Question for those who recently graduated from college or those with kids in college. Please share ideas/names/websites for local and non traditional scholarship sources for college costs. Thank you.

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Oorah. Marching for free college, experiences may vary

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Try https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships#how-find. There is a site on there that you can narrow down tons of scholarships to see what is applicable to your student.

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Continued - A close friends daughter was accepted to school and they have limited resources. I am helping a little. But i also hear stories of lots and lots of smaller lesser known scholarship sources out there. I dont have college kids and I have never had to research. I am told they sometimes have unique qualifiers such as geography, country of origin, religion, gender, affiliations, interests, hobbies, heritage, etc.

Any help or pointing me in the direction of places to look would be appreciated.

Or maybe there are NFPs who's mission is this focus?

Thanks for any insight.

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Rotary clubs usually have good scholarships. I applied for a scholarship because I was tall. Coca Cola has an incredible scholarship program but it is very competitive. There legit is a scholarship for everything. Oftentimes a school guidance counselor will have a list of scholarships which is a good starting point and then google helps too (although you have to weed out the scams)

- Not a scholarship, but one option is to appeal the financial aid package and plead your unique case. I went to a private school and did this and was successful in securing additional financial aid in the form of grants from the university. This may vary by school, but I’d imagine most have funds tucked away for this purpose.

- Scholarships: I have seen some clients who offer scholarships to employees children. I would also look if their church / archdiocese has a scholarship (mine does). I was also able to apply for scholarships based on my heritage. My university offered by major as well (through the alumni association).

I’d also encourage the student to reach out to their financial aid office who can steer them to additional websites and sources locally. The high school or local community college will likely also have a list they could leverage

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Reach out to financial aid office. Most schools have “summer meltdown”—those who withdraw enrollment after paying deposits may free up some scholarships

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Scholly
https://myscholly.com

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I volunteer with EY’s College MAP program, and we encourage our students to use the Scholly App. The app helps each student find scholarships that are a good fit for him or her.

There is a fee to use it ($2.99/month), but EY covers for a period. In some instances, a city or particular school may purchase the app in bulk for the students. You could see if that applies .

https://myscholly.com/search/

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On any given university’s website, there should be a link to a list of scholarships. It’s a long and tedious process to apply for them, but not a whole lot of students actually put forth the effort to. I had a friend who applied to every single scholarship even when he didn’t qualify per the requirements and he received over $10k in aid just from that. Granted, he spent a good 40 hours applying for these scholarships. And he’s a white male from a middle-class family. So if your friend’s daughter is even a little bit more diverse than that, she will probably have more luck with that level of effort

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Use scholly. It’s an app developed by a Drexel student who received $1.3m in scholarships. There is so much money out there that is unclaimed

Is that legal?

Go Drexel Dragons!

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