There are many types of scholarships for which you may be eligible. Below is a listing and description of the most common.
Tribal Scholarships are typically intended for enrolled members or descendants of federally-recognized or state-recognized tribes. Students should contact their tribe directly for qualifications and to obtain an application for funding consideration.
Need Based Scholarships require applicants to demonstrate financial need, in order to be considered. Federally administered need-based scholarships, like other forms of federal aid, are dispensed based on information you submit on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This standardized application for student aid is square-one for any scholarship hunt, because it gauges your need for financial assistance during college. Student income, parental income and assets, and family size are used to compute your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is then used to create an individual Student Aid Report (SAR) that spells out your anticipated college financial aid needs. The SAR is sent to colleges of your choice, where it is used to draft your unique financial aid package containing loans, scholarship and other forms of student assistance.
High Achieving Academic Scholarships, one of a number of high profile merit scholarships, are awarded to students who have demonstrated an outstanding history of academic achievement. These scholarships are awarded to students with the most exceptional GPA, most impressive series of extracurricular activities and a history of public service.
Engaged Student Scholarships do take a student’s academic record into consideration, but they also give weight to a student’s community service, leadership qualities and the strength of their test scores and contest essays. These scholarships also look at a student’s other school activities such as sports, art and music.
Diversity (Minority) Scholarships can be general or specific in their diverse population requirements, with some being open to all diverse students while others are designed to benefit one diverse group in particular. Funding for these scholarships comes from various sources, including the federal government, universities and corporations, tribes, nonprofit community based organizations and private citizens. *includes women, lgbtq communities, differing abilities, etc…
Athletic Scholarships are one of the most highly visible, and fiercely competitive, merit scholarships available. Students hoping for an athletic scholarship have to demonstrate both a high level of ability in their sport of choice, as well as a solid academic background.
Creative Scholarship Opportunities are available for the artistically inclined student. These scholarships are highly competitive, and applying students have to present samples of their artwork to be considered. Art scholarships will require a portfolio be submitted, while music scholarships and other performance based art forms will require an audition by tape or in person. Many of these scholarships are sponsored by art colleges themselves, while others are funded by both public and private endowments.
Targeted Scholarships are also available for individuals pursuing education in specific fields. Engineers, educators, and medical students, for example, might qualify for career-based scholarship awards that are designed to cultivate competent professionals in those areas.
Graduate Fellowships are a type of scholarship award that enables students at the graduate level to continue their studies in more depth. Students with fellowship awards are often engaged in detailed research and lab work, with the ultimate goal of writing and delivering a final dissertation that will earn a Master’s or Doctoral degree. Fellowships offer graduate students sizable awards, allowing them to concentrate directly on their studies, and sparing them the added mental and financial distraction of regular employment. Graduate fellowships can also be considered tuition awards, as they pay student’s partial or full tuition for the duration of the fellowship. Fellowships are available to graduate students in every major collegiate discipline, and offer both financial assistance and scholastic prestige. A fellowship for graduate studies can open many professional doors following graduation. But competition is fierce for these highly coveted awards, and fellowships are limited. Students wishing to complete their graduate studies with the benefit of a fellowship award will need to meet stringent eligibility requirements, and will need to have shown a marked excellence in their undergraduate studies.