When I applied to college, I received more than half a million dollars in scholarship offers from universities around the United States. I ultimately attended college for free and had no financial concerns as a student. I had similar results when I went to law school (though I still mistakenly took out loans so that I could live comfortably - mistake on my part!).
I get asked often about how I managed to find so much money to pay for school - the short answer is that I. Applied. For. Everything. Literally. I treated scholarship applications like a second job (the first being school) and it worked out in my favor. Interestingly, I didn't get most of the scholarships I applied for, but the ones I did get made a huge difference.
Over the past few years, I have developed a list of scholarships that may be useful to those searching for money to pay for school, which I've included below.
This list is not comprehensive by any stretch. These are scholarships I've come across over the years or heard about from others. I've also included a list of databases where you can search for a more updated and/or personalized list of relevant scholarships.
The list includes scholarships for students in:
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
- Law School
You can click the tabs at the top to navigate to the relevant pages. I've included deadline months (not days, because those can change from year to year), scholarship amounts, websites, and descriptions. If you find that a link is broken, you may want to Google the name of the scholarship. It might still exist, just at a different domain.
- Depending on your browser, you may need to scroll to the right to see all of the information for each individual scholarship.
- If you're reading this on your phone, the chart may look incomplete due to formatting issues somewhat beyond my control. It works best on a laptop or desktop browser.
If you have issues viewing the information below, you can download the entire Excel file by clicking here.