General Scholarship Advice

To search for scholarships visit and . Both of these sites have extensive search engines for searching for scholarships. When deciding which scholarships to apply for, take a look at the number of scholarships awarded compared to the number of applications that are submitted for a particular scholarship. Also, pay close attention to how closely you match the characteristics that the scholarship’s sponsors are looking for. The more closely you match those criteria and the more restrictive those criteria are, the better chance you have of winning that scholarship.

Many sources of merit aid are college specific. To get an idea of what merit scholarships are available at the colleges that you are interested in visit This site can also give you a rough idea of your chances of being admitted to different colleges based on your grades and SAT scores. Once you know which college you will attend, you can use this site to search for and apply to merit scholarships available at your college.

Students and parents can now view an extensive list of scholarship postings in the Family Connection program at

It is recommended that you start your search with the “Local” scholarships, since those are the awards that students often have the best chances of winning. Contact your or your child’s guidance counselor if you do not yet have a Family Connection account set up. The Family Connection program has information about numerous scholarships, as well as downloadable scholarship applications, and web site links.