How to Google for College Scholarships
There are tons of websites you can use to look for college scholarships, but one of the most powerful online tools for finding college scholarships is Google. We’ll show you how you can make the most of Google’s search engine to find scholarships to help you pay for college.
Step 1. Choose search terms wisely.
You can start a Google search for scholarships by simply typing in college scholarships. This may come up with too many results for you to look through, so narrow your search by adding in additional terms such as your intended college major (e.g., biology scholarships, engineering scholarships), your college’s name, or the name of organizations you’re involved with (e.g., Key Club, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts).
Step 2. Narrow your search with “and” or quotation marks.
Once you determine the best general search terms to use (see Step 1), you can narrow results even further by adding the word “and,” as well as quotation marks in your search (e.g., biology and “college scholarships”). When you use quotation marks, Google will return results that exactly match the terms within the quotation marks. Using the word “and” tells Google you want it to find pages with all the terms you’ve typed in, not just some of them. This should help you get more relevant search results.
Step 3. Narrow further by location.
Many local organizations in your community may offer college scholarships. Try adding in your city, state, or county (e.g., business college scholarships in California) to find local scholarships in your area.
Step 4. Search a specific website using Google.
Many professional organizations in your field of study and nonprofit organizations in your community may also offer scholarships. If you find their website, but can’t find scholarship information on it, try searching the site using Google. Simply type site: and then the website’s URL, along with the word scholarship (e.g., for marketing scholarships, you might search site:www.ama.org scholarships). You could do this same type of search on your high school’s website to see if your guidance office posts college scholarship information and deadlines online. (e.g., site:milwaukee.k12.wi.us scholarships).