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This guide offers tips on researching scholarships, how to go about applying for scholarships, avoiding internet scams, and various other issues regarding scholarships..
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Scholarship:  A scholarship is generally an amount paid or allowed to a student at an educational institution for the purpose of study. Scholarships are usually merit-based (based on your academic or athletic talent, or on your interest in a specific subject or career), or for financial need.  Scholarships do not have to be paid back.   All scholarships have firm application deadlines. Most have certain criteria you need to meet. Important to note: if you receive scholarships outside of your school's financial aid package, it may reduce your financial aid.

Grant: A grant is a sum of money given by an organization, especially a government, state or college, for a particular purpose. Grants do not have to be paid back (unless you default on your contract). Many grants are based on need, that is, they are based on your or your family's financial circumstances.

Fellowship:  A fellowship is a type of grant and is generally an amount paid or allowed to an individual for the purpose of study or research (or in exchange for a prescribed purpose). Fellowships often support post-graduate projects which may be pursued outside the normal curriculum. Typically, funding is provided by a foundation, institution or other organization to support academic work, research, independent projects or community service activity. Some popular fellowships are: Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman.


Scholarship Reference Books @ SWC Library

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The College Blue Book
Call Number: Reference L 901 C685 v.5
ISBN: 0028660064
Volume five provides scholarship information arranged by major field of study and geographical regions.

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Scholarships, Grants and Prizes 2015 - Peterson's Publishing Staff
ISBN: 9780768938661
Publication Date: 2014-07-22
Scholarships, Grants & Prizes provides up-to-date information on millions of privately funded awards available to college students. It contains detailed profiles of awards based on academic fields and career goals, ethnic heritage, talent, employment experience, military service, and other categories, which are available from private sources such as foundations, corporations, and religious and civic organizations. Easy-to-use indexes allow you to search for awards by criteria like academic fields/career goals, sponsoring organizations, employment/volunteer experience, military service, nationality or ethnic heritage, corporate or religious affiliation, talent/interest area, and location of study. Quick-reference chart lists award programs providing over $2,000 in order of dollar amount.

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Finanacial Aid for Hispanic Americans
Call Number: Reference LB 2338 S34 v.3
ISBN: 1588411354
The scholarship listings cover every major subject area, are sponsored by more than 900 different private and public agencies and organizations, and are open to Hispanic Americans at any level, from college-bound high
school students through professionals and postdoctorates.

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The College Board Scholarship Handbook
Call Number: Reference LB2338 .S368 2008
ISBN: 0874478278
The resource provides information about more than 2,100 scholarship, internship, and loan programs offered to undergraduates by foundations, charitable organizations, and state and federal government agencies.

Online Scholarship Websites

  • FastWEB
    A database of more than 1.3 million private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. You will be required to complete a profile before searching.
    Create a profile to match your personal needs and this site will match it against a database of over 600,000 college scholarships.
  • College Tool Kit Scholarship Site
    A "one-stop resource to find and apply for scholarships, search through a database of more than 4,000 colleges, and explore 900 careers all in one location.
  • Scholarship Finder
    This site includes more than 5,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities from across the country.

  • College Board - Scholarship Search
    Complete the brief questionnaire and Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from our database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding, totaling nearly $3 billion in available aid!
  • Sallie Mae's Scholarship Search
    Provides access to a free scholarship search results matching your own profile and also receive monthly e-newsletters.

  • Scholarships at The San Diego Foundation
    Provides scholarship information offered by the San Diego Foundation and other local San Diego County organizations. Applications are available during January of every year.
  • Peterson's Guide to Colleges and Financial Aid
    An easy to use site for finding scholarship information and information on financing your education.

  • Unigo Scholarship Directory
    Browse millions of scholarship organized by certain types like need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships, and more.
  • American Indian College Fund
    This organization "provides scholarships and other support for the nation's 32 tribal colleges and universities." The site features a list and links to tribal colleges, details about scholarships available, the process of deciding to go to college and, once enrolled, learning about financial aid and money management

  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
    A website that provides scholarship information for Asian and Pacific Islander American students with financial need.
  • Hispanic College Fund
    Includes multiple scholarship programs which you can read about online. Each program has different requirements and may have different deadlines. Once you complete your applications, HCF will match you to the scholarship program which fits you best.
  • United Negro College Fund
    Features information about the programs, scholarships, and member colleges of this "minority higher education assistance organization.

  • The Point Foundation
    is a national, publicly supported scholarship fund that provides financial support, mentoring, and hope to meritorious undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Scholarship Search
    Information about scholarship programs for International students and US study abroad students.

  • Unigo Scholarships for Women
    Several organizations and colleges offer scholarships for women to continue their education and go after their goals browse scholarships for women at
  • Scholarship Resource Guide - PDF
    Southwestern College library scholarship resources provides web links and print resources in a PDF format.
  • GoCollege
    An informational site on how to find scholarships and includes scholarship essay writing tips.
  • FinAid - Scholarship Search
    Provides some great background information on the entire college funding process. Some scholarship tips are provided.
  • U.S. Department of Education:
    Options for paying for college from the DOE.
  • Student Loan Info from Nellie Mae
    Private student loan information, including saving strategies, determining the right college, financial aid options and more...

  • New York Times Education page
    Provides relevant articles for college-bound students and their families, including the admissions process, paying for college, and issues and concerns regarding higher education.

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