8 Places to Find Scholarships for College

Girl, Young, Student, Sitting, Table, find scholarships for collegeAccording to USNews.com, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 school year was $41,426 at private colleges, $11,260 for in-state students at public colleges, and $27,120 for out-of-state students at state schools. How can families and students afford to take on this expense? Student loans and financial aid are always available to apply for, but scholarships and grants are a great way to get money for school without having to repay later. You may be surprised by the number of scholarships available and the wide range of qualifications and reasons they are awarded for. There are quite a few places where you can find available scholarships for college.

At A Grade Ahead, we are all about educational advancement. We’re happy to have a host of young people who have attended A Grade Ahead before going on to study at respected universities – check out this success story! Many scholarships are contingent on achieving excellent grades in school. If your child is struggling with Math or English, considering looking into an enrichment program that truly wants to see your child succeed. You can also check out some of our other relevant blogs geared to high schoolers to help your student reach his or her highest potential, like the most important math formulas or these midterm study tips!

We understand that not every family can afford to pay out-of-pocket for the knowledge that awaits in higher education. Even if a family can, why pay full price? Every child can succeed given the right tools, so this resource can help anyone who might gasp a little when looking at those scary dollar amounts. Keep reading below to find our list of great places to find scholarships for college.

Check out these websites to find scholarships for college or university!

U.S. Department of Education

A great place to begin your search is with the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid site. This is an excellent resource for families looking for any type of aid for college. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education awards more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study awards. Not only can you apply for financial aid through this website, but it also gives information on different federal grants available, lists military scholarships offered, and provides general advice on finding scholarships and avoiding scams.


Sallie Mae has a long history of making college affordable for students through its student loans and other financing options, but you can also find college scholarships through its scholarship search on its website. Registration is free and gives you access to over 5 million college scholarships. You can customize searches to match your skills and interests.


Scholarship search engines are a one-stop spot where you can find literally millions of scholarships and details about them. There are several of these available on the web.  Scholarships.com is a trusted one that allows you to search over 3.7 million scholarships in its database. Known to be user-friendly, you can find nearly any scholarship available through its listings and customize your search to meet your eligibility and interests. Other popular websites include Chegg.com, Fastweb.com, and Nich.com. Searches such as these should always be free and make sure you are using a trusted site before giving them any personal information.

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U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Tool

The U.S. Department of Labor offers a search tool of its own through its website CareerOneStop where you can search over 8,000 scholarships and other financial aid award opportunities. You can narrow your search by award types, school location, level of study, and more, making your customized search quick and easy. From there, you can find a summary of the award, application deadlines, and contact information for submitting your application. You can trust that scholarships found on this government website are regularly updated and accurate.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

The Coca-cola Scholars Foundation awards $3.55 million in annual scholarships through its 3 scholarship programs. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors recognizing academics and their commitment to serving the community. Through this scholarship program, 150 scholars are selected to receive $20,000 and the honor of being a Coca-Cola Scholar. Coca-Cola also offers awards specifically for those enrolling in community colleges. The Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program awards up to $237,500 annually to 200 students enrolled in two-year colleges, and The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise awards 200 scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa members during their community college years.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized over 3.3 million students since it was established in 1955. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Students first qualify for the competition through the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). About 8,000 students receive Merit Scholarship awards each year and are considered for the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship which is judged on students’ accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in their college career.

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Society of Women Engineers

Professional organizations will often offer scholarship opportunities for students majoring in fields related to the organization. Society of Women Engineers offers scholarships to those who identify as women preparing for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science. In 2019, they awarded more than $810,000 in scholarships.


Rotary gives out over $7.5 million in scholarships each year through local Rotary clubs and The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation awards professionals and college graduates studying conflict resolution and peace. Check with your local rotary club to see what scholarships are available in your area.

When looking for scholarships, think outside of traditional sports and academic scholarships awarded by the colleges themselves. Professional organizations, corporate foundations, non-profits, civic groups, religious groups, and ethnic-based organizations offer millions of dollars in scholarships every year. Check your local organizations and businesses to see what they may have available and apply anywhere you think you may be eligible.

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We sincerely hope that this resource helps you and your student find a couple extra places to find scholarships for college It’s never too early to start researching and exploring! Is your student applying to college or university right now? Has he or she found any great resources for finding scholarships? Share below! We love hearing from our A Grade Ahead readers.

Author: Brenna Waugaman, Curriculum Writer and Teacher at A Grade Ahead

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