- Merit scholarships are based on the student’s achievements in various areas like athletics and academic interests, to name a few.
- School scholarships are given to students by the school they attend. They can be associated with a specific field of study or students interests at that institution.
- Work scholarships require a student to earn their award by working.
- Field of Study scholarships are awarded to students who are pursuing a specific field of study.
- Need scholarships are based on the student meeting specific financial need criteria. Some scholarship competitions use a Federal Financial Need formula.
- Student-Specific scholarships can be based on a student’s nationality, gender, race, religion, medical history and other student-specific factors.
A scholarship is a sum of money granted to a student to help further their education.
Scholarships come from various sources like a school, organization, or other private source. Every scholarship has specific requirements and deadlines that have to be met to qualify. Here are a few examples:
- AAUW Sacramento Branch ($2000) – Women 25 or older seeing first baccalaureate degree. Must be Sac resident and attending Sac City, ARC, FLC, CRC, or CSUS. Deadline: early March
- Benjamin A. Gilman International (up to $5,000) – US undergrads who might otherwise not study abroad due to financial constraints. Deadline: Term-Based
- Horatio Alger Assoc of Distinguished Americans (up to $2,500) – Commitment to pursue career or technical certificate/degree. Deadline: June 15, 2019
- MusicAuthority’s Music Lovers ($1,000) – All full time students eligible to apply. Essay required. Deadline: April 15, 2020
Scholarship Opportunities for AB-540 Students
Scholarship Search Engines
You should never have to pay for a scholarship. The following search engines may be helpful in seeking out scholarships that may interest you: