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Scholarship Research Tips

According to a recent Sallie Mae/Ipsos College Confidence 2022 survey, almost half (46%) of those high school families surveyed thought that scholarships were only for exceptional students. However, there are a wide variety of scholarships available, including those for community service, underrepresented groups, professional societies, and foundations. 

  • Start local - check with your high school counselor for information on local scholarships
  • Fill out your FAFSA form - required for some need-based scholarships
  • Use Scholarship Books on this guide to locate scholarships - books show scholarships indexed by topic so you can browse through lists of scholarships of interest
  • Use Scholarship Websites on this guide to locate scholarships - some sites are browsable and some allow you to see lists of scholarships based on your interests
  • Set up a dedicated scholarship email account so important communications won't get lost or mixed in with personal email
  • Never pay fees to apply for a scholarship or scholarship search service