The Venture 17 Division Of Education
SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
The Conservatory continues to research every financial resource
possible for college students everywhere.
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SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, AND LOANS
(Builds a profile, which submits to several sites)
(States “free” but creates a profile)
(Free; offers scholarships by type)
(Good site for information/research)
(Able to search for scholarships by year of education, field of interest, etc.)
(Good site; gets right to the scholarships and categories offered)
(Very precise search engine)
(For health sciences)
(Youths in foster care)
(Pikes Peak Workforce Center)
(CO residents; sets up savings plan for college; offers educational answers, learning tools, etc.)
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL AID SOURCES
Zinch is a college-student one-stop shop for scholarships that are creative, easy, and fun to apply for and win.
To apply for scholarships via Zinch, you’ll have to create a username and profile that will help the site find scholarships that are specifically relevant to you!
One of Zinch’s most popular awards is the Weekly Three Sentence Essay Scholarship at
where applicants must generate a 280-character essay (that’s only two tweets!) while vying for $1,000 of cold, hard cash.
Fastweb is another terrific, free resource where you’ll find thousands of scholarships at your fingertips.
Not only does Fastweb offer a massive database of monetary awards, but it also features helpful career-planning services and learning tools for its registered users!
Do you know how you always seem to receive a new, complimentary gift after so many purchases at that favorite beauty counter of yours?
ScholarshipPoints works the same way!
Well, kind of. The site’s users rack up points through a rewards system, making them eligible for different scholarships according to how many points they have earned. Members can earn points through fun, day-to-day activities like reading blogs, taking quizzes, and playing online games.
ScholarshipPoints offers a rolling, monthly $1,000 for its members and a quarterly $10,000 scholarship at
You may remember being advised by your high school guidance counselor to make a Cappex account to help narrow down your college search, but don’t delete that online profile just yet!
The site is still helpful during our undergrad years, offering ample scholarship opportunities and financial advice.
Once we’re undergrads, Cappex graciously bumps us up to “College Pro” status, where we’ll be eligible to apply for a $2,500 College Pro exclusive scholarship!
Don’t wait, and check out all of the fine print of the Cappex College Pro scholarship today.
Visit Cappex for more scholarships at
A no-brainer of a URL, are we right?
is a wonderful resource for college students who aspire to kill two birds with one stone—the site finds both scholarships and colleges that are perfect for you! If you’re looking to transfer to a school that is dying to recruit you and offer you scholarships, this is the site to visit. The site allows you to pinpoint specific scholarships by your major, year in school, and location, increasing your chances for receiving awards and saving you tons of time.
6. With College Board's Scholarship Search offering 2,300 sources of financial aid and over $3 billion in scholarship awards, the College Board's scholarship search resource could put you on the right track to financing your education—and fast!
To start your search, be sure to fill out the detailed questionnaire on the site to narrow down specific awards that satisfy your financial needs.
While you're browsing the College Board's scholarship selection, see if you're eligible to apply for the Coca-Cola Community Colleges Academic Scholarship
http://www.coca-colascholars.org/ If you're at a small, local school this $1,000-$2,000 award could be right up your alley.
Visit the College Board at
for more scholarships.
NextStudent is an online leader in helping undergrads pay for college tuition, books, and more.
Like most of the aforementioned sites, NextStudent requires its students to set up a user account complete with details such as school year, location, and major to pinpoint scholarships for you! One of the scholarship matches that NextStudent found is The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger scholarship: http://sodexofoundation.org/hunger_us/scholarships/scholarships.asp
, a $5,000 award available to any undergrad who has performed community service in the last 12 months, namely in the areas of food service.
8. StudentScholarships.org is much like NextStudent.com, serving as a powerful search engine for finding relevant scholarships for undergrads. This site is also helpful because it features career profiles for many fields of study, giving its users a good idea of expected salary and job opportunities after graduation. Check out the Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship http://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/8811/dr, a $8,000 scholarship (with $2,000 paid annually through a four year college career) if you're a collegiette™ interested in American History and Government!
This site boasts that it is "fast, easy and free," which is certainly true! ScholarshipExperts.com
is yet another great resource for scouring the Internet for great monetary awards during your undergrad years.
Check out the "Courage To Grow" scholarship at
on the site, which awards eligible undergrads one $500 scholarship every month.
This site is an online database of scholarships, grants, and fun contests for undergrads to enter and (hopefully) win. On top of offering great scholarships, SuperCollege also offers no-nonsense guides for collegiettes™ like "How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay" and "More Easy Ways to Save Money in College." For creative collegiettes™ who are savvy with videography and have a way with flashcards, be sure to check out SuperCollege's Flashcard Scholarship worth $500!
FAFSA. www.fafsa.ed.gov/. This is the first document to complete before any financial aid is applied for. It is a free service and is usually required by every program.
SCHOLARSHIPS.COM.www.scholarships.com/. A must application service.
Fast Web! (Financial Aid Search Through the Web) Fast WEB, call:
800-327 8932. www.fastweb.com.
Saving for College - The Internet guide to 529 plans - This site is a comprehensive breakdown of the various 529 plans available across the nation. www.savingforcollege.com.
Parent Soup’s Guide to College Planning – this site for parents has extensive resources on finding the best college and financing a college education. www.parentsoup.com.
FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page – This site is sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) allowing you to ask questions of financial aid counselors. www.finaid.com.
Educational Resources Information Center – clearinghouse for an enormous amount of educational information. www.eryx.syr.edu.
College Funding Company – nonprofit issuer of private and student loans
College Express – info on hundreds of private colleges and universities
United States Department of Education
The Education Resources Institute
College Cost Explorer – Fund Finder (College Board) Offers a scholarship search program on the College Board’s Web site www.collegeboard.org.
BOOKS ON FINANCIAL AID
All of the books listed below, are available in our Bookstore.
The College Blue Book: Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants and Loans (MacMillan Books) Lists thousands of scholarships, many of which go unclaimed.
College Financial Aid (MacMillan Books) A complete guide to all grants, loans and scholarships available from federal and state government, corporate and private foundation sources.
College Scholarships and Financial Aid (Jonathan Schwartz) Listings of scholarships panda Scholarship Search CD-ROM.
Financing College, How to Use Savings, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Loans to Afford the School of Your Choice (Kristin Davis) This demystifies the financial aid process and walks parents through the process of finding scholarships, low-cost loans and other ways to make higher education affordable.
Free Money for Graduate School (Laurie Blum) A comprehensive guide to graduate school grants.
Free Money from Colleges and Universities (Laurie Blum) A comprehensive guide to scholarships in a wide variety of disciplines.
Loans and Grants from Uncle Sam: Am I Eligible and for How Much?(Octameron Press) Describes the major federal loan and grant programs, such as Staffords, Perkins, PLUS loans and Direct loans.
Paying Less for College: The Complete Guide to $28 Billion in Financial Aid (Peterson’s Publishing) A book detailing all government and private aid programs explaining how to obtain financial aid at 1,600 undergraduate colleges.
Tips on Financial Aid for College (Council of Better Business Bureaus) A helpful free brochure explaining different kinds of college financial aid and how to apply for them. (703-276-0100).
College Costs & Financial Aid Handbook: Meeting College Costs: What You Need to Know Before Your Child and Your Money Leave Home (The College Board) The three most popular books for financing college.
Financing Your College Degree (The College Board) A book designed for adult students.
College Cost Explorer – Fund Finder (College Board) Offers a scholarship search program on the College Board.