As a service to SDSU students, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides a list of Internet Web sites that offer free online scholarship searches.
BEWARE of people or organizations wanting to charge you for a scholarship or financial aid search. Scholarship and financial aid searches should ALWAYS be FREE!
The U. S. Department of Education offers good information and tips on how to spot a scholarship scam.
Investigate every possible organization with which you are affiliated such as community associations, employers, and religious organizations.
Check the SDSU Love Library, PAC online. Use relevant key words or phrases to search such as—
Visit bookstores and other libraries. The reference section of any major bookstore or public library may also have scholarship books and additional information.
Start your research early. The sooner you begin organizing your information and resources, the better your chances that you will find scholarship opportunities.
Be involved. Scholarship committees prefer applicants who participate in extra-curricular activities, volunteer or help others in some way.
Gather letters of recommendation. Many scholarships require letters of recommendation. Ask teachers, civic leaders, religious advisors, mentors, and business managers for written endorsements on their organization's stationery or letterhead.
Apply if you are qualified. Request applications for any scholarships for which you are eligible. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, don't waste your time applying. Use that time to polish applications of scholarships for which you do qualify.
Attach a cover letter. If the scholarship does not require an essay you can still attach a well-written cover letter summarizing your educational goals, your background and your accomplishments.
Create a checklist. Make notes of every piece of support material required by the scholarship. From the notes, make a list, then check the items on the list as you assemble the application.
Make photocopies. When your application is complete and ready to send off to the scholarship committee, make copies for your records. You may find them to be valuable as resources for future applications.
Meet the deadline. Scholarship committees do not accept late applications. Being late reflects poorly on your abilities, judgment, and potential.
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