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Online scholarship search engines are good tools to help you find outside scholarships that you can apply for! An outside scholarship is any scholarship not awarded by the government or your college, such as a scholarship provided by a private company, philanthropist or foundation.  Beware of search engines that ask you to pay.  These below are free and have good reviews!

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Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest.

Other scholarships are based on financial need.

Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. And some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, tribal scholarships or scholarships for military families).

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.

If you want to go beyond using the online search engine, some people have successfully obtained scholarships by simply asking.

They can be offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious

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