With student loan debt continuing to affect borrowers for years and even decades after graduation, it’s more important than ever for college students to lower their tuition bill. Scholarships, or college aid that never has to be repaid, are one way to reduce education-related costs. Scholarships offer students the chance to showcase their unique skills, backgrounds and perspectives in order to earn money for college.
Scholarships also aren’t limited to high school seniors; there are plenty of scholarships for current college students. If that sounds like you, here are some great options to consider — and some tips on how to find the perfect scholarship for you.
Where to find undergraduate student scholarships
One of the best ways to find college scholarships is to utilize scholarship search engines that compile scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students. These include:
- College Board.
- Going Merry.
On these sites, you can usually filter scholarships by deadline, grade level, amount awarded and more. Most sites let you create a profile to receive email alerts when a new scholarship matching your parameters pops up.
But don’t limit your search to just these sites. Look for specific scholarships on Google using keywords that apply to you. For example, if you’re studying journalism, search for “journalism scholarship” to find relevant opportunities.
You can also follow scholarship hashtags like #scholarship, #scholarships, #scholarshipopportunities and #collegescholarship on Instagram and Twitter. When you click on a post with one of these hashtags, scroll down to find other relevant hashtags and follow those too.
7 scholarships for current college students worth applying for
There are hundreds of college scholarships out there, and the best way to find ones that you qualify for is to use a search engine. However, the seven scholarships below could be a good place to start.
1. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship
Artsy students can design a greeting card for the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship, in addition to a $1,000 prize for their school. The award is open to all high school and college students age 14 and older. The card can be for any occasion, or you can focus on birthdays or a specific holiday.
Application deadline: March 2, 2023
Apply here: https://app.goingmerry.com/scholarships/create-a-greeting-card-scholarship/6800
2. Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship
Cat Zingano is an MMA fighter passionate about helping students fight through hardships in daily life and after tragedies. The Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship is specifically offered to students who have experienced a loss in their family. The winner is selected based on a 200- to 800-word essay on the topic “How has the loss of a close family member or loved one caused you to focus on what matters most in your life and what you want to ‘fight’ to achieve?”
Application deadline: March 17, 2023
Apply here: https://bold.org/scholarships/cat-zingano-scholarship/
3. Unigo $10K Scholarship
The Unigo $10K Scholarship is offered to all U.S. residents age 14 or older. All college students are welcome to apply with an essay of no more than 250 words answering the question “Would you rather be smart, funny or rich? Why?”
Application deadline: Dec. 31, 2022
Apply here: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/unigo-10k-scholarship
4. Education Matters Scholarship
Unigo’s Education Matters Scholarship is open to all U.S. residents who are at least 14 years old and are passionate about their education. Applicants must submit an essay of no more than 250 words explaining what college means to them and why earning a degree is worth the time and monetary commitment. Essays are judged based on writing ability, creativity, originality and overall excellence.
Application deadline: Nov. 30, 2022
Apply here: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/education-matters-scholarship
5. Top Ten List Scholarship
Offered to U.S. college students who are either enrolled in college or plan to enroll by fall of 2027, the Top Ten List Scholarship recognizes students who recognize their own excellence. Rather than focusing on academics, the Top Ten List Scholarship asks students to create list of 10 reasons why they deserve a scholarship. The list must be 250 words or less, but it should demonstrate what’s “special and different” about the applicant. Students must also submit proof of enrollment at an accredited postsecondary institution.
Application deadline: Dec. 31, 2022
Apply here: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/undergraduate-students/scholarships-for-college-students/top-ten-list-scholarship
6. Employment BOOST College Scholarship
Employment BOOST College Scholarships are awarded quarterly to high school students accepted to college and current college students. Employment BOOST offers two awards: one scholarship for students in any major (including those who are undecided) and one for students majoring in business or STEM.
Applicants must submit a letter of reference and a 500- to 1,000-word essay. The topic of the essay is either a response to an Allen Ginsberg poem or a description of how technology will change the applicant’s way of life in 15 years — the essay topic depends on the applicant’s major. Students must also have a GPA of at least 3.6 to qualify.
Application deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
Apply here: https://employmentboost.com/scholarship
7. Alex Austin’s Overcoming Adversity Scholarship
Sponsored by Alex Austin and Access Scholarships, Alex Austin’s Overcoming Adversity Scholarship awards high school and undergraduate college students who have overcome significant hardship. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and follow Access Scholarships and Alex Austin on Instagram. Applicants must also submit a 500-word essay describing a time they navigated an obstacle or challenge and what lessons they learned from that experience.
Amount: $500 to $1,000
Application deadline: Sept. 1, 2022
Apply here: https://accessscholarships.com/overcoming-adversity-scholarship
Applying for multiple scholarships can get confusing, especially when juggling different requirements and due dates. The key is to stay organized and create a system for managing scholarships.
Many scholarships have similar requirements, so keep digital copies of important documents, like your most recent transcript, a reference letter and a list of your extracurricular activities. To stay organized, use a spreadsheet to track deadlines and set calendar reminders a week before the application is due. Keeping all of this information in one place will make it easier to apply for more awards. The more scholarships you apply for, the easier it will be to find money for school, so try to apply for as many as you qualify for.