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Over 90% of scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors are given by post-secondary institutions. Be sure to check for incoming freshman scholarships at the school you plan to attend, generally through the financial aid office.


Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.

Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. And some are available because of where you or your parent, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families).

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for because it will help reduce the cost of your education. Know that you may apply for 20 scholarships and only receive a couple but make sure that you follow the directions and make each application neat and focused to what the sponsor is looking for. See the Scholarship Handout for more tips and information.

The Student Scholarship Search website has a ton of information about looking for scholarships and the financial aid process.


You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful - make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate and remember that you don’t have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. Check out our information on how to avoid scams.

Try these free sources of information about scholarships:


Completing a scholarship application can be a difficult task. Below are some tips to help you complete your application and essays.

(Adapted from the Federal Student Aid Website.)