Which websites do you use to search for college scholarships? Many students use sites like Fastweb.com, www.studentscholarships.org, www.scholarshipexperts.com and other sites with large scholarship databases.
Another place to look for college scholarships is on college and university websites. Why? Many colleges and universities include listings of external scholarships (aka scholarships organizations outside the college provide to students). For example, Elmhurst College (IL) and Texas A&M University have a section on their Scholarships Web pages with upcoming deadlines for external scholarships.
Some colleges have more comprehensive lists of scholarships available and even if you’re not interested in the university, you can learn about scholarships you can apply for and use at a university you do plan to attend.
So how do you find these scholarships on university Web pages? Use these three steps.
1. Google the term: external scholarships. Start your search using these two broad search terms. A quick search for external scholarships brings up listings at the University of California-Irvine and the University of North Texas on the first page of results. Keep clicking to additional pages to see more schools and scholarships.
2. Narrow your search to education websites only. To narrow your search results to college and university websites only, add the search term site:.edu to your Google search, so that you now are searching for site:.edu external scholarships. The first website listed in results for this search is the University of Alabama’s external scholarships Web page.
3. Add your college choices to the search. If you want to search for external scholarship listing provided by specific universities, simply add the university name to the search terms you use. For example, a search for St. John’s University external scholarships finds a list of upcoming external scholarship deadlines on the St. John’s University (NY) website.
Of course, not all colleges and university websites have external scholarships (aka private scholarships) listings, but most will at least provide information on where you can go to find those types of scholarships.
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