Types of scholarships

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How are scholarships awarded

Many scholarships are awarded for academic or athletic excellence. But scholarships aren’t just for straight-A students or all-star athletes. There are different types of scholarships out there for almost every hobby, skill, or interest. Think about your strengths and things you love to do—then search for scholarships based on those.

Most scholarships require you to fill out a form, write an essay, or submit some sort of creative entry.

What types of scholarships do colleges offer

The types of scholarships that colleges offer can vary based on if the school is private or public, among other factors. When considering which colleges to apply to, reach out to the financial aid office to learn about the scholarship opportunities available.

What types of scholarships are based on financial need

Scholarships can be based on financial need or they can be merit-based, which means they’re given out for some kind of ability, hobby, ethnicity, religion, etc.

College grants are usually need-based. Both federal and state governments give grants. To apply for government grants, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

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