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Monday, May 2, 2016

Things to know about Scholarships

College Grants and Scholarships Listed in Books

This may come as a shock to some people, but before there was the World Wide Web, there were books that contained information.
Still, there are EXCELLENT books that will list grants, loans, and scholarships according to different criteria such as ethnicity, gender, financial status, and more.
Some of these books are expensive. We advise and strongly recommend that you look for these books in your local LIBRARY. If your local library does not have them, then ask the library staff if they can try to interlibrary loan the books from another library. Usually, this is a FREE service.
Although the following books are great resources listing thousands of grants and scholarships, you have to keep in mind that it is likely that only a relatively few grants will apply to you. As we stated on the Financial Aid Basics Web Page, there are a lot of grants out there, but the eligibility requirements for most grants / scholarships are very, very specific. However, there are so many grants listed, that hopefully, you meet the specific requirements of some of the grants. Depending on your financial situation, just one, two, or a few grants can go A LONG WAY to pay for your education.

The College Blue Book: Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans. MacMillan Reference USA has been publishing this five or six -volume set for decades, which they call the College Blue Book . Usually, this source is found in the Reference section of the library. Each volume covers something different about colleges. For example, one volume will list colleges by degree and subject. Another volume is devoted to giving detailed narrative descriptions of colleges. However, one volume covers "Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans." This volume has a few indexes that will help find the money.

College Grants and Scholarships with the Minimum Amount of Eligibility Requirements is a Kindle ebook that lists approximately 150 college scholarships that have the least amount of eligibility requirements, so that just about any U.S citizen or legal resident can apply for these scholarships. Some libraries may have access to this ebook. There are only so many scholarships for a specific group of people, whether it is Hispanic, single mothers, women, nursing students, veterans, students attending trade schools, students wanting scholarships with NO essays, or other groups. This ebook can provide a list of more available scholarships. Some of these scholarships require writing an essay while others require filling out just an application. There are NOT many scholarships available without specific, limiting criteria. There are many resources that will list thousands of scholarships, but a majority of them will have very specific requirements that prevents many students from applying to most of the scholarships listed in the resources. However, this Kindle ebook lists scholarships that most people within the U.S. can apply for. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle Previewer in order to view Kindle books on your PC at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000765261 OR https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A3IWA2TQYMZ5J6 . We know how difficult it is to format documents for the Kindle so the formatting might be kind of strange for some of the text. However, we find the text tolerable and the links work.

College Board Scholarship Handbook and Getting Financial Aid are produced by the College Entrance Examination Board. Both books give valuable information. For example, College Board Scholarship Handbook gives information at the front of the book about understanding financial aid, finding and applying for scholarships, and sources of information about state grant programs. Most of the book is devoted to listing thousands of grants by using different eligibility indexes such as: corporate/employer, disabilities, field of study, gender, international student, military participation, minority status, ethnic background, organization/civic affiliation, religious affiliation, returning adult, state of residence, and study abroad. This book covers grants, scholarships, internships, and loans. There is a sponsor and program index.
Peterson's Scholarships, Grants, & Prizes. Peterson's is a well-respected company in the field of education. They have an online searchable scholarship database at their site. They continue to publish this very useful book allowing people to search by using a variety of indexes.
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans is a two or three volume set that "lists more than 6,000 major awards to U.S. and Canadian students for study throughout the world." Volume one lists sponsors and their scholarships in alphabetical order. Half-way through volume two will be other indexes to help you find scholarships. Other indexes include: field of study, legal residence, place of study, ethnic groups, associations, employers, disabled, female, military, and more.
The Ultimate Scholarship Book lists scholarships based on: field of study, career, interests/hobbies, special circumstances, state of residence, military-related, ethnicity/race, religion, disability, membership, sponsor, and scholarship name.
Reference Service Press "began in 1977 with a single financial aid publication Directory of Financial Aids for Women, and now specializes in the development of financial aid resources in multiple formats." Following will be a list of the financial aid resources that this company publishes in book format. Although the subject of each book is different, the indexes in each book are very similar. PLEASE NOTE that many of these books are OLD and only some of these have been updated.
  • College Student's Guide to Merit and Other No-Need Funding. This source will list "merit scholarships and other no-need funding programs open specifically to students currently in or returning to college." "If a program (grant) requires applicants to demonstrate financial need as part of the primary selection process, it is NOT listed here." The grants listed in this book are grant money awarded on "merit" which means that the funding is based on things such as academic record, writing or artistic ability, speech-making skills, athletic success, evidence of leadership, contributions to the community, or other "merit" conditions.
  • Directory of Financial Aids for Women.
  • Financial Aid for African-Americans.
  • Financial Aid for Asian-Americans. The grants listed here are for "Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, or other Asian origin."
  • Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans. The grants listed here are for "Americans of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Central American, or other Latin American heritage."
  • Financial Aid for Native Americans. The grants listed here are for "American Indians, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians."
  • Financial Aid for Research and Creative Activities Abroad. This resource features funding programs to support "research, professional, or creative activities abroad."
  • Financial Aid for Study and Training Abroad covers "financial aid opportunities available to support structured or independent study abroad."
  • Financial Aid for the Disabled and their Families. There are plenty of indexes within this book. Some of the indexes are divided into categories such as: Visual Disabilities, Hearing Disabilities, Orthopedic and Developmental Disabilities, Communication/Other Disabilities, Disabilities in General, Families of the Disabled. There are more indexes to help find financial aid listed in this book.
  • Financial Aid for Veterans, Military Personnel, and their Dependents.
  • High School Senior's Guide to Merit and Other No-Need Funding. "If a program required applicants to demonstrate need as part of the primary selection process, it is NOT listed here." For the most part, the scholarships are aimed at high school seniors or recent high school graduates. Indexes include: sciences, social sciences, humanities, and subject area, program title, sponsoring organization, residency, tenability, subject, calendar.
  • How to Pay for your Degree in Business & Related Fields. The list of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and awards may not be quite as long as in some of the other books published by Reference Service Press, but there are hundreds of opportunities covered.
  • How to Pay for your Degree in Education & Related Fields.
  • How to Pay for your Degree in Engineering.
  • How to Pay for your Law Degree.
  • Money for Christian College Students.
  • Money for Graduate Students in the Arts & Humanities. The funding is available "to support GRADUATE study, training, research, and creative studies in the humanities." This book is NOT for undergraduates.
  • Money for Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences. This book is NOT for undergraduates.
  • Money for Graduate Students in the Health Sciences covers "fellowships, grants, awards, and traineeships set aside just for students interested in working on a graduate degree in dentistry, genetics, medicine, nutrition, pharmacology, etc." This book is NOT for undergraduates.
  • Money for Graduate Students in the Physical & Earth Sciences. This book is NOT for undergraduates.
  • Money for Graduate Students in the Social & Behavioral Sciences. This book is NOT for undergraduates.
  • RSP Funding for Nursing Students. This book will list hundreds of "scholarships, fellowships, and loans that support study or research for nurses or nursing students (both undergraduate and graduate)."

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