A scholarship is free money for college that doesn’t have to be paid back. The more scholarships you get, the fewer student loans you’ll need. When you apply for many scholarships, you increase the probability of getting one. (They don’t all require that you have outstanding grades), and they are provided by many different organizations. While you can search the internet sites listed below for scholarship opportunities, remember to check with your guidance, Upward Bound, or Talent Search counselor to see what scholarships they may know about. Ask your family and friends, too. Often, employers offer scholarships for their employees and sometimes for children of their employees. Make sure to research as many options for scholarships as you can – remember, it’s free money!
NH93 Scholarship Superhighway provides an effective way for students to search for local scholarships without poring over stacks of scholarship flyers and multiple scholarship sites. Students create personalized profiles that can be matched against a database of local opportunities for New Hampshire students. Links to other scholarship sources, such as scholarships from the business community and national search engines, are also provided.
College Equals Opportunity is a public awareness and scholarship campaign which involves successful business leaders from New Hampshire companies. Each business leader member shares stories about their college experiences, some of the challenges they faced along the way and the opportunities college presented. The program provides significant scholarship dollars to deserving college students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities and academic talent. View the CEO scrapbook to get inspired by New Hampshire’s local business success stories!
New Hampshire College and University Council provides scholarship information for African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, low income students, and more.
NH Charitable Foundation offers the Statewide Student Aid Program where in 2010, one out of every four applicants received a scholarship award, and the average award was $3400. The deadline to apply is April 15th.
Fastweb.com There are several free scholarship databases available online. With more than 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion, the FastWeb scholarship search is the largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship database. If you supply an email address, they will notify you when new awards that match your profile are added to the database. You can even submit an electronic application to some of the scholarships listed in the FastWeb scholarship database, saving you time and money. FastWeb also includes a college search and numerous other student resources.
U.S. Department of Education Financial Aid and Scholarship Wizard – search by keywords (academic, career, personal interest) to be linked to hundreds of scholarship opportunities. And remember: There is no “secret” scholarship money out there. You don’t need to pay someone to help you find scholarship opportunities.