There are lists upon lists of online scholarships that are available. You could spend an hour looking through them and not even dent the surface due to their sheer number. Finding ones you are qualified for is a different story and that is what makes the whole process tiresome.
While there are some general scholarships you can find online the majority of them are specific. What that means is that the people handing them out are looking for specific people to get them. The qualifications vary greatly from one to the next. Lets present some typical scholarships available on the Internet and hopefully, after looking through them, you can make a decision on which ones you think you would qualify for.
There are many scholarships available for people who are active into politics. Both the Democrats and Republicans have their own scholarships for college students who are part of their party and actively involved. They figure if they help you out early in life you will be a lifetime member of theirs.
Some of them require you to just be a registered party member while others want to make sure that you are not only a member but involved in the system (ie. voting and helping campaign). There are party scholarships on a national, state and citywide level available to students. The aid can be from just $100 to $10,000.
Many religions, including churches, offer their members scholarships. They are always having raffles and fund raisers going on for this purpose. if you are religious or are part of a church then should do yourself a favor by looking into it.
Many wealthy individuals like setting up grants and scholarships for people who are actively involved in their communities. They want to help people who they feel have shown a willingness to help others. Therefore, many scholarships of this nature (and these can be fairly lucrative) require its applicants to have completed some sort of non- compulsorily community service. It could be helping the poor, cleaning the highways, building homes for low income people or any other activity that is considered to help out his community or fellow man.
There are scholarships for people pursuing different degrees of expertise. For instance its common to see free money set aside for people going to school to be lawyers, doctors, teachers, scientists or other professions. There is the most money for people pursuing professions deemed by society to “help the public.” For instance you will find that there will be few scholarships for people wanting to be stock broker or real estate broker. Those professions are not seen as helping humankind. On the other hand a person who wanted to be a school guidance counselor or nurse would find any of them to choose from.
Nationwide and Local Businesses
It always look really good for public relations when a company offers struggling students financial assistance. Nothing says “we care about our community” like giving out free scholarships. It is one of the best tools for building good will from the public. Why do you think corporations like Wal-Mart, McDonalds and Coca-Cola are always giving them out and telling everyone about it.
Think about some of the big companies in your area and inquire if they offer scholarships. You will find that many of them do. Many small ones do the same thing and many times they are for a large amount. Car dealerships and local pizza restaurants are famous for this.
Using a little ingenuity and creativeness will greatly increase the likelihood of you finding good scholarships. The most diligent and consistent individuals usually come away with the most money. Do not procrastinate and then wonder why you cannot find any good ones. Locate the right ones for you do not wait to submit your application.