Students are encouraged to look at institutional scholarships (those offered by the college or university to which they are applying) as well as independent scholarships. Information regarding institutional scholarships can most often be found on the institution's financial aid website. Deadlines for institutional scholarships vary and may or may not coincide with admissions deadlines. It is very important to check and organize all deadlines at an institution including admission, financial aid, and scholarships.
Independent scholarships are most often found through a scholarship search. The following links may be helpful:
SCHS and FCPS maintain an online scholarship database through Naviance Student, which is accessed through a student's Blackboard account. Click here for step-by-step visual instructions.
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia posts a number of scholarships offered by local businesses and organizations.
In addition, several databases exist to help students search for scholarships. Many students also find these reputable sites helpful in their search:
- The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
- Petersons College Scholarship Search
- College Board Scholarship Search
- Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- UNCF Scholarships
Scholarship Scams - Warning Signs
If you find in your search that a scholarship includes any of the following, it is wise to be wary of a potential scam:
- Scholarship has "fees"
- Scholarship is "guaranteed"
- Scholarship is exclusive - "you can't get this information anywhere else"
- Scholarship is unsolicited - "you're a finalist"
- Application requires credit card or bank account information