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The most popular scholarships are based on merit and come directly from your prospective college. However, if you have a unique talent or attribute, you have strong chances in receiving a scholarship from supporting, outside organizations. Many organizations are interested in promoting a particular field of study that place a premium on higher education, and possess scholarship funds for students who are best fit for their causes.

Student-Specific Scholarships

There is a scholarship for almost anything you can imagine. Whether you’re a single mom or have strong religious convictions, have a passion for thinking "green" or love to dance, chances are there is at least one scholarship out there that you’re eligible for. Make a list of your personal, unique attributes, and investigate the major organizations, local groups, and private corporations that may have educational funding. The American Cancer Society, for example, has a large number of cancer scholarships for college students having a history of cancer. Best Buy runs a scholarship program for incoming college students interested in community service. No matter what you enjoy doing or what makes you stand out, there will probably be a scholarship to reward you for just being you.

The most common student-specific scholarships are scholarships for minorities. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, for example, is open only to African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American students. Scholarships for Hispanic students have become more available as Hispanic advocacy groups have begun to raise awareness about low numbers of Hispanic students going to college. International students should also feel confident about applying to American colleges, as there are existing scholarships just for them.

Unique Scholarships

Unique scholarships compensate unique hobbies, such as duck calling or speaking in Klingon, and are less competitive than needs-based or more high-profile scholarships. For example, not many people have a passion for protecting mule deer. Contemplate your special qualities, and consider contacting local organizations that fit your criteria. If you are looking into a field that is unique, look to your community for the field-relevant award you are pursuing. Look beyond your college application and your grades, and you may be eligible for funding in more than one place.

Browse through our list of scholarships by type to see some examples of awards you could be eligible for, and don’t forget to conduct a free scholarship search to see even more awards based on different criteria unique to your profile.

Some Examples:

  • Academic Scholarships and Merit Scholarships

    Merit scholarships are often related to academic performance, but can also be given to a candidate displaying artistic or athletic excellence, or even a combination of both.

  • Community Service Scholarships

    Participating in community service activities as a high school student can be very beneficial, and not just in acing a college interview. Students who get involved can expect to reap many benefits from their extracurricular work.

  • First in Family Scholarships

    The road to a college degree is paved with countless detours for the average student but if you’re the first in your family to choose that path, you should expect a road with even more twists and turns.

  • Legacy Scholarships

    There are endless factors to consider when deciding what college is the right fit. So while your father may have strong opinions on why his alma mater may be "the one,” you may have another incentive for considering it – legacy scholarships.

  • Military Scholarships

    Whether you are a member of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy, there are a number of college scholarships and grants available for service members, veterans and their families.

  • Prestigious Scholarships

    Prestigious scholarships are known on a national, and often, on an international level. Winning prestigious scholarships not only cover college expenses, but are phenomenal for resumes and future references.

  • Scholarships for Average Students

    Not every student is fated to find wild success in the world of academia; however, plenty of students are able to succeed where it counts the most - in the real world.

  • Scholarships for Men

    We offer a wide variety of awards here at Scholarships.com and while scholarships geared towards men are not very common, we do have quite a few listed in our database.

  • Scholarships for Moms

    For women that give, we want to give back. There are scholarships for mothers interested in competing in the corporate world and the like, and going back to school is a viable option.

  • Weird Scholarships

    Students with unusual talents and interests often find themselves uniquely suited to art scholarships, writing scholarships, and a variety of other weird scholarship opportunities.

  • Writing Scholarships

    To those with a knack for words and writing, there is a plethora of writing scholarships available at the tip of your pen. Scholarships are often awarded based on standard, basic, and fairly universal criteria.

Last Edited: August 2015

Scholarships by Type

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