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There are thousands of scholarships out there for high school seniors, all with different eligibility requirements, deadlines, and award amounts, so it would be worth your time to do your own research.Scholarships are often broken down into lists of scholarship competitions, merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships, and specialty awards. Here are more details about what types of scholarships are available and where to find them.

Scholarship Database

College Scholarships
Scholarships given by colleges are the most common type of scholarships. Check out a college’s website and financial aid materials for information on the scholarships it offers. Awards can be offered on a university-wide basis or within a particular college or major. Your college may automatically put your name in for its scholarships when you submit financial aid forms or you may have to fill out a separate scholarship application to be considered.  

Outside Scholarships
Outside scholarships — those given by an organization that isn’t your college or the federal government — will most likely be a small part of your college money but can help meet costs. Here are some places you can look for these types of awards.

Local Scholarships
Ask your school counselor or principal about awards for students graduating from your high school and for residents of your town, county and state. Look online and in your public library for information on local scholarships as well.  You may find scholarships sponsored by

  • Your church, mosque, synagogue or other religious community

  • Local branches of organizations such as the Rotary Club or the Kiwanis

  • Your parents’ employers

  • Your employer

State Scholarships
Almost every state has a scholarship program for residents, and the awards are usually limited to students who will attend college in that same state.

National Scholarships
Examples of national scholarships include those sponsored by

  • National Merit Scholarship Corporation

  • Gates Millennium Scholars

  • Intel Science Talent Search

  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Helpful Scholarship Search Engines/Database:

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