Admissions + Aid

Private Scholarships

Scholarships are the best source of free money, and can help you reduce the total cost of your education.

To assist with your search for private scholarships, we've listed some tips and resources below.

If you receive a private scholarship, please send a copy of the scholarship notification to our office so we may apply it to your bill. Any private scholarships you notify us of will be considered pending until we receive the funds from you or the scholarship agency.

Finding Private Scholarships
Many outside scholarship opportunities are available through a wide variety of sources. Here are a few places to begin your search:

  • Your high school
  • Your parents' (or your) workplace
  • Your church or religious community
  • Local libraries
  • Other local organizations

You may also find opportunities through the following online scholarship search engines:

Application Tips for Scholarships

  1. Start the process early. Most scholarships have strict deadlines.
  2. Apply for both large and small scholarship amounts. Many small scholarships can add up to large amounts in the end.
  3. Avoid mistakes. Make sure your application and presentation are neat and organized. Double check your application for spelling errors.
  4. Beware of scams. Most scholarships are free; be wary of scholarships that charge a fee. 
  5. Create a portfolio. Refer to it frequently since scholarship applications typically ask similar questions.

ASA College Access Centers
The main branch of the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street contains one of nine ASA College Access Centers, which can provide assistance on many financial aid matters including private scholarship information.

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02117
Phone: 617-536-5400
Toll-free: 1-800-422-1171
www.bpl.org

For additional information on ASA College Access Centers around the greater Boston area and ASA services, please visit www.asa.org/plan/centers/ or call 1-877-ED-AID-4U (1-877-332-4348).