College counselors and financial aid officers can guide students toward scholarships tailored to their backgrounds and interests. Online scholarship databases and scholarship matching tools provide many more options. Students should also find out what institutional scholarships their college offers, and how to apply.
Additional potential scholarship sources include employers, community foundations, high school PTAs, alumni associations, religious groups, and professional organizations. While they may provide smaller awards, local scholarships typically offer less competition than national scholarships.
Once students compile a scholarship list, they can decide how to prioritize applications. Spreadsheets help keep the list organized and facilitate easy sorting.