Scholarships are considered "merit-based" financial aid because
they are awarded to students based on meeting specified criteria.
They are considered gift aid because they do not have to be paid
Scholarships recipients are selected for a wide variety of
reasons. Common reasons include superior academic or athletic
performance or capability. However, there are many other reasons
that scholarships are awarded, and there are thousands of different
ones available. It is important you begin your scholarship search
early and spend an adequate amount of time to be very thorough.
There may be many scholarships for which you qualify. Each
scholarship has it's own eligibility requirements and application
Most scholarships require completing an application and many
request that you write an essay about yourself. Some scholarships
will ask you to include letters from people who know you (reference
letters) stating why you should be selected, among many applicants,
to receive the scholarship.
Scholarship Tools on CollegeInColorado.org
College In Colorado stores tens of thousands of scholarship
listings, including assisted searches into two national databases
as well as Colorado regional and local opportunities. It can help
your search to select information about yourself to find
scholarships most applicable to you. Also, don't forget to contact
the financial aid office at your college or university to find out
about other Colorado businesses that provide scholarships to
students attending that institution.
scholarship search engine - browse this national database or
enter your characteristics to find scholarship opportunity matches
and check out additional off-site
by career cluster - Within the introduction for many
career clusters there are local and regional scholarships offered
by businesses and associations in that industry.
There's more information on scholarships available on the Find
Other trustworthy Websites for scholarship searches:
Remember four very important rules about
- Never pay a fee to search for scholarships or submit an
- No one can guarantee that you will receive a scholarship;
- If a scholarship sounds too good to be true, it probably
- Your high school guidance counselor can help you find
Many corporations in Colorado offer paid and unpaid internships
- a great way to learn necessary skills for a successful career.
Working as an intern may also help you win a scholarship and make
important contacts for letters of reference and recommendation.
Every college has a list of internships available for students.
Contact the Career Center at your college for more information.
Good luck in your scholarship search!