What is an “outside scholarship?”
An outside scholarship is an award that comes from an “outside” agency that is not affiliated with the University or federal and state governments. Outside agencies include businesses, nonprofit organizations, civic and professional associations, community organizations, and even professional sports teams.
Sounds great! How can I get one?
Since outside scholarships come from the “outside,” they are largely the student’s responsibility. It is up to you to find, research, and apply for outside scholarships. Luckily, we’ve been doing some research to help get you started! Please follow the weblinks below to apply for one of these great scholarship opportunities.
Online Scholarship Search Databases
Before you begin let’s start with some general principles of scholarship searching, and then we’ll give you some specific websites.
- Seek High and Low. It’s important to apply for both national and local scholarships. National scholarships are best found using online search engines and directories, but it takes more effort to find local opportunities. Don’t make the extra steps in finding local scholarships a reason to not include them—keep in mind that if you had to make the extra effort , how many other students do you think are doing the same thing? The harder it is to find a scholarship, the greater the likelihood that there are fewer applicants competing.
- Don’t Disregard Future Scholarships. Find a scholarship with a deadline that’s already passed? Is the scholarship for seniors only, but you’re a sophomore? Add these scholarships to your Search Tracker (you did make one, didn’t you?) so that you can apply when the time is right.
- Get the Word Out. If you belong to clubs or organizations (if you don’t—find at least one to join, stat), let the leader know you are interested in scholarship opportunities. Also ask your parents to check with the groups they are affiliated with and their employers as well.
St. Louis Area Scholarship Opportunities
Greater St. Louis Community Foundation administers 35 scholarship programs. Many have their own application process, but the site has a Common Scholarship Application for some programs.
Society for Information Management St. Louisawards scholarships to local students pursuing Computer Science, Computer Networking, or MIS related degrees.
Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis provides scholarships and interest-free loans to local students.
St. Louis Graduates has additional resources and a scholarship database.
College and Scholarship Blogs
The Scholarship Coach at US News offers tips and tricks, as well as scholarship ideas for specific majors.
Banking Sense College Scholarship and Grant Guide provides information on what types of scholarships are available and where to go to find them.
Federal Student Aid information with several links to additional resources.
Peterson’s Guide to College Information offers step-by-step timelines to prepare for college, essay help, and online school searches.
Go College offers information on financial aid, admissions, education options, and college survival.
The Online Masters Programs website offers helpful information to Graduate Students.
An Insider’s Guide to Online Marketing Degrees is a guide for aspiring marketing professionals with information on college affordability, degree timelines, exclusive student interview, as well as tips on choosing an online program.
100 Great Scholarships for Master’s Degree Study is an article with great information on scholarships for Graduate Students.
Language Corps offers resources for education majors who are interested in teaching abroad.
General Scholarship Databases
Scholarship America Offers additional downloadable resources, as well as several scholarship programs.
Foundation Center Online for Individuals, available through the St. Louis Public Library, is a searchable database of grants to individuals (also known as scholarships). Has a wealth of free resources available as well.
The Scholarship Workshop provides tips and resources. Don’t forget to sign up for their electronic newsletter that provides scholarship updates.
CollegeNet’s Mach25 Scholarship Search Engineallows you to search by keyword or create a profile for custom matches.
SallieMae Scholarship Search lists over three million opportunities.
U.S. Department of Education Scholarship Searchincludes a keyword search and a scholarship matching wizard.
Fast Web is an additional resource for general scholarships.
FinAid Smart Student Guide offers a search engine for scholarships.
College Board helps connect students to college success and scholarship opportunities.
Compare Cards has a monthly trivia question that if answered correctly enters the applicant into a drawing for a scholarship.
Online Masters Programs Scholarship Directory lists multiple scholarship opportunites for Graduate Students.
GoodCall.com Scholarship Search Engine.
Computer Science Scholarship Search Engine from Computer Science Online is a great resource for students wishing to pursue a CS degree.
Scholarship Opportunities for Minorities
UNCF Scholarship Listinglists opportunities for African-American students.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund lists opportunities for Hispanic students.
American Indian College Fund lists opportunities for American Indians.
APIASF Scholarships lists opportunities for Asian and Pacific Islander students.
Chegg Scholarships lists opportunities for African-American students.
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