The below search engines are high quality and FREE websites. REMEMBER: Check various colleges that you are interested in for scholarship opportunities. The college you choose to attend will likely be your largest source of Scholarship money and Financial Aid. There are several free search resources for scholarships and financial aid on this website, in my office, and through colleges you are applying to, so please be cautious about paying money for any scholarship search engine service.
- Career Cruising and What's Next Illinois: These are two career and college planning websites that I have used with your student throughout high school. Your student has a profile for each website. Each website contains scholarship search engines and career planning guides. I have access to your student's login information so you may request it from the counselor if you need it.
- Fastweb Scholarship Search : This search engine requires a student login and profile. Once you enter detailed information about your grade level and extra-curricular activities, the website generates scholarships for which you are eligible to apply. Fastweb will also send you email updates when new scholarships are posted for which you are eligible. This website also helps you search for internship and job opportunities.
- NextStepU: This is another comprehensive post-high school planning site that includes career information, a college search tool, and a scholarship search engine.
- HighFiveScholarships : This search engine requires you to create a profile and is very comprehensive. Soon, this website will also have free ACT and SAT practice tests and study guides.
- Zinch.com : This is another scholarship search engine in which you create your own profile and then search for scholarships based on the information you enter. I have heard that this is more accurate than other scholarship search engines.
- NAAS-USA Fund: This search engine is filled with links leading to various scholarships. It may be more difficult to find a scholarship through this source because you do not create your own profile. But, this is a useful tool.
CollegeBoard Scholarship Search
: This search engine requires a student login and profile. Once you enter detailed information about your grade level and extra-curricular activities, the website generates scholarships for which you are eligible to apply.
Peterson's College Search
: This is another large scholarship database that connects you to applications based upon the information you provide in your profile.
Cappex: College Search Made Simple
: Yet another large database; this one contains several merit-based scholarships and answers several questions about the scholarship search.
- ChristianConnector: If
you are interested in attending a university with a religious affiliation,
this internet search engine will help you to find scholarships
- Scholarships.com: Another very large search engine for scholarships - this is similar to the first 4 mentioned.
- Scholarshippoints.com : ScholarshipPoints is a point based reward program for students (we call them scholarship points) that awards over $100,000 in scholarships to high school and college students each year. It’s free, it’s fun and can help you pay tuition.