Looking for scholarship resources? Check out these helpful links
By Amolak Singh
Searching for scholarships this year? Here are some helpful websites that can get you on the fast track to finding financial aid for college.
Cappex.com: Besides a convenient college search database, this website includes student reviews and narrows scholarship choices to those that match the student’s skills and strengths.
Collegeboard.org: Provides a wide variety of scholarships with a database worth more than $6 billion. A great place to start your scholarship search, but doesn’t have as many search criteria as some other websites.
Fastweb.com: Allows you to create an account, which then filters out scholarships that are best for you based on your profile. Also provides budget calculators, loan information and free financial aid material.
HSF.net: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarship opportunities for graduating Hispanic seniors and current Hispanic college students. The requirements and deadlines are conveniently located in one place.
Questbridge.org: Offers two programs: The College Prep Scholarship (for low-income juniors), which grants finalists awards that may include paid visits to college campuses, invitations to college admission conferences and individualized college admission counseling; and The National College Match (for low-income seniors), which grants finalists full four year loan-free scholarships to their prestigious partner colleges. Students must fill out a lengthy application, which includes essays to be considered for the scholarships.
Scholarships.com: Matches you to a variety of scholarships based on your account profile and sorts by amount of money and/or deadline. Also allows you to rank scholarships and is a convenient way to organize scholarship choices.
Scholarshipamerica.org: Offers multiple programs that give scholarships of varying financial value to students in need. Can also be used to apply for scholarships, including their “Dollars for Scholars” program.
Zinch.com: A huge database with a wide variety of scholarships that can sort matches by various criteria, including whether or not it requires an essay or whether there’s an online application. Can also “like” scholarships to get deadline reminders.