There are lots of different types of organizations that offer scholarships and lots of avenues through which you can obtain one – or multiple. Academic performance, ethnicity, socio-economic status and specific disciplines (STEM, Writing, Athletics, etc.) are all categories through which scholarships are offered. When searching for programs, make sure to think about the things you’re interested in and your extracurricular activities. People will reward you for being dedicated and passionate – so apply for as many as you think will be a good fit for you. Also be sure to check your high school’s website or career center to explore any options they may have available to you.

Here are some resources to get you started below.

General Scholarship Search Engines


College Net

Big Future – College Board

Fast Web

Sallie Mae


National Scholarships (at all levels)


Achievement Need – Based


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Coco-Cola Scholars

State Farm Scholarships


For Minorities


Ron Brown Scholar Program

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Jackie Robinson Foundation

United Negro College Fund – UNCF

GogoCharters – Immigrants and Refugees

S.T.A.R. Scholarship Fund (for specific states only) – Ask your guidance Counselor!



UNCF – Merck Science Initiative

For Black Students in Science and Technology

Tylenol Scholarships

Siemens Competition for Math, Science and Technology


Armed Forces – For Dependents and ROTC

Marine Corps

Air Force



Coast Guard


Essay Contests

The FountainHead – Ayn Rand

JFK Profile in Courage

United States Institute of Peace

Scholarships for Writing and the Arts