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Types of Private Aid




  • Corporations offer scholarships to attract and retain employees, support their communities and encourage entrants into the business' field of work.
  • Search for corporate scholarships by checking with your parent's employers, researching local businesses, and searching your newspaper's archives for prior-year award announcements.
  • You may have a much greater chance of receiving a private corporation award because geographic, employment, and other restrictions narrow the number of candidates.
  • These are often the scholarships that go unawarded for lack of applicants.


  • Unions are a major source of scholarship funds. Generally you or a parent must be a member of the union to be eligible for funds.
  • The AFL-CIO website offers a scholarship search service tied to millions in available funds. See

High School or School District

  • Check with your high school guidance counselor for information on locally funded scholarships for graduating students.
  • These are often easier to obtain as they are not always based on merit or financial need.

Other Private Organizations

  • This is an excellent source of scholarship opportunities because of a large number of organizations and relatively few applicants.
  • There are thousands of scholarships available, given by organizations that further their mission by supporting the education of students.
  • The AmeriCorpsProgram provides awards in return for work in community service. The work can be performed before, during, or after college. Visit

Example of places to look are:

  • Religious organizations
  • YMCA
  • American Legion
  • Jaycees
  • Boy/Girl Scouts of America
  • Rotary
  • Kiwanis
  • Women's Groups

Important Note: Remember to notify your school's financial aid office immediately if you receive outside scholarship/grants as it may affect your financial aid package.

























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