Please note: this resource list is not an endorsement of any organization. It is an effort to assist you in finding scholarship opportunities that may be helpful to you.
Each year thousands of dollars in scholarship money goes unclaimed. Monies are available based on your academic performance (merit-based scholarships), where you live, your family’s income, your extracurricular interests/talents, and/or your ethnicity/family background. As a high-achieving, low-income student, you are likely to qualify for many scholarships about which you are currently unaware. It’s free money. Go out and find it.
Scholarship Search Tools
Big Future by The College Board allows you to search for scholarships, financial aid, and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. With the ability to customize your search based on personal information, academic information, type of award and affiliation information, you are able to optimize your results and really find what you are looking for.
College Greenlight is a free college and scholarship search site that has been built for students just like you! With thousands of up-to-date and honest college profiles, the largest database of scholarships online, and the ability to keep track of your favorite colleges and scholarships, College Greenlight takes the stress out of searching for college and financial aid.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI) was established by a small group of Hispanic members of Congress to develop the next generation of Latino leaders with a clear vision of a strong America made possible with the many contributions of educated and civic-minded Latino leaders engaged in and contributing to all aspects of US society. The organization partnered with State Farm to create a list of scholarships, internships and fellowships aimed at supporting Hispanic college students. There are many scholarship opportunities on this site for Hispanic as well as non-Hispanic students.
FastWeb is a free college and scholarship site that works by matching your completed profile information to scholarships from a database of over 1.5 million scholarships. There are scholarships and information to help you find your dream school and a way to pay for it.
SallieMae Scholarship Search combines superior search technology with up-to-date scholarship information to provide you and your parents with a customized list of scholarship leads. There are hundreds of scholarships available that consider all types of criteria: debate, art, music, sports, and even baking.
Scholarships.com is a free website that can help you find money for school, even as colleges discover and recruit you! You can find college scholarships and get recruited based on your college selections and the data you provide in your profile.
International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information if you are a US and international student wishing to study abroad.
U.S. News & World Report has partnered with Scholarship America to provide The Scholarship Coach, a blog written by scholarship recipients. Topics often target specific types of scholarships (based on fields such as arts, engineering or graphic design) or types of schools (private colleges, graduate school, public flagships).
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund manages a Latino College Dollars search tool providing free access to scholarships that match your profile. The database lists 2.4 million scholarships worth over $14 billion.
Edvisors provides education resources, college loan products, and college-related information and services through a network of websites, blogs, and forums, hosting more than 2 million visits each month.
TG's Adventures In Education (AIE™) is a public-service website developed to help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, AIE encourages individuals to discover and pursue educational opportunities. Use the Quick Search to easily search their database of over 15,000 scholarships.
National Scholarship Providers
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium Scholars are provided with personal and professional development through leadership programs and academic support.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides generous four–year college scholarships in conjunction with a comprehensive set of skills and opportunities to disadvantaged students of color to ensure their success in college and to develop their leadership potential.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Each year the NAACP, through generous donations, is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students attend college.
The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs.
The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.74 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs.
The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education. QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles.
The Ron Brown Scholar Program provides Scholars with the financial resources to attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. Upon acceptance, Scholars are each awarded $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) that may be used at the college or university of their choice.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund partners with TMCF member-schools to give need- and merit based scholarships. Scholarships are highly competitive and are limited to students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).