Besides deciding what college to attend, answering this question is perhaps the most important action you’ll take while preparing to pursue your degree. Paying for school—which includes opening the wallet for rising costs of tuition, books, supplies, housing, utilities, and transportation—requires significant forethought and creative puzzle-solving. It demands a rigorous search for grants, scholarships, loans, and other financial resources—a search that typically requires a great deal of time and patience.
Unigo exists to help make your path to financial ease a bit less treacherous. Through this page, you can explore more than $14B worth of scholarships, awards, and grants, including ones from Unigo, schools, privately-owned companies, and a host of other public, private, and other sources.
To make your search easy from the start, Unigo divides its list of scholarships into comprehensive categories. This can help you pick a starting point and eliminate pointless browsing through categories you know are not a fit. Here are just some of the many categories from which to choose:
Scholarships by major
Scholarships by state
Scholarships for graduate students
Scholarships for high school students
Scholarships for undergraduate students
Wait…What is a scholarship? It might seem too good to be true, but a scholarship is free money. It is not a loan—it is a sum of money that serves as a gift and does not need to be repaid (though some scholarships require students to maintain certain GPAs and meet other ongoing requirements). Agencies grant scholarships to students who meet certain parameters to help students meet the costs of higher education.
Soon-to-be students can qualify for free scholarships across a range of parameters. Merit—or a student’s academic or subject-specific achievement—is one popular measure. Another is a student’s athleticism or talent in a particular extracurricular activity such as music or art. Still other parameters include applicants’ intended majors, levels of community service, residencies in a particular state, minority statuses, and other qualifications.
Within these parameters exist numerous others for qualifying for scholarships. Ultimately, the best way to see if you’re qualified for a particular scholarship is to start searching! Or use our Scholarship Match to instantly find ones that are perfect for you. Millions of scholarships, a million times easier.
Considering the most basic of information—whether or not you’re an athlete, majoring in a certain subject, attending college in a certain state, or attending college at a certain level, for example—you can begin to assess what scholarships you qualify for.
What are Minority Scholarships? Minority scholarships are sums of money devoted to women, LGBTQ students, students of particular ethnicities or races, and students who meet other parameters, often delineated by social and historical contexts. Contrary to popular belief, these scholarships are not solely devoted to people of particular ethnicities or races. Check out this category to see if you qualify!
Beyond using these initial, broad categories to narrow your search, you can search by sub-categories. Within “Scholarships by Major,” for example, you can looks at list of scholarships by business, computer science, education, engineering, and other major-specific categories. Or, if you want to be a bit more whimsical and have some fun, you can apply for free money from us by identifying what you want to write about in the application process: something serious? A funny moment? The Zombie apocalypse?
The bottom line is that Unigo has done the work of organizing 3.6 million scholarships so that you can easily find the right ones for you.
Hot Tip: You’ll notice as you conduct your search that each subcategory of scholarships list how many awards are available and the total amount of money awarded in that area. Statistically speaking, the more awards and money available, the less competitive the scholarship. If you have a limited amount of time to search and apply for scholarships—and can keep an honest account of your competitiveness in mind—begin by applying for the scholarships you seem most likely to win.
Applying for scholarships can be simple, but it does take time. Therefore, take the time up front to plan your route through the land of free money. Look through our categories and subcategories and take note of the ones that fit your bill. Remember that you’ll find a wide range of opportunities to receive free cash: ones for athletes, student leaders, first-generation students, members of the LGBTQ community, and more.
Otherwise, here’s how to apply for scholarships listed on our site in three simple steps:
Once you’ve made your list of scholarship types to pursue, click on hyperlinks to drill toward more specific information. As you do so, take note of the number of awards available, the amount of funding available, and the deadlines for applying.
Then, sign-up for a free Unigo account as a student, parent, or school counselor. Doing so gives you access to application forms and a survey whose results can guide a customized search for your perfect scholarships.
Finally, follow the scholarships’ instructions for application carefully and thoroughly. Submit it to submit it to the awarding agency directly through our site.
That’s it, in three easy steps!
Whether you’re applying for academic scholarships, graduate scholarships, or other types of scholarships, there is one consistency—that there is none. That’s right—each scholarship-granting agency invents its own requirements for what it considers a successful application. By and large, however, know that at minimum, you’ll likely need to provide:
- Basic personal information
- Your GPA and other details about your academic experience
- An outline of your hopes and plans for the future
You may also need to submit an essay, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other information that takes time to pull together. Therefore, it’s critical that you take action immediately to ensure that you submit a quality application by its deadline.
How to Get a Scholarship: Apply! Seriously, unless you’re being scouted, there is no other way! Also, take the time to submit a thoughtful, carefully organized application of high quality. Lots of students want free money—give them someone to compete with!