Why apply for scholarships?

Scholarships are a great resource for a student to further his or her education. They are awarded based on various criteria and scholarship money is not required to be repaid.

When can I start the scholarship search?

High school
Most Scholarship websites allow you to begin your search as early as freshman year. There are grade level specific opportunities and a host of search engines that allow students to create a profile that will tailor scholarships specifically to the students qualifications.

Elementary/Middle school
Due to privacy laws (COPPA) websites avoid posting scholarship information for students 13 and younger, but there are scholarships available to elementary and middle school students.

Scholarship directory

Scholarship applications

Search for scholarships


The nation’s largest, multi-billion dollar scholarship database


Search by choosing a category or get matched to scholarships you are eligible for.


Search by academic major, athletics, art, ethnicity, first in family, GPA, minority, music, state, name or type.

College Board

Microscholarships for high school students on their path to college


Earn micro‑scholarships from colleges for your achievements as early as 9th grade.


Match with scholarships based on your unique background and accomplishments! Requires a subscription


College and career readiness solution and source for college and university scholarships.

Sallie Mae

Apply for college scholarships to get free money for college and get help finding scholarships.


Offers a free search for thousands of scholarships worth billions of dollars. Find college reviews and admissions advice


* Note: There are other scholarship search engines not listed above. Please be mindful of scholarship scams when registering for scholarship websites.