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How to Search for Scholarships on University Websites

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
External Scholarships

Searching for Scholarships on University Websites

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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College Scholarships Ending in April 2014

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
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Apply for College Scholarships

Looking for money to help pay for college? We’ve rounded up a list of eight college scholarships with deadlines in April 2014. Scholarship award amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000, and some are even open to high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors, in addition to high school seniors. We’ve even listed a couple for current college undergraduates, too.

Scholarships due in April 2014:

AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students: Current college undergrad students majoring in accounting can apply for this scholarship, which covers up to $5,000 per academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, demonstration of leadership and volunteerism, and commitment to becoming a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Deadline: April 1

National Costumers Association Scholarship: High school seniors (age 17+) or college freshmen pursuing a program or career in costuming or theater can apply for this scholarship. Award amounts vary. Deadline: April 1

American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program: High school seniors can read an essay about automatic fire sprinklers, then take a 10-question quiz to earn more chances to enter in a drawing for this scholarship. Ten students will win $2,000 scholarships, and five students will win $1,000 scholarships. Deadline: April 2

Oz Moving & Storage Scholarship: High school seniors and college students can participate in this $1,000 scholarship essay contest. You can choose one of two moving-related essay topics to write about. Deadline: April 4

College JumpStart Scholarship: This merit-based scholarship is open to 10th through 12th graders and college students who want to pursue education to better their lives, family or community. First place receives $1,500. Deadline: April 15

John Kitt Memorial Scholarship: Do you like candy and want to make it? The American Association of Candy Technologists offers a $5,000 scholarship for college sophomores, juniors or seniors with a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology. The scholarship is for students majoring in food science, chemical science, biological science or a related college major. Deadline: April 18

All About Education Scholarship: This $3,000 scholarship is open to any student age 13 or older. Simply write a 250-word essay about how a $3,000 scholarship for education will make a difference in your life. Deadline: April 30

DirectTV Top Technology Scholarship: Earn $2,500 for college with this scholarship. High school seniors can apply by writing a 500-word blog about your favorite technology and how it’s important in your life. Deadline: April 30

Of course, these aren’t the only scholarships with deadlines in April. Learn more about how to find college scholarships.

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College Scholarships Ending in March 2014

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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New college scholarship deadlines come up all the time. This month is no different. Check out My College Guide’s list of college scholarships ending in March 2014. These nine scholarships recognize students for everything from having Italian heritage or studying for a creative career to volunteering in their community or playing paintball.

National Italian American Foundation Scholarships: These scholarships are for students who have Italian heritage or are planning to major in Italian language or studies at college. The online scholarship application allows you to be considered for hundreds of scholarships that can help cover tuition, room or board. Award amounts vary. Deadline: March 1

VFW Scout of the Year: Boy or Girl Scouts age 15 or older and who have reached their scouting organization’s top rank can apply for this scholarship from the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. You must submit application materials to a local post. Local post winners’ applications will be forwarded to the national competition. National awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. Deadline: March 1

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program: This program recognizes high school students who volunteer in their community. Adults age 21 and older can nominate high school students for various awards. A winner at each store will receive a $50 Kohl’s gift card, over 200 regional winners will win a $1,000 scholarship and 10 national winners will be selected from the regional winners to receive an additional $9,000 scholarship. Deadline: March 14

Project Yellow Light: Create a video to encourage your friends to avoid distracted driving to enter this scholarship contest. This contest is open to high school seniors and current college students. First place wins $5,000; second place gets $2,000 and third place receives $1,000. Deadline: March 17

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire: Students with ADHD can apply for this $2,000 scholarship, which also includes one year of free ADHD coaching. Deadline: March 19

Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales Essay Contest: Students from first through 12th grade can enter this annual contest. The top prize includes a $2,500 savings bond. Winners in each grade-level category can win a $500 savings bond. Deadline: March 22

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships: This program awards scholarships to students pursuing (or planning to pursue) a major in advertising (with an art focus), graphic design, illustration, interactive design or photography. Several winners are chosen annually. Awards range from $500 to $6,000. Deadline: March 28

Bob Gurnsey Scholarship Awards: Do you play paintball? Are you a high school senior? Then you may qualify for this scholarship, awarded in honor of paintball creator Bob Gurnsey. Awards range from $500 to $2,500. Deadline: March 30

GoDaddy.com .Me Scholarship: Each year GoDaddy.com awards $10,000 scholarships to 10 lucky winners. You must enroll as an undergraduate student in the fall semester. Deadline: March 30

American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation Scholarships: Is cooking or baking your thing? Consider applying for this scholarship for culinary arts and pastry arts majors. Award amounts vary. Deadline: March 31

Check out a recent My College Guide blog post for more information on how to find college scholarships to help you pay for college.

