There are billions of dollars in scholarship and grant money awarded each year!  Scholarships can be need-based, merit-based, or based on things like your hobbies, field of study, ethnicity, religion, and more.

You don’t need to be a valedictorian or football star to win scholarship money – there are scholarships for all types of students. But you do need to put some effort into your search.

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Women's Scholarships

MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS:  If you are a student with minority status, identifying as African American, Native American, Alaska Native, Asian AmericanPacific Islander, LGBTQHispanic, or female there is a plethora of scholarships available just for you.  The first step is finding ones that fit your characteristics and lifestyle.

MIDDLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIPThe Middle Class Scholarship provides undergraduate students with Family Incomes up to $171,000 with scholarships to attend a University of California (UC) or a California State University (CSU) campuses

SCHOLARSHIPS.COM: The free scholarship search is one of the most established and robust, tracking a reported $19 billion in scholarships. After you fill out a profile, the site will use your criteria to filter through all scholarships to generate a short list. Based on your answers, it’ll try to match the student to scholarships that may be a fit.

FASTWEB: Fastweb, owned by parent company Monster.com, is also a free scholarship search provider that claims to have more than 1.5 million scholarships in its database. Like scholarships.com, the site will find scholarships in its database and email you matches, deadlines and newsletters.

CAPPEX: Cappex.com allows students to search both schools and scholarships, with a database of more than $11 billion in scholarships. A proprietary calculator also allows students to gauge their chances of getting into prospective schools with user-generated data.

BIG FUTURE: The College Board’s comprehensive BigFuture site helps students look up information about colleges and how to pay for school. Its scholarships search engine provides information on more than $6 billion in scholarships, financial aid and internships.

MILITARY.COM: Military.com features an online Scholarship Finder, which helps service members, veterans and their families search millions of dollars in military-related scholarships.  Scholarship Finder allows you to look for scholarships, loans, grants, internships, living allowances, awards and prizes, organized by state of residence or where the individual hopes to study.

PETERSON'S: Peterson’s is a one-stop scholarship resource — not that we recommend this strategy -  with a number of great (and free!) resources. The site boasts $10 billion in scholarship awards and has an impressive collection of articles, test prep resources and more. But it’s not just a stockpile of scholarships. It also has the tools and tips you need to start your search — and its search filters make navigation simple.

SALLIEMAE: With SallieMae.com you can find college scholarships that match your skills, activities, and interests based on the profile you create. You can also set up customized alerts to notify you when a new scholarship that matches your profile becomes available.

UNIGO: Like Peterson’s, Unigo has plenty to offer beyond just scholarships, including jobs, internships, college profiles and rankings, articles and a textbook store. When it comes to scholarships, the site offers both profile-based matching as well as easy-to-browse categories. Perhaps best of all is its user-friendly interface, which is somewhat reminiscent of a photo-sharing site.

U.S. VETERANS MAGAZINE: If you’re a veteran who has served in the United States military, you and your family qualify for a number of scholarships and grants that will help cover the cost of higher education.  U.S. Veterans Magazine compiles a variety of scholarships available to veterans and their spouses and dependents across all military branches.