Scholarship Toolkit


This scholarship toolkit will give you tips, tricks, and do’s & don’ts when applying for and looking for scholarships.

When starting your scholarship search, follow these items below:

Scholarship checklist:

  • Identify and make a list of your strengths. Try using a personality type assessment on UtahFutures.org if you aren’t sure where to start.
  • Figure out what kind of scholarship you want to look for. Academic merit, musical or artistic talent, athletic, service, etc.
  • See what your top choice colleges offer for scholarships. Colleges and universities have many different scholarships to award to their students there are different scholarships for incoming freshmen, transfer students, nontraditional students, and more.
  • Start with a Google keyword search for your talents. Try these combinations, and do as many combinations as you can:
    • “scholarship + your talent” (example: “scholarship + theater arts”)
    • “scholarship + your talent + college you’re interested in” (example: “scholarship + video games + your college”)

Finding scholarships:

  • The best place to begin your search for scholarships is with the college(s) you plan to attend. Check its financial aid website for more information.
  • Use the UtahFutures.org Scholarship Search to find scholarships you might qualify for.
  • High school counseling centers are another excellent source for researching available scholarships.
  • Once you have found applicable scholarships, apply for them as soon as possible.
  • Some scholarships may require you to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be sure to complete it.
  • Beware of scholarship scams! Never, ever pay a fee to apply for scholarships.
  • Websites like ScholarshipHelp.org are great resources to help you apply.

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