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College Scholarships Ending in February 2014

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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Spring semester is a popular time for college scholarship application deadlines. Our roundup of scholarships due in February 2014 includes awards for anything from being tall to promoting vegetarianism to participating in certain organizations. Award prizes range from $250 to $5,000, depending on the scholarship.

Here are seven scholarships due in February 2014:

FFA National Scholarships: Apply for more than 1,500 scholarships from the Future Farmers of American (FFA) by filling out only one application. Selection for awards is based on FFA involvement, work experience, supervised agricultural experience, community service, leadership and academic achievement. Deadline: February 1

Courageous Persuaders: High school students (grades 9-12) can create a 30-second video warning middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking for this scholarship competition. Awards range from $250 to $2,000. Deadline: February 12

AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship: The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America sponsors this scholarship program for teens whose lives have been touched by Alzheimers. Awards range from $500 for honorable mentions to $5,000 for first place. Deadline: February 15

Mediacom World Class Scholars Scholarship Program: If you’re a high school student or current college student who lives in one of 20 states where Mediacom cable service is offered, check out this $1,000 scholarship. Selection criteria include academic achievement, leadership abilities, school and/or community involvement and a teacher reference. Deadline: February 15

Richie’s Spirit Foundation Scholarship: Graduating high school seniors who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, character and initiative in school and community affairs may apply for this $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Richie Herkskowitz, a high school senior who died in 2007 of cystic fibrosis-related causes. Deadline: February 15

Tall Clubs International Scholarship: Are you taller than 5-foot 10-inches (for women) or six-foot two-inches (for men)? If so, you may qualify to apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Deadline: February 15

The Vegetarian Resources Group Scholarship: Graduating high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools or communities can apply for this $5,000 scholarship. Deadline: February 20

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College Scholarships Ending in January 2014

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
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Make the most of what’s left of your school’s holiday break by looking for and applying to college scholarships, essay contests, video contests or any competition where you can earn money to help pay for college. Many big-name and big-dollar national scholarship competitions have deadlines in January. The following are eight of the many scholarships with deadlines in January 2014.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship: This scholarship program “rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship.” Award winners receive $10,000 per year. Deadline: January 9 (or until 25,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first, so hurry up and turn in your application!)

Ron Brown Scholars Program: Since 1996, this scholarship program has provided academic scholarships, service opportunities and leadership experiences to African American high school seniors. Finalists are invited to attend a “Selection Weekend” in Washington, DC. for a final interview. Up to 20 scholarship winners per year receive $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) to pay for college. Deadline: January 9

Dell Scholars Program: To apply for this $20,000 scholarship, you must be a high school senior who has participated in a Dell-approved college readiness program and who has demonstrated financial need. You also must demonstrate your drive to succeed and meet your future goals. Deadline: January 15

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program: If you want to be one of the 1,000 students selected for this year’s scholarship, you’ll need to submit a student application and have a nominator and recommender submit appropriate forms regarding your academic record, community service and leadership activities. The scholarships are available to high school seniors who are minorities and who plan to study computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. Deadline: January 15

Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest: If you’re a creative type, this contest is for you! Design an original photo, artwork or computer graphic for a greeting card for a chance to win $10,000. High school students (at least 14 years old) and current college students may enter this contest. Deadline: January 15

Ronald McDonald House Charities’ (RMHC) U.S. Scholarships: RMHC helps students with a financial need afford college. High school seniors with a minimum 2.0 GPA and who live in a participating RMHC geographic area can apply. Applications are evaluated based on financial need, community involvement, essay content and academic achievement. Many local chapters offer awards of at least $1,000. Deadline: January 21

