Tips for searching for scholarships
- Parents' employers & organizations (church, etc.)
- Daily bulletin announcements
- Scholarships offered through your college
- Students please check your Naviance account. Click on Colleges--Scholarships and Money--Scholarship List
- Create a profile on tuitionfundingsources.com
The TFS difference - Our massive scholarship database provides you with access to $41 billion in funding, and grows at a rate of 5,000 new awards per month.
The best part is most of these opportunities come directly from colleges and universities - not just from competitive, national pools. That increases your odds of finding free money, and finding the right scholarships for you.
Things to remember:
DO apply and keep applying. When it comes to paying for college, free money in the form of grants and scholarships is best since you do not have to pay it back.
DO search for scholarships through a free scholarship search engine. You will NEVER be asked to pay to apply!
DO carefully read the instructions. You don't want your application to be turned down if you did not fill it out correctly or did not include any requested documents.
DO make sure you proofread your scholarship applications and/or essays. You know what they say about first impressions!
DO check your social media accounts and make sure you do not have any inappropriate content or pictures posted.
DON’T count out scholarships with lower award amounts. Higher award scholarships are more competitive, so pursue a variety of award amounts to increase your chance of winning! Higher award amounts also typically require more time and effort on your part--and your time is valuable! Strategize how you want to spend your time.
DON'T wait to ask for letters of recommendation from teachers and employers. You may not be the only person asking for a recommendation.
DON'T assume that you won't receive a scholarship if you aren't a star athlete or the head of your class. There are a number of community scholarships available to those who are involved in community service, exhibit academic excellence, ethnicity, abilities, etc.
Last couple thoughts…
A good starting place to look into scholarships is locally, and business you’re familiar with, or even work for! Think Coca Cola, Burger King, 3M, etc. Googling “corporate scholarships” should yield results! If you work at a fast food chain, department store, etc., sniff around to see if they offer scholarship opportunities to employees! Lastly, ask your parents if their place of employment offers scholarships to family members!
Most scholarships will require you to create an account in order to apply, whether it’s through a third-party website (like College Greenlight), or the parent website (i.e., applying through 3M directly). Be sure to record all usernames and passwords somewhere safe!
*It is recommended to create an additional email account (or use one that you typically use less frequently) that will help funnel your incoming scholarship profiles/info. This will help your usual email inbox stay clutter free!
KEEP YOUR EYES ON DEADLINES…. make a plan!! Plot out how many hours/days each week you want to dedicate to researching and filling out apps and essays. This is your ultimate weapon to successfully obtaining scholarships!
Big Future-College Board https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
College Greenlight https://www.collegegreenlight.com/scholarships/-s/
College Scholarships.org http://www.collegescholarships.org/financial-aid/
Tuition Funding Scholarships https://www.tuitionfundingsources.com/
FastWeb college scholarships https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships
Chegg scholarships is a completely free scholarship search engine used by over 4 million students nationwide https://www.chegg.com/
Local Area Scholarships below, for others check Naviance: