Many scholarships are offered each year by a variety of private, non-university affiliated donors. These donors may be fraternal organizations, civic or religious groups, professional, trade or governmental organizations, or private foundations. The award criteria for these scholarships are as varied as the number of organizations offering them and the award amounts range from small annual scholarships to multi-year awards worth thousands of dollars.
Applying for private scholarships can be time-consuming, but because of the wide variety of available awards most students are successful in securing some level of funding. In order to be successful, start your search as early as possible and search often. Do not pay for any financial aid or scholarship applications or search services; all scholarship applications are free. Check out these Scholarship Resources and Tips for additional valuable information on applying for private scholarships.
Another way to search for scholarships is to utilize specialized scholarship search sites on the web. The ones listed here are among the most popular search sites.
MTV and the College Board recently launched a Facebook app called "My College Dollars."
The Center for Student Cultural Diversity maintains a list of external scholarships which may benefit students who consider themselves first generation, LBGT or ethnically diverse.
Students with DACA status and unauthorized immigrants should apply for these external scholarships.