Where to start? Searching for additional scholarships can be overwhelming. We know the feeling. So we put together some suggestions for the best places to ask for extra funds for college.
Start in your hometown: local churches, non-profit organizations, local businesses, employers of family members or yourself, TV and Radio stations, sports teams, etc.
Ask your city’s Chamber of Commerce for a listing of philanthropic/community organizations like the Rotary Club, National Charity League, Elks Lodges, The American Legion, The Woman’s Club, and Soroptimist International.
Regional or National Organizations: related to your major, church denomination, ethnic group, or political groups. Remember to ask your professors for any info related to your major.
Search online for scholarships unique to you: hobbies, last names, family heritage, and community service activities.
Check Fortune 500 companies and Major Banks/Credit Lenders.
Visit your local Library—librarians are great at helping search for keywords and may know about local scholarships.
Apply through your local Community Foundation. Many private donors establish scholarships and grants through these philanthropic organizations.
If you’re a high school student, remember to ask your High School Guidance Counselor if your school has scholarships and about local scholarships.
There is no such thing as easy money. It is very likely that for every 10 scholarships you apply for, you will only be awarded one or two scholarships. Most scholarships end up being about $1,000. That means you need to apply for 50 scholarships to earn $5,000! With odds like that, the best thing you can do is try to apply for a few scholarships every week all year round.
Just be persistent and do not get discouraged!
We have a helpful resource available to search for scholarships outside of Biola. You can access it by going to biola.academicworks.com/opportunities/external