Barry Goldwater Scholarship: Current college undergraduate students pursuing a research career in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering may apply. Scholarship winners receive up to $7,500 to cover one year of tuition, books and room and board costs. Contact your college’s Goldwater Faculty Representative before you apply. Deadline: January 28

Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards: High school seniors who are children or grandchildren of living Elks Lodge members can apply for this $4,000 ($1,000 per year for four years) scholarship. Deadline: January 31

January is a popular time for scholarship deadlines, so be sure to look for and apply to as many scholarship programs in your local community and at your intended college or university as you can. With any luck, you’ll score some much-needed cash for college through one of these or other college scholarship programs.

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College Scholarships that End in April 2013

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Sharpen those Pencils; You've Got Scholarships to Do

Sharpen those Pencils; You've Got Scholarships to Do

If you were looking for alternative ways to pay for college, you will want to check out this unique assortment of college scholarships!

Some of these are very unusual college scholarships. Be it an essay, a video, or a quick quiz, we think it’s safe to say there is something for everyone here.

College Scholarships that End in April 2013

College JumpStart Scholarship — This annual merit-based college scholarship is open to those in 10th – 12th grade (and beyond). If you are committed to your education and you want to share that commitment in an engaging and inspiring way, you could win first prize of $1,500!.

American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship – Winners have a chance at 1 of 10 $2,000 college scholarships! You don’t even need to write an essay this time. Read the requirements, read the essay, then take the quiz! Score points for each correct answer–and a shot at winning! And remember, fire sprinklers save lives.

The Craziest Thing I Did to Save Money Scholarship -- Have you been saving money like a pro in order to pay for college? Have your extreme couponing ways or penny-pinching instincts netted you money in the bank? This contest wants to know the strangest way you’ve learned to save money and they will reward the winner with a $4,000 scholarship. There is no minimum GPA required, either.

Project Yellow Light Scholarship – This college scholarship is open to high school seniors (and undergraduate college students). This video contest has one very important purpose: change the way students think about driving. Motivate and inspire fellow students to put down their cell phones and pay attention, and you could snag the $5,000 prize and make a difference!

Eye on the Prize

Keep your eye on the prize: free money for college! Don’t lose hope. There are a multitude of options out there. You just have to know how to find college scholarships.

The key to winning is to apply, apply, and apply! It’s not the only way to pay for college–but it is one of the best!

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Need a Challenge? Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

What do you want to get out of your college education? If you said you want to learn differently and challenge yourself to reach your full potential: you might want to check out an Honors College like the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors  College at Florida Atlantic University! My College Guide got in touch with Kerry Rosen, Admissions Counselor at the Honors College, for answers!

The Honors College at Florida Atlantic University

Courtesy of Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

Isn’t college hard enough already? Why consider a Liberal Arts Honors College like the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University ?
Honors colleges and programs aren’t necessarily harder – but they do require a different kind of academic work, academic work that stresses critical thinking skills rather than mere memorizing.  The Wilkes Honors College at FAU is a place for students who are interested in becoming better readers, writers and thinkers, so that they will be better prepared for graduate and professional programs and a life-time of learning.

The Harriet L Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University calls itself an all-honors education at an all-honors college. What does that mean?
At Wilkes, students take all four years of courses at the honors level – something unique for honors programs that are part of larger universities.

What are some of the unique features of the Honors College ?
The curriculum at the Wilkes Honors College stresses learning that crosses the lines of traditional disciplines and requires that students take a certain number of team-taught courses.  Some examples of this would include:  The Aging Process (Psychology/Biology), Ethno-mathematics (Math/Anthropology), and Punishment (Philosophy/Political Science).

And on the non-academic side, our students live in modern residence halls that offer single bedrooms in four-person suites!

Are there any special annual events or programs that Honors College students particularly look forward to? Every spring we have a Research Symposium, where students present their research and creative projects.  We also have student art exhibits at our campus museum and a whole raft of social activities and traditions such as the Homecoming Carnival and the annual Student-Faculty Softball Game.  We have a wonderful 18-hole disc golf course that is heavily used and because we’re located in sunny South Florida , students can play year-round.  Ultimate Frisbee and soccer are other popular activities on campus.

