Types of Scholarships

Some scholarships have specific qualifications and others are more general. Exploring many scholarship options increases your chances for awards. Types of scholarships include:

Private scholarships

Many organizations and corporations other than the federal government or school fund scholarships. These scholarships include, but are not limited to, merit scholarships for individual accomplishments, need-based scholarships, diversity or minority scholarships, and scholarships for students with disabilities.

University scholarships

Many students are eligible for university scholarships based on their unique characteristics. Check your home university financial aid or scholarship page for more information.

Federal grants 

The federal government offers grants rather than scholarships. Typically, grants are awarded to students based on financial need, determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can also apply for research grants by writing their own proposals.