Everything you ever needed to know about scholarships can be found at these sites.  There are stories of students piecing together enough money to pay for college by filling out hundreds of applications.  


However, please be aware that some of the database sites will sell the information you enter to colleges for recruiting purposes.  

Secrets To Winning a Scholarship: From the publisher of and, a presentation on how to find and win scholarships.  

National Scholarships (a sampling)

Cameron Impact Scholarship:  investing in exceptional individuals who will make a notable impact in their varied professional and personal relationships throughout their entire lives

Mensa Foundation:  scholarships for students in U.S.; award based on essay not membership 

Horatio Alger Association: scholarship based on financial need

Society for Women Engineers:  supporting women pursing degrees at accredited engineering programs 

Zonta:  scholarships empowering women 

Questbridge:  more than just a scholarship program, targeted at low income students 

Coolidge Scholarship:  for high achieving students 

Geneseo Migrant Center Scholarships for Migrant Students: financial assistance to educate migrant workers
Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation Scholarships: scholarships for graphic communication majors
HomeAdvisor Skilled Labor Shortage Scholarship: awarded to students with creative ideas for green homes
ENTELEC’s Wayne V. Black Scholarship: scholarship for students studying in an energy related field
VFW Auxilliary's Young American Patriotic Art Contest: for artists who produce a patriotic work of art

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund: scholarship for women aged 35+ pursuing first degree
Diabetes Scholars Foundation: for strong academic students with Type 1 diabetes active in diabetes community

Wells Fargo Leaders Program: full scholarship for low income students

Mattress Nerd Sustainability Scholarship: $1000 scholarship for a student dedicated to sustainability and conscientious buying

Excellent scholarship databases

CareerOneStop: Search more than 5,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities, sponsored by the US government. A searchable database of millions of scholarships worth billions of dollars.

Raise Me: Partners with universities to offer students micro-scholarships for achievements from as early as 9th grade. This award-winning site includes a comprehensive database of scholarships, student financial aid information, advice and tools.

Going Merry: One application required in order to apply to national, local, and school-specific scholarships so you don't need to spend time browsing dozens of random sites. Browse through 3.7 million free scholarships and grants worth more than $19 billion.

Scholarship America: A highly rated charity which distributes its funds to college students locally and nationally.

Other scholarship databases

CareersandColleges: Search more than 1.8 million scholarships worth $7 billion.

Chegg Scholarship Search: Browse over 25,000 scholarships.

College Answer: An award database that contains more than 2.9 million scholarships worth more than $16 billion, and is expanded and updated daily.

College Connection Scholarships: A monthly listing of free scholarship information.

CollegeBoard Scholarship Search: A database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding, totaling nearly $3 billion in available aid.

CollegeData: Use the Scholarship Finder search engine to search 500,000 awards worth more than $2.3 billion.

CollegeNet/Mach 25: This site offers a database of $1.6 billion in scholarships.

eCampusTours: A scholarship search that contains a database of more than 10,000 scholarship programs that distribute awards worth more than $36 million.

Edvisors: A scholarship database and advising website.

FindTuition: A listing of more than $7 billion in scholarships and grants.

Scholarship Experts/Unigo: Search 2.4 million scholarships worth more than $14 billion.

Local scholarships

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