Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarship Opportunities & Resources

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(November 2021 – APS)

Local Area Scholarships

AFCEA Washington (Educational Tab for Chapter and National Scholarships) STEM fields of computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry and management information systems.

Arlington Community Foundation There are different scholarships with different criteria but only one application is required to be considered for all the available scholarships for Arlington students

Arlington Gay and Lesbian Association Recipients are members of their school’s Gay Straight Alliance or whose accomplishments demonstrate significant support for the Arlington Public Schools’ policies of diversity, fairness and safety, as demonstrated in an essay.

Arlington Optimists  Essay Contest is sponsored by the local Optimist Club to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live.

Arlington Rotary Education Foundation Scholarship assistance to graduates to a deserving Arlington Public high school senior selected by our Board on a competitive basis from among applications received.

Arlington Teens  Provides suggestions and updates on local area scholarship in the Arlington area.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program news-feed/recognizing-the-best-and-brightest-nationwide For those who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change, involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students.

Federal Employee Assistance and Education Children, step-children, and legal dependents of full- or part-time permanent federal civilian or postal workers employed with the federal government 3+ years as well as the employees themselves and their spouses.

Granville P. Meade Scholarship For students attending a Virginia university, financial need required.

Guide for Scholarships for Future Teachers. Resources to assist future teachers and decrease the financial burden of higher education.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities For students attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The HBCU scholarships, internships, and fellowships listings are provided by the website.

The Huth Scholarship Recognizing, celebrating and rewarding young people who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to teaching, technology and volunteerism involving the elderly.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship for a minority high school senior showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need.

Links Inc. Arlington Encourage minority college achievement, 2.5 minimum Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Must be interested in criminal justice.

P.E.O – The P.E.O. Sisterhood maintains six educational projects in the form of grants, scholarships and loans for women.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Students Each year, the Community Foundation awards over $300,000 in scholarship funds to nearly 100 Northern Virginia students.

SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards Self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) high school seniors from the DC Metro Area, who have demonstrated personal growth and leadership in their school or community

Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship LGBT identified student-athletes in the wider DC area

Virginia Hospital Center Nursing Scholarship For current and future employees of Virginia Hospital Center.

Washington Regional Transplant Authority Scholarship  Local area (not just Arlington) essay or video on encouraging registering as an organ donor.

Zonta Club of Washington, D.C  Women planning a major in business, engineering, healthcare, mathematics, education, technology or the sciences (social or basic). Scholarships Searching Tools

National Scholarships Search Sites

The following information was provided, in part through the American Educational Guidance Center.

Career One Stop – An informational and scholarship search website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Chegg – Chegg has a large scholarship data base and is set up so students can save information on the scholarships for which they applied. In addition, Chegg sends scholarship deadline reminders to students who use their site.

College Resource Network CRN offers an easy interface allowing students to search for scholarships using several categories.

Career One Stop This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, has a searchable data base containing more than 5,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities.

Cheap Scholar – Uses a data base containing three million scholarships. CAPPEX – A data base with $11 billion in listed scholarships.

College Board Scholarship Search – The College Board’s free scholarship search utilizes a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding totaling almost $3 billion in scholarships and aid.

College Data – Scholarship search service sponsored by 1st Financial Bank.

College Grant Database  – This site will show you were to look for free college grant money and add some tips on how to apply.

College Scholarships  – This scholarship database is maintained by a non-profit organization.

College Tool Kit These folks allow you to search for scholarships by geography, heritage, religion, extracurriculars, family affiliation, high school, or scholarship name.

College Xpress Using data provided by Wintergreen Orchard House, their data base includes 1.7 million scholarships worth a total of $7 billion.

Discover Nursing Scholarship Search  – If you are or will be studying nursing, give this free scholarship search a try. You will probably find more nursing scholarships here than in any other source.

Diversity Abroad International scholarships and fellowships.

eCampus Tours – The eCampusTours search uses a database of more than 10,000 scholarship programs that distribute awards worth more than $36 million.

Fast Aid – These folks say they are, “The World’s largest and oldest private sector scholarship database.

Fast Web – One of the older, larger, scholarship search sites.

Financial Aid Officer This free scholarship search engine lists scholarships worth $1.45 billion.

Guaranteed-Scholarships A list of scholarships offered by individual colleges, to all enrolled students meeting specified criteria.

High Five Scholarships – They imply that they have a data base with “millions of Scholarships” worth $45 billion dollars. This site was recommended to us by a college scholarship administrator.

