Scholarships are the best source of free money, and they 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.
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:
- Adventures in Education
- Career OneStop
- College Board
- Community Foundation for Nantucket
- Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts
- Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
- Dollars for Scholars
- Fast Web
- Federal Student Aid
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
- Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
- Scholarship America
- The Princeton Review
Application Tips for Scholarships
- Start the process early. Missed a deadline? Put it on your calendar to apply next year.
- Apply for both large and small scholarship amounts. Many small scholarships can add up to large amounts in the end.
- Avoid mistakes. Make sure your application and presentation are neat and organized. Double check your application for spelling errors.
- Beware of scams. Most scholarships are free; be wary of scholarships that charge a fee to apply.
- Create a list. Refer to it frequently to keep track of deadlines and application requirements.
Received a Private Scholarship?
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.
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
For additional information on ASA College Access Centers around the greater Boston area and ASA services, please visit asa.orgfor-students or call 1-877-ED-AID-4U (1-877-332-4348).