By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 13, 2018
There’s a lot of hard work involved in getting scholarships – earning good grades, building your resume, volunteering, writing essays, and asking for letters of recommendation are just a few examples. We think searching for scholarships should be the easiest part of the process, so here are a few simple steps to help you find scholarships:
Step 1: Start at school
Your counselors are there to support your everyday academic and mental health needs, but they also have a goal of helping you prepare for college and your career.
Your counseling office will offer some or all of these options:
- Sign up for the counseling newsletter to learn about new scholarship opportunities
- Check the counseling office bulletin board to find scholarship applications
- Visit your counseling office’s website and search for a list of scholarships
- Subscribe to your counseling office’s social media pages to see scholarship-related posts
- Set up an appointment to talk to your counselor about scholarships
Step 2: Look in your community
Many local businesses and organizations offer scholarships to help students in their community succeed.
Consider asking about scholarship opportunities at:
- Your bank or credit union
- Church, community, or volunteer groups you belong to
- Your employer or your parent’s employer
Step 3: Search the web
You can find countless scholarship applications online, but just remember, you should never pay to set up an account or apply for scholarships on any website. You can search for scholarships that relate to your age, grade level, state, race, religion, interests, activities, or your future major, college, or career (just to name a few).
Here are some common and trustworthy online scholarship databases you can use:
If you are an undocumented student, there are also scholarship websites specifically designed to help you find scholarships that do not have citizenship or residency requirements:
- Educators for Fair Consideration
- Genesco Migrant Center
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
If you have questions about searching or applying for scholarships, StepUp is here to help! Call us at 801-869-5701 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up for our newsletter to get a new scholarship opportunity sent straight to your inbox each month. The StepUp team also posts plenty of scholarship announcements on social media, so be sure to follow @StepUpUtah on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.