Scholarships are a type of aid that helps students pay for their education. Like grants, they do not have to be repaid. Awards are available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas, or who demonstrate financial need and/or academic achievement.
How to find scholarships and grants:
There are many ways to find scholarships and grants.
- Private organizations offer many of these you can find them by researching local businesses and looking in the newspaper.
- Religious organizations also offer many, if you or your family is affiliated with a specific group start there.
- Unions are a great source for educational funding. The AFL-CIO website offers a search service related to union-sponsored scholarships.
- Local chamber of commerce.
SCAMS… BE CAREFUL:
There are many scholarship search agencies. Some are free, while others charge hundreds of dollars. Some provide good information; others do not. Many search companies will not refund you if you are dissatisfied with their services. Be sure to check out refund policies before you pay any enrollment fees.
Most scams are easy to spot if you know what to watch for:
- You have to pay money before or after you receive money.
- The matching service guarantees success.
- Financial aid “seminars” turn out to be sales pitches.
- You are a “finalist” in a contest you never entered or “selected” by a national foundation for a scholarship you did not apply for.
- The scholarship offer requires you to give a credit card or bank account number.
- The "scholarships" are actually loans.
If the offer is too good to be true… it probably is.
For more information about scholarships, including scholarships at local colleges, Idaho scholarships, tips on completing your scholarship application, how to write a scholarship essay, scholarship application do's and don'ts, letters of recommendation, and more, download our Scholarship Packet.