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.
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 www.americorps.gov
Example of places to look are:
- Religious organizations
- American Legion
- Boy/Girl Scouts of America
- 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.