A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further education. Scholarships are awarded on various criteria usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.

The most common types of scholarships can be classified as:



  • Merit-based: These awards are based on a student's athletic, academic, artistic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's community service record and extracurricular activities.
  • Need-based: These awards are based on the student and family's financial record and will require applicants to fill out a FAFSA to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award.
  • Student-specific: These are scholarships where applicants must initially qualify by race, gender, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors.
  • Career-specific: These are scholarships awarded by a college or university to students planning to pursue a specific field of study.




Scholarship Resources

Scholarship Junkies
The goal of Scholarship Junkies is to help students maximize scholarship resources and guide them through the scholarship application process. Through the tips and suggestions on Scholarship Junkies, you will learn how to write more effective and powerful essays, compile competitive scholarship applications, and help you to stand out among thousands of scholarship applicants.

Fastweb has more than 1.5 million scholarships in their database, updated daily.
Zinch not only helps you identify scholarships and search for universities/colleges but does it in a fun, social networking format.
Over the last several years, has become the largest free and independent college scholarship search and financial aid information resource on the Internet, and have been recognized by high schools, colleges, and universities nationwide.

Sallie Mae
Sallie Mae provides federal and private student loans for undergraduate and graduate students and their parents. In addition, Sallie Mae offers comprehensive information and resources to assist students, parents, and guidance professionals with the financial aid process.

Regionally Accredited Online Schools is a comprehensive and informative resource that ranks each university throughout the nation by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission, graduation, and retention rates. This type of information is valuable to today's students who are not only dealing with the competitive nature of higher education but also the rising cost associated with them.

Affordable Schools Online  This directory of the cheapest online colleges in America has two important features. In addition to being able to see what colleges will let you take classes from home, you can add an extra layer of financial clarity to this research by sorting schools based on your budget. Financial aid and scholarships are also available for online students, so there is much more potential to limit the amount of borrowing you need to do in other areas