Search for Scholarships

 You can start applying for certain scholarships as early as 9th grade.  These scholarships are typically one-time awards that are non-renewable and can be used at the college of your choice.  The funds are sent directly to the winner and are non-taxable.  You can apply for this type of scholarship directly, without needing a nomination by your school. 

Choose one or two good scholarship database sites, fill out their student profile and review the resulting list of scholarship suggestions.  (Never give a site your social security number or banking information.)  To apply for a scholarship, you will typically need to  submit a written application, often an essay on a specified topic or some other creative submission.  Awards range from $250 to $25,000+.  There are many good sites, each with their own attributes, but some that we at personally like are sites such as and

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