Human Rights Campaign  – Searchable by state, this site offers “a list of scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBT and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate-level”.

LGBTQIA+ Scholarships & Resources  – xplore scholarship awards, advocacy groups, and professional networks that are making college more affordable and inclusive for the LGBTQIA+ community.

My College Dollars  Recommended by an admissions counselor at a university in Texas. Scholarships 360 – This helpful site is run by an admissions officer at Kenyon College.

National Database of Scholarship – This free scholarship search sites claims to list scholarships worth more than 10 billion dollars.

Nerd Scholar Scholarship searches and other info for students.

Outside Scholarships According to their website, they have a database with a total of $1.6 million dollars in scholarships.

Pacific Northwest Scholarship Guide  – A free online scholarship match program maintained by the nonprofit College Planning Network, serving students of the Pacific Northwest.

Princeton Review –  A data base containing over 3 million scholarships.

SallieMae’s Plan for College – Salliemae’s scholarship search site.

The Scholarship Page   – Started by a student in 1997, this site primarily featured engineering scholarships, but has since expanded to include others. – This site claims a scholarship database of 3,0000 sources worth up to $3 billion.

Scholarships 360 – This helpful site is run by an admissions officer at Kenyon College.

Scholarship Auditions Visual and performing arts scholarships.

Scholarship Hunter – Not a great looking site, but a search here might be worth a try.

Scholarship Monkey –  They claim a database of one million scholarships with a value in excess of $3.5 billion. If that’s not enough reason to give this site a shot, how often do you get a monkey to talk to you?

Scholarship Owl –  ScholarshipOwl is a scholarship search site with a difference. All you have to do is complete a brief questionnaire and they find scholarships for which you may qualify. Now, here’s the big difference…they apply for the scholarship on your behalf.

Scholarship Library Well organized with a database of 230,000 scholarships.

Study Abroad Funding Their website says, “Our comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality.” Scholarship searches can be conducted by country or subject.

Super College – An online scholarship search sponsored by Harvard educated folks who publish books on college planning.

Scholarships Online They claim to be the largest online directory of legit scholarships.

Student Scholarships – They say they have “the largest scholarship database on the web”, a claim that others make as well.

Student Scholarship Search  – They claim to have the largest database of scholarships online and a speedy scholarship matching tool.

Tuition Funding Sources – The name says it.

United Negro College Fund Scholarship Search –  A free online scholarship search sponsored by the United Negro College Fund.

Unigo/Scholarship Experts – One of the most comprehensive and best scholarship search services.

Worldwide Learn – Unlike many other scholarship search and information sites, this one requires no registration and no contact or personal information.

45+ College Scholarships for Minority Student . This resource shares 45+ financial aid scholarships. Within the resource, are opportunities dedicated to specific demographics such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Students.

Financial Aid

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) For most students planning to attend college or career school, financial aid is essential. This is the official US Department of Education’s Financial Aid website. It includes how financial aid works, resources to pay for college, and loan repayment options.

CSS Profile | College Board: Required by some highly competitive collects. This form collects additional and more detailed information used for financial aid decisions.

Net Price Calculator.  Colleges provide first-year, full-time undergraduate students an estimate of the net cost (estimated full cost minus anticipated grants and scholarships from all sources) for the academic year.  Example:

Paying for College Resources Sallie Mae’s Resources to help students and families responsibly pay for college. Explore important, timely topics and share with others who may have questions about planning for college. Students could win $1,000 for college simply by registering with Sallie Mae’s college planning tools.

Tuition Programs

Academic Common Market Study in a specialized field at an out-of-state college and pay in-state tuition rates.Looking for a college degree not offered by a public institution in your home state? Not all colleges participate, not all programs are offered, and not every offered programs is available to students in all states.   Virginia Academic Common Market Website and Contact Darlene Derricott,,  Director of Academic Services State Council of Higher Education, Phone: 804-225-2621 VA State ACM Website

Tuition Exchange   Opens doors and creates opportunities through a reciprocal educational scholarship program. The Tuition Exchange scholarships are competitive awards and are not guaranteed. These awards enable the dependents of faculty and staff at participating colleges and universities to significantly defray their higher education costs. Education.Tuition Exchange  p. 301.941.1827


The 36 Colleges With the Best Financial Aid  PrepScholar October 2021

These are the top public and private colleges with the most generous financial aid packages  CNBC August 2021

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