Online Scholarships

Isn’t the Internet great? It’s truly one of the most versatile inventions in history, capable of assisting the average person with virtually any task. In a typical evening, you can search for apartments, buy virtually anything, catch up on an entire season of your favorite TV show, play tons of addictive games, upload and caption pictures of your cats, and chat for free with friends across the globe, all without leaving your desk. In addition to communicating, shopping, and being entertained, you can also work, attend college, and even find ways to pay for school online.

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Online scholarship opportunities are abundant, as are online scholarship searches. There are even scholarship programs specifically for students who also attend class online. Technological advances and marked increases in access to the Internet have revolutionized the scholarship world, allowing all kinds of college students and college-bound students more access to money for college than ever before. Of course, in addition to offering a host of scholarship information, application, and awards, the online world can also propagate scholarship myths and scams.

Avoiding Scams

So how can you tell what scholarship information is legitimate and what isn’t? Read up on the telltale signs of scholarship scams, search only through free and reputable scholarship websites, and when in doubt, research the company offering the scholarship or search service. Look for Better Business Bureau complaints and ties to known or suspected scammers. Check out their privacy policies and professional affiliations, as well. There are definitely sources of valuable scholarship information online, but if someone’s offering you something that sounds entirely too good to be true or trying to charge you a fee to access information, be wary.

Additionally, if a scholarship provider is offering you a small award for a fee, asking for credit card or banking information, guaranteeing you’ll win, or otherwise sounding less than legitimate, watch out. Do your research and make sure that the scholarships you’re spending time on are offered by real organizations with real intentions of helping real students attend college. One quick and easy way to protect yourself from scholarship scams is to use a free scholarship search, like the one provided by Scholarships.com, that reviews each award listed in its database to make sure users don’t get scammed.

Applying Online

So you’ve discovered that in addition to finding scholarships online, you can also apply for scholarships without wasting paper or stamps. Being able to type and electronically submit your application increases convenience and cuts down on the possibility of error, provided you take a few basic steps to ensure that your scholarship application process goes smoothly.

While some online scholarship applications allow you to save your work and come back to it later, this is not the case with every form. So before beginning the application, spend some time getting organized and making sure you have everything you’ll need to submit written out and saved on your computer, especially if the scholarship provider requires an essay. That way you can take your time to review your online scholarship application before you submit it, without having to worry about losing all your progress if the application page times out or your connection drops while you’re in the middle of applying. Then, when you have everything ready, you’ll just need to upload your saved work, e-mail it as an attachment, or copy and paste it into the appropriate forms as instructed by the scholarship provider.

To increase your chances of winning scholarships, it’s also good to run all application materials through a spellchecker (and by at least one other human being, as well) before you hit the submit button. That way you can avoid embarrassing typos or other mistakes likely to dissuade scholarship reviewers from awarding you any scholarship money. When you have access to numerous free spellchecking tools, dictionaries, thesauruses, and guides to modern English grammar at your fingertips, there’s no excuse for obvious errors in a scholarship application. Even when penmanship isn’t a factor, sloppy writing and poor formatting can still disqualify you from a scholarship competition.

Getting More Information

To start finding online scholarships, conduct a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Also be sure to check out the fourteen $1000 Area of Study College Scholarships offered by Scholarships.com, all of which are available online. Scholarships, grants, and other financial aid can all be found online if you know where and how to look. Check out our other college resources for more information on how to create success by finding online scholarships and other financial aid for college.

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor the undergraduate research internship program, the APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women. The goal of this internship is to encourage women to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. Applicants must be female, including all students who present or identify as women and/or trans women, with sophomore or junior standing at a [...] More

Augustana University Transfer Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $22,000
  • Augustana University offers scholarships to students who transfer to Augustana from another institution. Awards range from $12,000 to $22,000 per year. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Firefighter/EMS Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2022
  • Amount: $500
  • Congratulations on your interest in applying for the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Scholarship, focused on improving the fire service through the perpetuation of study in the areas of fire science and emergency medical services. The scholarship awarded will be paid directly to the institution the recipient attends. Scholarship funds can be used toward tuition, books, room and board, or anything [...] More

Greenhouse Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2022
  • Amount: $20,000
  • When it comes to leveling the playing field, education is the great equalizer. It is the most fundamental and effective problem-solving mechanism that exists in society. Greenhouse Scholars is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and support to those with the potential to make a real difference. By working with the highest-performing young leaders from under-resourced communities, we [...] More

Janet Logan Daily Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Offered exclusively to New Jersey graduating high school seniors, the Janet Logan Daily Foundation Scholarship recognizes students from varying academic backgrounds who have routinely demonstrated maturity and integrity within and beyond the classroom. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, actively participate in at least one extra-curricular activity, and must have worked an average of 30 hours per [...] More

Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/4/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship is intended to help support a first meaningful field station experience for a first or second year graduate student, or an advanced undergraduate to take courses or to carry on research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater or terrestrial field station. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/16/2022
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award is an award to support the education and research program of promising graduate students in crystallography-related fields. The applicant should be a graduate student enrolled in a graduate degree program with major interest in crystallography (e.g. crystal structure analysis), crystal morphology, modulated structures, correlation of atomic [...] More

Northern Star Scouting Eagle Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Northern Star Scouting Eagle Scholarship, applicants must: be registered with Northern Star Council, BSA; have been granted the Eagle Scout rank, or verified that their application for Eagle Scout rank has been received at the national office; and, be a graduating high school senior entering a post-secondary school in the year the scholarship is awarded. For more [...] More

Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/19/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship Fund awards students who have worked to foster diversity, end bullying and discrimination or otherwise advocated on behalf of LGBT issues in their schools and communities.
    To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must reside in New England, and be entering an accredited institution of higher learning no later than the following [...] More

SILA Post Secondary College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Between April 1st - May 31st each year, students may submit an application for one of the SILA Foundation scholarships awards for use at an accredited post-secondary college or university.

    Students must be enrolled in one of the following disciplines: Insurance/Compliance/Risk Management, Finance/Accounting/Actuarial Science, Business Information and/or Information Technology. Applicants must [...] More

Southern Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2022
  • Amount: Varies
  • For more than 65 years, SSF has helped students achieve their dreams of attending their choice university through our partnerships at Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Florida, Santa Fe College, Florida State University, Flagler College – Tallahassee, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College. While SSF does not provide monetary-based scholarships, we offer rent-free [...] More

University of California-Davis CAAA Leadership Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/5/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Students entering UC Davis as freshmen or transfer students may be eligible to receive the CAAA Leadership Scholarship. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $4,000. Top choice candidates may also be considered for the $10,000 Blue and Gold Leadership Scholarship ($5,000 disbursed over two years).

    To be eligible, applicants must: have a 3.5 GPA if an incoming freshmen or a 3.25 if transferring; [...] More
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