Scholarship Databases

Scholarship Databases
Posted on 10/09/2019

The most reliable and important way to get money for college is completing the  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Make sure you do so before focusing on scholarships. Please check the FAFSA News tab to find a FAFSA workshop if you need help.

FAFSA

 

While there are large national scholarships that can help pay for a substantial portion of college costs, keep in mind that they attract thousands of applications. There are often more specific scholarships based on; intended college, intended career field, race, gender, or residence, for example a scholarship for Hispanic women from Northern New Mexico that will by design attract fewer applicants.

 

Tips for Avoiding Scholarship Scams:

http://www.gocollege.com/financial-aid/scholarships/apply/fake-scholarships.html

https://thescholarshipsystem.com/blog-for-students-families/how-to-tell-if-a-scholarship-is-a-scam-or-not/

 

LEGITIMATE SCHOLARSHIPS:

  1. Require essays or at least a few short-answer responses
  2. Require additional support such as transcripts, SAT/ACT scores and recommendation letters
  3. Most have minimum G.P.A requirements – though there are some exceptions to this
  4. Are rewarded once or twice per year

 

SCHOLARSHIPS THAT ARE MOST LIKELY A SCAM:

  1. 100 characters or less for your ‘essay’
  2. Commonly use the term ‘sweepstakes’, ‘drawing’, or ‘random selection’
  3. Have zero requirements aside from entering your basic information
  4. Ask for your social security number (FAFSA [a government site] is the only legitimate site that should ask for this)
  5. Are rewarded weekly or monthly
  6. Require a Fee
  7. Guarantee money,

 

The following Databases can help students identify scholarships from around the country based on demographics (residence, gender, race) or career interest.

 

http://www.collegescholarships.org/financial-aid/

https://www.goingmerry.com/

https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships

https://opportunity.collegeboard.org Offers scholarships for creating an account and completing the college application pathway.

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search#!welcome

 

https://scholarshipowl.com/select- This one requires a subscription to apply through the site. However, clicking on “View T&C” will take you to the scholarships external listing to apply individually.

 

For Native American Students-

https://collegefund.org/students/student-resources.html?_ga=2.200280878.1844013024.1570555440-1387685815.1570209158#scholarships-section

 

 

Espanola Public Schools is not affiliated with these websites and has not verified the scholarships listed.

 

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