Did we see something about a Senior Year thesis paper?
Every student completes a senior thesis before graduation.  This is a major project in their area of academic concentration and is the culmination of their four years of study.  Upon completion, the theses are published and placed in the library; they are also available electronically on our college website for other scholars to use.  Many of these theses actually are published in professional journals. We also require all students to complete an experiential learning component, which can be either a study-abroad experience or an internship or both.

Students at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University

Courtesy of Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

Do you have any advice for a college bound high school student who thinks they might be interested in an Honors College like Florida Atlantic University’s?
They should come and visit – meet current students and faculty, see how they think they will fit in, and see if this kind of education is what they are seeking for themselves.

Is there anything they can do to prepare themselves and to gain a better chance of acceptance?
We are looking for students who have demonstrated that they have a good chance of being successful here, those who are interested in learning and being active participants in their own learning.  We consider the student’s transcript, test scores, resume as well as a sample of their academic writing.

What about college scholarships?
We offer an amazingly wonderful education at a great value – public school tuition AND generous academic scholarships, the latter including a limited number of out-of-state scholarships for non-Florida students.

Anything else that My College Guide college bound readers should know?
It is important that students and their families understand that liberal arts actually include sciences!  The Wilkes Honors College and other liberal arts colleges not only offer programs in the humanities and social sciences, they also offer strong programs in the natural and physical sciences and prepare students exceedingly well for medical school and graduate programs.

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Merit Scholarships: Finance Your Future for Free

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

You may have noticed terms like academic merit scholarships and merit based scholarships flying around the web and might be a little confused as to what they are and how to snag one!

Are your savings not enough? Put those good grades to good use! Think: merit scholarship.

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Define Merit Based Scholarship
A merit based scholarship is a financial award that a college bound student may receive based on high school success. Translation? If you have a high GPA and/or are actively involved in your high school and/or community — there’s a chance that you could qualify for a merit scholarship to help lower (or even completely cover) the cost of your four year college tuition.

A merit scholarship is not just limited to your grades. This type of scholarship could also be awarded to a high – achieving college bound student because of other factors, including community service, leadership roles, talent, and extracurricular activities – those other important factors of college admissions!

Find a Merit Scholarship
So how does a student go about finding academic merit scholarships? Well, that depends. Many colleges and universities have institution-specific academic scholarships that they will try to match up to things like your high school GPA and standardized test scores depending on the scholarship.

You can also check the websites of the colleges you are interested in for specific scholarship information. Most colleges and universities have scholarship sections right on their website so you can see the basic requirements and deadlines – and get a better idea of what your GPA and extracurricular activities or even talents might help you qualify (and where you should apply)! But be forewarned – merit scholarships on the national level that are based on talent or athletic ability are very competitive.

Hoping to find a wad of cash to pay for your college education?

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Don’t overlook another important resource: your high school guidance counselor! He or she usually has a local listing of merit based scholarships in your area or even the state.

These may be awarded from local businesses, organizations, and even clubs. Some may only be interested in your GPA and/or class rank when others will want to see community service or even a specific extracurricular activity (like a specific sport or ability). It really just depends on the source that will be financing your education.

Applying for a Merit Scholarship
You will need to make sure that you fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Why? A College or university usually requires it! There is only so much funding to spread around to the students that want it — so many schools want to see if you qualify for government need-based grants or other aid first.

Just make sure to read the requirements carefully. While it might be tempting to apply for anything and everything – a better use of your time would be to make sure that you are an exact match for the scholarship guidelines. If the numbers just don’t fit, why not work on it, and apply for the scholarship after you boost your grades, put in the required community service time, etc. — and then take the time to apply? Scholarship providers receive so many applications from students that do fit the criteria — if you aren’t a match, you will not be considered.

Don't forget about your college classwork!

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Losing a Merit Scholarship
Every merit scholarship will have its own rules, but in general – there will be a specific GPA to maintain. If you spend too much time socializing and your grades go below the set GPA…you could lose your merit scholarship.

Parting Thoughts
Colleges want to make sure that students who truly care about their education continue to receive these financial aid gifts – so stay on task and try to remember the real reason why you went to college in the first place: your future!