We’re all aware that college is super expensive, and we all know that we should apply for scholarships to help pay. However, there are so many different categories of scholarships and it’s difficult to know where to look; with the right information and a little bit of time, any student can offset the costs of college. Where should you start?

 

  • Academic and Athletic Scholarships

If you’re doing well in school or play a varsity sport, this type of scholarship might be for you. Lots of colleges offer grants to recruit students like yourself. Go to your financial aid office, or speak to an academic advisor at your high school or college to see if you are eligible to receive this money.

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  • Company Scholarships

Many companies give out scholarships to support hardworking and creative students. Companies such as Burger King, Apple, Coca-Cola, and so many more have programs to reward students who give back to the community.

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  • Scholarships for Minorities/Women

If you identify as a minority race or gender, then you can apply for scholarships that help the group of people you identify with. Since only a select group of people can apply, your chances of getting a scholarship are higher. Some companies that give this type of aid include: the Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

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  • Community Service Scholarships

If you give back to your community and like to be a leader, then there are a lot of organizations that give out rewards.—the DoSomething scholarship is one of them. They have tasks for individuals who want to create a significant impact in the lives of others though tangible and measurable ways.

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