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.

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.

AACE International Competitive Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/5/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • AACE International Competitive Scholarships are offered to students who have completed one year of college, are currently enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited university for the fall term, and are pursuing a program in one of the following disciplines: agricultural engineering; architectural engineering; building construction; business administration; chemical engineering; civil [...] More

Bright Futures Scholarship for Early Childhood Teachers

  • Application Deadline: 6/9/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Our Bright Future's Scholarship Program supports the field of early childhood education by offering financial assistance for future teachers. We are excited to offer financial assistance ranging from $250-$1,000 for full-time students pursuing degrees in Early Childhood Education or in a related field. Selected recipients will be awarded funds directly for use toward books, laptops, fees or other [...] More

ECS Biannual Meeting Travel Grants

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Many ECS divisions and sections offer travel grants to undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and young professionals & faculty presenting papers at ECS biannual meetings. Applications must be received no later than submission deadlines. Divisions/Sections may have additional application requirements. Applicants must be current ECS members. A formal abstract submission is [...] More

Prospective Educator Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/2/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The PDK Educational Foundation awards more than 30 scholarships each year to prospective educators who have a connection to PDK by having a family member or teacher who is a PDK member, or through membership in Educators Rising. All scholarships are available under a single application.

    Applicants must be a high school senior intending to major in education who is a good standing member of [...] More

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

  • Application Deadline: 11/6/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

    In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level, and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or [...] More

Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/19/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship Fund, Inc. was to award is students who have worked to foster diversity, end bullying and discrimination or otherwise advocated on behalf of LGBT issues in their schools and communities. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

SILA Post Secondary College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The SILA Foundation awards ten (10) $2,500 scholarships for use at an accredited post-secondary college or university. Students must be enrolled in one of the following disciplines: insurance studies, finance or accounting, business administration, marketing, or education. Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours at an accredited post-secondary school or be employed [...] More

Southern Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • SSF is a rent-free housing scholarship foundation that helps deserving young people who lack financial resources but demonstrate excellent academic merit and good character attend institutions of higher education.

    Applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, display good character and motivation to succeed and must be accepted to one of the participating [...] More

SSWA Outstanding Service Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $7,500
  • The Outstanding Service Award will recognize students at Washington Campus Compact member institutions who are engaged in current service projects addressing critical issues.

    Student service leaders submit an online application form consisting of project details, stories, photos, and videos. Students are encouraged to utilize social media to promote and highlight their work. In addition to the [...] More

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