial consultants that don't want to sign official documents (i.e paid preparer section of FASFA)
  • Consultants that give evasive answers to questions unless you agree to pay for their services
  • High success rates (often these are misleading and aren't reflective of how many customers actually receive a scholarship, but how many consumers get matched)
  • Promises of doing your work for you

Answers to commonly asked questions related to all scholarships can be found here.