There are numerous directories and publications about scholarships
and financial aid at the bookstore or library in your community.
Scholarship directories are designed to help students identify
various sources of scholarships and financial aid to help
pay for their education. When reviewing the scholarship directories,
make sure you review the most recent editions since scholarship
guidelines, eligibility requirements, and deadlines often
change. There are also scholarship directories specifically
for minorities, women, sports/athletics, and students with
College directories profile various colleges, universities,
community colleges, vocational, and technical schools. These
directories contain complete contact information, programs
offered, sports, extracurricular activities, and a lot more.
More importantly, some directories will list the type of financial
aid offered by the school, eligibility requirements, and amounts
Professional associations offer information about their scholarship
and internship opportunities within their industry’s
association publication. Each career field has a directory
with a complete listing of corporations, companies, professional
organizations, and industry groups. Contact some of the companies
and organizations in the industry you are interested in pursuing
as a career and inquire about any scholarships offered by
that company or organization to students.
If you still have time to devote to your scholarship search,
go to the library and consult Gale's Encyclopedia of Associations.
It lists the names and contact information of professional
associations, industry groups, ethnic societies, religious
groups, and advocacy groups for minorities, women, and the
disabled. Make a list of all the companies and organizations
that have a connection with your field of study, and contact
them. Many of their scholarships are not publized; you will
be surprised as to what scholarships are available.