College scholarships can bridge the gap between what it costs to attend a particular college and the amount of money you have available to pay for it. Make sure you have accessed all available scholarship resources before using debt. You may have already received some scholarships for your academic work in high school, and some may be given to you by your college as part of your financial aid package. But you have to go out and search for more yourself. Here are some ways to find college scholarships. Ask everyone you know if they are aware of any scholarship opportunities. Ask your high school guidance counselor and college financial aid office. Ask your high school teachers and college professors if they belong to any professional associations. Have your parents ask if their place of work offers scholarships. Perhaps your local church or the national denomination has money available. Watch the community newspapers for local businesses and community organizations that make scholarship funds available. Minority students, children of veterans, students with specific medical conditions, and students entering certain professions may be eligible for various scholarships. You will never know what is available if you do not ask. Search – this is definitely the type of search for which the internet was invented.

 

How to find college scholarships

At the same time beware of online resources that charge you to conduct a scholarship search or that require you to do something in exchange. Here are some reputable college scholarship search sites. Every year The College Board conducts a Survey of Financial Aid Programs. You can benefit from this work by searching through their information on scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. Enter as much information as you can to find the most possible matches. US Department of Education provides information on grants, scholarships, and other financial aid for college students available from the state level, including federally-supported state programs such as Byrd scholarships and LEAP (Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership) grants. CareerOneStop is U.S. Department of Labor website that helps you search through more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities. Search by award type, residence preferences, study level, and affiliations. Scholarships.com is a free service that has already helped students search 2.7 million local, state and national college scholarships and grants worth over $1.9 billion. Many corporations believe scholarships are a great way of garnering publicity while providing funds to educate the next generation of employees. There are late deadline scholarships and scholarships you can only apply for after completing one year of college. New scholarships come out all the time. BigSun Scholarship 2015 is designed to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits by offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student, regardless of the sport played. Deadline is June 19, 2015, so get those pens in gear! Start now on finding college scholarships to help pay the cost of college. Use my About.com website to get all the information you need. Also be sure to sign up for my “Paying For College” newsletter.