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Applying for College Scholarships

March 04, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

There are many websites that offer free scholarship searches where you can look for scholarships by category. For example, if you have focused on community service for years, think about applying to the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Meanwhile, if you love to write poetry, consider applying for a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.

Many businesses also offer college scholarships, such as Kohl’s Cares, the Best Buy Scholarship Program, and the Microsoft Scholarship Program, so don’t forget these (often sizeable) opportunities.

It’s also important to remember that many scholarships are not exclusively merit-based, meaning that GPA is not the main criterion. Corporate scholarships often focus on students who major in a particular subject, those who have overcome adversity, or individuals from certain socioeconomic backgrounds. Thus, even if you were not one of the top students in your school, there is likely a scholarship that fits your strengths and it’s worth spending a few hours searching for one.

To begin your search, go to,, or