If you are the type of person who follows current events, you’re probably tired of a few kinds of stories. Likely among them are studies about how your favorite foods can kill you, how Millennials are all spoiled brats, and how college costs an absolute fortune. Well don’t worry, we don’t think you’re a spoiled brat and we’re not here to ruin junk food for you. But in all seriousness, we should talk about that other thing. The cost of college is no joke. If you plan on going, we need to have an honest conversation about how you’re going to pay for it.
But before we give you a ton of useful and actionable information on the subject, we’d first like to bombard you with some frightening facts:
- According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), as of the 2014–15 academic year, the average cost for one year of tuition and housing at a public institution was $16,188; at a private, for-profit institution, $23,372; and at a private, nonprofit institution, a stomach-churning $41,970.
- In just one decade, 2005–15, the cost of tuition and housing at public institutions rose thirty-three percent; for private nonprofit institutions, twenty-six percent.
- Since 1971, the cost of college has risen at a rate nearly six percent greater than the rate of inflation.
- Americans borrow roughly $100 billion dollars a year to help pay for college.
- The total sum of student loan debt held by Americans is more than $1.3 trillion and rising.
- More than 8 million borrowers are in default, collectively unable to pay a sum total of roughly $137 billion in college loans.
We’re not telling you this to freak you out. We just want you to realize how expensive college can be, even if you won’t begin paying for it until after graduation. For many of us, the combination of financial aid, student lending, and personal financing can only go so far.
That’s where scholarships come in. A scholarship is a sum of money awarded by a school, a company, an organization, an agency, or even a private citizen for the purposes of funding your college education. The awesome thing about scholarships is that you never have to pay them back.
You heard right. It’s free money. But who’s giving away all of this free money and how do you do get your hands on some of it?
Whether you’re a star athlete, an academic standout, a member of a unique cultural tradition, a spiritually observant student, an individual in need of economic assistance, or a hobbyist with a very specific set of skills and interests, there is a scholarship out there with your name on it.
Well, it doesn’t have your name on it yet. But it could. Find the right scholarship — large or small — and get a little bit of extra help paying for your higher education.
There’s no secret or trick to applying for scholarships beyond the basics: the more you apply to, the better your chances will be of scoring some of that free scratch. Naturally, every scholarship has its own rules, eligibility requirements, application instructions, submission deadlines, and standards for maintenance. But to determine how these conditions apply to each individual scholarship, you’ll need to dive in and read on.
Below is a perpetually growing list of scholarship categories, from academic and athletic scholarships to need-based and military scholarships. But we’ve also considered some important subcategories including academic scholarship opportunities for LGBTQ students, aspiring religious leaders, art students, social justice activists, and agricultural professionals. We’ve also taken the opportunity to list a handful of scholarships that are unique or, dare we say it, just plain weird.
There’s some categorical overlap here. Indeed, some scholarships may be both weird and relevant to agricultural professionals. In such cases, you’ll find what you’re looking for under either subcategory. To learn more, immerse yourself in our exhaustive database of linkable scholarship opportunities.
But be warned, your experience may result in free money. Proceed at your own risk.
Types of College Scholarships
- Academic & Merit Scholarships
- Athletic Scholarships
- Religious Scholarships
- Military Scholarships
- Women’s Scholarships
- Corporate Scholarships
- Full Tuition Scholarships
- Law Enforcement Scholarships
- Community Service Scholarship
- Prestige Scholarships
- Scholarships for Mothers
- First-in-Family Scholarships
- Legacy Scholarships
- Scholarships for the Disabled
- Need-Based Scholarships
- LGBTQ Scholarships
- Healthcare Scholarships
- Native American Scholarships
- Latino Scholarships
- African American Scholarships
- Technical Scholarships
- Art Scholarships
- Music Scholarships
- Social Justice Scholarships
- Agricultural Scholarships
- Writing Scholarships
- Adult Education Scholarships
- Weird Scholarships
If you don’t find what you’re looking for today, come back and visit us later. We’re always adding links to new opportunities. One of them is bound to be right for you!