College Scholarships: How to Find Money for School
Many potential college students don't end up attending
university due to a lack of money, however there are thousands
of college scholarship programs available. Here is a list of the
most common types of college scholarships that students can
* Private organisations * Corporate awards * College-specific
awards * Athletic award * Union funded scholarship * Military
scholarship * Academic scholarship * Departmental awards
College scholarships awarded by the college that a student is
attending are subject to strict terms of acceptance. This type
of college scholarship is constantly re-evaluated throughout the
length of the course that the student is funded for and can be
withdrawn if the student fails to keep to the agreed terms.
An athletic scholarship is fairly self-explanatory but this type
of college scholarship is probably the hardest for a student to
obtain. There are hundreds of thousands of highly gifted
athletes from a range of sports every year that apply for an
athletic college scholarship and the numbers awarded are
extremely low. It is worth bearing in mind that only the top
flight schools will offer an athletic college scholarship.
The academic scholarships are one of the few that do not
actually require the student to apply for them. This is because
the college normally awards an academic scholarship based on the
college application alone. Obviously, the very nature of an
academic scholarship means that a student will require
outstanding academic potential to be offered a full academic
college scholarship and it is more common for a particle college
scholarship to be awarded.
A departmental scholarship is most commonly awarded by a
specific department of a college to either attract or retain
students for courses run by that particular department. The
individual department will provide information as to whether
they offer any type of special scholarship or not.
There are many private organisations that offer some form of
partial college scholarship. These often depend on the area that
a student lives in but national organisations may also offer a
student a college scholarship but the competition for these can
On the other hand, many corporations actually have a college
scholarship program but fail to award them because of a lack of
applicants. The corporations may offer a college scholarship to
students to attract them into the particular line of work that
the corporation is in or simply to offer students in their
community the chance to attend college.
Unions have a large amount of money allocated to a college
scholarship fund. These are usually aimed at students who are
going to enter a field of study related to the type of union.
Finally, the various branches of the military all have an
extensive college scholarship program. A military college
scholarship is often extremely generous but is awarded in
exchange for a pre-agreed length of service after graduation in
the particular branch that sponsored the student.